Steel Building Technology

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Agricultural Steel Buildings

If you run any kind of agricultural farm, then you will know the importance of having great quality buildings to keep your animals and animal products in. Of course, getting a good quality agricultural building is something that you might not know that much about although you will know that the requirements for any agricultural building are pretty much the same. All agricultural buildings will need to be strong and they will need to be designed specifically for their use; whether it is for keeping cattle in, a hay barn, sheep sheds or anything else that you require.

You will need to make sure that the type of building that you buy is perfect for the job that they have to do. Luckily, there is a type of building that offer this and these are agricultural steel buildings.

Agricultural steel buildings are one of the best types of buildings out there if you are looking to buy a strong and high quality agricultural building. The great thing about agricultural steel buildings is that they can accommodate a variety of things and if it isn’t possible to find one that is designed to your needs, you will always be able to find a company that is willing to make you a bespoke building.

Luckily, in most cases, there will be a range of agricultural steel buildings that will have already been designed for exactly what you require out of them and you will be able to purchase them ‘off the shelf’ for a decent price. However, there are agricultural needs out there that will require something a little more bespoke and this is also possible with a number of companies offering bespoke design on agricultural steel buildings all over the world.

When it comes to agricultural steel buildings, there are a number of things that they can be used for. They can be used for cattle sheds, implements storage, hay barns, general purpose buildings, sheep sheds, pig buildings, equestrian buildings and much more and the agricultural steel buildings are the best type of building to accommodate all of these needs.

The great thing about agricultural steel buildings is that they combine a great price with great quality. It is possible to pickup great quality agricultural steel buildings for a great price these days and they are much stronger than timber buildings and will last much longer as well. It is possible to pay a little extra with most companies out there and actually galvanize the steel that they are made from, which will really help them to last even longer than they usually would. It is also possible to really customize them, even if they are off the shelf. It is usually possible to have them painted any color that you like if you want them to look good whilst still having all the strength and benefits that an agricultural steel buildings does.

Steel Building Design

One of the most important things that you will need to consider when it comes to getting any steel building is the actual design of the building. Designing a building is the most important thing that you will need to consider, whatever a building is made out of. This is because it is important to have something to work from when it is being built. When it comes to steel building design, there are a lot of different options and because steel is an extremely versatile metal and one that can be molded and shaped in a variety of ways.

The great thing is that these days, there are a variety of steel building designs that have already been done and a lot of companies will offer a range of designs for you to choose from. Obviously, the design that you choose will depend on what you require the steel building for and there are a variety of buildings that are made out of steel these days. There are steel building designs for agricultural steel buildings, steel garden sheds and many other types of buildings and it will be down to you to decide what kind of design is best for your needs.

Depending on your needs, you might feel hat you need to get a bespoke steel building design and if this is the case, there are a lot of companies that are willing to design a bespoke steel building for you. In most cases however, the pre-made steel building designs can be adapted and modified to fit almost any need that you have and steel building designs are something that are not too complicated. A lot of steel buildings will be based around the same idea of design but will just be slightly varied based on different needs.

Portable Steel Buildings

There are a huge amount of uses for steel buildings and there are a number of different types of buildings that can actually be built out of steel. Steel is used on the construction of some of the world’s most well known buildings these days and this is because it is extremely strong. However, steel doesn’t always have to be used for huge buildings and skyscrapers and steel is actually a fantastic material more building garden sheds and things like that. Another great thing about steel is that if you need to move a building then you can actually purchase portable steel buildings.

There are a number of steel buildings that are portable and it doesn’t matter what kind of building you are looking for, you can be sure to find a portable steel building. There are a number of different reasons that you might want a portable steel building, perhaps you are planning on moving house a lot or you might even want one for business use. Depending on the size of the steel building, you might be able to move it around as you wish. Sometimes, if you have a larger steel building, the building will still be portable but will require to be dismantled whilst it is being moved.

There are so many different portable steel buildings out there these days so it doesn’t matter what you need. It is possible to get a portable steel shed or a portable steel garage. There are arrange of different companies that already have a number of portable steel buildings that are already designed and made and can actually be bought off the shelf. However, if you need something that is customized, you can always get a bespoke portable steel building if you find a company that is willing to do so.

4 Important Factors Determine the Size of a New Kitchen Investment

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Have you ever solicited labor quotes for work at your home and been shocked at the wide range of pricing you received?  I’ve talked with many people over the years that are simply amazed they can get such a wide range of numbers for the EXACT SAME PROJECT!   This often is the case where the scope of work is very definitive – say a 10’x12’ pressure-treateddeck with a single set of stairs, or building a stand-alone 2-car garage with no interior finishes.  Should be pretty straight forward right?

Now try it with a complicated project like a kitchen remodel.  There are so many factors that can impact the cost of such a project it can be difficult for a homeowner to navigate their way through the planning, designing and selections process, which can lead to feeling overwhelmed.

The following are the major contributing factors that will impact the cost of a typical Kitchen Remodel Project:  The scope of the project, the finishes and selections, the mechanical systems and the overall complexity.

  1. PROJECT SCOPE – The first factor in determining cost is the actual scope of work to be performed.  Are there any walls being removed?  Will the project involve an expansion of the kitchen space, either via addition or taking over an adjacent room?  Is it a full gut project or simply a cabinet replacement where all fixtures are remaining in the same location?  Are there other items that will be affected, such as a tile floor that extends into a foyer?  Or windows that will need to be added or replaced.
  2. FINISHES & SELECTIONS – This one is really a customer driven item, but can often have the biggest impact.  A homeowner’s personal taste and style can often have the largest impact on the overall project cost.  Cabinet costs can cover a vast range depending on whether a client chooses a stock line with all standard size cabinets and a standard finish – or perhaps they go with a fully custom, furniture grade cabinet line with all the bells and whistles.  The cabinets alone easily range from $15,000 to $100,000.  The other components such as plumbing fixtures (sink(s), faucet(s), pot fillers, water purification systems, garbage disposals) flooring, backsplash tile, lighting and appliances are items that have just as wide a range in costs.
  3. MECHANICAL SYSTEMS – Many kitchen remodels can impact other areas of the home and can have a “trickle” effect that some homeowners may not be thinking of.  For instance, a new kitchen will require at least 7 circuit breakers in their electrical panel.  If the electrical system can’t support this or is outdated, an upgrade to a new 200amp electrical panel can often become part of a kitchen remodel.  Plumbing upgrades may also be required depending on the age of the home and the condition of the existing pipes.
  4. COMPLEXITY – Talk about common sense right?  The more complex a project the larger the investment.  But what makes a project complicated?  The following are some items that would add to the complexity of a kitchen remodel:  Structural modifications, unique site conditions (ie:  3rd floor kitchen), temporary kitchen requirements, accelerated scheduling due to an upcoming event, major relocation of fixtures (or perhaps, creating a kitchen where there wasn’t one before).  All these items, and more, can impact the overall cost of the project.

A tool we often use to help homeowners understand the investment costs of a kitchen remodel project, is Remodeling Magazine’s “COST VS VALUE REPORT”. http://www.remodeling.hw.net/2011/costvsvalue/national.aspx     This report outlines and recaps standard home improvement and remodeling projects and what one can expect to invest for a “typical” project, including a Mid-Range Kitchen Remodel and an Upscale Kitchen Remodel.  This will help provide a homeowner with a point of reference for their own project.

New Torsion Spring Installation

New Torsion Spring Installation picCaution Important Safety Info

If the Torsion springs are poorly set up or mishandled, it can be really unsafe. Do not try to install them yourself unless

1) You have the right tools and sensible mechanical ability or experience and
2) You follow these Directions really thoroughly.

Required Tool list

1. Locking pliers
2. 7/16″ socket wrench
3. A set of 9/16″ box wrenches
4. A set of 1/2″, 18″ long long steel winging bar
5. Wood Anchoring Pads

Step 1 – Preparing the door frame

It is necessary that the torsion spring assembly is securely and firmly connected to the frame of the garage.

Describe Figure TOR-1 for the setup of 2″ x 6″ wood jambs.

Essential: The wood anchor pad should be made of a Grade 2 or much better southern yellow pine (likewise understood as southern pine or yellow pine). Do not utilize wood identified as spruce pine fir (or SPF).

Each side jamb and the center anchor pad need to extend 12″ above the top of the opening for 12 ” radius horizontal track and 15 ” above the top of the opening for 15″ radius horizontal track.

The wood anchor pad should be connected to the frame of the garage with at least 4 3/8 ” x 4″ long lag screws for wood frames or 4 3/8″ x 4 ” long sleeve anchors for concrete frames. The 4 fasteners have to be set up no closer than 1-1/2″ from the sides and the ends of the anchor pad. The wood anchor pad and fasteners are not provided.

KEEP IN MIND: The wood anchor pad can be off-center to the width of the opening by as much as 10″ in either of the instructions.

Step 2 – Assemble the torsion springs and then to the spring tube

Lock the door in the down position safely utilizing the door lock or locking pliers. This should be done to avoid the door from too soon opening which might trigger an injury.

If your garage has just one entryway, be sure you, to get an assistant, and the tools you require are inside prior to you lock the door. Your door will have either one or 2 torsion springs. The color on the winding cone is to assist recognize on which side of the door the spring is to be utilized.

Black winding cone torsion springs are utilized on the best side of the door and red winding cone torsion springs are utilized on the left side of the door when seeing the door from the within looking out. Failure to set up the torsion springs on the proper side will trigger your door to work poorly and might result in major injury.

Slip the torsion springs onto the spring tube, the red winding cone on the left end, the nylon center bearing, center bearing plate, and the black winding cone torsion spring on the best end.

Step 3 – Attach the mounting plate to the garage door’s frame

Attach the bottom of the end bearing plate to the horizontal angle with (2) 3/8″ x 3/4″ long hex head bolts and hex nuts. Please make sure to utilize the bottom 2 slots for 12″ radius horizontal track, and the upper 2 slots for 15″ radius horizontal track.

Attach the wall flange on the end bearing plate to the wood jamb with (1) 5/16″ x 1-5/8″ long lag screw. On 12″ radius horizontal track, each end bearing plate ought to likewise be connected with 3/8″ x 3/4″ carriage bolts and 3/8″ nuts.

Step 4 – Attach assembled torsion spring to the mounting plate

With an assistant, raise the total torsion spring tube assembly and move completions of television into the bearing on completion bearing plates. With television level, install the center bearing plate to the center anchor pad utilizing (2) 5/16″ x 1-5/8″ long lag, red-coated screws.

KEEP IN MIND: Red-headed fasteners have to be set up for the accessory and center bearing plate to show this part will be under severe stress when spring is wound up.

Prior to installing the center bearing plate, drill (2) 3/16″ pilot holes for the lag screws. The center bearing plate withstands the substantial counter torque of the springs.

Caution: Changing a garage door spring can be very dangerous, you may need to contact a local home garage door repair team member.

Step 5 – Install torsion spring cables

The cable television that is connected to each bottom bracket is brought up in between the wall and roller shafts to the cable television drum. Turning the cable television drum and moving it up tight versus the end bearing plate eliminates the cable television slack. The set screws on the cable television drum ought to be tightened up with a 3/8″ box wrench while holding the cable television tight.

Step 6 – Adjust the torsion springs with the winding bar

Check for a straight line drawn across the length of the springs. If no line is present, draw one using a piece of chalk. This will be used to indicate the number of turns on the springs. After inserting the two winding bars all the way into the winding cone, then wind the springs 1/4 turn at a time in an upward direction as shown in. The number of turns is shown in the table in. The tail of the torsion spring coil points in the direction that the spring is wound.

Step 7 – Test the door function very carefully

Open the door, gradually raise the door and prop it about midway open.

This is the very first time the brand-new door is being opened. The door might fall if the tracks are not properly lined up or the back hangers are not strong enough. Continue gradually and thoroughly.

Inspect to be sure the horizontal tracks are parallel with each side of the door. If any changes of the rear track hanger are needed, the door should be locked in the closed position since the weight of the door is supported by the rear hangers.

KEEP IN MIND: If the torsion springs do not enhance in stress as the 1/4 turns are contributed to the springs, then you most likely have the torsion springs reversed. (See Step #2).

Step 8 – Then readjust if needed

To adjust torsion spring tension, the door is locked in the down position. With locking pliers clamped on the torsion tube, winding bars are used to wind the springs tighter to increase tension. Tension is reduced by removing turns. When two springs are used, both sides should be adjusted the same. Adjustments should be made in 1/4 turn increments.

Warning
NEVER adjust center bearing plate or red-headed fasteners after springs are wound. Be prepared to handle a strong force when reducing tension on a torsion spring. Use winding bars only, and stand to the side.