CertainTeed rolls out picket fence with texture
Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed Corp. is bringing a modern twist to traditional picket fence by integrating its exclusive texturing process to the Bufftech Danbury product line.
Replicating the look and feel of wood, Danbury with Select Cedar is now available in seven colors that complement the entire Bufftech product line.
“When it comes to outdoor living design, homeowners are looking for a whole-yard approach that is tailored specifically for their home,” said Patti Pellock, senior marketing manager for CertainTeed’s Fence, Railing and Deck business. “Homeowners can now mix-and-match fence styles in coordinating colors and textures — reaping the curb appeal benefits of Danbury picket fence in the front of a home and the backyard seclusion provided by Chesterfield privacy fence.”
Danbury features a durable design with through-rail construction and pointed picket. It offers weather-resistant vinyl construction that will not corrode, peel or discolor, the company said. The fence is 4 ft. high and includes reinforced bottom rails that eliminate sagging and bowing. It is available in White, Almond, Natural Clay, Arbor Blend, Arctic Blend, Sierra Blend and Weathered Blend.
DeWalt launches depth control and dust system
Towson, Md.-based DeWalt has launched the Adjustable Depth Setter and Dust Collector, which when used together serve as the brand’s proprietary Depth Control and Dust System.
Designed specifically for use with the SDS Plus drill bits from DeWalt, the system is built for professionals in the mechanical, electrical and plumbing fields. The most frequent application of this system is for installing drop-in anchors, which are used to hold threaded rod for hanging pipes, conduit and heavy loads.
“During our research in the field, many professionals voiced frustration around the complexities of performing overhead applications, including the inability to control the drilling depth, exposure to excessive amounts of dust, and issues with hitting rebar or post tension cable,” said Maurice LaPointe, product manager of DeWalt. “Our new proprietary system, when combined with the SDS Plus drill bits, provides accurate depth stop and dust control with any common drop-in anchor installations. This allows for less downtime for the professional.”
The DWA5537DS Adjustable Depth Setter is designed exclusively for use with DeWalt’s 3/8-in., 1/2-in. and 5/8-in. SDS Plus drill bits. The DWA5537DS allows for controlled drilling depth, and provides accurate depth stop for setting the most commonly used drop-in anchors (1/4-in., 3/8-in. and 1/2-in.), providing ease of use for professionals tasked with some of the most difficult overhead-drilling jobs.
To help prevent dust from pouring into a professional’s eyes and face while drilling overhead, the DWA500DC Dust Collection System flushes tightly against the application material, creating a collection area for dust and debris.
Construction spending rises in December
Construction spending across all sectors reached an estimated $816.4 billion in December 2011, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, a 1.5% increase above the revised November estimate. The December figure is 4.3% above the December 2010 estimate of $782.9 billion.
Much of the gain can be attributed to spending on nonresidential construction, which totaled an estimated $288.5 billion in December 2011, 3.3% above the previous month. The latest figures were also a 2.4% boost over December 2010, where spending on nonresidential construction hit $261.8 billion.
Spending on residential construction was reported at $241.2 billion in December, 0.8% above the November 2011 estimate of $239.4 billion.
In December, the estimated rate of public construction spending was $286.6 billion, 0.5% above November’s estimate of $285.3 billion.