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How You Can Protect Your Wiring Projects from Damage Due to Wire Strain

Posted by on November 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How You Can Protect Your Wiring Projects from Damage Due to Wire Strain

Electrical wiring is vulnerable to damage from a number of threats, but one of the most pervasive and destructive is cord strain. Anytime a wire or cable is stretched, kinked, snagged, or rubbed against another object, the insulation or underlying conductor is at risk for being damaged. While damage to wiring is often visible to the naked eye, there are times when the damage is hidden under the insulation and only becomes apparent after a failure. That is why the use of electrical wire-strain relief is an important design consideration and why those who handle wiring should always place a high priority on incorporating it into their daily work. Below is more information on electrical wire-strain relief and two specific practices to incorporate to prevent wire strain from occurring. Leave excess wire lengths Wire strain is prevalent whenever wire runs are too short for the circumstances and temperature changes lead to expansion or contraction. This, in turn, leads to wire being put under stress loads and can cause it to pull free from terminals or break if the tension is strong enough. To prevent this from happening, leave an extra length of wire in place whenever you run wire for a particular job. Never cut a wire just short in an effort to save money or in the mistaken belief you are lessening clutter. Instead, allowing a few extra inches is a wise decision in the fight against strain. Once you cut the wire, roll a small loop to neatly package the excess wire, and then hold the package together with a cable tie or other fastener. Be sure there is still plenty of slack in the wire to prevent snapping. Use strain-relief components Another important way you can protect wiring from excess strain is to utilize strain-relief components. These special components can provide strong protection from damage in a number of ways; below are several components that you may wish to incorporate into your next project. Grommets and bushings Often made from rubber, grommets protect wiring from being cut or otherwise damaged at the point of passage through an opening. For example, in an automobile, rubber grommets are used whenever wiring passes through the firewall between the engine compartment and the passenger compartment. The rubber serves to cushion wiring if it pulls against the side of opening, rather than allowing it to rub against metal edges directly. Rubber grommets also can offer some flexibility by allowing wiring to bend gently, if that is a desirable characteristic. Much like grommets, and used interchangeably on occasion, bushings can serve the same purpose of protecting wiring as it passes through an opening. However, bushings are often made of harder materials, such as plastic or metal, and they also serve to protect the material by which they are enclosed. The rubbing of wiring can not only harm the wire but also damage the barrier through which it passes, and bushings serve to provide extra protection. In addition, bushings also offer an advantage by permitting cable movement through an opening when desired. Strain reliefs These are intended to help immobilize or restrict the movement of wiring in certain critical points along the run of a wire. Strain reliefs are often found at the end of a wire where it connects to another terminal,...

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The Basic Ins And Outs Of Renting A Temporary Boiler For Your Business

Posted by on September 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Basic Ins And Outs Of Renting A Temporary Boiler For Your Business

When your company relies on a boiler for heat or factory operations, you cannot afford to have the machine fail for extended periods. If you need to take your boiler out of commission for repairs or if it stops working completely and needs to be replaced, you can rent a temporary device in the meantime. A temporary boiler. through a place like Nationwide Boiler, is also necessary when you have an emergency outage after a natural disaster. Regardless of the situation, if you have never had to order a temporary boiler for your firm, there are some key things you need to know about getting the machine to your facility, installing it and making sure you adhere to local regulations. Insurance and Freight Boiler insurance and freight are two costs that you will have to add to your rental budget. Having insurance is crucial in case the temporary boiler gets damaged or needs repairs during the time that it is on your property. However, before you spend money on coverage check to see if the policy for your main boiler provides protection for a rental. You should also check the details of your company’s general liability policy to see if it has coverage for equipment like a temporary boiler. While a boiler rental firm will arrange for transportation of the equipment to your facility, you will have to cover the costs of the delivery. Consequently, you should not be surprised when you see a shipping charge on your cost estimate for the rental. Your equipment will most likely be delivered on a flatbed trailer specifically designed to transport boilers. Loading, Unloading and Installation You will also have to pay to load and unload the boiler. Depending on the type and size of boiler you order, a crane may be needed to move the device on and off of the flatbed. If you order a trailer-mounted mobile boiler, you will not have to worry about loading or unloading. Once the device is on your property, make sure that you have a licensed and experienced boiler technician to start the machine. When you no longer need the boiler, there are several steps you need to complete before it is ready for pickup. Boiler technicians need to shut down the device, drain it and clean it. In addition, you need to hire a licensed boiler inspector to examine the machine to make sure it is safe for shipment. Permits It does not matter if the boiler you need to rent is one that will fit inside your facility or a mobile device that sits on a truck, you need to apply for a permit to house it on your property. Make sure that you gather as much detail you can about the boiler and the company you are renting from when you contact your municipal government about obtaining a permit. Some state governments, such as Texas, also require companies to apply for a temporary boiler permit. On your permit application you will probably need to provide the exact location of the installation, details about the rental company and information on installer you hire or have on staff to start the device. If you need to install a temporary boiler due to an emergency situation, some cities, such as New York, provide an expedited...

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Protecting Your Food Facility Dumpsters From Rodents

Posted by on February 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Protecting Your Food Facility Dumpsters From Rodents

If you own a manufacturing plant that creates food goods for your customers, then it is in your best interest to make sure that you have a waste management plan that allows you to handle all of the waste from the manufacturing process. Rented dumpsters that are emptied once a week are your best bet to get rid of food wastes. While dumpsters can properly handle the wastes, pests like rats and mice may try to get into the container to feed on the refuse. These animals can then enter your plant and contaminate sanitized areas. To prevent this, follow the tips below. Purchase Drain Plugs While a dumpster is meant to store solid refuse, fluids can build within the bottom of your dumpster. If the dumpster is not completely sealed, then rainwater can build in the bottom. Also, fluid wastes can flow out of garbage bags that contain small holes. Usually, these fluids are the result of the food spoiling or decomposition process where bacteria and yeast break down the solid food matter and create acidic waste products. These wastes release caustic odors that are quite unpleasant to humans. However, rodents can be drawn to these odors since they can eat some spoiled foods without getting ill. Plugs are often placed on the sides or backs of a dumpster to help release fluid wastes that build in the container. It may seem wise to leave this pug open to release fluids regularly. Unfortunately, rats can enter spaces that are about one-half an inch in size, and mice can fit through even smaller holes. This means that an open plug is an invitation for a rodent to enter into your dumpster. To help prevent infestations, ask your dumpster rental company to remove the solid and threaded metal plug from the dumpster. Replace this plug with a nitrite rubber one. This type of plug is one that expands to fit in the plug opening to close it off. When you need to drain fluid, you simply release it with your fingers. It is wise to remove this plug every few days to allow fluids to drain in a bucket. Pour this fluid in a storm drain near your business. If you notice a great deal of fluids in the dumpster that need to be drained, then ask your dumpster rental company to install a t-shaped lock bar on the top of your dumpster. The lock bar can be slipped over the lip of the dumpster lid and pushed down. This secures the lid so water cannot seep in. This type of device will also help to keep motivated rodents out of the container.  Use The Right Bags Another good way to keep rodents away from your rented dumpster is to invest in garbage bags that are less likely to break when they are filled. This will help to reduce odors that draw rodents to the container. The best trash bags are ones that are low density varieties that stretch a small amount when a sharp object presses against the bag. These bags also can be handled aggressively and thrown into dumpsters without breaking. For the strongest bags, look for the thickest ones you can find. Low density bags are measured in mils, so look for bags that are as close...

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How To Repair A Pallet Jack That Won’t Lift

Posted by on December 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Repair A Pallet Jack That Won’t Lift

Pallet jacks are a staple of warehouse equipment, particularly for moving shipping or storage pallets around. Although pallet jacks are fairly compact in size, what they lack in structure is compensated by force. These small units can lift pallets with ease, and the wheels on the base make it simple to roll those pallets to their new home. When you’re regularly rotating stock or unloading shipments, they are a worthwhile investment. Unfortunately, they aren’t fail-proof. If your pallet jack stops lifting, it’s important to know how to deal with it. Here’s a look at what you should know about a grounded pallet jack. What Causes a Pallet Jack to Stop Lifting? The most common reason for a pallet jack to stop lifting properly is an air pocket in the hydraulic system. Since the hydraulic pressure is what’s required to operate the jack, any air pocket can disrupt that pressure and keep the jack from lifting. Although the hydraulic system is usually tightly sealed, a worn, damaged or cracked o-ring by the valve cartridge could allow air to seep through. If you’re seeing moisture or hydraulic fluid leaking near the bottom of the pallet jack handle, that’s a sure sign that you have a damaged o-ring. What Can You Do About Damaged O-Rings? If your pallet jack has a leaky o-ring, the only way to fix it is to replace the ring and then fill the hydraulic system with fluid again. You can get replacement o-rings from most industrial equipment suppliers, tool supply centers and similar sources. You’ll just need the model number of the pallet jack to be sure that you get the right ring. You can also remove the old one and take it to a supplier for proper sizing. How Do You Replace a Damaged O-Ring? Lift The Jack: Position a set of four jack stands on the floor so that they support the pallet jack forks at each end. You should have one jack stand at the tip of each fork and one jack stand at the end of each fork near the pallet jack body. This elevates the jack enough for you to work on it safely. Drain The Fluid: Locate the drain screw on the lower right side of the hydraulic pump, near the rear tire. Put a small bucket under the stem of the drain screw, then use an Allen wrench to pull the screw out. This allows the hydraulic fluid to drain from the system. You may need to pump the handle of the jack up and down a couple of times to flush the rest of the fluid out. Then, put the drain screw back in place and tighten it. Disconnect The Lower Lever: Locate the pin that sits on the right side of the pump body, securing the lower lever in place. Use a small Phillips screwdriver to drive the pin out of place. Just place the screwdriver on the pin and tap the handle of the screwdriver with a hammer. The light pressure of the screwdriver should be enough to remove the pin from the lever. Pull the lever off the pump body. Remove The O-Ring: Locate the valve cartridge that was covered by the lower lever. Use pliers to turn the valve cartridge counterclockwise. Once it’s loose enough,...

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