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Calculated Industries has two new tools in store

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Calculated Industries has two new tools for builders up its sleeve, which it will introduce at the 2015 International Builders' Show.

The Construction Master Plus EZ (CMP EZ) is the newest in the line of Construction Master Pro construction-math calculators. However, CMP EZ ups the stakes as a Prompting Calculator, which presents a series of prompts for quantities, measurements, placement, materials and other possible inputs. After entering the known values, all the available calculations and solutions are displayed to make solving construction math problems simpler than ever.

CI is also introducing a new laser measure called the Laser Dimension Master 130. The LDM 130 is a one-person laser measuring tool for distances, areas and volumes that purports to outperform tape measures and ultrasonic measures. It measures up to 130 ft. with accuracy of 1/8 in. or better. 

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Kwikset rolls out three new levers

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Kwikset has expanded its wares with the addition of three new ADA-compliant door levers.

The Lisbon and Montreal levers both feature a square base with curved accents, and the new Sydney lever has a round foundation with soft accents.

"Homeowners expect a combination of style, durability and security when choosing the right door hardware to complement their home decor, and our contemporary collection delivers on all three aspects to provide a chic and functional hardware option," said Marty Hoffmann, VP marketing.

The levers also come equipped with Kwikset's SmartKey Re-key Technology with BumpGuard protection.

Though the levers won't be available until this summer, Kwikset will be showcasing them at the 2015 NAHB International Builders' Show.

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Trex adds outdoor storage collection

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Trex Company is trying something new in 2015. The decking company announced that it will be launching a new collection of waterproof cabinetry for the outdoor living category.

The high-performance cabinetry, branded Trex Outdoor Storage, will be manufactured and sold by Florida-based NatureKast Products through a trademark licensing agreement with Trex Company.

"The popularity of outdoor living continues to surge, and today's homeowners are giving more thought to intentionally designed outdoor living spaces that feature outdoor kitchens, bars, spas and pools — along with the storage needs that these spaces require," said Ronald W. Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. "With this new introduction, Trex is continuing its legacy of consistently engineering what's next in outdoor living and offering solutions with undeniable style and utility."

Trex Outdoor Storage will be outfitted with such  utilitarian solutions as hidden ice chests, base cabinets, bench drawers for pillows and pool equipment, skirting insert cabinets for below the deck, hampers for towels and swim suits, and trash storage cabinets.

The cabinetry will be available in existing Trex Transcend shades: Havana Gold, Island Mist, Spiced Rum, Lava Rock and Tiki Torch.

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