Sunday | July 23, 2017

That’s a Good Idea Archive

The sunroof Steve Murray had installed for safety on his truck’s cab allows him to see overhead wires and tree branches from the safety of the driver’s seat. He said the $750 it cost to have the sunroof installed is the best investment he’s made.

Use a Sunroof to Spot Overhead Obstructions

Save on Costs with Your Professional Guide to Asphalt Mix Delivery Part 2—Put...
The mechanic has welded a bucket-like receptacle behind the truck’s cab to hold the spray can of release agent where it is easy to reach, yet out of the way.

Keep Mix from Sticking, Release Agent in Reach

Haul truck drivers have as much need of a biodegradable release agent as...
Tips for Universal Compaction

Top Tips for Universal Compaction

Getting your best compaction on a project only happens when the equipment is...
Pay attention to the cleanliness of the screed overall to keep cold chunks of material from randomly affecting your asphalt mat. Photos courtesy John Ball of Top Quality Paving and Training.

Top Tips for a Clean Asphalt Mat

Getting a clean asphalt mat behind the paver is more likely to happen...
In this picture, we see that the crew is moving down the lane with a good head of material extending to the endgate. The mix is reaching the endgate sufficiently to build the edge of the pavement, but you will want to watch your tunnel placement also. Photo courtesy Chris Harrison.

How to Protect the Feed Sensor, Protect Quality and Save Money at the Paver

  When the feed sensor costs between $1,500 and $2,000 to replace and...
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Save Money and Keep the Haul Truck Clean

One way to save your company thousands of dollars, whether you sub out...

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...
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...

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