DRYWALL INSTALLERS KNOW HOW FRUSTRATING BLADE CHANGES CAN BE: THEY TAKE time away from work and can be complicated. Mag Knife combats the problem by allowing faster and safer blade changes, says the manufacturer. The knife is designed to be opened with one hand and has a built-in magnet to hold blades in place until the tool is locked. Mag Knife has an angled body, a soft grip, and a “hang hole” for easy storage. Cost: $10.99. C.H. Hanson Co. 800-827-3398. www.chhanson.com.
THE SPRAY STATION 5000 OFFERS AN ANTIDOTE TO heavy, noisy, wasteful conventional spray guns, its maker says. The high-volume/low-pressure tool applies paint evenly and produces less overspray, the company adds, giving users greater control. It can be used to apply paint, lacquer, varnish, enamels, and acrylics, and it comes with a 9½-foot hose. Cost: $269. Earlex. 888-783-2612. www.earlex.com.
TO SUIT HOME BUYERS WHO WANT MEDITERRANEAN-styled products in their Tuscan-inspired homes, check out this manufacturer's line of hand-painted and hand-finished range hoods, which fit various styles. The Tuscan wall-mount (shown) comes with a two-part stained finish that combines a vinyl sealer with an acrylic lacquer for moisture resistance and color retention, says the manufacturer. It comes in 36-, 48-, and 60-inch widths. Cost: starting at $3,349. Habersham Furniture Co. 800-422-3774. www.habershamdesigns.com.
CHRISTOPHER COLE WAS A CUSTOM BUILDER WHO had a hard time finding interesting bath products, so he started manufacturing his own using solid wood and wood veneers. The Lily Contemporary vanity (shown) measures 40 inches wide and has simple lines, double doors, and side bars for hanging towels. The product is shown in a deep mahogany finish with shell handles. Sink and faucet are sold separately. Cost: $3,795. Cole & Co. 888-653-2284. www.vanitybath.com.
IF YOU'RE CUTTING METAL WITH TRADITIONAL CIRCULAR saw blades, you can stop. The manufacturer says this metal-cutting blade is a better alternative. The carbide-tipped product cuts angled iron, sheet metal, pipe, and steel more quickly than conventional blades, the company says. Designed to cut with fewer sparks and less dust, the blade leaves objects it cuts cool to the touch, the firm adds. The blades range in size from 5 3/8 to 14 inches. Cost: $50 to $250 per blade, depending on size. Lenox. 800-628-8810. www.lenoxsaw.com.
THE COMPANY THAT BROUGHT YOU GORILLA GLUE INTRODUCES GORILLA Tape, a product the maker says is thicker, stickier, and tougher than any all-purpose tape on the market. The tape features 17 mils of adhesives—as opposed to 7½ to 10 mils in normal duct tape—so it sticks to surfaces such as stucco, rough lumber, and brick, the company adds. It has a reinforced backing and a UV-resistant, all-weather shell. Cost: $9.99 for a 35-yard roll. Gorilla Glue Co. 800-966-3458. www.gorillatape.com.