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Expert: New Home Improvement Products Make Life Easier

7:16 AM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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WFMY -- This week, 30,000 people are in Las Vegas for the largest home improvement trade show in the world.

Home improvement expert Tom Kraeutler gave us a sneak peek at some of the latest and greatest new products to improve your home.

"There's a lot of innovation here. There's a lot of excitement at the National Hardware Show," said Kraeutler. "There's a lot of new products coming out that are going to make life easier inside the house. One is a decor product, that's really a wiring product at the same time. It's called Renu by Leviton."

The Renu by Leviton has 20 different colors of wall plates and outlet covers to spice up and update the look of electrical outlets, switches and dimmers.

Kraeutler said there are also products that can increase the livability of your home right away. There's a new product by Waste Management called the Bagster Dumpster.

"You buy it at your home center and when you unfold it, it becomes the size of a pick-up truck," said Kraeutler. "Then, you can call Waste Management to come pick it up. It costs 70 percent less than a traditional dumpster rental would cost."

Kraeutler also said there are home improvements you can make that will pay for themselves right away.

"The best thing you can do for yourself, if you're putting your house on the market, is paint it. Make it neutral, so anyone who wants to see your house can imagine their stuff with your color scheme, which will be neutral," he said.

Kraeutler said what makes great painters is great painters tape.

"There's a new product out from Scotch Blue. This is the exterior painters tape and it has a new feature, which is quick snap tear. All you have to do is rip it and it comes to a 90 degree angle, really sharp and crisp. Plus, it bends to conform to any particular curve that you have in your house," he said.

If you want to do a clean-up product outside, there's a new hose nozzle that's called the Little Big Shots Super Nozzle.

It fits in the palm of your hand and it uses 40 percent less water, but gives you 40 percent more force. It's made in the USA and is actually assembled by disabled veterans. Most importantly, it doesn't leak.

 

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