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3 Key Issues to Consider When Selecting a Custom Metal Fabricator

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Key Issues to Consider When Selecting a Custom Metal Fabricator

It may be risky for you to select a custom metal fabricator based on price alone. This is because such a narrow focus may result in mishaps as your products, such as stainless steel handrails, are fabricated. This article discusses some key issues that hobbyists should consider when evaluating custom metal fabricators before selecting one to handle an order that is beyond the capacity of the hobbyist. Fabrication Capabilities Consider the design capabilities of those fabricators. Can they work with any design you provide? Some custom metal fabricators may require you to provide designs in specific formats, such as CAD drawings. Others may have the ability to design the components that you want by simply listening to a description of what you want. Pick a fabricator who can work with the design that you provide, such as a soft copy design taken from the internet. You should also consider their production capabilities. For instance, you may wish to have your products fabricated using a certain metal-cutting technology (water jet cutting, for example). Ask the fabricators to confirm that they can use the method that you prefer before you select one of them. Facility Capabilities Does the custom metal fabricator that you want to select have the space to handle your order? Some facilities may have limited storage space. Such facilities may leave materials outdoors until they are needed on the fabrication shop floor. It may be wise for you to select a fabricator whose facility has sufficient space to store all your materials so that you avoid the added cost of delivering raw materials in installments in case you already have the materials that will be used during the custom fabrication process. Product Quality Capabilities Consider the capacity of different custom fabricators to meet the quality standards that you desire. Does the fabricator have in-house quality-assurance inspection systems that can deliver the products that you want? For instance, you may want your architectural products to be free from micro-cracks. Such high-quality standards may require you to select a fabricator who uses laser scanners to inspect the products after each stage of fabrication so that no defects go unnoticed. Do not shy away from asking an expert for help during the process of selecting a custom metal fabricator to handle your order. That expert may be better at ensuring that you select a custom fabricator who will deliver the best products at an affordable...

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Timing Belt Pulleys: Aluminium vs. Plastic Materials

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Timing Belt Pulleys: Aluminium vs. Plastic Materials

When crafting a pulley, you should aim at coming up with a durable, reliable, and cost-effective product. Using not-so-strong materials for your timing belt can cause severe effects on your construction or industrial projects. Two of the most common materials used in making timing belt pulleys are aluminium and plastic. How do you choose between these two materials? Here are some of the features and uses of these two materials to help you make a choice. Aluminium timing belt pulleys Aluminum is preferred in various industrial and construction applications for its structural strength. It has the following properties: It is a lightweight metal that’s easy to handle. When used on pulleys, aluminium reduces the dead weight and energy consumption while increasing load capacity and performance efficiency.  Aluminium has high resistance to wear and tear and chemical corrosion. It naturally generates an oxide coating that protects it from corrosion. Though not necessary, painting and anodizing treatment can be utilized to improve its corrosion resistance. It is resistant to high temperatures. Aluminium is inexpensive and easy to fabricate; therefore, material wastage during manufacture of timing belt pulleys is minimized, and this translates to lower production costs. Aluminum has high tensile strength, hence is not easily breakable It is recyclable, making it an eco-friendly material to use in industrial and construction applications. Aluminium metal is ideal for timing belt applications that involve high temperatures due to its resistance. If the timing belt pulley is used in high horsepower drive systems, aluminium is ideal as it has high tensile strength making it ideal for high horsepower drive systems. Plastic timing belt pulley Plastic is probably one of the most versatile materials available today. It is no surprise that it has been used in making pulleys. Plastic has various features that make it a suitable material for this particular application. They include the following: It is a lightweight material. Plastic is lighter than aluminium hence making it more efficient in reducing inertia and weight and energy consumption and increasing performance efficiency. Plastic has a natural resistance to corrosion from chemicals, lubricants, and other chemical corrosives. It is also resistant to oxidation. Plastic is inexpensive and easy to obtain, making plastic timing belt pulleys cost-friendly. Also, using recycled plastic can save on the cost of manufacture The disadvantage of plastic is that it has low tensile strength. It is only suitable for use in low horsepower drive systems. Also, when using plastic timing belt pulleys, temperatures should be controlled as material deflection is possible. Aluminium and plastic are both sturdy materials for use in timing belt pulleys. However, depending on your application requirements, one material may be ideal. With these features, you can wisely choose the most suitable one for your...

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Five Ways to Recycle Old Cardboard Mailing Tubes Into Your Garden

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Ways to Recycle Old Cardboard Mailing Tubes Into Your Garden

If you’ve got a lot of old cardboard tubes, you can recycle them into your garden. They can perform all kinds of functions, ultimately saving you money and helping keep waste out of landfills. Here’s just five of the ways you can integrate your old cardboard mailing tubes into your gardening efforts: 1. Use old mailing tubes to kill grass. If you want to kill grass to make a new garden plot, take several cardboard mailing tubes, and cut them into strips. Lay them on top of the grass or weeds you want to kill. This works on large patches, but the strips are also perfect for use between rows of plants in a garden. 2. Make mulch. Instead of using strips to kill weeds in your garden, make your cardboard mailing tubes into mulch. Grab a big pair of scissors, and cut your tubes into chunky pieces. Then, sprinkle the bits wherever you need mulch. The mulch will break down into the soil eventually, but in the meantime, it helps prevent unwanted plants from getting light and air, effectively killing them. 3. Make mini planters for seedlings. When you’re ready to start growing, don’t run to the shop and buy little pots for your seeds. Instead, cut old mailing tubes into a series of little cylinders. Wedge them together in an old cake tin or roasting pan. That prevents them from tipping over. Finally, spoon in a bit of potting soil and add your seeds. When they’ve sprouted and are ready to move to the garden. Remove the cardboard tubing, and let the root ball hold the soil together. Alternatively, just plant the whole thing, and the cardboard should disintegrate as the plant’s root system expands. 4. Protect small trees. If you have young trees as part of your gardening efforts, they may get nicked by the lawn mower while you are using it, or deer or other pests may try to snack on them. Luckily, you can create a protective case using an old cardboard mailing tube. Remove the ends, cut it lengthwise and slip it over the tree’s trunk as desired. 5. Compost them. Finally, if you still have leftover cardboard mailing tubes, you can add them to your compost pile. Shred the cardboard into small pieces, and wet it to help it break down. Make sure to mix it with ample amounts of other composting materials such as nutrient-rich coffee grounds, vegetable peels and other items. This is also a great use for old cardboard tubing that you’ve used as seedling containers or mulch. If you no longer need these items, you can throw them in your compost heap. For more information about using mailing tubes, contact a company like The Tubeworks. ...

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Reducing noise when using a vibrating feeder during construction

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reducing noise when using a vibrating feeder during construction

The use of modern equipment in construction has become a part of the construction industry. It helps to speed up the construction procedures, together with improving precision to make buildings strong and safe. Vibratory feeders are a good example of such equipment. As much as they help to mix and move materials from one place to another in the site, they can be noisy especially when used at a high electric frequency. If you have a construction site that necessitates the use of a vibratory feeder, you can mitigate the noise generated by the machine. This will make other people’s lives comfortable especially those living close to the construction site. Here are some measures you can take to reduce the noise generated by a vibratory feeder: Proper maintenance when the feeder is in use Maintaining the vibratory feeder while in use ensures that the movable parts are well fixed and lubricated. Lubrication reduces the rattling and banging of the parts of the feeder once it is connected to a source of power. Therefore, the workers will reduce the number of noisy parts, enabling them to keep the feeder as quiet as possible. Using sound deadening material The parts of the vibratory feeder that produce nice are located in the middle section of the machine when it is placed on the ground. The lower parts mainly offer support and stability to the conveyor belts while the upper parts are used for loading and moving the materials. When buying the machine or hiring for use in your construction, you can ask the seller for any available noise deadening accessories that can be fitted on parts such as the arm and the bowl of the feeder. Theses accessories absorb most of the sound produced by the machine, enabling your workers to carry out construction activities without causing much interference in the surrounding areas. Construct temporary barriers or walls around the site You can also set up barriers around the construction site using timber, iron sheets, or concrete. These barriers keep the noise from spreading to distant areas from the site. However, this method has to be used alongside other noise reduction techniques for it to be effective. Sequence of operations You can also reduce the noise produced by the vibratory using the sequence of the construction activities undertaken each day. The noisy operations in the site should occur at the same time and for the same period. Cumulatively, the impact of the noise produced will be lesser than that resulting from performing the activities separately.  For more information, talk to a professional like VSS – Vibration Systems & Solutions...

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3 things to consider before using helical screw piles in areas prone to earthquakes

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 things to consider before using helical screw piles in areas prone to earthquakes

Thinking of a multi-storey building in an area prone to earthquakes?  There is no need to panic over the calamity as the helical screw piles give you a reliable solution. The foundation of your building is important to keep it from collapsing when the unexpected earthquake strikes. The helical piles are similar to other screw piles with a hollow shaft and helices attached to it. At the top, it has the splicing collar. The shaft is used to drive the screw pile into the ground while the helices extend horizontally into the ground to offer strength to your foundation. The splicing collar enables the connection between the screw pile and the part of the building to which it is attached. Particularly, the helical pile has long helices that make it suitable for areas that are prone to earthquakes. In addition, they have steel fibres in the concrete used to fill the shaft, a factor that improves their strength. Before you use them for your foundation, take note of the following engineering considerations to ensure your building does not collapse when the earth shutters around it. The soil profile of the building’s location In most areas with a high probability of earthquake occurrence, the soil profile is characterized by fault planes. The planes are areas of weakness that reduce the holding capacity of the soil with respect to the building. Therefore, if an earthquake has occurred in that area before, the profile is weaker than in areas where it has not. Since helical piles have elongated helices, they are ideal for such weak soil profiles. The piles can penetrate deeper and offer more support for the foundation. Deeper penetration ensures that they will provide a good foundation for the storey building. An elaborate building plan The building plan should show the right number of piles required for the project. It should also show the exact location of each of the piles in the foundation. Such a plan enables the constructors to identify any obstructions, such as large rocks and nearby buildings, which may hinder the installation of any of the piles. Therefore, they can remove the obstruction or relocate the pile to an alternative place where it can support the foundation. Consider the load of the building Consult your engineer to determine if the support provided by the pile in the foundation will hold the number of storeys the building will have. The building will generate load both laterally (from the side) and perpendicularly (from the top). The additional strength offered by the piles must be able to hold the building’s load even when the ground shatters in the midst of an earthquake. The good news is that your engineers can calculate the load of your building using its dimensions. With the right number of piles and depth of penetration, the helical screw piles can support the building even during...

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Want to Be a DIY Expert? Here are 4 Types of Plasterboards You Should Work With

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Want to Be a DIY Expert? Here are 4 Types of Plasterboards You Should Work With

Plasterboards are among the commonly used ceiling and internal wall materials in most homes today due to their affordability, recyclability and versatility. They are relatively easy to repair hence if you are a budding DIY expert you will enjoy working with them. This article discusses the different types of plasterboards available in the market today. Standard Plasterboard This type of plasterboards is available in both tapered and square edges with one ivory face that is particularly suitable when doing wallpapering or direct painting. If you plan to fill and tape joints, the tapered type will be suitable for you. On the other hand, if you want to apply a gypsum plaster coat, you can use both tapered and square-edged plasterboards only that the tapered edges should face inwards. Standard plasterboards are available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses hence giving you a wide range of choice. Thermal Laminates These are plasterboards that come with a backing insulation layer. The main insulation layer used to construct thermal laminates is expanded polyurethane or polystyrene foam though other types of layers may be used depending on the manufacturer. Thermal laminates are suitable for lining ceilings and external walls. There are other varieties that come with a vapour-check which is a water resistant layer inserted between the plasterboard and the wall insulation particularly in damp areas. Duplex Plasterboard This is alternatively referred to as a vapour barrier board. It’s constructed with a backing of foil to enable it resist water vapour and add extra insulation at the same time. When the foil backing is facing into a wall cavity, the duplex plasterboard can be used as a reflective insulator. When choosing this plasterboard, you must bear in mind that it can’t be fixed using an adhesive hence the need to plan for alternative fixations. Impact Plasterboard This board is constructed with fiberglass and is suitable for areas experiencing heavy wear and high traffic. Because they are relatively costly, when used in domestic setups, they must be confined to the specific area of wear and tear to minimise on the costs. In addition to the above plasterboards, there are other boards including fire-resistant plasterboards which are made of a mix of fire-resistant material as well as baseboards for those operating on a minimal budget.  Each type of plasterboard couples well with certain crafts or projects. Talk to plasterboard suppliers in your area for more...

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Your Quick Guide On Natural Stone Tiles

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Your Quick Guide On Natural Stone Tiles

Natural stone tiles are the epitome of all types of tiles. Gathered from the ground through quarry processing, these tiles go through an extensive preparation process before they can end up in homes and business premises. They include stone, sandstone, marble, granite, slate, quartz, and travertine. If you are eyeing natural stone for your applications, be it flooring, kitchens, bathrooms, walls or outdoors, this articles takes you through a quick summary of what you need to know about them. Read on to get started: Natural tiles are unique and rare Considering they are a natural resource, natural stone tiles are not available in abundance. They are not in abundance like other kiln-prepared ceramic or porcelain tiles. They are in limited quantities around the world. As a result, their application makes them a highlight of any property or surface. They also feature unique designs and textures that you just cannot find in commercial kiln tiles. Their use therefore enables you to create a classy high-end look on your property with ease. Each piece is different in appearance Most people may not know this but every piece of natural stone tile is distinct from the next, even when cut from the same block. This is because natural stone is formed through geological processes. As a result, natural stone pieces differ depending on where they have been obtained from and how they have been prepared. The upside to this is that no property looks like another even when the same type of natural tile has been used. The tiles are expensive due to availability and processing needs Due to their limited availability and extensive preparation process, natural tiles are more expensive than ceramic and porcelain tiles. This is because they first have to be mined in quarries where large stone blocks are cut into large chunks. They are then transported to fabrication workshops where they have to be cut into size, and then honed and finished in readiness for commercial and domestic applications. However, considering their unique value, the price tag on natural stone tiles is well worth it when they are finally installed. Different forms of finishes are available In their raw form, natural tiles are rough and mostly porous (except granite). As a result, you can get your natural stone tiles in three different forms: Natural: rough, textured & porous Honed: smooth but porous Polished: non porous and scratch resistant, with a glossy appearance. Natural stone tiles also bear different characteristics between each type, e.g. appearance and hardness. Talk to your tile supplier to find out which type fits your applications...

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Sheet Metal Fabrication: Understanding Your Options

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sheet Metal Fabrication: Understanding Your Options

The popularity of sheet metal in industrial metalworking processes can be attributed to the high level of machinability. Sheet metal refers to materials which have been formed into thin and flat sheets through industrial processes. This material is easy to cut, bend and generally manipulate during fabrication, making it an ideal choice for your custom commodities. Sheet metal is utilised in manufacturing a wide range of features, including auto body panels, architectural roofs, airplane wings and building facades. If you are thinking about ordering sheet metal or sheet metal products, you should understand your potential choices. Here are the primary options to consider before making an official order or purchase. Materials There are numerous metals which are appropriate for sheet metal formation. The right choice for your project will depend on your application as well as the environmental conditions. The primary metals selected for most commercial operations are steel and aluminium. Steel is resilient and durable, and it is relatively affordable. If you are looking for sheet metal for external applications such as creation of facades, consider selecting stainless steel.The material does not rust like regular carbon steel, so it will last longer. Aluminium is a lightweight and corrosive-resistant material, and it is highly malleable. It can be used to create diverse products including vents, facades and appliance covers when formed into sheet metal. If you want sheet metal for special applications, you should consider alternatives such as copper, brass, titanium and nickel. Silver and gold can also be used for decorative applications. Gauge The gauge of metal is a traditional measure used to specify the thickness of the material. It is not a linear measure, but larger gauge numbers are used for thinner metal materials. Additionally, the gauge scale can be different depending on the specific metal material. For example, the commonly known gauge measurements are used in classifying ferrous metals like steel. Non-ferrous metals like copper can be classified by the weight per unit area or millimetres. Therefore, it is prudent to inquire about the available materials and compare your options before making your sheet metal order. Grade The grade of sheet metal is also important because it will determine the long-term performance of your fabricated product. The grade is determined by the special properties displayed by the material. For instance, pure commercial grade aluminium sheets are highly chemical-resistant and can be used to produce jewellery. However, the grade is low-strength and inappropriate for structural use. You should ask for a complete outline of the grades in your suppliers before...

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House Demolition Costs: Important Aspects to Consider

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on House Demolition Costs: Important Aspects to Consider

Demolition of a residential building is necessary when the structure is damaged beyond repair. Complete destruction will allow you to start over by building a new resilient home. This process is also favourable if the cost for renovating and repairing your existing building is higher than that of rebuilding. Moreover, you can carry out partial demolition of your house during remodelling and extension projects. It is prudent to engage a reputable demolition contractor for your project to ensure that the tasks are completed efficiently and safely. Additionally, you should start planning for this type of project early so that you can budget for the potential expenses. Demolition can be expensive, but the exact costs will depend on specific building factors. Here are the main aspects to consider when budgeting for the demolition project. Type of Demolition There are different types of demolition techniques used to achieve the desired results. The choice will determine the cumulative costs for the projects because of elements such as human labour and equipment. Implosion, which utilises explosives, is not normally used on residential buildings since it is an extreme method reserved for large structures. One of the common demolition methods is the ball and crane technique. This method is ideal for your home because it is fairly inexpensive compared to selective demolition. Basically, a heavy wrecking ball is swung or even dropped on concrete buildings, obliterating the structure. It is an effective method but highly destructive. If the house is made of lighter materials, a crane or excavator can be used to cut and remove parts of the structure. You can also choose deconstruction which is an eco-friendly demolition method. It involves dismantling the house systematically, allowing some materials to be obtained for reuse and recycling. Unfortunately, this will cost more due to the labour requirements. Hazardous Materials The house cannot be demolished indiscriminately if there are suspected hazardous materials in the structure. You will need to commission an inspection of the structure to ascertain that materials such as asbestos, lead paint and even synthetic mineral fibres are absent. If these are found, you will have to employ an expert removalist to eliminate the hazards before the actual demolition is performed. Waste and Debris Disposal The disposal of the waste after demolition can be costly because the amount of debris is large. You should inquire about the landfill costs in local sites and compare since the rate can vary. In addition, discuss waste haulage costs with your demolition contractor or an independent waste management and disposal...

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Five Tips for Adding Colourful Coatings to Precast Concrete

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Tips for Adding Colourful Coatings to Precast Concrete

Want to add colour to your precast concrete stairs, walls or other items? You can easily coat concrete to create the colours or patterns you want. Here are some tips to guide you: 1. Prep with a block surfacer. Before you apply the coating to the precast concrete, start with a block surfacer. Made of acrylic resin, block surfacers fill pores and small cracks in the concrete, creating a smooth area for coating application. You can apply surfacer using a basic roller brush. 2. Choose coating that works as a sealant. When choosing coating to use on your precast concrete, look for coating that can create a water resistant layer on your concrete. That prevents water from getting into the concrete from rain or snow. However, you only want the coating to be water resistant on its top side. On its substrate side, you want it to be water permeable. 3. Look for water permeability on the substrate side. When you are choosing the coating for your precast concrete, look for one that is water permeable on the substrate side. That feature allows moisture to escape from the concrete and into the air more easily. Preventing the buildup of moisture in the concrete slows the process of expansion and retraction that can cause cracks in the concrete, and it also helps the coating itself to last longer — this permeable layer helps to prevent blistering or peeling of the coating. 4. Check the pH compatibility on the side of the coating. Keep in mind that there are several different types of coatings, and each of them are formulated to work with different pH levels. As concrete sets and cures, its pH levels change. Ultimately, it gets more neutral as it cures. Certain coatings cannot be applied until well after the concrete has cured and reached a neutral pH. However, if you are in a hurry, there are coatings that work with more acidic and less cured concretes. 5. Remember to explore other options. Adding coating to your precast concrete is something you can hire a professional to do, but it is also a project you can easily tackle on your own. However, it is not the only way to add colour or design to your precast concrete. If you decide that you don’t want to seal or coat the concrete, you can hire someone to stain it for you. Using chemical stains, professionals can stamp or stencil patterns or even solid colours in your concrete. If you haven’t poured the concrete yet and you want colour, you may even be able to work with your contractor on dying your concrete while it is still a...

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