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Plastics For DIY Residential Projects

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Plastics For DIY Residential Projects

DIY-minded homeowners often have to choose between different building materials for their various projects. Each of these materials presents certain advantages over others that could be used for the same purpose. Below is a discussion on the various advantages associated with different types of plastic for different DIY projects around the home. Plexiglass Vs Glass Plexiglass is increasingly being preferred over glass for various applications. This preference can be attributed to the fact that plexiglass is a lighter and more transparent building material (among other reasons). The reduced weight of plexiglass easily translates into significant savings for various construction projects. If you intend to construct a greenhouse, for example, you can reduce the depth required for the foundation of the structure by using sheets of plexiglass instead of using glass panels. This is because plexiglass would not need as much structural support. The shallower foundation easily translates into significant cost savings. Using sheets of plexiglass would also mean that the greenhouse will allow more of the sun’s light to reach the plants therein, thereby maximizing their potential for healthy growth and development Increased transparency would also be a significant advantage if you intend to increase the amount of natural light that gets into your house through the windows. Thus, the next time you plan for DIY window replacement, consider investing in replacement windows made of plexiglass instead of the traditional glass windows. Acrylic Vs Polycarbonate Acrylic and polycarbonate are both types of plastic. The two are common roofing materials for residential garden sheds. Many homeowners often choose polycarbonate roofing for their garden sheds because they’re known to have improved impact resistance. However, polycarbonate panels diffuse light while clear acrylic sheets allow light to pass through. You might want to consider this factor before you choose polycarbonate roofing panels for the DIY shed. PVC Vs Metal PVC is increasingly being preferred over metal for residential rain gutters. For many homeowners, this preference is informed by the fact that PVC gutters are often more affordable. However, this is not the only advantage associated with these gutters. For one, corrosion is not a problem with gutters made of PVC and these gutters are more flexible than those made of metal. Thus, the constant exposure of gutters to rain water shouldn’t get you worried about corrosion if your gutters are made of PVC. Greater flexibility means that PVC gutters are less likely to suffer permanent deformation due to the weight exerted by rain water and/or accumulated debris. How does replacing metal gutters with their PVC counterparts sound for your next DIY...

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What Makes Laser Cutting Ideal for Your Building’s Utilities?

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Makes Laser Cutting Ideal for Your Building’s Utilities?

These days, metals like steel and aluminium have many applications for building utilities. These includes roofing, window and door fittings among other aesthetic decorations that you may want to have in your building. For you to get these utilities in place, they have to be cut and fabricated to make them ideal for installation in your building. Here, you can go for laser cutting over the traditional method of cutting metal using manual or powered hacksaws. Laser cutting refers to a form of computerised technology that uses high-power laser beams to cut metals. Computer software programs are used to direct the laser beam through the sections of the metal that you want to cut. If you are looking to use metals extensively when setting up your building, here are some the reasons you should choose it over traditional cutting techniques: Reduces Wastage of Material One of the drawbacks of traditional metal cutting techniques is wastage of the material being cut. The grinding and friction between the saws and the material produces small chips that have to disposed of. In most cases, this forces to leave a safety border when cutting to accommodate the waste metals chips. By having to buy larger materials than what is exactly needed, you incur higher costs. You may even have to pay additional money for the safe and environmental-friendly disposal of the waste produced. Laser cutting saves you all these costs incurred through wasted materials.  Excellent Edge Quality Metals used for applications like staircase rails should have good edge quality. With traditional metal cutting techniques, you might end up with serrated edges because of the irregular frictions between the saws and the material being cut. This forces you to opt for other smoothing techniques to achieve good quality edges. However, this is not the case when you use laser cutting. With no friction between the laser beam and the material you are cutting, there are no serrated edges. Low Maintenance If you have many metals to cut during the construction project, one of the recurrent costs that you will have to deal with involves worn out and blunt saws. With traditional cutting, the saws have to be sharpened regularly and replaced when they break or wear down. Thankfully, laser cutting reduces this ongoing cost for you. The laser beams do not wear off. To add on that, they are versatile and easily reprogrammable to produce different types of cuts. Such flexibility may not be readily available when using traditional cutting techniques....

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3 Tips to Improve Your Welding Skills

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips to Improve Your Welding Skills

Steel fabrication is the creation of steel structures through a series of techniques including cutting, bending and welding, to name a few. Welding is very important as it helps connect various pieces of steel to form a finished steel structure or product. Experienced metal fabricators who are adept at applying excellent welds often attract tremendous admiration particularly from novice welders. For novice welders, they can also become skilled in the welding process if they observe the following 3 factors which can notably improve the overall welding results during steel fabrication. Current setting The welding variable with the greatest impact on the extent of weld penetration is current, which is measured in amps or amperage. The appropriate welding current principally relies on the type as well as the diameter of the electrode you pick. Electrodes of diverse classifications have unique penetration characteristics with some having shallower welding penetrations while others have deeper penetrations. In terms of electrode diameter, normally more penetration is obtained with a smaller diameter electrode compared to a larger diameter electrode. This is because the smaller diameter boasts of a reduced cross sectional area in contrast to the larger diameter. The working current of different electrodes are often indicated on the package box which makes it easier for novice welders to determine the appropriate amperage setting. Length of arc The suitable arc length when applying welds to the joint normally varies depending on the electrode as well as welding application. The thumb rule is that your selected arch length should not surpass the thickness of electrode’s metal segment. A 1/8 inch electrode, for example, should be positioned around 1/8 inches away from the base material. Typically, a short arc length raises the likelihood of the electrode fusing to the base material whereas a long arc length spews spatter and leaves porosity. At first, novice welders would deem it naturally appropriate to apply long arc lengths when attempting to stick welds, perhaps to have a better view of the arc not to mention the puddle. If your view of the arc is hindered, try to find a suitable body position that will give you a better view of the puddle without necessarily extending the arc. With constant welding practice, you will understand that a tight, short arc distance cuts down spatter and fashions a narrower and striking bead look. Travel speed To attain a suitable travel speed, begin by setting up a weld puddle of the sought-after diameter, and then move at a tempo that maintains your arc in the foregoing 1/3 of the weld wet patch. A slower speed will result in the heat being channeled into the puddle rather than the weld, resulting in a poor fusion. Equally, a faster speed also hinders heat penetration, producing a thinning bead, and a possible undercut, characterized by the piece outside the weld adopting a concave or recessed shape rather than a conspicuous ‘U’ shaped flow effect. By adopting the aforesaid tips, coupled with constant practice, novice welders can fast become skilled in steel...

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Tips On Choosing Your Welding Safety Gear

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips On Choosing Your Welding Safety Gear

There’s a lot of emphasis on safety where welding is concerned because of the many hazards welders are exposed to during the process. These risks include, fire, body injury, and even strain. Whether you’re a commercial welder or a DIY welder, you too could benefit from these few tips on how to improve your welding safety by choosing the right gear. Torch cables/ blow pipes Whether you’re using TIG or MIG welding gear, you will need to use torch cables and blow pipes to feed gas and electrodes to your weld zone. With shorter torches and cables, you will constantly be forced to edge close to the work area. Not only does this strain you after some time, it forces you to place your body, especially your face, closer to the welding area. However, if you choose blow pies and torch cables with longer handles, you will have more flexibility when working. You will also have the choice to keep your body and eyes slightly farther from the work area. Helmets and goggles with front flips for work fluidity When choosing head gear, you can either go with goggles or helmets.  Goggles are ideal where sparks are not an issue while helmets are best for heavy operations such as grinding or torch cutting. That aside, helmets and goggles with a flipping front allow you to quickly inspect your work when welding without having to take off your gear completely. This not only improves work fluidity, it protects you from any adjacent weld sparks coming from your fellow welders. Welding screens with wheels for mobility Weld screens are important when working within demarcated spaces or in public areas. Made of canvas or mesh, these screens trap errant sparks to prevent fires and bodily injury to those nearby. They also provide some level of eye protection to anyone nearby. When buying these screens, opt for those with wheels on their bases. These are easy to transport and adjust around the worksite without having to carry out any heavy lifting. Welders & plasma cutters Welders and plasma cutters can be quite bulky. If working on large pieces of work such as vehicles or pipes, you will have to move around a bit with your equipment. This can multiply the level of train you have to deal with at the end of the day. To avoid this, opt for welder machines with wheels and/or long handles. These can easily be moved around without having to bend and lift, thus easing your work load and giving you more time to concentrate on your core tasks.  These small differences in the types of equipment you choose for your work can mean the difference between safety and harm. Stay safe and choose safety gear and welding equipment that lets you do more and worry...

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Four Reasons Choosing Powder Coating Over Fresh Paint Can Save You Money

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Reasons Choosing Powder Coating Over Fresh Paint Can Save You Money

If you’ve got a fence that needs painting or re-coating, you might be considering the benefits of powder coating over fresh paint. Powder coating is a quick, cost-effective alternative to fresh paint, and may be the way to go as it can save you money. These are four reasons why powder coating can be the more economic choice.  1. With powder coating, there is no wasted product. Left over product means money wasted. When compared with fresh paint, powder coating is up to 40% more efficient. Fresh paint leaks and drips, and that product is lost. With powder coating, any product which is left over remains in a solid state and can be kept and reused. 2. Powder coating is more durable than fresh paint. The less retouching and repainting you need to do, the more money you can save. When compared to fresh paint, powder coating is more weather resistant, has a greater resistance to solvents, UV rays, and — if you live near the ocean — is 74% more resistant to sea salt than fresh paint. Powder coating finishes hold their color for longer than fresh paint, meaning colors will stay brighter and fresher for much longer, needing less re-coats.  3. Powder coating helps protect your fence in the long run. The longer your fence lasts without needing renovations or replacements, the more money you can save. Rusty fences can be not only unsightly, but also dangerous, and replacing or fixing a fence can be expensive. Powder coating helps to protect your fence from rusting and corrosion, as well as fungus and algae, which will save you money that may have gone towards repairs and cleaning or even total replacements.  4. Powder coating is quicker, which saves the cost of labor. It is quicker to use powder coating over fresh paint. Fresh paints use solvents, which have a much longer drying time. Powder coating is baked in an oven and the process is quick and easy, with the coat drying almost instantly once removed. There is no time or cost spent on extra coats, waiting for fresh paint to dry, or worrying about streaking. The result is smooth and even on the first go, which means no extra paint, or time spent on labor, is needed. Because powder coating is so fast, durable, and economic, it could be the better choice over fresh paint for coating your...

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Optimal Material and Designs for Business Sports League Tournament Trophies

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Optimal Material and Designs for Business Sports League Tournament Trophies

A trophy is designed to be a symbol of your achievement and a reminder of your accomplishment. There are a number of different types of trophies that you can be awarded. The type of trophy often is connected to the contest or accomplishment that you have completed. One of the most common types of trophies are sports competition trophies. Athletics allow for winners to be denoted more easily, which is especially true for the sport of golf. Business leagues that are holding golf tournaments have the ability to choose a trophy that is affordable, but also visually appealing. It all comes down to choosing the right material and design options. Materials and Cost When you think of materials that trophies can be made from, most people automatically associate trophies with precious metals. The most popular trophies that you can think of are designed to look expensive and many assume that they are made from precious metals like sliver or bronze. However, most trophies are actually made from natural materials that are much more affordable than precious metals. Precious metals might be what medals during the Olympics are made from, but most trophies are made from alternative materials. Since trophies are large in size, they are often made using materials that do not come attached with a high cost. The materials trophies are predominantly made of include plastic, resin and wood. Marble is also a popular material that the bases of trophies are often constructed from. However, in order to keep costs low, most trophies are made primarily from plastic. The size of the trophy will typically be the determining factor in the material that is used. Larger trophies are made using plastic and smaller trophies can be made using slightly more expensive materials. It is possible to have a large trophy manufactured for your business league sports tournament if you choose plastic as the trophy material of choice. Design Options Not every trophy looks the same, and many are made to look more personalised and original. The overall design of any trophy is not to be one piece. There are actually multiple components that are combined together to create a trophy. This includes the base, the column, the riser and the figurine. The base is what offers support to the trophy and the column is the vertical piece that is attached to the trophy. The riser is similar to the column, but is the decoration that separates the base from the column. The figurine is what sits atop the trophy and is often connected to the event that the trophy is meant to signify. A trophy that looks most professional will have all of these design elements...

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