Product & Industry Education Resources

  • Convert a 92-year-old Cleveland Landmark Building into Luxury Apartments

    Challenge: Convert a 92-year-old Cleveland Landmark office building into luxury apartments, while maintaining the structural integrity of the unique flooring design and honoring the historic nature of the building.

    When asked about the demanding nature of the job, Lee Tucker, Project Manager for Marous Brothers stated, “All parties and suppliers were very accommodating given our unique conditions and worked diligently to provide appropriate products and processes for our unique challenges”.

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  • Dust Control Solutions for Construction

    Rule for Construction
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.

    What does the standard require?
    The standard requires employers to limit worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica and to take other steps to protect workers. Employers must protect workers from respirable crystalline silica exposures above the permissible exposure limit averaged over an eight-hour day. When are employers required to comply with the standard? Construction employers must comply with all requirements of the standard by June 23, 2017.

    For additional information, please visit OSHA's website.

    Phipps offers a range of dust and air control construction equipment that meets OSHA's new standard. Please see below.

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  • BASF MasterTop 210COR Adds Durability to New Concrete Floors

    Project: Superior Dairy Canton, Ohio
    Contractor: Beaver Constructors
    Project Manager: Ben Pachan
    Concrete Construction Materials: BASF MasterTop, Euco QWIKjoint 200
    Concrete Rental Equipment: Bartell TS78 6' Riding Trowel

    In 2016, Beaver Constructors installed new concrete floors at the Superior Dairy facility, in Canton, Ohio. Because Superior Dairy’s Milk Room is a storage and shipping area it needed a more durable floor than standard 4,000 psi concrete. The solution was to add BASF’s MasterTop 210COR, a metallic-aggregate surface hardener that will not rust, even in consistently wet conditions. MasterTop 210COR is ideal for industrial floors that require added abrasion and impact resistance where moisture or humidity may be a factor. The impact resistance of MasterTop 210COR is twice that of concrete to hold up to heavy loading and shipping environments and the abrasion resistance is 3-4 times greater than mineral aggregates to withstand high traffic areas. The joint filler Euco Qwikjoint 200 was used to support and protect joint edges from heavy loads and wheel traffic, which reduces spalling of the joint edges. The joint filler also keeps the floors cleaner by preventing dirt and debris from settling into the joints.

    On this same project, Beaver Constructors rented the Bartell TS78 6’ riding trowel to be used to pour concrete on an elevated interior deck. The Bartell TS78 6’ riding trowel was ideal because of the machine’s light weight. The Bartell TS78 weighs only 620 pounds, making it ideal for elevated deck pours.

    Be sure to check out the application video highlighting the products being used in the project!


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  • Phipps Winter Heating Solutions

    Construction always presents challenges to owners, the design community, and contractors. Phipps is committed to offer innovative solutions to those challenges. Keeping projects on schedule and budget is especially difficult during the winter because excess moisture accompanies warm air that is blown into a building.

    For many years direct and indirect fired heat have been the primary solutions for allowing work in cold temperatures.

    Direct fired heaters add considerable moisture and carbon monoxide. Indirect units require extensive ductwork outside the building and an array of fans inside the building to move the warm air within the site. Indirect units also have high fuel costs because they must heat outside ambient air to the required temperature.

    Phipps now rents in all of its locations highly safe and efficient hydronic heating systems that provide consistent, dry heat to keep your project dryer, on budget, and on track. With a hydronic system, an external burner flash heats and pumps at low pressure food grade glycol to thermostatically controlled and quiet heat exchangers placed strategically in the building.  Operating much like a residential furnace, the hydronic system maintains the air temperature within the structure while only re-heating the glycol temperature differential.  Consequently the hydronic system burner only operates a fraction of the time saving precious fueling dollars.  Please contact us if you would like more information on how Phipps can help your winter projects be completed successfully.

    Direct Fired

    Direct Heating Equipment

    • Pros:
      • Relatively portable
      • Readily available
      • Low cost
      • Proven, been used for years
      • The most common method in the industry
    • Cons:
      • Carbon monoxide emissions in work area
      • Carbonization potential for slabs
      • Must run 100% of the time to generate heat
      • Proven, been used for years
      • Puts excess moisture into structure

    Indirect Fired

    Indirect Heating Equipment

    • Pros:
      • Less fumes in work area
      • Dryer air than direct fire units
      • Less Equipment needed in work space
    • Cons:
      • Must operate 100% of the time to generate heat
      • More difficult set up and ducting required
      • Air only enters in one location so fans must be used to distribute heat
      • Air is warm from ambient temperature

    Hydronic Heat

    Hydronic Heating Equipment

    • Pros:
      • Production schedule control
      • Fume free work areas
      • Even/dry air – 5-7% relative humidity
      • Tremendous fuel savings
      • Quiet operation
      • Low power consumption
      • Flexible set up, operation and fueling options
      • Unit typically only operates a tenth of the time of traditional methods
    • Cons:
      • Higher initial rental cost that leads to overall savings generated by less fuel consumption
      • Hoses require some management to keep an organized jobsite
  • Pinkerton Tunnel Concrete Repair Project

    Project: Pinkerton Rail Tunnel
    Engineering Firm: Gannett Fleming
    Contactors: GeoBuild, LLC
    Overall Project Manager: Paul J. Lewis
    Project Principal: John W. Kovacs
    Design Project Manager: Jonathan D. McHugh
    Construction Project Manager: Jack Hiller
    A/E Field Representative: Matthew B. Morris

    Challenge: Provide an engineered solution to renovate and reopen the Western Maryland Railway’s abandoned Pinkerton tunnel to repurpose it for trail use on the Great Allegheny Passage.

    Solution: Repair the tunnel concrete liner by applying BASF Emaco S 488 using a Quikspray carrousel pump.

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  • Concrete Solutions for the Professional Contractor

    This month's promotion: Purchase AC100+ Gold and Receive a FREE* Dewalt SDS Hammer Drill! *Offer expires September 30, 2016.

    AC100 Buy 40

    AC100 Buy 128

    The Chas. E. Phipps Company helps contractors put work in place correctly and profitably by supplying high-quality, innovative products and equipment, technical expertise, and trusted service.

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  • Quest Hydronic Heating: The Key to Solving Construction Moisture Problems

    Quest Hydronic Heating Advantages: 

    • Dry heat: Provides consistent, safe, dry heat to dry out building while heating it, unlike propane, which introduces moisture into your structure. Hydronic heating eliminates moisture issues, keeping the schedule on track. Relative humidity readings of 25-40% enables mudding, sanding, and even priming the wallboard in the same day. This system also allows for floor coverings to be installed much quicker.

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  • Husqvarna Diamond Polishing Equipment Promotion


    Sale period: July 1st through August 31st. Get one entry for every $500 spent on Husqvarna Diamond Tools or Husqvarna Concrete/Metal/Masonry Cutting and Drilling.

    Win a Yeti

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  • Concrete Repair Materials to Restore a Cleveland Landmark on the Shores of Lake Erie

    Within the next couple of years, Clevelanders will be able to enjoy another one of the city's architectural gems, The Cleveland Coast Guard Station. The station is a historic landmark which lays at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River at the end of a 1,000 foot pier on Whiskey Island. This important piece of Cleveland history recently received much needed exterior renovations. The one-time Great Lakes headquarters for the United States Coast Guard has been vacant since 1976, when the Coast Guard moved to its current location off of the E. 9th Street Pier. Completed in 1940, the station was designed by the architect J. Milton Dyer, who is best known for designing Cleveland City Hall. Designed in the art deco style and made to look like a ship, the station has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places (Reference #76001390).

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  • Product Lines We Stock by Manufacturer

    Chas. E. Phipps offers an impressive list of products to meet the special needs of architects, engineers and contractors. Please contact us today to discuss how we can meet the needs of your next project. Each of these categories can be searched on our Submittal Package Tool. Results will give you pricing information and links to full technical data and MSDS information. View our full list of products we stock by manufacturer.

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