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3 Reasons Boats Age Too Fast

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unpainted boatTalk to any seasoned boater and they’ll tell you that there’s nothing more heartbreaking than a neglected, unsightly boat. It’s shocking how some people invest a fortune on a vessel only to let it deteriorate before its time.
Don’t be that guy. If your boat has begun to display early signs of premature aging, it could be because of the following reasons:

1. You don’t buy a cover

A cover is one of the most important accessories you can buy for your boat. That’s because it protects your boat from the harsh elements that could damage its body. You can find custom-made boat covers in different designs and prices. If you haven’t yet bought one, it’s time to do it or you risk losing your boat soon.

2. You’re using the wrong materials for your gel coat

Your boat’s gel coat is quite strong, but it’s still important to maintain it well using the right cleaning materials. That’s because the gel coat can get stains over time. Removing these stains with the wrong materials will only dissolve the gel coat, shortening your boat’s life. In fact, it’s best to invest in materials that prevent stains in the first place.

3. You are ignoring moisture

Any type of moisture on your watercraft is dangerous, so always have a few towels lying around to wipe the vessel when it’s wet. If you are letting water linger around, then you are only risking waterline stains. Salty water is especially dangerous, as it can corrode your boat’s body, causing it to age more quickly. Dew can encourage the growth of mildew, which is also dangerous for your boat.

A clean, well-maintained boat is a sight to behold. The good news is that keeping your watercraft looking new and functioning well for ages only takes a few simple habits.


HDPE Pipes: Why They’re Better for HVAC Systems

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air conditioner unitsHVAC systems are complex machines that have many components that need to be tested for strength and durability. Each component makes a piece of equipment that just one part of the whole system. These complex systems are usually made up of several types of metal that can be heavy, easily worn out, or be prone to damage like rust. But high-density polyethylene products have now become a better alternative, helping HVAC systems run more smoothly and efficiently.

Here’s why HDPE piping systems will work better for your HVAC business.

It’s Resilient to Changing Temperatures

This type of thermoplastic is harder because it has less inter-molecular branching. This gives the material higher strength capacity when it comes to both high and low temperatures. This makes it perfect for transmitting chilled water in HVAC systems.

It’s Cost-Effective

Compared to metal systems, using polyethylene thermoplastic is less expensive over time because it lasts longer and can handle impact and scratches better than the other metals used in an HVAC system. This means saving costs on repairs or pipe replacements which includes material and labour costs.

It Helps Reduce Noise

Compare the sound of dropping a piece of metal and a piece of plastic. That’s a simple experiment to clearly show how much lesser sound plastic makes compared to metal. And no one wants to hear the buzz of metal coming from their HVAC systems. HDPE helps reduce that noise and adds value to your equipment.

It Doesn’t Corrode or Collect Build-Up

Metal corrosion can sometimes only be detected once it starts to leak. And the only time you’ll find out there’s deposit build-up is when the system doesn’t run properly and you’ll need to inspect the pipes. You won’t have these problems with polyethylene thermoplastic, which means you get a system that’s more durable and that saves you major costs in the long run.

As part of the HVAC industry, you have to make sure that you’re offering only the best, most cost-effective, and durable products to your clients. Make the switch and you’ll see how much it can impact the growth of your business.


Buying Water Processing Equipment? Follow These Tips

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Home water filtration and ionizer systemAs more and more areas get urbanized and industrialized, clean bodies of water become scarcer. Clean water doesn’t occur naturally anymore in populated cities and metros, which necessitates the creation of water treatment facilities to pump clean water into households and establishments.

Water treatment is the process of making raw, dirty water safe to drink again by separating it from solid particles and treating it with chemicals to eliminate harmful residue and bacteria. Here are the basics of water treatment, how it works, and how you can benefit from it.

Necessary quality equipment​

If ever you’re building a water treatment plant, the first step is to acquire high-quality water processing equipment such as pipes, tanks, and filters from manufacturers like Ashton Tucker Water Treatment. This means they should be clean, sturdy, and designed to handle large volumes of water for a long time. The reason is that water treatment plants are typically made to service communities that depend on clean water to do their daily routines.

Scientists and lab tests

Water treatment facilities also conduct laboratory testing in case an individual or a company needs to get water samples tested. Complex procedures like jar tests, polymer screens, and spectrophotometry are examples of these texts, which only trained scientists can do. This means water treatment facilities can have scientists on-site to be in charge of the laboratories in case they need to be used.

Water treatment training​

For water treatment staff to get familiarized with how the complex machines work, there are water treatment equipment suppliers that have training videos to help their clients in learning to use the equipment these clients are about to buy. This ensures that accidents don’t happen or are minimized for water treatment facilities not to incur costs.


How Much Will Construction Prices Increase in Australia for 2018?

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Hydraulic mobile construction platformAn infrastructure boom often signals growth in the economy, which is good for jobs and business activity. Yet the increased demand for construction materials often has a detrimental effect on construction prices.

In Australia, rising building activity will put pressure on steel and concrete prices. A recent report showed that tender prices for civil infrastructure projects may increase by up to five percent  this year, while prices for building projects may climb up to four percent.

Building Boom

New South Wales and Victoria account for a large portion of work from the nationwide construction boom, according to the report. Housing development also fuels the growth in building activity. These factors will contribute to an increase in prices for labour and materials, aside from the availability of workers.

Some experts believe that the current cost pressures on construction materials and labour have not been this high over the last four decades. Peter Clack, Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors’ former president, said that tender prices by the end of this year may even rise by six percent. Despite higher prices, the country will still spend a record amount for road infrastructure development.

Transportation Infrastructure

Despite an expected up tick in prices, the spending will reach a record-high this year, according to BIS Oxford Economics’ forecast. The Australian government plans to spend more than $20 billion for road infrastructure work; this means that as well as raw materials, other construction consumables, site equipment and protective products, such as water stops for concrete joints, will be more in-demand this year. Therefore, contractors will need to spend more time shopping around for reliable construction material, tool and product suppliers.

Infrastructure contractors need to take advantage of this anticipated trend. The forecast predicts that after this financial year, an increase in spending for road construction is unlikely as the government turns its attention to railway infrastructure.


4 Metal Fabricating Secrets for Higher Profits

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Metal fabrication processEvery time you have a metal fabrication project, it’s crucial to find ways to achieve greater efficiencies. Optimizing every step of the manufacturing process is the best way to reduce costs, keep time, and ensure efficacy. Here are four simple ways to ensure that each of your projects yields better results:

Select materials smartly

Material selection affects the total cost and design integrity of the project. Of course, the market is saturated with material options, but you need to know which ones are best for your project. Wasatch Steel noted that a sheet steel for sale, for instance, is ideal for fabricated metal parts because it’s strong, durable, and affordable.

Reduce manufacturing costs

The type of manufacturing projects involved will determine which production process you need to adopt. Prepare for tooling and amortization costs, based on the run volume of the project you intend to conduct. While it’s advisable to invest in your tools from the outset, sometimes it’s more affordable to rent them for a specific project. Find ways to reduce assembly and logistical costs, too.

Save on metal part design

Take the time to evaluate metal’s geometry and look for ways you can make the profile simpler without compromising on the product’s specifications. Identify ways to reduce the bends, too. If you have complex sections that have many bends, then opt for roll forming due to its ability to form linear shapes.

Adopt the best fabrication process

Look for fabrication processes that can yield the highest number from the same amount of material. Again, roll forming is your best bet if you’re looking to reduce drop off and scrap. You may also opt for aluminum extrusions due to their high yield.

As you look forward to your next fabrication process, ensure that you have a complete grasp on what factors you should consider optimizing it. With some planning, you’ll find that there are simple ways to get more yields for less, which improves your bottom line.


Top Tie-Downs to Secure Your Cargo

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Scene on cargo loading stationUsing the right tools for securing cargo is vital for exporters and logistics companies. You could be transporting a motorcycle or a bike, lumber, or building materials for a project – whatever your trucks are carrying; these should be secured, or else they could shift and fall off, causing damage to property and injury to people.

According to Australia’s National Transport Commission, the weight of the load alone is not enough to restrain it during normal driving. This is why additional restraint is necessary. There are several types of cargo securing options available in the market such as metal strapping tools and ratchet straps that are suitable for different situations.

What’s the general rule?

When transporting small or lightweight items, you may be able to use either bungee cords or fabric straps. However, if you are transporting heavier items, you may need a more durable strap. Further research on each strap can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

Top Cargo-securing Methods

  • Ropes – Nylon ropes are one of the commonly used ropes for securing materials in transit. Be sure to secure your cargo correctly and that the rope is strong enough to hold it in place. Nylon ropes are relatively inexpensive and easier to trim. You may want to opt for plastic ropes; however, these can be difficult to tie into secured knots.
  • Ratchet Straps – Ratchet strap tie-downs have one hook on one end and a lever mechanism on the other. The hooks should be secured to metal loops or truck bed rails. “Ratcheting” involves sliding the tarp through the slot and turning it back in the direction you started from. Pull the slack out and move the lever forward.
  • Tarps – Tarps can be a good way of securing your cargo; however, these may not be your best option. If you’re travelling long distances, tarps may be hard to deal with since you can’t avoid them from flapping and eventually tearing. On the other hand, tarps can keep your cargo dry. With tarps, you can prevent loose items from flying off. Indeed, there are specific pros and cons of using bed covers.
  • Bungee Cords – Compared to metal strapping tools, bungee cords, and rubber straps are excellent in preventing objects from shifting. These are usually used to hold covers and tarps. With the hooks on each end, you can easily stretch them out over an object.

These are some of the various tie-downs you can use for load restraint when transporting cargo. You have to know which of them can best secure your cargo during transit. With proper research, you can prevent incurring costs and avoid damages.


Practical Ways to Maintain Your Laser and Engraving Machine

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Engraving machineAs with different types of equipment, lack of proper maintenance on your laser and engraving machine can result in more expenses – and this is something that industry experts at AP Lazer will attest to. This is because poor maintenance will lead to poor results, which means you may have to redo the work. Lack of maintenance on your existing unit would likely also necessitate buying another machine sooner than anticipated. Here are some practical tips to help you get the most productivity from your machine, as well as to lengthen its lifespan.

Clean the Optics

Since out-of-spec optics affect beam quality, cutting performance, mode quality, and optics life, it is important to clean these parts as regularly as possible. Blowing off dust using compressed air usually provides satisfactory results. In case there is some sticky dirt on the optics, it is advisable to use lens wipes and methanol or alcohol, or a mild soap solution. Since the lens and mirrors are fragile, it is important to avoid touching them with cleaning tools or even with your fingers.

Clean the Exhaust System

Understand that residue from the material being lasered coats the inside of the machine’s exhaust system. Cleaning this buildup is vital because airflow into the system must not be restricted. When there is a restriction, smoke from the cabinet is not released to the atmosphere. This results in dirty rails and optics that affect the quality of engravings.

Check the Air

Most brands of laser and engraving machines need an assist gas to provide quality cuts. The assist gas could be oxygen, shop air, or nitrogen. Since the different types of gases require different types of flows, it is important to set your machine at the best flow with respect to the type of assist gas you would be using. In some cases, lack of quality air support can make materials catch fire. This can be dangerous to you, the machine, and your shop.

Maintaining such a machine should be effortless, and it is so long as you keep up with it. Modern equipment comes with built-in monitors that offer a plethora of maintenance options. Since manufacturers offer comprehensive maintenance, it pays to make regular maintenance appointments with the equipment manufacturer.


Install Baseboard Trim In Four Easy Steps

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wooden baseboardA series of baseboard trim can create a visual connection between your home’s walls and its adjacent flooring to complement its overall architectural design.

In fact, several houses in Brampton has beautifully crafted baseboard molding in their homes. Here is how you can install Miskas Wood Products baseboards and complete your home’s look.

Locate the longest wall and cut a scarf joint on your baseboard

You may start the process by determining your house’s longest wall. If you have a piece of molding that’s longer than your wall, you may use one baseboard to cover all of it. Ensure to cut each end of your baseboard at least 90 degrees so that it’ll run directly to each side of the wall’s right angle.

Make a coped joint

A coped joint is used where the baseboard trims fit an inner corner joint. To create one, you should put one piece of your baseboard flush against the house’s interior wall and place it at a 90-degree angle. Next, you should lay the other baseboard trim on the floor facing down. Hold a spare piece of molding at a right angle facing down the board and trace the baseboard’s profile with a pencil as a reference. Now, cut along the reference point to create a back bevel cut. You may finish the remaining back slope using your three-square and half- round file.

Cut miter pieces for exterior corners

Continue the previous process around the room. Once you get to an outer corner, mark the place where it’ll meet the other piece of the baseboard molding’s outside corner. You can do so by setting aside a square against the wall’s surface where it meets. Then, cut the baseboard molding at a 45-degree angle by using a power miter saw. Ensure that the second piece is on the same way before nailing it in place.

Fill in any gaps

You may use wood filler to fill in any holes and gaps found in your baseboards. Ensure that it’s dried out entirely before you sand off any excess. You may also use calk to fill the crack between the wall and the baseboard.

These are just the basic steps on how to install baseboard trims on your home. If you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, hiring a professional is always a great option.


What Are The Most Dangerous Jobs In The US?

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Farm tractors on the fieldFamers and truckers joined thetop 10 list of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. for 2016, according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

The analysis based the rankings on the number of fatal injury rates, which were determined per 100,000 full-time employees in each industry.

Risky Occupations

Farmers landed on the seventh spot after recording a fatal injury rate of 23.1 per 100,000 workers in 2016. There were 260 fatal injuries during the year. On the other hand, truck drivers ranked as the seventh least safe job with a fatal injury rate of 24.7 per 100,000 workers. Fatal injuries in 2016 comprised a total of 918 incidents, while non-fatal cases reached more than 80,000.

Motor vehicle accidents account for 80% and 44.6 of fatal injuries among truck drivers and farmers, respectively, which is why employers should consider investing more in products such as a wireless trailer light system and other safety equipment from Tow Mart. A majority of workplace fatalities result from accidents, particularly in 36 states that recorded an increase in worker-related deaths.

Other Industries

While farming and trucking jobs are risky, the most dangerous job in the U.S. in the last two years involved work in the logging sector. The fatal injury rate among loggers reached 135.9 per 100,000 workers.

The analysis also noted that the industry is around 38 times riskier than the typical job in the country. Commercial fishing, aviation, roofing professionals, refuse and recyclable material collectors, and structural iron and steel workers completed the top 10 most dangerous occupations.

Conclusion

The analysis does not intend to scare away Americans that aspire to join these industries. Instead, it should serve as a reminder to employers that safety at the workplace should be a top priority. How do you keep your employees safe?


3 Things to Look for in a Quality Boat Cover

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Covered boats in dock

Covered boats in dockEvery day, your boat faces many different conditions that can be potentially harmful and damaging. This can add up to very expensive spending on maintenance and repair if you’re not careful.

One of the simplest ways to go about protecting your boat is to invest in quality bass boat covers. With so many options out there, it’s important that you be careful about your choice. Here are three different things to look for when you’re shopping for a boat cover.

Protection

The first and most critical consideration when shopping for a boat cover is the level of protection that it can offer. The most basic options offer superficial protection from wind or scratches. The very best options offer protection from all weather conditions. This adds value to your purchase because you can trust that your boat is going to stay in top shape for longer.

Fit

A second thing that you need to check is if it’s a perfect fit for your boat. Sure, it might be easy enough to choose to get a universal cover. But universal covers are usually loose in fit, which makes it very vulnerable to being blown away. With a boat cover that perfectly fits your boat, you can be sure that it’s going to stay on and protect your boat for longer.

Warranty

Finally, make sure that the cover you’re purchasing comes with robust and comprehensive warranties. Warranties are your protection and peace of mind that anytime the product doesn’t meet your standards, you can have it replaced immediately. This ensures that your boat remains protected constantly no matter what happens. 

Look for these three qualities and you can be sure that you get the best boat cover that your boat needs.