Demonstration

  1. Cadweld Demonstration


    Creating quality and reliable cable ground is an important part of the construction process. Using welding kits, like the Cadweld Plus Electronic Exothermic Welding Deluxe Kit can help ensure a proper, high-quality weld and keep you and your crew safe and productive on the job. This week our Gear Experts®  are going to break down how to use the Parallel Splice Mold and K-Cups from the Cadweld Plus Electronic Exothermic Welding Deluxe Kit to ground cable. For more information on the regular & plus kits, click here to check out a previous blog post.

    Cadweld Connections


     

    A Cadweld connection has a carrying capacity equal to or greater than that of the conductor and will withstand repeated fault currents without failing during operation. Cadweld connections also consistently exceeded IEEE® 837 2014 EMF test requirements and have been certified by an independent lab.

    Prep


     

    Prep is equally as important because it can prevent accidents from happening. To prep for the weld, be sure to thoroughly clean the mold and copper wires using an approved Cadweld Mold Cleaning BrushAdditional cleaning of the copper wire with a wire brush may be required to remove any grit or corrosion. Next, preheat the wire and the mold using a heat torch. This will get rid of any excess moisture that could negatively affect the weld quality. 

    Setup


     

    Once you have completed the preparation steps, it’s time to put everything in place to activate the weld. 

    Step 1: Start by placing both wires parallel in the mold and use the mold handle to clamp it shut. You should feel a click when the clamp is completely closed. 

    Step 2: Next, take some Cadwld Mold Sealer and fill the bottom opening of the mold so the weld material doesn’t escape when the chemical reaction starts. 

    Step 3: It’s important to remember that you want to make sure your mold is level so the welding material flows into the correct channels once it has been ignited. 

    Step 4: Then, place the K cup of welding material in the top of the mold with the ignition tab exposed. 

    Step 5: Attach the electronic igniter to that tab and close the top of the mold.

    Step 6: Step away from the mold and hold the operator button on the ignitor control unit until the ready light turns off. At this point, the reaction will occur.

    Step 7: After the reaction, allow 30 seconds for the mold to cool before removing it from the wires. 

    Now you have a permanent splice between the two copper wires. Below is a demonstration video where we go through these exact steps to create a weld. You can also check out that video by clicking here or going to our YouTube channel.

    Click hereGot questions about welding with Cadweld gear? to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

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    **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.

    Cadweld Demonstration: The Video


    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts | A podcast for at-height workers, industry, and construction.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. 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®.

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    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


     

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  3. Harness Inspection 101

    Whether you are in telecom, wind, solar, or tree care, construction, or any other at-height industry, the harness you wear is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your arsenal. Your harness is the apex of all your equipment. It is where everything converges, and where the perfect harmony of fall protection meets to ensure your safety on the job site. This week, our Gear Experts® are going to discuss how to properly inspect a harness.

    Harness Inspection


     

    There’s an old saying that states that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. That saying goes far beyond chains – and in the context of this blog post, it is also true for fall protection. As we said in the opening of this post, your harness is an integral part of your fall protection setup. But no harness will last forever, and sometimes unforeseen events can cause the harness to need to be replaced. That’s where harness inspection comes in.

    Harness inspection is a pretty simple concept – it is the act of reviewing your harness before climbing to ensure that the harness will remain functioning both while you climb and in the event of a fall. The actual act of inspecting the harness can have some mild variance depending on the construction of the harness. The main things to consider are what type of buckle system (pass through, tongue buckle, or quick connect) the harness has and whether it has a waist belt or not.

    Before you start your inspection, we highly recommend having a harness inspection form. A harness inspection form will help you keep records of when you inspected the harness as well as information like the serial number, date of first use, who inspected it, and any other notes about the inspection. We have a free downloadable harness inspection for in our Knowledge Base. Click here for your free copy of the form.

    What to Inspect


     

    Once you start the inspection, what exactly should you inspect?

    Labels & Markings

    The first thing to inspect is the labels and markings. Are all the labels intact? Do you have all the appropriate ANSI, OSHA, & CSA markings required? What is the date of first use? Has an impact indicator (sign of deployment) been triggered?

    Hardware

    Next, we want to start looking at the harness hardware. What condition are the shoulder adjustment buckles in? What about the leg and waist buckles? What about the other hardware the harness features? The D-rings should be closely inspected as well (the dorsal, side, shoulder, and/or sternal). Lastly, is any of the hardware corroded, pitting, or nicked?

    Webbing & Stitching

    The final piece of the puzzle is to inspect the webbing and stitching. What condition are the shoulder, chest, leg, and back straps in? Does the harness have any cuts, burns, or holes? Is there any paint contamination? What about excessive wear, heat corrosion, or UV damage? How is the stitching and is it affected by any of the above checks?

    Retiring a Harness


     

    The purpose of inspecting a harness is to make sure that the harness can handle the job it was meant to do. If the harness fails inspection that means it is not in compliance with ANSI requirements and should be retired and replaced immediately.

    If you’ve got questions about harness inspection, or if your harness has failed inspection and you’re looking for something new, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to download your free harness inspection form from our Knowledge Base

    Click here to access our full selection of inspection forms

    Click here to see our full selection of fall protection harnesses

    **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.

    Fall Protection Harnesses: The Playlist


     

    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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  4. Mounting a Capstan Hoist to a Pole, Tower, or Beam with the Chain Bracket

    Capstan hoists revolutionized the art of lifting and rigging. What used to have to be done by hand or with complicated rigs that utilized truck power can now be done with a lightweight single unit piece. The capacity of the capstan depends on the model that you get and depending on the capacity, the way that you secure the hoist may be different. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down how to mount a capstan to a pole, tower, or beam with the chain bracket.

    Chain Bracket vs. Swivel Mount vs. Straight Mount


     

    Before we go over how to mount a capstan with the chain bracket it’s important to outline the other options, when each is appropriate, and why you would use the chain bracket. The three main mounting options are a chain bracket, swivel mount, and straight mount. The straight mount and swivel mount bracket fit onto the hitch of a truck, while the chain bracket is attached to a pole, tower, or beam.

    The straight mount bracket can be used when you have easy straight access to your rigging location. The downside? It doesn’t have the ability to change direction without moving the vehicle it is attached to. If you think moving direction might be something you’ll need to do while on the job site, then the swivel bracket may be better suited for your rig setup.

    The chain bracket is similar to the straight mount bracket due to flexibility being limited. However, the chain bracket can handle more weight. In fact, the chain mount bracket is the ONLY bracket that can be used in combination with the 3,000 lb Capstan Hoist.

    Pole Mounting


     

    Mounting the hoist on a pole is a simple process that can be done in just a few minutes. Before beginning to mount the hoist the first step is to open the binder as far as possible by turning the handle counter-clockwise. The bolts in the chain tubes should be removed to allow the tubes to pivot.

    Next, place the chain over the top of the drum of the capstan and hold the hoist against the pole. It is recommended that you hold the capstan against the pole with your leg so that you have both hands free for the next steps. Next, Wrap the chain around the pole and hook them into the slots on the bracket. The final step is to turn the binders clockwise to tighten the connection of the hoist to the pole.

    ** Please note that after a heavy initial load you may need to re-tighten the binders.

    Tower/Beam Mounting

     


     

    The majority of steps for tower/beam mounting of the hoist are the same as pole mounting. However, there is one main difference. That difference is making sure that the two bolts located at the wheel tightener end of the chain binders have been secured in place through both the binders and the bracket. If secured correctly a 90° angle should be created between the chain binders and the bracket. This 90° angle allows the hoist to be mounted to square surfaces like those found on a tower/beam. After the angle has been created the remaining steps in the pole mounting section can be followed.

    Looking for more information about capstan hoists or mounting options? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

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    **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.

    Pole Mounting: The Video


    Looking to see an example of the proper way to use the chain mount for a pole? Check out this video for a complete breakdown.

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  5. Destroying a Lanyard | Welding Safety

    Working around heat, sparks, and welding while at-height can be very dangerous. Not only are you potentially hundreds of feet in the air, you’re throwing around sparks, slag, or maybe even flames from a torch. While in this type of environment, you have to take the proper precautions.

    Welding Safety - GME Supply 

    Standard polyester webbing doesn’t cut it in these situations. Just a small amount of flame or sparks can do critical damage, which would force you to take the gear out of service. In our latest video, we put an old DBI Sala Y-lanyard in the danger zone… inches from a Milwaukee M18 Grinder. Watch the video to see the destruction:

     

     

    That’s really all it takes! The hard spot made after a few moments of sparking is enough to ruin a lanyard.

     

    Be sure you’re using the right gear if you’re doing a tower mod or working on a new steel structure! The WestFall Pro Ascend Welding Harness is a favorite. It’s Nomex/Kevlar blend is designed to hang in tough conditions. Don’t want to purchase another harness? Checkout FallTech’s slag shields.

  6. Sterling Rope Aztek Kit + 15% off Sale

    Sterling Rope is known for their wide variety of climbing and life safety ropes. Their HTP Static is one of our most popular ropes. Their rope bags help protect your gear and their pulleys will fill out your lifting and rigging kits. Plus, their haul systems make pick-off and rescue much easier. We’ll go over their Aztek Elite Kit a bit later.

     

    Right now, through June 5th, all Sterling Rope gear is 15% off! Just use code Sterling15 at checkout to receive the discount! The deal won’t last long, so get in on it while you can.

     

    Back to the Aztek Elite Kit… This kit features a four-to-one mechanical advantage system, plus a travel restraint system on the other end. And, it’s all self-contained in a carrying pouch, making it ready at a moment’s notice. Can’t beat that. One catch that sometimes hangs people up is the fact that it does not come pre-assembled. But fear not… we did you a solid and put together an easy to follow how-to rig video.

     

     

    There are two version of this video. Above is the detailed version which goes over every single step in close-up detail. It’s pretty long, but if you’ve never rigged one of these kits before, you’ll appreciate the deliberate attention we gave to every step. Below, is a much more broad overview of how to put the kit together. Think of it as a refresher which just goes over each step from above so make sure you’re doing everything in the proper order. It’s shorter, but if you’re experienced rigging the Sterling Rope Aztek Elite Kit, you can use this to jog your memory.

     

     

    Now that you’re learned up on rigging the Aztek, head over to the Sterling Rope page and see what else you can get at a steal of a price, this week only!

  7. The NEW P53D Omni-Block from Rock Exotica

    Rock Exotica P53D Omni-Block - GME SupplyIntroducing the NEW P53D Omni-Block from Rock Exotica. This is a very strong, ultra-efficient double sheave pulley. And it’s the only double pulley in Rock Exotica’s Omni-Block lineup with a prusik minding feature.

     

    All Omni-Blocks have an integrated swivel, which reduces the overall height of your rigging system, and allows the pulley to automatically align itself. Plus, you can install and remove the rope without detaching the pulley from the anchor.

     

    The P53D has a Minimum Breaking Strength of 40 kN. This is much stronger than all other Omni-Blocks. It also has a Working Load Limit of 10 kN, making it the overall strongest offering from Rock Exotica.

     

     

    Rock Exotica CNC machines their Omni-Blocks from a single block of aluminum. This makes them lighter and stronger than the competition. Everything they do with their designs is done to make your work easier, and safer.

     

    Check out the video below to see the Rock Exotica P53D Omni-Block in action.

     Rock Exotica P53D Omni-Block Video - GME Supply

     

    Click here to see Rock Exotica’s full lineup of great gear.

  8. Why Fit is Important in a Harness

    Westfall Harness Photo - GME SupplyIt doesn’t matter if you have a 1 or a 6 d-ring harness. Construction, Tower, Oil and Gas, or even a rock climbing sport harness... If your harness doesn’t fit correctly, you’re gonna have a bad time.

     

    An ill-fitting harness isn’t just unsafe; it’s probably uncomfortable as well. If you’re wearing your harness correctly, you really shouldn’t even notice that it’s there after a while. You get used to it. If you have a harness that’s digging in, pinching, or rubbing in a certain area, there’s a good chance you’re wearing it wrong.

     

    The most common problem with harness fit that we see is the chest strap. A lot of climbers wear it too low. It should fit straight across your chest, nipple to nipple. If it’s too low, you could roll out of the harness when your shoulder strap slips. Too high and it’ll ride up under your chin and either choke you or give you a nasty cut.

     

    Next big issue is the leg straps. You REALLY want these to be tight on your legs. Wearing them loose might seem like it gives you more room to move around, but in the event of a fall.. BAD THINGS HAPPEN! If your leg straps are tight, during a fall they’ll grab onto your legs and catch the majority of the weight. If they’re loose, they’ll slide up your legs, and whatever they hit will absorb the energy. If you know… what we mean. Yeah… not good!

     

    Check out our How to Don and Fit Your Harness video to see a step-by-step of putting on and properly adjusting your harness.

     

     

    Even if you’ve been working in your harness for a while, it’d be worth a once-over to make sure it’s still fitting like it was designed to.  If you have any other questions about harness fit, or aren’t sure what size harness you need, give us a call or chat us online!

  9. Maxiflex Cut from PIP

    Maxiflex gloves from PIP are already very popular because of their ultra-thin, seamless construction. Working in them is as close as you can get to working with your bare hands. And now, that same ultra-thin feel is available with high cut resistance.

     Maxiflex Cut from PIP - GME Supply

     

    Cut rated gloves are measured using the EN 388 standard. This rating has four parts, represented by numbers below the EN 388 stamp. The meaning of the numbers can be remembered using the phrase, ACT Professionally. A = Abrasion, C = Cut, T = Tear, and P = Puncture. Each is rated from 1-4 except cut, which is rated 1-5.

     

    The Maxiflex Cut has a rating of 4331. It’s one of the thinnest forms of hand protection with that high of abrasion, cut, and tear rating. Obviously, the ultra-thin glove isn’t the greatest for puncture, so if that is a danger in your work, you might want to use a different type of hand protection.

     

    The perfect glove keeps your hand protected, while still maintaining mobility, dexterity, and comfort. The Maxiflex Cut gets this done using a Nitrile coating that has 360 degree breathability. It allows all natural body heat and moisture to escape the glove, but keeps your grip and tactile feel intact.

     

    Head over to our hand protection section to see the wide variety of gloves available. There’s something for everyone. There is anything from economy, disposable gloves, to specialty, task-specific gloves. Maybe you even need some thermal, insulated, waterproof gloves for the upcoming cold season. If you have any questions about which gloves would be best for you, give us a call, or chat us online.

  10. Waterproof Gloves from Ergodyne

    Ergodyne Gear - GME Supply

    As the temperature creeps towards single digits, gloves become an important part of your daily work wear. Thermal ProFlex Gloves from Ergodyne offer maximum protection from wind and water, without decreasing dexterity or becoming uncomfortable. One of the things that set Ergodyne’s hand protection apart from others is their waterproofing systems.

     Waterproof Gloves from Ergodyne - GME Supply

    Their traditional waterproof insert uses a waterproof membrane between the outer glove shell and the inner insulation. While it does keep your hands dry, and warmer than a non-waterproof glove would, it still lets the glove absorb some water in the shell. This can make your glove feel colder than it actually is, and can get uncomfortable pretty quickly. Not ideal. At all. Plus, the insert also holds in moisture, so sweat can collect and leave you with a sticky hand.

     Waterproof Gloves with OutDry from Ergodyne - GME Supply

    This is where OutDry comes to party. The OutDry membrane is bonded directly to the glove’s shell inner side. That means rain, snow, and wind is blocked on the gloves outer surface, for ultimate comfort. Since the elements are stopped at the surface, the glove uses its full thermal potential, providing a constant, stable temperature inside the glove. And because the membrane is breathable, sweat is able to escape, keeping you comfortable. Also, they pair OutDry with a heavy dose of 3M Thinsulate, so your hands stay toasty, no matter what.

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