March 2019

  1. 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


     

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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


     

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  4. 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner Application Guide

    The 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner is a revolutionary antenna alignment device that helps you easily and effectively install and maintain antennas. We’ve outlined many different features about this antenna aligner in previous blog posts. You can find a list of those blog posts here. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the free smartphone app available for download that works in conjunction with the RF Vision Antenna Aligner.

    There’s an App for That


     

    In 2019 there is literally an app for everything and the telecom profession is no different. The RF Vision Mobile App is available on both Android and iOS devices and allows you to control and monitor your RF Vision Alignment Tool with the mobile device that you already have in your pocket. So, let’s break down the app and some of the cool features it has.

    RF Vision Mobile App


     

    Design

    The app features a modern, streamlined design that is easy to navigate and helps you focus on performing the job. When you first open the app, you’ll notice that it looks pretty similar to the navigation menu on the actual device. That’s because you can do virtually anything you would do on the device touchscreen through your phone.

    Connecting the App

    When it comes to connecting the app to the device, 3Z has made it simple. The first step is to make sure that the software on your Antenna Aligner is up to date. Next, enable Bluetooth on both the aligner and your mobile device. Once Bluetooth has been enabled, open the RF Vision Mobile app and select your Antenna Alignment Tool in the menu. Once this process has been completed you should be taken back to the main screen where you can begin controlling your tool.

    Using the App

    Once the connection process has been completed you can navigate the menus just as would on the device itself. You can select the type of antenna you’re working with and entering all of the site information that is required is as easy as typing a text message. You can also see, in real-time, the line of sight target acquisition system as you align the antenna.

    But, the advantages of the mobile app don’t stop there. Easily report to the client that the job has been completed with the user-friendly ability to view, edit, delete, and download PDF reports (with the included line of sight images) straight to your mobile device. This feature makes sending your reports to your client as easy as sending an email from your phone.

    This app makes an already easy to use device even more convenient. If you have any questions about the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool or the RF Mobile App, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    *Users are required to register and download the latest firmware update from the 3Z website in order to use the mobile app. Click here to download that firmware.

    **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 the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool

    Click here to see our selection of 3Z accessories

    3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner App: 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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