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Personal rescue device zips onto harness

MSA Safety Inc. has made available its Latchways Personal Rescue Device,® a lightweight integrated harness system designed to reduce rescue time. The device is contained in a small backpack that zips onto a full-body harness. In the event of a fall, the user activates the device, initiating a gentle, controlled descent to the ground with speeds between 1.6 and 6.6 feet per second. The Latchways Personal Rescue Device features a 65-foot descent line made from Aramid rope capable of supporting a user weighing between 130 and 310 pounds. The device is compatible with MSA Safety's EVOTECH,® EVOTECH Lite and EVOTECH Arc Flash full-body harnesses.

Holster securely fastens tools to belt

Spider Holster has made available its Spider Tool Holster, a clip-on holster designed to give a user quick access to his or her tools. The holster can be fastened to any belt or toolbelt. When a user wants to secure a tool, a pin wraps tightly around the tool to hold it in place. The interior of the pin's elastic strap has silicone beads said to provide extra gripping power for a snug fit around a tool's handle. The pin then slides into the tool holster and locks in place. A user only needs to lift a lever to release the lock and retrieve his or her tool from the holster. The Spider Tool Holster can hold drills and drivers, flashlights, reciprocating saws, and multitools.

Stud and joist drill has long runtime

DEWALT® has added the 60V MAX In-Line Stud & Joist Drill with E-Clutch® System to its line of FLEXVOLT® tools and accessories. The high-torque, right-angle drill is said to provide powerful drilling and a long runtime. The 60V MAX In-Line Stud & Joist Drill has a rounded top handle and rubber handle over-mold to enable users to find a comfortable grip and features an E-Clutch System and mechanical clutch to give users control at high or low speeds. The E-Clutch System reportedly senses tool motion and eliminates the torque by stopping the motor when binding is detected. The drill also features a two-speed Quick-Shift to allow users to shift between two speeds without feathering the trigger; a two-position side handle; a shallow nose to fit in tight spaces; an LED light to illuminate dark work areas; a knuckle guard to protect a user's hand; and a Bluetooth® Tool Connect™ Tag mount.

Underlayment provides durable protection

Boral Roofing has introduced MetalSeal Underlayment, a high-temperature, self-adhering underlayment. Designed for use with metal roof systems but suitable for use with a variety of roofing materials, MetalSeal Underlayment reportedly installs easily during hot, mild or cold weather. The underlayment bonds to base sheets or directly to a roof deck, self-sealing around fastener penetrations to protect a building from wind, rain, snow and ice dams. Featuring a high-strength woven polyester surface, the underlayment is said to provide strong surface traction and withstand a high amount of foot traffic. MetalSeal Underlayment is available in 216-square-foot rolls.

Flashing adheres to all roof substrates

Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. has made available Seal-Fast® Repair Hero roof flashing, an all-weather roof maintenance and repair product. The solvent-based, fiber-reinforced terpolymer sealant reportedly adheres to all roof substrates, including asphalt, modified bitumen, metal, TPO, EPDM, PVC, Kynar,® concrete and polyisobutylene. Seal-Fast Repair Hero roof flashing can be applied to dry or wet surfaces in any temperature and does not need to be mixed or stirred before use. The roof flashing is said to withstand foot traffic, building movement and exposure to ultraviolet light and complies with volatile organic compound-related regulations in all U.S. states. Seal-Fast Repair Hero roof flashing is available in white, black and gray and sold in 1- and 3-gallon containers.

Vented roof system harnesses wind

Carlisle SynTec Systems has introduced its VacuSeal™ Vent Secured Roofing System. The roof system uses special vents that harness wind to create a vacuum that pulls air from under a roof membrane while pushing the roof membrane down and into place. By pulling air and moisture from under a membrane, insulation dryness and R-value reportedly are maintained. Made from PVC, the vents do not require penetrations, contain no moving parts and perform well regardless of wind direction. The VacuSeal Vent Secured Roofing System is said to install quickly and decrease costs by reducing the amount of glue, ballast or fasteners needed for a project. The roof system can be installed during cold weather and has no volatile organic compounds or odor.


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