SOURCE: Money Pit Media

Money Pit Media

March 16, 2011 06:00 ET

Fresh Starts for Spring Home Improvement Projects

Open the Season With New Products Offering Style, Safety and Efficiency

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - Spring has sprung, and so has a whole new crop of great products for home improvement projects. "Solutions that provide style and efficiency offer major project inspiration this time of year," says Tom Kraeutler, home improvement expert and syndicated radio show host of The Money Pit. "And any gear that makes even the smallest projects easier and safer is worth your investment."

Kraeutler, whose home improvement show broadcasts on over 260 radio stations each week, suggests the following home improvement gear and style upgrades for spring projects.

Stylish, efficient solution for a grand entry
Therma-Tru's new Vented Sidelites help you welcome in sunshine and fresh spring air without sending energy efficiency out the door. They're a stylish alternative to cumbersome storm doors and sliding screens, providing natural ventilation with the custom look of decorative glass. Therma-Tru Vented Sidelites are available in the Fiber-Classic Oak and Smooth-Star collections, and offer a multi-point locking system for added security. View the options at

A view with eye-catching color
Looking to spruce up your home's style, inside and out? Then view the eye-catching colors available in the Decorum by Simonton line of vinyl window and door frames. "Durable Decorum colors are designed to appeal to the growing trend of integrating more colors into home exteriors, which also adds to resale value," says Kraeutler. Decorum's color palette includes Chocolate, Cream, Brick, Pine, Tan, Bronze and Driftwood, and all carry a 10-year warranty against peeling, flaking, chipping, blistering and corrosion. Learn more at

Stick to spring projects
No toolbox is complete without duct tape, and Scotch offers six project-perfect varieties in its Tough Duct Tape line. There's a Tough Duct Tape to handle any job, whether you're tackling a project at home or on the go. They hold strongly to a range of materials, and the new No Residue Duct Tape removes easily and residue-free for up to six months after it's applied. Shop tape options at

VOC-free cleaning for hardwood and laminate floors
"A lot of cleaning products have suddenly been 'going green' lately, but Trewax Hardwood Floor Cleaner has been green since it hit the market 75 years ago," says Kraeutler. Trewax is an all-natural, safe, VOC-free cleaner for natural hardwood and laminate floors, and also works on cabinets and furniture. Biodegradable, non-toxic and free of petroleum distillates, Trewax can be found at hardware stores and home improvement retailers nationwide. Details at

When it comes to gear, safety first
As DIY enthusiasm has increased, so have the number of project-related injuries, so it's important to gear up for safety and protection before you get to work. 3M's TEKK Protection line equips do-it-yourselfers with comfortable eyewear, respirators offering cool-flow valve technology, and hearing protection in reusable, disposable and MP3-compatible varieties. Shop for yourself at

Project communication on the go
"Wherever your spring project to-do list takes you, keep in touch with rugged, versatile communications gear from Motorola," says Kraeutler. The Motorola i886 incorporates a side-sliding, full QWERTY keyboard and easy access to your e-mail, calendar and voicemail, and the Motorola Brute i686 stands up to extreme conditions thanks to a design meeting Military Specification 810G requirements. Both include Nextel Direct Connect Services and Bluetooth wireless capabilities. Visit

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