Product Focus: Tools & Fasteners
This month's Product Focus takes a look at construction tools and fasteners. This month's selection includes products from Rodenhouse, Milwaukee Tool, and more.
Autofeed Fastening System
The Grip-Lok Autofeed Fastening System offers rapid attachment of insulation, lath or building wrap to steel or wood substrates. It accommodates collated screws from 15⁄8 inch up to 3 inch in length and is designed specifically for use with the Thermal-Grip ci Prong Washers or Plasti-Grip ci Prong Washers to attach continuous insulation. The adaptor is also designed with magnets for use with Grip-Plate Lath & Plaster Washers. Adjustable depth control prevents overdrive of the insulation washers. Using the fastening system and the washer can result in huge labor-savings for contractors on large projects. This tool is manufacturer tested, recommended and approved. For more information, visit rodenhouse-inc.com.
Durable Tape Measure
The company’s STUD Tape Measures utilize new-to-world EXO360 Blade technology for the longest-lasting blade that is both rip and wear resistant. A strong, protective nylon coating wraps 360 degrees around the blade to give users the blade durability they demand out of a tape measure. This technology is combined with a fully reinforced frame and impact-resistant over-mold that can survive up to an 80-foot drop. The tool deliver up to 10 feet of straight standout and a patented finger stop mechanism. Finger Stop protects users’ fingers during blade retraction and maximizes stability during layout applications. For more information, visit milwaukeetool.com.
Screwgun with Collated Attachment Kit
The company’s Brushless 18V Drywall Screwgun offers versatility and innovation to drywall installation. With the included collated attachment, the user has the ability to run this tool in multiple ways, without the need for an additional tool. This kit comes with 2Ah Hyper Lithium-Ion Batteries, charger and bag. This unit is covered for life with registration under a lifetime service agreement. Its push-to-drive technology allows for minimal noise and maximum runtime by engaging the motor automatically when contacting the work surface. It offers a two-in-one versatility with the drywall nose cone and included collated attachment. Its brushless motor technology provides more runtime and longer motor life. It features a tool-free adjustment for easily changing the depth of drive. The tool’s eight directional head positions allows users to orient the collated attachment for hard to reach places. For more information, visit ridgid.com.
Deep-scanning Stud Finder
Securely anchor mirrors, shelves, and cabinets to the wall with the StudSensor HD55 deep-scanning stud finder. An enhanced LCD display, with Target Spotlight, illuminates when the worker has found the edge of a stud. Select from two stud scan modes to find the edges of wood and metal studs while also being alerted to the presence of live, unshielded AC electrical wiring. For more information, visit zircon.com.
Connector for Steel Anchoring
The company has redesigned its popular RCKW rigid kneewall connector for cold-formed steel construction to provide a versatile, two-anchor option for contractors using 1/2- or 3/8- inch diameter concrete anchors, resulting in faster and more efficient installation. When higher loads are required, the product can be combined with the RCKWS stiffener (sold separately) to provide additional capacity for maximizing overturning moment resistance. Fabricated from heavy-gauge, G90 galvanized steel, the RCKW and RCKWS have three large holes allowing either a one-anchor solution at the edge or center of a slab or a two-anchor solution for applications requiring higher capacities at the center of the slab. The screw holes and anchor holes in the stiffener line up with those in the RCKW clip, making fastener and anchor installation a snap. For more information, visit strongtie.com/rckw.