New Mechanical System for Supporting HVAC Equipment

GreenLink has introduced an engineered mechanical support system for mounting a wide range of HVAC equipment including AC units, mini splits, heat pumps, condensers, and associated pipelines and conduit.  The system is designed to produce an extremely secure installation, especially in the face of high winds and seismic events. It is available as a kit [...]

By |2020-11-02T13:37:03-05:00November 2nd, 2020|Engineering, HVAC, Support, Wind Uplift|Comments Off on New Mechanical System for Supporting HVAC Equipment

The toxic top:  The environmental and structural risks of treated lumber supports on rooftops.

The market has been shifting away from treated wood blocks for rooftop support of pipes, HVAC equipment, and ductwork, etc., largely because they are subject to biodegradation—in other words, rot.  When the sleepers deteriorate, they cause pipe sag and unbalanced HVAC equipment which shortens operational life.  But there are other issues—critical ones---for moving toward other [...]

By |2020-11-02T13:44:58-05:00November 2nd, 2020|Knuckleheads, Nylon, Roofing Materials|Comments Off on The toxic top:  The environmental and structural risks of treated lumber supports on rooftops.

The origin of the KnuckleHead Name

The first KnuckleHead At the turn of the century, it became evident that woodblocks, bricks and other improvised supports for rooftop equipment were no longer sustainable. The first engineered support system was designed by Dr. Tibor Keller, a master machinist. This component was capable of lifting and holding light pipes such as conduit, gas pipes [...]

By |2020-11-02T13:24:10-05:00November 2nd, 2020|Engineering, Knuckleheads, Support, Uncategorized, Wood Blocks|Comments Off on The origin of the KnuckleHead Name

Securing HVAC Equipment on Mod-Bit Roofs without Mechanical Fastening

Modified bitumen roofs continue to maintain a significant share of the domestic market.  Mod bit is often described as “rubberized” asphalt, meaning it consists of asphalt and a polystyrene or polypropylene polymer infused into a reinforcing fabric.  It is applied in 4’ squares as a two-ply system: first a base sheet, then a top sheet [...]

By |2020-11-02T13:07:38-05:00November 2nd, 2020|HVAC, Knuckleheads, Roofing Materials, Support, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Securing HVAC Equipment on Mod-Bit Roofs without Mechanical Fastening

Tall VRFs/Mini-Splits: Blowing in the Wind? Here’s an Answer.

Mini splits are becoming increasingly popular on commercial buildings as well as residential housing. Usually, they can be mounted on any number of support systems, but the taller, narrower profile of the larger units creates a level of vulnerability. In windy conditions, it can tip over, even if mounted. The greater surface area of the [...]

By |2020-11-02T12:35:05-05:00November 2nd, 2020|Engineering, HVAC, Knuckleheads, Roofing Materials, Uncategorized, Wind Uplift, Wood Blocks|Comments Off on Tall VRFs/Mini-Splits: Blowing in the Wind? Here’s an Answer.

Case Study: A Public School in Michigan

Clearing the Way for Coating A public school roof in central Michigan, was scheduled to be resealed with a liquid applied coating.  Two adjacent roof sections were involved separated by a parapet wall over which line sets needed to pass.   Prior to coating  five mini splits using 4”X 6” wood sleepers were mechanically fastened to [...]

By |2020-11-02T12:07:02-05:00November 2nd, 2020|HVAC, Knuckleheads, Nylon, Roofing Materials, Uncategorized, Wind Uplift|Comments Off on Case Study: A Public School in Michigan
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