Weyerhaeuser has added Flak Jacket protection to its Trus Joist TJI Joists to meet building code requirements for fire resistance. The specialty coating provides a simple way to achieve one-hour floor/ceiling assemblies and to comply with the new 2012 IRC fire protection requirements in multifamily buildings and single-family homes. Weyerhaeuser Wood Products. www.woodbywy.com.
The LRU is the new rafter-to-ridge connection hanger that can accommodate solid-sawn rafters 2x6 to 2x12 in size. Installed with nails or Strong-Drive structural-connector screws, the product slopes up or down to 45 degrees and can be installed either before or after the deck is in place. It will be available in April. Simpson Strong-Tie Co. www.strongtie.com.
The modern fireplaces trend continues. This one, LUX, is a gas fireplace unit featuring stainless steel construction, modern media in place of traditional logs, steel pipes, and a reflective black glass firebox. A clean face design allows finishing materials to be applied up to the edge of the fireplace and standard sizes—36 inches and 42 inches—make it easier to frame. Heat & Glo by Hearth and Home Technologies. www.heatnglo.com.
The manufacturer’s new showerhead technology mixes air with water to increase water velocity and shower spray intensity. As a result, shower sprays feel softer and water temperature is maintained. This technology is being introduced on the new Danze 200 showerhead (shown here). Danze. www.danze.com.
Offering traditionally styled designs, the Tanglewood Collection offers a wide selection of products that includes pendants, chandeliers, and wall sconces. Pieces feature satin-etched glass shades and come in two new finishes: brushed nickel and Olde Bronze. Kichler. www.kichler.com.