Exploring The Industrial World

As the only boy in a house of 7 girls, I knew more about baking and sewing than I ever knew about cars or sports. For many years I wished that I knew more about things such as auto repairs and home improvements. Last year, I finally decided to do something about it and enrolled in a welding class at my local adult education center. A few months ago, I finally received my certificate of completion and am now proud to say I am a qualified welder.

While I don’t think that welding is the right career choice for me, I am extremely proud of everything I have learned and plan on taking several more courses in my free time. It is my hope that this blog will allow you to take that journey with me as I continue to explore the industrial world and learn new skills.

Pump It Up: 4 Signs Your Submersible Pump May Be About To Break

If your only source of water is a private well, you need to ensure that your submersible pump is working at all times. A breakdown can leave you without water until you can get it fixed. You might not realize this, but your pump can let you know when it’s about to experience problems that will require your attention. Don’t take chances with your water supply. Here are four signs that your submersible pump may be about to fail you. Your Water is Dirty The water that used to flow from your faucets was crystal clear. Lately, however, you’ve noticed that your water is cloudy or dirty. If the water coming from your well is suddenly contaminated with dirt, your pump may not be circulating the water properly. Try replacing the filter that’s in the pump. If that doesn’t fix the problem, you may need a new pump. Your Water Lines Are Making Loud Noises Your submersible pump should make a humming noise at the well. If you hear unusual noises coming from your pipes, your pump may be malfunctioning. This is particularly true if you’re hearing loud, clanging noises from the pipes.   You Have Air Spitting Out of Your Faucets When you turn the faucet on, your submersible pump should immediately start pumping water into your home. If your faucets spit air out for several seconds before the water starts flowing, there may be a problem with the pressurization in your pump. To test the pressurization, turn your faucets on several times a day to see if the spitting goes away. This is especially important if your...

Creative Uses For Air Compressors

Did you know that you can use an air compressor to complete numerous jobs around your house? If not, you aren’t alone. If your air compressor is sitting in your garage collecting dust, it’s time to put it to use. Check out these creative ways that you can use your air compressor. Cleaning Gutters To use your air compressor to clean your gutters, attach a blow-gun tool to the end of the air compressor. Because hand-operated blow-gun tools are small, you’ll still need to climb a ladder in order to reach your gutters. However, the cleaning process itself is a lot easier. Instead of scooping leaves and debris from your gutters by hand, aim the blow gun down at your gutters at an angle and blow the debris out. Not only do you not have to scoop the debris out of the gutter, you won’t have to move the ladder frequently because the force of the air cleans a larger stretch of your gutter. Remember to: Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris.  Cover the ground underneath your gutters with a tarp to make cleanup easy. Send blasts of air down each of your downspouts to remove any clogged debris. Removing Leaves From Your Yard If you have an air compressor, you don’t need to waste a lot of time raking leaves. Simply, attach a 50-foot hose to your compressor so that you don’t have to carry the heavy compressor with you, and then, point the nozzle at the leaves in your yard spraying blasts of air at them so that they move. The short bursts...

Dumpster Rental Safety Tips For First Time Users

If you have just rented a dumpster for the first time because you are doing a special project around your home or business and you need a little extra trash space, you need to know the following dumpster safety tips in order to make this rental a smooth and safe experience. Prepare An Area For The Dumpster The first thing you need to do in order to stay safe is prepare an area for the dumpster. You need an area that is large enough to accommodate the dumpster while giving you enough room on all sides to maneuver the waste material into the dumpster that you plan on filling it with. You need to make sure that you have clearance not just around your dumpster, but above it as well. Don’t park your dumpster under a tree with low lying limbs that you will hit while putting material into the dumpster. You also don’t want to hit any electrical wires while throwing material into the dumpster. Be sure to check the clearance above the area you select to put your dumpster in. You should avoid putting the dumpster on grass or soft soil; the dumpster could sink into the soil. This will make it difficult to remove the dumpster and could also make the dumpster uneven and unstable, presenting a safety hazard to all around it. Make Sure You Rent The Right Type Of Dumpster When you order your dumpster, make sure you tell the waste management company you rent it from what type of material you will be putting in the dumpster. That way, the waste management company...

What Is An Air Door?

Air doors, also known as air curtains, are an effective way to cut your commercial heating and air conditioning costs. In addition to the energy savings, air doors have many other advantages. The more you know about air doors, the better able you’ll be to decide whether or not an air door is right for your business. What is an air door? An air door is a device that seals air in a location without requiring the use of a physical barrier. Air doors use a stream of air to keep climate-controlled air inside and non-climate controlled air outside. How do air doors work? Air doors bring air in through the intake. The air is accelerated by a fan on the inside of the air door, and then it’s pushed back out through the nozzle. The air that exits the air door nozzle is distributed evenly across the doorway in an angled stream pointed at the ground. When the air hits the ground, it scatters, with the majority of the air flowing to a point on the air intake side of the door. What are the benefits of air doors? The primary goal of an air door is to prevent the escape of climate-controlled air from the inside of a business, and air doors do this quite well. Essentially, air doors help businesses save money and energy. In addition, air doors can have many benefits that go beyond this primary function. Some businesses find air doors to be so effective that they leave their physical doors open during business hours and rely on the air doors. Air doors are...

How To Dig Without Disrupting Utility Lines

When you are renovating your house or adding an extension, chances are good that you are going to need to dig. This seems simple but is actually a very complicated process because there are tons of utility lines running through most communities. In order to make sure that you are digging safely and are not exposing any utility lines to damage and endangering your community, you are going to want to make sure that you follow these steps. 1. Find Out Where the Utility Lines Are If you are renovating a house in the city or a suburb, there’s a very good chance that you have utility lines running beneath your property. The first step to avoiding these lines is figuring out where they are in the first place. You can do this by calling all of the utility companies that service your area and asking them for maps of their lines for your project, calling your local government and getting similar information from them, or by calling a third party company that specializes in locating utility lines (such as 1st Call Locating). All of these options will allow you to determine where the utility lines are on your property. Once you have this information, you will be able to mark where it’s safe to dig using paint or chalk. You can also find out the depth at which the utility lines are buried. 2. Dig Slowly If you absolutely have to dig on top of where utility lines are buried, you are going to need to take information about the depth of the lines and ensure that you...

Eco-Friendly Coloring For Attractive Metal Fences And Railings

Durable and strong, metals like steel and aluminum are popular materials for fencing and railings. But while some people may prefer the natural metal finish, it’s too industrial-looking for most residential designs. Instead, home fences and railings on porches and decks are usually painted to match the overall color scheme of a house. Ordinary solvent painting, however, is not the only option for coloring these metals. If you care about the environment, you’ll want to get the coloring on your fencing or railing done by powder coating, not traditional liquid paint. Just how eco-friendly is powder coating? Reduced Chemical Pollution Ordinary liquid paint involves suspending the pigment within a solvent chemical. This solvent is what makes the paint a liquid and allows the pigment to be applied to a surface. As paint dries, what you smell is that solvent being released into the air. This leaves behind a coating of pigment as dry paint; unfortunately, it leaves solvent chemicals like acetone or formaldehyde in the air. Powder coating works differently. It’s a completely dry method of “painting” a pigment onto metals such as steel or aluminum. The metal is electrostatically charged and the powder is blown onto it, clinging to the surface of the metal. This coating of powder is then heated and baked on, causing it to adhere to the metal as a smooth outer shell. No chemical solvents are needed. Low Waste When powder coating is blown onto a metal surface, there will always be some “overspray” or excess powder. Spray painting has a similar issue. However, overspray from regular spray painting must be cleaned up, often...

4 Steps To Prevent Lawsuits Due To Falls On Your Factory Stairs

If you use stairs in your industrial setting as a means of getting from one floor to the next, you might worry about your employees falling and getting hurt. Not only do you surely not want anyone to get injured while in your factory, but you might worry about lawsuits as well. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to help reduce your risk of being sued due to trips and falls on your factory stairs. 1. Install Proper Railings First and foremost, you should make sure that you have proper railings put in place for your employees to grab onto. This makes your stairs a lot safer and can help reduce the chance of falls. It can also allow employees to catch themselves or to fall against the railing rather than over the side, which can reduce the potential of serious injuries. During safety training, make sure that you encourage your employees to always use the rails when they are on the premises. Contact Incom Inc for information about railings. 2. Add Traction If your factory is like many, you probably know just how slippery your stairs can get. People can bring in mud on their shoes, for example, or there might be a lot of wet areas in your factory that can cause the stairs to get wet. Regardless, you can help add traction in a few ways. For example, you can use an anti-slip, gritty tape on each step, or you can have your stairs painted with a special tread-safe paint that includes a sand-like material. 3. Add Rugs Make sure that you have...

Top 5 Ways To Extend The Life Of Bearings

Bearings are an essential part of any moving mechanical system. They are used in cars, bicycles, and even skateboards. Bearings reduce friction and keep the parts moving in the desired direction. When bearings fail, they can cause other parts to rapidly deteriorate. Because of this, bearings need to be kept in top shape. Here are five ways to extend the life of bearings: 1. Keep the bearings lubricated. Lubrication is essential for maximizing bearing life. The oil reduces wear and tear from friction, and keeps other parts from scraping the bearings. Natural mineral oils are best for newer bearings. For older bearings, or bearings that show signs of excessive wear and tear, synthetic lubricants are best. Synthetic lubricants are thicker than natural oils, which makes them last longer and require less maintenance. 2. Apply a seal or ring. Bearing seals or rings can significantly increase bearing life. Seals and rings keep water and dirt from getting in. This prevents failure due to rust or corrosion. Seals also keep lubrication in place longer, which reduces maintenance and upkeep. Here are the different types of seals: Metal- can withstand high temperatures and does not affect speed. Rubber- requires less cleaning and is least resistant, but is not as efficient at reducing friction. Ceramic- does not corrode and has less resistance than steel. 3. Install a complex sealing system. Complex sealing systems keep dirt, debris, and other contaminants out of the system of parts. This prevents contaminants from clogging the bearings and causing failure. A professionally installed sealing system will prevent particles from getting to the bearings while the machine is operating....

Tips For Using A Land Survey To Redesign Your Landscape At Home

While land surveys tend to be performed by topographers and other scientists, you can also use a land survey to help you redesign your landscape at home. Here are a few ways using surveying can help.  Measuring the Area Correctly When you want to landscape an area, you need to know exactly how large it is. To do this, you need to perform a survey, because unless your land is flat, measuring the distance from the start of your property to the end without considering hills and dips will result in inaccurate measurements.  If your land is on a simple slope, you can use poles attached to string to make the measurements. You’ll need string and extendable or various sizes of poles to do this accurately. Here’s how: Start at the front of your property, working backward. Tie off the string to a pole and insert it into the ground.  Carry a second pole with the same string attached and extend it several meters.  Place that pole into the ground, making sure the two poles are at the same height.  Now, measure the string’s length. That’s an accurate measurement.  Knowing the Dips and Curves  Part of landscape design is knowing how to incorporate dips and curves. With a land survey, you can measure the slope of the hills on your property, so you know how they fit into the design you’re creating.  While it’s easier to use topographic and surveying equipment to do this, you can still measure your hills with the same equipment as before. You’ll need to do a little math for this step.  Start by placing...

Eight Great Reasons To Use A Custom Metal Fabricator For Your Horse Pipe Corrals

If you own an equestrian property, you know fencing is key to protecting your horses and managing herds. Putting in pipe corrals and pipe perimeter fencing is a great way to make your life easier. Here are eight great reasons why you should consider using a custom metal fabricator to make your corrals and fence panels. Safety Many horse owners like steel pipe over other fence materials. It doesn’t need painting, and it won’t break or get chewed, like wood. It doesn’t pose any of the safety hazards of barbed wire. While metal pipe doesn’t give if a horse runs into it, it has high visibility, so this generally isn’t a problem. Sturdiness Custom pipe corrals have an extra element of sturdiness to them, as you can minimize the number of joints and place them where they will withstand the least amount of stress. Unbroken lines of metal pipe can stand up to impact and twisting forces. Can wood or wire do that? Flexibility While custom metal pipes are inflexible in their actual physical sense, they offer you great flexibility with regard to the layout of your corrals or pastures. Prefab panels limit how many corrals you can fit in one area, for example. They also make it more challenging to put in alleys between corrals. Aesthetics If you use a custom metal fabricator for your property, they can usually add elements that make your property look more pleasing. A big argument against pipe corrals has always been that they aren’t as pretty as wood, but nowadays metal fabricators are adding attractive gates, insignias, and artistic elements to give...