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Three Reasons Your Restaurant Table Linens Aren’t Lasting

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons Your Restaurant Table Linens Aren’t Lasting

As a restaurateur, you understand that everything matters. Not only does great customer service and quality cuisine matter, but a good dining environment is also important. You can boost your efforts in this area by focusing on your table linens. If you have linens that stain easily and look worn, there are likely several mistakes you’re making that may contributing to the problem. Failing To Prewash When you order new table liners, avoid placing them directly on the table. Most restaurant quality liners come equipped with built-in stain fighting qualities that work to keep stains from penetrating deep within the fibers of the fabric. However, in many instances, this feature needs to be activated and a prewash is often how this is achieved. For these liners, you need to first wash the fabric to lock in the stain fighting qualities. Prewashing will also help remove any residual dye that can bleed onto other fabrics, such as cloth napkins and cause permanent staining. Forgetting To Starch It’s always a great idea to starch your linens after each wash. Sure, starching does make fabric look better, but its benefits extend far beyond the aesthetic realm. Think of starch as an additional layer of protection. When applied correctly, starch creates an invisible covering over the fabric. For minor stains, this barrier can help keep the stain from penetrating into the fibers, allowing you to more easily wipe or blot it away. If you have your linens cared for by a laundry service, make sure you aren’t overlooking this additional service to keep your fabrics in better condition. Not Following A Regular Wash Cycle Try to establish a wash cycle instead of waiting to wash your linens until they look visibly dirty. For instance, if you pay for a daily laundry service, don’t just send off the linens that look stained. Create a schedule by which all linens get washed regularly, such as every three days. When it comes to table linens, wear doesn’t always come in the form of visible stains, such as red wine. Bacteria, light oil stains, fabric stretching and other concerns might be unnoticeable, but when allowed to fester, can cause significant damage. Regular washing creates somewhat of a reset process that helps maintain your fabrics. How well you care for your table linens will be directly related to not only how well your table linens look, but also how long they last and how satisfied your customers are with their dining experience. Keep proper care in mind. Contact a company like Central Uniform & Linen Supply Company to learn...

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Dust In The Wind: Tips To Avoid This Bother At Your New Event Or Wedding Venue Space

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dust In The Wind: Tips To Avoid This Bother At Your New Event Or Wedding Venue Space

Expect to deal with dust if you’re planning to open an outdoor event venue for festivals, weddings, or fairs. Any exposed, unpaved portion of your property or adjoining roadways will be teeming with dust particles patiently waiting to be easily stirred up by wind and vehicles. To avoid the negative health and aesthetic effects of airborne dust in your event space, take the following steps: Strictly enforce your own rules When you’ve determined the dustiest areas of your property, you can set some rules that will cut down on whirlwinds of particles choking people during your events. Limit ATV use during the driest days, since these vehicles are the worst dust-stirrers. Assign some paths as walk-only paths, and have a speed limit of 10mph to reduce clouds of dirt along unpaved vehicle roads. Strictly enforce the rules on your property or face damage to equipment and any garden plants you have. Dust will cover tables, windows, vehicles, and food-prep surfaces. You’ll end up needing extra labor to clean dust off of all of your furnishings if you don’t hire extra staff to direct traffic and enforce speed limits. Plant or erect barriers to trap dust Some festival grounds erect tall plywood walls along dusty corridors to keep dust confined. Visitors are often allowed to write on or decorate the walls. A rustic or elegant wooden privacy fence works the same way in a formal setting. You can also plant evergreen shrubs that grow tall along pathways and roadways. Junipers, cedar trees, rhododendrons, and other bushes can grow over 10 feet tall and will fill out to absorb much of the dust that is blown around them. Large shrubbery plants also develop roots underground that help anchor the soil. Your local extension agent or nursery will have suggestions for suitable plants. Investigate gravel and other dust suppression techniques If you can’t pave cart tracks and roads, consider applying another material over them to reduce dust during busy times. A load of gravel spread out over bare earth can help cut down on flying dust, and it makes the roadway easier to navigate when it gets slick with rain or ice. Chemical treatment is possible with materials including calcium chloride and magnesium chloride. These dust suppressors bind with the dusty stuff to keep it from flying off the roadways and bare patches. Your dust suppression professionals will know which is best for your event space and will recommend treating the dusty spots every few years for maximum...

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Four Factors To Help You Decide Where To Drill Your Well

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Factors To Help You Decide Where To Drill Your Well

An experienced well drilling contractor may be able to give you advice on good well locations, but even before you hire a drilling contractor, you can give some thought to exactly where on your property you’ll locate the well. There are many factors that influence what makes a perfect spot for a well. Use these four points to help you narrow it down. 1. Distance from potential contaminants One of the first things to consider is where not to put your well. You shouldn’t put it close to a potential source of groundwater contamination, such as a feed lot, a silo, a cesspool, or a septic tank. Other things to stay away from include: Outhouses Landfills Property boundaries  Roads 2. Relative elevation The easiest spot to sink a well is the lowest spot on your property because that’s likely to be the spot closest to the groundwater. However, sinking a well at the lowest spot has certain disadvantages (such as that gravity tends to pool contaminated storm runoff there, so it’ll be impossible to keep the well clean). Because of this, you should instead choose another lowish point, one that doesn’t have surface water already and doesn’t collect runoff. If you do have surface water on your property (such as a river), it may be a safe bet to sink your well just a few meters from the river, since that spot is likely to have plenty of underground water near the surface. 3. Type and composition of soil Some types of soil are easier to sink a well in than others are, and some produce more water than others. If you have an especially unfriendly type of soil, such as sand, you may need to take steps to adapt the well to the situation. If you have multiple types of soil substrate on your property, consult with your well drilling contractor about which type will work best for your well. 4. Plants nearby If you live in a dry climate and don’t have a river on your property, one of the ways to determine if water is near the surface is to look for increased amounts of plant growth, especially large plants such as water-loving trees. Some of the trees you should look for include cottonwood trees and willow trees. These four aspects of well location will help you narrow down the possible locations for your well and give you a few ideas for a likely spot that may yield a high-performing well for years to come. For more information, contact GeoTek Alaska Inc or a similar...

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4 Machine Shop Safety Tips To Use Every Single Day

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Machine Shop Safety Tips To Use Every Single Day

Machining work in the industrial and manufacturing sector as a whole can be incredibly profitable. This work involves heavy-duty machinery that can also be dangerous, which is why you need to learn some smart safety tips that will help keep you and your entire work base safe. This will help protect from your shop from injury and even protect the lives of everyone in your machine shop floors each and every day. Use these four machining safety guidelines below in order to help you out. #1: Enforce use of protective equipment at all times When you own a machine shop, personal protective equipment should absolutely never be optional. Make sure everyone on the floor is aware of this rule and that it is strictly enforced, with significant penalties to back up this rule. Some examples of protective equipment that must always be used on the job includes machinery guards, well fitting gloves, thick soled, slip resistant footwear and protective masks. By ensuring that everyone is protected at all times, you will have far less risk for injury in your machine shop. #2: Avoid lifting injuries Lower back injuries can lead to workers compensation cases and down time for your best employees. Because of this, always be sure that everyone is using the right procedure for lifting heavy materials. If an item is particularly heavy, be sure that employees are using forklifts. If an item can be lifted manually, ensure that workers keep their backs straight, squat and bend at the knees and lift using their legs as opposed to their back. This can prevent a potential lifetime of nagging back injuries, so keep everyone on your floor informed of these lifting procedures. #3: Take care of your work areas You also need to be sure that the work areas in your machine shop are well kept. This means keeping floor ways clear of any tripping hazards and clutter, so that traffic can move in and out with no problem. Always clean and wash down work areas and address spills immediately. The cleaner that you keep your machine shop, the safer it will be. #4: Train Your Staff To Use All Machinery Always promote knowledge and education for proper machine use in your shop. Hold frequent tutorials, certification opportunities and continued education opportunities for your employees so that everyone is qualified to handle the machinery properly. This lets you prevent serious damage and injury inside of your machine shop. Follow these four tips to have safety in your machine shop every single day. To learn more, contact a company like Tri-State Fabricators...

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3 Tips for Getting More for Scrap Metal at Your Industrial Business

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips for Getting More for Scrap Metal at Your Industrial Business

In your manufacturing plant or other industrial business, you might go through a lot of scrap metal. If this is the case, you may want to consider selling it to a company that picks up scrap metal and pays for it by weight. This can help you recoup some of your losses, and it’s a great way to ensure that the waste from your business is disposed of properly and recycled. Plus, there’s a chance that the company that handles the normal garbage pickup from your factory will not handle scrap metal. To get as much money from the scrap metal pick-up as possible, remember these three helpful tips. 1. Clean It Up First of all, you will want to clean up your scrap metal before disposing of it. Obviously, every piece does not have to be shiny and clean, but if your scrap metal is overly dirty, you might not get quite as much for it per pound as you would if it were clean. Consider spraying off scrap metal before disposing of it. 2. Keep It Separated If all of the scrap metal pieces that you have within your industrial setting are made from the same metal or mix of metals, then you do not have anything to worry about. If you have scraps of different types of metal, however, you should take the time to separate the different types. The amount that you can get for different types of metal can differ by a surprising amount; for example, aluminum pays out for a whole lot less than copper. If you do not separate your metals, you will likely be paid a flat rate per pound for “mixed metal,” which could leave you getting paid a lot less than what you are entitled to. Keeping different types of metal scraps separate from one another can help you get a higher payout. 3. Make It Easy to Load Even though many scrap-metal recycling companies will come out and pick up your scrap metal for you, a pickup charge might be taken out of the amount that you will receive. Even though it can be worth it to pay this charge so that you don’t have to worry about delivering the scrap metal yourself, you can often reduce this charge by ensuring that your metal is as easy to pick up as possible. Lessen the time that the pickup company has to spend—and therefore the amount that you can be charged for—by ensuring that your scrap metal is near an easy entrance for the truck so that it’s simple for the company to...

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3 Tips To Create A Sustainable Commercial HVAC System

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips To Create A Sustainable Commercial HVAC System

Maintaining a constant temperature inside your commercial buildings is essential when it comes to employee and customer comfort. A reliable HVAC system plays a critical role in helping control indoor temperatures, but these systems can use a lot of energy. In fact, air conditioning alone accounts for nearly 15% of the primary energy used by commercial buildings throughout the United States. Here are three tips you can use to create a more sustainable HVAC system without compromising comfort inside your commercial building in the future. 1. Regularly swap out your HVAC unit’s filter. Filtering contaminants from the outdoor air supply used to heat and cool your commercial space is a vital role filled by your HVAC unit’s filter. Over time, the contaminants filtered from the outdoor air supply can clog up the air filter. A clogged filter forces your HVAC unit to work harder to access the air supply needed to maintain a comfortable temperature within your commercial space, resulting in a significant increase in the amount of energy used by your HVAC system. Changing out the air filter on your HVAC unit regularly can reduce energy consumption by up to 15%, helping to make your heating and cooling system more sustainable. 2. Invest in programmable thermostats. If your current HVAC system doesn’t feature programmable thermostats, you could be wasting a significant amount of money each year. You only need to maintain a comfortable temperature within your commercial space during business hours. Outside of operating hours there is typically no one inside the building. A programmable thermostat allows you to reduce the temperature setting after business hours during the winter and increase the temperature during the summer to conserve energy. Contacting an HVAC specialist to incorporate programmable thermostats into your heating and cooling system will help you make your HVAC system more sustainable in the future. 3. Invest in regular maintenance. Spending money on an HVAC unit that isn’t showing signs of malfunction might seem counterproductive, but a regular maintenance schedule can significantly contribute to the sustainability of your heating and cooling system. Statistics show that investing in proactive maintenance can reduce the chances of a future breakdown by up to 95%. Regular maintenance keeps your HVAC unit running at optimal levels, helping to make it more sustainable in the future. Finding ways to improve the sustainability of your commercial HVAC system can help you save money and reduce the negative impact increased HVAC energy use could have on the environment. For more information, contact Sparks Refrigeration or a similar...

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3 Common Problems to Watch for in Your Check Valves

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Common Problems to Watch for in Your Check Valves

The check valves found in your industrial equipment play an important role in helping to prevent fluid from flowing back into the engine and causing significant damage. A faulty check valve that goes unnoticed could be costly, so being able to identify common problems associated with check valves can be beneficial. Here are three common problems you should constantly be looking for when operating equipment that relies on a check valve to regulate the flow of fluid through the machine’s engine bay. 1. Failing pins and springs. Check valves come equipped with pins and springs that play a vital role in the opening and closing of the valve’s flange as fluid flows through the valve and on to downstream components. If you are using a piece of equipment regularly throughout the day, the valve may be opened and closed many times. This constant opening and closing can eventually cause the pins and springs to wear out. If you begin to hear a noise that resembles liquid slamming against a solid surface, it may be time to replace your check valve to prevent future damage. 2. Faulty rubber seals. Rubber seals are used to provide an airtight seam between your check valve and both the upstream and downstream components within your equipment’s engine bay. Since these seals are made from rubber, they can begin to crack and fail over time. A faulty seal could result in a serious loss of fluid pressure, resulting in significant damage to your equipment’s engine. If you notice hydraulic fluid or other liquids leaking from the area where your machine’s check valve is located, replacing the rubber seals could remedy your problem before permanent damage occurs. 3. Component wear and damage. If you notice that some of the parts downstream from your machine’s check valve are showing signs of wear or damage, a faulty check valve could be to blame. It’s not uncommon for workers to replace a faulty check valve with a new one that is not equipped to handle the flow rate of the liquid running through a machine’s engine bay. Improperly sized check valves don’t have the ability to accurately maintain proper fluid ratios, which could cause your downstream parts to begin breaking down prematurely. Replacing a faulty check valve with one that is the right size for your machine will help prevent this type of damage in the future. Understanding some of the problems commonly associated with check valves will help you ensure that you don’t let a faulty valve cost your company money in the form of unnecessary machine repairs in the future. For more information or assistance, contact services like Monumental Supply...

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2 Things To Consider When Creating A Home Theater

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Things To Consider When Creating A Home Theater

If you are a cinephile, you may want to be able to watch your movies at home in an area that is as close to a theater as possible. Creating your own theater space at home will make it possible to replicate the theater experience as closely as possible. When you decide to start creating your theater space, there are several things that you need to consider.  Insulation If you are building a brand new room for your movie theater, you will, of course, be installing insulation in any exterior walls. But you should also put some insulation in the interior walls. If the space is going to be part of a second story, you may also want to make sure that there is also insulation in the floor or ceiling. The insulation doesn’t have to be the same heavy insulation that you would use in an exterior wall because it is just there to help keep the sound of your theater from disturbing the rest of the house and keep the sounds from the rest of the house from disturbing your movie.  Sound System No home theater is going to be complete without a sound system. The sound system lets you completely immerse yourself in the movie. The right sound system is going to let you hear all the highs and lows that you would lose using just a TV speaker. You will also hear the driving bass which can help to build suspense or a sense of action in a movie. However, getting the sound system set up right can be difficult. A 5.1 surround sound system includes 5 different speakers. Those speakers need to be balanced well for the room and against the rest of the system. That’s what is going to give you the best sound you can get. What you need to do is get a professional out to take care of installing your system for you.  The reason that you need a professional is that they will be able to find the sweet spots in the room, those places where the speakers will have the most impact. The professional can also help you choose the set of speakers that have a power output that matches the room. Too little power and the sound isn’t strong. Too much power and the sound overwhelms the room.  If you want to have a home theater, making sure that you are getting the best sound possible starts with blocking out sounds from the outside and ends with having a professionally installed sound system. Contact a business, such as Metro Sound & Lighting, for more information....

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What’s The Best Choice For Air Compressor Lines?

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What’s The Best Choice For Air Compressor Lines?

Running air compressor lines to use pneumatic tools in a commercial setting seems like it would be simple, but especially in smaller commercial applications, there are many would-be options for transporting the compressed air. Here are the most commonly used options and their pros and cons. Black Iron Pipe Metal pipes can help compressed air, which contains moisture, to cool. This helps water separators in the line — essentially, filters that remove excess moisture before it can make its way to sensitive tools — to do their job more effectively. Black iron is extremely durable, although it can corrode over time. It can be heavy and it must be threaded to join pieces together, which requires more professional time and expertise. Thus, black iron can be harder to work with than copper, plastic or rubber, but it has fewer drawbacks than those materials for transporting compressed air in a commercial facility. It also may be more expensive than other options. Galvanized Metal Pipe It’s tough and can last a very long time and resists condensation, but can be harder to work with; like black iron, it is heavy and must be threaded.  Another drawback is that the galvanization protecting the metal from corrosion can come off inside galvanized pipe under the pressure of the compressed air. It won’t happen all at once, but the steady flaking can produce small chips that clog up regulators and separators.  Aluminum Pipe Aluminum is gaining in popularity for commercial compressed air systems because it is lightweight and does not corrode. Connectors are available for aluminum that make working with it easier than some types of metal pipe. But costs can be higher and aluminum is not rated for high pressure, so it may not be appropriate for some commercial uses. Copper Pipe Copper is an effective choice for running compressed air. Generally, copper fittings require soldering, but there are also flared fittings available that can be used without solder. Both of these methods of connecting joints can, in some commercial applications, come loose, so if used they must be inspected regularly. The biggest problem with copper tubing is that it is not durable enough for some commercial settings. For example, if it’s accidentally hit with a tool, it can dent and may even break.  Air Hoses Air hoses are designed to carry compressed air to any type of air compresser, including commercial — but they aren’t suitable for the commercial environment except in very short lengths.  The reason? Long lengths of rubber air hose can actually encourage moisture in the air to stay in a vapor form, even when passing through water separators. That means that water can make its way into commercial tools, causing early failure and more frequent maintenance. Air hoses should only be used in a commercial setting for very short lengths or temporary applications. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Pipe At first glance, PVC pipe may seem suitable for carrying compressed air. However, the plastic used in the pipe can degrade when it is repeatedly exposed to light or heat. When the pipe is carrying liquids, as it was designed to do, failure may be messy but it doesn’t pose a hazard. However, when compressed gases are carried by a plastic pipe that fails, an explosion may occur.  Use of PVC...

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3 Benefits Of Using Preplaced Aggregated Concrete In Bridge And Dam Repair

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Benefits Of Using Preplaced Aggregated Concrete In Bridge And Dam Repair

The use of preplaced aggregate concrete, also known as PAC, is a well-known concept. It is a method of placing concrete that has been around for many years. However, using PAC to repair underwater bridges and dams has only recently become commonplace. There are a variety of advantages to using PAC in bridge and dam repair: Less Cracking When placing PAC, a higher ratio of aggregate to cement is achieved due to the process in which it is placed into the formwork. The aggregate is put into the form, and then the grout is injected in increments. This can significantly reduce the amount of shrinkage that would normally occur in traditional repair methods. The reduced shrinkage leads to a higher bond with the concrete surfaces that are already present in the structure. This higher bendability and reduced shrinkage results in a structure that will be less likely to crack. Stronger Repair When a formwork is submerged in water, whether it is a partial submersion or full, PAC prevents the materials from becoming separated. After the aggregate is placed, the process of grout injection starts at the bottom of the form. It then progresses upward at different injection points. Water that is trapped in the formwork is forced out and is replaced with the grout. This process will result in fewer open spaces between the aggregate. This will ultimately result in a much stronger repair to the bridge or dam columns. No Heavy Equipment Required There is no heavy equipment needed to place preplaced aggregate concrete. This is a significant advantage, largely due to the cost of equipment and labor. Instead, the aggregate is washed into place by using a sluice pipe. A grout pump is used to place the grout. In addition to a cost savings, the lack of heavy equipment allows for easier access when repairing small bridges, piers, or dams. The minuscule amount of equipment used for PAC placement can be left on the banks or shore of the area that is being worked on while the grout and aggregate is funneled through the pipe and grout hose. Typical concrete is placed as a cement and grout mixture, while PAC and grout are placed separately. Preplaced aggregate concrete is placed in separate steps, leading to a stronger build and repair to dams and bridges. If you will be working on a very old structure or one that is small in size, consider the benefits of using preplaced aggregate concrete, as it is an ideal option for many projects. For more information about bridge and dam repair, visit websites...

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