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4 Set-Up Steps That Will Ensure That Your CD Welds Are Set Up Correctly

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Set-Up Steps That Will Ensure That Your CD Welds Are Set Up Correctly

CD welds can produce a really high quality weld if you set up your equipment properly. Here are the four steps you should take to ensure that your CD stud welding equipment and area is set up properly. #1 Check Your Ground The first thing you should do is check your ground. When your ground is not set up properly, energy will be lost on the way to your weld and your weld will not be as strong as it should be. Your CD weld process happens in a matter of seconds, making it vital that your ground is consistently strong. If possible, set up your work area so that you are ground directly to the particular item that you are working on. Remember, if you are working with aluminum, you are going to want to use a double-ground. #2 Double Check Voltage The voltage that you need to create a proper CD weld various based upon the diameter of the stud that you are working with. Generally speaking, the greater the diameter, the more voltage that you need to use. Additionally, aluminum studs generally require more voltage than steel. Your owner’s manual should inform you of the correct voltage setting based upon the diameter of the stud that you are working with. #3 Adjust The Spring Pressure If you have a new CD welding gun, you should be able to adjust the spring pressure on the gun. Many older CD welding guns do not have this feature. Like with the voltage, for larger studs you are going to want to use more pressure, and for smaller diameter studs you are going to want to use less pressure. When working with aluminum, you are also going to want to use a higher level of pressure due to have fast aluminum cools off. #4 Clean The Surface Before you make a weld, you should always make sure that the surface is clean. Anything on the surface can compromise the integrity of the weld that you are attempting to make. If there is paint on the area that you are going to weld, you are going to want to use high grit sandpaper to remove the paint. You want to use high grit sandpaper so that you don’t scratch the surface you are working with; you only want to remove the paint. If you had other equipment in the area that may have left behind oil on the area where you need to weld, use some acetone to clean the area and ensure that it is free of...

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Should You Buy or Build Your Next Home?

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should You Buy or Build Your Next Home?

Having a new house built can be exciting and fun. After finding the lot to put it on,  you need to decide whether you want a project home or a custom home. There are benefits to each type of home and in general, they will cost about the same to have built, in some cases, they can cost less. Here are some of the differences that might make a difference in your decision. Time A project home will take less time to have built than a custom home. Project home builders have already built the home you want many times and know all the tricks and such to get the job done. Once you decide which house you want, the only thing you have to worry about is colors, flooring, and the aesthetics. When you want a custom home, you need to start by having the plans drawn. This can take time, especially if you want things that require special considerations like multiple rooflines. Sitting down with the architect or designer and getting things just the way you want can also be time-consuming. Display Homes Most project home builders have a few houses available you can go through. This allows you to see the workmanship of the contractor as well as see what your home will look like when finished. When you are having a custom home built you will only see your home on paper before it is built. In addition, the contractor may not have any completed homes for you to walk through. You may be able to visit other construction sites to see how the workmanship, though. Your Needs When you buy a project home, you get exactly that. You can make decisions on the coloring and what type of flooring will be used, but that is about it. If you had hoped for a larger living room and walk-in closets in all the bedrooms that are not in the original design you are just out of luck. In addition, you may end up paying for things you do not need or want in your home, such as a bay window or an extra bathroom. A custom home is just that. You and the designer create the home from the ground up. You decide sizes of rooms and where they will be situated. It basically comes down to how much time you have and how much input you need to have on your new home. Both a project home and a custom home are new builds that no one else has lived in and you get to choose the finishing touches. Learn more about your options by contacting custom home...

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A New Bathtub Refinish Can Protect A Family From Lead Poisoning

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A New Bathtub Refinish Can Protect A Family From Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning is a problem that affected millions of Americans before lead was banned from use in commercial products. Unfortunately there’s a chance that an older bathtub could contain a lead-based finish. Thankfully a new bathtub finish can protect a family from this danger until they can afford a new bathtub. Yes, Lead Exists In Older Bathtubs In bathtubs made before the dangers of lead were fully understood (before the 1980s), there is a chance that its finish contains lead. This isn’t necessarily a danger if the finish is holding up to wear and tear. However lead can leach from this finish and cause a variety of health problems. This is particularly true for children, in whom it can cause: Convulsions Irritation Low energy Decreased IQ Mental confusion Coma Death While less severe in adults, lead poisoning can also cause muscle tremors, irritation, poor attention span, memory loss, decreased sex drive, depression, fatigue, and lethargy. Bathtub Refinishing Can Help Trap The Lead New bathtub finishes don’t have lead in them, and refinishing an old bathtub will trap the lead-based finish and protect families from getting affected by this dangerous contaminant. A new finish should be applied if anyone believes that their bathtub could contain lead or if they simply want to protect their family against the potential of this problem. Refinishing a bathtub requires the skills of a professional, especially in a situation as delicate as this. Failure to fully finish the bathtub could allow some lead to escape and endanger a family’s health. Some may be debating completely replacing the bathtub with a newer one, which is possible, but is usually more expensive than simply refinishing. Cost Considerations Debating the cost of a refinish over a replacement may seem silly when discussing protecting your family’s life, but it is an important consideration for those who don’t have a lot of money. Bathtub refinishing will trap the lead in a bathtub for years, giving a family plenty of time to save up for a completely new bathtub. At its cheapest, it can cost about $200, though the average bathtub refinish cost is about $460. By comparison, a bathtub replacement averages about $2,900 and can cost as high as $8,500. Saving up for this kind of investment will take a family a few years, and a bathtub refinish can give them the protection that they need to avoid lead poisoning until it is safe to buy a new bathtub with a lead-free...

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3 Tips to Avoid the Waste of Materials During Welding

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips to Avoid the Waste of Materials During Welding

Welding, although essential, can also be costly. One thing that can drive up the cost of welding within your business is the waste of gas and materials. Luckily, though, there are ways that you can cut down on this waste. Try these tips if you’d like to avoid the waste of materials during welding. 1. Install a Gas Turbine on Your Welding Equipment Have you installed a gas turbine on your welding machines yet? If not, it’s a good idea to consider doing so. These small devices are designed to monitor the amount of gas that comes out of the machine, which can help you catch on to any leaks and make necessary adjustments. This can help you avoid wasting gas during day-to-day welding operations. 2. Make Changes to Your Designs Another way that you can reduce the waste of gas and materials during welding is to look at your designs and determine if there are any changes you could make. For example, any unnecessary welds can waste both materials and time, both of which can be costly. You obviously won’t want to negatively affect your designs in order to save money, but cutting out non-necessary welds can be a good step to take. If you aren’t sure of any welds that you can eliminate, consider getting a second pair of eyes to take a look for you. 3. Choose More Experienced Welders It might seem as if you will spend more money if you hire more experienced welders, who might require more of an hourly wage. However, doing so can actually save you a lot of money. This is because more experienced welders are often much less likely to overweld, which can be incredibly wasteful. They also generally get more work done in a shorter period of time and can provide you with better and more accurate results, which can help you improve the quality of the products that your company turns out. Because of this, it’s a good idea to look for more experienced help when you’re in the market to hire welders for your business. As you can see, there are a few different ways that you can save money in regards to the waste of materials during welding. Follow these tips, and you might be surprised by how much you can cut back and save money. Then, in no time, you’ll surely notice a difference in your company’s profit...

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How To Fix A Sagging Gutter

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Fix A Sagging Gutter

The weight of heavy snow and ice can cause your gutters to sag. When the gutters sag, water will collect at a mid-point along the gutter instead of flowing to the downspout and will drip over the edge of the gutter and down the front of your house. This can cause damage to the facade on your house, our sidewalk, and the landscaping in your garden. You need to take the gutter partially off of the house and re-hang to remove the sagging section. If you know how to set up and work on a ladder, you can re-hang the gutters by yourself. Here is how to re-hang the gutters. Ladder Set-Up Set the ladder up against the section where the gutter is sagging the lowest. If you know how to set up a pick between two ladders so you can walk up and down the gutters, do it. A pick is a board that is connected to two or more ladders and serves as a platform that you can walk on. However, you can still do this job by just moving the ladder along the gutter. Remove Hangers You need to remove all of the hangers on the gutter. Hangers are also known as brackets and are used to attach the gutter to the wood along the edge of the roof on the house. Remove the hangers from the sagging section first. Then push up on the sagging section and place a screw through the gutter and wood to hold it up. Take out the rest of the hangers on the gutter. Mark on the wood with a pencil where the hangers are located before you remove them. Once the hangers are removed, pull down on the end by the downspout so it dips down a little and secure it with a screw. New Hangers Sometimes, the hangers that came with the gutter are a little flimsy and you should replace them with a stronger hanger that is better able to withstand the weight of the heavy snow and ice. You should purchase 5″ heavy-duty aluminum hangers. Place a hanger at each spot that you marked with pencil on the wood of the house. The new hangers will clip to the underside of the edge on the gutter and fold back across over it. There is a large screw on the hanger that is screwed into the wood behind the gutter. Re-Hang Gutter Place a level along the top of the gutter. If the downspout is to your left-hand side, you want to make sure the bubble in the glass bulb on the level is shifted a little to the left of center. Otherwise, the bubble should be shifted to the right of center if the downspout is on your right-hand side. This ensures that the gutter is slightly slanted toward the downspout. Start screwing in the new hangers while always making sure the bubble stays slightly shifted to the left (or right) until all the new hangers are installed and the sagging section is...

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Quick Repair Tips For Shingle Roof Problems

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Quick Repair Tips For Shingle Roof Problems

If you’re seeing problems with your shingle roof, it’s important that you act right away to fix them. However, you can’t always get a roofing contractor to your house right away. That’s why it’s important that every homeowner understand how to address roofing problems with temporary solutions. Here’s a look at a few common problems that you may encounter and some tips to help you deal with them until help arrives. Curled Shingles Shingles curl for many reasons, including sun exposure and other environmental issues. When they curl, they can leave your roof exposed to leaks and other damage. Use a caulking gun to adhere the sides of the shingle in place, then place a brick or something similar over the top to hold it flat. Leave the weight on it for 24 hours to ensure that the caulk has set. Since cold temperatures can make shingles brittle, it’s best that you do this on a warm day or after the sun has been shining on the roof for some time, warming the shingles. Cracked Shingles Shingles can crack naturally due to age or may crack due to cold temperatures and other weather threats. If you have any cracked shingles on your roof, you will definitely want to replace them. In the meantime, you can fix the problem temporarily by applying a layer of bitumen sealer under the shingle or over the top to seal the crack. Just make sure that you coat it evenly and completely to keep moisture from reaching the underlayment. Deteriorated Shingles When the shingles deteriorate to the point that they are nearly nonexistent or you’re seeing some fall off, that means it’s time to replace the roof because it’s beyond its useful life. However, in the meantime, you’ll want to cover the areas of the missing shingles. Use patches of waterproof, heavy tarp material to cover the spaces where the shingles are worn out or gone. This protects the roof from the elements even if you don’t have spare shingles to put in place to cover the hole. If you do have spare shingles, you can always just replace the problematic ones as needed. However, you’ll still want to plan for a complete roof replacement as soon as possible. Now that you understand how to quickly address some common shingle issues, you’ll be able to protect your roof until your local roofing contractor arrives. Ask your roofer about any other helpful tips to protect your home...

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Steps For Adding A Gravel Driveway

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Steps For Adding A Gravel Driveway

Adding a gravel driveway to your home can give it a more polished look over an unfinished path. There are a few steps to take to expedite the process; here are some of the decisions and steps that you’ll take along the way.  Decide Whether to Hire a Professional The first decision you will make is whether to do the job yourself or hire a professional. The benefits of hiring a professional are that it can expedite the job and make it easier. A gravel contractor will have specialized equipment that can make the job go smoother. For example, they might bring a tamping machine to help with compacting the gravel. They can also bring machinery to help dig the surface of the driveway. And finally, you’ll be able to have some guarantees on the quality of the finished product; often, these guarantees are written right into your contract.  Choose the Layout The next thing you will do is choose the size and shape of the driveway. Rectangular driveways are the most common, although you might choose a square or circular design as well. The width of the driveway is another thing to consider; for houses that will have a long driveway, making it narrower can save on material costs, and it’s often a better look anyway. If you do hire a professional land excavation service, they may be able to give you advice and images for comparison as well as cost estimates based on the sizing of your driveway.  Lay Guides for the Gravel The first step in preparing your driveway for material is to lay guides that show where the driveway will be excavated and poured. You can get wooden stakes to put every few feet as a visual marker of the driveway. Then, lay string around the posts to mark off a complete pathway from the road to your door.  Excavate the Area Digging the driveway is much easier if you have a Bobcat or other excavation tool handy. You could also hire a contractor for land excavation services to make the process much smoother. The driveway will need to be at least a foot deep, since you will have several layers of gravel material to put down.  Install Your Materials Finally, it’s time to lay down the actual driveway material. The first (optional) layer is a landscaping fabric that goes on the bottom to prevent weeds from poking through to your driveway. Next, you will apply three layers of rocks; large rocks on the bottom, and intermediate layer in the middle, and then the finer, gravel layer on...

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Learn How To Have A Rental Property Cleaned Out After Evicting A Hoarder

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Learn How To Have A Rental Property Cleaned Out After Evicting A Hoarder

When you evict someone from your rental property, there is a good chance that they will not clean it out before they leave because they are angry that they have been evicted. When the person you have evicted is a hoarder, the mess that needs to be cleaned up will often be very massive and difficult to tackle on your own. You can hire a junk removal company to help you remove everything quickly and easily from the home. The guide below walks you through the process for planning for such a massive cleanup. Dress Appropriately Be sure to protect yourself on the day you plan to start cleaning out the house. You do not know what could be in the house so you need to be sure to wear long pants and long sleeves so that as much of your skin can be covered as possible. Wear boots that have solid bottoms so that nothing can pierce through them when you walk on the garbage. Wear gloves so that you protect your hands, as well. Take Pictures of Everything Before you start moving anything out of the house, be sure to take pictures of everything. If the tenant tries to take you to court to get your security deposit back, you can show the pictures to the judge to justify keeping their security deposit. You may even be able to sue them for all of the costs that you will incur during the cleanup. Let the Company Know What to Expect When hiring a junk removal company to help with the cleanup, it is important to let them know ahead of time what they are getting into. You want to be sure that the workers are able to dress properly, that protective gear can be provided, and that enough trucks are brought to be able to remove as much of the junk from the house as possible in the shortest amount of time. Go to this website or similar ones to find a junk removal service.  Inform the Neighbors of the Situation Go to the people in the neighborhood and let them know what the situation is. The trucks may be blocking the road in some areas and informing the neighbors about what is going on can help to eliminate frustrations that could arise during the cleanup process. Do Not Attempt to Save Anything When the cleanup starts, do not save anything. There is no way of knowing what the furniture, clothes, or even dishes may be contaminated with and disposing of everything is the safest thing to do. When you remove massive amounts of items from a home and have them hauled to the dump, you often have to pay a fee for disposing of so much at one time. Be sure to talk to the junk removal company about whether or not the fees for the disposal of the items is included in the cleanup estimate that they give you. This allows you to know what to plan for the cleanup...

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Winter Will Soon Be Here: 4 Steps To Protect Your Sprinkler System

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Winter Will Soon Be Here: 4 Steps To Protect Your Sprinkler System

Winter is will be here before you know it. If you have automatic sprinklers, now’s the time to get them prepared for the colder temperatures. If you live in a region that experiences freezing temperatures, you’ll want to make sure you get your sprinklers winterized before the cold weather arrives. Here are four steps you should take to winterize your sprinklers. Disconnect the Valves Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your sprinklers, especially the equipment that’s located above-ground. To protect your sprinkler system from damage caused by freezing temperatures, and to prevent flooding hazards caused by frozen water valves, you’ll need to remove the valves and the backflow preventers. Carefully unscrew them from the main sprinkler controls and cap off the pipes with threaded PVC caps. Dry the valves and backflow preventers thoroughly, and place them in a safe place until spring. Disable the Automatic Timer If your sprinkler system is connected to an automatic timer, you’ll need to disconnect it for the winter. Disconnecting the timer will prevent the sprinklers from coming on when it’s no longer needed. When sprinklers come on during the winter, they not only waste water, they also allow the sprinkler lines to fill with water, which can lead to frozen sprinkler pipes. Protect your sprinkler system, and save water by disconnecting your timer each winter. Shut Off the Water The best way to protect your sprinkler system this winter is to shut off its water supply. If you’re going to be staying home this winter, shut the water off at the sprinkler system. This will disconnect the water supply to the sprinklers, without disturbing your household water supply. If you’re going to be boarding up your home for the winter, and heading someplace warm, turn the water off at the main water valve. This will protect your sprinklers and your home from the freezing temperatures. Blow Out the Water If your sprinklers are equipped with a water removal valve, you should have the water blown out of the sprinkler lines. To make sure it’s done properly, you should have your landscaper take care of it for you. Once the sprinkler lines have been blown, all of the water will be removed from the lines, which will prevent your sprinkler lines from freezing. Now that winter is almost here, make sure your sprinklers are ready for the cold weather. The tips provided here will help prevent damage to your sprinkler system during the freezing temperatures. Talk to the service that installed your lawn sprinklers to see if they have any special tips for your particular...

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Four Factors to Consider When Planning Your Barn’s Number of Stalls

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Factors to Consider When Planning Your Barn’s Number of Stalls

One question many horse owners face while planning a new barn is how many stalls to include in the structure. You don’t want to end up feeling too cramped within a year or two, but stalls that sit empty for years can add significantly to construction costs while contributing little to no value. Striking the right balance between your current needs and future expansion is critical to finding the right final design for your new barn.   Identifying the Barn’s Purpose  Of course, your first step should be to take stock of how many horses your barn will need to house the day it opens. This might only be a few stalls for personal operations, or you may need forty or more as part of a boarding, sports, or breeding program. Once you have a baseline number, consider where you would like your stables to be in 10 years. If you plan on doubling your roster, for example, you will need to plan your barn size accordingly. If, on the other hand, you don’t need an excuse to buy more horses, it might be best to limit your expansion options.  Choosing Your Stall Size Another point to consider when allocating floor space is the size of each stall. The appropriate stall size for your horses will largely be determined by their jobs. Broodmares, for example, need large, spacious stalls for giving birth and rearing a foal, while sports horses can be safely confined to a smaller area. The amount of exercise and time outdoors each horse receives daily will also play a role in this equation. Generally, the less time a horse spends moving, the larger the stall needs to be. Many barns have stalls at a variety of sizes to meet every need, so speak to your horse-barn builders about possibilities for your design.  Including a Bathing Area When you bring a horse in from the rain and need to wash it down, you don’t want to have to lead it back outdoors to catch a chill. Indoor bathing areas are a useful amenity in private barns and are nearly required for boarding facilities, but they do often take up the space of one or two stalls. If you want to avail yourself of modern comforts, be sure to incorporate the lost square footage into your initial plans.  Adding an Office or Living Quarters Finally, many large barns need an office space or living quarters to manage the daily needs of the stable and accommodate grooms or guests. Like a bathing area, however, there is usually a trade-off between stall spaces and other rooms. It may, however, be possible to add these rooms to a loft, allowing you to enjoy a centralized office without sacrificing a stall. When it comes to housing as many horses comfortably as you can while meeting a certain construction budget, you shouldn’t need to skimp on the amenities. Consult with your local horse-barn builders today to share your ideas and requirements and begin drafting plans for your perfect barn...

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