Grove Products Inc., a producer of plastic structural shims, has launched a new wedge shim designed to snap apart and serve as two separate wedges.
Constructed of rugged, injection-molded high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) proven to withstand up to 12,500 pounds of compressive force, the solid shims hold up in a wide variety of applications including masonry, precast and tilt-up concrete. The shim was created because a distributor could not get timely delivery, consistent quality and firm pricing from its overseas supplier. This product attempts to fill this void as it works the same as Grove Product’s small wedge except it is tapered in the middle so it can snap apart and serve as two wedges.
A fraction of the cost of corrodible metal shims, the wedge shims will not rot, mildew, stain or deteriorate like wood. They can be embedded right into the joint without jeopardizing the integrity of the compound, saving the time and expense of having to remove them once they are in place. Guaranteed thickness and color-coding eliminates the guesswork during installation. Consistent shim dimensions also ensure they can be precisely stacked for custom-fitting irregular joint variances. Plus, the slotted design easily slips over the top of bolts, making placement faster and easier.
Grove Tapered Wedge Shims are easy to use for levelling and aligning dead loads. Designed for easy insertion where installation is required, especially where the object being shimmed is installed first and then shimmed. Both U-shaped wedges are sized to fit around a 1/2-inch bolt or anchor point and packaged 1,000 to a case. The shims also are available in a non-combustible form, created in response to requests from customers who needed a replacement for costly metal shims used to meet fireproof specifications. The product comes in white, though alternative colors are available at an additional cost.