It is common knowledge that diamond blades need sufficient water during operation. Not only will it keep the dust from flying around, it will also help extend its life. But you won’t be wet cutting all the time. In some cases, dry cutting is the more appropriate thing to do. An obvious example is when [...]

“Homeless but not hopeless.” The sign mightily stands amid the ruins. The year 2013 wasn’t a very good year for the Philippines having struck by one typhoon after another, the most notorious of which was, of course, Typhoon Haiyan. As we earlier reported, it left thousands homeless and an entire city wiped out. As if [...]

A good diamond blade should last a long time. But depending on how hard and how often it is abused during operation, it may give out faster than advertised. It is but natural for diamond blades to retire more quickly than expected especially if they are subject to tremendous amount of pressure on a regular [...]

The bond (or metal matrix) is what keeps the diamonds in place.  The diamonds, of course, carry out the cutting. As the blade operates, the bond wears away; hence, diamond grit is shed, and fresh, sharp diamonds are uncovered. How hard the blade’s bond affects the blade’s durability and how fast it sheds worn diamond [...]

Ah, outdoor deck… what character you can bring to any home. When it comes to building a deck, the materials obviously play a major role. One needs to consider durability when deciding what materials to use. You want your deck to withstand any weather disturbance. For this reason, hardwood could be your top pick – [...]

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 huge part of the danger in the construction site can be summed up in one word: Dust. Dust can take the form of natural minerals or man-made mineral fibers. When released to the air with such common construction tasks as cutting, drilling, grinding, or blasting, dust can be inhaled by the worker and cause [...]

“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 [...]

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