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Running Wiring For A DIY Project? Why You Need To Consider Rubber Grommets

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Whether you need to run some wires for your home network or put new wires in the car, you are going to have to pass the wires through some holes. If the holes are in wooden or metal products, the wires can easily fray as they move around. To best protect the wires, you need to put some type of grommet in the holes. If you want the best protection, you may want to consider rubber grommets over other alternatives. In addition to reducing the likelihood of fraying on rough edges, here are a few other reasons to insist on rubber grommets. Water, Weather, and Chemical Resistance Rubber grommets can help keep water from getting through from one area to another. If you are putting some wiring up the side of a building, they will keep any rain from coming into the walls. If you are running the wires under the hood of your car, they will prevent corrosive chemicals from passing through the holes. Rubber can withstand higher and lower temperatures than other types of grommets and can act as insulation. This will keep the wires passing through from overheating or freezing. Electrical Insulation In addition to insulating against extreme temperatures, rubber is a great electrical insulator. Considering that wires are used to carry electricity, this added insulation will keep any metal the wires pass through from becoming electrified and/or shorting out the wires and damaging electronic components. Keeping Wires in Place Having wires pulled can disconnect them or break them. Rubber grommets will grip the wires as they pass through the hole, keeping them in place. It might even be a good idea to create a few extra holes for these grommets: one close to the origin and one close to what the wire is connecting to in order to keep it snug and in place. Dampening Vibrations Along with gripping the wires to hold them in place, rubber will reduce the vibrations to the wires. This will not only help keep them in place, but will also keep them from rubbing against each other when more than a single wire is going through the grommet. You won’t have to worry about any wire coating being rubbed off and having wires touch that shouldn’t. Grommets, in general, will keep you from having to replace wires as they fray or break. Although you can often us metal or plastic grommets, using rubber ones has definite advantages. Consider what the wires are being used for and how you need to protect...

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Making Your Exterior Home Improvement Project A Success With Scaffolding

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Whether you are replacing a lot of things on your home’s exterior, or you’re just repairing a few cosmetic issues, it’s always good to be prepared for your next big project. Having a plan that includes all of the tools and materials you’ll need should be a priority.  In order to make everything a success, don’t forget to rent the proper equipment that will assist you in making your job easier. Here are some common home improvement tasks that require additional tools and equipment to complete the project. Roof Repairs If you’re planning on replacing your roof, safety should be a number one priority. While a solid ladder is important when it comes to gaining access to your roof area, you may need more assistance to reach the sides of your roof and the gables. A scaffolding structure allows you to easily gain access to the sides of your home and your roofing area, while providing you and other workers more stability. This is a viable solution when you have a lot of heavy tools to operate and there is a steep angle or pitch to parts of your home’s roofing area. Check with commercial tool businesses that sell scaffolding, or if you feel you’ll only use it once, you can also rent various sizes and types of scaffolding based on your budget. New Siding When adding new siding, you’ll have to make sure you have all of the tools to ensure that project turns out well. Some common tools to have on hand include: An aluminum bending brake tool for bending aluminum trim Proper level and measuring tools A table saw for a precise cutting of siding material Air nail gun Hammer In addition to basic construction items, you’ll want to have a sturdy ladder on hand. If you’re not comfortable with a ladder or you need additional support while working several feet in the air, scaffolding may be the best option. Looking for scaffolding for rent that is affordable and in good condition can help make your siding project turn out exactly the way that you predicted it would. Adding Insulation If you’re revamping your home with a new roof and siding, don’t forget to replace any lost insulation. While there are many ways to insulate you home, there are three main types of insulation for exterior installation: Blown-in cellulose insulation Rolled batt insulation Spray foam insulation Homes that are one level, can be easily accessible without having to use a ladder. If you have a large second story home, it may be easier to use scaffolding to gain easier access to the high areas of the structure. This allows you to safely place an insulation blower on a sturdy surface. An industrial equipment and supply company will generally offer reasonable scaffolding sales and scaffold for rent that meets your project needs. Cleaning And Fixing Gutters Don’t forget about your gutters, eaves trough and soffits when you’re giving your home a facelift. Dirt or overfilled gutters can...

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Three Reasons Why Plastic Seals Are Better Than Aluminum Seals

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are in the food and beverage packaging business and are considering different types of product seals, you may be thinking about plastic seals and aluminum seals. Does it really matter which one you use? Is one kind of seal really better than another? The answer to both these questions is “yes.” There are at least three reasons why plastic seals are better than aluminum ones. Plastic Seals Can Be Various Thicknesses Most aluminum seals that you see on packaged goods are often so thin you are left wondering if they are effective. Plastic seals can be made to absolutely any thickness, from a few millimeters to a few inches, if that is what the customer wants. Additionally, the plastic seals can be made as inserts or external wrapping seals. As “inserts,” the plastic seals are inserted, like wine corks, into the body of the container, thereby preventing the flow or escape of its contents. As external wrapping seals, the seals encase the package and grip the outer edges tightly. Plastic Seals Are Recyclable AND Washable Although both aluminum and plastic seals are recyclable, aluminum ones are more frequently placed in the trash because most of the food or drink behind them sticks to the seal. Most consumers do not take the time to thoroughly wash an aluminum seal just to place in recyclable materials bins. However, plastic seals wash and release liquids and foods quickly and easily, and can be placed in the same recycling bin after they have been rinsed. Then the plastic seals, bottles, plastic lids, and other plastic packaging is all melted down together and is reused to create more plastic seals and packaging. This makes plastic the more “green” option of the two.  Many Plastic Seals Are Hermetically Sealed and Heat-Crimped Aluminum seals are often stretched over package tops, crimped and cut. They manage to keep some air out, but they are not hermetically sealed. Plastic seals do very well with hermetic sealing because absolutely no air gets past the plastic seal once it is in place. In addition to the hermetic sealing of plastic, this type of seal may also be heat-crimped, meaning that it is “melted” and crimped tightly over the tops of bottles and around the ends of other packaging. It is a very tight seal that requires some force to break open but virtually guarantees that the food or beverage within is healthy and safe. For plastic seals, contact a company such as Seal...

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Four Common Reasons Mechanical Failure Occurs In Hydraulic Cylinders

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

It’s important for those who work with hydraulic equipment to understand that hydraulic cylinder failure could be costing their industrial operation a great deal of money. Hydraulic cylinders are one of the most important components of hydraulic equipment. As such, they are responsible for a great deal of the repair costs that are seen in industrial operations involving hydraulic equipment. You can minimize the financial toll that cylinder failure is taking on your operation by making sure that your company’s cylinders don’t have any of the following deficiencies: Inadequate bearing surface area There needs to be enough bearing surface in hydraulic equipment to allow for the adequate transfer of side thrust to the cylinder. If the bearing area is inadequate, there will be too much stress on the seals. Seals will therefore be more likely to deform over time, and deformed seals will eventually fail if the underlying cause of inadequate bearing surface is not addressed.  Rods that are susceptible to bending If cylinder rods begin to bend, they will deform that loan that is put on the equipment’s rod-seal. This means that leakage will be more common in hydraulic equipment and can eventually cause a hydraulic seal to completely fail.  The most common causes of bent cylinder rods include a rod diameter that is too small or the improper mounting of the cylinder.  An excessively smooth or rough rod finish The finish on a cylinder rod should feature a certain level of roughness that prevents premature seal failure due to poor lubrication of the cylinder. However, if the finish is too rough, it is possible for contaminants to ingress and leakage to occur that compromises the integrity of the seal.  You should consider that the rod finish of your hydraulic cylinders is a wear-surface that needs to be properly lubricated to function well. Often, nickel-chrome plating of the rod and seals can extend their life and alleviate any mechanical problems caused by rod finish.  Tubes that are susceptible to ballooning If the wall of a hydraulic cylinder tube is not thick enough, the tube could be susceptible to ballooning. Another possible cause of ballooning in the cylinder tube is weak material strength that cannot stand up to the equipment’s operating stress. A tube that balloons will create an inadequate or nonexistent tolerance that will let fluid get through the hydraulic seal. Over time, the seal will erode and overheat as this fluid repeatedly gets through. Eventually, the seal will completely fail and require...

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Three Uses for Cold Rolled Steel and How to Spot Them In Your Home

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A lot of the products people use everyday are generally taken for granted. No one stops to think where the metal for forks or the pottery for bowls and plates comes from. Everybody just uses these items and replaces them as needed. You have probably never stopped to look at all the parts of your furnace or your roof, either, nor considered how these items are made. Would it surprise you to learn that many things in your home are made from steel of one variant or another? Cold rolled steel in particular is found in many household items. Here are three uses for this type of steel and how you can spot them in your home. Ventilation Shafts Nothing depicts the appearance of cold rolled steel in your home quite like ventilation shafts. All of your home’s ductwork is made of cold rolled steel. It has that certain rigidity and mottled appearance the steel gets from the cold rolling and annealing process. Any time you have to repair or replace some of your home’s ductwork, a steel worker is earning a living. (Rustic) Cold Rolled Steel Roofing The recent trend in steel roofing is to apply bare cold rolled steel to the roof of your home, barn, or other outlying structure and then let it weatherize naturally to a particular patina. If you have metal roofing or have recently opted to install metal roofing, chances are it is made of cold rolled steel. If you opted for a colored metal roof, then the steel was left unoiled in the rolling process so that metal paint could be applied (either by a heat process or with cold spray paint) prior to it being shaped for metal roofing panels. Steel-Paneled Appliances Refrigerators, oven ranges, and dishwashers all come with the option of steel paneling. You can tell it is cold rolled steel by the hue of the metal and by the matte finish which is common to this type of steel. Some consumers really enjoy the steel look in their kitchens, but often mistakenly refer to it as “chrome.” If you have such appliances in your kitchen, you can check the manuals that came with them to see how much steel was used to create your appliances and what steel parts may be replaced in the event that they are damaged. (However, cold rolled steel is well-known for being twenty percent stronger and more durable than hot rolled steel, so you will probably never have to replace any of the exterior steel panels on your appliances.) If you have more questions about cold rolled steel or need any parts made of this durable material, contact a company like A & C Metals –...

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