How do you stay cool?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by jordan89, May 19, 2012.

  1. jordan89

    jordan89 New Member

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    It is starting to get warm out and most of us are pretty happy about that, we can get more shooting done that way:).

    But I am not to excited for summer and I'll tell you why. I work in a factory that is EXTREMELY hot. There is no AC and the temp in the summer is anywhere between 100-125 degrees inside the plant. It sucks! My area is right beside 9 CNC lasers that put off a lot of heat and on the other side of my area is the Robot/Mig weld stations. Not to mention that we have to long pants and for some jobs we have to wear long sleeves. And to make matters worse the plant keeps the break room temp at about 62 degrees during the summer, which sounds nice. But going from extreme heat to that cool of temp gives me a really bad headache. On my breaks I usually just go outside to cool down.

    So, I guess what I am asking is...does anyone have any tips on how to beat the heat? I know to stay hydrated. But I have looked into cooling fans(the fans that spray a light mist) and some other types of clothing designed to help one stay cool.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. PlaysWithZombies

    PlaysWithZombies New Member

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    I usually soak a bandana in ice water, roll it up and tie it loosely around my throat. Gets pretty hot in the machine shop i work in and that works better than anything else i've tried.
     

  3. Shoobee

    Shoobee New Member

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    Start by wearing cool clothing, like breathable polo shirts, thin canvass trousers, lite tennis shoes, and get a haircut so your head can breathe. That's for openers.

    Don't wear a T-shirt. Its too much extra insulation.

    You can wet your hair and face in the mens washroom every hour or so to cool down.

    Maybe even soak the shirt and put it back on damp.

    Wearing a soaked headband will also cool you down.

    Good luck with that.
     
  4. jordan89

    jordan89 New Member

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    Unfortunately, I don't have the option to do some of that. I work in a Metal fabrication plant. I have to wear cut resistant clothing, such as jeans, steel toe boots, and so on. I do keep my hair short and in the summer I lose the beard. The idea for the soaked head band and bandanna is pretty good, I'm going to try that.

    Something I've considered is wearing an Under armor shirt that is designed to help the body cool underneath my work shirt and then soaking my work shirt in cool water.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    after many years of working in the heat, i have found some things to help with the heat.

    drink plenty of water! then drink more.

    breathable cotton clothing, i found wearing a t-shirt under my work shirt, that i actually do stay cooler. wear some sort of cap or hat if working out in the sun, it will keep your head cooler.

    eat lighter meals during the day, maybe even snacking several times vs. eating one large meal.

    if i have been sweating quite a lot, i try and stay out of any air conditioning, and prefer a fan to cool off instead. and if possible use a fan to circulate the air around you. it will make it seem somewhat cooler.
     
  6. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    Those evaporative cooler type fans do work as long as they are blowing directly at you & are close enough, but don't know if that is possible for you. The other suggestions are all good & I also vote for the T-shirt under your outer shirt. It works!

    But, comes down to the fact that sometimes the only help is just getting used to it & staying out of the air conditioned break room is one way to do that. Generally, plants I called on that had a heat problem or required the Nomax clothing, etc. did not cool their offices or break rooms so much, for that reason.
     
  7. UrbanNinja

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    The plant I work in gets around the same temperature. I spend an average of 6 hours a day in a sealed paint booth wearing a Tyvek suit and carrying around a supplied breathing line and paint supply hose. Temperature averages about 85 degrees in there, then being in the suit and all the weight, easily exceeds 100. I actually have a flak jacket that I keep in the freezer and throw that on every time I paint.
     
  8. jordan89

    jordan89 New Member

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    How much water do they put out? I've seen a few of the fans for around $150 and the only thing that has made me hesitant to buy one is that I am afraid that water would be puddled around my area.


    Here is what I would really like to have
    http://www.coolshirt.net/industry-single-user.html
     
  9. gollygee

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    They shouldn't put out enough water for you to notice. The water cools the air but doesn't blow out in a mist or anything like that, at least not the ones I've seen. The water wets pads in the fan & the fan sucks air through them. I'm not sure about a $150 one. The ones I've been around were about 3 ft. in diameter & cost $700 to $1000.
     
  10. jordan89

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    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200422313_200422313

    This isn't the one I was talking about but it is close.

    It is nothing real big, I was thinking about putting this at my work station. Then place it in my locker at the end of the day.
     
  11. purehavoc

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    Good idea but it only give about 200 sq ft of coverage which isnt much yout talking about a 6x6x6 area of coverage .
    I used to be in the opposite I worked in -30 for 10 hrs a day then leave for the day and go outside in 95 deg weather . Talk about major headache
    Hope these help
    These and these
    http://polarbreezebandanas.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=88

    http://polarbreezebandanas.com/store/?gclid=COu2pKakjbACFQoDQAodFhrSoQ
     
  12. jordan89

    jordan89 New Member

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    Thanks for the link. They have the neck wraps on sale so I'm gonna order some. I spend a lot of time in the same area, so maybe that fan would be a good buy.
     
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  14. winds-of-change

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    I am not subject to the temperatures mentioned here but in the summer if I must work outside and it's hot, I have one of those bandannas that have gel beads in it. You soak it in water for about 5 minutes, the gel beads expand and hold water. Then I usually tie it around my head or you can wear it around your neck. It works pretty well.
     
  15. purehavoc

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    I have 2 of those and when one looses its cool I pitch it in a ziplock bag with fresh water and toss it in the fridge . They work well and they work the same way WOC is talking about
     
  16. primer1

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    I work in a metal stamping plant with welding and baked on paint. Drink water, stay in front of a fan, cotton clothing. A water soaked rag around the back of your neck helps a lot. Keep sugary foods to a minimum, as with all junk foods. Healthy food helps your body to run efficiently, and cool itself better.
     
  17. jordan89

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    I think I'm going to order me a couple of those as well. I was going to go pick up some Under Armour at dunhams tomorrow...but I like the camo better.
     
  18. jordan89

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    Good advice. When ever I work I only drink water or Gatorade(well, besides coffee in the winter). I have a 2L container that I fill with water. I drink at least one of those in an 8hr shift as well as 1 Gatorade. I try to pack light foods in my lunch such as salads and cold meat, when ever I get hot I lose my appetite so I try to just snack on light foods.
     
  19. vincent

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    Water is fine but electrolites are the key. I use a 2 gallon cooler..(.the kind with the tap at the bottom) and the powdered gatorade with ice and water...cheaper that way and it lasts me all day...gets hot in NC too! :D

    What Winds said about the gel bead neck thingy is a great way too, I've used them but they just get too dirty...:mad:

    If you can manage to keep ICE water available, drip some on the underside of your wrists, the crown of your head and the back of your neck every now and then...don't know why, but it works...you'll feel the chills.

    Think about adding more grains to your diet, especially bread as yeast will help you retain water. If you stop sweating, or feel nauseated...STOP IMMEDIATELY, re-hydrate and rest. Heat stroke kills!

    Try taking your shoes and socks off at break (if you have time), the feet have a lot to do with regulating overall body temp...

    Hope that helped...:cool:
     
  20. gollygee

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    Pretty neat! I haven't seen one of those. That would come in handy when I'm cleaning my guns in my shop. I don't have any heat or air conditioning in it & it can get pretty rough in this east Texas humidity. Summer time, I usually get out there before the sun is up good so I can get done & back into the house. :)

    There's a Northern Tool in Tyler. I may check it out the next time we're over there.