Multi-use impact tool
Instead of carrying a range of specialty tools, contractors can use the RAM Rod impact tool to handle a variety of jobsite tasks, including scraping floor tile, scoring and breaking masonry or landscaping brick, tamping soil, and breaking concrete. The RAM Rod features unique piston action and a selection of removable, quick-change bits ranging from a 1-in. spike to a 6.5-in. scraper.
Goldblatt Tools. 877-876-7562. www.goldblatttool.com.
Keep tools safely at hand
The Gear Keeper webbing belt with retractable safety lanyard secures tools and instruments without the risk of dislodging, even in close quarters or during climbing. The retractable tether's ultra-low profile keeps tools and instruments close to the body while still allowing complete accessibility in all directions. Once mounted on the belt, the retractor can be moved to different positions, or the retractor/belt combination can be converted to a slide on/off unit for any belt.
Hammerhead Industries Inc. 888-588-9981. www.gearkeeper.com.
Masonry units mimic old-world stone
Cordova Stone, part of the company's new Artisan Masonry Stone Veneers brand, can be easily cut and shaped in the field. The low-maintenance masonry units require only routine cleaning with a standard commercial-grade cleaning agent to last the lifetime of a building. Manufactured with a high-performance water repellent admixture, Cordova Stone repels moisture, resists mold, and resists efflorescence staining.
Oldcastle Architectural, div. of Oldcastle Building Products. 855-346-2766. www.oldcastlearchitectural.com.
Air and vapor protection
Driwall Membrane 40 mil. self-adhering flashing and waterproofing membrane provides an air and vapor barrier for full wall or flashing applications in masonry construction. The highly adhesive membrane resists punctures and tears and is flexible and easy to handle at low temperatures, down to -20° F.
Keene Building Products. 877-514-5336. www.keenebuilding.com.
Double the holding power of anchors
Improve the installation of wedge, driven, and epoxied anchors by cleaning holes in concrete or masonry with the Flash Vortex Brush. The brush cleans 5/8- to 1 ½-in. holes in a one-step process that takes less than a quarter of the time of conventional hand cleaning. Available in eight sizes; larger custom sizes can be ordered. The company offers an optional air and water nozzle with coupler/adapter fittings.
Flash Services, LLC. 253-671-9925. www.flashvortexbrush.com.
GT Green Sheen 1870 environmentally friendly cleaner replaces highly acidic or alkaline cleaners. The phosphate-free cleaner is suitable for use with high- or low-pressure spray systems to clean vehicles. It also works on any other water-washable surface, including painted surfaces.
Galaxy Associates Inc. www.galaxy-associates.com.