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by Christine Phillips

I was immediately sold when I saw the new Metalux Perceive Specification series recessed lighting fixtures from Cooper Lighting. The innovative and eye-catching lenses serve several purposes besides updated great looks. They provide spatial depth and a variety of subtle textures due to the multiple dynamic 3D optical patterns. They meet several WELL™ v1 and v2 features including glare control, a better light quality, while providing a better visual experience.

There are six lens patterns to choose from:

  • Leaves - Subtle organic leaves
  • Waves - Energetic flowing waves, sculpted appearance
  • Ripple - Soft undulating form
  • Prism - Diamond prismatic geometry
  • Bevel - Distinct regressed coffer appearance
  • PARAmid - Dynamic pyramid stud 3' cells


  • Available in 2x2, 2x4 and 1x4 foot sizes
  • Recessed, drywall or surface mounted
  • Extruded aluminum regressed door allows for service from below
  • Efficacy up to 137 lumens per watt
  • 80CRI and 90CRI options in 3000, 3500, 4000 and 5000 Kelvins CCT
  • Fully integrated Connected Lighting solutions
  • For Office, Education, Healthcare, Hospitality and Retail Spaces

    These dynamic optical patterns can convey movement in spaces such as corridors for cohesive lighting designs. You can combine it with the award-winning WaveLinx connected lighting system. The fixture layout enables optimal sensor coverage and controllability which produces a smarter, more adaptable facility.

    These affordable luminaires will be the wave of the future. Contact your Sales Rep for more information!



    by Christine Phillips

    Have you ever pulled wire through conduit on a jobsite and are still using the old-style reels? Then you know that it is not always an easy task. Read on and you will find the perfect solution to pulling wire through conduit and wire basket cable tray.

    The Simpull ™ Coilpak ™ is an innovative wire pulling technique that will save you time, simplify the process and help tremendously on the jobsite!

      • Simpull® NoLube™ reduces pulling tension and makes for a smoother pull
      • The packaging fully encases and protects the wire
      • It is made of fully recyclable plastic
      • There is a built-in handle for easy carrying
      • It’s integral payoff feature allows for pulling directly from the package without the use of tools or equipment and prevents wire from falling back into the package
      • You have the choice of single, 2-wire, 3-wire and 4-wire payoffs available
      • The innovative stationary package design, drastically reduces your overall physical effort as you are pulling the weight of the wire only
      • Space saving multi-wire Coil PAK™ payoffs, reduce the jobsite footprint, material handling and setup even further
      • Eliminates broken spools and spool over-turn
      • It helps reduce lifting, handling and pulling injuries

    Now that you’ve heard the latest and greatest, check out a few testimonials from our customers.  Click here.  Why not put these Simpull ™ Coilpaks™ to the test?. It’s a win, win situation!  Check out your options here!




    Whether replacing your old outdated receptacles for a more attractive Decorator style outlet or just looking for the latest greatest charging capabilities, the Leviton T5632-W White combination wiring device will be a boon to your everyday life. Leviton™ offers a device that not only has a 15 Amp 125 Volt Tamper Resistant Decora Style Spec Grade NEMA 5-15R Duplex Receptacle but also has two 3.6 Amp USB Ports. It is grounded, back and side-wired, as well. This device allows you to use the power receptacles while charging two USB powered electronic devices at the same time.

    The two USB Ports are 3.6 Amps, 5VDC, 2.0 TYPE A Chargers. They will charge your tablets, smart and mobile phones, gaming devices, digital cameras and e-readers just to name a few. This is a perfect device for your home, workplace, anywhere you may need this capability. These ports have a smart chip which recognizes the charging required for the individual devices. They are positioned vertically for space provisions which allows you to maneuver and reduce stress on the USB cables.

    This combination wiring device will expand your charging options and provide you with the ability to satisfy the new demands we are experiencing with all of the electronic devices we use in our everyday lives. They are the same physical size of the old-style wiring devices which enables you to use existing standard wall boxes when` replacing existing outlets. This device comes in the following colors: White, Ivory, Light Almond, Gray, Black and Brown. The decora style wall plate is sold separately.

    If you are interested in exploring this option for your own home or workplace and would like more information on this innovative combination device, simply click here.



    by Christine Phillips

    Do you still use a wood or aluminum ladder? When was the last time you checked your ladder to make sure it is still safe? Do you know what the weight rating on your ladder is? These are all things you should evaluate and check for your safety when taking on your projects at home or on the jobsite.

    Fiberglass ladders are the cream of the crop when compared to wood and aluminum. One great reason is that fact that they are sturdier, more rigid and safe to use around electricity. They “weather” the weather better, as well!

    • Here are a few questions to ask yourself when choosing the ladder best fitted for your job or home project.
    • What is the weight rating of the particular ladder you are interested in?  The safety sticker on each ladder will have that rating, so make sure to pay attention to this before making your purchase.
    • The weight max means not only the weight of the person but all tools and materials that will be used on the ladder at the same time. Will the ladder be used indoor, outdoor or both? Do you need a stepladder, extension ladder or both? Will you be working around electricity? What projects or jobs will the ladder be used for? What’s the highest height you will need to reach?

    Below are the fiberglass ladder Duty (weight) ratings:              

         Type 1AA Extra Heavy Duty – 375 Pounds

         Type 1A Extra Heave Duty – 300 Pounds

         Type 1 Heavy Duty – 250 Pounds

         Type II Medium Duty – 225 Pounds

         Type III Light Duty – 200 Pounds


    When you are ready to purchase, the above guidelines will help you make the best choice according to your needs.

    Click here for some offerings available. Happy “Safe” Stepping!



    by Christine Phillips

    Of course, not all padlocks require a key any longer. As a matter of fact, they have come a long way, baby! Master Lock™ has a variety of padlocks to fit your particular needs. They offer resettable combination digital locks, lockout tagout and of course the keyed padlocks.

    There are padlocks in Brass, Steel, Thermoplastic (Non-Conductive) for use when working around electrical current to avoid electrocution, arc flash and electrical current from shackle to key. The thermoplastic locks come in multiple colors for identifying purposes. Regarding the metal locks, you can purchase them with rekeyable, non-rekeyable, keyed alike and keyed different.

    Master Lock ™ gives you multiple options to secure your project at hand. Whether it be your tool boxes, your job boxes or for lockout tagout safety purposes. Check out the possibilities. Click here.



    by Christine Phillips
    • Time to go from “the old” days to a more modern time regarding LED retrofit lamps. Not only are there great options to choose from, but they are truly energy saving which in turn means a cost savings and longer lasting runtime before the need to replace lamps.
    • Let’s start with the fact that LEDs are low voltage devices and a retrofit requires a device, power supply unit, driver or integrated electronics that convert line voltage to low voltage to run the LEDs. There are some drivers that have electronics that can interpret control signals to dim LEDs. You need to find out what type of driver is required. Click here for power supply/ drivers.
    • A lamp’s temperature dictates the atmosphere and how our rooms walls, floors, furniture, etc. appear to us visually. We’ll start with “Amber” 2200 Kelvin (K), which is a very relaxing extra warm soft white. Next there is “Soft White” 2700 Kelvin (K) which gives you a warm soft white. If you are looking for a neutral and bright white lighting, there is the “Bright White” 3000 (K) Kelvin lamp. Moving on to the “Cool White” 4000 Kelvin (K) lighting, this will keep you feeling energized with it’s cool light. Lastly, there is the “Daylight” 5000 Kelvin (K) which has a cool (blue) color temp and offers a refreshing bright daylight. It is all a matter of personal preferences.
    • There are a few things you need to know before replacing existing lamps with LEDs. Most retrofits will look the same as a conventional lamp and are used as direct replacement for the existing one, such as a medium screw or bayonet cap base. With downlights and spotlights, it's common to have a 50mm diameter reflector lamp. The main voltage ones are usually called GU10, which refers to the flattened pins on the base. However, some are available for 12V supply fed from a transformer, such as direct replacements for 50mm dichroic LV downlights. These will have thinner pins and are often called MR16 or GU5.3 lamps.
    • Always check to make sure that the replacement lamp will fit the luminaire fixture. Many have slightly different lamp dimensions from the lamp they are replacing. It may be necessary to get a sample of the retrofit lamp to ensure it fits your particular light fitting.
    • Regarding LED luminaires, it is important to ask the supplier for the lumen output and to compare this with the unit you are replacing. If it is a spotlight, compare the two lamps side by side. Poor quality sales literature often states the output from the LED chip and not the complete lamp.
    • Overheating LED lamps in retrofit scenarios could be a potential fire hazard. Overheating can cause damage to lamp sockets, circuitry and lamps, and in extreme circumstances, it can even melt fixtures and floor coverings.
    • Generally, you should not put an LED in an enclosed luminaire fixture. The electronics in the retrofit will overheat and this leads to a short lifecycle. It is recommended to use an LED module with a remote driver.
    • Concerning linear LEDs, can these be used as a substitute for T8 or T5 lamps? Most LED tubes, although they have the same size lamp base as a linear fluorescent and possibly a similar lumen output, do not necessarily have the same omni directional light distribution. Many Luminaires may produce 20%-30% less light output with a narrower beam spreads when fitted with LEDs, especially with troffers with reflectors that have batwing (wide-spread) light distribution with fluorescent lamps. This needs to be factored into account when considering the overall 30% - 50% less power usage by LEDs with increased system efficiencies. It’s likely that the luminaire will need some rewiring and this should be done in conformance with the local electrical installation standards.
    • Are you replacing a lamp controlled by a dimmer? LED lamps require a power supply/ driver, because they are low voltage. It is important to use the correct driver type specified by the manufacturer and it is very important that you check the LED lamp to make sure it is dimmable, as all retrofits are not dimmable. One last thing, you will need to make sure your Dimming Controller is compatible with LEDs.
    • Those are many of the factors to consider when retrofitting to LED lighting. Click here for LED lamp choices for the future!


    by Christine Phillips

    Of course, everyone has their version of temporary lighting when they are on the job, but these are the latest and greatest temporary lighting solutions to fit anyone’s particular needs.

    Regarding larger jobsites, there are a multitude of lighting options for you to peruse below:  

    To begin with, let’s start with the Milwaukee™ 2120-20 M18 Rocket LED Dual Pack Tower Light with ONE-KEY™ and shoulder strap, 180 deg beam, 5400 Lumens, dust proof, waterproof. For use with one or two M18 18V 9.0 Battery *Sold Separately*. Next, check out the DeWalt DCL079B 20V LED single head Tripod work light. The telescoping Pole extends from 1 – 7 feet and has a rotating head. It is IP-55 rated for dust & weather resistance. Best of all, it has a battery run time of 11 hours and because its cordless, no more dragging long extension cords around!

    Regarding tripod lighting, there are those who still prefer the corded version.  We offer a 120V Southwire L10SLED 500 Watt Halogen single head work light with lamp included. It has a 51 Inch telescoping pole. There is a 5 Foot cord and it has a weatherproof switch. We also offer a  Southwire L14SLEDSW Twin Head 1000 Watt Quartz 120V Work Light (500W per working light head)

    Another great choice is the Southwire 111303LED 200 Watt 36 Inch Self-Righting 120V yellow Wobble Light 360 Degree Lighting with a 75 foot lighting range. It is IP55 waterproof rated, has an Integrated cord and power, 15000 Lumens and 50000 average hours.  

    Let’s not forget the old standby called string lighting. Southwire’s 7145SW 100 Foot, 150W, 14/2 SJTW temporary string lighting w/ plastic guards, 5-15P male cord cap and dead end, medium base sockets (For Use w/ CF23EL or CF13EL lamps *sold separately*)

    Last but not least, we have an LED version string light which is Southwire 7165SW. It is 100 Foot, 72W LED, 14/3 SJTW, top/bottom 120V LED module, 8000 total lumens, IP65 outdoor rated, can daisy chain up to 8 string lights, no bulbs/lamps to replace, 50000 average hours.

    Hopefully this will help you revamp or replace old temporary lighting with a much brighter ability to work in the darkest locations. If nothing else, having cordless lighting available when electricity is not available for use, will save you time and energy trying to work with too little lighting on the job.



    by Christine Phillips
    • There are so many great replacements that will make your job faster and easier! For instance, going from an electric powered tool to a battery-operated beauty is faster because you don’t have to find a cord or receptacle to plug in your tools. It’s easier because you have everything you need as soon as you open up that tool box.
    • You can choose between a 12V, 18V or 20V. It all depends if you need higher torque power and whether you are replacing a light duty tool or a heavier work tool. The one thing to keep in mind is that the higher the voltage, the heavier the battery attached to the tool. The 12V would be mainly for residential owners who are doing lighter duty projects. The 18V & 20V are best suited for heavier duty jobs and considered the right tools for commercial and industrial work.  Click here to check out some of the cordless models that are available for purchase.
    • Of course, you still have the option to purchase a corded tool if you prefer. It’s a matter of preference. While using a corded tool may be more cumbersome, a lighter weight residential option may be better suited for your needs.  Here are some corded tool choices available to you..


    by Christine Phillips

    Safety on the jobsite or workplace, should be first and foremost on everyone’s mind.  We are constantly improving safeguards and better safety practices compared to decades ago.  We have come a long way!   

    Anytime you are working with electricity, you should have a detailed lockout/ tagout program in place. It is one of the best ways to ensure that nobody gets injured and no machinery gets damaged on small or large jobsites.    

    • Begin by making sure you’ve identified the equipment correctly and accurately, including its specific location. Determine the correct procedure for shutting down and restarting the equipment. Write a detailed step by step procedure. Make sure to cover all of the energy sources that may be connected to the equipment. Failing to be very specific with accurate language, could lead to an incorrect or even dangerous action.
    • Make sure that all of the employees involved are notified when maintenance is going to be performed and the amount of time needed for the shutdown.  If the unavailability of the equipment requires a change in work processes, be sure they are familiar with the steps to be taken.
    • Explain the shutdown process in detail. You must be more specific than saying “disconnect your machinery.” Spell out the exact details for the shutdown and make sure they know the correct procedure for performing that action properly.
    • Disconnect all primary energy sources. While that may seem like a logical procedure, it is so important to be detailed. Whether the primary energy sources include electricity, steam, water, gas, compressed air or others, don’t assume that the person who is performing the maintenance knows the correct procedure.  Explain in detail exactly what needs to be done.
    • Even though disconnecting primary energy sources may remove much of the potential for danger, there is a possibility that sources of secondary residual energy exists and it’s time to handle the secondary sources, such as trapped heat in a thermal system, fumes that may need to be vented, or even tension in a spring assembly. Identify the process that will relieve any remaining pressure or other energy. Also, consider other hazards, such as moving equipment that must be secured before work begins.
    • After the primary and secondary sources have all been disconnected, try to restart the equipment to verify that the machinery is truly off.  Before this test, make sure that no worker is in a position where they could be injured.  When verification completed and all procedures deemed successful, return all machinery to off positions
    • Before you try to start it, verify that nobody is in a position where they could be hurt. Assuming that the procedures have been successful, return all switches and other equipment back to their 'off” positions so the machine won’t start unexpectedly when the energy sources are reconnected. Once you’ve verified the lockout, attach a lockout or tagout device to the equipment to ensure that it cannot be started without removing the device.
    • The equipment must remain in lockout/ tagout condition across shift changes.  It’s imperative that the workers arriving at the site are aware that the equipment is out of service. If individual locks or tags are used, the individual responsible for designating the lockout/tagout and the individual responsible for it during the next shift must both be present while the locks or tags are switched on all shift changes until machinery up and running.
    • When work has been completed on the machinery and the area is free from tools and other materials, the machine can be brought back into operation. Once again, the procedure and the exact steps involved with the correct sequence should be spelled out. An example of implicit instructions might include a need to open a particular machine’s discharge valves before opening the inlet, to let unexpected water or steam remaining in the lines a place to escape.
    • Equipment and operating procedures change over time, and your lockout/ tagout program needs to reflect those changes.  The changes may be minor so it is a good idea to review all your lockout/tagout procedures regularly to verify that they’re still accurate. The benefit of regular review is that it gives you an opportunity to deploy newer ideas or more accurate descriptions.
    • There are lockout kits, lockout tags, lockout hasps, circuit breaker lockouts, and adjustable cable lockouts for you to utilize.  Click here for the tools to practice the correct safety procedures as noted above. 


    by Christine Phillips

    Are you looking for a drill/driver or screw driver? How about changing your corded to a cordless for less hassle? You no longer have to worry about a receptacle or cords that are not long enough to reach the desired project area. Whatever your specific needs may be, check out Milwaukee’s™ latest and greatest versatile cordless drill/drivers and screw drivers.

    Cordless Drill/Drivers:

    The 12 Volt Cordless version is available with 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 Inch chuck sizes. There are standard drill/drivers and right-angle versions. You can purchase the bare tool only or kits that include the battery and charger. There are also multi-tool kits available as well that include not only the drill/driver, but other tools that you might be interested in.  Shop our 12 Volt cordless drills.

    There is an 18 Volt cordless Drill/Driver with a 1/2 Inch chuck size. This also comes as either a bare tool only, a kit that includes battery and charger or some multi tool combo kits. Check it out by clicking here.

    Cordless Screw Drivers:

    Milwaukee™ has several options that should cover your fastening needs, perfectly. There are cordless screw drivers that are adjustable and can be used straight (in-line) or adjusted to pistol grip form which you will find with the (2101-21 Kit) that includes a battery & charger or the (2101-22 Kit) which has two battery packs and a charger. If you are looking for the pistol grip style , the (2401-22 Kit) has two battery packs, a charger, belt clip and hard carrying case.

    These are just a few of the drilling and fastening tools that Milwaukee™ has to offer. Take look for more options and possibilities by clicking here.



    by Christine Phillips

    There are some great savings and benefits to purchasing Combination Cordless Tool Kits with two or more tools. Check out some of the offerings available. It’s a win, win, save, situation!

    Starting with the 2-Tool kits we offer the following:

    •          Milwaukee 2494-22 M12 12V 2-Tool Combo Kit w/ 3/8 Drill Driver/ ¼ Inch Impact Driver;
    •          Milwaukee 2596-22 M12 12V FUEL 2-Tool Combo Kit w/ ½ Inch Drill/ Driver & ¼ Hex Impact Driver
    •          Milwaukee 2598-22 M12 12V FUEL 2-Tool Combo Kit w/ Hammer Drill/ Driver & 1/4 Impact Driver
    •          Milwaukee 2691-22 M18 18V 2-Tool Kit w/ Compact Drill/ Driver & ¼ Inch Impact Driver
    •          Milwaukee 2796-22 M18 FUEL 2-TooL Combo Kit w/l 1/2 Inch Hammer Drill & 1/4 Hex Impact Driver Combo Kit    
    •          Milwaukee 2996-22 M18 FUEL 2-Tool Combo Kit w/ 18V Fuel Hammer Drill/ Driver & 1/4 Impact Driver
    •          Milwaukee 2997-22 M18 FUEL 2 Tool Hammer Drill & Impact Driver Combo Kit
    •          Milwaukee 2999-22 M18 FUEL 2-Tool Hammer Drill & ¼ Hex Hydraulic Driver Combo Tool Kit.


    We have one 3-Tool Combo Kit you might be interested in:

    •          Milwaukee 2997-23 M18 FUEL 3 Tool Combo Kit, 1/2 Inch Hammer Drill Driver (2804-20), 1/4 Inch Hex Impact Driver (2853-20), SAWZALL Reciprocating Saw (2720-20)


    Then on to the 4-Tool Kits which may be of interest to you:

    •          Milwaukee 2695-24 M18 18V 4-Tool Cordless Combo Kit w/ Compact 1/2 Inch Hammer Drill/ Driver, Hackzall Reciprocating Saw, 1/4 Inch Hex Impact Driver & LED Work Light
    •          Milwaukee 2696-24 M18 18 Volt 4-Tool Combo Cordless Lithium-Ion Kit w/ 1/2 Inch Hammer Drill/Driver, Sawzall Reciprocating Saw, 1/4 Inch Hex Impact Driver& LED Work Light 


    Last but not least, we have the 5-Tool & 7-Tool Combo Kits for the best savings of all!    

    •          Milwaukee 2997-25 M18 FUEL 5-Tool Combo Kit Includes: 1/2 Inch Hammer Drill, 1/4 In Hex Impact Driver, SAWZALL Recip Saw, 6-1/2 Inch Circular Saw & LED Work Light  
    •          Milwaukee 2997-27 M18 FUEL 7-Tool Combo Kit Includes: 1/2 Inch Hammer Drill, 1/4 In Hex Impact Driver, SAWZALL Recip Saw, 6-1/2 Inch Circular Saw, 1/2 In Mid-Torque Impact Wrench, 4-                                             1/2 To 5 Inch Grinder Paddle Switch, LED Work Light


    You can click on each highlighted tool or you can check the website out as follows: Local Customers can shop these products with your login here or if you do not have a login, please email to request one.


    Lumark Night Falcon Series Floodlights

    by Christine Phillips

    Floodlight fixtures are a terrific way to light the pathway for dark sidewalk areas, building facades, parking lots, landscape lighting or simply to provide security. Those are just a few of the many lighting needs you may have. They have large and small fixture configurations depending on the lighting application and multiple mounting choices for wall, pole or ground mount. The options available are Knuckle, Trunnion and Slipfitter mount. The heavy duty diecast housing is IP66 rated for wet locations and has a 3G vibration rating. There is a separate driver compartment for max heat dissipation that insures the longevity of the fixture and LEDs. It has highly efficient opticals and a 0-10V dimming control is available. Last but not least, there are a number of color choices to match your design ideas. The stocking color is Carbon Bronze but there are other colors available for special order. They are Summit White, Grey, Black, Bronze, Dark Platinum, Graphite Metallic & White. Outdoor lighting never looked so good! Check out your options and step into the light!! Click here.



    by Christine Phillips

    Winter is here and we all know the possibilities that Mother Nature may throw our way! Why not be proactive and keep this great tool where you can readily access such as your warehouse, your work truck or van, the trunk of your vehicle, even at your own home in your garage.

    There are so many advantages to the CUTTINGEDGE™ Pro Powermelt + Ice Melt. Let’s talk about several of the positive aspects of this great product.

    • Three-way ice melt blend of Calcium Chloride/ Potassium Chloride/ Sodium Chloride

    • Magnesium-free which is less harmful to Concrete

    • Safer for people, property, pets and plants

    • Longer shelf life than most

    • Melts up to a -12 Degree Fahrenheit

    • Iincreased slip protection

    • Non-tracking because it is designed to stay where it is applied

    Be prepared! Being proactive is far superior to reactive when unexpected weather hits. Now you will be ready for whatever winter has to offer!

    Take a look, click here .



    by Christine Phillips

    Stay warm and cozy with a little help from some cold weather gear. There are jackets, gloves, hats and hand warmers, just to name a few options out there.

    To begin with, the insulated Bomber Jacket is a great choice. It’s not only warm, it is also water proof and has a detachable hideaway hood. An extra bonus about this outerwear, these are Hi-Vis yellow and have reflective tape for safety. This Jacket is perfect for the jobsite. Check it out now

    Do you prefer your outerwear to be a bit lighter or more like a hoodie? These hooded sweatshirts are available in 1/2 zippered, ¼ zippered or pullovers. They are Hi-Vis Yellow, have reflective tape and water repellent (not waterproof). These are ANSI Type R Class 3. Click here if you want to add this hoodie to your attire.

    We also offer some options to keep your hands warm as you work during the winter months. Standard gloves help, but the thermal gloves give you the best bet for warm hands. There are Hi-Vis Orange and Black depending on your requirements or preference. Click here for your sizes and color choices.

    For that final bit of bliss, why not try some hand warmers that you can place in your headwear, your pockets or slide in your gloves. These handy little heat packs stay warm for over 8 hours, but you can suspend the heat at any time by resealing them in an airtight container. You will find this a handy tool to keep in your truck or work bag. Check it out here

    For those that work in the outdoor weather or even those that want something for extracurricular winter activities, cold weather doesn’t mean you have to grin and bear it, now there are options for you to snub Old Man Winter and smile!



    by Christine Phillips

    Going from incandescent to an LED bulb can be mind bending. There are so many choices out there today. Retro looks with vintage filament lamps for an old-fashioned decorative look are back, as well as, LED replacement lamps with every type of base and bulb shape you are looking for. Let’s start with the basics of standard LED information compared to Incandescent for our everyday use. Replacing with LED saves energy, which saves you money and lasts much longer. It’s a win, win solution.

    Go ahead, start your journey on a path to a brighter, less expensive and a longer life (well, your bulbs at least).

    One of the difficulties many people face, is understanding how to choose the best bulb for the space. The chart below matches wattage to lumens when replacing an incandescent or halogen lamp with an LED bulb. When the existing lamp has burned out, read the wattage off the old lamp, which you can then translate to lumens.

    • 20W incandescent = 200 lumens.
    • 40W = 450 lumens.
    • 60 watts = 800 lumens.
    • 75 watts = 900 lumens.
    • 100 watts = 1200 lumens.
    • 120 watts = 1500 lumens.

    Next, decide what color temperature you are interested in.  Are you looking to match your current bulb or make a color change?

    • Soft/ Warm White = 2700K (Represents a typical incandescent light bulb)
    • Neutral White = 3000K (Not as warm, closer to a halogen bulb)
    • Cool White = 3500K – 4100K (Task-oriented areas)
    • Very Cool White = 5000K – 6000K (Representative of daylight)

    Finally, the following represents the Kelvin applications for choosing the right lamp for your space.

      • 2700K – 3300K - Suitable for Living Rooms and Bedrooms
      • 3300K – 5300K – Better suited for reading or studies, kitchens, task-based applications, garages and workshops
      • 5300K – 6500K - (Harsher/ Sterile Lighting) Suitable for bathrooms & laundry rooms

    Of course, there are more resources regarding LED’s, but this basic information will get the conversation started.  For more information, check out our Frost Supply website regarding LED Lamps & Lighting.  Click here for more info ____.



    by Christine Phillips

    When it comes to all of the Do-It-Yourself projects at home, there are times when a specific type of glove is needed to keep your hands, especially your fingers, safe from the possible hazards that can befall even the most seasoned DIY folks.

    From cutting and hanging drywall, to painting, to cleaning out gutters, or cutting down tree limbs, everything we do depends on our hands and fingers to complete that task. Why not ensure your safety by wearing the proper protective gloves.    

    For those in the workforce that are required to wear safety gloves, there are several questions to be answered to pick the appropriate gloves. Are you doing demolition work, handling sharp metals or glass, do you need a specific cut level or

    just cut resistant, we can accommodate whatever your needs may be.

    Frost carries a wide variety of gloves to “fit” your hands and fingers with the utmost safety and protection no matter what DIY project you decide to tackle or the type of work environment you encounter to satisfy on-the-job safety requirements.

    If you are interested in the cut level standards for various jobs, click on the following ANSI current cut level chart: Click here 

    If you have already determined the type of hand protection or cut level needed, check out the various options Frost has to offer from PIP here.    MILWAUKEE gloves, click here ,  HONEYWELL,& SALISBURY gloves, click here  




    Be proactive, not reactive. There are many options to help prevent falls from becoming a hazard to yourself and others.    

    Fall protection can be divided into two categories. Fall arrest and fall prevention. Fall arrest slows and stops someone after they have fallen and fall prevention helps keep them from falling in the first place. The best scenario is preventing falls, of course, but if a fall happens, fall arrest protection can make the difference between life and death. As important as having the right safety equipment for each job may be, it is just as crucial to have a rescue plan ahead of time (not after) an accident. It is imperative that the person who has fallen be rescued as quickly as possible. Every minute is crucial, because suspension trauma can set in 20 to 30 minutes after the fall.

    Your first course of action should be assessing the job ahead and what type of safety equipment would be best suited for each particular job. A Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS) has 3 components. You need a harness, a lanyard and anchor point. What type of products are out there for a safer working environment?  

    For starters, two great harness choices are the 3M™ DBI Sala™ and 3M™ Protecta™ line of harnesses and accessories. They offer many options and accessories to fit any criteria you may have for your jobsite needs. Shop our selection of all protection harnesses here.

    Self Retracting Lifelines are another way to protect oneself in fall arrest situations where work at height is being done. The lanyard should stop the fall when the anchor point is above the user. It limits the fall distance creating a safer situation if a fall where to happen. These along with harnesses must be used in the way the manufacturer notes. One must also maintain their equipment and inspect for any damage prior to use.

    While all of the above fall protection information is helpful, no amount of safety equipment will help keep you safe if you don’t know how to implement this equipment properly. Training is vital for yourself or any employee that will be utilizing this equipment and supplying the proper safety railing and other methods can also insure the safest work environments. Last but not least, everyone on the jobsite needs to be trained for proper and quick retrieval of a fallen and hanging person. All of these things go hand in hand to assure everyone goes home safely, each and every day.


    Recessed Downlighting: What You Should Know


    Recessed lighting is a great way to bring more light into your world! It is low profile and will add warmth to any room in your home. Adding dimmable options can provide mood lighting as well as the standard accent, wall washing or ambient lighting features.

    As in any home improvement project, plan your lighting layout, run the necessary wiring for power and get the proper tools together. The actual installation does not that that long. However, there are multiple steps to the layout. One must ensure that their positioning of the housing and wiring is accurate. This includes determining whether your housings are IC rated or not.

    Next, gather all of the tools necessary. You will need a voltage tester, tape measure, pencil, straight solid wire, drill and recessed lighting hole cutter or a jab saw (drywall saw), hammer, nails, mask and goggles (protection from drywall and insulation debris).

    If you are ready to begin? Remember, safety first! Find the circuit breaker in the panel that feeds the area you are working in and cut off the power. Recheck with a voltage tester.  Also, we advise if you are not in the field or have questions to ask an experienced electrician.  

    Recessed lighting has come a long way. Currently, we stock options that allow you to choose which color temperature you want to in your room upon installation.

    The Halo BLD6089SWH(6 inch) and Halo BLD4089SWH(4 inch) have 5 different color options.

    • 2700K, 3000K, 3500K, 4000K, 5000K
    • Rate for IC/Non IC
    • 50,000 Hour
    • Wall or Ceiling Mount

    For a further look into all of the choices that will broaden you recessed lighting horizons, click here




    Need to vent? Let’s clear the air! Bath ventilation is important and worthy of attention. Whether you want to update or need to repair, reduce moisture, add lighting or heat, there are many choices to suit your particular needs.

    Broan™ offers a wide variety options whether you want an exhaust fan only, fan with light or a fan with light and heat. There are also multiple choices regarding sones and CFM ratings. The question is which one will you choose?

    If you are looking to repair, replace, or need a finishing kit for the finish-phase of your remodeling job, the following is a great place to start.

    • One option is the 1667H Exhaust Fan Housing Pack which includes the damper, duct connector and has a 3 Inch duct size. It is compatible with the 1688F Ventilation Fan Finish Pack.  
    • The 1688F is a 50 CFM 4.0 Sones Motor & White Grille Assembly Finish Pack for use with the (1667H) Housing.
    • Next on the list is the 2677H Fan/Light Housing Pack, Type IC with Mounting Ears and 4 Inch duct size. This housing is compatible with 2678F, 2679F, 2680F, FL2679F, FL2679FT, Fl2680F and Fl2680FT Exhaust Fan/Light Finish Packs.
    • The 2678F Fan/ Light Finish Pack 50 CFM 2.5 Sones Motor & White Grille will complete the project after the (2677H) housing has been installed.

    Ventilation Fan offerings include:

      Single Speed Fans – Energy Star and Standard Styles:

    RB80 White Ceiling Ventilation Fan Specs:

    • 80 CFM
    • Less than 0.3 Sones
    • Energy Star
    • 4 Inch Horizontal Duct Size
    • 10-1/2L x 11-3/8W x 7-5/8 Inch Housing (LWH)


    A80 InVent White Ceiling Mount Bath Ventilation Fan Specs:

      • 80 CFM
      • 2.0 Sones
      • 4 Inch Horizontal Duct Size
      • 9-1/4 x 10 x 5-3/4 In Housing (LWH)

    A110 InVent White Ceiling Mount Bath Ventilation Fan Specs:

    • 110 CFM
    • 3.0 Sones
    • 4 Inch Horizontal Duct Size
    • 9-1/4 x 10 x 5-3/4 In Housing (LWH)
    • Combination Exhaust Fans
    • Fan/Light

    Broan 678 Bath Fan/ Light Ceiling Mount Ventilation w/ White Grille (Lamp Not Included) Specs:

    • 50 CFM
    • 2.5 Sones
    • 8 x 8-1/4 x 5-3/4 Inch Housing (LWH)
    • 4 Inch (Horizontal) Duct

    Broan 744 Recessed Bath Fan/ Light (Lamp Not Included) Specs:

    • 70 CFM
    • 1.5 Sones
    • White Baffle/ Trim
    • 4 Inch Duct Size (Rooms Up To 65 Square Feet)
    • 8-1/4 x 12-3/4 x 6-3/4 Inch (LWH)  

    Broan A80L InVent Fan/ Light Ceiling Exhaust with a White Grille Specs:

    • 80 CFM
    • 1.0 Sones
    • 120V (75 Square Feet)
    • 4 Inch Horizontal Duct Size
    • 9-1/4 x 10 x 5-3/4 Inch Housing (LWH)
    • Single Speed, Bath Ventilation Lighting
    • HVI Cert
    • Fan/Heat/Light

    Broan 655 Heater/ Fan/ Light with a White Grille (Lamp not included) Specs:

    • Ceiling Mount
    • 70 CFM
    • 4.0 Sones
    • 4 Inch Duct Size (Bathrooms Up To 65 Square Feet)
    • 1300 Watt Heater
    • 14-1/4 x 8-1/4 x 5-3/4 Inch Housing


    All of the above are UL Listed for use over tubs and showers when installed with a GFCI circuit.  




    Whether replacing your old outdated receptacles for a more attractive Decorator style outlet or just looking for the latest greatest charging capabilities, the Leviton T5632-W and T5832-W  White combination wiring device will be a boon to your everyday life. Leviton™ offers a device that not only has a 15 and 20 Amp 125 Volt Tamper Resistant Decora Style Spec Grade Duplex Receptacle, but has two 3.6 Amp USB Ports as well. This device allows you to use the power receptacles while charging two USB powered electronic devices at the same time.

    The two USB Ports are 3.6 Amps, 5VDC, 2.0 TYPE A Chargers. They will charge your tablets, smart and mobile phones, gaming devices, digital cameras and e-readers just to name a few. With our constanct desire to always be on with tech, this is a perfect choice for kitchens, bedrooms, home offices and any room you may need this capability. Keep you devices charged as you move about your day.  These ports have a smart chip which recognizes the charging required for the individual devices. They are positioned vertically for space provisions which allows you to maneuver and reduce stress on the USB cables.

    Adding this combination provide you with the ease and convenience for charging all of the electronic devices we use in our everyday lives. They are the same physical size of the old-style wiring devices which enables you to use existing standard wall boxes and replacing existing outlets. The decora style wall plate is sold separately.

    Are you ready to combine two power receptacles with two charging ports in the same space that you once had only two outlets, then we have your solution. For more information and color choices, shop our selections.




    All of the best dressed yards are wearing the latest landscape lighting trends and can enhance every aspect of your yard, from the “Good Old USA” Flag Pole, to trees, flowers, shrubs or any object you may want to show off in style.  

    The first item in the spotlight is the RAB LED LFLED floodlight. It is a compact, contemporary fixture that is perfect for small-scale lighting applications.

    • A micro-prismatic diffuser provides a smooth distribution and low glare.
    • It’s a mere 5 Watts. Besides the energy savings, it saves you money as well!
    • There are three optical distributions which include: (1) Standard Flood; (2) Spot Light; (3) Narrow Spot (the spot and narrow spot require an optional reflector kit). Either way, you can customize a certain look.
    • We offer two color temps: RAB LFLED5A Cool (5000K) and RAB LFLED5YA Warm (3000K),but there is also a Neutral (4000K)
    • The finishes include: Architectural Bronze, Black, Verde Green, White & Brass.
    • This floodlight runs “cool” which keeps your foliage, as well as your fingers, from getting     burned, plus it offers peace of mind, especially if you have inquisitive kids or pets.
    • This has a 100,000 Hour Lifespan and a 5-year warranty.

    We also offer the RAB LFP16A Bronze 60 Watt PAR 16 Sleek Landscape 120V Floodlight w/ Swivel Arm (Lamp Not Included). RAB also boasts several other versions of floodlights if you need to cover more space!




    Put those rakes and extension cords away forever! Read on for a great alternative to your yard maintenance tasks that will keep you wondering why you waited so long to make the change. Save time away from that never-ending battle we call “Yard Work! The following leaf blowers and trimmers have come to your rescue!

    • The Milwaukee 0884-20 M18™ 18V Compact Blower is first on the list. This model offers a best in class power-to-size ratio with a power control that includes a 3-speed electronic switch, a lock-on and a variable speed trigger. It moves the air at a max of 100 CFM (160 miles per hour). This model includes an extension nozzle and a universal inflator/deflator. (Bare Tool – Battery/ Charger *Sold Separately*).
    • Another option is the Milwaukee 2724-20 M18™ 18V FUEL™. It has a POWERSTATE™ brushless motor and the high setting allows for demanding usage. This blower provides a max run-time of 450 CFM and 120 max air-speed. It also features cruise control and a variable speed trigger and is compatible with over 200 solutions on the M18 platform. (Bare Tool Only – Battery/ Charger *Sold Separately*)
    • Trimmers
    • Looking to add the finishing touch to your lawn? Milwaukee trimmers reach full throttle in one second and last for up to an hour!    You will not only save time, but also a lot less hassle, with no cumbersome cords.
    • The Milwaukee 2725-20 M18™ 18V Fuel™ String Timmer has a 14-16 Inch adjustable cutting swath with a line diameter of .080/ .095 Inches. This has a 2-speed Hi/Low setting, variable speed trigger, bump feed and an offset guard. The trimmer is 20.6 Inches in length. (Bare Tool – Battery/ Charger *Sold Separately*)
    • Another option is the Milwaukee 2725-21HD M18™ 18V Fuel™ String Trimmer Kit that includes an M18 REDLITHIUM 9.0 High Demand Battery Pack and an M12 18V/ M12 12V Multi-Volt Charger with the same attributes as the previous 2725-20. With this complete package, you are well on your way to lawn maintenance that is not only time saving, but also a lot less hassle, with no cumbersome cords.
    • The Milwaukee 2825-20ST cordless string trimmer is made up of two components – the M18 FUEL™ Power Head w/ QUIK-LOK™ and QUIK-LOK™ String Trimmer Attachment. It is a part of the M18 FUEL™ QUIK-LOK™ Attachment System and compatible with multiple attachments including the 49-16-2718 M18 FUEL™ QUIK-LOK™ Edger Attachment, 49-16-2719 M18 FUEL™ QUIK-LOK™ Articulating Hedge Trimmer Attachment, and 49-16-2720 M18 FUEL™ QUIK-LOK™ 10' Pole Saw Attachment. You are able to change out attachment at a lower cost. The POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor brings up to 6,200 RPM with up to a 16” cutting area. This is also available as a kit 2825-21ST.


    Now on to trimming everything up nice and tidy, if you are looking to upgrade your outdoor equipment game Frost has you covered!




    It’s that time of year again to be prepared and have on hand that portable heater for use when the need arises.  Portable Heaters are a necessity on jobsites during the colder months ahead or if extra heat is needed in your home.  Proactive versus reactive is a great motto to follow! 

    If you already own a heater and are looking for another alternative or trying to decide if you need to replace your old one, here are just a few tips to follow.  Before you plug in your previously used heater and assume everything is “fine” because “it ran okay last year”, take a few moments to pre-check the heater and inspect the cord to verify that the jacket is not frayed or worn through the insulation. To keep your crew, jobsite, family or home safe from fire hazards caused by faulty heaters or unsafe practices, here are a few safety tips to “live by”!  Never place near combustibles or areas where water may be a problem. Keep at least 3 Feet away from any other objects.  Plug directly into an outlet and never use an extension cord unless it is rated and sized for your particular portable heater. Turn off and unplug heaters when not in use. Other features to look for include having tip over auto shut-off ability, temperature control thermostat, automatic reset type limit control and/ or a thermal cut-off device. TPI has a line of indoor Portable Heaters for Commercial and Residential use to handle all of your heating needs. They have the built-in safety features necessary to help keep the jobsite or your home warm, safe and sound through the winter months ahead!

    Check out the following Frost offerings in TPI™ Portable Heaters: 

    • To begin with, there is the TPI™ 483 TM plug-in 48 Inch single phase 120 Volt Baseboard Convection Heater.  It features a temperature control thermostat, a manual reset type limit control, a 6 Foot, three conductor cord with plug and a power-on indicator light.  It is 1500 Watts and draws 12.5 Amps.  
    • Another choice is the TPI™ 188 TASA 1500W/ 1300W 120 Volt 12.5/ 10.8 Amp Single Phase Fan Forced Milkhouse Style Heater. This unit has a 6 Foot, three conductor cord with plug, a temperature control thermostat, tip over switch, auto reset type limit control and a thermal cut-off device. It has 1300 and 1500 Watts heat settings, plus a fan only setting.   
    • Next on the list is the TPI™ 178 TMC 120 Volt Single Phase Ceramic Fan Forced Heater.  It has two heat settings at 1500 and 950 Watts, plus a fan only setting at 20W.  This unit draws 12.5/ 7.1 Amps.  Features include a temperature control thermostat, a 6 Foot three conductor cord with plug and a double safety system which includes an automatic reset type limit control and a thermal cut-off device.  
    • The TPI™198 TMC Radiant/Fan Forced 120 Volt Heater gives you the option of radiant and/or fan forced heat.  It draws 12.5/ 7.5/ 5 Amps.  It features a temperature control thermostat, a tip over switch, a manual reset type limit control and a 6 Foot three conductor cord with plug.  There is a max BTU rating of 5120.  If you are interested in having the option of radiant or fan forced heating, this is a great choice.  
    • Along the Commercial lines, TPI™ offers the FES15241A Portable Electric Salamander Heater 5 KW 240V 1-Phase with 10 Inch Wheels and a Safety Yellow Enclosure (The 25 Foot SO cord is sold separately).   This unit has a magnetic contactor, a high limit thermal cut-out switch and auto reset.  It runs at 63 Amps, is 51195 BTU’s and 800 CFM.  It is a Fan Only operation.    
    • Another offering is the TPI™ HF5848TC 4800/ 3600 Watt 1-Phase 208/240V Fan Forced Garage/ Workshop Heater. It is 20.0/ 17.3 Amps and 15086 BTU’s.  This unit includes a 6 Foot cord with a 30 Amp plug, a built in bi-metal 2 Pole thermostat, a wall/ ceiling mount bracket. Steel tubular heating element and power on/ overheat pilot lights.    
    • One last commercial unit is the TPI™ HF686TC “Bulldog” Fan Forced Portable Heater w/ Swivel Base.  It is 1-Phase and runs at 23.4/20.2 Amps.  This unit includes a 6 Foot cord with a 30 Amp molded plug, finned tubular heating element, internal manual reset thermal cut-out and a temperature control thermostat w/ 35F – 85F degree range.  It is 19107/ 14330 max BTU’s and has a 10 Foot air throw – 262 CFM.                                                                                                                                                                   

    Take a walk on the “warm” side and check out all of these great portable heaters on our website.  It’s as simple as a quick click here for more information!





    Just when you thought you knew everything about standard Fogless Safety Glasses, PIP offers a High Performance Bouton ® Fogless ® 3Sixty™ series that will keep you seeing things much “clearer” on future jobs!   Many of the fogless safety glasses have a light anti-fog coating applied on the lens, which can wear off or wipe off quickly if the wrong cleaning solution is used.  The Bouton® series eyewear has an advanced formula which adheres permanently to the lens.  This innovative process applies a densely bonded coating that will continue to bead away water and moisture, even after repeated rubbing or cleaning.

    PIP offers the following high performance safety glasses/ goggles in four styles, which are all anti-scratch, fogless and meet the ANSI Z87.1-2015. Eye Protection Standard:

            •   Recon –; This has a rugged style in a lightweight design.  It features an adjustable rubber nosepiece and flexible bayonet temples with rubber pads to keep your eyewear secure and insures a non-slip fit.  Color choices include, a Clear Lens/ Clear frame or Gray Lens/ Gray Frame.   

            •   Captain – This design is lightweight and rimless for all day comfort.  The bayonet temples are unique because they feature tips that curve out which allows for easier placement on your face and reduces pressure points for a more comfortable fit.  Color options for this style are a Clear Lens/ Clear Frame or Gray Lens/ Gray Temple.

            •   Fuselage – The 360 Degree foam liner will help protect your eyes from dust, debris and other airborne particles.  This is a convertible style that enables you to quickly remove the bayonet & temples and replace them with an elastic strap (included) which then becomes a dust goggle.  Two for the price of one!  Color options for this particular style are a Clear Lens/ Black Frame or Gray Lens/ Black Frame.

    When your job demands anti-fog safety glasses or goggles, one of these PIP Bouton® 3Sixty™ True Fogless® Protective Eyewear choices should cover all of your specific needs. It's a clear choice! Click here for more information!                           



    Siemens 3RW4055-6BB35

    by Frost

    Siemens has created the 3RW4055, which is often characterized by the small amount of space that it requires. No power loss has to be taken at the power semiconductors after the motor has started up. This helps to create a more compact design, cutting down heat losses and makes external bypass circuits superfluous.

    There are many additional features that are included with this soft starter. Adjustable current limiting, motor overload, intrinsic device protection along with optional thermistor motor protection are all features that are included. If the motor rating is higher, the functions are that much more important as you won’t have to purchase extra install protection equipment.

    The internal intrinsic device protection is there to prevent any thermal overloading of the thyristors. The power section defects can cause thermal overloading. It is also an option for the thyristors to be protected by the semiconductor fuses from short-circuiting.

    When it comes to status and fault monitoring, soft starters offer different diagnostics options. There are up to four LEDs and relay outputs that allow for differentiated monitoring. The diagnostics of the operating mechanism are indicated by the operating state. These include mains, phase failure, missing load, non-permissible tripping time/class setting, thermal overloading or device faults.

    The full product description for the 3RW40556BB35 is SIRIUS SOFT STARTER, S6, 117 A, 100 HP/575 V, 50 DEG., 400-600 V AC, 115 V AC, SCREW TERMINALS. The product family is 3RW40 Soft Starters. The product lifecycle (PLM) is PM300: Active Product. The price group is UYP and the metal factor is LAO.

    Integrated functions include adjustable current limiting, motor overload and intrinsic device protection, along with optional thermistor motor protection. The internal intrinsic device protection helps to prevent the thermal overloading of the thyristors and the power section defects this cause. 


    Temporary Lighting


     At Frost Supply, jobsite safety is a top priority. While some may think of temporary jobsite lighting as an unsafe thing of the past, its current rules and regulations foster a much safer environment for everyone involved. And we’re here to help shed some light on the issue. 

    First, it’s important to know how temporary lighting differs from its permanent counterpart. While this may seem obvious, and inherent in its naming, the big difference is that temporary lighting has a predetermined expiration date.

    While temporary lighting can be used in a variety of applications, below you’ll find some of the most common applications and their corresponding regulations. By following these guidelines, we can ensure the safety of everyone who enters your jobsite.

    o   Construction Period: temporary lighting can be used during construction, remodeling, maintenance, repair or demolition

    o   Decorative Lighting: temporary lighting can be used for up to 90 days

    o   Emergencies & Tests: temporary lighting can be used for the duration of the situation

    o   Services: although it’s temporary, you need to treat the service as permanent

    o   Feeders: for temporary feeder installations

    o   Branch Circuits: you can use cable assemblies, hard-usage cords, extra-hard usage cords, and NM cables but not open branch circuits to support your lighting

    o   Receptacles: must be of the grounding type

    o   Note: On a jobsite, lighting and receptacles cannot be on the same circuit

    o   Lamp Protection: you must use a luminaire or a lampholder with a guard

    o   Splices: putting splices of cords or nonmetallic cables in boxes is not necessary

    o   Protecting cables and flexible cords from accidental damage, including from projections, sharp corners, through doorways, and other tight areas, is a must

    o   Support all cables, cable assemblies, and flexible cords from damage using staples, cable ties, straps or the like

    Overall, it’s important to remember that, although the lighting is temporary, it should still adhere to permanent safety measures. Whether the lighting hangs for just a couple of days, for a few weeks, or for months, safety on the jobsite should always come first.

    At Frost, we offer a variety of temporary lighting options from Coleman, Wobblelight, and Milwaukee. Call or visit one of our six locations, or check out our website,, to see what option is best for your jobsite. 


    Carlon E97BR2 & Carlon 15004-100

    by Frost

    The Carlon E97BR2 is a Two Door Brass Cover for Duplex Receptacle.  This is a 2-door brass duplex service floor box cover. The Carlon E97BR2 is composed of solid brass rugged construction that helps enhance durability. This product is coated with a light lacquer finish that adds protection.

     Floor box mounting is offered with the Carlon E97BR2. This makes for a convenient installation. Superior resistance to wear and perfect for high traffic areas are just a few of the amazing features of the Carlon E97BR2. The product is ideal for both tile and carpet applications. It is also gasketed for a watertight seal. The floor box cover is UL/cULus listed. In addition, the floor box is also RoHS compliant.

    Frost Electric offers the Carlon E97BR2.

    The Carlon 15004-100 is a 3/8 Inch Gray Carflex Liquidtight (100’ Coil). The conduit type is a liquidtight flexible nonmetallic. The style is a Ty-B conduit. The jacket is PVC. The temperatures that this product can be used in are in the ranges of -40 C to 75 C. The color is gray. The trade size-in is 3/8 and the length is 100-ft. The manufacturer series is Carflex.

    The Carlon UL is listed for use. This is indicated in Article 351 of the 1999 NEC. The Carlon 15004-100 is unique because it can be used for outdoor use and it is also sunlight resistance. Based on the temperatures that it can be worked with, Carlon 15004-100 can be used for both indoor and outdoor use. It can also withstand the frigid cold and the blazing heat. It is suitable for use at conduit temperatures of 80 degrees C dry, 60 degrees C wet and 60 degrees C oil resistant, as required by section 15-6 of ANSI/NFPA 79-1985 and UL 1660.

    Frost Electric also offers the Carlon 15004-100.



    by Frost

    Cablofil is the inventor of the wire mesh cable tray that is a revolutionary cable management system that provides exceptional strength combined with the flexibility to adapt very easily to field requirements. Installation is made easier because wire mesh requires fewer parts. The FAS system allows splice, bracket and accessory connections without hardware. The Cablofil ZF150/900EZ Wire Mesh has been manufactured in the heartland of the US. Cablofil is dedicated to providing superior quality products, service and expertise.

    The Cablofil Wire Mesh Cable Tray CF 150 has a concept that is based upon performance, safety and economy. These are the top three qualities that make the Cablofil Wire Mesh Cable Tray system preferred by installers. Cablofil works well because it adapts to the most complex configurations. The structure gives maximum strength for minimum weight. The ease of creating fittings that are carried out on site, along with the wide range of unique and universal accessories gives complete freedom in routing combined with exceptionally fast installation.

    Some features and benefits include the Special Safe T-Edge. This helps to protect installers from sharp ends while it prevents cables from fraying. The wire mesh is smooth and round, which helps to resist dirt and dust build-up. There are standard 10’ lengths that are straight and easy to handle. The large mesh size (2” wide by 4” long) that allows cable installers to route cables in and out at any certain point without having to cut the tray. The 1” to 6” high flange side of the tray prevents cables from falling off. The dimensions are nominal and other sizes are available upon request.

    There are different finishes available: Electro Zinc, Hot Dipped Galvanized, Stainless Steel 316L, Black Painted, and other Painted. The material it is made out of is steel and the depth (U.S.) is 6”. 




    How Bridgeport fittings can address code issues:

    by Frost

    Did you know that a rigid coupling is only UL listed to join sections of rigid conduit - NOT for use in transitioning to another conduit system?

    Very often contractors will use a rigid coupling to join two raceways, for example on HVAC equipment hook up they will screw a liquid tight connector into one side of a Rigid coupling and a EMT connector into the other side to allow for a flexible connection as required by the NEC.

    All connectors supplied with a locknut are UL listed to be installed in a knockout ONLY. Any female threaded hub type fitting or Box are only listed for use with rigid type conduit.

    Review the UL white book "KDER" and see the full details

    How Bridgeport fittings can address code issues?

    300.15 (f) Fittings can be used in place of a box.

    Bridgeport has many transition fittings that change the way that you do things.

    • The EMT Connector + GRC Coupling + Duplex MC Connector = Bridgeport Solution. (Trade size ¾” EMT and BPT CAT# 4157-DC).
    • The GRC Conduit + GRC Coupling + Liquid-tight Connector = Bridgeport Solution. (Trade size 3/8” and BPT CAT# 4369-LT), (Trade size ½” and BPT CAT# 4370-LT), (Trade size ¾” and BPT CAT# 4371-LT), (Trade size 1” and BPT CAT# 4372-LT), (Trade size 1-1/4” and BPT CAT# 4373-LT), (Trade size 1-1/2” and BPT CAT# 4374-LT) and (Trade size 2” and 4375-LT).
    • The GRC Conduit + GRC Coupling + EMT Connector = Bridgeport Solution. (Trade size ½” and BPT CAT# 290-RT), (Trade size ¾” and BPT CAT# 291-RT) and (Trade size 1” and BPT CAT# 292-RT).
    • EMT Connector + GRC Coupling + Flex Connector = Bridgeport Solution. (Trade size ½” and BPT CAT# 281-DC), (Trade size ¾” and BPT CAT# 282-DC), (Trade size 1” and BPT CAT# 283-DC), (Trade size 1-1/4” and BPT CAT# 284-DC), (Trade size 1-1/2” and BPT CAT# 285-DC), (Trade size 2” and BPT CAT# 286-DC), (Trade size 2-1/2” and BPT CAT# 287-XS), (Trade size 3” and BPT CAT# 288-XS), (Trade size 3-1/2” and BPT CAT# 289-XS) and (Trade size 4” and BPT CAT# 290-XS).
    • EMT Connector + GRC Coupling + Liquid-tight Connector = Bridgeport Solution. (Trade size ½” and BPT CAT# 4360-DC), (Trade size ¾” and BPT CAT# 4361-DC), (Trade size 1” and BPT CAT# 4362-DC), (Trade size 1-1/4” and BPT CAT# 4363-DC), (Trade size 1-1/2” and BPT CAT# 4364-DC) and (Trade size 2” and BPT CAT# 4365-DC).
    • EMT Connector + GRC Coupling + Single MC Connector = Bridgeport Solution. (Trade size ½” EMT and BPT CAT# 280SP) and (Trade size ½” EMT and BPT Cat# 280SPMB).

    GRC Couplings are UL Listed to join GRC conduit only! NEC 300.15 [F]. 


    Product Highlight: DBI Sala 1246161 Force 2 Shock




    DBI Sala 1246161 Force 2 Shock is a 6-foot (1.8m) web double-leg 100 percent tie off with snap hooks at each end. The Force2 lanyard is ideal when there is no overhead anchorage and your only option is to tie off at your feet. It can be used for up to a 12-feet (3.7 m) free fall, or as a standard lanyard up to a 6-foot (1.8m) free fall for workers that require a capacity of 311 to 420 pounds (141-190 kg).

    They feature the worlds smallest and lightest shock absorber and our exclusive Hi-10 Vectra energy management materials that provide second to none abrasion, cut and chemical resistance and efficient shock absorption.

    If a fall should occur, the lanyard and its unique energy absorbing system will activate stopping the fall and reducing the forces imposed on the user to safe levels. Safety professionals and workers alike prefer the patented self-locking snap hooks, which are widely recognized in the industry for their user-friendly operation. They are specifically designed to allow you to open and connect the hook without getting your thumb or fingers in the way, even with gloves on.

    Capital Safety manufactures the DBI Sala 1246161 Force 2 Shock and they are the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of height safety and fall protection equipment with 20 operating sites worldwide. They are the home of the DBI-SALA and PROTECTA brands. Extensive training, knowledgeable technical assistance and professional customer service back all of Capital Safety’s fall protection and rescue systems.

    DBI Sala 1246161 Force 2 Shock is extremely compact and lightweight. There is an exclusive Hi-10™ Vectran™ energy absorption system. There is abrasion resistant polyester webbing with user-friendly self-locking snap hooks. There are built-in reflective materials and an impact indicator. The protected labels are equipped with i-Safe™. 


    10 Tips for Handling an OSHA Inspection


    1. Alert the Appropriate People

    Make sure to immediately alert the company’s on-site safety director.

    Know who your response team will be in advance.

    2. Check Credentials

    Determine the purpose of the inspection.

    Ask about the officer’s background.

    3. Confirm Clearance

    Determine whether to require a search warrant before permitting the inspection.

    4. Establish Parameters

    Confirm the ground rules about the scope/other details of the inspection.

    5. Oversee the Process

    Stay with the OSHA officer at all times during the inspection.

    Take notes and pictures.

    6. Watch Your Words

    Be care about what you say to the compliance officer.

    Do not argue.

    7. Rapid Response

    If there is a violation and it can be corrected – do it immediately.

    Try to determine exactly what the officer believes is required for abatement.

    8. Gaining Insight

    Focus on seeking information from the officer rather than providing information.

    9. Plan of Attack

    Plan your next actions in the investigation.

    OSHA has strict time limits on investigations.

    10. Keep it Confidential

    Don’t agree or admit to anything. 


    Ameren Missouri Incentives Program


    Ameren Missouri is introducing their Incentive Program that provides energy efficiency expertise, services and financial incentives to encourage the installation of new, higher efficient equipment retrofits, process improvements, and/or building system upgrades. Standard incentives are a quick and easy way to receive cash for your energy efficiency upgrades.

    These cash incentives are available for qualified: 


    Lighting Controls

    For eligibility, incentives must be purchased and installed after March 1, 2016 and the paperwork must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2019. Frost Supply is a trade ally partner and we can help you with filing your incentives. All custom projects must be submitted via a custom application to Ameren Missouri for review. Ameren Missouri will send an incentive offer to you for your review and signature. Frost Supply will help you throughout the entire process and take care of all the paperwork for you, while making sure that you receive your incentives. 

    Standard incentives are available to non-residential Ameren Missouri customers. You have the possibility to earn up to $3,000,000 in incentives per cycle (ending Jan. 31, 2019) with a minimum of $150 per application. The incentives are capped at the total project cost. 

    Projects with all Standard measures do not require pre-approval unless the incentive is anticipated to be more than $10,000. Eligibility for a Standard Incentive requires customers to install measures achieving a minimum total incentive of $150 per application. All Standard Incentive applications must be submitted within 180 days of equipment invoice date. 

    You can check out our Standard Incentives List by clicking the picture below. You can apply for your cash incentive after your equipment has been purchased and installed. 

    If you have questions about Ameren Missouri's Incentive Program, you can contact one of our account managers at 314-567-4004. 



    How To Manage your Social Media Pages as a Contractor

    by Frost

    Social media is the place to connect to your customers. When you begin social media, it can be intimidating! The best way to learn is education. You can also learn by experience. You can get an education in many different forms. Some top ways to learn are through blogs, eBooks, or others who have experience in the area. Your business reputation is constantly on the line, make sure that you have a full understanding of what to post on social media.

    An important tip is to stick to what works and gets your customers involved. You want to make sure that your Facebook page will not look out of place and look like an amateur marketer.

    1. Don’t private message users with a generic message.

    Human beings don’t like spam! Make sure that you are customizing your messages to get more effect out of them. You want to connect to them as a human being.

    2. Don’t post the same thing on every social media site.

    It’s boring to see the same post throughout all of your social media networks. Catering each social media site to the users on that site will help each post gather more attention!

    3. Make sure you have a profile AND background picture.

    In today’s day in age, it’s just lazy not to have a profile and background photo! Users will think that you are out of business, lazy or unintelligent.

    4. Beware of #hashtags.

    You don’t want to overdo it. Use one or two to keep it simple, unless you are on Instagram.

    5. Respond to your users.

     If users are taking the time out of their day to contact your page, make sure to give them a response! People enjoy getting a customized response and it looks like your company actually cares!



    What Makes A Good Grounding System?

    by Frost

    A grounding systems performance is determined by the quality of the following five components. They are all of equal importance.

    1. The grounding electrode conductor

    2. The grounding connections

    3. The grounding electrode

    4. Electrode to soil resistance

    5. The soil

    Understandng the 5 Components

    1. The Grounding Electrode Conductor

     This is typically made from copper or copper-bonded steel. The grounding electrode conductor must be large enough to withstand the maximum available fault current over the maximum clearing time.

    2. The Grounding Connections

    Grounding connections are often used to tie the elements of the electrode system together. There are exothermically welded connections that provide a molecular bond that will never loosen or corrode. Mechanical connectors that include a crimp, bolted and wedge type rely on physical points to-point surface contact to maintain the integrity of the electrical connection.

    3. The Grounding Electrode

    The grounding electrode has provided the physical connection to the earth. It is the instrument that is used to dissipate current into it. The two main types of electrodes are natural and made.

    4. Electrode to Soil Resistance

    The amounts of rod surface and rod replacement are the controlling factors. Doubling the diameter reduces the resistance by only 10%. This is not cost effective.

    5. The Soil

    Soil resistivity is measured in ohm-centimeters or ohm-meters and it plays a significant role in determining the overall performance of the grounding system. It must be known before a proper grounding system can be engineered. Measuring soil resistivity allows the design engineer to locate an area with the most conductive soil. This helps to determine the depth of the conductive soil so that electrodes can be placed accordingly.

    Most of the grounding system is concealed below grade. This makes the inspection of the grounding components difficult or impossible. 



    Why You Should Attend More Trade Shows

    by Frost

    Industry trade shows are gatherings of some of the best in the industry! They allow for companies to build their brand and to network with like-minded individuals.


    When you go to trade shows, you can guarantee that companies will send their top employees. You have the opportunity to meet the right people and this leads into the right connections. These are also the perfect people to answer your questions!

    Networking can lead to connecting to the right partner or you can see what products are on your want list. The representatives will help you get more information on the products.

    Growing Revenue

    Trade shows are the perfect place to meet likeminded people. Don’t shy away from introducing yourself and talking about ways that you can work together to build your brand.

    Learning More About The Industry

    If you want to learn more about what is current in the industry, a trade show is the perfect place to go. You can learn all about products or services. Feel free to take pictures and keep your eyes open for good marketing ideas. You can take this back to your company and brainstorm more ideas.

    Staying Up With The Times

    You need to stay up to date with current available technology. Since technology is constantly advancing, you need to get a good grasp on the new products and tools that are available nearly every day that can make business better and more efficient.

    During trade shows, you will see the newest technology as it is presented to the market.

    Embrace the Chance to Learn

    Many industry trade shows include seminars. You can pick and choose which seminars you would like to attend. Any knowledge that you can get from the industry to become the expert that you would like to be. 


    Liberty Safety Index Summarizes Top 10 Causes of Disabling Workplace Injuries


    Liberty Mutual recently released their 2016 Workplace Safety Index in January. The Workplace Safety Index summarizes the top 10 causes of disabling workplace injuries. The data is from Liberty Mutual, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Academy of Social Insurance.

    1. First on the list is musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which accounts for 32 percent of all injury and illness cases. This category includes injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying and throwing objects. Overexertion injuries cost businesses over $15.08 billion in direct costs and accounted for almost one-fourth of the overall national injury burden. For some good news, while the incidence rate last year was 33.8 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, this is actually down from 35.8 cases per 10,000 full-time workers the previous year.

    2. Second on the list is “same-level falls.” This has the direct costs of $10.17 billion and accounts for 16.4 percent of the total injury burden.

    3. Third on the list is “falls to a lower level.” This has direct costs of $5.4 billion and counts for 8.7 percent of the burden.

    4. Fourth on the list is “struck by object or equipment.” This has direct costs of $5.31 billion and counts for 8.6 percent of the burden.

    5. Fifth on the list is “other exertions or bodily reactions.” This has direct costs of $4.15 billion and equals 6.7 percent of the burden.

    These top five injury causes combined have accounted for 64.8 percent of the total cost burden, according to Liberty Mutual.

    The remaining ten were: roadway incidents involving a motorized land vehicle ($2.96 billion), a slip or trip without a fall ($2.35 billion), caught in or compressed by equipment or objects ($1.97 billion), struck against objects or equipment ($1.85 billion), and repetitive motions involving micro-tasks ($1.82 billion). These five injuries causes combined account for 17.7 percent of the total direct cost of disabling injuries.

    Liberty Mutual has reported that the direct costs of all disabling work-related injuries were $61.88 billion. The top 10 causes accounted for 82.5 percent and $51.06 billion of the total cost burden.



    How to use Frost Supply on your Mobile Phone!

    by Frost

    Frost Supply sells products through our website. We are excited to introduce our new online retail center to our customers!

    There are many features to online ordering on One benefit is that you can browse our products by category.  Browsing products by category allows for you to search in-depth for the products that you need. Product categories include a variety of groups that allow you to narrow down your search to find the products you are really looking for. There is even a clearance section where you might be able to find a product you have been wanting on sale!

    Another great benefit to shopping on would be the ability to search for products by manufacturer. If you have a favorite brand that you buy specific products from, this search capability allows for you to easily find what you need by searching your preferred brand!

    Quick pad ordering is another benefit along with live product pricing and availability. There are some benefits to signing up for a login on our site. First off, it is completely free to create a login. If you create a login, you can construct and manage custom product groups. If you create a login, you are also able to see your past orders and it helps Frost to keep track of your orders if you ever need help with anything.

    If you would like to see more information about our products, you can download our full catalog here: We currently do not ship orders outside the U.S. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

    Frost has recently created a mobile site! The mobile site makes it very easy to order on the job site, at your desk, or even on your couch at home! You can also make our mobile site act like an app on both Apple and Android phones along with tablets.

    Check out our special offers now!! 


    What type of products can I use to open and create a firewall?


    There are many factors that go into selecting fire barrier products. This may seem like an obvious question, but there are many things that go into this question. You have to be careful because the National Electric Code (NEC) 300.21 has a rule that openings into or through fire-related assemblies have to be fire stopped using approved methods that will maintain the fire-resistance rating.

    Fire stopping solutions are created to make sure that protected walls, floors and roofs are fire resistant; to ensure that your valued property is never compromised by services or voids. It is important to note that fire stopping has three different elements. These can be described as the fire-rated walls, partitions, floors or ceilings being penetrated; the cables, cable trays or conduits that make up the object creating the penetration; and the materials and methods used to seal the penetrations to prevent the spread of smoke and fire.

    Frost carries fire stopping products that you can check out here: Fire stopping products can ensure that cables, pipes, trunking, ductwork or the voids that they pass through won’t provide a weak link that would case the fire to end up spreading.

    In order for the entire system to be acceptable, it needs to be a UL (Underwriter Laboratories) compliant. Many manufacturers produce fire-stop materials. These manufacturers also publish the UL information that can be related to the product and installation requirements. Please note that this information is from the National Electric Code: 300.21 and that this information is provided only for general purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice and is not a substitute for review of product information or instructions. 


    Selecting the Right Harness


    When choosing a harness, it can be a tough decision to make sure that you get one that fits all of your needs. It’s important to weigh all factors and make sure that you select the right option.

    How should I select a harness for fall protection?

    Consideration should be given to the material that the harness is composed of, d-ring locations, buckle styles along with working load limits. Some of the most basic harness materials include nylon (which offers top-notch strength, comfort and protection), polyester (chemical resistance material) and Nomex®/Kevlar® (these are flame retardant and commonly used in arc flash and welding applications). Center back d-rings can be found on every single harness purchased. They are the only connective point allowed for fall arrest scenarios.

    Side d-rings, chest d-rings and shoulder d-rings are essential parts of a harness. The side d-rings are used for positioning as they help the workers keep their hands free when they are working in certain functions. The chest d-rings are there for positioning work such as ladders or tower climbing applications. Shoulder d-rings are used for lowering workers into small spaces or even rescue situations. You can get harness buckles in a variety of styles including mating, tongue, friction and quick connect styles.

    What other components should I consider when selecting a harness?

    The ABC’s of fall protection are the three primary components. “A” is the anchor or anchorage point. This is what you are attaching to that can withstand the impact of a fall. “B” stands for the body harness. “C” is the connection device and this is the critical link that runs from your body harness to the anchor point. “C” provides the deceleration in the case of a fall.

    Working load limits are also important to pay attention to. ANSI/ISEA have a testing protocol that has a 310-pound limit. OSHA permits anything between 310 pounds to 400-420 pounds. If something over 420-pounds needs to be lifted, the connector must also be weighted for this amount as well. 


    How to get through the coldest days this winter


    Electrical contractors don’t have the option to take a day off. With all the snow and the frigid temperatures, it can present a dangerous challenge. It’s important to be prepared for extremely cold weather conditions. Getting educated can prevent injuries and make sure that you are working safely in these intense weather conditions.

    One of the best things you can do during cold weather conditions is to suit up. You should wear 3 layers of clothing to provide better insulation. Wearing wool can keep the inner part of your body warm. Wear an outer layer that offers wind and rain protection that can provide ventilation to keep you dry. A knit mask can be worn to cover your face, mouth and ears.

    Taking breaks is important when working in cold weather. Eating lunch in a warm location can help. If the weather is extremely cold, NIOSH recommends limiting the time spent outdoors. It is better to stay safe instead of risking your health.

    When getting prepared to work in an extremely cold physical location, it is important to look after your co-workers. A first aid kit should be kept close by with chemical hot packs and a thermometer that can measure body temperature. Carry extra cold weather gear. This can include spare jackets, blankets, socks, gloves and a change or two of clothes.

    Keeping hot liquids near you is very important when braving the cold. Hot liquids need to be kept close by. This includes soup, tea, cocoa and coffee. There are high-quality, well-insulated thermoses that you can drink hot for the entire day. Keep the caffeinated beverages on a limit as they can cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.

    Before you get to the jobsite, understand the working conditions and what your body can handle. Be sure to stay aware of cold stress conditions like frostbite, trench foot, hypothermia and chilblains. Remember that your safety is most important!


    How to Connect with Frost Supply on Facebook

    by Frost

    Frost Supply is a distribution company that is focused on electrical supply, industrial, automation, tools, safety and voice/data industries.

    Frost has a knowledgeable staff that has provided decades of serving customers from its headquarters in Maryland Heights, MO and its five full-service branch locations in the city of St. Louis, O’Fallon and Columbia, MO along with Collinsville and Lebanon, IL.

    When you follow Frost Supply on Facebook, you will get all the information that you need to know about events, trainings, seminars, counter days, tool sales and promos & industry info for contractors.

    Following Frost Supply on Facebook is easy! We will list the steps to get you started!

    1. Log in or Sign Up for Facebook.


    2. Search for Frost Supply in the Search Bar at the Top of the Page.


    *If you can’t find our main Frost Supply Page, you can click the image above or this link.

    3. Click the “Like” Button.


    (The following steps are optional).

    4. Determine What You Want to See.


    5. Put your mouse over the Liked (Down Arrow) Button and choose the “Posts in News Feed” Option.


    (You can choose if you want to See Posts 1st or in Default Mode).

    6. Put your mouse over the Liked (Down Arrow) Button and choose the “Notifications” Option.


    7. Choose if you would like to be notified of Posts (All or by type) and Events.


    Congrats! You have now connected with Frost Supply on Facebook and are eligible to see our latest, most exciting updates!


    How do I choose the right cut-resistant gloves for the job?


    Cut-resistant gloves can be used on a variety of hazardous activities. They are designed to protect your hands during these activities. If your hands come in direct contact with sharp edges like glass, metal, ceramics and other materials; cut-resistant gloves can provide protection to make sure your hands are safe from damages. Lighter weight styles of cut-resistant gloves are more flexible, while the heavier styles provide more protection against cuts and abrasions.

    It can be easy to get overwhelmed when trying to select the right cut-resistant gloves. With many different varieties in the market and tons of different options to choose from, this can make the decision even more complicated. There are multiple different rating scales and many special testing methods.

    There are also a variety of acceptable or certified standards. The U.S. uses the ANSI (American National Standards Institute)/ ISEA 105 standard along with the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) cut test methods that determine the glove level of resistance. The rating that these methods give are based on the grams of weight needed to cut through the material. The weight translates to a level of 0 to 5.  If more weight is needed to cut through material, the level of cut resistance will be higher.

    Employers are the ones who are ultimately responsible. They need to perform a hazard assessment of the workplace that would help to identify and control physical and health hazards. An assessment should be done of any work activities. These activities should include anything that involves sharp points, pinch points, sheet metal handling, glass handling, razor wire work, utility knives/box cutters, puncture hazards, abrasion hazards, sharps and stripping wire. These types of activities will possibly require cut resistant gloves.


    The Importance of PPE in Every Electrical Safety Program


    PPE is defined as personal protective equipment and an example could be arc rated FR clothing. PPE plays a critically important part in every electrical safety program. It is meant to protect when all other preventative measures have failed. FR clothing is not to be used as a primary protection method, and it is important to be aware of the fact that one size of PPE does not fit everyone.

    If a safety program is successful, it will most likely address each situation independently and treat individuals in the safety program uniquely depending on their job function as well as exposure to hazard. Being safe should be a priority for both the employees and companies.

    When it is determined that PPE is needed, companies should address what type of PPE is best and will offer the most protection. For electricians, it can be a tough choice on deciding what gloves and PPE to go with. Some helpful hints include making sure that gloves are the proper size and that voltage ratings can prevent accidents. The worker still needs to have the proper dexterity that is needed to perform the electrical tasks at hand.

    Buying XL PPE may seem like an easy solution that will make a program manageable and more cost-effective. However, this train of thinking can fail easily. Workers come in many different shapes and sizes. When sleeves are too long, workers may pull them up and this can expose wrists or hands to injury. Sleeves need to be worn buttoned and need to be very tight fitting on the arms, so that they are protected from injuries.  If workers are wearing garments that are underrated or too bulky, this can also put them in a position for injury.

    Note that the one-size-fits-all approach does not work for workers that need PPE. It’s very important that workers get the proper fitting garments that are the right size for each worker. 


    How to Save Energy with Ameren’s Amazing Illinois Incentives Programs

    by Frost

    Ameren offers some programs that help to save energy. Ameren is encouraging everyone to reduce energy usage and cost. There are incentives offered for everything that includes light bulbs to insulation to new construction.

    One of the ways that you are able to save is through CFLs and LEDs. Ameren Illinois is currently offering discounts to its residential electric customers on both their LED and CFL light bulbs through participating retailers. The first step is to plan how many you will need in your home and then you can purchase them from participating retailers.

    Ameren will pay you a $50 reward if your recycle your refrigerator and freezer. By recycling an old refrigerator and freezer you could save up to $100 per year or more. Free pick up and haul away is also available if you choose to get rid of your old fridge or freezer.

    Heating and cooling discounts are available if you install a more efficient blower motor, a central air conditioner and a more resourceful blower motor. To qualify for the home energy savings, all you have to do is be an Ameren Illinois customer.

    Ameren’s home efficiency program can help you to make a smart investment in achieving an energy-efficient home. To participate in the program, you can call Ameren’s call center at 1-866-838-6918 and schedule a home energy audit. After discussing the recommendations from the audit, you can decide which home improvements to make. Your Program Ally will then help you to start saving!

    Ameren also offers the opportunity to make your new home an ENERGY STAR® certified home. This will help to improve the energy efficiency of your home while it is still in the building phase. This can help to save money, make your home more comfortable, create a higher home resale value and to add cost savings on your monthly utility bills.

    If you are a landlord, there may also be other benefits you can receive. You are able to get free energy efficiency products, lighting products and special incentives for air sealing along with insulating your units. There may also be cash incentives and savings on building upgrades. 


    The Definition of Secure Search and What it Means to Users


    Secure Search can be defined as when a user conducts a search over SSL (Secure Socket Layer), which makes all of your search queries and traffic encrypted using SSL. When using SSL, the benefit to the user is that a third party cannot easily recover their data. Third parties include: employers, Internet Server Providers (ISP) and advertisers. Many online banking sites and e-commerce websites implement SSL to make sure that the information they input is secure.

    Many users have been concerned over their privacy on the Internet and the benefit of Secure Search is that it allows the user to protect all of their data when searching keywords on the Internet. The user can actually add Secure Search by adding it themselves in a Secure Search Provider to any search providers that they choose to use. The Google Secure Search Provider is easy to add and protects privacy.

    Google has now switched over all of their searches to encrypted searches that use HTTPS. This basically means that Google has cut off keyword data entirely. With encrypted Google searches, users cannot be tracked by their keyword searches. Site owners are therefore not able to segment users by the keywords that they type in their web analytics software.

    SSL encryption was added for signed-in users and for searches that take place Chrome omnibox. Extra protection has also been added for users who are not signed in. User privacy has become a big concern for many, which added to the need for secure search.

    Even when you are not logged in and using private browsing, you are being redirected to the HTTPS version. This encrypts your search and leads to a total removal of all keyword data from Google search visitors. 


    Electrical Safety after the Storm


    A flood damaging many businesses, homes, government properties and roads fueled the end of 2015 in St. Louis. Many have been affected and suffered damage. After severe flooding, it is important to take safety precautions, especially when it comes to electricity. It is important to note that electrical wiring and equipment that has been exposed to water because of flooding, can present a significant safety hazard if it is not replaced.

    The following should be looked at after flooding after being submerged by water: panelboard interiors, circuit breakers, fuse blocks, disconnect switches, controllers and lighting switches/receptacle outlets. Replacement of electrical equipment, especially switchboards and panelboards with uninsulated busses may be essential due to the corrosion and contamination caused by floodwaters.

    All electrical equipment that has been submerged must be replaced. This will include lighting fixtures, furnaces, boilers, electrical baseboard heaters, space heaters, water heaters, pumps, pump controls and other appliances and equipment or associated electrical components. Service conductors, feeder cables and branch circuit cables must be replaced if they have been either partially or completely submerged.

    It is important to use caution when dealing with electrical hazards. Do not touch a circuit breaker or replace a fuse with wet hands. Make sure to use a dry plastic- or rubber-insulated tool to reset breakers. Use only one hand. Never flip a switch or plug in an appliance until an electrician tells you it is safe. Never allow the power cord connections to become wet and do not remove or bypass the ground pin on a three-prong plug.

    Prevent electrocutions by using portable ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) protective devices. Discard any electrical devices such as circuit breakers, fuses, GFCIs, receptacles, plugs and switches. When using a wet-dry vacuum cleaner be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid electric shock. Portable generators should never be used indoors or outdoors near open doors, windows or vents. Never turn on damaged electrical appliances, damaged electrical parts can create an electric shock hazard or overheat to cause a fire. One of the safest approaches is to replace any nonmetallic-sheathed cable that was immersed in water for any period of time during the flooding.

    Electrical safety is one of the most important things to consider after flooding. While some items could be reconditioned, others will need to be replaced to protect you, your family, home and business. It is recommended that you allow an electrician or electrical inspector to guide the process.


    Understanding Lighting Contactors


    Lighting contactors can be useful in both commercial and industrial applications. They help to control large lighting loads and motors. Lighting contactors can be depended on for reliability.

    When installing a contactor application it is important to understand the basics of contactors. If a contactor is installed incorrectly, this can be the main reason for failure. The biggest reason for contactor failure is misapplication. It is critical to understand that contactors have specific designs that are used for specific purposes.

    A contactor has two basic parts: the contacts and the coil. The contacts are moved into position because the coil energizes the contactor. The current is transmitted from the source to the load because of the contacts. Note that heat can destroy both, so it is important to look at both if there is a problem with your contactor.

    Overheating can occur if contacts transmit too much current. If they are opened too frequently, do not close quickly enough, or are not closed firmly; overheating can occur. If overheating happens, it can deteriorate the contact surface and the shape of the surface. If severe melting or deforming has occurred, replace the contacts immediately.

    It’s also possible for coils to overheat if the operating voltages are too low or high, if there’s dirt or misalignment damages, and probable electrical short damages. When it gets hot, the coil insulation will short out and blow a fuse. This can cause it to possibly open and stop operating.

    You can check a coil by sticking an ohmmeter across the coil leads. If there is infinite resistance, there is a good chance that the coil is open. If you have to replace the coil or the contacts, you will most likely have to replace the entire contactor. It is important to install contactors correctly to ensure long life. 

    You can check out our lighting contactors here:


    The Benefits of LED Retrofit Kits


    Lighting maintenance can be very costly and leave a huge gap in your budget. Many types of lighting are used 365 days of the year, causing an enormous surge in pricing. LED Retrofit Kits have many benefits to offer customers.

    LED Retrofit Kits are a true replacement for general lighting applications and they are safer for the environment. LED Retrofit Kit lighting contributes to a massive amount of energy savings and sustainability. By dramatically lowering costs, LED Retrofit Kits can out-live previous solutions and lighting fixtures. This helps to lower the energy needed to power lighting fixtures. Many LED Retrofit Kits use up to 80% less energy than lights that use standard incandescent and halogen.

    LED Retrofit Kits are perfect for any location. They are very suitable in damp areas. They are mercury free. Another major benefit is that they contain no ultraviolet, which makes them safe for delicate projects. The LED Retrofit Kit can be shut-off when an area is not being used.

    With LED Retrofit Kits, there is no warm-up time and no delay when starting the lights up. LED Retrofit Kits work even better in colder temperature, but work in the hotter temperatures as well.

    Some additional features include allowing users to control energy using automated systems, implementation of lighting controls, and the use of demand-side energy management systems. With fewer fixtures required over time, a longer lifecycle will cause fewer problems for the environment, further improving a green initiative in the building setting.

    Offering a wide range of industrial LED applications, LED Retrofit Kits can be used in the commercial building environment, retail, automotive garage, street lighting and in many more areas. They can be used not only for distance, but close range indoor use. Changing LED fixtures happens less often than changing regular lighting fixtures, making it a cost-efficient substitute. 


    New Product: RACO STAB-iT

    by Frost


    Looking to save time and money on your current jobs? RACO© has just introduced STAB-iT™, which is a revolutionary and industry changing line of boxes that have built-in cable connectors for flexible armored cable. The new RACO© STAB-iT™ Cable Box is the QUICKEST method to terminate MC into a box. If you want to increase productivity on the job and save money, STAB-iT™ by RACO© is the perfect solution. It has been proven that 25% of labor time is saved per cable vs. competitors and their traditional methods.

    Some highlights of STAB-iT™ is the ability to lock the cable in place quickly, fast installation, the capability to accommodate two cables, and easy to uninstall. Additional features include rolled steel edges, which help to eliminate the need for plastic bushings, perfect for PRE-FAB applications, and gangable.

    The installation process is so simple, which proves that RACO© STAB-iT™ is 25% faster than any of the other traditional MC/Wiring methods. The entire installation process can be completed in 3 steps: prepare the cable, remove the priout, and then insert the cable.

    STAB-iT™ is designed for both prefab and jobsite use, making it perfect for both locations. There are reduced transactional costs because it is no longer necessary to order MC cable fittings that are separate from junction boxes. Since there is no longer a need to order additional MC cable fittings, there are fewer sku’s to manage on the job site.

    The benefits already mentioned are the key selling and saving points of using STAB-iT™. In addition to these amazing benefits, STAB-iT™ is actually better for the environment. There is an elimination of fittings, which means that there will be less corrugated to manage, dispose of and haul away.

    If you have any questions about RACO© STAB-iT™, please contact us today; or feel free to shop around on our website!



    Hubbell Wall Packs: Safety and Savings


    The Hubbell Perimaliter® III - PVL3/PGM3 and Perimaliter® II PGL series perimeter lighting wall mounts are the most desired refractor solution in the industry. These LED units provide energy savings from 60-70% over the average wall pack system producing at 60 lumens per watt. The PVL3/PGM3 series produce over 4100 Lumens with aesthetic distribution which allows them to be mounted at heights of 10-15 feet. Combine that with a sharp prism design that allows for spacing of up to six times the mounting height and you will have the best lit perimeter on the block. The PGL series provides you with the option for a higher wattage system for higher mounting heights of 20-30 feet, while still offering many of the same amazing features as the smaller PVL3/PGM3 wall packs.


    All three wall packs in the series come with or have the option for a prismatic glass refractor with a cast aluminum door frame (replacement part # 800-3399-0104). The Borosilicate glass reflector is heat resistant and has a non-yellowing prism design for wide spacing and clear bright lighting. By creating a brighter more evenly lit perimeter, the Perimaliter® Wall packs provide a feeling of safety and security around your building.  It also helps to eliminate dark walls or hiding places in between lamps.


    Hubbell Lighting also features their LNC2 line for security and safety purposes.  It offers no up light meaning those neighbors around you will appreciate your choice. Another added feature is a lens diffuser that allows you to control the LED brightness on entrances and pedestrian walkways.  They are offered at 3000K, 4000K, and 5000K to meet your needs.  If you are looking to control these fixtures there is a Button photo control for dusk to dawn energy savings.  However, if you need motion control that option is available as well. 


    If you have any questions regarding any of the Hubbell Perimaliter® and LNC2 Wall packs and their specifications or replacement parts please contact us today. Or Shop now! 


    Why Do you Want It?-Southwire Testimonials

    by Frost

    We stressed the ease of use for Southwire’s CoilPAK™ payoffs.  The most recent version from Southwire is the CoilPAK™ mini which features 25 pounds of wire and is perfect for service trucks.  The 50 pound CoilPAK™ is beneficial for easily being transported throughout the job site making your circuit wire installation more productive and more profitable.    Please see the complete list of benefits and features from this circuit management system below.  We have had two of our very own customers who have used the CoilPAK™ products on their projects and were willing to share their stories with you. 



    • SIMpull®NoLUBE® wire jacket
    • Package fully encases & helps protect wire
    • Packing comes in recycled plastic
    • Built in handle & payoff 
    • Stackable - up to 5 PAKS high


    • No more broken spools
    • Designed to help reduce potential lifting/handling/pulling injuries
    • Space saving, multi-wire CoilPAK™ payoffs available
    • Increased productivity



     I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with our recent purchase of the CoilPAKs. We purchased over 40,000 ft in different colors for a project we had in Carlyle, Illinois. Our interest was sparked when our account manager, Jeff Schaible told us about the new solutions Southwire was coming out with to create labor time savings. We saw the product first hand at your boxing event in November. My brother and I spoke with our electricians and decided to test the CoilPAKs on an upcoming job with a large wire order. We were so surprised how much easier and faster the pulls went that we decided to utilize the CoilPAKs on our next job as well. We have also looked into stocking these for our service trucks.

    Thanks again.   –Mike Pollman, Pollman Electric  Carlyle, IL


    It was the first time we had used this application on a job as typically the racks that come with 2500 foot spools of 10 gauge wire are heavy and hard to maneuver. We decided to use the CoilPAKs instead because of the much smaller footprint - 1250 ft CoilPAKs versus a regular reel. It was a night and day difference between the two with the ease of use. It feeds itself with the Simpull jacket and eliminates the need for lube and the mess that entails. This creates the added benefit of pulling past existing wire. Overall, almost 9000 feet of wire was used on the entire job resulting in 30% of labor time savings. We also purchased the wire cart for larger pulls and we will be using this solution on all of our large jobs moving forward. –Jay Steinkoetter, Request Electric Fenton, MO


    If you have any questions regarding these products, please contact our account managers who can happily help guide you to the correct solution. 

     For the testimonials flyer, click here.



    Are you protected from storms?


    Floods and power outages are just starting to kick off with the spring season.  While this article was conceptualized prior to the storms that rolled through the Midwest, it seems now is the best time for a reminder to protect your equipment.    Transient Voltage Surge Suppressor (TVSS) or as they are now referred to a Surge Protection Devices are devices that every data center or facility should have.   You already know this right?  You also know that you need to eliminate any damage that could occur to your equipment should a surge run through your electrical circuits.  Surge Protection Devices are designed to stop current surges from inside a facility, or outside instances such as lightning.  Besides lightning, what other types of surges can occur?  Other equipment may discharge stored energy in electric motors, arc welders, and furnace ignitors.  Damage occurs when the surge voltage exceeds the weakest exposed component's ability to withstand that voltage.  Most of the time the surge will flow into the equipment via electrical conductors, but phone lines, data lines and ground lines all may be a source as well. Surge Protection Devices are recommended to connect to potential voltage threats and limit this voltage to the threshold below the "withstand" voltage.  The device diverts all the energy present in the surge to a level safe for the vulnerable circuitry.   Rule of thumb is to make sure you have surge protection at various points throughout the facility or location.  More importantly, these include the service entrance, distribution panels, branch panels and the circuit itself.  It is better to have all these steps in place for prevention of an occurrences rather than a production loss at your facility. 

     Eaton offers the CVX series of surge protection devices.  They are designed for medium and low exposure level applications.  A few examples of where to install them include:

     • Residential/small business

     • Light industrial

    • Light commercial

    • Service entrance and branch panel protection

    • OEM applications Installation recommendations.


    ERICO Caddy’s Critec maximum surge rating allows for protection of service entrance, main distribution panels, and highly exposed applications.   


    Shop our surge protection devices here.


    Why Do you Want It?



    We have stressed the ease of use for Southwire’s CoilPAK™ payoffs.  The most recent version from Southwire is the CoilPAK™ mini which features 25 pounds of wire and is perfect for service trucks.  The 50 pound CoilPAK™ is beneficial for easily being transported throughout the job site making your circuit wire installation more productive and more profitable.    Please see the complete list of benefits and features from this circuit management system below.  We have had two of our very own customers who have used the CoilPAK™ products on their projects and were willing to share their stories with you. 



    SIMpull®NoLUBE® wire jacket

    Package fully encases & helps protect wire

    Packing comes in recycled plastic

    Built in handle & payoff 

    Stackable - up to 5 PAKS high


    No more broken spools

    Designed to help reduce potential lifting/handling/pulling injuries

    Space saving, multi-wire CoilPAK™ payoffs available

    Increased productivity




    I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with our recent purchase of the CoilPAKs. We purchased over 40,000 ft in different colors for a project we had in Carlyle, Illinois. Our interest was sparked when our account manager, Jeff Schaible told us about the new solutions Southwire was coming out with to create labor time savings. We saw the product first hand at your boxing event in November. My brother and I spoke with our electricians and decided to test the CoilPAKs on an upcoming job with a large wire order. We were so surprised how much easier and faster the pulls went that we decided to utilize the CoilPAKs on our next job as well. We have also looked into stocking these for our service trucks.

    Thanks again.   –Mike Pollman, Pollman Electric  Carlyle, IL


    It was the first time we had used this application on a job as typically the racks that come with 2500 foot spools of 10 gauge wire are heavy and hard to maneuver. We decided to use the CoilPAKs instead because of the much smaller footprint - 1250 ft CoilPAKs versus a regular reel. It was a night and day difference between the two with the ease of use. It feeds itself with the Simpull jacket and eliminates the need for lube and the mess that entails. This creates the added benefit of pulling past existing wire. Overall, almost 9000 feet of wire was used on the entire job resulting in 30% of labor time savings. We also purchased the wire cart for larger pulls and we will be using this solution on all of our large jobs moving forward.

    –Jay Steinkoetter, Request Electric  Fenton, MO


    If you have any questions regarding these products, please contact our account managers who can happily help guide you to the correct solution. 


    For the testimonials flyer, click here.


    Enphase Tackles Potential Grid Shutdown


    Have you heard the big news that recently came out of Hawaii regarding solar?  Enphase, the micro inverter manufacturer (which was used in our solar panel installations here at Frost Supply) has just announced a solution that generates more stability of the grid in regards to solar panels in Hawaii.  Enphase who has a distribution agreement with one of our manufacturer’s Siemens was commissioned to tackle Hawaii’s potential grid shutdown.  “Hawaii has solar penetration around 12% and about 60% of those inverters were with Enphase.”  Hawaii was proactive in pursuing a better solution as Hawaii had established a “they had set the frequency and voltage windows very tight on solar inverters to “protect” their grid.”  This meant they would be prone to having their solar generations snap off line after a certain limit was generated and then come back.  Hawaii sought to avoid adding service costs for each of their 51,000 homes that have solar and about 800,000 micro inverters in total.  Discussions with Enphase reached the conclusion to try and tweak the inverter settings. The kicker is that the changes could be done from Enphase’s headquarters in Napa Valley with just a few changes on the computer ended up generating a cost savings of millions that theoretically would have been passed on to the customers.      

     Full article from Nigel Morris here.    

    On a side note, Enphase and Siemens announced a few months ago that they have improved arc fault technology in their inverters.  This solution addresses the 2014 NEC which requires protection of all PV circuits.   


    Dual Function Circuit Breakers Offer Protection and Savings

    by Frost

    Many may not be aware, but the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC®) now requires both Arc Fault and Ground Fault protection on many 15 and 20 amp kitchen and laundry circuits.  Prior to this product, the only way to comply with the code was to pair an AFCI circuit breaker with a GFCI receptacle. This added costs and was a hassle for installers.  It contributed to continued maintenance work as well. Siemens has a dual circuit arc fault and ground fault breaker.    


    The GFCI protects against ground faults and are a preventative guard against electrical shocks.  The GFCI circuit breakers are set to detect when current is seeping from somewhere outside of the intended direction.  This detection is seeking to prevent your body from being the path to ground this “leak” in electrical current.  If such an instance were to occur, bodily harm would take place through burns, shocks, or even electrocution. 


    The AFCI’s job is to protect against arcing or a spark that could happen if wires have been deteriorated or damaged.  As well as any breaches in the wire or bad connections.  The result of such situations could mean damage or fires.  Electrical fires are a major cause of concerns for business and residential groups.   It causes billions of dollars in property damage in a given year, not to mention the loss of life that is typically associated with such fires.  This device can help mitigate the risk.      


    Also, there are other changes taking place with circuit protection starting in June of this year.  It is requiring a self-test and lockout feature as directed by UL943.  Typically, it has always been suggested to test devices every 30 days after installation.  This product has this feature with a continuous test for malfunction.  It will trip and lock the device when protection has been found to be faulty.  The LED trip indicator is exclusive to Siemens.  The breaker can either be bolted on or plugged in. 


    We currently have stock of the Q115DF and Q120DF Siemens breakers.  If you have any questions regarding more information on these products, please contact us today!  


    Is LED in your future?

    by Frost

    Have you thought about joining the LED evolution, but just did not know where to start?  There are so many options available that is hard to stay on top of the trends.  However, one thing everyone already knows is that it saves money, and labor from maintenance of outdated lamps or fixtures.  One also knows that  LEDs are constantly changing.  Meanwhile, this change makes the product itself increasingly more effective the technological advances.   Often times, the LED movement is referred to as the LED revolution.   Evolution therefore is a carefully chosen word for how our energy solutions specialists approach the advancing technology of LEDs to ensure the right product is matched to the right job.      

    One product that continues to evolve is the T8 lamps.  Cree has introduced a new LED T8 Series that allows current fluorescent T8’s to be upgraded to LED.  These lamps are not your everyday LED retrofits.  The universal compatibility of this product with current fluorescent ballasts means installers do not have to bypass the current ballast upon install.  However, the life of the current ballast does come into play when choosing this product.  When taking that into consideration if it is noted that the ballast is not at the end of life, this T8 becomes a simple solution to upgrading to LED in various applications.  These include health care settings, office and commercial buildings.

    This product comes in both 3500 and 4000K color temperatures.  It offers 2100 lumens per LED lamp and a 90 CRI at 50,000 lifetime hours.  This particular design takes into account an oval shaped design for more up light and offers a simple lock and twist for easy installation.  This product is dimmable, but is dependent on the ballast.  More importantly, depending on your area our lighting solution specialist can determine what incentives can be taken on top of the manufactuer's warranty of five years.  Cree presents a quick and easy solution for joining the LED evolution and utilizing LED savings.  As with any retrofit, it  can not be stressed enough that it is always a good idea to consult a lighting specialist regarding possible incentives as well as compatibly with the installation and controls.   

    If you have any questing regarding the Cree T8 series and its specifications, or all retrofit solutions please contact our energy solutions specialist Nick Arb.       


    Too hot or too cold to handle?



    Do you have an area in your house that sometimes gets too hot or too cold?  It is never the right temperature.  The HodPod™ solves this problem so you never have to face a chilly basement in the winter or a hot garage in the summer.  The adeptly named HodPod™ supplies heating or cooling for these hard to reach rooms. By energizing either the 1000 or 1440W element heating is achieved.  Cooling is attained by utilizing the fan operation only to boost the cool air flow.  It can be installed into your existing rigid or flex duct in two model sizes.  It is a simple solution for controlling temperatures in those hard to reach places in homes, garages or even office buildings.  There are a few instances if the duct work is uncomplicated that this could be considered an average do it yourself project, but for the most part a professional HVAC contractor should be consulted.  

    There are two models a six inch and eight inches.  The six inch is 1000 watts and the eight inch is 1440 watts each at 120 volt operation.  There are custom options available for larger areas up to 3000 watts on 208,240 or 277 volts.  A fifteen amp dedicated circuit is needed for the six inch model’s operation and a 20 amp for the eight inch model.  

    The product is controlled by a low voltage thermostat or there is an option to use wireless thermostat.  A silent boot can be used with rigid duct work to ensure the noise level remains low.  Otherwise, it is virtually noise free.  Another benefit is that zero clearance is needed with the installation of this product.  

    The most important feature of the product is that it prevents your central HVAC unit from wasting energy trying to heat or cool those areas that cannot be reached.  In turn, savings will be seen on your bills with the energy reduction. It could save you 20-50% from simply not using a space heater in the winter.  The HodPod™ also comes with a one year warranty with a two year warranty on the thermostat.     


    Do you have any questions on how the HodPod™ works or the installation process? Please contact us 314-567-4004 or 1-800-776-5444.  


    New Product: Southwire CoilPAK mini payoff


    Southwire has introduced a new mini CoilPAK that works in conjunction with the entire SIMpull circuit system.  As with its counterpart, this mini wire payoff is as Southwire states “revolutionizing the way you install wire.”  Not only is it increasing safety for workers reducing strain, but it is a time saver generating productivity with more efficient pulls.  This increases profitability to the bottom line.  This 25 pound CoilPAK eliminates the need for spools and offers a built in handle for carrying.  With the more rugged stackable body, you no longer have to deal with over rotation which causes bird nesting.  Also, no lube or soap is required which reduces scrap. 

    The most important feature is that it fits easily into work vans or service trucks before and after your pull.  The clear packaging allows you to see how much wire has been pulled.  It comes in 120 volt 12 gauge stranded, and solid wire packages.  Watch the video for an additional explanation of the benefits and easy payoff by utilizing the 25 pound mini wire payoff. 


    The SIMpull CoilPAK is a 50 pound wire payoff that is also a part of the SIMpull circuit system. It was designed for easy transportation both when carrying and lifting.  When more support is needed, the Southwire SIMpull Cart holds up to eight CoilPAKs at a time.  It is makes the storage more convenient and they stack easily as well.  Keep in mind that only pulling the weight of the wire eases strain and increases productivity.


    Any questions regarding the new CoilPAK mini wire payoff?  Please contact us or your account manager.  314-567-4004


    Don't get caught. Stay Safe.


    There are many types of struck by hazards.  As is the case in most safety accidents, all are preventable when the right safety precautions are utilized.     Some examples of caught in between incidents include being buried in a trench collapse, buried by a scaffolding collapse, or crushed by heavy equipment or falling debris.  No one wants to get pinned under heavy machinery or pinned in between equipment and a solid object. How do you go about preventing this from happening at your job site?

    • Always have an exit plan for trenches and daily inspections. 
    • Always inspect scaffolding for any issues with the structure.
    • Provide guards for moving equipment and seatbelts to prevent any rollover accidents.


    Each and every one of these fatal hazards that have been discussed for the past few weeks on the blogs has maintained the same theme.  Accidents are preventable and there is a responsiblity for proper training, equipment and accountability of the individuals on the job site.  In doing research for the articles, we came across another blog Q&A by Crucial Skills that teaches job site safety, but more importantly their message resonated.  They had everyone on the job site commit to 200% accountability.  Here is the implementation from their trainings: “workers agreed that they were 100 percent accountable to abide by the safety protocols. They also committed to be 100 percent accountable to speak up when they saw someone else violating safe practices. Each signed a “200 percent accountability” poster and gave others permission to confront them if there was any question about their own compliance”[1].  Here at Frost, we have no vested interest in pushing these particular safety trainings.  However, the advice is worth sharing and implementing at your job site to keep your workers safe.  Keeping everyone safe is the number one priority and the entire reason why we examined the top four fatal job site injuries.  Remember to constantly be training your employees with proper safety precautions to keep it at the forefront.  Maintain safety equipment and tools.  Wear proper PPE.  Follow lock out tag out procedures.  Stay Safe on the Job Site!                 

    [1] Crucial Skills Blog 



    Preventing electrical injuries and death: Proper electrical hazard protection.


    In this third part of our hazard series, we are going to discuss electrical hazards.  In the last few months, numerous industry new stories have covered many instances of death and serious injury from electrocution.  They have occurred in un-proper lighting installations in a pool and live wires.  It happens every day.   In many electrocution cases, contact is made with live wires or overhead power lines.  Some occur where lockout tagout procedures are not followed, but can occur also if cords on power tools are defective. 

    One must continue to take precautions to ensure that cranes, scaffolds, ladders, even raised truck beds do not contact power lines especially being aware of un-insulated power lines.  During the recent Ice bucket challenge for ALS, several firefighters were injured when their aerial ladder began moving back after spraying water on the students and came close enough to the power line causing the energy to arc over the occupied bucket.  The potential for injury can occur at any time and preparation is the key to prevention.   Wearing proper PPE gear and maintaining equipment can prevent injuries as well. 

    Proper Lock Out Tag Out

    Follow the system and the simple rules.  To de-energize circuits and prevent operating circuits, place the lock and tag on each disconnect.  If you placed the lock, then you should be the only one to remove it.  Make sure that any stored energy has been released and run a test to verify the system is de-energized.  Make sure any alerts or signs are set up to keep other out of the area or aware of the hazards. 

    Power Tools

    When utilizing a power tool, use double insulated tools each job will require the “right tool” for usage. It needs to be powered by a low voltage isolated transformer.  Remember, low voltage does not lessen the hazard or risks.   

    One error or one simple mistake can cost someone their life.  Even the most experienced workers are at risk if procedures are not followed properly.  Refresh your memory and constantly be aware of your surroundings when on a jobsite, it just might save a life.     

    Do you have any stories of how PPE or routine protection procedures prevented injuries?  Please share!


    Check out of our lockout/tagout and PPE equipment on our site.  


    Safety equipment is your friend. Embrace it.


    In part two of our series regarding the top four hazards on the jobsite, we address the stuck by hazards.  Some forms of these include accidents involving vehicles, falling objects, and collapsing walls.  These types of hazards can be prevented, but it goes right back to planning and prevention.  Most companies draw up “control measures” to align company safety practices and personnel training for better understanding of the potential for danger and injury.  Specifying controlled work areas and qualifying the person in charge to okay loads and lifts are control measures.  Limiting access to only trained personnel also prevents those unequipped and untrained employees from being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  It also relieves nervousness since everyone on the team has their own role to execute.       

    Other key factors to consider when driving a vehicle onsite include:

    • Ensuring the maintenance of the vehicle being operated
    • Wear a seatbelt
    • Only load cranes and vehicles to capacity
    • When reversing for safety reasons use a spotter


    Getting in the habit of following control measures no matter how simple or mundane is the best practice for prevention of stuck by hazards.  It is in that lapse of judgment where one puts themselves and others at risk thinking “it won’t happen to me.”   

    A few best practices for to avoid falling objects include:

    • Using holding devices to support loads to failing devices as the cause of injury
    • Discontinuing use of broken tools as they could injury the handler or peers
    • Never assume. 
    • Wait for the crane or vehicle operator to acknowledge your presence when entering or exiting the work area.


    Always wear protective gear.  Your hard hat is your friend.

    What control measures are the most effective on the jobsite?  Has there been a time that stands out when those measures have prevented injuries?



    by Frost


    Today begins our series on the top four construction jobsite hazards.  They include fall, struck-by, electrical, and caught in between hazards. 

    The key for prevention of all four of these hazards will continue to be constant training and equipment maintenance.  Fall hazards are most commonly found on new builds, structures, scaffolds, ladders and stairs.  According to Builder online, “36% of construction injury and deaths come from 'slips, trips, and falls”.  Most of these injuries are preventable with the right attention to one’s environment.  Fall protection is a requirement when conditions are six feet above the lower level.  Warning lines also need to be utilized for unsafe edges or drop-offs.  When working on a scaffold, check that the installations and guardrails are secure.  The same can be said when stairs are being built.  Safe access to both can prevent future injuries.  Think of it this way, if you are adding blocks or a board to add extra height to a scaffold then that is not where you want to be standing.   Follow your training on a job site, utilizing shortcuts are warning signs that there is significant potential for injury.       

    Ladders provide a similar hazard if not palced on even ground or at a proper angle to avoid falls.  Safety checks and proper storage should be part of the everyday routine.  Another tip when climbing up to a landing the ladder must extend three feet over the landing to ensure a proper climb.  Perspective becomes important as these basic tips when not followed are most often the causes of serious injuries on the job site.  Any one who has ever used  a ladder has heard the warnings to not stand on the top rung and use the correct size ladder.  However, with everyday usage the odds increase for injuries by fall hazards as it becomes second nature.  Make sure safety precautions are a part of that second nature as well.  Even while using fall arrest systems on construction sites,  maintenance checks and preventive practices must be ingrained in each and every workers routine.  Always properly maintain equipment and follow standard procedures to avoid a serious situation. 

    There are many other ways to prevent falls on a jobsite.  Some are as simple as clearing debris and spills.  No one wants to see someone hurt because they did not get something cleaned or marked for caution right away.  Others are ensuring proper coverage of man holes for foot traffic or maintaining clear walkways,and a lit path.  It is like an old adage, the one time that precautions are not followed could be the one time serious injuries occur.  As mentioned about 36% of all construction injuries and deaths occur from slips, trips, and falls.  Stay safe while working, and take the time to remember your maintenance and safety checks!

    What are you doing to prevent fall hazards on the jobsite?  What safety practices does your company require you to follow?   Please share you safety tips with us.  





    Q&A with John Sollors of Erico




    Questions answered by the lightning protection expert. 

    Who needs to focus on lightning protection?

    Sollors: Everyone to some degree.  This doesn’t mean that everyone needs a Lightning Protection System on the roof of their home or business.  Even if you don’t need a Lightning Protection System, you should protect your home or business from incoming transient power surges at your main service entrance, cable, data, and any low voltage circuits.  In the last ten years, the electronic circuits inside our everyday appliances have become more and more sensitive to transient surges.   The damages are far more costly than the price on robust surge protection products.  Appendix “L “ in the back of NFPA 780 – 2014 has a Risk Assessment that can provide assistance to the building owner, engineer, etc. in determining the risk of damage or injury due to lightning.

    Why is it important for businesses to be proactive about lightning protection?  And to that same note surge protection as well?

    Sollors: Surge Protection and Lightning Protection go hand-in-hand.  A Lightning Protection system is meant to protect the facility from physical damage. Even more likely is a lightning strike hits somewhere nearby, but outside the protection zone of the Lightning Protection System.  This strike can produce transient surges on power, cable, data, and low voltage lines and circuits. Only Surge Protective Devices can protect your sensitive electronics inside the facility.

    What is the process contractors can utilize to get their lightning protection certification?

    Sollors: ERICO doesn’t certify electrical contractors in Lightning Protection.  UL and the Lightning Protection Institute have courses for the Electrical Contractor to obtain certifications in LP.  ERICO recommends joining either/both organizations and taking the applicable classes/tests. 

    How can ERICO assist an Electrical Contractor and their customer with a Lightning Protection System?

    Sollors: ERICO is capable of providing the Electrical Contractor a Bid Package, Engineered Drawings, and Bill of Material for an LP Solution. 

    ERICO needs the following information to provide this service:

    -          Current Roof Top plan of the existing building with elevations.

    -          Specifications from the customer regarding the system design.

    -          There is no charge for this service.

    What instances have you come across where businesses would have benefitted from protecting themselves before a lightning or surge incident occurred? 

    Sollors: Lightning and Surge Protection are the two most commonly used technologies to avoid expenses by businesses.  It is like insurance, we pay for it for that one time we might need it, but we complain about it before the accident.  Ask any business owner or home owner whose facility was struck by lightning or hit by a transient surge.  They will tell you they wished they would have spent the small amount of money up front to adequately protect their facility and sensitive resources inside.  The damage they now have to claim with the insurance, the down time, and potential personnel harm are considerably more than the amount it would have cost to protect their facility.

    Any examples or stories where lightning protection was not installed and what happened to the business as a result? 

    Sollors: JW Speaker’s Corporate Headquarters located in Milwaukee, WI is a State-of-the Art Facility with unique building automation systems.  Some of the interior systems include automated lighting and environmental controls.  Outside the building there are stylish LED light poles along the walkways.  Lightning storms in the area caused damages to these three systems multiple times during a single season.  The costs with replacing controller boards and LED assemblies were significant enough to make finding a solution a priority.  Since the installation of surge protective devices for power distribution and sensor signals several years ago, all of the damages from lightning storms ceased.

    Thank you John for taking the time to answer our questions and offer your expertise. 

    If you would like more information on Lightning Protection, please contact us.  We are here to help support your lightning protection needs.    



    Lightning? How Protected Are You?

    by Frost


    Most of us all love watching a good lightning show even though it is dangerous we just cannot help ourselves.  The bolts as they streak across the sky are often fascinating.  The pictures we see only help to showcase the power of nature.  However, this awe inspiring event can have several downsides if that strike happens to hit your building.  In a time when we are well aware of natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, there has been a big push for disaster or safety preparation. 

    Lightning is not a disaster that one would expect, but they could lead to a major disruption of your businesses everyday functions if not properly protected.  An article by UL (Underwriters Laboratories) cites there is nearly one billion dollars of damages reported due to lighting strikes.  That is just the claims.  It does not take into consideration any money that is lost during the “downtime” as your building gets repaired and is running efficiently again.  Any stoppage in business could be detrimental to your business- just think about that for a moment.   A top of mind example of the powerful force of nature that can disrupt business is Hurricane Sandy.  As we well know, some Hurricane Sandy victims have never gotten their businesses up and running again, and sadly some of those who did got hit with another safety disaster from damaged wiring from the storm causing a fire.  These incidents provide lessons on the importance of protection and planning for your business.  It also emphasizes another valuable lesson on safety and maintenance checks.  One never knows what can happen at any given time, but it is best to stay out ahead of it and stay prepared.  Missouri and Illinois rank in the top 10 of lightning strikes throughout the US.  Missouri comes in first in the Mid-West with Illinois following second1.   Does your disaster planning include lightning protection?  If not, what does it include? 

    Stay tuned for more information from the lightning protection expert, John Sollors of ERICO in a feature Q&A.  



    1-Lightning Safety Awareness Guidebook


    Protect Your Online Information

    by Frost

    It seems now more than ever the importance of protecting our information has become a top priority.  Especially as we have seen large retailers and corporations who have had information security breaches.  It has become not only a matter of being aware of protect you identity, but a necessity to know how you share your information online.  With that being said, how many times have you actually spent time looking at the company from whom you are purchasing items?  There are so many choices and options out there.  Let’s face it we are all busy, need to meet deadlines, or get the job done.   With the launch of our new Frost Supply e-commerce website, we wanted to remind all online shoppers including those that use our site already of a few helpful online shopping reminders.   

    First, be the consummate researcher.  For those of you who don’t enjoy research, do not worry it only takes a few more clicks.  The extra time could save you a headache in the future if you understand the company that you are buying from beyond the sell price.  In every case, you are not only purchasing a product, but their customer service.  It is worth the extra step especially if a deal sounds too good to be true. 

    There are several ways to go about verifying your source of sale.  Look for policies on how the companies handle your information and make sure those policies are readily available to you.  Check for any warranties or guarantees that the company offers.  Is the company upfront about various costs?  These could include shipping and tax information.  All of this information should be presented at the time of checkout. 

    Finally, ensure that you have a secure checkout.  A reputable company is going to encrypt your credit card information.  Two quick ways to look for security is to look for the lock on the URL bar or make sure the URL starts with https.  These are two signals that need to be there before you type any of your payment information.  Be safe shopping.   

    We are pleased to launch our new site to ease your purchase process.  If you have any questions, regarding how to navigate our new site, please contact us!  Stay tuned for more articles featuring industry experts, product knowledge, and tips.