David Petersdorf is a problem-solver and his successful attempt to speed up the process of painting stripes on highways in Idaho has gained him “Maintenance Person of the Year” status from the Idaho Transportation Department.  It’s also saved Idaho taxpayers about $115,000 in one year.

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 9.39.23 AMSeeking a better way to paint sections of highway without wasting paint, he redesigned a new bead nozzle that allows for a decrease in operating pressure from 7.5 psi to 4 psi, which delivers fewer beads in a concentrated pattern on four-inch painted stripes.

Petersdorf said his main goal was to save time.

“I decided if we could make the material last longer, we wouldn’t have to stop and refill so often,” he explained. “It was a cheap modification and I’m surprised it worked as well as it did.”

Petersdorf, a native of California, said he grew up around heavy equipment and always had a mechanical knack.

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