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Tips that Will Help You Save Costs on Your Next Metal Fabrication Job

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In a survival of the fittest economy, everyone is looking for ways to cut costs and save money by squeezing out every penny out of a budget. Whether you’re buying a car, remodeling your old kitchen or repurposing your garage into a new bedroom for the ever-growing family, reducing overhead in every aspect is the end goal in every operation. Everyone is looking to get as much quality for the best price possible. However, the best price isn’t necessarily the lowest price, but when it is, it’s an added advantage! This is no different in the world of metal fabrication. Unlike a kitchen budget where you can find coupons to clip, consumers will sift through facts and figures to find the right metal fabricator for the job. Other factors aside, your bid’s total dollar amount is the most important figure that a consumer will look at.   If you are putting together an upcoming bid for a metal fabrication project, here are a few tips that will help you keep your estimates and lead times as low as possible. Offer shop-ready drawings Other than showing you’re already prepared for a project, shop-ready drawings eliminate the engineering process that many metal fabrication companies will require to spend money on to construct an estimated bid. Offer a desired date of completion Every metal fabricator has a varying workload at any given time. Hence, your desired delivery on a given project will influence their bid price and their capability to fit the project into their schedule. Offer site address and contacts A successful real progress in cost reduction is to offer site address and contacts. Many metal fabricators have the ability to do majority of the work on-site, which helps in cutting lead times. Offering site address and contacts information up front will help each fabricator determine their costs given the specifications of the job site. Offer information on load specification if possible These can include anything from equipment limitations or restrictions, environmental loads, specs for tension, or equipment cut sheets. Provide profiles and plans if available Providing profiles and plans up front allows estimators to have a clearer picture of the project in its entirety. This will enable them to provide more realistic bids total. Communication is key The more information you can provide upfront, the better the bid total you will receive from fabricators. Communication is the key to more realistic bid quotes. Click here for more info on the...

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Buying Guide for Second-Hand Induction Benders

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The second-hand market can be a perfect place to purchase induction benders. However, one needs to be extra careful when making the purchase. Thorough machine inspection should be done by a manufacturer, to ensure that every part is working in order.  This guide should help with the most essential tips to observe while making the purchase. Learn what the bender was designed to do The three most important factors of any bending machine are geometry, material, and output quantity. If a machine was developed for the production of thin-walled exhaust pipes in mass production, it could not be used in bending of thick-walled high-pressure pipes. In this case, you should seek the manufacturer’s expertise in determining the exact purpose of the bender. Adequate production capacity When one decides to invest in second-hand induction benders, the reasons are obvious. However, this doesn’t limit the fact that one wants a machine that will meet their daily production. If you are involved especially in induction bending process of complex tubes, you need to thoroughly check all the factors that determine the efficiency of the machine. You should also be aware of the worst case scenario that the second-hand machine might become a liability if the quality of components and the machine performance doesn’t match your current equipment. Consult with the manufacturer Just like buying used car which requires testing, purchasing second-hand induction benders calls for testing. Make a point of consulting the original manufacturer to test whether all the parts of the machine are functioning properly. Before you decide not to make consultation, remember that it is not easy to dismantle such a complex machine to replace the components. Examine the Documents Don’t assume that the seller is genuine with you while marketing the product. Sometimes you might find that they are in fact exaggerating the capabilities of the machine. Others will paint old machines to make them look new and then sell them at an inflated price. The only way to prove that the induction bender you are about to buy meets your expectations and that it is not too old is going through its documentation papers. In case the machine has been altered, the only way to restore it to its normal working condition is if the original parts are still available. The only person who can determine which parts of the machine are missing is the original manufacturer. If he decides to recondition the machine, then he will replace all the obsolete...

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Why Corrugated Steel Pipes Are a Sustainable Choice for Drainage Applications

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The use of corrugated steel pipes as piping for drainage systems is commonplace across Australia. On a smaller scale, these pipes can be used to direct runoff away from private properties; and on a bigger scale, they can be used as culverts and stormwater drains along public roads and under bridges. One of the main reasons for the widespread use of corrugated steel pipes for drainage applications is the sustainability of the pipes.  Read on to educate yourself why corrugated steel pipes will continue to be a popular choice for drainage applications today and in the days ahead.  Longevity  Most in-ground applications are time-consuming and expensive, so perhaps the biggest selling point of corrugated steel is that it can maintain its strength and durability for a very long time. These qualities are highly important for most drainage projects, where drains are expected to stand the test of time once installed. The prefabrication of corrugated steel pipes allows for the production of high performance products that can withstand the elements. This reduces the need to frequently remove and replace old drainage pipes. This means that corrugated steel pipes are also an economical choice over the long term. Potential for recycling Upon reaching the end of their lifespan, corrugated steel drain pipes will not be sent to the landfill. Rather, they will be taken to a recycling facility that accepts steel for recycling. At the facility, up to 100% of the waste material can be recycled and used to make new steel products. This impacts the natural environment in so many positive ways. To begin with, the need to mine iron ore (the main raw material used for steel production) is greatly reduced. This means less disruption of unspoiled land by mining activities. In addition, recycling steel takes far less energy than it does to mine iron ore. Hence, the tremendous potential for recycling makes corrugated steel pipes an environmentally friendly choice for drainage applications. Design flexibility The design of corrugated pipe makes it more flexible than rigid smooth pipe, meaning that corrugated steel pipes can be used for a wider range of drainage applications. The degree of corrugation is based upon the number of the ridges – the greater the number, the more flexible the pipe.  Waste minimisation Thanks to the advent of computer numerical controlled (CNC) machines, the prefabrication of corrugated steel leads to minimal waste generation. This means the available steel is efficiently...

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Meshed Up: Using Stainless Steel Wire Mesh To Build Rat Walls For Your Raised Deck

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A raised deck in your garden can be a wonderfully relaxing place to be, but not when you have a colony of rats scuttling around beneath its surface. If left unprotected, the shelter and shade to be found underneath a raised deck can play host to rats, mice, possums, cane toads and other dangerous and destructive vermin. As such, installing some kind of barrier to protect the space under your deck is vital. One of the most effective ways to keep rats and other vermin from inhabiting the space beneath your deck is by installing a rat wall, a physical barrier which is placed around the base of your deck and partially buried to prevent burrowing animals from bypassing it. Traditionally, heavy bricks or concrete slabs were used to construct these walls, but stainless steel wire mesh can also be used to make a thoroughly effective rat wall. Lighter, cheaper and easier to install than a traditional masonry rat wall, wire mesh walls made from stainless steel are also thoroughly immune to rust and corrosion, so a rat wall that takes just a few hours to install can serve you well for years to come. Choosing the right mesh for your rat walls It goes without saying that choosing a loosely-woven wire mesh won’t be much use, as rats, mice and other small vermin animals can simply slip between the gaps in the mesh. You should therefore opt for quarter or half-inch mesh (sometimes referred to as ‘hardware cloth’) when choosing your wall materials. You may be tempted to choose mesh that is even more finely woven, such as insect mesh; however, these ultra-fine meshes are made with very fine and delicate wires, and a determined rat can easily chew through such a fragile barrier. Installing your rat walls Installing a wire mesh rat wall is a relatively simple affair, with only a few steps required: Digging a trench around the bottom of your deck to accommodate the buried portion of the wall should be your first step. For your rat wall to be thoroughly effective it should extend at least a foot below below ground, so be sure to dig your trench suitably deep. You should also take care to make the trench wide enough, as the bottom portion of your wall will be bent at a 90 degree angle away from your deck; this prevents vermin capable of deep burrowing from bypassing the wall when they encounter it. This horizontal section of the wall is generally constructed to extend half a foot beyond your wall, so make sure to dig your trench wide enough so you have space to work in. Once your trench is dug, you can begin installing the wall. Using lathe screws or robust nails, attach the top end of the rat wall to the base of your deck, and roll the mesh out until it reaches the base of your trench. Once the bottom of the trench is reached you should bend the bottom portion outwards to create the horizontal section of your wall. If possible, this should all be achieved with a single roll of wire mesh, but if you need to use more than one piece you can overlap them by a few inches to prevent vermin from wriggling through any...

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How to Deal With Common PVC Door Problems

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Some homeowners incur unnecessary replacement costs when they replace each PVC door that becomes defective. However, not all defects on those doors are irreparable. This article discusses some solutions to common PVC door problems that you can implement on your own. Alignment Problems PVC doors are usually heavy. These doors are usually aligned using a combination of screws and spacers. Over time, some screws may loosen and cause the door to lose its alignment. Don’t discard such a door under the mistaken belief that it has reached the end of its service life. Instead, adjust the screws that hold the door in its frame. Keep testing how easily the door opens as you make the screw adjustments. Tighten the screws once the door has started opening easily. Faulty Weather Stripping Moisture and low temperature can damage your exterior PVC door in case the weather stripping is not repaired after it was damaged. The insulation of your home can also be compromised if the weather stripping on the PVC door is damaged. You can fix this problem by buying a roll of flexible weather stripping from a hardware store near you. Buy the type that adheres automatically once it is put onto the inner frame of the PVC door. Replace all the damaged weather stripping with the rolls that you have bought. Hardware Failure The locks and handles on your PVC doors are heavily used on a daily basis. This heavy use predisposes those pieces of door hardware to premature wear. For instance, the spindle may become exposed once the door handle falls off the door. Similarly, the door lock may seize up after the locking pins wear. These problems can be fixed easily by buying replacement parts from hardware stores near you. Follow the instructions given during the installation of the specific model of door hardware that you have purchased. Damage to the Door Structure The PVC door can sustain physical damage due to several reasons, such as accidentally drilling a hole in it during a DIY project. Such physical damage can be repaired using repair kits available on the market. The kits usually contain filler materials and sanding tools to smooth the filler so that it is flush with the rest of the door. Instant paint can be mixed to ensure that the repair site is indistinguishable from the rest of the PVC door. The repairs above may require varying degrees of experience with different tools. Ask PVC door refurbishment professionals for help in case you lack the necessary skills to repair your damaged door on your...

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Why You Should Consider Using Plastic Crates

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One of the most popular products available for shipping applications is crates. Shipping crates can be made from plastic, wood, cardboard, or any other material deemed suitable for various material-hauling applications. If you are contemplating using plastic crates, it is important that you first understand the various benefits they can offer. Though the list is long, here are a few crucial ones you ought to know about. Robust and space-saving construction Durability is a key attribute of plastic crates. The crates are typically built using high-density polyethylene or polypropylene, both of which are robust enough to handle heavy items and bear up to the abuses of normal use. Extrusion and injected-moulding are the main processes used to manufacture plastic crates. These techniques allow for design flexibility and ensure the uniformity of products, which makes it possible to stack up crates. This helps save valuable floor space in the warehouse as well in the vehicle where the crates are packed up for transport. Material-handling automation Material-handling equipment such as bale arm systems help make easy work of lifting heavy loads. Thanks to the extrusion and injection-moulding processes, plastic crates can be designed to offer superior compatibility with automated equipment, allowing you to stack and de-stack or load and unload crates much faster. Cleanliness Cleaning plastic crates is simple. All you need to keep your crates squeaky clean is a pressure washer. You simply place your crates in the cleaning area and let the force of water coming out of your cleaning equipment do the rest of the work. The best part is that no harmful bacteria and fungus will attack your crates because plastic is not affected by exposure to moisture or water. This makes plastic crates ideal for shipping food products. Reusability New plastic crates can be made from recycled or reprocessed material. This helps reduce the demand for raw materials required to make new plastic products, something that positively impacts on the environment over the long term. Water-resistance If your crates are going to be exposed to moisture- or water-based environments, crates made of plastic will make a perfect choice. This is because plastics do not react with water or any of its constituent elements like oxygen, meaning no water-induced deterioration will take place. Now that you are informed about some of the benefits you stand to gain by using plastic crates, you should seriously consider them for your shipping...

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Well Water Problems That May Cause Problems for Your Pump Equipment

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Bore pumps are one of the most expensive water pumps available on the market because they are used to pump water from aquifers located at great depths below the ground. Therefore, it is important for you, a bore pump owner or user, to take proper care of the equipment so you can avoid spending lots of dollars on frequent and costly repairs. A lack of proper maintenance may even lead to permanent equipment failure, forcing you write off an expensive asset before it has outlived its usefulness. Taking good care of your bore pump is more than just performing scheduled inspections and calling in a technician when the equipment has broken down. It also involves paying attention to your entire water supply system so you can tell when something is amiss and have the issue dealt with before it can cause any major problems. If you are experiencing the following water supply problems, the issue may sometimes be with your well and not your pump equipment. Lots of air bubbles in the water If the water being supplied for your use looks milky but also has a lot of air bubbles, it indicates that air has infiltrated your system. The problem could be because there are natural dissolved gases in your well water. Some of the common types of gases found in underground water include oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and carbon dioxide. Their presence in your system will cause the water coming out of your taps to flow at inconsistent pressures. Excessive gas in your well will need to be removed before it can cause pump problems to pop up. Call in a well service specialist to carry out tests to determine there are any gases you should remove from your well water or you will simply require to adjust your pump settings. Usually a little air in the system should not cause serious issues with your pump operations. Dirty water If the water coming out of your taps looks murky, it could be because sediment is getting into the system through leaky water supply pipes buried underground. Then again, it is possible that water levels in your bore are simply low, leading to pumping of the sediment-containing water. Before you start blaming your equipment for your woes, check the water pressure gauge to find out if there is sufficient water in your bore. By monitoring the water in your well, you will also be taking care of your water...

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Five Tips to Consider When Arranging Demolition for a Mobile Home

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If your mobile home has lived out its lifespan, it may be time to demolish it. However, through that process there are several issues you should consider. As you talk to demolition experts and gather quotes, here are some ideas to keep in mind. 1. Don’t forget the permit In most cases, especially if your mobile home is in a caravan park or a municipality, you will need a permit to demolish it. If you hire a professional demolition team, they can often take care of arranging the permit for you, but if you hire an amateur, you may need to take care of that yourself. Keep in mind that permitting may take a while so leave adequate time for the process. 2. Remove asbestos separately If your mobile home has any products with asbestos in them, make special arrangements with an asbestos mitigation specialist to remove those items. In many cases, you need to have permission to throw asbestos-filled items in the landfill, and you also want to ensure that you don’t release a bunch of asbestos fibres during the demolition process. In many cases, if your mobile home was built in the 1980s or before, it may have asbestos in it. However, even newer homes may have some asbestos as there was asbestos in various products in Australia until 2003. 3. Disconnect utilities Before the demolition starts, make sure that you disconnect all of the utilities. Call the relevant companies and stop service. Also, hire a plumber or electrician as needed to disconnect your mobile home from the water and power supplies. 4. Look into selling scrap metal When you demolish a home, it can often be helpful to sell or salvage as much as possible. With a mobile home, you may be able to salvage some scrap metal. In particular, if your mobile home has a metal exterior or metal roofing, that may be salvageable. 5. Talk with the demolition professional about extra costs When you demolish a mobile home, the demolition person may quote your price in dollars per square metres, or they may base your price on other factors. Remember to ask if there are any additional costs, and talk with the demolition expert about any unusual features your mobile home may have. For example, if you have a shingled roof instead of the standard factory-issue mobile home roof, there may be extra fees for removing shingles. Similarly, if the demolition crew has to remove the contents of the house, they may charge you more than if it were...

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Durability: Why Metal is Still the Best Material for Medical Device Manufacture

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Plastic is often heralded as the way forward for medical devices, but it’s not without its drawbacks. Metal is still growing and improving as a medical material, and should not be discounted in favour of the plastic hype. Metal is highly durable, making it the ideal choice for many medical devices for multiple reasons. Here are just 3 reasons why you should still consider durable metal fabrication when getting your next medical device manufactured.  Durability Makes Metal Safer While it is true that high performance plastics can be durable, metal is still the stronger choice. The alloys used in medical manufacture are able to withstand very high amounts of pressure, heat and repeated impact, while brittle plastics are more prone to breakage and deformation. Take, for example, two materials used to make hip prostheses. Lennite UHMWP, a thermoplastic, has a yield strength of just 22.9 MPa (meaning it can take 3,320 pounds of force per square inch). Titanium alloy TIMETAL 367, on the other hand, has a yield strength of 800 MPa (116,000 pounds of force per square inch). Metal alloys also have added benefits like corrosion resistance, and the ability to be manufactured in more precise sizes than plastic. These factors are incredibly important for devices that will need to penetrate bone, come into contact with corrosive substances, or remain in the body for long periods and withstand constant strain. If a device breaks, bends or corrodes while in contact with the patient’s body, the results could be catastrophic. Resistant metals are a far safer choice for medical devices that could threaten a patient’s health or life if damaged. Durability Makes Metal Reusable Disposable plastic devices definitely have their place in today’s medical world. They reduce the need for sterilisation, which in turn helps keep infection rates and labour costs lower. However, all this plastic waste wreaks havoc on the environment. Did you know that 1/3 of all hospital waste in Australia is plastic, and items like tubing make up a large amount of that figure? If these plastics are burned, they will release toxins into the atmosphere. If they’re simply disposed of, they end up in landfills. If your next medical device will include tubing or something similar, consider whether it needs to be disposable plastic. If not, you should aim to make something reusable, and metal can be a good material choice for this, depending on the device. Given its resistance to chemicals and heat, metal can be sterilised manually or through autoclaves repeatedly without damage. Metal’s strength and impact resistance make these devices far less likely to break than plastics. As a result, metal is the ideal material for high sustainability. Durability Makes Metal Cheaper Given that metals are strong and reusable, it’s no surprise that they can work out to be a cheaper choice than plastics. Hospitals are always looking to cut costs where possible, so a metal device that lasts years is preferable to a plastic device that needs to be replaced after every use. Metal can also be cheaper on the manufacturer’s side for small runs of prototypes and new designs or technologies, as opposed to injection mouldings that require very expensive initial...

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How to Choose Accessories for Your Sump Pump

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If you have a basement in your house, you know the benefits that come with installing a sump pump. Sump pumps keep the basement dry and mold-free during the rainy season by pumping water away into a drainage system. Proper maintenance of your sump pump is essential for optimal performance. One of the ways of monitoring the performance of the pump is by installing the right accessories.  Float switches Float switches help detect the level of water in the pump. They automatically turn on and off as the level of water rises or falls respectively. There are three types of float switches: tethered, vertical, and electronic float switches. Tethered float switches are ideal for use in large sump pumps, or pumps with deep basins. Since the float is large and has a long cord, it de-energizes the pump for extended periods between pumping cycles so that the motor can cool off. Vertical float switches are ideal for sump pumps whose basins are too small to accommodate a tethered float. They have shorter pump cycles than tethered pumps, so they consume more electricity. Electronic switches are more efficient and reliable than vertical and tethered float switches. They do not have any moving parts such as cords; hence, they hardly get stuck or hung-up, a problem that is common with other types of switches. What’s more, they can be used on pumps with shallow or deep basins. Backup sump pump Sump pumps usually fail during the rainy weather when the basement is more likely to flood. If you do not have a backup pump, extensive flooding can occur before you get your pump repaired. If you store items in your basement, they can easily get damaged as well. A backup sump pump is like a secondary or a redundant sump pump that you can install in your basement. Its float switch is designed to operate only when the primary sump pump fails or gets overwhelmed. Sump pump alarm A sump pump water alarm is used to monitor water leaks in the basement and overflowing or leaking pumps. It detects water where it is not supposed to be and goes off. A sump pump alarm can help you identify and repair small leaks or minor sump pump problems before they become a major issue. In some latest models, the alarm can call you when it detects water in your basement. Sump pumps help keep the basement free from flooding all year round. With the right accessories, your sump pump will operate efficiently and give you peace of mind even in the rainy...

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