As rampant as silica dust is, silicosis is very much preventable. There are time-honored safety measures that can be observed even if it is an occupational hazard. What’s unfortunate is that workers commonly lack awareness about this matter. This article aims to provide general safety guidelines, and we would greatly appreciate if you would spread [...]

The American Lung Association defines silicosis as a chronic lung disease caused by breathing in tiny bits of silica dust. The World Health Organization maintains it is one of the oldest occupational diseases, and still kills thousands of people every year, everywhere in the world. The US National Library of Medicine calls it the “The King [...]

Silica dust can kill and go unnoticed. It has done so a multitude of times in the past and has become quite a habit. In the last article, we defined silica as the mineral compound found in common construction materials. It is, in fact, one of the most common naturally occurring elements on earth, and [...]

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in – what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” - Victor Hugo, Les Miserables While it was never publicized whether French novelist Victor Hugo had a solid sense of hard and soft landscaping, he sure got a [...]

Construction dust, whether in the form of silica, non-silica, or wood dust, poses a clear threat to the health of workers, especially those who are constantly exposed to it. Thankfully, there are dust control measures that can be observed to protect the workers. One of them, dust collection. Dust collection is the process of eliminating [...]

Hard landscaping is the prominent use of hard materials to enclose a particular area, create a link between structures, or simply define spaces, among many other things. In essence, it gives character to the space surrounding the buildings. In cutting hard materials, the diamond blade is your tool. Use it to make hard landscaping features [...]

If you’re like most people and the “New year, new me” mantra is nothing more than a press release, then perhaps you can save yourself from future frustration and turn to another thing of high significance – your humble abode. Time to bring all the planning from the previous year to fruition. Home improvement projects [...]

In a previous blog post we showed you a couple problems commonly encountered when using a diamond core bit and how to deal with them. As promised, below are a few more, including ways to troubleshoot. Keep in mind that the diamond core bit, as with any tool, should be handled with utmost care, taking [...]

In the heat of a rescue operation the last thing you need is a faulty rescue equipment. When lives are hanging in the balance, there is absolutely no room for mistakes. Take the case of fire rescue operations. The hazards are extreme so it's highly essential to have a reliable fire rescue blade to help [...]

While carbide-tipped bits are more popular for drilling a hole into tiles, it's actually the core bits that are more durable. For harder materials especially, a diamond core bit is certainly the better choice. When you're done installing your tiled wall and ready to put accents and fixings, you'll need to drill a hole. But [...]

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