The Evolution Pro Series Disposers were designed with features that make them much more advanced than the company's previous products. Two- or three-stage MultiGrind technology pulverizes any food waste, including bones and corncobs, and SoundSeal technology makes the units 40 percent quieter than standard products, the maker says. Cost: $200 to $400. InSinkErator. 800-558-5700. www.insinkerator.com.
The maker says its new Frameguard Coating can be applied to all manner of framing lumber, including plywood and OSB, for protection against mold, termites, and fungal decay. Dyed green for easy identification, the water-based solution is applied by spray or dip at a wood-treating plant, lumber mill, or distribution yard. Cost: About $2 extra per square foot of floor plan. Arch Wood Products. 770-801-6600. www.wolmanizedwood.com.
Contractors often find themselves in need of a little help when working alone, and the Stand-Up-Guy offers it. The freestanding clamp will hold solid-core doors, windows, plywood, and lots of other items on the jobsite. It is made of heavy-gauge ABS plastic and features an adjusting nut. Cost: $44.99. Blue Herron Enterprises. 866-478-6387. www.standupguy.net.
Known for its faucets and fixtures, the manufacturer has branched out with a new collection of vanities that range in style from classical to modern. The pieces feature solid hardwoods and veneers as well as dovetailed drawers. They come in four standard widths and are 22¼ inches deep. The Thistle-down vanity in knotty pine is shown here. Cost: $1,350 to $1,850. Kohler. 800-456-4537. www.kohler.com.
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Anyone who has installed a bathroom sink faucet knows that the drain assembly takes the most time. The Speed Connect drain offers a solution. Available on a wide selection of the company's faucets, the assembly has fewer parts and a flexible cable that never needs adjusting, and it seals tight without plumber's putty, the manufacturer says. Cost: Available on all $75 to $350 faucets. American Standard. 800-524-9797. www.americanstandard-us.com.
Most outdoor sill faucets deliver cold water, but this company offers a new product that delivers warm water as well, so washing the car can be a slightly more pleasant experience. The unit has a frost-free cartridge, delivers 12 gallons per minute, and because the plumber needs to drill only one hole, it's easy to install. It is available as a single-handle hot/cold faucet or as a cold-only version. Cost: $64 to $68. Moen. 800-289-6636. www.moen.com.