White Cap Construction Supply storefront - Aurora, ColoradoA professional contractor creates sparks using a DeWalt power grinder.The White Cap Construction Supply booth at the World of Concrete 2012 event in Las Vegas, Nevada.A professional construction worker drills a hole at a worksite using a Bosch power drill.
Pictured (L to R): Paul R. Becker, Willis N. America Construction Practice Leader; Ben Bowzer, Manager Construction Systems, Gray; Captain Richard Phillips; Robert Moore, West Region President, Gray; Paul W. Diederich, AGC President 2013
HD Supply White Cap would like to congratulate Lexington Kentucky’s Gray Construction on being named the Grand Award Winner for Construction Safety Excellence by the Associated General Contractors of America and the Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards.
These award winners are selected by a panel of five independent safety professionals within the government, corporate and insurance industries based on the size of the company, amount of work performed and the type of work performed.
HD Supply White Cap is committed to improving the safety of professional jobsites all over the country and we are proud to recognize the efforts of Gray construction to implement and encourage exceptional safety practices on their projects. We would also like to congratulate all of the other Safety Excellence Award winners named to this year’s list for their hard work as well. Great job, guys!
You probably have a smartphone; most people do these days. So lately, we’ve been thinking of how our customers could use HD Supply White Cap in the way that makes the most sense: on a mobile device.
And the first thing we did was make WhiteCap.com formatted to work on your smartphone. If you’ve ever had trouble reading a website on your phone, you know it can be a frustrating experience. Well, now you can use WhiteCap.com without having to re-size all of our pages on your phone’s screen or having to type what you’re looking for into a tiny, tiny browser. But we didn’t stop there.
The next thing we did was create a mobile app that made using HD Supply White Cap even easier! We gave our mobile app:
an Easy Shop/Order section to get what you need from anywhere as soon as you need it
a Concrete Calculator to quickly calculate your most common concrete needs
a Locations tool to find the store closest to you wherever you are
And to top it all off, we added the revolutionary new SpeedBuild ordering system, which will make ordering your most commonly purchased items easier and more efficient than ever before! Check it out with your account manager if you want to see the future of ordering professional construction supplies, today!
We talk to our customers all the time and we’re always looking for ways to make their jobs better. Now we’ve made it so easy to use WhiteCap.com, you can use it on your smartphone. Check out our mobile site and download our app today to see how easy it is to use. If you like our app, please take a moment to give us a good rating! And if you don’t, let us know what we can do to make it better!
White Cap is proud to announce the addition of Oliver Boots to WhiteCap.com’s product selection! This is an online exclusive and is only available for a limited time so hurry over to WhiteCap.com and check them out!
Oliver Safety Footwear was started in the mid 1800′s by James Oliver who began making boots to perform under extreme conditions for Australian miners and farmers. Today, Oliver utilizes cutting edge technology to engineer and design boots for the toughest jobs that still deliver unmatched comfort, performance and durability. Now part of Honeywell Safety Products, Oliver Safety Footwear features a full line of safety footwear, as well as specialized protection for oil and gas, mining and heavy-metal fabrication workers. Ergonomically engineered for superior comfort, protection and style, our boots help you get the job done, every day, while remaining safe and comfortable. That’s what comes with over a century of expertise and a strong heritage of craftsmanship.
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Before you get started, ask yourself these questions:
What materials are you cutting?
Correctly identifying the type of material you are cutting is the most important factor in choosing a saw blade. It directly affects cutting performance and life of the blade.
For framing and concrete forming cuts, use a blade with durable carbide and tooth brazing. A demolition framing blade is the best choice for either application.
For rip cuts, use a saw blade with fewer teeth to reduce feed resistance; a ripping saw blade typically has 24 teeth on a 10” blade.
For cross cuts, use a saw blade with a higher tooth count and hi-Alternate-Top-Bevel (Hi-ATB) tooth geometry to cleanly slice the wood grain. A general purpose blade with 40 teeth will suffice, but a higher tooth count blade produces smooth miter cuts. A cross cut blade typically has 60 to 80 teeth on a 10” blade, and 80 to 100 teeth on a 12” blade. On a Hi-ATB tooth geometry saw blade, the tops of the teeth are 25 degrees or higher. For ultimate finish cross-cuts, use a saw blade with an alternate face grind – which is a bevel grind on the face of each tooth for even cleaner, faster cuts.
For cutting non-ferrous metals, as well as for man-made materials such as melamine and laminates, use a saw blade with a triple-chip-grind (TCG) tooth design. Use specific blades with custom blended carbide to get the longest life and best cuts in these materials.
Cutting composite decking and cellular PVC with traditional saw blades tends to melt and leave swirl marks on finished edges; use specialty blades with a Modified Triple Chip Tooth Grind (MTCG) tooth geometry and metal-based, non-stick blade coatings to reduce blade heat and produce melt-free cuts.
Abrasive man-made building materials such as fiber cement tend to burn through blades and produce large amounts of air-born dust particles. Use only a specialty saw blade with Polycrystalline Diamond (PCD) tipped teeth for longest life. You should also use only TCG tooth design saw blades to reduce the amount of airborne dust by up to 50%.
Carbide tipped saw blades specifically designed for cutting ferrous metals produce faster, cleaner cuts in mild steel materials with up to ¼” wall thickness. The teeth have Triple Chip Grind (TCG) geometry to cut through metal rather than melt through it like standard abrasive wheels. Be sure to use larger diameter ferrous metal saw blades on dedicated slow speed saws as specified on the saw blade package.
What type of saw are you using?
What is the real price of a saw blade?
Is it the initial price of the blade, or the cost per cut, that is more important?
A low price blade typically dulls fast, produces a cut that requires more rework time, and requires more blade changes – which are real and high costs for professional contractors.
Using an application specific saw blade that lasts longer and produces a ready to use edge gives you more cuts for your buck! Less rework, fewer saw blades, and fewer saw blade changes can make enough difference that the higher value saw blade pays for itself in a single work day.
Five characteristics of premium “more cut for your buck” saw blades:
The carbide tips on a saw blade do the work of your power tool – which is why the carbide tips are the most important part on any saw blade. Premium saw blades are made with custom blends of carbide that resist the impact or abrasive action of cutting through specific materials. Using specialty blades with custom carbide gives you the longest cutter life and best cut quality.
Hard-core, laser-cut steel blade bodies with stabilizer vents reduce chatter and noise; the blade cuts straight and true, draws less power, and produces a better quality cut.
Tri-metal brazing between the carbide tips and the steel blade body includes a layer of copper that acts like a shock absorber to reduce the chance of teeth coming off the blade in hard-use applications.
Metal-based coatings on the saw blade body reduce friction and resist pitch build-up; the result is less heat build-up and less pitch build-up. Because the coating is metal-based, it lasts longer than paint.
Specialty tooth geometries designed for cutting specific materials produce the best cuts and longest cutting life.
Looking for these five characteristics and application specific designs on each of your saw blade selections will help you reduce rework, gain longer cutter life, enhance the performance of your power tools, and give you more cuts for your buck on each saw blade purchase.
We hope this article has been helpful. If you still have questions, feel free to contact a White Cap product specialist by calling 800-944-8322 or by visiting one of our locations www.whitecap.com/locations.
Sometimes the best made plans go awry. That’s when Jamie Clippinger’s product knowledge and experience really becomes a valuable resource for his customers. Ask the contractor who was using the Westcoat waterproofing materials for wooden decks. As Jamie explains, “The process includes a concrete bag product mixed with an acrylic additive, and can be finished off and sealed with a high-quality concrete paint. My customer who had purchased the system came back to the store in a panic because his concrete was taking a long time to dry. Turns out he had accidentally mixed the paint with his concrete instead of the acrylic additive – no wonder it wasn’t drying!” Scooping it all up and starting all over was not an option.
Jamie quickly did some product research and came up with the solution. By brooming the acrylic additive into the concrete, the contractor was able to avert a potential disaster. As Jamie says, “It’s a wonderful White Cap day when we learn something new to help our customers.”
White Cap employs The Most Knowledgeable Pros in construction supply. At White Cap you’ll find great employees. When we asked our customers what the most important decision in choosing their construction supply company was, they overwhelmingly said “knowledgeable employees”!
Has a White Cap associate helped you solve a problem or challenge? We’d like to hear about it. Please post a comment and tell us about it, and stop by your local White Cap branch today or call 800-944-8322 for friendly, knowledgeable help.
March 3-9 was national Women in Construction week. As the name implies, it is a week to celebrate and promote the growth of women in the construction industry, currently around 9% of construction workers are Women.
In 2009, congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The $831 billion federal stimulus bill included $27.5 billion for transportation to fund the rebuilding of America’s roads and bridges. This reinvestment in infrastructure, coupled with a rebounding economy has bolstered construction projects all over the country, and created opportunities and career paths for many Women in the construction industry.
Women are gravitating toward jobs in construction because they are generally higher paying and offer longer term stability and opportunities for advancement.
White Cap Construction Supply, as well as many other companies and organizations across the country count women as a strong and vital component of our workforce. We are very fortunate to have high numbers of Women in our ranks, many of them performing specialist roles. Cindy Dow, is an Erosion Control Specialist who has been with White Cap for 9 years. She is certified by the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission (GSWCC) and holds a Red Card (1B Certified Inspector) with the ability to inspect land disturbance areas for compliance with state erosion and sedimentation laws.
Nicole Faborito has been with White Cap for just over 5 years and is well-versed in every aspect of our branch operations. Nicole is also an expert in Simpson Strong-Tie hardware. Because the continuous load path transfer system has become an industry standard, Nicole has been instrumental in the submittals for large orders of Simpson’s structural connectors. Contractors benefit from Nicole’s knowledge of Simpson Strong-Tie products.
The construction industry offers many opportunities for women to become welders, laborers, heavy equipment operators, engineers, foremen, managers, and many other professions.
Even though National Women in Construction week just ended, all of March is Women’s History Month, celebrating the achievements of Women in every industry. Are you a Woman working in the construction industry? We would love to hear your story, how you got involved in the industry, post a comment to this article and tell us what you do, and anything else you would like us to know about being a Woman working in contruction.
Be sure to watch this great video from Go Build Alabama showcasing some of the skilled women that have already taken the construction industry in Alabama by the horns.
Multiplaz CEO Patricia Hansen and White Cap’s Director of Tools and Accessories, Andrew Denerson, sat down with Andrew Mann during the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas to discuss the features of the revolutionary Multiplaz 3500 welding and cutting system.
What makes the Multiplaz 3500 system unique is the patented technology it uses to cut and weld by use of a water-alcohol solution instead of shielding gas. Multiplaz is the only company worldwide that holds a patent on the technique of welding with a water-alcohol mixture, and the only company that has perfected the process in a commercial product. As Multiplaz CEO Patricia Hansen explained, the Multiplaz 3500 makes it extremely convenient for contractors who need to cut or weld in confined spaces, outdoors or indoors, and who might not have access to standard welding equipment. Check out the video below for more information on how this amazing product works.
Space Age Innovations Delivered to Construction Job Sites
The origins of electric welding came out of the Russian space program. Electrical welding was first performed in space by Svetlana Savitskaya and Vladimir Dzhanibekov in 1982 during the Soyuz T-5 mission to the Salyut-7 space station. They spent 3.5 hours in space cutting and welding pieces of metal. As Patricia Hansen explained during World of Concrete, the Russian space program had a very dynamic physicist working for them named Boris Paton who helped to develop the system.
But the technology took a quantum leap into the commercial fore when Multiplaz developed the 3500. It can weld, solder, braze, harden, and cleanse metals including steel, aluminum, copper, cast iron, bronze and other metals. It utilizes tap water for heating materials by turning the water into plasma 14400°F (8000°C).
White Cap is extremely happy to be partnering with Multiplaz distributing state-of-the-art technology to the professional contractor market. Visit our online store to take a closer look at the Multiplaz 3500 or contact your nearest White Cap Construction Supply location to speak with one of our product specialists.
Hearing loss is the most common sensory disability globally, so in an effort to combat the problem, the World Health Organization deemed March 3rd International Ear Care Day. According to the World Health Organization, more than 360 million people world-wide have disabling hearing loss. Ear infections are the leading cause, but exposure to hazardous noise in the workplace is also a major factor. In the US, approximately 30 million people are exposed to hazardous noise in the workplace. Noise related hearing loss has been listed as one of the most prevalent occupational health concerns for more than 25 years but there are ways of conserving hearing and lowering noise levels at work.
In our industry in particular, we can take preventive measures to care for our ears by wearing good ear protection, and as a person who suffers from hearing loss I can personally attest to the importance of wearing ear protection and avoiding a lifetime of frustration.
1) Engineering controls: Modify or replace equipment or make “related physical changes at the noise source or along the transmission path to reduce the noise level at the worker’s ear.”
Examples of engineering controls include some of the following:
Choose low-noise tools and machinery (e.g., Buy Quiet Roadmap (NASA))
Maintain and lubricate machinery and equipment (e.g., oil bearings)
Place a barrier between the noise source and employee (e.g., sound walls or curtains)
Enclose or isolate the noise source
2) Administrative Controls: Changes in the workplace that reduce or eliminate the worker exposure to noise such as:
Operating noisy machines during shifts when fewer people are exposed
Limiting the amount of time a person spends at a noise source
Providing quiet areas where workers can gain relief from hazardous noise sources (e.g., construct a sound proof room where workers’ hearing can recover – depending upon their individual noise level and duration of exposure, and time spent in the quiet area)
Restricting worker presence to a suitable distance away from noisy equipment
3) Hearing Protection Devices (HPD): This includes devices such as earmuffs and ear plugs.
OSHA also recommends implementing an effective hearing conservation program. “This program strives to prevent initial occupational hearing loss, preserve and protect remaining hearing, and equip workers with the knowledge and hearing protection devices necessary to protect them.”