This company has expanded its Midwest Snips line of HVACR specialty tools with the new Duct Tightener. According to the manufacturer, the Duct Tightener’s patent-pending design makes it fast and easy for one person to connect duct runs. When using the Duct Tightener, the installer aligns the adjoining runs and using just one hand, slides the Duct Tightener’s V-notch end over the duct end-tabs to hold the ductwork in place. The installer then taps the Duct Tightener firmly onto the end-tabs with a hammer to pull and align the duct runs tightly together. A drive-cleat is then inserted and the Duct Tightener is removed. The Duct Tightener’s V-notch accommodates varying duct run gaps and end-tabs. The size of the tool allows it to fit into a tool pouch, so it’s always ready to use. The Duct Tightener is manufactured in the United States and made of 16-gauge steel. It also features a rust-resistant zinc coating.

Midwest Tool and Cutlery Co., P.O. Box 160, 1210 Progress St., Sturgis, MI 49091; (269) 651-7964;