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How to Choose a Steel Fabrication Company That Fits Your Needs

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Uncategorized |

You may be embarking on a project that requires you to work with a metal fabrication company, but you don’t have a lot of experience when dealing with this particular type of structural steel project. You will be able to choose from a variety of different candidates, all of whom have experience in particular areas. In order to make the right choice, what do you need to consider as you’re planning? Important Questions to Ask First of all, itemise your specific requirements. Is this going to be a lengthy project with different staging points? Is the final product likely to be truly unique in terms of purpose, or has something like this been created before? It’s important to ensure that the company you choose has experience at every stage of project development. For example, a company that provides precise machining work for a particular stage of an automobile production line may have some relevance to a certain part of your project, but not when assessed from a “bigger picture” perspective. What type of gauge and grade is involved when it comes to the metal itself? Exercising Control Many companies want to take on as much business as they can and will advertise their specialty across a broad range of applications. However, in doing so, they often bring in subcontractors, as opposed to in-house experts. While this can work, it’s important to ensure that the primary company has authority and can complete the project on time. A Mix of Experts Sheet metal fabrication jobs require expertise at all phases of the project. The company you choose will have designers, assessors, engineers and tradesmen involved, all of whom should be experts in their craft. The Detailed Work When you have narrowed down your potential candidate field, have a look at previous work and assess how good the candidate is in terms of developing—and sticking to—a certain methodology. This will help to ensure that the process is kept on time and in line with budgets. You will also be able to see how the company deals with quality control. Certainly, time is always of the essence, but does the candidate have the necessary quality certifications, and can they be trusted to pass all inspections? The Need for Careful Choice The more time that you take at this phase, the better off you are likely to be when it comes to the finished product. Ask as many questions of the candidate organisation as you need to. After all, when the job is allocated, you won’t want to be micromanaging. You will also want to avoid having to conduct a post-mortem to see what went...

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How Do You Clean a Metal Crate Used for Carrying Agricultural Produce?

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Handling fresh agricultural produce isn’t as easy as it sounds. Packaging the products right is the difference between significant profits and losses considering that fresh produce can go bad quite easily. This is why you should invest in metal crates to address all your packaging needs. First, metal crates are durable because they are strong and resistant to decay. Metal is also non-collapsible, unlike some forms of plastic. It is, therefore, ideal for handling all the extreme conditions on the farm. After using the crate, you need to clean it so that it is ready for packaging the similar or alternative products in future. Here are the cleaning tips you need to know for your metal crates: 1. Hose Down the Crate After carrying fresh produce in the crate, you’ll have lots of dirt left behind. Dead leaves, soil, peelings and other twigs remain in the crate, and it’s only a matter of time before they start to rot.  Use a garden hose to run down a jet of water on all sections of the crate to remove debris and other forms of dirt. 2. Scrub the Metal Crate After removing the overlying debris and dirt, you need to scrub the crate for you to achieve the ultimate sparkle that you desire. You will need ordinary bar soap or a gentle detergent and warm water. Splash the soapy mixture all over the crate and scrub the metal surface using a soft sponge. While doing this, take note of any areas with spots of rust and chipped galvanic coating. If any, use a stiff brush or steel wool to remove the rust. After this, rinse the crate thoroughly with clean water. 3. Disinfect the Cage Fungus and mould can grow in the crate if you take too long to clean it after use. Dry leaves, roots, fruits and shoots left behind in the crate can rot, develop mould and fungus and spread that infection to your next line of produce. Sometimes, even a thorough clean using soap and water isn’t enough to get rid of these hazardous monsters. You need food-safe disinfectants to get rid of the mould and fungus. Check into a nearby agrochemicals shop and use it to disinfect the crate. 4. Eliminate Odour If there is a problem with smelly, rotten produce after carrying them in the crate, you can use water and vinegar to get rid of the smell. Mix equal quantities of vinegar and water and use it when scrubbing the metal...

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Key Attributes That Make Fabricated Steel Products Come Out On Top in the Construction World

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Fabricated steel is one of the most highly sought after products in the construction industry. It provides a myriad of tremendous benefits that virtually every construction contractor is looking for in a construction material. Let’s take a look at some of those benefits. Strength and durability Every construction professional wants to provide their clients with a robust structure that can stand the test of time. Thanks to the incredible strength and durability of fabricated structural steel, today’s contractors can build structures that last for years and years without showing any signs of deterioration. Why does structural steel fabrication lead to such strong structures? It goes without saying that steel is naturally a strong and hard-wearing material. This material is strengthened even further through fabrication processes, such as welding, work hardening and machining. Additionally, the material can be given a protective finishing to shield against surface deterioration that may occur when the substrate metal is left unprotected. This explains why steel is ideal for building strong, long-lasting structures. Cost efficiency  Some construction contractors shy away from using steel because they simply think it is too expensive. What they do not know is that this construction product is actually a lot cheaper than most of the alternatives that they go for.  There’s no denying that building with steel isn’t cheap, but when you compare its life cycle costs to that of many other alternatives, you will find that it is as a matter of fact a less expensive option. Therefore, if you are looking for something economical over the long term, you should get your building products from a structural steel fabricator. Aesthetic impact The fact that you want to build something strong, durable and cost efficient does not necessarily mean you should sacrifice the beauty of your construction. The visual appeal of steel has often influenced its specification by a great extent. This is largely because of the attractive surface finish and its ability to maintain its initial appearance for a long time without deterioration. When the surface finish remains intact, the underlying steel is protected from corrosion, which can cause the construction material to look unsightly. Now that you’ve learned about some of the key perks fabricated steel has to offer when used as a structural product, you should consider using it for more of your construction and building projects. Your clients will always delight in the quality of results...

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Your Know-It-All Guide to Column Forming Tubes Used in Construction

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Uncategorized |

How would you feel if someone walked up to you and told you that they can help you cut down the cost of your building project? Well, that’s exactly the case for a service provider offering you column forming tubes. These tubes will bring a new dimension to your project by changing the way you build pillars. They come in different shapes such as round, rectangle and square to accommodate your aesthetic and functional needs. If you have no idea of what column forming tubes are, here is a discussion that will give you lots of insight: Formatubes Promote a More Productive Workforce Column forming tubes, also referred to as formatubes, enhance safety and productivity in the workplace. In most cases, workers are forced to improvise and use wooden or metallic panels to hold fresh concrete in place when setting up pillars. Your workers commit many men and lots of time setting up the support structure for the concrete columns before they can start to build. In the end, this translates into more working hours and higher labour costs for you. The good thing is that formatubes eliminate all these logistical challenges for a faster, more productive workforce. All your workers have to do is to shove the tubes down and around the structural steel, then they can pour in the concrete and wait for it to cure.  Formatubes Promote Safety New formatube designs allow workers to cut them off from the concrete pillars after the curing process. This can be done using a knife or other cutting mechanism. Initially, workers had to climb up to the top part of the pillar and strip the formatubes down to the bottom. However, the new formatube design reduces workplace risk by eliminating the need to work on elevated ground. Additionally, formatubes made from materials like cardboard do not need hazardous electric grinders to remove them from the column. Formatubes have Good Physical Properties For something meant to hold up a large mass of concrete, you need a material that can stand up to the challenges of a construction site. Spiral formatubes have a flexible wall structure that stands up well to high impact in the site. In case of deformation during transport or installation, the formatube springs back into shape to ensure that the final shape of the column is as precise as you desire. For more information about the benefits of using formatubes on your construction site, talk to a contractor in your...

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3 Reasons to Fit Raised Buttons With Your Stainless Steel Handrail

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Stainless steel handrails come with plenty of fantastic benefits that make them perfect for use across many different settings. However, you can also customize your handrail with several further parts; one of the least obvious but most beneficial is the simple raised handrail button. These are placed along the surface of a handrail, usually at the bottom, and they serve a number of purposes. Here are just three reasons why you should consider fitting them. 1. Helps the Visually-Impaired Handrail buttons are also referred to as ‘tactile indicators’. This is because their primary purpose is to act as an alert for people who are visually-impaired. As you run your hand down the handrail, your palm will eventually run over the raised button. If you happen to be visually-impaired, this raised indicator will let you know that the handrail is about to end and that there is about to be a change in the level of the floor. If you are fitting your handrail down a flight of stairs, particularly in a building that is quite busy, it only makes sense to fit some handrail buttons to ensure that visually-impaired people can use your stairs without risking injury. 2. Prevents Improper Use Though handrail buttons are used mainly as a tactile aide for the visually-impaired, they also carry another great advantage: they prevent people from misusing the handrail. One of the major problems that comes along with fitting a handrail is people misusing it. They may be tempted to slide down it, but an even more aggravating problem is when the rail is used by skaters to perform tricks. This will obviously be a more pressing problem if your handrail is fitted outside; as well as presenting hazards to passers-by, such use can wear away any paint and cause scuff marks along the metal. With raised buttons fitted at either end, it will be much harder for people to misuse the handrail in this manner. 3. Fits Unobtrusively with the Handrail Ultimately, there’s just no real reason not to fit handrail buttons. Since they themselves will be made from stainless steel, they won’t stand out when fitted with a stainless steel handrail. Instead, they will simply appear to be a natural part of the overall design. It’s great when you can fit something that helps people and protects your property without marring the appearance of your property, and handrail buttons are perfect in that...

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Refrigeration: Different Systems You Could Install In Your Cold Room

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Cold room storage is essential for an assortment of industries whether it is to preserve perishables, medicines and more. These rooms are also ideal if your business requires specific temperatures to carry out different processes. However, not all cold rooms are built the same. There are different types of systems that you could choose to install depending on what your business’ requirements are. Below are a few of the different systems you could choose for your cold room storage. Top mount systems This type of system is installed in medium sized cold rooms, typically found either in restaurants or at a convenient store. Their design functions to allow the maximising of space inside the walk-in cold room. Top mount systems are also optimised to ensure that they maintain low temperatures for a significantly long time. Top mount systems are advantageous as they provide you will an all in one refrigeration solution. The cold air that is released is discharged vertically, hence ensuring the entire space maintains an even temperature. In addition, the condenser and the evaporator are typically combined, which also maximises on space. Penthouse systems If you have a small cold room, then this would be an ideal refrigeration system to consider. The system is installed at the top of the cold room, hence leaving you with adequate storage or walk in space at the bottom. The components that make up the penthouse system such as the fan and cooling evaporators will be placed in the roofing. Moreover, the system will also have a condensate evaporator, which functions to ensure there is not water damage that occurs to the equipment due to condensation. It should be noted that penthouse systems are one of the pricier systems that you could invest in. Nevertheless, this initial outlay is recouped by the long-term efficiency that the system provides you with. One of the main benefits of these systems is that they provide you with additional room for you to install accessories such as storage racks to maximise the space that is available in your small cold room. Saddle mount systems This type of refrigeration system is mounted directly on the wall. As such, they are better suited for individuals who are constructing their industrial premises, as the saddle mount system would have to be hung first before the ceiling can be put into place. A major benefit of saddle mount systems is that all its components are contained within its bracket, thus the system will not take up any additional space in your cold...

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4 Precautions Taken By Salvaged Timber Suppliers

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Some people may be hesitant to use salvaged timber because they may think that it is less reliable or safe than freshly milled lumber. Such people may not know the rigorous checks that suppliers of salvaged timber perform before putting up that timber for sale. This article discusses some of the precautions that are taken to ensure that salvaged timber will be safe to use. Conducting Structural Tests Suppliers of salvaged timber may conduct structural tests in order to confirm that the timber will be suitable for structural purposes. For instance, the lumber may be subjected to deflection tests to confirm that the loads that a specific timber member carried during its previous use didn’t cause that timber to warp permanently. Such structural tests help the timber supplier to sell the timber that will not fail if it is put to structural uses in a building. Metal Extraction Suppliers of salvaged timber are aware that the timber may be subjected to additional processing, such as sanding, before it is reused. The suppliers therefore take the step of extracting all the nails and any other metals within that timber so that the tools that are used to process that timber don’t sustain any damage during that additional milling or processing. You should therefore have no worries that you will sustain any injuries from hidden metals within the salvaged timber. Testing for Toxic Substances Salvaged timber may have also come into contact with toxic substances, such as asbestos and lead-based paint, during its previous use. This risk is taken seriously because most of that timber was used decades ago when the dangers of some of the materials available at the time hadn’t been known. The salvaged timber may therefore be subjected to a series of tests to confirm that it will be safe to reuse in accordance with existing building codes and regulations. Sorting the Wood Types Timber usually weathers over time and adopts a grey colour that may make it hard for a layperson to identify the particular type of lumber. Consequently, an inexperienced person may fail to take the necessary precautions that are needed when using different kinds of lumber. For instance, hardwoods may be more prone to damage by chemicals due to their closely packed grains. Thus, only softwoods should be used in an environment where chemical exposure is anticipated. Timber suppliers usually sort the salvaged timber into different types so that buyers can be sure that they have selected the right variety for their needs. As you can see, several measures exist to ensure that salvaged timber will not pose any risks when it is reused. You should therefore ask your supplier for the specific precautions that he or she has taken in order to ensure that you will not face any risks when you use that salvaged...

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Top Reasons to Upgrade Your Current Exterior Doors to PVC Doors

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Uncategorized |

We lock them up before we leave our homes, and have to unlock them to gain access to our homes. Yes, exterior doors are one of the most used features of any home, so it is important to install something that will serve you well. One of the most understated yet effective exterior doors available on the construction market right now is PVC doors. This is mainly because these doors are relatively new on the market, and many people are oblivious to the many important perks they are able to provide. If you are considering trying something new when you will be replacing your current doors, here’s why you should upgrade to PVC doors.  Durability When people think of plastic products, they are quick to imagine that these products are weak and unable to last for long. This is a big misconception. PVC doors are not made from just any grade of plastics – they are made of the toughest grades of plastic available on the market. While PVC doors will not outlast metal doors, they can definitely last longer than most wooden doors, which warp and/or rot when exposed to the elements. Therefore, you will get good value for your hard-earned money.  Low maintenance  If you are looking for a low-maintenance door that will not take a lot of time and effort to keep looking nice, a PVC door will a perfect option. Cleaning a PVC door is a simple job. All you need to do is occasionally wipe the door with a wet cloth, so as remove any dirt buildup. The best part is that unlike metal or wooden doors, PVC doors do not require refinishing for their entire lifespan. The fabrication processes for PVC doors, such as plastic extrusion and injection moulding, ensures that the final product has a permanent look that will not require restored.  Cost efficiency Getting good value from a low-cost product is not something that comes by easily these days, but it is possible with PVC doors. Despite the many significant benefits they offer, PVC doors are one of the most affordable doors you can find out there. There’s absolutely no need for you to break the bank just to get a good door for your home. Thermal performance  Excessive heat gain and loss from homes is making it really difficult for homeowners to maintain energy efficient homes. Because plastics are poor conductors of heat, PVC doors will not prevent heat transfer to or from your home. This will help you maintain comfortable indoor temperatures without overworking your HVAC units. When you are ready to upgrade your home exterior doors, talk to a PVC door seller about your specific requirements so they can help you find something suitable for your...

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What to Ask When Renting Scaffolding

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Renting scaffolding can allow a homeowner or contractor access to areas of a home or building that need repair or repainting, without using dangerous ladders or other unsecure pieces of elevated equipment. Scaffolding means you will have a long platform for safely holding supplies as well, so you’re not trying to balance a bucket of paint and other items while working at an elevated height. When you are ready to rent scaffolding, note a few questions to ask so you know what’s involved in the rental and are sure to get the pieces you need and can use them properly. 1. Ask what their liability insurance covers A scaffolding rental agency should have liability insurance for their pieces, but note that this may only cover any type of defect in the scaffolding itself. It may not provide coverage if you should fall, assemble the scaffolding incorrectly, or use indoor scaffolding outside. You may want to ask about this, as your homeowner’s insurance or property insurance may not cover these issues either, so you would be liable for medical bills after a fall or may need to pay for the repair of the scaffolding if you use it incorrectly. Be sure you understand all aspects of liability so you know what is and what is not covered by their insurance policy and can have a rider attached to your homeowner’s policy if necessary to cover any liability costs associated with the scaffolding use. 2. Note if you need an interior stairwell For very tall scaffolding, you may prefer an interior stairwell, meaning a set of small steps that are installed inside the scaffolding. These are usually easier to climb than the ladder part of the scaffolding on the outside of the frame, and they can also keep the scaffolding properly balanced when you’re climbing it. This is something to consider if you’re working alone and won’t have someone to assist with keeping the scaffolding in place. 3. Ask if they can assemble and disassemble the piece for you Don’t assume that scaffolding comes assembled, as it’s often transported in pieces that you need to assemble yourself. This can be a quick job for lightweight and small pieces. However, for larger pieces, you might ask the agency if they will assemble it for you. Taking apart the pieces can also be a challenge and, again, especially so for larger pieces that don’t just snap together but which get bolted into place. The rental agency may do this; even if it means an added fee, it can be worth the cost to ensure it’s done...

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Why It May Be Necessary to Remove Heat Tint from Stainless Steel

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Heat tint refers to the change in the surface colour of stainless steel due to the thickening of the chromium oxide layer on the surface of the heat-affected zone. DIY fabricators may not be sure whether they should remove the heat tint after they have completed welding a stainless-steel product that they have been fabricating. This article discusses two circumstances that may make it necessary to remove the heat tint from the surface of stainless-steel products. Aesthetics Considerations Stainless steel may reflect certain colours, such as pale yellow, depending on how thick the oxide layer on its surface is. It is also possible for stainless steel surfaces to reflect light so that a viewer sees the different colours of the rainbow on that material. Heat tint can interfere with the uniformity of the colours reflected by the stainless steel product. This is because the thicker oxide layer in the weld zone will have a different colour from the rest of the material. That colour variation should therefore be removed in order to regain uniformity in the appearance of the stainless steel product. Heat-tint removal is particularly important if a clear sputter coat is going to be applied on the stainless steel. That clear coat will reveal the underlying appearance of the stainless steel. This makes it necessary to ensure the product has a uniform surface appearance. Corrosion Resistance Restoration Fabrication enthusiasts should also consider removing the heat tint if they are going to use the product in an environment where corrosion is a major threat, such as during the transportation of fluids. The heat tint is formed when chromium is drawn from beneath the surface of the stainless steel. Consequently, the metal just underneath the surface of the stainless steel will have a reduced ability to resist corrosion due to the depletion of chromium from that sub-surface area. Removing the heat tint helps to restore a balance in the distribution of chromium within the metal because chromium will “creep” from other parts of the metal so that the entire product has uniform protection from corrosion. Heat tint can be removed from the heat-affected zone of stainless steel products in several ways, such as immersing the product in a nitric acid solution. However, those tint removal processes may be too complex for a hobbyist because incorrect application can cause the surface of the product to pit. It is therefore advisable for you to ask custom stainless steel fabrication experts for help so that you don’t ruin the products that you have just...

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Scrap Metal Recycling: A Couple of Tips To Boost Your Profit

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

One thing to note about the scrap metal industry is that it is always facing fluctuating prices. As such, you cannot have a definitive figure when it comes to estimating what your scrap metal is worth. Nevertheless, this does not mean you cannot make a profit from your scrap. What you would have to do is ensure that you are making the most of the scrap metal that you have, to get the best value once you take it to a scrap yard. Newbies to scrap metal recycling tend to be under the assumption that simply taking pieces of scrap to the metal yard will garner them money. The truth is there are a number of things that you should do to get the best price. The following are some of the tips that you can use to boost your profit when recycling scrap metal. Tip 1: Ensure all the scrap metal has been prepped Prepping your scrap metal is not mandatory, as the scrap yard can still do this on their own. However, leaving this prep work to the scrap yard means they are expending energy and using time valuable time and this will knock off a significant amount of money off the value of your scrap. So what does prepping entail? For instance, if you are looking to recycle copper wire, you should take the time to strip it. Since the scrap metal recyclers will not have any used for the insulation layer, there would be no point in taking your wires still enclosed by the insulation layer. Tip 2: Separate your scrap metals Another thing some people may take for granted is separating their bundle of scrap. This may seem like a tedious process, but it can be quite lucrative in the long run. The first thing you should note is that some scrap metal yards will prohibit the separation of your metals while on site. This is largely because you could start holding up service to other clients and this would be bad for business. Secondly, not separating your scrap can cause you to fetch a lower price for all your scrap metal. For example, if some of the scrap metal consist of low-grade metals, the scrap yard could decide to price it according to the lowest grade of metal since the entire bunch is not separated. Therefore, it would be in your best interests to embark on the separation process before you decide to take your scrap to the recycling...

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