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Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

January/February 2006                                Volume 45,  Issue 1

Builders' Block


For the Jobsite

ADHESIVES AND FASTENERS

Ultra Quik Grip™ Construction Adhesive

Ultra Quik Grip construction adhesive from Strongsville, Ohio-based LIQUID NAILS® is a latex-based product formulated for use on common interior and exterior construction projects. The company says the adhesive’s initial tack and high bond strength simplifies projects by eliminating the need for bracing and most fasteners. 

It will not stain and features easy soap and water clean-up. 

Reduce Construction Time and Cost

Light gauge steel buildings are extremely strong and impervious to insects, moisture and other environmental challenges. Joining the galvanized steel components, however, has traditionally required a significant investment of time, materials and money.

To increase connection strengths and reduce assembly time and costs, Henkel Corp. of Rocky Hill, Conn., has introduced the Loctite Adhesive Connection System, a unique combination of structural adhesive and mechanical fasteners. This patent-pending system replaces traditional assembly methods that rely on hundreds of collated screws for strength with a durable, high-strength adhesive and dozens of pneumatic pins, screws, rivets or clinches. By eliminating the majority of screws, the system reduces assembly time by 85 percent and associated expenses by 60 percent. 

The Loctite Adhesive Connection System can be used to fabricate residential and non-residential building components such as roof and floor trusses, shear walls, headers, jamb studs and cantilever beams.

LADDERS

Can I Get a Lift?

The Wood’s Ladder Lifter is now available from C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) of Los Angeles. The company says the new product was developed with the high-volume remodeling contractor in mind, and offers a fast, efficient way to install above-grade windows without staging scaffolding.

With a 375-pound minimum weight capacity ladder, the lifter clamps onto the rungs with the pulley assembly on top and the breaking wench assembly near the bottom. An adjustable hand-cup lifter bar, with two metal handle vacuum cups that attach to the window glass, is suspended from the galvanized steel cable. Using a second ladder, the installer can fit and seal the window.

The lifter has a load capacity of 185 pounds with an ANSI-type 1AA 375-pound ladder.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT

Expansion Anchor Suited for Concrete and More 

Designed to fulfill the 2003 International Building Code (IBC) requirements, Hilti says its new KB-TZ Expansion Anchor is ideal for a wide range of uses, including tension zone, seismic and concrete-over-metal deck applications. 

The anchor offers a unique wedge design, reduced requirements for edge distance and anchor spacing. It is available in carbon and Type 304 stainless steel. The medium-duty KB-TZ anchor is suited for seismic and cracked concrete applications, according to information from Tulsa, Okla.-based manufacturer.

The manufacturer says the KB-TZ anchor has been qualified in accordance with ACI 355.2 and AC193 for use in seismic design environments. In addition, the bolt steel satisfies the ductility requirements as required by ACI 318-02 Section D.1, and it is available in a variety of anchor lengths for each diameter, thus offering flexibility in design. 

KC Company Tackles Daily Construction Annoyances

A Kansas City-based company is making it its business to rescue homebuilders from day-to-day industry annoyances by manufacturing simple solutions for common problems.

Pro-Vent Inc.’s solution No. 2 is the Code Box, a weatherproof construction product designed to store and lock-up job plans and display building permits on construction sites. The product was conceived in response to changes made to the International Builder Code that now require building plans to be available on-site for inspection along with building permits. 

As more and more cities adopt this code, builders are finding themselves scrambling to comply with the new regulation when inspectors show-up on the job.

Milwaukee Introduces Two New Hammer-Drills 

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. of Brookfield, Wis., has introduced two 1/2-inch hammer-drills with optimized balance and ergonomics plus a comfortable two-finger trigger and soft-grip handles. The hammer-drills feature a powerful 8.5 amp motor and have a durable metal gear case that can withstand daily jobsite abuse. These new hammer-drills lasted longer than competitive models when tested, according to company information.

Available in two models, the 5381 is a single speed hammer-drill with 0-1,800 RPM and 0-28,000 BPM and comes with a 10-foot fixed cord. The tool’s speed and torque are optimized for concrete fastening. 

The model 5387 offers dual speed/torque to adjust to the particular application; 0-1,000 RPM (0-16,000 BPM) in low and 0-2,500 RPM (0-40,000 BPM) in high and comes with a 10-foot Quik-Lok cord for quick in-field cord changes. The new hammer-drills are available as tool only and in kits with an impact-resistant case and two-piece percussion drill bit set.

Take the Plunge into a Pair of New Waterproof Gloves

Baltimore-based GORGONZ Performance Work Gear™, has introduced a new waterproof Winter Pro 475 glove with an engineered microporous liner that is 100-percent waterproof yet allows hands to breathe.

The outer layer of the palm is made from Toughtek® (which helps users retain their grip when handling wet materials) and Extreme Grip Synthetic Leather™ which stays flexible even after exposure to wet conditions.

The glove’s middle layer is a 100-percent waterproof liner that not only repels water, but also allows moisture from sweaty hands to escape.


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