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Understanding Sanitary Pipeling Fittings

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If you run a food manufacturing business, then the condition of your equipment is extremely important when it comes to efficiency. If one of the exhaust or food processing pipes has recently broken, then you will need to invest in professional pipeline fabrication services to complete the repair. Food manufacturing requires the use of sanitary pipes and fittings. There are several things that make these fittings different from other types. Keep reading to understand why the sanitary fittings are needed and why a professional should do the installation. Type 304 Steel Is Used There are a wide variety of different types of steel that can be used to construct pipelines and fittings. Many general applications will utilize 18-8 steel or 300 series products. These types of steel are resistant to corrosion from a variety of different materials. The corrosion resistance is slightly different for each type of steel depending on the metals added during the forging process. For example, 316 steel contains a metal called molybdenum that keeps the metal strong against strong acids and bases. This type of steel is quite expensive due to the addition of molybdenum. Your manufacturing pipeline system does require corrosion resistance. However, it does not need this level of protection. To keep costs down, a material called 304 steel is used instead.  The 304 steel is immune to corrosion from food, dyes, organic materials, and cleaning agents. This makes it a perfect choice for sanitary pipes and fittings, even in the presence of animal fats and oils. The specific combination of silicon, chromium, nickel, carbon, phosphorous, manganese, and sulfur are what make the metal a good choice for food production businesses. You should understand that the chromium in the steel will prevent rust from building inside your sanitary pipes. However, the nickel content will cause tarnishing over time. This tarnish is not dangerous, but it should be removed occasionally. Adding vinegar to your attached pipeline cleaning system can remove the tarnish. A flush with vinegar every several months should remove any tarnish that has built up. Smooth Fittings Are Installed Most pipe fittings will have a series of threads, pockets, or other types of protrusions to help the pipes fit into one another. However, these grooves can allow bacteria to gather and thrive within the pipeline. This is not acceptable for a sanitary system that deal with food. To prevent this sort of problem and the possibility of spreading food-borne bacteria like salmonella, the sanitary fittings are completely smooth. They are also rounded at corners to keep bacteria from collecting around sharp edges inside elbows and other fittings.  Sanitary fittings are also secured together without a lip or edge. Butt welding techniques are often used since the pieces will not overlap over one another. This technique involves the use of solder and a torch. The ends of the pipe are fitted together by hand or placed in a clamp and the solder or flux is used to adhere the two pieces together. The joint is then sanded and polished afterwards. In some cases, a clamp joint can be used to hold the sanitary fittings in place. While a gasket is typically used in between the pipes to help secure them together without leaking, clamp joints are not as strong as welded ones.  Food manufacturing businesses with piping systems sometimes need repairs. You should...

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How to Cut Sheet Metal With Snips

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There are several different ways to cut a sheet metal into a pattern, which is a process called blanking. One of the most common methods for a hobbyist to cut sheet metal is to use snips. Of course, if the pattern is complex, you may want to visit your local metal fabrication shop and have them do it for you. But, for a small project, snips will work just fine. Types of Snips Before jumping into how to actually cut metal with a pair of snips, you need to know that there are different types of tin snips currently on the market. This can make it hard for a hobbyist to choose the right one for the job. Start your collection with a pair of offset compound snips, which are also called aviation snips. The blades on this tool are offset below the handle, which keeps your cutting hand above the work. The compound action of these snips will allow you to cut thicker metal with less effort. Compound snips come with handles in three different colors.  Green handles are made to cut clockwise curves and are great for people who are right-handed. Red handles are designed for counterclockwise curves and work well for people who are left-handed. Yellow handles cut straight lines and can be used in the right or left hand. Check the packaging before you purchase snips to make sure you have the right one for the job, as the handle color may vary by brand. Making a Straight Cut To make a straight cut in sheet metal, nestle the metal between the snips’ blades and squeeze the handles together. The best way to make a straight cut is to use long strokes, making sure to open and close the jaws of the tool fully with each stroke. This will maximize the length of the cut. Expect the edges of the cut sheet metal to be ragged. You can sand down the edges with sandpaper when the cutting is done. Also, as you cut the metal, one side will ride up and over the lower jaw of the snips. To keep this out of your way of your hand, roll the piece back and to the side, otherwise it can bind the blade or cut your hand. Cutting Circles Cutting circles is a little more complicated and requires additional tools. You’ll need curve-cutting snips, a hammer, and a straight-blade screwdriver. Simply place the edge of the screwdriver onto the metal where you want to punch your starter hold. Then hit the handle of the screwdriver until it pierces the metal. Repeat this step if you need a larger hole to accommodate the snips’ blades. Next, use red-handled compound snips to cut counterclockwise or green-handled snips to cut clockwise. The resulting hole will have ragged edges that may need to be sanded smooth. How to Cut Round Ducts You can use any type of snips to cut a round duct, though straight compound snips work best for the thick locking seam because you’ll get better leverage. To cut round ducts near the middle, it’s best to do it before you snap the ducts together. First, mark the location with a pencil, then use your snips to make the cut on the mark. If you need to cut...

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Three Safety Principles That Can Prevent Property Damage And Injury While Using A Rolling Utility Cart

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A rolling utility cart is a commonplace item in warehouses, schools, retail stores, and a variety of other settings. Most people use carts without thinking twice; however, rolling carts are capable of causing serious injury or property damage if misused or poorly maintained. Below are three safety principles you should practice whenever using a rolling cart: Maintain the cart’s physical condition One of the most important steps you should take to protect yourself and others from injury or from damaging other items is properly maintaining your rolling cart. Neglect of maintenance can lead to inadequately lubricated wheels, which can then cause sticking or stuttering as the cart is moved. Poor maintenance can also permit cart components, such as wheels, casters, screws or nuts, to loosen and fall off during use, leading to load damage or possible injury as a result. That’s why cart users should practice proper and necessary maintenance. Tasks that should be regularly performed include: Lubricate axles, bearings and other moving parts with manufacturer-specified grease or oil at regular intervals. Take note of any grease fittings on the cart and use a grease gun to refill cylinders or other lubricant cavities. Inspect cart hardware, including bolts, nuts, screws, washers, and pins, for loosening. Tighten all loose parts before restoring cart to use, and consider using a thread locking agent to prevent parts from loosening in the future. Inspect the cart for metal fatigue, cracking of plastics and other signs of deterioration or past damage. Be sure not to use carts with any damaged components. Balance and secure the cart’s load Another hazard that can present danger to life, limb and property is the failure to balance and secure a cart’s load. Imbalanced loads can cause carts to tip over and fall on users or bystanders, and loads that are not secured to the cart itself are liable to rolling or falling off the cart. The potential of this occurrence greatly increases with oddly-shaped or spherical loads that slide or roll about on the cart. Here are a few best practices that can help you keep cart loads secured and balanced: Place heavy objects on the bottom shelves whenever possible to maintain a low center-of-gravity. Use tie-down straps to hold objects securely to the cart, and utilize small pieces of lumber scrap to prop items or help keep them from shifting. Place unwieldy objects in packaging that is easier to handle. For example, package spherical or other round items inside flat-bottom containers that securely ride on the cart’s surface. Never exceed the total weight capacity as defined by the manufacturer of the cart; an overloaded cart may cause premature component wear and also might become uncontrollable should it start rolling down an incline. Set the cart’s brakes as needed It is important to protect yourself, others and property from harm by utilizing wheel or caster brakes. These brakes consist of simple friction-activated components that can be set by depressing a small pedal located on each wheel or caster. Whenever the cart is resting, set the brakes on all four wheels to prevent it from inadvertently rolling, especially when the cart is on an incline. In addition, be sure to never attempt loading or unloading a cart without the brakes being activated. A “loose” cart is apt to roll...

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Warehouse Lighting Systems – Updated Features To Consider

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If you have an outdated lighting system inside your warehouse, then you likely spend a great deal of money every month on electricity. The average warehouse in the United States requires about 6.1 kilowatt hours of electricity per square foot per year. If your warehouse is around 5,000 square feet, this will translate into around $3,600 worth of electricity based on the average price of 12 cents per kilowatt hour. Your warehouse likely has few overhead costs that meet or exceed your electrical costs. This means that it is wise to update your lighting system to save yourself a good deal of money each year. Consider working with an electrical construction professional to design and install the system. Also, consider the following features so your system is as efficient as possible. Light Fixtures If your warehouse is fitted with old and traditional fluorescent light fixtures, then you will be losing energy in a variety of ways. These fixtures typically have magnetic control ballasts that will require a good deal of energy. While these ballasts help to protect the light from receiving an uncontrolled burst of current through them, these electromagnets are inefficient. Also the light fixtures that fit the lights allow light to shine in all directions, and this will cause light to cascade upwards where you do not require any lighting. You can purchase new fluorescent fixtures that solve both of these energy loss issues. New fluorescent light fixtures come with electrical ballasts that control current and use less electricity. These fixtures typically come with silver, mirrored, or polished reflectors along the underside so that light is consistently directed downward. This helps to keep light from escaping and can possibly reduce the need for as many lights along the warehouse ceiling.  If you are not interested in traditional long fixtures, then round induction lighting may be a good option for you. These fixtures are extremely long lasting due to the way that current is forced through the fixture to create light. Specifically, an electromagnetic field is utilized instead of electrodes. The result is a light fixture that requires very little maintenance and emits bright light. However, these lights are smaller, so you may need to invest in more of them across the warehouse. Rounded LED cluster light fixtures are an option too. These lights look similar to the induction varieties, but the LED lights are much brighter, more efficient, and they will illuminate areas with light cascading in all directions. You should keep in mind that LED light fixtures are likely going to be the most expensive, but their efficiency will reduce your costs over time. Control Systems Once you have chosen the fixtures that work best for your facility, you will want to pick out the best lighting control system as well to cut down on wasted electrical usage. Your electrical construction professional can help to customize a system with the features you desire, so make sure the controls are fitted with proximity sensors along each aisle so that lights turn on only when an individual is present. Audio, infrared, and motion sensors can all be chosen. Consider how your warehouse is used when picking the sensor to keep the lights from turning on and off at inappropriate times. For example, if you use machinery or make loud noises when moving boxes around, then an audio sensor may be a bad...

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7 Common Causes of Crane Accidents

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Most crane accidents can be prevented. When something goes wrong, it is usually the result of some sort of mechanical failure or human error. If you work on or around construction cranes, it is always a good idea to re-familiarize yourself with these seven common causes of crane accidents, listed in no particular order. 1. Crane Tipping There are a number of common contributing factors involved in crane tipping accidents, including: Center of gravity loss of control High winds Overloading Outrigger failure Improper maintenance To prevent tipping, construction cranes utilize counterweight systems to balance out the weight of each load. Cranes should always be securely positioned on stable, level ground, too. 2. Crane Collapse or Buckling If a construction crane’s maximum weight limit is exceeded, operators risk buckling or a boom collapse. Crane collapse is the cause of 39 percent of all crane-related deaths and injuries of construction workers in 2008 (the most recent year of published statistics involving crane incidents). To prevent crane collapse or buckling, the common sense solution would be to avoid loading more weight than the crane’s capacity. Under safety standards in the United States, crane loads should not exceed 75 percent of the tipping weight. Usually there are scales in your workplace to help you know for sure how much your load weighs compared to the crane. 3. Electrocution A leading cause of crane-related incidents is electrocution resulting from contact with overhead power lines. Crane operators and workers in crane baskets must be aware of the location of all nearby power lines to avoid contact with live wires. To avoid the risk of inadvertently touching a live wire, construction cranes should always be positioned at least 10 feet away from power lines. 4. Boom or Cable Failure When the boom or cable of a construction crane fails, it is often caused by safety hazards such as overloading, equipment damage or incorrect assembly. Many boom failures result from faulty cables or hooks, so thoroughly inspect all equipment before use. Operators should also avoid lifting a load too high because they risk striking the tip of the boom against the crane’s hook block. 5. Fatal Crushing                                                        Improper crane assembly or disassembly can cause crushing fatalities of operator and workers. Risk factors include improper assembly procedures, incorrect pin removal during disassembly and inadequate boom support. While disassembling equipment, never unlock or remove pins until all affected sections are blocked and secure. 6. Struck-By Accidents Over 800 construction workers are killed each year on the job. One of the most dangerous construction hazards is getting struck by cranes and their loads. This happens for reasons such as: Dropped loads Equipment damage Rigging failures Unbalanced loads Movement acceleration To avoid the risk of a deadly struck-by accident, crane operators should never move loads over workers. Before work begins, operators should also fully extend the crane’s outriggers and cordon off the entire area that falls within the swing radius. 7. Falls Falling from elevated heights is another leading cause of crane worker deaths in the nation. Contributing factors include incorrect crane operation, missing handrails and inadequate maintenance. Before working from elevated heights, workers should always examine the area for potential fall hazards. Fall hazards at a construction site include anything that could cause the worker to slip or lose their...

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Hazard Handling Tips: How To Identify And Dispose Of Dangerous Waste Products

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Is your work site meeting the EPA’s standards for hazardous waste disposal? If you aren’t sure whether you have to treat your business’s byproducts as hazardous materials or not, or you aren’t sure how to properly secure and dispose of hazards, these tips may help you plan your waste management system. Identifying Hazardous Wastes The EPA keeps a running list of known hazardous substances and chemicals that might be produced as industrial byproducts, but the list isn’t exhaustive. If you aren’t sure whether some waste materials are hazardous or not, you can determine their status by checking for the following traits: Easily ignitable. Any waste that might catch fire at temperatures below 140 degrees Fahrenheit is considered hazardous. Chemicals which might combust when exposed to slight friction, water, or spontaneous reaction with the air should also be handled as hazards as well. Most compressed gases are flammable or explosive, so they fit in this category. Any materials capable of quickly oxidizing should be considered a fire risk when not carefully contained. Reactive volatility. All materials which might react violently with water or air should be considered hazardous, as well that those which might undergo calm reactions that release toxic compounds. Materials at risk for detonation under normal pressures and temperatures also fall under this classification. High acidity or alkalinity. Corrosive liquids and solids are easy to identify; you simply need to test their pH. For testing solids, use one part solid waste and one part water. If the pH reads below 2 or above 12.5, the waste is hazardous. Toxicity. Any chemicals that are considered toxic to humans or animals must be treated as hazardous waste. This includes materials which have no established LD50, but have been shown through scientific study to either cause cancer, acute poisoning, chronic poisoning, accumulation in the body, or chemical retention in the environment.  If your waste materials don’t have any of these traits and aren’t on the EPA list, then you don’t have to worry about disposing of them with hazardous waste precautions. On the other hand, if some of these descriptors sound familiar, you’ll have to take steps to ensure you stick to the required procedures. Properly Securing Dangerous Substances Hazardous waste containers should remain tightly sealed at all times, except when adding in new waste. The containers themselves may range in size and type from small drip pads to huge tanks, so long as they meet EPA standards. Using the wrong container may lead to hazardous leaks, which pose a danger to your employees and can be costly to clean up. One way of preventing contamination is to keep substances within two layers of containment, each individually capable of controlling the problem. To avoid dangerous accidents, different types of hazards should be stored far apart from one another. Highly reactive waste should never be placed near flammable chemicals, for example, since this could potentially cause an explosion in the event of a waste containment failure. Make sure floor managers and custodians know the signs of hazardous material leaks, so you can quickly and safely address them as soon as they appear. Disposing Of Sealed Containers Safely Depending on the level of waste your business produces, you may find it economical to dispose of hazardous chemicals on your own. The trade-off on this...

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Starting A Brewery? If You’re Relying On Unfiltered City Water, You’re Going To Make Bad Beer

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Are you starting a small-scale commercial brewery? Are you planning on using city tap water in the making of your adult beverages? If so, you’re going to make bad beer that smells like plastic. Read on to learn how city tap water ruins the taste of beer and what you can do about it. The Switch To Chloramine Decontamination Until recently, most municipalities used chlorine as the standard water decontamination technique. More and more cities, however, are switching to a new method of water treatment — the use of chloramine. What is chloramine? It’s a mix of chlorine and ammonia. Water treatment facilities are implementing its use because they need less of it than they would chlorine, it lasts longer, and it’s more difficult to remove from water than chlorine is. It’s an effective solution, but it poses a big problem for the beer-brewing industry. The Problem, As It Relates To Your Beer-Brewing Chloramine itself is colorless and odorless. The problem arises when the compound comes in contact with the yeasts in beer. Yeast eats chloramine and turns it into chlorophenols — not-so-odorless chemical compounds. Not only do chlorophenols reek of plastic, buy they can also be smelled in quantities as small as a few parts per billion. You don’t need any type of chlorine in your beer-making procedure; pathogens simply can’t survive the process. You also don’t need a funny-smelling first batch of beer to ruin the success of your brewery before it even has a chance to get started. If your city still uses chlorine, that’s great. You can rid your brewery’s water supply of chlorine by simply boiling it and then letting it sit. This is a free solution, and if you get on good rotation schedule, it won’t slow your process down too much. Boiling won’t work to rid your water of chloramine, though, because the chains that bond the compound are too great. The Solution For Better-Tasting Beer So, what do you do? You could go through the expensive and time consuming process of having untreated water hauled in, or you could take an easier route and install a granular activated catalytic carbon water filter in your brewery. Carbon is capable of filtering out chloramine, but it takes a lot longer to filter chloramine than it does chlorine. In order for a filtration system to effectively rid your brewery water of chloramine, you’ll need it to have a slow drip rate and catalytic carbon material.  Catalytic carbon absorbs chlorine, just like regular carbon, but it also catalyzes it. What this means is that it breaks down the chloramine compounds and uses their components to form carbon and oxygen — neither of which will interfere with the taste of the beer you’re producing. How big of a filtration system do you need for your brewery? It depends on the sizes of your water pipes and your service flow rate (your flow rate will appear on your bill, or you can contact your city office for the information). Once you have these 2 bits of information, contact a water filtration specialist and ask them to detail your options. As a bonus, most carbon filtration systems are self-cleaning; the only maintenance you’ll need to worry about is very occasionally changing your carbon aggregate (how often you’ll need...

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Four Advantages To Leasing Storage Space For Your Manufacturing Needs

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If you are responsible for managing the physical assets of a production facility, including equipment and inventory, then you understand the need for properly warehousing those items. In many manufacturing environments, storage space is at a premium; maintaining the whereabouts of assets can become challenging. Expansion of production can bring additional stress as inventory and equipment get tucked into niches all over the plant, and the pressure increases as the business grows. The good news is that off-site leased storage can bring huge benefits for managers and alleviate the stress and expense of keeping up with physical assets. Below are several advantages brought about by leasing storage: Protect expensive assets One of the most important advantages gained by leasing off-site storage is enhanced protection of physical assets. Large and mini storage units are expressly designed to warehouse physical items in a secure environment. They contain physical barriers, alarms, and human guards, all of which keep assets safe from theft. They also protect equipment and inventory from damage caused by environmental factors present in a manufacturing facility. There are no forklifts, presses, torches, cranes or other objects nearby to make accidental “contact” with assets. Not only that, but storage facilities are sheltered from wind, rain, cold and heat damage; your most fragile of equipment and inventory can be kept away from both manmade and natural forces that cause loss. Maintain order and safety and reduce liability Another reason why leasing storage makes good sense for companies is the ability to maintain an orderly work environment. Finding locations in an existing facility to store physical assets can lead to cramped quarters or overly-confined work areas. This can actually make on-site storage become a safety concern if workers are not able to move about as freely as necessary, and it can also be a cost concern if production slows down or is inhibited by interference with stored equipment or inventory. All of these positives from using leased storage can also reduce the amount of liability carried by a manufacturer; demonstrably safer, more efficient workplaces cost less to insure. Avoid capital construction, maintenance and operation expenses The expense of constructing storage facilities is a particularly-relevant factor when choosing to lease off-site storage. Capital construction costs for expanding existing spaces or building new storage can be huge, and that doesn’t even address the possible need to acquire additional real estate to serve as a site. Once the facility is built, there are additional costs from operations such as building maintenance, climate control, utilities, janitorial services and other overhead expenses. Off-site leased storage units, on the other hand, provide manufacturers with a ready-made storage facility that doesn’t cost them anything other than a simple, predictable lease payment. There is no concern about designing, building and maintaining storage space, and companies are able to free more of their financial assets for the purpose of producing products. Maintain flexibility to respond to changing market Companies need to have flexibility in today’s market; being able to rapidly change production lines and products to meet market demands is vital to financial survival. Constructing static storage spaces is often a wasteful exercise since today’s demand and need for large amounts of room to warehouse assets might change completely by tomorrow. It is a sign of poor planning to run out...

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What Happens To The Aluminum You Recycle?

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From an early age, we’re taught that we need to recycle. The earth’s resources are finite, so reusing them is the responsible thing to do. Each week, we separate trash from recyclables, putting each in their respective containers for pickup. But where does the recycling go from there? What happens to aluminum cans, aluminum foil and other aluminum products after they leave your home? 1. Some states allow consumers to exchange aluminum cans for deposit. While you can set your recycling by the curb, you may want to take your cans to the store to exchange them for deposit if your state offers such a program. While you don’t get much for a few cans, you can use the money you get toward your other purchases, saving a little money in the process. After they leave the store, the follow the same route as cans picked up by your waste collectors, as outlined below. 2. They’re sorted at the processing center. The sorting process at the materials recovery facility is incredibly efficient. Recyclables are put on a convey belt where paper, plastics and other materials are separated from metals such as aluminum and steel. Just as the paper and plastics go on to be sorted further, so do the metals. Household metals (usually in the form of cans used for food and drinks) are sorted using magnets. A magnet separates the steel cans, and a reverse magnet or eddy current picks out aluminum. 3. Quality control is essential to the process. As efficient as machines are at sorting and processing recyclables, the human factor cannot be completely eliminated. Workers are poised at stations along the processing line to pull out contaminants that didn’t get sorted out the first time. Workers also further sort paper products into cardboard, newspapers and other materials before they’re packaged into bales. 4. The materials are bundled for shipping. After materials are separated, they are squashed and smashed into large bales. A bale of aluminum cans, for instance, weighs about 1,000 pounds and contains approximately 31,000 cans. The bales are sold and shipped to companies around the world to be made into new products. The amazing thing about aluminum is that it can be recycled a number of times, and the recycled aluminum has the same quality as new aluminum. Paper, on the other hand, quickly loses quality as it loses more fiber each time it’s recycled. 5. The aluminum is melted down for new cans. When the recycled aluminum arrives at its destination, a place like Pure Metal Recycling, the cans are shredded or chipped to be melted down and cast into ingots. The ingots are sent to manufacturing plants to be rolled out into aluminum sheets where they are used for a variety of products such as car parts or beverage cans. The new cans that are cut from the aluminum sheets then travel to beverage companies to be filled with sodas, juices and other drinks. All in all, it only takes 6 to 8 weeks for the aluminum can you recycle to end up back on supermarket shelves. From there, consumers purchase the cans, drink the beverages and begin the recycling process again. Fortunately, the recycling rate increases every year. This keeps a significant percentage of waste out of landfills—an important endeavor since...

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Getting An Air Compressor? What Kind Of Pneumatic Tools Are On Your Wish List This Holiday Season?

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Did your special someone hint that you might be getting your own air compressor this holiday season? If you are the DIY type who loves to tinker on a number of projects, you’re probably all smiles. Odds are you’re even thinking about what types of pneumatic tools you want to go along with it. The following explains the basics of pneumatic tools and gives you some ideas for that all-important wish list. About Pneumatic Tools A pneumatic tool is a power tool that is driven by compressed air, usually provided by an air compressor. In some instances, small pneumatic tools, such as artist’s air brushes, may be powered by compressed carbon dioxide canisters or cylinders. But, once the containers are empty you have to replace them. An air compressor keeps supplying power until you turn it off, or, if you have a gas model, until it runs out of gas. The tools are connected to the storage cylinder on the compressor via an air supply hose. The amount of air supplied is governed by a regulator. Once the air compressor, which works like a small engine, brings the pressure up in the cylinder, the motor will cycle on and off as needed to maintain that pressure. A gauge lets you know if the air pressure is at a safe level and a safety valve lets you release air if that pressure gets too high. Possible Tools For That Wish List Here are four of the most popular pneumatic tools found in the workshops of avid DIY project lovers. Air Impact Wrench If you like to work on cars, an air impact wrench might be useful. These are the tools mechanics use when changing tires. This power tool makes it easy to get those sometimes stubborn and perhaps rusty lug nuts unscrewed. Kits with different sized sockets, both metric and standard, are available. Pneumatic Nail Gun Head for any building construction site and you’ll find workers driving nails into studs using pneumatic nail guns instead of hammers. If you are into home renovation projects, this tool would be very useful. The nail guns are loaded with long strips or coils of fasteners, sort of like giant staples. Instead of setting an individual nail and hammering it in, the nail gun is placed on the surface of the wood, the trigger is pulled and the nail is in. No more hitting your thumb with the hammer. Nail guns are safe as long as you’re careful. They are designed to discharge only if the tip of the nail gun, called the muzzle, is touching the wood.  Air Sander An air sander lets you sand any type of wood product much faster than the manual variety. The most commonly found models are orbit sanders, used to smooth large, flat areas, such as table tops or even wooden boat hulls. Palm sized devices can be used on fine detail work. Either way, it beats the constant rub-rub-rub of sandpaper on wood. If you are into woodworking or restoring hardwood furnishings, or even floors, put this tool on your list. Airbrushes Airbrushes are a miniature version of the paint sprayer. In fact, the air brush, invented in 1876, came first. They are most often used in body shops to add custom details on repainted and/or...

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