Organizing Your Garage on a Budget

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Obviously, garages are meant for vehicles. But, as you probably already know all too well, most homeowners use their garages for a lot more than just parking their cars. Unfortunately, garages seem to get cluttered, and there could even come a time when there is just no more room to park your vehicle. Before this happens, there are things you can do to create a garage that is organized well enough that it can be used for multiple purposes. Here are some tips for getting your garage organized, and doing it on a budget. Create a Plan Before you can start organizing your garage, you need to sit down and create a plan. This is going to allow you to organize things in a way that you will be able to use anything you need when you need it, without having to dig through a bunch of other things to get to it. Grab a pad of paper and a pencil, and draw a simple layout of your garage. Then, you can start adding things to your drawing that will create the storage space you need. It will likely take a few drawings, which will include spaces for shelves, drawers, etc. Your plan should include a place for everything. That way, when you have completed the organizing project, you will have specific spots for all of your tools, seasonal supplies, etc. Gather Up Building Supplies If your plans include building shelves or cabinets, you are going to need building supplies. You can save a lot of money by getting supplies that have been taken from older homes during teardowns and renovations. For instance, an old set of kitchen cabinets and a countertop could make a great storage/work area for your garage. In addition to old cabinets, you can make shelves from used materials, as well as areas where you can hang tools and other items. Making Cheap Shelves You can use old boards and cheap metal brackets to create shelving in garages. Remember, it isn’t like you need to have anything fancy, so you don’t even have to worry about painting or staining, unless you want to. You can either buy boards from your local lumber supplier, or get them from renovation and building sites. Pegboard A great and inexpensive way to keep your tools organized, and always in sight so you can find the tools you need right away, is to have them hanging from a pegboard. You can get cheap pegboard from your local hardware store. Or, you can drill holes into a piece of plywood. Then, all you have to do is add nails, screws, or hooks to hang items from, and hang the board on...

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Why You Should Keep Off DIY Projects That Require Scaffolding

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With so much information available on how to carryout various DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects, it is very easy for people to think that they can engage in any remodeling or repair work at home. Work that requires the setting up of scaffolding (such as painting a top floor on your house) is very risky for the average DIY person. This article discusses why projects that need scaffolding are better left to professionals. Inadequate Installation Training Most homeowners lack the necessary training to install scaffolding, except those who are construction workers. When you lack proper training on how to set up scaffolding, it will be very hard for you to select the best place or ground on which to anchor the scaffolding. When scaffolding isn’t on firm ground, there are high chances that it will give way under the weight of the person using it, which could result in an accident or even death. It is for this reason that you should invite professionals to help you do any work that involves the use of scaffolding since the risks (such as serious injuries after a fall) of personally doing that work outweigh any benefits you may get (such as reduced project costs). Ignorance Of Load Limits A properly set up scaffolding system can collapse because it was subjected to heavier loads than it was designed to carry. If you lack expertise in determining the load limit of a scaffolding system, avoid taking on home repair projects that require you to set up a scaffold. This will save you from putting yourself in harm’s way when you simply guess what loads are safe for you to have on the scaffold platform as you do the repair work. For instance, a big bucket of concrete mix may be too heavy for one scaffolding system while the same bucket will be safe to have on another scaffold platform. This difference is due to the weight limit each of those scaffolds was designed to carry. Inability To Inspect The Scaffold Before Using It It is very hard for a non-expert to inspect a scaffold before using it. This is because a proper inspection requires knowledge of what angle the scaffold should be allowed to lean, how firm the ground on which it stands should be and the skills to spot the signs that support structures may be about to give way. A layperson lacks the competence to inspect a scaffold and that is why you should hire professionals to help you to do that work. From the discussion above, it is very clear that the safe use of scaffolding requires a lot more than being able to buy the materials from which scaffolds are made....

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Top Steel Fabrication Techniques Used In Industrial Applications

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Steel fabrication refers to the process of bending, cutting and shaping steel so as to create industrial and household products. Unlike welding, which strengthens or repairs items, steel fabrication involves attaching metal pieces together so as to form a predefined size and shape. Fabrication requires a lot of training and experience and that is why it is undertaken by skilled technicians. This article looks at some of the techniques involved in steel fabrication. Laser Cutting Laser cutting has become a popular steel fabrication technique because of its accuracy and speed with which it cuts steel. With accuracy levels of up to about 0.1 mm, laser cutting lessens the time taken at the assembly line because fewer adjustments, if any, are required. Laser beams also cut accurate holes, thereby eliminating the need of steel plates to go through the second phase of drilling after being cut. Flame Cutting This type of steel fabrication technique is used on plates with a thickness ranging between 20mm to 300mm. It is versatile, economical and accurate, making it one of the most widely used steel cutting methods. Flame cutting makes use of LPG and oxygen in the cutting process, which gives an excellent cut quality; though, it may occasionally require grinding so as to remove the slag. Plasma Cutting This technique is mostly used on plate and sheet from about 4mm to 35mm thick and approximate sheet sizes of 12m x 3m. Plasma cutting has been around for quite a while, but within the last few years, its popularity has increased because of the introduction of High Definition Plasma machines that have significantly increased the cutting process. One of the advantages of these improved machines is that they reduce the taper of a cut edge from about 5 degrees to less than 1 degree, making the plates and sheets perfect for most applications CNC Bending CNC Bending is an extremely versatile process used to create a large number of designs to be used in general fabrication. There are several types of bends that can be done depending on the requirements of the final product.  For instance, an inch bend is done whenever a large radius is needed on a bend. Another type of bending that is common is the Square to Round bending. To ensure that the correct bend shape is achieved, an extra piece of steel is added near the bend line known as a set-end. For more information, contact a company such as C & S Sheetmetal Pty....

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