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The Connection Between The History Of Wet & Dry Diamond Blades

About 20 years ago we began to understand the silica dust problem and recognized how big the problem was for our business. It makes a huge mess, it costs a great deal of money, and is a threat to the health and safety of our industry as a whole.

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HEPA Dust Extractor: Filter Cleaning

With the recent launch of the iQ426HEPA, iQ’s Cyclonic HEPA Dust Extractor, the entire iQ team had to do an intense deep dive into researching the existing dust extractors on the market today, their features, benefits, and downsides. We’ve learned quite a bit and we’d like to share some of it with you. Here is one thing that is sure to shock many people.

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Silica Part I: What Contractors Should Know About the OSHA PEL

Silica has been a hot topic in the construction industry with the new rule passed by OSHA, which reduced the permissible exposure limit (PEL) to 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air. (μg/m3), averaged over an 8-hour day. The previous PEL was 100 μg/m3.

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5 Questions Successful Contractors Ask Themselves

Running a business is tough. Whether you’re the owner, GM or superintendent, you need to get the job done and you need to make money to run a successful operation.

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3 Ways Dust is Killing Your Business

You let the dust fly. You know it’s a problem, but you don’t have a choice. The fact is you run a business and you have to get the job done. We know the problem, because we were contractors. And we’ve spoken with thousands of other contractors. But most of them don’t realize how much silica dust is costing them.

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16.5″ Q-Drive Blades and the Materials They Cut

We wanted to spend a little bit of time and talk about the different 16.5″ Q-Drive blades we have for the IQMS362.

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Silica Part II: The OSHA PEL in Simple Terms

In our introduction to this series on understanding the OSHA PEL, we described what a PEL is and outlined the three factors which determine the PEL: Air, Dust and Time. Here in part II of this series we explain the first factor: Air.

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WHAT IS BETTER A WET TILE SAW OR A DRY TILE SAW?

Wet Tile Cutters and Dry Tile Cutters are both cutting tile. The main difference is how they handle the dust and remnants of the tile cast into the air or surrounding air which peels or splinters off of the original material. A wet tile cutter will use water to tamp down this excess remnant into a slurry which is kept in a bucket or something that can collect the “water”.

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5 Ways to Make More Money on Your Next Construction Job

There are two ways to increase profit: increase revenue or reduce costs. For contractors, making more money often means working harder and longer. But if you’re already putting in long hours, working more probably sounds like a stressful option.

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iQ Partners with American Lung Association to Raise Awareness of Silica Dust Danger

Silicosis is a lung disease caused by breathing in tiny bits of silica, which is part sand, rock and mineral ores such as quartz. It often affects workers such as masons, stone/tile contractors, miners, glass manufacturers and more who are exposed to silica dust on the jobsite. Over time, exposure to silica particles causes scarring in the lungs, harming one’s ability to breathe.

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SILICA PART III: HOW MUCH DUST IS TOO MUCH?

In our introduction to this series on understanding the OSHA PEL, we described what a PEL is and outlined the three factors which determine the PEL: Air, Dust and Time. Here in part III we’re going to explain the second factor: Dust.

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SILICA – ONE CONTRACTOR’S JOURNEY

What compels someone to care? Perhaps it’s because something has personally affected you or someone you know. Or maybe it just happens over time; then something strikes a chord in you and opens the floodgates of a desire to bring about change. For Joel Guth, it was both. And thus, the story of his 20-year dance with silica began.

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Coverings 2016

Anticipation was high in the iQ Booth and on the tradeshow floor as we all prepared for The Coverings Show 2016 Chicago. At iQ, knowing we were going to unveil the newest member of the iQ Family, the iQTS244, this made attending the show all the more exciting.9am Day 1 came up fast. We had our booth up and we were ready to experience Coverings firsthand. We were not disappointed. There were so many people to meet, beautiful tile to be admired, and new products and tools to be seen and used.

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