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Maintenance Tips for High Pressure Washers

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

High pressure washers are important cleaning aides that can be used to clean out dirt, oil, grime and debris from cars and car parts, lawn mowing machines, driveways, parking lots, garages, etc. However, the cleaning efficiency of this cleaning equipment relies by a great extent on how well they are maintained. If you wish to keep your high pressure washer working at peak efficiency, here are some useful maintenance tips that you should follow before and after using the equipment. What to do before each use Here are guidelines you should following prior to using high pressure washers: If you own a fuel-powered model, make sure to check on the oil and fuel levels first; top up if the levels are low, but do not overfill as this will cause oil to stick and accumulate on the surface of the pressure washer. Letting fuel to flow out freely while you’re running the equipment can be extremely hazardous since the fuel is often highly flammable. Remember that oil with dark color is an indicator you should change the oil.   Inspect the water inlet screen, which is usually located at the point where you connect the hose pipe. If the screen looks dirty or blocked, flush it with buckets of clear water. If it is damaged, you have to replace it. If your high pressure washer has an inline screen in the wand extension, ensure it isn’t clogged as well. Use clear water to clean it and, if required, replace a spoiled screen. Inspect the high-pressure hose to detect if any leaks, abrasions, cuts, or bloating of cover has occurred. Don’t attempt to repair the hose if it is damaged. Replace it in accordance with the specifications of the equipment manufacturer. Before connecting the hose to the pressure washer, flush it with clear water to ensure there are no obstructions that would hamper water flow inside the hose. What to do after each use Do the following once you are done using high pressure washers: Flush out the cleaning detergent from the equipment and run clear water through it for a couple of minutes. Turn off the engine and let the pressure washer cool. If you own a pressure washer that runs on electricity, disconnect it from the electrical power source. Then, halt the water supply. To release the pressure off the equipment, engage the trigger lock on the spray-gun; press and clench on the trigger until all water is ejected from the water supply line. Disconnect all removable components, e.g. hose pipes from the pump and the spray gun. Pull the recoil handle a couple of times to get rid of any water remaining in the equipment. Flush out any debris from the equipment and store it in a cool, dry place for future...

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How to Maximise the Life of your Hot Water Tank

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Replacing a defective hot water system is not only expensive, it’s incredibly inconvenient. If you’ve recently had to endure the process of installing a new hot water tank, chances are you’re not too keen to repeat the process. Luckily, maintenance procedures for hot water tanks are very easy to carry out, and they greatly reduce the chance of your tank failing without warning and leaving you with a week’s worth of freezing cold showers. Replace the Sacrificial Anode The sacrificial anode is a metal rod (usually made of aluminium or magnesium) that protects your tank from corrosion through cathodic protection. The way it works is that, essentially, the anode material is more prone to corrosion than the tank material (steel). As long as the aluminum anode is suffering corrosion, the tank is left untouched, hence the name ‘sacrificial’. However, this does mean that the anode has a limited lifespan, and as soon as the anode is fully corroded, the tank is left unprotected. Needless to say, your hot water tank won’t last long without a functioning sacrificial anode. How often you should replace your anode will depend on the manufacturer’s recommendation; usually, you can expect to replace it every 3-5 years. Make sure to hire a qualified professional to do this for you, as hot water tanks are usually attached directly to the gas or electricity supply (extremely dangerous around water), so this is definitely not a job you should carry out yourself. Check the Pressure Relief Valve The pressure relief valve is the valve on the front of your tank that acts as a safety mechanism – in the event that too much pressure builds up within the tank, the valve will open and let the pressure out. If the valve is not functioning correctly, the tank is at risk of exploding. Check the valve a couple of times a year to make sure it is functioning properly. This is a simple process – simply turn off the electricity going to the tank (or the gas if it’s a gas heater), shut off the cold water inlet, and position a bucket underneath the valve. Now, simply pull the trip leaver on the valve. If the valve is functioning as intended, you will hear a rush of air and see some vapour exit the valve. If the valve is not functioning as intended, have it replaced as soon as possible. Inspect for Leaks and Drips You should regularly inspect your tank for leaks and drips. More often than not, leaks and drips are caused by a fault with the water supply equipment, usually a worn-down component in the supply hose. These issues are easily fixable with plumbers tape. However, if you notice a drip coming from the pressure relief valve, this could be an indicator of a number of problems. In this case, make sure to bring in a professional plumber to inspect the tank and assess the...

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Why Opt for Laser Cutting and Folding for Your Production Facility?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you own or manage a production facility that involves the need to cut and fold metal of any sort, you want to consider investing in a laser machine for these tasks. While the investment may be more initial costs than other forms of machinery, it can be worth it in the long run. Note a few advantages of using lasers for cutting, folding, and other metal fabrication. Less personnel interaction with machinery When you use a laser for cutting and folding machinery, the laser is contained in a housing unit and the operator typically guides it remotely, with the use of a computer or front panel. This results in less interaction with the machinery itself and in turn, a safer environment for workers. If you use a welder to cut metal pieces, the welder needs to get up close to the metal being cut and operators may also need to be very close to punches and presses that cut and fold metals. All of these can mean increased risk for accidents and injuries, and this risk is reduced with a laser cutter. Less or no heat People often think that lasers work by concentrating heat onto a surface but in truth, a laser often works with very little to no heat as the laser is a beam of light, not fire. This reduced heat can mean less cost for cooling your production facility and can also mean less warping of metals and other materials. Less heat can also be safer for your environment, as you will have less risk of propane and other stored materials igniting or being damaged due to nearby heat from welding and other forms of cutting and folding. Easier training of personnel Welding is a specialized skill that may take months to learn and if you use welding for cutting metal, you need to hire someone with this special training. Punches and presses may also require those who are familiar with how to feed metal through this machinery and ensure the metal is not damaged when being cut and folded. With laser cutting, your personnel may only need to learn how to use the control panel to set thicknesses of cuts and certain forms of folding, and the computerized interaction can often be easier to learn than working with machinery. This can allow you to hire even those without specialized skill and experience to work the laser cutter, which makes keeping your facility properly staffed easier on you overall. For more information or advice, contact a business such as Hunt...

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Mechanical Cutting Techniques in Steel Fabrication

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

There are diverse metalworking processes which are utilised in the production of custom commodities, machine components and structural materials. Cutting is one of the integral steps because it allows the excess volume in the raw materials to be removed. Generally, there are laser and mechanical cutters in the manufacturing industry. The former has grown popular over the years but there are still numerous advantages of choosing the latter. If you are thinking about ordering some custom steel products, it is crucial for you to understand your mechanical cutting options. This will help you choose a process that suits your budget and steel fabrication goals. Here are the main techniques to consider when making your order. Lathe Machining A lathe is designed to hold and rotate the steel work piece during the cutting process. This machine has attached tools which modify the product during the fabrication operation. For instance, there are hardened cutting blades which are used to eliminate the unneeded material and to shape the work piece. This is a favourable technique because other tools can be attached to carry out other fabrication tasks. The additional operations can include sanding, drilling, deformation and even knurling. The combination of processes means that there will be minimal finishing required so you will enjoy lower costs. Milling A milling machine is designed with rotary cutters which are efficient in metal cutting processes. This technique is advantageous because it can make modifications from a variety of angles. Basically, the fabricator will be able to make complex and intricate products without using several types of metalworking machinery. Over the last few years, the technology and nature of milling machines has advanced significantly. Some steel manufacturers have machining centres with mills which can use different tools to perform the task. This type of set-up requires little labour so the fabrication costs may be lower. In addition, ensure that the fabricator has computer numerical control (CNC) for improved precision in translating the design. You will find milling equipment in both small-scale machine shops and large fabrication operations. Grinding Grinding is a cutting process that utilises abrasive force from rotating discs in steel machining. This technique is a popular choice for high-volume projects that require refined finishes as well as light and precise cuts. The grinders are available in a wide range of sizes and configurations so there will be a machine that matches your requirements. There are other mechanical cutting processes such as turning, threading and filing so you should discuss all the viable techniques with your steel...

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How to Go the Extra Mile to Protect Your Pressure Equipment from Operational Failure

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Pressure equipment inspectors verify whether installations, repairs, alterations or maintenance service for pressure equipment are performed in line with the set operational standards, indicating where deficiencies exist, if any. These professionals can inspect all types of pressure equipment ranging from simple air compressing units to sophisticated chemical reaction vessels. Besides ensuring that pressure equipment are inspected, equipment owners can do more to make sure that their equipment work efficiently and safely, including: Fitting pressure-limiting devices Every piece of equipment that hasn’t been built to withstand the high pressure that may be produced within the system can be kept safe, whenever in use, by fitting pressure-relieving valves. These safety valves should have the capacity to handle the extreme conditions and work best when fitted close to the equipment they are expected to protect. Pressure-reducing valves should also be installed at the pipework outlets of your pressure equipment system to make sure that the pressures within the system do not go beyond the safe operating limits. With well-fitted pressure-relieving valves, the contents of your equipment will be discharged in as safe a way in the event of very high pressure occurring within the equipment. Integrating warning systems In some pressure equipment such as steam boilers, a low water level could result in hazardous conditions. Therefore, these types of equipment should have an appropriate water level indicator such as a fusible plug, which sounds an alarm when the water level goes below a predetermined limit. Fusible plugs must be fixed at the points where temperatures are first likely to rise if the water level reduces. Most importantly, make sure that the plugs and the pressure equipment are directly connected so that the alarm can go off immediately water levels start to decline inside the equipment. Using proper measuring aids to monitor key operational indicators You should have proper measuring tools to obtain accurate indications of the relevant operating conditions related to your pressure equipment. The measuring equipment should clearly display pressures, temperatures, and liquid levels taking place in your equipment. This way, you’ll ascertain if the equipment is operating within safe operating limits. Appropriate moisture filters and drains must also be provided in cases where moisture can deleteriously affect the proper functioning of the operation of the measuring devices or the system as a whole. When pressure equipment experience operational failure, they can lead to devastating outcomes; they can cause severe bodily injuries and, at worst, even loss of lives. Implementing the three precautionary measures discussed above can help you significantly boost the operational safety and integrity of your equipment. For more tips, contact companies like Adept Engineering...

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Top Five Benefits of Hiring Portable Toilets for Your Kids’ Birthday Parties

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are planning a large outdoor birthday party for your child, consider hiring portable toilets for the event. Hiring toilets rather than using your own home’s toilets offers a range of benefits. Take a look at these top five benefits: 1. Portable toilets keep all of your guests outside If you don’t want kids running inside and outside all throughout the party, portable toilets are the solution. With portable toilets available outdoors, you don’t have to worry about kids making messes or guests snooping. You don’t even have to worry about cleaning your house to prepare for the party – instead, you can relax and focus on the outside and make sure everything is going smoothly there. 2.  Portable toilets can offer changing tables When you think of portable toilets, you may think of the small single stalls popular on works sites and at festivals. Although these toilets are very serviceable, they are not your only option. If you have guests coming with babies, you can order portable toilets with nappy changing tables in them. This feature provides your guests with a private, clean and convenient place to change their babies. Arguably, that facility could even be nicer than trying to change a baby inside on your bathroom or living room floor. 3. Portable toilets can come in kid-friendly designs As indicated above, you can order a range of types of portable toilets. You can even order luxury bathrooms on trailers rather than the standard plastic toilets. However, kids will love child-size portaloos. Many companies offer small toilets just for kids. They feature a child-sized seat and a low, extra-wide, hard-to-miss urinal. It’s a small thing, but it will make your party more memorable. 4. Portable toilet companies hire hand washing stations Obviously, you don’t want germs spread at your party. If kids are using the bathroom alone inside, no one can see whether they wash their hands or not. However, if you hire portable toilets, you can also hire handwashing stations. Located outside the toilets themselves, handwashing stations make it easy to ensure everyone is washing their hands. 5. Portable toilets protect your septic system from overuse If you have lots of people coming to your party, many of them will likely use the loo while they are there. If you are serving alcohol to the adults, people will likely use the loos even more. Unfortunately, all that activity can be hard on your septic system. Luckily, you can easily safeguard your septic system from overuse with a portaloo. Contact a company like Aim Hire Pty Ltd to learn...

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Why Exposed Timber Trusses Are Better than Steel Trusses

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A truss is a framework of timber, steel or other material used to support the roof of a building. Exposed trusses refer to trusses that remain in clear view once the building is completed. This is because the ceiling is located above the trusses rather than below them. Many people prefer exposed trusses because they make a building have an atmosphere of openness. This article discusses why exposed timber trusses are better than steel exposed trusses. They Are Less Costly Exposed timber trusses are less costly than their steel counterparts are. One reason for this lower cost is that more labor that is skilled is needed to fabricate and install the steel trusses. This raises the cost of labor and increases the total cost of the installation. Another reason for steel trusses costing more is the cost of materials. Steel is more expensive than timber because the steel has to be protected from corrosion and that raises the cost of production. It is therefore more cost-effective for you to install exposed trusses made from timber instead of steel exposed trusses. Better Fire Resistance In case a fire breaks out, steel exposed trusses are likely to succumb to fire more quickly than exposed timber trusses. As the surface of timber burns, its interior remains cool so the spread of the fire will be slower. However, steel gains heat uniformly so the steel trusses will quickly buckle under the heat. If fire outbreaks are a concern to you, use exposed timber trusses instead of trusses made from steel. Better Thermal Insulation Energy efficiency is a big concern because of the current drive towards sustainability. This is where timber trusses trounce steel trusses. Steel is a very good conductor of heat so you are likely to have higher energy bills since the steel will conduct heat away from the interior of the house during cold months. Timber is a poor conductor of heat so there will hardly be any heat loss from your home if you used exposed trusses made from timber. The discussion above clearly shows that timber exposed trusses are superior to steel exposed trusses so make an informed decision when you are choosing between these materials. If you would like to learn more about exposed Oregon or timber trusses, then contact local contractors to get started on the process. They will likely let you know which type of trusses is most ideal for your...

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How to Make the Most of a Café Refit

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Uncategorized |

People who have just bought a café or owners wishing to revamp their premises are in the position of planning and undertaking a refit. In order to create the perfect blend of a relaxing place for customers to drink their coffee and a bright and conspicuous workplace for the staff to safely do their jobs, careful consideration must be given during the planning phase. In fact, using the environment to enhance both customer and staff experience is not only easy to do, but it may also increase the business’s income. Let’s look at some key ideas. Staff Areas As the staff work with hot machinery, it should always be well lit and allow the staff to see clearly. Many small cafes make the mistake, for the sake of atmosphere, to have the premises as dark as possible. This ultimately slows the staff down as well as increasing the number of accidents. Also, take advantage of this well lit area to include some key colors to inspire your staff. For example, panels of blue will allow staff to enhance their performance in creative areas, while panels of red in the staff area help staff when they are working on detail-oriented tasks. Understand what positive effects some colors can have and add them into the café refit. Add Background Sound Some companies produce sound tracks of everyday situations, such as conversations, and these can be purchased and used after you have refitted the café. These soundtracks of common background noises can help your customers to relax, and your staff to focus in on their work. A moderate level of background noise help a customer to feel that they can close their eyes and relax. You can plan and design the speakers into your refit if you do not have speakers in the café already. Use the Outside Many cafes waste the opportunity to provide a small area outside of the café where people can drink their beverage and relax when the weather is nice. Even if you live in a cooler climate, people will appreciate the opportunity as it is may be  rare to sit in the sun and have a coffee. Having a smart and tidy  area outside also gives you the opportunity to have a great curb appeal, and attract more people into the café. Use the refitting as an opportunity to improve your business, through planning the refit to benefit both customers and staff. For more tips or suggestions, consult resources like Fast...

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What Every Business Owner Should Consider About Strata Management Plans

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Having a strata management plan in place is something that many business and property owners deal with on a daily basis. Though you may have the option of hiring someone to manage your plan, you probably have considered handling it yourself. Before you start down the do-it-yourself path, there are a few things that every business owner should consider. Strata Plan Kits One of the key points to consider about handling your strata scheme on your own is how to set it up and implement it properly. You can try to tackle this on your own, but the easiest step is to purchase a strata plan kit. These kits have everything you need to create the plan, implement it, and get it started on the right path. If you don’t have time or experience in this business area, then a kit may be the ideal option for your needs. Time Constraints One of the things you must consider prior to handling a strata management plan on your own is if you have the time to devote to it. If you are handling other aspects of your business, like operations and human resources, then you may not have time to manage this plan as well. If you only have a small amount of time, then you should hire someone or appointment someone to manage the chosen strata scheme. Remember, you don’t have to have a manager for all aspects of the plan. You can choose someone to handle certain areas, like the time consuming record keeping tasks. Current Regulations One thing you need to be aware of are the rules and regulations that govern current strata management plans and implementations of those plans. You can’t rely on a kit to give you these answers. You will need to contact your area council or strata representatives to determine what regulations you need to follow. You will need this information in order to ensure the plan that you choose meets not only your needs, but also legal guidelines. This will also help you construct the right plan for your needs now and in the future. These are just three things every business owner should know before jumping head long into a do-it-yourself strata management plan. If you are ready to move forward, your first step is to check on regulations. After you understand the requirements and guidelines, order your strata kit. This will be the ideal way to get started if you insist on handling things on your own. Learn more about your options by consulting resources like Fresh...

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Tips for Keeping Information in the Office Safe & Secure

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you own or manage a business of any sort, you need to be concerned about the security of information you use every day. This may include information about prototype equipment, private information about customers and clients, the company’s bank account numbers, and the like. Even if you keep all your information on the computer and the company’s intranet, it can still be compromised, and this risk becomes even higher if your company produces paper records with sensitive data. To keep your information in the office safe and secure, note a few simple tips you might consider. This will protect you from allowing sensitive information to be leaked out and will also ensure your customers and clients have their information protected as well. 1. Use document management programs A document management program is one that controls who many see a document, and also keeps a record of everyone who accesses the document as well. Certain parts of a document may be locked, so that a staff member may be able to see some information while sensitive or confidential parts of a document are hidden. This can work for you in a variety of ways: clerical staff may access when an employee started working for the company so they can ensure their benefits are administered properly, but that employee’s private information stays private. The same can apply to documents for clients and customers. In turn, sensitive information is locked and protected as needed, while employees can still access other information in documents. 2. Regularly audit and destroy old records One good way to ensure the safety of information in your office is to audit and then destroy old records as needed. An audit will go through files and note if you have records or information or documents that are no longer pertinent, or which can be more safely stored by another means. Paper records can be scanned onto a hard drive and locked away, and then the paper shredded so information is not as accessible or taking up space. 3. Shred regularly It’s also good to have a shredding service you use regularly so that information kept on paper is not accessible, and isn’t just thrown away where it can be stolen by anyone going through your dumpster. A shredding service like Archive Document Management might provide locked bins where you can toss old papers and then they will be picked up and shredded on the spot. This too keeps information safe and secure from those who should not have...

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The Benefits Of Weight Loss Food Delivery

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

Have you been considering going on one of those diets where the meals are delivered to your home? There are several benefits of using this type of diet. For one thing, you are going to be following a diet that has been created specifically for your weight loss needs. Not every dieter is the same, and everyone needs different diet plans when it comes to caloric intake, how much protein they need, etc. The following are some of the biggest benefits of using a weight loss food delivery service. Take the Guesswork Out When it comes to dieting, it can be difficult to figure out which foods are healthy, low in calories, high in protein, etc. Sometimes diets involve so much work outside of the actual dieting (counting calories, learning about nutrition, etc.) that many people give up because they don’t want to bother. All they want to do is lose weight, not spend the rest of their lives counting every calorie or worrying that something may not have enough of a certain nutrient. When you are following a diet that uses a weight loss food delivery service, all of the guess work is done for you. They send you the foods you need in order to be able to lose weight and be healthy. Enjoy Convenience Getting your meals delivered to your home is much like ordering out for pizza. You get the food you order, and it arrives at your door. But, there is more convenience besides just having your meals delivered. The meals are already prepared. So you don’t have to worry about cooking after a long, hard day at work. Also, you won’t be spending nearly as much time in the grocery store. In fact, if you live on your own and don’t have to worry about feeding a family, you will never have to set foot in another grocery store as long as you are on the diet. The Food Tastes Great One of the biggest benefits of getting weight loss food delivery is that the food tastes great. One of the main things people dread about doing on diets is not being able to enjoy the food that they are eating. You will have plenty of delicious selections with weight loss food delivery. The meals are prepared by professional chefs, so you can be sure that they are going to taste great and that they will be made to the highest of standards, with no wheat, dairy, sugar, and other harmful additives. For more information, contact a business such as My Muscle...

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