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Therma-Tru launches a Pulse line of entry doors

BY Ken Clark

Maume, Ohio-based Therma-Tru introduced a new line of Pulse modern-style doors.

The contemporary door styles reflect four aesthetic feelings, according to the company: Eclectically Chic, Mid-Century Modern, Retrospective and Distinctively Modern.

“Pulse doors capture a modern feel, but at the same time bring you back to the 1940s through 1960s when door styles were simple,” said Derek Fielding, senior product manager for Therma-Tru Corp.

“The Mid-Century Modern style is reflected in architecture, design and even furnishings found in the home from roughly 1933 to 1965. The goal during the post-war era was to bring modernism into America’s suburban areas. For homes, the emphasis was on creating open floor plans with lots of opportunities to bring the outdoors inside. A great example is the classic home found in the old Brady Bunch television show. “ 

Available in oak-grained fiberglass, smooth (paintable) fiberglass and steel, Pulse doors come in both 6-ft. 8-in. and 8-ft. heights. Therma-Tru offers the Pulse door line in four different styles — Ari, Solei, Echo and Linea. The doors all have four Privacy Glass options (Chord, Chinchilla, Rainglass and Granite) along with Clear Low-E and Internal Blinds.

“The new Pulse product line gives design-conscious homeowners the opportunity to select an entry door that was inspired by the simple styles developed originally by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the United States and the Bauhaus design school in Germany,” said Fielding. “These influences are timeless. We’re finding that homeowners are once again embracing this upbeat living architectural movement as they make a statement on their home with a door that complements feelings of modern sensibilities, retro glamour and fashionably chic.”

 

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Time looks at the biggest of the big boxes

BY Ken Clark

An article in Time.com takes a closer look at Menards and its 200,000-plus-sq.-ft. store model.

The article, “The Bigger Box Store: Home Imporvement Stores That Are Double the Size of Home Depot,” points to a massive Menards in Golden Valley, Minn., with 41 different full kitchens on display.

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3M recalls room air purifiers due to fire hazard

BY Ken Clark

3M is recalling its Filtrete branded air purifiers. The company said the ion generator in the air purifiers can overheat, posing a fire hazard. 3M has received two incident reports: one of an air purifier overheating and another of an internal room air purifier filter catching fire. No injuries or property damage have been reported. 

The air purifiers are white, made of plastic and plug into the wall. They measure about 19 ins. tall by 8 ins. wide with a 13-in.-tall by 4.5-in.-wide air filter. They have a two-speed fan knob with Filtrete embossed on the top. The two recalled models are Ultra Quiet, number FAP00-RS, and Maximum Allergen, number FAP00-L, which was sold only at Lowe’s stores. The products serial numbers begin with E, F, G, H, I or J, and the model and serial numbers are located on the bottom of the product.

The FAP00-RS model was sold from November 2008 through January 2013, and the FAP00-L model was sold from October 2012 through January 2013, both for about $60.

 

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