Door Deckers are designed to assist with both the painting and the drying of doors and shelves. Think of a garage door handle attached to a rectangular metal plate and you've got the basic idea. You screw these plates into the top and bottom edges of a door (or into the ends of a shelf) so that you can paint its faces and edges. Since the handles nest on top of one another, pieces can be stacked neatly out of the way while they dry. Door Deckers are made of 16-gauge galvanized steel and are available in a five-door set consisting of 10 handles.
¦ Price: $90. 806-355-4360. www.speedpainting.com.
Nothing destroys masonry bits like rebar. One solution may be the new SpeedHammer bits, which – according to Irwin – are designed to be twice as durable as standard masonry bits. That makes sense, seeing as how they have twice the usual amount of carbide in their tips. The flute is optimized for dust removal and the shaft has grooves that cut down on friction. The bits come in 6-, 8-, and 12-inch lengths in various diameters.
¦ Price: Starts at $8. 800-464-7946. www.irwin.com.
Installing metal roof panels on a hot day is like hanging out in a convection oven, so any tool that speeds up the process is worth considering. The Strong-Tie BGP300 auto-feed screwdriving system drives the hex-head screws with washers used to fasten metal roofing and siding. A locking depth-control mechanism ensures consistent depth-of-drive; formed tips are available to quickly center the fastener in different panel profiles. The product connects to a variety of popular corded screw guns and comes with an extension piece for stand-up use on low-slope roofs.
¦ Price: $300. 800-999-5099. www.strongtie.com.
The task of mixing usually rolls down to the least experienced person on site, but it still has to be done correctly. While most mixing paddles only work with a single specified material, the uniquely flexible StirWhip – which looks like it's modeled after some rare sea creature – can be used with everything from paint to masonry cement. Unlike rigid paddles, its pliant fingers can get into the corners and edges of a container. Also, the StirWhip is the first mixer that can fit through the 2-inch hole in the lid of a 5-gallon bucket. It's made of a nylon material that's easy to clean and comes in 18-inch and 8-inch models.
¦ Price: $9 to $11. 800-262-0211. www.praziusa.com.
The H4X Remote Air Hub solves several problems associated with pneumatics on job sites. Instead of running multiple hoses back to the compressor, you put the Air Hub close to the action and plug tool hoses into it. It connects to the compressor with a single unregulated 1/2-inch line, which makes for faster recovery and fewer tripping hazards. The H4X comes with two 1/4-inch regulators and quick connects and can be outfitted with two more. With the hub nearby, you can regulate the pressure to your tools without walking back to the compressor.
¦ Price: $99. 800-628-8815. www.industrialaircontractor.com.
Rescue 42 General Purpose Box
Hauling a gang box full of tools from site to site is backbreaking work. Just hoisting the thing up onto the truck can take up to four people. Rescue 42's General Purpose Box makes this labor-intensive process a simple one-man job. The lockable container comes with its own four-wheel carriage and scissor-lift system so you can maneuver it behind your truck, jack it up to waist height, and attach it via a special adapter piece to your trailer hitch. The box is made of aluminum and can store up to 250 pounds of tools, gear, and supplies. The system is compatible with any standard 2-inch trailer hitch.
¦ Price: $2,000. 888-427-3728. www.r42vault.com.
A 23-gauge pinner is perfect for fastening small returns and delicate pieces that would be destroyed by a brad nailer. Cadex, known for well-made and feature-laden guns, has just released the CP23.30, a low-price alternative to some of its fancier tools. What it lacks in added features (there's no blowgun or adjustable exhaust), it makes up for in performance: It shoots up to a 13/16-inch pin, which is a longer fastener than most tools in its price range can drive.
¦ Price: $119. 604-876-9909. www.cadextools.com.