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Electrical Connection Launches Campaign to Reduce Home Electrical Fires

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Electrical-Related Fires Increase in Winter Months; More Than 45,000 Home Electrical Fires Reported Annually According to 2017 Report

As the winter months approach, the Electrical Connection is raising awareness to reduce hazards of home electrical fires typically associated with colder weather.  Improper use of space heaters, extension cords, holiday lighting combine with overtaxed circuits to enhance the risk of electrical fire hazards over the winter months.  The Electrical Connection is providing safety tips to reduce those hazards in response to a national report earlier this year on electrical fires by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) (see  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA).

The NFPA report issued in March 2017 details an annual average of 45,210 U.S. home structure fires reported in the U.S. involving electrical failure or malfunction from 2010 to 2014. The fires resulted in 420 civilian deaths, 1,370 civilian injuries and $1.4 billion in direct property damage each year, according to the report.

“People tend to stay indoors more in the winter months and sometimes misuse electrical devices, such as space heaters, extension cords and holiday lights, creating a potential fire hazard in their homes,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “We want to get ahead that by launching a public safety campaign.”

NFPA found that electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 57 percent of the home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction. Fires involving heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment accounted for 19% of fires, nine percent involved kitchen and cooking equipment, and seven percent involved personal and household equipment.

“Our NECA contractors are frequently called to make electrical repairs to faulty installations that were perform by someone who didn’t have the skills to do the work,” noted Doug Martin, CEO, St. Louis Chapter NECA.  “We emphasize building to National Electrical Code standards to avoid wiring hazards hidden behind walls of homes and businesses.”

NFPA reported that non-home fires resulted in 20 civilian deaths, 190 civilian injuries, and $659 million in direct property damage each year from 2010-2014.

Electrical Connection members provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit

Electrical Connection Safety Tips

Always make sure installations in your home or business conform to the standards of the National Electrical Code (NEC).  This requires a fully licensed electrical contractor.  The Electrical Connection has the largest data base of licensed electrical contractors in St. Louis and Eastern Missouri. It can be accessed by visiting  Other safety tips to be aware of:

WARNING: While homeowners can visually inspect electrical systems, we do not recommend they attempt to fix or tinker with them in any way.  Leave that to a licensed professional.

  • Space Heaters/Electric Blankets — Never use an extension cord for an electrical heating appliance, such as a space heater or an electric blanket. The cord provided with the heating device is properly rated and should be connected directly to the electrical outlet. Inspect your space heater and discard it if it shows deterioration, particularly around the plug-in cord, or it lacks a functioning automatic shut off if tipped over.  Watch where you place the space heaters to keep it away from combustible materials.  Keep children away from space heaters.  Closely inspect electric blankets and heating pads and discard them if you note any potential fire hazard, such as discoloration due to overheating or exposed wiring.
  • Extension Cords — Never use an extension cord for an extended time as a permanent or temporary wiring solution. Extension cords aren’t made to be used for long periods of time and can result in electrical fires. When you are using an extension cord, always ensure that the plug has all three prongs. This ensures that your cord will stay properly grounded, which could prevent the cord from overloading. Any extension cords without the third prong should be discarded immediately.
  • Holiday Lights – Examine and discard lights with frayed wires. They are not only a fire hazard, but a shock hazard and are especially dangerous if they come in contact with a metal gutter and ladder while being installed outside. Use lights that are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) tested for safety and don’t exceed the strands of lights that can be connected as detailed on the product.  Pay attention to whether the lights are rated for indoor or outdoor use.  Consider using LED lights which last 20 times longer and don’t burn hot like traditional incandescent lights. Child-proof all holiday decorations. Lights can be fascinating to young children and if they get too curious can expose them to a live circuit.
  • Outlets — Don’t overload sockets with plugs that could start a fire. Any electrical outlets in your home that are near a water source—sinks, bathtubs, washing machines—require a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) according to the National Electrical Code. A GFCI is a fast-acting circuit breaker that shuts down your electricity as quickly as 1/40 of second after a fault occurs. If you’re missing a GFCI an electrical professional can easily install one for you.
  • Wiring — Visually inspect your home’s service panel and note any potential concerns. Contact a licensed professional if the panel is not firmly attached to the wall or wires are not neatly enclosed within their protective box or if deterioration is noted.  Also contact a licensed professional if you note wiring connection points are not capped with a wire connector and enclosed within an appropriate UL approved junction box.

Southern Illinois Builders Association Leadership Development Council Donates Money & Toys To Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Southwestern Illinois

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WHO: Leadership Development Council of the Southern Illinois Builders Association

WHAT: Toy Drive and Cash Donations Presentation

WHEN: Wednesday, November 29 at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois Office, 2726 Frank Scott Parkway, Belleville, Illinois

Attendees of the SIBA Fall Industry Reception and Annual Meeting recently sponsored a toy drive to collect toys and cash to donate to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois. Throughout the year the Leadership Development Council has sponsored several events with the proceeds to be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. On the date listed above, the Leadership Development Council will present a check in the amount of $2,664.00 from these events to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Volunteers Needed to Help Finish Winter 2015 Flood Recovery

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This December will mark the two-year anniversary of the rare winter flood that inundated the St. Louis confluence and damaged hundreds of homes throughout the region. Since that devastating storm, nonprofit agencies across the city and state have pulled together to help flood survivors recover. Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) all over the greater St. Louis area have spent nearly two years reaching out to flood survivors, assessing their needs, and offering support wherever possible.

The Salvation Army has been leading case management for flood survivors in the St. Louis region.

“We have been given the opportunity to make a difference in flood survivor lives throughout the area, which would not have been possible without the generous support of our partners and thousands of hours served by volunteers. Thanks to them, survivors are living in their homes once again.” Said Kylie Ruffner, Program Manager for Salvation Army Disaster Recovery Services.

Homes all over the region have received the help of volunteers who have traveled near and fall to repair homes back to a safe and sanitary condition. From California to Virginia, volunteers have come from all over the country to help homeowners get their homes and their lives back on track.

One flood survivor in Franklin County said “It’s been a godsend. My home is beautiful. After what’s felt like a few years of bad luck, I finally feel like I’ve seen the light at the end of the tunnel.”

With hundreds of clients served, and nearly forty homes repaired, the winter 2015 disaster case management program has proved to be very successful. While the end of the program is looming near, it’s not over yet. Now more than ever, there is a great need for local volunteers to help us finish this important task. There are many homeowners still in need of home repair assistance before the year ends. With only a month and a half left of the disaster case management program, we are asking anyone in the St. Louis region with construction or home repair experience to consider serving with us!

If you are interested in helping us meet the need of flood survivors in the community, please call 314-550-1881 or email Erin Goodyear at

Kadean Construction Tapped by Trammell Crow Company to Construct New 202,800 sf Building at KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre

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Logistics centers – or LogisticsCentres – are going up fast as eCommerce and favorable consumer buying trends change the face of retail across the U.S. and around the globe.

Kadean Construction has been tapped by developer Trammell Crow Company to construct a new 202,800 square foot building at KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre, a major distribution and logistics park adjacent to Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, MO, it was announced today.

The new $7.5 million tilt-up building – known as LogisticsCentre III – will be a modern, multi-tenant, front-load warehouse/distribution facility that incorporates sustainable design and construction features. It will have 31 docks, a 32-foot high ceiling, and will be constructed with a structural steel frame, steel-reinforced concrete walls, and a seven-inch thick reinforced concrete floor.

“This project has been through permitting and we have started on earthwork and building pad preparation,” said Mike Eveler, president of St. Louis-based Kadean Construction, which specializes in light industrial, commercial, senior living, and healthcare construction.

LogisticsCentre III will be located next door to LogisticsCentre II, a 423,928-square foot distribution center, and near LogisticsCentre IV, a 432,640-square foot distribution center, both of which also were constructed by Kadean, said Josh Moore, Kadean’s Project Manager in Kansas City.

Additionally, Kadean and its 19 subcontractors are scheduled to complete next month the $1.45 million interior build-out of LogisticsCentre IV for BMS Logistics, Moore said. BMS Logistics, based in
St. Joseph, MO, provides a variety of logistic solutions in warehousing, packaging, fulfillment, distribution, and market development.

Moore said Kadean’s construction work at the KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre is similar to its projects at Aviator Business Park in Hazelwood, MO, and the Lakeview Commerce Center in Edwardsville, IL, where it has constructed five light industrial buildings ranging in size from 78,000 to 770,000 square feet. It currently is constructing a second 770,000-square foot building at the Lakeview Commerce Center.

“The Midwest has long been a major player in warehousing and distribution,” Eveler said. “Now, growing eCommerce trends and improved consumer spending are making the Kansas City and St. Louis areas even more strategically important hubs for product fulfillment and distribution.”

Kadean Construction, named one of the fastest growing companies in the St. Louis region two years in a row by the St. Louis Business Journal, specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting at the regional and national level.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Tom Pagano, 314-602-7549, or


Habitat For Humanity Saint Louis To Purchase New Home/Headquarters In South City

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Administrative Offices, Construction Warehouse and City ReStore Under One Roof

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) has announced that it will move its headquarters to a new location at 3830 South Grand (at Grand and Chippewa).

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis sold its property at 3763 Forest Park Avenue in April 2017 to Midas Hospitality. Since then, HFHSL has remained at the location while searching for a new site for its Administrative Offices, Construction Warehouse and City ReStore.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis will purchase the 51,159 square foot building on approximately 192,262 square feet from Schnuck Markets, Inc.  The 41-year old building had been used as a grocery store and more recently, as a call center. Habitat is expected to move-in by the end of April 2018.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis will acquire the Dutchtown property partially with a cash payment, as well as a charitable contribution from Schnucks.

Contributions to the renovation of the building are being made by board members, consultants, subcontractors and suppliers, including to date: S.M. Wilson; HOK; and Cushman and Wakefield.

The new space will allow for a 19,497 square foot ReStore with an open floor retail space similar to Habitat’s ReStore Des Peres. The new City ReStore will have its own dock for easy transfer of construction and home remodeling supplies and also will open the end of April. [Note: The ReStore Des Peres will remain open in its current location.]

The City ReStore will continue to be housed with Habitat’s Administrative Offices and Construction Warehouse.  Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis has allowed for 2,000 square feet of space for a future lease tenant.

“As a St. Louis-based business who puts a great emphasis on community service, Schnucks thanks Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis for their continued efforts to bring more affordable housing to residents of the area,” said Schnucks Senior Vice President of Real Estate Steve Heitz. “The people of St Louis are lucky to have an organization that invests so much in our community. We wish them all the best at their new headquarters and ReStore location in south St. Louis.”

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis Chief Executive Officer, Kimberly McKinney offered, “We are delighted to have found a property in the City that will allow us to function as one — our administrative offices, construction warehouse and ReStore will be housed under one roof. We look forward to moving to our new neighborhood and to continuing the important work of providing affordable housing for hardworking low income families who deserve a safe and decent place to live.”

Schnuck Markets, Inc.

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. The company takes pride in its community partnerships and gives more than $13 million annually in food to food pantries and more than $1.7 million to not-for-profit organizations through the company’s My Schnucks Card program. Schnucks operates 100 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Privately held, Schnucks employs 14,000 teammates and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Follow Schnucks on Facebook at 

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. With nearly 400 homes already built or rehabbed, HFHSL is one of the leading housing developers in St. Louis. HFHSL regularly ranks among the top Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the country. HFHSL donors, volunteers, and partner families work side-by-side to build or rehab homes ensuring that every deserving family in St. Louis has a decent place to live.

HFHSL’s two ReStores sell new and reusable construction and home remodeling supplies. The mission of the ReStore is to provide additional financial resources to HFHSL; expand opportunities to serve a broader base of the community by providing low-cost materials; and provide good stewardship of sustainable resources within the St. Louis MSA.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis:  Building Homes, Building Hope, Building St. Louis.

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More on the Need for Affordable Housing and Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis:

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis receives 5,000 calls each year from people living in substandard housing who inquire about eligibility for Habitat’s home buying program. In 2016, more than 800 individuals or couples living in St. Louis City or County for at least one year, making within 25-50% of the area median income and living in substandard housing, requested a pre-screen application to begin the process of applying to the program. In 2016, five families closed on their new home with the responsibility of a monthly affordable payment.

In addition to a down payment and a 30-year affordable mortgage, each HFHSL homebuyer invests 350 sweat-equity volunteer hours into building or rehabbing a home and attending life skills classes. Homeowners are teachers, healthcare providers and returning college students determined to achieve homeownership and create a legacy for their families.


Oculus Inc. Acquires Staicoff Design Company, Amplifies Focus on Hospitality Interior Design

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“Staicoff” brand will anchor the Oculus hospitality architecture and interior design division

Oculus Inc, a full-service architecture and interior design firm headquartered in St. Louis, today announced the acquisition of Staicoff Design Company, an award-winning hospitality interiors design firm that serves clients nationally from its base in Portland, Ore.  Staicoff Design will operate as a division of Oculus Inc. and the brand will anchor the Oculus hospitality business group. James Staicoff, principal and founder of Staicoff Design, will serve as Director of Hospitality for Oculus Inc.

“Jim’s outstanding reputation and track record in high-profile, truly innovative hospitality interiors speak eloquently for themselves,” noted Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “We’re genuinely delighted to bring our extensive architectural expertise and hospitality business program together with the Staicoff team to create a new force in hospitality design. In addition to the acquired book of current Staicoff business we’re forecasting a 20% organic increase in our Oculus Inc. hospitality portfolio over the next two years,” she stated.

“Oculus Inc. is a highly successful, growing architectural and design firm with the leadership, skills and resources that my team and I want to be part of,” commented Staicoff. “Joining Oculus Inc. is a tremendous advantage and a huge delight. I’m looking forward to great achievements and a lot of fun,” he added.

Oculus Inc. serves clients throughout the United States and in Canada, in the retail, hospitality, healthcare, commercial office, education and government markets. Oculus employs more than 40 professional architects, designers, and corporate staff in the St. Louis headquarters and the Dallas and Portland offices. The Staicoff Design Division of Oculus will operate from the current Staicoff offices in Portland and will maintain the current staff of design professionals.

About Oculus Inc.  Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for national and international clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries from offices in St. Louis and Dallas, and in Portland, Ore. through Staicoff Design Company, a division of Oculus. Oculus is WBE-Certified and regularly cited in top industry rankings for retail architecture and design, sustainability, interior design and overall growth..

About Staicoff Design Company   Staicoff Design Company provides award-winning interior design for hotels, restaurants, commercial, residential and retail spaces. Principal James Staicoff has particular expertise in leading brand strategy as an expression of the physical, visual and emotional experience of interior design.

Jerry Grimaud of Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc., Awarded Honored Life Membership in IFAI

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Jerry Grimaud of Lawrence Fabric and Metal Structures, Inc., has been awarded an Honored Life Membership in IFAI.  This distinction is bestowed by special request, solely at the discretion of the IFAI board of directors.

Grimaud started working at Lawrence in 1979.  Throughout his time in the industry, he has served on numerous trade association boards, including the Lightweight Structures Association (LSA), the Fabric Graphics Association (FGA) and the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA). He has presented several IFAI/division-hosted educational seminars and was instrumental in creating many elements of today’s AIA-accredited CES presentations for both the FGA and PAMA.

Photo Above: Jerry Grimaund and Mary Hennessy, President of IFAI

Mosby Kicks Off 4th Annual Stuff the Truck Toy & Food Event

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From now until December 9th, Mosby Building Artslooks to the community to help collect new, unwrapped toys and nonperishable food items to donate to Friends of Kids with Cancer and St. Louis Area Foodbank.

**For a fourth year, Mosby strives to collect 1,000 toys and nonperishable items (or more!)** to split evenly between two organizations that provide relief for distressed children and their families. A Stuff the Truck drop-off box is located in the Mosby lobby at 645 Leffingwell Ave in Kirkwood, MO.  Every toy or item donated will be given a raffle ticket to be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card.

Join us at the Stuff the Truck celebration at Mosby on December 9, 2017 from 10am – 2pm. This festive and family-friendly event includes:

▪ A complimentary digital photo with Santa Claus with a toy or food donation.
▪ The Sweet Divine sweets truck & New York Tom’s Foodtruck. (
▪ Live radio broadcasts from Scott Mosby with KMOX and Rich Oris with 97.1FM.

Mosby Building Arts invites you to celebrate the spirit of giving this holiday season, and in the coming year.

Let’s make a positive difference in the lives of children!

City to Negotiate Final Terms of Partnership Agreement with St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation to Build Ice Sports Complex near Hollywood Casino & Hotel in Maryland Heights

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The City of Maryland Heights has approved the preliminary terms of a partnership agreement with the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation to develop a multi-purpose ice sports complex at a 25-acre site on Casino Center Drive owned by GLP Capital, LP near the Hollywood Casino & Hotel in Maryland Heights. The state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor ice complex will provide a practice, competition and event destination for a wide variety of ice sports and provide new recreational opportunities for the residents of the City and throughout the region.

City staff is now authorized to enter into negotiations with the Foundation that could lead to a final agreement.  Summit Development Group would provide development services on behalf of the Foundation for the project.

Under the preliminary partnership agreement, the City would own the ice sports complex and assist with the project’s financing, including an upfront investment of at least $6.5 million and the issuance of $39 million in bond financing.  The Foundation would operate the facility and provide more than $24 million in funding and private contributions to the project. The City would purchase the site and lease it to the Foundation for 30 years, with options to extend the lease another 25 years. The City and the Foundation have applied for a total of $4 million in Missouri economic development tax credits to be used in the financing package.

The new location is approximately one mile to the north of a site in Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park that the Foundation originally proposed for the ice sports complex. The new site lies between the Hollywood Casino & Hotel and Hollywood Casino Ampetheater.

“The City recognizes the tremendous importance of this regional economic development opportunity for our community, and we have created a solution to keep this investment here for many years to come that benefits all parties involved, including our residents,” said Maryland Heights Mayor Mike Moeller.  “This public-private partnership will anchor our vision to transform this area into a valuable regional sports, entertainment, specialty retail and recreational attraction.  This is a win-win situation, and we are excited to enter into the next phase of negotiations. ”

“We appreciate how Mayor Moeller and the City of Maryland Heights have stepped up to keep our project in the same general area as our previous site,” said Patrick Quinn, Chairman of the Foundation, a local not-for-profit dedicated to championing the values inherent in ice sports, including commitment, good sportsmanship, teamwork, personal integrity and respect for others and self.  “Their leadership has created a viable solution to our needs while keeping this new development in St. Louis County.”

The new site lies within an area protected by a system of levees, pumping stations and a storm water management system constructed in 1994 by Hollywood Casino and the Howard Bend Levee District.  This area has not experienced a flood event since it was opened.

The four-sheet, regional recreation center will be home for a variety of ice sports, amateur and college ice hockey uses, youth tournaments and the practice facility for the St. Louis Blues.  If the City reaches a final partnership agreement with the Foundation, the timeline calls for construction of the project to be completed in late September 2019.

Eight Factors Construction Contractors Need To Consider When Buying A Mobile Generator

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Submitted byClayton Costello, Operations Manager at CK Power, a manufacturer and distributor of power generation equipment.

The mobile generator you choose for your job site needs to be able to provide the dependable power your job site requires, plain and simple. And because job site applications vary so widely, mobile generator selection should be taken on a case-by-case basis. A small commercial remodel, for example, will require a much different mobile generator than a big bridge refurbishment or road construction job.

That’s why it’s so important to work closely with your supplier in order to select the mobile generator that best fits your job site’s particular requirements. If needed, some suppliers can even customize a gen set with the necessary load requirements, safety precautions and innovative features you need to be successful day in and day out.

When talking with your supplier, here are eight factors you should consider when choosing a mobile generator fit to power your job site:

  1. The amount of power you’ll need from your mobile generator
    The mobile generator you choose must have a rated and maximum output high enough to support your job site’s application. Rated output refers to the wattage a generator is able to produce continuously, while maximum output refers to the wattage a generator is able to produce, if only briefly.To determine the rated and maximum output you’ll require of your mobile generator, you’ll need to determine the combined wattage of all the equipment you’ll be loading onto the gen set. For each piece of equipment, you’ll need to determine both the power required to start the equipment and the power required to run the equipment.

    Add the running power for all tools together—the sum is the rated output you’ll require of a mobile generator. Then add the starting power for all your power tools—the sum is the maximum output you’ll require.

    Take those numbers and add a 10% buffer as a safety precaution—if you choose a gen set that doesn’t meet the demands of its application, the generator will fail to power your site adequately and wear out faster.

  2. Clean power
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest round of regulations on diesel engine emissions—Tier 4 Final regulations—are intended to reduce pollutants harmful to human health and the environment. Diesel generators used as the main source of power for a construction site are governed by these regulations, so you’ll need to look for a manufacturer or supplier with a line of Tier 4 compliant generators.
  3. Quietness
    Another factor to consider is how loud your mobile generator set is allowed to be. Some commercial and residential areas have strict noise control regulations—and you need to make sure you abide by them.Industry standard for the sound level on a generator is about 70 dB(A) heard at 23 feet. Most generators meet this standard, but depending on the location or application of your job site, you may require a generator with more sound attenuation (reduction in sound). The more sound attenuation you require, the more your generator set will cost—your supplier can help you determine the level of sound attenuation you need.
  4. Diesel vs. gaseous: A question of convenience
    Both diesel and gaseous generators are equipped to handle the variable loads required on your job site. Still, due to the abundance of diesel equipment on many job sites, diesel generators make the most sense. With a diesel generator, you can buy fuel for your generator and your other diesel-run tools at the same time—diesel generators are just more convenient for job-site application.
  5. Runtime
    Runtime refers to the amount of time your generator will run before it needs to be refueled. In general, you’ll want to choose a generator that meets your job site’s load requirements at 100% throughout a typical workday. Anything beyond that is extra. Anything less, and you’re losing precious work time while your crew stands around for the generator to be refueled.
  6. Customize your generator with the features your job site needs
    Since no two construction sites are the same, customization is key for job-site applications. For contractors in particular, it’s important to determine the features your application requires, and customize a gen set that’s perfect for your job site. 
  • Automatic voltage regulators (AVR)
    Job sites require variable loads; a surge of power is required as equipment starts and then the power need tapers off as equipment runs normally. An AVR helps ensure the output voltage remains consistent, even under varying loads as you start and turn off your equipment throughout the workday.AVRs work by storing excess output in a capacitor, which can be released during periods of high demand. This not only protects the generator and prevents brownouts, but also prevents electrical damage to your equipment.
  • Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection
    OSHA requires that all job-site power sources come equipped with GFCI protection to prevent electrocution of workers. To this end, it’s important to either choose a mobile generator with built-in GFCI receptacles or to attach an outside device called a spider box with GFCI receptacles.
  • Automatic idle control
    This is a great feature to have no matter your application, and a must for colder job-site applications. Automatic idle control works much like a car—the engine runs at a lower rate when not in use. This lowers fuel consumption and noise levels when there’s no draw, and allows the motor to remain warm before dropping large loads on it—making it especially useful during colder months.
  1. Trailer
    When it comes to choosing a trailer for your mobile generator, durability and size should be your main concerns. The more substantial the trailer, the lower the risk of your generator becoming damaged on your job site. Strong, galvanized steel trailers are a safe bet for surviving the tough environment of a construction site.With mobile gen sets, you also need to consider the size trailer you need—do you need extended run fuel tanks on the trailer, or do you require space on the trailer for different pieces of equipment?

    The type of trailer you’ll require will depend largely on its intended application. You should work with a supplier that can customize a generator with the features and trailer you need. If, for example, you’ll be using the gen set on a road construction site, you’ll need to work with the supplier to ensure the frame is DOT-certified, has transportation tie-downs, safety chains and reflective DOT tape.

    There’s a lot to consider when choosing a mobile generator trailer, but the supplier should be able to point you toward the best choice for your application.


  2. An ongoing maintenance plan
    On the job site, unexpected downtime isn’t an option. And the key to preventing downtime is a well-thought-out generator maintenance plan.At regular service intervals—the length of which will depend on the generator you choose–you need to have an experienced generator service provider monitor radiator airflow, engine cooling and filtration systems and fuel storage condition and fittings, among other components.

    For convenience, you should consider a supplier that does more than just sell or rent you a generator, but who employs highly trained and certified technicians to plan and execute your maintenance plan and make sure your mobile generator kicks on when you need it. 

Your crew works hard—and your generator should too. To prevent downtime and maximize the value of your mobile generator, you need to choose your gen set—and your supplier—very carefully. Using these guidelines, and the assistance of your supplier, you should be able to select or customize a generator set perfect for your particular job site.

This article was originally published here on the CK Power learning center.           

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