How To Create A Tiled Look On A Concrete Patio Without Using Molds

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Concrete patios are durable and affordable but aren’t always the most attractive option straight out of the box. But it’s possible to give your existing tiled patio an elegant, worldly tiled look without having to invest in concrete molding materials. Things You Need: Large Geometric Stencil Painter’s Tape Concrete Stain Paint Rollers Waterproof Sealant Step 1: Choose a Stencil Search online for a large stencil with geometric shapes that mimic the look of tile. These stencils are often advertised as wall stencils since the size works well for painting patterns on walls but you can also use them for your concrete project. Look for a stencil that is designed to be easily repeatable — meaning, the edges are made so that you can easily line the stencil up again next to an already painted piece. The kit should also include a border piece that allows you to match up to the main stencil along the narrow edges for a finished look. Step 2: Prepare Your Stain Supplies Purchase a concrete stain in your desired color. Note that unless you have a lot of natural artistic ability, it’s a lot easier to use one color of stain at a time, such as a dark blue for a base and a lighter blue for detailing. Follow the package directions on how to prepare the stain and how to ready your concrete for the staining process. Use painter’s tape to secure the stencil in a starting corner. Apply stain over the stencil using a paint roller and firm but even strokes. Allow the stain to set for a couple of minutes before removing the tape and the stencil so that the stencil doesn’t smear the stain. Carefully place the stencil next to the painted square. Tape down the sides of the stencil that aren’t along the stained edge and repeat the painting process. Continue until the entire patio is covered with tile. Allow to dry for the time specified on the stain container. Repeat the taping and staining process with the edge piece to finish off the exterior rim of your patio. Step 3: Protect Your Work Use a water-safe top coat that’s safe for concrete and protects your work from heavy foot traffic. Apply as directed on the packaging and allow to fully dry before attempting to walk on the patio. You can then replace your furniture and enjoy your beautiful new outdoor living space. Consult with a professional like Robar Enterprises Inc for...

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How To Pick The Right Forklift For Your Industrial Needs

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you operate an industrial business, you might have thought about investing in a forklift. Having even just one forklift as a part of your fleet is a great way to amp up production and make work easier for yourself and your employees, but you might be overwhelmed by the many forklifts that are on the market. Luckily, by following these tips, you are sure to pick the right forklift for your industrial needs. Give A Few Models A Try One of the best ways to choose between different types of forklifts, such as those that use fuel or electric power, is to rent a few different models and give them a try. There are plenty of equipment rental companies around that offer daily, weekly or even monthly forklift rentals, so you will have plenty of opportunity to figure out what works best for your company’s needs. Consider Your Budget Some forklifts are obviously more expensive than others. For example, diesel-powered forklifts are cheaper than electric models, so a fuel-powered forklift could be the best choice if you are trying to spend as little money as possible. Think About Where You Will Use Your Forklift Will you be using your forklift indoors? If so, you will probably need to look for one that is a little bit smaller in size and that uses electric power rather than gas or diesel to operate. If you will be using it outdoors, however, you can opt for a larger model that uses fuel without any problems. Consider Maintenance Concerns Understand that fuel-powered forklifts do require more maintenance than those that simply use electricity. If you have a maintenance crew on staff, you might not mind the added maintenance that is required for a fuel-powered forklift. If you don’t have the time or money to spend on added maintenance for a fuel-powered forklift, however, you may want to opt for one that operates off of electricity. Since it doesn’t have a motor or transmission, maintenance is cheaper and easier. Think About How Often You Will Use Your Forklift Forklifts that operate off of a battery require regular daily charging. If you need to be able to use your forklift constantly, such as if your factory operates 24 hours a day, then you might be better off with a fuel-powered forklift. If you have time for your forklift to charge, however, it might be worthwhile to look into an electric-powered option. There are a lot of different forklifts on the market, and it can be tough to choose the right one for your industrial applications. However, thinking about these things can help you choose the right one for your company’s needs. For more information,...

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Reasons Why Structural Steel Is Preferred By Architects, Engineers, And Contractors

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In this day and age, there are a variety of materials available for building projects, but structural steel remains a favorite with both architects and contractors. This material has long been praised for its strength and durability, and some of the largest structures in the world have a structural steel frame. The main reasons that structural steel is so popular include: Strength Many materials are considered high strength, but as of now, none can match the pure strength of structural steel. It is not just the fact that structural steel is strong- its strength to weight ratio is considerably higher than any comparable materials. Because structural steel is so strong for its weight, the frames of structural steel buildings are lighter and do not require extensive specialized foundations like other building materials do. Cost Despite the fact that structural steel is the strongest materials of its kind, it is also an affordable option for all types of construction projects. Unlike other construction materials, the cost of structural steel is not rising as fast because technology has successfully reduced the number of man hours that it takes to fabricate pieces of structural steel. In addition to the lower cost of the actual material, structural steel projects are often less expensive because the building frame is light, and not as much money has to be spent on an extensive foundation to support the frame. Eco-Friendly Structural steel is made of 88% recycled material, making it one of the most sustainable building materials in the world. In addition, the fabrication process of structural steel uses a minute amount of water, which helps in conserving one of our most important natural resources. Because structural steel is mostly made of recycled material, the creation of this product helps empty out salvage yards, and produces very little material waste during fabrication. Efficiency A building framed with structural steel allows for more indoor floor space, as the steel columns take up substantially less space than concrete columns. The strength of structural steel allows for less support columns, which gives each floor of the building more open space, which is ideal for modern offices. The use of structural steel is especially efficient in parking garages, since having fewer columns provides more area for parking as well as wider driving lanes. Ease of Availability The readily available recycled material to create structural steel, technology that has streamlined the fabrication process, and a thriving structural steel industry ensures that there is a large supply of structural steel available. There is no foreseeable shortage of structural steel in the near future, so it is likely that it will continue to be one of the most popular materials for construction projects....

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CNC Routers Versus 3-D Printers: What You Need To Know

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When it comes to creative industrial technologies, nothing has generated more buzz and interest than the 3-D printer. This is due in large part to the fact that there is nothing like it. You can build a prototype or new object from scratch with a digital file. However, another just as viable and perhaps easier to use alternative is a CNC router machine. In order to understand the differences between the two, you need to explore the key elements that distinguish the two options. Then you can make the right decision for your needs.  Addition Or Subtraction These two devices use different methods to achieve similar results. When you use a CNC router machine, you are subtracting from an existing material to create the object you desire. In other words, you have a block of plastic, metal, or wood, and you cut pieces away to create something new. In this way you are subtracting materials from the equation.  On the other hand, when you use a 3-D printer you are basically creating something out of nothing. There is no existing object that you are cutting away from. Instead, you have a printer that houses fibers and filaments that it uses to build a new object from scratch. Because of this, 3-D printing is considered to be an additive process.  Size and Scope When choosing between a CNC router and a 3-D printer, you need to consider the size and scope of your project. Because 3-D printers are so new to the market, they are still limited in the size of what the can produce.  If you are working with anything larger than about four cubic feet, you will be hard-pressed to find a 3-D printer that can accommodate the job. So, if size is an issue, the CNC router would likely be a better choice for you.  Additionally, if you are looking to produce a large number of copies of the same product, the CNC router machine is your best option. It works faster and can handle higher volume projects. A 3-D printer is good for making individual pieces or early prototypes but is not particularly adept to mass production.  Computer Technology The one major aspect that CNC routers and 3-D printers do have in common is their use of computer technology in their product generation. Both allow you to generate your designs on the computer and create a digital file from which to build your new product. Using this computer technology allows you to tweak and alter your design as much as you want before you ever start building or cutting. When it comes to choosing between CNC routers, like from Machinery Masters Corp LLC, and 3-D printers, you need...

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Imagining The Unimaginable: Running Out Of Water

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Water is one of the world’s most abundant materials and makes up more than 70 percent of an adult’s body composition, and it covers more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface. It is estimated there is more than a total of 326 million cubic miles of water in and on the earth. Yet, in spite of this great abundance, less than 0.3 percent of this water is available for humans to use. This is the reason understanding the severity of the current and future potential for a catastrophic water shortage is important to all people. Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink This quote from the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” deals with an isolated instance of being surrounded by unusable water. Unfortunately, it is a circumstance that affects more than 1.2 billion individuals around the globe every day. These people live their lives in constant threat of disease, undernourishment, and death from a lack of clean, potable water. Ironically, it is the great quantity of water that makes it so difficult for most of the world to understand its scarcity. It is even more difficult to anticipate the looming water shortages so many knowledgeable experts predict. Unfortunately for those billion plus men, women and children, the shortage is already a life-threatening problem today. The crisis is so real, the United Nations Development Programme reports that more people die each year due to unclean water and inadequate sanitation than all deaths from war and guns. A Problem of Supply The reality of these statistics point not to an issue of the existence of sufficient clean water, it is more a problem of supply and access. Even in the developed countries of the world, the infrastructure that delivers clean water is in a severe state of deterioration. While many countries have never had access to adequate supplies of drinkable water, others are facing the loss of existing supplies due to old and inefficient systems. According to Business Insider, it is estimated by the American Society of Engineers that at least $255 billion must be spent in the United States alone over just the next 5 years to deal with infrastructure problems. Less than half of that amount is currently budgeted to replace century-old pipes, install new centrifugal pumps, and add new water transport capabilities. As the issue of clean water occupies a greater part of the global conscience, it will take some of mankind’s most imaginative minds and inconceivable levels of investment to deal with this vital...

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