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Three Tips For Recycling Scrap Metal

Posted by on Jan 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips For Recycling Scrap Metal

If you are looking into ways to earn a little extra money and help the environment in the process, you should consider recycling scrap metal. Bottles and cans can also be recycled. While this helps keep these items out of landfills, it doesn’t earn nearly as much as metal. Here are some tips for recycling scrap metal items. Know Where to Find It The first thing you need to know about recycling scrap metal is exactly where to find it. Just about any type of metal can be recycled, though you will likely earn the most from copper. If you know a plumber or electrician who often works with copper piping and wiring, ask if they would be willing to give you any scraps they end up with. This can be very useful. Another good place to get scrap metal is by recycling old appliances you are no longer using. Many of them are made of metal or have small metal mechanisms that can be removed and recycled. Other places to get metal include from different parts of vehicles and by picking up brass shells at your local shooting range. Construction sites often have metal, but you need to have permission first. Sort the Scrap Metal You need to sort your scrap metal based on whether it is ferrous or non-ferrous. Non-ferrous metal tends to be worth more and most recycling centers will accept it. Ferrous is worth less and while some recycling centers pay for it, not all of them will. Sort the metals so you know which metal is going to which recycling center. Ferrous metal includes steel and iron materials. You can tell it is ferrous by placing a metal on it and seeing if it sticks. Magnets tend to stick to ferrous metal but not non-ferrous. Some non-ferrous metals include copper, brass, bronze, and aluminum. Stainless steel is also non-ferrous. These materials are much more valuable. Find the Best Recycling Center Believe it or not, all recycling centers that accept metal are not created equal. You will find that when you shop around, different centers offer slightly different prices for the metal. Some go based purely on weight, while others will pay more on occasion for metal that is rare or high in demand. The best thing you can do is compile a list of recycling centers within driving distance, such as, ask if they take metal, and what their prices are. Choosing recycling centers that specialize in scrap metal is typically better than standard recycling centers accepting all different types of...

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The Abcs Of Ensuring Employee Safety Around Pallet Racking In The Warehouse

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Abcs Of Ensuring Employee Safety Around Pallet Racking In The Warehouse

In a warehouse setting, there can easily be thousands of products within the walls of the facility at one time. If everything moving through your warehouse had to only be stored on the floor, you would have nowhere near the amount of space to work with on a daily basis. Even though pallet racking is an all-out necessity in a warehouse, it is still a potentially hazardous area where employee accidents and injuries can occur. There is a simple ABC rule set you should be following with your company’s pallet racking system to keep employee injuries and accidents at a minimum.  Arrange pallet racking mainly in perimeter areas against walls for smaller warehouse storage.  Small wares, whether it is small containers or packages, are more prone to breaking free from a pallet during motion and especially when a pallet is being tucked onto an upper shelf of the racking system with a reach truck. To avoid problems with small items falling through the other side of a pallet racking system, try designating perimeter pallet racks where walls are in behind the shelves for smaller items.  Be alert to signs that the pallet racks are in disrepair.  The sturdy steel construction of most pallet racking means that it will service your warehouse for a very long time. However, there can occasionally be structural issues that do come up. For example, the racks themselves may get bent during daily operations or the grooves of the racks can become worn, and any of these can be a safety hazard. Make sure you stay alert to any problematic points of wear or weakness and have them replaced immediately.  Caution tape must be used on lower pallet rack shelves that are high off of the ground.  It is not uncommon for the lowest pallet racking shelf to be situated high enough off of the ground to allow a full pallet to be placed beneath. This means that the height is also tall enough for some of your employees to bend under or even step under in some cases. Clearly mark the edge of the lowest shelf of the unit with cautionary tape, such as bright yellow and black, so they don’t bump their head on the rack if they are working in the area.  Don’t assume your employees know where pinch points will be.  The maneuverable shelves of the pallet racks usually have a bent groove design that allows the shelves to be positioned at the right height. The point where these grooves slip into the notches on the pallet rack is considered a pinch point where fingers can get caught during movement. Make sure these areas are always marked with a sign or adhesive warning label to remind employees to keep their hands away.  To learn more about pallet racking, contact a company like Commercial...

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Planning A Reunion In The Park? These Things Will Help Ensure Convenience

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Planning A Reunion In The Park? These Things Will Help Ensure Convenience

Planning a reunion is a lot of work, but the time spent planning and prepping is typically well worth the memories that are to be made at the event. Hosting the reunion at a park ensures that there is plenty of elbow room available for each guest, and it avoids the need for serious scrubbing during cleanup that tends to come along with hosting parties indoors. There are a few services and tools you can invest in to make the management of your park reunion convenient – consider implementing one or both of these effective options: Dumpster Rental While there are bound to be garbage cans available at the park you’ll be holding your event at, they’ll likely be spread out so much that only a couple will be within convenient reach of your event setup. And when garbage cans aren’t easily reachable, chances are that guests will end up leaving garbage on tables, in bathrooms, and even on the ground which results in a lot of needed clean up after the event ends. To make sure that everyone has easy access to receptacles for garbage, rent a large dumpster and have it set up right near the entrance of your event. Create colorful signs to put on the dumpster, reminding everyone to throw stuff away as need be, and you should find that there is virtually nothing left to clean up when all is said and done. The garbage company will pick the dumpster up and take everything to the landfill for you. Contact a company like Parks & Sons of Sun City, Inc. to learn more.  Canopy Screens You may also find that canopy screens come in handy when it comes to keeping guests comfortable in rainy and windy weather. Even if the weather is supposed to be warm and sunny all day, you never know if a rainfall will come through or an hour of wind will decide to show up. Removable canopy screens are easy to install on both portable and permanent canopies that might already be set up at the park. The screens wrap around the open edges of canopies to create faux walls that enable the enjoyment of the outdoors while providing a windbreak and protection from the rain at the same time. When they aren’t in use, you can simply take the screens down, fold them up, and store them as you would tarps. These ideas should be easy to implement with minimal legwork on your part. They’ll also ensure that everyone is comfortable throughout the event, and cleanup should be a piece of cake at the end of the...

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Low Refrigerant Charge: The Root Of Your Air Conditioner Icing Problems

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Low Refrigerant Charge: The Root Of Your Air Conditioner Icing Problems

In an air conditioner, the refrigerant plays one of the most central role in the cooling process. This is because it is the refrigerant’s change of state, from a liquid state to a gaseous state, that produces the cooling effect necessary to cool the air being blown over the unit’s evaporator coils. Given the central role that the refrigerant plays in the cooling process, problems are bound to arise when the amount of refrigerant in an air conditioner falls below the recommended levels. The formation of ice on the evaporator coils is one of the most common ones. Low refrigerant and coil icing In order for a refrigerant to effectively change states, a process that makes the cooling process possible, there needs to be not only a change of temperature but also a change in pressure. At the evaporator coils, where the refrigerant changes states from a liquid to a gas, low pressure is necessary for an efficient change-of-state process. However, when the air conditioning system is low on refrigerant, the pressure at the evaporator coils usually drops to an abnormal level. This usually has the effect of causing an extreme drop in temperature to such an extent that not even the warm air passing over the coils can warm the area fast enough to keep moisture, in the air, from not only condensing but also freezing. This is what is to blame for the icing in your air conditioner’s coils. Coil icing and reduced air conditioner efficiency The reason why the coils of an air conditioning system are usually made of copper is to ensure that there is an efficient transfer of heat. Ice that forms on the evaporator coil provides a layer of insulation – ice is a poor conductor of heat. What this means is that when the refrigerant is evaporating, it won’t absorb heat from the warm air passing over the evaporator coils as efficiently as it should. As a result, the air that leaves the air conditioner won’t be as cold as it is supposed to be. The air conditioner will therefore have to work harder in order to achieve a given temperature. It will wear out faster. It will also use more energy. All this will translate into higher energy bills while also increasing the risks of premature repairs. Solving the low refrigerant charge problem To avoid the problems that a low refrigerant charge causes, simply top off the refrigerant. However, it is important to keep in mind that since an air conditioner’s refrigerant is usually reused, low charge problems are usually indicative of a refrigerant leak. Finding and fixing the leak is recommended. This is something that a HVAC contractor is well suited to help you...

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What To Look For In A Screener

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Look For In A Screener

When making jams, it is often necessary to separate peels, pits, and/or seeds from the flesh of a fruit. When separating raw materials from ore during a mining process, it is likewise necessary to have some sort of machine to separate fine materials from larger ones. While a separator could be used in both cases, it is important to make sure you buy a machine that fits the needs of your jam factory, however large or small. How a Separator Works A separator will have an open top into which you can dump the mixture of materials you are trying to separate. The separator will then have a screen or a series of screens that allow fine material to fall through but will retain larger materials. In some cases, a separator will vibrate to prevent the mixture from clumping, which in turn will speed up the process. Finally, there should be some mechanism for disposing of the larger materials that stay on top of the screen so that they don’t interfere with the screening process.  Types of Separators Separators will vary in size and design. You do not necessarily need a heavy-duty screener simply to screen pits out of a slurry of fruit pulp. Instead, you need a separator that is designed with stainless steel or another non-corrosive material so that it won’t corrode with exposure to the acids in the fruit. Choosing the Right Screen The type of screen you use in your separator will have a big impact on the way your machine operates. For starters, you will want to choose a separator with the right spacing of holes in the mesh that makes up the screen. You can also choose screens that incorporate other elements like ball bearings that help to agitate the mixture to be separated so that it moves more readily through the mesh. Furthermore, if you are using a separator as part of the process for preparing food, you will need to make sure that the screen is designed with food-grade materials so that you don’t contaminate the food.  A screener separator can help to increase productivity by rapidly separating a variety of materials. However, if you want the best performance from your separator, you need to remember that not all separators work the same. Thus, you should talk with the company you buy your separator from to make sure that you get a separator that is designed for your...

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4 Tips For Adding Water To Your Forklift Battery

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips For Adding Water To Your Forklift Battery

If you have a forklift in your workplace, you probably know that you have to take good care of the battery. One step toward taking good care of your forklift battery is adding water to it as needed. As long as you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and keep these tips in mind, you shouldn’t have any problem doing so. 1. Add Water After Charging, Not Before Many people make the mistake of adding water to their forklift batteries before they charge them. However, you should wait until after the battery is fully charged to do so. If you add water before you charge the battery, you run the risk of the water coming to a boil. Not only can this cause a big mess that you’ll have to clean up, but it can also affect your battery and can shorten its lifespan. 2. Use Distilled Water It’s smart to keep a few jugs of distilled water on hand just for use in your forklift batteries. Many people use the water that is available through the tap, but this water can contain minerals and other ingredients that can cause build-up inside of the battery. This can lead to premature corrosion and can be very bad for your battery. With distilled water, these ingredients have been removed, so you don’t have to worry about this issue. 3. Avoid Adding Too Much Water Your forklift battery should have a “fill” line. Only add water until this point. Otherwise, the next time that you charge your forklift battery, it could overflow and affect the acid levels in the battery. This can cause the battery not to work anymore, and you may have to take it to a professional to get it repaired. You may even have to replace it after an overflow like this, so it’s important to be careful and mindful of the fill line. 4. Add Water Over Several Days If you find that your battery needs a lot of water, consider spreading out the job over a few days. If you add it all at once, it could affect the chemical balance of the battery too significantly. By adding a little bit of water each day, you can help prevent this issue. Adding water to your forklift battery is critical if you want to keep it in good shape. Luckily, following these tips can help you do it the right way. Visit a battery store for more information and assistance....

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Remodeling a House: Know What to Do with Waste Materials

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Remodeling a House: Know What to Do with Waste Materials

Remodeling a home comes with a lot of waste materials and you need to know what to do with it. Since some materials need very specific removal services, it is best to have several types of bins to handle the waste. By doing some research, you will have an much easier time getting the right bins delivered to your home before your renovation project starts. Wood Bins The first bin you will need is for any wood that comes out of your home. For example, wood used inside the walls, under the floors and the cabinets should go into this bin. Waste collection companies prefer the wood to be separate from other items so they recycle it. Some companies sell the wood to businesses that break it down and use it to create particleboard, which is a pressed board made with little pieces of recycled wood. However, it is important to know that you cannot place chemically treated wood into these containers. Wood that comes from exterior fencing or patios will need to go into a trash bin. The chemicals used on the wood to make them water, mold, and insect resistant are considered hazardous in many states. Scrap Metal Bins Another important bin to have is one for any metal that you remove from your home. This is especially important when you plan to remove metal plumbing and electrical wiring, since this metal is copper and it is valuable. Most scrap metal companies have bins that they can drop off and pick up to your home. You throw the metal waste into the bins, and once filled the company picks it up and weighs it. The added benefit is that these companies accept several forms of metal, which includes copper, steel, and aluminum to name a few. However, if you place multiple forms of metal into the bin, you want to separate them by placing the metal into plastic bags. The reason for doing this is so the scrap metal company can weigh them separately. Many companies will pay you for the metal, but each one will generally have a different price. For example, pure copper pipes get you a higher amount than aluminum items. Trash Bins The last bin is for the trash items that cannot go into wood or metal bins, such as insulation, carpeting, and linoleum, to name a few. Generally, you rent a bin and pay based on the weight of the items inside. Before your renovation project begins, you need to have bins ready to be delivered. It is best to look into all of your options, so you can get the right ones. For assistance, talk to a professional like Scrap Metal Processors...

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What Kind Of Water Purification System Is Right For Your Business?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Kind Of Water Purification System Is Right For Your Business?

Whether you are looking to improve the taste of your business’ water, purify water to be used in creating a product, or provide a healthier option for your customers, you may want to consider purifying your business’ water supply. There are several options available to a business owner when it comes to purifying water. When you are choosing your water purification system, you should consider the specific needs of your business as well as the size of the business and the amount of water to be purified. Here are some tips to help you get started in choosing a purification system for your business. What are you trying to remove from the water?  The type of system you need depends greatly on what you are trying to remove from your business’ water supply. If you are removing impurities from already-clean drinking water to improve the taste, a traditional water filtration system may work for you. These filtration systems are similar to the ones often found in homes, but on a larger scale for a business. With these traditional filtration systems, water is collected in a tank (or a series of tanks for larger sites) and passed through a filter to remove impurities. These filters can be loose sand-like carbon, or multimedia filters made of compressed carbon and other materials. These systems are perfect for purifying water that is already safe for drinking, but needs a better taste. If you are removing arsenic from water to comply with government regulations, you will need a systems designed specifically for the removal of arsenic. These systems work by passing water through a filter that is made of strongly basic hybrid anion exchange resin. Fluoride is another element that is difficult to remove from water using a standard filter. If you are concerned with the levels of fluoride in your water, you will need a specialized filter designed to remove fluoride. Distillation is an effective way to remove fluoride or arsenic from your water supply, so a commercial water distiller may be another great option for you. Distillers remove almost all impurities from the water, as well as all sodium. Distillers work well, but are not always the best option for businesses because of the cost to run them. Since distillers heat the water to boiling, they use a lot of electricity to produce each gallon of clean water. How much clean water do you need? The type of water purification system for you is also determined by the size of your business and how much clean water you need. If you need to process more than 12 gallons per minute, you need a commercial-sized purification system. Filtration systems are quicker than distillation systems, so if you need lots of clean water quickly, a distillation system may not be right for you. With so many water purification systems available to today’s business owner, you will be sure to find something that suits your business’ needs. For more information about filtration products, contact a company like PFC Equipment,...

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Finding Solutions And Guaranteeing Accurate Repairs – Troubleshooting Your Well Pump

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Choosing to live in a rural setting can have a great deal of advantages, but it also means having to live without some modern conveniences. Many municipal water systems may not reach country homes, and as such, you may find yourself entirely reliant on your well for your household water. While this is perfectly acceptable and sustainable, you need to be prepared to take steps to handle potential problems. Below, you’ll find a guide to some tips for troubleshooting your well water pump. Keeping these suggestions in mind will put you in a position to quickly and accurately diagnose potential issues, guaranteeing that you receive service that will meet your specific needs. Weak Pressure One common complaint of well users is that their water pressure is unreliable. If you turn on a faucet in your home and notice that the flow is significantly less than what you expect, you may be dealing with a pump that’s no longer completely submerged due to a dropping water level in the well. Your pump repair firm will be able to more accurately measure your water level and then reposition your pump to make sure it stays fully submerged at all times. This may also require increased stabilization if your pump is being placed much deeper in the well, so leaving the task to a professional is always a wise decision. Constant Running Keeping an eye on your energy consumption is a great way to cut down on your monthly expenses, so a continuously running well pump can be a major concern. This can also cut down significantly on your pump’s longevity, and as such, it should be quickly addressed. Often times, a pump that won’t shut off has a damaged check valve that is preventing the automatic shutoff function from operating correctly. A pump maintenance technician will be able to quickly diagnose this issue and a replacement part should be easily located and installed. Constant Shutoffs If your concern is your pump running too little rather than too much, it’s possible that you have a pressure issue. Well pumps are designed to shut down in order to prevent high pressure from causing blow outs, and in wells with an inadequate air supply, a pump is likely to quickly sense a dangerous environment. Your pump technician will be able to make adjustments in order to either make your pump less sensitive or remove some water from your well, creating an environment that’s sure to foster successful pump operations. For more information, contact a company like David Cannon Well...

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The Invisible Protector Of Life And Property

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Society depends on machinery to manufacture goods that enable individuals to live an abundant life, and allow them to travel around and even beyond their world; yet many are unaware of the small pieces of synthetic materials that allow this machinery to operate. These indispensable items are called gaskets, and they are used in nearly every piece of machinery that uses fluids for fuel, lubricants, or cooling. Where are gaskets used? Gaskets are used in any machine that requires the containment or transport of fluids. They can also be used to keep moisture from entering a sensitive electrical component. Gaskets are placed between individual parts of machines to produce an impenetrable seal. Without gaskets, unpressurized fluids would leak and pressurized fluids would spray out between connections. Examples of gasket use include: Automobile engines. The two gaskets used in automotive engines, the valve cover gasket and head gasket, allow for the circulation of motor oil for engine lubrication and the circulation of coolant to keep the engine from overheating. Failure of either of these gaskets could result in engine failure. Electronic components. If you would look inside your cell phone, you will see a flat rubber gasket that encompasses its borders. This gasket is used as a moisture barrier to keep the circuitry inside from being compromised . Many electrical components depend on gaskets for the same purpose. The importance of gaskets for safety Gaskets that are used in the transport of volatile materials must be made of specific compounds that can withstand the effects of pressure, high temperatures, or caustic properties of the fluids that are being transported. Fuel lines, chemical production machinery, and hydraulic lines are examples of areas that need gaskets designed for the trauma involved in containing them. A tragic example of the importance of the integrity of gaskets is the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster. This failed mission, which resulted in the deaths of the astronauts and a temporary halt in the space program, was determined ti be caused by the failure of “o” rings in the fuel lines.  These round gaskets failed, allowing fuel to be released, and causing an explosion that destroyed the shuttle rockets and sent the astronauts to their death. The o ring gaskets that were used in the shuttle’s fuel lines were exposed to sub-freezing temperatures before the launch, which compromised their integrity. This emphasizes the importance of using the correct type of gasket for specific conditions. It also shows the impact that a small piece of synthesized rubber can have on success and failure, as well as life and death, on a project of immense complexity. Talk to experts like FB Wright of Cincinnati for more...

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