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Materials To Consider When Replacing Your Roof

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Materials To Consider When Replacing Your Roof

If you are going to upgrade your roof soon, then you need to decide what kind of material you want. Some materials will last a very long time, while others will be very cheap to install and maintain. To help you figure out which is best for you, here are some introductions to asphalt, concrete, metal, and wood roofs:


With an asphalt roof, you are getting one of the cheapest and most popular options. This means that you won’t need to spend very much money to begin with, although the costs may mount up over time, particularly since your shingles might only last 15 or so years.

If you want a roof with a classic suburban American appearance, then asphalt is a great choice. It can help your home blend in with the others and works with a wide variety of aesthetics and themes.


Concrete is quite a bit heavier than asphalt, and will last several times as long as a comparable asphalt roof. In fact, your concrete roof could last up to 50 years, meaning that chances are pretty high that you will never need to replace your roof if you plan on selling your home in the near future.

The increased weight can be a detriment if your home isn’t particularly stable, but it also has some key benefits. If you live somewhere that gets high winds, then concrete roofs are heavy enough that they won’t be blown away by anything but the most tumultuous of winds.


Metal roofs offer comparative longevity to concrete, with a couple of key twists. Metal roofs do not look like other roofs since they are often installed in sheets rather than shingles. From an installation perspective, this complicates matters, since you will need some professionals, like the ones at JD Metals, to install the roof. Other roofing materials can be installed by a determined homeowner, but metal sheets require a lot more experience.

Metal also tends to be fairly lightweight and cheap in the long run, meaning that metal roofs are suitable for a wide variety of situations. The biggest drawback is in the aesthetics department, so if you want a more classic roof for your house, then you might want to look elsewhere.


If you want to go for a very natural appearance on your roof, then cedar is also a perfectly viable option. However, being this close to nature does have some very severe costs. Cedar roofs can cost quite a bit more than other options, and they also require treatment and constant maintenance. If a cedar roof is not properly treated, then it can warp and suffer serious damage from temperature and environmental factors.

9 Tips For Safely Storing Gasoline

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 9 Tips For Safely Storing Gasoline

Gasoline is an important part of daily life. It helps power cars, lawn mowers, boats, power tools, and more. However, if not stored correctly, it can be dangerous for you and your family. You should only store gasoline if you absolutely need to. Here are nine safety tips when storing gasoline:

  1. First, always check your local city, county, and sate governments for safety regulations and standards regarding gasoline storage. There may be certain fire codes that restrict how much gasoline each homeowner is allowed to store. There may also be a limit to the size of each container of gasoline.
  2. Never use gasoline as a cleaner, barbecue igniter, or anything other than its intended use as a motor fuel.
  3.  Store gasoline in an approved tank or container and keep it closed tightly. Handle the container or containers gently to prevent spills.
  4. Gasoline is very flammable. You should store it at room temperature. Keep it away from sources of heat like sunlight, space heaters, hot water heaters, furnaces, or any sources of ignitions like pilot lights. Do not smoke anything around gasoline.
  5. Only pour gasoline into an engine when that engine is cool. Pouring it into a hot engine or a machine with hot parts could result in hot splashback or even ignition.
  6. You should store gasoline in a separate building from your house. For example, you can use a shed. This is to prevent the risk of your home catching on fire if something ignites the gasoline. Also, keep it away from children. This is for their own safety and because they may use gasoline in ways that endangers others.
  7. Never mix gasoline with kerosene or diesel. Also, do not use gasoline in a kerosene lamp.
  8. Always try to handle gasoline outdoors to provide better ventilation. Gas can be deadly if too many of its fumes are inhaled.
  9. Absorb small gasoline spills with paper, sawdust, or rags. For larger spills, you should contact your local hazard department or government and find out the proper way to dispose of spilled gasoline. Be sure to place your spilled gasoline in the appropriate cleanup containers. Never pour gasoline down the drain,  toilet, shower, or sewer. This could cause a fire in the groundwater or at nearby streams and lakes.

Gasoline is a fuel with many uses. If stored correctly, then you can safely enjoy the convenience of having it on hand. Be sure to follow the safety tips above to prevent any hazards. For more information, contact a company like Small & Sons Oil Dist Co.

Getting The Correct Thickness For Your Metal Project: How Sheet Metal Fabrication Companies Accomplish This

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Getting The Correct Thickness For Your Metal Project: How Sheet Metal Fabrication Companies Accomplish This

If you are currently working on a metal sculpture or metal project of some sort, you may be wondering how you can get the sheet metal you are working with to be thinner without putting holes in it. Depending on the type of metal it is, it is possible to “stretch” and flatten the metal with which you are working. Here is how sheet metal fabrication plants do it, and if you can assemble a heat source and roller system, you might be able to do the same thing for your metal sheet(s) as well.

Making the Sheet Metal Thinner

There are two ways that a sheet metal manufacturer makes sheet metal thinner. One of these methods includes starting with thicker sheets and then using lasers to uniformly cut the metal into several thinner sheets. If the sheets need to be thinner still, then the second method is used.

It works something like this:

  • The metal sheet is heated to a specific temperature pertinent to the composition of the sheet itself. (If you do not know what the composition of your own metal sheet is, you will have to find this information before you attempt an “at-home” approach to this method.)
  • When heated, the metal sheet may be inserted into a type of industrial oven. When set to the correct temperature, the metal becomes pliable but does not turn to its liquid form.
  • As the sheet slides through the two-sided “oven”, it comes out the other side and lands on a heat-resistant work surface. Before it is cooled, large heavy rollers immediately begin to work the metal into a flatter, thinner sheet.
  • The metal sheet begins to spread outward in both directions as the rollers press down on the hot metal. This process may be repeated if the resulting metal sheet is not thin enough.
  • If the sheet is the correct thickness, then the sheet is quickly cooled before the rough edges are trimmed with a large, horizontal metal cutter.
  • The sheet is then tested for tensile strength before being dipped in a surface material (if requested by the consumer) and dropped onto a stack of similar sheets.

Simplifying the Process for Use in Your Metal Workshop

If you have a small sheet of metal that you are working on in your shop, you may be able to use a blowtorch on a low setting to heat the metal sheet you have. A rubber mallet can help flatten the sheet, or you can get a special rolling pin for metal work. A simple tin snips should be as effective as the metal cutter used in the factory.

If you’d rather get some help with your sheet metal fabrication, contact a company like Waters Brothers Contractors, Inc.

Three Kinds Of Can Seaming And Why They Are Important

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Kinds Of Can Seaming And Why They Are Important

Can seamers hold a very important job in canning factories. Regardless of what the cans are used for, if the seams on these cans are not sealed properly, the contents of the cans could leak or spoil. When you conduct an end-of-the-line assembly inspection on the cans and canned goods in your processing plant, you want to check and recheck the following three kinds of can seaming to make absolutely sure you are shipping out quality products that are shelf-stable until the date stamped on the can.

Cylinder Seamers

Cylinder seamers often seam a long formed cylinder before the cylinder is cut into perfectly measured sections. There are also seamers that can weld and seam individual cylinders that have already been cut to size. (You may be more familiar with one kind of cylinder seamer depending on the type your plant currently uses.) During inspection, you have to check the single side seams on every can to make sure they have properly melded together or your products may leak out the side. There is also the possibility of spoilage or pest infestation where food is concerned. It all starts with proper can seams.

End Seamers

Can seamers that add the end lids to a metal cylinder do so by first sealing and heat-welding the bottom end on first. After the upright cans are filled with a consumable (e.g., soup, car oil, etc.), the cans meet with a second end seamer that repeats the initial process from an inverted position. Now the cans are completely sealed on the tops and bottoms and pass on to the labeler.

Hermetic Sealers/Seamers

If your plant is responsible for canning food, it is especially important to have hermetic sealers and seamers. These machines make sure that every single can is devoid of bacteria that could cause spoilage and make sure that every one of the seams on these cans is rust-proof and as free of contaminants as a surgical suite in a hospital. If any of these cans is not effectively sealed or hermetically sealed, the food in them can make customers very sick and cost your company a lot of money. Before your employer informs you that all of the cans from a certain production batch and date have to be recalled, check every can before it goes out. Your attention to these seamer machines and the cans they produce will ensure that factory business continues as usual.

Expelling Notions About Metal Fabrication

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Expelling Notions About Metal Fabrication

Sheet metal can be remarkably useful for a number of major and minor projects. Unfortunately, crafting sheet metal into usable items can be impossible for those that lack the right equipment or training. Fortunately, it is possible to hire professionals that can craft sheet metal into almost any shape. However, it is common for individuals to be inexperienced with using these services, which can cause them to put faith in misconceptions. Learning about a couple of truths behind misconceptions can help you to make sound choices for meeting your sheet metal fabrication needs.

Myth: You Must Design Your Own Components

There is a commonly held assumption that individuals will have to create the designs for their components themselves. While it is true that you will need to be involved with the creation of these schematics, but many metal fabrication providers can offer their clients a design service for creating these schematics. For those that choose to take advantage of these services, it will be necessary to have a meeting with the designer. This will give you the opportunity to describe the component that you need, provide any sketches that you may have drawn and the measurements. It should be noted that many fabricators that offer these services will charge an additional fee, but they can cost far less than independent metal work designers.

Myth: Metal Fabrication Is Only For Tools And Machines

A frequently held assumption is that metal fabrication is only useful for industrial purposes. However, this is far from the reality because sheet metal fabrication can be used for homeowners that are needing components for their metal roofs. By working with an experienced metal fabricator, it is possible for you to easily have components for your roof made regardless of the size or shape. Additionally, metal fabrication can also be used to make custom lawn ornaments, fences and gates. By understanding the full range of uses for these services, it will be possible for you to ensure that your home has the exact look that you want.

Metal fabrication services can be invaluable for individuals with both industrial and residential settings. Unfortunately, if you are not experienced with these services, you may be uninformed and under the impression that routine misconceptions concerning these services are true. By being aware of the truths behind these two notions, you should find yourself in a much better position for deciding whether or not sheet metal fabrication services are right for your needs.