June 2018

  1. Bags & Buckets Buying Guide

    Let’s talk bags and buckets. On the job, you’ve got a lot of gear to haul around. Having the right gear bag or bucket to protect your gear keeps you organized, extends the life of your gear, and makes your job easier. This week our Gear Experts® have put together a buying guide to help you find the bags and buckets that will work for you.

    Style and Variations


     

    The biggest decision in buying a bag or bucket is in the style and variations. The style and variations of your bag or bucket will be dependent on what you need to carry, how much you need to carry, how protected it needs to be, and where you need to carry it.

    Bags

    Rope bags tend to be cylindrical in shape and provide moisture resistance. Equipment bags, on the other hand, come in a range of sizes and shapes. Which one is best for you depends on what you need to carry and how much storage space you need. Duffel bags typically feature multiple pockets and come in a variety of materials. If a duffel bag isn’t your style, there are a range of equipment backpacks as well. Equipment backpacks offer many of the same features as the duffel bags but remember – if you need to carry a ton of equipment a backpack may not be able to hold all of it. If tools are what you carry the most, a tool bag could be the perfect solution. Tool bags are typically made of canvas. Some feature pockets for organization and some don’t. They typically have reinforced bottoms to increase durability and the amount of weight they can carry.

    Buckets

    Buckets share a lot of similarities with tool bags because most often the items that are put in buckets are tools. Buckets typically feature a canvas exterior with a tapered or reinforced bottom. We offer a large selection of buckets so that you can find the perfect one. So what kind of variations are most common in buckets?

    Handle: Typical handle styles include canvas or rope.

    Attachment Points: If you need a bucket that can go up the tower with you we’ve got you covered. We have buckets that can strap on your belt and buckets that feature swiveling hooks for easy connection.

    Top: Traditional canvas bucket doesn’t have a top – but we understand that sometimes keeping a lid on things is a good thing. Buckets typically come with 3 “top” options: no top, attached top, and removable top.

    Space/Compartments: Overall buckets are smaller than bags. They aren’t commonly used to transport a large number of goods. When it comes to compartments, though, there is a wide variety. Some buckets have no compartments (except for the main one) and some have many different compartments inside so that you can organize your tools.

    Not sure what kind of bag or bucket you need? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®. [insert link here]

    **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.

    Click here to see our full selection of bags and buckets.

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  2. Product Spotlight: MultiWave SmartAligner

    This week GME Supply is focusing on telecom tools and our blog is no different! Over the past few years, we have seen our customers begin to adopt and use antenna aligners. Antenna aligners help increase accuracy and save time while working with a wide range of antennas. This week our Gear Experts® are going to talk about the MultiWave SmartAligner.

    The MultiWave SmartAligner


     

    This device is a GPS-based compass that has been designed to effectively and efficiently align your antennas in real time. This aligner was developed to be easy to use and offer unparalleled accuracy while providing a True North or Grid North azimuth measurement along with tilt, roll, and position.

    Once the system is mounted to the antenna, it is simply turned on. From there the user interface is the full feature app on any iOS and Android smart device. Click here to see a video on the app and how to use it. Reporting with this antenna aligner is as simple as a few clicks with the report able to be emailed directly from the app. The system has been tested in the harshest RF live antenna environment while still maintaining its accuracy. The SmartAligner solution is an accurate, fast, and scalable antenna alignment tool creating an effective solution for all your alignment needs.

    Features


     

    The MultiWave SmartAligner is jam packed with features. It is the first ever foldable GPS alignment tool and comes with a universal mounting bracket. It has the ability to be mounted in multiple configurations to prevent issues with spatial and RF conditions. For a complete breakdown of the features, specifications, mounting configurations, modes of use, approved carriers, turf vendors, and firms click here.

    Special Financing


     

    We offer special equipment financing on all of our antenna alignment tools. Our financing program has 3 easy steps so that you can get your tools now so you can head out to the next job site.

    Step 1: Pay advance finance payment

    → Pay 20% of the equipment cost as a down-payment. This is the first month’s finance payment.

    → Example: $5,000 equipment cost = $1,000 (down payment)

    Step 2: Calculate the Monthly Payment

    → Subtract the down-payment from the equipment cost. Then divide this by the 11 remaining months. (No interest is added to the 11 months)

    → Example: $5,000 equipment cost - $1,000 (down-payment) = $4,000 divided by 11 months = $363.64 per month for the remaining 11 months.

    Step 3: Buy out for $1.00

    → You will own the equipment at the end of the finance term for $1

    For more information click here to view our financing details or click here to contact one of our gear experts and start the financing application.

    Click here to see the MultiWave SmartAligner

    Click here to see our available accessories

    MultiWave Smart Align Training Videos


     

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  3. Cold Galv 101

    When many people look at Cold Galvanizing Compound they simply think that it is silver paint, but that’s not the case. This week our Gear Experts® are here to talk about what cold galv is and a few other cold galv related topics.

    What is Cold Galvanizing Compound?


     

    Cold galvanizing compound (cold galv for short) is a single component zinc coating that is used to protect bare steel from rust and corrosion. It is applied like paint, but it’s not paint. It actually gives the same protection as hot dipped galvanizing and it also makes painting a tower easier.

    How Does Cold Galv Work?


     

    Cold galvanizing compound acts as an active coupling to the bare steel parent metal to form an electrolytic bond. In the presence of an electrolyte (aka moisture) the zinc dust in the cold galv will sacrifice itself to protect the steel.

    What Surface Prep is Required Before Applying Cold Galvanizing Compound?


     

    The surface has to be clean, dry, steel. We recommend using a wire brush to remove any rust or other corrosion that may be on the steel. This needs to be done on the entire area that will be covered in cold galv. Also, you want to be sure to remove any chemicals, dirt, grease, grime, or any other impurities that could affect the application.

    How Do I Apply Cold Galv?


     

    This is where cold galv and paint have something in common. It can be applied just like paint – it can be rolled on, brushed, or even thinned down and used in a sprayer. There are also aerosol versions available.

    What Do Different Percentages of Zinc Content Offer?


     

    The higher the zinc content, the better you’re protected. Since the zinc bonds to the steel to form that protective layer, the more zinc that can bond, the more moisture the zinc can prevent from reaching the steel.

    If It’s Very Cold or Humid Can I Still Apply Cold Galvanizing Compound?


     

    Typically, yes. Cold Galv can be applied in a lot of different environments. However, we always recommend that you check the manufacturer specifications for your particular brand just to be sure. Extra humid weather can actually intensify the reaction process and speed up the drying process.

    Cold Galv Shipping


     

    Cold Galv can only be shipped ground or LTL. That also means that we can only ship Cold Galvanizing Compound within the contiguous 48 states (sorry Alaska and Hawaii). The government does not allow it in the air system, so it can’t be on a plane, which means no international shipments and no overnight shipments. The reason for this is due to is category 3 classification as a flammable liquid. For more information on our shipping policies, click here.

    Looking for more information on Cold Galv? 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 check out our selection of Cold Galvanizing Compound.

    Click here to check out our selection of Tower Paint

    Cold Galv 101: The Video


     

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  4. How to Work in the Heat

    It seems like just a few weeks ago we were complaining that winter just wouldn’t go away. Now, we are in the full swing of summer and beating the heat is at the top of our minds. This week our Gear Experts® have put together a guide about how to work in the heat and stay safe.

    Heat Illness


     

    Overexposure to heat can lead to a loss of productivity, a range of illnesses, and even death. The causes of heat illness include:

    → High temperatures & humidity, direct sun exposure, and/or no breeze or wind;

    → Low liquid intake;

    → Heavy physical labor;

    → Weatherproof or poorly breathing clothes; and

    → No recent exposure to hot workplaces

    Many of these conditions are easily remedied. You may not be able to avoid working in hot areas, but frequent water breaks can help a lot. Another thing that can help keep you cool is using cooling products. Cooling towels like the Chill-Its from Ergodyne can be very helpful. Heavy physical labor is probably unavoidable but taking frequent rest breaks to prevent exhaustion is key.

    Make sure your clothing is breathable. We’ve covered work wear over on our YouTube channel. Click here to check out that video or click here to see our full selection of cooling work wear. UV protective clothing is very breathable and actually protects your skin from the harsh rays of the sun.

    Heat Illness Symptoms


     

    Now that we know some of the things that can cause heat illness, let’s look at some of the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

    Heat Exhaustion

    → Headache, dizziness, and/or fainting;

    → Weakness and/or wet skin;

    → Irritability or confusion; and

    → Thirst, nausea, and vomiting

    Heat Stroke

    Heat stroke can have many of the same symptoms as heat exhaustion. There are some additional symptoms that come with heat stroke:

    → Being in a confused state – unable to think clearly;

    → Collapsing and/or passing out;

    → Seizures; and

    → Victim completely stops sweating

    Best Practices


     

    Knowing the signs of heat illnesses are a great starting point, but it is also important that we know what to do in the invent of a heat illness happening to someone on the jobsite. Some of the best practices for heat-related illnesses are:

    → Knowing the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness – monitor yourself and your crew;

    → Block out direct sunlight when possible – shelter tents and large brim hats help with this;

    → Stay hydrated – drink plenty of fluids. If you’re thirsty, you’re already behind;

    → Avoid caffeine and alcohol; and

    → Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.

    Treatment


     

    If you encounter someone that is sick due to heat immediately call your supervisor and/or 9-1-1. Be sure to stay with the victim until help arrives. While waiting for help there are some preventative measures you can take to help begin cooling the victim down.

    → Move the victim to a shaded area – the cab of a truck with the a/c on would be even better;

    → Remove any outer clothing;

    → Add ice bags or a cool wet cloth to their forehead, neck, and armpits to aid in cooling; and

    → If they can – give them some cool water to drink

    Heat illness is not something to be messed with, but with the proper precautions, it can be controlled. Check out our YouTube channel to see our full line of cooling and work wear videos.

    Need more information about cooling gear or how to work in the heat? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our full selection of cooling gear

    Click here to see our full selection of work wear

    Click here to see our full selection of Ergodyne gear

    How to Work in the Heat: The Video


     

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