New Metal Connector Nailers Offer Extended Magazines

SENCO has added two new pneumatic nail guns with increased magazine capacity to its JoistPro line of metal connector nailers. The new JoistPro 150MXP and JoistPro 250MXP, used for fastening metal structural connectors like joist hangers, seismic/hurricane straps and rafter ties, feature several design innovations beyond magazine size that improve durability and boost productivity on the jobsite.

The JoistPro 150MXP fires 1 1/2-inch nails ranging from .131 to .148 inches in diameter. Its new magazine holds two strips of SENCO paper-tape collated nails, cutting downtime for reloading in half. The 150MXP also features a redesigned adjustable hook made from heavier-gauge steel, allowing the nailer to be securely hung from a tool belt or rafter when not in use. 

It weighs just 5.3 pounds, allowing pros to work longer with less fatigue. The tool features a nose design that exposes each nail tip before it fires for exact placement into the pre-punched holes in metal connecting hardware.

SENCO’s more powerful JoistPro 250MXP fires 1 1/2-inch to 2 1/2-inch nails ranging from .131 to .162 inches in diameter. Like the 150MXP, the 250MXP features an increased-capacity magazine that holds two strips of paper-tape collated nails. It also includes the updated belt/rafter hook. 

Additionally, the 250MXP features an all-new nosepiece that provides accurate nail placement into pre-punched metal framing hardware. The redesigned nosepiece is sharper and more pronounced, making it easier to probe the pre-punched holes on metal connectors and achieve a perfect, flush drive every time. Durability updates have also been made to the 250MXP’s depth-of-drive wheel, which allows users to drive nails to a consistent, controllable depth. 

The tool features a rear-load magazine that captures the fastener by the head, so there’s no need for manual adjustments when switching between standard 1 ½-inch nails and the 2 ½-inch nails required by code in hurricane and seismic zones. 

According to the manufacturer, both products include all the leading features that are hallmarks of the JoistPro line, including a 360-degree adjustable exhaust port that directs blowback away from the user; a lockout that prevents dry firing and signals the user when it is time to reload; a full-comfort grip that reduces fatigue and minimizes slipping; and the power to drive nails into even the toughest substrates, such as engineered lumber. 

For more information, visit www.senco.com

Rebar Chain Assembly Allows Hands-Free Repositioning at Heights

Malta Dynamics introduces its 24-inch rebar chain assembly positioning device. The device is designed to allow workers to reposition themselves hands-free while elevated off the ground. It is ideal for applications on rebar structures, allowing workers to lean away from the wall and position themselves safely and easily while keeping their hands free to work. 

According to the manufacturer, the rebar chain assembly meets or exceeds the fall protection and testing standards laid out by ANSI Z359.3-17, ANSI A10.32-12, OSHA 1926 Subpart M, and OSHA 1910. Workers must still be connected to a fall arrest device when using this product, which is designed without shock absorbers. It is designed to be used in conjunction with a full-body harness, attaching to side D-Rings via both snap hooks and attaching the rebar hook to the rebar structure.

The 24-inch rebar chain assembly features a swiveling rebar hook and durable twist-link chain construction that allows for maximum mobility and strength. These units are designed with durability and strength in mind and have a maximum weight capacity of 310 pounds. They are lightweight and adjustable, making them convenient and easy to use on the jobsite.

“We manufacture products that we ourselves benefit from using every day in our masonry and construction businesses,” said Damian Lang, owner and CEO of Malta Dynamics. “We’re excited to offer our customers a high-quality, affordable tool that delivers maximum safety, mobility, and comfort when working on rebar structures.”

For more information, visit www.maltadynamics.com.

Gauge Tool Set Quickly Determines Type of Clamp or Bracket Needed

The LMCurbs gauge tool set was designed to help customers save time and money by quickly determining the type of clamp or bracket that is needed for a metal roofing application. There are two styles, one for the S-5! Utility Clamps and one for the five different profiles of the S-5! RibBrackets.

With these gauges, contractors can instantly determine which clamp or RibBracket best fits the metal roof profile while at jobsite. These gauges will greatly reduce the need for shipping out samples to test fit. For the estimators and installers that need to provide a quick estimate and/or begin an expedited install, these gauges could easily save a day or two of back and forth trying to determine the correct product, according to the manufacturer.

Customized laser etching is available, allowing companies to hand them out to their customers with their contact information.

Applications and uses include:

  • ColorGard
  • Dual-Gard
  • LMCurbs IDS
  • LMCurbs SnowGuard
  • SnoRail/SnoFence
  • Solar
  • Solar Attachment 
  • Tools & Hardware
  • Utility
  • X-Gard

For more information, visit www.lmcurbs.com

Premium Shingle Underlayment Features Slip-Resistant Top Film

Carlisle WIP Products’ WIP GRIP Premium Shingle Underlayment features a slip-resistant top film that improves roofers’ safety on wet and dry installations. WIP GRIP Premium Shingle Underlayment is a flexible, 55-mil-thick, rubberized asphalt, fiberglass-reinforced membrane. It can be used on critical roof areas such as eaves, ridges, valleys, dormers, and skylights; it may also be used as covering for the entire roof to prevent moisture or water entry. 

According to the manufacturer, once installed WIP GRIP protects the roof structure and interior spaces from water seepage caused by ice dams and wind-driven rain. Additionally, at the time of eventual re-roof, WIP GRIP’s top film has a proprietary embossment that helps to prevent the embedding of shingles to the underlayment, providing for easier tear-off. 

For more information, visit www.carlislewipproducts.com

OptiWeld Technology Automatically Calibrates New RhinoBond Tool

OMG Roofing Products introduces a new RhinoBond tool with OptiWeld Technology, providing automatic calibration on membrane up to 80 mils. According to the company, OMG’s exclusive OptiWeld Technology optimizes the energy required to generate sound and consistent bonds with installed OMG RhinoBond Plates.

 “While the RhinoBond System is already easy to use, roofing contractors frequently ask about a simplified calibration process,” said Patrick O’Connor, RhinoBond product manager. “OptiWeld technology eliminates the calibration process by automatically monitoring the temperature of the RhinoBond Plate during the welding cycle to assure the best bond possible, and in so doing saves valuable time and labor for contractors daily during the set-up process.”

In addition to OptiWeld, the new tool features an LED touch screen interface that controls the tool’s functionality. From the home screen, contractors can set a preferred language (currently English or Spanish, with other languages to be added in the future), adjust the brightness of the display screen, set the sound level and desired tone, as well as review and adjust the OptiWeld settings if necessary. 

“We wanted to ensure that contractors could also manually adjust the tool for specific circumstances,” said O’Connor, “so we also built that functionality into the tool with a look and feel that matches the current RhinoBond tools.”

The new OptiWeld Tools can also track the daily weld-cycles completed, so that contactors can monitor use.  In addition, contractors can trouble-shoot from the menu and access the on-line Owner’s Manual if necessary.  Other updates for the tool include a new designed and ergonomically friendly handle grip that provides enhanced protection for the activation trigger and more robust electronics for improved tool reliability. 

The new tool weighs 21 pounds (9.6 kg), and operates on 110V and 220V power sources for global use. Each tool comes with six magnetic cooling clamps, and a durable carrying case that protects the induction tool when not in use. Using a 12 gauge RhinoBond Power Cord (sold separately), the RhinoBond tool can be operated up to 100 feet (30 m) from the power source. 

The RhinoBond System is designed for use with TPO and PVC roofing membranes and approved by leading roof system manufacturers. The System uses advanced induction welding technology to bond roofing membranes directly to specially-coated plates used to secure the insulation to the deck. The result is a roofing system with improved wind performance that requires fewer fasteners, plates, and seams, and zero penetrations of the new membrane. Since it was introduced in 1998, over 2.5 billion square feet (232 million square meters) of membrane has been installed with the RhinoBond System in 38 countries around the globe. 

For more information, please contact your local OMG field sales representative, OMG Customer Service at (800) 633-3800, or visit www.OMGRoofing.com.

Skylight Automation System Now Compatible With Google Assistant

Velux Active with Netatmo, the smartphone-controlled skylight automation system, is now compatible with Google Assistant. The system allows homeowners to easily and effortlessly achieve a healthier indoor climate in their homes by automating when their skylights open and close to create airflow and when skylight blinds extend for light control. Americans continue to have growing interest in smart home technology and home health. According to research from the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing, nearly a quarter of homeowners have healthy home concerns, with worries about indoor air quality topping their list.

“Many people are unaware that indoor air can be five times more polluted than outdoor air,” said Ross Vandermark, national product manager for VELUX America. “Having options like Velux Active to take the thinking out of indoor air quality is a welcomed addition for homeowners wanting to maintain healthy homes for themselves and their families.”

According to the manufacturer, Velux Active helps to refresh indoor air by automating when skylights open, combatting negative side effects of an indoor lifestyle, such as asthma and allergies.

The system connects to an online weather station to monitor outside conditions and uses indoor sensors to monitor temperature, humidity and CO2 levels inside the home. Based on homeowner settings, the system will open the skylights or extend the blinds if doing so improves the conditions inside the home. For example, if the humidity level inside rises above the homeowners’ decided preferences, and it is less humid outside, the system will open the skylights for a short period of time to refresh the air inside. Likewise, the system may also extend the skylight blinds to block light when the outside temperature is high.

With Google Assistant, homeowners can voice operate their skylights by simply saying “Hey Google, open my skylights,” or “Hey Google, close my skylight blinds.”

They can also set up a schedule for their skylights and blinds to open and close. A rain sensor ensures the skylights close at the first sign of rain. 

Velux Active is also compatible with Apple HomeKit. Homeowners can use the smartphone app to control their skylights even if they are away from the house. For more information, visit www.veluxusa.com.

Professional Construction Camera Designed for Jobsite Monitoring

The Brinno BCC200 is professional construction camera that provides all the components needed to shoot professional outdoor projects. The bundle is made up of the Brinno HDR TimeLapse Camera, a dustproof weather resistant housing unit, an industrial-grade aeronautical aluminum alloy clamp, and a bungee cord. The BCC200 is designed to take stunning videos both during the day and at night. With a battery life of 80 days, this is the perfect camera for jobsite monitoring, performance quality monitoring, and creating marketing content. The new industrial-grade aeronautical aluminum alloy clampod’s great load capacity increases its convenience for operation.

For more information, visit  https://www.brinno.com/construction-camera/BCC200.

New Circular Saw Blades Feature Nickel Cobalt Teeth

Spyder Products expands its range of circular saw blades with the release of several new options. Spyder’s line of circular saws now spans from 6 1/2-inch to 12-inch sizes for use in miter, table and portable circular saws. Each blade features ultra-tough NiCo (Nickel Cobalt) teeth for long-lasting cutting efficiency, alternating tooth bevel design (ATB) to create clean rip cuts and crosscuts, and an interfused anti-friction coating.

According to the manufacturer, the strong NiCo teeth of Spyder’s circular saw blades are triple sharpened and, when combined with the ATB design, deliver a much smoother cut for a range of applications — from framing and general construction to specialty demolition and fine finish work. Spyder’s interfused anti-friction coating protects the blade against heat, gumming and corrosion. Polymer stabilization vents reduce noise and vibration allowing for rapid drive through the substrate. 

For those involved in demo work, the line now includes a 7-1/4-inch 24T demolition blade, equipped with Demo Drive teeth that last up to 10 times longer than standard blades when cutting through nail-embedded wood. 

The 10-inch 60T and 12-inch 80T versions are engineered for fine finish work, making them ideal for trim and remodeling projects, according to the company. Both blades are built for use in compound miter saws and sliding miter saws. However, the 12-inch 80T model features a diamond knockout making it compatible with worm drive and sidewinder circular saws.

The 7-1/4-inch and 6-1/2-inch 24T models are built for framing and general construction applications. And fine finish work is a breeze with the fine (40T) and ultra-fine (60T) 7-1/4-inch blades.

For more information, visit www.spyderproducts.com.

Enhanced Self-Adhered Membranes Reduce Installation Time and Labor Cost

Polyglass U.S.A., Inc., announces the company has enhanced the performance of its self-adhered mod bit roofing membranes. Used to design durable low-slope roof systems, the upgraded membranes install faster and cleaner resulting in labor and time savings, according to the manufacturer. 

A pioneer of self-adhered roofing technology, Polyglass manufactures a full line of multi-surface membranes that do not require a torch or hot asphalt during application. With its cutting-edge ADESO Dual Compound Self-Adhered Technology, the company produces membranes with APP or SBS modified asphalt compounds with a top layer acting as the weathering surface and an aggressive self-adhered compound on the bottom layer. 

Polyglass recently added a new labor saving feature, patent-pending SEALLap Ultra, to promote instantaneous watertight side lap seams in all the Self-Adhesive Membranes. SEALLap Ultra, is a self-adhered compound applied on the side lap area to increases the bond strength and long-term adhesion of the seams. The company’s ADESO products now offer a side-lap with greater shear strength than any other assembled mod bit roof system – torch, mop, cold or other non-PG self-adhered. When compared to similar mod- bit membranes and traditional application methods.

Additionally, to reduce installation time, Polyglass developed FASTLap — a granule-free end lap that installs hassle-free. FASTLap is designed to promote watertight end laps and enables easy and safe installs.

“We are proud of the advancements made to the self-adhered products,” said Scott Lelling, director of strategic marketing. “Polyglass continues to invest in technology and discover better ways to roof, passing on savings to the roofing contractor while helping them to meet the needs of their customers.”

For more information, visit polyglass.us.

Universal Base Attachment Offers Increased Support Strength

Green Link Engineering has increased support strength by 40 percent on its Knuckehead universal base in response to customer needs in areas with high winds, seismic activity and other environmental fluctuations that can affect rooftop installations.

“Swings in weather patterns — high winds, and seismic events around the country, most recently in California, Puerto Rico and the Midwest — suggest the need for stronger, more stable installations of rooftop equipment. Responding to customer needs, we made a simple retool of our universal Knucklehead base without changing its basic design so that it now offers our customers the option to add more fasters to the base during installations,” said Dan Olinger, Green Link President. “When we heard from HVAC and roofing contractors about issues relating to equipment shifting during environmental events, we immediately looked at effective ways to retool our product to offer additional strength options. GreenLink prides itself on responding to customer needs and offering versatility in the use of our products. “

Greenlink Engineering’s retooled KnuckleHead universal base now offers an improved attachment feature for more secure installations. The universal base, which accepts a range of head designs, originally featured two holes for securing the base using screws that penetrate to the roof deck. The retooling now features four holes which allows for the doubling of mechanical fasteners. In laboratory tests, the four-fastener base installation increased support strength by 40 percent tested on a 12-inch strut Knucklehead configuration. No change has been made to the basic design of the base. The holes are still positioned in the center, and the base can also be further secured and sealed using specially formulated Green Link Adhesive/Sealant. 

A range of head designs can be fastened to the universal base for supporting struts, large pipes, small pipes, solar panels and pavers. KnuckleHeads offer a unique feature in that they can be attached or loose laid, depending on local conditions and specifications.

For more information, visit www.greenlinkengineering.com.