New Bi-Metal Hole Saws Are Designed For Fast, Smooth Cutting

The L.S. Starrett Co. offers a new, improved version of the company’s Starrett Deep Cut Bi-Metal Hole Saws with a distinct variable pitch tooth design, featuring a pattern of seven different progressive teeth called NVP Tech (New Variable Pitch). According to the manufacturer, this new tooth pattern, along with a special tooth set developed specifically for it, delivers fast, aggressive cutting action, enabling more cuts in less time. The new Deep Cut hole saws also produce a smooth cutting action, resulting in easier operation. 

Starrett Deep Cut Hole Saws are designed specifically for cutting thicker material and feature a high-performance tooth material with extra Cobalt for enhanced heat and wear resistance. These saws have a hole depth of 2 inches (51mm) and are ideal for cutting metal or tubes with a wall thickness of more than 1/8 inch (3mm). For multi-purpose use, the aggressive tooth design cuts a wide range of materials including carbon steel, stainless steel and non-ferrous metals. Starrett Deep Cut Hole Saws are used for cutting wood, metal and plastics in different shapes, sheets, profiles and tubes, and are offered in an extensive range of sizes and pitches from 3/4 inch (19 mm) to 6 inches (152 mm) and a metric-only line ranging from 56 mm to 210 mm — a total of 55 SKUs.

Starrett offers a wide range of Hole Saws from bi-metal and carbide tipped to diamond grit – application-specific Hole Saws that are engineered specifically for certain materials, power tools and jobs.

For more information, visit https://www.starrett.com

New 7-Inch Gutter Guards Are Designed for Durability

Leaf Solution adds 7-inch Xtreme Gutter Guards to the company’s product mix of 5-inch and 6-inch gutter guards for residential or commercial installation. According to the manufacturer, Xtreme features .42 stainless-steel mesh to block all debris from leaves to pine needles, from oak tassels to shingle grit to pollen, yet allows water to flow freely into the gutter. A durable substrate backing reinforces the mesh, horizontally and vertically, from stretching or sagging and simplifiesinstallation. Components are assembled with a patented hemming process which prevents separation. Engineered to outperform and outlast any comparable gutter guards, Leaf Solution Xtreme has a 20-year transferrable warranty and is made in the USA. The product is available for fascia or under-shingle mount in mill silver or black.

For more information, visit https://leafsolutionusa.com.

U.S. Department of Labor Selects New Director For OSHA’s Construction Directorate

The U.S. Department of Labor has selected Scott Ketcham as the new director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Directorate of Construction (DOC) in Washington, D.C. Ketcham had served as deputy director of DOC since February 2017.

Prior to coming to OSHA’s national office, Ketcham worked for 19 years as an OSHA acting deputy regional administrator, area director, assistant area director, and compliance officer and manager in offices in the Seattle, Dallas and Philadelphia regions. Before joining OSHA, he spent five years as a staff industrial hygienist with the U.S. Army Medical Activity at Bassett Army Hospital on Ft. Wainwright, Alaska. He retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of active and reserve service.

Ketcham holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Alaska, a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Texas A&M University, and is a Certified Safety Professional. He has a strong background in the general industry, maritime and construction industries.

“Scott Ketcham is a dedicated public servant,” said Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health. “He has demonstrated strong leadership throughout his OSHA career, and I am confident he will continue to achieve the mission of assuring safe and healthful working conditions for construction workers in his new position.”

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Roof Re-Cover Meets Challenges of Historic Integrity

Austin Hall is a historic landmark on the campus of Sam Houston State University. It was first occupied in October 1851. Photos: McElroy Metal

Some roofers are simply cut out to do their thing in the spotlight. Empire Roofing of Austin, Texas, executed the removal of an existing leaking stainless-steel metal roof and the installation of McElroy Metal’s 238T symmetrical copper standing seam roofing system on a historic centerpiece building on the campus of Sam Houston State University.

Historic Austin Hall in Huntsville, Texas, was re-roofed less than 10 years ago. It’s the oldest building west of the Mississippi River to have been used continuously by an educational institution. Austin Hall was first occupied in October 1851 and completed the following year.

Unfortunately, it soon became evident that there were defects pertaining to the 2009-10 roof installation and it needed to be replaced. The stainless-steel interlocking panels were not seamed or soldered as specified and in accordance with historically accurate methods, resulting in widespread water infiltration beneath the metal roof assembly. Armko Industries of Austin was contracted to determine the best plan of action for resolving these issues and restoring the Austin Hall roof, internal gutters and cupola back to a watertight condition. During the evaluation, portions of the existing roof had to be removed to verify conditions. Sam Houston State and Armko requested Empire Roofing assist the evaluation.

At the base of the cupola, the specifications called for the installation of through-wall flashing using 20-ounce copper. Photos: McElroy Metal

“Based on my initial observations, I was hired to come in and actually remove and replace some of the roof near the cupola and internal gutters to assess and verify the exact nature of the perceived defects,” says Aaron Todd, who leads the metal roofing and sheet metal division at Empire Austin. “I hated to be the bearer of bad news, but it was a lot worse than they anticipated. The flat-seam panels were installed using a Pittsburgh seam, which really isn’t designed to be a watertight seam in a low-slope (2:12) roofing application. The underlayment that was installed did a better job of keeping out water than the flat-seamed panels.”

Working together, Empire and Armko put together a plan that required the removal of the stainless-steel flat-seamed panels and the internal gutter liner. The Texas Historical Commission was involved in the renovation to ensure the new roof would be as historically accurate as possible. Plans and specifications issued by Armko Industries were to remove the existing stainless steel and to re-roof with the 20-ounce copper 238T standing seam on all roof sections, interior gutters and related sheet metal components. Specifications and details issued siding removed at the cupola walls and a new liquid-applied waterproofing membrane was applied over the new sheathing, with new siding installed to match the original siding. At the base of the cupola, the specifications and details called for the installation of through-wall flashing using 20-ounce copper. Titanium PSU-30 high-temp self-adhering underlayment covered the roofing substrate and was used as a lining in the internal gutters, under the 20-ounce copper.

Empire Roofing removed the building’s existing roof and installed McElroy Metal’s 238T symmetrical copper standing seam roofing system the historic structure. Photos: McElroy Metal

“We set up scaffolding and worked on the octagonal cupola first,” Todd says. “The design incorporates a convex curvature with all roof sections meeting at the apex. Together with my superintendent, Diego Trevizo, and our lead foreman, Uri Contreras, we measured everything we needed for the cupola roof and gave the cut list to our shop fabricators, who produced the panels and trim for the cupola roofing, the design of which was proposed by Empire and approved by the Texas Historical Commission and Armko. We also had a 10-foot mechanical brake onsite to fabricate and modify any panels as needed during the installation process. My team and I love working with copper, because aside from the obvious qualities inherent in its chemical makeup, it allows for a more thorough arsenal of seaming and joining techniques due to its unique malleability relative to most other types of commonly used metal components.”

Todd says standing seams were incorporated at each hip of the cupola to avoid the need to solder vertical joints. At the apex of the cupola, standing seams were folded down and lapped under the finial skirt. The crew sealed/riveted/soldered the finial base to the copper panels to create a watertight and wind-resistant detail at this very exposed and relatively flat area.

Standing seams were incorporated at each hip of the cupola. At the apex of the cupola, the seams were folded down and lapped under the finial skirt. Photos: McElroy Metal

Empire Roofing owns roll formers with dies to produce McElroy’s 238T and 138T symmetrical standing seam panels. “Empire’s capabilities with regard to commercial, industrial, and historical roofing projects are far reaching, and we love a good challenge,” Todd says. “If you’ve got a difficult problem, it’s our job to solve it, and we love working with innovative manufacturers like McElroy in doing so.”

Symmetrical standing seam systems do not have male and female legs, but are comprised of panels with matching left and right legs. The panels are joined with a mechanically seamed cap. The panels are non-directional, meaning they can be installed left to right, right to left, or even from the center out. The seam design on a symmetrical panel is more watertight than a double lock because there is no interruption of sealant in the seam at the clip locations. Most importantly, a symmetrical panel can be easily replaced if there is ever damage or a reason to pull a panel out of the roof at a later date.

“Through a judicious use of hydrostatic details utilizing butyl tape in lieu of solder at key areas, we were able to achieve a long-term watertight and wind-resistant roof assembly that only minimally relies on soldered joints and that can accommodate thermal movement much better,” Todd says.

Photos: McElroy Metal

Austin Hall is located on a hill among old-growth trees, so there isn’t much room to park a roll former to produce panels up to 25 feet long. It’s a relatively small project, about 6,000 square feet. “We set up our staging area in the road, about a quarter-mile from Austin Hall,” Todd says. “To minimize disruptions to daily university activities, we decided to run panels in the evening and have 3-4 guys walk the longer panels up the hill, one at a time. We rented a golf cart to transport guys down the hill to the roll former and bring smaller items up to the jobsite. We’ve got a great crew and it was ‘all hands on deck’ for this one. In one night, we produced all the panels and telescoped them to the roof on our spreader bar, which we attached to the forks of our onsite SkyTrack. We didn’t damage a single panel … that’s tough to do with copper.”

Todd was sure the roofing details would be watertight and wanted to make sure the internal gutters didn’t cause any problems. The Empire crew used sandpaper to etch the flat 20-ounce copper before it was fabricated into gutters. Once fabricated and roof-loaded, the gutter pieces were joined in 40- to 50-foot sections in the interior gutter, then lifted out and placed on sawhorses. All joints and seams were fully soldered on the sawhorses and then placed in their respective areas inside the internal gutter troughs, where the few remaining seams were joined and soldered in place. The gutters then were coated with Kemperol 2K PUR, a solvent-free, fleece-reinforced and liquid-applied waterproofing system based in polyurethane resin. Empire used a roller to apply the coating in open areas and brushed on the coating in corners.

TEAM

Building Envelope Consultant: Armko Industries, Austin, Texas, www.armko.com

Roofing Contractor: Empire Roofing, Austin, Texas, www.empireroofing.com

MATERIALS

Metal Roof System: 238T symmetrical copper standing seam roofing system, McElroy Metal, www.mcelroymetal.com

Underlayment: Titanium PSU-30 high-temp self-adhering underlayment, InterWrap, www.interwrap.com

Liquid-Applied Waterproofing System: Kemperol 2K PUR, Kemper System, www.kemper-system.com

Tethers for Tools and Equipment Comply With ANSI 121-2018 and ISEA Standards

FallTech, a manufacturer specializing in fall protection safety products and gear, introduces its FallTech for Tools dropped object prevention program. Falltech for Tools is a complete ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 tested and compliant range of solutions that feature tool attachments, tool tethers, premium self-fusing no-heat tool tape, speed clip attachment tethers, a wrist anchor attachment system, and hard hat tethers.

FallTech for Tools is designed to accommodate the most commonly used tools in construction trades and other industries. These include tools with captive eyes; open- and closed-handle tools; and open- and closed-handle tools with triggers, including impact hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, spud wrenches, and power tools. 

“The driving force behind this program is the over 230 fatalities a year as a result of dropped objects and equipment in the U.S. alone, making it the third leading cause of death in the workplace,” said Scott Miller, vice president of sales for FallTech. “That is approximately two fatalities every three days. Our customers trust FallTech products to help them prevent fall injuries.  Now we are introducing quality designed and tested solutions to help prevent injuries as a result of dropped objects while keeping others and their fellow workers safe, as well.”

For more information, visit  http://falltech.com/falltechfortools.aspx.

MRCA Announces UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier to Provide Keynote Address

The Midwest Roofing Contractors Association announced that UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier will be headlining the organization’s 2019 Annual Conference, slated for November 20-22 in Overland Park, Kansas.

Daniel Cormier is a UFC veteran and one of the greatest heavyweight fighters in the organization’s history. Cormier was the second fighter to ever hold belts in two weight classes simultaneously and the first to defend his title in both classes. He first joined the UFC in 2013 and has fought giants of the sport like Dan Henderson, Anderson Silva and Jon Jones. Cormier has had his greatest success against Anthony Johnson. He won the vacant light heavyweight championship against Johnson at UFC 187 and successfully defended the belt at UFC 210. Prior to joining the UFC, he had success as the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion and King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion. Cormier has a background in college wrestling, winning two junior college national championships at Colby Community College before becoming an All-American and NCAA runner-up at Oklahoma State. He went on to become a six-time U.S national champion and finish fourth at the 2004 Olympics in the 96 kg weight class.

The keynote address is scheduled to take place November 21 at 10:30 am in Ballroom B, and the event is open to all attendees. For more information or to register, visit http://www.mrca.org/aws/MRCA/pt/sp/conference

New Bath and Dryer Vent Designed for Shingle Roofs

Lifetime Tool introduces the Lifetime Bath-Dryer Vent for shingle roofs. The proprietary design enables the housing structure to mount to the plate without rivets, fasteners and sealants — common leak points in existing vents. The vent assembly is crimped into the seamless deep-drawn plate with an EPDM gasket which guarantees a forever water-tight seal, according to the company. The shingle vent plate is 24-gauge galvanized Kynar with 4 inches of flashing on the sides, 6 inches at the top and 3.5 inches at the bottom. Most existing vents have less than half of these needed requirements, which exponentially increases the likelihood of edge leaking. According to the manufacturer, in independent laboratory testing the Lifetime Bath-Dryer Vent exceeded 90 mph in the ASTM T166-18 – Wind Driven Rain Test, easily surpassing all of the competition. 

The product features a 24-gauge galvanized Kynar cap that is clad onto a high-temperature polymer with a heat deflection above that of boiling water. According to the company, this carefully researched and tested premium polymer was chosen for its extreme performance and its ability to retain its mechanical properties for decades of use. 

Additionally, the cap assembly is attached with two black oxide stainless fasteners and 316L stainless clips for easy removal for periodic maintenance. A gold anodized aluminum damper, preventing white corrosion, and its passivated stainless steel axle are mounted on the angled structure to ensure condensation drainage and provide protection from wind and rain penetration. Its built-in weep holes, wind walls and recessed EPDM noise bumpers help eliminate clatter. The EPDM bumpers also permit a small amount of warm air to pass between the structure and damper to reduce the chance of condensate freezing. A snap-in high-quality polymer frame has a stainless steel screen included for use in bath venting only.

Finishing the assembly is a proprietary 6-inch-high, 4-inch round 26-gauge G90 galvanized drop with a unique button punch/window snap connection assembly. A 4-inch/3-inch reducer is also included.

For more information, visit www.lifetimetool.com.

Pittsburgh Sports Icons to Make Keynote Presentations at METALCON

METALCON 2019 announced that the event’s keynote speakers will include two Pittsburgh sports icons: Rocky Bleier and Bryan Trottier. The keynote presentations are sponsored by longtime partners’ United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel) and PPG; both title sponsors are headquartered in Pittsburgh and have been actively involved with METALCON since its inception 29 years ago.

On Wednesday, October 16, U.S. Steel, a leading integrated steel producer and Fortune 250 company, is hosting special guest Rocky Bleier, a four-time NFL Super Bowl Champion and running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers in his keynote, “Leadership through Teamwork, Perseverance & Hope.”

After being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968, Bleier was drafted by the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam just one year later. Bleier was quickly thrust into combat, seriously wounded and told he would never walk again. He bravely rehabilitated himself to condition for re-entry into the NFL and regained his running back position.

With the same optimism, sense of humor and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a running back, Bleier will take the audience from his early years through his professional career and talk about the hard lessons he learned early in life that helped him overcome adversity and reach his goals. Through his story of courage and determination, he defines what it takes to succeed in times of change, how to conquer insurmountable odds and become an extraordinary achiever.

In his keynote, Bleier will discuss why some organizations dominate and some lose, and he will define the ingredients for “real” success. He focuses on winning through perseverance, hope, commitment and trust. Framed through parallels to football and Bleier’s personal journey, he will explore both structural and emotional aspects necessary for individuals and organizations to reach their greatest potential. He will address how successful teams and organizations share four characteristics: leadership, people, vision and a shared belief system.

Furthermore, METALCON is partnering with a charity near and dear to Bleier, the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, for this year’s giving back program. Each year, METALCON gives back to the local community. This year’sprogram will raise money for essential housing, employment, and vital supportive services for eligible Pittsburgh-area veterans, service members, and their families to improve their self-sufficiency, sustainability, and quality of life.

PPG, a global supplier of paints, coatings and specialty materials, introduces former professional ice hockey center and seven-time Stanley Cup winner, Bryan Trottier, who played 18 seasons in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders. Named as one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players of all time, Trottier is ranked 17th all-time in NHL regular-season points and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.

On Thursday, October 17, Trottier will share his life journey, including the challenges he overcame along the way and life lessons learned in “Finding Strength in Teamwork & Diversity.” He will cover the importance of leadership, the uniqueness of team and how it strengthens an organization, the importance of diversity in an organization–diversity of thought, perspective and experience. He will even share a few ice hockey stories. 

Growing up in the small, remote town of Val Marie, Saskatchewan, Canada, with a population of 200 and only one television channel, Trottier lived a simple life on the farm with his family. They had little money but were quite resourceful. They grew their own garden, milked their own cows and threw nothing away. To make extra money, the family formed a band in which Trottier joined as a young boy and performed in local events. He had tremendous support from his parents, despite their simple lifestyle.

Every year when winter would descend, his father, a powerfully built man and descendant from the Cree and Chippewa people, would head out to the creek across the road from their house. Machete in hand, his father would proceed to chop up the dam as if he were hacking up a woodpile, creating a makeshift skating rink. Out on that creek is where Trottier developed his style, skating over the lumps and frozen twigs. He also had to learn to fight, which did not come naturally to him as he was a quiet kid who loved school. At the age of 14, he had to quit school and leave home to pursue his ice hockey career.

Trottier faced bullying on the ice due to his small stature. He also faced discrimination and racism because of his native heritage. He struggled to navigate the path to his dream but sought out people who could help him along the way. He learned the value of being part of a team and found strength in his team. He gained life lessons from sport, music and work ethic. He learned how to lead by inspiration and by example. He’s learned that life is never going to be pretty nor happen the way you plan it. Sometimes you just have to go out to the beaver dam with a machete and start chopping wood.

“We are so excited to have these two local sports icons as our keynote speakers this year,” said METALCON Show Director, Claire Kilcoyne. “Their very personal stories are sure to inspire attendees.”

METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc., and sponsored by The Metal Construction Association. This three-day eventtakes place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

For more information, visit www.metalcon.com

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens Branch in Sharonville, Ohio

ABC Supply Co. Inc. announced the company has opened a branch at 2599 Commerce Blvd. in Sharonville, Ohio. Don Smith will manage the branch. Smith has more than 27 years in the building materials distribution industry, most recently in sales and management. In 2018, he joined ABC Supply’s Cincinnati, Ohio, location as an outside sales representative while attending the company’s Branch Management Training program. Smith graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a degree in business administration.

ABC Supply now has 20 locations throughout Ohio with the opening of the Sharonville location.  

“Don has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to steep- and low-slope roofing, siding and windows. He knows this industry and knows what contractors need from ABC Supply to run successful businesses,” said Tom Kuchan, vice president of ABC Supply’s Northeast Region. “Under Don’s leadership, our team in Sharonville is ready to build long-lasting relationships with area contractors and the community.”

Branch hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday, and 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. The phone number is (513) 975-5062.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com

Roofing Alliance Accepting Nominations for Gold Circle and MVP Awards

The Roofing Alliance is seeking nominations for two of its elite awards programs: the 2020 Gold Circle Awards and Most Valuable Player Awards.

The Roofing Alliance is seeking nominations for its 2020 Gold Circle Awards program, which recognizes NRCA or Roofing Alliance members for their outstanding contributions to the roofing industry. Gold Circle Awards categories include outstanding workmanship/innovative solutions and safety preparedness and performance.

Unique roofing-related projects, programs and services completed between June 1, 2017, and May 31, 2019, are eligible for the competition. The deadline for entries is October 18. Winners will be honored during NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention in Dallas. To obtain a Gold Circle Award nomination form, click here.

The Roofing Alliance is also accepting entries for its Most Valuable Player Awards program. The deadline for entries is November 15. MVP Awards formally recognize outstanding roofing workers who achieve work-related and personal goals to which others aspire. Workers employed by an NRCA member or nonmember roofing contracting, distributor or supplier firm are eligible. From roofing contracting firms, any roofing field worker, foreman or superintendent can be nominated, and from distributor and supplier firms, any warehouse employee, warehouse foreman, driver or equipment operator can be nominated.

Nominations are based on significant contributions in two categories: outstanding on-the-job performance/workmanship and outstanding performance/other noteworthy contributions outside the workplace. Each category is judged separately, and individuals can be nominated for one or both categories.

MVP Award winners will receive two complimentary coach airfare tickets and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention Feb. 2-6, 2020, in Dallas. Each winner also will receive one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2020 International Roofing Expo, two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception and a $100 American Express gift card. Winners will be formally recognized during the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb. 5, 2020, in Dallas. For more information or to obtain MVP entry forms, click here.

For more information, contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at (847) 299-9070, ext. 7513, or bjudson@roofingalliance.net.