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Concrete Saws: Guidelines on Getting the Best Site Results

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Concrete Saws: Guidelines on Getting the Best Site Results

If you are planning to perform building renovations, you will require a concrete saw. This tool is designed to remove excess material or modify existing concrete structures by cutting into the surface. In general, these saws are critical if you want to redesign the pertinent concrete surface or install pipes and wires inside this dense material. Here are guidelines on concrete cutting saws to help you get the best results for your projects. Choose an Appropriate Saw There are numerous concrete saws on the market to consider for purchase or even rental. However, they are not all suitable for the same tasks. Therefore, it is important to choose a tool that matches your exact job requirements. Diamond blade saws are popular because the hardness of the diamonds ensures that you get sharp and clean cuts. This is an ideal choice for general use and decorative concrete renovations. The walk-behind saw is large, so it can cut larger surfaces, ensuring quicker completion of the project. Wet saws are designed to work on moist concrete to minimise release of harmful particles. Check all the available concrete saws and compare with your specific needs before acquisition. Use Sharp Blades You should always ensure that the blades attached to your concrete saws are sharp and in good condition. Dull blades will not make clean cuts on the surface, so there is significant risk of the material fracturing unnecessarily. In addition, these blades will strain the saw, and this might cause overheating. Consequently, the equipment will have a shorter lifespan or fail prematurely. Therefore, acquire multiple blades if you are handling a fairly large project and remove the used blade when it becomes dull. You should also consider looking for different blade designs to use for different cutting tasks for maximum efficiency. Perform Concrete Scanning You should commission a specialist to scan your concrete surfaces and structures before you begin the renovation project. In most properties, there are important items buried beneath the concrete, including the water supply network, drainage system and even electrical cables. If these sustain damage during the sawing process, you will have to spend a lot of money rectifying the problem.  Moreover, the scans will help you identify the best position to saw or drill to minimise the risk of fracturing the concrete. Generally, this process uses ground-penetrating radar to locate objects and obstructions beneath for safe cutting. Finally, always protect yourself from injury and dust using personal protective wear before starting the concrete cutting...

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Essential Tips to Find the Perfect Fence for Your Property

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Essential Tips to Find the Perfect Fence for Your Property

Many people use fencing to enhance the appearance of their homes or to protect their property from trespassers. Generally, fences beautify a house and create a great impression about the property. Therefore, it is important to choose the right fence. People who surround their houses with sophisticated and electronic fences are more concerned about safety and protection. While people who surround their houses with a mesh fence or decorated-concrete walls may be more concerned about the look and feel of their property. Some people even use vintage-style fencing to decorate their property by building a timber fence. If you are looking to beautify or protect your property, here are some essential tips to find the perfect fence for your house. Do research If you want to choose a perfect fence for your property, you can start with research. Visit several building construction companies who are experienced in fencing constructions. Browse through several catalogues, ask your friends who have fenced their properties and decide on the best fence for your property. Professional building contractors can give you advice on the most appropriate fence for your property and why you should use them. Choose a durable fence There are different types of fencing such as aluminium, wooden panels, mesh and wired fencing and many others. You should choose the best type of fencing that will suit your needs and fit your property. You should also consider fencing materials that are durable and can last for longer periods. Your best choice of fencing should enhance the aesthetic beauty of your surroundings. Make sure it is easy to install Whatever type of fencing you choose must be easy to install. This means you won’t need to spend so much money on installation. Mesh fencing is easy to install and can be easily replaced if damaged. Although they are very durable and light-weight, wind passes through it easily. Similar to wired fencing, it allows better visibility, which is good for security purposes because trespassers cannot hide at the back of the fence. Get low maintenance fencing  When choosing a fence style, you should take its maintenance option into consideration. If the fence is expensive to maintain, you should think twice before choosing it. You need a type of fencing that can withstand hard weather conditions such as windy weather. Wired or mesh fences are low maintenance and can be painted in any preferred colour. In case you want to change the colour in the future, you can easily change...

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How to Identify Common Pumping System Problems

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Identify Common Pumping System Problems

It makes sense to identify and correct problems associated with your pumping system in order to maintain peak efficiency. After all, this results in lower operating costs, less downtime and less fuel. Keeping an eye on your pumping systems, therefore, represents an investment in both value and performance. What are some of the common problems, and how can you address them? Poor Performance Have you noticed that there is a noticeable difference in the discharge flow? Could it be that the pump is taking much longer to do the same task than it used to? This could be due to several issues. The gasket could be leaking, there could be plugged suction, a suction hose lining could have collapsed or there could be a damaged impeller. Firstly, measure the discharge pressure and the vacuum suction when the pump is going. Compare these readings to those measured when the pump was initially installed. Higher than normal pressure readings at discharge mean that the suction vacuum has been decreased, and this indicates a block in the discharge line. It could also mean that a valve is faulty. Priming Issues If the pump is not re-priming as quickly as it used to, then there could be excessive face clearance. You should also check to see whether the seal has been compromised, whether all of the hardware is connected and whether the gaskets are sealed properly. Look to see if the recirculating port has been clogged. Noisy Pumps If you find that the pump is excessively noisy, then cavitation could be to blame. Check to see if the suction hose is plugged or has a lining that’s collapsed and also look to see if the strainers are clogged. It’s also possible that the bearings are on the way out. You should also check to see whether the problem is mechanical or hydraulic. Do this by running the pump for a short amount of time without any water. If the noise disappears, then it is a hydraulic problem. If the noise persists, it’s a mechanical problem. Frequent Clogging If you find the pump is clogging very frequently, then it may be that the strainer is not up to the job. It could be too small, or the clearance could be too wide. Check also to see if the strainer is unplugged. Overheating Pumps will overheat if the flow of liquid coming in or going out is restricted. Check and clear any...

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Pipe Bending Weaknesses Addressed By the Induction Process

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pipe Bending Weaknesses Addressed By the Induction Process

Is your contractor or technician asking you to buy pipes bent using the induction process for your construction project? Well, it is no surprise. Bending metal pipes is a complex process that comes with a host of challenges. If the bending isn’t done well with lots of precision, the pipes that you buy (such as wastewater system pipes) can have significant weaknesses that will lead to significant recurrent costs in the future. Thankfully, you can count on the induction bending process to provide you with material that will meet your performance and aesthetic expectations. Here is a thorough look at the weakness addressed by the induction pipe bending process: Metal Strength Around the Bend The bent region on a metal pipe can lack strength. When creating the bend, the composite particles making up the metal are stretched over a large area. This weakens the bond between them, lowering the strength of the metal.  However, this is not the case when the fabricator uses the induction bending process. Here, an eddy electric current is generated using an electromagnetic field and used to heat the metal pipe to very high temperatures. After achieving the desired temperature, the hot pipe is shoved through a coil to create the bend. Controlled cooling then follows while the bent region is reinforced with a mother pipe (a stronger alloy). These processes (controlled cooling and reinforcement help to preserve the strength of the metal in the bent section.  Wall Thinning Wall thinning is also another challenge when bending a pipe. Here, the stretching of the metal over the bent surface compromises the integrity of the pipe by making the walls thinner. At the same time, wall thinning also creates wrinkles on the inner side of the bent pipe, interfering with the speed of transferring materials. This elevates the risk of bursting when it is ferrying liquid or gaseous materials under high pressure. However, the induction process regulates the speed at which the hot pipe goes through the induction bending coil. Moreover, pipe material is selected based on mathematical computation to make sure that the material can stand up to the tensile needs of the bent region. Ovality Ovality refers to the inability to maintain the roundness of the pipe being bent (especially when dealing with large pipes). Failing to control the pipe bending process often leads to ovality. The good is that the induction bending process uses an ovality calibration to help the fabricator detect any problems with the configuration of the...

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How to Protect Insulated Roof Panels from Corrosion During Storage

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Protect Insulated Roof Panels from Corrosion During Storage

Many homeowners who wish to conduct home improvement projects are dismayed to discover that the insulated roof panels they bought have corroded prior to installation. This article discusses some suggestions that you can implement in order to protect metallic insulated roof panels from corrosion prior to installation.  Know When to Order the Panels It is advisable to have the insulated roof panels delivered to your home a few days to the date of installation. This approach will reduce how much time the panels will spend in storage at the construction site. This reduction in storage time will reduce the impact of agents of corrosion, such as moisture, on the metal insulated roofing panels. Position the Panels Correctly The insulated roof panels should be stored when they are slanting slightly. This will allow any moisture that falls on them to run off their surface. It will be hard for corrosion to take place if water or vapour isn’t allowed to accumulate on the stored panels. Inspect Them Daily You should also inspect the stored insulated roof panels on a daily basis. That inspection will enable you to identify which panels have become wet due to exposure to moisture or snow. Wipe the wet panels carefully with a dry cloth. Separate those wet panels so that each is on its own. This will allow air currents to dry off any residual moisture that may not have been removed by the cloth. Choose the Storage Location Carefully It is important that you choose a storage location where no other construction-related activities are taking place, such as a detached garage on your property. Such a location will enable the panels to remain undisturbed by being moved from one place to another as workers pick construction materials. The panels will be safe from the mechanical damage that can result when other construction materials, such as rebar, bump against the panels to the extent of damaging their protective coatings. Keep Them Off the Ground You should also make sure that the panels are not touching the ground during storage. Moisture can infiltrate the panel bundles from the ground when it rains. The panels may then corrode if they remain in contact with that moisture in the ground. You can prevent this moisture attack by placing pallets on the ground so that the panels are arranged on those pallets. Such pallets will serve an extra function of allowing air to circulate beneath the stacked panels to prevent condensation. Use the tips above to ensure that the insulated roof panels are intact just before they are installed on your house. This will enable them to have a long service life with minimal...

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Things You Should Consider Before Installing A Flue In Your Chimney System.

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things You Should Consider Before Installing A Flue In Your Chimney System.

A flue is an integral part of your home’s chimney system that conveys exhaust gases from fireplaces, cookers, water heaters, boilers and generators safely to the outdoors. It works under negative pressure to draw the combustion products from the appliances. Before you install the flue system, these are some of the considerations you need to make with a registered installer: Flue pipe positioning Flue pipes are used to efficiently connect your appliances to the chimney. An adequate air supply is needed for the appliances to operate safely and effectively. You shouldn’t include excessive bends and horizontal runs because they can accommodate soot with a risk of blockage. This is why flue pipes should be kept as vertical as possible. Connecting flue pipes These pipes are well designed to connect your appliances to the flue system. You might choose from two available options; the glass like coating pipes and the single wall stainless steel pipes. You should ensure that the maximum horizontal length of the flue pipes from the outlet appliance to the chimney is 150mm. Also make sure that the flue pipe connection rises vertically for at least 600mm before any change of direction. Flue sizing It is important that the internal diameter of the flue matches with the appliance outlet. You should carefully choose a flue diameter that perfectly matches the combustion output from the appliance. For the safety of your appliances, they have to be fitting and equal in diameter. You should also strictly adhere to the appliance manufacturer’s chimney size recommendations. Gas flue block systems This area of flue manufacturing is for gas effect fires. You shouldn’t use them for burning wood or multi fuel appliance under any circumstances. These concrete blocks have an integral and narrow passage designed to bond into the adjacent blocks or brick work. So they will be easier to use. Flue and Chimney on-site inspection When the chimney and flue system is installed or renovated, it is a mandatory requirement that a checklist and mortice plate be completed after a thorough inspection. The checklist has the types of appliances and fuels that can be used with the installed flue and chimney systems. This ensures that the installation or renovation process has been carried out well and correctly. For maximum performance, safety and durability, it is important that the chosen flue and heating systems are wholly suitable for the intended purposes and that they conform to the relevant chimney and flue installation...

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3 Tips When Using a Vacuum Sealer

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips When Using a Vacuum Sealer

A vacuum sealer is essential in the manufacturing industry and is designed to increase the freshness of food items. Many different types of food items can be vacuum sealed, but it is important to note that vacuum sealing does not prevent food from spoiling if it is not properly stored. Most food items that are vacuum sealed must be stored in a freezer. If properly stored, vacuum sealed food items can last and stay fresh for a prolonged period of time. Vacuum sealing involves the process of extracting the air from the bag that the food has been placed into. Vacuum sealers are used in the manufacturing industry, but the same principles of use apply when using one at home. Before you vacuum seal food items to store in your freezer, it is important that you follow the most helpful tips. Freeze Liquids When air is being removed from the bag that the food has been placed in, this can sometimes result in liquids or food crumbs being sucked into the vacuum sealer equipment. This is not ideal and can actually harm the equipment. It is best to freeze food items that are in liquid form before they are vacuum sealed. If you are vacuum sealing food items that are in a powder form a filter must be used. Don’t Overfill  It is also important to consider how much food you want to place in a bag before you begin the process of vacuum sealing. It is important that the bag is not overfilled. It is best to leave at least a few inches of space at the top of the bag where no food is present. If you know that you will be resealing a bag numerous times, you need to leave a few inches of space for each new seal. Bags that should be used when vacuum sealing are specially designed and normally have additional space at the top of the bag that is specifically designed for the seal. Keep the Bag Smooth It is always good practice to keep the bag smooth when you are sealing the bag with food. If you have wrinkles in the bag, this will result in residual air being left behind. The effectiveness of the sealing is compromised if residual air exists. This means that all wrinkles must be removed and smoothness is preferred. If the first seal is not effective, it is possible to create another seal that is closer in position to the food. This allows you to avoid having to use a new bag. For more ideas, suggestions, or assistance, contact companies like W.A. Bag Closing...

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Metal Fabrication | 3 Tactics To Plan Your Commercial Stainless Steel Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Metal Fabrication | 3 Tactics To Plan Your Commercial Stainless Steel Kitchen Cabinets

Stainless steel kitchens are perfect for commercial use thanks to their superior resistance to constant heat and moisture. Robust durability and tough resilience keep stainless steel undamaged and dent-free in high-traffic commercial kitchens. Stainless steel is easy to clean, allowing you to retain high standards of hygiene without much effort. This guide is designed to help you plan your stainless steel kitchen cabinets. Metal fabrication experts like A.J.C. Electrical Service Pty Ltd will help you get the size and style you desire for your specific needs. Level Of Storage Needed Depending on the type of food you serve, you will need to establish the level of storage you require. For example, fast food restaurants catering to a large inflow of customers will need more storage in comparison to a fine dining restaurant catering to a very specific demographic. Understanding your specific restaurant type will help you determine how many cabinets are required in the kitchen. After planning your overall kitchen cabinet design, you can discuss the specific size requirements with your metal fabrication experts to ensure that you get adequate storage in your stainless steel cabinets.  Style Of Cabinet Doors You will also need to determine the style of your stainless steel kitchen cabinet doors. You will need to consider available space in the kitchen and your own preference when choosing the cabinet door style. For example, if you have limited space in your kitchen, then you’ll want to choose cabinet doors sliding to avoid the possibility of hitting anyone in the face, especially when people are constantly moving around in busy commercial kitchens. If you have space, then you may prefer hinged doors because of the simple open-shut function. You’ll also want to ensure that door handles don’t intrude into workspaces. Rounded handles are less likely to injure someone or snag clothes are people brush past them. Metal fabrication experts will build the door and handles to suit your specific style needs. Make Sure Cabinets Are Accessible You’ll ideally want to divide your cabinets to a few areas of the kitchen, so you’re not limiting their use in terms of height. This is important for commercial kitchens because you’re likely to have people of different heights working for you in different areas of your kitchen. Placing cabinets in different areas at varying heights will ensure that the cabinets are accessible to all your employees without constraint. This consideration will ensure that your kitchen operates more efficiently. Use these smart tactics to plan stainless steel cabinets in a commercial kitchen and work with metal fabrication experts to get the exact style and size you...

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Answers to Your Questions About Home Demolition

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Answers to Your Questions About Home Demolition

Demolishing a home or other structure on your property is probably not something you do every day, so chances are you have some questions or concerns with how the process works. Demolition doesn’t always mean actually blasting a structure, and you may be surprised at what’s involved with demolishing on your property. Note a few answers to commonly asked questions about demolition so you can discuss these with a demolition company when you’re ready for something to be removed from your property, no matter the size and type of the structure. 1. How much will demolition disturb the ground and soil? This is important to ask if you are planning on having a house demolished so you can build a new house. You may then need to call on a contractor to clear and compact the soil after the demolition is finished, as cranes and bulldozers might tear up the ground more than you realize. You might also have a preference for the demolition process, depending on your property. For example, if you have a small farm, you may want the process that will disturb the soil the least. A more controlled demolition that happens in stages inside the home and then outside might be less disturbing and better for the environment. 2. Are there dump fees for the demolition? This is important to note because a city dump usually charges an outside company when they want to toss their debris, and you may be liable for the fees from the dump if it’s not included in your contract. You need to understand this upfront so you know what to expect by way of added fees and so you know that the structure will be taken off your land, not simply demolished and then left behind. 3. Ask if they handle pools and other structures Don’t assume that a demolition company only handles homes, silos and the like, but ask if you have an in-ground or above ground pool that needs removing, as well as a shed, garage, retaining wall, stone fence or similar structures. A demolition company may very well handle all types of removal jobs on your property and may not necessarily only handle jobs that involve blasting. Smaller bulldozers and cranes can make quick work of tearing down a retaining wall or stone fence or removing your old pool and deck. Rather than assume you need to handle these jobs yourself, ask a demolition company if they can remove these items for...

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Why You Should Install an Acrylic Backsplash in Your Kitchen

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Should Install an Acrylic Backsplash in Your Kitchen

Are you undecided about the material you should use for your kitchen backsplash? Are you unsure about the suitability of acrylic for that DIY project? This article discusses some of the reasons why it would be good for you to choose acrylic (such as Perspex) for your DIY kitchen backsplash installation project. It Is Easy to Cut Can you imagine the trouble that you would go through to cut a small hole in a sheet of glass? Glass is very fragile, so specialised tools need to be used to cut it. Such tools may not be readily accessible to an average DIY homeowner. Acrylic is very easy to cut. This makes acrylic a very DIY-friendly material. For instance, you can easily cut a hole to accommodate a power outlet along the wall where you have installed the backsplash. It Is Lightweight Acrylic sheets are very lightweight. This makes them a very good material for performing DIY projects such as installing a backsplash. This is because you can easily hold it up against the kitchen wall as you install it. Many DIY projects require an extra person to help the person working to install the backsplash. Acrylic eliminates the need to look for someone to help you as you work. It Is Easy to Clean Cleanliness is of the utmost importance in the kitchen. This is because any sloppiness about hygiene can result in disease-causing microbes contaminating the food prepared for the family. Acrylic is one of the best materials that you can use if you want to maintain the highest standards of hygiene in your kitchen. This is because it is very easy to clean. For instance, you can use soap, water and a clean rag to keep the backsplash sparkling clean. This is unlike tiled backsplashes that call for vigorous scrubbing to extract grime from the grout between the individual tiles. It Is Available in Different Styles and Colours Acrylic is available in the same styles or colours as glass. For instance, you can get frosted acrylic sheets. You can also get printed acrylic sheets. This allows acrylic to compete favourably with glass, with the tipping point being that acrylic sheets will not be damaged when you drop them as you work. As you can see, there are many reasons in favour of choosing acrylic for your kitchen backsplash. For more information, you may want to contact local perspex suppliers or other acrylic...

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