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Archive for September, 2015

Certified Insulation Energy Appraisers

On August 18 and 19, 2015, Gribbins Insulation hosted an Insulation Energy Appraisal Program (IEAP) training course at its headquarters in Evansville, Indiana, for the benefit of the Gribbins estimating team.  The 2-day accredited IEAP course teaches students how to review mechanical system specifics and use the latest 3E Plus software to determine the optimal insulation thickness and corresponding energy and dollar savings for a project.  After passing the exam, the following Gribbins estimators can now boast of their status as Certified Insulation Energy Appraisers:IEAP2

  • Adam Brown
  • Richard Daugherty
  • Billy Everette
  • Jake Gribbins
  • Ryan Henderson
  • Joel Smith
  • JD Smothers
  • Ed Williams

Brian Willett, Mark Gribbins, and Kyle Forrester earned their certifications in previous years.

As certified appraisers, these Gribbins estimators can offer our clients certified insulation energy appraisals to determine possible insulation improvements and their value.  More information is available here.

The Energy Appraisal Process:
1. An energy appraisal first involves an onsite facility walk-through.  The appraiser will gather data on the insulated and uninsulated piping, ductwork, and equipment. The customer can determine the extent of the audit – the entire facility or maybe just the boiler room.

2. Back at the office, the analysis process begins. Using 3e Plus software, the appraiser will determine actual Btu losses and greenhouse gas emission levels for each system and piece of equipment.IEAP3

3. An extensive final report will provide recommendations based on the results, as well as potential cost savings through effective mechanical insulation. The report will provide exact payback times and return on investment (ROI) for each system.

4. The most important step is taking advantage of the potential cost and energy savings, and moving forward with the installation of the insulation.

Powder Actuated Tools

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Powder actuated tools are a valuable tool, but can be a very dangerous tool if not handled properly.  The following are a list of safety procedures while handling or use powder actuated tools:

¨     No employee shall operate a powder actuated tool unless they have been trained and certified on operating each specific tool.

¨     Tools shall be tested each day before loading in accordance with the manufacture’s recommendations to insure all safety devices are working properly.  If the tool is found to be defective it shall be immediately removed from service and not returned until properly repaired.

¨     Do not load tools until just prior to the intended firing time.

¨     Never point loaded or unloaded tools at other individuals.

¨     Do not place hands near or over the open barrel end.

¨     Appropriated PPE including safety glasses and hard hat must be worn at all times.

¨     Never leave loaded tools unattended.

¨     Never drive fasteners into very hard or brittle materials such as: cast iron, glazed tile, glass block, hollow tile, etc.

¨     Never drive into easily penetrated materials unless the material is backed by a substance that will prevent the pin or fastener from passing completely through it, creating a flying missile hazard on the other side.

¨     Fasteners shall not be driven into a spalled area caused by and unsatisfactory fastening.

¨     Never use powder actuated tools in an explosive or flammable atmosphere.

¨     Before each use check the tool to insure that all manufacturer’s recommended shields, guards, and attachments are in place.

¨     Always handle the tool as if it were loaded.  Before starting work, check that the tool is unloaded and the muzzle is clear.  Never load a tool unless it is going to be used.

¨     Always clear the work area on all sides and post appropriate warning signs on the job.

¨     Never place your hand over the muzzle.  Accidental discharge can cause serious injury.

¨     Never place your finger on the trigger until the tool’s muzzle is against the work surface.

¨     Always store unloaded powder actuated tool and power loads in a locked container.  Keep power loads of different power levels in separate containers.

¨     Never carry or pass a loaded powder actuated tool.  Never point a powder actuated tool at anyone.

¨     If the tool is dropped, inspect for damage and repair it before continuing work.  Never use a damaged tool.

¨     Always take precautions to maintain your balance while operating a powder actuated tool.

¨     Always hold tool perpendicular to work surface.

¨     Should the tool fail to fire, hold the muzzle firmly against the work surface for 30 seconds.  Release the trigger and remove pressure on the tool while holding the muzzle against the work surface.  Again press the tool firmly against the work surface and pull the trigger.  If the tool still fails to fire, hold firmly against the work surface for another 30 seconds before unloading and carefully discarding the misfired load into water or oil.


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