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Old 06-05-2015, 04:19 PM   #1
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What tips do YOU use for staying cool on the jobsite during the hot summer months? Have you ever had a heat scare on the job?
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Old 06-05-2015, 04:37 PM   #2
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I use them things you wet down and hang round your neck. They make a massive difference but need to be wetted down pretty often. Also when I'm working in one area I will set a fan up blowing on me. Makes a big difference.

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I just sweat and complain a lot.
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I finally broke down and bought a nice hat. Took a bit of ribbing, but it stays put and keeps the sun off of me. Kind of an Indiana Jones fedora. Other than the hat, keeping water in myself and the other guys is paramount. We are a pretty sturdy bunch, but I still keep an eye out for signs of dehydration. Toss around some water bottles, take an extra break, chase the shade, etc.
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I just sweat and complain a lot.

That's it right there.


Drink as much water as you can, and don't be a baby. You'll be fine.

Actually, I did work with this Irish kid once who got second degree burns after wearing shorts in the sun for literally 30 minutes. I couldn't believe it.
Honestly felt bad for him. He can't go outside. Crazy.
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Threw away all the cotton t's and switched to a real light polyester under armour type for me and the guys. Will never wear cotton again.
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Polyester feels too clingy. Can't stand even poly blend t-shirts.
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I sit in my truck with the ac on high and pretend to do paperwork, make calls, etc. Occasionally I'll roll down the window far enough to stick my head out and yell at someone.
Polyester shirts, khaki shorts, with exterior work we will chase the shade when possible. I bought one of those 10'x10' tents that have no sides. It works great in the hot or rainy weather, just big enough to cover a cut station.
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"I'm sorry Mrs. So & So,
I think you'll agree it's just too damn hot for me to work outside today"

This also works for me when "it's just too damn cold for me to work outside today"....
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All of the above. Under armour shirts, wide brim hat, 10'x10' canopy, and a cooler full of water. I try to remember the sunscreen since I'm a pasty red head.
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Take magnesium if you over sweat.
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Get someone else to do the hard stuff
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I've had mild heat stroke a few times so I take it pretty seriously. A wet towel around the neck and soaking my hat occasionally is usually enough. The gel freezer packs can get wrapped in the towel around your neck if you need to cool down in a hurry.

I also have 10x10 and a 10x17 canopy. It's good for having over a cut station.
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We start at daylight and work straight through without lunch so we can get at least 8 before it gets so dang hot you cant stand it. If it isn't to awful hot we work longer hours.

We take breaks all day, we just don't go lay down for 30-45 minutes at lunch time, we just grab a nab or apple and go back at it.


6 years ago, I got to hot and started throwing up. That evening I went home, took a shower and went to bed, freezing. I don't exactly know what a heat stroke is or what happened to me that day, but I know I messed up.

It took awhile before I felt 100%
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One 95 degree Saturday my partner and I were laying shingles on a fairly easy roof. Black shingles. I made a bet with him, so we would not get dehydrated. The first one to pee wins gets a free dinner from the other.

I had a huge cooler full of water and gatorade. At least 12 quarts of gatorade and 4-1 gallon jugs of water.

We worked sun up until dark. Neither one of us peed all day. We took multiple brakes, walked a block to the little store for more ice but no pee.

That night in the shower my arms locked up when I was washing my hair, twice. Woke up after 1 hr sleeping with the worse cramps in places I didn't know had muscles. Hurt so bad I was afraid to go back to bed.

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I can wear one of those poly or poly blend shirts for breakfast and it stinks so bad from my sweat it's repulsive.

Generally, cotton doesn't do this.
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Threw away all the cotton t's and switched to a real light polyester under armour type for me and the guys. Will never wear cotton again.
I've been preaching that too. But what do I know
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Live and work along the Northern California coast. Works for me.




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I can wear one of those poly or poly blend shirts for breakfast and it stinks so bad from my sweat it's repulsive.

Generally, cotton doesn't do this.

All my under armour started to smell pretty funky, no matter how much I washed it. I got a special detergent made for sports gear off of amazon. It's worked great. I wash them with normal detergent, then every once in awhile, run them with the special stuff.
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When that humidity hits and you get temp hitting 90's there is nothing to that will keep you cool when you working, but I have seen a few old timers who do carpentry or masonry, they would put a leaf of letters under theirs hat and they say that it keeps them cool all day.

Also when I was doing some business in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, over there during hot days, man would sit in the shade and they would throw a wool blanket over their shoulders and they drink hot tea to keep cool.
So when I got back I was reading about that and the reason they doing that, is because the nerves in our mouth some molecules which called receptors and one particular receptor responds to heat because it gets sort of a signals from the outside of nerve system...
So when out brain gets a message its hot out it kicks in defense against it which is sweating. I it makes sense because when we eat something spicy like a hot pepper, and if its really hot it can break out the sweat and as we know sweat keeps us cool.

With that said, when starting out in this business, I didn't know what hot,cold or rain was and it seems you just work right through the day no matter what the weather is...So in a way we all pay our dues and its nice to be fortunate enough being able to stay in AC when temps hit sweltering numbers or find a few ways to keep cool

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