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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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Paint Booth Safety For A Small Paint Shop

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Managing dust and fumes in a custom paint shop requires the right tools – simply opening a window isn’t going to cut it. Not only will the right system keep down dust so your finished paint jobs look better, it also will keep your employees healthy. Read on to discover what you need to do to ensure proper ventilation. The Basic Paint Booth The type of paint booth you need depends on what you are painting. If you primarily paint smaller items, such as metal furnishing or even smaller pieces of metal artwork, then you need a smaller booth. There are even tabletop booths available for the smallest object. Car painting, of course, require a full-size booth that sits inside your warehouse. The point of the booth isn’t just to keep down the overspray, it’s also to make sure dust and dirt doesn’t adhere to that new paint job. Don’t think you can simply set aside a room just for painting. Paint booths are made to house a duct systems that ensures it’s a low-dust environment. The Ductwork The ductwork, or ventilation system, uses a series of filters on both the intake and the exhaust. The intake filters prevent dust, excess moisture, and dirt from getting into the clean paint booth. The exhaust filters capture the fumes and chemicals in the air after painting. A clamp together system, a Nordfab ducting product, works especially well since you can quickly configure it to fit your space. This can be especially helpful with smaller booths that are occasionally moved to new locations or different workshops. Personal Safety Your painters also need the right gear when they are working in the paint shop. Paint is usually highly combustible, so it’s important to make sure there are no open flames inside the booth. For example, if you paint cars, you won’t turn on the engine and move the vehicle until the ventilation system has removed the fumes from the air. Solvents and paint thinners can also be a fire hazard, so these are not generally mixed or stored inside the paint booth. Employees should be wearing a respirator or breathable air system at all times within the paint booth, since the air inside can be thick with fumes until the ventilation system finishes fume removal. Eye protection is also a must, to avoid irritation and eye damage. Employees should also check the filters before each paint booth session, to ensure they are not clogged. The frequency for changing the filters depends on the manufacturer and the application of the system, but it should be posted clearly on the paint...

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