Home > Products > Finishes & Surfaces > Builder Briefs: October 2004 Finishes & Surfaces Posted on: March 07, 2005 Builder Briefs: October 2004 By Nigel F. Maynard For more product information, visit ebuild, Hanley Wood's interactive product catalog, at www.builderonline.com or www.ebuild.com. Power PlayTHE MANUFACTURER CONTINUES ITS ENTRÉE INTO THE PNEUMATIC-TOOL CATEGORY with a new line of seven pneumatic fasteners that includes finish, framing, and roofing products. All tools feature lightweight magnesium housings; tool-free, depth-of-drive adjustment for accurate depth control; a self-cleaning air filter; and “swivel quick-connect” to lessen hose tangles; and many other features. Shown is the 3 ½-inch, round-head framing nailer. Cost: $300 to $325. Ridgid. 800-474-3443. www.ridgid.com. Circle no. 101. True BrewTHE MANUFACTURER SAYS THE BREW EXPRESS is the first built-in-the-wall coffeemaker that is truly plumbed. Installed easily in the stud cavity, the unit saves counter space. Coffee brews in a stainless steel carafe that can maintain temperature for hours without burning, the company says. The product also has a sensor that stops the brewing if the carafe is removed. Cost: $649. Brew Express. 866-268-5953. www.brewexpress.com. Circle no. 102. Go LowAS THE GREENING OF building products continues apace, one of the most recent entries is this line of caulk and adhesives that has low amounts of the volatile organic compounds that can harm people with chemical sensitivities. The line includes all-purpose and heavy-duty adhesives as well as subfloor and blacktop asphalt fillers and sealants. Cost: $1.99 to $4.50. DAP. 888-327-8477. www.dap.com. Circle no. 103. Finish LineIN THE PAST, USING STAINED CEDAR SHINGLES ENTAILED A TWO-STEP PROCESS: FIRST, YOU installed the siding; then, you stained it on the house—or you stained it, then installed it. Not anymore. The manufacturer's pre-stained siding panels offer a more uniform and long-lasting stain because it's pre-applied in the factory. Not only does this save builders a step, it yields a more durable finish than can be obtained with a field-applied stain. The panels are available in 76 colors. Cost: $3.90 to $4 per square foot. Cedar Valley. 800-521-9523. www.cedar-valley.com. Circle no. 104. Picture ThisIT USED TO BE THAT PICTURE WINDOWS OFFERED DRAMATIC VIEWS of the outdoors but little opportunity to let in fresh air. The manufacturer's new venting picture window changes all that. Available in sizes up to 6 feet by 6 feet, the window projects 2 ¼ inches from the sash. It comes in 19 exterior clad-aluminum finishes and five interior wood species. A wood exterior is also available. Cost: $250 to $350 more than the company's typical picture window. Marvin. 888-537-7828. www.marvin.com. Circle no. 105. Locked UpTHE PARLIAMENT MORTISE LOCK features solid-brass construction, a pickproof triple-locking mechanism, a 1-inch hardened steel deadbolt, and a reinforced strike. It comes in PVD (physical vapor deposition) brass, satin nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, and antique brass. Cost: $670. Medeco. 800-839-3157. www.medeco.com. Circle no. 106.