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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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Tips To Lower Your Business’s Heating Costs

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Lower Your Business’s Heating Costs

There are many aspects to running a successful business, but one of the most basic is ensuring that your customers are comfortable in your establishment when it is cold. While commercial heating systems can keep your business at a comfortable temperature, they can require a tremendous amount of power to run. Fortunately, you can take a couple of steps to help improve the energy efficiency of your system, without impacting the comfort of your patrons: Consider Radiant Heating Forced air systems are among the more common options that business owners will choose, but it should be noted that radiant floor heating can provide some advantages. One of the more interesting is that this option will help ensure that your business is evenly heated. The heat will radiate from the floor upward, and this helps minimize heat loss to drafts or other sources. Another advantage to this type of system is that the hot water can often be used to heat the floors can be recycled and used in your business. This will help eliminate the need for a separate water heater, which can free up space while also reducing your overall energy usage.  Upgrade To An Active Solar System One of the best ways to reduce or even eliminate your heating costs is by upgrading to an active solar system. These utilize solar panels installed on the roof to harness the energy of the sun to power your heating system. While it may seem like this will be an expensive upgrade, there are tax rebates that you can use to offset this cost, and if you factor these rebates, this may actually be the more affordable option.  Another reason you may be avoiding this option is due to a concern that it will not work when the weather is bad. Fortunately, the wavelength of light used to power these panels is not blocked by clouds, and this ensure that you can have heat regardless of the outside weather. For overnight hours, there is a battery backup that can be used for these systems can be configured to draw power from the electric grid once the sun sets.  Lowering your business’s heating costs can be an effective way of lowering overhead and boosting profits. However, this is a task that may seem overwhelmingly complicated to many individuals, but if you consider making these two upgrades to your system, you may find that the energy requirements for heating your business drop drastically. Contact a company like Mercury Tec with any questions you...

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Important Metal Fabrication Questions Addressed

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Metal Fabrication Questions Addressed

There are many enterprises that will require the use of special tools and parts. While large corporations often have the internal resources to provide these items, the same can not be said for small businesses and startups. These enterprises will often have to use the services of a steel fabricator to have these items created. If this is the position your company is in, then there is a good chance that you may have a couple of questions that you need answered about the steel fabrication process.  How Is The Metal Cut? Some people may be concerned about using these services because they are under the impression that the metal used by these professionals will be extremely rough on the edges. This would make the device unsafe, which can increase your company’s civil liability if an accident happens. Luckily, this is usually not a problem that you have to worry about because these professionals have a variety of ways to ensure that the edge of the metal is as smooth as possible.  For example, one way of achieving this is by using laser or water cutting to form the metal. These techniques will leave a perfectly smooth edge. When the metal is too thick for this to be an option, most steel fabricators will sand and polish the exposed edges of metal to reduce the risk of someone accidentally cutting themselves.  What Do You Need To Get Started? Some people are under the impression that it is extremely difficult to start using these services. While it is true that this is a more intensive process that hiring many other professionals, it is not as complicated as many people may think. First, you will need to provide the fabricator with a design of the time you need crafted. This will allow them to determine whether they will be able to provide it and the cost of completing this work.  Once you have approved the quote, you will be required to pay a deposit for the work to be started. This is often a percentage of the final cost, but each fabricator can make their own rules for this. After paying this amount, the work will commence on your item, and you will not be required to pay the remainder until the project has been completed.  Using the services of a steel fabricator (such as Simko Industrial Fabricators) may be a necessity for your enterprise. If you are new to this type of task, it is important for you to understand that your final item will not have sharp edges of metal and the steps for having this work done because this can make sure that this process goes as smoothly as possible for...

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Is Your Concrete Sinking? Don’t Replace It, Slab Jack It!

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you notice the concrete on your property cracking, sinking or pulling away from walls, you may be thinking of having it torn up and replaced. While it is true that the concrete failed to do its job, that doesn’t mean it is a complete waste and needs to be replaced. Contact a professional concrete worker and ask about jack slabbing. This technique can be done without the need to demolish and remove the existing concrete. It is very helpful when the problem is in the foundation of your home. What is Slab Jacking and How is it Done? Slab Jacking is a technique done by masons or professional concrete workers to lift a fallen concrete slab that has sunk. Holes are drilled into the sunken pieces and then a grout mixture is pumped into the holes under low pressure. The pressure is monitored to ensure that the slab does not lift too quickly. If the slab is large, heavy or there is something heavy on it, the pressure is increased. As the grout solidifies, the slab on top of it is lifted. Once the slab is almost level, smaller holes may be drilled and filled with a thinner grout mix for added support. Benefits of Slab Jacking Slab jacking has a number of benefits over replacing the concrete in addition to making any structure on top of it safer and more structurally sound. It can be done in any weather with good results. Repairing the foundation is important to the structure of your home. Pouring new concrete in cold or inclement weather can lead to further problems with the slab. You do not have to remove anything on top of the slab. If you were to tear up the old concrete, you would have to jack up the house or building that sits on it. Your landscaping does not need to be destroyed. You may need to create a narrow path through any plants that are in the area, but this is not always necessary. It will depend on how close the plants are to the concrete. However, even if they are right against it, the professional may be able to reach over them to perform the procedure. Tearing up old concrete and bringing in a pump truck will do much more damage. When the concrete problem is part of a patio or driveway, having it repaired may not seem important. However, cracks and fallen areas can cause people to trip and fall, and may damage your vehicles. There is no reason to have the entire slab redone, just have it slab jacked. Talk to experts like T Luckey Sons Inc for more...

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Helping To Prevent Demolition Scrap Metal Theft

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you work for a demolition company, you may have noticed that some of the job sites you work at have less scrap metal available to recycle than when the project started. This may be because thieves have already taken some of the metal to try to cash in for a profit. This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed by the lot owner, as well as the demolition company. Here are some tips that can be used to help keep scrap metal out of thieves’ hands and onto your equipment to be recycled properly. Assess The Job Site When the demolition first occurs, check over the scrap metal piles to see how much material will be available for removal. Take pictures of the piles of scrap metal to keep on file in case a theft occurs. As you stack the pieces of metal, take inventory of the number of pieces put in each pile. Metal can also be weighed on an industrial scale to have an idea of the amount available for recycling. Knowing how much metal you have will help you determine if a theft has occurred when you cash it in for profit. Deter Theft From Occurring Since it may take a few days for the demolition to be done in full, scrap metal may need to stay on the property overnight before it can be brought for recycling. If you do not feel that signs or cameras watching the area are enough to deter thieves, strapping the metal down can help keep it from being stolen. This can be done by stacking up larger pieces of metal and bolting them down to a heavy item, making it difficult to haul away for an individual. Some demolition contractors will bring a locking cage to put on-site for this very reason. Chains can also be used to secure scrap metal pieces until the project is completed. Use temporary fencing around the perimeter of the demolition area to keep the metal out of view.  Make It Difficult To Cash In One way to stop thieves is to have them get caught in the act with stolen property. Mark scrap metal that needs to be removed at a later time with an inconspicuous marking using colored paint. If you notice any of the painted metal has been removed during off-hours, alert the police immediately. Ask them to alert all area scrap recycling centers, like Pure Metal Recycling, to be on the lookout for someone trying to trade in scrap metal with the same painted markings on them....

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3 Reasons To Use An Automatic Parking Barrier System For Your Factory Parking Lot

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When it comes to your manufacturing plant, you probably take safety and security very seriously. Keeping your factory — as well as your employees — safe should be a top priority, and one great place to start is with your parking lot. Luckily, a good parking barrier system can be used for this purpose. One of these systems can involve an “arm” that blocks entrance to your parking lot until each person who is coming onto your property enters a certain code into the accompanying system. If you haven’t yet thought about implementing one of these systems, these are a few reasons to consider it. 1. Save Money on Labor Costs Surprisingly, one great thing about using one of these systems is that you can save money on labor costs. You won’t need to have as many security guards on-site to keep an eye on your parking area, and you won’t have to hire a security guard to limit the access of people into your parking area. Instead, these things will be controlled by your automatic parking barrier system, which is sure to pay for itself in time. 2. Keep Employees Safe The safety of your employees should be important to you. Unfortunately, people can be attacked and robbed or otherwise injured when coming out to their cars after work. This can be especially true if your factory operates for 24 hours a day and has evening shifts, when your employees will be coming to and from work when it’s dark outside. Although safety should still be a top priority for employees as they are entering and leaving the building, controlling access to your parking lot can help you cut down on risks. 3. Prevent Vandalism and Theft Unfortunately, there are people out there who might be looking to break into employee cars, gain access to your building to commit a theft or who want to vandalize cars or your industrial building. Although this can’t be completely eliminated, restricting access to your parking area to employees only can help you greatly cut down on the chances of something like this happening. Plus, since there will be a controlled group of people on your property and in your parking area, you will be able to narrow down the suspects in the event that a crime does occur. If you have not yet considered one of these systems, you may want to look into one. These are just a few of the reasons why it can be beneficial. To learn more, contact a company like Eastco; Mfg Corp with any questions you...

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