Product News from the HIR Mailbox 5/28/20

Here’s a roundup of the latest news on tool and home-improvement products sent to our mailbox.

World’s First Smart Microwave Drawer Oven
The Sharp SMD2489ES is the first, built-in Microwave Drawer Oven with Wi-Fi connectivity for seamless integration with the modern smart home. Download the Sharp Kitchen app to enable the smart features. The SMD2489ES Microwave Drawer Oven features built-in airflow venting. Now you can choose the traditional “proud mount” installation or flush mounting for a streamlined finish without additional trim-kits or vent deflectors. With the Easy Wave Open feature for touchless operation, simply wave up-and-down near the motion sensor and the Microwave Drawer Oven will glide open. With the touch of a button or a gentle nudge, the patented Easy Touch Automatic Drawer System smoothly closes the oven to avoid messy spills. The oven stays closed when you walk by, so children and pets won’t accidentally open it. Visit shop.sharpusa.com.

DeWalt Cordless Roofing Nailer
DeWalt adds the 15° Coil Roofing Nailer (DCN45RN) to its 20V MAX System, featuring over 200 products. Optimized for small jobsite applications, this nailer is ideal for service and repair jobs, small production work, flashing and shingling around windows, skylights and vents. Roofing pros can save up to 20 minutes daily in set-up and cleanup time by switching from a pneumatic nailer to a battery-powered roofing nailer. The DCN45RN Nailer drives 500 nails per charge and can fire up to three nails per second. It includes features standard among pro-grade corded equipment such as bump-actuation mode and tool-free depth adjustment for precise nailing. The nailer can install up to one square (100 square feet) of asphalt roofing shingles per charge at four nails per shingle using a 2.0Ah Battery (DCB203). Available in early summer 2020. Visit www.dewalt.com.

AirThreds Reusable Furnace Filters
AirThreds are billed as the world’s first furnace filters that are machine washable and dryable. Simply pop it in the wash anytime you feel it’s dirty. Just unzip the cover and give it a wash and dry. Then put it back on the frame and re-use. According to the manufacturer, user will no longer have to replace their furnace filters. AirThreds’ patented filter are designed to strike a balance between airflow and particle capture, which is especially important for those suffering from asthma, allergies, colds or flu. Made of antimicrobial-treated fabric, AirThreds help prevent bacteria, mold, and allergens that collect on air filters from blowing back into the home. Visit airthreds.com.

RentalHQ Website for DIY’ers
The online rental store locator RentalHQ.com has undergone a complete overhaul to make finding local rental tools and equipment and rental partners easier than ever for do-it-yourself homeowners. RentalHQ.com, managed by the American Rental Association (ARA), features an easy-to-use search function with fields for tool type and location. Searches deliver a list of local ARA-member rental partners carrying the tools and equipment—such as carpet cleaners, pressure washers and portable air compressors—with contact information for each store. The website functions seamlessly on desktop computers, laptops and mobile devices. Visit www.RentalHQ.com.

DAP Tank Bond Adhesives
DAP now offers Tank Bond, a complete line of hard-working adhesives ideal for an extensive list of professional and DIY applications. The family of products includes Tank Bond Thread Stopper, Tank Bond Liquid Grip, Tank Bond Heavy Duty Advanced Epoxy and Tank Bond Clear Epoxy. Combined, these adhesives are strong enough to tackle repairs ranging from tools, home products and outdoor maintenance to boats, bicycles, automotive, motorcycles and even musical instruments. According to Kate Piche, product director at DAP. “Whether it’s preventing stripped screws and bonding fasteners to holding screws and bolts in place and bonding metal, this ‘tough-as-a-tank’ military-grade adhesive technology provides tactical solutions for even the most demanding jobs.” Visit tankbond.dap.com.

Fortress Apex PVC Decking
In satisfying ignition-resistant building standards for wildfire resistance, Fortress Building Products is now able to equip California building professionals with a built-to-last decking solution. Fortress Apex PVC decking was evaluated in accordance with the California Building Commission’s fire safety codes and subsequently awarded the green light for use in the state’s Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) areas. Apex decking utilizes a proprietary tri-extrusion process to deliver the look tropical hardwoods made from a blend of lightweight bamboo and a cellular PVC core, which allows 25 percent less expansion and contraction than other decking for a consistent, uniform appearance. Resilient against the elements, each board is encapsulated in an acrylic polymer for protection, UV performance and best-in-class slip resistance. Visit fortressbp.com.

Diablo SPEEDemon Self Feed Bits
Diablo SPEEDemon Self Feed Bits. These bits are specifically designed for faster, more efficient drilling in cordless drills. Traditional self-feed bits are slow and not optimally designed for cordless drills; they pull too much power and quickly drain the drill’s battery. Additionally, the feed-screw design on traditional self-feed bits makes them easy to lose or get stuck when pulling out the bit. The SPEEDemon Self Feed Bits have a precision heat-forged two-cutter head and a unique positive hook angle tooth geometry, which means these forward leaning teeth rip through soft wood up to two times faster than standard bits. The SPEEDemon Bits also feature a replaceable feed screw with a pull-out stop design that prevents it from slipping out when the bit is removed from the material. Visit www.diablotools.com.

Dickies Temp-iQ Clothing
The Temp-iQ line of clothing from Dickies features dynamic cooling technology that manages perspiration to keep you dry. The fabric’s easy-care stain release takes care of spills and splatters so the clothing looks like new each time you get it out of the dryer. Choose from t-shirts, long sleeves, shorts and button-ups. Visit www.dickies.com.

Flooring Visualizer Tool for Bruce, Hartco and Robbins Hardwood Brands
AHF Products, a leading manufacturer of high-quality, hardwood flooring, announces the launch of its floor Visualizer digital tool to help customers picture the latest flooring styles in their home before buying. The Visualizer is available across the company’s top-selling flooring brands, including Bruce, Hartco and Robbins. The Visualizer tool is an easy-to-use online platform where consumers can see how a color or style will look in a variety of different rooms, and can even upload their own image to see how their selections will look in their own home. Visit Bruce.com, Hartco.com, or www.robbins.com.

Brilliant Smart-Home Control for Genie Garage Doors
Brilliant, a leading smart-home control and lighting company, and Genie smart garage door openers have teamed up. Now, Genie’s full line of Wi-Fi enabled garage door openers powered by Aladdin Connect can be controlled from Brilliant’s in-wall touchscreen control panels and mobile app. Brilliant offers an affordable smart home control system that unifies all your favorite smart home devices and makes them easier to use. Homeowners, families, renters, and guests could already control lighting, locks, cameras, music, thermostats effortlessly by using simple voice-enabled touchscreen controls on the walls or the all-in-one Brilliant app. Now they can add garage doors to the list. Visit www.brilliant.tech and www.geniecompany.com.

Rivana Faucet Collection
Featuring modern, geometric styling with functionality home chefs will appreciate, the new Rivana collection from Blanco includes semi-professional, pull-down and bar faucet options along with a coordinating soap dispenser. Available in polished chrome and stainless finish, the Rivana faucet models help make clean-up more efficient with their easy-to-maneuver design and powerful dual spray features. An innovative magnetic handspray holder on the Semi-Professional model enhances ease-of-use. A bar faucet and coordinating soap dispenser round out the collection, allowing for a seamless design when incorporating additional sinks into other areas like a wet bar or kitchen island. Visit www.blancoamerica.com.

2-Way Radio Kleen
Discount Two-Way Radio introduces the “2-Way Radio Kleen,” a first-ever two-way radio cleaning kit designed to help shield professional two-way radio users from inadvertently being exposed to potentially harmful pathogens. According to the manufacturer, 2-Way Radio Kleen will protect workers from 99.9 percent of all bacteria, germs, and viruses that can collect on radio equipment before being passed along to the radio user or other crew members. 2-Way Radio Kleen includes is designed to sanitize, disinfect, and protect the radio user and every external component of the radio itself, including the metal housing, plastic programming knobs, and rubber antenna. A 4 oz. bottle of specially formulated cleaning solution that cleans, deodorizes, and disinfects two-way radio equipment from all viruses including influenza A (swine flu), H1N1 (bird flu), and COVID-19.The kit includes wipes, tissues, swabs, gloves and an antiseptic brush. Visit www.facebook.com/DiscountTwoWayRadio.

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