18Aug/16
Construction Machinery and Equipment

How to Properly and Easily Clean Construction Machinery and Equipment

It’s a fact that cleaning your construction equipment after every use is important – maintaining the equipment properly, and avoiding problems by noticing potential issues before they arise, will drastically increase not only the lifespan of the machinery, but also significantly increase the quality and quantity of work that is delivered and accomplished by the machinery. However, cleaning your construction equipment needs to be done with care, too. You need to use the right cleaning tools and materials, and organise it in such a way that the cleaning is done quickly and efficiently. Here’s how to properly and easily clean construction machinery and equipment.

Check your pressure washer

High pressure washers are very handy and make quick work of removing grease and stains of mud. However, they can also be damaging to the equipment or machinery if they are set up in the wrong way. Make sure the pressure of the jet of water (measure in PSI) is not too high. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines of the machinery or equipment before applying a high pressure washer.

Prepare your machine and equipment

Your machine or equipment is going to get wet, possibly with lots of soap or degreaser as well. Make sure that any area that has to stay dry is covered and adequately protected. Also make sure that any electrical wiring is covered and protected to prevent damage and for the safety of the person cleaning and using the equipment or machinery.

Consider hot water

When you use hot water, clumps of mud and other dirt will break down easier – when you use hot water, the job tends to be done much quicker. However, be careful – if the water is too hot, there is danger of burning or scalding; both the machinery or equipment and the user or person washing the machinery is at risk.

Pay attention to movable parts

Movable parts should always be kept as clean as possible, otherwise the dirt will hamper free movement, or the machine will have to labour more to get the same job done. In other words, a dirty machine becomes less efficient. Pay special attention to moving parts – dismantle and clean them, if necessary.

It may seem complicated, but cleaning machinery and equipment really isn’t as difficult or tedious as it seems to be. However, it’s always an advantage if the person cleaning the equipment or machine is either the user, or a mechanic who is also responsible for the maintenance and repair – you can save a lot of time if regular checks and maintenance tasks are performed during or right after the cleaning, as plant hire Chorley experts Ruttle attest. The cleaning of equipment is an excellent opportunity to check for wear and tear as well.

 

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19Jul/16
plumbing

Troubleshooting Your Plumbing Problems

Plumbing problems are pretty much an inevitable part of owning a home, but that doesn’t make them any less annoying. When they are small problems, they can be merely inconvenient. But if you have a legitimate plumbing emergency, it can be quite gross and quite expensive. Luckily, plumbing catastrophes are normally preceded by smaller problems that are symptoms of a bigger problem in the making. If you know what to look for, you can differentiate inconveniences from catastrophes.
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16Jul/16
bio plastic

The Latest Innovation in Plastic – Biodegradability

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There is a change coming – a change to the way plastics are manufactured. A change for the good of the environment, that’s also cost effective, and produces a product that is equal in every way to the plastic products of old. And best of all, these new plastics are biodegradable.

The Traditional Way:

Traditionally, plastics have been made the same, without very little change down through the years. The manufacturing methods required the use of items such as crude oil and other harmful to the environment compounds. Now, there is a real alternative. There are now ingredients like bio-based plasticizer, made from renewable source materials, that will no doubt revolutionize the way plastics are created. Combined with fatty acids from plant based sources, these new plastics offer the very same quality you’ve known of regular plastic.

How it Works:

Combining these fatty acids with a compound called isosorbide, which is a derivative of sorbitol (a kind of starch like item), leads to the creation of this new plastic. This isosorbide replaces the traditional petrochemical compounds previously used in the creation of plastic items. This process can be used to create polyesters, polycarbonate, curable resins and TPUs. So as you can see, the  range is potentially wide reaching.

Applications:

Bioplastics can be used in any setting that regular plastics can. They are the ideal replacement for a massive range of items. Take a look around your immediate surroundings, and you are bound to see many of the items in your eye range are plastic. Even the surround of your computer screen is most likely made from plastic or some derivative of plastic. Imagine all of these items replaced with a greener, more environmentally friendly option. This is not science fiction, or the distant future – these changes are being made right now.

Combining Safety with Performance:

One of the highest isosorbides used currently, in terms of purity,  is POLYSORB ®ID. According to the website of Roquette, plastics performance specialists, “POLYSORB® from Roquette exhibits key attributes offering value or opportunities to develop successful and sustainable applications. Isosorbide offers technological solutions both for  thermoplastics (polyesters, polycarbonates, TPU) and curable resins (polyurethanes, epoxy resins, unsaturated resins, reactive coatings), etc.”  This means mechanical performance is improved, while remaining cost effective. Production capacity can be large scale if needed also.

Whatever way you look at it, the current mass produced way of making plastic is unsustainable. Greener solutions are required for the good of the environment, and not to mention before petro chemicals become exhausted. And with Governments around the world introducing carbon taxes (and their equivalents), it just makes sense to make this change now. Public services like hospitals and nursing homes can only benefit from making the change to bio plastic items and products, versus the usual petro chemically created items of old.

And even in the home, where you are surrounded by product after product, from your fridge, to the bottles of water in that same fridge, making the change to biodegradable plastics stands to make a major impact for the good.

16Jun/16
shower cleaner

Your Definitive Guide to Keeping Your Steam Shower Clean and Spotless

A steam shower is a great installation as it gives you the benefit of steam and the advantages of a common shower both at the same time. Unlike a normal shower, though, you are able to surround the body with steam and receive all the physical and mental benefits it offers. Due to this feature – that the body is surrounded and the cubicle filled with steam – the steam shower is different, and this also means that cleaning and maintaining it is a bit different from the traditional shower. So what exactly do you have to watch out for when keeping the steam shower in proper condition? How do you go about it? Here is your definitive guide to keeping your steam shower clean and spotless.
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15Jun/16
lpg

Could LPG be the right choice for your forklifts?

Whether you’re in charge of a warehouse, factory or retail unit, you might rely on forklifts to perform a range of crucial tasks. There are a plethora of these vehicles to choose from, including models powered by liquid petroleum gas (LPG), electricity and diesel. These three options each have their advantages, but if you’re looking for a cost-effective, convenient solution, LPG could be your best bet. Here are just some of the advantages of gas-powered forklifts.

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09Jun/16
window

Vinyl Windows- Why You Should Install Them?

In the past few years, vinyl windows have emerged to be the best window type to install in any type of home, irrespective of the location and surroundings. The best part about having vinyl windows is that they are not only appealing and elegant but can also add durability and energy efficiency to the home. They have a reflective property that makes the surface to appear glossy when sun rays fall on it. Once installed, the windows can maintain their appearance and glossy look for a longer period of time no matter how they are used. They are designed in such a way that homeowners can derive benefits for a longer period of time.
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06Jun/16
kitchen_design

Creating the Kitchen of Your Dreams

Have you always wanted a stunning kitchen in your home? Do you want to make an investment in your home that will not only improve your quality of life but will also be a wise financial move? If so, upgrading your kitchen to a high-end design is the ideal home renovation. Investing in your kitchen allows you to enjoy your home more. Additionally, it’s one of the best home projects, as it offers a fantastic return on investment.
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01Jun/16
Bathroom Worktops

Your Choices in Bathroom Worktops: A Comparison of Different Materials

A bathroom worktop is not just something that one installs on a whim – in fact, it requires a lot of thought and consideration before a good choice can be made. Like a kitchen worktop, the bathroom worktop will see a lot of work (and possibly abuse) over the years, will get moist and come into contact with various materials and liquids – and it needs to look good as well. Then there is the budget to think about, of course. And the colour and design. Choosing the right bathroom worktop is not as easy as it seems. So where do you start? How do you select the right one? Let’s start with what they’re made of. Here are your choices in bathroom worktops: a comparison of different materials.
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18May/16
purchasing property

The Top Steps You should Take before Deciding to Purchase a Home

Buying property is a dream for most people – it’s probably the biggest financial decision the average person makes in their lifetime, simply because it involves a large sum of money and involves a long-term commitment. That dream house can bring much pleasure, pleasure for a lifetime, but if you haven’t though it through carefully, it can lead to a lot of regrets. So how do we make sure we make the right decision? What’s the right process and what are the things to consider?
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