Posts Tagged ‘safety glasses’


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This month we are offering you 10% off Edge Eyewear until the end of the year! In my own opinion, Edge has some of the most stylish yet effective eyewear on the market for safety reasons. They carry camo styles, vapor shields, polarized lens, anti-reflective lens and so much more. Whether you wear these glasses for work or play, you will feel better about protecting your eyes whether your using tools or just being exposed to the sun!

A little about Edge Eyewear: It is a brand of Wold Peak International which was founded in Layton, Utah in 1998. Interestingly, they began their company in a little basement just as a lot of amazing companies do. In 2001, they relocated to a small office space where the young owner was able to hire more employees. Edge became the first company to offer designer sunglasses in this location! Today Edge is known for their products & how they package their products. “The company continues to see consistent growth as a result of its commitment to innovation, creativity, service, and enthusiasm.” -an Edge employee.

We have so many lens options such as clear lens, shaded lens, mirror lens, polarized lens, indoor/outdoor lens, and anti-fog.


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Last month you were introduced to my small world. So far we have Mo, my mom who has moved to independent living. We have me, who will be updating the old farmhouse. We have my BF Andy, who lives with his two daughters, Lucy and Grace, about five miles from my house. We all live about 1-2 hours away from where I work (depending on traffic) at Online Stores. Construction GearDiscount Safety Gear, and SafetyGirl are the stores whose products I will be using during the farmhouse reboot. While Lucy and Grace fight over who gets to test the Mace pepper spray guns, I root through my box of goodies and try to sort out what I will be using on what room. Soon I will start in the bathroom and walk you through some of my projects with featured products, but since I opened Pandora’s box of construction and safety stuff, I took some photos and have some thoughts to share on a few products before I start.

20140726_101018My sister is a nut for keeping her body pure. Since my dad died early of cancer from working hard as a construction foreman all his life despite a squeaky-clean lifestyle, I wanted to reassure her that I will not be breathing anything harmful. This respirator is only $13.31 and is very easy to assemble and use. There are also additional cartridges and filters to extend the life of this mask. It is comfortable, adjusts well, and was easy to breathe in. I will be using this when I use solvents and other chemicals.

20140801_192656Andy was with me when I opened the safety glasses. I got a couple pair because I couldn’t believe how attractive they all are. I’m middle-aged and I absolutely love the bifocals. All of these glasses double as sunglasses. I know I work for this company and am supposed to say nice things about the products, but honestly, it is so easy. The Edge Kazbek pair sells for only $11.09. They are ANSI compliant, they block UV, and they look killer on. Andy, who wears safety glasses daily (he manages operations at a steel mill), tried on the Edge Reclus and said they were by far more comfortable than any other pair he’s worn, and would be great to wear for biking, too.The bridge is made of flexible notched rubber to seat properly without pinching. I bet these go missing from my house…

One 20140726_130824last item I dug out of the box while I still had enough energy to use them: shoe cleats. I put these on my lawnmowing shoes, as there is a hillside behind the house. They looked kind of small out of the package but stretched nicely to cover the shoe, and stay there. They were light. My feet dug into the dirt while I mowed the slopes. I am thinking they are going with me to the golf course and will be great in the winter, too.

That’s it. I’ve introduced the stores, the house, the key players, and some products. I have no more excuses not to dig in!


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So I take a deep breath, look around me, and see possibilities and a ton of work. I am going to update a farmhouse, in real time, myself. I intend to do most everything I can myself, excepting if I add a second bathroom. That will require someone who likes to do plumbing more than I do. I am not even really sure what I want for each room so I will accept all ideas!

Let me tell you a bit about myself. I am a middle age woman living in a rural pocket on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, with seven acres of hillside in a dilapidated house that did not have indoor plumbing or a kitchen or bathroom in 1965. My dad bought the house for a few hundred dollars and he and his dad set out to do what our family does best: repurpose and build. His new wife would soon be pregnant for the first time, living in half a duplex. My dad worked all day and went to the house every evening and on weekends to dig out the cellar; add a garage, basement, and bathroom; and turn the cold spring house into a kitchen. Parquet floors were put in downstairs, salvaged from a school gym when it was torn down. Cut glass doorknobs and leaded doors were added to a built-in bookcase when the “new room” was added over 35 years ago. Slate flooring went on the landing, oak from the family barn was added here and there. The piece de resistance, however, is the old glass in the Dutch door, signed by etching pen by everyone who entered our family. My parents did a decent job of maintaining the large house through the years, and in retirement my father added a glorious mancave on the hillside overlooking the valley. There is a shooting range, and a storage barn. There is a chicken coop and playhouse and other outbuildings that should have been demolished decades ago, and over the years my parents became more reluctant to let things go. Add feathered and furry friends to line their now-empty nest, a mother whose heart condition precluded much physical activity, and a dad who was as busy as busy could be inventing his next irrigation system or perfecting a pie recipe. It’s a lot of house to handle.

Fast forward to December 14, 2013. I came home for my MBA class and visit with the folks for the weekend. My husband had filed for divorce earlier in the year and I scheduled a blind date. The as-yet-unknown man insisted we meet at a very public coffeeshop for my comfort. I challenged him to order for me and I would meet him there. Test #1. He gathered opinions, followed clues I left on my Facebook page, and made sure there was food at the coffeeshop (black coffee and raisin bread so I would have something in my stomach but not too much, if I was subject to nerves) and a pub nearby. He passed Test #1. We shook hands and I stood in the rain, watching him drive away in his minivan.

My sister and her family were coming to celebrate the holiday, too, that weekend. I drove my mom to church because she didn’t drive and my dad wasn’t feeling well. Halfway through the service, my cell phone rang. My dad. I memorized the message. “Don’t drive like a nut. I’m not dying or anything. I just want to go and have someone check me out.” Maybe I could take him in to the ER. Coming from a man who never missed a day of work in his life, I drove l like a nut. He felt a bit better by the time we got home, so he called off the trip to the hospital. We celebrated Christmas as a family. I offered to stay the next day and take him to the ER. He was hesitant. He didn’t want to inconvenience anyone. “It’s a lot less inconvenient to do it this way, Daddy, than to drive 2 hours mid-week to come do it.” After his tests, I sat and read Porky Chedwick articles to him while we waited for the doctor to come give him an antacid and send him home. Just when we were bored beyond belief, the doctor came in. Stage 4. Terminal. Pancreatic, lung, liver, lymph. The indestructible man’s head snapped back, then forward to his chest as if he had been hit as he heard the C word. “Ooof.”20140719_132626

Between my sister and I, we started living there 6 days a week, cooking, cleaning, feeding, driving, talking, administering pills, shopping, making phone calls. A month later he was gone.

His wife, the only woman he ever dated, the only woman he ever loved, is moving into an independent living apartment where we don’t need to worry about her heart. She can’t take care of the house on her own. The last six months have taken its toll on it. It hasn’t been scrubbed. Everything was as it was in the fall when my dad got it ready for winter: storm windows, covered landscaping ponds. My sister has slowed coming home for the summer, now that her kids are out of school. Packing my mother’s life into cardboard boxes takes every minute of housework time I have. We are lucky to get our laundry and dishes done.

20140622_091012The house is grimy. Some rooms are classically and tastefully done behind the disarray; others are simply outdated. Having only one bathroom is a problem. How quickly the beautiful English gardens have become overgrown with weeds! The new room – we still call it the “new room” – has never been re-wallpapered or re-carpeted. The paper is peeling and the carpet is beyond stained. The lighting is dim and the walls are scuffed.

So I am moving back into the house to see if I can handle it, financially, physically, and mentally; if not, it will be fresh for the market.

I did the same, on a grander scale, twenty years ago, when I bought my first house – a little hunting cabin with no heater and plaid carpet and velvet wallpaper that became something I loved with a cathedral ceiling and skylights and spiral staircase to loft and exposed fireplace. I wish I could do that here, but I feel my age, and I think you would grow bored long before I finished. My goal is to keep each room or area to one month, and only spend $250/room on average to refresh it. I would like to add a bathroom, but I am not sure where yet.

I hope you will travel with me on this journey. You will meet my family and friends as we go. I will be highlighting some of the great products from Online Stores, Inc.’s three construction sites: SafetyGirl, Construction Gear, and Discount Safety Gear. I welcome your questions, advice, and comments.20140629_101530

First up will be the small bathroom. I want to give it a facelift and brighten it up, with the hopes of it becoming the second bathroom eventually. I will review our tool belt and disposable coveralls while I restore the cabinets, paint the floor (yes!!) and swap out hardware and accessories. The additional gear from our stores that I will be using for the bathroom will be a respirator, gloves, and safety glasses.

20140719_132838 Please stop by often and let’s see what we can do!

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by the Professional Power Tool Guide Crew

One of the mostly overlooked precautions that people should take when using power tools is the use of safety glasses. People wear gloves when working with something hot, they wear a mask to prevent inhaling noxious fumes or sawdust, they wear boots to protect their toes and even hardhats to protect their heads but they leave their eyes uncovered and vulnerable. The eyes are one of the most important parts of the body when it comes to the kinds of projects that require power tools, so it seems odd that they are so often neglected.

Safety Glasses

For many handymen, the last time that they even thought about putting on safety glasses was in some high school technology or shop class. As they stood around, waiting in line for their turn to work the jigsaw they fiddled endlessly with the hopelessly unstylish “goggles” that they were issued and then reluctantly put them on when instructed. Most couldn’t wait to take them off and get back to business. What they failed to notice was all of the particles that were coating the surface of the goggles. All of that dust and wood had been stopped from damaging their eyes because they were wearing those goggles. Years later, in their own shop, most no longer use this important safety device.

Whether you are a hard core wood worker, a novice home owner that has simple repairs to do or a master carpenter, your tool box should include safety glasses. Available in many new and more attractive styles, some can even double as prescription glasses or sunglasses. Your eyes are extremely sensitive to debris and it really does not take much to injure your eyes and impair your sight. Wearing safety glasses is an easy and simple way to protect your eyes and your sight.

Prescription Safety Glasses

It is hard to say why so many people neglect to wear safety glasses when they are using tools. Perhaps they do not realize the dangers or figure that they will only be using the tool for a second, so it is more of an inconvenience to put the glasses on than it would be to just quickly do what they need to do. Unfortunately, it is exactly that kind of hasty thinking that can lead to the worst injuries. It only takes a few seconds to put on a pair of safety glasses but you can spend a lifetime paying the price if you do not. Protect your sight, put them on!

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by the Professional Power Tool Guide Crew

Power tools are arguably the greatest category of inventions known to human beings. There is something about a power tool that makes the user feel competent. In the hands of a master, a power tool is the ultimate instrument of creation. However, many people, even master carpenters sometimes fall into the sin of hubris. They begin to ignore the suggested safety regulations or, in the worst cases, never bothered learning them in the first place. Power tools are not weapons, nor do they contain any hazardous chemicals. However, power tools are not toys, and forgoing the proper power tool safety requirements is very dangerous.

North Knight Safety Glasses

The most basic power tool safety rule that you can follow to protect yourself is to wear the proper attire. Let’s say that you are a master at using your device. You can control the tool itself, but you can never control the materials. Something may fly into your face and in that one brief instant when you lose control, you could make a mistake that could prove devastating. Wear goggles. You don’t have to wear tight clothing, but you should be aware that loose clothing is more likely to be caught inside machinery. Dress appropriately, and don’t make the mistake of neglecting your ears. Power tools, particularly the cutting tools, can be very loud and over time, the noise can cause permanent damage to the ear. Protect yourself and your hearing.

North Grip Kevlar Gloves

When using power tools, it is never right to simply “make do” with what you have. Cutting corners may lead to cutting yourself. Always inspect the device before beginning work. If you see something wrong with the device, even if it seems like nothing, don’t use it. A frayed cord may seem small, but can lead to serious electrical shock, especially if you’re working in moist areas. Regardless of the area, you should always wear gloves for protection. However, if you’re working in damp areas, you may want to consider rubber gloves for added power tool safety.

There are, of course, other things to consider when using power tools, including adequate grounding and proper footing. Using power tools can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. However, it can also be one of the most dangerous. Read up on power tool safety procedures and follow the instruction guide exactly as it is written. Following the rules may seem boring to some, but it can lead to a long and healthy life of building/repairing for you and your workmates.

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