Sunday | February 18, 2018

About Author

John Ball

John Ball is the proprietor of Top Quality Paving and Training, Manchester, New Hampshire. He provides personal, on-site paving consulting services around the United States and into Canada. For more information, contact him at (603) 493-1458 or tqpaving@yahoo.com.

How to Keep Your Dump Man Safe on the Job

The dump man controls the flow of material on the job, and that...
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Guide Dump Trucks with Light

If the haul truck driver doesn’t know exactly what he’s doing, he might...

How to Pave a Segmented Parking Lot for Best Water Flow

Whether you’re constructing a new route for the state or building a new...
The Boxley crew had a number of triangles and changing widths to pave on this segmented project, but they communicated well and worked together the way a veteran crew should.

Plan Water Flow Before Paving

Whether you’re constructing a new route for the state or building a new...
In this picture, you can see the scrap metal the contractor has used to create a toolbox for the rakes and shovels in the bed of the truck.

Make A Safe Place to Store Tools

The last thing you want to find at your job site is a...
In this picture, you can see how the roller will have to smooth the transverse joints into the passes that run perpendicular to the first two passes along the front of the garages. We’ll take an in-depth look at this full project in the August “Big Paving Issue.”

Line Out the Job for Your Roller Operators

We’ve talked before about the importance of lining out the job—whether that’s with...
The paver operator will be the eyes of the operation. He is the person situated at the highest point where he can see all the pieces in motion.

Train Paving Laborers to be the Best Superintendent Ever

When training the workers on your crew, watch the way they learn. The...

How to Make Tomorrow’s Transverse Joint Easy, Smooth

At the end of the paving shift, when you lift up the screed...
The equipment at The Earl Companies is painted in gold-and-green Earl colors and kept in clean and shiny condition. Notice the lighting structure atop the operator’s platform provides LED lighting without shining light directly in the operator’s eyes. Earl mechanics built this system with hydraulics that can raise and lower the light pole six to eight feet above the platform as needed. Photos courtesy Top Quality Paving and Training, Manchester, New Hampshire.

Reflect on Paver Safety

Put the mechanic on the job of upgrading work zone safety with light,...
The paver operator augers out material to build the table.

Get Paving Basics Right for Top Quality Overall

By John Ball In last month’s issue, we discussed how to use a...

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