While it may not win many style points and it’s not particularly interesting, the double-sided tape may just be your DIY project’s best-kept secret. Whether you’re laminating, splicing, seaming, mounting or bonding two objects together, the double-sided tape has proven to be a more efficient method than conventional screws, glues, and rivets. Why do I claim this? Simply because it is economical, it doesn’t require any drying time, creates very little waste, adheres rather quickly, doesn’t require any cleanup, and ensures air, vapour, and water-tight barriers.
It’s made by applying a thin adhesive layer to both sides of a carrier substrate material, and it’s used in a wide range of industries for a wide range of applications. 3M is one of the most popular manufacturers of industrial double sided tape, and their 3M VHB double sided tape is world-renowned. Double sided tape allows for better craftsmanship and a neater look of the end-product.
3M VHB double sided tape can be either thin or thick, and it can be coated with acrylic, rubber or a modified version of rubber and acrylic with mixed properties. Double sided tapes that feature a thick bonding system are typically better able to bond to non-uniform, unusual and highly textured and patterned surfaces. Thick bonding systems also include a foam carrier layer, and they may greatly vary in strength. On the other hand, thin bonding systems, as their name implies, are much thinner and sometimes consist of only pure adhesive on a thin silicone liner.
While there are many different types of double-sided tapes, such as foam, cotton, and paper, there’s a relatively new type that has taken the market by surprise and is becoming increasingly more popular nowadays – acrylic foam. Acrylic foam is made of a layer of foam coated with acrylic adhesive on both sides and covered by a red liner. This type is stronger and more durable than other types, especially in harsh industrial environments and when exposed to direct sunlight or extreme cold.
And while it is not as versatile as duct tape, as aforementioned, double sided tape still has a wide range of use. It’s commonly used for house wrapping and vapour barrier seaming, improving acoustics and sound, graphic arts and signage and convention and expo events for laying down temporary carpets. There are many more applications for double-sided tape, and listing all of them is impossible. That being said, confirm whether double sided tape works for your particular project, and if it does, you’ll find that no other tape can beat it.
Even though a surface might appear clean, it can still be contaminated with bacteria and numerous other pathogens. While this may not be something that most homeowners would address, people who run hospitals, food service businesses, schools, etc., where the cleanliness needs to be at the highest level, need to consider investing in high-quality, commercial grade cleaning materials and supplies.
There are several factors that can decrease infection rates, and the main one is improved cleaning and disinfection practices. Proper disinfection with a quality disinfectant can not only reduce infection outbreaks, but curb unnecessary costs and enhance satisfaction among the people in your facility. What distinguishes great cleaning materials and supplies from bad ones are the following things.
The Disinfectant Should Have a Realistic Contact Time
The disinfectant should stay wet and in contact with the pathogens for as long as it’s recommended on its label, and if possibly – a bit longer. However, the problem with most disinfectants is that they dry up before the contact time is up, especially the ones that contain high levels of alcohol, or have long contact times. Many members of the cleaning and maintenance staff in facilities does not reapply the disinfectant, which means that not all surfaces are adequately disinfected. That being said, your best bet is to look for disinfectants with shorter contact times.
The Disinfectant Shouldn’t Harm Assets
Facility equipment and furnishings can be expensive to replace or even repair. Some disinfectants can be harmful to some types of surfaces, or shorten their useful lifespan. For that reason, it’s important to thoroughly read the contents of the disinfectant you’re buying to see whether it’s compatible with the surfaces you intend on cleaning with it in order to reduce unnecessary costs and damage.
Is It Compatible With Other Cleaning Tools?
Some cleaning tools can impair the effectiveness of disinfectants. Some microfiber and cotton cleaning tools can absorb quaternary ammonium compound-based disinfectants, which basically prevents their release onto the surface. So when using a disinfectant, make sure it’s compatible with your existing cleaning tools, or you’ll have to buy new tools that don’t reduce the disinfectant’s efficiency.
It Should Be Safe and Pleasant
Some disinfectants can be irritating to the skin, eyes or respiratory tracts, have a strong odor, and may require the use of PPE (personal protective equipment). This may result in the cleaning and maintenance staff minimizing the use of the product, thus compromising its results. For that reason, you should look for a disinfectant that’s pleasant and safe for people to use, so that its use is encouraged and worker injuries are reduced.
Construction, as in the building of structures and the profession in general has never been considered to be one of the easier fields of work that you can go into. Sure, when we were kids a lot of us thought that it would be incredibly cool to drive a bulldozer or go on a 40 story building while it still only had its skeleton and no walls or windows. As we grew up though, and found out that we couldn’t even drive a car properly or go to the 3rd floor without getting hit by vertigo, it actually occurred to a lot of us that this sort of job is pretty dangerous. Luckily, there are plenty of different tools that can help make it a bit safer for everyone involved. Read More
For domestic kitchen use, there are a variety of different mixers you could try out which would undoubtedly prove useful in the preparation of a whole assortment of different food items. It doesn’t matter if you get a hand mixer, or a standing one as both offer advantages and disadvantages that are unique to them. Luckily, since they are meant purely to be used at home in the kitchen, the needs that ought to be met are not so stringent. However, when it comes to businesses that revolve around baking, it is quite another matter.
About 50 years ago, when underground utility locators were first introduced, they didn’t need to find much, except buried server, gas and water lines. Nowadays however, locating underground services has become much more complex, as optic and telecommunications cables have joined the underground utility lines club. But regardless of this fact, today’s service locators still rely on the same technology, and work in a similar concept – sending an electric signal underground and picking it back up through a transmitter once the signal comes across a cable or pipe. Read More
The warehouse is an environment of a great deal of movement, full of people, vehicles, and products that we end up buying, be it furniture, clothing, electronics, decoration, or food, or industrial products. Depending on their size, and the amount of stock, they can fill up shelves, whole rooms, or even areas.
Regardless of the number of items that find their way in a warehouse, it’s important to keep the environment safe, and organised, which as a result makes the warehouse a success. Accidents don’t only lead to damages of products (greatly affecting the budget), but also injuries of staff. In other words, safety is crucial, so investing in the adequate safety equipment is a necessity. Read More
When it rains, it pours. And when it pours, and your home has bad isolation, or it just pours too heavily, your home gets flooded, so what do you do? For starters, you can get a water pump to remove all the water and continue living a normal life. Pumps are devices that are capable of moving large amounts of water from one place (your home) to another (not your home). They’re oftentimes the first and last line of defense against unwanted water, and they’re definitely the best solution to removing it.
Landscaping is a popular hobby, and when it’s done right, it can transform even the simplest of homes into a stunning eye-catch. The reason why landscaping is so popular is probably because: One, it’s incredibly therapeutic; And two, it’s a lot more affordable than hiring a professional landscaper to do the job for you. Having a good-looking yard is now more affordable than ever! If there are some defining aspects of a well maintained yard, those would be a neatly cut lawn and perfectly trimmed hedges. And nowadays, there’s no shortage of power tools to help you out with these important garden chores.
It’s only natural to want to excel at work; we all strive to be successful, it’s part of our very being, no matter whether you’re one of the workaholics or not. This is why we invest in high tech electronics, programmes, apps, try to find ways to learn more about our area of expertise through various information sources, and yet still somehow we end up not being as productive as we ought to be, or at least hope to be.
Having found myself in that exact sort of situation, I questioned myself on a daily basis whether I was getting enough sleep, eating the proper food, if I was having some health issues that were impeding my concentration and productivity. As it turned the office air was the culprit, and the rescue came in the form of cool air ventilation through heavy duty fans. Read More
So you just had a landscaping company come to see a tree you want cut in your backyard, and they quoted a price that made you go “Damn, for that much money I’ll buy my own chainsaw and do it myself, cut the wood down and use it for my wood stove.” But before you make such an investment, there are several things you need to know about chainsaws.
Every tool has some potential to inflict harm and chainsaws are no different. Handling them properly and safely is of utmost importance, so you should always look to buy some protection equipment along with them. But first things first, let’s talk about all the different types of chainsaws, so that you can make an informed decision when buying one.
An electric chainsaw is ideal for light-duty tasks like light cutting, trimming and pruning (tasks that require less power). They operate very quietly and are relatively easy to start and maintain. There are cordless and corded models, so where you’ll be using the chainsaw most commonly is something you should ask yourself as well.
A cordless chainsaw is more mobile, but has limited operation time and the batteries on it make it slightly heavier. Depending on how much you use it, you might need an extra set of batteries with you. On the other hand, corded saws are lighter and don’t need any recharging or fueling. They do require an extension cord capable of reaching the work area, so you may need to keep its cost in mind as well. You’ll have to pay attention to the cord while working, keep it out of wet areas and try not to cut it.
Gasoline powered types are superior in power and mobility. Even the light-duty models can efficiently cut down large trees, not to mention the professional-grade ones. This type uses an engine which operates on a mixture of gasoline and oil, which you can pre-purchase or mix it yourself. The amount of power these chainsaws have depends on the size of the motor. However, the more power, the more weight added to it, so you don’t want a chainsaw so big that will be hard for you to handle for long time periods.
Regardless of which type of chainsaw you opt for, there are some features you should be looking for which improve safety, efficiency and comfort as you cut. Some of these features include: anti-vibration, automatic oiler, spring-assist starting, low-kickback bars, tool-less chain adjustment, chain break, air-cleaning features and so on.
One of the most versatile tools that builders use is the jackhammer. Ironically, even though it’s mostly used by builders, the jackhammer’s main purpose is destroying and drilling (concrete and pavement, among other things). Typically, jackhammers are powered by gas, liquid or electricity and they’re a fusion of a chisel and hammer. Whether you’re looking for a heavy-duty model for industrial use or a small hand-held jackhammer for some small project around the home, there are quite a few types of jackhammers, each of which serve a different purpose.
When used correctly, jackhammers can be invaluable tools used for many different purposes. But if they’re being mishandled, they can pose a serious threat to the user and everyone around him, as the primary purpose of the tool is drilling, and the speed at which it operates can cause excessive vibrations, making it slightly unstable. Here are the three most popular types of jackhammers: Read More
One of the most important factors when it comes to successfully selling products is having an appealing, eye-catching packaging. But besides having an attractive product package, wrapping it with an extra layer of protection for safe transport is equally essential. For this reason many businesses of all sizes opt for plastic packaging.
Even though the general opinion on plastic wrapping is negative, it’s in fact not as bad as people make it out to be. At least not with the technology available today. Thanks to numerous innovations, there are ways to recycle the materials used for plastic packaging, making it a far more environmentally friendly solution than it’s alternatives.
For instance, most alternatives to plastic wrapping weight almost 350% more, use about 80% more energy and create a 130% higher risk for global warming. In other words, plastic wrapping weights far less and costs less to ship, meaning the greenhouse emissions and the energy used are significantly decreased. Now that we’ve debunked the myth behind plastic being extremely bad for the environment, let’s take a look at some of the benefits plastic packaging provides.
Plastic wrapping materials offer superior durability over other packaging options. Plastic film that’s used for wrapping is of extremely high quality and hard to damage. You can probably think of at least one time when you tried tearing a plastic wrap to open a delivery package or a 6-pack of beers wrapped in one and you had to use extensive force to do so. This makes plastic wrapping materials ideal for products that need to be transported, especially over long distances.
Finding the ideal impeccable protection for all the products out there is very hard. Partly because of the many shapes, sizes and designs, as well as needing different types of protection. However, with plastic packing almost any product can be firmly packed and securely protected. Plastic can protect products from harmful factors like moisture, dirt, etc. The reason being is that plastic wrapping is tightly placed over products and it holds it firmly in one place.
Compared to other packaging options, plastic packaging is very affordable. Moreover, the tight enclosure it provides on products saves space, thus it’s extremely convenient to use in factories and warehouses, which opens up space for other things to store. Furthermore, it requires less space in transport, meaning more products can be shipped at once.