Don’t Be a ‘Tool’

Our feature article this month discusses tools — types of tools utility professionals need and the importance of using them in the correct method and environment.

Our feature article this month discusses tools — types of tools utility professionals need and the importance of using them in the correct method and environment. And the importance of using them, period.

We all know that person (it could be you, yourself) that will use a screwdriver as a hammer or tape instead of a C-clamp. Maybe it’s because that person was lazy and didn’t feel like going through the tool box to find the proper tool, or maybe it’s because someone told them it was fine to use and that it will be just as effective. Come on, don’t be a ‘tool’, think for yourself. You know better. Tools are made for specific purposes — it’s for you and the equipment’s own good — so why not use them in those purposes alone? By doing so, you’ll run less of a risk of destroying anything, and in turn you’ll save more money by making that initial investment into a proper tool package.

And if you’re making that investment, why not store them correctly, so as to extend the use of each tool? There are plenty of great tool boxes available for your vehicles as well as rolling units that will keep you organized so that when it’s time to do some work, you not only know exactly where that tool is, but you also know that it won’t be rusted and useless.

It’s not rocket science, it’s just good sense. Buy the proper tools for the appropriate jobs, store them properly, and never be without again.

In this issue we also have a special CableTec Product Preview section. The CableTec Expo will be held in Philadelphia, PA from June 24-27. Be sure to look over this sampling of great products that will be featured at the show, and make a note of the booth numbers for easy reference.

As always, stop by our booth (#708) to say, ‘Hello’ and grab a couple extra copies for your favorite magazine.

Cheers,

Kellie Sandrik
Managing Editor
kellies@pennwell.com


Utility Products Conference & Expo Update

Things are happening quickly with the UP C&E and I have several updates for you!

First off, San Diego Gas & Electric has signed on to be our host utility for the event. The exhibitor list is growing and several more companies have reserved their booths (I told you these booths are booking fast — better hurry and book yours). We also have our Advisory Board, made up of industry professionals, set in place and will be meeting with them to determine the best educational opportunities and certifications that should be offered at the show. We would love to hear from you as well — is there a particular tract you would like to see covered at the UP C&E? Along with the Advisory Committee in place, we are also pleased to announce that Utilimetrics (formerly AMRA) and the Association of Water Technologies have both signed on as association partners.

We are very pleased to have these new companies and Committee members on board and look forward to making this show one you won’t forget.

Be sure to visit www.utilityproductsexpo.com for the latest updates, and start making your plans to attend today!

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