New Products for MOTHER'S Readers

A listing of noteworthy new products that might interest readers.

| September/October 1983

They come and go so fast. One week you'll see a product on the shelf, the next week something else is in its place. Any retailer or manufacturer will tell you the public's needs — and preferences — never stand still. Nevertheless, here a listing of new products we think/hope will have some staying power.

Your Car's Umbrella

It's a familiar situation: You're driving down the expressway in a heavy rain and an 18-wheeler passes, throwing water on your already struggling wipers. For a moment you're blinded, scared, and perhaps in real danger. Well, R & T Products sells Rain-X for just such occasions. This liquid, when applied to your car's windshield and windows, helps water bead up and run off, resulting in less impairment of vision. In fact, the company claims that you may not even need to use windshield wipers in many cases. Rain-X is available in most department stores.

Old Chimney Face-Lift

Many older homes have chimney troubles, but you can give a "retired" smokestack a new lease on life by relining it with tiles. And Paul Heininger, president of Chimney Tile Aligner Corporation, has just the device to make this rather difficult job easier and safer. Heininger says his method is much less expensive than replacing a chimney or putting in a stainless steel liner ... and that it works just as well as either of the more costly alternatives. The "Chimney Tile Aligner" is designed to accommodate 7" x 7", 7" x 11", 8" x 8", and 8" x 12" tiles, which can be lowered accurately, lined, and sealed to meet present building code requirements. The illustrated user's manual is written clearly enough that, according to the company, almost any person with basic masonry skills can successfully line an existing chimney.

Solar Water Pump Package

The "Jet Pak" (A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co.) is a fully automatic solar water-pumping system that's designed for use on demand, night or day. A photovoltaic panel, two rechargeable batteries, a water-storage tank, a power control unit with over- and under-voltage protection, and a 12-volt DC pump — in fact, everything you'll need for installation except some piping and wire is in the package (prices start at $1,700). The company claims its system provides the equivalent of one solid hour of city water pressure daily in most locations, with a "sunless" reserve power bank of up to eight days. Application sites include shallow wells, cisterns, and storage or stock tanks.

More from Your Woodstove

Hydro-Coil International produces a stainless steel piping system that allows you to use a woodstove to heat your family's water. "Hydro-Coil" has a lifetime warranty can be used for hot tubs/spas, swimming pools, and hydraulic space heating. It functions with either passive thermosiphon or active pumped circulation systems and is available in 12-, 14-, 18-, and 24-inch lengths, either straight or with a right-angle bend. And the unit can be installed by a do-it-yourselfer with plumbing experience. Some woodstove manufacturers are now incorporating the "Hydro-Coil" system into their designs.

Mailbox Messenger:

Harry Schluter got tired of walking down his long driveway, crossing a busy rural road, and opening his mailbox — only to find nothing in it. Being an inventor with several noteworthy patents to his name, Harry decided to update the American mailbox to make it better serve the rural customer. With the blessing of the U.S. Postal Service, and with a patent pending on his device, Mr. Schluter is selling a handy white metal flag that you can easily attach to your own mailbox. It pops up automatically when the mail carrier opens the box. If there isn't any mail for you, though, the flag can be quickly put down with a handle to tell you, "Don't bother."

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