With so many different construction shows such as the Masonry Showcase, MCPX, World of Masonry and others happening across the United States, new and amazing products for the industry are introduced at a dizzying pace. Here is just a taste of some of the new masonry products, fresh from the tradeshow floors:
Pickett Steel Inc.
For masonry projects where cleanout and inspections are required, these concrete block inserts from Pickett Steel are made to act as a form to hold concrete grout into a 3-1/2-inch cutout block. In the finished position, the inserts are recessed so that it can be floated over flush, for painted walls, as well as stucco. They are made of durable plastic to ensure proper flexibility and strength. For more information, call (352) 589-2320, or visit www.pickettsteel.com.
The QUIKRETE® Companies
QUIKRETE's self-consolidating core-fill grout is a commercial-grade, highly fluid grout designed to fill masonry block cores without segregation and bleedwater. Without the need for vibration equipment during installation, this grout reduces labor costs and results in complete placement through congested reinforcement. The material is highly fluid and stable, offering increased lift heights compared with conventional grouting, as well as greater productivity and a better bond to reinforced steel. Mixed between a 24-inch to 28-inch slump-flow, the grout can be poured or pumped into cores of masonry walls in lifts up to 12'8". For more information, call (800) 282-5828, or visit www.quikrete.com.
Stonesmith Patented Systems Inc.
Virginia Beach, Va.
The Stonesmith BARTARGET is a safe, fast and simple rebar-connecting device for use with eight-, 10- or 12-inch block. It ensures that rebar splice overlaps are code compliant, that the rebar is centered in the CMU cell, and reduces the risk of muscular skeletal stress in lifting block over rebar. The BARTARGET consists of two target cones (universally sized for up to #5 rebar) and a measured separator strap based on the diameter of the rebar and related "stress" or "strength" overlap specification. Build a wall and then insert the rebar. For more information, call (757) 270-9979, or visit www.stonesmithsystems.com.
EZ Grout Corporation
The new Uphill Grout Hog grout delivery system from EZ Grout Corporation features an extended auger tube that decreases the head height and allows for grouting block in the bar joist of a building, saving the forklift several feet of boom extension. It also has a swivel-base system that allows workers to reach 17 feet of wall without having to move the forklift. The reversible auger delivers up to 1/2-inch aggregate, and an eight-foot reinforced hose provides precision flow control. With the Uphill Grout Hog, grouting can be done using only two people, and it only takes 15 minutes to clean up. For more information, call (800) 417-9272, or visit www.ezgrout.com.
Hydek introduces a new control system incorporating state-of-the-art string potentiometer technology. String pots are utilized in some of the larger aerial work platforms that required real-time feedback to maintain the permissible range of operation. Hydek utilizes this technology to improve the performance of the system and to reduce the required operator input and training required to maintain the high level of productivity that the Hydek mast climber systems provide to the access industry. For more information on this new control system or the Hydek high-capacity hydraulic mast climbing systems, call (404) 523-0708, or visit www.hydek.com.
Tejas Textured Stone by Pavestone
The popularity of limestone in commercial and multi-family construction has multiplied during the past few years, but the cost has kept the product out of reach on many projects. However, the Tejas Textured Stone limestone veneer weighs up to 75 percent less and can be installed with a savings of up to 60 percent compared to natural limestone. Tejas Textured Stone, a division of Pavestone, has introduced the product in several colors and will be adding saw cut, coral and cast stone finishes in the coming months. For more information, call (866) 578-5616, or visit www.tejasstone.com.
The Grout Grunt can be used for placing any high-density material into walls or cavities, or for use in areas that are confined for space. Use to grout cells, pour sand into block cores where soundproof walls are required, or place mortar on boards in confined areas where shovels are not maneuverable. The Grout Grunt works as a bucket as well, so it can be kept filled with water for board tempering. Expand your horizons and start saving today. For more information, call (877) 266-6432, or visit www.groutgrunt.com.