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Glass, Metal, and Leather: Transform Any Wood Item into Something New

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Glass, Metal, and Leather: Transform Any Wood Item into Something New

Refinishing wood does not always mean applying stain and polyurethane. There are an endless number of techniques and products available to help each piece fit perfectly with the design style of the home or room. There are many reasons why someone would want to transform wood to make it look like something else. The genuine material might be too expensive, too heavy, or impossible to find. Here are three projects that will help transform any type of wood into something new.  Become an Alchemist Okay, maybe it is impossible to turn lead into gold, but it is easy to make wood look like metal. Metallic spray paints are available in brass, bronze, copper, steel, and chrome. To make the finished piece look genuine, it takes more than a single quick spray. The first step is to sand the wood carefully and fill any gaps, dents, or holes. Apply light coats of the paint, allow it to dry completely, and sand carefully to remove drips or other imperfections. Repeat these steps until the desired look is achieved, but do not sand the paint on the final coat. Buffing the paint with a soft cloth when it is dry will bring out the metallic sheen.  Add Some Glass Anyone can create a glass-like coating on any level piece of wood. This could be a tabletop or the lid of a trunk or jewelry box. The top layer will look like clear glass and help to highlight the wood beneath. In addition, the top, made from epoxy resin, is extremely durable and helps to protect the wood. It is not necessary to sand or fill any imperfections when using epoxy resin. The product is designed to self-level as it is spreads across the wood. Prepare the resin according to the manufacturer’s instructions, pour the resin across the surface, and spread it with a foam brush. Carefully swipe a trowel across the surface to remove excess resin. Items like glitter, dried flowers, and photos can be embedded in the resin, if desired. Spray flowers or paper with a sealant and allow to dry first. Also, remember to glue down any embedded items that are not intended to look like they are floating. Create Faux Leather To create a leather look, you will need to choose two different shades of paint that together will create the look of aged leather. Sand and prime the wood and apply a coat of the lighter color of paint. When the paint is dry mix a 4:1 ratio of paint glaze with the darker paint and apply in small sections. Use a crumpled piece of plastic to create creases by placing the plastic over the wet paint, pressing down gently and peeling off. Repeat across the wet paint.  Wood is amazingly adaptable, and with so many techniques available, it is possible to have the trendiest, most classic, or most unique finished look without going over budget. With the exception of with the resin, it is also easy to repair mistakes by sanding and starting over to get the right look with these approaches. If resin is the chosen material, consider starting with a small piece of scrap wood to become familiar with the product first.  Visit sites of companies like if you would like help with a wood-refinishing...

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3 Places To Use Access Control In A Factory

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Places To Use Access Control In A Factory

In any factory setting, ensuring that the building is as secure as possible is important. This is essential to keep employees and others safe, and it can also help prevent crimes like theft and vandalism. Fortunately, an industrial locksmith who is accustomed to doing work in factories like yours can help, such as by installing access control systems that require a PIN code, a thumbprint or a badge. These are a few places where these systems should be installed. 1. At the Front Gate First of all, if you are able to keep a limit on the number of unauthorized people who enter the property in the first place, you can greatly reduce the crimes that could be committed, such as vandalism or crimes against your employees. Plus, knowing who is on the property at all times can help you hold people accountable for their actions. This means that you should consider installing an access control system at the front gate so that no one who does not belong on the property can enter the main parking lot. You can then have a separate entrance and parking area for visitors. 2. In Separate Departments There is no reason for employees from one department to be in another in most cases, and minimizing the people who can enter various areas of the facility can help prevent accidents and other issues. Consider assigning different badges or codes for employees who work in different departments, and use access control systems to keep employees out of areas where they don’t necessarily belong on an average workday. 3. In Sensitive Areas There are some areas of the building that you might want to restrict access to even more, such as areas where dangerous chemicals are stored or areas where you might store private information. In these cases, you may not want every employee from the department to be able to access these areas; instead, you may want to restrict access to certain employees who have been trained or cleared to work in sensitive parts of the facility. Depending on how sensitive the area is, you may want to implement stricter access controls in these parts of the building. Luckily, a good industrial locksmith can talk to you about your options. As you can see, access control systems can be incredibly handy in a factory setting. If you install access control systems in these parts of your facility, you can help improve overall security and safety for the entire building. For more information, talk to a professional like Vista Lock & Safe...

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The Benefits Of Using Industrial Workbenches On Your Production Lines

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Benefits Of Using Industrial Workbenches On Your Production Lines

Companies that depend on production lines for profits should take steps to maximize production on every line. One way many business owners and department managers have found to save time on production lines is providing industrial workbenches on each one. Workbenches on lines provide safe storage for tools and other items line workers may need during a day’s shift. Check out these reasons your production lines can benefit from industrial workbenches. Workbenches Have a Lot Of Storage Space When your production workers have to take time to leave their line to go searching for a tool they need, it takes up time, especially if tools are kept across the department floor from that particular line. If you place industrial workbenches at the end of each line, line workers can have faster access to the tools necessary for maintaining uninterrupted production. You can have workbenches customized to suit the type of tools used on each line as well. Workbenches can have how many shelves you need and they can be made with enclosed boxes for storing personal items like workers’ purses or other effects while they are working. Boxes can come with a locking system to ensure the personal effects of your workers are safe. Customized Workbenches Can Help Reduce Workplace Injuries The workbenches you choose can be customized to suit the height of people you have on a certain line, reducing the risk of back injuries from bending and twisting in the wrong way. Many workbenches have an ergonomic design that allows workers to adjust shelf and bench height. Having a workbench in place on a production line can also reduce the risk of workers falling because they are in a rush to get back on their line after leaving it to retrieve a tool or other type of necessary supply. Your investment in industrial workbenches for all of your production lines will be worthwhile. Various Designs To Suit Your Needs For Comfort And Necessity Some workbenches have electronic controls for adjusting height while others have hand cranks for making adjustments. The type of workbench you select can determine even more time savings in your production. While electronic adjusters do save more time because they are a little faster, bear in mind you will need to maintain them for keeping them in good working condition. Hand crank controls can be easier to maintain, so the time savings between the two even out in light of the level of maintenance you will need to provide for them. Looking into all the ways you can speed up your workplace production is vital to increase your profits. Check out the production lines in your business and see why workbenches on them would help a great deal. For more information, contact a company like Shelving Rack & Lockers Inc that makes...

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Widening Your Existing Well: The Why and How

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Widening Your Existing Well: The Why and How

Most of the time, you drill a well and then you leave it be because it sufficiently provides water for your home. However, if you are having problems with your current well, then you might want to widen your existing well. Here is what you can expect from this process and why you might choose to have the well widened. Why You Might Expand Your Well’s Walls When the walls of a well are shifting, cracking or damaged, it may be a good idea just to pull out the old cement and start fresh with newly-sculpted walls. It also helps to widen a well to accommodate larger persons for repairs and testing. A wider well can also provide easier access for the installation of new well pumps and new wiring. Additionally, redrilling an old well might create better water flow and increased water supply when an antechamber of water is tapped during the drilling. The Cement Walls Are Removed The first step in widening an existing well that has cement/concrete sides is to remove as much of the walls as possible. The contractor may use special rotary cutting tools that slice through the current walls and help move chunks up and out of the well. This also prevents bits of concrete and concrete dust from dropping into your water source. This step has to be done in order for the well drilling contractor to use another drill that shears away some of the earth from the walls of your well. Removing Soil from the Well’s Walls Next, your contractor will begin to grind and shear inches of soil away from the walls of the well. He or she will attempt to do so in a way that prevents the tainting of the well and lifts the soil up out of the access hole of the well. This dirt is loaded onto a dump truck and hauled away. Relining and Repouring the New Cement Walls A new layer of concrete is added to the well’s newly-expanded wall(s) to prevent contamination of your well through the soil. Usually, the contractor will use a concrete spraying tool to create thin layers of concrete over a metal mesh grid that has been inserted and built into the soil walls. This is a very long process because the contractor and his/her crew have to work small sections at a time, in the round, and work his/her way down at the same time. The person or persons who work on the walls (usually one at a time unless your well has been widened enough to accommodate two people) have to be lowered by a type of grappling system or winch until metal ladder rungs have been installed and are firmly planted in the well wall. To talk to a professional about widening your well, contact J. A. Schwall Well & Pump Service...

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Can A Rotating Stage Benefit Your Community Theater?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Can A Rotating Stage Benefit Your Community Theater?

What can you do if the only space available for your community theater doesn’t have a large stage that allows for lots of scenery changes and hidden assistance by the stage crew? Consider adding a rotating platform to the stage that allows for low-budget adaptations of your favorite theater shows and more. This is what you should know. Revolving platforms have a time-honored history. Early revolving platforms were used back in the 1700s in Japanese Kabuki performances. The rotating platforms were simple wheeled platforms that were moved manually. European theater adopted the style in the late 1800s, where it became known as the “Shakespeare” stage. Probably one of the most famous theatrical uses of the rotating stage is the long-running Les Miserables production. The revolving stage used for the original production made for dramatic shifts of scenery and a quick-moving performance that awed fans as it transformed the stage from one character’s point of view to another’s. The rotating stage can be used to lessen complications for the audience and cast. One of the problems with a lot of theater productions is that the long gaps between scenes that are required to change the background and props can interrupt the audience’s willing suspension of disbelief. The ability to shift a scene flawlessly, to even create multiple scenes using dividers and lifts, can help alleviate the sense of interruption and disjointed effect caused by ordinary scene changes accomplished by stagehands behind a curtain or in the shadows. Rotating platforms can also be used to accomplish a sense of shifting time or physical movement. The motion of the platform and lighting changes can metaphorically recreate the passing of days or years. It can also be used to allow the players to take the audience with them as they move from setting to setting, without having to exit the stage. There are a variety of options that can accommodate your space. Rotating stages can be designed large or small, with a static surround stage and steps that are level, eliminating the need to step up onto the platform. That allows you to square off the area and makes it easy to move scenery and props onto the stage. It can also allow you to center the stage in the middle of the audience, arena style. When space is at a premium, this can allow you to maximize seating ability. Since the stage rotates, there’s no worry that any part of the audience will be cut off from the action on stage. This can be particularly useful for one-person monologs and shows that involve improvisation. For more information on rotating stage platforms, talk to a construction company in your area. For a rotating stage platform, contact a company such as Smart...

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Tips For Designing A Roof For Snowy Climates

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Designing A Roof For Snowy Climates

When choosing the design for the new roof on your home, it’s important to consider the winter climate in your area. If snow is a common winter occurrence, make sure your new roof is made to deal with the white powdery stuff. The following design tips can help. Tip #1: Consider the pitch Flat roofs aren’t usually recommended in snowy climates since they don’t allow snow to slide off. If you must have a flat roof, there will be specific weight and load requirements it must meet per county code. You will need to have a pitched roof if you want snow to slide off. Some counties may also have pitch requirements, depending on the average snow load in the area. Tip #2: Avoid problem valleys Valleys in a roof can collect snow and ice, leading to ice dams and potential leaks. When looking at the basic design of the roof, make sure everything is set up in a way so no valleys dead end at a perpendicular pitch. Instead, if you do have valleys on your roof, they should follow through to the eaves so snow and water can easily slide off the roof. Tip #3: Choose the right materials Asphalt shingles aren’t necessarily the best choice in snowy climates. Water can work its way beneath asphalt shingles, especially near the eaves, and develop into a frozen ice dam. This leads to roof damage and interior leaks. Metal is one of the better choices since snow easily slides off of the roof surface, and the moisture won’t cause any damage to the roof, either. Avoid designs with horizontal seams, though, since these will prevent the snow from sliding off of the metal. Tip #4: Remember the extras Gutter systems are usually a must in snowy or wet climates. Opt for gutters with a leaf guard over the top. Not only will this keep the gutters cleaner, it will also help snow slide off over the top of the gutters. If you have a steep pitch on your roof, you may also want your roofer to install heat cables near the edge. This melts the snow so that water drips off, preventing heavy sheets of snow from crashing down on anything – or anyone – below. These are often necessary near doorways as an extra safety precaution. Talk to a roof installation contractor, like CJ Scotti Services, for more tips when it comes to designing the perfect roof for snow...

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3 Wood Decking Solutions That Are Ideal For Any Marine Environment

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Wood Decking Solutions That Are Ideal For Any Marine Environment

The look of wood is warm and inviting, but wood can also be susceptible to many problems with wear and rot. These problems can be substantially worse in a marine environment, which is why you may want to consider alternatives to conventional decking materials. There are some wood materials that can be a good choice for decking on a dock or other marine feature, such as tropical hardwoods and cypress. Domestic hardwoods such as white oak can also be a good choice for decking. Here are some of the decking materials you may want to consider for marine structures and their benefits: 1. The Best Tropical Hardwoods To Finish Marine Surfaces If you are looking for a wood that is naturally durable in marine environments, tropical hardwoods are some of the best choices. There are many different species of tropical lumber that you can choose from for your dock or other surfaces. Ipe is one of the most popular choices and is also one of the most durable materials available. If you want something more affordable than Ipe, try other materials like bullet-wood or cumaru. 2. Cedar And Cypress Solutions For Marine Environments There are also some softwoods that can be an excellent choice for wood decking in marine environments. Some good examples of this are cypress and cedar species. If you want to have a natural finish and clear look, cypress is a good choice and will only need a protective coating of oil. Cedar is another good choice, which is a little less expensive than cypress, but will need to be sealed. Both of these woods have natural resistance to insects, fungus, and rot. 3. Domestic Hardwoods That Are Durable And Ideal For Marine Environments Some domestic hardwoods can also be a good choice for decking in a marine environment, such as white oak or white maple. Both of these examples also have red species, which are not as durable and are known to have problems with rot and insects. Domestic species can be ideal for surfaces in covered areas that are not directly exposed to the sun and weather, such as in a boat house or lift. For a dock surface, the best and most affordable choice is probably going to be a white oak. These are some wood materials that you may want to consider in a marine environment. If you need help choosing the best wood solutions for your dock or marine structure, contact a dock building service and talk with them about some of these woods for your...

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2 Tips To Help You Conceptualize Your New Kitchen

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Tips To Help You Conceptualize Your New Kitchen

The first step in a kitchen remodel doesn’t require swinging a hammer or measuring a board. Before any work can be done, the project must first be conceptualized. Envisioning a completed remodel before any work is done, however, is difficult. If you’re having your kitchen remodeled, here are two tips to help you conceptualize what you want the finished kitchen to look like. Pick Out Your Appliances Picking out appliances is fun and easy, and the appliances you select will impact some of the other decisions you make. Thus, this is a good place to begin. When first selecting appliances for your new kitchen, don’t worry too much about color. Unless you are designing a red kitchen and know you want all crimson-colored appliances, you can put off deciding on a specific color until later. At first, focus only on the size of your new appliances. Do you want them to be larger than your current ones? Would you like a range with six burners instead of four? Figure out how much larger of a fridge, oven, stove and dishwasher you want, and then visit a nearby hardware store. At a hardware store, you can see just how much space appliances take up. Look at ones that are the size you want, and picture how they’ll fit in your kitchen. This will help you figure out how much floor, counter and cupboard space will be left once these appliances are installed. Map Out Your Kitchen After your old kitchen is ripped out, ask your remodeler if you can walk through before they begin building the new kitchen. Most remodelers will be fine with this request. By this point in time, you should have an idea of which appliances you want, and there shouldn’t be anything in your kitchen except a floor, walls and ceiling. Take a piece of chalk and map out exactly where your appliances, sink and counters will go. Measure out each feature, and create an outline of your entire kitchen. Once everything is drawn in chalk, make a mock meal or two. Pretend you’re getting breakfast ready or cooking dinner. Does the flow of the kitchen work for you? Is there enough room to move around? If you’re constantly crossing a chalk line as you move around, something will be in your way. Talk with your remodeler about how the new kitchen can be redesigned to make it more user friendly. Share Your Thoughts As you look at appliances and map out your new kitchen, share your thoughts with your remodeler. These two suggestions will help you conceptualize your new kitchen, but then you have to share your insights with your remodeler so they can make any necessary adjustments before they begin installing new features. For more information about preparing for a kitchen overhaul, contact a company like Genuine Home Builders...

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Six Good Uses For Pre-Fab Metal Buildings

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Six Good Uses For Pre-Fab Metal Buildings

Pre-fabricated metal buildings offer a number of advantages over traditional buildings constructed on site. This type of building is much less expensive than custom buildings. In addition, such buildings are very durable, are made with recyclable materials, can be erected in place much more quickly than a custom building and require little maintenance. They are also impervious to weather and insect damage and can withstand storms and high winds. There are a myriad of ways to use pre-fabricated metal buildings, just a few of which are listed below: Six types of businesses that adapt well to pre-fab metal buildings 1. Mechanic and tool shops. Auto body and mechanic shops, where you don’t need a showy lobby or retail store, are well-suited to using pre-fab metal buildings. Such buildings can help get a fledgling business started with minimum outlay. These buildings can also be easily customized to house the equipment necessary for your business. 2. Farms. Farms, too, can make good use of metal buildings. These quick-to-erect structures can be used to house livestock as well as store equipment, supplies and harvested grain or produce. 3. Churches. Pre-fab metal buildings allow a new congregation to hold services in its own building until funds are raised and construction is completed on a permanent building. A pre-fab building allowed the members to meet on the permanent site rather than have to move when the final building is completed, something that could potentially cause members to leave. 4. Greenhouses and plant nurseries. Pre-fab metal buildings can also be easily modified to suit the needs of plant and flower growers by adding glass panels. Such buildings can help wholesalers start their nursery and bedding stock earlier, and retailers to order plants earlier, helping them to be fully-stocked when planting time arrives. 5. Any business needing extra storage. Metal buildings can also provide a secure and affordable place to house tax records and other necessary documents without having to clutter your primary office space or rent storage space.  6. Small airports. Small private air fields can use pre-fab metal buildings to house their aircraft or to rent out to customers as temporary or permanent airplane storage. While a pre-fab metal building may not be the right choice for every business, such durable, easy-to-maintain and quick-to-construct buildings are a good fit for many business, especially auto shops, farms, plant nurseries and any business needing a little extra storage...

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Tips For Protecting Your Trees From Animal Damage

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Protecting Your Trees From Animal Damage

Animals can be tough on trees. Both young newly planted trees and mature old trees can fall prey to an animal. The trick to keeping your landscape trees safe from this type of damage is to know the common causes so that you can work to prevent it from happening. The following tips can help. Tip #1: Mulch Mindfully Mulch around the base of a tree helps prevent weed growth, protect roots, and conserve moisture. It can also provide winter bedding or cover to a plethora of different types of rodents. These animals then feast on the bark of the tree. Stripping the bark is stressful enough, but if they manage to chew all the way around the tree, they can girdle it. This means the tree may not be able to transport necessary nutrients from root to crown, which causes it to die. To prevent this, always pull the mulch back from the base of the tree and leave a few inches around the trunk clear. Tip #2: Wrap Promptly Beyond gnawing rodents, other small animals – including neighborhood cats – can also cause major bark damage by scratching or chewing on bark. Hardware cloth is the solution to this problem. This cloth isn’t a cloth at all, but instead a metal mesh. Wrap a strip of this mesh around the trunk. You may only need it over the bottom few inches if rodents and rabbit are your main concern, or you may need to apply it to several feet of the ground if the claws of bigger mammals are a concern. The only rule is you will need to loosen the hardware cloth each year as the trunk grows, otherwise the trunk will become constricted inside the metal cylinder. Tip #3: Fence Appropriately A strip of metal mesh isn’t enough if deer are the problem. They can cause major damage, especially to young trees, by using the trunk to scrape the velvet from their antlers. They will also feed on bark in the winter. To prevent this, install three stakes around the trunk of young trees. Wrap burlap or hardware cloth around these stakes to fence in the trunk. Mature trees aren’t at as much risk, so you may not need to fence these in unless you actually notice deer damage on the trees. Contact a local tree service if you aren’t sure what animal damage you should guard against in your area. They can help you determine likely culprits and viable prevention strategies. For more information, visit or a similar...

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