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- This isn't your grandfather's wheelbarrow. designed for heavy-duty construction work, the Contractor Series Fold-A-Cart has flat-free wheels and folds down for easy storage and transportation. The unit is narrow enough to fit through doors and carries up to 400 pounds and 9 cubic feet of material. Cost: $199.95. Fold-A-Tools. 866-977-3653. www.foldacart.com.
- You can always use some storage space up on a ladder and the Professional Ladder Utility System offers it. The unit contains a ladder mount, tool bucket with carrying handle, and a universal tool holder. Other features include a safety latch, safety strap, and leveling adjustment block. Cost: $22. Creative Sales. 866-869-8115. www.proladdersystem.com.
At the Apex
- Simply put, the manufacturer claims that the APEX Block is the most energy-efficient construction material on the planet. That's up for debate, but the product—made from recycled polystyrene and cement—is pretty cool. An average home built with the block keeps 2,830 pounds of polystyrene out of landfills, the company estimates. Cost: $20.25 per block. APEX Construction Systems. 800-252-8784. www.apexblock.com.
- Designed for trade contractors and carpenters, the Allaso Tool System stores, organizes, and transports hand-held tools and accessories. It is made from weather-resistant plastic and has removable compartments, a built-in task light, and an adjustable handle. An easy-assist feature facilitates lifting and loading. Cost: $199.99. KK-Yas Corp. 248-663-2415. www.allasotoolsystems.com.
- Pivot Square looks like a traditional rafter square, but it isn't. It has three vials that determine roof pitches, indicate grade, facilitate miter cuts, and allow for leveling and plumbing cuts. A locking mechanism sets the square at a specific angle for marking repetitive cut lines in degrees or roof pitches. Cost: $83.92. C.H. Hanson Co. 800-827-3398. www.chhanson.com.
- Don't let the wood grain fool you. eterna is actually made from aluminum but has a simulated finish that looks like wood. Ideal for homes in coastal markets, the line will be available on the company's WinGuard impact-resistant picture, Fixed Lite, and casement windows, as well as French doors, and will come in five wood grains: acacia, cherry, light oak, dark oak, and dark walnut. Cost: The finish option starts at $51. PGT. 877-550-6006. www.pgtindustries.com.