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  1. The Multiwave SmartAligner: Future-Proof Design

    It’s no secret that aligning antennas requires precise measurements that can be relied on time and time again. We’ve covered various antenna alignment equipment in previous blog posts that you can find here. But, what if there was an antenna aligner that was future-proof? Meaning it didn’t get outdated because of advances in technology and that if it needed a major update you wouldn’t have to send it anywhere or replace it. That’s a bold statement in a world where technology is advancing at incredible speeds. This week, our Gear Experts® are going to break down the future-proof design of the Multiwave SmartAligner.

    There’s an App for That


     

    We’ve covered the features and benefits of the Multiwave SmartAligner in previous blog posts that can be found here. But, we haven’t really addressed their revolutionary app that is available for both Android and iPhone. The app has been around for over 5 years and is constantly being updated with new features. In fact, it’s had nearly a dozen application updates since it was released.

    The Multiwave SmartAligner App


     

    So, there’s an app, but what does that actually do to help when on the job? Well, the app has a ton of features that help with training, measurements, and reporting.

    Training

    Antenna Aligners aren’t cheap and the last thing you want to do is send someone 200+ feet up a tower with no real experience in how to operate the tool. Not only does it waste time and money, but the chances of something going wrong and the device being damaged are increased. That’s where the simulation mode comes in.  Simulation mode allows you to train staff on how to use the device from the ground on a smartphone. And, you can use simulation mode without even owning a device – meaning you can already know how it operates before you buy it.

    Measurements

    With the ability to pre-program measurements from the app, you can ensure that you have the information you need when you’re working on the antenna. For added control, you can also set parameters for employees that lock their allowed margin of error. This feature can save valuable time and prevent costly mistakes.

    Reporting

    With a full suite of reporting features, the SmartAligner App can help speed up job completion time. Take pictures and jot down notes all within the app and easily attach them to your report.

    We have a full training series that covers the setup and operation of the mobile app. You can find that series by clicking here.

    Future-Proof

    How does this app make the device future-proof? Well, it’s all in the updates. Most antenna aligners on the market don’t have the ability to be updated from an app. Instead, you have to send the device in for costly software and hardware updates. Or, potentially just purchase a whole new unit. Multiwave built a device designed to stand the test of time and updates are as simple as opening the app.

    The Tool


     

    We’ve talked a lot about the app, but what about the aligner itself? Well, it’s a pretty impressive piece of equipment – and boasts several features that separate it from the competition. The patented bracket allows the Aligner to be mounted securely and directly to most antennas without the need for costly accessories. The bracket is engineered to enable 18 different mounting configurations which help the tool automatically provide the Azimuth, Tilt, and Roll without having to do any math.

    The SmartAligner includes an easy to read backlit LCD screen that provides the information you need to do a proper alignment. A 3-point design provides more accurate alignment than any other product in its category. It does this by capitalizing on the best-in-class sensor spacing without increasing the size and space requirements of the tool. Last, but not least, the Aligner comes with a heavy-duty waterproof case so you can make sure to safely and securely transport your Aligner wherever the job may take you.

    For more information about the Antenna Aligner click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to check out the Multiwave SmartAligner

    Click here to check out our full selection of SmartAligner accessories

    Click here to check out our past Multiwave blog posts

    Click here to see our video series on the Multiwave SmartAligner App

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Future-Proof Antenna Alignment: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.

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  2. The Hierarchy of Fall Protection 101

    We talk about safety a lot and that’s because safety is what we do. Staying safe while on the job not only ensures that you can go home to your family and friends every night, but that you can stay productive. It's OSHA Stand-Down Week 2019 and this week our Gear Experts® are going to give a broad overview of OSHA Stand-Down and break down the Hierarchy of Fall Protection.

    OSHA Stand-Down Week


     

    Every year OSHA has a Stand-Down Week that is observed in the interest of preventing falls in any at-height industry where falling is a hazard while on the job. OSHA encourages employers to have a “Safety Stand-Down” where employers talk directly to employees about safety. Employers should take this break to focus on fall hazards and reinforce the importance of fall prevention. OSHA and NIOSH have provided a ton of resources that employers can utilize when participating in OSHA Stand-Down Week. You can find those resources by clicking here.

    How to Conduct a Safety Stand-Down


     

    Conducting a Safety Stand-Down can be done in many ways and can tie into safety discussions that companies are already having. Some Stand-Down ideas include a toolbox talk, equipment inspections, rescue plan development, and job hazard overviews. If you’re not sure what to talk about, our blog, YouTube channel, and knowledge base are full of valuable resources to spark discussions.

    The Hierarchy of Fall Protection


     

    The main goal of OSHA Stand-Down Week is fall prevention, so we wanted to take this opportunity to discuss the hierarchy of fall protection. The hierarchy of fall protection is a method of categorizing fall protection into 5 stages. The stages go from “No Risk” (Stage 1) to “High Risk” (Stage 5). Those stages are:

    1. Hazard Elimination;
    2. Fall Prevention;
    3. Fall Restraint;
    4. Fall Arrest; and
    5. Safety Monitor.

    The Break Down


     

    So, now that we’ve covered the stages of fall protection, let’s dive a bit deeper into each stage and what they actually mean.

    Hazard Elimination (Stage 1)

    Hazard elimination is the act of completely removing a hazard via construction or maintenance. Basically, it means that the risk of falling has been completely prevented. For example, fixing a hole in the outer wall of a building is hazard elimination. Once the hole has been fixed, no one can fall out of the building.

    Fall Prevention (Stage 2)

    Fall prevention is the use of equipment that has the purpose of completely preventing access to a fall hazard. While the fall hazard has not been “removed” by means of construction or maintenance (stage 1), it has been blocked with equipment that has been designed for that purpose. Guardrails are an example of fall prevention.

    Fall Restraint (Stage 3)

    Fall restraint is a system that prevents a person working at-height from falling. This is done by using specialty equipment, like a lanyard, to connect a worker to an anchor that prevents the worker from reaching an area where the risk of a fall exists.

    Fall Arrest (Stage 4)

    Fall arrest is a form of fall protection in which a piece of specialty equipment stops the descent of a person who is falling. An example of this would be a self-retracting lifeline.

    Safety Monitor (Stage 5)

    Safety monitor is the highest risk stage in the Hierarchy of Fall Protection. This method is used in situations where it is proven that all other types of fall protection are not possible or would increase the potential danger. A competent and trained person is assigned to monitor the work of others in this situation.

    Clearly, stage 5 of the Hierarchy of Fall Protection is the most dangerous and least preferred method. If you have any questions about the Hierarchy of Fall Protection or the equipment required at the different stages, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    The ABCs of Fall Protection


    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.

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  3. Rope 201

    When it comes to working in at-height, industry, and construction, one of your most important assets is your rope. The more you know about rope, how to use it, care for it, and what options you have, the safer you can be while on the job. This week our Gear Experts® are going to dive deeper into rope and talk about knots, termination options, and rope retirement.

    We Kid You Knot


     

    Knots go almost hand in hand with rope. And while tying knots is an important skill to have when working with rope, it’s equally important to understand and recognize the effects that knots have on rope. Knots can severely decrease the overall strength of the rope – which can be extremely dangerous. The decrease in rope strength isn’t only while the knot is tied but can be a lasting effect that continues after the knot is untied. This reduction in strength is due to crimping and twisting that is often irreversible.

    Serious, or Knot


     

    So, while we’ve established that knots decrease overall strength, we haven’t talked about how much of a decrease you will see. Knots can decrease rope strength by up to 50% - a number that can be catastrophic in a life safety or overhead scenario. It’s important to note that the decrease in strength can vary depending on the rope composition and manufacturer instructions should be followed.

    Recent studies have shown that a figure 8 knot (a knot commonly used to create a looped termination at the end of a rope) causes rope to break at 75-80% of their typical strength. This decrease in MBS (minimum breaking strength) could be enough to put the capacity of the rope below required safety factors.

    While the decrease in strength and other effects on rope can be serious, knots are commonly tied in ropes to create an attachment point to secure the rope to a structure or object. There are other options available for attaching rope to a structure or object that don’t decrease the strength of a rope by anywhere near the amount that a knot does.

    Termination Options


     

    Like we mentioned above, there are plenty of options for securing rope to objects or structures without using a knot. Those options are termination plates, factory sewn or spliced eyes, and factory installed connectors.

    Termination Plates

    A termination plate is a piece of hardware, typically made from milled aluminum, which has multiple holes. Rope is fed through these holes in a specific pattern, leaving the main hole at the end of the plate as an attachment point.

    Factory Sewn or Spliced Eyes

    Many rope manufacturers offer sewn eyes for kernmantle and double braid ropes, or hand spliced terminations for 3-strand ropes. These terminations are designed to drastically reduce the stress put on the rope to minimize strength loss. They also typically include a protective thimble or abrasion resistant sleeve to further protect the rope at the stress points.

    Factory Installed Connectors

    Rope manufacturers can also include hardware connection options. For example, snaphooks with swivels are included on many lifelines to make attachment easier.

    Retire Your Rope


     

    While terminations help maintain strength and add longevity to rope, it’s still important to regularly inspect your rope and retire it if the rope is not fit for continued use. For more information about how to inspect a rope and when it is time to retire the rope, check out our Rope Inspection 101 blog post.

    Free Poster


     

    We’ve also turned this blog post into a free downloadable poster available in our Knowledge Base. The poster includes all of the information and pictures included in this blog post.

    Click here to see our selection of rope

    Click here to see our selection of termination plates

    Click here to see our selection of rope accessories

    Click here to check out our rope related blog posts

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Rope: The Playlist


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.

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  4. The Ultimate Tree Care Equipment Guide

    The tree care industry is an important part of our world. Arborists and other tree care professionals dedicate their lives to keeping people and homes safe, planting trees, and caring for trees to allow them to thrive and preserve nature for the next generation. But that doesn’t mean that tree care is a “walk in the park”. It’s a dangerous job and the equipment that tree care professionals use can be the difference between a job well done and a terrible or even fatal accident. This week our Gear Experts® are going to outline the must-have equipment for every tree care professional.

    Harness


     

    Spending all day climbing trees is by no means easy. Having a comfortable harness can help make the job a little bit easier, though. A harness is one of the most important gear choices you will make. Not only will you be wearing it for most of the day, but it is where all of your other gear comes together to keep you safe and productive on the job. Some things to look for when choosing your tree care harness include padding, back support, D-rings and connection loops, and shoulder straps.

    Padding can truly be the difference between comfort and misery. Having padding strategically placed in areas like leg supports and shoulder straps can have a huge impact on productivity. Back supports can come in handy, too. Working at-height isn’t exactly gentle on the back. A high-quality back support helps you push through to get the job done. Depending on what type of work you will be doing, how much gear you need to take with you, and whether you need additional support, additional D-rings, connection points, and shoulder straps are all things to consider.

    Pulleys


     

    Pulleys can be useful for a variety of tree care projects. The type of pulley and the capabilities that it has will depend on what you are trying to accomplish. However, some things to look for when picking a pulley will include the weight, max rope size, sheave, and if it is a single or double pulley.

    When you are spending all day climbing trees, the last thing you want to have to deal with is a bunch of heavy equipment weighing you down and tiring you out. If you don’t need a huge pulley that is made of a heavy material saving the weight will be well worth it in the long run. Now imagine getting to the job site, getting everything set up, and realizing that the pulley you need to complete the job doesn’t work with the rope you brought. That is why it is important to consider max rope size when selecting a pulley.

    The sheave is the grooved wheel that is mounted inside the pulley that holds the rope in place. A sheave spins on an axle or bearing inside the frame of the pulley. The reason why it is important to pay attention to the sheave is that they come in a number of different shapes which are designed for different styles of ropes and wires. Whether or not the pulley is a single or double just depends on what you will be using the pulley for.

    Rope, Rope Devices, and Hitch Cords


     

    Pulleys and a harness aren’t very effective without rope. Not only does rope protect you from hitting the ground in the event of a fall, but it can also serve a range of other purposes. Those purposes can be amplified with rope devices and accessories. Things like ascenders, fall arresters, throw bags, rigging plates, swivels, and a whole slew of different devices can help you achieve your rope’s full potential.

    Saws


     

    A saw (whether handheld or mechanical) is pretty much required when it comes to tree care because cutting down or trimming a tree with your bare hands isn’t easy (trust us… we tried). The type of saw that will be best for the job will depend on what you are doing. For example, if you are pruning trees, a hand saw might be more effective. On the flipside, if you are cutting at the base of the tree, a chainsaw will be more effective.

    If you’ve got questions about tree care or finding the right equipment to get the job done, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Click here to see our full selection of tree care gear

    Arborist Saddle Comparison: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.

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  5. Product Spotlight: Ty-Flot Quick Switch

    Injuries and fatalities resulting from dropped tools are a growing concern in all at-height industries. Many general contractors and tower owners are now requiring tools to be tethered while on the job site. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the Quick Switch from Ty-Flot and how it can make tool tethering easier while on the job.

    Growing Concerns


     

    Before we break down the kit, we want to address some of the concerns about dropped objects. As we mentioned above, many GCs, tower owners, and other companies are requiring tool tethering on job sites. That’s because, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 50,000 “struck by falling object” OSHA reports are submitted every year. Not only is the person holding the tool at risk, but the people below, pedestrians outside the job site, equipment, and lost time are all at risk when tool tethering is not used.

    ISEA/ANSI 121 Dropped Objects Prevention Standard


     

    The ISEA/ANSI 121 Dropped Objects Prevention Standard was released in July of 2018 with the mission of setting safety requirements for the testing of at-height tool tethering equipment. While this standard does not require the use of tool tethers, it does ensure that as long as the tethering equipment you purchase has the ISEA/ANSI 121 badge, you can be sure that the tethers can handle the job. For more information about the Dropped Objects Prevention Standard, click here to check out our blog post.

    Ty-Flot Quick Switch


     

    The Ty-Flot Quick Switch is one of the most innovative solutions for 100% tool tie-off. This line of tool tethering equipment will ensure that you can stay safe on the job without sacrificing productivity. It's expert design allows you to retain the freedom to move your hands freely while working at height.

    Dock and Switch


     

    Keeping the ability for you to use your hands freely while still having 100% tool tie-off can be achieved thanks to Ty-Flot’s unique dock and switch system. There is a clip attached to the tool tether. The clip can be attached to the doc on a bolt bag or other Quick Ship attachment point or via the Quick Switch Wrist Straps. When the tether clip is attached to a dock it cannot be removed unless it is attached to another dock (see the video below for more information on how to dock the lanyard correctly).

    Fully Contained


     

    The Ty-Flot Quick Switch system has another unique feature: it’s always contained on your wrist. Unlike other tool tethering systems, the Quick Switch has been designed with mobility in mind. Staying contained on your wrist provides other benefits as well. It greatly reduces the swing motion when a tool is dropped and it makes sharing tools with co-workers much easier – while still maintaining 100% tie-off.

    Features


     

    The short tether reduces the risk of snagging and fatigue which is common in elastic tool tethers that are longer and attached to your belt. This increases the useful life of the tool tether and helps keep your replacement costs down. Don’t let the small size fool you, though, because this tool tether can hold up to 6 pounds. It’s compatible with Ty-Flot’s entire line of tool collars and any other tool collars available on the market.

    Click here to see Ty-Flot Quick Switch Products

    Click here to see our full selection of Ty-Flot tool tethering gear

    Click here to see all of our tool tethering gear

    Click here for more information on the ISEA/ANSI 121 Dropped Objects Prevention Standard

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Ty-Flot Quick Switch: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.

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  6. Product Spotlight: Petzl I'D

    When it comes to safely lowering yourself down a rope, a descender is one of the most valuable tools in your arsenal. But, as with most things in this world, there are a ton of different choices and knowing which one will best fit your applications can be difficult. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the Petzl I’D Self-Breaking Rope Descender.

    Designed for Ease of Use


     

    The Petzl I’D has been expertly designed by Petzl for ease of use. With very little effort you can lower a load safely to the ground in a smooth, controlled fashion. This can make situations, like rescues, where a rough descent could cause potential dangers easier for everyone involved. Not to mention it can make part of the everyday job easier, too.

    Features


     

    The Petzl I’D has been jam-packed with valuable features including anti-panic, anti-error, locking mechanisms, and a multi-function handle.

    Anti-Panic

    The anti-panic function helps ensure that if the operator starts to descend too fast, they won’t lose control. Essentially if the operator pulls the handle too hard the brakes kick in and automatically stop the descent.

    Anti-Error

    Unfortunately, sometimes certain situations (like rescues) can cause high stress which can lead to equipment being rigged incorrectly. With the anti-error function of the Petzl I’D you don’t have to worry about costly mistakes being made during high-stress situations. The Petzl I’D has been designed with an anti-error function that renders the device useless unless the rope has been inserted the correct way. While the anti-error function can reduce the risk of accidents caused by high-stress situations, it is highly recommended that each member of your crew obtains training on both the equipment being used and the possible situations they will encounter while on the job.

    Locked

    The Petzl I’D features a moving side plate – which is how the rope is inserted into the device. Petzl has also designed a way to lock the side plate with a screw. This allows the devices to be integrated into evacuation kits.

    Multi-Function

    With ease of use in mind, the Petzl I’D features a multi-function handle that unlocks the rope and controls the descent with one hand. This one hand control allows the user to always keep a free hand on the end of the rope for added control and security.

    Sizes & Specs


     

    The Petzl I’D comes in two different sizes: the Petzl I’D D200S0 Small Self-Breaking Rope Descender and the Petzl I’D D200L0 Large Self-Breaking Rope Descender. Both descenders have been tested and certified to meet EN 341 Class A, CE EN 12841 type C, ANSI Z359.4, NFPA 1983 Technical Use, and EAC.

    The small Petzl I’D (D200S0) is for ropes between 10mm (.39”) and 11.5mm (.45”) in diameter. The large Petzl I’D (D200L0) is intended for ropes between 11.5mm (.45”) and 13mm (.51”) in diameter.

    Click here to see our selection of Petzl I’D Self-Breaking Rope Descenders

    Click here to see our selection of Petzl Gear

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Petzl I’D: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

    Get Social


     

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  7. Tower Consumables

    At GME Supply our mission is to keep you safe and productive on the job. But we don’t stop there. We also pride ourselves in having the know-how and capabilities to provide you with all of the equipment to perform your job not only safely, but effectively. This week our Gear Experts® are going to talk about our full selection of tower consumables.

    Izzy Industries


     

    GME Supply has teamed up with our friends at Izzy Industries to provide an entire line of tower consumables. Izzy Industries is a family owned and operated manufacturer of telecom electrical supply products that are dedicated to innovation in this rapidly growing industry. Izzy’s product lines include cable components, hardware, and weatherproofing gear.

    Tower Consumables


     

    Like we mentioned before, we’ve made a promise to help keep you safe and productive on the job. Part of that promise includes the equipment that you need to do the job once you reach the top of the tower. We’ve teamed up with Izzy so that you can know that you’ve got access to top-quality parts to use.

    Our selection of Izzy products includes Zip Ties, Compression Lugs, End Caps, and Heat Shrink, plus anything else that you could need while at the top of a tower.

    In Stock & Ready to Ship


     

    We understand that when it comes to tower consumables, you don’t always know what you need until a few days before you start the job. That’s why we keep most consumables in stock and ready to ship same day. Simply look for this Quick Ship Label to know if we’ve got the consumables you need in stock. For more details about what Quick Ship means and more information on our shipping policies, click here.

    If you’ve got any questions about our selection of tower consumables, or if you’re looking for something specific, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our selection of tower consumables.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Tower Consumables: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

     

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  8. How to Mount a Capstan Hoist to a Swivel Mount

    Capstan hoists have become a staple in the lifting and rigging industry. They are a lightweight, versatile, and strong tool that can help make a crew’s day a little bit easier. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down how to properly mount a capstan hoist to a swivel mount.

    Size Matters


     

    Before we talk about the steps needed to properly mount the capstan hoist to the swivel bracket, it’s important for us to mention when you can use the swivel bracket. The swivel bracket can only be used with the 1,000 Pound Capstan Hoist. If you need to mount your 3,000 Pound Capstan Hoist, click here to check out our blog post on how to use the chain mount bracket.

    Assembling the Bracket


     

    The first part of mounting the capstan hoist requires assembling the bracket and attaching it to the truck.

    Step 1: Attaching the Swivel Plate to the Hitch

    Insert the swivel mount plate into a 2-inch hitch mount. The plate does not come with a key or pin to secure the plate onto the hitch. You will need to get a pin/key that fits the hitch you are using. **Do not use the setup until the plate is secured to the hitch with a pin/key.

    Step 2: Attaching the Swivel to the Plate

    The swivel bracket comes with four Grade 5 Bolts. Line the bracket up with the holes on the plate and secure the bracket into place with the included bolts. The bolts should be attached with the threads facing down. Ensure that you have tightened the bolts securely to hold the bracket in place.

    Step 3: Attaching the C-Bracket

    There is a pin on the back of the swivel mount bracket. This pin fits into the bottom of the C-Bracket to ensure that it is positioned correctly. Using a ½ inch allen wrench secure the C-Braket with the 4 provided screws.

    Step 4: Attaching the Capstan Hoist to the C-Bracket

    The C-Bracket has a pin on the back of it. This pin ensures that you will install the capstan hoist on the bracket correctly. The drum of the capstan hoist should be positioned directly above the center bolt of the swivel bracket. To correctly position the drum, make sure that the safety bar is on the back side of the load. Then, using the 6 screws that came with the C-Bracket, attach the capstan to the bracket.

    If you’ve got any questions about our selection of capstan hoists, mounts, accessories, or how to attach the hoist to a mount, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see the swivel mount bracket

    Click here to see the 1,000 pound capstan

    Click here to see our full selection of capstans and accessories

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Mounting the Capstan: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

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  9. Product Spotlight: FireIce

    Fire is one of the most dangerous things that can occur on a job site. That means that proper fire safety and fire prevention can not only keep you and your crew safe but also save time and money. When it comes to fire safety, traditionally there haven’t been many options, but that is all starting to change. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the FireIce line from GelTech Solutions.

    Overview: FireIce Fire Extinguishing Coating


     

    FireIce is extremely effective in preventing and suppressing almost any kind of fire. From electrical fires, arcing metal fires, lithium battery fires, and even some accelerant fires, this gel is typically more effective than traditional fire extinguishers. There are some fires that FireIce won’t work on, but we will address that a bit later.

    Multiple Options Available


     

    Whether you are using FireIce for preventative measures or using it to help fight a fire in emergencies, FireIce is available in a variety of different application methods. From spray bottles and extinguishers to 5-gallon buckets and 60-gallon systems, you can rest assured that you can build the perfect system for your crew.

    What is it?


     

    So, what exactly is FireIce? All FireIce products are made from the same super absorbent cross-linked polymer that absorbs up to 400 times its weight in water. When properly mixed (with water) it acts as a gel that can be coated onto surfaces that are on fire or at risk of being ignited. And, unlike traditional ABC fire extinguishers, this gel is an eco-friendly substance that can be applied to any surface and will simply wash away with time or water exposure.

    Fun fact: The cross-linked polymer (the one that absorbs 400 times its weight in water) was originally used in an FDA approved appetite suppression pill. So, technically you could eat FireIce without any negative effects on you or your body. That means you don’t need to worry about respirators when applying the solution, and it won’t hurt the people, plants, or animals that come into contact with it after it has been used.

    How it Works


     

    Now that we know what it is, what it is made of, and that it is safe, let’s talk a bit about how it works. As we mentioned above, it’s not just great for fighting fires, but it is also good for pre-treatment to prevent surfaces from igniting while hot work (like welding) is being performed. In the event that there is already a fire, FireIce simply coats the surface - removing oxygen from and extinguishing the flame, and preventing reignition by rapidly cooling the surface to temperatures below combustable levels.

    Class B Fires


     

    Class B fires are fires that involve flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, and oil. FireIce products are not recommended for use on class B fires. For class B fires a fire extinguisher with an A-B, B-C, or A-B-C rating should be used.

    Application Methods


     

    As we mentioned earlier, FireIce is available in a variety of different applications methods. It comes in spray bottles, extinguishers, and 5-gallon buckets. But, GelTech has also come up with a unique solution for hot work on cell towers – the 60-gallon system. The Cell Tower Protection System, or CTP for short, is a 60-gallon system that creates the perfect mixture and includes a hose and spray nozzle for application. With the CTP you can coat over 200 feet of cables or the interior of a monopole, so you can do your welding and cutting with peace of mind.

    This product comes in a powder form, so with proper storage, it will never expire. And, it can be self-refilled which allows for more effective inventory management.

    Legal Requirements


     

    FireIce is extremely effective at putting out fires. But, it has not been approved as a replacement by OSHA. If you are required by OSHA to have a certain type or size of fire extinguisher (in your truck or on the job site) you will need to continue to have that extinguisher present. In those situations a FireIce extinguisher can be a good addition to your fire safety plan.

    If you’ve got more questions about our selection of FireIce line of products, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Click here to see our full selection of FireIce products.

    FireIce: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

    Get Social


     

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  10. Product Spotlight: Tuf-Tug Cable Climb Systems

    Cable climb systems, also known as a ladder fall protection system, can streamline tower maintenance projects and provide additional job site safety. The basic function of a cable climb system is to have a ladder with a cable attached to it, pre-installed on a tower. You use a cable grab, attached to your sternal D-ring, to easily move up and down the ladder. In the event of a fall, the cable safety sleeve locks onto the cable and arrests the fall. Applications for cable climb systems include towers, billboards, commercial buildings, utility structures, solar, and wind. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down Tuf-Tug cable climb systems.

    Approved


     

    As legacy cable climb systems on towers begin to reach the end of their useful life, and as structures that are updated are required to have cable climb systems installed, it can start to be difficult to know which systems are approved to be used on specific sites. Tuf-Tug Cable Climb Systems are approved for installation on major tower sites by their owners. This makes deciding which system to get a whole lot easier.

    What Systems?


     

    Tuf-Tug makes cable climb systems for all standard towers in most standard lengths. On top of that, they also feature all of the needed equipment for the system included with the system itself – say goodbye to having to buy extra parts!

    Tuf-Tug manufactures 3 systems. They are a monopole system, a fixed ladder system, and a round climbing leg system.

    What’s Included?


     

    All systems include A stainless steel (factory swaged) cable that is cut to the chosen length. The stainless steel finish provides additional protection against harsh weather conditions which extends the life of the system.

    Monopole

    The monopole system includes:

    • A cable head assembly with fasteners and impact attenuator;
    • Monopole cable guides;
    • A monopole base anchor bracket with a tension adjustment anchor bolt;
    • Cable clips; and
    • Cable fasteners.

    This system is available in 100’, 150’, 200’, and 250’ lengths.

    Fixed Ladder

    The fixed ladder system includes:

    • A heavy-duty upright mount bracket for solid rung ladders;
    • Ladder mount cable guides;
    • A head assembly with an impact attenuator;
    • Base anchor bracket assembly with tension adjustment;
    • Eye bolts; and
    • Cable clips;

    This system is available in 100’, 200’, 250’, 300’, and 400’ lengths.

    Round Climbing Leg

    The round climbing leg system includes:

    • A universal round leg head adapter bracket (which fits legs between 1.5 and 5 inches in diameter);
    • A round leg universal channel clamp (for up to 8 inches in diameter);
    • A head assembly with an impact attenuator;
    • Stud mount cable guides with fasteners;
    • A base anchor angle attachment bracket with tension adjustment eyebolt;
    • Thimble; and
    • Cable clamps.

    This system is available in 150’, 200’, 250’, and 300’ lengths.

    Further Customization


     

    If you need additional components or even a non-standard length, these cable climb systems can be completely customized to fit your requirements. For more information on customization, or for any other questions, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our full selection of Tuf-Tug Cable Climb Systems

    Click here to see our full selection of Tug-Tug Equipment

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any fall protection equipment is used.

    Cable Climb Systems: The Playlist


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

    iTunes | Spotify | Google Play Music

     

    Get Social


     

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