Above: Squash blocks installed to support load from above. Right: Load from above without squash blocks or blocking panels caused this web to buckle.
Style leaders Gerber, Danze and Whirlpool lead the latest interior products. Spec these on your next jobsite.
It's a great neighborhood in ChiTown and also the name of Gerber's new bathroom suite. The Wicker Park suite features a host of products, including the company's line of high-efficiency toilets. HETs are available in Gerber's ADA-compliant Elongated and ErgoHeight bowls with 12-inch rough-in configurations. The toilets come with 3-inch flush valves and are fueled by Gerber's XP-3 Flushing technology with dual feed jets. Booths C4813, C5412 For more info, go to HousingZone.com/PBinfo and enter # 265
Like the new colors? We do, too. DuPont's new Corian solid surface offerings can be used in a variety of applications, including kitchen and bathroom countertops, backsplashes, wet bars, tub decks and tub and shower surrounds. Like its predecessors, these Corian surfaces are nonporous and, with proper cleaning, do not promote the growth of mold, mildew or bacteria. Booth C3311 For more info, go to HousingZone.com/PBinfo and enter # 266
Danze scaled back the latest additions to the Cirtangular Collection in favor of compact, 24-inch-wide vanities and mirrors. Choices include the aforementioned 24-inch pedestal basin, the Cirtangular-Brulee 24-inch vanity and mirrored cabinet and the Cirtangular-Knightsbridge vanity and mirrored cabinet. The collection has matching water-efficient toilet designs available in both 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) and 1.28 gpf versions. Booth C4813 For more info, go to HousingZone.com/PBinfo and enter # 267
Half the energy, the same great performance. The new Whirlpool Gold free-standing double oven uses the same cutout space as a range (6.3 cubic feet) and allows homeowners can bake two separate items at different temperatures simultaneously. The double oven range is available in white, black and stainless steel. Booth C3543 For more info, go to HousingZone.com/PBinfo and enter # 268
Higher-density projects will be the norm in many markets. With that in mind, Hacker Industries has a new gypsum concrete floor underlayment in the Firm-Fill CMD. It is specifically designed for steel-frame projects that utilize corrugated steel decking. The underlayment is significantly lighter than traditional poured-in-place concrete, so you'll reduce dead loads and related steel framing costs. Booth N1253 For more info, go to HousingZone.com/PBinfo and enter # 269