The Importance Of Septic Tank Maintenance

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Regular septic tank inspection and cleaning is essential and I learned this the hard way. Hi, my name is Brent Hanner and when I woke up to my wife screaming about the sewage in the bathtub, I knew that I had to do something fast. I immediately called a plumbing company and after an inspection of our sewer system, the plumber discovered that the septic tank was full. After having the septic tank cleaned out, it solved our sewage problem. Sewage backup in your house is not only aggravating, but it’s unhealthy too. I decided to write this blog to inform others about the importance of regular septic tank maintenance. You’ll also learn about other types of home maintenance that you should have done on a regular basis to keep your home systems running smoothly.

Tips for Creating a Bumper for Your New Off-Road Truck Project

If you’ve invested in your first four-wheel-drive truck and you’re looking to customize it for an off-road rig, one of the things you should think about is the bumper that you’re putting on it. The bumper will serve as a solid foundation for a brush guard, lights, or even a winch. There are many aftermarket bumper options out there, but one of the most rewarding things you can do for your off-road project is to fabricate a bumper of your own. Here’s a look at what you’ll want to think about as you design and produce the perfect bumper to fit the front of your truck. Choose the Material Before you can even create a bumper design for your truck, you need to decide what kind of material you’re going to use. For example, steel tubing is a great medium for creating tube bumpers. You just weld the bent tubes together to form a smooth, rounded bumper. Steel plate, on the other hand, is far more versatile and allows you to create most any shape or design that meets your needs. Steel plate is flat and can be bent, cut, shaped, and welded into any kind of custom style. Create the Plans Once you’ve settled on a material, it’s time to draft plans for the bumper that best suits your truck. You’ll need the measurements of the area to do this so that you can be sure that it fits correctly. Measure the distance from the outside edge of the stock bumper to the edge of the truck body. Write this down as the depth of the bumper. This...

5 Must-Have Features to Look for When Choosing a Dynamometer for Your Auto Tuning Shop

Dynamometers are the latest and most powerful tool available for fine-tuning performance engines, whether your customers take their cars on the track professionally or just want a better street-driving experience. If your tuning business is finally ready to upgrade, make sure you’re getting the best test results possible to keep your customers coming back by looking for the right features. These five cutting-edge features are all worth spending a little more on when buying a dynamometer for testing automobile engines: 1. Condition Calibration For accurate results, a dynamometer measuring the power of a car’s engine must take into account the various conditions of the air around the vehicle. The factors affecting the apparent horsepower of an engine include barometric pressure, the measurement of the weight of the atmosphere, which changes on an hourly basis. the air temperature, which affects the engine’s cooling and maximum power. humidity levels, which also interfere with fast cooling and can fluctuate greatly during the test itself. Automatic air condition sensors help the dynamometer product accurate results without constant adjustments from a skilled and experienced operator. With built-in weather adjustments, it’s much easier for tuning shop employees to adapt to using the new equipment. Dynamometers used to be used in tightly sealed and controlled rooms with precise humidity and temperature settings, but today’s testing equipment is advanced enough to use in an enclosed part of the average tuning shop. 2. Compatible Software How are you planning to have your employees interface with the dynamometer equipment as they run tests on customers’ vehicles? It’s enough work to train them to set and interpret the equipment, but...

In The Market for a Chain Hoist? What You Need to Know before You Buy One

There are many reasons you may be switching from a wire rope hoist to a chain hoist. The weather, the type of items you are lifting, and the cost factor may all be weighing in your decision. However, the factors you need to consider when buying a chain hoist vary from the factors you needed to consider when you bought your wire rope hoist. Here are a few of the factors to consider if you are in the market for a chain hoist for your overhead crane. How Often the Hoist Will Be Running Per Day One of the most important factors to consider when buying a chain hoist is how many hours you will actually be using the crane and hoist per day. This affects what hoist duty classification you need to purchase. The lowest classification is an H1. An H1 classification means that the hoist is designed to be used relatively lightly. It should only be used for about 7.5 minutes for every hour with a maximum number of stops and starts of 75 per hour. An H5 classification, the highest, is designed to be used for 60 minutes out of a 60-minute time frame at a maximum of 600 starts and stops. Ultimately, you need to figure out how often the crane and hoist will be used on an hourly basis and then find the hoist classification that fits within your needs. If you select a classification that is too low for your needs, your hoist won’t last as long as it is designed to. If you select one that is higher than your needs, you...

Why Dumpster Diving Is A Bad Idea And How You Can Prevent It

You might think the interior of a dumpster is the last place someone might want to be, but the act of “dumpster diving” is not unusual. Persons not employed or affiliated with a company often search through the garbage; they are hoping to find objects of value–financial, practical or sentimental–and digging through trash doesn’t hinder their quest. Unfortunately, the habit of dumpster diving can cause serious problems. Below are a few reasons why you don’t want to permit dumpster diving in your company’s garbage and how you can deter this activity from occurring: Why dumpster diving should be discouraged While dumpster diving may seem harmless or even amusing on its face, it actually has several possible negative outcomes: Injury or death – The worst possible outcome of dumpster diving is that it can result in serious injury or even death for participants. Dumpsters can contain hazardous chemicals or objects that can harm intruders, and they are also capable of causing suffocation should someone become trapped and covered with garbage. Financial loss – Along with the hazards posed for participants of dumpster diving, your company is exposed to financial loss through the potential for lawsuit in an injury or wrongful death case. In addition, some garbage can cost companies lost revenue if obtained by others. A few of these items can include video discs, blueprints and plans, computer hard drives, publications and prototypes or test products. For example, the accidental distribution of early, unreleased software can be costly, especially should it fall into the hands of competitors or users who might have otherwise paid a licensing fee. Disorganization – The...

The Basics Of Outfitting Your Storage Facility With Custom Metal Fixtures

When you run a small business that requires you to store a large amount of supplies and merchandise in a warehouse or other type of storage facility, it is imperative that you have the right type of containers and shelves to house your possessions. If space is tight and you need storage components that can withstand harsh conditions, you should invest in custom metal fixtures. The following guide provides you with a primer on how to incorporate custom metal storage in your facility. Advantages and Design One of the main reasons it makes sense to hire a metal fabrication firm to design your storage equipment is that the fixtures can be customized to fit into any type of space including odd-shaped areas where you cannot fit store-bought cabinets and shelving. Metal storage containers are sturdier than those made of wood. They will not warp or expand due to humid conditions. In addition, stainless steel and aluminum will not succumb to rust or tarnishing. You can commission a metal fabricator to build all types of cabinets, enclosures, display cases, drawers, vents, racks, mounts and bins. When you are ready to begin designing your custom storage, you can submit the exact measurements of your space along with photos and details of your storage needs. In return, you will receive detailed blueprints of your proposed storage fixtures along with an estimate. Features There are numerous features that you can add to the design of your custom metal storage fixtures to add to their functionality, safety and aesthetics. If you need access to a washing station, you can add a stainless steel sink...

Where to Find Scrap Metal for Recycling

Recycling scrap metal can be a great way to earn a few extra dollars and help the environment. Here’s a helpful guide to finding scrap metal that you can sell to your local recycling plant to earn a little, or a lot, of spare cash. Look in the kitchen If you don’t already separate and save your aluminum and tin cans for recycling, you really should start. Not only does it keep these space-hogs out of the landfill, it can also put some weight in your wallet. Tin cans, like soup cans and pet food cans, don’t usually earn you any money because they aren’t as valuable as aluminum ones, but recycling aluminum ones can earn you a pretty penny, especially if you crush the cans first and wait until you have a very large amount. It can take around thirty 12 oz. aluminum cans to make up one pound, so crushing them makes it easier to gather more in a smaller space. Save your own drink cans, ask friends and neighbors to save them for you, and collect them from your workplace. With very little effort, you can save a large number of cans and add a few dollars to your wallet. Don’t forget to recycle those pet food and soup cans, too. They may not earn you anything, but recycling them is much better for the environment than just throwing them out. If you plan on replacing your old pots and pans or cutlery, don’t throw them out. Recycle them as scrap metal instead, and you can put the money you earn towards the purchase of the new...

New To The Mineral Processing Trade? Learn Why Ceramic Is The Material Of Choice For Mineral Processing Equipment

If you’re new to the mineral processing industry, chances are you are considering your equipment purchase options. Ceramic is one material that is often used in the industry’s heavy duty machinery. Learn how this versatile material earned its reputation for durability and strength in outer space, and how it’s used in terrestrial applications.   Ceramics and the Space Shuttle NASA unofficially labeled ceramic a super hero. Ceramic tiles, roughly the size found in your bathroom or kitchen, were plastered on the belly of the Space Shuttle. Able to withstand temperatures up to 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit, these ceramic squares brought the orbiter back to Earth safely time after time. One exception was the Columbia that fell apart on re-entry in 2003. That tragedy was attributed to debris hitting the wing and knocking some tiles off, rather than tile failure. In true NASA fashion, engineers came up with a plan for the astronauts to check and repair missing or loose tiles while still in orbit. The mixture they used was a combination of silicon carbide fibers, already incorporated into the ceramic tiles, mixed in the same type of black glue that was used to attach the tiles. Black tiles were used on the lower part of the shuttle because they reflected 90 percent of the re-entry heat back into space. Tiles on the top were coated with silica and aluminum oxide; their white faces had a temperature threshold of up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Ceramics for Terrestrial Use If ceramic is durable enough to withstand the extreme temperature variations and pressures of space travel, it’s not surprising that this material has...

The Benefits Of Upgrading PLC Devices In Your Small Factory

Modern factories, even small mom and pop enterprises, use programmable logic controller (PLC) devices to manage manufacturing equipment. These controllers enable workers to automate assembly line production, control electrical output and perform countless other essential tasks. If you own a small company with a factory, you must make sure that your PLC units are kept up to date and in good condition. There are several reasons why you should upgrade a dated PLC device if you want to run your factory in an efficient manner. Increase Efficiency of Older Machines If your old factory equipment is still in good working condition but your PLC units are out of date, you may not be producing at maximum capacity. A typical PLC unit contains a main central processing unit (CPU) and ports for additional modules. Newer PCL units have more advanced CPUs with higher processing speeds, more memory for storing data, more functions and increased expandability. You will be able to add more modules for creating new applications and connecting to newer factory machines. Modern units have enhanced safety functions as well. In addition, you can purchase PLC devices that help you increase production while reducing the energy consumption of the unit and your factory equipment. Just because a PLC device is still mechanically sound does not mean that it is still the best solution for your factory. Add Computer Networking Features PLC units have been around since the late 1960s and are a mainstay of factory production. With the advent of computer networking came the ability for factories to connect and monitor production equipment via software on desktops. However, if...

Remodeling The Office? 3 Tips For Storing Your Office Equipment

If you’re planning to have your office remodeled, it’s best to get your office equipment out of the way while the workers are knocking down walls, building, or painting. The machines that you rely on every day are delicate, and could easily be damaged by stray drops of paint, construction dust and debris, or any kind of accidental impact. If you have room in your own building to store your equipment, it’s best to get the equipment out of the office entirely until the work is done. A commercial self storage unit could be the right choice for your office. If you’re worried about the safety of your equipment in a storage unit, check out these tips for packing your electronics so that they stay safe. Before You Pack When it comes to office equipment, you can’t just throw things in boxes and hope for the best. Instead, you’ll need to take the time to prepare your electronics properly. If you are packing laptops or computers, check the disk drives to make sure that you remove any disks inside of them. Your disks can warp if they’re left inside the drive for too long. Next, unplug all of the peripherals from your devices. Leaving a keyboard, a mouse, or a webcam attached can seem like a time saver, but it’s not good for your computer. Put the peripherals in their own plastic wrap, and label them so that you know where they go when it’s time to move your computers back in. You should also detach any power cords and store them separately as well. Once all of the...

Understanding And Protecting Against Arc Flashes

As you maintain and repair a wide variety of electrical equipment, there are plenty of hidden dangers to look out for. One such danger involves arc flashes, a dangerous phenomenon that can easily prove fatal if you’re not adequately protected against it. Knowing how to protect yourself against arc flashes can mean the difference between life and death. The following offers a general definition of an arc flash, how they can occur and what you can do to avoid serious injury as you work on electrical construction. Defining Arc Flash An arc flash is essentially a short circuit that discharges tremendous amounts of electricity between two conductors or between a conductor and ground. A typical arc flash sends a powerful, high-amperage current through the air, where it creates enough energy, heat and pressure to seriously injure or even kill a person. It’s not just the electric arc itself that causes severe or even fatal injury. During an arc flash, temperatures can reach or even exceed 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit – enough to quickly render copper and other conductive metals into plasma. The resultant molten fragments can easily produce second-degree burns and cause non-protective clothing to ignite upon contact. The accompanying release of blast energy is also enough to propel you several feet from the source of the explosion. This can be a dangerous problem in high-rise areas, where victims can be blown off of ledges or platforms during an arc flash. How Arc Flashes Occur There are several instances where an arc flash can occur. These include instances where: There’s a break or gap in the conductor’s insulation Impurities such...