A HACKSAW CAN BE AN INVALUABLE TOOL, BUT LET'S face facts: It's a one-trick pony. Perhaps this is why it is used infrequently. The manufacturer of the Nicholson Pro Series High Tension hacksaw says it's a four-in-one tool that contractors will reach for often. The saw can be configured in four ways: for general cutting, for making flush cuts, for cutting in tight spaces, and for making inside cuts as a jab saw. Cost: $25. Cooper Hand Tools. 919-844-0064. www.cooperhandtools.com. Circle no. 101.
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BECAUSE GLASS-BASED WALLBOARD IS BECOMING MORE POPULAR, THE manufacturer has introduced an autofeed screw gun that is perfect for the material. Lightweight and ergonomically designed, the FG12 needs no tools to make countersink and bit changes and can be used in autofeed mode or as a regular screw gun. It drives 1- to 2-inch screws, measures 16 ½ inches long, and weighs 4 pounds. Cost: $297. PAM Fastening Technology. 704-394-3141. www.pamfast.com. Circle no. 102.
THE POLYSTONE PREMIER Custom Collection includes a host of styles and designs to fit most needs, from a knee wall column to a square, non-tapered pillar. Load-bearing and fire- and impact-resistant, the composite fiberglass columns are appropriate for interior or exterior applications. The capitals and bases, also, are made of composite fiberglass. Cost: $316 for an 8-foot-by-8-inch column to $1,637 for 14 feet by 14 inches. Chadsworth's 1.800.Columns. 800-265-8667. www.columns.com. Circle no. 103.
LEAK BARRIER FAST 90 IS A SELF-STICKING UNDERLAYMENT THAT can be used in all tile and slate roofing applications, the manufacturer says. It performs like a traditional hot-mopped system, but it is suitable for residential use and is faster to install, the company adds. Fast90 has a peel-and-stick bottom side and an asphalt-coated top side that is strong enough to withstand the stress of tiles. Cost: $35 to $45 per roll. Tarco. 800-365-4506. www.tarcoroofing.com. Circle no. 104.
WITH EIGHT NEW SHADES, THE manufacturer has expanded its Studio Collection of solid surfacing to 54 colors. It includes realistic textures, recycled products, and colors inspired by glass, concrete, and precious metals. Made from a blend of polyester/acrylic alloys and fillers, the product is nonporous and durable, the manufacturer says. Cost: $35 to $65 per square foot installed. Avonite Surfaces. 800-354-9858. www.avonitesurfaces.com. Circle no. 105.
WALL-MOUNT FAUCETS ARE ALL THE RAGE, and now the manufacturer has introduced its own wall-mount product: the Solace. Featuring a chrome finish, the faucet comes with either lever or cross handles. The valve can be mounted on the wall or on the counter with the spout on the wall. The innovative valve system allows homeowners to upgrade or change the faucet without changing the entire assembly. Cost: $395. ShowHouse by Moen. 800-289-6636. www.showhouse.moen.com. Circle no. 106.