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How to Properly Set Up Your Ground Heater and Ground Thaw Blankets

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There’s some awesome things about winter. Basketball and hockey season rolls around. Thanksgiving and Christmas offer some much-needed vacation spent eating delicious food with friends and family. The snow provides a beautiful landscape when it covers the ground and trees. You get to watch holiday classics like Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Christmas Vacation for the 20th time. However, there are some drawbacks of winter as well. Especially in the frigid midwestern winters we experience in Minnesota. Icy roads, warming up our vehicles in the morning, sub-zero wind chill. And for construction sites, winter freezes the ground, making conditions for work extremely difficult. To combat the frozen ground, construction crews have to find ways to warm up the ground so that they can execute their work. Two popular and effective ways for construction crews to combat the elements is by setting up ground heaters and laying down ground thaw blankets. By unfreezing the ground, crews are able to complete their work without missing deadlines due to weather.

When to Use Ground Thaw Blankets

Most construction work that requires digging into the earth benefits from the use of ground thaw blankets. Some examples of the types of construction work includes:
  • Curing Concrete: There’s a ton of different reasons a construction crew would need to pour concrete on the job site. Doing so in the winter is a difficult task, as concrete needs to be at least 50°F in order to settle properly. Ground thaw blankets help crews keep the the concrete warm during the curing process, especially overnight.
  • Brickwork and Blockwork: Similar to concrete, brickwork needs to be done above 50°F. Dropping a few layers of ground thaw blankets can keep the ground and materials warm overnight when the temperature drops the most.
  • Landscaping: Nothing will stall a landscaping job quicker than the ground freezing overnight. By throwing down some ground thaw blankets, a landscaping crew won’t lose valuable work time waiting for the ground to thaw.  

Setting Up Ground Thaw Blankets

To set up ground thaw blankets, you first need to assess the areas of your site that need to be thawed. Whether you rent out your thaw blankets or buy them, you’ll want to know how much space you’re going to need to thaw before you place your order. Measure out the space ahead of time so you have a feel for how many blankets you’ll need. Once you get your order of blankets, set up is easy. Just position them on top of the area you need thawed or warmed. Layering them is an effective tactic if you’re facing extreme conditions.

When to Use Ground Heaters

Ground Heaters come in a variety of size and can generate a ton of heat to warm the ground of your site. Some of the uses for a ground heater include:
  • Thawing Frozen Ground: Any type of excavation of the ground is next to impossible when the earth is frozen.  Use a ground heater to soften the ground.
  • Curing Concrete: When it comes to curing concrete in the cold, using both ground thaw blankets and a ground heater is the way to go. On Site’s E1100 Hydronic Ground Thaw Heater is particularly effective.
  • Keeping Your Crew Warm: Ground heaters will also warm up the air around the jobsite, keeping your crew warm so they can perform their jobs comfortably.

Setting Up Ground Heaters

Similar to setting up ground thaw blankets, you’ll want to know how much ground needs to be thawed before contacting a company to rent or purchase heaters. Ground heaters come in a variety of sizes, so deciding which ground heater you select will depend greatly on the temperature of the ground and the area that needs to be thawed. Typically when you set up your ground heater you will ensure that the tank is full of fuel so it can run overnight. That way when your crew arrives on site the next morning, the ground is thawed and work is ready to commence. Many heaters can run for several days. At On Site, we have heaters available that can run for as long as 105 continuous hours, like the E1250 Hydronic Ground Heater.

Rent Your Ground Thawing Solution From On Site Today

Working construction in the winter elements is never ideal for a construction crew. But, by providing your team with ground heaters and ground thaw blankets, you’ll be able to take jobs on later in the season and create additional streams of revenue for your construction business. To learn more about our ground thawing solutions, contact On Site today and tell us about your climate-related issue.

How Many Porta Potties Do You Need for Your Road Construction Project?

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At On Site, we know everything that there is to know about portable sanitation products. It might not seem like the most glamorous of businesses, but it’s a vital one. When you’re on a road construction site, the last thing you want is to worry about is where you can go to the bathroom. For larger projects, there nothing worse than having to walk half a mile to get to the nearest restroom, or to have to wait in line during lunch when all of your coworkers are also trying to relieve themselves. Portable restrooms have come a far way since their inception. On Site porta potties can be partnered with any number of our accompanying portable sanitation stations, such as our construction hand wash stations. From our Standard Construction Unit to our specially designed High Rise Unit, we can provide your job site with all of the equipment that you need to keep your work area and workers clean and comfortable. Taking a job in the suburbs or in a neighboring town? Not a problem. All of our porta potties configurations listed below are available for rent in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Mankato, and Rochester, Minnesota areas. We also offer rentals at our St. Louis, Missouri location. All On Site porta potties will be delivered clean and graffiti free.

Choosing The Right Porta Potties For Your Job Site

Standard Construction Restroom

The most popular choice for construction sites, the Standard Construction Restroom is built with sturdy materials that are designed to withstand the tough day-to-day life on a construction site.

Mobile Construction Restroom

The Mobile Construction Restroom is ideal for road construction crews. This restroom can easily be hooked up to a trailer hitch and be moved to a new location quickly, making it the perfect match for road construction and golf course jobs.

Hook Unit Portable Restroom

The Hook Unit Portable Restroom was made to be moved around via crane for easy moving, and multiple story builds. Easily attach the included strap to a crane on location to transfer this portable restroom from one area to another.

High Rise Portable Restroom

Our High Rise Portable Restroom has been designed to easily reduce in size so that it can effortlessly fit into small high rise elevators during construction. Unlike our hook restroom unit, this restroom can be rolled to any part of a high rise construction site, and then brought down for service through a service elevator. No crane required.

Fresh Flush Mobile Office

If you’re looking to add restroom facilities to your job site trailer than the Fresh Flush Mobile Office is for you. The Fresh Flush can be paired with our hot water SaniSink Hand Washing System to provide a more traditional restroom experience to your workers and site guests.

Calculating The Number Of Porta Potties You Need

So now that you’ve decided on which type of porta potty you need, it’s time to determine how many units you need for your road construction project. Below are our recommendations based on a standard eight hour work day or a 40 hour work week. When it comes to determining the number of porta potties you need, you’ll need to base the decision on the number of workers you’ll have each day. When deciding on the number of restrooms needed, you should base your decision on the highest number of employees you’ll ever have working. For example, if on Monday you’ll only have a five-person team but on Friday you’ll have a 15 person team you should base your rental decision on that higher number. For every 10 employees, we recommend one restroom. The numbers breakdown as followed: Construction porta potty Usage Chart

Outfit Your Worksite with On Site

Whether you have a three-person crew or a 30 person crew, our team can outfit your entire worksite with the facilities you need to stay happy and clean. Road construction site sanitation services boosts worker morale, productivity, and cuts cost. With our Mobile Portable Restrooms, you’ll be able to keep your entire crew happy while completing your next road construction project. Not sure about how many porta potties you need for your next job or want to request a quote? Shoot us a message and a member of our team will be more than happy to help you find the portable restroom solution that’s right for you.

What are Heat Blankets for Concrete?

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In the Midwest, working with concrete during the winter months can be a massive challenge. Temperatures can drop so low that they freeze the ground and make it tough to place and cure your materials, resulting in massive drops in efficiency that cost you valuable time and money. Fortunately, there are a variety of tools and techniques that you can use to warm up the ground in preparation for concrete application, but not all of these tactics are convenient and cost-effective. For example, some construction teams and contractors will elect to enclose the work space and heat the air inside. These enclosures are comfortable and effective, but they’re also incredibly expensive to setup and maintain, making them a poor choice unless the ground is so cold that concrete can’t be placed properly without them. If you’re interested in finding an inexpensive tool for curing concrete without compromising on the quality and speed of your project, then you should strongly consider investing in high-quality concrete curing and ground thaw blankets.  

3 Things You Might Overlook on Your Big Day

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Organizing a wedding is no simple task. It’s a demanding process that requires you to answer several key questions. How many guests should be invited? How long should the reception last? Should the groomsmen wear suits or tuxes? Should the bridesmaids wear plum or maroon dresses? Unfortunately, getting caught up in all of these decisions can cause you to overlook other critical details and considerations. At On Site, our number one priority is ensuring that your big day goes off without a hitch. So today, we’ll be discussing three important things that are easy to forget about while planning your wedding.  

How to Choose Between a Portable Restroom and a Restroom Trailer

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Special Events

When it comes to hosting an event, there are many preparations to consider. You need to book the venue, arrange a caterer, and provide adequate facilities for your guests. Sometimes, even the best venues fall short when it comes to the number of restrooms they have onsite. That's where portable restrooms come in handy. On Site can provide quality and sanitary portable restrooms and restroom trailers for your event. But which of those restroom options will work best for your event? Before you decide, let’s learn a bit more about the advantages of each.  

10 Misconceptions about Portable Restrooms

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Some people cringe at the thought of using portable restrooms, believing them to be nothing more than hideous, unsanitary, and stinky monstrosities. On Site handles and delivers portable restrooms to all kinds of venues and events, so we’ve heard just about everything you can think of. Today we want to set the record straight. Here are ten of our favorite portable bathroom misconceptions… and why they’re WRONG.  

Direct vs Indirect Fired Heaters

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Working outside during winter weather or other extreme conditions can be a challenge, especially when you're at a construction site or a drafty manufacturing plant. Keeping buildings, tools and employees warm is vital to good work performance and helps achieve consistent, high-quality results. When it comes to choosing a heater for your situation, there are several things you'll need to take into consideration.  

5 Ways Renting a Concrete Blanket Will Improve Your Construction Project

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5 Ways Renting a Concrete Blanket Will Improve Your Construction Project Working on a cold construction site can be challenging, particularly when the weather threatens to damage equipment, tamper with your concrete’s setting process, or keep the ground from thawing during landscaping projects. If you don’t take the proper precautions, low temperatures can force your contracting team to stay at the same site for weeks on end to finish up, costing you valuable time and money and preventing you from moving on to the next project. Here at On Site, we offer a wide selection of concrete curing blankets that are specially designed to keep concrete, blocks and bricks at an optimal temperature. Today we’ll be discussing six reasons why renting a concrete blanket will improve your construction project. But before we do, let’s briefly explain how cold weather can affect your site.  

Restrooms for Large Crowds: How to Plan Accordingly for Your Event

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Blog Special Events

No matter how many weddings, concerts, festivals or public gatherings you’ve organized in the past, accommodating a massive group of people is never easy. These large-scale events require special considerations to ensure that all of your guests have quick and easy access to key resources, including food, water, entertainment and, perhaps most importantly, sanitation facilities. On Site takes pride in providing high-quality and affordable sanitation solutions for hundreds of event planners across the Midwest every single year. Today, to assist you with the process of planning your next big event, we’ll be discussing the most effective way to prepare restrooms for large crowds.  

Construction Job Site Sanitation Requirements

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Blog Sanitation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is constantly updating and revising its standards, regulations and compliances for healthy working conditions, making it exceptionally difficult to ensure that your construction sites are up to code in terms of safety and sanitation. Furthermore, these regulations can differ significantly depending on which state you operate in, meaning that you may need to do even more digging to learn about the specific requirements in your area of the country. At On Site, we take pride in providing you with all of the information and resources you need to complete your construction jobs safely and in good time. So today, we’re going to bring you up to speed on construction job site sanitation requirements.