Following are those products from the past year that generated the greatest number of reader inquiries.
THIS SOLAR-POWERED ATTIC FAN helps remove heat and moisture, reducing energy consumption and extending the life of HVAC equipment and shingles. It runs continuously without batteries or an electrical connection.
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THE ORIGINAL CLEANBOOT FOOTWEAR slips over workboots to protect carpeting and flooring from dirt and markings. It eliminates the need for construction workers, plumbers or other workmen to take off their boots when entering a customer's home or business. The footwear is made of neoprene and is lightweight, flexible, and made to slip on and off easily. They are reuseable and can be worn over and over again.
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THIS PUSH-TO-CONNECT WATER LINE INSTALLATION KIT is intended for icemakers, evaporative coolers and humidifiers. The full-port fitting is installed in-line and requires no soldering. An integral shutoff valve and ¼" quick-connection provide the water supply to the appliance through 25' of PEX supply line, also included in the kit.
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THE MODEL 2006 FAUCET AND SINK INSTALLER is a multi-purpose, under-sink plumbing tool that fastens and removes plastic basin nuts, supply line nuts, hex nuts, shut-off valves, and secures sink strainer baskets. The basic wrench can reach and turn mounting nuts on faucets, sprayers and ballcocks. The tool is manufactured of lightweight, durable plastic.
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THE TEMPRA ELECTRIC TANKLESS WATER HEATER uses very little space, is seismic proof, and requires no venting to install. A variety of models are available to choose from.
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THE ULTRACUT CORDLESS COPPER TUBING CUTTER cuts ½" and ¾" copper tubing with minimal burr in three seconds. The last cut is guaranteed as powerful as the first, with no need for adjusting the tool between cuts. It is small enough to fit into tight places for hard-to-reach jobs. The tool comes with a rechargeable nickel-metal hydride battery, charger and storage bag, with additional batteries sold separately.
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THE PHOENIX GAS-FIRED WATER HEATER is a sealed-combustion, direct-vent unit designed for both residential and commercial applications. Operating with either natural gas or liquid propane, the heater has a combustion efficiency of 96%.
Heat Transfer Products
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THE ENVIRO-PAK HOT WATER MAKER is designed to reduce water heating equipment load and provide free hot water through heat recovery. Designed to work with existing or newly-installed air-conditioning or refrigeration systems in the 1.5 to 5-ton range, the unit is suited for light commercial and residential applications. The unit is quiet, and available with either a white powder-coat or stainless steel jacket.
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INSTA-LOC PUSH-FIT BALL VALVES connect to any combination of copper, CPVC or PEX tubing. The full port, single-piece valves are for use with the company's press-fit system, meaning there is no need for solder, flux or propane.
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THE SPITZLIFT PORTABLE CRANE is now offered with a truck receiver hitch attachment. Made of high tensile strength steel, the attachment allows any truck with a 2" receiver hitch to be capable of loading and unloading up to 700 lb. The crane itself weighs just 33 lb., and when attached can rotate 360°.
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Following are the past year's Editors' Choice products, ranked by which generated the greatest number of reader inquiries.
THE FREEDOM CM CONDENSING WALL-HUNG BOILER delivers 95% AFUE, making it eligible for federal tax credit. The sleek, modern design features an aluminum monoblock heat engine that is gas-fired with fully modulating operating controls and outdoor reset. It is easily installed and vented with advanced European-designed polypropylene concentric venting included with the boiler.
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TWO NEW THREE-SPEED CIRCULATOR PUMPS — a radiant pump and a service pump — are now available. The 00R Radiant pump boasts a high performance motor with the highest starting torque in its class. The 0010 Service pump has a four-bolt flange making it ideal for replacement jobs.
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THE PROFESSIONAL 10" PORTABLE TABLE SAW features a 15-amp motor that powers the 10", 36-tooth carbide blade for smooth cuts. It provides a cutting depth of 39/16" at 90° and 2½" at 45°. Sliding front and rear rails allow for 33" right and 30" left rip capacity. The table saw has on-board storage for cord, blade, rip fence, miter gauge and sliding miter table. A 2½" dust port is easily hooked up to a wet/dry vac.
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THE ENVIRO-GARD DRINKING FOUNTAIN BUBBLER HEAD uses water pressure to raise a canopy exposing the bubbler and the water flow when activated. Releasing the button stops the flow and lowers the canopy, protecting it from contamination. The bubbler can be retro-fit onto many other products.
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THE MC4 SUITE AUTOCAD COMPATIBLE SOFTWARE for integrated mechanical system design is able to produce complete mechanical designs without the need for additional software. Now available through Rehau as an authorized seller, the innovative software solution allows the user to plot systems in plain view, while receiving three-dimensional output from the program.
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THE DELUXE COMMERCIAL UNITS have more than 200 options, allowing them to be customized to fit any work truck owner's needs with a wide selection of door and window sizes, toolbox configurations, a ladder rack and overall cap heights ranging from 20" to 36". The caps feature lock cylinders in the folding T-handles on all doors as well as rugged, fully-welded frame construction.
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THE MODULEX LINE OF CONDENSING BOILERS is offered in six sizes to deliver anywhere from 300,000 Btuh to 1 million Btuh. The line delivers turndown ranges from 6:1 to 23:1 with up to 96% efficiency. In addition to minimizing the redundant capacity needed for any project, these quiet, lightweight boilers can support low NOx and low gas pressure applications. They can be vented using PVC materials. Each unit enclosure offers multiple supply/return piping and venting locations for installation flexibility and allows for multiple units to easily co-locate for larger applications.
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THE SIRIUS COLLECTION OF BATH AND KITCHEN PRODUCTS feature elegant, urban-contemporary styling. The signature ribbon-like shape of the spout provides a sleek, sculptured look. Five lavatory faucets are offered in either single- or dual-handle styles, for both deck- and wall-mounting. The entire collection is manufactured with solid brass construction and smooth-operating ceramic disc valves.
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THE TPE CIRCULATOR features an integrated variable frequency drive motor for ease of installation and space savings. The drive adjusts the pump's speed to meet changing demands. The circulator provides differential pressure control, temperature control, and control via building automation systems. It is able to deliver up to 80% energy savings over comparable fixed speed pumps.
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THE 2008 PICKUP PACK is a work truck storage system for contractors that combines security and storage capacity with durability. The system includes various storage compartments, including a gull wing saddle box, two lockable low side boxes, a flat dome or door center hatch and a removable ladder rack.
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