Contractor Tips Blog

Jan
25

HDPE vs UHMW Polyurethane Products

Polyurethane is a popular material for many industrial products, but there are many different variations on this material. Two common options you will find are High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW). While both may look the same, to determine which is right for your application, it is important to know the differences and best uses for these types of polyurethane.

HDPE Basics

HDPE is high density, which means it the polymer chains are packed tightly, making it a harder material that can withstand high impact. The molecular structure is great for resisting liquid absorption, chemical reactions and impact. Some of the more common applications for HDPE include:

  • Pipe fittings
  • Containers for liquids, both chemical and food-grade
  • Cutting surfaces
  • Trays

UHMW Basics

UHMW polyurethane has the highest molecular density of thermoplastic polymers. It is very durable, resisting cracking, impact, water absorption and chemical reactions. One of the differences in this material versus other polymers is its smoothness to allow easy sliding. Products that are often made from UHMW include:

  • Rollers
  • Screws
  • Sliding plates
  • Gears

The main difference between HDPE and UHMW is how they are made and the molecular structure. UHMW has high molecular weights and long polymer chains versus HDPE which is known for having a high strength-to-density ratio. Each has its benefits and is better suited for different applications.

If you are looking for polyurethane products, it is important to have a supplier that can choose the best material for your needs. Discuss the virtues of both HDPE and UHMW with your industrial material provider to determine which is best for your application.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

Jan
25

Custom Metal Furnishings for Function and Style

Are you looking for furnishings for your home or business that are unique, functional and stylish? Stop shopping at home improvement centers or furniture stores and consider having your furnishings designed and created by a custom metal fabricator. Not only will you get items that are designed specifically for your space, but they will be durable and distinctive. Here are a few ways to incorporate custom metal furnishings into your space.

Doors

What better way to set your home and business apart from the rest than with a customized door? A talented metal fabricator can make your door any size – no need to conform to the standard door frame size when you can have it made any height or width you want. Metal is also one of the best options for security. Plus, there are so many options in finishes and styles to make your entrance unique.

Fireplaces

Want a fireplace that is modern and contemporary? Indoors or out, metal fireplaces can be stunning centerpieces that will compliment your style and be functional for your flickering fires. Whether you want a floor-to-ceiling fireplace in your living room or dining area, or a sleek fire pit for the patio, a custom metal fabricator can create the look and design that will fit your needs.

Counters

Whether you have a commercial kitchen, workshop or just want your home kitchen to have a modern appeal, consider customized metal counters. They are easy to clean and durable, but also can look fantastic when fabricated with the right metals and finishes.

Breakaway from the norm and give your home or business a stunning style with custom metal furnishings. Find a metal fabricator in your area and explore the many options available in customized metal furnishings.

Posted on behalf of:
LCG Welding, LLC
4625 Church Road
Cumming, GA 30028
(678) 455-5552

Jan
25

Why Your Equestrian Business Needs a Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

Big animals need big places to roam and thrive. When you own an equestrian business like a training facility, boarding stables or breeding operation, you most likely have many acres of land and several outbuildings for your horses and services. One of the tools that can make your job easier around your property is owning a golf cart for your business. Here are a few ways a golf cart can benefit your equestrian business.

Save Time

In any business time is money. The more time it takes you to care for your horses or go from one area to another, the less time you for growing and managing your business. Golf carts can quickly get you from point A to point B on your property – saving ten minutes several times or more throughout the week can give you hours more time to invest in your business.

Hauling Gear

There is plenty of gear and other heavy items that are used in most equestrian businesses that may need to be transported. Using a full-size vehicle is not always an option, especially when tack or feed only needs to be moved from one building to another. Golf carts with a cargo area can make it easy to haul smaller loads whenever and wherever you need to go on your property. Plus, it can save stress on your body and take less time than carry items short distances.

If you want to make it easier and more efficient to run your equestrian business, consider investing in a golf cart for transportation on your property. Visit a golf cart dealer to discuss the different features and options that will help your business thrive.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Jan
25

5 Surfaces that Can be Damaged from Pressure Washing

The first time you use a pressure washer to clean up your outdoor areas, it can seem like magic. Dirt, mildew and grime just disappear without chemicals, just a high-pressured stream of water. While having or renting a pressure washer to maintain your home can seem like a great idea, you need to know where it is safe to use it. Here are five surfaces that can be damaged from pressure washers if you use the wrong pressure or technique.

  1. Wood. Many types of wood are soft and can be splintered under high pressured water. This can harm your deck or fencing, even wood shingles, if done incorrectly.
  2. Windows. Glass and the casings around windows need to be carefully cleaned when using a pressure washer. The wrong technique can cause leaks and damage your expensive windows.
  3. Roofing. Pressure washing is a common way to clean roofs, but it can also lead to expensive damage if not performed with the right method. It can lift shingles and create leaks, leading to costly roof repairs.
  4. Stucco. The texture of stucco makes it difficult to clean with a pressure washer unless you know the exact nozzle and water pressure to use.
  5. Siding. Etching is a common problem when pressure washing siding,  leaving permanent indention or lines on your home. Use the wrong pressure on painted siding and you can remove the paint.

Many DIY homeowners have caused expensive damage to their homes cleaning these surfaces with pressure washing. However, all these surfaces can be cleaned by low-pressure or professional power washing. Using the right equipment and techniques can ensure these surfaces are cleaned without any damage. While you can clean most driveways or patios with your pressure washer, leave the more vulnerable surfaces to the professionals to prevent damage.

Posted on behalf of:
Impact Pressure Washing
105 Commerce Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214
(678) 697-7127

Dec
10

Benefits of Curved Stairs

Posted in Stairs

One of the most prominent features in any home is unavoidably the staircase.  They are large, necessary, they take up space and they are usually one of the first elements a viewer sees when entering the home. If staircases are planned properly, they can make a grand statement. Curved stairs are a great way to add style and value to a space.

Style

There are many types of curved staircases that can be used.  Arched staircases are close to traditional sizes of straight stairs but with a slight bend giving interest and using space efficiently.  If space is an issue, a spiral staircase has a very small footprint as they go up, however they are usually much more steep and narrow.

Value

Curved stairs definitely add value to the home.  They are more expensive to install, however they are less common and certainly never cookie-cutter. The materials you choose can also add to the value of your home, whether you choose metal or wood railings.

Design

Curved staircases always add a level of interest and sophistication to the space.  They turn an otherwise simply functional part of a house into an intentional statement that says something about the people who live there. They can be decorated for events to add even more interest.

If you are building a new home, talk to your architect or a professional staircase specialist about how you can add a curved staircase to your home. Choose a design that compliments the style of your home with tread choices and railings that make a statement. You only get one chance to make a first impression.  Make a grand statement with beautiful curved staircases designed especially for your home.

 

Posted on behalf of:
Southern Staircase/Artistic Stairs
6025 Shiloh Rd, Ste E
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(888) 510-0342

Dec
10

3 Signs Your Chimney Needs Repairing

Posted in Masonry

Your chimney can last for decades without any problems. Routine cleanings are usually all the maintenance needed to keep it safe and efficient, but occasionally you will need repairs. If the structure of your chimney becomes unstable, it can become a hazard. Bricks can fall or leaks can cause a fire, putting your home and family at risk. Here are three signs your chimney needs a repair by a professional mason.

  1. Leaning. If your chimney has begun to lean, you should be calling your local masonry expert immediately. This can be a dangerous situation. A high-wind storm, heavy rains or nothing at all can bring your chimney tumbling down if it is unstable.
  2. Cracks. Are there spaces between bricks or cracks in your chimney? This can lead to bricks falling or the entire chimney crumbling down. Cracks can be signs of an unlevel foundation under your chimney or other structural problems.
  3. Evidence of moisture. There are signs that your chimney is leaking in moisture, which means it needs repair. If the wall near the chimney is warped or there is damage to the wallpaper, it can point to moisture issues. Also, if your firebox or damper is rusted, this is a sign of moisture problems.

Other signs of chimney issues are not as easy to spot. If you are on your roof and notice the chimney crown is cracked or the mortar joints are damaged, these are also signs you need a chimney repair. Don’t hesitate to call your local masonry expert for a repair. Chimney problems can lead to fires, injury and property damage that you want to avoid.

Posted on behalf of:
Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs
1027 Oregon Trail
Marietta, GA 30008
(770) 422-2924

Dec
10

Benefits of Owning a Smartphone

Smartphones were once only for busy professionals and tech-savvy consumers. The old Blackberries were for the mobile professional that needed to stay in touch on the go, but few people used them for personal communication. The iPhone changed that concept, and now most people who have a cell phone own a smartphone. Per the Pew Research Center, 77% of cell phone owners have a smartphone as of 2017 and that number is expected to grow. If you are one of the few cell phone owners without a smartphone, here are some benefits to upgrading.

  • GPS. Get directions wherever you are with a GPS app on your phone. It doesn’t matter what vehicle you are in, you have GPS right in your phone to get directions.
  • Email on the go. Check your email and stay in touch when you are on vacation or just at the store. Your email account can easily be added to your smartphone, even by those not tech-savvy.
  • Camera. One of the most popular features on quality smartphones is a clear, digital camera. While non-smartphones have cameras, they do not have the quality that is available on most smartphones. Plus, you can share pictures through text, email and social media, right from your phone.

If you are in that 23% of cell phone owners that have not upgraded to a smartphone, maybe it is time to make the switch. There are many smartphone repair places that can help you maintain your new phone if it gets a cracked screen or just needs a new battery. Once you realize the benefits, you will enjoy the amazing features and convenience that a smartphone can provide.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis

Dec
10

The Benefits of Replacing Old Windows

Posted in Contractors

There are a few home improvements that can have a multiple-impacts on the value of your home. Replacing old, inefficient windows is one of those improvements. New, energy-efficient windows can add value and comfort to your home in many ways. Here some of the benefits you can realize when you replace old windows.

Energy Savings

One of the biggest benefits of installing new windows is the possible energy savings. Older or poor-quality windows can seep air or have ineffective insulation. Choosing Energy Star windows for replacing those old windows can add up to significant energy savings off your heating and cooling bills, paying for your new windows over time.

Esthetics

There is a plethora of options in design for new windows, giving your home a new look. This can update the style of your home, adding to your curb appeal that can increase the value of your home.

Comfort

A cold draft can make your home uncomfortable on those chilly days. Updating your windows to well-insulated versions can stop the cold drafts and help maintain a higher comfort level in your home.

Cost vs Value

New windows in your home is one of the best cost-to-value home improvements you can make to your home. The addition of energy-efficient windows can increase the value of your home, on top of ongoing energy savings, making it one of the wisest investments.

If your old windows are no longer efficient or are detracting from the beauty of your home, it may be time to replace them with new, more-efficient models. Talk to your local home contractor about installing new windows to gain these many benefits to your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Atwood Home Builders
227 W 8
th Ave
Homestead, PA 15120
(412) 638-1262

Dec
10

How to Keep Your Conveyor Belt Running Smoothly

Posted in Conveyor Belts

Nothing can slow down production and distribution centers quicker than a conveyor belt breakdown. Your lines can come to a literal standstill when your conveyor tracking is not right or a belt becomes frayed or worn out. Here are some tips to keep your conveyor belt running smoothly to get the most productivity.

Regular Inspections

Your equipment needs to be regularly inspected to catch issues before they lead to a shutdown of your conveyor belt. Some areas to check daily and throughout the week include:

  • Belt wear
  • Wear on the idler
  • Material buildup
  • Pulley alignment
  • Belt tracking

Cleaning

Keeping your belt, motor and other equipment clean can go a long way in helping to keep your conveyor running. Dirt, debris and product residue can put excess wear on your equipment

Lubrication

Your bearings, rollers and other friction parts need lubrication to prevent wear. Make sure to clean any excess grease or oil from the belt. It is also imperative to use the right grease for the equipment. Check with your manufacturer recommendations.

The Right Belt

The most important part of keeping your conveyor belt running smoothly is getting the right belt for the job. The wrong size, type or fit can cause premature wear and lead to breaks and downtime. Talk to your conveyor belt supplier about getting the right belt for your equipment and use to avoid shutdowns.

Maintenance and conveyor belt servicing is key to preventing downtime on your production floor due to a conveyor shutdown. Keeping up with cleaning, inspections and lubrication can make your belts last longer, reduce energy costs and keeping your line moving for maximum productivity.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

Dec
10

Pros and Cons of Installing Wrought Iron Railings

Do you have a stairway or a deck that needs a railing? Railings offer safety for kids, pets and anyone standing on the edge. However, they can also add style and design, depending on the type of railing you use. Wrought iron railings are a popular option for all types of buildings, but they do have their benefits and drawbacks. Here are the pros and cons of using wrought iron railings for your next deck or stairway project.

Pros

Wrought iron is durable, classic and perfect for the outdoors. There is a good reason that wrought iron is such a popular fencing option, and a great choice for railings. Here are some of the pros of wrought iron railings:

  • Customizable. A metal fabricator can make your railings any shape, size or design.
  • Traditional. If you like a traditional or classic style, wrought iron is a nice option.
  • Strength. Nothing beats wrought iron for strength, an important feature for safety railings.
  • Longevity. Wrought iron doesn’t rot like wood or be tempting for termites, and can last for decades if maintained.

Cons

With all good things come a price. For wrought iron railings, the actual price can be a con for some. Wrought iron is more expensive than many other materials. It also requires maintenance to keep it looking good and to protect it from the elements.

If you want a long-lasting option for a new stairway or deck railing, wrought iron is a classic, timeless option. Talk to your local metal fabricator that creates wrought iron railings to get the style and design that will reflect your taste.

Posted on behalf of:
LCG Welding, LLC
4625 Church Road
Cumming, GA 30028
(678) 455-5552

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