HANDY Magazine will be hosting an awards celebration at the 2014 International Builder's Show to honor all of the nominees and winners.
HANDY is proud to announce its 2013 Innovation Award winners. Now in its 13th year, the HANDY Innovation Awards program is known for honoring products that showcase initiative, creativity, invention, reinvention and eco-innovation. This year’s champions receive elegant trophies; honorable-mention winners receive award plaques. Here is a brief mention of the winning products with a voting ballot below. Plus, stay tuned for the full article in the upcoming December 2013/January 2014 issue of HANDY, where you can read more about these stellar home-improvement innovations.
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The following products are bringing home the hardware…
3M Paint Defender System
This spray-on protective film provides a DIY option for protecting your car from everyday road hazards such as flying gravel that can chip paint.
Accutrax Pencil Blade
It looks like a cutting tool, but this is actually a razor-thin marking device that fits in any standard utility knife. It’s available in a variety of colors.
First Alert Atom
About the size of an egg, the Atom is a complete redesign of the traditional home smoke alarm. It is even available in classy finishes such as wood grain and stainless steel.
FrogTape Textured Surface
To achieve crisp lines on textured wall surfaces, apply the Liquid PaintBlock Edge Sealer to the edges of this new tape; then paint over the sealer and remove the tape to find zero paint bleed.
Brinks Home Security Push-Pull-Rotate knobs and levers from Hampton Products
As the name suggests, you can open doors using a standard rotation action as well as a push or pull action with these new knobs and levers — perfect for when your hands are full.
Ryobi 18V One+ 18GA Cordless 2-in. Brad Nailer with AirStrike Technology
This new nailer uses the surrounding air and an 18-volt lithium-ion battery to drive up to 700 nails per charge. No cords or hoses or gas cartridges to mess with.
WATCH: We check out the Ryobi Brad Nailer at the 2013 Hardware Show
Toro TimeCutter SS zero-turn mower
Featuring a SmartSpeed control system that provides lower speeds for better control in tight spaces without changing the speed of the engine or cutting blade, this mower maintains a smooth cut on any terrain.
WATCH: We try out the Toro SS zero-turn
Velux Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight
With a solar panel that simply snaps into place, this skylight doesn’t require wiring so it’s easy to install. It also features an acoustic rain sensor for automatically closing the window.
Wagner Spray Tech Flexio
The Flexio paint sprayer is designed with a quiet motor and adjustable controls for airflow, spray pattern and paint volume, making it acceptable for both indoor and outdoor use.
WATCH: We try the Flexio paint sprayer
These showstoppers also earned accolades…
3M ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape Exterior Surfaces
A special feature of this tape is it’s clean-break edge that is created with a simple pinch-and-tear motion. It is also built to hold up in direct sunlight, wind, rain and other weather conditions.
Bioformix Nexabond 2500 Instant Wood Adhesive
The cyanoacrylate formula of Nexabond 2500 is not moisture-cured, so humidity won’t affect its open and cure times. This makes for a predictable glue for more complex woodworking projects.
Bosch 18V Multi-X Oscillating Tool
Bringing brushless motor technology to oscillating tools, the new 18V Multi-X from Bosch provides comparable power and speed to that of a corded version.
Boasting a unique canister that dispenses the product without the need for a caulk gun, DAP’s new SmartBond line of adhesives provides easy application and good coverage for a variety of projects.
This dual tool can operate as a small scroll saw while attached to the base and mounted to a solid surface, or release it from the base and it becomes a portable power coping saw.
WATCH: We try the Moto-Saw
Festool Carvex 420 Jigsaw
The Carvex 420 features a blade speed of 3,800 strokes per minute and an interchangeable system of material-specific bases and base inserts to create the perfect cut for the job.
HomeRight Deck Pro with Gap Wheel Stain Applicator
The secret to this deck-staining tool is the spring-loaded wheel that drops down 3/4 in. to reach between deck boards and evenly stain the inside edges at the same time as the top surface.
This high-tech showerhead features a removable speaker pod that syncs with Bluetooth-enabled devices to stream music directly into the shower.
Loctite Power Grab All-Purpose Clear Construction Adhesive in a pressurized applicator
Not only is this instant-grab, clear-drying construction adhesive strong, it is applied using an innovative pressurized applicator that is easy to operate and stops ooze immediately after the trigger is released.
Makita 18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Chainsaw
Two 18-volt batteries power this cordless chain saw from Makita, turning it into a 36-volt cutting machine. This is just one of the impressive dual-battery tools that the brand will be unveiling in the near future.
Milwaukee M18 Fuel 6-1/2-in. Circular Saw
Rivaling the power, runtime and durability of a corded version, this new cordless circular saw from Milwaukee is just one snippet from the brand’s line of high-tech tools that include a brushless motor, RedLithium battery and RedLink Plus hardware and software.
Oregon 40V Max Cordless Chain Saw
This cordless chain saw runs quieter and with less maintenance than a gas-powered version, and it’s emission-free. It also features a quick chain-sharpening switch to spruce up the blades on the spot.
Protecting materials from wear and tear caused by moisture, NeverWet spray-on treatment prevents virtually all liquids from soaking into concrete, wood, vinyl, paper, fabric, metal and more.
Ryobi 18V One+ Hybrid String Trimmer
Choose between corded power for longer runtime and battery power for mobility when you use this versatile Hybrid String Trimmer.
Sherwin-Williams Dry Erase Coating
Turn any wall into a dry erase board with this professionally applied Dry Erase Coating. Because it is clear, any color will show through the coating, making it suitable for any interior space.
Skil 360 Quick Select Cordless Screwdriver
This screwdriver keeps 12 of the most commonly used bits in an enclosed magazine that makes it easy to see and lock in the specific bit for a variety of DIY tasks.
Stanley Black & Decker tool-less blade change for oscillating multitools
Making blade and accessory changes easier with oscillating multitools, Stanley Black & Decker has developed a one-hand operation spring-loaded paddle featured in the DeWalt Quick-Change Accessory System on the brand’s DWE315K Multitool and the Porter-Cable Tool Free System on the brand’s PCC710B Multitool.
Turtle Wax Rinse Free Wash & Wax
This time- and water-saving product cleans and protects vehicles in one step. Mix it with water and wipe it on the surface — that’s it; no need to rinse it off.
Woodworker’s Supply WoodTek 163-703 Step Down Casters
Designed to add mobility to workbenches and cabinets, these 2-1/2-in. wheels on full-swivel casters will raise items about 3/4 in. off of the floor for cleaning and rearranging a workshop.
B-I-N Advanced Synthetic Shellac Primer from Zinsser
Featuring the same odor-sealing, stain-blocking, flaw-hiding qualities of a traditional shellac-based primer without the potent fumes, this synthetic shellac primer is a welcome choice for many DIYers.