It's a fact of life: Knife blades break—and often. Unless you have this one, which the manufacturer claims is the first shatter-resistant blade for utility knives. Ideal for cutting many surfaces, the blade has an edge that stays sharp for up to three times longer than traditional carbon steel blades, the company adds. Because it has a flexible spring steel backing, the blade also is shatter resistant. It is available in packs of three, five, 50, and 100.Cost: $2 to $50. Lenox. 800-628-8810. www.lenoxsaw.com. Circle no. 101.
The manufacturer says the Snap On wall plate has the industry's first subplate that fits onto a designer-style wiring device's mounting screws. Once the wall plate is positioned, it manually ratchets into place. The design makes it easier for contractors to finish off an installation and reduces installation time by eliminating the need to use separate screws. It is available for 1- and 6-gang configurations in a variety of colors. Cost: $2 to $4. Leviton. 800-323-8920. www.leviton.com. Circle no. 102.
Reading blueprints at the jobsite can be confusing. Planreader tape measures can help. The products feature standard 1-inch markings, but they also have -architect ¼-inch scales for scaling construction plans. The company says the markings help contractors read plans faster and more accurately. The tape measures are available in 16-, 25-, and 30-foot lengths. Cost: $14.95 to $21.95. Builderscale. 201-837-1218. www.builderscale.com. Circle no. 103.
The Debutante small-scale pendant is a good example of the refined industrial aesthetic that is hot at the moment. Made from spun aluminum, the fixture has a cone-shaped shade that measures 6 inches in diameter and has a 5-inch ceiling canopy. It uses a 50-watt bi-pin halogen bulb and comes in 25 standard shade finishes, including brushed chrome (shown) and metallic and baked enamel variations. Cost: $275. D'ac Lighting. 914-698-5959. www.daclighting.com. Circle no. 104.
SuperCell 2000 is the only fusion-welded cellular vinyl window on the market, the company claims. Cellular material, it says, has an insulation capacity that is 200 percent higher than hollow vinyl and 60 percent higher than wood. It comes standard in pre-finished white and has an integral J-channel, low-E glass, and a brick mold exterior frame. Various styles are available. Cost: About $160. SuperSeal Window and Door Co. 888-639-8469. www.supersealwindows.com. Circle no. 105.
Rumbled clay pavers are a good choice for buyers who want the cobblestone-look of historic Main Street USA, the manufacturer says. Designed to look centuries old, each brick goes through a tumbler that rounds the edges but allows each piece to maintain its strength and size. The bricks are available in five colors. Cost: 65 cents to 85 cents per brick. Pine Hall Brick. 336-721-7500. www.pinehall brick.com. Circle no. 106.