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.

Custom Roll-Out Wheels: How to Decide?

Roll-out wheels are the gold standard in equipment for welders. However, the wheels manufactured by welding supply companies are extremely expensive and are pretty much cut and dry as features go. That is why there is a flood of custom roll-out wheels popping up everywhere. Some of them have a lot of potential for what you, as a welder, might use them for, but which should you buy? Here is how you can decide. Ask for Demo Videos With the numerous videos being uploaded to streaming media sites, it should not be a problem at all for fabricators of custom roll-out wheels to send you a video. As you screen each new video of each custom roll-out wheel, you can get a really good idea of which ones might be exactly what you are looking for. Then if you still have questions about the wheels that interest you the most, you can email the fabricators with your questions to help narrow down your list of possible purchases. If You Live Close Enough, Go Test out the Wheel When you discover that a custom roll-out wheel is just a short drive away, you might want to arrange with its creator for the opportunity to test the wheel. This is a sure-fire way to find out if the wheel is worth the money you would spend on it or if you would be throwing good money away for something bad. Additionally, if it turns out that you really, really like the roll-out wheel, you can buy it right there and take it home with you the same day. Get a 60-Day,...

Tips For Setting Up And Using A New Diesel Generator In Your Auto Repair Shop

Diesel generators can provide several benefits for your auto repair shop when it is properly set-up and used accordingly. If you have recently purchased a diesel generator for your shop, taking steps to make sure it is set up correctly is vital for yours and your employees’ safety. Follow these tips for setting up and using your generator in a manner that will help you get the safest benefits from it. Take Your Time Unpacking A New Generator When you start unpacking your new generator upon its arrival, be care not to damage it while doing so. Also, when you get it out, always check it for any damages that could have happened during shipping. By completing this inspection, you can avoid serious mishaps when using it the first time. If a vital part was dislodged during shipping, it could cause engine troubles and other issues when you crank it up. Be sure to check the amperage/wattage capabilities of your new generator to ensure it will be able to handle the load you plan to use it for. The Importance Of Specially Built Generator Housing If you have never used a diesel generator, you should know that diesel exhaust fumes can be deadly. For this reason, building housing outside of your shop for the generator is extremely important. Your generator’s housing should have enough unobstructed ventilation and cooling. The flooring should be as level as possible and it should be constructed out of materials that are not conductive or combustible. Concrete flooring is the best choice. When constructing your generator’s housing remember to have it elevated enough off the...

Mistakes To Avoid When Repairing Hydraulic Cylinders

If you have a vehicle and like to take a shot at whatever the problem is when your vehicle breaks down before taking it to a service shop, you might be stymied by the hydraulic cylinder. It is relatively easy to make some mistakes when trying to troubleshoot and repair your hydraulic cylinder. In some situations, making a mistake with your hydraulic cylinder can lead to more costly repairs down the line. Here are some common mistakes that people make when trying to repair their hydraulic cylinders and how to avoid them. 1. You Don’t Perform a More Thorough Check Even Though You Have to Replace Seals Regularly The main sign that something is wrong is if your cylinders’ seals are missing on a regular basis. You keep replacing them and they keep going missing but you don’t investigate further. This is a huge mistake because something is definitely causing those seals to fly off and it’s critical that you discover what it is while you have a disassembled cylinder in front of you. Check the cylinder for bulges if you lose a piston seal regularly, and replace the cylinder’s body. If you always have your rod seals disappearing, make sure that you check that the rod is straight. Don’t run you vehicle with either of these problems or you could risk engine damage. 2. Don’t Use the Wrong Screwdriver The next thing that you have to do is avoid using the wrong screwdriver. You want to use a screwdriver that precisely matches the screw that you’re trying to take out or put in. The reason for this is...

3 Automatic Commercial Door Options

An automatic door is the perfect addition to your business. Automatic doors allow patrons to get in and out of your storefront with ease. There are many different types of automatic commercial doors for you to choose from. You should know some of your automatic door options in order to choose the best automatic door for your business. Bi-Parting Automatic Doors When you think of automatic sliding commercial doors, good chances are that bi-parting automatic doors are the type of doors that enter your mind. These type of automatic doors are commonly used for commercial buildings. They work by usually having the two pieces of the door each slide to the left and the right to open the door when the sensor detects that someone is near. These type of doors are commonly used due to the fact that they are very easy to maintain and don’t require a lot of upkeep. This type of door is available as a single door that slides one direction, or two side-by-side doors. This is a great option if you have a large storefront or you expect people to be leaving your commercial space with a large amount of merchandise, like at a grocery store.  Swinging Automatic Doors Swinging automatic doors are less common than bi-parting automatic doors and are found more often in smaller commercial spaces. These doors usually consist of two doors, with an entrance and an exit designated for each door. When someone approaches, the single door swings outward automatically to let the person pass through. They usually come with rails to ensure the door doesn’t swing too far,...

Three Ways To Move Or Keep Electrical Cords Out Of Sight And Out Of The Way In Your Plant

In a large factory, you always have a lot of equipment with many different cords and cables leading to the machines from power sources and outlets. A big part of electrical construction in industrial and manufacturing settings helps place these electrical cords and cables in areas where there is a path of least resistance for the electricity. However, that sometimes means that the cords, cables and wires are hanging out all over and in the way of workers on the work floors. Here are some ways in which your plant can move or keep electrical cords and cables out of sight and out of the way. Electrical Construction and Remodeling Invite an electrical contractor back into your plant to see if he or she can loop cables and cords through hidden spaces. This might include channels in the concrete floor that hide cords and cables, or running the cords and cables up the factory walls and securing them at intervals to the walls. Cords that are hanging down and hitting people in their heads and faces may be looped up over oversized u-bolts from the ceiling. The contractor can supply you with a few other remodeling ideas that can help. Covering the Cords and Cables with Things Already Present in the Plant If the cords and cables you have crisscrossing the floor cannot be stretched or placed under a concrete grate in the floor for everyone’s protection, then you may want to consider covering the cords and cables another way. On the walls, the cords and cables can be threaded through metal or plastic pipe, which (inside an industrial...

3 Reasons To Choose A Metal Fabrication Company That Uses Robotic Welding

If you need to have a welding job done for your business, you might be thinking about outsourcing the job to a metal fabrication company. Welding requires expensive equipment and a lot of know-how, so it’s something that is often best left to professionals rather than done in-house. When choosing sheet metal fabricators, however, there is one thing that you may want to look for — a company that uses robotic welding. These are the main reasons why. 1. Get the Job Done More Quickly In a metal fabrication shop where a welder has to do every job by hand, it can take quite some time for your project to be completed. This can cause a lot of problems in your business, particularly if you are having an essential part welded. If you have the job done at a shop that uses robotic welding, however, you can get your item back more quickly, allowing you to get back to business in a hurry. 2. Ensure Higher-Quality Work Another key difference that you might notice when having your items welded by a company that utilizes robotic welding is the level of quality of the job done. Even the best of welders can make mistakes, leaving behind visible seams and making other errors. A robotic welding machine, however, will often do a more “perfect” job. If the appearance of the item that you are having welded is important, or if you just want to ensure that the job is done as well as possible, choosing a metal fabrication company that uses robotic welding can be smart. 3. Save Money As with...

How To Improve The Efficiency Of Your Fridge

Residential refrigerators can soak up alot of electricity. Many people are understandably tempted to invest in an Energy Star unit that could save them up to $300 over its lifetime. However, a new fridge can cost over $1,000, so it is often not a plausible solution. If your refrigerator is running inefficiently, you might be able to fix the problem on your own. These simple maintenance steps will improve the efficiency of your refrigerator but also increase its lifespan. This article explains a simple repair that could greatly improve the electricity usage of your refrigerator. Clean the Condenser Coils The condenser coils are a vital part of a refrigerator cooling system. The coils transfer warm air from inside the unit, allowing the evaporator to cool the unit more effectively. The coils can get dirty and dusty, which will greatly reduce their productivity. Accessing the Coils Before you do anything, unplug your fridge. The first step is to locate the condenser. On most fridges the condenser coils will be at the front of the fridge along the bottom. Alternatively, they might be on the backside of the unit. Either way, they will be protected by grate. The plastic grate on front-mounted condensers usually snaps right off without any tools. This grate can get clogged, so give it a thorough cleaning before you reattach it. Cleaning the Coils Now that the condenser coils are exposed, you can clean them. You might need to get creative with the cleaning supplies that you use. For instance, a simple scrub brush might get the job done. Likewise, you can use a sponge or rag....

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...