SOURCE: The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show

May 06, 2008 04:00 ET

All You Need for a Green and Efficient DIY Season

Must-Haves From the 2008 National Hardware Show

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - Just as do-it-yourselfers are rallying to tackle their project lists, the 63rd annual National Hardware Show launches a range of great products for their endeavors. "Green and efficient solutions are major trends at this year's event -- just what homeowners are looking for as they plan value-adding projects," says Tom Kraeutler, home improvement expert and syndicated radio show host of The Money Pit.

Kraeutler and co-host Leslie Segrete recommend the following products for improved comfort in the home and overall project efficiency.

CLEAN AND GREEN -- "Clogged sinks can cause time-consuming mini-emergencies, but installing the PermaFLOW self-cleaning, green drain system now will keep things running smoothly," says Kraeutler. "Made of recyclable components, PermaFLOW creates flow turbulence to break down debris and propel it away." PermaFLOW functions smoothly with high-efficiency faucets, eliminates the need for hazardous chemical drain cleaners, prevents contaminant buildup, and reduces water waste and system pollution with its support of gray water recycling. See:

FANTASTIC FLOORS -- "For resilient style and comfort underfoot, check out FiberFloor from Tarkett Residential," advises Segrete. "It's available in over 100 distinctive colors and designs, and has an improved foam density for added performance, comfort, and sound absorption. FiberFloor is also FloorScore certified by Scientific Certification Systems, so it's proven to contribute to good indoor air quality and healthy living." See:

SHAKE NO MORE -- "KE Shake Away PLUS Pads can keep vibrating high-efficiency laundry machines in place, reducing impact and potential damage by dispersing mechanical energy throughout the pad rather than transferring it to your floor," says Kraeutler. KE Shake Away PLUS Pads are practically indestructible, made of non-toxic materials and unaffected by moisture, detergents, oil, grease and cleaning solvents. See:

COOL KITCHENS -- "Moen brings accessible efficiency to the kitchen with the Level faucet, creating a modern, sleek statement with clean, geometric lines and tubular-shaped handles," says Segrete. Its ergonomic pulldown wand offers several water flow patterns, and the patented soft-touch pause button instantly stops and starts water flow. The fiber pullout hose reduces noise, and includes a ball joint at the end for increased maneuverability. Available in Chrome or Moen's new LifeShine Classic Stainless, the Level faucet also has a Hydrolock system for easy installation. See:

LOOK OUT BELOW -- Before beginning any outdoor project, call 811, the national number designated by the FCC to help protect DIYers and pros from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines during digging projects of any size. "It may not seem like a big deal when you're planting a few small trees and shrubs," says Kraeutler. "But one wrong move and you could end up harming yourself and those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, and potentially be responsible for fines and repair costs." One free call notifies affected utility companies, who send out professional locators to mark the approximate location of lines in the project zone. See:

MECHANICAL MARVEL -- If you've got a lot of hauling to do but not much storage space, hitch up to Lifetime Products' Fold-Up Utility Trailer. "Folding from full size to 29 inches wide in less than 60 seconds, it can fit beside your car in the garage or pass through a backyard gate," says Segrete. Removable front and rear gates double as ramps for easy loading, and there's also a fully attached light kit with brake lights, turn signals and tail lamps. See:

TRAVELING SECURITY -- "On the other hand, to keep your gear from going where it shouldn't, add a YETI portable security system to your arsenal," advises Kraeutler. Using state-of-the-art security technology, the rugged, rechargeable YETI can be placed with a DIY project-in-progress, at a campsite, in a truck bed or on a boat dock, where it'll detect intruders up to 25 feet away and send out the alert. Bluetooth functionality also gives it the ability to call you wherever you are using a Bluetooth-enabled phone. See: