SOURCE: The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show

The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show

May 12, 2011 15:46 ET

New Solutions for Home Improvements

The Best Products From the 2011 National Hardware Show

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 12, 2011) - What happens at the National Hardware Show in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas -- instead, the show's best new products make their way to local home centers and hardware stores in time for the season's most popular projects. "This sold-out show is the industry's biggest, and a launching pad for over 700 new products," says Tom Kraeutler, home improvement expert and syndicated radio show host of The Money Pit. "With categories like energy efficiency, paint and electrical, there are great solutions for every home improvement challenge."

Kraeutler and co-host Leslie Segrete recommend the following top products, coming soon to a store near you.

Breathe easier indoors
When it comes to maintaining indoor air quality, the right filter makes all the difference. "3M's Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter captures 94 percent of large airborne particles such as pet dander, mold spores and dust mite debris," says Segrete. "It also traps up to 40 times more microscopic particles than ordinary fiberglass filters, so your family breathes cleaner air." Visit a directory of local retailers.

Easy-care entry blinds
"Blinds are popular for creating light and privacy control, but what's not so popular about them are tedious cleaning routines, dangerous exposed cords, and the swinging and banging that happen when you hang blinds on an entry door," says Kraeutler. "ODL solves all these problems with innovative add-on blinds that are enclosed behind tempered glass." ODL Add-On Blinds raise and lower, tilt a full 180 degrees, include an ergonomic fingertip control, and are available in half-light and full-light doorglass sizes. Learn more at

Prepare for the perfect paint job
"The most cost-effective way to add value to your home is painting, and preparation is key to professional, long-lasting results," advises Segrete. A must for every painting project is ScotchBlue Painter's Tape, with Edge-Lock Paint Line Protector to prevent seepage and ensure super-sharp paint lines. Look for ScotchBlue Painter's Tape at home improvement, hardware, paint and decorating stores, and

Roll on a new color
Another must for successful painting is an applicator that delivers even results. "The new jumbo mini-roller system from Purdy features a cageless frame with a patent-pending 'dog bone' design, providing the smoothest rolling action for a perfect finish," says Kraeutler. The lightweight roller frame offers an ergonomic grip and is available in two lengths with an assortment of high quality replacement covers, to minimize trips back to the paint tray. Find Purdy rollers at Sherwin-Williams paint stores and

Paint and prime in one step
"Great painting results also depend on the primer you use, and with Krylon's new Dual Paint and Primer, you get a superior finish in one easy step," says Segrete. Providing durable coverage and a Krylon-quality finish, Dual Paint and Primer can be used on a range of surfaces and protects metal from rust. It's available in 32 colors and gloss, satin and flat finishes at home centers and hardware stores. Visit

Test tools for project safety
Amprobe's Electrical Test Kit delivers high-quality tools that provide critical protection and help the DIYer determine when to call a pro. "Gear up with a Non-Contact Voltage Detector to check for live outlets before beginning a construction project, and plug in Amprobe's Socket Tester to ensure an outlet is properly wired and grounded," says Kraeutler. "The Digital Multi-Meter is great for assessing the voltage of household appliances and detecting problems before calling an electrician." Find Amprobe products at Lowe's and

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