Out in the Cold
Gearing up for cold-weather construction.
Synopsis: A builder who works year-round in Alaska shares tips on how to stay warm while working in very cold weather. He details the gear that keeps frostbite away. He also has some advice about tools and equipment.
In Fairbanks, Alaska, where I build custom houses year around, the winters are long and frigid. Trees shed their leaves in mid-September and the snow starts to stick early in October. Temperatures can plunge below zero by Halloween and can linger around -30° F to -40° F anytime before mid-April.
There are plenty of good reasons to go into hibernation until the spring thaw, but there are compelling reasons to keep working. A steady income is one of them. If you’re an employer, you’ll also want to keep your crew busy year around or risk losing them to builders who will. You can also avoid running double shifts and paying overtime in…