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Products: What's New
New products featured in the January 2008 issue of Custom Builder from Dow, Sirius, Miele and more.
Dow's Window & Door 1000 Sealant keeps things nice and tight around the seams. It is specifically formulated to seal framework; exterior and interior trim; and finish joints and interfaces of most building materials. It is moisture- and mildew-resistant and contains a non-yellowing formula and rust-inhibitor that reduces the potential for corrosion at joint seals with metal components. Click here for more information
Drawing on the classical is Jeffrey Court's Mozart Mosaics line of wall, floor and decorative natural stone tiles. Moldings, mosaics, micro-mosaics and other patterns are available in a variety of sizes. Homeowners can mix and match style and patterns for something truly unique. Click here for more information
There's a lot of power and performance in SU54's 1,200-cubic-foot-per-minute dual motors. The double-wall construction and European design help keep Sirius' latest range hood from producing less than 5.1 sones. It features restaurant-style baffles that capture a reported 96 percent of all grease before the contaminated air is expelled. Click here for more information
You know what would really tie the kitchen together? This GE Advantium oven, which comes in two versions: one that cooks four times faster than conventional ovens and one that spits out food eight times faster. Who thought a home-cooked meal could qualify as fast food? Both feature 175 pre-programmed recipes and easy pre-set food selections. Click here for more information
You can't beat real cedar, but you can at least make something look like it. CertainTeed's CedarBoards XL insulated siding is 16 feet, 8 inches long and is made in a double six-inch clapboard profile with extruded polystyrene insulation. The boards are molded from real cedar planks and have a rough texture. Click here for more information
The creators of some of the world's finest cameras now have something else to brag about. The Leica DISTO D3 multi-functional laser distance meter measures runs of up to 325 feet to within 1/16 of an inch. It powers over nearby obstructions and the built-in tilt sensor determines angles of up to 45 degrees while providing true horizontal distances. Click here for more information
Employing "negative ions and rare volcanic minerals" and claiming to reduce the signs of aging, the Wellness Shower water purification system removes chlorine and heavy metals. The company says its patented process protects the skin from free-radical attack; helps repair damaged skin and hair; and increases hydration by 115 percent. Click here for more information
The KM 5753 30-inch, four-zone and the KM 5773 36-inch, five-zone induction cooktops from Miele sport innovative and easy-to-use timing functions, multiple power boosters, cookware recognition and auto heat programs. Both are available in black Ceran with a stainless steel frame. Click here for more information