Solutions – 2005-01-10

By Staff January 10, 2005

Taking down lamps

Problem : Large high-pressure sodium lamps and other lamps are hard to grasp. Is there an easy way to grab them for removal?

Solution : Take an old leather welding sleeve, remove the metal snaps and buckles, and slip it over the lamp. The sleeve provides a good grip for removal and minimizes the chance for injury if the lamp breaks.

This tip was originally published in September 1997.

Checking rotation

Problem : You have installed a new ventilation blower and forgotten to check it for rotation. There is no visual access. How can the blower rotation be easily checked?

Solution : Don’t hold a strip of tissue near the duct outlet. It will flutter because a centrifugal blower moves air even when it’s rotating backwards. Instead, use a clamp-on ammeter. A blower rotating in the wrong direction draws only a fraction of its rated current.

This tip was originally published in 1999.

Wrapping rubber

Problem : The metal hose fitting at the point of attachment to an air-operated tool often cuts the rubber hose causing leaks. Is there a quick and easy way to make a repair?

Solution : Place rubber shrink wrap over the leak in the hose. Use a heat gun to bond the wrap to the hose. The hose will be stiffer and reduce the metal cutting problem:

This tip was originally published in September 1998.

Safety First…

In all cases, even if not specifically mentioned in the writeups, verify that the tip does not violate any relevant code, standard, or practice. Always use the appropriate safety equipment and procedures when applying the maintenance tips.