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Using Etching Cream To Enhance The Appearance Of A Glass Railing

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Using Etching Cream To Enhance The Appearance Of A Glass Railing

If a plain glass railing is installed next to the staircase in your home and you want to enhance its appearance, you can create a unique design on its surface with etching cream. Once the design has been added, maintain the railing’s surface so that the design remains intact. Materials glass cleaner lint-free cloths soft-bristled scrub brush masking tape drop cloth rubber gloves etching cream disposable bowl plastic spoon stencils double-sided tape measuring tape foam brush artist’s paintbrush bucket of water trash bag Clean The Glass And Cover Hardware With Tape Clean the glass railing with glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth. If any stains are on the glass, use a soft-bristled scrub brush to loosen them. Wipe the railing off with a dry, clean cloth once any residue has been removed. Cover pieces of hardware that are connected to the railing with strips of masking tape so that they are not exposed to the etching cream. Place a drop cloth underneath the railing to collect any etching cream that accidentally spills as you are applying it.  Prepare The Etching Cream And Fill In The Stencils Protect your hands from chemicals that the cream is made out of with a pair of rubber gloves. Pour a bottle of etching cream into a disposable bowl. Mix the cream with a plastic spoon until it is an even consistency. Attach stencils to the railing with double-sided tape. Use a measuring tape to help you place the stencils in an even line. Apply a coat of etching cream to the end foam brush and fill in the stencils. If any of the stencils contain fine details, fill them in with an artist’s paintbrush. Wait a few minutes for the etching cream’s appearance to change to one that is hazy. Remove The Etching Cream And Other Materials Use a damp rag to remove the etching cream from the railing. Rinse the rag out and add more water to it once it becomes covered with cream. Carefully pull the stencils from the railing when you have finished. Remove the pieces of masking tape and drop cloth. Dispose of any materials that are covered with etching cream. Maintain the glass railing by cleaning it with mild detergent and a soft cloth when it becomes dirty. Avoid using any products that contain harsh chemicals. Carefully following these maintenance steps on a regular basis will preserve the appearance of the etched design. For more information about railings, visit Incom...

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Three Tips To Help You Get More Money When Scrapping For Extra Cash

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips To Help You Get More Money When Scrapping For Extra Cash

With the market prices of metals on the rise, you may want to consider cashing in on some scrap metal. Everything from old appliances to junk cars can be turned in for a handful of dollar bills. If you want to get the most from your efforts, you may want to understand a little bit more about scrap metals and the materials that are the most valuable. Here are a few tips to help you get the most for your scrapping adventures: 1. Setting Aside All The Copper And Brass When recycling metal, the copper and brass fittings will be some of the most valuable materials. You want to make sure that you separate all these materials. Copper can be found in plumbing and motors is used for many different electrical devices. You can find the brass fittings in many different pipe connections. You will want to have a pile of the dense brass, which is heavy and will add up quickly because of its weight. Separate the yellow and red colored brass because the red materials have a higher copper content. 2. Separate The Non-Ferrous Steel That Is More Valuable You may be tempted to throw all the steel materials into one pile. It is a good idea to look at steel closely because the non-ferrous steel can be much more valuable. Many commercial materials contain stainless steel, which is much more valuable than raw metals. If you want to get the most for your efforts, make sure you separate these materials from the common metals before you recycle them. 3. Know Where Aluminum Is Used Instead Of Steel Aluminum is another material that you can find in many things that contain steel. It is often used for lightweight parts in commercial machinery. You can also find aluminum in many car parts. If you are disassembling something like a car, check the parts to see if they are made of aluminum. In cars, this is often things like heads, transmissions and small engine blacks. For machinery, aluminum can be found in things like casings, manifolds and other parts. These are some tips that can help you get a little more from your scrap recycling efforts. If you are ready to take your metal in for recycling, contact a recycling center and talk with them about their recycling programs and how they can help you get cash for the scrap materials you have...

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Three Solutions To Correct House Settling On Soft Soils

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Solutions To Correct House Settling On Soft Soils

Settling foundations can cause many problems with your home. For a basement or crawl space, these problems can lead to water damage. The settling can also cause serious structural problems and other damage. This can be in the form of doors and windows being out of plumb or it can be cracks in drywall. Here are some of the solutions to help deal with settling homes on soft soils: 1. Tensioned Concrete To Even Out The Foundation Settling There are many problems that you can have with your foundation. The problems can be due to uneven settling in soft soils. If your home is on a concrete slab, one way to fix this problem is with tensioned concrete. This is where steel cables are installed beneath the slab and tension is applied to them. This will prevent the uneven settling of your home and allow it to settle evenly. Tensioned cables will make your home settle as one solid piece, instead of certain areas settling more than others. 2. Soil Grouting To Shore Faulty Footings Causing Foundation Settling Soil grouting is another way that a foundation can be repaired to fix settling. This is the process of mixing soil with a cement mixture to prevent settling under heavy loads. This is often done for heavy commercial buildings, but it can also be done for homes that have deep, soft soils where other solutions may not be enough to prevent settling. This can be a good alternative for foundations where tensioned concrete cannot be used, such as a home on a basement with soft soil beneath the foundation. This is a system that can help strengthen the structure and foundation of your home to prevent further settling. 3. Pier Systems And Foundation Pinning To Support A Settling Structure Another solution to help support a settling home is installing piers or foundation underpinning. This is where the area of the home that is settling is jacked up and pier systems are installed beneath the foundation. These can be used for many types of foundations. Foundation underpinning is also used to correct problems with foundations that were built with poor footings. The underpinning can be used to support the area of your home where structural loads are causing settling and damage. If your home has a settling problem, contact a foundation contractor such as T. Luckey Sons Inc, and ask them about foundation underpinning for your...

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Fixing Commercial Sliding Door Problems On Your Own

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fixing Commercial Sliding Door Problems On Your Own

If you are having issues with the automatic sliding doors at the entrance of your business, you need to act fast. Waiting for repairs to be made could end up costing you a lot of business. Below, you will find a few troubleshooting tips to help you pinpoint the issue and solve the problem yourself. Chiming Door Alarm Before you do anything else, try the reset button. The reset button should easily be found on the sides or top of the door. Press the button and hold it for about 30 seconds. This will cause the computer in the door to reset. In many cases, this will fix the problem, but if not, call professional help. Door Not Getting Power If the doors aren’t getting any power, the first thing to check is the circuit breaker. The door should be on its own breaker, so it will be easy to see if the breaker has been tripped or not. If it has been tripped, flip it back to the on position. If the breaker is in the on position, try flipping it off for a few seconds and then turn it back on. Check for power. If that didn’t restore power, call for professional assistance. You could have a bad wire or connection somewhere that needs attention immediately.   Rough Movements Sliding doors are designed to move smoothly. If they don’t slide open and closed smoothly, there is something that needs to be addressed. To try to fix the problem yourself, follow these steps: 1. Turn off the power at the breaker panel. 2. Open and close the doors manually, looking for signs of resistance in the movement of the door. If you feel resistance, debris could be built up in the tracks, preventing the smooth movement. Be very careful to not pinch your fingers. 3. Examine the tracks for loose weather stripping, grease buildup, and debris. Try cleaning the tracks well, but if your particular model of sliding door requires a lubricant in the track, be sure to relubricate it after it is clean. Try the door. If this didn’t fix the problem, continue on. 4. Check the positioning of the door. Feel around the doors with your hands. There needs to be a bit of space between the door and the walls that it slides between. If the door is misaligned, it will put excess pressure on the entire system and cause the door to slide unevenly. This can cause premature motor failure and the rough movements you are seeing. 5. The last issue that could be causing the rough movements is if the floors or walls are warped. Use a level to check that the floor and walls have not warped or bowed. If they have, you will need professional assistance to make the repair. Talk with a local commercial door sales and repair technician, like from Steel Doors, for further assistance resolving any issues you are having with your commercial sliding...

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3 Reasons Why Road Dust Suppression Is Important

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons Why Road Dust Suppression Is Important

Road dust, it’s unpleasant and it destroys roads. Guarding roads against it is critical to the safety of all motorists and to an extent the residents near dusty roads. Luckily, technology has afforded you the ability to quell road dust in its tracks and stop it from being a problem. Here are some reasons why using a road dust suppression system benefits everyone. Road Dust Contributes To Road Decay No one likes driving on a worn down road and if road dust is present for a long enough time, the road is sure to start wearing down rapidly. As the fine top layer of the asphalt is worn away, the load bearing aggregate will soon follow. As a result, this causes things like potholes and all other manner of unsafe road conditions. By using a road suppression system, the road is kept wet and this keeps the particles of the asphalt bound tightly together even in the hottest of conditions. This results in less maintenance and money saving that would otherwise be spent on costly spot repairs and blading. Road Dust Is Hazardous To Vehicles Given that the road breaks down over time, any road with a copious amount of dust is sure to result in lots of body damage to vehicles. Loose gravel ends up being tossed around by tires and can shatter headlights and windshields, as well as the gradual stripping away of paint from a car’s body. However, road dust poses another risk to motorist as well, as it can drastically reduce visibility and in turn make it harder for motorist to respond to sudden changes in traffic which of course can result in more accidents.  Road Dust Makes Residential Life Unpleasant Another annoyance of road dust is that once it’s airborne it’ll end up swiftly traveling in the wind to residential areas. This can be disastrous for people with asthma or other respiratory troubles as road dust can aggravate these conditions. On top of affecting people that already have respiratory problems, it also makes otherwise healthy individuals more prone to developing them as well as inhaling the unclean air that upsets the lungs. Road dust is also quite capable of turning any area into a place that is simply unpleasant to be in, creating a steady haze of oppressive dusty fog which can prevent families from enjoy their lawns. All-in-all, there is simply no reason not to invest in a road dust suppression system since there are likely no downsides to doing so. To learn more, contact a company like GMCO...

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3 Must Have Supplies For Flipping Mobile Homes

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Must Have Supplies For Flipping Mobile Homes

Flipping homes is nothing new, but an increasing number of companies are flipping abandoned and foreclosed mobile homes for profit. Some of these mobile homes need minor work, like painting and carpeting, while others need major overhauls. If you have decided to take on a mobile home in the effort to flip it and create a profit, then there are a few mobile home supplies that are must-haves for your new endeavor. HVAC Tools One of the areas of a mobile home that may require a total overhaul is the air conditioning system. If the system is still functioning, you may find that there are some problems that range from broken fans to clogged filters and grates. If this is the case, you’ll need to have some basic HVAC tools on hand. These tools should include a hand crimper for replacing and fitting new sheet metal covers, extra vent kits to replace outdoor vents that may have been damaged due to weather, furnace kits that are designed to save energy and prevent air leaks from occurring. These are basic, but will allow you to fix most of the noticeable furnace and HVAC issues with most mobile home units. Drywall Tools You may find that there is significant damage to some of the drywall in the home. This could be due to holes in the drywall that need to be patched, rips in the drywall from nails or poorly hung items, and water damage. This means you will need to replace the drywall or, at the very least, repair it. Having basic drywall tools on hand is imperative for the success of your interior repairs and upgrades. Some of these tools may include a drywall trowel, sander, and drywall nails. Having these on hand will make the minor repairs go smoothly and help to make some major repairs if needed. Tarps and Safety Equipment One thing you may overlook while you are gathering your tools and equipment are tarps and safety items. Tarps are a necessity for anyone handling a house flip, and especially for a mobile home flip where drywall is used exclusively throughout the home. You will need to prevent the dust caused by drywall from getting on the carpet, into the cabinets, electrical equipment, or air duct work. You will also need to have safety glasses, gloves, and bins for the safe removal of items from the mobile home. Though these are important for any house flip, they become especially important for the safe removal of water damaged items like drywall that can capture mold and mildew. These are just three of the must have mobile home supplies you should consider for your mobile home flip. You can also visit your local mobile home supply warehouse for project ideas and ways to upgrade the home to give you the most return value....

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Enclosed Utility Trailers – Making Flea Market Selling Easier

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Enclosed Utility Trailers – Making Flea Market Selling Easier

Selling at local flea markets can be a lot of fun and bring a little extra cash into the household. Unfortunately, it comes with the challenge of packing, loading and storing all of the things that you will sell. If you love selling at flea markets and want to make things easier for yourself, consider buying an enclosed utility trailer. How can an enclosed utility trailer make things easier? Think about how much space all of your inventory takes up around your house or in your garage. Now, think about how much time you spend loading and unloading the inventory. Buying and using an enclosed utility trailer will void the need to store the inventory in your home and load it into your vehicle each weekend. Instead of struggling with everything before you can head to the flea market, you simply hitch the trailer to the back of your vehicle and hit the road. What if you don’t have a place to park a utility trailer at your home? This is the case for many people, but that doesn’t count you out of the ability to use a utility trailer to make your life a little easier. Instead of hauling the trailer home, lease a spot or unit at a local storage facility. Outdoor parking spots don’t cost a whole lot to rent each month. If you shop around, you can get an outdoor parking spot at an RV or general storage facility for as little as $20 a month. How do you pack the utility trailer to make your set up easiest? One of the most important things to remember when packing your utility trailer is to keep the bulk of the weight on the end with the hitch. If you load the heavy stuff at the back of the trailer, it could put too much tension on the hitch and cause difficulties handling the vehicle or damaging the hitch. Now, use bins that you can stack securely on top of each other. Load the totes to the sides of the trailer leaving an open space in the center. This opening can be used to slide your tables and displays into the trailer after you have packed up all of the inventory off of them. This way, when you go to set up the next time, your tables and displays are easily removed and set up, so that you can get right to work setting out your merchandise. An enclosed utility trailer may seem like a big expense, but having an easier time loading, unloading and storing your inventory, you can add more inventory to your display each week. Talk with your local trailer sales professional to learn more about size options for you to choose from. If you don’t feel an enclosed utility trailer is necessary for your needs, you can opt for an open utility trailer...

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3 Tips for Recycling Industrial Batteries

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips for Recycling Industrial Batteries

If your manufacturing plant or other industrial business uses large-scale batteries on a daily basis, you might battle with the best method for getting rid of these batteries when you can no longer use them. You probably want to get rid of batteries in the most eco-friendly manner possible, and luckily, there are a few great options. Try one of these three ideas for recycling your plant’s batteries, and you won’t have to worry as much about your company’s impact on the environment. 1. Reuse Them Even though your industrial batteries might be worn out, you shouldn’t assume that they are no longer usable. In many cases, batteries can be repaired and can be used for much longer if you know what to do. Try cleaning away any corrosion, replacing battery cables if necessary and adding water after charging. In some cases, you might be able to continue to use your batteries for daily use, or you might want to keep them on hand for emergency situations. 2. Contact Your Waste Management Provider Your factory probably puts out a lot of other waste, and you probably have a waste management service provider who helps you dispose of this waste on a regular basis. Don’t just toss your used batteries into the garbage bin, however; instead, ask your waste management provider about how to get rid of your industrial batteries. In many cases, these companies will get rid of used batteries correctly, and you might not be charged a high fee if you already do business with the company. 3. Ask a Local Battery Store Ask your local battery store about disposal options for old batteries. Most of these stores have programs in place that help business owners and individuals to get rid of the batteries that they don’t need anymore. You might be charged a small fee for each battery that you get rid of, but many of these companies will waive or reduce the fee if you purchase your replacement batteries from them. This means that you can take care of two things at once while feeling good about how you are disposing of your used batteries. As you can see, there are a few different ways to recycle industrial batteries. Reuse the batteries, contact a waste management provider, or ask a battery store so that you can worry less about whether or not you are disposing of your industrial batteries...

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Important Safety Considerations For Your Crane Operations

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You should always prioritize safety on your construction sites, particularly when you’re working with cranes. It is essential that you take every possible precaution to keep yourself and your workers protected from injuries that can be caused by improper crane operation. Here are a few crane safety tips for when you’re trying to establish safe crane-operating procedures. Build an Operation Routine Every job site that you establish needs to have a statement of operations in place. This statement should illustrate the required steps for all complex and significant procedures. One of the most important things you can include in this statement is the necessary procedures for crane operation. By putting routines in place and into writing, it eliminates any guesswork about how the crane operations should be handled. Don’t overlook the importance of your signing, signaling and flagging requirements. You’ll need these illustrated for everybody as well. Putting these in clear print is the only way to ensure that everyone is on the same page and there are no miscommunications when it matters most. Place Emphasis on Planning Before you put a crane in motion on a job site of any kind, you need to make sure that your staff is taking the necessary time to plan. Walk through the entire route and plan the process step-by-step to ensure that there are no hazards or obstacles along the way. Mark the path clearly so that you can ensure that it is kept clear, because this will help to ensure safety. By walking the route in this manner, you’ll also be able to identify where you’ll have to place spotters and signalers. Require Timely Safety Inspections Before you clear the cranes for service every day, make sure that they undergo a thorough safety evaluation. If possible, have a licensed crane operator conduct the inspections so that you can be sure that no details are missed. Require thorough reports for each inspection so that you have documentation of them in case of a problem. A few of the things that you want to be sure to check are the boom, shackles and cables. Test each of the lights, the hand tool movements and the brakes. You should even check the horn. Ensure that everything is functioning as it is intended to. As you can see, there is more to keeping your crane operation crew safe than just issuing directives. Make sure that your safety procedures are followed on a daily basis, including inspections and proper operating routines. To learn more, contact American Equipment...

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Customizing Sheet Metal For Data Center Use

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re using a lot of different computer system brands or bringing in equipment from clients, you may not be able to fit everything inside a standardized rack. A lot of the screw placement designs, protective encasement and connections may be in different places, leaving you with a lot of unused space or completely useless equipment racks. Instead of throwing the old racks away or buying new racks for every individual system, consider a few ways that a sheet metal fabrication team can help you solve most problems with custom units. Standardization Woes For Rack Mounting Most servers, network devices and other data center devices are designed to be loaded onto a standard 19 inch rack, but the standard doesn’t hold true as much as it used to. With technology becoming smaller, and new technology companies looking to break away from previous generations, smaller and more customized sizes have entered the market. Unfortunately, these companies may not sell all of the network devices you need, leaving you with different device sizes for different purposes that must be connected to the same rack. Instead of buying different sized racks and putting them next to each other, a sheet metal fabrication team can build adapters to make the different devices fit into the same rack more easily. Devices that are too small can be attached to plates or put inside cases that are big enough to be attached to the rail guides and beams of the server rack. If your devices are too big, an angled mount can be designed to make as much use of the smaller space as possible. For devices with moving parts such as hard drives, you may want to have a sheet metal fabrication team design a rack for the larger devices and then compensate for your smaller devices. It’s easier to go down in size than up. Customized Security Containers Digital security isn’t the only concern from data centers. If hackers can’t get in through hacking outside of your data center, the threat may come from within. If you need to lock down certain ports on computers and servers or want to restrict physical computer use, you’ll need a locking system that allows easy access for actual workers while keeping unsavory types out. A sheet metal fabrication team can design a case with locking panels that cover the important parts of a server, such as the power button, USB ports, network connections and other ports. If someone needs to access certain areas, a lock and key system can be used for temporary access. For more information, contact J&E Metal Fabricators or a similar...

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