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Builders' Show Product Introductions From Day 2.

Our product editors comb the show floor looking for interesting new products to share with readers.

Builders' Show Product Introductions From Day 2.

Our product editors comb the show floor looking for interesting new products to share with readers.

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    Spyder Products.
    Throw away the chisel and break out the recip saw. The Spyder Scraper turns any reciprocating saw into a high-powered paint-, wallpaper-, linoleum-, glue-, thinset-, drywall mud-, and grout-remover. Made from hardened, tempered spring steel, the Spyder Scraper is available in 2-, 4-, and 6-inch widths to accommodate a variety of projects, and can be sharpened for long life. 888.471.2239. www.spyderproducts.com. –L.H.

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    Generac.
    The EcoGen backup automatic household generator is designed for off-grid homes. The first automatic unit to be warranted for this type of application, the propane-powered generator works with existing solar or wind systems; if power dips too low, the company says, the inverter charger signals the generator to switch on. The generator has a 6-kW capacity, an operating life of up to 5,000 hours, and a weatherproof enclosure, and it features ultra-quiet operation of 52 dBA. www.generac.com. –K.T.

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    Velux.
    For times when the typical acrylic dome may be unappealing or violate local ordinances, the flat glass Sun Tunnel skylight lets in the sun well under the radar. Designed for rooms incompatible with a traditional skylight, the 14-inch light tunnel is prefabricated for easy installation in hallways, closets, stairways, bathrooms, or laundry rooms, says the manufacturer. 800.888.3589. www.veluxusa.com. –E.R.

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    Rheem.
    Prestige Series Condensing Tankless Water Heaters are the maker’s most efficient tankless units to date. With a minimum flow-rate of 0.26 gallons per minute (gpm) and a minimum activation flow rate of 0.4 gpm, the Prestige Series allows homeowners using low-flow fixtures to receive hot water without having to increase the flow. The units can accept stainless steel or PVC piping, which can reduce costs and ease installation. The series is Energy Star qualified and eligible for tax incentives. 866.720.2076. www.rheem.com. –L.H.

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    Brizo.
    A hidden pull-down wand within the Solna kitchen faucet provides convenience without jeopardizing the sleek, streamlined look. Concealed inside the spout, the pull-down holds securely with MagneDock Technology. It also includes the company’s Diamond valve and two spray settings. It comes in polished chrome, Brilliance stainless, and Brilliance brushed bronze. www.brizo.com. –K.T.

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    Clopay.
    The maker’s new line of Entry Door Systems is designed to complement its garage doors to create a cohesive look for a home’s exterior. Features including finish, lites, transoms, and hardware can be customized. The doors, available in fiberglass or steel, can be factory finished either stained or painted, and are pre-hung for easy installation. Composite jamb, brickmold, mull posts, and top and bottom rails reduce maintenance and resist moisture, along with an adjustable composite sill system and weatherstripping. Choose from eight stain and 17 factory-finished paint options. 800.225.6729. www.clopay.com. –L.H.

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    Eldorado Stone.
    Hand-crafted limestone veneer Fireplace Surrounds provide an elegant option that is lighter in weight, lower cost, and quicker to install than natural limestone. Available in nine profiles ranging from modern to ornate, the surrounds come in 42- to 52-inch widths and are hand-finished. Mounting brackets and matching trim kit material are included. www.eldoradostone.com. –K.T.

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    DaVinci Roofscapes.
    Homeowners – and their roofing contractors – need not be paralyzed by the prospect of choosing a color combination for the roof. The maker’s new Color Design Program includes an introduction to roofing colors and blends, a new color design online tool, and personalized color consultation assistance. The company now offers 28 blends incorporating 49 individual colors, and also offers a customization program to give homeowners exactly the roof they’re looking for. An on-staff color expert offers guidance and insight on available options. 800.328.4624. www.davinci.com. –L.H.

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    GE.
    The company has added a 13-kW unit to its line of backup household generators, offering more power capable of powering key home systems along with additional devices that enhance occupant comfort; in addition, the model is 15% smaller than competing backup systems. The generator features a Briggs & Stratton engine and comes with the Symphony II power management system, which controls electrical loads during outages by automatically adjusting power to individual appliances based demand and pre-assigned priority. www.ge.com/generatorsystems. --K.T.

Product editors scour the Builders' Show floor to find innovative introductions from manufacturers. Here are 9 new products, including tankless water heaters, off-grid backup generators, and lightweight fireplace surrounds.