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#11609 - 07/16/02 05:36 AM Keeping Cool
Bill Addiss Offline
Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
(This should probably go in the Safety area but I wanted everyone to see it. )

Anyone have any good tips for coping with this oppressive heat that we see this time of year?

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#11610 - 07/16/02 08:50 AM Re: Keeping Cool
The Watt Doctor Offline
Registered: 12/23/01
Posts: 443
Loc: Mont Belvieu, TX
H2O, sunblock, and this .
Look under the products, and notice the single serving "Fast Packs". Just rip off the top (throw it on the ground for your apprentice to pick up later), and add water. After you're done, throw the rest of the package on the ground just to miff the GC.

I used to be cool, then I got married,
The Watt Doctor
Altura Cogen
Channelview, TX
#11611 - 07/16/02 12:15 PM Re: Keeping Cool
pauluk Offline
Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
Drink plenty, don't over-exert yourself, and take regular breaks when working in a hot attic even if you feel that you don't need it. It's surprising how one adapts to the heat up there until it doesn't feel quite as hot as it really is -- Until you get down and realize how cool it feels back in the "real world!"

Or you could move to England where 80 is considered a heatwave!

Even so, it get get pretty hot in attics here, so I sympathize with you guys working in the hotter summers.
#11612 - 07/16/02 12:36 PM Re: Keeping Cool
motor-T Offline
Registered: 11/10/01
Posts: 293
Loc: Girard, Ohio, USA
Every summer I get a fresh supply of salt tablets. This is just my method, and plenty of water. I take two every 4 hours and never have a problem.
Learned about this about this, well a long time ago we never lost anybody from heat prostration then and they still work.

#11613 - 07/16/02 05:07 PM Re: Keeping Cool
sparky Offline
Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
I pulled 200+ ft of 4/0 URD, made to meter, panel etc etc myself last week on the 98 deg day.
We really don't get a whole lot of that weather in Vermont, and deal with it poorly.
I did'nt have a dry stitch on by noon...the humidity was actually visible!
But i had a deadline, so i guess i just got stubborn about it.
(put me in coach, i don't smoke & i took my vitamin..)
I pounded close to 3 gal's of H2O, and did'nt need to whiz all day.

Doc , maybe i need a 'sript for that lectrolye stuff?

[This message has been edited by sparky (edited 07-16-2002).]
#11614 - 07/16/02 07:37 PM Re: Keeping Cool

Here in Arizona you have to take attic heat seriously. I keep a fan on the truck and not a crummy box fan but one of those 3 speed "air circulators". You have to have an adjustable angle fan to keep from kicking up all the dust. If it is a big job I'll install a recep up there and lights. The lights help speed things up so you can come down sooner! I also start my attic work at 4 or 5 AM. Other than that I drink gallons of water and use sunscreen and wear light colored shirts outside. Recently I got some sunscreen towelettes at the tool supply,
Just open one up and wipe it on.
#11615 - 07/16/02 08:16 PM Re: Keeping Cool
The_Lightman Offline
Registered: 08/24/01
Posts: 51
Loc: Orlando, Fl, USA
Squinchers are great. You can get them at the local safety equipment store. The man on the local Orlando news just said the heat index or comfort level will be 106 tomorrow.
Man, high noon today, my upper bucket controls locked up. I was stuck about 40 minutes while waiting for my mechanic.
#11616 - 07/17/02 03:57 AM Re: Keeping Cool
Redsy Offline
Registered: 03/28/01
Posts: 2138
Loc: Bucks County PA
I lay a box fan across the attics scuttle hole to send some AC up there. It usually helps, but make sure the fan doesn't vibrate and fall.
#11617 - 07/17/02 05:17 AM Re: Keeping Cool
The Watt Doctor Offline
Registered: 12/23/01
Posts: 443
Loc: Mont Belvieu, TX
Just make sure that after you use that wipe, you throw it on the ground, and not in the trash can. I laugh at the trash situation because the GC's always say that we trash the job site more than any other craft. I guess I want to make sure that I live up to my reputation.

Let's trash the place,
The Watt Doctor
Altura Cogen
Channelview, TX
#11618 - 07/19/02 08:31 AM Re: Keeping Cool
Trainwire Offline
Registered: 03/15/02
Posts: 364
Loc: Strasburg,PA,USA
Our welding supplier has just brought us something that might be of interest to the rest of you. It looks like a bullet proof vest, but instead of kevlar, is has pockets of the same stuff that you use in your cooler in the summer time, the stuff that you can put in the freezer over and over. It is advertized as being good for 100 degrees for 4 hours. Other than being a bit bulky, it is the cats meow. Our engines can get over 120 degrees in the cab in the summer. I haven't tried it in an attic yet, but it's on my list.
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