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Common clutch and transmission problems in heavy machinery

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The kinds of transmissions being implemented are undoubtedly different and these models use varying transmissions in their designs. However, the goal is similar: to drive the engine. Transmission systems also have their fair share of problems and even the ones used in heavy machinery need repairs in some cases. So if you’ve got heavy machinery, or you want to own one, here are some of the problems to watch out for in the different transmission systems. Torque converter glitches The torque converter system works hand-in-hand with the gears and its main purpose is to distribute power to the other components of the engine. Once the gears are changed, then the converter controls the power to give the engine components. Malfunctioning of the torque converter causes the whole system to lose a lot of power even if the source of the power is just right. So this is one of the issues you should check when your system doesn’t perform as expected. Most transmission systems such as the ones seen in trucks and cars use the gearbox as the torque converter and another major problem experienced is the slipping of gears due to wear. This causes unequal transmission of power which then damages the transmission system. Hydrostatic transmission glitches The use of hydraulic components in hydrostatic systems reduces the likelihood of errors that occur, unlike in moving parts. A few examples of machinery with such systems are forklifts, tractors and even excavators. The major problems to be aware of occur in extreme weather conditions. Freezing conditions or very high temperatures affect the pressure of the fluids and thus naturally affect the performance of the whole system. More problems also occur between the transmission and drive shaft where a lot of activity occurs. Hydrodynamic system glitches In these systems, fluids are also used, but unlike in hydrostatic systems, the focus is not on the pressure characteristics of the fluids. Hydrodynamic systems use the momentum and movement of the fluids to achieve their purpose. This means that there are more veins and seals to aid in the control of the engine turbine. But this is where majority of the problems occur. Damaged seals and clogged pathways rank as the most common problems. So whichever system you use, ensure you plan for the worst because such heavy machinery have a huge economic impact when down even for minutes. You can also have a team that specializes in heavy machinery gearbox repairs to ensure smooth flow of...

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Services Offered By a Land Surveyor

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Whether you own a construction company, or you are a land developer, you may have need to contract with a land surveyor from a company like John C Bested & Associates Pty Ltd to maximize the success of your building project. To help you understand how these professionals can add value to your business, here are the services they can offer you. Boundary Surveys — Land surveyors can provide you with boundary surveys, which is a process that certifies the dimensions of a piece of undeveloped property for building purposes. In some instances, a land surveyor may discover that there are differences between the measurements delineated in the Certificate of Title, and the actual dimensions of the land. In that case, land surveyors can perform a redefinition survey, which details the actual dimensions of the land. Land surveyors then create a document that is sent to the Land Title Office for review. In some cases, a piece of land that you want to develop or build on doesn’t have a survey plan, which means that a land surveyor will need to create a boundary survey for the property, or adjoining landowners can make a claim that the land is theirs. 3D Models — A land surveyor can also create a three-dimensional model of an existing structure, subdivision or piece of land. This can help make your new design plans more efficient, because the 3D model is flexible, and can incorporate your new ideas and show you a small-scale image of what the property will look like. 3D modelling is an affordable way to create new blueprints for your construction and development, using computer-aided design. Topographical Surveys — Land surveyors create topographical surveys, which are also in 3D, but unlike 3D modelling, survey not only the land you want to build on, but all the major buildings, structures and residential areas that surround the piece of land. Topographical surveys are required for development applications, and are often the first step in gaining approval from city development departments. They are designed to help determine the impact that your development will have on an existing terrain. Lease Plans — If you are building multiple structures such as an office building or a shopping centre, local Council regulations require a lease plan, which is either a lease of land plan or a lease or premises plan. A lease of land plan is required whenever you are building a subdivision. The lease plan must be created by a Registered Land Surveyor, and must include the purpose of each structure that you are building. A lease of premises plan is a survey of all the walls within a project in which tenants will be leasing space for retail or commercial purposes. Land surveyors can prepare both lease plans for your...

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The Best Computerised Upgrades to Your Home’s Security System

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A home’s security system today is usually about much more than locks and deadbolts on the doors. Today’s security systems take full advantage of computerized programs that allow you to control those features remotely, and which give you full access to your home’s security even when on the road. If you’re not sure of the best upgrades to consider for your home’s security system, you don’t want to overspend on unnecessary features, but you still want to ensure your home and family are safe, note a few suggestions to keep in mind. 1. Remote locking Today’s door locks can be connected to a switch that you control remotely. This allows you to lock and unlock the doors even when on the road. You can ensure that you haven’t forgotten to lock the doors behind you when you leave for the office in the morning, and that your children haven’t forgotten to lock themselves inside after arriving home from school. 2. Private web monitoring Being able to record the images picked up by security cameras is not your only option today, as you can have a private, secure website show the images on the camera in real time. You can then easily log in from your smartphone or laptop and know everything that is happening in your house, as it happens. Along with private web monitoring, you may also want camera control with your system. This allows you to control the direction and focus of the camera remotely, as you monitor your home. If you see something in the distance or in a corner that you’d like to check out as you watch the image on your computer, you can have the camera tilt, swivel, or zoom in and out with the touch of your mouse or with the swipe of a finger. 3. Remote intercom In addition to being able to view your home when you’re away, a remote intercom can also allow you to interact with any visitors or unwelcome guests who might arrive. It’s not unusual for a potential thief to actually try to get a homeowner to the front door under some type of ruse, so they can assess who is home during the day and take a quick look inside. With a remote intercom, you can talk to anyone who rings your doorbell, and if you note someone on your property who doesn’t belong there, you can alert them that they’re being recorded. This can scare off potential burglars while still allowing you to interact with legitimate delivery drivers, salespersons, and the like. Learn more about your options by contacting companies like Border...

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Three Soil Tests Every Homeowner Should Do Before Starting Construction

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A key element to the success of your building is the soil. If the soil is too loose then you may have to reinforce the foundation in order to prevent sinking. You can pay to have a professional conduct soil tests for you, but there are a few you can also do on your own. By doing the following three tests on your own, you can help determine what possible costs may go into the construction project you have planned: Squeeze Testing There are three different types of soil that you may find on your property. You can determine which kind you have by simply going to an area of your property, ideally where you plan for the construction to take place, and grab a handful of the soil. Squeeze the soil to determine the strength of the soil. If it holds it’s shape and crumbles when you poke it with a stick or your finger, it is loam soil. This is ideal for gardening, but may need some work to be ideal for construction foundations. Clay soil is more suitable for buildings and other constructions with foundations and is identified by holding it’s shape and staying firm when poked. The final type of soil is sand. Sand is loose and will not hold its shape at all. Drainage Testing The last thing you want during the construction process or after your construction project is completed is to have issues with drainage. Not only is drainage important during seasonal weather conditions like storms, but it is also important if you have broken pipes or other water issues in the home. To test the drainage of the area, dig a hole approximately one foot deep and wide. Fill the hole with water and allow it to drain. Repeat this step several times. if the water does not drain out of the hole into the surrounding earth, then you may have drainage concerns your contractor will need to address. pH Testing You may not think that pH testing is important for your soil, especially if you are placing a building as part of the construction. It is important if you plan on placing a garden, shrubs, or other plants around the building then the pH can be vital for their growth. In order to test the soils pH level, you will need to purchase a kit from your local gardening or hardware store. These kits will come with pH strips and soil testing guides to help you determine your pH level and if it is right for your gardening and landscaping needs. These tests will help you determine what possible issues you may have prior to the start of your  construction project. If you are ready to get started on the project and discuss possible issues with your soil as it pertains to the project, then contact your contractor...

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5 Great Reasons To Renovate Your Home During The Winter

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Most people would not think about renovating their house during the cold wet winter months, and choose to wait for the summertime instead.  However, here are a number of reasons why you should revisit this belief. 1. Contractor availability The best construction contractors are always booked up solid during the spring and summer months.  This means that your house renovation project could suffer from delays and fragmented work while you wait for contractor availability.  Contractors have a much more open diary during the winter time meaning that your renovation could be completed smoothly in a much shorter time frame. 2. More affordable rates It follows that as builders and contractors have less work during the winter they may offer reduced rates or incentives to attract business so your renovation spend could be lower.  Also, winter sees the sale season in full swing.  That means cheaper bathroom and kitchen fittings and reduced-price decorating supplies can be taken advantage of. 3. Mess management Householders traditionally avoided having renovation work carried out during the winter to avoid mess.  There were concerns about dust and paint fumes invading their homes when it wasn’t practical to have doors and windows open for ventilation because of inclement weather. These days however, contractors are equipped with new technology like negative pressure fans and electrical tools fitted with super-efficient dust filters.  This means that mess can be managed effectively even during the winter. 4. Outdoor work may still be possible If you are planning on having a conservatory or porch constructed and you live in a region where the weather is reasonably clement during the winter, a contractor may still be able to carry out this sort of exterior work.  Many areas have their own micro-climate, and don’t suffer from the extremes of harsh winter weather experienced in neighbouring counties or states.  This means that you can capitalise on your local climate while others nearby may have to wait until the better weather arrives to commence their renovation projects. 5. Take a break If you have holiday entitlement left over at the end of year, you may have to take it or risk losing it altogether.  Why not plan your annual holiday to coincide with the renovation of your property?  You can get away for a couple of weeks’ break to escape the disruption at home while leaving your contractor free to get on with the work.  When you arrive home refreshed, the renovation work will be completed and you’ll have avoided all the upheaval. In conclusion The winter months can be a good time to get your home renovation project underway.  Have a chat with your preferred local contractor to discuss the best options. To learn more, contact a company like Vickers Home Improvements for...

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The Fundamental Principles of Building a Sustainable Home

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

More Australian families are using sustainable house building practices. This is largely due to the growing awareness of human impact on the natural environment, and partly due to the economic benefits of creating a sustainable home. There are several fundamental principles that need to be considered if you’re planning on building a home that can be classed as sustainable. Use recycled materials Recycling is the ultimate sustainable building practice. Re-using materials means that you dramatically reduce the resources and energy requirements for your home while it’s in the construction phase, and reduce the amount of waste that ends up discarded in landfill sites. Architects and builders who have experience with using recycled materials can not only create functional homes but also stunning decor features and architectural designs. For example, old railway sleepers and jetties can be transformed into unique and stylish timber floors. Use local and sustainable materials Even in sustainable buildings there is usually still a need for brand new materials. If buying new materials is unavoidable then you can make sure that the ones you choose offer the least amount of environmental impact as possible. Locally sourced materials mean that the energy needs and carbon footprint from transporting the materials is kept to a minimum. You can also ensure that where possible materials are sourced from companies that offer sustainable products. Timber from sustainable plantations instead or old growth forest timber is a perfect example. Create a home that has minimal energy requirements Creating a home that meets its energy needs without having to release carbon from the burning of fossil fuels into the environment is perhaps the holy grail of sustainable building. One of the keys to achieving this is having adequate insulation. Insulation will keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer and minimise the need for heating and air conditioning. Installing eco-friendly energy providers such as solar panels and wind turbines means that your energy requirements result in zero carbon being released into the atmosphere. There is an incredible variety of different options for green energy now available for home-owners. This means you will be able to find a model that will fulfil all of your home’s energy needs without having to rely on fossil-fuelled energy from electricity providers. Designing and building a sustainable home can be challenging, but the rewards are certainly worth the effort involved. Fortunately, there are a growing number of architects and eco home builders like Eco Projects & Developments Pty Ltd who will be able to help you navigate the intricacies of your building product and guarantee you a beautiful and sustainable...

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Top Reasons For Why Opting For A Mortise Lock Is A Good Idea

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you looking for a lock to install in your home, but are not sure which one to choose? Then consider a mortise lock because of the various advantages that it brings to the table. By learning what these advantages are, you can make an informed decision regarding if mortise locks are the right choice for your home. Passage function: Certain types of mortise locks can be designed with a passage function, which simply means that the door cannot be locked, and therefore no key is required. This type of mortise lock is ideal for installation on doors to children’s bedrooms because there is no chance of an accidental locking. They are also suitable for bathrooms. Visually pleasing to the eye: Mortise locks are one of the more visually pleasing to the eye when compared to other locks, such as deadbolts and lever locks. That might be because of their old antique charm that tends to add some character to the overall look of an interior d├ęcor design. In particular they are a good match visually for homes that already have a variety of antique furniture. Difficult to breach: Mortise locks are installed within the material of the door and this makes it difficult for burglars to breach them. The only part of the lock that is visible to the naked eye is the faceplate when the door is ajar. Then there are several levers and notches that make up the locking mechanism, and this makes it a difficult to pick the lock. It is advisable to select a mortise lock with 5-6 lock levers to have the added security benefits that mortise locks provide. Dual locking mechanism: Say that you want to go to the store, but have children that you want to keep locked inside the house. You can do this with a mortise lock because of the dual locking mechanism. This type of setup means that the door needs a key to be unlocked from both sides. However, the disadvantage of this is the danger of locking people inside a home when there is a fire. Variety of sizes: Fortunately mortise locks can be bought in many different sizes. This means no matter what kind of door you already have, you can find a mortise lock that can be installed. This is not the case with other lock types where size restrictions mean installation is not possible on some doors. For more information, contact a company like Maitland...

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3 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Air Conditioner Installed by Professionals

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

An air conditioner unit is an important investment for your home or business. At home, it will help you survive the hot temperatures and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. In the workplace, an AC unit will create a better environment for you or your employees to work in, boosting productivity. It also improves the environment making your workplace more attractive for your clients as well. However, getting an air conditioner isn’t all; you also need to make sure it’s installed correctly by an experienced technician. Here’s why. Get maximum cooling by having your unit set up correctly Although your AC may be sufficient to cool your premises, you may not enjoy these benefits if the unit is not installed as it should. In an air conditioner, the indoor unit distributes cold air into the room and gets rid of warm air. The placement of this unit is very important to ensure that your indoor space gets even cooling. An installation technician will be in a position to evaluate the air flow patterns in your premises and install the unit at a vantage location. This will ensure that you get ample cold air distribution from your AC. Avoid damage to your AC unit during installation & use Another reason to let a technician to handle the installation is to avoid damage. AC units can be pretty big, especially those used in commercial spaces. They therefore need to be handled carefully when in transit or during installation. Indoor units, for example, have to be mounted on the walls. This requires carful fastening to wall brackets to prevent the unit from falling off. Outdoor units also need to be installed on a firm surface clear of vegetation and in an open area, preferably on a cemented block. This prevents debris that could damage the compressor from getting inside the unit. With a professional installation, you can be sure that all these factors will be looked into for the longevity of your air conditioner. Some AC units need specialised installation Not all air conditioners are the same. Ducted air conditioners need to be installed above the ceiling and behind the walls. They also require careful zoning of the premises for even cooling. For such a system to work efficiently, you will require the expertise of an installation technician to enjoy the full benefits of your AC’s modern technology. The same applies to reverse cycle air conditioners or split cycle ACs that also need special considerations during installation. In addition to all the above, getting professional installation for your air conditioner saves you time. Air conditioning installation technicians have abundant experience and with all manner of AC brands and technologies. They can therefore get your new AC working much faster, saving you time as you move or upgrade your home or...

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Frequently Asked Questions About House Re-Blocking or Underpinning

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Re-blocking a house or underpinning a foundation means to add structural support around the foundation itself. Usually this is done when the foundation has cracks or has become soft due to water and moisture collecting around it. Underpinning is a big job for most homeowners but it can be necessary in order to protect your home’s foundation from major damage, and from keeping this damage from spreading to other areas of the home. When a foundation starts to crack and shift, this can mean connectors around a home’s building materials can also come loose as they’re then holding more weight than they should. Note some frequently asked questions about house re-blocking or underpinning so you can determine if you need to have this done, and what to expect from the job as well. 1. What Are Some Signs That a Home Needs Re-blocking or Underpinning? One sign that your home needs re-blocking or underpinning is when cracks are starting to form in the plaster of walls. As the home’s foundation shifts, the walls will shift with it and in turn, they may crack as they move. These cracks may also show up along the ceiling. Sloping floors are also common as these too will shift and change position as the home’s foundation shifts. Doors may also start to creak and not close snugly, and may also close on their own when you leave them open. All of these are signs that the home’s foundation is no longer keeping the home level and even. Decay around the foundation of the home is also a sign that underpinning is needed, and you may also notice cracks in the foundation that grow over time. If you fill in cracks along the foundation and they continue to pull away from the filler, then underpinning or re-blocking is necessary. 2. Is There a Difference Between Re-blocking and Underpinning? While the terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference in the procedure used, depending on your home’s foundation. Re-blocking means that a home’s block foundation is actually replaced with new block, whereas underpinning refers to increasing the stability of a concrete foundation. This may be done with another layer or concrete or it may be done by inserting pins into the foundation, which in turn provides support. The different types of materials and processes used is one reason that a homeowner would do well to leave this job to a professional (such as Australian Reblocking Co Pty Ltd), as they will need to assess the home’s structure and extent of damage to determine the right choice for adding support to the...

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Factors To Consider When Buying Secondhand Pallet Racking

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pallets are commonly used for warehouse storage of commercial goods. There is great importance attached to having the right kind of pallet racking in your warehouse or similar storage facility. Due to the relatively expensive nature of new pallet racking, a large number of warehouses and storage facilities opt to invest in second-hand pallet racking. This article discusses a few factors that one should consider before they invest in secondhand pallet racking. The Width And Height Of Pallets To Be Used It goes without saying that the most appropriate choice of pallet racking will be determined by the kind of pallets to be used with the racking. The width of pallets to be used is of great importance as it will determine the appropriate size of racking required by the warehouse or storage facility. When fully loaded pallets piled on to the racking system, there should be adequate space between adjacent pallets to allow for stress-free loading and unloading of pallets on the rack. It is also important to consider the final height of loaded pallets when choosing used pallet racking. This height of a fully loaded pallet is important because it determines the required height of pallet rack. The height of a fully loaded pallet can be used to calculate the required height of pallet racks according to the number of pallets to be stacked on top of each other and the size of the storage facility. The Method Of Assembly It is also important to consider the method of assembly used with your preferred choice of pallet racking. The method of assembly is an important consideration because it will determine how easy it is to put up or bring down the rack in accordance with changing warehouse needs. Pallet racks can be assembled using either snaps or bolts. Snap-assembled pallet racks are the easiest to put up and also the most affordable in the market. On the other hand, bolted pallet racks are more difficult to assemble and more expensive than their snapped counterparts. However, because they are held together using bolts, these racks provide a higher degree of stability and are more durable than their snap-assembled counterparts. Add-On Potential Add-on potential refers to the possibility of having pallet racks supplemented with extra units that are attached to the used pallet rack. This allows you to have a greater amount of space for storage of pallets. Add-on potential in a used pallet rack can help to reduce the number of pallets required by the storage facility. For more information, contact a business such as Pallet...

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In the Market for Data Cabling? Take a Look at Your Options

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Communication has undoubtedly evolved and the possibilities are now limitless. Data cabling allows communication to take place from multiple locations to a single one. For instance, all the data processing from the individual small offices can be taken to the headquarters in another building. There are plenty of data cabling options, so you need to identify the most suitable option for your home or organisation. The first step lies in knowing the available ones and their differences. Here is a breakdown on the types of cabling. Fibre optics cables Of all the different cables, this kind is one of the most fragile one but it compensates that for its extreme quality. Here you can have two options when connecting your network. The first is an ST connector that links the networking machine to the cable and then there’s the SC that’s solely used in connecting cable TVs. Twisted pair Most phone and computer connections use twisted pair cabling of copper wires. Here, the wires are twisted upon each other and this type of cabling has three main subcategories. There’s the shielded twisted pair that has an extra metal shield on its outside to protect the cable from damage. There’s the unshielded twisted pair which doesn’t have the outer covering and are these cables are more prone to damage but are extremely flexible. The third subcategory is the screened twisted shielded pair. This one is the most durable but is extremely difficult to bend so try and avoid using it in areas of limited space. These data cables are usually divided into categories starting with category 3 (cat 3) all the way to category 7 (cat 7). If you’re making your selection, try and pick the highest category that you can. The categories higher up are normally shielded and have much more bandwidth than lower categories. They also have higher speeds but you’ll need to dig deeper in your pockets for them. The cat 3 is almost running obsolete, found only in the old telephone systems. Here’s a look at some of the other categories. Cat 5: Up to cat 5 cables, the twisted wires are only two. Cat 5e introduced twisting of four wires and is the most popular kind of cabling currently used. This cables made reaching gigabyte speeds possible. If you simply need to perform average office duties then cat 5 cables would suit you. Cat 6: These cables are like the cat 5e cables and carry they even have similar maximum speeds. However, cat 6 cables have more bandwidth and are suitable in large organisations that have got many people. They are suitable for offices that are involved in more heavy duty practices like 3D graphics manipulation. Cat 7: This is one unique cable because it’s the only one that’s screened. This makes it extremely durable and it reaches the highest speeds. If you’re unsure about which option is best, consider consulting services such as Aardvark...

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