Making Timber Crates Mobile With Casters: Three Caster Shapes to Consider

Posted by on 4-04-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Making Timber Crates Mobile With Casters: Three Caster Shapes to Consider

Wooden crates can be for more than just shipping solutions. They can also be used to store items around your factory, warehouse or other industrial facility. If you have items stored in timber crates and you want to be able to move them around quickly, you may want to add casters to your crates. Ultimately, you need to consider how much weight the casters can bear, whether or not they have built-in brakes and a few other issues. First, however, you have to select the caster with the best attachment hardware for your timber crates. Casters can attach to timber crates in a range of ways, and ultimately, you need a caster that can fit on your crate without damaging it or being overly obtrusive. Here are three options to consider: 1. Casters With Plates One of the most popular types of caster wheels features a flat plate on top of the caster. To install them, you tip over your timber crate, stabilise the plate against the wood and put in four screws to hold it in place. Unfortunately, if the wood on the base of your timber crate isn’t thick enough, it won’t be able to accommodate the screws used to hold the plate in place. However, if your timber crate has a thick base, these casters may be the best option — they tend to be very sturdy. 2. Casters With Posts Alternatively, there are casters attached to posts. To fit these to your timber crates, you need enough room to drill a hole in the timber. Then, you need to slip a chamber into that hole, and finally, you slot the post of the caster wheel into the chamber. If the case of your crate isn’t thick enough to accommodate screws, this option may work because you only need one hole rather than four. As a result, you can attach the caster on the very edge of the crate so that the post is going up into the side walls of the crate instead of into the floor of the crate. 3. Casters With U-Brackets If neither of these options work, you may want to explore u-bracket casters. U-bracket casters have a small u-shaped piece of metal over the caster. This bracket slips over a piece of wood on your crate, and then, you run a bolt through both sides of the bracket as well as through the wood, and you use a nut and washer to hold it in place. If your timber crate doesn’t have any good spots to add casters, you can attach small slats around the perimetre of the base of the crate. Then, you can slip the u-bracket over these small pieces of wood, and finally, you can enjoy your newly mobile...

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Useful Guide to Purchasing Walkie-Talkies

Posted by on 2-02-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Useful Guide to Purchasing Walkie-Talkies

You’ve been shopping around and almost every walkie-talkie dealer out there seems to claim that their products are the best on the market. As a first-time purchaser, this can be very confusing. Hopefully, the following guide will make it a lot easier for you to buy the right business walkie-talkies free of any frustrations. What types of walkie-talkies are available? Walkie-talkies are essentially available as handheld and vehicle-mounted two way radios. Both types of walkie-talkies come as UHF or VHF radios. Your best choice will depend on where you intend to use these communication devices. Do you want to use them in indoor, outdoor or both environments? In general, UHF radios are best for use in indoor environments since their waves are shorter and can penetrate interferences such as steel and concrete found in buildings better. VHF radios, on the other hand, work best when exclusively used outside, because their signals travel farther where there are no obstructions. If you intend to use the walkie-talkies in both indoor and outdoor environments, then UHF radios would be your best bet since their signals are more than adequate for use in outdoor environments as well. It is important to note that UHF radios cannot receive signals from VHF radios and vice versa. For that reason, make sure you purchase walkie-talkies of the same type and brand. Go analogue or digital? If you have already installed a radio system, chances are high it is an analogue system. If this is true, then you will have to buy analogue walkie-talkies to allow for signal transmission via your current radio system infrastructure. There’s nothing retrogressive about acquiring analogue walkie-talkies since they will probably still be around for a considerable amount of time.  However, you should be mindful of the fact that most modern radio services are making the transition to digital transmission. If you are contemplating replacing your analog equipment, then you should make an upgrade that can allow for mixed mode operation. This means that the new system can receive signals from both analogue and digital radios on a single channel. What features do you need? When buying walkie-talkies, you need to know what your exact communication requirements are. Do you need radios with secure lines programmed with privacy codes? Or do you need units with an adjustable power option so that you can select high and low power modes, depending on the desired signal range? These are some of the important features you have to consider when purchasing two-way...

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Troubleshooting a short cycling water pump

Posted by on 1-01-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Troubleshooting a short cycling water pump

There are many things that could be wrong if a water tank seems to be functioning improperly. Calling a professional is the easiest way to sort your tank out, but you should be able to troubleshoot and perform simpler repairs on your own as well. This can save you a lot of time and money, as you won’t have to call for repairs that turn out to be unnecessary. One common type of problem for residential water tanks is that the tank pump is pumping too rapidly, causing water pump short cycles. If you suspect that your tank pump has this problem, there are a few things you can do.   Leaking tank A short cycling water pump is the most common sign for loss of air charge in the water tank. Loss of air charge might be caused by a leak in the tank itself. To find out if your tank is leaking air, you need to inspect the tank exterior above the water line. You can notice where the water line is by looking at where condensation forms on the water tank, as it forms outside of the water body in the tank. Lather the tank up with soap and water, as this will make it easier to see if there is any air coming out of the tank. If you find a perforation, you can repair it temporarily with sheet metal, but it’s also a sign that you need to replace your tank soon. Leaking fixtures If you can’t find a hole in the tank itself, you should also inspect the plumbing fixtures that the tank provides with water. If the tank is overcharged with air, the fixtures might leak air as well as water if they’re broken or not properly installed. If you have a bladder type of tank, you need to also inspect the membrane of the tank. If it has become too old and rigid, it might allow air to mix with the water in the tank and water will be lost when using faucets that are using water provided by the tank. Waterlog You should inspect the bladder in the tank even if you don’t find any air leaks that can cause the short cycling of the pump. If the bladder is leaking, or if it has become stiff from dirt and debris, this might cause your tank to become waterlogged. This means the tank is completely filled with water and will decrease the power of the pump, causing it to short cycle. You can empty a bit of water out of the tank for a short term solution to prevent the pump from being worn out, but to fix the membrane and sort out the waterlog, you need the help of a plumbing professional.  If you run into these problems and cannot fix them yourself, contact a local plumping company, such as Slater H & Son Pty...

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Things to Consider when Purchasing Radiator Control Valves

Posted by on 1-01-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things to Consider when Purchasing Radiator Control Valves

When you are considering purchasing radiator control valves for your equipment, there are a number of factors to consider. With the large number of models, makes and options in radiators, you have to make sure you select the proper valve; however, there are other considerations as well. Use the information here to ensure you find the best radiator valve for your equipment. Seller or Manufacturer When you begin searching for the radiator valve you need, you should consider who you are purchasing the part from. There are individual, third party sellers you can buy from, or you can purchase directly from the manufacturer. While both options are acceptable, if you choose to purchase from a third party, you should ensure you are getting the part you need and that it is specifically made for your equipment. There are a number of radiator valves developed that are generic, which may not provide you with the right fit. It is a good idea to read other customer reviews about the seller, as well as the part you are considering purchasing. This will give you insight to whether or not the part will fit properly once it arrives. Quality of the Part When you find a quality seller, chances are they will also offer quality parts; however, it is still a good idea to closely read the materials used to create the part you plan to purchase. For example, it is never a good idea to purchase a plastic radiator valve. You need steel or metal that will have the ability to stand up to high-heat situations. If you do not read the descriptions well, it may result in you receiving a sub-par part, which will likely have to be replaced soon after application. Cost While you want to ensure you receive a high quality part, this does not mean you have to purchase the most expensive option available. However, you should not choose the least expensive option, either. Take time to carefully read the reviews so that you can find a good quality part that is also affordable for your budget. When you consider the factors listed here, you will be able to find the ideal radiator valve for your needs. Seeking radiator services in a timely manner will ensure the part is replaced and that the equipment can continue working as it should. Additionally, purchasing a quality part the first time will ensure you can get back to work sooner, with limited downtime. If you find that your radiator is acting up or missing particular parts, consider contacting local radiator services to discuss your...

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An Overview of the Different Kinds of Power Brushes

Posted by on 11-11-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on An Overview of the Different Kinds of Power Brushes

You will need to buy some type of power brush if you are planning to open a metal fabrication shop. That power brush will enable you (and your staff) to remove any surface contaminants or blemishes (such as rust) from the materials you are working with. This article discusses some of the common types of power brushes. Tube Brushes These are also called bottle or flue brushes. They are very good for de-burring (smoothening) the internal parts of metal tubes and cylinders. Their bristles are in the form of spirals. The tube brushes may have single or double bristle configurations. The single spiral bristle version is good for manual de-burring, while the double configuration is ideal for any heavy-duty de-burring task (where the brush is attached to a power tool as an attachment). The brush bristles or filaments are made from a variety of materials such as carbon, brass or nylon. You should contact your supplier of industrial machinery products for advice on which material is best suited for the products you will be using the brush to clean. Wheel Brushes These can have filaments/bristles that are crimped or knotted. The crimped ones are used when you want a very fine/smooth finish on the product you use them on. For instance, you can use a crimped wheel power brush to smoothen the surface of a rusted ball bearing. The knotted wheel brushes have wires/filaments that are twisted or conformed so that they interlink to one another. This variety of wheel brush is very good for use if you want a significant abrasive action, such as when using the brush as a grinder to prepare a material for painting with multiple coats of paint. End Brushes These are small. The filaments of these brushes are bundled into a structure that looks like a cup. An end brush is ideal for precision work because of its small size. For instance, you can use it to clean the hard-to-reach parts inside a machine at your fabrication shop. End power brushes also come in knotted or crimped filament configurations. You may need to have all the different power brushes above in your fabrication shop. This will enable you to use the most appropriate one for a given task. These power tools are potentially dangerous since particles can fly into the air around you, injuring your eyes. Always wear appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment), like goggles. The industrial machinery products supplier will guide you on how to get optimal service from these...

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Choosing the Right Conveyor Products and Solutions for Your Business

Posted by on 11-11-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing the Right Conveyor Products and Solutions for Your Business

A conveyor can be a good solution for just about any business that moves products and packages; they can protect those packages from damage due to slips and falls or being dropped by handlers, and can make moving large volumes of products much easier and faster overall. If you haven’t shopped for conveyor products and solutions in some time, you might be surprised at the options from companies like Belle Banne Conveyor Products available to you now. Note a few suggestions so you ensure you choose the right conveyors and accessories for your business. 1. Pick modules A pick module is a part of the conveyor that slows down product in order for it to be easily picked and sorted. These modules may have a separate speed than the rest of the conveyor or they may be textured in order to slow down product as it moves along. Choosing a pick module for your conveyor can keep your operators from having to manually stop the products or slow them down in order to pick and sort through them, so they can work faster and yet not interrupt the rest of the conveyor speed. 2. Spiral inclines For smaller businesses and facilities, a spiral incline can be the best choice. Like a spiral staircase, a spiral conveyor takes up a smaller footprint than a standard incline conveyor. If you need product lifted or lowered more than one story or to any elevation but don’t think you have room for an incline conveyor, look for a spiral incline instead. 3. Tilt tray sorters A conveyor doesn’t need to be a flat belt but certain areas of the conveyor may have tilt trays. These will tilt a product to a certain degree or angle when it reaches this module of the conveyor. This makes picking and sorting easier, as well as packing boxes. A tilt tray sorter also keeps an operator from needing to handle boxes and packaging in order to see their contents or reach inside, which can reduce your risk of damage due to operator error. 4. Racking A conveyor can work in a warehouse to actually rack and shelve packaging. The conveyor may start at the floor and then elevate the product, move it horizontally along a shelf, and then have arms that push the product onto the shelf. This can eliminate the need for manual stocking of shelves and allow you to stock items at virtually any height without risk of falls or injuries to stock...

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Common Questions about Structural Insulated Panels

Posted by on 8-08-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Common Questions about Structural Insulated Panels

Structural insulated panels are composite building materials made by putting two layers of structural board (plywood or cement, for example) on the outside of an insulating core (extruded polystyrene foam, for example). This article discusses some questions you may have about this building material. How Can I Save By Using Insulated Panels? Structural insulated panels (SIPs) can enable you to realize savings in many ways. First, you may make savings during the construction process because it takes a shorter time to raise a house frame made from these panels. This reduced construction time means you will pay less for labour. Another area where you may realize savings is in the cost of cooling or heating your home. Structural insulation panels create a very airtight shell so draughts will be minimal. Thus, your HVAC system will cost less to run since it will be easy to keep conditioned air in your home. Can I Attach Siding to SIPs As I Would On Any Other Surface? SIPs have little lumber in them so it may be necessary to use more fasteners than you would use to attach siding to other exterior construction material. You should first read the siding installation guidelines provided by the siding manufacturer since they may provide guidance on how to install them on insulated panels. If the manual is silent on the issue then you can consult the supplier of the SIPs for advice. How Are the Panels Supported? Structural insulated panels do not usually require additional support since their design makes them self-sufficient in that regard. For instance, the foam inside the panel acts as webbing while the plywood/cement exterior works as the beam holding up the webbing. The only support you need to provide is during the panel installation process.  Can the Panels Block Sound? The performance of insulated panels in attenuating sound may not be very high due to the low overall mass of the insulating core. However, the particular drywall and finishing materials used can improve the sound attenuation abilities of these structural insulating panels. It is advisable that you discuss this issue with your SIP supplier if sound blockage is a major concern that you have. Experienced professionals should do insulated panels installation so that no mistake is made to compromise their effectiveness. For instance, gaps between individual panels should be sealed so the structure is airtight the way it was designed to...

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Tips on Keeping Your House Cooler During the Summer

Posted by on 7-07-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips on Keeping Your House Cooler During the Summer

As any air conditioning unit owner, you probably have had to deal with a period of time when the air that came out of the unit felt like the air that comes out of a ventilator. Cooling issues such as those, as well as insulation issues and problems with the AC equipment itself, are easily fixed by a professional contractor. Here are three tips on how to deal with your air conditioning problem without needing to go to the trouble of replacing the whole unit. Check the ductwork for any leak If your AC unit is older than a couple years, it is possible that a duct has developed a leak through which the cooling liquid can easily escape, either through a wall or a floor space. To someone without any experience, leaks such as these are invisible. This is why you must use a basic smoke pen in order to detect the presence of any leaks. Leaky ducts are the most common HVAC repair services that professionals have to deal with, and a simple repair will greatly improve your unit’s cooling capacity. Check for any problems with the insulation If your AC unit is relatively new and you experience cooling issues, they might be caused by an insulation problem. This can also happen in houses where the windows and doors haven’t been replaced in a long time, as they can also develop insulation issues throughout time. By simply applying weather stripping on the edges of your doors and windows, you can greatly improve the cooling capacity of your air conditioning unit. This is a tip that doesn’t necessarily target air conditioners, but it can help them work optimally. Check the cooling liquid Without having enough refrigerant solution, the air conditioning unit that you own will be unable to properly cool down your house. Cooling liquid is essential to your AC unit working efficiently. If you notice that your unit is losing refrigerant as a result of duct leaks, you have to understand that this situation will not fix itself over time. You shouldn’t just keep refilling your refrigerant solution because it will constantly leak through the cracked ducts. In this case, you absolutely have to fix the leaky ducts before continuing to add more cooling liquid. The three tips mentioned above will aid you in locating the cause of most cooling problems, but they shouldn’t serve as a replacement for professional service. If your air conditioning unit isn’t working properly, seek help from an HVAC service and get the issue solved immediately.  Contact a company like Air Comfort Co of Australia Pty Ltd if replacement is your best option and you’re interested in learning more about new air...

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3 Things to Avoid When Picking Out a Lift Gate

Posted by on 6-06-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things to Avoid When Picking Out a Lift Gate

Trucks are great to have; they can carry heavy loads around and more. Because of this you need to have the right tailgate for the truck you have. There are also a lot of other things that you should take into consideration when it comes to picking out the right tailgate. Below are the top things that you should avoid when picking the tailgate out. A Lift Gate Incompatible With the Height of the Truck This issue happens more times than you care to know; it is where you get a lift gate that is meant to be a tuck away one and the truck you are putting it on doesn’t have a bed that is loaded enough to handle it. This means that the clearance of the height is not enough for the gate to even go on. When it comes to this issue you need to focus on the laden and the un-laden of the tail gate. Laden is the height of the bad when it is fully loaded and un-laden if the height of the bed when it is completely empty. Lack of Weight Capacity Requirements This is very important; obviously you always want the best as well as the most out of your truck, so under-specifying the capacity of the weight can lead to a lot of problems. In fact it is the direct result to the lift gate not lasting as long as it could. Consider what all will be in the bed of the truck to max it out; the weight of the items and the containers of the items, the weight of the device used for loading it all and unloading it all, and the weight of the driver and or other passengers as well. Not Enough Platform Depth This issue is similar to not measuring the weight correctly; the type of lift gate used determines how you can use it and what it can hold. For example a tuck away lift gate may be cheaper in cost but you limit yourself to what you can carry and the overall amount. If more of a platform depth is needed such as forty inches or so a lift gate like this won’t work, there will not be enough space but it will still be able to handle the weight. A rail style lift gate is the best kind to go with, the platform can fold and it can go up to eighty-four inches in...

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3 Things to Consider When Choosing Scaffolding for Rent

Posted by on 6-06-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things to Consider When Choosing Scaffolding for Rent

To make home repair jobs easier on you, it might be a good idea to rent actual scaffolding. This type of apparatus can be safer and can allow you to spread out tools and equipment you’ll need for painting, repairs, and the like. Before you choose scaffolding for rent, you want to ensure you opt for the right model that you can set it up quickly and easily, and so that you know it will be sturdy. Note a few factors to consider and to ask about when you visit the home improvement supply store. 1. Ask how quickly it sets up Typically the scaffolding you hire for work at home needs assembling, and you should ask how long it takes to set it up. Lightweight scaffolding may only have two or three pieces that snap into place, but larger pieces may have several sections that you’ll need to set up and then screw into place. You may feel as if you’re putting together furniture by the time your scaffolding is set up! It might be good to have the scaffolding hire services show you how a piece gets put together before you decide that it would work for you. 2. Note how the scaffolding is accessed Some scaffolding may have an internal ladder that you use for accessing the highest point, but this can be cumbersome for some people. Some models have stairs that are used to access the platform and this can be a better option; the stairs go across the scaffolding rather than just going up like a ladder. If you’re not steady on a ladder or need to carry heavy equipment, tools, and other items with you to the tallest point, choose the model with the internal staircase. 3. Know the difference between indoor and outdoor scaffolding Don’t assume that all scaffolding is exactly alike, but know the difference between indoor and outdoor scaffolding. Outdoor scaffolding should have added braces to keep it steady, along with heavy-duty casters and locks. It may also be heavier, to keep it from swaying in the wind. Indoor scaffolding will be more lightweight and may be thinner so that it fits through doorways more readily. The casters may also be thinner so that they don’t tear up carpets and flooring. Note to the rental agency the job for which you need the scaffolding so you’re sure to get either an indoor or outdoor...

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