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Handy Tips to DIY Demolitions

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Handy Tips to DIY Demolitions

One of the best ways of giving your home a face-lift is through renovations. Typically, extensive renovations will require some demolition work. However, not many homeowners know the appropriate ways to go about this. Here are some handy tips for DIY demolitions that could help you remodel your home more efficiently. Use an oscillating tool to cut up dry wall Cutting through fry wall can be a tedious task. However, in some instances you do not have to get rid of the entire dry wall if only a section of it is damaged. To save yourself from strenuous work, use an oscillating tool to remove these sections rather than trying to pull at them. For one, the oscillations are quite fast, hence you will eliminate the dry wall in a shorter period of time. Additionally, due to the short blades on this tool coupled with its fine teeth, it will produce less dust than if you chose to use a saw to cut out the dry wall. The clean lines that this tool affords you also makes the process of patching up the wall much easier. Use a reciprocating saw to cut away windows One of the elements of your windows is spray foam. This usually acts as an insulator as well as securing the windows firmly in place. As such, the spray foam tends to be quite sturdy and hard to remove if you intend to get rid of the windows during demolition. Rather than pulling out the nails and screws that hold the window in place, you should tackle the spray foam head on, as you will still have to remove it. The best way of doing so would be using a reciprocating saw to cut the area between the window and its frame. This effectively eliminates both the fasteners that are holding the window as well as the spray foam. One thing to note though is that you would need to out someone on watch at the other side of the window so that they can catch if before it falls to the ground once you are done cutting it out. Cut door jambs in half with a reciprocating saw A common mistake homeowners make when it comes to demolitions is trying to knock doorjambs out using sheer strength. This is arduous, as the nails holding them together will resist the force that you are applying. To make it easier, use a reciprocating saw to cut the jambs in half. This makes it easier to pull them out of the framing, as the leverage of the jambs will also aid in pulling the nails...

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Frequently Asked Questions About Stainless Steel

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Frequently Asked Questions About Stainless Steel

If you are moving out on your own for the first time and need to buy appliances, you may want to consider the benefits of buying stainless steel. This is a type of steel that you have probably heard about before, but you may not know how it is made and why it has so many different applications for residential use. So to help you firm up your knowledge, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about stainless steel. What Is Stainless Steel Made From? — Stainless steel is a blend of iron ore, nickel, silicon, no less than 10 percent chromium, carbon and nitrogen. When these materials are mixed together, they form steel that has a high strength-to-weight ratio, which is also light enough that manufacturers can shape it into many different sizes, shapes and styles. The chromium in stainless steel is what makes it very resistant to corrosion and prevents the steel from rusting. This also allows manufacturers to sterilize stainless steel for safe use in residential and commercial applications. Can You Buy Stainless Steel With Different Finishes? — Yes. Stainless steel is available in several finishes, such as mirror-polish steel, brushed steel and machine-hammered steel. Mirror-polish stainless steel is smooth and polished throughout with no visible dents, blemishes or marks. It radiates a deep shine that is very noticeable, and it has the qualities of looking into a steel mirror. Appliances such as refrigerators and stovetops often feature mirror-polish stainless steel. Brushed stainless steel has a finish that is duller than mirror-polish, so you won’t get that same gleaming polished appearance. It is often featured on kettles and toasters. Machine-hammered stainless steel features tiny dents or imperfections that look like ridges throughout the surface. It is a unique and distinct finish that is often seen on silverware, coffee makers and counter tops. Why Is Stainless Steel ‘Stainless’? — Stainless steel is referred to as ‘stainless’ because it doesn’t rust, it doesn’t stain and it is heat resistant, which means that it will never suffer burn or scorch marks like other materials. Rust is one of the biggest stain makers on appliances and other surface, and the presence of chromium in stainless steel eliminates that possibility. That is why stainless steel appliances and products always seem to look new and unmarked, and because they are easy to clean or wipe down, maintenance is simple and...

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Three Considerations for Choosing High-Speed Rapid Roll Doors

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Considerations for Choosing High-Speed Rapid Roll Doors

There are diverse types of commercial and industrial door products, therefore, choosing the right one can be difficult. An unsuitable door will expose your business to losses through security breaches by thieves, high energy costs due to poor insulation and frequent repair charges as a result of heavy usage. An appropriate choice should improve security, increase the productivity during usage and keep the maintenance and repair at minimum. One of the most ideal and advantageous doors for commercial applications is the high-speed rapid roll door. As implied, this structure is designed to open and close quickly through a rolling mechanism. The door is perfect for high-traffic usage and it is designed to provide an impenetrable seal against harsh external conditions. If you have been thinking about installing this model in your property, consider these factors when making your selection. Resilience of Material High-speed rapid roll doors, through a place like M.T.I.-Qualos Pty Ltd, are lightweight to facilitate their quick and efficient movement. However, this does not mean that you should purchase a weak product which would compromise the security of your premises. The standard material choice for most businesses is reinforced PVC. This type of door is relatively inexpensive since polyvinyl chloride is a widely-produced synthetic polymer. The material is considerably strong and flexible so it can resist high winds and storms and cannot be damaged easily through mechanical impact. In addition, it has low maintenance requirements which reduce the long-term costs. Alternatively, you can purchase metallic heavy-duty industrial rapid roll doors for enhanced security. Typically, these doors are more costly and highly resilient against attempts of unauthorised access. The surface is made of aluminium slats which form a tight seal when the door is closed. The seal will limit the effects of inclement weather, dust pollution and drafts in your commercial space. Insulation Insulation on commercial and industrial doors is not mandatory but it is a good quality. It will enhance energy-efficiency for temperature-controlled spaces and protect the internal rooms from the general effects of rapid temperature changes. Standard PVC doors have some insulation properties so they may not require extra insulation. On the other hand, if you purchase metal doors, choose slats fitted with polyurethane foam. Additionally, ensure that the manufacturer has accounted for the interslat space. Automation You should explore different technological advances in the rapid roll doors before selecting the right door. For instance, consider choosing a door with infrared sensors such that they will open and close automatically without injury risks. Moreover, an ideal door should allow you to customise the general...

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How to Choose the Right Tool Box

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Choose the Right Tool Box

Many people own tools, whether they are the small ones for daily use or the large ones for particular tasks. Acquiring a tool box is a perfect way of ensuring that all your tools are contained in a single area, and you can access whatever tool you need whenever the need occurs. With the lack of a tool box, there is a high probability of your tools being scattered all over the house that would make you waste precious time in terms of searching for them. A buyer should consider the following aspects when looking for the right tool box. Type of material Tool boxes come in different material composition including steel, wood, aluminium and galvanised form. Aluminium tool boxes are very much recommended because of their outstanding durability. Note that they are less susceptible to corrosion, which means they can survive harsh weather conditions. Further to that, they are lightweight in spite of their strong nature. Steel boxes are also durable; however, they are relatively costly in comparison to aluminium ones. Wooden boxes are comparatively cheaper, but they are the least reliable. Galvanised boxes offer far higher resistance to corroding than the rest of the boxes. However, they are very expensive to acquire. In this case, your budget will determine the type of tool box to go for even, so aluminium is highly regarded as the best option. Size is also another important factor to consider when choosing a tool box. This is largely determined by the kind of tools that you wish to keep inside the box. Given that tool boxes are available in different sizes, opt for a tool box with the capacity to accommodate all your small and large tools, rather than purchasing one for smaller tools and another one for the larger tools. Further to that, you can opt for an aluminium tool box with several compartments inside given that this will make it suitable to arrange your tools based on their respective sizes and specialty. It is often advisable to go for a slightly bigger tool box than needed because chances are that you will add more equipment over time. Brand new or second-hand option Another important purchasing decision is whether to go for a brand new or second-hand tool box. In most cases, the option to go for second-hand tool boxes is spurred by economics as they are often cheaper. Whereas this is certainly a good alternative, opt for tool boxes that are still in tip-top condition with no signs of rust on the locks and latches. However, it is still a lot more preferable to purchase a brand new tool box from a reputed dealer who offers a solid guarantee on their items. This way, you can rest assured that you’re getting your hands on a worthy product. Companies like C & S Sheetmetal Pty. Ltd. also offer custom-made tool boxes, ensuring you get a storage solution perfect for your tools and...

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Features and Accessories to Consider for Your New Garage

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Features and Accessories to Consider for Your New Garage

Before you have a new garage built next to your home, you want to give some thought as to every feature and accessory you might include with its construction. This will ensure that your garage is safe and provides the storage you want, while still being functional. Note the following. 1. Storage options When planning a garage, plan your storage needs along with its construction. This will ensure that the garage functions as a space for more than your car. You might add overhead brackets and shelves that can easily hold lawn care tools, skis, or surfboards. If you have an extensive tool collection, plan out the cabinets, shelves, and pegboards needed to keep them organized and in their place. Rather than assuming you can just add shelves and cupboards later, make this part of your construction plans. This way, you will know that the garage will be large enough to accommodate everything you want store or if you might need to choose a larger design than what you had planned. 2. Security features As with storage, it’s good to consider security features while you’re constructing your garage rather than adding these in later, so you can ensure they work well with the design you’ve chosen. For example, you might opt for a heavy steel door rather than a lightweight aluminum door to make it more difficult for someone to force the garage door open. Opt for thick glass blocks rather than standard windows on the garage to let in light but keep out potential intruders. For detached garages, you might also add a separate alarm and security keypad so that your car, tools, and other items are given an extra layer of security against theft. 3. Work features For those who regularly work in their garage, you know that storage is not your only concern for making your garage a proper workspace. Consider adding a metal floor with a raised design or perforation, for added traction when you spill oil and grease. Have two or three large overhead lights installed, rather than just one center light, for more visibility for your work projects. Have an exhaust fan added to the ceiling of the garage to help remove fumes and sawdust. If the garage will not have ducts that connect to your home’s ductwork, add a split system air conditioner that vents directly outside for comfort during the summer months. You might also plan for where you place space heaters to stay warm in winter. Planning all these details before your garage is constructed will ensure that they fit in with your new garage and it works for you in all respects. For more information, contact a local garage company like Alpha...

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DIY Guide to Repairing Holes in Plasterboard

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on DIY Guide to Repairing Holes in Plasterboard

It doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to knock a hole (or two) into a plasterboard wall. Fortunately, repairing it is a relatively simple matter, and only requires a few hours to do. Your approach will depend on whether you’re dealing with a crack, a small hole, or a very big hole. Needless to say, repairing massive holes in drywall can be a little more involved than patching up a crack: Required Equipment You will need the following items: Utility knife Putty knife Damp sponge Plaster adhesive Joining tape Measuring tape Key saw Vacuum cleaner Safety glasses Sandpaper (of various grits) Paint in the appropriate colour The above items are your tools for the job. For the actual repair, you will need replacement plaster. If you’re looking at a small crack or hole, a liquid plaster compound or plaster cement will suffice; if the hole is significant in size, you will need a gypsum board that is of the same thickness as the original. Wear the safety goggles at all times – not only to protect from sharp shards of gypsum, but also to keep plaster dust out of your eyes. Repairing Small Cracks and Holes Clean up the hole by removing any loose pieces of paper and plaster with the utility knife; use the vacuum cleaner to get rid of any fine particles. Using the putty knife, apply a layer of plaster cement to the damaged area. Allow 4 hours for it to dry. Once it is dry, apply a second coat if necessary. If you are happy with the result, use the sandpaper to sand down the patch until it is level with the rest of the wall. Use the damp sponge to clean up after sanding. Finally, paint the repaired area – it should now look good as new! Replacing Large Sections of Drywall If a significant chunk of your drywall is missing, you will first need to cut around the hole to straighten out the edges; try to end up with a straight, rectangular hole. Expand the hole horizontally on both sides, until you reach support beams on both the left and right sides of the hole. Aim to have a small section of the support beam exposed – this will provide backing for the replacement board. Using the measuring tape, determine the exact dimensions of the hole, and using the key saw, cut out a piece of your replacement plasterboard to those exact dimensions. Apply the adhesive to the support beam (a few dots should suffice – this depends on the size of the hole in the vertical direction), and place the replacement board into the hole. Secure the edges with the joining tape, taking care not to overlap the tape at any point. Once the replacement board is secure, go over the joints with the plaster cement, and sand it down when dry. If the joints are still visible, apply another layer of cement. When the plaster cement is dry, sand it down, paint over the area, and enjoy your new...

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4 Reasons to Consider Getting Rubber Mats For Your Vehicle

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Rubber flooring is a great way to provide protection for your vehicle’s vulnerable spots. They are ideal for ute mats, truck tray covers and even flooring for vans. They can also be used as floor mats for passenger compartments or boot liners for the trunk. Why go to all the trouble of getting a rubber floor cover? Read on to see why. Prevent damage to your vehicle Anytime your vehicle is in use, the floor area is exposed to rough wear. This refers to the floor on the passenger compartment where you place your feet and in the boot where you load your luggage. If you have a ute or van, your carriage area can get dents, scratches and other forms of body damage too. This mostly happens when loading heavy goods and when unloading them. Movement of cargo during transit can also cause damage. With a rubber floor installed, your vehicle surface will remain protected from damage. This means fewer trips to the garage and better resale value in the end. Rubber floors are more durable Utes may already come with plastic covers inside the carriage trays, same thing applies to trucks. However, plastic is not as durable compared to rubber. Rubber does not crack or tear easily. In fact, while a plastic cover will most likely get damaged by items like construction material or timber, rubber flooring will not. Rubber covers are also more durable compared to the fabric liners you’re most likely to find in a passenger compartment or a boot. Fabric will chaff and wear while rubber will not. They’re easy to maintain If you’re going to make an addition to your car, it helps to know that that addition will not make your life harder. With rubber flooring, you don’t have to worry about maintenance. They are easy to clean and can simply be hosed down to remove dust or mud. For utes, you may not even need to remove and dry them. Perforated holes ensure easy water drainage after cleaning. Rubber floor covers are also easy to remove and put back on. They provide traction for your loads When carrying loads using your ute, truck or van, a rubber floor cover will prevent slippage. Once loaded, items will ‘sink’ onto the rubber mat instead on resting on the surface as is the case with metal floors or plastic covers. This prevents items from sliding about when in transit, something that can cause breakages or vehicle damage. No matter what vehicle you have or which area you want to place your mat, you can have a rubber cover cut for you as per the custom measurements you need. This will ensure you get a perfect fit without any gaps on the...

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Real Tips for Saving Money On Freight and Transport Costs

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

For any production or warehouse facility, freight and transport costs are usually one of the largest expenses they’ll face. While it’s not always possible to reduce this cost, very often warehouse and facility managers can make a few simple changes that will save them money over time. Even if the reduction in costs is small for each shipment, consider that those savings will be significant over the course of many months or years. Note a few real tips for saving money on freight and transport costs at your warehouse or production facility. 1. Be sure you’re being charged LTL rates when possible LTL refers to less than truckload, and this rate is offered when your shipment doesn’t fill up the entire cargo area in a truck. Transport companies can then make delivery stops for several different customers, and because of this, they offer an LTL or reduced rate to each one. If you don’t notice the term LTL being used on your freight bills and you don’t have your materials on a full trailer or fill up the entire back of a truck, ask about this reduced rate. You may need to adjust your delivery schedules to accommodate shipments from their other customers, but the savings can be worth it. 2. Don’t overpay for cargo insurance Cargo insurance refers to the insurance that a freight company has that covers your cargo while it’s in their care. It reimburses you if the cargo is damaged or stolen while in transit. You don’t want to be underinsured for your freight, but you also don’t want your shipper to be paying for too much insurance that you don’t need. If you normally ship an entire truckload of goods, ask about their cargo insurance. If they are over-insured, you might discuss having them lower the coverage so that their premiums are lowered and so they may pass that savings onto you. 3. Investigate lighter, smaller packaging Most cargo is billed according to weight and size, which is why it’s good to investigate lighter, smaller packaging. If you have items on pallets, a pallet wrapping machine can ensure that it’s completely covered and protected but will also mean it takes up less space and weighs less than a standard wood crate. For small pieces, you might have  plastic molds that work as shipping containers so they fit your parts perfectly without the added space of a box and the need for filler materials. Small changes like this can add up to significant savings over time. For more information, contact a business such as W.A. Bag Closing...

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Tips For Choosing A Lab Balance

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Laboratory scales are used in a wide variety of industrial applications. These balances are used to give accurate measurements of various items within the slightest possible margin of error. Buying a lab scale is not as easy as it may sound. This is partly due to the fact that lab scales and balances come in various configurations with different features and capabilities. This article provides essential tips for anyone looking to invest in a lab scale or balance. Understand The Various Types Of Lab Balances Before you set out to purchase a laboratory scale, it is important that you understand the types of balances available in the market. Top loading lab balances: These are the most commonly used lab scales in the industrial sector. They also go by the name “top loader balances” and have a variety of great features. For example, a compact top loading balance comes with automatic temperature control features, computer interface capabilities and various forms of calibration. A large number of top loader balances have internal or external calibration. Some of the more advanced balances even have clock calibration. Portable balances: These are preferred for the convenience of portability. It is for this reason that portable lab balances are commonly used for field-related activities. Portable balances are designed with great durability so that they can bear abuse due to constant movement or relocation as well as heavy usage. Great features to expect from a portable balance include unit conversion and piece counting among several others. Analytical balances: These are among the most complex lab balances and their cost is significantly higher than that of other balances. Due to their complex nature, analytical balances need to be calibrated on a regular basis and they have greater maintenance needs. These balances are often installed in isolated areas where there is very little chance of interference from human traffic and vibrations that could tamper with the calibration among other types of disturbance. Choose Accuracy Over Readability When looking for a lab balance, it is also important to consider the ease of readability as well as the accuracy of measurements given by your preferred type of balance. Readability simply refers to the number of decimal places in the weight measurements given by the lab balance. On the other hand, accuracy in a lab scale refers to the certainty of measurements given by lab balance readings.  Accuracy in a lab scale allows for the production of repeatable...

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How to Incorporate Precision Engineering into your Medical Practice

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As the world advances in technology, there is an increased need to adopt these technologies into all professional fields with the aim of solving newly developing problems in the world. In the medical profession, there are many areas that are deemed untreatable by regular doctors. To set yourself apart, you need to seek solutions more proactively, for example by venturing into the exciting world of precision engineering. Precision engineering involves designing electronic machines and devices, robotics, mechatronics and system control. In the medical field precision engineering can be assimilated in the following as elaborated below. Heart conditions Heart functions cannot afford to be interfered with since they are the most fundamental operations within the human body. However with increasingly changing lifestyles, many individuals suffer from heart problems such as blockages leading to redundant performance. Medical practitioners find these problems difficult to fix, especially when the heart is damaged to the extent which reconstruction is impossible. With precision engineering, it is now possible to solve the problem of heart damage by inserting microchips into the heart, thus creating a literal machine-driven heart. Using precision tactics, these chips perform the normal role of a heart especially blood circulation through induced pumping. This is achieved by carefully calculated instructions fed into the chips by precision engineers who use concepts of estimation and accuracy. These mechanical hearts are increasingly popular in the form of pacifiers for people with heart disease and conditions such as regular heart attacks. Compromised limbs People lose limbs every day mainly due to serious accidents and medical conditions that require cutting off of limbs such as advanced diabetes. A component of precision engineering is robotics which deals with creation of mechanical human like structures. It is therefore possible to restore your patients’ mobility by use of robotic arms and legs thanks to precision engineering. These artificial limbs only require some form of therapy where the patient learns to coordinate the robotic limbs in order to perform daily activities such walking, driving and performing household chores. Optics For patients with eye sight problems, precision engineers have created electronic chips that can be fitted within the brain to improve eyesight for permanent visual conditions. These chips improve the performance of eye parts especially the retina and helps coordinate communication between the eye and the brain for better visual perception. The above are just some of the already implemented precision engineering applications in the medical field. Many more ideas are still in the formulation and trial stage. Hopefully, it will be possible to curb more seemingly untreatable medical problems with precision applications in the near future. Contact resources such as Hargo Engineering Pty Ltd for more...

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