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  • Writer's pictureMatt Weber

News from the HIR Mailbox 8.11.21

Weather Shield VUE Windows and Doors

Weather Shield’s new VUE Collection of all-aluminum windows and patio doors provides sophisticated design with ultra-narrow profiles and large spans of glass, which seamlessly connect living spaces with the outdoor environment.

“The VUE Collection is uniquely flexible,” says Chris Schield, Vice President of Product Marketing, Weather Shield. “We set out to create an offering that’s highly customizable with features and options well matched to the custom home market.” Options include three distinct glazing beads and a range of anodized and AAMA 2605-rated paint finishes.

The VUE Collection’s innovative frame design connects windows and doors to create large ribbons of glass in one-of-a-kind configurations. The collection maximizes thermal and structural performance and exceeds the most stringent energy codes. Casement, Awnings, Direct-Sets and Multi-Slide Doors in the collection will be released to select markets this summer. Additional products will be available in 2022. More information on the VUE Collection can be found at

Paslode Cordless XP Framing Nailer

“Our research identified four opportunities for improvement,” explains Morgan Manning, Paslode Senior Product Manager. “Increased efficiency of loading nails, redesigned grip for better comfort and control, improved performance when rapid-firing nails, and easy battery removal. All of these features have been added to this new model, solving pro’s key pain points.”

The Paslode Cordless XP is a fuel-powered system that drives 9,000 nails per battery charge and 1,200 nails per fuel cell to keep you productive all day. It comes with a rear-load magazine with a bypass follower for faster nail loading – just load and pull. The new model is the lightest cordless framing nailer on the market at 7.2 lbs., up to four pounds lighter than the competition, and its new texturized padded grip provides extra comfort and control.

It features a longer fan run-time, keeping the tool cool especially during rapid firing. Its Fuel System drives nails flush into LVL and other hard lumber. Other features include a tool-free adjustable depth of drive and an adjustable rafter belt hook that can rotate for either right or left-handed users. A nail lock-out mechanism engages when five nails are left in the magazine to signal that reloading is necessary and help prevent premature driver blade wear. Visit

Owens Corning PINK Next Gen Fiberglas Insulation

Fiberglass insulation has a reputation for irritating the skin during insulation—but what if it felt as soft as cotton? That’s a big selling point of the new Owens Corning PINK Next Gen Fiberglas Insulation. It's made with advanced fiber technology for a superior texture that resists shedding and feels like cotton, which is good news for pro tradesmen or DIY installers. PINK Next Gen Fiberglas is designed to be the new standard in insulation thanks to a 23-percent faster installation time. The material recovers instantly, cuts and splits cleanly, glides in easily and stays put in the cavity, helping deliver inspection-ready results in less time. The Pink Next Gen advanced fiber technology fills cavities completely without fluffing or compression to leave a smooth, uniform surface. Learn more at

Bosch Jobsite Radios

Bosch Power Tools announced two new iterations of its jobsite radio. The GPB18V-5C offers convenience and flexibility with four 120V AC power outlets to power lights, tools, electronics and more. Four-way speakers with integrated subwoofer create high-quality, powerful stereo sound that projects in all directions. Its rugged design provides a protective aluminum and rubber roll cage built to last on even the toughest jobsites.

The GPB18V-2C is the compact version of the jobsite radio built with the same quality and durability. For environments where portability is key, this compact radio features handles and a hanging hook, along with a dust- and moisture-resistant design.

Both radios have several ways to connect and listen to music, including Bluetooth 5.0 providing connection to music streaming services or stored songs via mobile device. Both run on Bosch’s 18V Lithium-ion batteries or included AC/DC adapter. With USB charging capability, mobile devices will stay charged and ready at all times. Visit


Durasein produces solid surfacing materials that are composed of two-thirds natural minerals and one third high-performance acrylic resin and pigments. Where Durasein sets itself apart from the competition is a unique color palette, customization capabilities like their multiple variable-width production lines, in-house fabrication and shapes manufacturing teams, plus a crew of color designers and material scientists that assist clients in creating their own custom colors, patterns, and collections. The company serves as a creative partner, not simply a manufacturer. Solid surface materials are easy to clean, and stain- and chemical-resistant. Durasein is renewable, repairable, recyclable and reusable. The surface is safe for food, non-toxic, non-porous, anti-bacterial, low VOC, mold/mildew resistant, and backed by a 10-year warranty. Visit

WORX Nitro 20V Drill-Driver and 20V Impact Driver Combo

The new WORX Nitro 20V Drill-Driver and 20V Impact Driver Combo features brushless motors that deliver 25 percent more power and run 50 percent longer than conventional brushed motors. The maintenance-free, brushless motors run cooler with less friction and heat buildup, which results in more efficient and dependable operation, as well as longer service life.

The Nitro 20V Drill-Driver is equipped with a heavy-duty, 1/2-in., ratcheting metal chuck for superior bit retention. It utilizes all-metal gears with two-speed gearing and 18+1 clutch positions that enable selection of the best speed and torque for the job at hand.

The WORX Nitro 20V Impact Driver is the tool of choice for more demanding DIY jobs, such as building decks, swing sets, fences, benches and picnic tables. It has a 1/4-in. hex chuck for fast bit changes and no slippage. Three speed ranges of 0-900; 0-2400 and 0-3000 no-load rpm enable the driver to handle a wide range of applications. Corresponding impact rates are 0-1200; 0-3300 and 0-4000 impacts-per-minute (ipm). A built-in electronic digital keypad provides speed/impact selections. With 2300 in.-lbs. of torque, the driver can manage the most demanding jobs. Visit

Ryobi 40V HP Brushless WHISPER Series Jet Fan Blower

The Ryobi 40V HP Brushless WHISPER Series Jet Fan Blower (model RY404100VNM) delivers peak performance at 730 CFM and up to 190 MPH. Innovative noise-reduction technology allows this blower to deliver all the power without the noise at only 57 decibels.

Advanced lithium-ion technology delivers up to 2 hours of runtime using the two included 40V 4 Ah Batteries. Cordless convenience means no mixing gas and oil, no maintenance, and no more hassle starting the unit. Simply plug in a battery and pull the trigger to unleash incredible power without the noise. The new 40V Blower has a cruise control feature that reduces user fatigue allowing you to dial in performance from 250 CFM to 550 CFM. Unleash the full potential of this blower with the featured turbo button delivering up to 730 CFM or exercise complete control with the variable speed trigger for clearing in delicate areas like mulch beds. This blower comes with two speed tips allowing you to modify your blower to achieve between 160MPH and 190 MPH of clearing force. The blower is backed by a 5-year warranty and will be available exclusively at The Home Depot. Visit

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