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Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, January 24, 2014

Aaaaaaaannnddd we’re back with the first Roundup of 2014. I realize how much you missed these incredibly informative weekly (or monthly) updates and how you could barely concentrate on anything else since you finished reading the last Roundup. Well, brighten up because we’re going to get right back into it…

This first new product seems extremely promising. One of the primary problems that homeowners consistently worry about are leaks, floods and general hidden moisture. SNUPI Technologies will be releasing a new product this spring that will provide wireless monitoring of moisture levels and leaks throughout your home. This moisture antenna, called Wally, will utilize the walls and wiring of your home to create a monitoring network. The best part about this system is that Wally will send any warnings or necessary information to your phone or tablet through the free app that they provide. If this product works like they say it will, Wally could be an excellent and inexpensive way for homeowners to gain some much needed peace of mind. Wally is rumored to cost $299 and can be installed in old or new homes.

Next up, we have a unique drywall product. For those of you that plan on building a Basement Man Cave or possible a Music Room, Certainteed has a great noise cancelling gypsum board product, SilentFX, that will help shield the rest of the house from the noise inside of these rooms. These boards, in addition to some noise cancelling fiberglass insulation, could go a long way in self-containing a great media room.

When it comes to home air penetration, one of the most notorious culprits for allowing outside air through the house walls is electrical outlets. The electrical boxes can be caulked or insulated, but often times this end up being a temporary solution once the house settles or the caulk cracks. Thomas and Betts recently created an electrical box that has flange gaskets and a sealed cable entry point, which are supposed to completely eliminate any possible air penetration around the box and through the wall. This new product, the Carlson Draft-Tight Non-metallic Box, could be a valuable and inexpensive way to increase efficiency for any new home or addition project.

Last on the list is product that almost anyone would love to have in their home. Creative Home Engineering is the creator of working secret passageway built-ins. Depending on how a particular client would like to access a hidden room, CHE will help them design and build a passageway system that could never be spotted by someone who doesn’t already know that it’s there. Check out their photo gallery to see some of the passages they’ve designed for past clients.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com