Three Tips To Avoid Damage To Your Business’s Furnace While You’re Changing Out The Filter

Posted by on Apr 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you want to regulate your business’s air temperature in the winter, it’s very important to avoid damaging your filter. Since you’ll need to change out your furnace’s filter every once in a while for optimal performance, you should know how to do so without causing damage. So consider these three tips to minimize the chance of damaging your business’s furnace during a filter change out. Clear Any Dust Around Your Furnace Before You Open It The last thing you want in your furnace is lots of dust. Even though some dust buildup in your furnace is unavoidable, you want the process to be as slow as possible so you don’t have to deal with frequent breakdowns. Don’t just use a dust cloth to clean dust off of surfaces around your furnace. Though just using a dust cloth is better than using nothing at all, a dust cloth will only kick dust into the air around your furnace. Instead, use a slightly damp towel along with a small vacuum to suck up some of the air in the room. After you’re done, wait a couple minutes for any missed dust to settle back on the ground. Don’t Press The Filter Too Hard Into Its Slot As soon as you open your furnace, you should see a compact slot for holding the air filter. Since there isn’t much room in most cases for you to push your furnace further in the air duct than it’s designed to go, you need to make sure that you don’t put too much force on your new filter. You don’t have to press hard enough to snap your filter in half in order to cause damage. Even if the filter is only slightly bent toward the air duct behind it, the protrusion will significantly decrease your furnace’s energy efficiency. Get A High Quality Pleated Filter If You Cook A Lot Of Food If you run a retail store, you probably don’t have to worry much about about air contamination. However, if you run a restaurant or other business that involves cooking a lot of food, it’s important for energy efficiency and overall furnace breakdown prevention to clear as much grease and fat out of the air as you can. While pleated furnace filters are more expensive than normal filters, they’re drastically more effective at clearing up any impurities in the air. For air purity challenged businesses, the extra cost is often worth it. Most business owners don’t pay much attention to their furnace before it breaks down and demands a lot of money for repairs. To prevent a financial catastrophe before it happens, you often only need to spend a small amount of money...

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Test Your Soil Before You Dig Your Well

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

When it’s time for you to construct a new water well for your house, there are several things that you need to do. One of them is to get a soil boring.  What Is a Soil Boring? A soil boring is a sample of the soil in your yard or the area where you are going to place your well. The sample checks several things. That includes things like what your soil is composed of and if there are any toxins in your soil that could leach into your well.  How Is a Soil Boring Done? There are several different methods to get a soil boring. You could do it on your own, the company digging your well could do it, or you could hire a geologist or soil boring company to come out and do the test.  DIY Soil Boring If you choose to do it yourself, you can either use a shovel or an auger. Using a shovel will only get a relatively shallow sample. If you choose to use an auger, you will get a deeper sample. Either way, the process will be about the same. The first thing you are going to want to do is to make sure that your tools are clean. Things on the tool could cause the test results to be skewed. One way to clean it is to use soap and water and then wash it with rubbing alcohol.  When it’s time to start digging, there are other things that you need to have. They include plastic sheeting, a clean bowl, and a sample jar from the testing lab that is doing the testing for you. Put the soil that you want to test in the bowl. That will let you save it and keep it undisturbed until it’s time to put it in the sample jar. Put all the rest on the sheeting so you can refill the hole. When you have enough soil in the bowl, mix it up and put it in the sample jar. Then you need to send it into the testing lab and wait for the results.  Professional Soil Boring A soil testing company will do much the same thing that you would do. However, their boring will go deeper because they have better tools at their disposal. The company will also send a technician or geologist out to do the test. That way there is no doubt that it is done correctly and that enough soil will be used for the test. The company will take the soil they gather in to their own lab and test it for you. They will be able to tell you if the spot you want is...

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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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