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Builders' Show Product Introductions From Day 3

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

Builders' Show Product Introductions From Day 3

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

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    Eaton. Used in conjunction with a standby generator, the Green Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) helps ensure reliable, seamless power when outages occur. The Green ATS lets the homeowner preset the two highest loads in the home, such as HVAC units, and gives those loads priority during an outage. As secondary loads, such as water heaters, sump pumps, or small appliances, are turned on and off, the active load management system ensures that the generator isn’t overloaded. 800.386.1911. www.eaton.com. –L.H.

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    NuTone. An LED nightlight around the LunAura bath fan emits a soothing, soft blue light that provides enough lumination during the night while maintaining a calming atmosphere for sleepy homeowners. The 110-cfm fan also includes a 36-watt main light. It is available with a round, square, or diamond light panel; is Energy Star rated; and operates at just 0.7 sone. 888.336.3948. www.nutone.com. –K.T.

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    Heat & Glo. The Solaris 36-MR, a circular direct-vent gas fireplace, is see-through and thin enough to install in a 2x6 wall, says the firm. The fireplace includes the Razor advanced burner, creating flames that appear to float in the center of the unit; mirrors and LED lights enhance the effect. The fireplace comes with black trim on one side with the other side customizable with up to 32 combinations of colors and style features. www.heatnglo.com. –E.R.

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    Milgard. The Tuscany series vinyl swinging patio door features an aluminum sub-frame for added stability, the company says, a heavy-duty astragal that protects against extreme weather, and mitered and welded panels to eliminate water infiltration. The doors come in more than 30 single- and multi-panel configurations with fixed or operable sidelites. Three-point stainless steel locking hardware is standard. www.milgard.com. –K.T.

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    Lennox Hearth Products. By incorporating window-like construction on one side, the Montebello series See-Through Direct-Vent gas fireplace can now be used in inside/outside applications. The two-sided unit is available in 40 inches with a large ceramic glass viewing area. The outdoor kit offers the option of tinted glass, designed to enhance the ambiance from inside the room while reducing glare from the outside environment. A high-definition split oak log set has a realistic glow with heat output up to 61,000 BTU. 615.925.3417  www.lennoxheartheproducts.com. –L.H

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    Leviton. The Evr-Green line of residential electric-vehicle charging stations offers simple three-step installation of a receptacle, mounting bracket, and charging station; the first two pieces can be installed into the home even if the charging station itself will not be added until years later, providing another way for builders to pre-wire and future-proof their homes. Evr-Green Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations are have SAE J1772 connectors, making them compatible with all North American plug-in vehicles. www.leviton.com. –K.T.

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    National Nail. The Camo Hidden Deck Fastening System includes deck screws designed to drive at an angle into the edge of the board and into the joist with a special Marksman guiding tool and cordless drill. Compatible with treated lumber, hardwood, cedar, and composite or PVC decking, the screws can be backed out and do not require pre-drilling or automatic spacing. A limited lifetime warranty covers rust and corrosion. 800.968.6245. www.camofasteners.com. –E.R.

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    Kohler. With its deep bathing well, the Underscore Cube bath provides the spa-like experience of traditional Japanese soaking tubs. The tub features molded seats for two bathers at two different soaking depths. Measuring 48 inches square, the unit offers a clean, streamlined look and comes in white or biscuit in drop-in or undermount options. It is available as a soaking model or a BubbleMassage bath with 122 staggered air jets. 800.456.4537. www.kohler.com. –K.T.

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    Trex. The new Trex Deck Lighting system includes post cap, rail, riser, and deck lights to add a warm glow to outdoor living spaces. Designed for easy installation or retrofit, the system is compatible with all Trex post sleeves as well as many other types of railing. The deck lights are easily installed in deck boards using a 1-inch Forstner bit. A timer and keychain remote control make the system easy to operate. The low-voltage LED lights use 75% less energy than incandescent deck lightning, and each lighting option operates for up to 40,000 hours of life. www.trex.com. –L.H.

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    Arrow Fastener. The T50 R.E.D. manual staple gun drives staples from 1/4 inch to 9/16 inch and is the only manual model capable of driving a 1-inch brad nail, the company says, while delivering 40% more power than competing tools. The T50 is 50% easier to squeeze than the previous model, and its high and low power settings provide flexibility for a range of hard and soft surfaces. It features a quick-load magazine, a jam-resistant mechanism, and a shot meter. 800.776.2228. www.arrowfastener.com. –K.T.

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    Wisp. The company’s windows and doors can now be specified with Home Manager ST, a Web-based interface that allows homeowners to electronically deploy the units’ high-impact storm-protection shades, making them ideal for second homes. Made with tough, flexible synthetic fiber and integrated into the frame, the shades protect interior property from damage from winds up to 205 mph. Home Manager ST also can be used to control lights, sensors, and thermostats. 877.939.9283. www.wispwindow.com. –K.T.

Products editors scoured the Builders' Show floor for innovative and interesting new wares. Here are 11 more selections, including a vehicle-charging station, an inside-outside fireplace, and a hidden deck-fastening system