FastenMaster FLEX Hot Melt Construction Adhesive Reduces Door Repair Time & Labor for Building Material Supplier

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Pre-Solution Application

The client, a building material supplier and mill work company, has a number of mill work applications in their plant including recycling and repairing doors.  In this application they cut the doors to length and used a liquid glue when inserting the bottom portion of the door that is parallel to the floor.  The process of using liquid glue and clamping totaled approximately two days.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, an R.V. Evans’ Fastening Sales Specialist determined the appropriate value added solution.  The recommendation: FastenMaster FLEX hot melt construction adhesive system including the HB220 Pro industrial grade glue gun and FastenMaster FLEX 180 hot melt construction adhesive to replace their current liquid glue and clamping process.

Key Benefits of the FastenMaster FLEX Hot Melt Construction Adhesive SystemFastenMaster HB220

  • The HB220 Pro industrial grade glue gun has a high adjustable temperature up to 428 degrees and a powerful 220 Watt heating element.
  • FastenMaster FLEX 180 hot melt construction adhesive facts:
    • Longer Open Time of 3 minutes = more time to work with materials
    • 8 minute cure = no more waiting for FLEX180glue to dry!
    • Bonds porous, some non-porous, and difficult substrates
    • Non-toxic and extremely low VOC content
    • Greater heat and cold resistance

Measurable Savings Realized

The transition from using liquid glue to the FastenMaster FLEX hot melt construction adhesive system has allowed this business partner to reduce overall application time from approximately two days to only 15 minutes!  The savings realized is a result of eliminating the need for clamping and waiting for the glue to dry.

If you are interested in an adhesive solution specific to your application, contact R.V. Evans Company by visiting or set up an on-site review of your process and schedule a Site Needs Analysis with one of our experienced solution specialists.  You may also find an R.V. Evans’ Construction Fastening Dealer near you to pick up your very own FastenMaster FLEX hot melt construction adhesive system.

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Lift Table “Elevates” Productivity for High Temperature Masonry Brick Manufacturer

Pre-Solution Application

The client, a manufacturer of high temperature masonry bricks, has a dedicated staging area in their facility to hand load bricks onto pallets for shipment.  They had to dedicate the use of a fork truck to elevate the pallets up to the proper loading height.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, R.V. Evans’ Packaging Sales Specialist determined the appropriate value added solution.  The recommendation: The Presto XL36-60 Scissor Lift.

Key Benefits of the Presto Scissor Lift Solution

  • Hand control pendant or foot control options
  • Heavy-duty hydraulic cylinders with chrome plated rams
  • Rugged 3/4″ steel plate scissor legs
  • Lifetime lubricated bearing on all rollers and pivot points

Measurable Savings Realized

The lift table frees up the forklift, is much safer, and provides improved ergonomics making it easier for the users to adjust the pallets up and down to the proper loading height.

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Safety and Savings

Making sure a workplace is meeting safety standards can be expensive, but a good safety program can save $4 to $6 for every $1 invested. By using this calculator from the OSHA website, one can estimate costs associated with workplace injuries and see just how much more revenue is needed to cover costs. When using this calculator, it’s important to realize that the extent to which the employer pays the direct costs depends on the nature of the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy, but the employer always pays the indirect costs. For example, if an employee were to sprain something, the direct cost would be approximately $28,866, whereas the indirect cost would be approximately $31,752. The employer would have to pay the indirect cost, and depending on their insurance policy, part or all of the direct cost. The estimates include the following kinds of indirect costs:

  • Any wages paid to injured workers for absences not covered by workers’ compensation;
  • The wage costs related to time lost through work stoppage associated with the worker injury;
  • The overtime costs necessitated by the injury;
  • Administrative time spent by supervisors, safety personnel, and clerical workers after an injury;
  • Training costs for a replacement worker;
  • Lost productivity related to work rescheduling, new employee learning curves, and accommodation of injured employees; and
  • Clean-up, repair, and replacement costs of damaged material, machinery, and property.

Some of the possible kinds of indirect costs not included in these estimates are:

  • The costs of OSHA fines and any associated legal action;
  • Third-party liability and legal costs;
  • Worker pain and suffering; and
  • Loss of good will from bad publicity.

To cover these costs, a company would need to make an additional $1,058,420 to cover just the indirect cost when the sprain could have been avoided with an effective safety and health program.

To create an effective safety and health program, a company must do the following:

  • Comply with OSHA rules
  • Create a plan that focuses on the workplace hazards
  • Train employees
  • Everyone has to work at safety and health

An effective safety and health program will reduce employee injuries, which in turn saves the company money, and increases productivity and employee morale.  R.V. Evans Company can give you the assistance you need to make your workplace safer by providing real value added solutions. Our professional team will help develop a plan for your company to make sure your packaging and fastening processes are ergonomically sound. For more information on how R.V. Evans Company can help you, read the article “Ergonomics and How We Can Help.”

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Selecting the Best Air Compressor & Air Hose for Your Fastening Job

When looking to purchase an air compressor for your construction company or for home use, there are many different aspects to consider before making your purchase.

  • Would you prefer a stationary, wheeled, or hand carried air compressor?
  • The next consideration is the CFM of the air compressor.  CFM stands for cubic feet per minute, and this measures how effective the air compressor will be when used in various applications.
  • And finally, will you go with a gas or electric-powered compressor?

Rolair produces some of the best air compressors for construction use, and all of Rolair’s compressors are made in the USA.  Rolair’s splash-lubricated air compressors have a much longer life expectancy.  If properly operated and maintained, you can expect your Rolair compressor to keep going strong for 6,000-8,000 working hours.  Compared to most homeowner oil less compressors that are built to provide 200-400 working hours of service – the choice is clear.

Most of Rolair’s compressors are built with S1 motors rated for continuous duty, unlike many high-speed oil less compressors that can only be subjected to 50% duty and must be operated 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off.  Rolair has a variety of air compressor and all have the features and durability that will fulfill any of your job site’s compressed air requirements.

Here are three of R.V. Evans’ top air compressor picks:

Rolair’s 4090HK17

  • Gas powered
  • Wheeled
  • 9.3 CFM
  • Great for framing, siding, and roofing applications

Rolair’s JC10

  • Gas powered
  • Hand carried
  • 5.3 CFM
  • Ideal for trim work applications

Rolair’s 5715K17

  • Electric powered
  • Wheeled
  • 10.1 CFM
  • Perfect for framing, siding, and roofing applications

Once you have selected the perfect air compressor it is important not to skimp on the quality of air hose you decide to use.  There are numerous air hoses on the market, but two of them set themselves apart from the rest.  First, is the Goodyear F5 and the second is the Pro Air Hose made by Flexzilla.  These are both excellent quality air hoses for a number of reasons.

The Goodyear F5

  • Made of hybrid thermoplastic elastomeric (TPE) cover and tubing (say that 10 times fast)
  • Better flexibility, 50% less force to bend than that of a PVC and rubber air hose
  • Up to 45% lighter than a PVC and rubber hose
  • The F5 provides all-weather performance, with a temperature rating of -40 degrees farenheit to 158 degrees farenheit
  • F5 matches industry leading levels of durability performance while also providing a non-marking surface
  • 300 PSI

The Pro Air Hose by Flexzilla

  • Made of a premium hybrid polymer material
  • Extreme all-weather flexibility, even in subzero temperatures
  • Lays flat, no memory
  • Superior bend radius
  • Kink resistant under pressure
  • 300 PSI
  • Includes bend restrictors to reduce wear and tear, prolonging the life of the hose

For more information on selecting the best air compressor and air hose for your particular application, contact R.V. Evans Company or visit us at  Connect with R.V. Evans Company for new packaging and fastening system updates, tips, application solutions, and a little fun stuff too!



The Benefits of Cap Nailers and Staplers

Cap Nailing and Stapling is a necessary part of any construction project. Some applications of this method of fastening include:

  • Felt
  • House Wrap
  • Thin Foam
  • Construction Fabrics
  • Foam Insulation
  • Sheathing
  • Insulation Board

Using a standard nailer or stapling gun for these applications can prove to be inadequate and lead to a lot of re-work, which is why cap nailers and staplers are completely essential to every construction job. The cost of labor hours and ergonomic issues brought about by not having a cap nailer or stapler on site is too much to handle. Speed, adjustments for any fastening situation, and control of staple depth are just a few of the many advantages to using cap nailers and staplers. Not to mention the cap covers more surface area ensuring the construction material being use is held in place and secure.

Contractors won’t have issues with pull through and finding their house wrap blowing in the wind along with the money spent to fasten the material again. Paslode’s cap stapler and Bostitch’s cap nailer and stapler have their own specific advantages that can help keep your job site running faster and more productively.

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Paslode has designed their CS150 Cap Stapler with useful features such as:

  • Quick clear nose – Jams won’t hold back productivity – get it fixed and get back to the job
  • Precision control of nail/staple depth – Ensure the nail or staple isn’t driven too shallow or too deep
  • Adjustable exhaust cap – Keep exhaust out of users eyes
  • Option to remove cap – Use the tool to drive fasteners with or without the cap on top


Bostitch has the N66BC Cap Nailer, which boasts these features:

  • “Dial-a-Depth” adjustment – Set desired depth quickly and conveniently
  • Lightweight – Magnesium design adds durability
  • Quick-load magazine – Fast and easy loading of caps and nails
  • Adjustable exhaust – Keep exhaust away from user
  • Length – Cap nails are longer than staples


Bostitch also has the SL1838BC 18 Gauge Cap Stapler, which has the following features:

  • Selectable trigger operation – Convert from sequential to contact operation easily
  • Internal air filter – Maximum reliability
  • Adjustable depth of drive – Staples can be set to desired depth quickly and conveniently

All three of these tools can be used to increase the success and productivity of any construction job. Visit our website to learn more, contact us, or schedule a site needs analysis to start improving your work today.

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When to Use Collated Screw Systems

Collated Screw Systems

To ensure durability, depth, and security, collated screw systems are essential for a wide variety of applications. These systems are fast and accurate, meaning you’re getting your job done quickly and correctly every time. Today, we’ll look at some of the most popular applications for these revolutionary tools.



Building crates for shipment is a delicate process, and if even one detail gets overlooked, the shipment could be in danger of getting damaged. Most collated screw systems have adjustable depth settings to ensure there won’t be any wood splitting on your crate. For added convenience, QuikDrive systems by Simpson-Strongtie also have a patented auto-advance mechanism on all of their products that saves time and increases productivity.

When constructing a deck or dock, the worst thing that can happen is having nails pop up out of the floor. This can happen over time, as a deck or dock gets older, if the wrong fasteners are used. Using a collated screw system, especially an auto-feed one, can eliminate this issue. DuraSpin systems, by Senco, have attachments that can be adjusted for different types of materials, so they can make your job easy, no matter what materials you’re using to make your deck or dock.

Unless you’re using collated screw systems, floor squeaks are going to be an issue with any new construction project. With these systems, however, you can virtually eliminate floor squeaks without having to get down on the floor. Systems like Muro have attachable extensions so you can stand and drive, making better use of your time and eliminating aches and pains from being hunched over and awkward for most of the job. PAM systems have a fast change option for switching over to different screw sizes, meaning you’re not wasting time if you need new screws on a different part of the floor.

Different applications are going to require different screw systems, and these are just a few of the extensive list of applications for the collated screw systems offered from R.V. Evans. It’s best to test out a wide variety of screw guns or talk to an expert before making any purchases or decisions. You can find even more info on these three systems by visiting the R.V. Evans website, and you can also contact us or schedule a site needs analysis with one of our expert sales reps.

Paslode Cordless Nailers

Contractors know the importance of efficient, light-weight, low-maintenance nailers and staplers. With one of their tools winning a 2014 Pro Tool Innovation Award in the Nailers-Cordless Fuel category, Paslode has been proven time and time again to have the best fastening tools available. The award-winning nailer in particular, the CF325Li Li-ion Cordless has caught the attention of industry professionals, including Clint DeBoer, Executive Director of the Pro Tool Innovation Awards. DeBoer has praised Paslode for adding “useful and often game-changing innovations” to the field of cordless tools. In this post, we’re going to explore Paslode’s Cordless tools a little closer.


How They Work

  • Great Build – Metal frames and internals surrounded by a comfortable, sturdy plastic frame make Paslode cordless fasteners lightweight and efficient
  • Fast Action – 2-3 nails per second
  • Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuel – Powers a unique linear drive internal combustion motor

Design Improvements

  • Improved Battery Life – All Li-ion Nailers will pump 6,000 fasteners per charge and include a rapid 2-minute charge option, keeping productivity going for those extra few nails at the end of the day.
  • Safe Efficiency – Simple spring mechanism used to adjust depth of drive and a rear-loading magazine make the CF325Li in particular easy to use, even with gloves on.
  • Quick Changes – All Cordless Framing Nailers have fuel cells and nail combination packs to ensure you never run out of fuel before nails

How They Save Company Money

  • Low Charge Time – Li-ion Nailers have a 1 hour charge per 6,000 fasteners to ensure there’s no down time on the job
  • 3 in 1 – Never bring the air compressor, drop cord, and air hose on smaller jobs again
  • Easy Cleaning – Hex key provided with each cordless nailer, making regular cleaning an easy job. Cleaning guides can be found here.

Benefits of Field Cleaning

  • Dirt – 2 cycle combustionable engines are very susceptible to gumming when heat and dirt get caught inside
  • Performance – A lack of exhaust from build-up can deteriorate cycle speed, and make work slower
  • Ease – Hex key provided with each cordless nailer, making regular cleaning easy to do on the job.

Although sometimes it is absolutely essential to have a compressor on site for long jobs, these nailers are perfect for those small framing jobs that need to happen quickly, as well as electrical, mechanical, and plumbing work.

Learn more about these essential, efficient products here.

For everything else, there’s an extensive list of Paslode products, like the lightweight PowerFramer™ 30° Pneumatic Framing Nailer, all available on the R.V. Evans website. You can also Contact Us with any questions, or schedule a Site-Needs Analysis with one of our sales reps.