Archive for June, 2010

The World of Commdeck

June 21, 2010

How many satellite dishes are installed by the satellite installers by just lag bolting the dish into the customer’s roof?  How many customers are aware that that simple act, has potentially voided their roof warranty?

I can just see it now.  When the homeowner calls his roofer and complains that his roof is leaking and the answer is “well, you have lag bolts into the roof and according to the roofing manufacturer’s policy, there is no warranty”.

And, when you terminate your satellite service and they pick up the dish, they usually leave the base plate lagged into the roof, making an unsightly addition.

There is a simple solution.  Developed about seven years ago, Commdeck is installed by your roofer.  On a new roof, it is designed to be installed just like a vent, flashed into the field.  If you have an existing roof, it can be installed by any roofer who is competent on doing installations to assure it will be waterproof.  You can install a Commdeck now for future dish installation.  With the waterproof lid, the end cable can be stored until you are ready to install your dish.  Another benefit is the absence of those unsightly cables running down your roof or siding or wall.

The Commdeck idea comes in a couple of different styles and then there are the colors.  The basic new installation unit comes in three colors:  black, brown and weathered wood.  It comes with a hardware pack for installation.  This is used when you are having a new roof installed.

There is the Retrodeck.  This is used when you are mounting a dish to your existing roof.  This is installed under the existing roof.  This is available in black.  The Retrodeck does not have a waterproof cover, but is flashed under the shingles with the cable going through the roof deck and then waterproofed.  You then mount the dish to the exposed plate.

And last but not least is the Commtile.  This model has a six inch collar to raise the top above the tile and a 30″ x 30″ aluminum flashing that conforms to different styles for installation under the tile.  This unit comes in black.

In those instances where you have or are installing a heavier or larger dish, there are strut mounts available.

If you want your Commdeck to match the color of your roof, there is the Roofmaster line of Flashing Paint that has sixteen colors to match the majority of roofing material manufacturers.

Roofmaster is the Master Roofing Distributor for the Commdeck system.  These units are stocked in all Roofmaster warehouse locations for immediate deliver.

WRE 2010 in Las Vegas

June 15, 2010

Come see us June 21-22 at Island J of the Paris Convention Center for the 2010 Western Roofing Expo!

See the new Leister Varimat V2 in action!  The new Kohler 9.5HP Roof Saw!  Fall protection and roof safety!  U.Seal!  And some of our more competitively priced items to help contractors everyday!

Competent Person – What is it, why do we need it?

June 11, 2010

Did you know that every job when using fall protection requires the use of a competent person?

What is a competent fall protection person according to ANSI and OSHA?

According to ANSI Z359.0-2007, a competent person is defined as:
“An individual designated by the employer to be responsible for the immediate supervision, implementation, and monitoring of the employers managed fall protection program who, through training and knowledge, is capable of identifying, evaluating, and addressing existing and potential fall hazards, and who has the employers authority to take prompt corrective action with regard to such hazards.”

According to OSHA, a competent person is defined as:
“One who is capable of identifying existing and predictable conditions in the surrounding areas and work areas which are unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous and who has the authorization to take prompt corrective action.”

Notice that both ANSI and OSHA stipulate that the competent person be capable of recognizing hazards and have authority to stop work when needed. Those two elements are key requirements in the role of the competent person. Also, the competent person must be deemed so by their employer and there are no training classes or schools that can deem a worker competent.

Why do you need a competent person for your fall protection plan?
There are several areas in the ANSI and OSHA rules where the need for a competent person pops up. First, would be the initial inspection and assessment of jobsite hazards. According to both OSHA and ANSI that means having a competent person do this work and provide feedback on predictable hazards. Without personal work experience and training the employee may not recognize fall hazards such as open holes, unprotected edges, and fall clearance issues, etc.

Inspections- Competent people needed!
Second, the competent person is mentioned frequently regarding inspection of product. Per ANSI A10, your fall protection must be inspected at least every six months by a competent person and OSHA requires that all fall protection be inspected by a person who is trained by a competent person. In addition, many manufactures stipulate that fall protection devices are inspected by competent persons and documented.

What does all of this mean?
Clearly there is a lot to review and dissect regarding competent persons and their role in your particular fall protection program. We are here to help! We can help you set up competent person training around the country

(Reposted with permission from Jasson Farrier)

Not all Generators are created equal!

June 3, 2010
With the new Leister Varimat V2‘s now in stock, we should look at some of the critical pieces of equipment necessary to run your Varimat V2.  What you do next could affect how much performance you receive out of your new Leister welder.  Do you have the right generator?  Many generators look alike, but they’re not all the same!  Some questions to ask when looking for a generator:
  1. Does it have enough continuous wattage?
  2. Do they have a Power Saver switch?  If not, it may not be an automatic power saver
  3. Does it have an L6-30A outlet for the Varimat?
  4. Does it have an 50-60 amp outlet for the Spider Box?
  5. What engine does it have?  Do you have a local factory trained service center?
  6. Will it run 8 hours a day, 5 days a week?
  7. Do you have the right extension cord and plug?
These are all questions you should ask before buying a generator to run your Leister hot air welders.  Roofmaster stocks and services the Winco brand generators, available as 12kW with a 20HP Honda engine and an 18kW with a 31HP Briggs & Stratton engine.  Roofmaster also has the distinct advantage of being able to offer their flat proof Non-Flat Lite tires on their generators (also available individually as replacements).
  • You see generators in the big box stores advertised for $2000.  Those are great…for running a couple hand guns.  The Varimat V2 requires 4600 watts with 230 Volts.  Some of these generators may meet these requirements with their peak output, but the internal components of the Varimat can be damaged and will shutdown if continuous wattage and voltage requirements aren’t met.
  • Does it have a Power Saver switch?  If it does, you’ll want to turn the Power Saver switch off, so you won’t experience a fluctuation in voltage.  If your generator doesn’t have a Power Saver switch, it will most likely run in a power saving scenario.  The Power Saver switch fluctuates the engine speed according to voltage/amp draw.  With most equipment this saves fuel, but with a Varimat this fluctuation is hard on the electronic boards.
  • Does it have the right outlets?  The money you “save” on a bargain generator may be offset by expensive cord conversions and adapters.  And your equipment may not run properly if not using the correct plugs/sockets.
  • What kind of engine is on the generator?  Will it run all day?  Is there a local factory service facility to get your generator back up and running if you encounter any problems?  Roofmaster is Honda factory trained, so we can handle any problems on the Winco generators.
In addition to generators, Roofmaster carries all the necessary extension cords, plugs, sockets, and Portable Power Centers (Spider Boxes) to help you get the most out of your Leister equipment.

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