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Fresh Ideas for Summer Projects: Money Pit Home Improvement Experts Report Home Solutions From the 2013 National Hardware Show

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - May 7, 2013) -  As home project to-do lists load up for summer, this week's National Hardware Show offers a range of fresh, innovative solutions. "Our favorite new products make home improvement more sustainable, efficient and flexible," says Tom Kraeutler, home improvement expert and syndicated radio show host of The Money Pit. "They also provide professional results on a DIY budget."

Kraeutler and co-host Leslie Segrete recommend the following finds from the 2013 National Hardware Show:

Dual protection for decks
A clean, protected deck makes all the difference for summer entertaining. Cabot Clear Wood Protector helps you get your outdoor room ready with a dual-protection, easy-to-apply formula. Cabot Clear Wood Protector seals out water, features deep UV protection, and showcases the natural beauty of wood. Get more information at http://www.cabotstain.com.

Quick change to fresh, clean water
"A water filter improves water taste and reduces cloudiness and contaminants," advises Kraeutler. "With the Filtrete Quick Change Whole House System, you get all these benefits and more, plus easy DIY installation." The compact system comes with a 12-month, no-mess filter that's replaced with just a twist of the wrist. Learn more at http://www.filtretecoupon.com.

Compact water efficiency and performance
Put performance and water efficiency in the palm of your hand with the Little Big Shot Super Nozzle. Its compact design delivers 40 percent more force on 40 percent less water, and it won't leak. The Little Big Shot adjusts from a powerful sweep to an ultra-fine stream, and is precision-crafted from solid brass and assembled by disabled U.S. veterans. See it in action at http://www.kco-innovations.com.

Easy cleanup for home improvement projects
"If you've got a project that doesn't quite need a dumpster but calls for more than a trash can, try the Bagster Dumpster in a Bag," says Kraeutler. "It holds up to 3,300 pounds of debris, and pickup by Waste Management is fast and easy to arrange." The Bagster bag holds full-sized items like doors, drywall and cabinets, and is strong enough for heavy items like bathtubs. Learn more at http://www.thebagster.com.

Color matching in a snap
You can match room color schemes in a snap with Renu wiring devices. Renu switches, outlets, dimmers and wallplates come in 20 colors, and the innovative color change kit allows you to update a unit without removing it from the wall. Renu wallplates are screwless, easily removed for cleaning, and textured to help mask finger marks. Switch to a new color at http://www.leviton.com/renu.

The perfect edge for painting projects
"Whether you're sprucing up an indoor space or freshening outdoor trim, ScotchBlue Painter's Tapes give you a perfect edge with professional results," says Kraeutler. ScotchBlue Exterior Painter's Tape stands up to challenging weather conditions, removes cleanly, handles curves and has a quick-snap tear feature. Tapes for indoor projects are designed for delicate and textured surfaces. Find out more at http://www.scotchblue.com.

Filter out indoor odors
Once the outdoor season starts, allergens tend to follow you indoors, combining with household odors for poor home air quality. Clear the air by installing Filtrete Odor Reduction Filters from 3M. Their unique, two-sided design captures airborne particles and removes odors, and also maintains airflow and efficiency in heating and cooling systems. Find a retailer near you at http://www.findmyfiltretefilter.com.

For more information on these products, as well as a host of home improvement ideas and solutions, visit The Money Pit at http://www.moneypit.com, where you can also subscribe to The Money Pit's weekly home improvement newsletter and podcast.