Pages Navigation Menu

Email Marketing: Try It

How Do You Cut a Perfect Circle in Sheet Metal Using Basic Tools?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Do You Cut a Perfect Circle in Sheet Metal Using Basic Tools?

Trying to cut a perfect circle in a piece of sheet metal? Using basic tools, there are a few different methods that can work. Check out these ideas: Tin Snips To create a circle in sheet metal using tin snips, mark the centre of your circle, and punch a hole in the metal in that spot by pounding a screwdriver through the metal using a mallet. Then use a compass to trace the rest of the circle around the centre pointe. Once the circle is traced, wedge the screwdriver into the centre hole again, ripping it slightly open. This is the space where you are going to wedge your tin snips into the sheet metal. Then, simply cut the metal as you would paper, but with more force, until you have a circle. Drill To create a circle in sheet metal using a drill, trace a circle onto the metal as described above. Then, trace a slightly smaller circle inside your main circle. The distance between these two circles should be the size of the drill bit you plan to use. Once you’ve made sure your drill bit can handle metal, drill a series of holes in the space between the two circles you have created. This is called chain drillin, and when you have finished drilling holes all around the circle, you should easily be able to push out the inside of the circle. Use a die grinder or a file to smooth the edges. Right-Angle Drill Sometimes called a sideways drill, a right angle drill can work well for small circles in sheet metal. Using a screwdriver, rip open a bit of metal where you want the centre of your circle to be. Continue to rip the metal until you have created a large enough hole to fit in your right-angle drill. Then, wedge the drill into the hole you have created and begin to drill. Your drill bit should be hitting the edge of the sheet metal, and as you move the drill in a circle, it will create a perfect circle as long as you keep the drill steady in the centre spot. Move the drill slowly as it will be difficult for it to cut through the sheet metal, especially if it’s relatively thick. Alternatively, instead of trying to cut a perfect hole in sheet metal on your own, you may want to turn to a professional sheet metal cutting service. They can use plasma, water-based cutting, a CNC machine or other methods to ensure the circle is exactly as you want it....

read more

Why You Should Seek An Asbestos Inspection Before Buying Property

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Should Seek An Asbestos Inspection Before Buying Property

One is required to do a lot of things before buying a property. One has to hire a conveyancer, hire a valuer, get a building inspection, and many other things. However, did you know that you should also seek an asbestos inspection? Here is why an asbestos inspection is so important. Asbestos is harmful to your health Decades ago, asbestos was confirmed to be harmful to people. The tiny fibres that make up asbestos material can get inhaled from the air. When this happens, the asbestos fibres can cause diseases such as lung cancer or respiratory irritations. Not checking whether the property you want to buy has asbestos is therefore not an option. Your health, that of your family, and that of anyone else who will come into your new property will be at risk if you do not. Severe asbestos can mean a property has to be demolished Although some properties have asbestos under control does not mean that the outlawed material is not a real concern in terms of property development. In small quantities, building materials found to have asbestos can be removed from a property and replaced with modern alternatives. However, if a property is seen to have extensive use of asbestos such that it cannot be salvaged, it may have to be demolished. Asbestos is not always easy to spot Some prospective property buyers will simply give a building a casual inspection and declare that it is asbestos-free. Others will ask the owners about any presence of asbestos and leave it at that. However, this is not enough. Asbestos can be found in lots of hidden areas such as flooring underlay, roofing tiles, and even insulation. It’s therefore not easy to spot. The current property owner may not even know about it. Asbestos is not always included in a building inspection As part of the conveyancing process, many prospective buyers today seek a building inspection before buying a property. However, this search is not the same as asbestos inspection. While an asbestos inspection is very specific and focused in its mandate, a building inspection is mostly about seeing if the property needs repairs. You therefore cannot conclude that a property has no asbestos because it didn’t show up in the building inspection. In fact, the building inspector in question may not be certified to inspect asbestos as that requires a special permit. Haven’t sought an asbestos inspection yet? Seek one before committing to buy property. You haven’t done your due diligence until you have an asbestos report from a certified...

read more

A Few Tips for Buying Your First Pieces of Jewellery

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Few Tips for Buying Your First Pieces of Jewellery

Buying jewellery shouldn’t be a hassle, as you can often find quality pieces that are still affordable in a number of different department stores and online. However, you want to know what you’re looking for so that you don’t fall for cheap jewellery. When you’re ready to buy some jewellery, note a few tips to ensure you get the best pieces available. Know the difference between natural, synthetic and imitation When buying gemstones, you may see the terms natural, synthetic (or the word cultured for pearls) and imitation. Natural is just that; these stones are actually dug out of the ground and these pearls are found by divers. These stones may be the rarest and most expensive.  Synthetic, are exactly like natural gemstones except that they’re grown in a lab. Pearls grown in a lab are called cultured. Synthetic or cultured gems can be quality stones that are simply much more affordable than natural gems. Typically only a jeweller can tell the difference between natural and synthetic or cultured stones, and sometimes they can’t even see any difference.  Imitation gems are really nothing more than colored plastic. These will have little if any shine or luster and may start to darken and get cloudy before too long. Not all silver is silver Silver is rated by how much silver is actually in the metal itself; sterling silver has the highest concentration of actual silver. However, if you see the terms nickel silver or German silver, note that these may have little to almost no silver in the metal. These may contain more nickel, brass or other such cheap metal with only enough silver to give a nice finish. That finish is very likely to wear off and you’ll be left with a chain or other piece that turns green or discolors and cannot be fixed. Higher gold karats are not always good Gold karats refers to the weight or density of the gold itself. You might think that you want 24 karat or 18 karat pieces, assuming this will be a better choice. However, the higher the karat, the softer the gold. You might see 24 karat gold rings become scratched or even bent out of shape from daily use. While 14 karat gold may not be as valuable because of having less actual gold weight, it’s also a harder gold that withstands daily wear, so keep this in mind when making your jewellery...

read more

Ten Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Wedding Planner

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ten Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Wedding Planner

Wedding planners have become increasingly popular in recent years and there are plenty of excellent reasons to consider using a wedding planner’s services, but finding the right one can seem like a daunting task. So what should you ask before you take the plunge? “How big is your business?” Small wedding planning businesses generally have one or two employees, which means you’ll have the same consultant through the entire process. Larger companies can have many benefits–they’re often more established and have a greater wealth of experience, for example–but you should check that you’ll be working with the same planner through the entire process, and that they’ll be there in person on the day.   “Where can I find your portfolio?” You’ll want to be sure that your wedding planner is good at their job before you hire them, of course–but more than that, you want to know that their personal style meshes with yours. If their specialty is impressive, dramatic blossom arrangements and you hate the idea of cut flowers, you’re probably not going to work together very well. If you want a quirky, original wedding and they’ve only ever worked on traditional white-dress services, it’s a good idea to look for someone else.   “Who are your contacts in the industry?” There are a lot of interconnected industries involved in wedding planning: florists, dress shops, photographers, venue hire companies, caterers, bands and DJs…the list goes on and on. A good wedding planner will already have professional contacts in all of those categories, and their experience of working with them can get you discounts and a better all-round service.   “How long have you been in the business, and when did you get started?” There are multiple routes in to wedding planning, but most of the best worked for an established planner before striking out on their own. If the planner you’re interviewing is new to the business and set up immediately on the back of planning their own wedding, you might want to investigate some other options.   “How will you help me stay within my budget?” You don’t want a wedding planner who has no respect for your budget and is constantly trying to get you to overspend. Good planners will have plenty of tips and tricks up their sleeve to help you save money, and a planner who is really on your side will be invested in helping you do just that.   “How many other weddings do you have booked close to mine?” Ideally, your wedding will be the only one they’re working on for that week–and if they have another wedding booked for the same weekend as yours you should have some serious alarm bells. Event planning can be draining and takes a lot of concentration, and booking too many back-to-back is a rookie error.   “Do you offer additional package services outside the day itself?” Some wedding planners are able to offer help with planning stag and hen parties, rehearsal dinners or honeymoons. It’s worth finding out if yours is in that category, particularly as it will help you create a cohesive theme.   “Can I talk to any of your previous clients?” It may be possible to see testimonials from someone who has used this planner before, or drop them an email to chat about their experience. This can...

read more

3 Features to Look For in New Business Process Management Software

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Features to Look For in New Business Process Management Software

Business process management refers to a system that manages the overall process of your business in particular; for example, for a production facility, this would be all the steps needed from design of your product, procurement of raw materials, production or manufacture itself, and final delivery, as well as steps involved in accounting and even sales. Effective business process management software will help to track this process for you and can streamline certain steps that need to be taken during this process, or make the entire process easier and more effective overall. Note a few features to look for in new business process management software when you’re ready to shop. 1. Audits Your software should automatically perform audits of the processes themselves and various aspects of these processes as they’re performed. For example, an audit might be needed of your raw materials inventory, or of past due accounts. Trying to conduct these audits yourself can be time-consuming, but the right business process management software will ensure that they are done and the results are then used to adjust your materials ordering, sales to past due accounts, collections, and the like. 2. Data access Your business process management software should have strict controls over data access. Not everyone involved in businesses processes should have access to all the data when it comes to accounting, sales, vendor pricing, and the like. This data access should be controlled with pass codes and other security measures, and it’s also good to ensure the software has a monitoring feature that notes who accessed certain data, when, and so on. This will allow you to track down any potential breaches of security in the software. 3. Analytics Your business functions best when you have information at your fingertips regarding sales figures, profit margins, trends, vendor pricing, overall production costs, wages, and so on. The best business management software will offer you a wide range of analytics that cover every part of those processes and which can also tie them together for a better overall understanding of the data. For example, the software might connect lower profit margins to rising vendor pricing, or dropping sales numbers to trends that show certain products are possibly obsolete in various geographic areas. Having these analytics prepared for you by the software can make it easier for you to see where and how you might need to make changes in your business and your business processes as well. For more information on this topic, check out a company like Ferrier...

read more

What to think about when checking your forklift for malfunctions

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What to think about when checking your forklift for malfunctions

Forklifts are important pieces of equipment in many different environments. They’re widely used in many industries, but can also be used for projects at home. If you own a forklift to use on projects on your property, you have a versatile tool that will last for many years. In order to keep your forklift functional for as long as possible, however, you need to perform regular maintenance on it. In order to do that safely and effectively, there are a few things you should think about. Safety  When beginning to examine your forklift for possible malfunctions, it’s important that you start off with making the procedure as safe as possible. Make sure the engine has been turned off for some time before you start your examination. If it’s running or has been running for a while, it can be quite hot and you can risk burning yourself. You should also make sure all hydraulic pressure is released to avoid getting injured if you have to examine the hydraulic system in your forklift. Pressurised liquid is highly dangerous and can injure you severely if you don’t make sure that the pressure is off when you start examining your forklift. You should also make sure that all movable parts are lowered and released. Air filters A common cause for malfunction is that the air filters have become clogged. This decreases the efficiency of the forklift and can cause the engine to strain in order to function properly. Examine the filters. If they are just dirty, you might just have to clean them by using a vacuum or a rag. However, if they are very dirty and discoloured, you need to change them. This type of forklift repairs is easy to perform, but if you’re not sure how to change the filters yourself, you should contact a professional that can do it for you to avoid failure. Grease fittings You should also keep an eye on the grease fittings. These are also parts that can cause major malfunction if left unattended by making the entire machine strain to function properly. If the grease fittings aren’t properly lubricated, they can also cause wear on the fittings themselves and surrounding structures, meaning you will have to get extensive forklift repairs to fix it. Make sure you clean the grease fittings every time you examine your vehicle and that you then lubricate them properly after cleaning. Check the manual so that you know where all of the grease fittings are located and have them lubricated at the same...

read more

Soaked Timber Supply: What to Do If Your Timber Supply Gets Wet in the Middle of a Project

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Soaked Timber Supply: What to Do If Your Timber Supply Gets Wet in the Middle of a Project

You’re building a deck, and you’ve got a large stack of unfinished timber waiting for you to use. Unfortunately, however, it’s all been hit with a deluge of rain, and as it’s not installed, you haven’t painted or sealed it yet. Worried that it’s ruined for ever? In most cases, it will be fine. Here’s what you need to do: 1. Spread apart the timber. If you’ve got the timber stacked together, you need to spread it apart. Otherwise, water trapped between the pieces of timber won’t be able to evaporate easily. As a result, it will soak into the wood and potentially cause rot or damage. 2. Place the timber in the sunlight. In addition to placing the pieces of timber apart from each other, pull the timber into the sunlight. The heat will speed up the evaporation process and help your wood dry out faster. If possible, flip the wood after one side is dry so that all of its sides can face the sun in turn. 3. Get the timber off the soil. If you have the timber sitting on grass or soil, remember those surfaces harbour a lot more water than pavement. Move your timber onto a less porous surface like your driveway, or pull it onto a plastic surface. If you don’t have room anywhere beside your grass, take two pieces of old wood from your old deck or find some scrap lumber from your garage. Set these two pieces on the ground parallel from each other, and then, balance your pieces of timber between them so that they are slightly off the ground. 4. Shield the timber from future rain. If more rain is forecast and you won’t be able to build your deck and seal it quickly, make a plan to shelter your timber. Covering it with a waterproof tarp should keep most of the water off it, but make sure to remove the tarp when it’s not raining so that your timber can get as much sun as possible. If you decide to pull the timber into the garage, make sure the garage is slightly warm. If it’s too cold, the cold air will encourage mold or mildew to form on the wet wood. 5. Remove any visible mold. If any mold has formed on the surface of your timber, don’t panic. In most cases, it won’t have penetrated to the inside of the wood. Once you remove it, the rest of your timber should be fine. Use a cloth soaked in hot water and bleach to scrub off the mold and kill the spores. Then, use a squeegee to remove any extra water droplets. For mor einfomration, contact Oregon timber supplies experts....

read more

Vinyl Flooring: The Best Option for Your Pontoon Boat

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Vinyl Flooring: The Best Option for Your Pontoon Boat

Pontoons can be used on rafts, docks, and boats among others. When looking for flooring materials for your pontoon boat, the market is always ready for you with several options. Regardless of what you would be using your pontoon boat for, weather and water exposure are definitely things that you would keep in mind. For this reason, here is why vinyl flooring will do the trick. Durability Vinyl is a hard material that will last long because of its strength and ability to withstand harsh conditions such as storms and rain. Ease of Maintenance Cleaning your vinyl floors will be a piece of cake, since vinyl handles water well, and you may not even have to think of cleaners. Instead, a piece of rag or mop would some clean water would be all you need for cleaning. Moisture Resistance Vinyl materials have high water-resistance capacity that makes them somewhat waterproof. Therefore, if the flooring was glued securely, you do not have to worry about moisture getting underneath your pontoon boat and perhaps causing rust or decay on your boat. Ease of Installation Most vinyl floors come in small sheets. Moreover, some companies will sell the floors pre-glued, meaning that you will just have to peel off the adhesive backings and stick these tiles on the floor of your boat. Versatility The vinyl sheets can be designed to look like other floors such as hardwood, tile, granite, and marble. For instance, you can choose hardwood looking vinyl for your pontoon flooring to give it an elegant look.  If you prefer a more natural or genuine hardwood look, you should go for vinyl planks. These are long and narrow vinyl strips manufactured with a variety of wood grains. For this reason, you can use them to create a wood grain pattern on the floor of your pontoon boat. Vinyl flooring will also work well on various surfaces, including fiberglass, aluminium or wood, making it an ideal option. There is a variety of colours, widths, and patterns of vinyl flooring that you can choose for your pontoon boat. Sometimes vinyl materials are UV stabilized, which means that the colour of your floor won’t fade when exposed to direct sunlight for long. Moreover, it is slip resistant regardless of the weather conditions. Warranties Since vinyl is high durable, you are likely to get great warranties from most of the companies selling these floor materials....

read more

What You Should Know About Roof Trusses

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Should Know About Roof Trusses

If you are having a new house built, you might be thinking about the roof. When it comes to your home’s roof, you can either decide between a conventional roofing structure or a roof truss. The roof truss is a way to frame the roof in triangle shapes, which provide more support for the roof, particularly if used with a high-pitch roof. Here are some things to know about roof trusses so you can decide if they will work well for your home. They are Available in Wood and Metal Roof trusses are used on many different types of buildings, homes and structures and are either made of wood or metal. While timber roof trusses are much more common, especially in homes and other residential buildings, some buildings also use metal. The metal trusses are sturdier and are often used in metal commercial buildings and industrial buildings. If you have a pole shed or pole barn, you might also want to use metal. With timber trusses, you can also choose from different types of roof timber. Your roofing contractor can help you decide between wood and metal and decide on the best type of wood for the truss. There a Variety of Different Styles You should also be aware of the different styles of roof trusses. While there are dozens of different types of trusses, there are a few standards that tend to be more common in homes. One popular style is the dropped chord truss. This helps to keep the roof standing on the home’s structure without rising up due to natural disasters or severe weather conditions. It is often used in homes located in places that gets hurricanes and tornadoes. There is also the raised heel truss, which provides good support and excellent insulation. Some other popular types of roof trusses include the parallel chord truss and the scissor truss, which is good for a vaulted ceiling. Trusses Have Many Benefits Over Traditional Framing You may also be wondering why you would choose a roof truss over more traditional roof framing. One of the biggest benefits to trusses is that they provide more stability for your roof, whether they are made of timber or metal. The trusses are great for homes susceptible to damage from various natural disasters and heavy winds from storms. They are also usually pre-fabricated, which means the roofing structure gets up quickly and easily. This helps save on money and time, which is good when you are paying to have a home...

read more

Some Important Questions to Ask About Building Inspections for Your Property

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Some Important Questions to Ask About Building Inspections for Your Property

Building inspections are done on private property and homes as well as commercial structures, for a variety of reasons. One reason is to obtain a permit before renovation or remodeling work can begin and before you add another structure to the property such as a garage or storage shed. Some building inspections are also done before buying or selling a property. Since building inspections are not all alike and you may not know when you need one for your home or commercial facility, note a few important questions to ask your city clerk’s office or the building inspector themselves. 1. Is an inspection needed for a smaller shed? Suppose you just want to build a small shed on your property at home or along a commercial building you have, in order to store tools and other such equipment. Don’t assume that you can forego a building inspection and required permits for such an outbuilding, as there may be laws about the size you can build without a permit, how far from the home or commercial structure it can be, and so on. Have information available about your proposed shed when you call the city clerk’s office to discuss your options with them and ensure you know everything involved with its requirements. 2. Why is an inspection needed during a renovation project? When you’re renovating or remodeling, you may note that an inspection is needed while the work is still being done. This is often to ensure that the work is being done up to codes, as an inspector might not be able to inspect your wiring, plumbing pipes, and other such materials once you have walls and floors installed and close off these areas. Note when inspections need to take place during any project and be sure you follow this schedule closely so that you don’t wind up having to remove areas of installed materials after your project is completed for its final inspection. 3. Does someone need to be there for the inspection? The requirements for how inspections are carried out will vary according to the type of inspection, your local area, and the like. However, it’s almost always a good idea to have someone present when a building or home is being inspected so that the inspector has free access to every area he or she needs to inspect, and can ask questions about materials they may see, your plans for renovating, and the...

read more