You’re on a job site, ready to dig, and you have no idea what’s lurking beneath the surface. There could be electrical lines, water pipes, or gas mains just waiting to turn your project into a disaster. For contractors, this subterranean labyrinth is both a blessing and a potential minefield. In this post, we’ll unearth the vital importance of pinpointing underground utilities as a contractor. First, you’ll need a dependable tool that will do the detective work for you. Anyone working in construction or excavation will benefit from a CAT 4 kit that sends signals into the ground and listens for responses from buried utilities. It can detect not just power lines, but also telecom cables, water pipes, and more. Its trusty sidekick, the Genny4, sends out signals that the CAT can pick up. This helps you pinpoint the exact location and depth of the cables.Read More
As part of the modernised approach towards retail operations, businesses are more inclined towards using technology to enhance efficiency and productivity. When you have the right tools and hardware in place, it can significantly improve your overall retail experience. More often than not, customers tend to choose brands that offer a seamless shopping experience, regardless of their shopping habits.Read More
Fridges and air conditioners work in similar ways. They use refrigerant to keep food fresh and air temperatures indoors bearable. Fridges rely on evaporation, or the constant compressing and depressurising of refrigerant to expel hot air outside. The same goes for air conditioners. Refrigerant collects heat inside the house, gets hot, transfers that heat outside, and cools. Of course, there’s more science to this, but both appliances are effective at what they do. That is until there’s a drop in refrigerant or coolant pressure.
In cases like these, you’ll see HVAC and refrigeration technicians use a manifold gauge. This is an instrument that measures the pressure of refrigerant in the system, assesses if there are leaks, and helps maintain the right pressure when the refrigerant or other coolant is topped up or replaced.
Manifold gauges might not be everyday household tools, but they’re the spanners and hammers of HVAC and fridge diagnosis and maintenance. As such, there are more than a few types. Gauges differ by the number of ports they have and the accessories that can be attached to these ports. There are also analogue and digital types. Both are accurate but there are pros and cons to each. Digital manifold gauges from respected brands like German instrument giant Testo offer higher accuracy, unrivalled ease of use, and speedy operation. They also work with different types of refrigerants, so are also more versatile.
Electricity is all around us. Electrical systems are quite complex and consist of many different parts that vary based on where in the world you are. This can cause inconvenience to laypeople and pose a risk to people who work with electricity. For that reason, understanding the different types of cords used to transfer electricity can save time, money and frustration. There’s a wide range of power cables, each of which is used for specific or multiple applications. I’ll explore the different types of cables, their uses and their history.Read More
Wireless technology has largely replaced wired communication systems in just about every imaginable field. It’s what makes mobile phones and signals bouncing off your router a possibility. But the internet and mobile telephony are just the tip of the iceberg where the principles of wireless communication have been implemented. Less obvious are the complex systems of industrial control and monitoring processes, that until recently relied on hard-wired systems, consisting of cumbersome lengths of cables and controls units. Going wireless has reduced costs for many businesses, simplified operations, increased functionality, and put security at the forefront.Read More
Communication systems play a crucial role in today’s world, in just about any area. These systems are made up of various devices that can be either wireless or wired, plus a range of equipment including portable and mobile radios, base or fixed station radios, repeaters, and even more accessories, such as carrying cases, speaker microphones and battery eliminators. If you’re looking to implement a communications system into your business, you’ll need to consider a couple of important factors. The technologies that the system is made up of will play a crucial role in your choice, for instance. However, there’s more to it, so let’s delve in.Read More
When someone mentions refurbished phones, you typically think of second-hand phones, but they are two different types. A used phone is sold directly from the previous owner, with no security guarantee. Refurbished phones are pre-owned phones that people return to the manufacturer because there is some flaw, and they’re repaired and then resold. Some of these phones are never even turned on. The buyer probably didn’t like how it fits in their hand and returned it.Read More
Maybe you’re new to the world of videography and you want to explore all of the different cameras and gadgets there are to use for your next bungee jumping. Or maybe you’re all about compatibility and movement so you already know Go-Pro is the camera for you.
Do I really need an alarm clock? Is an alarm clock better than a phone? People frequently ask themselves these questions when it comes to alarm clocks and ways to wake up in the morning. And the answer to both these questions is ‘yes’. Alarm clocks are more functional and something you should definitely get if you find it difficult to get up in the morning. Why? Well, because some alarm clocks are designed to literally make you get up.
A Classic Alarm Clock for Those Who Like Everything Old School
A traditional alarm clock is an analogue one that has two bells on top that create a sound. Once upon a time, these alarm clocks were the only option people had. Nowadays, although the choice of alarm clocks is truly great, people prefer analogue alarm clocks because of their unique design. After all, analogue clocks are pure classic. And apart from that, they are durable and reliable.
Classic analogue alarm clocks have a very simple mechanism and in order for you to actually set the alarm, you need to wind up the clock from behind. It is believed that the first analogue clock was manufactured in the 1500s although it was in the 19th century when mass production started.Read More
For a very long time, scooters were very rarely used because they were considered a child’s toy. Thankfully, those days a far behind us because we understood that scooters are amazing, which is why they’re now popular with kids and adults alike. In some ways, they are even better than bicycles, though don’t let cyclists know that. They don’t take up a lot of space, they’re very easy to use, and are amazing for zooming around in the city while the rest of the traffic grinds to a halt.Read More
You’ve ridden one as a kid. They were bulky, clumsy things that didn’t get you anywhere no matter how hard you tried. But you showed them off to your friends, just to brag. Fast forward a few decades and kick scooters are back. They might look similar to what you had as a kid, but boy, how things change. New tech, designs and materials, have put scooters just about everywhere. Not just in skateparks, but on streets, in the CBD, on trains, cycle paths, round schools and malls. Basically, anywhere that two wheels can go.
Their popularity lies in how easy they are to ride. Easier than a skateboard, and as fast as a bike. What’s to like is that they don’t take up so much space, so you can take them anywhere. No chargers are required here. For anyone in big Aussie cities, kick scooters are an easy commute, either to work or school. And when the day ends, they also bring in some fun to boot.
Aussie brands, like Envy, make scooters for all age groups and skill levels. Three-wheelers are an ideal way to start for toddlers, while bigger, badder scooters for the rebellious teen will see you marking your ground in the parks. You can also find something comfortable and laid-back on your daily route to and from work. Toddlers, kids, teens and adults are all catered to, as are total beginners and everyone with a bit more riding prowess.
Starting out as a small Melbourne-based company run by scooter enthusiasts, Envy has reached global recognition with their attention to every detail and the level of workmanship they put into each of their products. Their freestyle scooters are not just a household name Down Under, but are being grabbed up by beginners and pros alike, the world over. And they’re at the forefront of scooter tech and innovation. Today they produce a complete range of scooter components, and a line of Envy complete scooters, like the One and Colt aimed at beginners, and the Kos and Prodigy lines for anyone higher up. You’ll get your kicks no matter which one you go for.
Why Choose Envy Scooters?
If you’re new to riding, or scooters in general, then choosing your first set of wheels can be a challenge. There are so many types. The basic distinction is scooters that are ready to ride, like in the Envy complete lineups, or there are individual parts that you can use to assemble your own custom scooter, just the way you like it. The advantage of completes is that all components are high-quality and of the right type for the intended user and the type of riding. One and Colt completes, for instance, will have gear more in line with beginners and youngsters, with bars and decks in the appropriate heights and length, to get riders comfy. Inspiring confidence is the best way to learn. Once you’re at a higher skill level, you can change out for something with better handling, more cushioning and greater speed. Here different types of clamps, better forks and bigger wheels and brakes will get you doing higher and better tricks in no time. An Envy complete in the design and colours of your choice will see you through, from beginner to pro.
Scooter Parts and How They Differ
• Decks – Envy complete scooters geared towards kids, beginners and anyone of smaller stature will find the deck width and length just about right for a comfy ride, with enough space without feeling cramped. The One and Colt lines have decks lengths of 480 and 495mm respectively, and widths of 120mm. Just about right for two feet. The Kos and Prodigy lines are a bit longer at 510mm and 495mm each, but are geared to larger and more experienced riders. Here, decks are thinner, and lighter, meaning less weight to pull in tricks. Materials across all decks are high-grade aluminium that should last in jumps and with nylon grip to keep your feet planted.
• Bars, Clamps and Forks – The bars in One and Colt Envy complete scooters are lower at 550mm and 580mm to better fit kids, while Kos and Prodigy bars are higher at 650mm and 620mm, respectively. Also, they’re wider to allow for more control when attempting jumps. Clamps hold the bars in place and evenly spread the pressure on landings. Prodigy and Kos scooters have bigger clamps to carry more weight. Forks are made of materials of higher strength in the models higher up, though even the beginner models have enough compression to inspire confidence for higher and harder tricks.
• Wheels and Brakes – Wheels are made of durable polyurethane outer and a metallic core that should last even the toughest riding you do. Bigger and wider wheels are fitted to advanced Envy complete scooters, raising the ride height and providing for more speed. Brakes across all models are the best in any completes, stopping you safely and in the shortest distance.
Other components often overlooked by other scooter makers, like headset tubes, internal bearings, handlebar grips and the overall quality of materials, and fit and finish make Envy completes one of the best scooter brands both in Australia and worldwide. They’re designed by riders and for riders. And prices are also some of the lowest around. Find your next Envy complete scooter in your nearest scooter or skate store.
There are plenty of occasions for exploring the great outdoors, regardless of what time of the year it is. Outdoor activities can be beneficial to your physical and mental health as they offer you a break of the stress of everyday life. Whether you’ll be camping or going deeper into the wilderness, you’ll need the right equipment. And one of the most essential items is your torch. So, even if you get caught out in the dark unexpectedly, you’ll be well prepared.