Phillips-Safety Gold Lens Review, UPDATE

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What’s going on, ‘Hands!

I’m back with my update on Phillips-Safety’s gold lenses. To get you new users/followers up to speed, a couple months back I conducted a welding lens shootout (review) that included American Optical’s (AO) Weld Cool, Phillips-Safety gold lens, and Harris Products’ Omni View gold lens. All three lenses provided excellent clarity and visibility, but the gold coating on the Phillips-Safety gold lens flaked off as soon as I put them under water to clean them, directly out the package. I sent an email to Phillips-Safety informing them what had happened and was contacted immediately the following morning, by one of their staff. They paid the return shipping, sent me replacement lenses and assured me that this was a fluke.

Over the past several months I’ve been putting these replacement lenses through the wringer, taking them out of my hood almost daily to clean them with soap and water. I made sure not to exercise the same caution I normally would with gold lenses, applying more pressure than I normally would while cleaning them under running water. Heavy duty liquid detergents, brown paper towels, rags, t-shirts, I used anything I thought someone would have on hand in a shop or out in the field to clean their lenses with. I wanted to make sure the gold coating was not coming off and did everything I could think of (aside from intentionally scratching them) to get it to delaminate from the glass.

At this point I know you’re thinking, “enough BS, how did they do?” Well, I’m happy to report they exceeded my expectations and the coating did not flake, actually they didn’t even scratch. Phillips-Safety’s gold lenses passed my tests with flying colors and officially have my stamp of approval. If you’re in the market to purchase a new lens, I’d definitely recommend giving these a shot.

A special thanks goes out to Bill B. over at Phillips-Safety for his great customer service.

Work safe and have a great day,
-Alejo

Launch Day

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It’s finally here, launch day. Starting today, anyone can sign up for WorkHands to build their reputation in the trades online (and mobile soon, too).

Starting this summer, we put a countdown on our white board in anticipation of this day. It finally reads zero, and we couldn’t be more excited about that. The whole team has put in a lot of effort to getting WorkHands to where it is today.

That team’s really grown this summer and includes everyone from the founding team to our industry experts, beta users, advisors, trade school instructors, students, friends, and family. We knew from the start that we couldn’t do this alone, and it’s been amazing getting everyone involved. We owe all of you a huge ‘thank you,’ and even that doesn’t quite express our gratitude.

Here’s where it gets even better though — launch day is just the start for WorkHands. The blue collar web won’t be built over night so keep getting involved, telling us what you want, and inviting your co-workers.

We’ll keep busting our tails to serve workers, whether that’s new products (did we mention we have a few apps coming?) or partnerships that help incorporate more of your world in the trades on WorkHands.

Let’s go out and build something special.

 

Photo courtesy of: David Glover

We’re Working For Your Trust

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The best part of my day is when I get to talk to our site’s users. The stories I hear are amazing. Some are uplifting, like Daniel Paris who was trained by a 70yr old Finnish logger, while some are just plain useful like Buzz’s tactics for getting hired in construction.

But there’s one kind of emotion we haven’t shared yet, even though we’ve heard it a lot. And that’s frustration. It’s hard to catch a break out there. Everything’s expensive, from tools to equipment to gas, and you get nickel and dimed all day with people trying to stick their hand in your pocket.

Yeah I went [to that other professional site]. The only category for me was “general labor.” I’m not general labor; I’m a journeyman glazier, mother f—er.

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And then you go to the internet, where things are supposed to be easier. You’re not trying to be the next Bill Gates, but you use the web like anyone else. Finding and applying for jobs, connecting with guys who know your trade — it’s all practically impossible for the trades online given the limited resources that are out there. And every day you see a story about how some company just got a billion dollars to make a better version of mobile phone scrabble.

That’s why we started WorkHands. Why the hell are there 12 apps (and counting) to get drunk city kids a ride home but few that help a carpenter find work?

Sure, there’s other professional sites out there. But, if you go to put your information on one of those other professional sites, you can’t help but notice that it’s not for you. Like a friend of ours said:

“Yeah I went there. The only category for me was “general labor.” I’m not general labor; I’m a journeyman glazier, mother f—er.”

That’s what we’re about. We’re a couple of guys who grew up in blue collar families but wound up doing tech in Silicon V alley. We’re building WorkHands to be a home online for the guys that are actually out there working their asses off to keep this country running.

We’re not going to solve all your problem — we can’t lower your rent, we can’t fix your truck, and we definitely aren’t the ones you want building your next home. But we can make it easier to keep your professional history online, easier to apply for and get a job, and easier to connect with guys like yourself around the country.

We’re working to earn your trust. I know it’s hard to believe for some guys, but we’re building for YOU. We’re responsible to YOU. We’re not one of those groups trying to nickel and dime you and take advantage. We’re out trying to do our part to make things a bit easier for the trades in this country because damn’t if that isn’t too rare a thing these days.

Think we can do better? We want to hear it. Oh, you haven’t tried us out yet? Well what’re you waiting for? Sign up today and give us a shot.

 

 

WorkHands is Live at Laney College in Oakland!

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It’s finally here: Launch Day!

Well, kind of.

This morning we launched the site for students in skilled trades programs at Laney College in Oakland, CA. We’re also asking some friends, family and our industry experts like Buzz and Lawrence to build out their own profiles over the next few weeks as we prepare to let in all of those users who’ve been asking for invites these past few months.

We couldn’t be more excited about reaching this point and finally getting real people onto our site. We’ve been working hard for months and this launch has long been the “finish line” we had our eyes on. We’re incredibly thankful for the support we’ve gotten from Laney College’s faculty leading up to this launch — allowing us to demo for their students and providing us with valuable feedback before we’d even launched.

Overall, we’re happy with what we’ve built, but we’ve also got our eyes on what’s next. Having new members join WorkHands to create their profiles is great. Getting feedback from students on what they like (and don’t like) is exciting. Helping students stand out in their job search is really exciting (and our real goal).

And really, launch day is all about that inflection point. For the WorkHands team, today is a milestone that represents the “end” of lots of hard work. For our new members, today is the beginning of a new web experience through which they can represent their unique skillsets online.

WorkHands has a long way to go, but as of today, we’re off and running.