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3 Things You Should Do When a False Fire Alarm Goes Off

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Should Do When a False Fire Alarm Goes Off

Some first-time homeowners may not be sure about the steps that they should take in case a false alarm is triggered by their fire alarm system. This article discusses some suggestions that such inexperienced homeowners can implement as soon as a false alarm goes off in their home. Observe the Control Panel Very valuable information about a false fire alarm incident can be obtained if you are quick to observe the control panel of your fire alarm system. Start by noting down all the messages that are flashed on the screen of the control panel after the false alarm goes off. You should also note down the specific indicators that are flashing in a different way. For instance, note down any indicators that are flashing a red light instead of the normal green light that you usually see. This information will help the fire alarm service personnel to make an accurate determination of what caused the false alarm to go off. They can then implement remedial measures to prevent a recurrence. Identify the Affected Devices It is unlikely that a false fire alarm will activate all the fire detection or suppression devices within your home. It is therefore advisable for you to find out which particular devices were activated during that false alarm incident. Make sure that you don’t tamper with that device or devices until a licensed professional has inspected it. You can then reset the control panel once the professional permits you to do so. Take Note of Relevant Events You should also record what else was happening within your home when the false fire alarm was triggered. Was there a storm? Had a power outage just taken place? Was renovation work going on? Had someone just turned on an electrical appliance? Had you just turned on a power back-up system? Knowledge of what happened at the same time as the false alarm can be instrumental in determining what vulnerabilities caused the fire alarm system to mistake another event for a fire. Ensure that you give the technician who arrives all the information that you have gathered about the false alarm incident. He or she can then ask you any relevant additional questions before conducting an inspection of your fire alarm system. The findings obtained after that inspection can then enable that professional to make any needed adjustments to your fire alarm system so that it can be more reliable in...

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Why Double Glazed Windows Are Suitable For Any Residence

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Double Glazed Windows Are Suitable For Any Residence

Typically, when a homeowner requires window replacement, they tend to opt for conventional annealed glass for their windows. Although this may seem like a convenient option, this type of glass does not enhance the efficiency of your home. If you are looking for glass that would provide you with additional functionality, then you should consider double glazed windows. This type of glass is made up of two separate panels of glass that have been installed in a single frame. There is some space left in between the glass panels that is either filled with a gas, such as argon or regular air. So why are double glazed windows suitable for any residence?  Double glazed windows enhance the thermal efficiency of your residence One of the biggest benefits you are set to enjoy by installing double glazed windows is enhanced thermal efficiency in your home. The double glazed windows function to reduce the amount of heat that is lost through our windows during the cold, winter months. If you use a conventional heating system in your residence, installing double glazed windows higher up your home’s structure will also reduce on the amount of heat lost during the winter. Nevertheless, double glazed windows do not only enhance energy efficiency during the colder seasons.  In the summer, the double glazed windows will function to prevent heat absorption into your home through your windows. This ensures that your home remains cool and comfortable during the summer months too. By investing in double glazed windows, you decrease your overall dependency on your air conditioning unit. This in turn will translate into decreased air-conditioning related utility bills.  Double glazed windows enhance the soundproofing of your home Another way that double glazed windows are suitable for any residence is that they provide your home with sound insulation from external noise. If you live in an area that is subject to a cacophony of noises for instance living in close proximity to a school, railways tracks and more, then double glazed windows would be an ideal investment. As sound travels into your home through your windows, the gas or air between the window panels functions to weaken it. As such, it is less likely to penetrate your home and be bothersome to you and your loved ones.  This is also convenient if you live in a cul de sac and would not want to disturb your neighbours with noises emanating from your residence, such as when you are entertaining...

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Tips to Keeping Your Air Conditioning Unit Running At Optimum

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips to Keeping Your Air Conditioning Unit Running At Optimum

Although air conditioning units are a staple for a significant number of residences, not many homeowners are strict with their maintenance regime. This largely stems from the fact that some homeowners simply do not know what they should do to get their air conditioning unit to run at optimum. However, neglecting this maintenance is what causes your air conditioning to begin to experience premature problems. When it comes to air conditioning maintenance, several aspects should be covered. Knowing what is involved could help you decide whether you can carry out this process on your own or if you would require the services of a maintenance technician. Here are some of the different things that should be done to keep your air conditioning unit running at optimum. An air conditioning inspection The first step when carrying out air conditioning maintenance would be a thorough inspection of your system. Some of the different components that should be inspected include the capacitators, the air conditioner’s motor, the compressor, the levels of refrigerant, the air conditioner’s coils and more. This internal inspection is also crucial to detecting any undetected leaks that may have formed in the unit, before they become exacerbated. An air conditioning tune up Once the air conditioning inspection has been carried out, you will know which parts of your air conditioning unit need tuning up. An air conditioning tune up will typically involve the lubrication of all the movable parts of the unit. Once this is done, you should ensure that all electrical connections in the unit are tightened for posterity of the system. You should also fill up the refrigerant fluid as needed when carrying out the tune up process. The tune up process typically functions to ensure all the hardware in the air conditioning unit is in proper working condition. An air conditioning clean up Once you are satisfied that the air conditioning unit is in good working order, you will then begin the cleaning process. The cleaning process is typically carried out last to ensure that any debris and spills that came about from the tuning up process are all eliminated at the same time. During the clean-up process, you should also take out the air conditioning filters and either clean or replace them as dictated by your individual model. Other areas that will require regular cleaning will include the condensate pan, the condensate coils and the...

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What to Expect During Your Car’s Radiator Servicing

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What to Expect During Your Car’s Radiator Servicing

The radiator is responsible for keeping a vehicle’s engine under normal temperature. It cools the coolant as it draws excess heat from the engine when the car is running. A functioning radiator is essential to keep the vehicle from overheating. A faulty radiator not only damages your engine and other components, but it also affects the car’s air conditioning. If you suspect your radiator or cooling system is struggling, it may be time to service it. What exactly goes on during a radiator service? Inspection of the cooling system The cooling system should undergo a visual inspection to identify any potential faults that could cause failure of radiator components and subsequent overheating of the engine. The visual check encompasses the following: •    Checking the thermostat for any mechanical defects. The thermostat allows the flow of coolant into the radiator. •    Inspecting radiator pipes for any damage or wear that could result in coolant leaks. •    Inspecting the radiator for any rust, scales, and leaks. Repair and replacement Any components that show signs of wear or potential damage such as the thermostat and radiator pipes should be replaced to ensure efficient performance of the engine. In fact, the radiator pipes should also be replaced routinely during every service even if they are not damaged to prevent leaks further down the road. A leaking radiator can be successfully repaired; however, this process can prove cumbersome. Your service dealership may advise you to have it replaced for improved performance. Flushing the cooling system Flushing of the cooling system is a procedure that involves adding a cleaner to the cooling system. Flushing is different from radiator draining. During radiator draining, only a proportion of the anti-freeze liquid is drained from the system.  This means that new anti-freeze will mix with the old. Flushing has the following benefits to your vehicle’s cooling system: •    It flushes out all the old anti-freeze and gets rid of sediments and any other contaminants that might have made their way into the system. •    It removes rust and scale deposits that build up inside the radiator over time. Rust can cause overheating or even damage the radiator. •    The additives in the cleaner lubricate the water pump, making it more durable. •    The new anti-freeze has additives that prevent the formation of rust and scale inside the radiator. After flushing, new and clean fluid is added into the cooling system. Flushing during every service can extend the life of your cooling system and prevent engine overheating. Radiator servicing is a procedure that every vehicle owner should consider regularly. It can save you costly repairs and replacement of car parts as a result of damage due to failed components in the cooling...

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Why The Log Seals In Your Hydraulic Log Splitters Are Damaged

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why The Log Seals In Your Hydraulic Log Splitters Are Damaged

Hydraulic log splitters are often preferred over their manual-style counterparts because they’re more powerful. The increased power of a hydraulic splitter means that there’s less human effort required to split each log. In order to prevent the leakage of hydraulic fluid, these log splitters are fitted with rod seals. With this in mind, it is important for homeowners who own and use hydraulic splitters to prevent the failure of these seals. This article discusses two common causes of rod seal failure in hydraulic log splitters for the benefit of DIY-minded homeowners. Damaged Piston Rods Damaged rods are often responsible for the failure of hydraulic rod seals. In a large number of cases, damage to piston rods occurs in the form of bent and/or broken rods. The piston rods in a hydraulic log splitter may bend or break when exposed to sudden impact (e.g. the impact created by a wayward piece of the log falling on the splitter). Piston rods may also get damaged if they’re not rightly sized for the splitter. Piston rods that are not correctly-sized are often installed when DIY-minded homeowners are replacing faulty piston rods. The right size of piston rods is often indicated in the user manual for different hydraulic splitters. Finally, piston rods in a hydraulic log splitter may suffer damage as a result of moisture infiltration. Moisture may penetrate into the piston rods when the log-splitter is stored in a leaky basement (for example). Damage to piston rods interferes with the alignment of the hydraulic cylinder in relation to its load. This misalignment exerts excess pressure on the rod seals, often leading to their failure. Contaminated Hydraulic Fluid Damage to rod seals may also occur when the hydraulic fluid used in a log-splitter is contaminated. Hydraulic fluid is considered to have been contaminated if it contains suspended particles (e.g. disintegrated pieces of metal from the hydraulic cylinder material and loose debris from the atmosphere). The mentioned particles often have an abrasive effect on the rod seals in the machine. This causes the seal material (often rubber or polyurethane) to wear out. Worn out rod seals will easily allow hydraulic fluid to leak through. The presence of water in hydraulic fluids is also considered a form of contamination. Because water will often be insoluble when mixed with hydraulic fluids, it’s relatively easy for the DIY-minded homeowner to identify water-based contamination in the hydraulic fluid used on a...

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Maintenance Tips For an Industrial Air Conditioner

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maintenance Tips For an Industrial Air Conditioner

If you have an industrial-sized air conditioner in your commercial building, you will need to make sure you keep up with regular cleaning and maintenance. This is essential to having an air conditioning unit that continues to operate properly without needing extensive repairs or a replacement. Keep the Unit Clean The first thing you need to do when maintaining your industrial air conditioner is make sure you keep it clean. Try to routinely clean the unit inside and outside to avoid having issues like dirt and debris buildup. If it has been a while since you have cleaned the coils and fins of the air conditioner and your energy bill has gone up or it isn’t cooling your office as it should, it is a sign that you need to tend to it. The condenser coils can be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner by using the brush attachment. This will be soft enough to use on the coils without damaging them. When cleaning the fins, just be careful not to bend them. When cleaning the air conditioner, also clean or replace the filter to remove excess debris. Have Preventative Maintenance Performed It is also recommended that you have a professional HVAC technician come in periodically to perform preventative maintenance. By getting this maintenance before experiencing issues, you might be able to prevent more expensive repairs. Preventative maintenance often includes lubricating the metal parts, cleaning out the unit, and checking the condition of the drain lines and drain pain. The technician might also adjust belts, replace parts, and calibrate the system so that it works properly. The will also check that the thermostat is working. Operate the Air Conditioner With Care When using the industrial air conditioner, you don’t want to use it unless absolute necessary. Try to set the thermostat to the highest temperature you can stand in the office or commercial space. This reduces how much the air conditioner needs to be used and helps to reduce stress to the system. You don’t need to be uncomfortable, but you likely have it set to have the office cooler than it really needs to be. Also make sure it is programmed to only go on during business hours. You can turn off the thermostat when leaving in the evening or over the weekend. You might also want to have ceiling fans in the commercial space to circulate the cool air, further helping you increase the temperature of the thermostat. For more tips on caring for industrial air conditioners, contact a local HVAC...

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Why You Should Opt For Insulated Precast Concrete Wall Panels

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Should Opt For Insulated Precast Concrete Wall Panels

Concrete is one of the oldest and most acclaimed building materials available today. With the advent of industrial revolution came the need to supply the construction market with products that meet the requirements of end users in the best way possible. Insulated precast concrete wall panels are some of the most sought-after construction products on the market today. As the following benefits will disclose, this trend is because of many good reasons. Energy efficiency At the core of the design of these insulated concrete wall panels is the need to boost the energy efficiency of built structures. By design, these panels comprise two walls of precast concrete separated by a layer of insulating material. The insulation reduces heat gain or loss through the walls, making your structures to stay warm or cool when you need them to. Hence, you won’t have to run your HVAC systems for long hours just to make sure the indoor climate is comfortable. This means you will be able to save big on electricity bills. Durability Over the years, concrete has built its reputation around longevity; this type of construction material can be used to erect structures last for a very long time. This quality is extended to projects that involve using insulated panels installation. These panels are engineered to exude tremendous strength that can withstand the harshest of external elements including rainwater, strong winds, hailstorms, or heavy impacts that may easily damage structures made of other types of materials like wood. Design flexibility Because they are made in an off-site manufacturing plant, precast concrete panels can be designed to meet the exact specifications of your project. Whether you want to boost the strength of the concrete panels by reinforcing them with steel or only want to add to their architectural appeal by pre-painting, you can always get the ideas you have incorporated before delivery to the work site. Quick installation Time is of the essence when you are working on a construction project. The ability to stick to the available time budget ensures that every stage of the project is carried out properly. Once the wall panels have been delivered to the work site, crane operators just have to lift and arrange the panels according to the configurations that they come in. Because of the relative ease with which these panels can be installed, they help save on labor time and costs as...

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3 Acquisition Tips For Rainwater Harvesting Pumps

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Acquisition Tips For Rainwater Harvesting Pumps

Harvesting rain water for residential use is often a wise undertaking. In addition to lowering water consumption needs around the home, rain water harvesting is beneficial for the environment. Typically, harvested rain water flows from the rooftop to storage tank before such water is distributed to various points of use around the home. Rainwater tank pumps provide the pressure required to move harvested water from the storage tank to the various points of use. This article provides three tips for homeowners looking to make a first-time investment in a residential rainwater tank pump. Available Types Of Pumps Homeowners looking to invest in a pump need to be familiar with the various types of water pumps available for rainwater harvesting. Positive displacement pumps are those whose operation involves the mechanical movement of water through the action of pistons or gears. These water pumps are known for their higher head (amount of energy generated by the pump for movement of water). However, the rate at which harvested water flows through the distribution pipes is often not that high. Dynamic rainwater tank pumps rely on the development of high fluid velocity within the pump’s system for distribution of water to the various points of use. Consequently, dynamic pumps are known for their high rate of water flow and their relatively lower head measurements Determining The Required Flow For Different Types Of Pumps Pump flow refers to the rate at which harvested water flows through the distribution pipes. It is among the most important factors to consider when choosing between different types of pumps. Homeowners can easily determine the flow required for a pump to be used with the residential rainwater harvesting system. The required flow is arrived at by adding up the flow of fixtures that often draw water from the storage tank simultaneously. Examples of these fixtures include garden sprinklers, washing machines, and residential toilets. In the ideal situation, the flow provided by a preferred type of pump should be greater than the sum of flows required for individual fixtures. Only then can a water pump provide sufficient supply of harvested rain water without being over-worked. Information relating to the flows required by various fixtures is often available from product manuals and related literature.   Some Recommended Pump Accessories Accessories increase the convenience associated with the use of rainwater tank pumps. For example, float-level switches help to prevent pump damage. One such switch will disengage the pump in the event that the volume of rain water in the storage tank goes below a pre-set level. Pressure tanks are also recommended accessories for use with rainwater tank pumps. These pumps are used as a storage location for pressurized water such that the need to turn the pump on and off is reduced when there’s little demand for water from various household fixtures. For more information, visit websites like...

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Fabricate Used Shipping Containers For Equipment & Tank Storage Applications

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fabricate Used Shipping Containers For Equipment & Tank Storage Applications

A lot of handy applications have been devised for used shipping containers over the years. Most entail using the containers either for storage or fabricating them for use as homes, shops or site offices. However, another use that can be applied to shipping containers is that of housing heavy industrial equipment. This applies to businesses in the construction, mining, and agricultural sectors. Read on to learn more. How it works In this application, second hand shipping containers are fabricated to hold and store heavy machinery. This entails first choosing a container of the right length, be it 10m, 20m or 40m. Containers can also be cut to meet the desired lengths. Metallic or wooden base supports are then installed where the machinery will be placed. These provide a firm base to hold and bolt the equipment in place. Vents can then be cut on the sides to allow ventilation and easy operation of the equipment while inside the container. These side vents can be closed shut at will to lock in the machinery and safeguard it. The idea is to use the machinery while inside the container at any given time. Once done, the equipment is loaded into the container and fastened. The container can then be transported to any site where the equipment is needed. The equipment can then be used while mounted on the truck or it can be left at the site. What equipment can be used with this idea? A number of heavy equipment can be used with this application. Some of the common products include: ·         Generators ·         Alternators ·         Electrical motors ·         Pumps ·         Air conditioning units ·         Freezers/cold rooms ·         Water tanks ·         Fuel tanks Why use this technique to hold heavy equipment? This idea is plausible for a number of reasons: Safety: The shipping container will hold and protect the heavy equipment from vandalism or theft. Portability: Inside the fabricated container, the equipment can be easily transported with minimum risk of damaging the expensive hardware inside. No installation needed: This idea also greatly simplifies the use of heavy industrial equipment in difficult terrains where such equipment cannot simply be left out in the open. With the shipping container in place, the equipment can be used as-is inside the container. This will eliminate the need for an installation process which would otherwise take time and cost a lot. Instead, the equipment can be used quickly upon arrival on site. Got heavy equipment that you need to transport or house in a quick, practical, and cost-effective manner? Find a shipping container for sale and have it fabricated to meet your...

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The Unique Benefits of Water-jet Machining

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Unique Benefits of Water-jet Machining

Water-jet machining refers to the use of a tool that relies on a jet of water to perform its functions. For instance, you may have a cutting tool that uses a steam of water to cut materials that are being machined. This article discusses the benefits of having a water-jet cutting machine in your metal fabrication shop. Quick Programming and Setup All materials are cut using the same cutting (water-jet delivery) head. Thus, machine operators do not have to spend time changing or adjusting the different components of the water-cutting machine. All that is needed is for the finished part to be drawn using CAD (computer-aided design) programs. The operator enters a command to print, and the cutting head follows the computer instructions to make the product. This ease of programming also allows your clients to make their own drawings and deliver them to your fabrication shop. Thus, your fabrication shop will make more products than would be possible if you were using a machine that requires a more elaborate setup process. The Process Generates Minimal Heat Water cutting hardly generates any heat. Even those minimal amounts of heat generated dissipate within the stream of water that is cutting the material. Consequently, the finished product will not have any heat-affected zone that can deteriorate faster than the rest of the material. Your clients will therefore have fewer complaints about the durability of the products you make if you use a water-cutting machine to fabricate their products. Any Material Can Be Cut A water-cutting machine is a very versatile tool. This is because it can be used to cut a wide variety of materials. For instance, the water jet can be combined with an abrasive agent in order to cut very tough metals such as stainless steel. Even flammable materials can be cut using this machine. This is because the minimal heat generated cannot set the material on fire. Fewer Safety Hazards Water-jet cutters that use only water are very safe for your staff. Even the ones where an abrasive is used hardly pose any safety concerns. This is because the machine does not need to be adjusted frequently during the work shift. It does not have any cutting edges that may injure an employee. Additionally, it can be controlled remotely, as long as the materials to be fabricated are lined up on an automated feeding system. Talk to your equipment supplier, such as Intracut, and find out the different water-cutting machines available. You will receive advice on the best kind that is suited to the size and applications in your fabrication...

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