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The Basics To How The Arc Stud Welding Process Works

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Basics To How The Arc Stud Welding Process Works

Stud welders are used to in the construction industry to fasten welds together. Stud welders are used to fasten together all sorts of different types of studs, such as those that are threaded and unthreaded. The two main types of stud welding are arch stud welding and capacitor discharge stud welding. Here are the basics to how arc stud welding works. #1 Materials Used For Arc Welding There are a variety of different materials that can be used with the arc welding. Metals such as aluminum, stainless steel as well as mild steel are the most commonly used materials for arc welding. #2 Setting Up The Material When performing arc welding, first you have to set up the material. When you set up the material, you are going to need to use both a fastener and a ceramic ferrule. Both of these two pieces are then placed firmly up against a work surface. They should be held against your work surface using spring tension. #3 Triggering The Weld Next, the welding gun should be placed right against the fastener and ceramic ferrule. Then, the gun should be triggered. When the gun is triggered, the welding process will happen so quickly you most likely will not see all of the steps that take place. The welding gun is going to pull the fastener up and away from the work surface. As it pulls the fastener up, an electric arc passes through the fastener. This arc melts the end of the fastener and part of the base that the fastener should attach. Then, the shield on the arch helps concentrate the heat. As the heat is concentrated, the end of the fastener and the base is heated up so that the melt is molten. This is where the strength of the weld comes into place. As the metal becomes molten, the welding gun then pushes the fastener down into the work surface, using force to ensure that the fastener and work surface are connected as the metal solidifies. The enter process describe above literally takes place in the span of a few seconds. When someone works with a welding gun, they can do multiple welds ever minute, and tens if not hundreds of welds during an hour when working on a large construction project. The way that the melt on the fastener and the work surface or base is melted and molded together helps ensure that the weld and connection between these two materials is extremely strong. For more information regarding stud welding, visit sites such as...

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Grandparent Moving In And Has Arthritis? 2 Changes You Should Make In Your Home

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Grandparent Moving In And Has Arthritis? 2 Changes You Should Make In Your Home

If you have a grandparent that is moving in with you and they have arthritis, there are changes you can make around your home to make things easier for them. Below are two of these changes so you can determine if they would be right for your grandparent. Install Automatic Doors With automatic doors, your grandparent would not have to turn a door knob or even push on a door. This is very helpful if they have arthritis in their hands.  You may think of automatic doors as commercial doors but they make residential automatic doors also. You can purchase automatic doors that both open and close. You should consider, however, with this type it is difficult to open and close the doors manually. There are other doors that only automatically open that has a door closer attached to it on the opposite side. This makes these doors much easier to open and close manually. You can purchase automatic door openers that come with wall switches or hand held remotes. The wall switches are installed next to the door and your grandparent could simply press a button to open the door. The handheld remote sends a laser signal to the doors to open them. You can install a coded keypad next to the door which would require a code to be able to open it. These doors require electricity to function but you can get a battery backup in case the power goes out. This way, your grandparent could still be able to open the door without having to manually open it. Make Changes in the Bathroom Install a raised seat on the toilet to make it much easier for your grandparent to sit down and then to stand up. You can find these seats at home improvement stores and they can be installed in a few minutes. Install grab bars on either side of the toilet for further help. Install grab bars in the shower/bathtub to make it easier for them. Put a non-slip mat or no-slip tape on the bottom of the bathtub to help prevent your grandparent from slipping and falling. Purchase a bench to sit under the shower for your grandparent to sit on instead of standing up while they are showering. Arthritis can be very painful and make it difficult to do a lot of things. Talk with your grandparent about other changes you can make to make life easier for...

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Four Tips For Finding An Industrial Electrical Contractor

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips For Finding An Industrial Electrical Contractor

Working with an electrical contractor for large industrial projects is a big undertaking. You need to determine what your requirements are for the job and find a contractor that can provide those services. In an industrial setting, the amount of electricity the contractor has to work with may be very different from that of a home or small business. Therefore, you will want to be that sure whoever you use for the job can complete it properly. Determine the requirements of your project The first thing you need to do is to determine what your project will require and what the time frame for completion needs to be. If you determine these things before you start looking for contractors, you will have a better idea what size and type contractor you need. This will save you time and money as you start your search and can help streamline the process. Finding the Right Contractor For the Job When considering a contractor for your project, determining their level of experience with projects similar to yours is important. If the company or individual lacks the knowledge or tools to do the job properly, you might want to look elsewhere. The last thing you need or want is to have a problem with your electrical work down the road. The contractor you are considering may be great, but if they don’t have any experience on the type of work required, you may want to move to the next candidate. Checking With Others In Your Industry If this is your first time hiring an electrical contractor, you can reach out to businesses in the area that have used similar contractors to see what their experiences have been. If they found a contractor that did a great job and met all their needs, they will be likely to tell you about them. These word of mouth references are often the best, especially if the come from other business owners that you know and trust. Don’t be afraid to ask the contractor for references as well. They may have a list of companies they have worked with in the past on projects like yours. Setting Time Frames For the Project’s Completion When you start talking to contractors about your project, be sure to discuss the required time frame for completion. If the contractor has several projects already in process or already scheduled, they may not be able to complete your project on time. If the time frame of your project is not critical, this might not be a concern but have the discussion so that you and the contractor understand the expectations. For more information, talk with different electrical contracting companies in your area, like Arts...

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Planning on Cutting a Tree? Stay Safe By Using the Following Tips

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Planning on Cutting a Tree? Stay Safe By Using the Following Tips

While trees are great for the environment, there are times when they can turn into a nuisance. This is so especially in cases where they grow next to a sewer system or when they interfere with your home’s plumbing system. In such cases, cutting some of the trees around your home may be necessary. The following are tree-cutting tips that will come in handy in helping to ensure that you stay safe when doing so. Wear safety gear When cutting a tree, you will always be under the risk of getting injured by a falling branch. Dust and wood particles that are produced during the cutting process can end up injuring your eyes and sometimes even ears. If you are using a chainsaw, your legs will also be under the constant threat of chain-caused injury. The noise produced by the saw may also end up damaging your ear drum. Taking the necessary steps to protect against these risks is therefore advisable. An easy way to stay safe when cutting a tree is to simply wear safety gear. Wear kevlar chaps to protect your legs from machine-related injuries. Safety glasses, face screens, and earmuffs will be great at protecting your eyes, ears, and face from cutting-related safety risks and should therefore be included as part of your tree-cutting gear. Also, don’t forget to wear a good helmet. It will help to reduce the effect of impact in case a branch falls off the tree while you are still cutting it. Clear at least two escape routes When cutting a tree, things may sometimes not go as planned. Changes in wind direction can cause the cut tree to fall in an unplanned-for direction. The tree can bounce off an obstruction, something that might then significantly alter the total felling zone that you have to worry about. Making provisions for these changes is therefore advisable if you want to stay safe. Start by clearing any bushes and getting rid of any items around the trunk. After you are done, clear at least two possible escape routes on the opposite side of the estimated felling direction of the tree. This will give you escape options in case the cut tree has a change of mind on which side to fall on. Getting rid of any obstructions will also reduce the chances of tripping, something that will make it easier for you to walk away from the falling tree. Talk to a tree-removal service for professional help with this...

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Some Ideas For Landscaping Around Your Septic Field

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Some Ideas For Landscaping Around Your Septic Field

If you have a septic tank, you know that there are some issues about landscaping around it. For example, you can’t put a driveway on the tank or the leach field. However, there are some things that you can do to landscape around your septic tank and leach field.  Reasons to Landscape There are several reasons that you should landscape around your septic tank and field. One is that having everything covered by some kind of plant will help avoid the loss of soil through erosion. Another is that plants can help to filter and purify water that can get into the septic tank’s drain field. However, do not plant anything edible over the drain field. Even if the water has been cleaned and filtered, it still needs time to finish the process. Planting some kind of plant over it won’t hurt though.  Trees It is not a good idea to plant trees near your septic tank or leach field. That’s because the roots can be somewhat destructive in their search for nutrients. A tree with an aggressive root system can get into the septic tank, or damage pipes around it. Those roots can become aggressive because there are good nutrients in the soil in and around septic tanks.  Shrubs Shrubs can be a good option for your leach field. If you are going to plant a shrub, make sure that they don’t tend to have roots that spread too much. Keep in mind that the soil will have extra nutrients and that can cause the roots to seek out more. Ask a gardener or landscaper if they can suggest some shrubbery that would work well for your area.  Ground Cover Ground cover is always a good choice. Grass can be ground cover, but if you don’t want to mow the grass over your septic tank or leach field, there are plenty of other options. For example, there are low growing sages and thymes that you can plant. They spread out well, and they don’t need to be mowed. They will also smell good when you walk on them. Another option is to use perennial wildflowers. You can just grab seeds and toss them out over the area. That way they look like they just grew up that way. You don’t have to avoid any kind of landscaping over your septic tank and field. There are options open to you. For more information, contact a business such as Schlegelmilch Plumbing & Well...

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Three Commonly-Asked Questions About Water Wells

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Commonly-Asked Questions About Water Wells

Water wells can be an excellent source of water for homes that are not connected to a water system. Unfortunately, if you have never owned or had a well drilled before, you may not be very informed about this common water-delivery system. What Is Involved With Locating Buried Water Sources? Before a well can be drilled, it will be necessary to roughly isolate where a water source is most likely to be located. Unfortunately, this is an extremely difficult task that will require an experienced professional to do. Typically, this step will involve reviewing local permits for established water wells and geography to map the location of the water source. While this will not provide an exact location on your property where water will be located, it can greatly limit the scope of the search area. Once the area has been narrowed, a series of test holes may need to be drilled until the exact location of the water source is identified. Can Your Well Collapse? It can be a common concern among some homeowners that the water well will collapse. While this is a possibility, it is extremely rare when the well was drilled by a professional. These individuals have the equipment and training to know how to drill a stable hole in your home’s soil. If you attempt to drill your water well without hiring these professionals, you may not be able to fully compensate for loose or soft soil, which could make your well far more likely to experience stability problems. If a well collapses, the area where it was located may be unsuitable for future construction without expensive repairs. By hiring professionals for this work, you can help to avoid these potentially serious problems. Will A Water Well Require Any Special Care? In most cases, a well will be able to provide your home with water for many years. However, you will need to appreciate some of the more basic maintenance steps that these wells require. For example, you will need to regularly inspect the soil around the well for signs of erosion. Uncontrolled erosion can eventually compromise the stability of the well. Additionally, you will need to have the pump serviced each year to prevent wear and tear from causing it to malfunction. Lastly, you will need to monitor the quality of your water, and you can do this by testing the water every few months. While this testing may seem a bit extreme, it can alert you to potential contaminations before they reach dangerous levels. For more information, contact a business such as Patterson Well Drilling...

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Preparing Vacant Land For Your New, Sustainable Lifestyle

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preparing Vacant Land For Your New, Sustainable Lifestyle

Buying a plot of land to build your own home and grow your own food is an exciting first step on the path to a sustainable lifestyle. Now the real fun begins – along with plenty of hard work. But before you move forward, the land must be excavated. Heavy equipment will be used to clear unwanted vegetation, move earth for proper contouring and drainage, and level the ground where the house will stand. The instructions you and your building contractor give the excavators will give you a jump-start on creating the efficient, sustainable lifestyle you desire. What to Clear and What to Keep Brambles, overgrowth, and debris all need to be removed from the property. Some trees may need to go, also, to make room a garden and orchard, the house, and other structures. If there’s a healthy shade tree or magnificent evergreens that you want to keep, make sure that the tree roots are properly protected from damage by the excavation and construction process. Identify natural features such as a pond, a meadow, or a small stand of trees that you want to integrate into your property layout. Mark these features with bright colored stakes and construction tape to prevent them from being disturbed during excavation. Grading and Topsoil Preservation The land where your house and other structures are to be built must be leveled and the surrounding areas contoured to an angle sufficient for proper drainage. The grading process is likely to displace nutrient rich topsoil. With proper planning, the topsoil may be moved to areas where you plan to grow an expansive garden. Areas where brush and tree roots have been removed, and areas where the soil has been graded are susceptible to erosion. Some excavation companies offer erosion control services, but you may also take the do-it-yourself route using ground-cover plants or temporary erosion fencing. Specific Excavation Needs Ensure that your excavation plans include grading, filling and leveling for the specific activities you’ll need to maintain your sustainable lifestyle. For example, you’ll need extra space leveled for parking a small tractor, for a workshop and garden shed, and for a barn if you expect to raise any livestock. You may also need soil cut from one area of the property and moved to another for planting an orchard. And if you don’t have a natural pond on the property, now is the time to have one dug that you can stock with fish at a later date. For more information, talk to a professional like Gerard Excavation...

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Three Ways You Can Protect Your Home From Electrical Fire

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways You Can Protect Your Home From Electrical Fire

Although up-to-date wiring can considerably decrease your risk of electrical hazards such as shocks and fires, you still need to stay vigilant if you want to prevent an electrical fire in your home. Some dangerous but common behaviors and some little-known risks can make all the difference in whether you have a high-risk home or a low-risk one. In addition to having a contractor inspect your wiring for safety every few years, you can use these safety tips to reduce your risk from electrical fire. 1. Use electrical cords and sockets only as intended If you’ve ever looked at the warnings on an extension cord and mused on how little they reflect real life, you’re not alone. But if you’re making the same common mistakes with these items that many others are making, then you’re not safe either. Be sure to heed all warnings about using extension cords only under supervision, never running cords under carpets or across pathways, and not overloading electrical sockets. Making any of these common mistakes could increase your changes of an electrical malfunction.   2. Enforce appliance safety precautions In addition to extension cords and electrical sockets, you also need to keep an eye on your appliances. In addition to making sure you only use new appliances (even if that half-century-old fridge came with the house, replacing it is the much better option because newer manufacturing standards are much safer), you also need to keep a special eye on certain kinds of appliances. Small lamps can fall over and start a fire, so be careful to only use them when you’re in the room. And make sure everyone in the family knows never to place anything on a lampshade, no matter how convenient it is. Electrical heaters are one of the most hazardous appliances because they’re actually designed to create heat, and heat is an intrinsic fire hazard. Be sure to only operate electrical heaters under close supervision and keep everything else in the room well clear of the heater while it’s operating.   3. Be sure you have both GFCI and AFCI outlets GFCI outlets are vital wherever water is likely to be present, but did you know that AFCI outlets can actually prevent electrical fires inside your walls? They do this by sensing when an arc fault develops and shutting off the power to that area. This is crucial because an arc fault can develop for any number of reasons, such as when you hang a picture on the wall and accidentally drive the nail into an area that damages the wire coating. They can also sense arcs that occur outside the walls. Even relatively modern houses may not have AFCI outlets installed (requirements to install them in bedrooms didn’t appear until 1999 and more widespread requirements were added in 2008), so if yours doesn’t, consider updating to these much safer outlets.   These three methods can help you keep your family and belongings safe from dangerous electrical fires. Be sure to follow the recommendations of your electrical contractor each time you have a safety inspection as...

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Are You Ready To Install A New Heating System In Your Home? Check Out Reasons To Choose An Oil Furnace

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Are You Ready To Install A New Heating System In Your Home? Check Out Reasons To Choose An Oil Furnace

Making the right choices about the installation of your home’s new heating system is important for saving money. Oil heating systems have been in use for years and have seen many improvements for greater energy efficiency and safer operation. One the greatest benefits many people have experienced when using oil heat is its warmth, even during extremely cold weather. Check out these reasons to choose an oil heating system for your home. Greater Energy Savings Means More Money In Your Pocket Because of the improvements made to oil heating systems, your heating system will run less and provide more warmth than other types of heating systems that burn natural gas or run off electricity. Due to the system improvements, oil furnaces today take less fuel to reach higher levels of heat production. Oil burns 400 times hotter than other fuels, so your furnace will not run as much to reach your desired indoor temperature. Contact a heating system professional to learn how you can have an oil system installed in your home. When you talk to a heating professional, be sure to ask about contracts for maintenance so your furnace will always be in good condition when the temperatures start to drop. Heating With Oil Is Safe Many people assume because oil is a petroleum product, it is highly flammable and dangerous to use for heating their homes. However, did you know that if you dropped a lit match into a bucket of heating oil, it would go out? Heating oil must reach 140 degrees to become flammable and vaporizes before it does, so you can count on it to burn in safely in your furnace. Your heating installation expert can show you how your oil furnace will spray only a light a mist of oil for igniting inside a boiler for creating the warm air that comes from your furnace. If you have been hesitant about choosing oil furnace because you do not want to deal with running out fuel and having to call every time to have it delivered, you should know that you can have your deliveries scheduled with most oil companies. You will never have to worry about calling anyone when the oil runs out because your oil company will have it filled before it runs too low. Call around to locate an oil company that will set up a delivery schedule for you.  The investment you make in an oil heating system is one you count on for bringing you back money through long-term energy savings. For more informatioin, visit sites...

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2 Insects That Can Infest The Crape Myrtle Tree

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Insects That Can Infest The Crape Myrtle Tree

Crape myrtle trees have become a popular ornamental addition to yards because of the vibrant, fiery flowers that permeate the tree’s simple green leaves offset against shedding dark bark. Do you currently own a crape myrtle or plan to invest in a tree in the future? You need to learn to recognize the symptoms of an insect infestation that can cause cosmetic or structural damage to your tree. Here are a couple of the common insects that can infest and damage your crape myrtle tree. Work with your tree care service, such as Mead Tree & Turf Care Inc, or pest control company to minimize long-term damage.   Crape Myrtle Aphids Crape myrtle aphids are tiny yellow-green insects that feed on the saps within the leaves. The feeding leaves behind little feeding holes that can look like indents or pock marks on the leaves. Saliva left behind during the feeding will turn the area around the indents a more yellow color than the surrounding leaf. Due to the small size and the targeted feeding, aphids pose mostly a cosmetic concern for the crape myrtle tree as long-term structural damage is unlikely. Your tree trimming service can prune away areas of damage to improve the cosmetic appearance of your crape myrtle. Chemical controls can be used if the aphid infestation is particularly active or damaging, but chemicals aren’t always a necessary step since the tree is fully capable of surviving the infestation.   Japanese Beetles Adult Japanese beetles have distinct, shiny coppery bodies and green heads. The larvae of the beetles come to life in the grass surrounding the tree and eat through the grass until strong enough to make it up into the tree’s branches. The Japanese beetles are skeletonizers, which means they feed on all of the leaf tissue except the vascular system. The left behind “veins” resemble the skeleton of the leaf. A major infestation of Japanese beetles can lead to mass defoliation of your crape myrtle tree. The defoliation can lead to failure to thrive or even death on younger or weaker trees that can’t fight against the feeding. Dead trees will require a full removal from a tree removal service to prevent the beetles from spreading to other trees. Your tree care service can trim away the already eaten leaves and use a couple of different controls to target the Japanese beetles depending on the life stages present. Fungal controls work well on the larvae on the surrounding grass while pheromone traps work better on the adult beetles. A multi-pronged approach can completely eliminate your beetle infestation and prevent more infestation-related problems from occurring later...

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