Above: Squash blocks installed to support load from above. Right: Load from above without squash blocks or blocking panels caused this web to buckle.
Product Report: New Products August 2007
Here's a look at new products for homebuilders, including a saw that can cut through just about anything and sheathing clips for roofing jobs.
Made for sawing through reinforced concrete, roofing tile, brick and masonry materials, the SpeedWave Diamond Blades from Bosch feature synthetic diamonds bonded directly to the blade core. A vibration-dampening cooling disc reduces friction and extends the life of the blade. The SpeedWave is available in 4 ½-, 5-, 7- and 9-inch diameters. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5335-129
Made under the company's iLevel line, Weyerhaeuser's Grip H nylon roof sheathing clips are designed to slide easily onto the edge of panels. The strength of the product comes from four splayed prongs that work as a flexible hinge to keep a firm grip on the panels. The clips leave a consistent 1/8-inch expansion gap. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5335-131
The Draco, Fury, Chimera and Pyro lighting pendants from W.A.C. Lighting can be used in a variety of applications, from low-voltage monorail to monopoint and multipoint systems. Each pendant varies in size and design, but each utilizes a Xenon Bi-Pin 50-watt lamp. The socket sets are made in bronze, chrome and platinum. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5335-130
Made with the look and feel of large handmade bricks, the Thin Bricks from Boral are manufactured with molds crafted in flat pieces with matching corner pieces to complete the look of an installed brick wall — at only 3/4-inch thick. Colors include gray-taupe, traditional red, rustic brown and caramel-gray. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5335-132