BASE Lightning brought a Finny award back to Atlanta with us during the Lightning Protection Institute conference. The conference was held in Dallas, Texas this year in mid February.
Vice President Adam Smith presented a new assembly to the lightning protection industry. Here at BASE Lightning, we modified an existing through-roof assembly from East Coast Lightning Equipment, a lightning protection supplier, that takes cable from the field of the roof through the deck to the inside of the building and leading down into the ground. This assembly is a threaded rod with clamps attached on each end above and below the roof for cable to connect to. The top clamp is attached to a cap which is placed over a two inch pvc pipe. The pvc pipe is then booted. This helps to waterproof the assembly so that cable and lightning are the only things making it through the roof.
Through-Roof Assembly Modification
BASE LP came up with a spin of our own – we decided to fill the pvc pipe with portable sealer. Once the sealer firms up, the pvc pipe is solid with waterproof material that will not let water penetrate through the deck.
This all seems very redundant, but it is important that we are thorough in our waterproofing in order for the roofing contractors to be confident that our materials will not cause any roof leaks. The portable sealer adds one more area of protection to keep water out while allowing lightning to pass through the system effortlessly.
The Finny Award
Because of his presentation, Adam was awarded one of three Finny awards for the year. He was given the Promethean award. Other industry leaders were impressed to see the added waterproofing. Adam was proud to bring the award back to Atlanta and to BASE Lightning Protection.