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Product Picks: August 2021

Each month, hundreds of products and services vie for industry attention. Here are some that our editors think will interest LBM Journal readers.

SDWS Timber Screw

Developed to be easy to drive and engineered for superior holding power, the Strong-Drive SDWS Timber Screw from Simpson Strong-Tie is said to be easy to install, offering a high-strength alternative to through-bolting and using lag screws across many common wood framing applications. Featuring a SawTooth point designed for fast starts and reduced installation torque, the SDWS Timber screw’s bold thread design and its underhead nibs provide greater control when seating the screw head. A large, low-profile washer head provides maximum bearing area, along with easy-to-read size identification. The SDWS Timber Screw is also available in Type 316 stainless steel for strength and severe corrosion resistance.


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Feeney DesignRail Wood Grain finish

Feeney’s Wood Grain finishes for DesignRail Top Rail are available in three wood patterns—Cherry, Walnut, and Weathered Gray. All are designed to be realistic looking, and are suited for both exterior and interior applications. Designed with a durable, fade-resistant powder coat, the finish offers the organic look of wood without the ongoing maintenance requirements. Available as a DesignRail custom option, the Wood Grain finishes adhere to AAMA 2604 coating specifications for impact and weather resistance, and color retention. The Wood Grain Top Rail can be mixed with any DesignRail frame color, including a range of standard or custom colors, and can match the wood used on the deck.


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DEWALT XTREME 12V Circular Saw

DEWALT has released a new XTREME 12V MAX 5-3/8″ Circular Saw (DCS512B), the latest addition to the XTREME Sub-Compact Series. The saw is designed to deliver powerful and accurate cutting performance across a wide range of materials and features a built-in rafter hook for storage on the jobsite. An electric brake is designed to quickly stop the blade after the trigger is released. Available with optional dust collection. A LED light is designed to offer increased visibility to ensure cut accuracy.


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LP WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier

LP WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier is now an APA Structural I rated wall and roof sheathing. With the addition of this product, LP Structural Solutions offers a full portfolio of framing and sheathing solutions designed to help achieve a tight building envelope. Backed by LP’s 30-year limited warranty, LP WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier is designed to withstand temperature cycling and deliver consistent, long-term protection. LP WeatherLogic panels are built to help safeguard homes from water intrusion while allowing moisture vapor to escape. An integrated wall and roof sheathing solution, it combines both air and water protection with the increased structural capacity of a Structural I rating. The vaporpermeable membrane on the panel was developed to allow moisture to dry. LP WeatherLogic system is installed with AAMA 711-13 approved acrylic seam and flashing tape, and can be used with LP WeatherLogic Water Screen, a screen designed to drain water from between cladding and water resistive barriers, to maximize the moisture protection of a home. Rebates are available for dealers and first-time users.



ZEEL by ODL is engineered to provide an alternative to flush-glazed doors with the benefits of a versatile frame system. The customizable frame is designed to be stained or painted, blending with the door. ZEEL doors feature a modern, flat profile and a Resolve sealant that is said to be immune to messy squeeze out and won’t degrade over time. The FiberMate Plus frame material resists warping when subjected to severe temperature changes and direct sunlight, even with dark colors, the manufacturer says. A clip system developed for ZEEL eliminates the need for screws and screw holes and allows the frame to sit flush with the face of the door. Available in hundreds of available glass combinations with no minimum order requirements.

FastenMaster Fascia Fastening Systems

FastenMaster now offers Cortex and TrapEase Fascia Fastening Systems, designed as solutions to install composite fascia with great finished looks. Cortex and TrapEase Fascia Systems are packaged complete including the counterbore tool, which allows for expansion and contraction designed for delivering long term performance. FastenMaster’s Cortex for Fascia offering comes in all Trex Transcends colors and is said to create a virtually invisible finished look. The TrapEase Fascia System comes in 18 colors. Both products can be shipped immediately and stocked at Lumberyards around the country.

Dekpro EFFEX Deck Lighting

DekPro EFFEX feature high quality LED lights with durable aluminum powder coated housings. Each low voltage light fixture has two quick connect leads developed for easy wiring. Expansions to the products this year include wireless lighted post caps, solar post caps for 2″ and 3″ aluminum posts, hooded recessed riser light, molded hood design designed to keep light shining directionally onto stair treads, flush mount louvered riser light, and a classic louvered light style. The lights mount flat against the riser requiring only a 1″ round hole and use 3M adhesive backing to attach to any flat, clean surface.

Paslode Cordless XP Framing Nailer

Paslode’s latest model Cordless XP Framing Nailer is designed for applications such as framing, truss attachment, wall panels, floor joists, decking, fencing, blocking, and more. Designed to drive 9,000 nails per battery charge and 1,200 nails per fuel cell, the nailer comes with a rear-load magazine with a bypass follower designed for faster nail loading. The Paslode Cordless XP Framing Nailer is said to be the lightest cordless framing nailer on the market at 7.2 lbs., up to four pounds lighter than the competition. Its new two-sided texturized padded grip is developed to provide added comfort and control with improved ergonomics and maneuverability. Its fuel system is engineered to drive nails flush into LVL and other hard lumber, especially when used in combination with the manufacturer’s Fuel + Nail Packs. Other pro-focused features include a tool-free adjustable depth of drive and an adjustable rafter belt hook that can rotate for either right or left-handed users. A nail lock-out mechanism engages when five nails are left in the magazine to signal that reloading is necessary and help prevent premature driver blade wear. Available with a two-year service promise.


DeckWise Ipe Clip

DeckWise Hidden Deck Fasteners with stainless steel reinforcement are designed to be up to three times stronger than other unseen deck/patio fastener systems. The Ipe Clip is molded of a malleable plastic polymer resin coating (further adding UV & chemical resistant qualities), allowing for the natural expansion/contraction of wood decking. A stainless-steel insert holds decking to joists, engineered to eliminate decking screws from pulling through as the deck material expands. Available in Hardwood Brown, Composite Grey, and Shadowline Black to match the look of exotic hardwoods, thermally modified wood, PVC, or composite decking. Kit combinations can be ordered in variations of 100 pieces and complete 175 kit counts. Plus, decking screws can be mixed and matched for different lengths, color and style.


Milwaukee Rechargeable Penlight with Laser

Providing 250 lumens of TRUEVIEW high-definition output, the Rechargeable 250L Penlight with Laser features a laser pointer designed to ensure faster inspections and accurate communication on the jobsite. Built with two modes, users get the optimal light and run-time for up to eight hours. A protective rubber bite zone is designed to make it easy for users to direct light while performing two-handed tasks. The Penlight also comes with USB charging, an on-board battery indicator, and a removable metal clip for secure attachment to shirts or pant pocket. The light is IP54 rated for protection from water and dust and is rated for drops up to 2 meters.


Fortress Cladding

Designed to provide building professionals with a compelling wood-alternative for façades and rainscreen assemblies, Infinity capped bamboo-plastic composite and Apex capped bamboo-PVC composite cladding are designed to pair the look of wood with the durability and strength of composite and PVC. Fortress cladding boards deliver wood-emulation with non-repeating grain patterns, enhanced wood grain textures, earth-tone color palettes. Due to their UV-, fade-, and moisture-resistive properties, the cladding products do not require staining or resealing. Infinity and Apex cladding boards can also be used as decking boards, allowing dealers to stock two unique products with fewer SKUs.


Stand-up rebar tying from MAX USA

MAX USA Corp.’s Stand-Up RB401T-E tool is designed to allow workers to make ties while standing upright. Said to be the world’s first and only battery powered stand-up solution for tying #3 x #3 to #6 on #6 rebar combinations, the tool’s TWINTIER technology allows the RB401T-E to tie 4,000 ties per charge, while delivering just the right amount of wire for greater productivity and cost savings. Patent-pending triggerless technology allows the tool to tie when the contact switch is engaged.



FlexFX by RailFX

The FlexFX Program by RailFX is designed to be a simple and flexible cable railing option for residential railing applications including decks, docks, balconies, and stairways that use wood, metal, or sleeved posts. FlexFX uses the company’s stainless steel Push-Lock fittings, which require no special tools. FlexFX comes with two cable thicknesses, 1/8″, and 3/16″, and in lengths of 100′ and 500′ with a 10-year limited warranty. The cables pass straight through all intermediate posts and according to the manufacturer, are easy to tighten so there are no loose or sagging cables.


Weather Shield VUE Collection

The VUE Collection from Weather Shield features ultra-narrow profiles and large spans of glass designed to seamlessly connect living spaces with the outdoor environment. The collection is engineered to maximize thermal and structural performance and exceeds the most stringent energy codes, the company says, fulfilling Weather Shield’s commitment to quality, environmentally sustainable products. Casement, awnings, direct-sets and multi- slide doors in the collection were released to select markets this summer. Additional products will be available in 2022.


Bosch Compact 18V Barrel-Grip Jig Saw

The barrel-grip ergonomics of Bosch’s new jig saw were specially designed for roofers, carpenters, and cabinet installers. The barrel grip design on the new jig saw is designed to give users optimal control over the cutting application with the hand closer to the work piece and a lock-on switch for further comfort, especially when cutting upside down. Its auto-stop brake features a stroke mechanism developed to stop immediately after the trigger is moved to the off position for increased user protection, while the LED light and blower function are said to provide an optimal view of the cutting line for precision. The 18V Barrel-Grip Jig Saw also boasts four pendulum stages so users can choose between fast cutting progress or cleaner cuts, a one-hand, tool-free T-shank blade-change system designed for easy release of the saw blade and easy blade changes, plus speed preselection to choose the correct blade speed for specific applications.

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