Saturday, March 18, 2017

1 SPOT REMAINING! - WOW - Women Only Dry Laid Stone Workshop April 22-23

WOW - Women Only Dry Laid Stone Workshop 

April 22-23 2017, Saturday - Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 
Hampstead Maryland USA

$350.00 WOW Workshop

Freestanding Wall ~ PA Fieldstone $350, All Levels, 2-Day Kim currently holds a Level Two Certificate from the DSWA, is a Certified Instructor, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for The Stone Trust in Vermont.

Join us along with Instructor Kim Coggin for this special weekend workshop designed specifically for women. Alongside other women interested in the craft of dry laid stone, you will learn the necessary skills to build a 4' Freestanding wall with PA Field Stone and other local stone. PA fieldstone is a local stone to our region which can be purchased at any stone yard in and around the surrounding states. Introductory workshops will teach the basics of a 4 foot freestanding dry laid stone wall. Kim will cover key rules and principles of building a proper dry laid stone structure. In addition the use of small tools, safety, job planning, wall frames, terminology and so much more. "Try Before You Buy Tools” 

Friday, March 10, 2017

2017 First Day Of Walling - YIPPIE

20 ft Long x 24"-28" High Butler Stone mixed with old Marriottsville Stone w/4 Blue stone steps.
3/8/2017 Wednesday was the first day of walling!  Nothing is better than working with stone.  All I could think about all day was I LOVE MY JOB!!!.  Feels so good to put a wall up in a day, after waiting all winter for this day to come. 

Andy having a great time learning how to ride a heavy load as the little dingo moves 500 + pounds
This has been such a great job for me since I'm working with Andy McEvoy on his client's project in Woodbine MD. I rarely have the opportunity to work with other wallers. Andy moved back from Maine with his wife. Andy had worked with a great waller Matt Carter ( DSWA Level 3 ) back in Maine.  
Andy's client was looking to have a larger flat space and a wheelchair access. We spent the first 5 days prepping along with building the new updated four PA Colonial Blue stones. Which I feather and wedged according to Andy's direction. 

Double sided small seating wall. Just a few of the tools used on the job.

Strip out of wall along with blue stone patio. Plus 3 truck loads of 8" bedding sand hauled off site. 

My little Dingo TX420 even had a playmate ( spanking brand new Kubota SLV75) from across the street, come and help for a day. Andy did a stellar job learning how to operate the new hand controls. His ability to adapt is just one of the many skill sets which makes it a true pleasure to work with him. 

More to come in the weeks to come. 

Do you have a Stone Project?  2017 season has just began.  Let me help you ........ dream BIG!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Learn from the best! Neil Rippingale - Rockin Walls workshops this Spring 2017

Formerly The Training Program Manager of the DSC KY

That's right Neil Rippingale is coming to Rockin Walls to instruct 2 workshops this Spring. Are you signed up? Space is limited and filling fast.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

SPRING 2017 Workshops don't delay sign up today! Look who's coming to town….

All New Line-up of Professional Instructors
Hampstead Maryland USA

Rockin Walls Training Center - The only Sponsored center in North America by the leaders in the masonry industry. Offering "Try Before You Buy Tools"

BonTool • Trow & Holden Company • Kraft Tool Co. • Swanson Tool Co. • Pave Tech • Block Sheer • Balducci Blue Stone

Join renowned waller Neil Rippingale from Scotland for two action packed 2 day workshops!
NEIL RIPPINGALE  - Scotland Master Craftsman DSWA-UK, DSC-USA Examiner

Formerly The Training Program Manager of the DSC KY

Contractor Workshop $350, Advance Level, 2-Day 
March 30-31 2017 Thursday - Friday (Full~ email for standby spot)
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Lead Instructor Neil Rippingale, on-site Mark Jurus - DSWA / DSC

The Contractor workshop will involve, two walling styles Vertical Walling along with building with Irregular Random Stone. Structures will incorporating building special features such as lintels over tree roots, Obstacles such as boulders and much more.  Neil will explain the When, Where and How to Build with Stone on angle and vertical, demonstrations and the opportunity to cut and shape stone including tool maintenance and using the right tool for the right task at hand. Bonus add ons may include thermal stone, feather and wedges, the use of construction equipment. The workshop may not be limited to the content listed above. The assessment along with wish list included for sign up will dictate the pace, speed and level of this workshop. You won’t be disappointed.  "Try Before You Buy Tools"

Freestanding Wall Workshop $350, All Levels, 2-Day 
April 1-2 2017 Saturday - Sunday Full~ email for standby spot)
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Certified Instructors Neil Rippingale and Mark Jurus - DSWA / DSC

The Free Standing Wall workshop is an Introduction into the Basic skills of Dry Stone Masonry. Over two days we will cover the fundamentals of Dry Stone Construction, Theory, History, The Uses of Dry Stone in the present day, How to determine the size of a batter frame for your project, how to make a frame, selecting the right stone for the right place in the wall which develops confidence, efficiency and the importance of rhythm and minimizing unproductive actions, but not at the expense of quality. "Try Before You Buy Tools"

WOW - Women Only Workshop

Join us for an All Women's Workshop with the first U.S. Woman Instructor ~ Kim Coggin
Kim Coggin - Johnstown, PA   DSWA Level 2 & Instructor

Freestanding Wall ~ PA Fieldstone $350, All Levels, 2-Day
April 22-23 2017 Saturday - Sunday (limited space 2 spots remaining)
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Lead Instructor Kim Coggin DSWA, assisted by Lisa Tuzo DSC waller

on-site as needed ~  Instructors: Jerry Coggin DSWA, Mark Jurus - DSWA / DSC

Join us along with Instructor Kim Coggin for this special weekend workshop designed specifically for women. Alongside other women interested in the craft of dry laid stone, you will learn the necessary skills to build a 4' Freestanding wall with PA Field Stone and other local stone. PA fieldstone is a local stone to our region which can be purchased at any stone yard in and around the surrounding states. Introductory workshops will teach the basics of a 4 foot freestanding dry laid stone wall. "Try Before You Buy Tools"

See full details & Sign up today with PayPal- Limited Space!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Why not? Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica ..OSHA (Updated 11/20/16)

MSA - Advantage® 200 LS Half-Mask Respirator

In 2011 I began to consider my personal health and safety - My Lungs! After all I was wearing, steel toe boots, gloves, safety glasses, ear protection. Why was I not thinking about my lungs? How often do we injure our lungs? Never typically! 

I began my quest with First Defense nose filters. Then moved on to two other styles over the years. Now I've moved back to my MSA Air Purifying Respirator (APR) $26.00. Soon a Power Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR)- 3M™ Versaflo™ TR-300-HIK. In this blog I'll talk a bit about all mentioned above. 

While I believe in CHOICE. We are adults which can decide what level we would like to protect ourselves or others. I do believe as employers we have a RIGHT to take steps to protect our employees. Like they say - Lead By Example. Make a smart choice before it's to late. Silica Dust is a Silent Killer. 


OSHA's Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica ......

Rule requires engineering controls to keep workers from breathing silica dust

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.
OSHA estimates that the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. The Final Rule is projected to provide net benefits of about $7.7 billion, annually.
About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries, and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to respirable crystalline silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls dust with water or a vacuum system.

Key Provisions

  • Reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.
  • Requires employers to: use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker exposure to the PEL; provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high exposure areas; develop a written exposure control plan, offer medical exams to highly exposed workers, and train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.
  • Provides medical exams to monitor highly exposed workers and gives them information about their lung health.
  • Provides flexibility to help employers — especially small businesses — protect workers from silica exposure.

Compliance Schedule

Both standards contained in the final rule take effect on June 23, 2016., after which industries have one to five years to comply with most requirements, based on the following schedule:
Construction - June 23, 2017, one year after the effective date.
General Industry and Maritime - June 23, 2018, two years after the effective date.
Hydraulic Fracturing - June 23, 2018, two years after the effective date for all provisions except Engineering Controls, which have a compliance date of June 23, 2021.

Other Great links:

• FIRST DEFENSE nose filters Rockin Walls Blog - First Defense - They work very well with filtering, they don't stick for a full day and at lunch they kind make it hard to swallow. Read more on the blog. Just think of these like sticking a band-aid on your nose. They filter very well. $9.98 set of 7 and up.

• NOSE-MASK-PIT-STOPPER, not the sexiest name. I ordered up the 14 pack. Clearly the most comfortable out of all of them. But only a 1 or 2 time use. Don't put them in your pocket. Can be purchased on Ebay/Amazon $21.99 (14 pack)

• BREATH-EZY I've been using these the MOST  over the last 2 years. They can be used more then a one time which helps save on the wallet. They take some time to get used to at first. When its cold out they sometimes will just fall out of your nose. Very easy to use and simple to store . Actually when I first bought these I ordered them up direct from Australia (quick shipping worldwide). Model # "Personal Nasal Filters" with doubly activated carbon / cellulose filters. Well worth it!! I love them. They look presentable since you don't really see them in your nose. If you decide to purchase these be sure to get the 3 size kit first to see what size you really are. 
$5.95 - 46.95

Image result for 3M™ Versaflo™ Heavy Industry PAPR Kit
TR-300-HIK - 3M Image

Now as I had mentioned before I planned to upgrade in the coming year to what I believe is the smartest and simples solution of breathing smarter on the job site. Yes you might be saying thats one heck of an investment. In this day in age you can't put a price tag on health and safety.  3M™ Versaflo™ TR-300-HIK 
Power Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR) -  is one of a few on the market of PAPR. I believe when you really think about it. WHO hasn't heard of 3M™?! So why not invest in a system which hands down is the best on the market with over all easy to operate, purchase parts, accessories and know it's backed by a leader in PPE Personal Protective Equipment. 

Hey don't worry there will not be a test on these abbreviations PAPR, PPE, PEL, OSHA, APR.....

As many of you know wearing a respirator to work has a full check list. Lets list a few: breathing hard to work the mask, safety glasses fogging up, putting everything on over respirator straps, safety glasses, ear buds for tunes (only to be used on residential jobs - not in compliance with OSHA) - or ear protection, Hat / Hard Hat. I don't know about you but I'm exhausted already by this list. BUT WAIT Theres more - hope you don't need to get a drink or talk to your client! Granted you still have to go through a few steps with a PAPR but everything is built in. Plus you can easily flip the lid if you need to speak or drink fluids. 

There are several PAPR kits offered by 3M™ - 3M™ Versaflo™ Heavy Industry PAPR Kit TR-300-HIK $1300 makes the most sense to me. Because it comes with the hard hat best suited for day to day masonry / hardscape industry. The battery life 10-12 hours.

3M Image

TR-300-LIK 3M Versaflo Light Industry PAPR Kit,  with Integrated Earmuffs $1300

TR-600-HIK 3M Versaflo Heavy Industry PAPR Kit, $2000

3M also offers some great back end video's to show you everything you need to know about your PAPR. I also found this YouTube helpful in seeing just how the unit worked.

On last thing is the use of HEPA dust collector systems. The Dewalt DWV012 10 gallon ($500.00) or 8 gallon seem to be a great system. While I'm sure one can consider buying an expensive system well over $1000 for collecting dust.  There are some simple solutions such as purchasing a HEPA filter for your shop vac $25 & up. Yes hands down I really like how the Dewalt is set up with the cord outlet to run a tool, the long hose for ease of reach, and the hose connection system to lock into many Dewalt tools or the added step down connector included. Helping attach to your desired tool.

Of course the hi-end shop vac companies frown on this tactic. I believe one more added step can't hurt if your running a grinder or cut off saw to protect your client or the neighborhood. We all know how much stone dust a Cut-Off- Saw generates. Plus you can find all kinds of dust collectors adaptors for the tool your using.  To direct the dust into the collector system. Just one more way to be smart when working.
POWERTEC Big Gulp Dust Hood $19 Home Depot

Many thanks to:

My wife Teresa Perrera who kept telling me I was snoring ( I never snore) after a long day of walling with no protection. (I could tell just how much dust I took in because I could hardly get my nose clear and had a difficult time breathing) She told me I needed to consider better protection then just the nose filters. 

Kim Coggin Certified DSWA Waller from PA for bring to light the added risks associated to our trade when shaping stones, moving stones, working around stones. Yes anything to do with stone.  

Now with the use of respirator I can get a great night of sleep more comfortable. Think about that! 

Now putting a mask on!!