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Planning A Party? 3 Reasons You Should Consider Renting Toilet Trailers

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you plan a big event, your primary concern probably revolves around ensuring the comfort of your guests. Unfortunately, if you are planning a party in an area that doesn’t have on-site restrooms, you might find yourself trying to figure out what to do. Fortunately, you can rent portable toilet trailers and have them delivered right to your event. Here are three more reasons you should consider toilet trailers for your party, and the difference that they can make.  1: Party Aesthetics After spending hours choosing the perfect floral arrangements for your tables and trying to track down the right tablecloths to match your color scheme, you might not be too excited about parking a few bright blue toilets nearby. In addition to disrupting your carefully planned décor, traditional portable toilets might stick out like a sore thumb in pictures. However, portable toilet trailers are designed to look more like normal buildings, so they can blend in with your theme. Many toilet trailers or porta pottys are designed with attractive exteriors that contain actual brick or vinyl siding facades, so that they are more likely to appeal to your guests. Instead of men and women being forced to take turns using the same toilets, many trailers contain his and hers restrooms that can be accessed via nice-looking staircases.  By paying attention to the details and choosing attractive portable restrooms, you can keep your party looking like a million bucks.    2: Luxurious Upgrades When you think of portable toilet rentals, what comes to mind? If you are like most people, you might think of those smelly, cramped cubicles that you may have used at the last outdoor concert that you attended. However, portable toilet trailers offer luxurious upgrades that will make your guests feel right at home. Here are a few options that you might enjoy.  Ceramic Seats: Do you hate the look and feel of cheap, plastic toilet seats? If you want to provide an upscale bathroom experience, consider renting a toilet trailer that offers real ceramic seats.   Granite Counters: Believe it or not, some toilet trailers even have real granite countertops, so that you can maintain the high-end theme of your party. Air Fresheners: Nothing is worse than a smelly bathroom. If you want to keep that toilet area smelling great, look for toilet rentals that offer electronic air fresheners.   Automatic Plumbing Fixtures: When it comes right down to it, some people just don’t like touching things in public places. Fortunately, toilet trailers are available with automatic faucets and toilets. If you are planning a wedding or another upscale event, a few upgrades might make people feel more comfortable, especially if they are wearing their best clothes. 3: Guests Might Stay Longer Sometimes when people plan parties, they make the mistake of undermining the importance of convenient restrooms. You might figure that people can hold it, or that they can take care of their kids with the supplies in their diaper bag. Unfortunately, if guests don’t have a nice restroom to use, it might severely inhibit their ability to stick around. While most people hit the bathroom up to seven times a day, folks who have certain medical conditions or who are pregnant might go as many as 30 times. People who have small children might be...

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Water Delivery Services: Improving Oil Production With Water Injections

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), Canadians consumed 1.5 million barrels of oil every day in 2013. Instead of relying on imports, Canadians have begun to use their resources to harvest oil found on their land. In fact, there are an estimated 173 billion barrels of oil hidden in Canada’s oil reserves. To improve oil production and productivity, a method known as water injection is utilized in oilfields. This article will explore what water injections are. Basics of Water Injections Generally speaking, only 30% of the oils that are located in the reservoirs can be extracted; however, with the help of water injections, this percentage substantially increases and the production rate is maintained over a longer period of time. The primary objective of water injections is to increase oil production rates. Water injections involve injecting high pressure and high flow water into the oil reservoirs to: support the pressure of the reservoir. This is also known as “voidage replacement”, which is responsible for ensuring that the pressures within the reservoirs are maintained at their initial levels. sweep or displace oil that is within the reservoir, so that it is pushed up towards the well. Water is denser than oil, and will sink towards the bottom of the reservoir while pushing the oil upwards. Type of Water That Can Be Used Due to the effectiveness and efficiency of water injections, many oilfields will implement this technique in order to recover more oil during the harvesting period. Water delivery services can offer various types of water, including: produced water. Produced water is the term used to describe water that is produced as a byproduct along with oil and gas at the oilfields. The produced water can be recycled and re-injected into the oil reservoirs. Using produced water will reduce the chances of formation damages that are due to incompatible fluids. Keep in mind that you will still run the risk of scaling or corroding the injection tubing when using production water. The water also needs to be filtrated and cleaned up before it is disposed. seawater. Although it requires deoxygenation and biociding, seawater delivery is by far the most cost efficient type of water used for water injections. It is also generally the most convenient supply, especially if the oilfields are located offshore.  aquifer water. Aquifer water is advantageous in the sense that it is pure, and can come from water-bearing formations; however, this type of water may be more costly to obtain.  river water. Water harvested from the river will need to be filtrated and disinfected before it can be injected into the oil reservoirs.  All water used for water injections must go through deoxygenation, a process that removes oxygen from the water. Deoxygenated water will inhibit bacterial and microbial growth, and will also reduce the chances of the pipelines corroding. Bacterial growth in the reservoirs can become a serious problem, as many bacteria produce toxic gases, like hydrogen sulfide, as a byproduct. In addition, the water used should be filtered to remove contaminants, such as shells and algae. Each reservoir will have different filtration requirements depending on the viscosity of the fluids, among other factors.  Conclusion If you are working at an oilfield or if you are heading an oilfield project, it is important to understand how water injections can be beneficial for...

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The Ins And Outs Of Cleaning A Concrete Mixer

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Having a concrete mixer, like one at Carmix Canada Limited, on hand makes a wide variety of jobs much easier to handle. At the end of the day, however, the final task always involves cleaning out the mixer so it remains ready for future use. If you haven’t cleaned a concrete mixer before or aren’t sure about the right way to do it, take the following as a relatively simple and straightforward guide. Getting Rid of Old, Dried Concrete To get rid of old concrete, you’ll first want to turn the mixer on and add two to three gallons of water to the mixer. As it rotates, use a rubber mallet to tap on the outside of the drum. At this point, the larger chunks of concrete should break apart and fall off the inside of the drum. Place a wheelbarrow in front of the mixer and then tip the mixer forward to empty the waste. Follow up by carefully chiseling the remaining chunks of concrete from the exterior and interior surfaces. Using Acid to Remove Old Concrete If you’re having trouble removing leftover bits of concrete or just want to do a thorough job, you can use hydrochloric acid to break down the remaining concrete. Just remember to wear your safety goggles and protective gloves as you perform the following steps: Create a solution of two parts water and one part hydrochloric acid in to a bucket or a sturdy container. Add the water first, and then pour the acid into the water. Turn the mixer on and pour the solution inside. Make sure to tilt the mixer so the solution covers the edges of the mixer drum. When all of the concrete has been dissolved, drain the mixer and dispose of the solution according to your local regulations involving dangerous waste. Don’t forget to rinse the machine with a garden hose or a pressure washer afterwards. Getting Rid of Wet Concrete In many cases, simply adding a couple of gallons of water to a rotating mixer drum will help remove most, if not all of the concrete in the mixer. If you’re dealing with concrete that’s still relatively fresh, but somewhat tough to remove, you’ll want to add one to two shovelfuls of crushed rock to the mixer while it’s turning. The rough gravel will help chip away tough concrete from the sides of the machine. After draining the water and gravel, you can follow up by blasting the interior and exterior of the concrete mixer with a garden hose or a pressure washer. This will remove any remaining bits of concrete that’s left on the machine. You can also loosen up small bits of concrete with the help of a stiff toilet brush. Try not to use metal scrubbers as they can damage the surface of the mixer. Preventative Measures for Future Use Chances are you’d want an easier way of cleaning the concrete mixer the next time you use it. Fortunately, there are several ways you can make that laborious task a bit easier. For example, you can apply a release agent to the exterior and interior surfaces of the mixer to prevent concrete from sticking. If you don’t have a proper release agent on hand, you can also use a very light coating of diesel...

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Pump Skid Custom Fabrication Musts

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Generic skids don’t always get the job done. Sometimes you need a customized option to take care of your equipment. Surprisingly, made-to-order skids don’t require much of you. But be sure that your manufacturer is aware of your specs so you can always count on your skids to make it through the toughest of jobs. Know the Load If you don’t have professionally drawn up designs, you’ll need to tell your manufacturer about the load you expect your metal skid will have to withstand. Structural integrity is of utmost importance on your site. The last thing you want to deal with is a structural fail when you need to move your skid and equipment to another location. Knowledge of the demands on your skid before manufacturing begins will ensure ultimate functionality. Make your designer aware of the liquid load as well. An estimate of the capacity in liters you need is a must before beginning your designs. Know Special Requests Part of the reason for wanting customized skids may be that you need walkways or standing room built into your design.  Perhaps you need enclosures for the electrical components of your equipment. Think through any special considerations so you know exactly what you need. Gather some measurements that your manufacturer can use when creating your design. You may even want to create your own mockup and test it out to be sure you’ll have all the room you need. Know the Daily Demand Whether you pump oil, water, or chemicals, you’ll need to notify your manufacturer what your pump skids will be used for on a daily basis so the correct materials and designs can implemented. The wrong material or design for your type of work will render your skid more of a burden than a help. Your manufacturer will select materials and designs that can withstand your work and provide you with construction that lasts. Know Your Manufacturer Check with your manufacturer and find out their processes, materials, and options available to you as their customer. A custom order won’t go far if your manufacturer doesn’t have the facility to handle your requests. If you desire precision in your skid, ask if they have plasma cutting capabilities. If you need some help coming up with designs, find out if they can produce CAD or CAM designs from your verbal description. Ask if their welders are certified and if their facility adheres to ASME standards so you don’t end up with an alloy that can’t handle your demands. Find out if they do all the work in-house, or if they have third parties they work with to complete your order. Know the Finishing Options Depending on the material your skid is made out of and the nature of your facility, you might want to consider a finish to protect your custom order. If you just want a cosmetic finish, a coat of paint is just the ticket. But if your skid is exposed to the elements or bangs from heavy equipment, you may want to consider a powder coating. Finishing may not even be necessary; check with your manufacturer to see if the material your skid is made out of requires a protective coating to stop rust or other damage. The Bottom Line A customized order for your pump...

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Two Simple, But Essential, Maintenance Tasks For Your Home’s Propane Tank

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Propane gas is a popular alternative to using fuel oil for heating homes. Not only is propane less expensive than oil, gas furnaces are also cleaner burning and require less maintenance than oil-fired furnaces. However, that does not mean that a homeowner should completely ignore their home’s propane system. In fact, there are a couple of simple, but essential, tasks to keep in mind when you have a propane tank on your property. Here is what you need to know: Protect the nameplate  Propane tanks, as well as all other pressurized vessels, must meet certain criteria to be usable in Canada. Tanks must be manufactured in an approved facility that adheres to standards set forth by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), an organization based in the United States responsible for pressurized vessel manufacturing standards in Canada. In addition, all propane tanks must bear a Canadian Registration Number (CRN), a multi-digit sequence of numbers and letters assigned by provincial authorities. The CRN signifies that each tank has met the standards for use in a particular province or territory, and any numbers or letters after a decimal point indicate the specific provinces or territories that have approved the tank. The CRN and ASME stamp, as well as specific information about a tank’s manufacturer, pressure rating, year of manufacture and other technical data, are engraved on a nameplate affixed to the tank. This nameplate is a statement of pedigree and confirmation of its integrity; without it, your propane tank may no longer be legally refillable, and you may find yourself in a situation where you have to replace the tank entirely. If a nameplate is illegible due to fading or physical damage, you may also be required to replace a tank if you can’t establish that it is an approved storage vessel; therefore, it is critical that you protect your nameplate from loss, damage, or theft. Take a photo of your nameplate as affixed to the tank so that you can establish ownership should it be stolen. Never paint over a nameplate, and be cautious not to scratch it when working nearby with equipment or tools. If the plate comes partially loose, you should immediately notify your propane supplier for assistance in getting it reattached. Paint your tank Another key maintenance task is to keep your home’s propane tank in good cosmetic condition. This is necessary because it prevents rust from compromising the integrity of the tank. You can remove rust with a wire brush, sandpaper or steel wool. Do not use an angle grinder or similar power equipment; you could weaken the tank by grinding too deeply or sparks could ignite leaking gas. Once any rust is removed, the tank should be repainted. You can enhance your paint’s longevity by using a metal primer beforehand, but be sure to allow it to thoroughly dry before adding coats of paint. You have many paint types and brands to choose from, but you will achieve the best results by using an oil-based exterior paint. Oil paints are typically longer-lasting than latex paints, and they also don’t trap moisture against the tank. When painting, be sure not to cover any valves or tank components; paint can “gum up” the exterior of valves and prevent them from operating properly. Propane tanks should be painted...

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3 Important Boating Lessons You Can Learn From Hulk Hogan

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you new to the boating world and looking for a little advice? What better role model could there be than former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan? The Hulk is a well-known boat enthusiast and was elected the 2013 super marshal for the Super Boat National Championships. Read on for 3 boating lessons you can learn from the Hulk himself.  Don’t Take Your Radiator Cap Off When The Engine Is Hot In 2013, Hulk Hogan was enjoying a ride in his speedboat when the boat began to overheat. Seeking an easy fix, the Hulk thought it’d be a good idea to release some of the excess heat by removing the radiator cap. With his bare hands, he reached down and hit the release valve only to have hot liquid burst forth and do serious damage to his hand. After the accident, in a moment of reflection, the Hulk referred to his mishap as “the dumbest thing [he’s] ever done”. What’s the lesson here? If your boat’s engine overheats, never attempt to troubleshoot it while it’s hot. A boat’s coolant system contains extremely hot liquid under a great amount of pressure. Overheating is often caused by a thermostat valve that is stuck in the open position or a debris blockage in the cooling system’s intake chamber, but make sure that you allow the radiator plenty of time to rest and cool off before touching any of its components. Inspect Your Windshield To Avoid Being Showered In Glass A few months after Hulk Hogan’s devastating hand burn incident, he was back on the open water enjoying a boating excursion with one of his buddies. Seemingly out of nowhere, the boat’s windshield exploded sending shards of glass into the skin of the Hulk and his friend, and damaging the Hulk’s prized speedboat. Hogan admitted that at the time of the accident, the boat was traveling at fairly high speeds and the wind was strong, but the fact that all boat windshields are designed to handle at least the top speed of the boat’s motor, much speculation was had as to whether or not the Hulk was inspected his vessel before hitting the water with it. The lesson here is that even the slightest ding or crack in your boat’s windshield can weaken it, leaving you susceptible to injury. Inspect your boat’s windshield thoroughly before entering the water each and every time. If you notice a flaw, have your boat windshield repaired or replaced before hitting the water. Checking Your Gas Gauge Is Super Important In A Boat As his third and final boating folly of 2013, Hulk Hogan (despite his 2 previous reminders that you can never be too careful while boating) took one of his boats out on the water, snapped a selfie showcasing his flexed biceps, and then ran out of gas and had to float around aimlessly until somebody could come help him. It seems like common sense to check your boat’s gas gauge before each trip, but a single marine towing agency in San Diego, California reports having to assist out-of-gas boaters on at least 5,000 different occasions! The company is 10 years old, so that’s about 500 boaters a year in a single location who either forgot to check their gas gauge or underestimated the distance the amount...

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5 Ways To Control Manure Odor In Livestock Operations

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When manure odor is allowed to accumulate unchecked, a beef cattle or other livestock operation can become an unsafe and unpleasant work environment. Explore these 5 tips to control manure odor and make your operation more endurable. 1. Alter grain components to include high-moisture corn. Starches are essential components of any grain feeding regimen, but beef cattle and other animals produce more odorous manure when undigested starches pass through their system. One way to combat this is through high-moisture corn. Corn with higher moisture content will digest more readily, which means the manure your cattle, swine, and other animals produce will not give off as much odor. You will have to pay a premium if you do not grow your own corn, but it is a healthy way to reduce odors in your facility. You might also explore digestive additives. These feed additives help eliminate manure odors by improving the digestive process, which can also lead to healthier and more valuable livestock. 2. Install a scraper system in your barn. Scraper systems can reduce odor concentrations in your barn by as much as 87%. While the installation of a new scraper system might constitute an up-front investment, it can also lower operating costs over time compared to other manure control methods. The goal is to remove the manure from the barn in the quickest and most efficient way possible. An alley scraper system accomplishes this by: Automating manure collection methods Allowing you to choose a size and model of scraper to suit your particular barn Utilizing less floor space in your alleys Speed is an essential factor in manure control for livestock operations. The longer manure sits in a specific location, the greater the concentration of odor, so alley scrapers help eliminate the problem before it begins. 3. Perform regular maintenance on feed augers. Over time, feed augers often develop leaks that result in feed being deposited in unplanned areas. As the feed decomposes, it releases dust particles and attaches itself to odor-causing manure and other decomposing piles of feed. To avoid this, maintain your feeding and spreading equipment so that damages are fixed immediately. Assign one or more employees the task of evaluating the condition of this equipment on a daily basis. It is also important to clean spreaders and other large pieces of equipment after each use to avoid dragging manure to other parts of your facility. Spreaders are one example of this, as they accumulate layers of manure over time. 4. Improve your ventilation systems. Manure produces more odors when it is wet, which is why your cattle or swine operation requires a robust ventilation system. Keeping the interior of the barn dry will prevent manure odors from becoming overpowering. Fans and other air exchange facilitators will reduce odor by a significant margin. Proper insulation for your barns is also crucial to controlling humidity inside the barn, especially during the winter months. Not only do ventilation systems help control manure odor, but they also improve the air quality inside the barn. If you do not have an adequate ventilation system, consult a professional about building one. 5. Spread manure during cool days with high winds. The barn is not the only place odors can accumulate. When you spread manure outdoors, the timing of your activities can...

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Are Your Windows Letting The Cold Seep Through? Tips To Combat The Chill

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you live in a cold weather climate, one of the most important things that you can do is to prevent drafts is to seal your windows thoroughly. There are many ways to block drafts and cold temperatures from passing through your windows. With the right approach, you can keep your home warm all winter without having to install new glass. Here are some tips to help you seal your windows and keep the heat in. Weather Stripping One of the most cost-effective methods for sealing gaps in window frames is weather stripping. It is available in strips of self-adhesive material, so you can cut the strips to fit the space, and then stick it directly onto the inside of the window frame. The self-adhesive side will keep it in place. If you want something that’s effective without breaking the bank or altering the core appearance of the window, weather stripping is a valuable investment. Just make sure that you heat the weather stripping gently with a hair dryer to release the adhesive before you remove it in the spring. This will make it easier to remove the material without leaving any residue behind. Shrink-Wrap Film If your cold weather transfer is coming through the panes of glass instead of around the window frame, you’ll need to insulate the window itself. You can block the temperature transfer from the glass by installing window film on the inside of the windows. Although you can have it professionally installed, some home improvement stores also offer a do-it-yourself kit for this as well. You don’t even have to sacrifice the use of your mini-blinds if you install this film. Start by cleaning the window frame surface. You’ll want a clean surface for the adhesive to stick. Then, apply double-stick tape to the frame. This tape is what will hold the film. Secure the film to the inside surface of the tape, then apply heat with a hair dryer to shrink the film around the window. This creates a strong insulating barrier against the window. When the weather warms up, heat the double-sided tape with a hair dryer to loosen the adhesive so you can remove the film. Cellular Shades A cellular shade provides an insulating benefit on the window without sacrificing the light filtration from outside. You can even have them custom-ordered to fit your windows precisely. These shades are especially convenient in homes where you don’t want to sacrifice the natural light but you want to be able to keep the cold outside. You can leave them up all year, and they are easy to remove if you move. Bubble Wrap Inserts If you are looking for an affordable, convenient and custom-fit option to insulate your windows, consider creating a cold-weather barrier using a standard wire clothes hanger and bubble wrap. Unfold two wire clothes hangers and bend them into an “L” shape. The goal is to make them the right frame size and shape for the window you want to cover. Then, measure two layers of bubble wrap that overlap the frame by about an inch on each side. Wrap the edges around the wire hanger and secure it with clear packing tape. The bubble wrap will provide the insulating quality, and when the wire frame is shaped to the...

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Machine Shop Equipment: Buying Vs. Leasing

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Have you been considering upgrading the equipment in your machine shop? Being a small business owner in a difficult economic climate can make decisions about growing your business difficult to make. If you’ve begun to see some profits, you may want to put some money back into your business by investing in the latest and greatest new equipment. If you have a dire need, perhaps leasing might be a sound alternative to buying. In this article, learn what you need to know about equipment purchasing versus buying. Leasing Equipment There are some distinct advantages to leasing equipment that you should consider before making a decision. The most significant advantages of leasing equipment include: Less cost up front. Equipment leases do not usually require a down payment. More flexible terms. Leasing is typically easier than obtaining a loan and has terms that are flexible. Tax deductions. Payments on your lease can be deducted as a business expense. Easier to upgrade. Leasing means that you won’t get stuck with an outdated piece of equipment. Contracts can be extended. If at the end of a lease, you would like to continue to use the equipment, contracts can often be renewed or extended without having to purchase the equipment. Great for new businesses. Leasing is a safer option when you’re just starting out and are uncertain how successful you’ll be. Leasing also has some disadvantages. If you lease a piece of equipment for a long period of time or agree to a rent to own type of contract, you’ll end up spending more on that equipment than if you had purchased it outright. You will also give up the ability to build equity in your equipment and you will be required to make payments for the entire length of the contract, whether you use the equipment or not. Buying Equipment If buying equipment is something you feel compelled to do, you’ll enjoy the following benefits: Ownership. If you select a piece of equipment that you will use for a very long time, owning it is preferable to leasing. Tax incentives. The IRS allows you to deduct the full amount of your purchase price – whether you pay cash or finance with a loan – for the year that you made the purchase. This is especially helpful for businesses who are in dire need of new equipment in order to be successful and stay in operation. The disadvantages of buying include: Purchase is defined as a liability. On your company balance sheet, the equipment is listed as a liability if you use a conventional loan, which limits your tax incentives. You may end up with outdated equipment. If you purchase equipment and it becomes outdated and no longer useful, chances are good that you will not be able to sell it. Should You Lease or Buy? There are advantages and disadvantages to both options. The final decision will come down to what is best for your particular situation. Before deciding whether to lease or buy, ask yourself the following questions: What is the monthly equipment budget? Whether buying or leasing, it’s important to know how much your business can spend on equipment each month before making any decision. How long will the equipment be usable? The useful life of equipment is important when considering...

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Five Ways Professional MIG Welders Ensure Safe Practices And Satisfactory Results

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

MIG welding is a term for metal inert gas welding, a type of fabrication that involves the welding of various types of metals. Professional welders do all they can to ensure safe practices and produce quality results on the job. This includes everything from safety inspections before each operation, to prepping the metals before welding them. The following five measures more info on important aspects in welding:  #1. Professional MIG Welders Inspect Equipment for Damage Before Each Use Welders must practice safety precautions in their work. Because hazards exist in this line of work, professional MIG welders are diligent while working with welding and safety equipment. Even when attempting a deadline or “rush job” in welding, a professional welder will inspect equipment before each use. For one thing, the grinding wheel will be inspected for chips or cracks. Otherwise, damaged equipment could result in an explosion or airborne debris. Inspection of protective clothing and safety gear is another precaution welders adhere to. Safety gloves are inspected for holes and frayed material. MIG welders know that lacerations may occur if gloves are torn. Frayed material could become caught in machinery or wire feed, and welders are taught this during their training. #2. Welders Use Proper Lens Shade on a Safety Shield Choosing the proper lens shade is an important consideration. Although most welding lenses will protect the eyes from ultraviolet and infrared rays, lenses differ in terms of darkness they provide. While good visibility is a must, individuals with sensitive eyes may need a darker lens. This is another rule welders learn from training. MIG welders realize if the shade is not dark enough, retinal damage could occur. Welders ensure the shade number on the lenses match the type of application they perform. For example, carbon arc welding may require a shade of 14 or higher, while torch soldering will typically require a shade of 2 or 3. Welders performing different types of welding often invest in variable shade lenses which can easily be adjusted to the current application. Additionally, the MIG welder will consider the color of the lenses to choose. If the worker is prone to eye strain, blue lenses may help prevent that. Red lenses provide a bit more contrast. This is often a good choice for those who are far-sighted. #3. Welders Prep the Metals Prior to Welding Whether using aluminum, stainless steel or steel, all metals need preparation before beginning a welding job. Welders know that contaminants such as rust, grease and other debris may affect the way the metal will weld. Using a grinder will help grind away rust and steel. A powered wire brush may also do the job. Welders do not fail to remove old paint before performing a welding job. They often remove these coatings with an electric angle grinder before welding the metals. #4. Welders Recognize the Importance of Gauge Setting  A professional knows that argon gas will require a different setting than carbon dioxide or helium. A setting that is too high or too low will affect the pressure, thereby causing the metals not to weld properly. This is one way to ensure a job is properly performed. MIG welding setting speeds also need to be set according to the application that’s being utilized. It’s a good idea to...

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Trash To Treasure: 5 Exciting Art Projects And Exhibitions Inspired By Garbage And Recycling

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Recycling is a fabulous way to help the environment and keep reusable resources out of the landfill, but some people are taking recycling to another level by turning their garbage into art. Wondering what’s being made of recycled garbage? Here is a look at five exciting recycling-inspired projects that may inspire you to reinvent your garbage: Trashy Art The work of Canadian artist Heidi Leverty has appeared in private collections, and thanks to the help of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, her work has also been showcased in embassies around the world. However, when you look closely, her work is all just a bunch of garbage. Leverty has been playing with recycled materials for years, and she was getting her hands dirty before doing so was even popular. Using discarded metal, paper, fabric, and plastic, she makes sculptures and photographs. One of her sculptures called “Tincarnation” is made exclusively of red and white soda cans, and many of her photographs feature recycled fabrics, old zippers, and bits of plastic. Recycled Books Recycling paper reduces greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the number of trees that need to be cut down to make new paper. However, there are more ways to recycle paper than just throwing it in the recycling bin, and London-based artist Jonathan Callan is exploring them. Rather than chucking old books in the bin or donating them to his local library, this artist uses them as sculpture material. He bends and manipulates old books into swirly designs, holds them together with screws, and gives them names like “the theoretical assumptions of management.” He’s not the only artist working in the medium of recycled books. Ekaterina Panikanova from St. Petersburg also uses books in her work, but instead of making sculptures, she glues the books open and arranges them into wall collages. Decorated Recycling Bins Rather than recycling trash into art, one non-profit organization has decided to make the recycling bins themselves into art. The group claims that it is trying to reinvent recycling, and to-date, nearly 2,500 artists have designed recycling bins. Some of the unique designs that have been rendered on these recycling bins include Lego, Star Wars, and Chuck Norris inspired designs, and young artists have even added surprising elements like pink puff balls to the tops of the lids. These bins are put up at large events to encourage recycling and bring attention to its importance. Fun and Function Around the Home Not all recyclables are made into art. Some are transformed into objects that are useful around the home. For example, clever crafters have turned old railroad telegraph insulators into pendant lights, old bed skirts into sophisticated bed canopies, or old traffic signs into letter boxes. If you have old junk in your basement or attic, you may be able to recycle it into something fun and functional. There are countless blogs devoted to this concept, and they are a great place to start if you are in need of inspiration. Kids Playing in Trash Even children are getting their hands dirty by turning trash into art. After spending several mornings with her excited toddler waiting for the garbage truck, Rachel Teagle, director of the New Children’s Museum in San Diego, decided that it was time to mix her professional and personal life. Realizing...

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