Temple-Inland unveils GreenGlass Tile Backer
Diboll, Texas-based Temple-Inland expanded its GreenGlass family of products to include a tile backer.
GreenGlass features a built-in, moisture-blocking acrylic coating that resists water penetration through its surface, plus a water-resistant gypsum core formulated to include the TemShield Mold Protection System. Faced on both sides with naturally mold- and moisture-resistant fiberglass mats, this combination has been shown to be highly mold-resistant in tests.
“GreenGlass is a premium fiberglass-faced product that delivers the strong, stable and durable substrate you expect from a glass-mat tile backer. It is SCS-certified to include at least 90% recycled content,” said Stephen Raley, VP Gypsum Products. “That level, we’re proud to say, sets a new industry standard and can make a significant contribution toward environmental certification.”
Available in 1/4-in., 1/2-in. and 5/8-in. thicknesses, a 48-in. width and both 8-ft. and 10-ft. lengths, GreenGlass scores and snaps like traditional gypsum board and offers improved fiberglass encapsulation for easier handling over other glass mat products. It produces less dust when cut than typical cement and fiber-cement backer boards, is lighter weight, enables cleaner cuts and eliminates the need for installing a separate water-proof membrane that is often required with cement-based products.
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RainPerfect provides eco-friendly pump for barrels
Gloucester, Mass.-based Rule is promoting greener gardens through a new solar-powered RainPerfect pump system designed for use with rain barrels.
The product made its debut in January, and is now working its way to consumers nationwide, according to the company. It was developed and produced by ITT Corp.’s Flow Control division.
"This year, we’re encouraging people to try one new ‘green’ initiative for their garden by focusing on water conservation," said Gina Arnone, marketing manager, Innovation Lab, at ITT Flow Control. "One of the best alternatives to traditional watering is recycling rain, and the RainPerfect pump system makes this goal easy and affordable.”
RainPerfect’s features include a rechargeable NiMH battery, powered by the included solar panel. It offers easy and quick top-mount installation, adaptable to most rain barrel styles. And it pumps up to 100 gallons on a single charge, emptying most standard barrels
A rain barrel collects water and stores it for when you need to water plants or wash a car. Rain barrels provide an ample supply of free "soft water" containing no chlorine, lime or calcium, making them ideal for gardens, flowers or potted plants. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a rain barrel can potentially save homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months.
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Duracell charges into the generator category
Las Vegas — Eastern Tools and Equipment unveiled its line of Duracell generators to the home improvement market during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.
The familiar copper-colored equipment represents a deal about a year-and-a-half in the making, and follows some long negotiations with Procter & Gamble, which owns the Duracell brand.
"It took us almost four months to get a hold of the Procter & Gamble people to even sit down and talk to them," said Paul Adams, national sales manager for Eastern Tools & Equipment, based in Ontario, Calif.
The products received a "soft introduction" in November of last year at the APEX automotive-after-market show in Las Vegas. At the National Hardware Show May 10-12, the products were well received, he said.
Price points run from about $299 for a 28-lb. inverter generator to $999 for a heavy-duty portable unit.
Licensing the name from the consumer goods giant was no easy matter, Adams said. "P&G is a big company. They want to make sure everything is perfect."
It turned out that independent of Eastern Tools’ search for a licensing partner, P&G was actively looking to license its Duracell brand to a generator company, as long as the company could control quality and was able to produce a premium engine and premium features, Adams said. Several units have electric start with the battery included.
The Duracell generators operate at less than 5% total harmonic distortion — a measure of the cleanliness of the power — allowing for use with sensitive electronic equipment such as computers.
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