Common Problems To Watch For With Your Air Compressor

Posted by on Feb 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re buying your first air compressor, understanding how to spot signs of a problem can be important. With so many internal components and unusual noises, it can be tough to narrow down the source of an issue otherwise. The good news is that when you understand some of the things that could happen with the compressor, it can simplify the troubleshooting process. Here are a few common issues you might experience along with some advice for resolving them. Unusual Noises Compressors are not quiet equipment, but that doesn’t mean that your new compressor should be excessively noisy. Familiarize yourself with the sounds that your compressor normally makes so that you can identify any unusual noises right away. For example, if the compressor starts to squeal, rattle or whine, it’s a pretty good sign that something isn’t right. Shut the machine off and check the oil first. If the oil level is low, top it off. Then, turn it back on again and let it run for a minute or two. Listen to see if the added oil quiets the noise. If not, shut it off again and check the flywheel, belts and pulleys. They should all be tight. Tighten any bolts if necessary. If this doesn’t solve the problem, you’ll need to have the compressor serviced, as it could be a problem with the cylinder head. Discoloration in the Oil You should check the oil in the compressor on a regular basis. If that oil is hazy, creamy-colored or milky, it’s an indication of moisture problems. Water in the oil creates this reaction. It usually happens when the environment where the compressor is running is very humid. Try running a dehumidifier in the shop or moving the intake lines to somewhere drier. In addition, change the oil right away when you see this kind of discoloration. Persistent Knocking An air compressor that knocks persistently when it’s running often has a loose flywheel or a bearing that’s going bad. This is particularly likely when the noise is rhythmic. Shut down the compressor and check the flywheel condition. It should be tight. If it’s loose, tighten the central mounting bolt. If this doesn’t stop the noise, a technician will have to check the connecting rod bearings and the main bearings inside the unit. An air compressor is a valuable investment for most any garage or shop. This is particularly beneficial if you’re running power tools of any kind. Understanding these common signs of trouble will help you avoid complete equipment failure and protect your compressor investment. For more help, talk with a local air compressor service technician who can help you with a service plan to care for it. Contact...

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Should You Use Heating Oil Additives To Extend The Life Of Your Furnace?

Posted by on Feb 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you use an oil-burning furnace to heat your home during winter, you’ve likely been enjoying the extended slump in crude prices. While lower fill up rates can help your dollars stretch further, you may still find yourself needing refills mid-winter (often during inclement weather) or dealing with clogged vents or dirty filters. Should you include a commercial additive with your home’s heating oil? Read on to learn about some popular additives and the benefits they can provide to your oil-burning furnace.  What do heating oil additives do? Although straight crude oil is combustible enough to be used as heating fuel on its own, most oil companies add a number of substances to this oil before sale to prevent it from freezing and otherwise make it more “shelf-stable” and less likely to clog or damage your furnace. However, due to the way modern heating oil is mixed before delivery, even oil with additives mixed in may become unstable and separate during long-term storage. This process allows sludge and deposits to sink to the bottom of your oil storage tank — and because most oil furnaces draw from the bottom of the tank (to help ensure you’ll have heat even when your fuel tank is growing close to empty), you’ll run the risk of clogging your pipes or harming your furnace if you don’t use additives to prevent this sludge from forming. Some additives are solvents, designed to neutralize the sludge in oil by thinning it out (much like turpentine can render oil-based paint runny and thin). But because adding large quantities of solvents to your fuel oil supply may not be feasible, many of the most popular additives instead use stabilizers which are designed to prevent the oil from separating and allowing sludge to flow to the bottom of the tank. Should you add these substances to your heating oil supply?  In the vast majority of cases, adding stabilizing additives to your fuel oil is a very worthwhile decision. These additives are available at a relatively low cost and can help prevent costly repairs to your furnace or fuel tank that could leave your home without heat for days. However, there is one exception to this rule. If you’re using home-distilled biodiesel fuel in place of heating oil, you’re unlikely to need any additional stabilizers. Biodiesel contains natural solvents that can burn out any residue remaining in your pipes or furnace and shouldn’t require additional treatment to remain...

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Caring For Rectangular Screens To Minimize Production Downtime

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you work with a rectangular screening separator to sift smaller particles away from a larger mass during an assembly line process, you will want to take steps in selecting and caring for the screens used to do this work. Using the wrong type of screen or failing to do routine maintenance on the ones you use can lead to an unfortunate halt to production. To avoid this, use these tips to keep your screens in the best possible condition. Select The Right Type Of Screen For The Job Not all screens work the same at separating smaller portions of a substance from a larger piece. If you use a screen with holes that are too small, pieces of the material can become trapped inside these voids, possibly clogging the entire screen after it runs for a short while. It is important to know what the approximate size of the separated material will be before selecting screens to fit your machine. Since screens come in an abundance of hole sizes, selecting one that fits this approximation will keep the screens from clogging. If the product cannot easily be ground down to a powder form, it may need to be altered by adding water or a chemical beforehand. Do not rely on the screens to do the job in separating of the material you are trying to consolidate if it does not disintegrate easily.  Keep Screens Cleaned To Keep Production Moving When using screens, you will usually have a series of two or three different types for the matter to be pushed through. During this process, it is possible some of the holes will become filled with material. This will need to be removed to keep production moving. Taking the time to remove the screens and give them a cleaning will take less time than trying to repair a piece of machinery that has become clogged with material because matter could no longer fit through the screen holes. Check on the screens every hour or two to make sure there is no accumulation of material inside each tray. At the first sign of a build up, stop the equipment, remove the screens and rinse them down to remove embedded matter from the screen holes.  Have Backups Available For Busy Production Times If you cannot afford to take time to clean a screen due to a deadline you must meet for your employer, it can be beneficial to have a set of spare screens on hand for this reason. Keep extra screens near your rectangular screening equipment to do a quick swap when matter seems to be building up inside the holes. Have another employee rinse the original screens used so...

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3 Tips To Make Cleaning Up Your Home Renovation Project Easier

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Undertaking a large home renovation project can be overwhelming, but finding the right approach to cleaning up can be equally stressful. Thorough planning can make the process less daunting and help finish your project faster. Develop A Strategy Before you start any remodeling project, you should consider what old items can be recycled or donated. Not only will this reduce the amount of debris you have to throw away, but it can help the environment or people in need. For example, you may have an extensive renovation of your bathroom and kitchen, which includes replacing major items, such as sinks, fixtures, and appliances. If these items are still of acceptable quality, you may find agencies that will take them to help low-income individuals who cannot afford to remodel their homes. However, if these items are unusable, there may be metal or other components that can be salvaged. What you receive in return for donating or recycling these items depends on the agency you contact. In many cases, your efforts can turn into a tax deduction, but you may also receive cash or a credit on your sanitation bill. Choose Dumpsters Logically If you have a large-scale project, you likely want a dumpster that can accommodate large quantities of debris. However, you need to consider how easy it is to fill the container before you choose a dumpster. In the long run, it is easier to have several smaller dumpsters that are short in height than a single tall dumpster. Not only is it easier to toss debris into a three or four foot dumpster, but you also reduce your chances of back and shoulder injuries. Having multiple small dumpsters also makes it easier to rotate dumpsters as needed. Instead of waiting until the end of your project before having the dumpster picked up or emptied, you can rotate your debris between several smaller dumpsters. This allows you to always have a dumpster available, even if one needs to be emptied. Consider Alternatives Dumpster bags may be an easier solution than a traditional dumpster rental. Depending on the company that will pick up the bag, you can typically purchase or rent them directly from the company or they may be available at retail stores. This allows you an open-ended option to your renovation project. Many renovations take longer than expected and it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly when you will need your dumpster picked up or emptied. Dumpster bags take much of the guesswork out of scheduling. You simply fill up the bag on your own schedule and call to have it removed. It is also space-saving because it can be folded up and stored before it is used...

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Use A CNC Router To Make Your Woodworking Even Better

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are serious about woodworking and do it regularly, you probably have a workshop full of tools. Routers, saws, sanders, hand tools, and just about everything in between. You can create just about anything that you can imagine. If your woodworking hobby goes past just a hobby and into something that you do daily, you might also want to get a CNC router.  What Is a CNC Router? CNC stands for computer numerical control. What this means is that the router is programmed to work on its own. You program it, and the router does the work that you told it to. These days computers are part of the process. That allows you to use computer aided design programs to draw out what you want and program the router. Once you have activated the programming, the router will start working with the wood to create your design.  What Does a CNC Router Do? A CNC router basically does everything that a router can do, and a little more besides. You can use it to cut out the wood that is being worked. It will be able to cut any direction you need, as well as any shape necessary. That means if you have something that is a very irregular shape, the CNC router will have no problem cutting it out. As long as it can be designed and programmed into the router, it can be made. You aren’t stuck with just solid designs either. The router can also cut designs into the piece it just cut out. You can end up with some very intricate patterns. The router will also drill any holes into the pieces so that you can put everything together. Depending on what your overall design looks, the router may do almost all of the work for you.  Why Should You Use a CNC Router? One reason is that the router can reduce waste. Since it’s controlled by a computer, it can make cuts closer together than you can if you were to do them by hand. The machine also never makes mistakes. Even the best woodworker can sometimes slip and make a cut they didn’t want to, or cut too deeply or too closely to the edge. When that happens, it’s a waste of your material. Some woods are very expensive, like mahogany or rosewood, so you don’t want to do anything that would waste that wood.  A CNC router will let you take your woodworking hobby further. You can create all kinds of things that you never thought you would be able to before. Consult a local equipment stores for new or used CNC...

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