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Mesh masks offer pollution protection

RZ Mask has introduced its new line of Mesh Masks, reusable dust and pollutant masks with HEPA filters that reportedly provide workers with safe breathing during projects.

The masks feature abrasion-resistant mesh exteriors that allow for easier airflow; elastic side straps for a precise fit; a lightweight design; and dual-directional exhalation valves to expel breath away from glasses or goggles.

The F1 Filter is made from HEPA and fused with active carbon, reportedly protecting users from 99.9 percent of air pollutants 0.1 micron or greater.

Telephone: (888) 777-9422

Tool line is lightweight

DEWALT has introduced a new line of 11 pneumatic nailers and staplers that can be used for various types of fastening applications. The tools are lightweight, compact and Guaranteed Tough® by DEWALT.

The nailers feature Precision Point™ Technology to provide easier nail placement through a smaller nose footprint and a two-step selectable trigger system. The products weigh less than 4 pounds each.

The 18 GA Finish Stapler features a thumbwheel for easy depth setting, rear exhaust and selectable trigger system, and staples with a 1/4-inch crown from 1/4 of an inch to 1 1/2 inches long.

The construction nailers are said to be compact, lightweight, ergonomic and durable. The line also includes fasteners and compressors.

Telephone: (800) 4-DEWALT (433-9258)

Cap sheets are energy-efficient

Johns Manville has released its Cool Roof Granulated cap sheet portfolio, which is said to be energy-efficient and easy to install.

The cap sheets are surfaced with a bright white, highly reflective granule that mitigates solar heat. In addition to the new membranes, 5-gallon containers of Cool Roof Granules have been added to the product and are packaged to smooth bleed-out at seams for a finished surface.

The cap sheets also offer stain resistance and can be installed with cold adhesive, hot asphalt and heat welders.

Telephone: (800) 654-3103

Roof systems offer flexibility

Mule-Hide® Products has announced the release of Mule-Hide PVC KEE HP Roofing Systems, which reportedly offer durability and energy efficiency, as well as improved thermal performance, chemical resistance and weldability.

The membranes and accessories are manufactured with DuPont™ Elvaloy® ketone ethylene ester (KEE) HP polymer—a solid, high-performance, high-molecular-weight resin modifier that helps keep the membrane flexible in cold temperatures and preserves the membrane's physical attributes for long-term performance.

The roof system reportedly offers quick, clean, consistent welds. The membranes and accessories are 67 percent more resistant to chemicals than traditional PVC sheets; more resistant to dirt; and offer enhanced resistance to ultraviolet radiation, ozone and oxidation.

Membranes are available in 50-, 60- and 80-mil thicknesses, as well as in 5- and 10-foot-wide rolls that can be used with mechanically fastened or fully adhered installations.

Telephone: (800) 786-1492

Snow-retention systems offered in various sizes

Sno Gem® Inc. has made available the Gem Series Clamp-To-Seam snow-retention systems for standing-seam metal roof systems, which offer numerous sizes to accommodate various snow-retention needs.

The Gem Series is available in single- or double-bar retention in 1- and 2-inch bar sizes. The clamp-to-seam attachments use the MEC Bracket to allow for multiple bar heights and variations; the clamp can be attached to most standing-seam profiles.

The company's patent-pending WaveLock™ Technology with five points of attachment reportedly provides strength, and its Silver Bullet™ set screws include a rounded bullet tip to maximize strength without damaging the paint finish or seam. The Gem Series is available powder-coated or with a Kynar finish to match the standing-seam roof.

Telephone: (888) SNO-GEMS (766-4367)

Wet/dry vacuums are powerful

RIDGID® has introduced its Professional Line Wet/Dry Vacs, a line of 12 professional-grade wet/dry vacuums with motors that provide up to 24 percent more power than previous models. The line of wet/dry vacuums is made specifically for commercial and industrial users.

The line ranges from a highly portable 4-gallon vacuum to a high-capacity 16-gallon vacuum with an integrated cart featuring professional hoses and easy portability. Two other models, the Motor-on-Bottom (MOB) 1650RV and Smart Pulse™ RV3410 with self-cleaning filters, also are available.

The MOB reportedly is the first-ever vacuum to have the motor on the bottom, offering additional power with no extra noise. A foot-activated power switch allows for quick, hands-free operation, and the detachable drum makes it easy to empty debris.

The self-cleaning Smart Pulse Wet/Dry Vac, which is ideal for fine dust applications such as drywall or concrete, has two filters and an integrated sensor that continuously monitors suction efficiency.

Telephone: (800) 769-7743

Roofing products offer durability

CertainTeed has made available its Presidio line of metal roofing products, which reportedly are durable and replicate the appearances of slate, clay tile and wood shakes.

Presidio panels have overlaps that conceal the joints, creating a seamless appearance, and are available in colors such as English toffee, nutmeg and smokey sage.

The products are said to offer weather resistance, solar reflectance and noise reduction, as well as a fade-resistant surface that features a patented anti-corrosive coating. They also are Class IV impact-resistance-rated and can be installed to resist winds up to 130 mph and achieve a Class A fire rating.

The ENERGY STAR®-qualified panels are manufactured with up to 50 percent recycled material and are 100 percent recyclable.

Telephone: (800) 233-8990

Casters offer easy mobility

WERNER® has made available Podium ladders with casters, which allow workers to face any direction and move more easily around job sites. The factory-installed casters are spring-loaded to deactivate automatically when the ladder is in use.

The ladders offer an extra-large platform for all-day comfort; a 36-inch extended guardrail; and a LOCKTOP™ that secures tools where they are needed at the top of the ladder. Additionally, the Edge360™ bracing offers an integrated rail shield and oversized foot pad that provide expanded stability once the casters are deactivated.

The new Podium ladders with casters are available in various heights ranging from 9 to 16 feet.

Telephone: (888) 523-3371


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