Q.: Recently we put in a floor very close to some power lines. When we realized that the handles of bull floats could easily come into contact with the power lines, we quickly slit some large rubber hose to slip over the handles and bound it in place with electrical tape. Then we warned the finishers to be careful not to let the handles touch the wires even though they'd been protected, but it made us nervous. Does anyone make bull floats with some kind of approved rubber-insulated handles?

A.: This is a safety matter to which contractors and finishers should keep alert. Fiberglass-reinforced plastic handles are available to meet OSHA standards for safety in such circumstances. You can use them to replace regular handles, at least when working near power lines.

A related safety matter is keeping alert to see that bull float handles don't hit trucks or get hit by them.