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For Safety’s Sake – What am I?

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I am extremely dangerous when mishandled. I have enough energy, when released, sufficient to propel myself three-quarters of a mile in height. I have the potential to become a rocket attaining a speed of over 30 miles per hour in a fraction of second. What am I?

I am a compressed gas cylinder.

Compressed gases can be toxic, flammable, corrosive, explosive, or inert. Toxic gases can result in a poisonous atmosphere, flammable and reactive gases can result in fires and explosions, and inert gases can quickly displace oxygen causing asphyxiation. If a cylinder falls or is knocked over, it can easily crush feet and cause property damage. If a neck of a pressurized cylinder should be broken off, the energy released would be sufficient to propel the cylinder to over three-quarters of a mile in height. A standard 250 cubic foot cylinder pressurized to 2,500 PSIG can launch like a rocket reaching a speed of over 30 miles per hour in a fraction of a second after venting from the broken cylinder connection.

It is important to understand the gas you are working with, how to safely handle, and store compressed gas cylinders – here are some of the general rules:

Identify the contents of the cylinder by reading its label, reviewing the corresponding safety data sheet (SDS), and protecting yourself with any necessary personal protective equipment (PPE). Visually inspect cylinders for leaks, bulging, defective valves, evidence of physical abuse, fire or heat damage, pitting, rusting or corrosion before each use. Remove damaged cylinders from use.

When moving a gas cylinder, keep it in an upright position, ask for help or use a cylinder cart. Never move or lift a cylinder by its protective valve cap. Never drop, roll, roughly handle or allow a cylinder to strike another violently. Remove regulators, close valves, and secure protective caps on cylinders prior to moving, unless secured on a cylinder cart.

Store cylinders upright in a well-ventilated area and properly secure to prevent tipping, falling, or rolling. Don’t store cylinders in area exposed to excessive temperature increases, physical damage, or tampering. Never store cylinders near exits, stairways, or in a means of egress. Always remove regulators and place valve protectors on gas cylinders when not in use. Separate oxygen containers from fuel-gas containers and combustible materials such as oil and grease, by a minimum distance of 20 feet, or by a  noncombustible barrier. Noncombustible barriers must be at least 5 feet high having a fire-resistance rating of at least 30 minutes. Keep storage areas free from sources of ignition, and smoking/vaping is prohibited.

Always practice compressed gas cylinder safety and leave the rocket launches to Elon Musk.

Safety Always!

Vicki Dix

2022 ABC Awards

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MSD, Inc brought home an Award of Excellence for the Wayne Hospital HVAC & Piping project. Another eagle has come home to roost.

The Award for Excellence honors the skill and expertise of our employees and MSD is recognized for exceeding expectations in innovation and quality. In the photo accepting the award is Rex Pitsinger, Project Manager for Wayne Hospital, Justin Ingram, Sheet Metal Foreman for the Wayne Hospital project, and Randy Metcalf, Plumbing/Piping Superintendent.  Thank you to everyone who worked on the project.

In addition, we received an Award of Merit for the Dayton Foodbank Greenhouse project. While this was a smaller project for us, it was a big win for the Dayton area. The 6,000 sq ft building is equipped with an aquaponics system so that they may grow plants year-round. In the photo accepting the award is Ben McKay, Plumbing Foreman for the Foodbank Greenhouse project, John Hess, Project Manager for the Foodbank Greenhouse, and Randy Metcalf.

This year we nominated Ben McKay and Justin Ingram for the Craft Professional of the Year, but while they did not receive an award, MSD still recognizes the amount of effort and attention to detail that they deliver on all their projects. Thank you, Ben and Justin.

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MSMU Apprenticeship Challenge

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TEAM MSD & Waker Plumbing competed in the MSMU (Mechanical Systems Mini University) Apprenticeship Challenge on Thursday June 2, 2022. Special Shoutout to MSMU Instructors  Randy Rose and Tim Evans on conducting this  environment where Apprentices were able to compete and showcase their skill sets.

The MSMU Apprenticeship Challenge consisted of Sheet Metal and Plumbing/Piping competitions.

The Sheet Metal crews were challenged with understanding Plans and Specifications, consisting of completing a sheet metal take-off, and creating an order form. Each Apprentice received a series of questions from the Judges. In the afternoon this crew was challenged with building sets. Throughout the day the Sheet Metal Apprentices were graded on Craftmanship and Accuracy!

The Plumbing/Piping crews received Plans, Specifications, submittals and were challenged with roughing in a bathroom carrier group serving a water closet and lavatory. These crews were graded on Accuracy and Craftmanship and air tests on domestic water and sanitary systems.

Special Shoutout to MSMU Instructors  Randy Rose and Tim Evans on creating this  environment where Apprentices were able to compete and showcase their amazing skill sets! We are so proud of the efforts put forth to make this event such a success! We would also like to give a special shout out to our Judges who volunteered their time to grade this competition! We would also like to thank Ferguson Enterprises Cole Manning for donating prizes for the winning groups!


Apply HERE: for our 2022-2023 Apprenticeship Program. Don’t miss this opportunity to get paid to LEARN!

Deadline: July 22, 2022


The Importance of a Good Nights Sleep & Good Nutrition

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The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep & Good Nutrition
Even though we have been focusing on the “food” aspect during the November Nutrition Challenge last month, we need to remember to focus on another important link to good nutrition, which is healthy sleep. Good nutrition and good sleep go hand in hand!


Although we gain an extra hour of sleep with the end of daylight saving time this month, the slight shift could impact your sleep cycle for up to a week. You may wake up earlier, have trouble falling asleep or even wake up often during the night.


Adults should get seven hours or more of sleep each night, according to the CDC. However, only 2 in 3 American adults get enough sleep. Sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy, productive and low-stress lifestyle. Here are a few benefits of getting a good night’s sleep:


·     Increased productivity and work performance—Giving your body enough time to go through all the sleep stages is necessary for energy, muscle repair, improved memory, and the release and regulation of important hormones essential for everyday functions.

·     Boosted immune system—Consistent sleep strengthens your immune system, allowing for effective immune function. The immune system is critical to overall health, specifically for healing wounds, defending against infections and protecting against chronic illnesses.

·     Improved mental health—Getting enough sleep can help alleviate feelings of fatigue that may contribute to stress, depression and anxiety. Symptoms of fatigue can be drowsiness, loss of energy and mood swings.


As our clocks fall back one hour, this is a prime opportunity to fall back into good sleep habits. For more information on how to improve your sleep habits or to address sleep issues, contact your doctor today.


3 Steps to Better Sleep

• Avoid electronics before bedtime.

• Pass up caffeine after midday.

• Establish a consistent sleep routine.


Your eating habits can be crucial for quality sleep! Learn how your food choices and your meal timing can make a difference. Read this article from the National Sleep Foundation for more info and tips on “The Link Between Nutrition and Sleep”


Sharon Baber

12 Days of Safety

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12 Days of Safety
1. Never leave burning candles unattended. Try using battery-operated candles instead.

2. Do not overload electrical outlets or extension cords, and inspect cords for frays, nicks, and burns.

3. Use safe ladder practices when hanging decorations and lights.

4. If using a natural tree—water it daily.

5. Keep poisonous plants out of reach of children and pets.

6. Don’t drink and drive. Pick a designated driver.

7. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms—change batteries when needed.

8. Keep natural trees away from heat sources, such as candles, fireplaces, and space heaters.

9. Never leave cooking or baking unattended.

10. Avoid food poisoning—keep hot foods hot & cold foods cold.

11. Turn off all tree lights and decorations when unattended.

12. Use indoor/outdoor lights as indicated.


Phil Smith & Vicki Dix

MSD, Inc is thankful for…..

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We asked out team members to let us know what they were most thankful for this holiday season. Read some responses below!

I am thankful for my son and husband, they are my reason to get up daily and keep going. – Tori Sherrock

Thankful for Family, and the opportunity to work with so many amazing people, committed to exceeding our client’s expectations,  and impacting our communities in a positive manner! -Nick Davis

I am thankful for my family, my friends, and my incredible fiance. 2021 has given me so many things to be thankful for. – Carlee Kremer

Thankful for physical, emotional, and spiritual health. – Dennis Garber

I am thankful for my wife, family, and great friends, I’m thankful to live in a free country with so many opportunities that allows me to have so much in my life. – Mike Workman

I am so thankful for my sons, also known as great dannios, my beautiful girlfriend, the Christmas tree being up, and spending time with friends and family while navigating this wild thing called life! – Brian Bafford

I’m grateful to have a wonderful family, friends, co-workers, and clients. – Joe Thacker

I believe I am most thankful for my family, health and working with everyone at MSD, Inc. – Randy Rose

Metro Parks Ice Rink Opening Weekend

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Cool-weather is coming but that doesn’t mean you need to be stuck indoors. The Five Rivers MetroParks Ice rink will be open starting Friday Nov. 26th and is a great way to have fun with family & friends. Don’t worry about staying comfortable as the Warming Zone by MSD will keep you toasty while getting checked in for the days fun.

Don’t be cooped up this winter, get out and enjoy all the great adventures that our Five Rivers MetroParks has to offer.

MSMU Renovation

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Here at MSMU we strive for excellence and provide opportunities. Our Operation Education & Training Manager, Randy Rose, and his Team have been hard at work converting our Training Room located at our Headquarters over the past few months. This room serves the MSMU apprenticeship program and training programs for those in our industry.

The renovations included new tables, chairs, and computers and an 82” flat screen for presentations and training-based slide decks. In addition to the new equipment, we have also added new walls and a refresh to the paint colors. New testing stations have been implemented as well (Pictured Below) to ensure students a safe, focused location to be trained.

The apprenticeship program is also known as MSMU is currently using an accredited association National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). This association offers an abundance of learning materials  – – Certifications, Statistics, Online Testing, and more. MSMU has developed custom books based on NCCER’s curriculum to meet industry needs related to sheet metal, piping and plumbing, and upcoming programs for Journeymen. Learn more about NCCER by clicking here! Instructors, Randy Rose (Sheet Metal) and Tim Evans (Plumbing) are anxious to train those interested.

Randy Rose has made a statement with this new facility location by providing the students a secure location for classes, testing, and more. Rose has many accomplishments under his belt including the following: ABC Sheet Metal Instruction, Construction WorkForce Consultants Apprentice Instruction Training Program, ESCO Institute Refrigeration Technician, NCCER Curriculum Proctor, NCCER Core Curriculum Instructor, NCCER HVAC Craft & Curriculum Performance Instruction, NCCER Sheet Metal Instruction, and NCCER Master Trainer & Administrator. Rose has over 38 years of experience in the Mechanical Field. In addition to Rose’s position as Operation Education & Training Manager, he also serves as a Sheet Metal Apprentice Instructor for MSMU.

Our team would also like to thank Certa-Pro for working on a new space for our students and faculty. We would also like to thank the following employees for supporting the vision and helping along the way: Sherry Yoho, Brad Bradley & Jackie Tangeman. Team Member Jason Kyne for the installation of our new walls, and Dana Beighle for the electrical & lighting work.

Picturea Above & Below: MSMU Apprentices/Training Room

1) Plumbing Level 1: Ryley Anton, Ronnie Arthur, Cole Flack, Mason Jurgens, Ben Sherrill, Tim Evans

2) Plumbing Level 2: Ben Waker, Ryan Ditomasso, Luke Bradley, Tim Evans

3) Plumbing Level 3: Brayden Gillette, Josh Thompson, Tim Evans

4) Plumbing Level 4: Tony Sandlewick, Dillon Keller

5) Sheet Metal Level 1: Jase Cvetkovich (Not Pictured), Brad Frantz  (Not Pictured), Adrian Moore, Dalton Ratcliff, Spensir Robinson, Noah Taylor, Nathan Waites, Ethan Watkins, Randy Rose

6) Sheet Metal Level 2: Blake Thomas, Ryan Bennett, Steve King, Dustin Shiverdecker

7) Sheet Metal Level 3: Zach Marlowe, Brandon Gilbert, Randy Rose

8) Dillon Keller & Tim Evans after Keller found out he had passed his plumbing journeyman’s license.

9) First Time Test Takers in the new Training Room.


Mechanical Services & Design

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MSD Colleagues & Valued Partners,


We are excited to announce that our organization has officially changed our name from Mechanical Systems of Dayton, Inc to Mechanical Services & Design Inc., (MSD Inc.) For years our organization has been continuously expanding our footprint from Dayton, Ohio into the Cincinnati and Columbus markets while expanding our service offerings as well.  The goal with this name conversion is to provide a deeper connection to the service & design capabilities we continuously provide to our clients. Our team members are highly trained in safely delivering high-quality solutions, providing ideal comfort control and protection of the environment, through our Services and Design capabilities. MSD has over 200 tradesmen, support staff, and professionals who design, install and service mechanical systems of all complexities. Our operational groups are broken down into the following sectors to better serve your ongoing facility needs: Maintenance, Energy Services, Building Automation, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Refrigeration, Sheet Metal Manufacturing, Pre-Fabrication, Virtual Design Construction, and Engineering services.


At MSD we believe our mission, vision, and core values are not just words, but the foundation of our culture and how we approach the market in our daily transactions.

MSD Mission: To always provide the RIGHT mechanical system solutions, delivering the most reliable and advanced comfort control and protection of the environment.

MSD Vision: To provide efficient and sustainable mechanical solutions, improving the lives of team members, clients, and communities.

MSD Core Values:

Transparency in our transactions and communications.

Relentless in building trust in our relationships.

Trained and specialized in delivering Expertise in all we do.

Being Supportive is our Enjoyment.


Mechanical Services & Design Inc., appreciates your continued business, and we look forward to serving your ongoing facility needs!



John Stewart


HVAC Efficiency: What It Is, Why It Matters And How To Get Started

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HVAC Efficiency: What It Is, Why It Matters and How to Get Started

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning make up a very large minority of energy usage in the United States. As such, making HVAC systems more streamlined is the goal of many organizations seeking to increase U.S. energy productivity. Since HVAC energy usage has serious global impacts, increasing efficiency is crucial to minimizing detrimental effects. Below, learn about every stage of the HVAC process, including design of equipment, installation, maintenance and system use.

What is HVAC Efficiency?

HVAC usage in a single entity (e.g. commercial building or home) can vary widely from one place to another. Heating and cooling efficiency is the most effective way that people can decrease their overall energy consumption. HVAC equipment that is currently available has different degrees of possible efficiency. However, this is only the beginning. Experts consider the spectrum of efficiency rates, factoring in differences in equipment, quality of installation and maintenance, as well as personal use. Based on all of these factors, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and many professional organizations conclude that much can be done to improve the HVAC efficiency of virtually any single system.

Global Impacts of HVAC Energy Usage

Energy consumption through heating, ventilation and air conditioning represents a significant portion of nationwide energy usage. The U.S. Small Business Administration notes that HVAC equipment accounts for 40 percent of energy usage in commercial buildings. According to DOE, energy used by homes creates twice as much greenhouse gas emissions – recognized to contribute to climate change – compared to cars.

Efficiency in HVAC Design

Efficiency applies to design of HVAC equipment, as well as use. Experts suggest taking a holistic approach to decreasing energy consumption, by examining all the ways that each part of the HVAC system uses energy and looking for ways to improve it. Demand-controlled ventilation is key to reducing the cooling or heating load so that buildings are not cooled or heated regardless of the needs of the building’s inhabitants. Designers should aim to use renewable energy sources whenever possible. Since heating and cooling tends to produce a lot of waste, HVAC system designers ought to take advantage of natural conditions or by-products to more effectively heat and cool. For example, the system may be built to use heat exhaust to warm air or utilize natural moisture to cool air.

Resourceful Use of HVAC Equipment

Assuming that the heating and cooling equipment is designed with the greatest efficiency in mind, the most significant impact on effectiveness comes from the installation, maintenance and use of the system. All equipment for the HVAC system must be expertly installed to ensure that the maximum amount of cooled or heated air will reach all specified areas of the building. Once installed, the equipment should be maintained regularly and repaired, as needed. This includes appliances such as furnaces and air conditioners, but also auxiliary equipment like ductwork, which can be a significant source of wasted energy. DOE recommends that people in all buildings use programmable thermostats efficiently to minimize energy consumption. It also suggests that building managers and homeowners take a proactive stance toward a decrease in energy consumption.

When Americans plan to reduce their energy usage, they are more likely to succeed. HVAC efficiency allows people to use their HVAC equipment to cool or heat buildings without wasting energy unnecessarily. Given the contribution of HVAC energy consumption to global greenhouse gases, improvements to these systems through design, installation, maintenance and use are vital to any environmental conservation plan.

Author Bio:

Patricia Bonacorda has vast experience in the Plumbing and HVAC community. She is the president of Spartan Plumbing. Spartan is a licensed, bonded, and insured business that provides plumbing, heating, and air conditioning in the DC metro area.