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How To Choose The Best Plastic Film For Your Greenhouse Needs

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Choose The Best Plastic Film For Your Greenhouse Needs

The greenhouse construction industry gets more advanced and complex every year. This is because of the growing needs of plant growers each day. The demand for greenhouse covering has been on a tremendous rise in the recent past. Before choosing the best plastic film to cover your greenhouse, here are some of the things you need to consider: Ultra-violet light Do you use bees to pollinate plants inside your greenhouse? Bees require UV light to navigate. Consequently, purchasing a film that enables the passing of some of the UV light energy spectrum might be essential. UV blocking film not only controls some fungal diseases, it also prevents aphids, thrips, whiteflies, and an array of other harmful insects. Film life Polyethylene film’s life is limited because of degradation processes induced by heat and sunlight. Copolymer poly, which is a low-cost material, is great for just one season. It’s an incredible choice for high tunnels, overwintering structures, and seasonal greenhouses. Greenhouse grade poly, on the other hand is warranted for four or more years. While it might cost two times more as co-poly, it features an ultraviolet stabilizer that mitigates degradation. If you need additional strength because of factors such as high winds, you should consider a nylon scrim-reinforced material or woven poly. Diminished daytime heat gain Do you live in areas with strong sunlight? If yes, blocking some of the infrared spectrum lowers inside temperatures. You can add selective pigments to the copolymer film’s outside layer in order to absorb or reflect the near infrared radiation that isn’t utilized for plant growth. The best attribute about plastic films is the fact that if the temperatures outside are high, they achieve larger temperature differences. Some of the advantages of this attribute include reduced plant stress, improved fruit taste, greater worker comfort, lower cooling costs, and less dependence on irrigation. Condensate control The anti-condensate feature is also known as anti-drip. The anti-drip agent decreases surface tension thus enabling condensation to flow instead of form droplets. You can spray it on your plastic film or incorporate it to the center layer. Normally, it lasts several years. Condensation droplets usually reduce light transmission. They can result to disease problems whenever they drip on plants. To prevent later afternoon and early morning fog formation in your greenhouse, consider using an anti-fogging additive. By considering the above factors, you’ll surely be able to settle for plastic sheets for your greenhouse...

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The Plastic Entry Point: What You Didn’t Know

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Plastic Entry Point: What You Didn’t Know

Metal is perhaps the most popular material used to make exterior residential doors. This popularity is explained by the fact that metal doors are known to be quite secure thanks to the rigid nature of steel/aluminium metal most commonly used. Plastic doors have also been around for some time, but they’re a more popular choice for internal doors. The relatively unpopular nature of plastic doors for external use is explained by the various misconceptions that homeowners often have with respect to these doors. Some of the common misconceptions are discussed at length below. Plastic Doors Aren’t Rigid Enough For Outdoor Use Because the structural strength of plastic can’t be compared to that of metal, a plastic door isn’t considered tough enough for external use. The plastic door might not be as tough as its metallic equivalent. However, it would be wrong to conclude that such a door isn’t good enough for external use based on the above fact. Consider that plastic doors are made of a type of plastic known as UPVC and not the ordinary PVC. The difference between the two is that UPVC is un-plasticized. This means that the material does not have the additives (plasticizers) commonly used to make PVC softer and more flexible. What’s more UPVC doors often feature a metal core ‘wrapped’ inside the rigid plastic. Furthermore, UPVC won’t corrode (like metal will) due to the constant exposure to moisture within the external environment. Is it really possible that such a door lacks the rigidity required for external use? Plastics Are Highly Flammable Plastics are generally known to be highly flammable. Therefore, you might be justified to conclude that a plastic exterior door will increase your residential fire hazard rating. If this is the case, you should be just as worried about the internal use of plastic doors as this will have the same effect on your fire hazard rating. While they may not be fireproof, UPVC doors are known for their commendable fire-resistance. This resistance is derived from the fire protection coating applied on UPVC doors during final stages of their production. This protective coating is known to provide up to half an hour of protection in the event that the door is exposed to a flame. The last thing you probably didn’t know is that there’s no difference between a UPVC door and a PVCU door. Don’t be shocked if you set out to invest in a plastic door and you’re offered one made of PVCU instead of...

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Frequently Asked Questions for a Better Understanding of Below-Slab Vapour Barriers

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Frequently Asked Questions for a Better Understanding of Below-Slab Vapour Barriers

Polyethylene builder’s film is an instrumental tool in the construction industry. It helps you keep out unwanted moisture when the concrete begins to cure. If too much moisture finds its way into a fresh slab at this stage, it will weaken the bonds between the concrete granules and the structural rebar used to support the building. With below-slab vapour barriers (polyethylene builder’s film), you can ensure that moisture doesn’t find its way into slabs and into the foundation over the course of the building’s existence. The following discussion will help you gain insight on below-slab vapour barriers: What is the Ideal Rating for a Vapour Barrier? Basically, the rating on a below-slab vapour barrier shows the level of permeability of the film. It can be measured in terms of how much water the film will let through per millimetre, per day or per square metre. The unit of measure for permeability will vary among various film manufactures, but it will be denoted in Perms. When buying, make sure that you select a vapour barrier with a Perm rating that is equivalent to or below 0.01 Perms. Most of the materials with a rating considerably higher than 0.01 Perms are vapour retarders. They can mimic the performance of vapour barriers, but there is a high risk of moisture build up after some time. Why Are Below-Slab Vapour Barriers Needed Yet There is Floor Cover? Gases and moisture move by diffusion. This means that they can penetrate the small cavities and fissures within the concrete granules. Ground floors in contact with the foundation and soil pose a higher risk of contaminating your indoor air by letting in moisture and gasses trapped within the soil. Therefore, below-slab protection against moisture and other gaseous substances is necessary for keeping the intrusive gases and moisture at bay. Ordinary floor cover won’t suffice! What are some of the Attributes of a Good Vapour Barrier? Besides low permeability, there are other attributes that you need to look out for when buying a vapour barrier. First, the film should be durable and non-biodegradable. In this way, it won’t decompose despite coming into contact with moisture or being subjected to immense pressure. Secondly, look out for the “puncture resistant” label to ensure that the film won’t tear apart during and after installation. Lastly, ask the vendor to show you a standardisation mark indicating that the product has been tested by relevant construction authorities and proven fit for use as a vapour...

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Five Tips to Help You Select Environmentally Friendly Pipes

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Tips to Help You Select Environmentally Friendly Pipes

If you are choosing metal pipes for a project that requires drainage, there are a surprising number of options on the market. If you are focused on environmentalism, there are several ideas you should keep in mind as you look for the right metal pipes. Here are some points you should consider:    1. Avoid the presence of heavy metals In some cases, pipes are lined with other metals or coatings. Make sure that the pipes you buy do not have any potentially dangerous heavy metals such as lead or cadmium in them. Talk thoroughly with a rep from the pipe supply business to ensure you know exactly what is in the pipes. This is especially important if your pipes are connected to a drinking water source as you don’t want it contaminated. 2. Opt for non-ferrous metals as they can be easier to recycle. When thinking about the materials involved in your pipe, remember to think about the end game as well. Traditionally, non-ferrous metals are easier to recycle, and to that end, you should consider steel pipes over pipes featuring iron alloys (which are referred to as ferrous metals). That way, when your pipes reach the end of their lifespan, you don’t have to worry about them going to a landfill as they are more likely to be recycled. It is possible to recycle ferrous metals, but they have a lower price point, traditionally, making it potentially more likely that someone will just throw them in the rubbish rather than bothering with recycling. 3. Choose high-quality pipes. However, if possible, you should delay the end game as long as possible. Investing in quality pipes helps to safeguard the sustainability of your pipes and increase their lifespan. This also saves you time and effort on replacement costs down the road. 4. Use recycled metal In addition to considering whether or not your pipes can eventually be recycled, make sure that you buy recycled pipes. In some cases, pipes feature a blend of recycled and newly sourced metals, and you want the highest recycled content possible if you are focused on making green consumption choices.  5. Look for pipes with backgrounds you can trace. If you have environmentalism at the heart of your goals, you need to know where the pipes come from. Try to find a metal pipe supplier who offers traceability with their products. Ideally, you want to know how and where the metal is sourced from, but you may also want to know what other companies the pipe company has in its supply chain. That way, you can investigate their processes and practices to see if they are inline with your goals as well. For more tips on keeping environmentalism in mind when buying metal pipes, contact a pipe distributor.  ...

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How Your Industrial Complex Can Benefit from Reverse Engineering

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Your Industrial Complex Can Benefit from Reverse Engineering

Reverse engineering refers to a process by which physical objects (such as machine parts) are analysed comprehensively so that their structure, operation and function can be monitored accurately. This method may involve the creation of a 3D model of the equipment or machine. This process relies on advanced scanners and measuring tools to analyse objects. This article discusses some of the benefits that you would realise if reverse engineering were used to analyse the equipment in your industrial complex.  Fabrication of Unique Parts You may have equipment whose manufacturer went out of business. It may be hard for you to get replacement parts for such equipment because the manufacturer may not have availed detailed records about the design of those machine components. Reverse engineering can help to generate a 3D model that you can give to a precision engineering plant so that they can fabricate the needed parts using that reverse engineering model. This can save you from discarding expensive equipment that lacked spare parts.  Lower Repair Costs Another key benefit of reverse engineering is that it can reveal defects before those defects worsen to a level that is very costly to correct. For example, the reverse engineering process can reveal how much a pipe has lost wall thickness due to corrosion. This discovery can prompt you to repair the affected section before that pipe bursts and causes a costly leak in your industrial complex. The early warning system facilitated by reverse engineering can also reduce downtime because problems will be identified and fixed long before they cause equipment failure. Optimisation of Equipment Settings Many manufacturers of industrial equipment provide data sheets detailing the parameters under which the equipment should be set during normal operations. However, those settings may become inappropriate as the equipment ages and becomes less effective. For example, metal fatigue may cause pipes that carry pressurised fluids to become less able to transport the fluids at the same pressure that the pipes were capable of when the equipment was still new. Reverse engineering provides an accurate basis upon which operators can tweak the operational settings of equipment so that it is not overworked. This can reduce the safety risks that may result from an overloaded or overworked ageing machine. As you can see, reverse engineering has wide-ranging benefits for owners of industrial establishments. You should, therefore, talk to a provider of precision engineering services so that you can start using this technology in your industries. You will be able to have accurate information about any changes that are happening within your sensitive...

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Home Security: Choosing the Ideal Chain Mesh Fencing

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Home Security: Choosing the Ideal Chain Mesh Fencing

The security in your residential property will depend on the different safety measures incorporated to limit access by unscrupulous individuals. One of the important elements that can improve the security of your home is high quality fencing. This feature will mark the perimeter of your land, create a barrier and discourage trespassing by unauthorised people. There are different types of fencing products to consider purchasing for your home, but chain mesh fencing probably offers the best in terms of cost and performance. This product is fabricated from metal which is woven into a diamond pattern mesh, so it is strong and relatively economical. Here are considerations to help in selecting the ideal chain mesh fence for your home. Material The construction of the chain mesh will affect the ability of the fence to withstand forced access. Therefore, this is an aspect that you should evaluate carefully before purchase. Generally, the fencing structure is made using steel, and the material is resilient and strong. However, the quality of the steel can vary with regard to gauge and grade. The gauge refers to the thickness of the wires used to fabricate the strength. A thicker wire is hard to cut through, but the cost of purchase will be higher. The grade refers to the special properties that will affect the performance of the wire. For instance, it is prudent to install marine grade or stainless steel if your home is located in humid oceanic environment Construction The basic design of the chain mesh is the same regardless of the type that you select. However, there are certain construction elements that will vary, and this can affect the effectiveness of the fence for the specific application. The mesh diameter is an important consideration when evaluating the construction of the fencing. Basically, this is the measure of the dimensions of each of the individual mesh ‘diamonds’. In simple terms, a large mesh size means that there are fewer wires for the intruder to deal with when attempting to infiltrate your home. On the other hand, the wire can be expensive if the mesh size is too small, so find a balance between the two aspects. Coating Steel is vulnerable to corrosion and rusting, so it is critical to select the right coating to protect the metal from moisture and air. If you are planning on using standard steel, ensure that the product is galvanised, which involves coating with zinc. You can also select PVC-coated chain-link fences for the rust control or to improve the...

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Industrial Demolition: How Demolition Experts Make the Job Safe and Efficient

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Industrial Demolition: How Demolition Experts Make the Job Safe and Efficient

Most industrial environments usually demand methodically focused attention before structures can be brought down. There are lots of reasons why industrial demolition jobs should be left to demolition experts. Here are a few reasons to explain why. Removal of hazardous substances from structures. Industrial structures may contain hazardous materials, such as asbestos and lead, which must be removed from the site. Exposure to asbestos and lead is harmful to human health. Exposure to asbestos, for instance, puts people at increased risk of catching a respiratory disease. Exposure to lead particles is particularly harmful to babies because their bodies can absorb greater amounts of the toxic element more than adults, increasing the risk of brain damage or nervous system complications. Since it is virtually impossible to prevent dust emission during the demolition process, it is important to remove all materials and items containing hazardous substances prior to demolition work. This helps reduce the risk of exposing humans and animals to harmful asbestos and lead particles that may be released into the air. Use of highly-efficient equipment. As a DIYer, you are faced with the risk of using the wrong equipment for the job. This is because you may be primarily concerned about getting equipment that can demolish your structures, paying little or no attention to the carbon exhaust emissions and fuel capacity of the demolition equipment. If the fuel tank of the equipment you choose is too small, for example, then you may be forced to refill it at the site at frequent intervals, increasing chances of oil spillage each time the equipment runs out of fuel. Industrial demolition contractors often select correctly-sized, highly maintained efficient models of machinery for every job. The machines used run more efficiently and generate less carbon emissions, and they can run for long hours without requiring refueling, thus reducing the risk of oil spillage. This reduces the need for clean-up exercises. Meticulous collapse of structures. When you are thinking about tearing down an industrial structure completely, using explosives may seem like a quick method of getting the job done. For sure, you will finish the job quickly, but will it be done safely and efficiently? Probably not. Industrial demolition experts will perform a pre-inspection of your property to determine how best they can tear down your structures without causing unnecessary damage to adjoining structures and even destroy surrounding vegetation such as trees! All reusable supplies and items deconstructed from the site, along with all recyclable materials, should be diverted away from landfills. Any waste material present at the site should be disposed of...

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What Are The Material Options Available For Residential Carports

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Are The Material Options Available For Residential Carports

A carport is a great addition for residential premises. Apart from the obvious functional advantages of this type of shed, choosing to install a carport increases the amount of useable space around the home, thereby increasing the value of the premise. Making a first-time investment in a residential carport is easier said than done. Below is a discussion of various materials used in the fabrication of carports and what a homeowner can expect with each type of carport material. Steel Carports Steel is among the most commonly used materials in the manufacture of residential carports. The support pillars used on these carports are made of galvanized steel and are therefore rust and corrosion resistant. The roofing on steel carports consists of several sheets of steel. Steel carports are particularly preferred for their sturdy nature, which derives from the tough nature of the parent material. However, homeowners looking to reap the benefits of owning a steel carport should be ready to dig deeper into their pockets because steel carports are on the higher side of the carport price range. Residential steel carports are available as free-standing units and lean-to carport units often installed close to the house. Free standing carports are usually installed a few metres away from the house.   Wooden Residential Carports Wooden carports are preferred for a number of reasons including their strength and durability as well as their elegant appearance. Thanks to their high aesthetic appeal, wooden carports are commonly used in the manufacture of lean-to carports. Once installed, a wooden carport greatly improves curb appeal of the property. The wooden surfaces of the carport need to undergo chemical treatment in order to make them termite resistant. It is also worth noting that wooden carports are significantly heavier than their steel counterparts (for example) and may therefore be difficult and more expensive to transport. Wooden carports have poor moisture resistance and tend to warp and/ or shrink when extensively exposed to excess moisture. Polyethylene Carports Polyethylene carports are the most commonly used on residential premises because they are the most affordable. A polyethylene carport consists of a synthetic material that stretches over the framework. Polyethylene carports are preferred for their lightweight nature and the ease of transportation as well as installation. On the down side, a polyethylene carport does not have adequate structural strength to withstand heavy snow and/ or strong winds. Weighing the pros and cons of each carport material will help with the all-important decision. For more information about your options, you may want to contact a local supplier of garages and...

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Factors that will influence the bending process

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Factors that will influence the bending process

If you are a beginner when it comes to induction bending, you may be unsure as to what factors will influence the bending process. These days, the process of bending metal is largely a technological and scientific process. Materials are designed using computer software and many of the industrial bending machines are machine controlled. However, when you are just beginning to learn about induction bending, you won’t have these advanced machines at your disposal. Instead, you need to rely on getting your measurements correct and using the best tools and materials that are available to you. It is important that you learn some of the basic principles when it comes to bending tubes. Here are some of the most important principles that you need to know about. Thickness of the wall Whether you are bending square, circular or rectangular material, the process remains the same and the principles apply for all of these shapes. The outside diameter material that is located on the bend needs to be stretched and compressed. When the wall is thicker and heavier, you will need to have a tighter bend radius and have more of the material stretching albeit with less distortion. Bending method This is perhaps the most important factor when it comes to controlling the amount of distortion. By choosing the correct method, you will be able to produce tolerances that are consistent as well as having more precision. Normally, when working with smaller material you need to use compression bending or rotary draw bending, as they can incorporate a number of different types of mandrels and dies. Increment and induction bending needs to be used when the material is substantially large and needs to be bent to a wide radius. Learning which method to use for certain projects requires a certain amount of experience that will come through trial and error. Once you get plenty of practice, you will know instantly which method you should use. Tools Once you have chosen the parts you are going to use, you know what method will work best and you have the proper angles and tolerances calculated, the final step before you begin the bending process is to choose the right tools for the job. You should work with checklists, making sure that you have all the correct equipment for the specific job at hand. The last thing you want to do is to have to stop the bending halfway through the process as you cannot find a particular tool. For more information or to contract the services of a company who specializes in induction bending, contact a company like Inductabend Pty...

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Different ways that you can gift wrap wine bottles

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Different ways that you can gift wrap wine bottles

Whether it is a birthday or a family reunion, wine is always an appreciated gift. However, when it comes to wrapping the gift, you may not want to just give it to the receiver in a wine bag or wrapped in a single piece of wrapping paper. While it is always nice to get a gift that is well gift wrapped, the very experience of being creative and coming up with new gift packaging ideas yourself is extremely rewarding. Whether you would like to keep the identity of your gift unknown or simply want to learn a creative way to wrap wine, there are a number of tips that will help your presentation look immaculate. Use bows as part of the wrapping process Adding an elegant or festive bow to your wrapped bottle of wine is an extremely easy yet effective method of making your gift stand out. To get the best results, you need to use a wire-edged or velvet bow that will hold its shape during the gifting process. You can tie an elaborate bow to it and attach it to the neck of the wine bottle. Simplicity trumps fussiness Sometimes the simplest option is the best option. By making a gift too fussy and elaborate, you can waste a lot of time and still receive the same effect as the simpler version would. When wrapping your bottle, simply stand it up on a couple of sheets of tissue paper. Bring the points of the paper together at the top of the bottle, once the entire bottle is covered. Tie a ribbon around the neck of the bottle in order to hold it in place and finish it off by fluffing the edges of the tissue paper. This is a simple yet effective wrapping method that will take no time at all. Personalise it By adding a personal touch to your gift, it will be remembered much more for the thoughtfulness and effort that went into the gift rather than the gift itself. It is surprisingly easy to create your own wine label by using your computer. There are many free wine label templates to be found online, which you can use to create a unique message that will be placed on the wine bottle. This may commemorate a special occasion or event. You can even add a trivia question or small gift tab to the bottle with a message on it. There are many ways to get creative with the wrapping process, so don’t be afraid to think outside the...

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