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Heated Hoses: Getting Started

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During freezing conditions, heated hoses are sometimes needed for RVs, barns, job-site trailers, and more. The great thing about heated hoses is that they are controlled by a thermostat and will not turn on unless the temperatures are freezing. However, to get the most out of the heated hose, you will need to know how to use it properly. Using The Hose The hose can simply be unrolled and used just like any other hose. However, it is important to not splice the hose because electrical wires pass through it and this can cause a hazardous situation. If the hose becomes damaged, do not continue to use it. Shut off power to the outlet that delivers the power supply and replace the hose.  Preparations For Using Heated Hoses It is essential that you anticipate that you will need the hose before you plug it in. The heated hose takes time to heat up and allow water to pass through unobstructed. Have processes that will require a heated hose scheduled ahead of time. Storing The Hose Before coiling the hose, make sure to flush it of water. Any water that is left behind can cause ice to form, which will make the hose more difficult to use in the future. Otherwise, you will need to wait for the ice to melt before you can use the hose. Choosing A Suitable Location Know the exact length of the power cord that will be used to heat up the hose and make sure that there is a power outlet that is within reach. It may be necessary to use an extension cord.  Using Heated Hoses For Drinking Water Determine whether it is safe to use heated hoses for drinking water. There are some heating hoses that may introduce contaminants to the water that would make it unsafe to drink.  Using A Heated Hose Continuously Heated hoses can be used continuously, However, it is recommended that you instead unplug the hose periodically because this is good for the lifetime of the hose. The water source and the delivery end of your heated hose must have its own frost protection, since the heated hose only prevents freezing within the hose itself. Also, make sure that the thermostat is exposed to ambient temperatures so that it will only heat the hose when the temperatures are freezing in order to not waste energy or create unnecessary hazards....

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3 Reasons To Hire A Professional To Install Your Pallet Racking

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If you are installing pallet racking in your place of business, you might be looking forward to being able to use them for organizational purposes. Since you might have already spent the cash to buy the pallet racks themselves, however, you might not be looking forward to paying someone to install them, too. Because of this, you might be thinking about handling this job in-house. However, hiring a pro to install your pallet racking can be worth the cost. These are a few reasons why. 1. Ensure You Are Compliant First of all, you should know that there are various laws, regulations, and codes out there regarding pallet racking. For example, if your pallet racks aren’t installed in the right configuration, you could end up breaking your local fire code. Additionally, ensuring that they are installed properly can help you avoid getting fined for a safety violation. If you hire a professional installer to come in and install your pallet racking for you, that person should know about the laws and regulations that you are supposed to follow and should help ensure that your pallet racks are installed as they should be. 2. Prevent Damage to Pallet Racking and Stored Pallets Another great thing about installing a professional to install your pallet racking for you is the fact that it can help prevent damage to both the pallet racks and the stored pallets. If your pallet racks are not installed properly, for example, you have to worry about them failing and becoming damaged or causing the pallets and the items that are stored on the pallets to become damaged as well. 3. Prevent Dangerous Accidents If someone bumps into your pallet racking with a forklift, it can cause damage. However, if your pallet racks are installed properly, you shouldn’t have to worry about them actually toppling over and hurting anyone. Basically, a professional installation can help prevent dangerous accidents that could cause someone to get hurt on the job. As you can see, even though you might be thinking about installing your own pallet racking to save money, it can be worth it to hire a professional instead. In fact, these are just a few reasons why you and your business could benefit from a professional pallet racking installation. If you contact the company that you are going to be buying your pallet racks from, you can get advice about who to hire for this job. In fact, the company itself might even offer pallet racking installation services for a reasonable price. For more information, contact a company like Commercial...

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Tips To Help You Successfully Mix Your Own Concrete

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When you need to do your own concrete work, you can order ready-made concrete or mix your own in a rented concrete mixer or your wheelbarrow. When you have a small concrete job to complete, such as pouring concrete for a porch stoop, a small patio, or concrete fence post footings, your wheelbarrow is the right size for the job. Rent a concrete mixer for larger jobs. Here are some tips and instructions to help you prepare for concrete work, mix the concrete, correct any mixture mistakes, and clean-up. Preparing for Your Concrete Work Make sure you wear protective gloves, safety glasses, long sleeves, and long pants to help protect your skin from being burned by the concrete. The cement in the concrete mixture is caustic and can burn your skin if it comes in contact with it. Be sure to immediately wash off any that does come in contact with your skin. Position your wheelbarrow and other tools next to where you will be pouring the concrete before you begin mixing. You don’t want to have to move a wet concrete-filled wheelbarrow, as it can be heavy. Then, you run the risk of accidentally spilling the concrete and making a mess in your yard.  Mixing Your Concrete Determine how much water you will need to combine with one bag of ready-to-use concrete mix by following the package’s instructions. Fill a bucket or large plastic container with the proper amount of water and use a permanent marker to mark the inside of the container with a line. This will help you to measure and add the right amount of water to each additional bag of concrete mix. When you add too much or too little water, your concrete won’t be strong enough and your concrete work will fail as it crumbles, flakes, and cracks apart. Place a bag of concrete mix into the wheelbarrow, cut open the bag with a knife to release the mixture, and remove the empty concrete bag. Depending on the size of the bagged concrete, you can add several at one time to the wheelbarrow to mix up together.  Pour the correct amount of water for the mixture into one end of the wheelbarrow. Then, using a shovel or spade, combine the concrete with the water a little at a time so you incorporate all dry clumps into the mixture. Leaving any unincorporated dry mixture in the concrete mix will create weak areas in your concrete.  Brace the side of the wheelbarrow against your leg to keep the wheelbarrow from tipping over as you mix the concrete. Then, pour the concrete mix from the wheelbarrow or use your shovel to distribute it for use. Fixing a Poorly Combined Concrete Mix If you accidentally mix the wrong amount of water into your concrete mixture, you can do a slump test to determine if your concrete needs more dry mix or more water. To do this, you can use a Styrofoam cup with its bottom cut off.  First, hold the cup in your gloved hand, with the cut-out bottom placed against your hand. Pack concrete into the cup so it is void of any air pockets.  Place the concrete-filled cup upside-down on a flat surface and slowly pull the cup straight up, leaving the concrete behind.  Set the empty cup next to the cone of concrete to measure how far down...

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How To Turn Old Cardboard Mailing Tubes Into Storage Solutions: Five Ideas

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If your home or business is littered with old cardboard mailing tubes, there are a range of ways that you can reuse them. In particular, you can convert your old mailing tubes into useful storage solutions. Here are five storage ideas to inspire you. Artwork Children produce a lot of artwork, especially during their early school and preschool years. To keep their artistic efforts organized, consider putting their artwork in a cardboard mailing tube. This allows you to roll the art rather than fold it, so you don’t have to worry about creases. Additionally, it takes up less room than using a large box that allows you to stack the artwork on top of each other without folding it. As an added bonus, if you decide you want to pare down your child’s art collection, you can use a few old cardboard mailing tubes for their intended purpose and send the art to relatives. Drawer Organization Tired of drawers with lots of untamed piles and unorganized items? Then, it may be time to organize your drawers with some old cardboard mailing tubes. To start, measure the depth of your drawer, and cut your mailing tubes into a series of small tubes that are slightly shorter than the depth of the drawer. Arrange the small pieces of tubes standing upright in the drawer. Ideally, you should have enough tubes so that they fit tightly and stand on their own. Once they are in place, you can use these tiny tubes to hold paper clips, screws, nails or any other small items. Wall Cubbies In lieu of organizing a drawer, you can make small organizational wall cubbies in a similar way. To create these, cut up your mailing tube up so that you have a bunch of small tubes. Then, find a basic wooden frame shape — you can make your own using four pieces of wood organized into a square or rectangle. Fit the tubes into the frame, and use a bit of glue along their sides to hold them together. Finally, hang the whole thing on your wall, and you have instant cubbies for jewelry, socks, little toys or other small items. Alternatively, you can forgo the frame and affix tubes of different sizes directly onto your wall. Cut the cardboard mailing tubes so they stick out a few inches from the wall, and then, glue them directly to your wall. Shoe Organization If your tubes are large enough, you can even use them to make a shoe rack. Repeat the instructions above, but fill your invention with shoes when you are done. In addition to making a shoe rack, you can also use old cardboard mailing tubes as shoe trees. In particular, these long tubes work great with knee-high boots. When you are not wearing your boots, slip the cardboard tubes in them. The tubes will hold the leg of your boots upright, preventing your boots from losing their shapes. Holiday Light Holders If you have long strings of holiday lights, you can use old cardboard mailing tubes to keep them organized. Simply wrap the strands of lights around the tube — when you get out the lights next year, they will be easy to unwind. In contrast, if you had just thrown them into a box, they...

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Best Practices For Preparing A Temporary Boiler Rental

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If your facility relies on an industrial steam supply, then it’s only a matter of time before the need for a temporary boiler arises. Whether you’re dealing with scheduled maintenance, emergency repairs or plant equipment retrofitting, a temporary boiler can help prevent unnecessary downtime and help your facility save money in the process. There are a few best practices you should consider when it comes to renting temporary steam plant equipment: Carefully Consider What Your Facility Needs Your first and foremost consideration involves understanding exactly what your facility needs in terms of steam supply. Temporary boilers come in a broad range of capacities to suit a wide variety of needs, so it’s important to choose rental boilers that offer the best fit for your facility. This can have a tremendous influence on the type of temporary boiler you’ll eventually rent: Mobile boiler rooms offer exceptional portability in a small, completely integrated and self-contained form factor. Most mobile boilers start out at less than 50 boiler horsepower (bhp), providing small operations with adequate steam capacity. Trailer-mounted watertube boilers offer much of the portability of their mobile boiler room counterparts, but with capacities of up to 120,000 lbs/hr. These boiler systems are also largely self-contained, although add-ons for feedwater and water treatment systems can also be added with relative ease. Skid-mounted boilers are intended for longer-term usage, plus they offer the most capacity for their size. Many skid-mounted units offer capacities of up to 250,000 lbs/hr. You also need to consider whether you need additional equipment to successfully operate your temporary boiler. For instance, you may need to rent additional water treatment equipment such as water softeners, deaerators and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems in addition to the boiler itself. Carefully Consider Your Operating Requirements In order to select the right equipment, you also need to keep your facility’s operating requirements in mind: Consider your facility’s power requirements. In most cases, your temporary boiler will need a 480-volt single point connection to have adequate power. Some boilers may have stricter or more lenient power demands, depending on their design and capacity. Consider the type of fuel your temporary boiler needs. Most temporary boilers rely on propane, natural gas or No. 2 (Bunker A) oil, while others use biofuel, or No. 6 (Bunker C) oil. Consider the operating pressures and temperatures required to successfully supply your facility with process steam. Carefully Review Local Codes and Permit Requirements Before taking delivery of your temporary boiler, you’ll want to review your local and state permit requirements pertaining to industrial steam plant installation. There may be site-specific permits that must be obtained in advance prior to the boiler’s arrival. These requirements could easily affect the amount of time it takes to bring your temporary boiler rental equipment on-site. Make Room for Your Temporary Equipment When placing your temporary boiler equipment, you’ll want it located in areas where all required fuel, water and power connections are within easy reach. You should also make sure that the area where the boiler will temporarily reside can safely support the weight of the boiler. To avoid unforeseen errors that could cause unexpected downtime, it’s usually good idea to measure up the dimensions of the planned site as well as the temporary equipment before it’s put in place. While you’re...

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Sealing The Deal On Higher Quality: Reasons To Love Aluminum Seals

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Owning and operating an industrial plant requires careful attention to detail. You and your workers are surrounded by a number of large machines and heavy equipment. From pressure vessels to stamps and presses, each piece of machinery can either make or break the success of your industry. That is why it is so important that you choose the right parts for your machinery, such as aluminum seals. There are a few reasons why aluminum seals are so beneficial. Able to Withstand the Heat It is no secret that industrial plants tend to be very hot. Workers are often exposed to brutal temperatures. The heat is mainly associated with all of the machinery and equipment inside the plant. Heat is used to keep fluids moving through machines. It may also be used to melt and form different materials, such as plastic, fiberglass, and even certain metals. Because of the heat that builds up inside industrial plants and inside the machines themselves, it is important that you fit your machines with parts that are able to withstand the heat. Seals have a wide variety of uses. For instance, a seal may create a connection between two different parts of a machine. Aluminum seals are widely popular in the industrial field because of their ability to withstand heat. The melting point of aluminum is approximately 1,220 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of its high melting point, aluminum can be used for a wide variety of applications. For instance, if you work in an industry where you are required to melt lead, the melting point of lead is approximately 621 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, aluminum seals would be the perfect choice. Easy to Shape and Mold Aluminum may have a high enough melting point to withstand certain industrial applications, but it is also low enough that it allows you to shape and mold the seal to fit various parts of a machine. For instance, if a seal must be molded to fit a part on a machine that it would not normally fit, it can be heated enough to soften the seal and reshape it. As an industry owner, you need a metal that is durable enough, yet pliable enough to work with. Fortunately, aluminum provides you with both benefits. If you feel that the seal is not quite the right shape for a particular aspect of your machinery or equipment, you can always speak with the manufacturer about reshaping or molding the part to better suit your needs. Resistant to Corrosion In just about any industry, you are likely to come across various fluids and chemicals. Fluids, such as lubricants, keep a machine running smoothly. Chemicals, such as paint, may also be used. Some fluids and chemicals are highly corrosive. Therefore, you need a seal that can withstand corrosion. A corroded seal can pose significant risks to your production lines and your workers. Should a seal happen to fail, it can break the connection between the different parts of your machinery. A broken connection may cause the machine to malfunction. A malfunctioning machine can slow production or it can cause injury to one of your employees. Fortunately, aluminum is highly resistant to corrosion. Therefore, it makes sense to outfit your machinery and equipment with an aluminum seal. Aluminum seals can withstand exposure to a variety...

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7 Benefits Of Choosing a Centrifugal Fan for Your Business

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Centrifugal blowers use innovative aerodynamics and technology to move air and gas. The centrifugal fan is often referred to as a squirrel cage fan because of the shape and designed. The kinetic energy increases the pressure that is created by the stream of gas or air. There are many benefits of using centrifugal blowers—here are just seven of them. Energy efficiency Centrifugal blowers are highly energy efficient, making them environmentally friendly. Another important aspect of being environmentally friend is the extraction of fumes. If you are moving gas with your centrifugal blower, you don’t have to worry about the gas fumes completely taking over. Durability Centrifugal blowers are highly durable and have a long life. The blowers have low heat losses and cool at the same time. This way, they don’t overheat and cause problems as you use them. The blowers can operate in even some of the most corrosive conditions. Many Choices Available Every job and location is different and your centrifugal blower should accommodate those differences. If you have a job to do in a tight space or hard to reach place, you can’t work with a heavy, large, and bulky blower. Luckily, they come in a wide variety of sizes so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. If you need a to stick a small blower in a small space, or you want large, heavy-duty blower, you can find one that meets your needs. Won’t overload One problem with many different types of equipment is that they tend to overload. You can turn them on for too high, too long, and they become overloaded with power and break or may even become a fire hazard. The centrifugal blowers don’t have this problem. They have a maximum horsepower capacity and it will not go over once this capacity is reached. You can rest easy knowing your equipment will do its job safely and efficiently without any issues. Many Airflow Conditions All air isn’t the same. Dry air, wet air, dense air, and other conditions make the outcome different. When you are working in different airflow conditions, it will change the way some blowers work. However, centrifugal blowers have many different setting option that allow you to adjust the blower to work at its best ability in the airflow conditions that are you working with. If heavy, wet air has been a problem for you in the past, switching to one of these blowers will completely change the way you work. Easy Maintenance Centrifugal blowers are easy to clean and maintain. They can be wiped down quickly and easily. You can even find blowers that have some self-cleaning characteristics, making the job that much easier. The less you have to worry about your equipment, the more you can worry about doing your job. Popularity It’s always easier to deal with popular equipment. There are a number of reasons why popular equipment is better for business. One reason is because if you need repairs done, it’s much easier to find someone who knows how to repair it. Even if you find someone who can repair uncommon equipment, it tends to be more expensive. With uncommon equipment, the person doing the repairs know they don’t have much competition out there, so they can price the labor...

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Tired Of Wasting Money On Your Catering Carts? Try Stainless Steel Casters

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If your catering business picks up in October and doesn’t slow down until after January, you need reliable utility carts to keep your company running. But when your carts’ wheels fall off, break or simply don’t operate properly because of poorly designed or weakened casters, your catering business slows down. You may even throw away your broken carts and buy new ones. Instead of doing these things, invest in stainless steel casters with unique features that save you money and improve your catering company’s productively. Here’s how the right stainless steel casters help you and why.   Strong and Reliable for Heavy Use If you need catering carts that can haul or carry heavy loads, such as large cakes, multiple cooked goods and numerous decorations, stainless steel casters are right for you. Stainless steel is one of the strongest and most reliable materials for transporting heavy items. The material doesn’t bend easily under pressure, which means you spend less time worrying about accidents and more time meeting your customers’ needs. Here’s why. Stainless steel contains a mixture of iron, nickel, titanium, and other strong elements. Each element adds a layer of protection to your stainless steel casters, which prevents warping, denting and other problems that slow your business down. These features come in handy when you need to service a large client. Protection Against Rust and Corrosion If your current casters rust or corrode, your carts probably won’t last long, especially if the problems occur in the small pieces, plates and other parts that connect your wheels to the carts. Stainless steel casters resist rusting and corroding longer and better than regular steel because it contains the special alloys and elements mentioned above. However, there’s another reason stainless steel casters work better for you. They typically feature special coatings or sealants that prevent water from penetrating the surfaces and mechanical parts of the casters. Sealants are finishes, primers, paints, and similar substances that form strong barriers against chemicals, moisture, water and oxygen. Rust develops when metal surfaces encounter these natural elements. If you tend to spill soups, beverages and other liquids on your carts during transport, the water, salts and acids inside the liquids can eventually mix with oxygen or air to create rust. The rust on your current casters can eventually corrode or wear away their surfaces. To protect your business and catering carts, install stainless steel casters on them. Cost-Effective Every time you discard or trash your catering carts because of bad casters, you lose money. If your catering company only operates on a seasonal basis, the expenses you incur from purchasing new carts during that time can affect your income. In addition, you may not have enough funding available to finance next season’s catering needs, such as purchasing the ingredients, cook wares and food items you need to create your dishes. Your clients may place large orders for the holidays that you simply can’t meet without charging them more. Also, the lack of reliable catering carts keeps you from taking on additional orders. Your clients may choose another caterer because you can’t meet their needs. Speaking to a reputable contractor about purchasing stainless steel casters for your catering carts before the season hits is ideal. By doing so, you can take your time and choose casters...

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2 Additional Dumpster Rental Fees You Might Be Able To Avoid

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During a home renovation, you might be more focused on the cost of those new granite counters or your paint budget than you are about the cost of your dumpster rental. However, as your project moves forward, your finances can be spread thin—making every extra expense painful. Here are two additional dumpster rental fees you might be able to avoid, so that you can make every renovation dollar count: 1: Tonnage Fees As soon as that dumpster is placed on your property, you might start getting ideas about how to use that convenient bin. After you toss all of that old drywall, you might be tempted to clean out the attic or throw away those unsightly landscaping boulders. After all, as long as it fits within the confines of the container, it shouldn’t matter, right? Unfortunately, because heavy bins can damage city roads, waste management companies typically charge extra if you go over the weight limit. These charges, also referred to as tonnage fees, can cost as much as $30 to $100 per additional ton of debris. Because these fees are tallied after your bin is emptied, you might not know about extra weight until it is too late—and you are faced with a bill. Fortunately, you might be able to avoid incurring tonnage fees by following these tips: Side With A Larger Container: Dumpster rentals can be expensive, which is why a lot of people try to rent as small of a bin as possible. However, renting a small bin might mean that your dumpster fills up fast, which could lead to an extra tonnage fee. Instead, try to choose a larger bin than you think you need. Although it might take up more space in your driveway, a larger bin will accommodate more debris and won’t have to be emptied as often.   Avoid Heavy Materials: Try to avoid filling your bin full of dense, heavy materials such as gravel, concrete, metal, or tile. If you have to dispose of heavy items, try to estimate the weight of each armful. Do a little math to calculate the added weight inside your bin. For example, if you know that you are capable of lifting about 50 pounds, and you made about 10 trips to the dumpster, keep in mind that you just added a quarter ton of weight to that bin. Don’t Nest Items: To make it easier to estimate the current capacity of your bin, don’t nest items together. For example, don’t fill empty buckets with loose drywall, or that old refrigerator full of drywall scraps. If you can’t see heavy items, you won’t be able to estimate the tonnage. As you use your dumpster, keep in mind that there might be a little turnaround time for a waste management company to replace your full bin. Instead of waiting until your dumpster is jam-packed, try to call your waste management representative early. If you are close to capacity, waiting an additional day could put you over the limit. 2: Hazardous Materials Fines To protect the environment, most waste management companies have a list of prohibited items that you aren’t allowed to toss into your dumpster. If you are caught breaking the rules, you might be subjected to hazardous materials fines of $350 or more per infraction. Here...

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