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Does Your Industrial Plant’s Flooring Need Waterproofing?

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Does Your Industrial Plant’s Flooring Need Waterproofing?

If your industrial plant is currently experiencing wet floors but dry walls, you may need some industrial waterproofing experts to check and fix issues with the foundation. In examining the concrete floor of your plant, you and some experts may need to check two things: underpinning structures and/or benching structures. Each of these may be a contributing factor to the wet floors your plant experiences. Read on to gain a better understanding of underpinning and benching, what happens when they need repair, and how to waterproof them. Underpinning Underpinning is a technique for keeping a ground floor or concrete slab from shifting or breaking up. It is a commonly used technique in areas where earthquakes and softer soils meet. Typically, large cylindrical pins are inserted at key points under the foundation slab to help it bear all of the weight of the building above. Even though these “pins” generally hold their position for a very long time, they are not a solution that will work indefinitely. Eventually the pins can shift or corrode because they are metal and submerged in moist ground for decades. When the pinning begins to fail, small cracks appear in your foundation and water seeps in. To waterproof underpinning, you or an expert will probably need to rip up sections of the floor and substrate (if present) and repair, reposition, and/or replace the underpinning. Then new concrete flooring can be installed and sealed against ground water. This should hold up and keep your industrial plant’s floor nice, dry, and safe for employees for several more years. Benching Benching is the gradual upward sloping of concrete flooring. It may lay over the top of underpinning, or it may just be over the top of the flat concrete floor. You can generally expect some moisture to collect and roll downhill with benching, especially if your plant also has floor drains. However, if the water on your floors is not quite flowing towards the drains and is pooling everywhere instead, the benching concrete may have several cracks (some so tiny, you may not be able to see them) or it may just be failing entirely with small potholes. To waterproof benching, you could request the cheapest way out, which is to add another layer of sloping concrete to the floor. This seals many of the cracks you cannot see while simultaneously reshaping and resloping the floor. The more expensive route is to remove the old benching and construct an entirely new, sloped floor that will perfectly channel any liquids in your plant right to the floor drains. You should opt for the latter if you also have underpinning issues that need to be...

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3 Tips For Getting More For The Scrap Metal From Your Manufacturing Plant

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Getting More For The Scrap Metal From Your Manufacturing Plant

If you work in the manufacturing industry and always have scrap metal leftover from your production line, you might have thought about using a scrap metal pickup service to get rid of your metal. Doing so can be smart; it’s a great way to recoup some of your losses from wasted material, and you will know that your materials are being handled and recycled in an eco-friendly manner. You might be wondering how you can get as much money as possible for the scrap metal that your manufacturing plant sells, and following these tips can help. 1. Sort Different Metals First of all, if you work with different metals in your plant, you want to make sure that you sort and separate them. Obviously, some of the metals that you use in your plant are more valuable than others, so you won’t want to get your copper and aluminum mixed up. Otherwise, you may be paid at a lower “mixed metal” rate, which can result in your company getting less than it should.  2. Clean it Up Dirty metal isn’t as valuable as clean metal. This is because scrap metal recycling companies worry that debris that is mixed in can affect the weight, so they often give a lower amount for metal that has not been cleaned. If possible, consider implementing a step on the manufacturing line for cleaning up scrap metal before it is discarded. Then, it’ll already be ready for pick-up before it is even stored. 3. Store Until You Have a Larger Load Even though you may want to minimize the amount of storage space that your manufacturing plant has to dedicate to scrap metal storage, you should pay attention to the pick-up fees that you might be charged. In many cases, a small pick-up fee is deducted from the final amount that you are given for selling your metal. This can be worth it, since it can still be cheaper than using your own trucks and other equipment to transport the metal. However, reducing the number of loads that are picked up by storing until you have a larger load available is a good way to reduce these costs and maximize how much you get for your scrap metal. Selling your company’s scrap metal is a great way to dispose of it while bringing in a bit of cash, and if you follow these tips, you’ll get even more for the metal that your company sells. For scrap metal pickup, contact a company such as Scrap Metal Processors...

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3 Reasons Why You Are Better Off Hiring A Professional Electrician

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons Why You Are Better Off Hiring A Professional Electrician

At one point in time or another, you have probably heard about how dangerous it is to mess with electricity in your home. Not only do you stand the chance of getting seriously electrocuted, but there is also the chance that you could end up starting a fire in your home because you weren’t sure what you should or shouldn’t be doing. It is because of this, that you need to consider turning to a professional electrician to step in and help address your electrical repair needs. However, electricians do much more than that. Check out some of the other benefits to hiring a professional electrician to handle your job. They do all the work of obtaining the necessary electrical permits. If you are doing any new construction work or remodeling a major part of your home, you will need to have the proper electrical permits in order to prevent incurring any unnecessary fines and penalties. A professional electrical contractor will take the time to pull all of these permits for you and make sure the project gets finished up quickly and accurately. These professionals are used to pulling permits, so they are going to know what needs to be done to make sure everything is done by the books. They take care of any property damage. If you were to incur damage to your property because you tried to handle your own repairs, it would be up to you to fix it out of your own pocket. However, that isn’t the case when you use a professional. Should something go wrong with a professional doing the work, they are going to cover all of the repair costs for you. They have special insurance in place that covers anything that could go wrong, leaving you with the peace of mind to know that everything is okay. They are familiar with an electrical inspection. Anytime you do electrical work around your home you are going to need to have it inspected to make sure it is up to code and done properly. An electrician is familiar with all of the different rules, regulations and codes that building inspectors want, which means your project is going to be done right the first time around. By hiring a professional, like Albarell Electric Inc, you can save yourself a lot of time, hassles and headaches along the way as you go about having your electrical work...

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Helpful Information About Getting A Water Well Drilled

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Helpful Information About Getting A Water Well Drilled

Is there no water in your house because you live in a rural area? You can get enough water for your household needs if you invest in a water well, but a drilling contractor will be needed if you need access to groundwater. Find out below what you should know about getting a water well drilled and how to maintain it to keep water flowing through the plumbing system. What Is Water Well Drilling? Water well drilling involves excavating the ground in order to access the aquifers that are beneath it. You should not attempt drilling the ground on your own because you might not know where the aquifers are located. A drilling contractor will know how to find the aquifers without excavating an unnecessary amount of your land. A contractor will also know if you need a permit to drill a water well on your land or not. Basically, a drilling contractor will locate the aquifers so that a pump can be connected to bring the groundwater up to the surface so it can be used in your house. Will Well Water Always Be Available When Needed? How much water is made available to your home depends on the depth that the well is dug. However, digging a well is a good way to get water from deep within the ground so you won’t have to worry about a low amount of water. Maintaining the submersible well pump in a good condition is also necessary for keeping water flowing through your plumbing system. For instance, you must get the pressure pump to your well inspected every now and then to make sure it is sending water into the tank. The pressure pump is the main part of the well system that allows groundwater to come up into the tank. What Does a Drilling Contractor Charge for a Water Well? The complexity of the task will determine the overall price that you are charged by a drilling contractor. For instance, he or she might charge more if drilling must be done in clay or firm soil. Expect to pay a drilling contractor at least $15 or more per foot that is excavated for your water well. The price quoted might also include the installation of a tubular lining and well cap, but it depends on who is hired for the task. Contact a drilling contractor such as GeoTek Alaska Inc as soon as possible to discuss what you need...

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Three Exterior Iron Stair Railings Maintenance Tips

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Exterior Iron Stair Railings Maintenance Tips

One of the factors that makes exterior iron stair railings so appealing is their durability. Compared to wood or aluminum, iron railings will typically last considerably longer. However, it’s important to mention the fact that this longevity does come with a price. There are a number of preventive measures you have to commit to in order to get the most out of your new exterior railings. Here are just some of the most important maintenance tips for you to remember. Inspections Make sure you are making an effort to inspect your iron railings. Although this material is naturally durable, constant exposure to the elements can cause some issues, especially when it comes to rust. The reason inspecting the railings is so important is that you can generally prevent rust from being a major problem if you catch it early and have it removed. However, the longer it is allowed to form, the more it spreads and the deeper it penetrates. In extreme cases of rust, you would need to have the entire railing removed and replaced. A casual look over a couple of times a year is a good starting point. Cleaning It is also important for you to clean your railings. Even if you live in a climate that experiences frequent rainfall, don’t assume that this is enough to keep the iron clean. Hand washing is important because it helps you gently scrub away any mineral or debris buildup on the railing. When cleaning, avoid using scrub pads, steel wool, cleaners that contain solvents or any other abrasive cleaners. All of these items can actually strip away the protective coating that is applied over the iron. If it gets stripped away, this increases the risk of rust forming. A safe alternative is to use a soft sponge or microfiber cloth with a mixture of mild detergent and water. Waxing With regular exposure to the sun, iron railings can start to become tarnished. Once this happens, this can make the iron start to look worn or dull. While repainting is an option, you can also apply a car paste wax over the iron to help fix this problem. On metal surfaces, this process will help bring back the rich color and natural shine of the railing. In addition to enhancing the look of the railings, the car wax can also serve as a protective barrier to help diminish the potential of element related damage and make cleaning the iron easier.   Make sure you are making an effort to keep your iron stair railings in good condition to get the most use out of...

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Library Storage: Four Types Of Shelving Options To Keep Books Organized

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Library Storage: Four Types Of Shelving Options To Keep Books Organized

There are many small libraries throughout the country. They are a great place for relaxation, reading, and learning. If you own a library, or are thinking about starting one, you will need to think about shelving. Although a library doesn’t require much more than a few cozy seats and perhaps a desk or two, it definitely needs shelving. If you aren’t sure what type of shelving to choose, don’t worry. There are many options available that will suit your needs, be they large or small. Here are four types of library shelving to consider for your building: 1. Basic Bookshelves If your library is on the smaller side, basic bookshelves will do the trick. You can secure them to the walls for heavier books, or place them back-to-back for smaller and lighter books. Even better, you can customize them by changing out their color with paint or adjusting their size. It’s an affordable option and one that works great for small libraries or reading rooms. 2. Wire Shelving Another option you have available to you is wire shelving. This is another affordable option that provides plenty of storage for books. Although they have a more industrial feel, they are great for small to medium sized libraries. They are also a bit sturdier than traditional bookshelves, so they are better for bigger books such as encyclopedias. Like other shelving options, they can be adjusted too—so they can be customized to fit short and tall books. 3. Modular Shelving If you like to display books and other decorations, modular shelving is a good option for you. These shelves can be moved and rearranged as needed. They can also be affixed to each other, to a wall, or stand-alone. In the shelving world, modular shelving is the most flexible because it can be used in a variety of ways. 4. Case Shelving If you need your shelving to be mobile, consider using case shelving. This type of shelving offers a polished feel and is usually available in various colors. It’s affordable and it can be moved easily, as it usually has wheels on the bottom. If you don’t want the shelves to move, don’t worry; as you can always use the brakes. Oftentimes, these types of shelving units come with drawers as well. So it’s good for filing papers or index systems to help people locate your books. Whether you have a small library reading room or a full-sized commercial library, all of these options are ideal. So take a look at what you need and weigh the pros and cons of each shelving type, before you make a decision. If you need multiple types of storage, consider using more than one of these types of shelving in your library.  For custom library shelving, contact a company such as Elliott Bay Metal Fabricating...

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What You Can’t Put In Your Rented Dumpster

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Can’t Put In Your Rented Dumpster

Renting a dumpster for a major renovation is a great way to get rid of waste. However, there are some waste items that can damage the dumpster. There are also some waste items that are illegal to dispose of in a rented dumpster. By knowing what you can’t safely throw away in your dumpster, you’ll be able to avoid additional disposal fees or legal trouble. Flammable Liquids And Materials Flammable liquids of many types aren’t safe to dispose of in a dumpster because they pose a significant fire hazard. Some flammable items you may not expect to be flammable, so you should always thoroughly read their labels before disposal. However, these flammable items are a definite no for your dumpster: Paint Products: All liquid paint products are not safe to dispose of in your dumpster. This includes paint, paint thinner and varnish. In order to dispose of these items properly, you’ll have to contact your local household hazardous waste disposal location. Gasoline: You can be fined for improperly disposing of gasoline. The best way to dispose of gasoline is to contact your local household hazardous waste disposal facility. Explosives: You should never dispose of explosives, including fireworks, in a dumpster. In order to properly dispose of explosive items, you should contact your local law enforcement using a nonemergency number for proper disposal information. Pool Chemicals: Pool chemicals are especially flammable and should never be thrown in a dumpster. Sometimes, if multiple pool chemicals come in contact with each other, a fire can start from the chemical reaction alone. Automobile Odds And Ends You’d think most automobile components would be safe to dispose of, but you would be surprised how much of a car has to be recycled carefully. You should never dispose of batteries, automobile fluids or tires in your rented dumpster. Thankfully, many automotive shops accept things like old car batteries, oil and tires, so that they can be disposed of properly. Before you bring in a bunch of car stuff to recycle, make sure you call the shop, to make sure they can accommodate what you’re bringing in.  Asbestos Asbestos is a dangerous material when it becomes disturbed it releases tiny fibers into the air. These tiny fibers can cling to your clothes and hair. However, the real danger happens when you breathe the asbestos fibers in. These fibers lead to a wide array of lung related illnesses, including cancer. Your local household hazardous waste disposal location will have strict directions for how to handle asbestos disposal to avoid endangering anyone.  For more information, contact Parks & Sons of Sun City, Inc. or a similar...

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3 Air Compressor Safety Tips You Should Remember

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Air Compressor Safety Tips You Should Remember

If you are like most head contractors, you might lose sleep over safety hazards and workers’ compensation lawsuits. Unfortunately, you might zero in on heavy overhead cranes and hardhat usage, instead of the air compressors that you use on a daily basis. Here are three air compressor safety tips you should remember, so that you can keep your employees safe: 1: Don’t Use Gas Powered Models Indoors Sure, that outdoor air compressor might be great for helping you to work in areas without power, but that system could pose real threats if your employees use it indoors. Whenever you use a device that has an internal combustion engine powered by gas, carbon monoxide is produced. Unfortunately, since carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, your employees could fall sick before they know it. To avoid problems, carefully label your air compressors and don’t let your workers use outdoors models inside. When you finish an outdoor project, pay attention to the airflow in the area where the compressor is in use. If you finish a roof or put up a few walls, that outdoor area might transform before your eyes — which could create a poorly ventilated, dangerous situation. 2: Drain The Tanks When You Are Finished Your air compressor relies on air that it collects from your workspace. Unfortunately, the humidity in the air can gather inside of your air compressor, where it can create puddles in the bottom of your tank. If this water isn’t released, it can erode away the inside of your compressor. If holes form, your air compressor can explode when it tries to come up to pressure. Fortunately, you can ward off these types of serious accidents by asking your employees to drain the air tanks after each use. When you drain these valves, which are usually located on the underside of the air tank, internal air and moisture will flow out of the tank.  3: Hoses Should Be Secured To Avoid Tripping Hazards When you use air compressors, pay attention to where you are dragging the hoses. If you drape air hoses through walkways or around ladders, they could create dangerous tripping hazards for your coworkers. In addition to potentially tripping others, a jerked cord could also pull workers down, causing falls. Instead, ask your employees to secure air compressor hoses before they begin work. By paying attention to air compressor safety, you might be able to avoid problems and keep your job on schedule. For more information, contact a professional like those at Kruman Equipment...

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Too Much Empty Space Could Put You On The Wrong Side Of Consumer Opinion—And The Law

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Too Much Empty Space Could Put You On The Wrong Side Of Consumer Opinion—And The Law

For decades consumers have been experiencing the disappointment of opening a product only to find the package contains more air than product. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but a lot of packaging is misleading, and consumers are making it clear they aren’t going to take it anymore. Although the FDA does regulate slack fill, or nonfunctional empty space, and misleading containers, these regulations are rarely enforced. However, that is changing as more states are taking legal action against companies who deliberately deceive consumers with their product packaging. Fair Packaging and Labeling Act  The federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act  was enacted by the FDA in 1967 to help consumers compare ingredients and the net quantity of product of many household commodities. Much of it is aimed at preventing excessive slack fill that deceives the consumer into believing there is more product than there actually is. But slack fill is not always prohibited. Many companies use it to prevent breakage, theft, or to accommodate assembly line machinery. They might use it when the package also serves as a tray or dispenser. In these cases, the FDA allows a certain amount of slack fill. But in cases of nonfunctional empty space, the package should contain an adequate ratio of product to empty space so as not to mislead the customer. Cracking Down Why should companies be concerned about deceptive packaging? Because consumer backlash has caused some states to crack down on manufacturers. A couple of recent lawsuits are testament to that crack down. The lawsuits were filed against companies that used packaging that misrepresented the actual size of their deodorant sticks. The threat of litigation should have a cooling effect on companies that use excess slack fill. But how do you know what’s excessive and how do you know if your use of empty space is within accepted guidelines? Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is a database of federal government agency regulations. CFR Title 21 pertains to the most recent revisions of FDA regulations, including packaging. It provides guidelines on what is and is not considered deceptive packaging. For example, a package that doesn’t allow a person to view its contents is considered misleading if it contains non-functional slack fill. It goes on to describe non-functional slack fill as empty space in a package that is filled to less than its capacity for reasons other than: Protecting contents (e.g., damage, spoilage, theft) Unavoidable product settling during shipping Package performs a function such as preparation, consumption or dispensing of the product Package is intended for reuse (e.g., a decorative gift or commemorative container Package size cannot be reduced to due to the need to accommodate food labeling requirements It’s important for manufacturers and retailers to be familiar with packaging guidelines, not just to protect against the risk of litigation, but also to not alienate your consumers who have certain expectations. Don’t risk your brand’s reputation by not delivering what your package promises. For more information about packaging issues, contact a company like Northwest Paper...

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Having Your Bike Powder Coated? Doing The Prep Work Yourself

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Having Your Bike Powder Coated? Doing The Prep Work Yourself

If you have decided to have your bike painted a different color, you should consider having it powder coated instead of using traditional paint. Powder coating results in a stronger finish because the powder is electrostatically applied and cured to create a cohesive skin on the metal. Before the bike can be powder coated, it must be cleaned and prepped to allow for proper curing. While you could do the whole job yourself, unless you have worked with powder coating and have the equipment to do the curing, it is best to have a professional do it. However, you can save money by getting the piece ready for the powder. Disassemble The first thing you need to do is to take the bike apart. You want to take out all screws, and get it down to the smallest parts possible. Remove any gaskets, bearings and washers too. This will ensure that the powder flows over every piece evenly. Clean Once you have every piece apart, they must be cleaned. You can use a regular household cleanser and a brush, or a pressure washer. You are not trying to take off the paint yet, just the dirt, grease and grime. Strip Once you have cleaned the parts, it is time to strip off the paint or old powder. Use a paint stripper for paint, being careful not to score the metal. If the parts have been powder coated before, you will need to do some type of blasting to remove it. Clean After stripping, the pieces need to be cleaned again to remove any stripper and/or blasting medium. The best and easiest way to do this is with water. If possible, use the compressor and hose to power wash them. You can use a mesh cage to do the very small pieces. Dry The last step in prepping the parts for powder coating is to dry them. You can heat the oven to do this, or hang them. Keep in mind, if you hang them it needs to be in a place where there is no dust or dirt that can adhere to the pieces and make them dirty again. Properly prepping the pieces before having them powder coated will ensure a pristine finish. If the pieces are not prepped, you will see tiny marks in the finish. If this does not bother you, no big deal. However, if it does bother you or the marks are obvious, you will need to go through the whole process again. This means you will have to pay for two powder coatings and will negate the money you saved by trying to do the prep yourself. If you are not sure you can get the pieces perfectly clean, let the professional do the whole job and avoid the possibility of needing the job...

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