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 |2020-11-02T13:36:08-05:00November 2nd, 2020|Engineering, HVAC, Support, Wind Uplift|Comments Off on New Mechanical System for Supporting HVAC Equipment

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 |2021-02-17T13:19:56-05:00November 2nd, 2020|Engineering, HVAC, Knuckleheads, Roofing Materials, 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

Rough-Ride for Roof Mounted Equipment

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 [...]

By |2020-01-27T21:05:31-05:00January 27th, 2020|HVAC, Knuckleheads, Nylon, Roofing Materials, Support, Wind Uplift, Wood Blocks|Comments Off on Rough-Ride for Roof Mounted Equipment

Attachment: The KnuckleHead Base and the Rooftop “Junkyard.”

In a perfect world, low-slope roofs would have nothing on them. This was the opinion of the NRCA in 1990. Since then, the proliferation of rooftop equipment and utility lines such as gas pipes and conduit is seen everywhere on low slope roofs. Different trades install layer upon layer of equipment, sometimes with little [...]

By |2020-01-27T20:56:59-05:00January 15th, 2020|HVAC, Knuckleheads, Roofing Materials, Wind Uplift, Wood Blocks|Comments Off on Attachment: The KnuckleHead Base and the Rooftop “Junkyard.”

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 [...]

By |2019-12-03T20:19:24-05:00November 22nd, 2019|HVAC, Roofing Materials, Support, Wind Uplift|Comments Off on KnuckleHeads Prevent Split Tip-overs in High Winds

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 [...]

By |2019-07-29T14:28:11-05:00July 2nd, 2019|HVAC, Knuckleheads, Nylon, Support, Uncategorized, Wind Uplift, Wood Blocks|Comments Off on KnuckleHeads and Hurricanes

Attachment and Wind Uplift

Attachment and Wind Uplift Failure to plan for wind uplift on rooftop equipment can lead to significant roof damage or even catastrophic failure.  High winds can impact solar installations as well as pipelines, especially when loaded on extensions. Mechanical Fastening The KnuckleHead System can be loose laid, but where wind uplift is a factor, [...]

By |2019-05-09T14:52:55-05:00October 3rd, 2017|Knuckleheads, Support, Wind Uplift|Comments Off on Attachment and Wind Uplift
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