PROTECTING YOUR ROOF, YOUR EQUIPMENT, AND YOUR INVESTMENT

Published in the 2023 AHR Tradeshow Journal on 2/7/23 Did you know that brand new HVAC/R equipment all over the world is being supported by blocks of wood (and other makeshift supports) that will rot and warp over the years, potentially damaging expensive equipment and roofs? Green Link engineers are determined to change this by…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Rough-Ride for Roof Mounted Equipment

Improved Universal Base

Field reports from HVAC and roofing contractors indicate an increasing issue relating to the stability of rooftop equipment installations.  Earthquakes at 6.4 magnitude in January ran through the Caribbean wreaking havoc with the electrical grid and power lines, not to mention rooftop-mounted equipment.  Elsewhere, high winds and violent storms have caused the same.  As the…

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KnuckleHeads Prevent Split Tip-overs in High Winds

KnuckleHeads Prevent Split Tip-overs in High Winds Roof-mounted heat pump splits are often attached to 4’ X 4’ treated wood beams, which are loose laid on the roof membrane.  While this has been common practice for many years, the emergence of taller “double stacked” units has created a new problem:  “wind sailing.”  Contractors and building…

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KnuckleHeads and Hurricanes

Recently Green Link principals, Phil Georgeau, Founder, and Lisa Mulder, Technical Director traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico to survey the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria, and to study how the use of the KnuckleHead support system could provide more stable rooftop installations in the face of future hurricanes. Hurricane Maria, which struck in September,…

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Can a Simple Rooftop Support Be “Engineered”?

Can a Simple Rooftop Support Be “Engineered”?   Rooftop supports for pipes and HVAC equipment come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and, of course, prices.  Some feature a base made of recycled rubber and a metal top for supporting pipes or struts.  Some are simple one-piece units composed of molded plastic, some are…

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Installing KnuckleHeads: A Value Proposition

Is protecting a $55,000 roof job worth a few hundred dollars?   Recently, a building owner in Michigan contracted for a re-roof of his building.  A ten-man crew installed a PVC membrane to the roof.  Pipes and HVAC equipment, originally positioned on wood sleepers, were moved to allow for the installation.  Once the job was…

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The KnuckleHead Solar Support System

The KnuckleHead Solar Support System There are two main types of solar mounting systems:  Mechanically attached or ballasted. KnuckleHeads by GREEN LINK, Inc. are mechanically attached. KnuckleHeads feature a simpler, integrated end-effective design that combines attachment and a solar-ready support head in one unit. Typical solar support products function strictly as attachment bases that require…

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