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3 Welding Accessories That Can Keep You Safe And Improve Your Work

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you do welding and metal fabrication for a living, having the right equipment is essential. This also includes some of the gear that you need to stay safe. These are also things that can get worn out and need replacing, as well as somethings that can help improve your work. If you want to stay safe when doing your job and do the best work, here are some of the welding accessories that you will want to have in your tool chest: 1. Keeping Yourself Safe And Cool With Light Welding Clothing The first thing that you want to do is protect yourself from things like burns that can come from metal and sparks. This is why you want to have welding clothing to wear while you are working. Sometimes, work conditions can be extremely hot, which is why you may want to invest in some lighter welding pants and shirts that are not as heavy as more conventional overalls that you may wear in a shop. This is ideal for workers that do not always work out of a shop and make have to go to a jobsite to do metal fabrication work. 2. Stay Safe From Fire With Welding Blankets To Protect Flammable Materials  With metal fabrication, a spark or piece of hot metal can quickly start a fire. Sometimes, the welding you are doing may be near flammable materials like a wood surface or other natural materials. To prevent fire and keep yourself safe, having several welding blankets in your tool box is a good idea. These are fire resistant drop clothes for welding that can be placed over flammable materials while work is being done. 3. Hand Lifters And Fixtures To Safely Handle Materials That You Are Working With There are also dangers that can come from handling materials, which you do not want to be holding in your hand while you are working. To handle heavy materials like sheets of steel, a hand lifter can make your job a lot easier. For smaller steel parts that you want to hold in position, you will want to have various fixtures that can be adjust to hold pieces in their place while you are welding them. If you want to do the best at your job and stay safe, consider adding some of these items to your tool box. You can contact a welding equipment supplier to get these items and other materials you need to do your best metal fabrication work. For assistance, talk to a professional like Wayne Oxygen & Welding Supply Co...

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Worried About Problems During 3rd Shift? Prepare For The Unexpected

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you run a manufacturing company and you have a hard time finding the help that you need when something goes wrong at the property during the third shift hours, it’s time to sit down and do some research. You want to know that you have a team of professionals that can help when needed and that you can depend on professional assistance when your line is down or when there is a security issue. Here are a few of the things that you want to look into getting set up for the property. Around the Clock Security If people are always walking in and out of the building for shift changes, and you worry about emergencies that happen during third shift, you may want to consider having an around the clock security professional working at the property. You can hire a company that will send someone for the shift, or you can hire specific professionals that are licensed and trained to do the work for you. This person should be trained to handle all issues from someone not following work policies and protocol to subduing an intruder meaning to do harm to others in the building. Industrial Repair Contract   Do you have a business that runs a third shift, and you can’t afford to have the machinery down during this time? Find a local industrial repair company that can agree to offer you around the clock maintenance and mechanical services when it’s needed. Not only will they be your go-to company when you have issues that need fixed during the day, but they will also guarantee to have someone on call to help you at all times. This person should be able to work on the machines and other mechanical mishaps that can happen throughout the workplace. Once you have contracts in place, the staff will expect the security professionals to be there, and the floor managers will know who to call when something goes wrong with a machine. The more prepared you are for a problem, the easier it will be to manage the situation. If you have an upset employee that is coming into the property with ill intentions, having security can prevent a disastrous outcome. If you can’t afford to have your line down for the night because a machine stops working, having service professionals to get it repaired right away will save you time. Contact an industrial repair service like E J Painting & Fiberglass to learn about their availability for third shift...

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How To Replace Your Furnace Filter And Surrounding Area

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Does it seem like your AC system doesn’t have the airflow that it used to have? If so, there could be several factors contributing to this. One of the most common things that will reduce the airflow of the central AC system is a dirty furnace filter. Some people don’t realize that a clogged, improperly installed, or missing furnace filter will actually affect the efficiency of the heater and air conditioner. This article explains how to replace your furnace filter and clean the surrounding area to ensure that this element is not hampering the productivity of your heating and air conditioning system. Locating and Replacing Your Furnace Filter First, you need to locate your furnace filter. The filter is actually located outside of the main furnace cabinet. You can easily identify it because it is wedged into a small slot in between the intake ducts and the sidewall of the cabinet. The intake ducts are usually quite large, so you can easily follow them from the wall, directly to the filter. Once you find the filter, you should be able to slide it right out of the compartment. Some compartments have a protective flap or panel. However, you usually don’t need any tools to remove this panel. Pull the filter out and inspect it. If it is caked in dust and dirt, you should just throw it away. Even if it only has a small amount of dust buildup, it is usually easier to just buy a new one anyway because filters are so affordable. If your filter does look like it is brand new and perfectly white, you can put it back in place. However, before you replace your filter, you should clean out the compartment. It is not uncommon for dirt and dust buildup around the hinges and edges of the filter compartment. You can usually thoroughly clean this area out with a basic hose vacuum. You might also be able to wipe it out with a damp rag if you can put your hand inside. Regardless, you might need to use a flashlight so you can actually see inside the compartment. Cleaning Your Motor If your filter was especially dirty, it is worth looking inside the actual furnace cabinet so you can inspect the motor. The furnace filter is largely responsible for keeping dust off of the motor. But, if the filter is not working, the dust can get through and clog the motor. If your motor is especially dirty, just try to clean it off with a hose vacuum and brush attachment. But, to do this, you should completely shut off the power to your furnace for safety. As you can see, maintaining your furnace filter is not that difficult. Your filter should probably be cleaned or replaced every couple of...

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Landscape To Make Your Rental Property More Inviting To Families

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Rental properties that look homey and inviting can attract tenants like families with children. Your rental property’s landscaping can help target these tenants if it’s properly installed. The following tips will help you make your home’s landscaping as home-like and welcoming as possible. Install Garden Beds Installing designated garden beds for flowers and shrubs makes the yard look orderly and well-planned. To install garden beds, dig up the soil and remove all weeds and grass. Put down layers of fertile commercial garden soil to make the conditions favorable for plant growth. Line the beds with rocks, bricks or pavers. Add Color Colorful plants make your property look bright and cheerful. Plant multi-colored flowers like pansies and petunias and, if possible, colorful shrubs (like red-twig dogwood shrubs, which have bright red twigs for winter color) that will draw attention to your property and make it stand out from others. Avoid Toxic Plants Some plants are toxic when ingested and are therefore a threat to small children and pets. Common examples of toxic plants to be avoided in the landscaping include holly and oleander, but there are many different types of plants that are poisonous when touched or ingested. If you’re not sure which plants are poisonous and which plants are not, read all labels before purchasing plants, and talk to a professional landscaper or customer service attendant at a local nursery. Make Shade Shade-producing trees and shrubs can make your lawn a more inviting place to sit and relax. If your rental property has no trees or shrubs on the property, plant at least one specimen that will cast some shade on the lawn. Decorate the Path to the Front Door Decorating the path to the front door will help draw the eye of visitors and possible tenants up to the entrance of the home, which can make the home seem more welcoming. To do this, line the path with small flowers or decorative stones. Keep the path well-swept and clean. Mulch Mulch is a weed suppressant and helps hold moisture in the soil. Mulch is also attractive because it makes the soil look uniform and orderly. Mulching around the garden beds will make your garden beds look more well-tended. Choose a mulch that’s been dyed red or deep brown to add more color to your property’s lawn. Residential landscaping is an art. If you’re not comfortable doing your own residential landscaping, talk to a landscaper, such as one from The Hilltop Landscape Architects & Contractors. He or she can give you a quote for...

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Remove And Replace Broken Clay Tiles On Your Garage’s Roof

Posted by on Jul 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If windy conditions have caused a large tree limb to fall onto your garage’s clay tile roof and a couple of the roofing pieces have cracks in their surface, remove and replace them by completing the following steps. Once you have completed the repair, the roof will look as well as it did before the damage occurred. Trim tree branches that overhang the garage’s roof to minimize the risk of damage in the future. Materials ladder metal pry bar hammer wire brush putty knife lawn and garden sprayer water hose industrial-strength detergent roofing tile adhesive foam brush roofing nails nail gun Remove The Damaged Tiles And Clean The Roof Use a metal pry bar to remove the broken tiles from the rooftop. The back of a hammer can be used to remove any nails that are holding the roofing materials in place. Move a wire brush back and forth over dried tile adhesive that remains on the roof’s surface. The edge of a putty knife can be inserted under edges of the dried adhesive to help loosen it. Make a cleaning solution by filling a lawn and garden sprayer’s tank almost to the top with water. Add a small amount of industrial-strength detergent to the tank. Mix the items that make up the cleaning solution until they are sudsy. Carry the sprayer up the ladder. Point its nozzle at each spot that is missing a tile and apply plenty of the cleaning solution to the roof’s surface. Use a wire brush to scrub the roof. Afterwards, rinse the soapy solution with water and wait for the roof to dry. Secure Replacement Tiles And Minimize The Risk Of Further Damage Use a foam brush to apply an even layer of roofing tile adhesive to the back of each replacement tile. Line up a clay tile in each spot on the roof that is missing one and press them all down firmly against the roof’s surface until they stick. Use a hammer or nail gun to insert nails in the corners of each tile to further secure all of the tiles. The roofing adhesive will take several hours to dry. Once this occurs, the roof will be restored to the state it was in before the damage occurred. To reduce the chance of damage in the future, trim branches on trees that are growing near the garage. If any debris does fall onto the rooftop, remove it promptly and inspect the roofing materials for damage so that repairs can be made in a timely manner. For professional help, contact a company like GBS Enterprises...

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3 Serious Signs It’s Time To Invest In Garage Door Repairs

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Having an automatic garage door can make accessing your home a lot easier. While garage doors can provide convenience and security, they can also pose a significant safety risk when they begin to wear out. In order to keep your family safe, knowing when to repair your existing garage door is a must. Here are three serious signs that might indicate it’s time to invest in garage door repairs. 1. Your garage door shakes when closing. A functional garage door should open and close smoothly. If you notice that your garage door has started to shake when it is closing, this could be a sign that there are serious problems with some of the parts associated with your garage door. Shaking can be caused by tension springs that have started to wear out or by rollers that have started to lock up. With the average 16-foot wide by 7-foot high garage door weighing in at about 280 pounds, you will want to have a qualified technician look at your shaking garage door before faulty parts cause it to fall unexpectedly and potentially injure someone. 2. Your garage door closes crooked. A garage door that isn’t fully closing on one side could signal a serious problem that needs to be addressed by a professional technician. Usually when a garage door is sitting crooked in the closed position, it is a sign that either the cable or spring (or both) has broken. Since both the cable and spring play critical roles in helping your garage door stay fully open, unrepaired cables or springs could cause your garage door to drop suddenly, resulting in a serious injury to you or a family member. 3. Your garage door makes a lot of noise when opening or closing. If you notice that your garage door is noisier than usual when you are opening or closing it, calling a repair professional is a good idea. A loose chain, rollers that need to be lubricated, or the need for anti-vibration pads could all be to blame for a noisy garage door. By contacting a repair technician like Callahan Door and Window to evaluate your door, you will be able to determine if serious repairs (or just minor maintenance) are needed. Your garage door can easily become dangerous if you don’t take the time to identify when repairs are needed. Noticing a shaking door, a crooked door, or a noisy door can help you get the repairs you need to keep your garage door functional and safe in the...

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The Advantages Of A Carport

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If your poor car, truck, or SUV has to sit outside all year in the elements, you would probably give much to have a garage. However, if your home was not originally designed with one, constructing one can be a major expense. Also, you may simply not have the room for such an addition. If so, you may be able to solve your problem with the addition of a carport. Space Since a carport is attached to your home and is often open-sided, it tends to take up less space than a full garage. If you really have limited room, you can have a one-car carport added to the side, front, or back of your home. Adding a free-standing garage will take much more room and cost more. Constructing a carport allows you to preserve as much of your yard as possible. Protection A carport protects you and your vehicle from the weather. Of course, you are happier when you do not have to get out in the rain or snow to reach your vehicle. For older people or those with a disability, having a carport is an important safety measure that can keep them from falling.  Your vehicle also benefits from this protection. When the exterior of your vehicle is shielded from extreme weather and temperatures, it looks better and retains more of its resale value. Also, the sun’s powerful UV rays can take its toll on your vehicle’s paint job, something potential buyers are quite sensitive to. Versatility If your home has limited space, adding a carport can also give you more room for storage or family activities. When the weather is hot, your children can use the shaded area to keep cool while they play outside, allowing you some peace and quiet. You can also store bikes, motorcycles, or other recreational vehicles there. A carport simply gives you more room to live in addition to providing shelter for your car or truck. A carport is a good investment for many people who lack a garage. It may make your home more attractive to homebuyers if you decide to sell your property in the future. Many people are reluctant to buy a home without this type of shelter. In the short-term, you will benefit from the added space and the protection it offers you and your car. Find a contractor that is licensed, bonded, and insured, and consult with them about what carport options are available to you....

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A Close Look At The Advantages Of Frameless Glass Balcony Railings

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

While most homeowners will go with the traditional look of wood or metal railing for the balcony of their home, there is one other choice that often gets skipped over. From the assumption that it is easier to break to the myth that glass is hard to maintain, frameless glass railings really do get an unfair reputation. However, if you are looking for the right railing for your home, you may want to take a second look at glass railings. There are a handful of advantages that come along with this seamless railing you do not want to miss as a homeowner.  Glass railings open up your view to the rest of the neighborhood.  Perhaps you have an ideal view of the skyline of the city or a picturesque scene from your balcony. If you love the view from your balcony, then frameless glass railing is an excellent choice. The seamless design does not contain bulky framing or slats that get in the way of a good view. In fact, your balcony can be made to feel bigger simply because the clear view seems to open up the space. Glass railing is held in place with slim brackets and center posts or panels that are low profile.  Glass railings for your balcony mean extra safety.  The traditional slats and bars of wood and metal leave gaps of open areas between each rail that can be a safety concern. Even though the railing may not be wide enough to allow a child to fit through, they could easily slide through their arms or legs, or even worse– climb over the railing completely. A glass railing system provides a solid layer of protection for the balcony with no gaps or open areas to be concerned about if you have children. Furthermore, it is nearly impossible for little hands and feet to climb up on the glass panels.  Frameless glass railings are durable and resilient. The glass panels that are used in railing systems are designed in much the same way that the glass in your vehicle is, with heavy layers  in between to prevent shattering. This layered type of glass is highly resilient with the ability to withstand obscene amounts of pressure or force. While a large limb coming down on traditional wooden railing would likely cause a lot of damage, it would not be unlikely for glass railings to still be standing. Contact a supplier like California Reflections for more information....

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Building A New Efficient Home: Which HVAC Appliances Are A Must-Have

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are building a new home, you have the opportunity to start living in it with the most energy efficient HVAC appliances on the market. You’ll want to talk with your building contractor, and a local HVAC service provider, to ensure that you get the best appliances on the market. This will help you save money, and it improves the value of your home. Here are a few of the latest HVAC features you want to consider for your property. Geothermal Heating and Cooling Geothermal heating and cooling units offer an alternative and efficient way for you to heat and cool your home, opposed to a traditional furnace or central air conditioning unit. Each unit will pull heat from the ground and the atmosphere to help keep the house warm in the winter, and it eliminates hot and humid air in the summer to cool the space down. This also prevents a muggy or damp feeling in the summer. In some areas, a geothermal heat pump can be used in place of a furnace or air conditioner. In other areas where temperatures are extremely hot or cold, it can work with your appliances to make energy consumption more efficient. Tankless Water Heating A tankless water heater can work more than 30 percent more efficiently than the older style tank water heater, and if you install a tankless unit at each faucet you can save even more. This unit heats water when you are using it, it doesn’t heat water during the day when water isn’t being used.    Wireless Controls and Programming Controlling your thermostat wirelessly is an option you want to have in your new home, and it will save you money. If the temperature for the day doesn’t get as cold as expected, you can turn the thermostat up so the appliances are working as hard to heat the home. If you are going to be home hours later than you thought, you can change the time you have the thermostat set to get the house comfortable for you. Not all programmable units are the same, so choose one of the best options on the market.  With great insulation and great HVAC appliances, it can be easy to heat and cool your home at a low cost. This is going to help you reduce energy consumption to preserve the natural resources around you, and put money back into your pockets after building the new home. For further assistance, contact local water heater...

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Say Au Revoir To Puddles With A French Drain

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Is water collecting in inconvenient places in your yard? Does water pool around your foundation, getting into your basement and causing damage? Are you simply sick of looking at puddles on your property every time it rains? You can solve a lot of your puddle problems by installing a French drain. Here are some reasons why a French drain could be the right choice for you.  A French Drain Can Add to Your Landscaping A French drain is really nothing more than a ditch dug in your yard with pipes inside to move water where you want it to go. The pipes have small holes where rain water can collect. French drains are usually covered with rocks or pebbles and can look very nice in your yard.  Use your French drain as a border to a flower bed or along a walking path.  A French Drain Can Be Hidden If you don’t want the French drain to be obvious to onlookers, you can have it installed within your foundation. This keeps the water from gathering against your foundation and leaking into your basement.  A French Drain Can Irrigate Your Garden Use your French drain to take that excess rain water exactly where you want it to go. Use the pipes to send water to create your own irrigation system for a vegetable garden. You will save money and time when you can avoid having to water your garden as often.  A French Drain Can Save Water Use less water in your home by collecting excess rain water through a French drain. At the end of your french drain, add a water barrel. You will simply make a hole in the water barrel and allow the pipe to run directly into it. You can use the rain water for a variety of outdoor purposes like watering grass or giving water to pets. This saves your household water for internal use and lowers your water bills.  A French drain is a great choice for homeowners who have trouble with water gathering in puddles around the yard, making it difficult to use the space for play or other activities. Standing water can also be damaging to a home and property, and a French drain is an easy and inexpensive option when solving problems associated with water collecting in the wrong places. Take advantage of this practical and attractive choice by having a French drain installed on your property.  For French drain installation, contact a company such as SplashAway...

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Automatic Garage Door Not Opening And Closing? Maybe One Of These Things Is To Blame

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Automatic garage doors are a great addition to any home. They are convenient and add a sense of aesthetic appeal to any home. While you expect them to work fine at all times, there comes a time when you are going to have to do a few repairs to them to keep them in proper working condition. If your garage door doesn’t seem to be opening and closing properly, there are a few different things that might be to blame. Start by checking the three areas below out. Sensors. On either side of your garage door, there are sensors. Those sensors have an invisible beam that runs between them letting them know that it is safe to close the door down. If something is blocking that sensor and interrupting the beam, your door isn’t going to shut. Make sure there is nothing in the way of the beam first and try again. If that doesn’t work, you might need to clean the sensors to get rid of any dirt, dust and debris. Once your sensor is clean, you should be good to go. When all else fails, you might just need to replace the sensor itself to get your unit back to working properly. Remote. The remote control is often one of the simplest problems to correct. Typically, the problem lies with dead batteries. Just replace the batteries and you are often back in business. However, there is also the chance that someone hit the main control panel for the garage door and caused it to be stuck in a different mode than where you need it. You have to push the button to reactivate the garage door and begin using the remote once again. Springs. If the springs are worn, it will cause the door to struggle to open and close. This can be quite dangerous as the springs could end up breaking and the door could come crashing down on someone who might be walking underneath of the door at the time. To best prevent this from happening, you need to have all of the garage door components inspected at least once every year to check for signs of wear and parts that need to be replaced. By going through the things above, you are sure to identify the source of the problem quickly and easily. This allows you to make sure no one is injured and your garage door is in peak operating condition. To learn more, contact a garage door spring repair company like American Eagle Garage Door...

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