General-purpose Retractors Safely Secure Small Tools

The line of Gear Keeper General Purpose Retractors is a simple and convenient tethering solution that will safely secure a small tool while still having the benefit of extending and retracting the item as needed.

The line of Gear Keeper General Purpose Retractors is a simple and convenient tethering solution that will safely secure a small tool while still having the benefit of extending and retracting the item as needed.

Even small tools dropped from above are serious safety hazards. When working at heights, some of the most commonly used tools (pen knives, small screwdrivers, scissors) are often improperly secured and need to be tethered. The line of Gear Keeper General Purpose Retractors is a simple and convenient tethering solution that will safely secure a small tool while still having the benefit of extending and retracting the item as needed. Just pull it out, use it and let it go. It will automatically and safely retract back to its secure mounting.

Offering a range of three retraction forces and four mounting options that solve virtually all small tool tethering needs, the Gear Keeper family of general purpose retracting systems are the perfect solution for safely securing lightweight objects. These General Purpose Retractors are industrial strength devices with an extremely durable Spectra/Nylon lanyard line and are available with a choice of retraction forces and mounting options.

Intended to match retraction force to the weight of the tool they are being used with, the model RT4-00XX series of General Purpose Retractors are offered in retraction forces of 3, 6 and 9 ounces and all come with Gear Keeper’s patented Quick Connect/Release system. The retractable devices provide lanyard extensions up to 36 inches for ample reach when extended and can be attached to the user by a choice of four mounting options. Each of the 3, 6 or 9 ounces retractors are available with either a snap mount, threaded stud mount, aluminum carabiner or Velcro strap mounting device.

Safety Eyewear Provides Anti-fog Protection

Brass Knuckle, a provider of high-quality safety solutions, offers two models of safety eyewear.

Brass Knuckle, a provider of high-quality safety solutions, offers two models of safety eyewear.

Brass Knuckle, a provider of high-quality safety solutions, offers two models of safety eyewear that provide more than typical anti-fog eyewear properties.

The facts: EN166/168 is the only anti-fog standard for protective eyewear; there is no ANSI standard for anti-fog protection. So when you have experienced poor quality anti-fog protection on safety glasses, it is likely they were manufactured with zero adherences to a standard of any kind.

Meet Snap (BKFIX-3100NP) and Mega (BKDST-1030NP). Regardless of whether you have water spray, wastewater, high humidity, or dramatic changes in temperature—these glasses don’t steam up. Snap and Mega are manufactured to exceed anti-fog standard—EN166/168. Both products feature Brass Knuckle’s proprietary N-FOG PLUS lens coating, which delivers anti-fog protection more than 40 times greater than what is required, exceeding the world’s standard by 300 percent.

Snap (BKFIX-3100NP) gives you ultra-light comfort and crisp vision even in the wettest, most humid conditions. With a high-fashion vibe and sporty design, Snap features glossy black temples and a partially rimless design with dynamic green accents on the temples. A soft, flexible PivotEase nosepiece locks Snap into a no-slip position. Brass Knuckle included TempleTouch grip dots on the inside of the temple to maximize wearer comfort, and reduce pinch points behind the ear.

Mega (BKDST-1030NP) features a cushioned foam dust protector designed to help prevent fine particulate matter from falling into or behind the frame and lenses. Its application-specific, interchangeable design allows Mega—with the push of a button—to transition from a snug-fitting dust goggle with adjustable-length temples to a hold-even-tighter dust goggle with a strap. All dust goggles in the Brass Knuckle line meet or exceed the EN166/168 standard for anti-fog performance; however, only the Mega includes N-FOG PLUS anti-fog coating.

In addition to the clear lens, Mega is also available in smoke.

In addition to their anti-fog properties, Snap and Mega include heavy-duty impact, abrasion, and UV-resistance properties (ANSI Z87.1+, EN 166K, EN166N, EN 166UV).

Improve Attic Ventilation Airflow

GAF has made available its Cobra IntakePro Rooftop Intake Vent, which promotes energy efficiency and helps guard against roof system rot, ice damming and mildew growth.

GAF has made available its Cobra IntakePro Rooftop Intake Vent, which promotes energy efficiency and helps guard against roof system rot, ice damming and mildew growth.

GAF has made available its Cobra IntakePro Rooftop Intake Vent, which promotes energy efficiency and helps guard against roof system rot, ice damming and mildew growth. It can also improve attic ventilation airflow by up to 20 percent when installed with existing soffit/undereave vents in a properly balanced ventilation system (based on GAF ASHRAE airflow testing at 5-mph wind speed). The vent, which rolls out and fastens with included 1 3/4-inch coil nails, is fully tested to withstand wind-driven rain, snow and ice-dam infiltration (under controlled GAF laboratory testing).

Roof Drains Designed for New Construction and Retrofits

Mule-Hide Products Co. has added a selection of roof drains to its offerings.

Mule-Hide Products Co. has added a selection of roof drains to its offerings.

Mule-Hide Products Co. has added a selection of roof drains to its offerings. For new construction, kits feature drains with heavy-duty bodies made of injection-molded PVC or epoxy-coated cast iron. For retrofit applications, options suit the requirements of any project and all are designed for quick, easy installation. Aluminum and copper outlets are available. Flange material choices include aluminum, asphalt, copper and—for contractors who prefer to heat-weld the flange to the outlet—TPO and PVC. All drains are available in multiple sizes with elevated strainer ring risers to increase water flow through the drain and clamping rings with undersides that ensure the drain ring is tightly secured to the roof membrane.

Air-conditioned Shirts Combat Heat

Octocool introduces its air-conditioned shirts.

Octocool introduces its air-conditioned shirts.

Octocool introduces its air-conditioned shirts. More and more roofers have been taking up air-conditioned shirts as a means to combat the heat of the day’s work. Recent technology has allowed for compact fans to be placed inside of shirts, powered by a small battery in the pocket.

The specially designed, high-powered fans circulate body heat out of the sleeves and collar, which lowers the temperature inside of the jacket and produces a cooling effect. Because the shirts are specifically designed for the average work shift, the battery lasts for 8.5 hours on the highest power setting, and more than 40 hours on the lowest power setting. While the difference in the rate of heat stroke among users and nonusers of this technology is yet to be seen, it is likely that the implementation of air-conditioned shirts in hot work environments is a trend that will continue into the future.

Keep Job Sites Safe with Hard Hat Tethers and Lanyard Systems

Hammerhead Industries introduces its  line of hard hat tethers and lanyard systems.

Hammerhead Industries introduces its line of hard hat tethers and lanyard systems.

Dropped from aloft, a hard hat is a 1-pound unguided missile that endangers the entire work site. It’s an accident that can be virtually eliminated with Hammerhead Industries’ line of hard hat tethers and lanyard systems.

In the unfortunate event of a fall, a fall-arrest harness protects the worker, but as his hard hat continues its descent, a fall-arrest harness won’t protect the worksite. Designed for use with all fall-protection harness systems, the RT5-5601 and RT5-5602 Hard Hat Retractable Tethering Systems are weight-tested to safely secure all commonly used industrial hard hats. The main difference is how each attaches to the worker.

The RT5-5601 is easily attached with Velcro strap loops and cinches around the fall protection harness strap, ring or tri-bar while the RT5-5602 employs a threaded stud that securely attaches to a garment with structure such as coveralls or vest. The RT5-5601 and RTS-5602 use a sturdy, industrial-grade spectra/nylon line that extends up to 14 inches. For additional safety, they both feature a gentle 2.5-ounce retraction force that takes up any unused slack to avoid entanglement by keeping the lanyard close to the body.

When workers are ready to call it a day, Gear Keeper’s patented Quick Connect System allows the hard hat to be easily disconnected without completely removing the lanyard’s base. The third product in the Gear Keeper Hard Hat line is the cost-effective standard Hard Hat lanyard TL1-5001. The 20-inch loop mount uses a spring clip that attaches to a garment with structure, such as coveralls or vest.

Air and Vapor Barrier Creates a Seal Between a Low-slope Roofing System and the Building Below

F1 Air & Vapor Barrier from Mule-Hide Products Co.

F5 Air & Vapor Barrier from Mule-Hide Products Co.

F5 Air & Vapor Barrier from Mule-Hide Products Co. allows contractors to quickly and easily create an air- and vapor-tight seal between a low-slope roofing system and the building below.

F5 Air & Vapor Barrier is compatible with a wide variety of roofing systems and can be used on primed substrates, including concrete, plywood, exterior gypsum, DensDeck Prime and SECUROCK. It also can serve as a temporary roof for up to 120 days while work on the finished roofing system is completed.

The membrane is a 40 mil-thick composite consisting of 35 mils of self-adhering rubberized asphalt laminated to a 5 mil-thick woven polypropylene film. Rolls are 39 inches wide and 75 feet long and cover approximately 244 square feet of substrate surface.

F5 Air & Vapor Barrier’s factory-controlled thickness helps ensure that the membrane has uniform barrier properties, reducing moisture movement through the roofing system and helping keep conditioned air inside the building and unconditioned air outside. The woven polypropylene film makes the membrane highly resistant to tears and punctures. The non-skid surface helps keep contractors safe on the job site and is suitable for the bonding of subsequent layers of the roofing system.

A siliconized one-piece release liner prevents the material from bonding to itself in the roll and is easily removed during installation of the barrier.

Adapt Existing Roof Curb to a New Rooftop Unit

A Thybar Retro-Mate is custom made to adapt the existing roof curb to a new rooftop unit.

A Thybar Retro-Mate is custom made to adapt the existing roof curb to a new rooftop unit.

A Thybar Retro-Mate is custom made to adapt the existing roof curb to a new rooftop unit. It saves time and costly roof reconstruction, preserves roofing integrity, reduces system downtime, and takes advantage of existing ductwork. The comprehensive library of new and old rooftop specifications allows for the design of a matching Retro-Mate without extensive field measurements.

Snow Retention System Matches Roof Color

AceClamp/PMC Industries Inc. has released its COLOR Snap snow-retention system that matches the color of a standing-seam roof.

AceClamp/PMC Industries Inc. has released its COLOR Snap snow-retention system that matches the color of a standing-seam roof.

AceClamp/PMC Industries Inc. has released its COLOR Snap snow-retention system that matches the color of a standing-seam roof. The system’s retention bar snaps into retaining clips that have been pre-installed on AceClamp’s SSMR fasteners. Installers then tighten the bolts on the clips to secure the bar in place. A color-matching, 2-inch-wide metal strip is then inserted into the bar’s front-facing groove, blending the rail system into the color scheme of the roof.

Protect Pipes from Sliding Snow, Ice

The SS Ventsaver is an adjustable-fit mounting plate that secures to seams with four non-penetrating RCT seam clamps.

The SS Ventsaver is an adjustable-fit mounting plate that secures to seams with four non-penetrating RCT seam clamps.

The SS Ventsaver is an adjustable-fit mounting plate that secures to seams with four non-penetrating RCT seam clamps. It allows the use of the Ventsaver 151, 383 or HD to be used on standing-seam panels without penetrating the metal. The SS Ventsaver utilizes a custom-fit ice ramp to protect the base of the pipe from sliding snow and ice damage. The fin of the Ventsaver protects the upper portions of the pipe. The all-aluminum SS Ventsaver kit is manufactured in the U.S. and uses stainless-steel set screws and fasteners. It is available in two sizes: Model 12-16 fits seams 12- to 16-inches wide, and Model 12-24 fits all seams from 12- to 24-inches wide.