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Storm drain filter prevents clogs DrainPac flexible storm drain catchment and filtration liner collects contaminants prior to discharge into storm drain systems.

11/01/2000


Storm drain filter prevents clogs

DrainPac flexible storm drain catchment and filtration liner collects contaminants prior to discharge into storm drain systems. The low-cost, custom-made system keeps lateral storm drain pipes clean and reduces sediment buildup. Filter media reduces levels of heavy metals and petroleum hydrocarbons in stormwater runoff. DrainWorks Div., PacTec, Inc., www.drainpac.com

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Anchor system saves time and money

HDA self-undercutting anchors are easily set in less than 1 min and eliminate the need for special setting and undercutting tools. Fastening quality is comparable to cast-in headed studs. The products exert almost no expansion forces, making them ideal for heavy-duty fastenings where anchors are closely spaced or positioned close to edges. Hilti, Inc., www.us.hilti.com

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Guards protect racks from damage

Rack Sentry installs in seconds to protect storage rack uprights from being damaged by lift trucks or other vehicles. The bright yellow, semiflexible, molded plastic guards attach with heavy-duty Velcro and can be removed for cleaning. Dented guards pop back to their original shape. Sentry Protection Products, Inc., www.columnsentry.com

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Scissor lift reaches new heights

SJIII 3226 mobile elevating work platform is just 32-in. wide, but extends to a working height of 32 ft. It is battery powered and driveable at full height. Standard features include 3-ft rollout deck extension, 6-in. toeboards, swing- out drawers for easy access to electric and hydraulic components, pothole protection, proportional drive, and more. Skyjack, Inc., www.skyjackinc.com

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Sectional door bracket absorbs impacts

Trak-Saver sectional door bracket flexes to absorb impacts when lift trucks hit door tracks. When the truck pulls away, the bracket returns the track to its original position, decreasing door downtime and maintenance costs. High-visibility yellow color helps increase driver safety awareness. Rite-Hite Aftermarket Corp., www.ritehite.com

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Sealant forms low-cost membrane

Superior Flex forms a monolithic waterproof membrane on existing roofs to create a leak-free shield that protects against ponded water and ultraviolet light. System provides a low-cost, high-performance alternative to re-roofing of built-up and modified bitumen roofs and can be installed on flat or sloped surfaces. Simon Roofing, www.simonroofing.com

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