What Is Cold Rolled Steel?

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You may have heard the term “cold rolled steel” before, but you might not know exactly what it means. Is it simply a piece of steel that has a low temperature? Is it steel that has been rolled up? The definition and applications of cold rolled steel are actually quite interesting, so here is a brief explanation best suited for those with preliminary knowledge of steelworking. What is cold rolled steel? To explain what cold rolled steel is, it is first important to explain how a sheet of steel is made. In a process called rolling, steel is fed between two rollers which help even out the surface of the steel sheet. It is critical that this process is done while the steel is extremely hot, which allows the normally rigid steel to reform. The temperature of the steel determines whether the process is referred to as hot rolling or cold rolling. When the steel is hotter than its recrystallization temperature (the minimum temperature at which a crystal structure rearranges its grains), then the process is known as hot rolling. Otherwise, it is cold rolling. The recrystallization temperature is dependent upon the elemental composition of the steel, but it is commonly between 800 and 1000 degrees Celsius. Why would you cold roll steel? When steel is cold rolled, strain hardening (the strengthening of a metal via the complicated process of atomic dislocations) makes it much stronger. The process also allows for more accurate dimensions, which means that the product will be closer to the final measurements when compared to hot rolled steel. However, the drawback is that cold rolled steel is only usable in a limited number of configurations, which are basic geometric figures such as circles or rectangular prisms. When compared to the same product made via hot rolled steel, cold rolled steel products tend to have tighter size tolerances. However, this only applies to small products. As products become larger and more complex, hot rolled steel becomes a more viable alternative. What is cold rolled steel used for? Many products in your home are probably made of cold rolled steel, such as furniture, chairs, computer components, or any other small steel products. This is because cold rolled steel is more durable for small scale products. You are likely to find hot rolled steel in industrial applications, such as in very large containers or complex steel machinery.  There is quite a bit more to cold rolled steel, but this should serve as a good starting point for anyone interested in learning further. With this basic understanding of cold rolled steel, you can now look into the exact nature of recrystallization temperatures, the different types of rolling mechanisms, and...

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Important Tips To Remember About Vinyl Siding Installation

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Vinyl siding can add a neat, uniform appearance to your home’s exterior. Available in various colors, vinyl siding has become one of the most popular types of exterior home siding, offering easy care and long lasting protection for your home. However, when considering the installation of new vinyl siding for your home, keeping in mind a few tips is important to get the results you can be happy with for years to come. Surface Preparation Is Essential To Avoid Loose Siding Ensuring your siding is installed on an even surface is important to avoid pieces of it buckling and becoming loose later on. The last thing you want is a good wind to come along and take off parts of your siding because the wall underneath it was improperly prepared before installation. Installing a waterproof barrier like felt paper or insulated house wrap before putting on siding can prevent water and moisture buildup that would cause warping and buckling of the wood beneath siding. Other tips to remember when installing vinyl siding include: Always check with the local building code officials in your area for any requirements you need to meet when installing siding on your home. Laying down drywall on the floors in the home where siding will be facing can help to prevent bucking due to floor plate compression issues. Proper Flashing Installation Helps Prevent Future Water Damage For areas around windows and doors, the installation of flashing is necessary to avoid water seeping behind vinyl siding. The same is also true about the corners of the house as well. Always be sure to add enough flashing so that it is longer than nail flanges to provide the best waterproofing benefits. When installing flashing around windows, be sure to always install bottom flashing first before working your way the entire window unit. Corner Post Installation When installing vinyl siding, keep in mind that corner posts will be one of the final steps of your installation. If you must overlap two pieces of siding on a corner post, always place the top piece over the bottom so water can roll down it and onto the ground. If the bottom piece overlaps the top one, water can seep into the walls behind it. Avoiding any areas that water is able to reach underneath siding pieces is extremely important for your new siding to last for several years. Keeping The Critters Out The bottoms of corner poses need to be capped off to prevent mice and other pests like bees from reaching your home’s attic. Many people forget this step when installing vinyl siding because it is out of immediate view. Capping the underside of all corners is important to...

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Three Inexpensive Techniques You Can Use To Help Keep Your Home Cooler

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Keeping your home cool during the warm seasons of the year can be a pretty expensive venture.  If the heat in your local area becomes excessive, your air conditioning unit has to work even harder to produce colder air, resulting in higher energy bills for you.  However, maintaining a cool temperature within your home doesn’t have to break the bank if you know what to do.  Use these tips to learn more about what you can do to help keep your home cooler. Keep Your Kitchen Exhaust Fan Running Your kitchen exhaust fan can be used for more than simply expelling smoke after you cook a hot meal.  In much the same way that the fan sucks up the heat from your stove, it can also absorb the excess heat that rises upwardly throughout your home.  This leaves behind the crisp, cool air that is so refreshing when it’s hot outside. The same technique also works with bathroom fans, which are designed to absorb the steam that occurs after you take a hot shower.  Rather than allowing this air to escape the bathroom and make the air in your house seem warmer, keep bathroom fans running so the home will remain cool. Switch To Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL) If you notice that your home doesn’t seem to be getting very cool, you may need to look no further than your light bulbs.  Incandescent lights wastes approximately 90 percent of the electricity that they use, and this waste is given off as heat.  If you have a large quantity of these bulbs situated throughout your home, it can be difficult to maintain a cool climate with so much heat interfering. CFL light bulbs are a better option because they use about 75 percent less energy than their incandescent counterparts.  This translates into less heat output so your home’s temperature can remain steady. Install Automatic Blinds Although natural sunlight is a welcome occurrence in most homes, it may be contributing to higher temperatures throughout your abode.  The sunlight that is streaming through your windows essentially turns your home into a greenhouse, trapping the rays inside and causing your home to become warmer. Installing automatic blinds is a great way to combat this issue.  You can set the blinds to close during the time of day when the sun is at its highest.  The blinds will reopen once the sun is at a lower point in the sky so you can enjoy soft sunlight without the accompanying heat. Making a few changes throughout your home may be the key that helps to keep it cool.  Start using these tips as soon as possible so you can enjoy a cool, comfortable temperature...

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What To Do About Water Pressure Blues

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Poor water pressure may seem like a minor issue, but there’s no reason to adjust to a weak shower spray or deal with a trickle when you really need a stream. Most homes are capable of better pressure if you take the time to find and repair the problem: Check the Pressure Some variance in water pressure from faucet to faucet is expected, but a major change in water pressure usually requires a repair. Before tackling the problem or calling in a plumber, check each faucet both in and outside the house. Turn on each faucet, one at a time, and make a note of an that seem to have reduced water pressure. Make sure the water is only running at one location. The dishwasher, automatic sprinklers, or a recently flushed toilet may temporarily affect pressure at other locations. Screen Time Faucets usually have a small aerator screen located just inside the faucet opening. This screen oxygenates and places bubbles in the water, which makes it more palatable, but it can also trap sediment and mineral deposits. If it becomes clogged, the water pressure drops. Inspect the tip of the faucet to see how it comes apart. Most have tips that screw off so you can reach the screen. Pull the screen out of the faucet tip. Plug the sink, and then rinse out the aerator to remove any sediment. You may need to scrub it lightly with an old toothbrush. If it’s badly clogged, you can dispose of it and use a replacement screen. Put the screen back into the faucet and screw the tip back on. If the pressure drop was due to a clogged aerator, it should be back to normal now. Pressure Regulators Your water lines have pressure regulators installed, which ensures that the water in your home maintains a consistent pressure. The regulators are usually located beneath the hose connection in the front of your house, but the location can vary. If the regulator malfunctions or isn’t set correctly, your water pressure suffers. It’s best to call in a professional plumber to replace or adjust the regulator. Hidden Leaks After checking the minor things, including the screens and regulator, it’s time to consider you may have a bigger issue. Hidden leaks can impact water pressure throughout your home, while causing extensive damage at the same time. Check your water meter when there is no water running inside or outside. If it’s still moving, that means you have a leak somewhere. Often, the leaks are in an automatic sprinkler system or a pipe running through the lawn, so you may want to check for soft, wet spots. If the leak is in your home, it...

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Ways To Transform Your Backyard Into Your Kids’ Dream Yard

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many parents want their house to become the “hang-out” house for their kids and their friends. This way, they can keep an eye on everything that’s going on and get the chance to see their kids a little more often. Since most kids are attracted to food and fun, here are a few ideas for transforming your backyard into your kids’ dream yard. Set up an outdoor kitchen Many growing children always seem to be hungry or thirsty, and they want easy access to the fridge and pantry. Instead of having a bunch of kids constantly coming in and out of your house, you can make sure that they’ll be taken care of by setting up an outdoor kitchen. A small refrigerator is a great accessory to have outside, as it can easily stash soda, juice, and water. You can even make it part of your kids’ chores to replenish it when drinks are low. Many of these fridges come with a small freezer compartment, perfect for keeping small containers of ice cream or popsicles on those hot afternoons. If you get a chance to install any sort of countertop outside, see if it’s feasible to build in a sink as well. An outdoor kitchen immediately outside an inside kitchen will often have easy access to a water line. An outdoor sink is key for cleaning up, though that not might be on the kids’ minds. Building a countertop also allows for storage space underneath it. Simple cupboards are a convenient place to store chips and other snacks that your kids can grab whenever they’re hungry. Build a multi-purpose court Many kids would love having a multi-purpose court in their backyard. As long as you have the space, a court is a great option to keep kids busy and physically active. Half-size courts are usually 30′ by 50‘, with full size courts running 60′ by 90’. You can equip your court with a basketball hoop (or two), a net for tennis, a net for volleyball, and/or set up goals for hockey or soccer. Your kids can help you decide what to install on the court depending on their favorite sports, and many of these accessories are removable. This means that your kids could be playing roller hockey one minute and then playing basketball the next. There are several options for creating a court, as some companies specialize in this field. However, a basic way of getting the same product would be to have a professional asphalt paving contractor come and level out your yard, prepare your ground, and lay the asphalt down. Your kids will love watching each step of the process, and they’ll love playing on it even...

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