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CableRail Conceal Kit from Feeney

Easy to install cable railing system provides an alternative to original CableRail.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Feeney has Introduced the new CableRail Conceal Kit.

This easy to install cable railing system provides an alternative solution to Feeney’s original CableRail Kits for customers looking for the look and feel of a slightly lower profile of the fittings on the end posts. Fittings are shorter and end caps are thinner, enabling them to be completely concealed inside the post for a sleeker look.

The new Conceal assemblies use a specially designed tension fitting on one end and a Quick-Connect fitting on other end for easy installation. The system is for use with DesignRail aluminum railings or wood posts and available for 1/8” diameter cable only.

All fittings and cables are manufactured from high-quality 316-grade stainless steel for weather-tough durability, ultra-low maintenance, and lasting beauty.

The kit is available in pre-fabricated assembly lengths ranging from 5 feet to 50 feet (in 5-foot increments) that can be trimmed to exact length in the field.

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Hard times in the home buyer market

Home Trends Report says prospective buyers think the market will remain difficult.

BY Andy Carlo

Just 20% of prospective home buyers looking to purchase a home within the next year expect the search to get easier in the months ahead, according to the third quarter 2018 Home Trends Report from the National Association of Home Builders.

And nearly 70% of potential home buyers believe housing hunting will become even more difficult or remain at the current level of difficulty. Only 19% of survey respondents believe finding the right home will get easier.

A lack of affordable housing – particularly for first-time home buyers – has been one of the catalysts behind pushing up the prices of homes in the past year.

The Housing Trends Report (HTR) measures prospective home buyers’ perceptions about the availability and affordability of homes for sale in their markets. All data are derived from national polls of representative samples of American adults conducted for NAHB by Morning Consult. The report is released quarterly to track changes in buyers’ perceptions over time.

Among survey respondents most likely to buy a home within the next 3 months, Millennials lead the pack at 19% followed by Generation X buyers at 13%. Additionally, most prospective buyers in the third quarter, or 58%, are first-time buyers with 75% of Millennials planning a home purchase within a year being first-time buyers.

Across all generations, including seniors and Baby Boomers, an existing home would be the first choice for more than 40% of buyers with just 20% of Millennials looking for a new home.

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Blinds Chalet reacts to safety standards

In accordance with the Window Covering Manufacturer’s Association.

BY HBSDealer Staff

BlindsChalet.com announced changes to its product lines in order to comply with the Window Covering Manufacturer’s Association industry standards. These standards have been changed with the aim of eliminating the risks for strangulation to small children due to features of certain window coverings. These changes focus on the operating cords of a window treatment that haven’t been changed in a very long time, the company said.

This new Window Covering Manufacturer’s Association industry standard is referred to as ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2018 for corded window coverings. This new standard came through their work with the Consumer Products Safety Commission. It states that products manufactured in advance that need to be cut to customer requirements (meaning the width and/or height) are considered stock and limited to cordless only. If the product is ordered to a specific width and height and will not require size adjustments, it is considered custom.

This means Blinds Chalet will be replacing all stock corded window treatment products with stock cordless window treatment products.

These changes will be made effective Dec. 7, 2018.

Due to this change, Blinds Chalet will be marking their stock corded window treatment products as closeout items and reducing their cost to deplete inventories. Products on their site with a closeout banner are a part of this change. Blinds Chalet has also created a page on their site of just their closeout window treatment products.

These industry changes will have some effect on Blinds Chalet’s custom products, as well. The default cord lengths will now be set to operate at 1/3 the finished blind/shade height.

There will also be new size limits due to these new cord lengths. Cord release devices will come with each product that is ordered with a cord length longer then 1/3 of the blind. This will reduce the risk of strangulations when longer cord length is needed. Cord cleats will also be included in order to secure cords and preventing them from hanging free.

The company also updated its warning labels and tags that come attached to each product Blinds Chalet sells.

 

 

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