Posts Tagged ‘safety’

If you’re reading this, you’re probably well aware of the IKEA furniture recall. However, as mentioned in my previous blog, “What Everyone Should Know About the IKEA Furniture Recall,” the safety considerations and implications are not specific to IKEA brand furniture, or to furniture itself. Below are steps individuals can take to ensure that their furniture, and any heavy objects for that matter, are securely fastened to the wall.

Tip Over Restraint Kits

For the IKEA furniture recall, a colleague of mine mentioned that she voluntarily participated in the recall by requesting several safety kits from IKEA. I asked if I could examine the Secure It Safety Kits she received. The furniture models you own will determine which kits to request. My colleague received Kits R1 and R2.

Each IKEA kit includes instructions and diagrams for three kinds of wall materials:

  • Drywall or plaster with available wood stud wood-stud_opt

 

 

  • drywall-no-studDrywall without available wood stud

 

 

  • masonry_optMasonry

 

 

Page 2 of the safety kit’s instructions manual further illustrates four necessary tools for the job: a Phillips head screwdriver, cordless drill, 5/8” (8 mm) drill bit, and a 1/8” (3 mm) drill bit.

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If you ask us, the fifth item should be a Zircon stud finder!

Considerations Before Fastening

Fastening your heavy object to a wood stud with a screw is ideal. However, if your dresser needs to be fastened to the wall and there is no wood stud, you can either move the dresser a few inches to where a stud is or you can use a drywall anchor to fasten into the hollow wall.

Having a Zircon stud finder will help you determine which fastener to use by determining whether a stud is present or not.

To fasten your heavy object to concrete or masonry walls, and to avoid rebar and other metal such as electrical conduit that may be embedded in your wall, you’ll need a Zircon tool with Metal Scan mode.

The IKEA safety kit instructions mention that if you have any questions, customers should consult their local hardware store. Fortunately, almost every hardware store and home improvement center in the U.S. can also explain the benefits of a Zircon stud finder and recommend the model that’s right for you.

If you need assistance during your fastening project or have questions related to which model is right for you, please don’t procrastinate! Call our Zircon Tool Pro experts at 1-800-245-9265, Mon – Fri, 8AM – 5PM PST. Take Chairman Kaye’s advice, please act immediately!

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Kurt Stauss at Honeywell

Classroom training started with a video, followed by questions and answers, hands-on training on demonstration walls, and a written applications test.

Zircon has received requests for training at large industrial complexes around the country because the safety departments now require workers to fill out a form certifying that they have scanned the wall, floor or ceiling before workers penetrate these materials, whether they are concrete or drywall.

As these photos show, I conducted classroom and hands-on training for subcontractors who work at a Department of Energy (DOE) site managed by Honeywell, near Kansas City.  Each attendee was trained in the usage of the Zircon MetalliScanner MT6 and the Zircon MultiScanner i500. At the end of the training session, the attendees received a certificate after demonstrating basic proficiency in operating the MT6 and the MultiScanner i500.

The head of the safety department personally researched and tested various brands of metal detectors for concrete and multi-function wall scanners (stud finders) for drywall.  He could have selected different vendors for each category, but Zircon was selected to fulfill both goals based on the performance of the tools, and especially because of their ease of use.

Kurt Stauss at Honeywell near wall

First step in the training was to demonstrate that the MT6 worked in the environment, by locating high voltage lines in conduit in the wall behind me here

Before starting the classroom training, I was asked to demonstrate the MT6 onsite, as this would get the men excited about the capabilities of the MT6. At the onsite location, inside the wall behind me, there were high voltage electrical lines, but they didn’t tell me that.

I was easily able to locate and trace the power lines inside the steel conduit by using the MT6.  Of course, conduit offers some protection in many cases, but if a worker core drills through the wall in that location, it would cut through the conduit (and high voltage lines) like a hot knife through butter! The workers were thoroughly impressed with the performance of the MT6. (They want to get home safe every night)!

Kurt Stauss at Honeywell 3

The class laughed when one guy commented on how surprised he was that the MT6 works so well, considering how inexpensive it is.

I recently did a similar training at an Intel Chip Fab facility in Arizona and they selected the Zircon MetalliScanner MT6 and the MultiScanner i500.  One comment I hear repeatedly is that they knew about Zircon stud finders, but they had no idea Zircon also made such awesome concrete scanners!

(Note: Cameras are not allowed inside the high security DOE facility, but the photos were sent to me by a DOE staff photographer).

Zircon’s in the Real Blogs also provide a service and training perspective on popular subjects, such as the blog, “Does it Have X-Ray Vision?” For additional insights, please also visit us @zircontools, like us on Facebook or ivsit http://www.zircon.com.