Lock Down: Problem-Solver is an acrylic exterior primer that features LokzAll technology that chemically bonds with extractive tannin bleed and locks it into the primer. The result is a surface that will be protected from discoloration. It is recommended for use on surfaces such as wood siding, trim, shingles, plywood, fiber-cement siding, and masonry, among others. Cost: $27 per gallon. Cabot. 800-877-8246. www.cabotstain.com.
Lock Down: Problem-Solver is an acrylic exterior primer that features LokzAll technology that chemically bonds with extractive tannin bleed and locks it into the primer. The result is a surface that will be protected from discoloration. It is recommended for use on surfaces such as wood siding, trim, shingles, plywood, fiber-cement siding, and masonry, among others. Cost: $27 per gallon. Cabot. 800-877-8246. www.cabotstain.com.
Walk On By: Inspired by floors found in Nicaragua, the Echo Collec-

tion of tiles ranges in color from bright blues and yellows to contemporary black and white. The tiles are made from pigmented cement that has been poured into molds and put under 3,000 pounds of pressure. The resulting tiles are durable and can be used indoors or outdoors. Cost: $20 to $40 per square foot. Granada Tiles. 213-482-8070. www.granadatiles.com.
Walk On By: Inspired by floors found in Nicaragua, the Echo Collec- tion of tiles ranges in color from bright blues and yellows to contemporary black and white. The tiles are made from pigmented cement that has been poured into molds and put under 3,000 pounds of pressure. The resulting tiles are durable and can be used indoors or outdoors. Cost: $20 to $40 per square foot. Granada Tiles. 213-482-8070. www.granadatiles.com.
Get a Grip: You can never have enough clamps—or so the saying goes—but it helps to have the right type. This parallel-jaw unit, for example, provides a large 90-degree clamping angle and a 3 ¾–inch throat depth for more clamping space. A resin body and jaws prevent marring, while a locking system keeps the clamp from slipping. Cost: $34.99 to $39.99. IRWIN Industrial Tools. 800-464-7946. www.irwin.com.
Get a Grip: You can never have enough clamps—or so the saying goes—but it helps to have the right type. This parallel-jaw unit, for example, provides a large 90-degree clamping angle and a 3 ¾–inch throat depth for more clamping space. A resin body and jaws prevent marring, while a locking system keeps the clamp from slipping. Cost: $34.99 to $39.99. IRWIN Industrial Tools. 800-464-7946. www.irwin.com.
Vierti Good: Vierti combines minimalist styling and LEDs in what maybe the coolest dimmer ever. The unit operates by a single touch, allowing users to set lighting levels from 100 percent down to 1 percent. The LEDs brighten when touched to indicate the dimmer is responding but glow softly when at rest. LEDs are available in blue, green, or white. Cost: from $197. Lutron Electronics. 888-588-7661. www.lutron.com.
Vierti Good: Vierti combines minimalist styling and LEDs in what maybe the coolest dimmer ever. The unit operates by a single touch, allowing users to set lighting levels from 100 percent down to 1 percent. The LEDs brighten when touched to indicate the dimmer is responding but glow softly when at rest. LEDs are available in blue, green, or white. Cost: from $197. Lutron Electronics. 888-588-7661. www.lutron.com.
Hot Air: Freestanding wood stoves are highly desirable, but codes often prohibit them in multi-family projects. Gabo Gas II solves that issue. It has the same clean lines as the manufacturer’s wood-burning products but uses ceramic logs and embers that generate 13,000 to 20,000 BTU per hour. Available in black or gray, the unit features steel sides and top plates, and has a curved glass door. Cost: $3,800. Rais. 888-724-7789. www.rais.com.
Hot Air: Freestanding wood stoves are highly desirable, but codes often prohibit them in multi-family projects. Gabo Gas II solves that issue. It has the same clean lines as the manufacturer’s wood-burning products but uses ceramic logs and embers that generate 13,000 to 20,000 BTU per hour. Available in black or gray, the unit features steel sides and top plates, and has a curved glass door. Cost: $3,800. Rais. 888-724-7789. www.rais.com.
Real Power: The manufacturer says its new lithium-ion 18-volt battery platform is designed to deliver pro features at affordable prices. An extension of the company’s One+ System, the lithium-ion kits include battery upgrades, a two-piece drilling kit, and a four-piece power tool kit. Tools feature longer runtime and are 20 percent lighter than comparable products with 18-volt nickel-cadmium batteries. Cost: $99 to $269. Ryobi. 800-525-2579. www.ryobitools.com.
Real Power: The manufacturer says its new lithium-ion 18-volt battery platform is designed to deliver pro features at affordable prices. An extension of the company’s One+ System, the lithium-ion kits include battery upgrades, a two-piece drilling kit, and a four-piece power tool kit. Tools feature longer runtime and are 20 percent lighter than comparable products with 18-volt nickel-cadmium batteries. Cost: $99 to $269. Ryobi. 800-525-2579. www.ryobitools.com.
Touch This: Replacing traditional keypads and keys, smart-TOUCH allows users to swipe a finger to open or close the garage door. It will accept up to 20 individual users—which can be added, deleted, or changed in three steps—and is easy to install and operate, the company says. The product comes with a relay unit that works with an indoor wall control and a handheld programmer. It will work with any manufacturer’s opener mechanism. Cost: $97. bioMETRX. 516-937-2828. www.smarttouchstore.com.
Touch This: Replacing traditional keypads and keys, smart-TOUCH allows users to swipe a finger to open or close the garage door. It will accept up to 20 individual users—which can be added, deleted, or changed in three steps—and is easy to install and operate, the company says. The product comes with a relay unit that works with an indoor wall control and a handheld programmer. It will work with any manufacturer’s opener mechanism. Cost: $97. bioMETRX. 516-937-2828. www.smarttouchstore.com.
Resin d’Etre: Products in the manufacturer’s new Resin Tile Collection are sure to get buyers’ attention. They are made of stone but cast in a high-gloss resin that has been polished to a luster. Designed for interior applications, the tiles measure 12 inches by 12 inches. Three stone options are available. Cost: $50 per square foot. SOLI Architectural Surfaces. 310-659-6626. www.soliusa.com.
Resin d’Etre: Products in the manufacturer’s new Resin Tile Collection are sure to get buyers’ attention. They are made of stone but cast in a high-gloss resin that has been polished to a luster. Designed for interior applications, the tiles measure 12 inches by 12 inches. Three stone options are available. Cost: $50 per square foot. SOLI Architectural Surfaces. 310-659-6626. www.soliusa.com.