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Tips For Saving Money When Looking For Building Materials

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Whether you will be working on a big or small project in the near future, you may want to consider saving as much money as you can on the cost of the building materials. Do not make the mistake of assuming that you have no choice but to spend a lot of money. You can use the following tips to avoid spending too much. Look For People Selling Leftover Materials Some people will sell their leftover building materials online or in the local newspaper in order to try to recoup some of the money that they spent. They may not be able to return the materials because they lost the receipt or they had purchased them from a private seller. Either way, there is a good chance that in order to get the materials to sell, the seller will reduce the cost compared to what you would pay for the supplies in a hardware or home improvement store. It is important to make sure that if you are only able to find a portion of a specific material that you need, that you will be able to find its matching counterpart at the local stores. For example, if you found a really good deal on floor tile but it is only half of the amount that you need, you need to know that the stores still carry that exact tile or your floors will not match. Determine If You Qualify For Any Store Discounts A lot of the larger home improvement stores are offering some discounts to eligible customers. One of the more popular discounts is to veterans. You may need to be able to show proof that you are a veteran in order to receive this discount. You may also find that some stores will give a senior citizen discount, if you happen to be old enough for that. You may be asked to show identification to prove your age. It is important to know that you are not generally going to be able to combine multiple discounts. You have to pick one or the other and just use that one. Whatever you do, make sure that you are carefully calculating the amount of building materials that you need. This way, you will not run short or end up with too much. Buying the exact amount you need and sticking to your list, along with using the previously mentioned tips, is a great way to make sure that you are being responsible with your purchases. For more information, contact local professionals like Hatboro Lumber & Fuel...

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3 Things You Need To Know About Your Rotary Screw Compressor & Winter Weather

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If your business sues a rotary screw compressor, there are a few issues that you need to be aware of and vigilant about during the winter time even if your machine is located inside.  Cold weather can affect how your rotary screw compressor works and functions.  #1 High-Air Temperature Switch May Be Triggered More Frequently In The Winter All rotary screw compressors have high-air temperature switches built into them that are designed to turn off your compressor if the temperature of the air inside of the compressor reachers a specific temperature, which is usually quite high. It is a safety device that is built into all rotary screw compressors. During the winter months, don’t be alarmed if your high-air temperature switch turns off your compressor; it is not malfunctioning, it is doing its job. When the outside temperatures are cooler, the lubricant that is essential to keeping the air inside of the compressor cool can thicken, which causes the oil to flow at a lower rate. This can result in not enough oil flowing at a fast enough rate to keep your compressor cool.  If your high-air temp switch does off, don’t try to override it. Allow your machine to turn off and cool down; if the air inside gets too hot, it could damage your compressor. Cold oil can lead to hot air. #2 Oil May Be Cold As noted above, sometimes the oil is just not warm enough to flow effectively and keep everything going. This most often happens when the oil coolers and aftercoolers on your machine are located near an outside wall or are vented to the outside through ductwork.  If the duckwork that vents your oil coolers are not insulated, the oil inside of your coolers and aftercoolers can still be exposed to cold outside air even if they are located inside of a warm building. This can lead to oil that is really thick and will  not circulate properly within the machine.  If your coolers or aftercoolers are located near an outside wall or are vented outside, make sure that you properly insulate the coolers and ductworks in an effort to keep the oil warm enough to function properly inside of your machine.  #3 Discharge Lines Can Get Clogged With Ice Your rotary screw compressor contains drains throughout its system that is designed to allow condensation to be removed from the air system. Often times, this condensation is directed through drains that lead to an outside discharge area.  If you have discharge lines that flow out of your building, the condensation in these lines can become frozen when it gets really cold outside. When that happens, the condensation that is generated by your machine will have no where to drain to. The condensation will then return to the air system and potentially compromise the components.  If you have condensation lines that flow outside, make sure that they are properly insulated and try to provide heat to that specific area to prevent the condensation from freezing or flowing back into the machine. Ideally, it is best to set up a drain so that it drains inside and isn’t exposed to outside air.  Even if your rotary screw compressor is located inside of your business, that doesn’t mean that the cold winter weather will not...

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Industrial Plumbing Checklist You Should Be Following Regularly

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In an industrial setting, everything about the property is far more wide-scale than the average property. Therefore, when something goes wrong with an inner-working component, the situation can have massively detrimental effects on functionality and production of the business overall. This is especially true when it comes to the industrial plumbing components. If you are the owner of a large-scale industrial property, spotting issues with the plumbing early on will always mean it will be less likely for you to unexpectedly face a catastrophe. Here is a good industrial plumbing checklist you should be following on a regular basis.  Walk through the building and look for signs of corroded plumbing lines and fixtures.  At least once a year, it is a good idea to check out the plumbing system in your facility for signs of corrosion. Corrosion is a big deal in an industrial setting because exposure to moisture and various chemicals and gases are a common thing. Corrosion can often times show up on plumbing pipes and fixtures as discoloration first. For example, if your brass or copper plumbing pipes are turning up with green spots, it could be signs of beginning corrosion. Check and test all drainage points for proper function.  Commercial and industrial settings are especially prone to drainage problems because of the sheer volume of eliminated waste and greywater that gets funnelled through during daily operations Keep a close watch on all drainage points in the building including: sink drains in restrooms  drains that capture condensation runoff around machinery and equipment floor drains used in cleaning or water usage areas all toilets If you spot signs of drainage problems, whether it is just a slow-moving drain or a drain that seems to bubble and regurgitate water, make sure you contact an industrial plumber for advice.  Take the time to investigate for even small plumbing leaks.  Even the tiniest leaks can lead to major problems in an industrial setting because water should never be allowed in places where it shouldn’t be, such as in high foot traffic areas or even in areas where the water will come in contact with a secondary material or chemical. Therefore, it is wise to keep a keen eye of plumbing fixtures and lines at all times to watch for signs of water leaks. Water leaks are not always so apparent; they could show up as small collected puddles in certain areas or even discoloration on concrete flooring or walls.  For more information, contact a business such as Cool Air Mechanical,...

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Choosing Gravel For Your Paver Foundation

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When you’re putting in permeable pavers in your yard, you need to build a solid foundation to support them. It’s important that the foundation be porous, though. One of the best options for this kind of application is gravel, particularly mixtures made from crushed limestone and similar materials. This type of filler allows for sufficient drainage. Here are some of the different types of gravel you can choose from. Fine gravel is ideal for stability because it packs in fairly tightly. This reduces the risk of having the pavers shift or crack due to insufficient support. However, that tight packing reduces its drainage ability. This can lead to water pooling up directly under the pavers and may even cause heaving if the temperatures drop below freezing. You’ll only want to use fine gravel if you’re not particularly worried about heavy or substantial rain. Medium gravel contains larger pieces than fine gravel. That reduces how tightly it can pack, so you’ll have better drainage. It does pack in tight enough to support the pavers, though. It’s actually an ideal mixture because it packs tight enough for stability without being so tight that it interferes with drainage. This helps the pavers stand up to traffic without worry of water pooling and causing other damage. Coarse gravel is best for higher demand areas. If your gravel is going to have to stand up to a lot of traffic and lots of weight, you may want to invest in coarse gravel instead. This gravel consists of larger stone sizes so it offers more support against lots of weight, like that from construction equipment or heavy gear. Coarse gravel also ensures the most drainage because of the larger holes between the stone. Recycled gravel is another great choice. It’s not made from limestone like most gravel products. Instead, it’s usually produced from ground-up concrete. It has a similar texture to the traditional gravel products but it’s usually more affordable. If you’re looking for a more cost-effective choice that is just as effective for your needs, you may want to talk with your supplier about the benefits of recycled gravel for your project. With so many different options, choosing the right one takes some time. Be objective about what your property really needs in terms of drainage and stability. That way, you can be sure that your pavers will be strong and stable for years to come without concern of water damage....

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Turning Your Spare Room Into A Nursery? Don’t Forget These Electrical Upgrades

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Is it time to turn that spare room into a nursery? When you’re picking out paint colors and deciding on decor, you also need to put electrical upgrades on the list. Talk to your electrical contractor about the following additions to your baby’s room. USB Outlets Everything electronic has a USB charger these days, but those bulky adapters can hog your outlet space. Upgrading your old outlets into newer models that have built-in charging ports can make it easier to accommodate basics that you need for the baby’s room, like monitors and white noise machines. It’s also smart planning for the future—down the line, you’ll need room to charge all of the electronics that your child is likely to collect. Everything from digital toys to digital readers can be plugged in more easily with a USB port that feeds directly into a source of power. Tamper-Resistant Receptacles Whether you add USB outlets or not, you need to make sure that the electrical receptacles in your baby’s room are outfitted with tamper-resistant shutters. To a small child, those ordinary electrical outlets look a lot like hungry little faces, waiting to be fed anything that can be fit into them. Around 2,400 children each year suffer from shocks and burns after sticking items into non-shuttered outlets and as many as a dozen of those children die. Shuttered outlets only open if they’re pressed simultaneously (like when you plug something into the outlet). Extra Outlets While it sounds simple, extra outlets can make your baby’s room safer. Many older homes were designed with only a couple of outlets per room, back in the day with the only electrical items in a room were usually a couple of lamps. Today, the need for extra outlets can cause you to rely on extension cords—which are a huge hazard for your baby. Once your baby starts walking, extension cords can turn into tripping hazards. Even a crawling infant can end up tugging on an extension cord, inadvertently pulling whatever is attached to it down on his or her head. Outlet Covers Finally, you also need to keep your baby from pulling cords out of outlets. There are a variety of possible covers that you can get—clear plastic ones make it easy to see what is plugged in where, but solid plastic ones make it less interesting for you baby to examine. Talk to you contractor to see what he or she recommends. You want something that will be reasonably easy for you to remove but difficult for your baby to knock off by accident. For more suggestions about how to update the electricity in your baby’s room, especially with an eye toward accommodating your child’s future needs as he or she grows, talk to an electrical contractor...

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Learn How A Tree Trimming Company Can Help You Prepare For Holiday Decorating

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If you plan to hang lights on your trees this holiday season, it is best to plan ahead to ensure that they can be hung safely when the time comes. Hire a tree trimming company to help you prepare for the holiday season a few months ahead of time to ensure your trees look exactly how you want them to look when the lights are hung on them. Use the guide below to learn how to have the tree trimming company help you prepare for holiday decorating. Remove Dead Tree Limbs The first thing that you want the tree trimming company to do is to remove any dead tree limbs from the trees in your yard. Dead tree limbs may not be able to support the weight of the lights, which could create a dangerous situation. By having all dead limbs removed, you can rest assured that all limbs left on the trees will be strong enough to support the lights or any other decorations you want to hang during the holiday season. Have the Trees Shaped When you hang lights and decorations from the trees, it is best if the trees have a structured shape. This creates a more visually appealing look that can really affect the overall landscape of your yard. Have the tree trimming company take the time to trim the branches on the trees so that each tree has a defined shape. If you have bushes that need to be shaped, the tree trimming company could shape them for you as well. Have the Taller Trees Topped While the tree trimming company is at your house, have them top any extremely large trees to ensure that they do not become a hazard during the harsh winter weather. Very tall trees can sometimes topple over or their branches can break when they are weighed down with massive amounts of snow. Removing the tops of the trees will make the trees easier to decorate and cut down on the chances of a tree falling over when it is covered in snow. After the company finishes trimming all of the branches and topping the trees, they will remove the limbs from your yard so that it looks neat and orderly when they are done. Topping trees, removing branches, and shaping the limbs of branches takes time. Be sure to provide the company with ample time and keep all vehicles parked away from the areas where the limbs are being trimmed to ensure that no branches fall on your vehicles accidentally. Talk with a company like Kansas City Tree Care, LLC for more...

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Security Tips for Your Business Entry Door

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You want your business to be welcoming to customers during open hours yet secure against theft after closing time. One of the keys to security is creating a welcoming entrance that can be put on full lockdown once you go home for the evening. The following security tips can help you choose the right door or make the one you already have more secure. Tip #1: Choose the right type of glass Glass doors create a more welcoming entrance than solid doors, since they are open and inviting. However, they can also pose a security risk if you are worried about someone smashing the door to gain entry. Opt for thick tempered glass, which is more difficult to break without major force. Have it installed in a metal frame. Vinyl or wood frames, although not commonly used, are still available, but they aren’t as strong as metal frames. You can also have a laminate film applied over the glass. This prevents the glass from falling inward if it is shattered, which can slow down a thief long enough that they get caught. Tip #2: Consider your lock options The type of lock you opt for depends on the door. For a standard door, a combination electronic and mechanical deadbolt is the best option. Make sure there is a metal guard on the frame so that a thief can’t try to pry the frame away from where the deadbolt enters the shaft. For sliding or automatic glass doors, you need a more secure system. This is because these doors can sometimes be forced apart or taken off their tracks. Most sliding doors use a dual-door system. Make sure the doors latch both to each other and to the floor and ceiling. A sliding bolt that slips into a metal ceiling and floor shaft works well. This type of anchoring makes it difficult to force the door off the track. Tip #3: Add a security cage If you are in a high-crime area or are especially worried about your glass storefront becoming a target, invest in a security cage. Cages can be installed to slide down over the entire front of the store, effectively securing it against any approach while the cage is closed. If you prefer a less obvious option, get internal cages that slide down behind the door or windows. Although not quite as secure, since windows can still be broken, an internal cage is usually still sufficient to prevent actual entrance even if the door is kicked in. Visit sites such as or talk to a commercial door contractor in your area for more help in choosing the right...

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Four Things That Can Help Your Cooling System Stay In Working Order During The Off-Season

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You might not be giving your AC unit much thought over the winter months. As spring turns into summer and the first heat wave hits, the last thing you want to be stuck with is a malfunctioning AC unit. If you can be good to your cooling system year-round, then it will be ready when you need it and won’t give you trouble at the start of the warm season. Here are four tips when it comes to keeping your AC unit in working order during the off-season. 1. Invest in an Outdoor Cover If you live in an area where you can really feel the seasons, your exterior AC unit might be faced with harsh winter weather. It is a good idea to invest in a fitter cover to protect your air conditioner from rusting, freezing, debris, or animals making homes within your compressor. When warm weather rolls around again, your external AC unit will be ready and free from damage. 2. Keep Cleaning Needs on Your Radar When you are shutting down your cooling system for the season, be sure to clean areas inside and out that are related to your cooling system. Vacuum in and around vents, especially if these will be used for your heating system as well. If these cleaning habits can continue throughout the winter, you won’t have to do a big clean when it is time to turn your AC unit back on. 3. Off-Season Servicing It is never a good idea to wait until the hottest day of the summer to call in a heating and cooling specialist to come and look at why your AC unit isn’t cooling right or is making weird noises. If you can have this looked at in between seasons, you won’t be in dire need of repairs, and your HVAC contractor won’t be as swamped when it comes to their servicing schedule. 4. Think About Upgrades Needed The off-season is a great time to find deals on new AC units and programmable thermostats. If you wait to look into investments around your air conditioning needs until the summer, prices will be up and you won’t find as many deals. If your cooling system is linked to your heating needs as well, try to schedule upgrades during mild weather so this isn’t during either a heatwave or a cold snap, when prices might be up for equipment and servicing. Keeping your cooling system in working order throughout the entire year can save you money and can cut down on emergency repairs. Try not to only give your air conditioner the attention this needs only in the summer months. If you can provide maintenance and upkeep throughout the off-season as well, your AC unit will be ready to go when summer heats up. Call a contractor, like Universal Enterprises Inc., for more...

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How Can You Tell If Your Fireplace Needs To Be Cleaned?

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Fireplaces need to be cleaned periodically or they become a fire hazard. This is because smoke buildup inside a fireplace can lead to the development of a substance called “creosote.” Creosote is a sticky, smelly, highly combustible substance that can easily catch fire when a fireplace is in use. How can you tell if your fireplace needs to be cleaned? You likely won’t notice just by using it that your chimney needs to be cleaned. You may notice a smell coming from your chimney, which could be an indication of creosote buildup. However, the best way to tell whether or not your chimney should be professionally cleaned is by putting on a pair of goggles and a dust mask and sticking your head up into the fireplace. Use a knife to scrape the soot off of the damper. If the indentation that you scratch into the soot is 1/4 of an inch thick or more, then your chimney should definitely be cleaned as soon as possible. Can you clean your chimney yourself? Chimney cleaning is best left to a professional. Chimney cleaners often have special equipment to fully remove the soot and grime from the inside of your chimney. In addition, chimney cleaners typically inspect chimneys at the same time that they perform the cleaning. Getting your chimney inspected while it is cleaned will help ensure that problems with your chimney are caught and remedied in a timely fashion. Do you still need to clean your fireplace even if you only use it once or twice per year? If you use your fireplace only a few times per year, it’s unlikely that you’ll need to clean it annually. However, the Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that every chimney owner have their chimney inspected annually, even if they’re used very rarely. This is because chimneys can sustain damage even when they’re not in use. For example, over time the flu liner inside the chimney and the mortar between the bricks can start to deteriorate. This is because seismic activity, settling of the house, moisture and age all can take a toll on a chimney. In addition, birds and other pests may choose to build their nests inside chimneys. Bird and animal nests inside a chimney can be a fire hazard, and can also obstruct air flow through the fireplace. Having the chimney inspected annually will help ensure that the chimney is safe to use. For more information, visit sites like...

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How To Clean A Furnace Blower Compartment

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Over its lifetime, your furnace is bound to lose some of its efficiency. Usually, decreased airflow is a result of a furnace that simply has not been serviced in a while. Most people call professional HVAC contractors to inspect and service their furnace. The motor and gas lines within the furnace should definitely be handled by licensed professionals. However, there are several components of a normal furnace that can be easily checked and often repaired to make it more efficient. Every furnace will have a large blower compartment that is easily accessible. This article explains how to access and clean within the blower compartment to hopefully increase the airflow of your furnace. Accessing the Blower Compartment Furnaces are usually located in the basement or garage. The large metal cabinet has a main access door which usually holds the blower. On some furnaces the access door is opened with a latch. On some older models you actually need to take out some screws to get the access door off. Likewise, older models do not have a convenient power switch that you can simply turn off before working on it. Some newer models have a power switch on the outside of the actual cabinet, or just inside the door. Cleaning the Blower Compartment You will need to have a good light source to see inside the blower compartment once the door is removed. First, give the compartment a thorough cleaning. You can wipe it down with wet rags or use a hose vacuum to reach deep inside. The most important areas to clean are the fans, the blades, and any input or output hoses. These are the critical junctures where air is circulated by the fan. If these are blocked in any way, the airflow will be greatly affected. You will also notice electronic control boards within a separate compartment inside the cabinet. Be careful to not knock any of these wires. However, if the wires and board look dusty or moldy, you can wipe them down carefully. If it seems like the electronic components are more seriously damaged, you should leave them alone and call an HVAC specialist for a furnace repair. This simple cleaning can greatly increase the efficiency of your unit. Your furnace may start to run better, more quietly, and use less energy to power the blower. In fact, this is a smart job to do even if you don’t currently notice any problems with airflow in your home. If your furnace is not been serviced for a few years, this is never a bad...

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