Feeney DesignRail and CableRail Conceal kits
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New DesignRail and CableRail Conceal kits from Feeney

BY HBSDealer Staff

Feeney, the stainless steel and aluminum railings manufacturer, has debuted DesignRail aluminum railing kits and the CableRail Conceal kit.

The new DesignRail railing kits offer a fast and easy way to install exterior or interior aluminum railings with Feeney CableRail. Engineered using components that snap and screw together for ease of installation, the kits feature high quality 6000 series aluminum extrusions with AAMA-2604 powder coated finishes for a durable, long lasting finish. In addition, all post kits are pre-drilled to make cable installation simple.

“This new addition to the Feeney line is a great solution for customers who want to be able to walk into a retail location and get everything they need to install aluminum railings with CableRail using a convenient packaged system,” said Andy Penny, VP of sales and marketing for Feeney. “The kits are making it even easier to build a railing with cable infill, and we’re excited to introduce this latest innovation.”

Available in 36-inch and 42-inch level railings, and 36-inch stair railings, the kits are designed to be installed in three simple steps: install posts, assemble and attach the top and bottom rail kits, and install CableRail cables. Feeney also offers accessories to supplement the kits, including base plate covers, isolation pads and bushings for harsher environments, and touch-up paint.

The kits contain all materials required for installation (posts, rails, CableRail and accessories) and are stocked at Feeney authorized dealers. They come standard in a black matte finish, with other colors available through special order.

The CableRail Conceal kit was developed to provide a solution for customers seeking a more streamlined cable railing aesthetic. The end caps on the outside of the railing posts are thinner, and the fittings are shorter in length so they can be completely concealed inside the post for a sleeker look.

“The Conceal kit offers a fresh new twist on our popular CableRail system, while providing an additional option for DesignRail and wood railing projects,” Penny said. “This new offering will give our customers even more flexibility when selecting the CableRail kit best suited for their specific application.”

The CableRail Conceal kit also features a specially-designed tension fitting on one end and an automatic-locking Feeney Quick-Connect fitting on the other end. 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. Product accessories, including isolation bushings for harsher environments and decorative stainless or colored end caps, are also available and sold separately.

Based in Oakland, Calif., Feeney specializes in residential and commercial construction products for exterior or interior applications include CableRail stainless steel cable assemblies, Quick-Connect auto-locking cable fittings, and DesignRail aluminum railing systems among other offerings.

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HBSDealer Stock Watch: Decliners beat gainers

BY HBSDEALER Staff
Wednesday on Wall Street saw more red numbers, with the steepest decline posted by FAST. The industrial distributor dropped 6.2% on a day when 23 of 30 hardware and building supply stocks finished lower. Wednesday’s top percentage gainer was WY, up 0.96%.
Company Price Change
AWI (Armstrong) 56.40 +0.62%
BCC (Boise) 40.30 +0.12%
BECN (Beacon) 50.74 -1.13%
BLDR (Builders FS) 19.21 -0.57%
BMCH (BMC Stock) 19.30 -2.03%
BXC (BlueLinx) 36.00 -0.33%
CENT (Central Garden) 41.24 -2.37%
DE (Deere & Co.) 144.41 -2.43%
DOOR (Masonite) 61.05 +0.08%
EXP (Eagle) 100.48 -0.37%
FAST (Fastenal) 51.05 -6.19%
HBP (Huttig) 5.39 +0.56%
HD (Home Depot) 172.86 -0.36%
JELD (Jeld-Wen) 29.40 -0.41%
LL (Lumber Liquidators) 22.82 -0.44%
LOW (Lowe’s) 86.65 -0.56%
LPX (Louisiana-Pacific) 29.88 -1.35%
MAS (Masco) 40.60 -0.49%
PPG (PPG) 109.28 -0.98%
SHW (Sherwin-Williams) 388.63 +0.12%
SMG (Scotts Miracle-Gro) 82.15 -1.55%
SSD (Simpson) 56.38 -0.77%
SWK (Stanley) 150.70 -0.73%
TREX (Trex) 108.54 -1.21%
TSCO (Tractor Supply) 61.34 -0.18%
TTC (Toro) 59.98 -1.90%
UFPI (Universal Forest) 32.74 -0.79%
USG (USG) 39.82 +0.40%
WDFC (WD-40) 132.60 +0.84%
WY (Weyerhaeuser) 35.76 +0.96%
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From Houzz, a landscaping survey

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Houzz 2018 Landscaping Survey found that more than half of homeowners spend more time entertaining outside after completing landscaping projects (51%). More than a quarter of homeowners also report that their usable outdoor area is significantly larger than that of their home (27%).

The Houzz survey of more than 750 U.S. homeowners using Houzz who are in the midst of, are planning or recently completed a landscaping project, was fielded between February and March 2018.

The study found that homeowners invest in a variety of elements during landscaping projects that make their outdoor areas more livable, including ample seating for family and guests with lounge furniture (43%), dining furniture (34%) and benches (27). The addition of fire pits (38%), ceiling fans (15%) and patio heaters (14%), allow people to entertain outdoors year-round, and new string lights (35%) and rugs (14%) suggest a focus on exterior ambiance.

Houzz Landscaping Survey

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Technology also plays a role in making the yard entertainment-ready. Of the nearly one in five homeowners who added or upgraded entertainment systems during their landscaping projects (18%), three in five opted for a new television (59%), followed by wired and solar speakers (48% and 42%, respectively). One in 10 homeowners also added wired and solar charging stations (14% and 11%, respectively).


Curb Appeal Part of the Plan

While the majority of outdoor projects take place in the backyard (70%), nearly two in five landscaping homeowners update their front yard (39%) and more than a quarter work on side yards (30%). Homeowners adding or updating elements in the front of their home report that the most important features contributing to curb appeal are beds and borders (41%), shrubs (34%) and perennials (25%). Considering these priorities, it’s no surprise that they are also the most popular features installed in front of homes (60%, 54% and 56%, respectively).

The leading reason for homeowners to begin a landscaping project is to improve elements of the outdoor space that have deteriorated or broken down (29%). Following a year of unexpected weather patterns, one in ten homeowners report that their outdoor projects address damage from harsh weather or natural disasters (9%), including hurricanes (35%), rainstorms (26%) and drought (24%). Costs for landscaping projects vary widely, with more than half of homeowners who completed their outdoor renovation spending more than $10,000 (56%) and nearly one-third of homeowners spending less than $5,000 (32%).

Regardless of motivations or budget, the majority of homeowners who completed a landscaping project report that they spend more time outside (67%). Some of the other ways that homeowners enjoy their newly upgraded outdoor space include relaxing (62%) and gardening (44%).

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