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A Few Important Tips When Using Wood Chips as Mulch in Your Yard

Posted by on 7-07-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Few Important Tips When Using Wood Chips as Mulch in Your Yard

Wood chips are a great choice for mulch; they’re all-natural and usually come from scrap pieces that would otherwise wind up in landfills, and which mean not having to harvest virgin materials to make new mulch. Wood chips are also often available in a wide range of shades; dark red can be a great choice to make your landscaping features stand out in contrast to your green lawn, or you might opt for a brown shade so that the mulch doesn’t clash with your garden kerbing. When you are ready to add wood chips to your yard as mulch, note a few important tips to keep in mind first. High carbon ratio Wood chips tend to have a high carbon to nitrogen ratio, so they may temporarily choke off the soil’s supply of nitrogen. Nitrogen is necessary for healthy plant growth. Before you add wood chips, you can compensate for this by using a fertilizer around the landscaping or garden, as this will add nitrogen to the soil. Using fertilizer before adding wood chips will keep that balance healthy so your plants should stay strong.  Watering Wood chips tend to hold a lot of moisture against the ground and also protect the ground from drying because of sun exposure. You might need to adjust your watering schedule when you add wood chips so that plants don’t become too moist and the roots hold too much water. If you notice that your plants or landscaping features start to get brown and wither, you may need to reduce the watering schedule since your plants may not be drying off properly under all those wood chips. Adding new chips Wood will tend to weather and become a silvery or grey color over time, and it does break down and decay. This is why most gardeners and homeowners will add a new layer of mulch over the old, sometimes every year or even more than once throughout the year. However, too much mulch of any sort can suffocate the roots of your more delicate plants and cut off too much sunlight onto the soil. Instead of just adding a new layer of mulch over the old, it’s good to rake up the old layer. This will not only keep you from creating a layer of mulch that’s too thick but also will help to turn the soil, allowing for nutrients on the topsoil to get absorbed into the dirt and creating a healthy area for your...

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Options for fencing a small acreage

Posted by on 6-06-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Options for fencing a small acreage

If you have a small acreage, you should fence it off from the neighbours to delineate the borders. There are a few different options for the type of fencing you can use. These mostly depend on the reason for putting up a fence. Barbed wire fencing One of the cheapest options for fencing is a barbed wire fence, which consists of four, or more, strands of wire stretched between fence posts. You will also need the droppers in between the posts, which help to keep the strands taut and the fence looking strong. A barbed wire fence is a good way to mark the borders of your plot. It is also a good option to keep larger animals off the land or to force them to stay on your plot. This is not the most effective type of fencing if you want to keep people off your land, though, as it is relatively easy to climb through a barbed wire fence. The option is to have a higher fence with an increased number of strands and droppers to keep the wires tight and difficult to get through. Palisade fencing Palisade fencing is usually fairly high and is a good, strong option to fence a property and to ensure that people will be deterred from trying to find a way onto the property. These fences are usually made of steel or aluminium. They are long lasting and retain their security for a long time. But, palisade is also more costly than barbed wire. Diamond mesh fencing Diamond mesh is a good way to keep both animals and humans off your property. It can also be an attractive fencing option. Diamond mesh rolls are usually long but not very wide, so it may be necessary to use two lengths of the fencing on top of each other. You will need the fence posts to which the diamond mesh is attached. This is a more cost effective option to fences that are really a form of invisible wall. Invisible wall This fence is a good option to secure the boundaries of any property. The gaps in the wire of the fence are very small and it is considered to be an effective option. It is also, perhaps, the most costly fencing option available if it is a rather large amount of acreage you are wanting to fence. Timber fencing If you want to use a material for fencing around your property that is as natural as possible, you can use timber fencing. This could be in the form of slats that are placed fairly close together that will create a barrier to animals and humans that is almost as solid as a wall. You could also use horizontal poles resting on vertical ‘stands’ to create an effective fence for larger animals, but one that will not deter any...

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Your Two-in-One Machine: What is a Tracked Access Platform?

Posted by on 6-06-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Your Two-in-One Machine: What is a Tracked Access Platform?

Working at height can prove challenging, especially when crossing difficult terrain becomes cumbersome for heavy access equipment. Whether you are a construction worker, painter, electrician, or tree surgeon, it is important that whichever elevating working platform you use be safe and reliable in all terrains. New technology and design in the construction industry has seen improvement in projects that involve working at height, and the innovation of the tracked access platform leads the way. What is a tracked access platform? Tracked access platforms are machine powered access platforms that specialize in minimizing the challenges posed by difficult terrain due to adverse weather and challenging ground conditions. They do not operate on four wheels like conventional elevating working platforms. Instead, the access platform is mounted onto a continuous track which spreads the weight of the machine over a large surface area. Tracked access platforms can maneuver through undulating terrain, fragile flooring, and even steps with ease. They are ideal two-in-one solutions for a range of indoor and outdoor elevating projects. What are the advantages of tracked access platforms? Tracked access platforms have various advantages that make them versatile and ideal for all projects that involve working at height. They include the following: •    Compactness and flexibility Tracked access platforms have a compact design that allows them access to narrow passages with ease. Most tracked access platforms are designed with multiple hinges on their arm, which allows flexibility when working around obstacles like buildings. They are also able to access high ceilings and rooftops. Their flexible legs can be set in precise position, making them stable and secure from toppling even when accessing unstable and uneven terrains such as steps and stairways. Also, these machines can be folded away for easy transportation to the site. •    Odorless and noiseless Unlike conventional elevating working platforms, electric-powered tracked access platforms do not emit harmful gasses and fumes into the atmosphere. Also, they operate without any loud motor noises making them ideal for indoor projects. •    Automation The machines can be easily transported from one location to another on the project site through the use of remote controls. Most tracked machines also come with an automatic self-stabilizing system which automatically and proportionally manages the stability of the lift for maximum safety. Using tracked access platforms in construction and other projects that require working at height reduces the costs and risks of working on flimsy ground and on uneven and unstable terrains. It makes tracked access platforms your two-in-one solution for both indoor and outdoor...

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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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