A floor-to-ceiling roundup
Innovation has not escaped the attention of the following home improvement companies. July’s New Product Showcase features goods from eco-friendly cleaners to a heated jacket and everything in between. Make sure to sign up for the HCN Daily and check out homechannelnews.com for the industry’s brightest product ideas.
Planet People’s line of eco-friendly iQ Cleaners reduce plastic waste by 80% through its patented iQ REFill (Reduced Environmental Footprint) technology. The REFill packs the non-toxic cleaning concentrate into a small, recyclable cartridge. To make the cleaner, the user fills the re-usable iQ bottle with tap water and drops in the REFill cartridge. Made from plant-based and ecologically sustainable ingredients, the line offers three non-toxic cleaners: iQ’s All-Purpose Cleaner, iQ’s Glass Cleaner and iQ’s Bathroom Cleaner. (iqclean.com)
Makita has introduced the 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-in. Driver-Drill to its line of 18V Lithium-Ion tools. The new addition is powered by a Makita-built 4-pole motor with bigger front-end ball bearings, and delivers 480 in. lbs. of Max Torque and 290 in. lbs. of PTI Torque. The new planetary gear system and transmission has been redesigned for increased durability in a more compact size. The Driver-Drill features 16 clutch settings and a variable 2-speed all-metal transmission for a wide range of applications. A built-in LED light illuminates the drilling surface in dark spaces and close quarters. The 18V LXT Driver-Drill comes with an 18V LXT lithium-ion battery; a 30-minute, Energy Star-qualified Rapid Optimum Charger; tool case; and tool-belt clip. (makita.com)
Allied Moulded Compact Fluorescent Luminaire Fixtures
Allied Moulded Products has introduced new energy-saving Compact Fluorescent Luminaire (LH-CFL1) keyless and (LH-CFL2) pull chain light fixtures. Designed for quick and easy installation for use in attics, basements, closets and garages, these fixtures use a GU24 base, 13-watt, squat compact fluorescent lamp with a 10,000-hour life. (alliedmoulded.com)
Moen Danika Bathroom Faucet Moen’s Danika single-handle faucet can be installed with a single- or three-hole mount. It features Moen’s1255 Duralast cartridge, which is a ceramic-disc cartridge that provides a smooth handle feel for the life of the faucet. It has been certified to meet WaterSense criteria — the faucet is flow-optimized and allows water to flow up to 1.5 gallons per minute, which reduces water usage by up to 32%. (moen.com)
Kohler DTV Prompt Shower System
Kohler’s DTV Prompt Shower System offers the user easy installation, a sleek design, and multiple energy and water conservation settings. The system features a large LCD screen with universal markings and backlit, raised touch buttons that control temperature and water use. The shower temperature can be easily set and will be repeated every time the shower is switched on. The maximum temperature limit can also be set. DTV Prompt has two outlets with an integrated diverter valve for a range of showering, bath and shower or bath only applications. In addition, DTV Prompt’s conservation settings can be activated or deactivated for each user’s requirements. (kohler.com)
Emglo Worksite Compressors
Emglo Compressors has launched two new heavy-duty, 1.1 HP, four-gallon air compressors. The Heavy-Duty Four-Gallon Stacked Tank Contractor Air Compressor and Heavy-Duty Four-Gallon Dolly-Style Stacked Tank are designed for the trim carpenter, remodeler, framer, roofer and flooring professional. They can support up to four brad or finish nailers or two framing, roofing or flooring nailers at once. The compressors come with oil-lubricated pumps with cast-iron cylinders, which offers durability during operation. Oil can be checked through a site glass, and the user has easy access to the crankcase for quick and thorough oil draining. The compressors can withstand most any jobsite conditions, thanks to their heavy-duty, reinforced frames. (emglo.com)
Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. has introduced its new M12 Realtree AP Heated Jacket to the M12 line. The jacket is powered by Red Lithium battery technology, which is hidden in a back pocket and delivers six hours of heat on a single battery charge. The fabric blend reduces noise during movement. It uses three carbon fiber heating zones, positioned in key areas, to warm the user’s core. This can be set to high, medium or low with a button. The jacket is water- and wind-resistant. (milwaukeetool.com)
STAFDA turns on new website
The Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) has launched a new-and-improved website at stafda.org.
The Elm Grove, Wis.-based association’s new site offers improved navigation and mobile device compatility. It went live on June 23.
STAFDA president Mike Kangas of Alaska Industrial Hardware in Anchorage, Ala., in his President’s Message to STAFDA members said: "In today’s business environment, being tech savvy and making the most of current technology is a must."
Stopped U-Haul full of stolen merchandise
A man in Hamilton, Ontario pled guilty on June 28 for breaking and entering a Canadian Tire store last May and stealing lawnmowers and barbecues, according to local news reports.
Richard Jessop, age 27, was arrested along with two other accomplices when police pulled over their U-Haul truck for a routine traffic stop. Officers looked in the back of the vehicle and saw the stolen merchandise, along with bolt cutters and a pair of gloves.
Jessop, who has a previous manslaughter conviction and other property-related crimes on his record, was sentenced to 17 months in jail. Another occupant of the car received a 12-month sentence. The driver is still facing charges.