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Product Picks: January 2022

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

Simpson Strong-Tie RCA-C rigid connector angle

Simpson Strong-Tie has added the RCA-C, for attaching cold-formed steel (CFS) stud framing to concrete supports. Designed to save installers time and reduce the cost of drilling connector holes at the jobsite, Simpson Strong-Tie says the RCA-C provides the most anchor options available, including holes for a 1/2″-diameter anchor screw or bolt, or for two 1/4″-diameter concrete screws positioned to allow a variety of fastening options.


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ProWood FR Wall Assembly

ProWood recently achieved UL Listing on a fire-retardant, pressure-treated wall assembly, ProWood FR UL V343 2-Hour Wall Assembly. The code-compliant ProWood FR V343 wall assembly bears a Class A Flame Spread Index of 25 or less, the best possible rating awarded to fire-retardant building products. ProWood FR V343 is manufactured under the independent third-party inspection of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. According to the manufacturer, the UL Listing for ProWood FR’s V343 pressure-treated wall assembly gives builders and architects the peace of mind to spec the product in their construction applications. It also allows building code officials to quickly and confidently approve the product on the job sites.


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ABC’s Builder Series metal buildings

ABC Builder Series from American Building Components is a built-to-order metal building solution that is completely customizable, and engineered to offer unlimited design options. These fit-for-purpose, bolt-up pre-engineered steel buildings are available in a combination of sizes, accessories, and frame designs, providing the flexibility required for specialized spaces and unique end use. According to the manufacturer, metal is resistant to damage from environmental factors such as high winds, fire, and invasive insects like termites. Steel is self-supporting, and no interior columns are necessary. Roof and wall panels come in 26-gauge, with the option for 24-gauge, in any of ABC’s 14 Signature 200 Commercial and Industrial colors and include a 40-year chalk and fade paint warranty. Users can choose from a variety of doors, windows, canopies, skylights, and more to further customize the look of the buildings.


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Cascadia Rail by AGS Stainless

Cascadia is an all 316-marine-grade stainless steel product developed to be simple to install and offer a clean, elegant appearance. Cascadia consists of fewer than eight SKUs,
and it can be offered at a price that, according to the manufacturer, is a fraction of the cost of locally fabricated stainless railing. Cascadia is an ICC-ES approved metal railing system with a horizontal infill. No custom-design work is required, and no special tools are required for installation, which AGS says saves both time and expense.



The next generation of stand-up fastening CAMO ClipDRIVE is designed for fastening CAMO Universal Deck Clips. Engineered to be ergonomic and lightweight, the tool attaches to any drill and allows users to stand while fastening any type of grooved deck board. The ClipDRIVE features a height-adjustable handle and weighted nose enhancing the ability to swing the tool from joist to joist easily target the exposed screw head. The contractor-grade tool is engineered to be simple to put together and comes with a T-15 bit for easy install. CAMO ClipDRIVE is backed by a CAMO warranty for use with leading deck boards.


Ponderosa Pay

A cloud-based application, Ponderosa Pay was developed to provide a robust electronic bill payment solution that, according to the manufacturer, offers a consistent user experience and requires minimal maintenance. Customers can review bill history and payment history for recent and past bills. Ponderosa Pay also lets dealers offer consistent rates for customers with a flexible fee structure and no subscription or licensing costs—whether the dealer decides pass the fees along or absorb them. Designed to provide a convenient, one-stop online location for all payments, dealers can expedite reconciliation of payment activity and maximize electronic payment adoption, as well as eliminate the worry about ‘check’s-in-the-mail’ stories, bad checks, or delayed payments.


KEEN Dearborn work boots

KEEN Utility’s Dearborn is a medium-duty boot features KEEN FLEXARMOR, an upper material developed from a lightweight, ultrastrong seamless woven textile said to have more abrasion resistance than leather. Combined with a KEEN DRY waterproof, breathable membrane and an air-injected Luftcell midsole, the Dearborn is engineered to provide comfort without sacrificing safety. In addition to a heat-resistant rubber outsole, a KonnectFit heel-capture system provides a locked in feel, while non-metallic and asymmetrical carbon-fiber safety toes provide a roomier fit, 15% lighter than steel. Built for both indoor and outdoor terrain, the Dearborn is EH-rated with an oil- and slip-resistant non-marking rubber outsole.


Nova USA ExoDek QuickClips

ExoDek QuickClip hidden fasteners from Nova USA Wood Products are designed to expand and contract with the natural swelling and shrinkage of hardwood and softwood decking products as well as PVC and composite deck boards. The ExoDek Quickclips were specifically designed for Nova’s line of hardwood decking products like Ipe, Batu, Cumaru, and Mahogany. The new hidden fastener system was developed to ensure that deck boards remain securely fastened through all four seasons and to reduce the possibility of uneven spacing and loose, buckled and/or damaged boards. Designed with glass fiber reinforced nylon (Polyamide 6/6), the new ExoDek QuickClip hidden deck fastener system is said to ensure the long-term structural integrity of high-end decking projects.


Versatex expanded color options

Versatex has expanded its portfolio of color options in maintenance-free PVC for porch ceilings, soffits, and accent walls. Recently unveiled choices include: Turner Oak, a contemporary shade that’s lighter than walnut; and Kitami, which simulates the carbonized surface of shou sugi ban, an age-old Japanese preservation technique. They join the Canvas range of Black Cherry, Walnut, Macore, Amber, and Weathered Grey. All Canvas  Series products match the standard Versatex WP4 T&G profile, with tactile woodgrain laminate permanently bonded to a moisture-resistant PVC substrate. The nominal 1×6″ WP4 profile (actual thickness is 3/4″) comes in 18′ lengths and can span up to 24″ on center. Matching 4″ crown mouldings come in 16′ lengths. Color-coordinated touchup kits are available for butt joints and fastener marks.


Fortress wood-alternative products

Fortress has engineered a complete collection of wood-alternative building solutions that the manufacturer says provide depth of inventory, but not an overcomplicated yard for dealers. Products such as Apex capped bamboo-PVC composite decking and Evolution steel deck framing and stair systems have been introduced to bring awareness to the fact that performance and aesthetics can be twofold in the building industry. Fortress wood alternative products include: decking, railing, framing, fencing, pergolas, and cladding. Fortress also offers specialized fastener systems and lighting accessories.


Haas Door English Oak wood grain

Haas Door has introduced the English Oak wood grain color option to its Steel 2400 Series for both residential and commercial garage doors. The unidirectional wood grain color runs horizontally and has was developed with a rich brown finish with variance in hues of darker browns to create an Oak grain pattern. The finished steel is then embossed with a wood grain texture designed to provide a realistic representation of wood. The 2″ thick, 24-gauge galvanized steel in the Steel 2400 Series garage doors are available with a variety of window and decorative glass option. The garage doors carry a lifetime limited warranty.


DEWALT Powerstack

The DEWALT POWERSTACK 20V MAX Compact Battery marks a new era of performance for DEWALT cordless power tools. Designed to deliver the lightest and most powerful compact battery, features include: 50% more power enabling broad application capabilities and fast performance with cordless tools; 25% more compact; 15% lighter; and twice the lifespan. The battery pack has a LED fuel gauge that displays the battery’s state-of-charge, and is designed with a non-marring rubber overmold that said to provide impact resistance while helping to protect finished surfaces. The battery was developed for cutting, drilling, and fastening applications, precision and finishing tasks, and when working in tight spaces. The DEWALT POWERSTACK 20V MAX Compact Battery is compatible with all DEWALT 20V MAX tools and chargers in the 20V MAX system.

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