Capital Safety and Python Safety Inc. Team Up to Redefine Fall Protection

Capital Safety / Python Safety

Capital Safety has been the global leader in fall protection for quite some time now, they have been keeping workers safe and secure in some of the most extreme working environments. Even with the best Harnesses, SRLs, and Lanyards available workers around the world still can fall prey to one of the biggest dangers on the jobsite today, falling tools and equipment. To help combat this danger, Capital Safety has recently acquired Python Safety Inc., the leading provider of dropped object prevention solutions for tools and equipment. Together their goal is to bring home all workers safely and to expand the definition of fall protection to include tools and equipment.

Here at Tanner we carry vast amount of both Capital Safety and Python Safety Inc. products, they can all be quickly accessed in our Fall Protection and Tool Drop Prevention departments.

Quick Glance at Python Safety products found here at Tanner

Quick Rings: Python Safety Quick Rings are an economical solution for making tools tether-ready quickly.

  • Use when there are pre-drilled holes in a tool or when a Quick Ring can be fitted around a tool without it sliding off.
  • Use only with tools that weigh less than 2 lbs.
Quick Spins: Python Safety Quick Spins make tools tether-ready in seconds. Quick Spins are available in many sizes to accommodate a wide selection of tools. Reusable, suitable for non-conductive use, and a tangle-resistant spin top make Quick Spins an outstanding drop prevention solution that doesn’t deface tools.
  • Use on tools where the Quick Spin will fit tightly on a handle.
  • Use only on tools that weigh less than 1 lb.
D-Rings and Quick Wrap Tape: D-Rings are used along with Quick Wrap Tape to create attachment points for a huge collection of tools. D-Rings come in a wide variety of sizes, and are each third-party load-rated.
  • Use on tools that weigh up to 5 lbs. or 2 lbs. – depends on the D-Ring.
  • Use when Quick Rings or Quick Spins won’t work.
  • Heat Shrink can be used to protect Quick Wrap tape and D-Rings.
Heat Shrink: After using Python Safety Quick Wrap Tape and D-Rings to create an attachment point, Heat Shrink is used to create an even stronger connection that is more resistant to abrasives and harsh environments.
  • Links shrink 300% in size, while an inner adhesive securely fastens itself to whatever is being wrapped.
  • Available in several sizes, and varying lengths.
Tool Cinch Attachments: Tool Cinch Attachments from Python Safety can create an attachment point on virtually any tool up to 80lbs.
  • Use on tools that weigh up to 35 lbs. or 80 lbs. – depend on the Tool Cinch.
  • Tool Cinch Attachments come with or without stabilizer wings to accommodate nearly any tool.
Tool Lanyards & Tethers: Python Safety Tool Lanyards and Tethers are exclusively designed for tool use only and they are third party tested to ensure maximum safety. Tool Lanyards and Tethers have been designed and tested to work well with all Python Attachment Points.
  • Come in a variety of style and sizes.
  • Never attach a tool weighing more than 5 lbs. to a person working at heights. May increase the danger of being pulled over the edge if a drop occurs.
  • Never exceed the load rating of a Tether or Attachment Point.

 

Champion’s Brand New Carbide Tipped Stack Cutting Annular Cutters

Champion has just come out with a brand new line of Carbide Tipped Stack Cutting Annular Cutters. Unlike typical annular cutters, these stack cutters are engineered to drill through multiple layers of material at a time. Stack cutters allow you to cut large diameter holes in structural steel beams and plate. They can be used in conjunction with Champion Magnetic Drill Presses to easily drill through multiple layers at once. The stack cutting annular cutters are designed so you can drill through multiple layers of material without having to stop to remove each center plug. The plugs will build up inside the cutter and be ejected out once the final layer is drilled through. This feature can save you valuable time when your job involves drilling multiple holes.

Champion’s Carbide Tipped Stack Cutting Annular Cutters are designed with a special tooth geometry which enables you to smoothly drill through multiple plates at once, where typical non-modified cutters cannot. They are manufactured with a special inner diameter grind (ID), this allows them to cut cylindrical slugs without leaving the traditional “top hat brim”. This enables multiple slugs to build up inside the cutter, which are cleanly ejected when the final plate is drilled.

CT150STK - Sizes AvailableChampion Carbide Tipped Stack Cutters

1-3/8″ Depth of Cut

 

CT200STK – Sizes AvailableChampion Carbide Tipped Stack Cutters

2″ Depth of Cut

 

 

DynaFlex SC – The Best Choice When Looking for a Tough, Durable, and Flexible Security Sealant

DynaFlex SC

After a brutal winter many public buildings and facilities need repairs to fix all the broken joints and sharp edges. Avoid possible lawsuits, vandalism, and further damage by immediately fixing the problem areas with DynaFlex SC. DynaFlex SC is a unique one part, non-sag, tamper resistant elastomeric STPU (silyl-terminated polyurethane) joint sealant. DynaFlex SC may be more expensive than typical sealants, but these other sealants are far less rugged and durable. When using DynaFlex SC you’ll be repairing less and protected from tampering and/or acts of vandalism.

DynaFlex SC

DynaFlex SC Attributes:

  • One part, non-sag, tamper resistant elastomeric STPU joint sealant
  • Many of the strengths of a two-component security sealant
  • User friendly, ease of application properties of an one-component sealant
  • Achieves high tensile and tear strengths
  • Abrasion resistance and an average ultimate hardness of at least 55
  • Can withstand 25% total joint movement

Dynaflex SC is a tamper-resistant security sealant. It can be used for interior expansion and control joints, window and door perimeter joints, protrusions and penetrations, vents, around fixtures, and in other interior joints or openings of any kind requiring a sealant. Dynaflex SC can be used on masonry to masonry, masonry to metal, or metal to metal. It also has great adhesion to polycarbonate sheet for interior security glazing.

DynaFlex SC Physical Properties

Installation:

Surface Preparation:

Proper joint preparation is extremely critical when using DynaFlex SC. All surfaces must be clean, dry, and free from all foreign matter and contaminants. This includes curing compounds, form-release agents, and other coatings. Old caulking materials should be completely removed with tool and/or other abrasives. When working with metal, all surfaces must be free of rust, corrosion, and protective coatings.

Priming:

Security caulking requires exceptional adhesion, particularly in containment areas like inmate cells and similar structures. P-75 primer should be used on porous substrates to obtain a superior adhesion. When working with steel, aluminum, polycarbonate, and glass P-120 primer should be used. When applying DynaFlex SC over block that has been sealed with a block filler, priming may still be necessary.

Application:

Before application, joints should be masked to ensure a clean appearance. DynaFlex SC should be applied in a continuous fashion using standard caulking equipment. Be sure to fill the joint completely. If tooling is necessary, be sure to do it immediately to assure a full adhesion.

Finishing:

It is important to immediately remove all excess sealants and smears with mineral spirits. If DynaFlex SC has already cured, remove it by scraping with a tool or an abrasive. If painting is necessary to match color, the best choice would be a high quality latex paint. A good oil based paint will also be acceptable.

Maintenance:

If the sealant is damaged and the bond is still intact, cut out the damaged area, prime, and recaulk. If the bond has been compromised, completely remove the sealant, clean / prepare the joint, prime, and recaulk.

Check out Champion’s Carbide Tipped Hole Cutters In Action!

More Holes, Cleaner Holes, Pull Out Quicker and Safer, Lower Cost Per Hole

Champion’s Carbide Tipped Hole Cutters are made with ultra-hard tungsten carbide teeth and each component has been specially developed to perform well during each and every cut. The ejector spring in each hole cutter is designed to automatically eject the slug to save time while drilling multiple holes. A built in safety feature on each hole cutter is the safety collar stop, this prevents over penetration for safer and faster operation. As an added bonus there is no added cutting oil cost or clean up required. Champions Carbide Tipped Hole Cutters are a great cost effective alternative to bi-metal holesaws.

 

 

 

CT3 Carbide Tipped Hole CuttersCT3 Carbide Tipped Hole Cutter

  • Perfect for battery powered drills – more holes per charge
  • Quick change hex shank allows for fast and easy chucking with the Quick Change Driver
  • Can also be used on regular chucks
  • When cutting through 1mm – ± 1/16″ Stainless Steel
    • Pilot drill time – 5 seconds
    • Hole cutter time – 17 seconds
    • Pullout / transfer time – 2 seconds

For cutting stainless steel, sheet metal and tubing up to 1/8” with fast, clean cuts every time

Perfect for use in battery powered drills because they cut quickly and use very little power

 

 

CT5 Carbide Tipped Hole CuttersCT5 Carbide Tipped Hole Cutter

  • When cutting through 2mm – 1/16″ Stainless Steel
    • Pilot Drill time – 6 seconds
    • Hole Cutter time – 14 seconds
    • Pullout / Transfer time – 2 seconds

For cutting steel plate, iron, aluminum, copper, cast iron, stainless steel, FRP (i.e fiberglass) and plastics up to 3/16” thick

Perfect portable tool for the professional electrician, plumber, mechanic and contractor

 

 

 

CT7 Carbide Tipped Hole CuttersCT7 Carbide Tipped Hole Cutter

  • 3 edged cutters – for smoother / faster cutting (outside, center, inside)
  • Multi functional – for cutting thick steel up to 25mm – 1″ thick, Stainless Steel, piping and other materials
  • When cutting through 10 mm – 3/8″ ASTM-A283 Carbon Steel
    • Pilot Drill time – 4 seconds
    • Hole Cutter time – 14 seconds
    • Pullout / Transfer time – 2 seconds

For cutting steel plate, iron, aluminum, copper, cast iron, stainless steel, FRP (i.e fiberglass) and plastics up to 1” thick

Perfect portable tool for the professional electrician, plumber, mechanic and contractor

OSHA Quick Card for Protecting Workers from Cold Stress

OSHA Quick Card for Protecting Workers from Cold Stress

Stay Informed and Help Prevent these Common Winter Safety Hazards on the Jobsite

The winter months bring frigid cold, snowy weather, and dangerous ice. All of these factors can make working on a construction project and other outside jobsites a dangerous place. We all know the inherent dangers of slips and falls, but there are many more factors and hazards to consider while working in these extreme conditions. The best way to avoid these dangers is to brush up on your knowledge of winter hazards and to take the correct safety precautions while on the jobsite. In the following article we will talk about common dangers and safety hazards you may encounter on the jobsite, as well as precautions and steps to take to keep you and your fellow worker safe this winter.

Cold Weather Gloves and Headwear

One of the most common dangers associated with winter and cold is frostbite. Frostbite is far more dangerous than most people understand, it can lead to permanent skin damage and even the loss of limbs and appendages in extreme conditions. Frostbite is the destruction of tissue caused by exposure to extreme cold, humidity and wind are also two key factors in the probability of developing frostbite. The first signs of frostbite are small patches of white on the skin where the underlying moisture has already began to freeze. To prevent further damage, you need to move to a warmer area and allow the damaged skin to gradually return to its normal temperature. It is crucial that you do not rub frostbitten skin, put a hot compress on the affected area, or run warm water on it, this can actually worsen the damage. If at any point you can no longer feel your finger or toes, you need to seek immediate medical attention. Covering exposed skin and dressing in layers is the best way to avoid becoming frostbitten.

Ice Traction Soles, Thermal Bib, and Thermal Insoles

Another danger that is prevalent on jobsites during the winter time are icy work surfaces. Just like how bridges freeze quicker than the roads leading up to them, scaffolds, ladders, and similar surfaces will accumulate ice well before ground surfaces. This is because they are elevated and open, allowing cold air to circulate around them. The best action to take against these dangers are to periodically inspect these surfaces and remove the ice when it begins to accumulate. Icicles are another form of an icy hazard commonly found on jobsites during the winter. These inert ice forms can break off at any point and become an extremely dangerous falling hazard. Icicles need to carefully be removed, especially if the temperatures are beginning to warm. If icicles can not be removed, the area under the icicles needs to be roped off until they are no longer a safety hazard.

Hi-Visibility Clothes and Headwear

A danger that most people would not think of during the winter time is dehydration. Dehydration is most commonly recognized as a summertime problem, but it can still be just as dangerous even on the coldest days. All the extra layers of clothing workers wear to stay warm can actually lead to dehydration. The extra layers of clothing hold in the body heat, and in turn cause the body to perspire to cool off. Those workers who fail to replenish fluids throughout the day are prone to dehydration. The symptoms of dehydration are perspiration, fatigue and dizziness, followed up by severe cramping. To prevent dehydration adequate amounts of drinking water need to be present on the jobsite. Drinking warm beverages and sports drinks are also encouraged.

Here at Tanner we want to be sure you and your fellow workers are all well prepared for these cold winter months. We have a number of safety and personal protection products to keep you safe and warm this winter including: Hi-Visibility Apparel, Cold Weather Gloves, Winter Liners & Headwear, Thermal Bids, Thermal Insoles, and Ice Traction Soles. From everyone at Tanner we hope that you to stay safe, stay warm, and stay informed this winter.

 

 

 

Learn More About Wood, Drywall, and Masonry Screws

Wood ScrewsWood Screws

  • Pre-drilling is recommended especially when using hardwoods

  • Tapered, partially threaded shank, shorter lengths are fully threaded

  • Sharp gimlet point for easy startup

  • Coarse and sharply crested threads, creates its own internal mating threads

  • Creates a tight joint, but can be removed easily without damage

 

Wood screws have a sharp gimlet point and a tapered partially threaded shaft, shorter lengths are fully threaded. Wood screws are commonly available with flat, pan, or oval heads. The unthreaded portion of the shank is designed to slip through the top board and prevent cross threading as it pulls the two pieces of wood together.

Wood screws have coarse, sharply crested threads that create their own internal mating threads. Thread styles can greatly differ, especially in depth and spacing. Coarse (large) threads are made for use in softwoods. While fine (smaller, closely spaced) threads work best in hardwoods. Extra coarse threads are designed for use in particleboard. High-low threads are typically found on general purpose screws and work well with most types of wood. Serrated threads have “teeth” that help cut into the wood and make it easier to drive.

Drywall ScrewsDrywall Screws

  •  Drywall screws may be used to fasten drywall to both wood and metal studs
  • Drywall screws feature a bugle shaped Phillips head

  • The diameter of drywall screw threads are larger than the shaft diameter

  • A versatile construction fastener with many uses

 

Drywall screws have a bugle shaped Phillips head and a sharp piercing tip designed to attach drywall to wood and metal studs, while not damaging the drywall in the process. When finished driving, drywall screws are recessed slightly into the drywall. Drywall screws are typically manufactured out of case hardened steel with a black phosphate finish.

Drywall screws with coarse threads are used to attach drywall to wood framing. While, drywall screws with a fine thread are best suited for attaching drywall to light-gauge steel framing. Self-drilling drywall screws are also used when working with metal studs or frames.

 

Masonry ScrewsMasonry Screws

  •  Alternating high and low threads
  • Come in Phillips flat head or slotted hex washer head

  • Commonly blue in color

  • Self-tapping screw

  • A correctly drilled pilot hole is critical while installing masonry screws

 

Masonry screws are a self-tapping screw that can be used in a variety of base materials that include: concrete, brick, mortar joints/block and CMU. They are manufactured out of stainless or carbon steel and come with or without a corrosion coating. Masonry screws are available in two different head styles, each designed for different applications. For applications where the head needs to be countersunk in the material, a flat countersunk Phillips head screw should be used. If the screw head will be on top of the material then a hex washer head should be used.

Concrete screws have alternating high and low threads. The lead thread on the masonry screw does all the cutting of the masonry material while the screw is being installed. The lead thread will dull and hit a point where it will no longer be able to cut threads and will stop screw penetration. The abrasiveness of the masonry material will determine the exact length any specific screw can tap.

When installing masonry screws a pilot hole must be drilled before inserting the screw. The diameter of the pilot hole is critical and must be drilled in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The size of the pilot hole must be correct or it could cause the screw to break on insertion, will strip the hole, or will not provide the rated holding force.

3 Common Screw Types at a Glance – Machine, Sheet Metal, and Cap Screws

Machine ScrewsMachine Screws

  •  Fully threaded shank
  • Usually used with a nut

  • Typically smaller than the average screw

  • Designed to be fastened to an existing tapped hole

Machine screws, also sometimes referred to as machine bolts, are normally smaller than the average screw. They usually range in sizes up to ¾ of an inch (19.05 mm), but can still come in larger variations. Typically machine screws are designed to be fastened to an existing tapped hole on a metal surface, usually in conjunction with a corresponding nut. The main differentiating characteristics of machine screws are: overall size, shape of head, slot type, length, material, and thread type.

The two main drive types associated with machine screws are slotted (flat head) and Phillips. There are also a number of specialized drives that they can come in, these are typically associated with tamper-resistant screws. Some of these drive types include, torx – six pointed, spanner, and trident to name a few. The shape of the head will determine how the machine screw lies once it’s fastened in place. Round and Pan heads will protrude from a flat surface, while flat head machine screws are designed for holes that are countersunk so that they lay flush with the surface.

Machine screws are always threaded the entire length of its shank. Threading on a machine screw is very important because the corresponding holes that they are being fastened into are typically tapped for a specific size and type of screw thread. The two main characteristics of threads are size of the outer diameter of the threads and pitch, the distance between each thread. Machine screw can be made to have either clockwise (right-handed) or counter-clockwise (left-handed) thread.

Sheet Metal ScrewsSheet Metal Screws

  • Fully threaded shank

  • Very versatile fastener, can be used in metal, wood, and plastics

  • Most are self-tapping screws and only require a pre-drilled hole, some come with self-drilling tips

  • Specially hardened, sharp threads that allow it to cut into material and form its own internal thread

Sheet metal screws have a fully threaded shank with sharp threads and tip that allow them to cut through metal, wood, plastic, and various other materials. The size of sheet metal screws are commonly shown as a series of three numbers, these numbers represent the diameter, thread count, and length of fastener. A sheet metal screw listed as 4-32 x 1-½” has a diameter size of 4, 32 threads per inch, and a length of 1-½”.

There are two basic types of sheet metal screws, self-tapping screws and self-drilling screws. Self-tapping screws have a sharp tip that is designed to cut through metal, but the metal must be pre-drilled before these screws can be used. Self-drilling screws have a drill point tip that can easily cut through metal without a pre-drilled hole.

The head of sheet metal screws can come in a number of different styles. Pan or round head screw will have heads that extend above the surface of the material after being installed. Flat or oval countersunk screws will be flush with the top of the material after being installed. These screws can come with a Phillips, flat, or combo drive.

Sheet metal screws made out of carbon steel are the most common and typically the most economical. These screws are prone to rust and corrosion when exposed to moisture or chemicals, so they should typically only be used indoors. Galvanized or stainless steel screws are designed to resist rust and corrosion, but tend to cost more than the standard steel screws. Sheet metal screws may be coated with zinc or nickel to modify their appearance.

Cap ScrewsCap Screws

  • Normally used without a nut

  • Available in both English and metric sizes

  • Fasten machine parts – home appliances / consumer electronic devices

  • Large head, diameter is larger than threaded portion

Cap screws have a large head and a cylindrical shaft with external threads. The head has a larger diameter than the threaded portion, this provides a positive mechanical stop when tightening the screw. Cap screws are tightened directly into a threaded or tapped hole, usually without a nut. A cap screw can generate a high amount of clamping force when tightened.

Commonly used cap screw heads styles include: hex head, socket head, and button head. Cap screws are typically  manufactured out of carbon steel, stainless steel, and metal alloys. The choice of type and size of of cap screw for a particular application mostly depends on the forces required to adequately secure the mechanical connection.

How do I Choose the Correct Self-Drilling and Self-Tapping Screws??

Self-Drilling Screws

Self-Drilling Screws operate on the same principles as drill bits and other cutting tools. This means that the way in which these screws are used affects their performance as much how they are designed.

Two important factors to consider when selecting a self-drilling screw are, material thickness and types of materials to be joined.

Screw Suitability

Optimal Cutting Parameters by Screw Size

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Design Features to Consider when Selecting a Suitable Self-Drilling Fastener

  • Drill Flute

    • The length of the drill flute determines the metal thickness that can be drilled. Drill flutes allow the drilled material to exit the hole. If the drill flute becomes completely imbedded in the material, the drill chips will clog the flute and cause the cutting action to cease. If this occurs, the heat from the drill chips could cause the drill point to become over-heated and fail.

  • Point Length

    • The drill point is the unthreaded section from the drill point to the first thread. This length must be long enough to completely drill through the material before the threads engage. If the threads engage too early, they can cause the fastener to bind and break.

  • Screw Wings

    • It is necessary to use fasteners with wings when fastening wood, over ½” thick, to metal. The wings will ream a clearance hole and keep the threads from engaging too early. If the threads engage too early, this could cause a separation of the fastened material from the base material (jacking). Once the wings hit the metal material, they will break off allowing the threads to engage.

 

Self-Tapping Screws

Self-tapping screws can tap its own hole as it is being driven into it. They can come with a sharp, piercing tip or a flat, blunt tip. Sharp tipped self-tapping screws are designed for drilling their own hole in soft materials. The flat tipped self-tapping screws will need a pilot hole drilled before being installed. Some self-tapping screws are also self-drilling screws. These screws have a drill-like flute tip that looks like the tip of a center drill, along with the tap-like flute in the leading threads. These screws are very efficient in hard substrate applications.

How the Self-Tapping Ability is Created

  • Hard Substrates – Metal or Hard Plastics

    • Often created by cutting a gap in the continuity of the thread on the screw, this generates a flute and cutting edge similar to those on a tap.

  • Soft Substrates – Wood or Soft Plastics

    • The self-tapping ability can come simply from a tip that tapers to a gimlet point (no flute is needed), the point forms the hole by displacement of the surrounding material rather than any chip forming drilling / cutting / evacuating action.

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New Bolt & Shield Anchors Added to Tanners Product Line

Tanner is happy to announce the addition of nearly 1,000 new products to our website. The new editions include: fasteners, anchors, drill bits, saw blades and much more. Our goal here at Tanner is to continuously add new high quality products for you our customers to buy. Along with the addition of new products, we hope to provide you with ample information about each of them as well. Two new product lines added to our Bolt & Shield Anchors department are, the Calk-In Anchors and the Single Anchors, both are manufactured by Powers Fasteners. Continue to read on to learn more about each type of anchor below.

Calk-In – Machine Bolt Anchors

The Calk-In Anchor from Powers Fasteners is a pre-assembled precision cast calking type machine bolt anchor that can be used in concrete, block, brick, and stone. Calk-In anchors are made up of an antimonial lead alloy calking sleeve and a Zamac alloy internally threaded expanded cone. These anchors are typically used for the installation of windows, screen, shutters, and sliding doors. They are not recommended for use in overhead applications. The Calk-In anchors can accept screws or bolts ranging from #8 screws up to 1/2″ diameters.

Suitable Base Materials:Calk-In Anchors

  • Normal-Weight Concrete
  • Grout-Filled Concrete Masonry (CMU)
  • Brick Masonry

Features and Benefits:

  • Readily accepts machine bolts
  • Internally threaded anchor for easy removability and service work
  • Shallow embedment

Calk-In Installation Guide

For more information about Powers Calk-In Anchorscheck out the Calk-In Anchors PDF here

Single – Shield Expansion Machine Bolt Anchors

The Single Anchor from Powers Fasteners is a shield expansion machine bolt anchor. They are designed to be used in concrete, block, brick, and stone. The Single anchors are made up of a pre-assembled set of expansion shields and an expander cone formed from zamac alloy. As you tighten the Single anchor, the wedge-shaped cone is drawn into the shields, this compresses them against the base material and securely locks the anchor into place. These anchors are not recommended for overhead applications. The Single anchors accepts bolts ranging from 1/4″ to 5/8″ diameters.

Suitable Base Materials:Single Anchors

  • Normal-weight Concrete

Features and Benefits:

  • Readily accepts machine bolts
  • Internally threaded anchor for easy removability and service work

Single Installation Guide

For more information about Powers Single Anchorscheck out the Single Anchors PDF here