Phoenix Temps Reach Record High; Techs Work to Beat
Phoenix set a new record yesterday, as its temperature reached
110 degrees (or higher) for the 29th day this year. As the entire
city battles the heat, shops provided some tips on how they're dealing
with the high temperatures while on the road conducting mobile installs
For both repairs and replacements, most recommend cooling the glass
before working on it.
"It's always best when the temps get this hot to cool the glass
down before you work on it," says Dennis Riggs, owner of Novus Windshield
Repair in Phoenix.
For Robert Wagner of Foothills Auto Glass in Phoenix, who runs
a replacement shop, he tries to keep the new windshields out of
the sun as much as possible.
"Leave [the windshield] on your truck or vehicle until the last
possible minute," he says.
Likewise, he tries to conduct his work in the shade when possible.
Shop owners also warn their technicians to drink lots of water
to avoid dehydration.
"Drink a lot of water, and don't drink other stuff like soda,"
Karen Craft of Mirage Glass and Mirror, a commercial and residential
glass shop, agrees.
"[Techs] just have to stop and take breaks every 15 minutes and
drink a lot of water and Gatorade to replenish the potassium," she
Mirage also starts its workday early at 4:30 a.m. and ends the
day at 1:30 p.m., to avoid being out on a job during the hottest
hours of the day.
Once each job is done, Riggs has his own tradition for dealing
with the heat.
"You do one job and then you get back into the car and turn the
air conditioning on full-blast," he says.
He notes, though, that this method really only works for individual
"If you do a fleet account, it gets pretty hot," he warns.
Wagner and Riggs are both long-time residents of Phoenix, but still
haven't acclimated to the heat.
"I've been doing it for 20 years, but I don't think you ever get
used to it," Riggs says. "You just deal with it."
Wagner agrees. "I've lived here all my life," he says. "It's pretty
warm, but there's not much you can do when it comes down to it."
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