Volume 37, Issue 6, June 2002
glass rail systems
Revolutionary New Glass Rail
Chicago-based MTH Industries now offers the GlassWedge™ System, a system for installing glass-rail panels. The company says you'll never have to mix another bag of quick-cure concrete again. This system has three components: a high-impact plastic isolator channel with an inverted wedge on one channel leg; a high-strength aluminum wedge; and a heavy-extruded aluminum shoe. The system is self-centering, self-plumbing and the glass panels take only minutes to install using the system, according to the company.
First, the operator slides on the isolators, then drops the panel into the shoe and then drives the wedges.
Using the Glass Wedge System, two wedges are used to lock the glass to the shoe. Just as has been done in the past when glass rails were installed, the heavy aluminum shoe is installed first, keeping it as plumb as possible. However, this patented system uses flat-head cap screws instead of the socket-head cap screws used usually. The installer slips the plastic isolators on the bottom of a glass . Next, the installer places the glass with the isolators on the bottom edge in the shoe. Spacing adjustments can be made and, if needed, blocking can be added if one corner of the panel is low. The isolator keeps the glass in a near-vertical position even without the wedge. When the installer is satisfied with the spacing and top height alignment for a group of panels, he next completes the simple and highly-efficient locking operation, according to the company.
"I've never worked with anything quite like it," said Kevin Thomas, glazing superintendent for MTH Industries. "This is a great invention and the time saved on jobsites is absolutely remarkable."
Ultra Hardware Offers Eternity Finish
Pennsauken, N.J.-based Ultra Hardware Products LLC has introduced the Eternity Finish product line, which includes locksets, deadbolts, house numbers, door knockers, letter slots, kick plates, hinges, coat hooks, sash locks, surface bolts, cabinet knobs and pulls, wreath hooks and more.
The products come with a lifetime warranty. The finish is manufactured with a physical vapor deposition finish that is four times harder than brass or gold, according to the company, and provides resistance to abrasion, chemicals and even acid.
Bronze Craft Weathers the Storm
Bronze Craft Inc. of Nashua, N.H., offers the Storm four-bar hinge, which was designed for heavy-duty, high-load bearing, casement and projected windows. The Storm is constructed of stainless steel for high wind-load performance, according to the company. In addition, it is equipped with a slide mechanism that offers a non-structural Delrin sleeve for smooth operation. Finally, the Storm's asymmetric endcap ensures accurate collection of the vent without rubbing on the weather seal. The company says the hinge has been tested to AAMA 904.1 standards.
Hoppe Goes 2-D
Hoppe North America of Missisaugua, Ontario, has introduced a new HTL ultimate 2-D hinge for wood and vinyl profiles. According to the company, the hinge allows for easy adjustment of the door both horizontally and vertically with the turn of a screw. In addition, the hinge is equipped with low-maintenance bearings, simple one-pass routing and non-removable pins for increased security.
U.S. Aluminum Unveils New Curtainwall Product
U.S. Aluminum Corp. of Waxahachie, Texas, has introduced the series 2200 curtainwall system. According to information from the company, the series features a 2-inch sightline with black member depths of 2-7/8, 4 and 5 inches.
The new system is modeled after the series 3250 curtainwall system, and features the same continuous thermal spacer interlocked within pressure plates, dual colors from exterior to interior, concealed joinery and injection molded plastic end dams for water control. Series 2200 offers a 2-piece mullion for screw spline assembly of horizontal members allowing shop assembly of panels for quick erection in the field. U.S. Aluminum notes that the series 2200 is available with shear block assembly for more stringent, structural requirements that utilize traditional stick-type erection.
Skywall Unveils ATS
Skywall Translucent Systems of Terrell, Texas, says the panel approach of its new Advanced Translucent Skylight (ATS) ensures high static and dynamic water performance. According to the company, the skylight’s rafter anchors do not penetrate the sill gutter or perimeter flashing, which contributes to a water-tight installation.
The one-piece rafter cap eliminates exposed fasteners and cap penetration, and the patented thermal glazing clip isolates the system. This dry-glazed system approach and the use of the one-piece caps also means reduced installation time, Skywall adds.
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