Orbital Drywall Sander

Festool USA

The Planex LHS 2 225 Drywall Sander features a LED light ring that ensures detailed visibility of the sanding path and the sander enables the user to see any unevenness on the surface during sanding. Because this on-board illumination immediately highlights surface irregularities, it also reduces the time needed to fix any problems, helping end-users achieve a better finished product in less time. The product uses a random orbit sanding motion to eliminate grooves and to ensure a flawless finish. The adjustable suction power on the lightweight tool, which keeps the tool snug with the work surface—helps to reduce the workload placed on the user’s arms and back. The tool connects to the CT 36 E AC dust extractor to create a nearly dust-free sanding solution. To also combat dust, Festool has unveiled a new version of the high-quality Granat abrasive. A new hole pattern allows for even better dust extraction when used with any of the Festool drywall sanders. For more information, visit festoolusa.com.

Auto-feed Screwgun


The company’s integrated auto-feed screwdrivers were built with feedback from professional users and come loaded with features to get the job done. Three new models that drive 1- to 2-inch screws or 1- to 3-inch screws are perfect for drywall (into wood or steel studs), metal framing, sheathing,

and cement board applications. Its key features include:

Corner-fit System: It improves line of sight and access to tight corners;

Feed-on-Return: positions screws in-line with the bit before you drive for fast and consistent performance;

Removable Feed System: This quickly detaches from driver body for easy bit access and reversal of screws.

For more information, visit senco.com/duraspin.

Fire-rated Drywall Accessories


The company provides a complete line of single step, fire rated/sound rated drywall accessories, that takes the place of fire sealant, remains permanently flexible, provides dynamic movement without cracking. Further information and features include:

  • 093X:  Fire Rated control joint
  • Fire Bead: Fire Rated Deflection Bead
  • Fire Gasket: Firestopping for Drywall Building Joints
  • Sound Gasket: Sound-stopping for Drywall Building Joints
  • HOTROD XL: Fire Rated Deflection Bead

For more information, visit cemcosteel.com.

Noise-reducing Drywall

CertainTeed Gypsum

SilentFX QuickCut noise-reducing drywall features a viscoelastic polymer between two specially formulated dense gypsum cores that significantly improve sound attenuation. It is ideal for systems requiring high STC performance, achieving ratings of 50 and up in commercial acoustic systems. This functionally superior board is engineered to easily score and snap for faster installation and lower labor costs. The product also features M2Tech technology and is enclosed in 100-percent recycled, moisture-and-mold-resistant face and back paper, providing enhanced moisture and mold resistance as well as improved indoor air quality. For more information, visit certainteed.com.

Glass Interior Gypsum Panels

PABCO Gypsum

PABCO GLASS Interior gypsum panels are ideal for interior commercial and residential applications where mold and moisture are a concern such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and basements. Comprised of a mold and water-resistant gypsum core reinforced with glass fibers, the panel provides increased resistance to moisture and greater structural stability than paper-faced gypsum board. The product is a perfect solution when pre-rock construction is needed as its performance will not be compromised due to extended exposure to normal weather conditions up to one year. Available in 5/8-inch Type X and 1/2-inch regular. For more information visit pabcogypsum.com/interiorglass.

Liquid-flashing for Gypsum Sheathing

G-P Gypsum

DensDefy Accessories is comprised of liquid flashing and a transition membrane primarily used in the DensElement Barrier System. DensDefy Liquid Flashing is a flexible, liquid flashing membrane that seals and protects against water intrusion for transitions between substrates (at rough openings, penetrations, joints, sheathing fasteners, and seams) and unwanted air movement in new or existing wall assemblies as part of the barrier system. DensDefy Transition Membrane is a flexible, self-adhering membrane used to maintain continuity of the above-grade water-resistant barrier and air barrier at complicated transition areas of the barrier system. Complete information may be found at densdefy.com.

Advanced Drywall Finish Systems


The company offers complete drywall finish systems that are generally applied over gypsum drywall but can be applied over most substrates including concrete, masonry, EIFS and stucco. These systems are preferred because joint treatment, surface preparation and colored finishes (either smooth or textured) are achieved with fewer steps, fewer construction days and with less manpower than with traditional drywall compounds and paint. A benchmark feature of ArmourTone is superior abuse resistance compared to conventional drywall finishes which minimizes ongoing maintenance. Now manufactured in San Antonio by Façade Xi, the products are abuse resistant, cost effective, acrylic finishes. The Armourfill product is a high-build, spray-applied, Level 5 surfacer. It reduces sanding and silica dust with ArmourJoint acrylic joint compound. For information, visit volterraproducts.com/product-category/stucco-plaster/armourtone.

Paper-faced Cornerbead


Strait-Flex Gold is a new paper-faced composite cornerbead featuring a memory-free hinge that adjusts to any angle. The product replaces the previous Mid-Flex 250 corner bead and provides durability and impact resistance, while the heavy-weight, diamond-punched paper provides maximum adhesion for an even lay-down. The paper surface is pretreated to accept paint, and finishing compound is not required over the laminated area. It is packaged in 100-foot rolls and can be cut to minimize scrap loss. For more information, visit clarkdietrich.com.