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Nigel Costolloe, 2013 President
Happy New Year! By the time you are reading this we should be buried in snow and consequently, our slow season should be in full swing. Unless you are a marketing genius and/or don’t paint exteriors, this seasonal fluctuation in business is familiar, though still unwelcome. What are doing to find work? Years ago, I once noted proudly to a PDCA friend in Chicago that we didn’t advertise as all the work we needed came from referrals. He challenged me to find new customers to replace those who die off/move/spontaneously combust. Poppycock, I thought. Each satisfied customer should be a referral source for other new customers, so if we maintained our standards, word of mouth business should be all we ever need. Fast forward to 2013 and our company spending almost 4% of our revenue on marketing (compare this to a national average of 9-12%) – a combination of WBUR radio underwriting, BNI, Yelp, Angies List, postcards, SEO and myriad other little techniques for increasing our brand footprint. Are we doing this because word of mouth is no longer working? On the contrary, our business is still mostly by referral, but consider the following; a new client with a $20K+ project calls, referred by an architect, WBUR and online testimonials. We call that branding - building a position in the marketplace using every means available. OK, you say, “quit blowing your own horn already”! I share this not to brag but to illustrate the new reality of the marketplace; the diligent customer will check you out carefully using any and all means available. If your brand needs development, I encourage you to use the PDCA’s Contractor College courses, and to attend the National Expo in St. Louis this March. And challenge your chapter leaders to bring in some speakers on this topic this year – there’s so much to learn. I hope to see you at National.
Nigel Costolloe Catchlight, Inc. Office: 617.734.1696 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission: New England Council, Inc., PDCA exists to serve the coating and wall covering applications industry with standards, education, training, advocacy and best business practices essential to member success. Vision: To continue to be New England’s recognized voice of the industry, the contractor’s source for standards and education and the customer’s choice for painting, wall covering and decorating services.
Many, Many thanks to our Sponsors and Speakers and Participants who make the NEC Educational Conference and Vendor a success.
Event Sponsors Benjamin Moore Sherwin-Williams
Sponsors Hyde Tools Purdy
Sherwin-Williams Benjamin Moore Hyde Tools Purdy The Paint Project Insl-X Muralo Rustoleum Glidden Professional California PPG Architectural Wooster Brush XIM
Mi-T-M Titan Tool Graco Festool USA PEP Associates Roman Decorating Mad Dog Primers Homax Behr Paint Norton/Saint-Gobain Kovrd Products State of CT DPH Wholesome Kitchen
The NEC, PDCA Convention again proved to be a worth while investment. I definitely got much more than my money’s worth. The sessions covered a broad range of topics and left me with many notes and informational handouts. The Vendor Expo was informative and I was introduced to new technologies and new resources. I enjoyed the accommodations as the location was central to downtown Salem and allowed for some sightseeing during free time. The food was good as well and there Was plenty to go around. As always there was a lot of thought and planning that went into the convention and it showed. I look forward to next year and what I can take back with me to improve my business. Don Demaio, K. Morgan Associates
Ron Ramsden, Ron Ramsden Painting Joan Saddler, The Wholesome Kitchen Michael, McSherry, Benjamin Moore Debbie Zimmer, PQI, Dow Coating Materials Mathew Richards, Castle Complements Painting Company Jim Pouliopoulos, The Growth Coach Beth Darman Stone, Claire/Stone Communications Jarred Alexandrov, Fairway Mortgage Richard Greene, CEO, PDCA Harry Lux, LuxBrush Painting Shawn Clark, Waters and Brown Jonathan Bennett
PDCA has encouraged me to examine my systems and evaluate how they are working. Then to make sure my employees understand the systems and are using them. Marge Parkhurst The value of what the PDCA has to offer at such a low price. Stephanie Young This was an extremely productive time with very good sessions and presenters. Charlie Gilley Emotional and educational experience. Programs were all relevant to today’s business climate. Mark Adams A value-packed weekend – excellent speakers who inspire, challenge and teach! Thank You!! Nigel Costolloe We are fairly new to PDCA and find that it provided us with a wealth of knowledge and expertise for us to implement in our new business. Sandra Bourgery There was great information shared by the presenters and even better conversations with my peer painting contractors. Matt Bourgery Harry’s discussion about addressing fears was thought provoking. Jim Fradette My expectations were high for the line-up of presenters and I was blown away. Leaving with an action item made it worth all the time. I was inspired by the level of others’ enthusiasm. Ray Sola The passion and intensity of the speakers as well as the audience of painting contractors was infectious. Even a PDCA long-time member found the discussions invigorating. There was something intensely deep happening. Harry Lux PDCA conference provides wonderful support, business education and technical support unavailable anywhere else in the painting industry. Michael McManus A great venue for any contractor that’s in the painting business. Great Programming! Paul Corey
SAVE THE DATE 2013 Educational Conference and Vendor Expo November 8 and 9, 2013 Hilton Mystic Mystic, Connecticut
PAUL AND BARBARA COREY SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED
In 2012 the Executive Committee of New England Council voted unanimously to found the Paul and Barbara Corey Scholarship, to honor of their many years of dedication and devotion to the Council and to PDCA. The Scholarship creates an opportunity for aspiring and prospective PDCA leaders to attend the National convention, as long as they attend the Leadership Training. Ideally, the member returns to their Chapter and the Council inspired and motivated, having learned both leadership skills which will benefit our association, as well as the opportunity to attend 2 days of educational events designed to make any painting business more successful. Congratulations to the 2012 Corey Scholarship recipients! Mathew Richards of Castle Complements Painting John Speridakos of Cosmos Painting Our congratulations to both Matt and John - we look forward to their continued leadership! Details about the scholarship application can be found on the NEC website here.
Paul and Barbara Corey react as Nigel Costolloe presents the scholarship award
LEADERSHIP TRAINING AT 2013 EXPO - AGENDA NOW AVAILABLE
PDCA will hold a special Leadership Training event at the annual Expo. Click here to download the agenda. To increase participation by Forum, Council and Chapter Leaders, PDCA is offering a special Leadership registration rate. All Leaders that participate in the training event will get a Full Expo registration for just $199. All Leaders are welcome as long as they are registered with PDCA National in an officer position. (Individuals that register at this discounted rate will be billed the additional registration amount if they do not attend the Leadership Training session.) For details on the Leadership Training session, call PDCA at 800.332.7322, ext. 234 or email email@example.com. Click here to download the registration form. JANUARY EXPO REGISTRATION SPECIAL The 2013 Expo is your gateway to Get Smarter, Get Better and Get Business. All in the Gateway to the West. Don't miss out on everything the 2013 Expo has to offer!
30+ education sessions in 7 targeted learning tracks Networking with professional contractors, manufacturers and suppliers Accelerated PDCA Accreditation Program 40+ exhibitors featuring the latest products and services in the industry Exciting events and special programs and much more!
Register today at www.paintinganddecoratingexpo.com. Leaders: Click here to download the Leader registration form and register for $199.
Board of Directors for 2013
Executive Committee Members were voted on during the Annual Members meeting at the 2013 Conference and Vendor Expo
President Nigel Costolloe Catchlight, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org Vice-President/Treasurer Ray Sola Cloudland Paintworks email@example.com Director Charlie Gilley Restoration Painting firstname.lastname@example.org Director John Ord Ord Specialty Painting email@example.com Director Mathew Richards Castle Complements Painting Co. firstname.lastname@example.org Director John Speridakos Cosmos Painting email@example.com Director Jennifer McSharry Kurt Dwyer Painting firstname.lastname@example.org Immediate Past President Mark Adams Southington Painting Co., LLC email@example.com
2013 President Nigel Costolloe
Richard Greene, PDCA CEO installs the 2013 Board of Directors during the business meeting at the NEC Educational Conference in November.
NEC Member, Brooke Cambridge featured on Flipping Boston
The following article appeared in the Boston Globe and is reprinted here.
The Maine native knows it is unusual for a woman to run an interior and exterior painting business, but said she didn’t end up there by design. “I got out of high school and I was looking for work, and I tagged along with some friends who were painting,” she said. “It wasn’t the dream career I imagined, but it stuck with me.” She liked the hands-on work, which has its artistic side, and kept on painting with a couple of different companies after moving to the North Shore. Now a Salem resident, she started her own business seven years ago. “I decided, why am I doing this for someone else?” she said. “I have a good rapport with the clients; all of my work is referral-based now.” Colorful characters are key to the “Flipping Bostons” appeal, producer Weissman said. “There’s a whole group of people who are drawn to the before-and-after. You sort of can’t help but wait to see what it’s going to look like in the end. And there are people who look to be entertained along the way, so we look for fun characters who are passionate, who are going to take you on a good ride.” No one seemed exactly sure how the show’s staff first spotted BLC Painting, but Cambridge thinks it was a combination of things that made her appealing. “They came across our website, and they were impressed with our logo, which gets us quite a bit of work, and maybe a little bit intrigued that it was woman-owned,” she said. Wait a minute, your logo? Yes, she said, it’s very popular and it shows her yellow Labrador retriever, Toby Sage, with a brush in her mouth. “She’s my companion, and she comes with me pretty much everywhere,” including job sites, said Cambridge. “She’s a kind of low-key dog and never gets in the way.” That includes a little bit of time in front of the cameras of “Flipping Boston.” But with all the editing that goes on, there’s no guarantee Toby will make it into the episodes. “She’s so relaxed, she really couldn’t care less,” Cambridge said with a laugh. “She just does her thing, no big deal.”
Salem painting contractor gets her moment in spotlight By Joel Brown Globe Correspondent / January 2, 2013
There’s more than one home renovation show hitting the area this season, and a local businesswoman hopes it will give her small firm a boost in visibility. A&E’s “Flipping Boston” follows hosts and professional house-flippers Peter Souhleris and Dave Seymour of Peabody-based CityLight Homes as they renovate properties in an upscale style in hopes of a fast turnaround for sale. In recent weeks, the show shot episodes centered around a condo in Lynn and a pizzeria in Danvers. Both were painted for the show by Salem-based BLC Painting LLC, the fourperson company run by Brooke Cambridge, 32. In Lynn, “they pretty much did a [demolition] in there and fancied it up quite a bit,” she said. “We did some pretty dramatic colors in there and spiced it up.” The pizza parlor job was also a major makeover and had to be done within a week, she said. That meant she was painting at the same time other contractors were still working and filming was going on, “So everyone was kind of stepping on each other,” she said. No photos of the interiors were allowed until the shows air, probably in February, Saturdays at noon on A&E. “We were just naturally attracted to Brooke. She was a colorful character who could add to the liveliness of ‘Flipping Boston,’ ” said executive producer Max Weissman. “Dave and Peter are big personalities and we’re looking for people who can fit in to that and have fun with it. . . . She stands out. She’s got great energy. And it’s unusual, being a painter is a very male world, and she stands out for being able to hold her own and doing a great job.” “Dave and Peter, I love ’em, they’re great guys,” Cambridge said. “Peter is very savvy with colors and design, and Dave is more of the one who tries to keep it moving, who tries To check air dates, go to www.aetv.com/flipping to keep the show peppy.” boston.
Top 10 Reasons to Join PDCA
compiled by Nigel Costolloe
Ever wonder how to tell a fellow contractor about the benefits of PDCA membership? Well, here are 10 reasons you can keep at your fingertips and the next time someone asks, you will be prepared with an answer.
1. Learn how to estimate accurately – don’t blame paint prices if you can’t make money on a job! 2. Discover published production rates for all painting tasks and measure your painter’s abilities against these standards! 3. Learn how to sell on service, not price! 4. Protect yourself against unfair practices by using the PDCA Standards – never touch up your finished work for free again. 5. You can ask your peers for help with solutions to a difficult customer or project. You can borrow specialty tools, and even painters, from your peers when you’re in a pinch to complete a project. 6. When you attend PDCA Chapter meetings, you get to spend time talking with major paint vendor reps, EPA RRP inspectors, OSHA officers, social media experts, marketing consultants, etc. – we’ll keep your business on its toes. 7. You can help give back to your community by contributing to charity painting projects. 8. As a PDCA member, you will always be the first to learn about new products, rules and industry news. 9. You’ll have access to the web’s most complete resource of technical courses on everything related to running a painting company, from the restoration of historic windows to hiring and firing employees. 10. Finally, you get to measure your company against other members’ – and learn from them how to get better, or perhaps teach them how to improve theirs. Join us and share business strategies with other successful members in a non-competitive and supportive environment.
“We met and exchanged ideas with real professionals. We’ve learned to take action and not wait for the phone to ring. We started going to Chapter meetings and took advantage of a wealth of knowledge and experiences that far surpassed our own. We’ve learned to treat our jobs like a real business and have used PDCA tools (Contractor College courses and publications) to develop business and marketing plans, and used the Craftsman Operating Procedures to help guide and train ourselves and our employees. We have built relationships with product reps from Ben Moore, Sherwin Williams, California Paints and others (we learned that the reps are here to help us!).”
~ From a New England Council PDCA Member
Cut-throat Just Doesn’t Cut It Here!
At a home show one would expect to meet with a variety of home improvement contractors, all competing for your attention. But what if you could gather information on more than 30 painting contractors just by stopping at one booth? Guess what, you can! Thirty one professional painting companies who are members of the New Haven Chapter of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) will be represented once again at this year’s PDCA booth at the New Haven County Home Show on February 22 and 23. Instead of cut-throat competitors, you will meet professional colleagues who share a love of painting, who are committed to the continuing education and safety of their employees, and who provide professional services with craftsmanship and updated techniques. While some companies serve residential customers, others serve commercial accounts. Some companies serve special needs such as wallpaper removal or specialty coatings. Just as each homeowner’s needs and expectations are different, so each company has its own uniqueness and strength. But one thing they all share is a desire to give you the information you need to make your home improvement decisions easier.
New Haven Chapter's Ray Sola at 2012 Show
PDCA is the only trade association dedicated to the success of painting and decorating contractors. Nearly 2,000 contractors in America and Canada are proud members of this organization founded in 1884. The New Haven Chapter meets monthly, and also participates in annual fundraising projects for charity. For more information visit www.pdca.org or www.newenglandcouncilpdca.org
We Did It For The Monkeys
A call from Helping Hands.org to a member company of the New England Council PDCA for an interior painting estimate instead lead to a community service project that provided Helping Hands $20,000 in labor and materials free of charge. Established in 1979, Helping Hands Monkey Helpers for the Disabled breeds, raises and trains capuchin monkeys to provide in-home assistance to people living with sever injuries and other disabilities.
30 members of the Council showed up on Friday November 30 th to transform a drab work space into a cool, soothing and sophisticated work environment. Benjamin Moore designer Stacey White provided the 5 color design, and thanks to the efforts of Benjamin Moore sales rep Kevin Scopetski, the company generously donated over 50 gallons of their Aura paint. The project spanned two floors with the primary space occupying what had once been the ceiling of a church, now remodeled, complete with boxed beams and trusses. The 22 foot high ceiling was further complicated by exposed HVAC ductwork and sprinkler system piping.
Cubicle walls and suspended lights made ladder movements and placement challenging - at one point we had 4 telescoping and 3 step ladders in use to paint just one wall plus all work needed to be completed in one day which made for a festive if occasionally humorously-crowded work environment.
Thanks to the qualities of the Aura paint, only one coat was needed to cover for each surface. And thanks to the tireless efforts of the volunteers, Helping Hands is now enjoying a beautifully finished space.
A space saving simple and safe way
to stack windows, cabinet doors, and shelves is on two 2" x 4"s laid parallel to a wall or backstop of some kind. The one closest to the wall should be a couple inches away and have some finish nails driven in at a slight angle, this is for the back edge of the pieces to rest against as they are stood up. When standing them set them at a 45 degree angle to the wall and 1 or 2 inches off plumb. this will put a little pressure on the nail. The other 2x4 would be placed at the other edge of the piece.
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5 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living
John Stahl, The Growth Coach
When things are tough for your painting business, it’s hard not to focus on the negatives. When you’re feeling constantly afraid about the future, you’re letting fear control your life. Owning a business isn’t about fear, it’s about fun, wealth and freedom! It’s time you put away your negative attitudes and get some peace of mind in your perspective. Dale Carnegie, in his book: “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” provides several ways to do just that. Here are 5 tips to help you stop worrying and start living too: 1. Live One Day at a Time: Live every day to its fullest; carpe diem. Understand that you can’t change the past and work on everything one day at a time. Don’t let fears about the future hold you back. Seize every single day and it will greatly reduce your stress and mental load. 2. Accept the Worst Possible Outcome: There will always be things that are outside of your control. When you’re worried, it’s important to ask “What’s the worst that can happen?”, accept it, and move on. Prepare yourself for the worst and hope for the best. Attack your fears head-on by understanding the reality of the situation and the worst possible outcome. Once you’ve accepted the worst, you can proceed with significantly less worry and work on preparing for it or fixing it. 3. Don’t Worry about the Vague: Often times you’ll find that a lot of your biggest fears are unfounded or blown out of proportion. Take time to understand what it is you’re afraid of and why. Is this a reasonable fear? What are some possible solutions? Stop focusing on vague worries. Quantify and qualify them before you become concerned. 4. Focus on the Cause, not the Symptoms: If a doctor treats the symptoms of a disease and not the cause, the patient will never make a full recovery. Your painting business is your patient. If you don’t find the underlying cause behind the problems in your business, you’ll never be able to fix anything. Trying to fix a sales problem? What you probably have is a marketing problem. Look at the real issue, not just the other troubles it creates. 5. Weigh the Odds: Most of what you worry about will never happen. When you worry about things that are never going to happen, you’re not just wasting time, you’re causing yourself unnecessary stress. Always consider the odds of what you’re worrying about. Is this fear likely to happen? How likely is it? Odds are, the majority of your fears won’t happen and if they do, will be significantly less devastating than you imagine. Interested in more tips to work on, rather than in your business? Contact me for a free copy of the e-book “Becoming a Strategic Business Owner”. The Growth Coach - 888-625-9838 firstname.lastname@example.org
NGPP announces new location for "March Madness"
Dear PDCA Friends - The following appeared in The Installer" and
Heidi L. Johnson
structure of the day - which becomes a weekend or more for many attendees - allows social time to details annual our March Madness event. The Berkshire Chapter get to know, renew, and visit with one another. Although it is billed as a Northeast regional event, hopes you can come! attendees and presenters have been welcomed Heidi L. Johnson, Fine Interior Finishing from New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, IlliThe NGPP Berkshire Chapter is yet again hosting nois, Kentucky and Ontario, Canada. the annual Northeast Region spring workshop, known fondly and widely amongst Guild members This legendary event which began in 2004, was as March Madness X. This tenth year is the year to conceived at the 2003 Columbus Ohio NGPP Conbe sure to attend! vention where Northeast chapter leaders discussed the possibilities of holding a "tri-chapter" meeting. The one day program is a range of at least eight Given the inherent two to three hour commute for demos and discussions, including "Peel and Stick most members, it was obvious it needed to be on a Murals and Graphics" by Anthony Russo C.P., Anthony P. Russo Paperhanging, "Fromenthal Instal- Saturday at an equidistant location. That is naturally the area of Springfield, MA which also is the lation Alternatives" by Denis Picard C.P., Denis Picard Wall Covering, both of the Connecticut Chap- front yard of then Berkshire President Roger Coupal. For ten years, Roger has wrangled three locater; and "Installing Commercial Goods in Small tions to fill the growing needs. Even more shepSpaces" by Phil Reinhard, Reinhard Wallcovering, herding was required over the years by Roger, then LLC, South Jersey Chapter. Berkshire Chapter Bob Kelly, and now Mike Germain in coordinating members Valree Rogers and Sue Elder, Paperthe presentations line up and the required walls and works, LLC, will present "Working with Glass Wallcoverings"; and "Manufacturers Instructions" will be supplies. Game day support has always been there in the way of Howard Hamm, Heidi Johnson, Valree discussed by President Michael G. Germain; " 5 Rogers, Sue Elder, Charlie Gilley and now- retired Minute Tips " by members of the highly regarded Mac Mowbray. All of this under the watchful eyes Boston Chapter; "Grasscloth On Point" by Louis Katz, LJK Wallcoverings, Westchester County Chap- of Regional Directors Sarah Smyth and Jack Egan. ter; and "Tips and Tricks Using Unusual Old Tools and Methods" by Michael J.Kelly, Jr, Michael J. Kelly & Son, Inc. of Delaware County Chapter. For this year and all the years, the Berkshire Chapter wants to thank all the members who have presented at the workshop, and all the attendees who The event officially begins at 8:30 AM on March 23, have prioritized their time and traveled to our cor2013. A continental breakfast will be available and ner of the country. We are very proud of the ten a cold cut lunch buffet is also included in the $30.00 year successful run that our small and mighty chapter has nurtured and developed, and with that pride on site registration. For the first time the event we are ready to hand over the reigns of primary meals will be catered, due to the new location at Tony and Penny's Restaurant in Ludlow, Massachu- management of future events. Know that you will setts. Just off the Mass Pike I- 90 exit 7, the venue see many of us at that future event, but we look forward to seeing you sooner, on March 23, 2013 in is slightly East of the previous locations Ludlow, Massachusetts! (www.tonyandpenny.com ). So that we can be sure to feed everyone, please be in touch with Berkshire Treasurer Heidi Johnson at … email@example.com…. with your intention to attend. "March Madness" has been a ten year long mission of the Berkshire Chapter's to provide a venue for gathering as an alliance of artisans, "paperhanger to paperhanger", encouraging the free exchange of ideas, opinions and information while enhancing the business and technical skills of paperhangers. The
Ideas Standing the Test of Time
Charlie Gilley, editor of the PRIMER, is acting as such for the second time. In this role, he has seen many interesting and informative pieces of information come along - and would like to re-introduce newer members and readers to some tried and true ones. The following article first appeared in the February 1999 issue - in the section titled: Improving Your Business. As you see, some practices never go out of style. Stay tuned in future issues for more!
Part 3 of 6 Find and Keep Good Employees Alan H. Ives, Jr.
the sash. (My brother and I had a good chuckle when I got most of the pop-out sash painted on my house during one applications period!) Have a written application and a personal file set up. Have applicants sign the forms and initial any added information. Be aware of the legality of certain questions. Ask questions that require you to listen. For example: “what did you like best about your last employer? What didn’t you like? Did your last company have a good crew? Why do you like painting? What can you offer my company?” Answers to these questions will be more revealing than asking, “Have you used epoxies?” Check personal and business references. To the best candidates, offer a week or two trial period. After that, you can offer final terms for employment. This allows you to better know their skills so you can more accurately pay them. In our company, we use our skill-level chart to designate an employee’s level of expertise. These are divided into apprentice painter, professional painter, expert painter and master painter. Each level has a list of skills. An expert would be proficient at all the skills of the first three levels. You can pro-rate a level. We share the evaluation with the employees to show them where they fit in the scale. It’s important for them to know what’s needed to move up in the company. Some items involve product knowledge, customer relations, problem solving and skills other than painting skills. This provides a basis for employee management that promotes consistency and fairness, fewer misunderstandings and allows you to grow without losing control . I really doesn’t take much time to put together.
Okay, it’s summer! You’re almost booked solid. You’d like to take on more, but you need manpower. How do you attract employees? Last issue, I suggested you formulate a “job description” and assign “levels of expertise”. With advertising, experienced employees will be more receptive to descriptive ads that include information about the skills needed, type of work, work area, along with benefits such as medical, pension plans, uniforms and vacation. Our company has better luck hiring in the colder months. If you’re hiring during peak season, expect to pay a higher wage initially.
Let’s consider the application process. Many of us throw a slew of questions at the applicant about painting procedures and products. Most require a short, simple answer. I’ve found that most of these answers are of very little help. What I really want to know is what kind of person I am dealing with.
Here’s what we do:
Use a descriptive ad that would get your attention were you an experienced person looking for work. Pre-Screen applicants on the phone. One of my most revealing questions is “Where and when did you get your last W-2 from?’ It’s funny how everyone has the magic 10 years of experience! Invite applicants to your shop/home for an interview. Instruct them to bring their “tools of the trade” and tell them they will be asked to prep and paint a window sash for a few minutes. Inspect their tools. Notice the variety and condition of the tools, as this lends insight into their ability, organization and neatness. Before the questions begin, observe them working for about 10 minutes. This information is more useful than any verbal claims. Recognize painters’ skill quickly by watching them work on
Next issue, we will explore company handbooks, evaluations and disciplinary actions. Have a great season!
Green Mountain Chapter News
The Green Mountain Chapter meets the first Tuesday of each month with the location determined by the type of program, activity or speaker scheduled for that month. All details are distributed to members via e-mail one week before. Please contact Brenda Langevin @ 802-2290487 or Charlie Gilley @ 802457-3709 if you would like information about meetings, locations or Green Mountain Chapter news and events. The next Green Mountain chapter meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 5th at the workshop of Restoration Painting in South Woodstock, VT. Dinner will begin at 5:30 and be followed by a presentation then a short business meeting. The main event will be a demonstration of the Festool systems sanders, vacuum cleaners and their new abrasives. We will offer a multitude of different substrates to try them out on. In early December, chapter members traveled to Andover, Massachusetts to visit the California Paint factory. We had an opportunity to view the entire manufacturing process beginning with the set-up to off- load the raw materials into the large storage tanks, the mixing of these materials into weight sensitive vats, dispersing into each respective can as well as the
application of the labels and bails. We also spent time learning about California’s different products, and had the chance to apply them. We received a very informative talk on color, color trends and how California Paints arrived at the different color selections, historical as well as contemporary. Also included in the days events were a refresher on new Massachusetts lead laws and a discussion by Al Peters on different types of spray equipment and matching the sprayer to the job. As a bonus a 440 airless sprayer was given away in a drawing. Also provided was a very nice lunch that added, to an informative and enjoyable day away from the job.
New Haven Chapter News
Next chapter meeting: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
6:00 p.m. - Social
6:30 p.m. - Dinner/Meeting 7:30 p.m. - Program Brazi's Restaurant $30 per person This meeting is open to all New Haven Chapter PDCA members, and to the cook/ chef in the family! Program: Joan Saddler of The Wholesome Kitchen
The simple philosophy and concepts of eating whole foods. Learn what to eat, what to avoid, and some sure-fire lifestyle changes that will change your life.
Announcements: The next PaintCare, DEEP stakeholders meeting will be February 5th, 2013 from 1:30 - 3:30at the South Central CT Regional Water Authority, 90 Sargent Drive, New Haven
Chapter News The Northeast Baystate Chapter meets on the first Monday of each month at Carrabbas in Peabody, MA at 6:30. Contact Jim Fradette at firstname.lastname@example.org The Newton/Boston Chapter meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA at 6:30. Contact Jenn McSharry at email@example.com
2013 New England Council Golf Outing
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Heritage Country Club, Charlton, MA A day of golf with fellow contractors and vendor representatives.
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The Forgotten Scaffolds
Alan D. Kline, Lynn Ladder and Scaffolding Co., Inc.
In the last few years, OSHA has been addressing the issues of Fall Prevention and Fall Protection to the smaller, residential contractor and home builder. We, as a national trade association, have a responsibility to add to our training and education courses, sections that address the types of ladders and scaffolding products that are used by this segment of our industry. As an industry, we only address the scaffold types in both the ANSI A10.8 Standard and the OSHA regulations that 90% of us rent or sell. These include, but are not limited to scaffolding, tube and clamp scaffolding, system scaffolding, suspended scaffolding, mast climbers and powered lifts. The other 10% of the scaffolds are usually rented at local general rental centers that cater to smaller contractors and homeowners. I have dubbed these “The Forgotten Scaffolds”. Some of these smaller contractors do own or rent small frame towers, but most of them use these:
Ladders Ladder Jacks Roof Shingling Brackets Carpentry Wall Brackets Steel Pump Jack Scaffolds Aluminum Pump Jack Systems Steel Roof Ladders
Many years ago, here in Massachusetts, before OSHA, our Department of Labor and Industries was progressive with respect to safety and had a law on the books directed towards the safe use of these products. Similar to the SAIA’s CPT programs, this law required painters and their allied trades to take a test and when they passed, they were given a picture ID with their “Painter’s Riggers” license. As one of the original SAIA’s ATT’s, we realized there was a need to add these products as a separate chapter in our CPT for Frame Scaffold courses. In future articles, I will address each one of these products and explain not only their intended use, but what ANSI, OSHA and their manufacturers suggest. Lynn Ladder and Scaffolding offers Competent Person Training - a comprehensive one-day training class is for supervisors, foremen and employees who erect scaffolds and oversee scaffold erections. The course covers the five most serious scaffold hazards: Falls, Unsafe Access, Falling Objects, Electrocution and Collapses. A certificate of completion will be issued by the Scaffold and Access Industry Association with successful completion. The next scheduled class if Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Lynn Ladder and Scaffolding in Lynn, MA. Contact Alan Kline for more information: 617-275-1076 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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