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Hawk & Trowel - Spring 2009

Product News
Stilts and portable scaffolds

Steel putty and drywall knives
Kraft Tool Co. has introduced new putty and drywall knives. The one-piece stainless steel blade and handle gives workers the durability they need. The flexible, nonrusting putty and drywall knives fit any job. They are available in five different sizes.

(800) 422-2448

T-Brace increases safety

The T-Brace from T-Brace LLC is designed to increase the span and rigidity of walk-boards and scaffolding planks on project sites.

By inserting a 2-foot-by-10-foot board horizontally in the top opening of the brace, and a 2-foot-by-6-foot board vertically in the bottom of the brace, a t-beam is created. This allows for longer spans between supports, in most cases doubling or tripling the span without intermediate bracing. The versatility of the T-Brace allows users to customize walk-board lengths to site conditions.

T-Brace's powder-coated steel construction provides durability and can withstand up to 500 pounds of weight. One T-Brace weighs just 3.3 pounds and is easily transported from site to site.

The product works with pump jacks, ladder jacks, sawhorses, site-built riggings, and various scaffolding systems.

(866) 454-4983

Professional Venetian plaster introduced

Anvil Paints and Coatings has introduced a new modified acrylic coating, Anvil 2400 Professional Venetian Plaster, containing ground marble with translucent properties that replicate the integrally colored elegance of polished marble.

Developed for interior application, Anvil 2400 can be protected with Anvil 2350 Wet Look Sealer in moisture-prone areas such as kitchens and baths. Unwaxed and unsealed, Anvil 2400 can be applied and highlighted to resemble Old World plaster with the help of Anvil 2300 semitransparent stain. The new Professional Venetian Plaster is a universal-colorant tintable base that can be custom tinted in more than 1,000 colors.


ProSpec introduces crack isolation systems

ProSpec, Bonsal American's brand of professionally specified construction products, has introduced Flex-Guard and Speed-Flex, environmentally friendly crack isolation systems designed to isolate horizontal substrate movement.

These low-profile systems install quickly and easily with no priming required. To install, remove the paper backing and let the system adhere to concrete, gypsum, oriented strand board, exterior-grade plywood or tile. Flex-Guard and Speed-Flex are rated for Extra Heavy Service to work in both commercial and residential applications.

Both Flex-Guard and Speed-Flex are made of nonhazardous materials and use an environmentally friendly solvent-free adhesive. Flex-Guard bridges substrate cracks of up to 3/8 inch in interior or exterior applications and cracks of 1/4 inch with partial coverage. Speed-Flex bridges 3/8-inch cracks in interior applications only, plus 1/8-inch cracks with partial coverage.

(800) 738-1621

A biodegradable plastic dropcloth

The EcoDrop Biodegradable Plastic dropcloth from Trimaco LLC is made of a unique plastic that, when discarded in soil in the presence of microorganisms, moisture and oxygen, will biodegrade, decomposing into simple materials found in nature.

The first of its kind in the industry, the EcoDrop Biodegradable Plastic dropcloth offers the same dependable performance as conventional plastic dropcloths, making it well suited for projects that require quality protection from spills and drips. The leakproof, 2-mil, heavyweight product comes in a popular 9-foot-by-12-foot size and stands up to interior or exterior conditions, while its unique green tint helps make splatters visible.

(800) 325-7356

Makita offers cordless solution for drywall and framing
Makita USA Inc., has released its new 18-volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Drywall Screwdriver, model BFS450.

The BFS450 has a Makita-built four-pole motor to handle drywall and framing applications. It delivers 4,000 rpm in a compact, lightweight design. The new silent clutch design uses durable materials to decrease driver noise in forward mode. The aluminum dustproof depth-adjustment cone removes easily for bit changes, and the extra-fine depth adjustment ring has 60 detent positions. The BFS450 is designed to handle drywall and framing applications and is perfect for remodels and patchwork.

The BFS450 is powered by Makita's 18-volt LXT Lithium-Ion battery technology. The kit includes a Rapid Optimum Charger.

(800) 462-5482

Trowel for left-handers
Firenze Enterprises has introduced a left-handed trowel for plaster applicators.
The Southpaw Trowel is available in two different sizes - small (4.75 inches by 9.5 inches) and large (5.5 inches by 11 inches). It is made of twice-tempered stainless steel and offers all the features of right-handed isosceles trowels, allowing for control, ease of use and durability.

(718) 361-7734

Flex-Ability Concepts expands line

Flex-Ability Concepts has expanded its Quick Qurve Plate line. The flexible OSB wood framing product allows builders to quickly and easily frame high-quality curves.

Introduced in early 2007, the line initially consisted of a 2-foot by 4-foot Untreated Quick Qurve Plate. The three new items in the line are a 2-foot by 4-foot Treated Quick Qurve Plate, and a 2-foot by 6-foot Quick Qurve Plate available in treated and untreated versionjs. The treated Plates are infused with Bluwood and Borate for double protection against termites.

As with the original Quick Qurve, new Plates can be secured and installed using traditional woodworking tools. The OSB sections link together easily to form any length. The Quick Qurve Plate is then shaped by hand to the desired position and locked into place using nails or staples.

(866) 443-3539

GPS system tracks employees
mJobTime Corp. offers a wireless GPS-enabled employee time and equipment tracking software solution that works with most popular accounting systems.

mJobTime enables field foremen to collect employee time data, daily field reports and equipment usage in real time, as well as input the information later. The system can track equipment time by job, phase and cost code, and it records important job-site events such as accidents, delays and meetings. It allows for multilevel timecard approvals and digital employee signature capture, and it provides audit trails for timecard changes. An optional Spanish-language interface is available.

(800) 387-1109

Exaktime announces JobClock.NET

Exaktime Inc. has announced the full availability of JobClock.NET, a service that enables subscribers to transfer time and attendance records over the Internet from the field.

JobClock.NET brings added convenience and savings to users of the JobClock system who have job sites located far from the main office. With JobClock.NET, there are three ways to transfer records from the field to the home office. Most subscribers will simply use a PDA with an Internet connection. Data transmission is secure, and JobClock.NET maintains a backup of all records on its server.

(888) 788-8463

DCI launches drywall stencil line

Stencil manufacturer DCI has announced the launch of DrywallStencils.com, a Web site that explains how to order and install the company's stencil products.

The Web site includes information on an installation method that dresses up drywall in four easy stages. Intended for the do-it-yourself homeowner as well as the professional contractor, the process combines stencils, joint compound and colorants to create the appearance of tile, brick or stone on interior walls. Available in 40 patterns plus 35 colorants, DCI stenciled drywall puts the user in control. Use any combination of sprayers, rollers, trowels or drywall knives to explore virtually unlimited combinations of patterns, textures and colors.

Wholesale pricing is available to contractors, including builders, painters, faux finishers, paperhangers and drywall finishers. This site also represents one of the first times these products have been made directly available to DIYers.

(866) 332.7383


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