Posts by Maisy Wilcox

Why It May Be Unwise for You to Install a Split System AC Yourself

 The speed and ease with which split system air conditioners can be installed may tempt you to undertake a DIY installation of this system in your home. However, there are some reasons why you should not attempt this if you are not a trained professional. This article discusses some of those reasons.

Sizing Issues

One of the biggest challenges that homeowners who opt for the DIY approach when installing a split system air conditioner face is picking the correct size of unit for the home. Proper sizing requires one to have complete knowledge about all the pertinent factors, such as the size of each room in the home in addition to calculating how much air needs to be re-circulated during each hour. Such calculations may be too complex for a layperson. Consequently, he or she may select a unit that is too large for the home. This can create unforeseen problems, such as ineffective dehumidification due to short AC cycle times.

Unit Placement Challenges

Split system air conditioning systems have two main components, the external unit and the internal unit. The two components are linked by tubing. Effective system performance may depend on how suitable the locations chosen for component placement are. For instance, a less experienced homeowner may place the external unit close to a wall. Such a placement may lower the performance of the system because air circulation around the outside unit will be inhibited. Similarly, the homeowner may place the internal unit in the direct path of a door that is frequently opened. The draughts from the door may also affect the effectiveness of the unit. A professional will be able to make sure the units are placed in the best possible location for maximum efficiency. 

Difficulties in Charging the System with Refrigerant

Split system AC units are usually charged with refrigerant once the installation has been completed. It is usually advisable to let a professional charge the system so that he or she determines how quickly and how much refrigerant should be channeled into the system. It may be hard for you to find a professional to do this if he or she did not install the system. This is because that individual may not want to be held responsible for any problem that may occur as the system is charged because of a mistake made during the installation of the units.

A split system air conditioner is a major investment. Do not risk the money spent by attempting to install it yourself lest you lack the necessary skills and experience. Let professionals help you to install the system.

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Water Well Drilling: Drilling Methods to Consider

A water well is an excellent source of water in your home. When planning to drill your well, you will want to consider things such as the competence and reliability of the drilling company, the cost of drilling the well, and the amount of space required. Another important thing to consider before your well is drilled is the drilling method to use. There are various water well drilling methods, each with its own merits and demerits. Here are some drilling methods you may want to consider for your well.

Rotary Drilling With Flush

With this type of drilling, a drill bit is rotated through a drill pipe to cut through the rock. Drilling mud is then pumped down the pipe to flush out dust, cuttings, and any other debris. Rotary drilling can drill through a wide range of rock formations, making it a more versatile option. In addition, it uses drilling mud (to flush out the dust and other debris), which can support unstable rock or soil formations. Rotary drilling with flush can also operate both below and above the water table and can drill deeper depths, which prevents contamination since shallow wells are more likely to be susceptible to contamination. The drawback of this drilling method is that you will need a good amount of water since it’s used for pumping.

Rotary-Percussion Drilling

This method uses pneumatic hammers to pulverise hard rocks. The hammer is driven by compressed air, which flushes out materials from the borehole as the hammer drills through. The first advantage of this drilling method is that it is ideal for drilling hard rocks such as granite. Therefore, if your ground has been found to contain granite, you may want to go for this option. It can also penetrate gravel, and it’s a fast method that will work well both below and above the water table. However, you will need an air compressor, which can increase your drilling costs. Besides, this method may cost you much more compared to other methods.


This form of drilling uses water as the main component for washing, aiding cutting, and flushing out the debris. The debris then emerges as a jet. Internal combustible pumps can also be used to facilitate the washing and cutting. Jetting is relatively inexpensive compared to the other two methods and can work well below and above the water table. However, further drilling can be hindered by boulders. In addition, it’s only ideal for unconsolidated rock formations, such as silt, clay, and sand.

Contact a drilling service for more information.

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Understanding the Steel Detailing Processes for Your Building’s Design

Have you ever heard about construction projects collapsing and causing major injuries and death? Well, poor structural detailing is often the cause of such tragic occurrences. There are more aspects to a building than what you just want it to look like. Strength is among them, and it is achieved by supporting the building with a strong structure of steel. The layout of the structure should be done by a structural steel professional to guarantee adequate strength to the building. This will ensure the safety of the workers on the site, together with the people passing or living in the nearby areas. In addition, you will avoid unnecessary expenses resulting from the reconstruction of the collapsed sections. Here is what you should know about the steel detailing procedure for your building design:

The Erection Drawings

The erection drawings are the first part of the steel detailing procedure on your commercial building. They are the dimensional plans of your building showing the specific geographic location of each of the structural component. The drawings also include the requirements for installation and other works associated with the steel component of the building. This will act as a guideline for your workers to ensure that the structural support they use can sustain the weight of the building at each specific point.

The Shop Drawings

After the engineer has generated the erection drawings of the buildings, they also come with the shop drawings. The shop drawings are important because they tell you what you need to buy and how it should be made. They have details on the braces, columns, beams, and joints and the type of materials that you should use to reinforce each section. The material will vary depending on the size and type of building. For instance, storey buildings have thicker beams, which means that you will use denser structural steel to support the beams, unlike those you would use for a bungalow.

Most importantly, the shop drawings tell you how the steel components should be made by the fabricator. Rather than having to give the whole description, the drawings will tell you the structural steel gauge that you should ask for from the seller. The shop drawings are about the type, modifications requirements, and the number of structural support components you should buy. For instance, you may have to paint some of the components to make them resistant to corrosion. These drawings will specify such details and tell you the paint you should buy. 

National and local authorities are keen on safety during construction. You need these structural drawings for your building’s design especially during government inspections so that they allow you to go on with the project.   

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Making A Great Impression With Your Office Lobby

There are an array of benefits that come with enlisting commercial cleaning services. Not only does scheduled office cleaning work toward enhancing the health of your employees, but it also boosts productivity of your business hence increasing your bottom line. However, when it comes to commercial cleaning services, some entrepreneurs simply opt to schedule it occasionally in hopes that everything can be done at once. This may work for spring cleaning, but it also means that there are aspects of your office that require regular cleaning that will be overlooked. By engaging commercial cleaning services on a daily basis, you effectively work toward creating a good first impression with all potential customers that walk into your premises. Here are some tips to creating a great first impression with your lobby. 

Focus on high traffic areas

One of the most important areas to clean on a daily basis would be those experiencing high consumer traffic. Since the lobby is the main area where individuals both access and exit from your business, it is also the most prone to becoming dirty. You can hire a commercial cleaning crew to ensure that the carpet and upholstery is surface cleaned daily rather than waiting for thorough cleaning once in a while. 

Get entrance mats for your business

Entrance mats can benefit your business in two main ways. For one, they will greatly decrease the amount of dirt that is being tracked in by visitors to your office premises. This makes it easier for commercial cleaning services to keep your carpets clean and they can change your entrance mats for you on a daily basis. Secondly, entrance mats can add character to your office. You can opt to have these customized with the logo and colours of your company. This not only lends to a professional appearance for your office premises, but it also gives a mental image for potential clients to remember. 

Regular have your air conditioning filters cleaned

The smell of a place can linger in your memory for a significant period of time. Your office may appear spic and span, but if there are any lingering smells in the air, chances are this will give a bad impression to potential clients. The tricky thing about smells that keep being recirculated into the office space is that you and your workers become used to them, thus they are no longer detectable by your senses. To ensure there are no foul odours, which are generated by regular office use, being recirculated in your air, it would be best to opt for regular cleaning of your filters by commercial cleaners

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Is It Viable To Shift From Manual To CNC Machining?

Machining has been a part of industrial manufacturing and fabrication for many years now. In Australia, machining is done both manually and via CNC machines. If you are a manufacturer or a fabricating firm, you may be struggling to leave manual processing and embrace CNC technology. In this article, find out whether the switch is viable and what you stand to gain from it.

Make higher quality products

Like any other automated process, CNC machining offers high precision and uniformity. The machine can repeat the same processes hundreds of times while producing identical products each time. There are no errors created and this reduces wastage, as well as time used to re-do work, as is the case with manual machining. High precision and uniformity also increase the quality of your products, allowing you to tighten the market competition, increase product prices, or both. 

Increase your production turnover                                 

Unlike manual processing that is prone to human fatigue and disposition, CNC machines can churn out machined products one after the other, all day long. Most importantly, you can control the speeds of the tools to increase processing speeds. Together, these two factors allow your business to increase product turnover levels. You can then expand your market and take on bigger clients.

Reduce your labour costs significantly

Again, thanks to automation, CNC machining will allow you to reduce your labour reliance significantly. A CNC machine only requires one operator and a few assistants to handle the processed materials. In fact, a single operator can supervise several CNC machines at a go. With fewer salaries to worry about, you can channel the extra cash towards maintaining your new acquisition or towards paying for the machine.

Enjoy a variety of machining services

A CNC machine boasts a wide variety of services. Indeed, it is a one-stop shop for all your machining needs. Loaded with mills, lathes, routers and grinders, it can offer services such as milling, grinding, facing, tapping, boring, drilling, reaming, perforation, etc. With a CNC machine, therefore, you will never have to outsource services or undermine quality due to a lack of equipment.

Save space and overhead costs

Another benefit of CNC machining that you may not know about is space economy. One machine has the capacity to handle multiple tasks and produce multiple orders all day long. That, plus reduced labour, means you only need a small workspace to operate in. You can therefore enjoy reduced overhead costs such as rent, lighting and energy.

There are only two major drawbacks with CNC machining. One is that the machines are capital-intensive. The other is that your staff will need to be trained on how to operate the machine before you can begin to use it. However, all things considered, CNC machining is a huge plus for your business. 

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