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3 Ways to Keep Your Home Heated During Winter

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The beginning of the spring is a good time to go through your home and ensure that the air quality is good and flows without any issues. There are a variety of maintenance repairs and upgrades that should be conducted on your home at this time, including upgrades to your roof, changes to the thermostat, and weather stripping. This simple change could make a difference in your home air-flow system’s ability to produce and retain heat efficiently. This list contains three ways that will help keep your home warm during the winter. Getting Rid of Air Drafts The insulation system within your home should be checked out to determine the quality of air and whether there are any existing drafty areas found along the window seals. If drafty areas are located, this could allow the heating flowing through your home to escape and allow colder air to seep inside. All doors within your home should also be looked over for possible foundation issues that could cause gaps along the wall where the hinges should be connected. If the seal has started to come off the windows or doors, you should consider placing weather-strip adhesives along the door frame to seal off the drafty area. In addition, to further secure your home against air drafts, use foam plate seals to close off air pockets around light switches and electrical outlets. Switching Out the Thermostat The use of a programmable digital thermostat is more efficient for your home’s heating system. These units allow you to create settings that will remotely control your home’s heating air-flow quality. Most digital thermostats are made to work with apps on your smartphone for geofencing. The purpose of geofencing is to allow most thermostats to recognize when someone is at the house and then adjust the temperature setting for comfort. In addition, when no activity is detected at home, the thermostat adjusts the temperature to help save energy. Digital thermostats hooked up with your smartphone can also provide you with informational reports about how much you are saving in energy costs as well. Overhauling Your Home’s Roof and Siding Consider having your siding and roof looked over to ensure that the heat within your home isn’t seeping out through cracks. It’s possible that your home’s heat could be escaping because of damage that occurred during the winter. The seal or shingles along your roof may need to be replaced, and the siding may have come loose and may need to be tightened as well. The maintenance and repairs completed on your home not only will ensure that your home will stay warm during the winter but also will help to lower your utility bills. Talk to a company like Sparks Refrigeration Inc for more...

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Tips For Installing Wire Mesh Fencing

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If you have just purchased wire mesh fencing, then you likely have purchased it due to the fact that it is relatively easy to maintain. The last thing that you want to do is spend a good deal of time maintaining your fence. Here are some tips for making sure that you don’t spend much time installing your fence either. 1. Section Out Your Wire First You likely have already planned where you are going to put the posts for the fencing. You might already have them installed. Regardless of their actual installation, cut the wire mesh fencing into chunks that will fit between each section that the posts are dividing up. This is going to make the fencing a ton easier to deal with because you won’t be trying to move an entire roll of mesh fencing. Instead, you will only be trying to move smaller pieces of it. Make sure that you cut a little extra for each section because it is better to have to trim the fencing than to have to cut an entire new sheet because it isn’t big enough. 2. Use Metal Posts The next thing that you want to do is install metal posts rather than wooden posts. Metal posts will last much longer than wood because even treated wood will eventually succumb to wet weather and need to be replaced. If you want to be sure that you are doing as little maintenance as possible on the posts, install metal ones. The metal will have been treated to avoid rusting. 3. Open the Tabs Ahead of Time The only thing that is going to be difficult about metal posts is getting the wire fencing into them for the first time. You can speed up the process by taking a flat screwdriver and putting it underneath each of the tabs. Carefully angle the screwdriver downwards so that you are pushing the tabs up slightly. Do this before you even think about installing the wire mesh fencing itself because it will allow you to install it more easily. When you finally install the fencing, use the butt of the screwdriver to force the tabs closed again once the fencing is inside. For more information, talk to a company that specializes in wire mesh fencing. They will be able to install it for you should you have an especially large property and not have the time to actually fence it in yourself....

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Need Power? “Macgyver” It From Used Forklift Batteries–Here Is How

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Used forklift batteries are often low on power, but they can be recharged or used for other things. On a popular 80’s show, “MacGyver,” the main character would know several different ways to use the same devices or pieces of equipment. The same holds true for forklift batteries, whether they are fully charged or not. Here is a way you can extract more power from these items when you do not have a generator, but you do have some mad “MacGyver” skills. Linking Weak Batteries Together in a Series Before you get started, make sure you are wearing rubber gloves to protect yourself from electric shocks. Then you can link some weak batteries together to create more power for whatever you need. Here is the process: Expose the power posts on all of the batteries you are going to link together.  Strip the plastic off the ends of several power cords, exposing the copper wire inside. Wrap and twist the exposed copper wire on one end of a cord around a battery post. Then connect to the next battery by wrapping and twisting the opposit end of the cord around the post. MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE WRAPPING AND TWISTING THE WIRE AROUND TWO POSITIVE POSTS OR TWO NEGATIVE POSTS. DO NOT WRAP AND TWIST THE WIRE ENDS AROUND ONE NEGATIVE AND ONE POSITIVE POST UNLESS YOU WANT TO BLOW YOURSELF UP. Repeat these steps until all of your batteries are linked, with all positive posts connected and linked to each other and all negative posts connected and linked to each other. Now, attach a set of jumper cables to the first battery in the series, being careful to connect the postive and negative post to the correct jumper cable clamps. You have a live set of jumper cables now, so do not let the clamps on the opposite end touch. Attach the remaining set of jumper cable clamps to the battery in your car, or use this makeshift generator to supply power to your home or to another dead battery in any other vehicle. If you are going to use this “MacGuyver” method of providing electricity to your home or business, make sure you know exactly where to connect the set of jumper cable clamps. An electrical engineer would know, so if you have one working for you, you can ask him/her. Otherwise, examine your circuit breakers and the wiring feeding into the box before this project gets underway (look for where a generator would connect to the box, if you were going to install a generator). Contact a battery supplier, like U.S. Lift & Warehouse Equipment Inc, for more...

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How To Avoid Cmomon Mistakes When Changing Air Compressor Parts

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People who purchase air compressors often make some common mistakes when repairing an air compressor with new parts. Here are a few ways to avoid these mistakes including what they are. Not Tightening the New Part to Tools and Other Parts It’s critical that a new air compressor part be tightened properly since the slightest looseness and you could end up with a serious problem. At best, this will lower the effectiveness of the tool. At worst, it could lead to injury. This is the case for all the parts inside of the air compressor, but it also applies to where the compressor is connected to any tool that needs air to work.    Not Doing Enough to Prevent Whipping. Whipping can be a dangerous event in any air compressor when tools connected to it or hoses within it lose control and flail around. This type of pressure and movement can break bones. If you don’t have an air fuse that’s the right size, this could cause whipping by itself. This part has to be installed to the hose upstream. Using Wrong Lubricating Oil You have to select lubricating oil according to not just the device in itself, but for the season. For example, some sources recommend HS-19 lubricating oil for the summer, and HS-13 lubricating oil for the winter. The pressure is going to be different based on the season because warmer days mean that the air the compressor is going to be moving faster and have more energy. This changes the required viscosity of lubricating oil in order to make it work at the best that it can. So it’s important to use the right oil for the right time. Missing Air Hose Specification It’s easy to buy an air hose that seems the same as the one that you are replacing, but looks can be deceiving. It’s important that you make sure that air hoses have the same PSI (pounds per square inch) specification as the air compressor that you want. Accounting for Changing PSI In addition, you need to make sure that the CFM (cubic feet per minute) and PSI requirements of any tool you use are going to be compatible with your air compressor if you change any of its parts that lowers its CFM. To be on the safe side, the recommendation is that you add 50% to the specifications. So, if you have a tool that has 6 CFM with 180 PSI, you’ll want to go with a compressor that has 9 CFM with 270 PSI. Click here for more info on air compressor parts or do an online search....

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Two Benefits Of Having Your Pneumatic Tubing System Serviced

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Pneumatic tubes can be a convenient way of sending documents and other small items through your building without having to physically carry them to the desired location. Unfortunately, these systems can experience malfunctions if they are not maintained, and it can be a common mistake for business owners that use these systems to inadvertently overlook the importance of regular service visits. In particular, there are two important tasks that will be done when your pneumatic tube system is serviced that may greatly reduce the risks of your system encountering these performance issues. Inspect And Replace Compromised Seals In order for a pneumatic tube system to work, it will be necessary for the system to be free of potential air leaks. These air leaks can make it impossible for the system to generate enough vacuum pressure to pull the cylinders through the tubes. To avoid this problem, a series of seals will be strategically used throughout the tubing to prevent air from seeping inside the tubes. Unfortunately, these seals can degrade as they age, which may interfere with the performance of the system by allowing air to enter the system. When you have the system professionally serviced, a technician will inspect these seals for signs of wear, and they will pressurize the system so that they can ensure the seals do not leak. If a seal is discovered to have been compromised, it will be replaced so that your pneumatic tube system will continue to work as efficiently as possible. Service The Vacuum System Pneumatic tubing systems rely on powerful pumps to create the vacuum pressure needed to pull the cylinders through the tubing. However, this pump will gradually suffer wear and tear, which can eventually cause it to fail. When you have the pneumatic tube system serviced, the pump will be thoroughly inspected for any potential signs of damage. Often, this will include things such as a lack of lubrication, warped internal components or problems with the unit’s internal belts. If these issues are not addressed, they can gradually worsen until the air pump experiences a catastrophic failure that can cause the entire pneumatic tube system to fail. Luckily, the disruption and repair costs caused by a major problem with the air pump can be avoided or minimized by having it serviced each year. While these service visits may require your pneumatic tube system to be offline for several hours, this is a minor invoice compared to the problems that these visits can help your business avoid. To find out more, speak with someone like TH Hammerl...

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Violence In Health Care Settings: How Interior Wayfinding Signage May Help Reduce This Growing Threat

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Over 55 percent of U.S. emergency room nurses report that they have been victims of workplace violence. This backs up data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicating that health-care and social-assistance workers are victims of workplace violence five times as often as other workers. It may seem like a weird fix, but the correct wayfinding signage in your medical facility can actually reduce violent physical confrontations. Medical settings serve people at their worst Even the most calm, rational person may become combative and aggressive when they’re suffering from an illness or injury or seeking help for a loved one who is sick or wounded. People who are worried, in pain or afraid often don’t make clear decisions or easily follow directions. Researchers in the United Kingdom identified nine aspects of patient experiences in the health care setting that can lead to frustration and possible aggression. Some of these triggers are: Feeling dehumanized Crowded conditions Lack of progress toward treatment Feeling environment is unsafe Perceived inefficiency of staff Intense emotions How interior wayfinding signs can help Imagine a scenario where a very worried and upset non-English-speaking family enters your health care facility. They accompany a family member who has suffered a serious injury. Once inside your facility, they have no clue where they should go to get help, so they begin to wander around and yell for assistance. Other patients and staff members may view the agitated family as a threat when they enter restricted areas or private patient rooms. The family may have had bad experiences with authority in the past, whether in their home country or the U.S., so they react with rage and fear. If the family is able to easily locate the correct area of the facility they need, this type of situation can be avoided. Having multi-lingual and symbol signs that are easy to see and follow is the best way to help guide people to the services they require. They are less likely to panic and go where they don’t belong. Signs cut emergency room violence by 50 percent in the U.K. Two hospitals in East London have recently installed new interior wayfinding signage designed to make their facilities calmer and more informative for patients and visitors. As a result, they have seem an amazing 50 percent reduction in aggressive incidents. Realizing that lack of understanding and awareness were often the keys to human violence in health care settings, the hospitals consulted with various authorities–including social science and mental health experts–to design their new signs. In waiting and consultation rooms, they installed signs that contain extra information to help patients understand the facility and the progression of their treatment. It appears to help patients remain calmer when they know how the system works and the approximate time it will take to see the staff. Have a master plan for your health facility interior signage. Be sure to provide signs in languages that are predominant in your service area, and include easy-to-see direction signs to the areas of your facility that are most often accessed by the public. When your patients and visitors find clear and informative wayfinding signs in your medical setting, they will be less frustrated and far less likely to lash out at your staff.  Work with a company like Elliott Bay...

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When Should You Ask For CNC Machining?

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Humans have been working in metal for thousands of years. The beauty a skilled craftsman can create can make an object that remains impressive thousands of years later as evidenced by the awe with which archeologists handle the rare and ancient objects they find. On the other hand, human error makes it difficult for people to create thousands of exact copies. Modern computer technology makes it possible to use computer-controlled machining tools to craft objects, but computer-aided designs are not always the best option. Remember that when it comes to metalwork, state-of-the-art technologies are not always better than a human touch.   When to Put Your Project in the Hands of a Skilled Human Craftsman Each machinist will have his or her own personality, expertise, and familiarity with tools. Little differences in a machinist’s approach can lead to big differences in the final project you are after. For example, a machinist who prefers to use decades old tools will be limited and aided by these tools. In some cases, the tools created in decades may will be better built than tools made today. Modern manufacturers are often more concerned about making a profit rather than making overbuilt, over-designed tools. Thus, some machinists prefer older tools. Tools are not the only factor that plays a role in shaping the products created by a skilled craftsman. Each machinist will have their own style, and if you are looking for a decorative piece, choosing a craftsman known for creating a certain look can be helpful. When to Take Your Work to a CNC Shop Designers using a computer program can create designs that are more precise than a human can make. For example, you can make designs that are accurate to within thousands of an inch. A computer can then execute these designs over and over thousands of times. Thus, if you need an extremely precise object for an engine or some other project, you should take your project to a CNC machining shop. You should also take your project to a machine shop if you need to create multiple exact copies of an object.     Not every modern advance makes older technologies obsolete. When creating beauty, a computer simply cannot compete with a human. A craftsman can pour emotion, history, and skill into the objects they create. At the same time, a human can get bored or have lapses in concentration that create minute differences in the objects they create. Thus, there is a time for computer designs that do not get...

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Why Are Your Lights Flickering?

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Your lights can flicker for many reasons, and sometimes the frequency is so short you don’t know if you noticed it or not. The solution may be simple, but at the same time, it could take some time to locate the problem. It is always best to start with the simplest causes before you start the panic mode. It might not be the lamp or fixture that is causing the flicker. The Light Bulb One of the simplest causes for wavering light could be a loose light bulb in the fixture. Be sure to turn off the light source, and gently turn the bulb. As long as it is a snug fit, it will work when you turn the light back on. If it doesn’t, you may need to change the bulb or it could have another electrical issue. Bad Connection You might not be getting a good connection if the switch is worn out. Test the switch by gently wiggling to see if it produces the flicker. You can also check to see if the terminal screws on the switch are tight. Look at the plug to see if it has a snug fit. If it isn’t, try pushing the two plugs closer together using your fingers. These suggestions should fix the problem. Electrical Loads As strange as it seems, the electrical usage from a neighbors’ house can have an effect on your lights. Homes in the same area probably share the same transformer unit. If there is an overload in the system, the lights might flicker because of the added usage of the homes at the same time. Appliances that maintain a higher voltage, such as an air conditioner or sump pump, can cause an unexpected surge. Even if the circuits are correct, sometimes, this can cause a problem. Also, some appliances may cause a flicker if an appliance has a malfunctioning bearing. The motor will be working harder causing the blip in the current pattern. Be sure not to have too many cords in one outlet to prevent an overload. You need to maintain a regular inspection of major electrical systems in your home to prevent issues. However, if you notice flickering, it may be an indication there is a problem that needs immediate attention. If connections are not secure, a higher resistance point may become an issue. Most of the mentioned remedies should fix the light unit, and not require the use of a hired professional. However, if you aren’t sure of the procedures, it might be essential to contact a company like Albarell Electric...

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3 Tips To Reduce And Control Road Dust

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Depending on weather conditions or the different applications that have taken place with your roadways, you may have to deal with the accumulation of road dust. In most situations, road dust is kicked up on dry days when drivers travel along unpaved roads. This road dust can be incredibly dangerous, since it hinders the eyesight of drivers, which can lead to accidents and other hazards. If you want to mitigate the risk of this road dust, there are some road dust control guidelines that you can use which can be valuable. Read on in order to take advantage of these road dust control tips.  Tip #1: Enforce Speed Change Tips If you need to be sure that drivers are not kicking up as much dust, you will need to be sure that they drastically slow down. The only way that you will have any control over this is to get them to slow down by enforcing a speed limit change with temporary signage. You can hire road workers to hold signs, post signs or use electronic boards that illustrate the speed limit change. Let’s say you cut the speed down from 40 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour — this change alone would in turn cut down on road dust by 65 percent. This shows that cutting down on speed is one of the most critical steps to take.  Tip #2: Get A Better Drainage System When a particular area is susceptible to road dust, it usually also has poor drainage. This happens because water is allowed to sit and once it dries, it turns into mud flakes which turn to road dust. You can have an industrial and manufacturing company install a drainage system in the area which will prevent this excess buildup of water, which will cut down on road dust.  Tip #3: Lay Down Some Fresh Gravel One of the most practical things you can do to prevent road dust is to lay down some fresh gravel. Make sure that you choose high quality gravel with solid plasticity for best results. This will blend with the unpaved road and prevent the dust from being able to fly up and limit visibility. The gravel will also cause drivers to drive slower, which naturally cuts down on the flow of road dust.  Follow these three tips so that you are able to reduce and control road dust. For more information, contact a company like GMCO...

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What To Look For In Used Steel Casters

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Steel casters are responsible for handling heavy materials and moving them along the industrial lines with ease. As these casters start to wear out, they should be replaced before the wheels break or their stands rust out and fall apart. When purchasing used casters to use as backup or for replacement, you should look for various signs of quality and normal wear. Here are things you should look for in used steel casters. Weight limits Steel casters vary in the amount of weight they can carry. Used steel casters should be purchased with the ability to carry the same loads that your current steel casters do. Prior to purchasing any used units, make sure they are a heavy duty variety that can sustain several thousand pounds. Wheel wear Used steel casters may show signs of wear in the wheels where the weight of materials have ground down the metal. Choose steel casters that show even wear and show no ridges, grooves, cracks, or other signs of weak points. Wheels should be smooth without round edges. Rust and lubrication Steel casters should be free of rust and other signs of exposure. They should be properly lubricated to ensure wheel movement, and areas where screws are used should be free of gouges or stripping. Prior to purchasing any used steel casters, move the wheel to check for signs of friction or grinding that can indicate rust or other wear that can cause them to wear out when in use. Prior use Steel casters that have been used heavily for hauling freight or moving product down an industrial line may show more wear than steel casters that were used less frequently. Prior to purchasing any steel casters that appear to be in good used condition, inquire as to their former use so you can determine how much working life is left in the units. Balance A steel caster should always show good balance, which means when laying flat the wheel does not lilt to one side or wobble when turning. Used steel casters should show promising balance in order to be considered safe for future use. You can buy steel casters from industrial supply warehouses along with your new and rubber caster counterparts. Used steel casters can be excellent backup units for when your other casters fail or for simple repairs. When buying used steel casters, check balance, lubrication, and wheel wear to help you determine their safety for future use. Contact a supplier, like Garland’s, Inc., for more...

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