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Trusted Methods Of Keeping Fugitive Particulate Emissions To A Minimum

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Trusted Methods Of Keeping Fugitive Particulate Emissions To A Minimum

Members of the construction, industrial, transportation, waste removal, manufacturing and farming industries are well aware of the necessity of dirt and gravel roads, especially in high traffic intersections and roadways. As times have changed, so have the different ways that businesses have approached fugitive particulate emission reduction and removal. Here is a rundown of the most highly utilized and dependable road dust containment methods. Lignin Sulfonate Lignin sulfonate naturally occurs during the wood pulp production process. This road dust control product acts as a bonding agent between dust particles and unpaved roadways. As opposed to mulch and other tried and tested fugitive particle control methods, lignin sulfonate is preferred by users because of its long-lasting staying power. Calcium Chloride Belonging to the salt family, calcium chloride is a widely used road dust control solution. When diluted with water, calcium chloride transforms into a potent dust control solution that can be sprayed and applied evenly to roads. Related compounds such as sodium chloride have been used with similar success, long-term. Water Dust becomes airborne as wind, machinery and humans create disturbances in the area that it has settled. If dust becomes wet it becomes weighed down and is no longer able to fly freely in the air. While water is only as effective for as long as an unpaved road is damp, it has proven to be an inexpensive and practical dust control method. Hoses, sprinklers, irrigation systems and water runoffs can be harnessed and directed to keep areas with road dust issues sufficiently dampened. Soybean oil soapstock The Road Management & Engineering Journal recommends using soybean oil soapstock in place of potentially harmless crude oil bi-products as a suitable road dust control method. Soybean oil soapstock is one of only a few environmentally friendly, oil-based road dust control products that is available for commercial use. Effective for approximately one year, soybean oil soapstock is regularly used on public and private road to manage fugitive particulate emissions. Commercial vehicles traversing the same unpaved roads daily regularly kick up large amounts of dust. At best, this dust can contain allergens, pollen and other irritants. At times, roadway dust has been shown to contain pollutants, chemical waste and other particles that pose a threat to the environment. Because residential areas, local businesses and entire water systems can easily become contaminated as a result of heightened roadway dust levels, you should always use an effective dust...

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Concrete Coring: What it Means for You & Your Home

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Concrete Coring: What it Means for You & Your Home

The installation of new or additional plumbing lines in a pre-existing basement often requires concrete coring to be performed. However, many homeowners fail to understand just what this term entails. If your contractor has recently mentioned that your basement’s foundation might need to be cored, read on. This article will answer four common questions about the technique known as concrete coring. What is concrete coring? At its simplest, concrete coring is the technique of drilling a hole through the wall of your basement’s foundation. Such holes are often required for the installation of new plumbing or electrical lines. The size of the hole drilled will vary depending on the particular need. As you can imagine, this process is complicated by the thickness of a foundation’s walls, as well as by the fact that they are often abutted on their opposite side by densely packed soil. How is concrete coring accomplished? The principal tool used in concrete coring is a drill, one made especially for heavy-duty industrial applications. Attached to the end of this drill is a hollow steel bit. The size of this bit varies according to the desired width of the hole. Concrete coring can create holes with an amazingly wide range of diameters—from as little as a fraction of an inch to as much as 72 inches. That said, the holes involved in residential coring seldom exceed a foot or so in diameter. In order to facilitate the speed of drilling, as well as to reduce the amount of machine wear, diamond tipped bits are used in concrete coring. Such bits greatly prolong the lifespan the bit, while allowing for more precision in the resulting cuts. Because concrete coring generates an intense amount of heat, water is generally applied during the course of the cut. This helps to cool the bit and protect it against unwanted distortion caused by high temperature. Does concrete coring decrease a foundation’s strength? Given the intensive nature of concrete coring, it is reasonable to be concerned about its effect on a foundation’s structural stability. Fortunately, there is little to worry about where this is concerned. The width of the holes commonly produced in residential applications are small enough that they do not adversely affect the wall’s strength. Furthermore, those holes will not be left vacant for long. Any slight reduction of stability will be compensated once the pipe or fitting has been...

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Fiber Optic Cabling For Industrial Settings: Reasons To Make The Switch

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fiber Optic Cabling For Industrial Settings: Reasons To Make The Switch

As the owner and of an industrial business, it is important for you to recognize the benefits of technology for your business. Technology streamlines various aspects of your business ranging from communication to screening efficiency. For that reason, it is important that you are able to connect to and retrieve the information you need to keep your business running as smoothly as possible using fiber optics. In fact, there are a couple of reasons why your industry can benefit from the use of fiber optics. Noise Reduction Capabilities Industrial workplace settings tend to generate a lot of electromagnetic interference or EMI. Although EMI is typically a concern among employees with certain medical devices, consider the fact that it can also hinder your ability to connect to the internet when necessary for business purposes. Unfortunately, EMI can have a negative impact on copper cabling. Although copper cabling is quickly being replaced with improved cabling, such as fiber optic cabling, that is not to say it is obsolete. In fact, when it comes to the most consumed industrial metals throughout the world, copper ranks third. Even more interesting is the fact that an estimated 75% of that copper is used to make various items such as telecommunication cables. Considering that electromagnetic interference can have such a negative impact on the transmission of data, it is best to ensure that you have your copper cabling replaced as soon as possible with more advanced cabling. Luckily for you, fiber optic cable is not susceptible to EMI, meaning you can enjoy uninterrupted data transmission day and night for the benefit of your industrial business. Increased Data Protection Data is transferred through fiber optic cabling using light. Therefore, data is able to travel faster and more efficiently when using fiber optics compared to any other cable. Additionally, fiber optics are surrounded by a glass casing, which makes it harder to tap into. Should someone attempt to tap into the fiber optics line, it is likely that they would break the glass, which would then send an alert to the monitoring company. Of course, hackers can always intercept the signals that radiate from communication lines. Fortunately, fiber optic cables do not transmit the same electrical signals as copper or coaxial cables, therefore making it far more difficult to intercept. In other words, you can ensure the safety of data and information pertinent to the success of your industry. As an industrial business owner, it is important that you maintain security over your data, particularly related to finances and customer accounts. For that reason, it makes sense to upgrade your lines from either coaxial or copper to fiber optics. Fortunately, you can speak with a professional about the installation of fiber optic lines for your industry. A professional can highlight all of the benefits that you will receive when you make the...

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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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