Recycled Plastic Wall Cladding and Other Products in Construction Industry

Products such as plastic wall cladding have many advantages, such as hygiene, great looks, ease of installation, freedom from maintenance and tailor-made properties. Plastic wall claddings, soffits and fascias are also very popular and the construction industry is a major consumer of plastic.

However, plastic has a reputation as a non-recyclable and environment unfriendly material. It is in this context that the campaign to recycle plastic and produce construction products from recycled plastic assumes great significance.

Wall claddings, soffits and fascias can be made from recycled plastic. Other construction products being made from recycled plastic include damp proof membranes, water drainage, pipes and ducting, kerbstones, roofing materials, piling and ground stabilization, scaffolding planks, decking and flooring products and fencing.

Sources for Recycled Plastic Raw Materials

Post-consumer and post-industrial plastic waste is the main source of recycled plastic. Sometimes, this recycled plastic is blended with recycled wood to make a wood-polymer composite.

Plastic bottles, bags and wrapping film provide recyclable polyethylene. CD cases, vending cups and food packaging yield polystyrene for recycling. Recyclable PVC is obtained from windows and industrial products.

Why Use Recycled Plastic Products?

Definite business benefits can be obtained from using recycled plastic products.

COST: Recycled plastic products are durable and long-lived, do not need much maintenance and do not suffer from such problems as rot. Hence, the lifetime costs of recycled plastic products will be lower and they will be excellent value for money.

STRENGTH AND VERSATILITY: Plastic has high strength-to-weight ratio. Light products mean easier handling, often eliminating mechanical handling aids and still complying with Health & Safety regulations. Plastic is versatile with a wide range of construction products being made with recycled plastic. You could get much of your requirements in the form of recycled plastic construction products.

The products also typically meet standards specifications.

PREFERENCE IN TENDERS: Public sector contracts are easier to win if you can show that you are using environmentally sustainable products. Even private sector organizations are beginning to give preference to contractors with a reputation for using recycled products.

CONTRIBUTION TO ENVIRONMENT: By using recycled plastic products, you are telling the world that you care for the environment. This can go a long way in generating goodwill that can benefit your business.

Recycled plastic products require little maintenance and upkeep, are inert and do not pollute water bodies or soil, and can be fully recycled at the end of their lives.

By using recycled plastic products, you are creating a demand for more recycled plastic raw materials, removing them from polluting places.

Conclusion

Recycling used plastic consumer and industrial products is a reality now. Many plastic product manufacturers use recycled plastic as raw material, sourcing their requirements from plastic waste such as bottles, CD cases and discarded industrial plastic products.

Many recycled plastic products are used by the construction industry. These include wall claddings, soffits and fascias as well as fencing, drainage, kerbstones and roofing products.

You can get concrete business benefits by creating a reputation for using recycled products. These include preferences in tenders and business goodwill.

 

This article was submitted to us by CLR Solutions in NJ.  Their website is here:  http://www.clrsolutionsnj.com.

All About PTFE Lined Check Valves

This article contains information about a series of PTFE process check valves.  These particular PTFE valves are developed for use on certain fluids that are compatible with the corrosion resistant characteristics of virgin TFE. The body of the valve is made from a combination of ductile iron and steel. The body parts do not come into contact with the process flow.

End connections are made with a TFE reducing flange. This new series offers high physical strength in combination with the high corrosion resistance of virgin TFE. The simple internal design provides for high flow rates at a very low pressure drop.

All wetted parts of Chem Flowtronics model 1850 spring loaded check valves are TFE. The housing is a combination of ductile iron and steel.

How To Choose A Tool Box

You’re working on your car out in the garage. You need a wrench and a Phillips screwdriver. You start to dig through the tools lying on the counter. You browse through the tools scattered on the floor. You wish your tools were organized like a well-oiled machine, but they’re not. You add them to your shopping list of things to buy. Sound familiar?

It may be time to invest in a new tool box. Tool boxes come in such a wide variety and price range that it is best to estimate your needs before you shop around.

Using Your Tool Box

How often will you use your tool box? If you will be using it sparingly, a small plastic box may be all you need to keep your tool clean and all in one spot. If you are an amateur mechanic, however, and will be frequently using your tools, purchasing a large steel tool box or case may be necessary.

Number of Tools

How many tools will you needs to house in your tool box? For a basic set of hammer, nails and screwdrivers, you won’t need much space. On the other hand, if you have air tools, meters, timing lights, screwdrivers, sockets and wrenches, you will definitely need a tool box large enough to separate and organize all of the different tools.

By using a larger tool box with multiple roller bearing drawers and removable trays, you will be able to spend more time working on your repairs than looking for the appropriate tool for the job.

Key Locking Tool Box

What type of security measures do you require on your tool box? Whether you have small children you need to keep away from your potentially dangerous tools or worry about losing an expensive tool, you should consider how you would keep your tools safe. Older or less expensive tool boxes may require a pad lock. Most small tool boxes, however, come with a lock and key. More expensive tool boxes have self-locking drawers for maximum security.

Tool Box Storage

Where will you keep your tool box? Will it be in the basement or a safe corner of your garage? Will you need to transport it often or keep it in the bed of your truck? Answering these questions will help you decide what type of material your tool box should be mad of. Steel construction is heavy duty and long-lasting, but it is going to be exposed to hot and cold temperatures and other weather conditions, polypropylene may be a better choice because it is durable, tough and won’t rust.

Once you have answered these simple questions its time to start looking at various tool boxes to decide which would best fit your needs. Deciding factors may include what accessories you would like included with your tool box, the color and style of the tool box and the tiered designs available. Do you prefer a baked enamel finish, polished steel or a rugged tough plastic? Do you need your tool box on coaster so you can move it as needed?

Ultimately it comes down to buying the tool box that meets the majority of your needs for the least amount of money. Shop around for the best prices and you will enjoy your investment for years to come.

Thanks to Pittsburgh Mobile Dent Repair for submitting this article to us.  Their website is located here:  http://www.mobiledentrepairpittsburgh.com.

Backyard Decks Building Basics

Q: Do I need a contractor’s license in order to build a backyard deck onto my home?

A: Generally, no. Individuals who are doing any type of construction on their own home are not required to obtain a contractor’s license. If you have any questions regarding the building of backyard decks as a commercial business, on the other hand, you may need a contractor’s license and/or other special permits.

Q: Will I need a building permit before building a backyard deck? How can I get one?

A: Prior to beginning any type of construction project, including backyard decks, you will need to request a building permit. Failure to do so may result in fines, so be sure to file the necessary paperwork at your local courthouse in the office that issues building permits. Before doing so, make sure that you have the exact size and dimensions of the backyard deck that you wish to build. If you have a drawing, have a copy with you incase you are asked to provide one.

Q: Even though I am not familiar with construction of any kind, I would like to try building a backyard deck. Should I do all of the work myself or hire a professional contractor?

A: There is no ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to this question. The bottom line is that if you feel comfortable in doing the job, you can attempt to complete the project yourself. However, if any part of the construction is unclear or becomes complicated, you should call a contractor to at least come in and inspect your work. If needed, a professional can take over the job even after you began construction.

Q: I’m not sure if I can complete the construction on my backyard deck, but I don’t want to spend the money to hire a contractor. Can I start on the construction and then call a contractor if I run into problems?

A: Yes, but this isn’t necessarily the best plan of action. If you start the job and run into serious problems with the construction, a contractor may end up charging you even more to go in and correct the problem before completing the deck than if they were to be the primary builder from the beginning. Therefore, you should only start the construction on your backyard deck if you are confident that you can complete the job.

Q: If I do hire a contractor, how can I select the best one for my backyard deck project?

A: First of all, make sure that you choose a professional who is licensed to work in your state. Secondly, check out the contractor’s reputation with the local Better Business Bureau and confirm the number of years they have been in business. And last but not least, make sure they are knowledgeable in the construction of backyard decks and get everything in writing before handing over a deposit.

 

Special thanks to Pro Skill Construction for writing this article and giving it to us.  This article contains a lot of the information you need to start a deck building project.

Property Buying Guide for the First Time Buyer

Buying a home? It can be an exciting—and overwhelming!—process, especially for first time buyers deluged by unfamiliar processes, big decisions, and what may often seem as too many choices. Here are 4 ways to make it easier.

1. Set a budget
As a general rule, your monthly mortgage payments shouldn’t exceed 30% of your monthly gross income. However, other things have to be considered. Is your income stable? Do you expect your expenses to increase dramatically within the next few years (e.g., you’re planning to have a bigger family)?
Don’t forget the incidental costs of buying a home, often underestimated by first-time home buyers. This includes the conveyance fees, repairs, home owners insurance, council tax, even boiler maintenance. Also consider the various expenses from moving to, and settling into, your new neighborhood (transport, furnishings, connection of services, etc.).
Your budget should also include a savings reserve of 6 months’ worth of mortgage payments and household expenses—best to be prepared for any emergency.

2. Find a conveyancer.
A conveyancer is a solicitor who specializes in the paperwork, negotiations and other legal niceties of real estate transactions. This includes preparing and reviewing contracts, negotiating with the seller’s conveyancer, and making sure your interests are protected (including checking the value of the property, evaluating for any health hazards, and informing you of any requirements and how to get them).
A conveyancer can walk you through most of the details of buying a home. That’s why you need one, and also, why you should choose someone you’re comfortable with–you can ask questions, freely raise concerns, and trust him to give you the service you deserve. That’s why going to a company that specializes in real estate is better rather than one where solicitors handle different types of cases.

3. Define your preferences.
You’ll be looking at a dizzying number of houses, none of them perfect, and all of them beautiful in their own way. So how do you finally choose which one’s worth buying? Aside from the price tag, consider:
•    Size and structure. How many rooms? Do you want a garden? How important is privacy?
•    Location. How close is it to your office, the schools, the shopping centres, the airports? Remember to compute the change of transportation costs into your household budget.  Consider also broadband access, ease of public transportation, and how future constructions will affect property value. Your conveyancer can also double check if your property is sitting near any roads that the city is planning to build.
•    Condition. How much will you need to spend on repairs? Your conveyancer can arrange inspections to help you assess the real cost, and can use this to negotiate the selling price.
•    Safety. Be sure to drive around the area at night, and check the Internet for statistics on crime rate. Note that living in an unsafe neighborhood can affect your insurance premiums.
•    Health. Nearby chemical or processing plants can affect the soil and water. Your conveyancer can help you arrange for the necessary tests.
•    Style. Modern or historical? Cozy or elegant?
•    Resale value. Like any investment, your property should ideally increase in value over the years. But aside from these forecasts, factor in how easy it will be to sell the house when the time comes. For example, homes located near schools will always appeal to young families, so you won’t have any trouble finding a buyer. So it would be rather suspicious if the house you’re planning to get is too cheap. If the owner is selling below market rate, the property may not be as attractive as it seems.

4. Delegate, but stay in control.
Hiring a conveyancer takes a lot of the details off your hands, so you can focus on the more enjoyable aspects of buying a home—like picking new furniture, or planning your housewarming party. But you still need to stay on top of things. Some tips:
•    Don’t hesitate to ask your conveyancer for any updates.
•    Keep track of all your expenses in a small notebook.
•    Buy an expandable folder for receipts and documents. Be sure to make photocopies of any important papers.
•    Shop around for the best deals on mortgage or insurance, and weigh the sales hype against the credibility of the company and an assessment of your own needs and financial situation. Your conveyancer can help you look at their proposals to check for any legal loopholes.

Resource Links:  http://www.moneysupermarket.com/conveyancing/

 

Make The Most Of Your Basement

The basement of many homes is neglected, left undecorated and kept unlivable. If you are one of these people that has held off working on your basement, I suggest you think again. Consider the incredible potential that lies just below the main floor of your home. Think not only about the square footage that making your basement functional would add to your family’s space, but think too about all of the great ways you could put that space to use.

Think about all of the things that have been added to the collections and treasures of everyone in your family. In no time a home can go from being barely filled to becoming overfilled. The extra set of golf clubs or fishing rods, you know, just in case. The boxes and crates filled with craft supplies from the latest and greatest sales. The stuffed animals that your now teenaged children don’t want to live without. I’d like to suggest to you that one of the biggest and best reasons to finish the basement of your home is to make space for storage. Devote an entire section or room in your basement to hold the treasures of your family in an organized way.

Besides providing space for organization and storage, your basement can be a great place to give each member of your family a little nook of their own. Do you love to collect articles and momentos from your favorite sporting events and teams? If so, make a space in your basement to display all the things you’re proud of. Or, better yet, let the things you’ve collected adorn the walls of a room and then fill it with exercise equipment to get you in shape as well. If your dining room table has been taking over by your wife’s latest sewing or scrapbooking project, give her the craft room of her dreams in your basement. Finish off a room just for her. Build shelves and cabinets to hold all of her things and she will love you like never before. You will get the dining room table back and your wife will get a sacred space all for herself.

Your kids will love having part of the basement to play in as well. There is nothing quite like having room for a toy closet or a carpeted play area. Finishing off a play space for your children will give them hours of endless entertainment and give you hours of peace and quiet someplace else.

You’ll never know all the ways that making your basement a livable space will make your life better. Take your family out to dinner and announce the start of the project that everyone will love. They will be excited to participate in finishing the basement because they know how fun a new space will be.

 

How To Refinish A Vinyl Or Tile Foor Using Floor Finish

The following procedure is for reapplying coats to an already finished floor or applying finish to a new floor.  When finishing a new floor always follow the manufacturers recommendations for prepping the floor.  You should always consult the flooring manufacturer on the types of finishes that are suited to your floor.  When finishing any floor we recommend that you use a quality floor finish that is correctly matched to your flooring. Our online floor finishing procedures are the general guidelines for finishing a floor.  These days floor finish has become the alternative to old fashioned waxes.  Floor finish can give a floor a great long lasting shine without the problems of conventional waxes.

Procedure:

Make sure that your floor has been prepared for finishing.  Clean the floor removing as much dirt and debris as possible.  If the floor has more than 5 coats of finish we recommend stripping the floor first.  Too many layers of finish can dull a floor.  Over time floor finish can yellow in color, if you see any yellowing on the floor we also recommend that you strip the floor first.

After the floor has been prepared, vacuum or dust mop the floor to remove any dust.  We recommend that you spray your dust mop with dust mop treatment to remove as much dust as possible.  Make sure to remove anything stuck to the floor, anything that is on the floor when you finish it will become part of the floor finish and you will have to strip your floor and begin again.

Make sure that the floor are you are finishing does not and will not have traffic moving through it for at least 12 – 24 hours depending on the type of finish that your are applying (see floor finish manufacturers specifications for curing and drying time).  Use warning signs to make sure the area where you are finishing is marked out so that everyone is aware of the area.

Finishing a floor requires the use of two mop buckets.  One bucket will be used to keep the finish mop damp and the other will be used to apply the floor finish.  Line the floor finish bucket with a clear trash can liner so that you can dispose of the finish easily after the job is complete.

Fill one mop bucket 1/2 way up with water and the lined mop bucket 1/4 full with floor finish.  Dip your finish mop into the water bucket and wring until the mop is damp and water does not drip from the end.  Next, dip the damp mop into the floor finish and wring until the finish mop does not drip.

The best way to finish floors is to divide the floor into sections to assure that an even amount of floor finish is applied everywhere.  Begin applying the floor finish at the furthest corner from the entrance.  Apply floor finish to the baseboard area first (a block applicator can be a great tool for this job) working away from the corner.  Make sure the floor finish is going on to the floor in a thin even coat.

After you have applied floor finish to the baseboard move on to the open areas of the floor.  Move the mop head in a figure eight motion overlapping mopping sections by about an inch.

After you have applied the finish evenly to the entire area, let the floor dry.  The floor should look glossy with no raised areas or drip marks.  Follow the floor finish manufacturers recommendations for drying time.  Depending on the floor finish you may wish to apply more than one coat of floor finish, if so, let the floor dry in between coats. You may also want to buff the floor in between coats so that the second coat adheres better to the first coat.

To maintain the new look of the floor finish you can burnish with a burnishing floor pad, again see the manufacturers recommendations for maintenance on your floor.
After 12 hours your floor should be fully cured. Floor traffic can now resume.

This article was submitted to the website by Kitchen Cabs Direct.

Caring for your Wood Furniture

There is nothing like wood furniture to add elegance and beauty to a home. Whether it is a thick, all-natural butchers block table, an Art Deco wooden dresser, a simple mahogany dining room table or a sleek, modern coffee table, wood furniture is a staple in homes across America and the world. Make sure your wood tables, vanities and dressers stay gorgeous for generations to come with these simple solutions and guidelines.
Stain, Stain, Go Away!
Ever gasped after a child inadvertently left a giant scratch in the surface of your dining room table? Or cringed when a well-meaning adult accidentally knocked over a drink onto your beautiful wood coffee table? Well, fear not. One of the best attributes of wood furniture is that it is simple to touch up or renew its original luster.

Small nicks and scratches can usually be disguised with the help of a store-bought scratch cover product. For larger scratches, try using a felt tip pen or shoe polish in a color closely matched to the finish of the furniture piece. Shoe polish applicator bottles filled with the stain work well for the cover-up job, as do Sharpie markers. Coloring in the scratch is easy and surprisingly effective.

Get rid of pesky water spots on your wood furniture by allowing the spots to dry completely, then rubbing real mayonnaise onto it with a soft cloth, until the spots disappear. Erase color rings left on tables by cups and glasses with a homemade mixture of cigarette ashes and cooking oil. Prep the stain first by scrubbing it with an abrasive pad or sandpaper. Then, rub the oil and ash concoction into the wood.

And what about candle wax, marring the beautiful finish of your wood dining room table? Wait until the wax cools, then apply ice. Once the wax becomes extremely hard and brittle, gently scrape it off with a plastic spatula. Finally, polish the table with a rich cream polish, and buff away any residue.

Prevent serious damage to your wood furniture by taking care not to position it in direct sunlight. Unless you are going for the weathered picnic table look, shield all wood furniture from the drying influence of the sun. Also, protect your dining room table’s finish using an inexpensive table pad when the table is not in use.

When eating a meal or entertaining guests, use a tablecloth or placemats to protect the finish of a wood table, especially when serving hot food. Place hot serving dishes atop a hot pad and candle holders over a large felt protector with a plastic top, since plastic prevents wax from running.

Use coasters beneath all glasses and mugs to protect your coffee table, dining room table and wood dressers from unsightly rings and water spots. Beware, because not all coasters are created equal. Metal coasters can sweat onto the wood, and plastic coasters can react with certain finishes on some wood furniture pieces. So consider choosing wooden coasters with felt backing and a waterproof material on top to further ensure the longevity of your wood table tops. The best coasters are those that taper up on the sides, preventing leakage.

Proper Care and Cleaning
Polishing wood furniture every week goes a long way toward protecting the finish from damage and helping your wood tables, chairs and dressers look their best. Beware, though, of cheap polishes, or any polish that contains silicone or alcohol. Alcohol can do permanent damage to a wood surface, as can any household cleaner that contains ammonia. An excellent polish can be easily made at home, by combining lemon oil with 3 parts olive oil.

Now that you know about polishes, don’t forget to clean your wood furniture as well. Regular cleaning is especially important for coffee tables and dining room tables where food and drink are daily staples. Use a very mild soap, such as a diluted mixture of hand soap and water, as a cleaning agent for your wood furniture. And if you really want to ensure your dining room table or heirloom wood desk stays beautiful, have your wood furniture buffed and polished by a professional service once or twice a year.

Now you are fully armed to properly care for your wood furniture. And don’t be disheartened if you are unable to make a nick or small stain disappear completely. Signs of use can add character to a piece of wood furniture, and are often barely noticeable. Whether it is a dresser, coffee table, bookshelf, desk, or dining room table, wood furniture is the perfect addition to any home.

Thanks to Roeland Home Improvers for providing this article.  You can visit their website at http://www.roeland.com

New Answer to Age Old Problem: How to Find a Contractor?

The solution might be to have someone else do it for you

We have all been there before. It is time to get the house painted and you are not sure who to call.

What do you do?

You ask the neighbors if they know a good painter. This is a good idea because referrals are often the best way to make sure you are getting a quality contractor. But what if they weren’t real happy with their painter? What if you call the recommended company but they never call you back? What if this company’s estimate is way more then you are able to pay? Who’s to say your neighbor wasn’t overcharged?

Ok, what’s next?

Well, maybe you turn to your handy-dandy phone book and lookup ‘paint contractors’. One look in this book and your head will spin. There are literally hundreds of different names in there. How do you choose? Usually people just start calling paint companies. In doing that you soon find out that most don’t answer their phones and many don’t even call you back if you leave a message. This is not a good sign…would you hire a painter you can’t easily get a hold of?

If you’re lucky after this excruciating exercise you may have 2 or 3 companies able to come out and give you an estimate. Of course they are all coming on different days and different times, so you are going to be running back and forth from work to meet the painters.

Let’s say that you eventually get your estimates. The estimate from the paint company that was the most professional, with the nice van, and the one that you liked the most is (of course) ridiculously expensive. The painter with the lowest estimate didn’t even leave you a written statement describing the work they would perform! Can you trust them? Will they do quality work?

The ‘dog and pony show’ of trying to hire a contractor could go on forever. It’s a hassle, it’s risky, it is time consuming, and it is hard to figure out what price is fair and acceptable for a quality job.

If you live in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area you may not have to do any of the above, at least for house painting needs. There are some new services available that work with homeowners to put together a price and job description package for any painting job. Professional painters then compete to accept the exact services listed in the homeowner’s job description at the price that was also set by the homeowner. Customers will meet the painters that have accepted their job to talk about their needs. After this meeting the homeowner can simply decide to hire the painter to begin work or have the service locate a new painter at the same price.

This concept is very different from the nightmare described above. It also seems to be helpful to both the homeowner and the paint contractor. The homeowner can deal with just one service and still reach lots of area professional painters. Homeowners can also set an affordable price for a quality job and see what companies are available to meet their demands. Contractors like the business concept because they are able to accept jobs that they did not have to spend time and money to find.

“We try to take the hassle out of finding quality painters,” says Steve Frasher, the Manager of one such service called Name Your Own Price Painting. “With one call to us we help set up your estimate and then contact the pros in our network to see who is available to perform the work at the specified price. The paint companies love it because they can easily fill in some of the gaps they have in their work schedules. We found that it also allows customers to get quality work done at a reasonable price because of the competition to accept these jobs. In other words the market is really helping to dictate the price for the homeowner and they are not forced into a take-it-or-leave-it estimate.”

The concept of a contractor locating service that revolves around setting your own price is something that is still new, but on the surface it appears to be an innovative concept that is based on a win-win business model. This usually is a great sign for success.

Only time will tell if the nightmare of locating contractors to do work around your house could become a thing of the past.  If you don’t want any nightmares, go to www.contractormatch.net and you can find pre-screened and qualified contractors who are able to take care of your project.

Choosing The Right Gas Water Heater

Choosing a gas water heater is perhaps the wisest choice when installing or replacing a hot water heater in your home because they are much more economical than their electric counterparts.

In fact, most gas water heaters operate on less than half of the cost associated with conventional electric water heaters. Considering that hot water heaters are the second largest user of energy in the home, finding a more economical solution is very wise indeed.

Natural gas hot water heaters are also very popular among homeowners because they reach their set temperature more than twice as fast as an electric water heater does. That means that you could probably run the dishwasher after your morning shower and still have hot water, not lukewarm water.

And are you always the one having to wait around for more hot water after a shower hog has carelessly used it all for himself? A gas water heater may not make him more considerate, but it would cut your wait time in half.

While gas water heaters heat water faster and cheaper than electric heaters, it is still very important to purchase the right size tank for your household needs. A gas water heater that is too small can still leave you showering in lukewarm water.

Most homes will require a 40 gallon gas hot water heater. This heater will take care of a moderate sized home with 3 to 4 occupants, two bathrooms, and a washing machine.

Of course, if you live alone and only have one bathroom, you can get by with a smaller water heater. On the other hand, you may need a larger heater if there are more family members, especially teenagers, in the home and a dishwasher or whirlpool baths.

Even once you have figured out which gas water heater is the right size for your home, you may want to purchase a size larger for a few reasons.

Most of these reasons will center on your family’s lifestyle. For example: If you have a family member who is notorious for taking long, extremely hot showers, or if you have to run the dishwasher, washing machine and take a shower at the same time and in the few hours that you get to spend at home, you may want to purchase a larger gas water heater than is recommended for your family size.

No matter what size gas water heater you choose, you can rest assured that you are heating water for a fraction of the cost associated with electric heaters. Now that’s smart.