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July 30, 2014

Philips Lighting is recalling about 7,500 units of its “Lightolier” brand AF4SY Decorative Glass Lens after receiving one report of the glass lens breaking. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the decorative glass lens has displayed a tendency to shatter, posing a risk to consumers below.

July 29, 2014

Massachusetts-based lighting company Osram Sylvania announced that it would be expanding it’s lineup of LED light bulbs. This month, Lowe’s will start stocking the seven new bulbs.

Among the company’s new LED bulb offerings are the ones meant to replace 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs. The 60-watt LED bulb puts out the same amount of light as a 60-watt incandescent with 8.5 watts of electricity.

July 24, 2014

Electronics and appliance manufacturer LG announced three new additions to its lineup of four-door refrigerators this week.

The new models all feature the LG CustomChill drawer, which allows owners to organize and quickly access favorites foods and drinks.

July 23, 2014

Duracell will launch new Quantum C, D and 9-Volt batteries during the summer of 2014. The launch will coincide with the first anniversary of the launch of the Quantum battery line.

July 23, 2014

St. Paul, Minnesota-based EcoWater Systems, a Marmon Water/Berkshire Hathaway company, is transforming how consumers interact with their water treatment systems with the introduction of HydroLink Plus Wi-Fi web-based technology. HydroLink Plus makes it possible to monitor and manage EcoWater water treatment systems and water usage via a smartphone, tablet or computer from virtually anywhere inside or outside the home.

July 21, 2014

Klein Tools released the new Switch Drive Handle System to easily alternate any accessory with a power groove between a power tool and hand tool.

While power drills can make quick work of large fastening jobs, a screwdriver is still needed for those times when you need the finesse of a hand tool, the Lincolnshire, Illinois-based company explained. Klein’s new Switch Drive Handle System allows end users to switch between a power drill and hand tool minimizing the number of tools and saving space.

July 21, 2014

To enrich any caulk project, Red Devil says its new Create-A-Color Caulk Kit makes it easy for DIYers or contractors to create a caulk color to match just about any interior or exterior design element-saying goodbye to plain old white.

The product speaks to a problem the company describes this way: Often after a kitchen or bath remodel, the rich colors of fixtures and materials that were carefully chosen to blend together have an unwanted standout bead of white caulk. The same can be true on the exterior with trim, molding and siding.

July 17, 2014

With two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries, the Makita Cordless 7-1/4-inch Circular Saw brings 4,800 RPM for fast cutting and ripping and the kind of performance normally found in a corded saw.

With up to 250 cuts per charge, the saw’s batteries require only 30 minutes of charge time. 

July 17, 2014

DXV by American Standard, a new flagship luxury bathroom and kitchen brand launched this spring, will be available at Pirch locations across the country beginning August 2014.

Pirch operates four luxury show rooms in California and another in Chicago.

July 16, 2014

Norcross, Georgia-based Halco Lighting Technologies is recalling about 9,500 of its ProLED bulbs after receiving reports of potential overheating and falling hazards.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were five reports of the bulbs separating from the sockets, and the bulbs have a tendency to overheat and fall on consumers below. No injuries have been reported, however.

July 15, 2014

Benjamin Moore is expanding its line of Regal Select Exterior paint with a new product made to adhere better to vinyl siding.

Customers in the Northeast and Midwest, as well as New Englanders will be able to buy the company’s new Revive paint, which contains Vinyl-Lock technology, which prevents peeling and fading once the paint has been applied.

The new product comes after the company conducted a study that found that respondents considering painting vinyl siding would prefer a product made specifically for that purpose.

July 14, 2014

Citing an increasing demand for low-gloss hardwood floors in the U.S., Bellawood is adding prefinished oil-look matte styles to its product line.

According to the company, low-gloss floors are good for concealing minor scratches, dirt and fur, which is helping fuel the demand in homes with kids and pets.

Bellawood's new line achieves these results without the need to add a high-maintenance oil finish. Instead, the company uses a proprietary topcoat with a UV-cured aluminum oxide finish.

July 11, 2014

Timber customers in the United Kingdom will now be able to avail themselves of LP's SolidStart Simply Better Stud. 

LP recently launched the product across the pond, touting its ability to minimize plasterboard cracks, nail popping, wall rippling and skirting & cornice gaps.

The Simply Better Stud promises greater uniformity and consistency, greater dimensional stability and added performance. The straight design also reduces the need for a mid-height wall noggin that's normally used with timber studs, acccording to the company.

July 10, 2014

Building on its first pneumatic stapler, Arrow Fasteners has introduced a line of pneumatic tools. In addition to the PT50 stapler, the New Jersey-based company's line of pneumatic tools includes a brad nailer, pin nailer and an angled nailer, all for use in profession and DIY projects.

“Each one of these tools offers a quick and easy solution that empowers people to conquer home projects simply and easily,” arrows marketing and product development director, Frank Foster, said.

July 10, 2014

Customers in Utah, Nevada and Wyoming can now buy NuvohH2O's water softeners at certain Ace Hardware stores, the supplier announced Thursday. 

Instead of using salt like most water softeners, NuvoH2O's products work with the help of a citrus agent and don't require electricity, brine tank, drain or soft water loop to work/. The absence of salt reduces buildup on fixtures and shower doors.

July 9, 2014

Mequon, Wisconsin-based Johnson Level launched a new website at johnsonlevel.com. The new site has a streamlined and modern look, and an "Advanced Product Search" for contractors to find precisely the right level, laser or square for the job. 

July 9, 2014

WOLF has a new collection in its arsenal. Its Poly-Ash Moulding is a new line of exterior trim made with more than 70% recycled material that seeks to correct the limitations of wood and PVC.

The mouldings are made with Boral TruExterior Trim and are manufactured entirely in the U.S. They're also covered by Boral TruExterior Trim's 20-year limited warranty once painted.

Designed with durability in mind, the mouldings offer resistance to rotting, cracking, splitting and termites, and they eliminate the need for end-sealing or special adhesives.

July 8, 2014

A potential fire hazard is behind the recall of the Single Stage Snow Thrower from All Power America.

Menards stores and independent hardware retailers sold the products from September 2012 through December 2013 for about $200.

Hazard: According to the recall announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, exposure to Chinese gasoline for extended periods of time while testing the product overseas caused the carburetor needle to become corroded and allow fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

July 8, 2014

Atlanta, Georgia-based Zep Commercial has released a fast-acting Quick Clean Disinfectant, which portends to kill 99.9% of bacteria in just five seconds.

According to the company, Quick Clean Disinfectant does the job in a fraction of the time. Many popular anti-bacterial cleaners can take up to 10 minutes to work.

It uses a special quaternary active blend that kills germs quickly, including viruses and bacteria like Rhinovirus, Norovirus and Salmonella.

July 3, 2014

Calculated Industries, maker of the jobsite-ubiquitous Construction Master calculator, is now offering a line of four measuring wheels.

Able to measure up to 9,999 ft., 11 ins., the products are described by the company as durable, reliable and accurate.

“Every building professional, from contractors and remodelers to flooring installers, landscapers and pavers, can find the Wheel Master that fits their needs,” reads a company satement.

July 3, 2014

Irvine, California-based Insteon says its home automation and control technology products are now available in Microsoft retail stores.

The company’s connected-home devices are also available through MicrosoftStore.com and at such stores as Best Buy, The Home Depot, Walmart, Sears and Menards, among others. 

July 3, 2014

Rexburg, Idaho-based Monkey Bar Storage is expanding its product lineup to include Swisstrax flooring for its North American customers.

The selection process was extensive for Tyler Patterson, Monkey Bars flooring specialist. “Quickly, I found that Swisstrax provides the best quality, products and durability,” said Patterson.

July 2, 2014

Caledonia, Wisconsin-based CalStar Products is now offering its brick and Thru-Wall units in a split-face option.

Split-face bricks have a textured face for a more natural, rustic look that mimics the appearance of natural stones. As per the name, the backside of the brick is smooth and straight for ease of installation.

The split-face option will be available for CalStar's 8"x24" facing units and Monarch bricks, as well as the new Ambassador brick.

July 2, 2014

Stanley Black & Decker is recalling certain Porter-Cable routers after discovering that uninsulated handles present an electrical shock risk.

The fixed-based routers and router bases have not been responsible for any reported injuries or incidents so far, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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