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John Singh

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Post Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:04 pm

Keeping Warm this Winter while working?

Let's hope its not going to be another deep freeze in the UK (or elsewhere) this winter.

Its about wearing the right clothing and heating where-ever you work
Of course inevitably we do have to work outside

Has anyone found novel ways of keeping warm aside from setting light to the workshop? (hot)
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Post Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:21 pm

When signwriting my dad always, always stood on an offcut of wood if the floor was concrete. He swore it kept you warmer and was easier on the legs. (signwriters are notorious for developing varicose veins seemingly)
I have a long length along my weeding/cutting bench and I do find it helps.
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Post Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:39 pm

this weather is torture if your a commando, walnut whip material. :-? :wink:


Good idea Harry, we have black .75 inch rubber mats, but thats mainly for electrical safety reasons at dedicated machinery spots, but everywhere else is stone floor.


best thing i have found for keeping warm is proper rubber skins.
when i used to do signage tours around uk, digging and fitting signs. i had rigger boots, clothes under and skins on top.
they held the heat no end, kept you bone dry and got to the point it was too warm working in them.
dont just look at typical cheap skins though, they are thick and restrictive.
you can buy lightweight stretch rubber with inside material wall. great to work in...
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Post Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:45 pm

Big Knickers
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Mike Grant

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Post Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:06 pm

In the workshop I use an infrared heater, warms you up quickly and does not waste heat by trying to warm the air. When you walk away just turn it off until you need it again. Simples.
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Post Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:33 am

Mike Grant wrote:In the workshop I use an infrared heater, warms you up quickly and does not waste heat by trying to warm the air. When you walk away just turn it off until you need it again. Simples.


i tried one before mate, just didnt like it mate...
you need heat in the air also or you vinyls etc will react to the temperature.

Denise, even tried my bridget jones knickers, still didnt work. :wink: :lol1:
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Post Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:37 am

When out on site a few hard learnt lessons of being cold to the point of an inability to work.

Warm drink every hour or so if possible...but you'll be peeing non stop.
Thick walking socks and boots.
Thin full finger cycling or joiners gloves with the tips of index cut off...keeps the dexterity and reduces the chill factor. Tried thick gloves, normal fingerless and not much works.

If I remember, an exothermic gel pack (pop the tab and in gives off heat as it 'freezes'...sodium acetate).

Tip for ladders...self adhesive skateboard grip tape applied to the rungs gives a hard wearing non-slip surface. Literally a life saver on wet days.

A fleece neck gaiter, popular with motor and pedal bikers keeps the chill from going down your neck/jacket.

Like Rob, tried IR heaters. I found them to reduce productivity as staff won't get away from them as they get chilly since air not warm...and no use for materials / printers being chilled.

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Post Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:31 am

It depends what you consider cold. In this area cold is life threatening not just uncomfortable. When it gets to -35C we stay inside. On a sunny day if it's not windy, we will work outdoors at -20C. We have make up air linked to the spray booth. the make up air has the option to heat up using natural gas. Believe me the gas meter is a blur when we are heating -35C air to room temp. and then promptly dumping it out the other end.
We usually get at least a one week stretch each winter where it never goes above -30C. Again to some this may sound extreme, but there are areas to the north of us where -40 and up is the norm. The really annoying part is the lack of sunshine. Thankfully it is a dry cold. :)
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Post Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:56 am

Thanks for that Duncan! :o


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Post Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:40 am

Whenever it gets cold I convert from Centigrade to Farenheit.

e.g 0 degrees celsius = 32 degrees farenheit an instant increase of 32 degrees :cool:

...What? (puppy-eyes)
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Post Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:18 pm

Someone gave me a pair of padded overalls a few months ago, not been that cold yet but tried them on the other day & had to take them off after a short while because I was to hot so hopefully they will help in the workshop when the weather gets bad.
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Post Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:20 pm

Forgot to add - sexy cuddles keep you warm but not good for getting any work done LOL

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Post Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:23 pm

wifes stockings and suzzies :o
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Post Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:30 pm

George Elsmore wrote:wifes stockings and suzzies :o


got any pics pmsl lol :lol1:

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