Questions First Timers Ask About Scrap Metal Recycling

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Scrap metal recycling has grown increasingly popular as a way for people to make extra money. If you are thinking about entering this industry, there are some things you must know to help you maximize your efforts. So with that in mind, here are the answers to some common questions people often ask about scrap metal recycling. Where Can One Go To Find Legitimate Scrap Metal Buyers? — Selling scrap metal for recycling can be a dicey proposition if you don’t deal with a reputable buyer, because you may get short-changed or outright cheated by buyers who don’t follow the prevailing rate for scrap metal. That’s why it’s imperative that you visit the Australian Metal Recycling Industry Association website to use as a resource before you choose a scrap metal buyer. The AMRIA has a list of scrap metal buyers located in New South Wales, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia. The AMRIA lists both high volume commercial scrap metal recyclers and scrap metal buyers who buy in smaller volumes. What is the Difference Between Ferrous and Non-ferrous Scrap Metal? — Ferrous scrap metal is any metal that contains iron. These types of scrap metal are usually heavier and harder and are often used in commercial recycling. Because of their size and weight, ferrous scrap metal is less sought after than non-ferrous scrap metals, which are any metals that do not have any iron. Some common examples of non-ferrous scrap metals are nickel, tin, brass, copper, zinc and aluminium. Scrap metal buyers prefer non-ferrous metals, because they are lighter and easier to reshape than ferrous metals. Non-ferrous metals also don’t rust as quickly as ferrous metals, because they don’t contain iron, which is a main source of corrosion. Are Cars a Good Source of Scrap Metal? — Yes, old vehicles are an outstanding source of scrap metal, because they contain aluminum and copper in great amounts. Copper is a sought-after scrap metal, and the starter, alternator, radiator and electrical connections in your vehicle contain copper and are sellable to scrap metal buyers. You can also sell aluminium components of your car, such as the wheel rims, front and rear bumpers and pistons. The body panels on your vehicle also contain a good amount of aluminium, which is a metal that is lightweight enough to be easily reshaped and remade into other products, and therefore loved by many scrap metal dealers. For more information and tips, you can contact a local scrap metal recycling...

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Common Types of Plasterboard For First Time Users

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Plasterboard, also known as drywall in some places, is a material made from gypsum that is glued with two sheets of paper. It is most commonly used to put up new walls. If you’re thinking about using plasterboard in a DIY project around your house for the first time, there are some basic things you need to know about the common types of plasterboard that will help you maximise your success. Standard Plasterboard — Standard sheets of plasterboard are available from plasterboard suppliers as double wide sheets or single sheets, which have width/length dimensions of 10 mm by 1200mm, 10mm by 1350mm, 13mm by 1200mm and 13mm by 1350mm. The most common plasterboard is sold with an edge that is squared, but you can also buy plasterboard with a bevelled edge, tapered edge and recessed edge based on what kind of design you want in your home. You can customise your plasterboard for unusual spaces, but that will cost you more money. Plasterboard sheets are bonded to the frame of your wall and then nailed or drilled into the wall studs. Fire Retardant Plasterboard — Fire retardant plasterboard is ideal if you want to provide additional fire protection for your home. It is made with glass fibres that are inserted into the board and mixed with calcium silicate, a material that is fire-resistant. Although fire retardant plasterboard is more often installed in commercial buildings, it is also applicable in homes that may have a higher risk of fire such as those built in brush areas. Fire retardant plasterboards are sold based on the Australian Standard for fire resistant construction material, and must have the ASN label somewhere on the board. Moisture Resistant Plasterboard — Moisture resistant plasterboard also known as vapour barrier plasterboard is filled with a metal or aluminium lining that absorbs excess moisture and prevent it from compromising the core of the board. It is often used in areas of your home or office that experience high levels of humidity or moisture such as a kitchen or bathroom. Sound Reduction Plasterboard — Sound reduction plasterboard is ideal if you are building a study or an office in your house. It features wool or polyurethane insulation that helps to dampen and disperse sound throughout the board so that less noise enters a room. Unlike standard plasterboard measurements, sound reduction plasterboard is thicker in width so that there is more surface area through which the sound must penetrate to reach a room. When building in a commercial structure such as a nightclub or a recording studio, experts recommend that you use a 16mm plasterboard width for the best...

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