COVID 19: Check out VerTek LLC's most up to date communications.
Our safety collection now covers COVID 19
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.
Start with this link to the US Chamber of Commerce Site.
Site Managers: CDC and OSHA are requiring us to report anyone we send home because they are sick and to track their progress. Site Managers only should use this form; it'll go to HR and you.
This is the site you need to read for you and your family. Check out the section on Anxiety.
In English and Spanish, too.
Day-to Day info in Texas from the Department of Public Health.
Day-to Day info in New York from the Department of Public Health.
Day-to-Day info in Florida from the Florida Department of Health
Day-to-Day info in Arizona from the Arizona Department of Health
211 is a vital service that connects millions of people to help every year. To get expert, caring help, simply call 211 today or search for your local 211 organization.
Cable construction is a demanding trade. It's part craft and part science. There's equipment, materials, tools, chemicals, electricity, ladders, bucket trucks and more. There's ALWAYS something new to learn. Don't GUESS IT - KNOW IT! Start with the OSP Handbook.
Cable Construction - Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Solutions
Arris, now part of CommScope, published a Cable Technician Pocket Reference Material Guide with SCTE.
Alpha and SCTE published guides in English and Spanish for technicians working on construction, maintenance, and repair of power systems for telecommunications.
In 2008, SCTE published a handbook of graphic symbols used on construction maps and diagrams in the broadband industry.
Construction Reference Material - Nodes, Amplifiers, Line Extenders and Aerial Wi-Fi require power from distributed power supplies located throughout a cable system.
When used in applications requiring less power than traditional outside plant powering, you will experience increased efficiency and reduced operating costs. This 300 Watt power system features a much smaller footprint and is engineered for use in multiple dwelling units (MDU), business parks and node segmentations, as well as Fiber Deep, N+0 and N+1 plant extensions. Rated at 300 Watts with a 12V inverter, this power supply features an XM2 smart display and an optional DOCSIS-based status monitoring card.
Alpha XM2 and XM3 power supplies provide a slot for a status monitoring module (cable modem +).
This link will take you to the documentation page on the Alpha website.
Prepping a Fiber Splice Case - Essential Construction Skills. We like this video. It covers securing the strength member, securing the buffer tubes, and installing the watertight seals. Remember, always maintain a clean, well-documented, and organized splice case.
Splicing Fiber Quick Review. We like this video, and will probably add a few of our own.
An interesting cable construction introduction to using a lasher. The preform part is wrong so DON'T DO WHAT IS SHOWN. Tip, when you connect your bug nuts, tuck the loose end of the lashing wire into the top of the bug nut space to protect the next tech's fingers. Warning - Some foul language and not completely accurate. It's for familiarization only.
Prepping and connecting hardline to a passive device is becoming a lost art. Watch this video and you'll be on your way to become a master.
An old (but still good) Belden animation about how to prep and use a 3-Piece Connector. Now you know what those markings on the housings are for.
A Cable Construction Overview of Directional Drilling/Boring
A construction overview of Stitch (Pneumatic) Boring
Construction Reference Material - OSHA Bucket Truck Regulations - Fall Arrest
Understanding and Using the FVD in OSP Construction, Maintenance, and Repair
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Your safety and the safety of everyone working or standing near you is our greatest concern on a job site. Make sure that you understand each and every procedure and safety feature of your equipment, materials, and tools, including, but not limited to: