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Lumber Liquidators elects new board member

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Lumber Liquidators has added a ninth member to its board of directors. Effective April 1, Nancy Taylor has been appointed as a Class III director.

"We are excited and pleased to welcome Nancy to our board of directors," said president and CEO Robert Lynch. "Nancy is a respected executive with a wealth of business and leadership experience. We look forward to benefiting from the knowledge and insight she will bring to Lumber Liquidators’ board as we continue to grow our business."

Taylor is currently president and CEO of Tredegar Corporation and is a member of that company’s board of directors.

Prior to that, she was EVP of Tredegar and president of Tredegar Film Products. She has been with the company since 1991 and has also worked for the law firm of Hunton & Williams.

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Thompson launches WaterSeal deck stain line

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Thompson is introducing a brand new line of deck stains. Going by the name of WaterSeal, the new waterproofing stains are now available exclusively at The Home Depot.

"From the new packaging to the formula that’s inside, this line-up offers multiple innovations to help homeowners get great performance with less effort," said Mike Kozlowski,director of marketing for the Thompson’s WaterSeal brand. "This is the most complete exterior stain line that we have ever offered."

WaterSeal’s claim to fame is powerful waterproofing protection and a rich, saturated color.

The mildew- and UV-resistant stains also contain elastomeric polymers to help the dry stain expand and contract wih the wood during temperature fluctuations, which reduces cracking and peeling. Advanced acrylic polymers also improve resistance to scuffing and marring.

Additionally, pigment suspension technology helps keep the color evenly dispersed in the container, so it’s ready to go as is on the shelf. The formula can be applied to damp wood so the project can begin soon after cleaning, which eliminates the need for a 48-hour wait period between cleaning and staining the wood.

The Transparent Stain is guaranteed for three years on horizontal surfaces like decks; the Semi-Transparent for four years; and the Solid Stain for five.

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From BrassCraft to contractors: the new Zip-It tool

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BrassCraft Manufacturing is courting plumbing contractors with the new Zip-It tool, a cost-effective, chemical-free solution to common clogged drain problems.

"Zip-It could save the contractor time and is easy to use; it’s always worth a try on a clogged drain," said channel marketing director Charles Pryde. "Every contractor should have one of these in his tool box and keep a ready supply on his truck."

The 20-inch plastic tool (featuring 18 inches of barbed length) can be used in many residential drains, including most household sink, shower and tub drains. According to the company, it can single-handedly unclog drains in 10 minutes or less.

It works by opening the drain stopper, turning on the water, inserting the Zip-It and then removing it slowly. Once used, it can be thrown away.

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