For the bricklayers
HIA member Brad Neale is a bricklayer and builder by trade, with an inclination for inventing. The owner of Finite Bricklaying in Sydney and Finite Homes on the Gold Coast understands better than most the ins and outs of bricklaying, and is always looking for ‘new ways to do things’.
Enter the Super Stubbie: a face fix tie developed for timber and steel frames that rapidly reduces the tie installation process in masonry construction.
‘Like any new product that gets invented, there was a need to change the way we do things for speed, quality and safety,’ Brad explains. ‘In my experience as a bricklayer and running my own company, the process for using a face fix tie was to nail it off. I always thought that this wasn’t the best way to do it.’
Brad discovered the benefits of screwing off face fix ties instead of nailing them off.
‘I started experimenting with setting some screws and ties and then discovered it sped up the process of installing ties on a house by 50 per cent,’ he says. ‘For bricklaying – which is a very labour intensive job – that meant a significant saving on labour and getting more bricks laid as well.’
Brad began working on a design and patent in 2018 and had his first container arrive in August 2020. The Super Stubbie face fix tie for timber and steel frames are made with Z600 galvanised steel and galvanised screws for R2 and R4 (stainless steel version), which both adhere to the latest Australian Standard AS/NZS2699.1 Built-in components for masonry construction, released in 2020.
‘It’s an exciting product and it works,’ Brad says. ‘Being part of the trade, I’m always looking for new ways of making things easier for bricklayers and builders.’
Brad adds that others love using the product too.
‘We brick up a lot of houses for builders who all now use the Super Stubbie,’ he says. ‘They love it from the perspective that they pick up a fix tie that’s already got the screw set in. It’s great in that regards because it’s faster and stronger. Even though it’s a simple product, there’s technology in the Super Stubbie that makes life easier.’
For now, Brad is focused on servicing the east coast of Australia where the company and a number of distributors, such as Bunnings, Hudsons and ABC Bricks, are based but is set to soon go nation-wide with the product.
The Super Stubbie is available in a variety of carton sizes, with the company recommending trades allow 100 ties per 1000 bricks.
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