Sunday, December 18, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016
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!
Rule requires engineering controls to keep workers from breathing silica dust
- 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.
Other Great links: http://www.oshainfo.gatech.edu/silicosis.html
For those who are working with around dust all day this is most likely a wise choice. Yes you might be saying that's 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.
• TR-300-LIK 3M Versaflo Light Industry PAPR Kit, with Integrated Earmuffs $1300
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) I (1/2018 Update- I now own one of these and love it!) 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.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Video: How To - Wedge and Feathers / Shims - PA Blue Stone Slabs Into Step
Tool - Drill, Wedge & Shims
Tool - Small Stone Rollers
How To - Set Large Steps /Cap Stones W/Magic Wedges
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Quick reminder the last workshop for this season will be held OCT 29-30 Still Time to Sign Up.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Brian Post Excitative Director (www.TheStoneTrust.org) shows what can be found inside the barn on the Scott Farm located in Dummerston Vermont. Brain also goes over the what is expected when your planning to take a test for your DSWA (Dry Stone Walling Associations UK) level 1 or 2.
For years I've trained and tested @ The Stone Trust. The Scott Farm is such a beautiful place to be. Easy lodging on site or down in town. May 2016 I was asked to come and teach with many other incredible DSWA examiners / instructors. I such a good time. What I really love the most about the team of certified DSWA members/instructors/examiners is the TRUE desire to share the craft. Teach, train and test - a life skill which others cold consider a direct threat to there own trade. Not with these certified wallers men and women - sharing there passion which we have all learned to someone else. This can be best put was a trades family. A wiliness to share the love for what we do day to day. To often I witness personally in the trades the ignorance to keep everything to one self. A fear generated because you could take business away from someone else. I was taught early on that there is plenty of pie for everyone. Those who don't want to share are the ones who miss out in life. To bad for them!
I'll post some photos in the coming month of the May 2016 events.While I was up there I asked Brian (Professional DSWA Certified Waller/Instructor/ VT Certified Landscape Architect) if he would be ok being filmed. He had said they've wanted to film something but just didn't got around to it. While I have no plans to trade my trade for a new career in film. I do love the opportunities others have given so I may share with the world professionals in the trade of dry laid stone construction. Thank you all!!!
Monday, August 15, 2016
I'm always thinking of NEW MIXES of First Ever workshops to be taught in the USA. I believe in offering interested wallers workshops which fit their desired needs for their personal projects. The 2 day workshop line up will have dates coming shortly for end of September and October 2016.
2 Day - October 29-30
• Day 1: Fundamentals: Building Wall Frames, Intro "Try before you buy" - Tools, Build Foundation.
• Day 2: Short Dry Laid Stone Freestanding Wall with formal Flat Caps - PA Blue Stone
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
4 - openings remaining
WOMEN'S WORKSHOP by Kim Coggin assisted by Mark Jurus as needed.
NEIL RIPPINGALE WORKSHOPS
1-ADVANCED MID WEEK
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Send me an email to Mark@RockinWalls.com
Friday, August 12, 2016
Understanding Proper Dry Laid Stone Techniques - Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site PA - HPTC https://www.facebook.com/HPTC-Learning-and-Development-239260419529/
Rebuild of east headrace sections 3' +/- H dry laid stone retaining wall most likely built in 1771 to supply the water to the water wheel to run the furnace. The wall was then rebuilt in 1939 by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and then again in 1984 NPS Williamsport Preservation Training Center of Williamsport, MD. Documentation of the project can be found in the park’s central file H3015, and in the archives
accessioned as HOFU- 936. Black- and- white photographs documenting the deteriorated condition of the wall in 1983, and its reconstruction in 1984.
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in southeastern Berks County, near Elverson, Pennsylvania, is an example of an American 19th century rural "iron plantation"....Wikipedia
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Local Cockeysville marble and Preatyboy Shist Landscape Boulders. Starting at $15.00 - $25.00.
Bulk or Palleted also available starting at 100.00 and up.
White Limestone Cockeysville Marble historic barn foundation stone.
Preatyboy shist barn foundation stone
Local bulk hauling available.