How To Cut Lexan Polycarbonate
Aug18

How To Cut Lexan Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate has many uses today for industrial and home applications. You will need to cut it to size for specific projects at work or at home. A variety of cutting tools can be used depending on the polycarbonate’s thickness, hardness and purpose. But first let’s take a look at what this material is made of and what it is used for to better understand it. Lexan is a brand name of polycarbonate. It is a very tough, high impact plastic material made with a resin base. It is available in a clear UV glazing grade for windows. It is a great product for replacing window glass because it is virtually unbreakable. Polycarbonate is pliable with heat treating. Another version comes with a silicone hard coat surface which is scratch resistant comparable to glass. Polycarbonate in a number of brands has five major advantages as window glass: It saves energy because it insulates better than glass Clarity is excellent Resistant to heat and electricity Has UV and light transmission stability Complies to national codes for light transmitting plastics This material will do a long-term and heavy duty job for home and commercial use. Uses for Polycarbonate Polycarbonate has many applications as a plastic and glass substitute. It is a transparent thermoplastic available in clear, translucent and colors. It is useful when impact resistance and/or clear transparency are needed. in addition to windows include: Eyewear lenses and digital disks Low cost medical equipment Containers and bottles Bullet proof glass and greenhouses Clear tubes for sports equipment Clear molds and machinery guards Exterior lighting fixtures Roofing and ceilings Numerous home applications You may have used this material without know what it was. How to Cut Polycarbonate Cutting tools for home use depends on its thickness, hardness and purpose. Safety is the primary concern when using cutting tools. Wear safety glasses for eye protection and ear protection for noisy power tools. Use a sharp utility knife and straight edge for cutting thin sheets. Sand the edges with a fine grade of sandpaper for a smoother surface. Watch those fingers! Use heavy duty shears for a thicker and stiffer piece of polycarbonate. Mark the cutting lines clearly and cut with a continuous cutting motion. Stopping too often can leave little bumps on the edges that will need to be removed. You can cut tubes or pipes with a handsaw made for the job. Mark its length and secure in a padded vise for protection. Make a smooth and square cut. You may be able to cut 2 or 3 pieces at once if you are careful. Do you have curves to make? If you...

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Making Generator A Quiet Box: Step-by-Step Guide
Aug02

Making Generator A Quiet Box: Step-by-Step Guide

There is no debate on this issue that generators are a lifesaver. They are trustworthy equipment in the event of a power failure. Power failures aren’t uncommon and if the power goes out for a long time then it causes an interruption in our routine and passing the time without the power can turn out to be a really challenging task. We need the power at all times to carry out our work with no obstacles. For this reason, generators were created and they have proved themselves to be really handy. The only problem is that they are way too loud. Everyone in the neighborhood knows that you are using your generator and it can be really frustrating to hear the loud noise for a long time. That really makes you wonder if sitting without electricity is better or listening to a loud generator worth it? The generator is worth it and the problem of the loud noise can be solved with the help of some simple steps. How to quiet down your generator? There is a misconception that every generator’s noise can be reduced by simply installing a sound dampening device and the problem is solved. It is quite a common misconception. People believe they can buy an inexpensive generator then reduce its noise; this is a very challenging and difficult task. Purchasing a quiet muffler for your generator is an option but it isn’t the best one as there’s no guarantee that it will work. Its effectiveness largely depends on the size of the generator in your house. The best option which will work is building a box for your generator as the enclosure helps to dampen the sound and also protect it from external weather conditions. You can also build a storage shed but the cost to build storage shed is high then building a box around it. Materials Required The materials you will need for building the box are: Slab: As the first step would require you to build a slab around it and the materials required are cement sand, aggregate, and water, shovel, cement mixer, concrete smoothing device. Box part: Blocks to make a concrete wall, wood, fans with ventilation, hinges to hold Generator parts: Generator, earthing rod, cable wire. All of these are available at an electric supply store. Safety equipment: This is the most important one to ensure to avoid any accidents while building the box. The safety gear includes a dust mask, gloves, and tarp. Step by Step Guide: The first step is to choose a site. You should select a location on where do you want to build the box...

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How To Bleach Wood Floors – Tips and Guidance
Jun22

How To Bleach Wood Floors – Tips and Guidance

When your hardwood floor shows up stubborn stains that just won’t go no matter what you try, bleaching it becomes a good option. To bleach wood floors, there are three commonly used methods: chlorine bleach, oxalic acid or a two-part kit containing hydrogen peroxide and sodium hydroxide. You can choose a method from these three based on their staining composition. Perhaps you are aware that chlorine bleach is the weakest of them all and is good for ink stains, juice spills, etc. Oxalic acid works well black discoloration caused due to age, rust stains and water damage. Lastly, a peroxide two-part bleach kit is the strongest of these three and is used only as a last resort. How to bleach wood: Chlorine Bleach: To know how to bleach wood floors using chlorine bleach, follow these steps: #1: Begin by sanding the floor so that any existing finish is removed. If the stains are very stubborn, use a chemical stripper to take off the stains. #2: In a plastic container, mix hot water and dry calcium or sodium hypochlorite. If you prefer, you can use liquid chlorine bleach that’s used in homes by pouring two teaspoons of it at a time to the surface that needs staining. Use either this calcium-sodium mix or household bleach to the wood and stain it, and brush it with a stiff-toothed brush. After 10 minutes, wipe it away with a soft rag. If you still find stains, let the bleach remain for another 24 hours. #3: Wipe off any left-over bleach using a soft rag. Drizzle 1/4 cup vinegar on the damaged area to get rid of the effects of the bleach and rinse with water. Don’t use too much of liquid as this might cause the wood to distend. Wipe off the extra water immediately and let the stained area dry overnight. Oxalic Acid: To know how to bleach wood floors using oxalic acid, follow these steps: #4: Sand your hardwood floor or use a chemical stripper to get the finish off it. Wipe it clean and dry before you apply oxalic acid. Dissolve 0.06 liters (2 oz.) of oxalic acid in a liter of very hot water in a plastic container. #5: Using stiff-toothed brush, brush this liquid onto the floor and let it remain until it shows signs of lightening. If necessary, reapply it and scrub again with the brush. With a soft rag, wipe away the excess oxalic acid solution when the stain lightens. Add a rinse of 1/4 cup vinegar and then wipe dry and follow it up with a water rinse so that the entire surface area is...

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Choosing The Best Wood Shingle Roof
May15

Choosing The Best Wood Shingle Roof

Before the 19th century, wooden shingles was split by the hand and they were almost always planed or knifed smooth to become very thin and very narrow. When the steam-powered sawmills came in, in the 19th century, shingle fabrication was revolutionized. Prior to the arrival of asphalt, wood roofs were the most common shedding roof system used. Wood shingles are still one of the most common roofing materials used in North America where several types of wood get used. Here is how to choose the type of wood shingle that best suit you: When it comes to choosing roof shingles for a new home or new shingles for replacing an old roof it can become a challenge as there are so many different types of shingles to choose from. The roof of a house is meant to last a very long time and once it is on top of the house there is no turning back. The roof of a house should give protection and add character. For roof shingles, there are various materials to choose from such as wood, flagstone, slate, fiber cement, plastic, metal, and composite material such as asphalt shingles. Many people like the traditional look that wood gives to their house and over time as the wood ages, the color will change slightly and some people feel that this adds, even more, character to their home. Another good reason for using wood is because it can help you regulate the temperature in your house. Some wood types offer better insulation power over others while still allowing the attic good ventilation. For a roof structure made from wood, you can choose between wood shingles or wood shakes. Wood shingles are thinner, sawn smooth on both sides and narrowed out, giving them a more tailored appearance that is used for both roofing and sidewalls. However, shingles are less durable than shakes. Shingles come in a uniform size, but the color, thickness, cut and pattern of the wood can differ, giving you the opportunity to be unique. Wood shingles are also easy to make and get rid of when you need a roof replacement because wood is a natural resource, renewable and biodegradable. Wood shakes, however, used for centuries, have a rough look, as they are split from logs and often left split for the effect. The method of splitting the shakes and not sawing ensures straight-grained pieces only, making them stronger and less likely to warp. Shakes resist water penetration better than shingles. Just like shingles comes in various materials, wood shingles can be formed from various wood materials. Some roof shingles can even be recycled, depending on...

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What is the Cost to Build a Storage Shed?
Mar14

What is the Cost to Build a Storage Shed?

One way to increase your home’s value is to build a shed. Besides, it also gives you additional storage space. Not only can you build one to your specifications and needs, but should you ever sell your home, the cost of the shed can be recovered. But what is the cost to build a storage shed? Let’s look at some important factors. What to consider when building a shed There are a few things to consider when you want to build a shed, such as: Determine if you can build a shed on your property as some towns do not allow you to have an extra structure on your property. Be very sure of the size of your intended shed, what you plan to store there and whether you want to have it insulated and electrically fitted. How much does it cost to build a shed? Depending on the size and style of a conventional wooden shed, the price will be calculated. For instance, if you want a plain vanilla wooden shed with walls measuring 8 feet, it will cost you between $35 and $45 per square foot. This will give you a door, a couple of windows, a ramp and a roof. If you also choose to have extra windows, a barn door, a particular kind of roof and finished interiors, you should be prepared to pay about $70 per square foot. Of course, since these are the rates for a smaller sized shed, if you’re looking for a 12 x 16 shed cost, you’ll have to shell out considerably more. A custom or prefabricated storage shed is usually 10 feet x 12 feet. It can be constructed as a DIY project if you have some knowledge of carpentry and the required skills, or you can hand it over to a professional. If you’re going to electrify it, all the more you should hand it over to an electrician. Read related article here: How to build a lean-to shed? Storage shed kits Wood isn’t the only material that you can use to make your shed, you can consider buying a kit too. Kits contain everything pre-cut and all you need to do is to assemble them. Any homeowner can put this kit together. You can choose to have a kit in wood, plastic, metal, vinyl or PVC. These sheds, however, aren’t as long-lasting as traditional wood sheds, but they save you money. If you buy a kit, you should pay between $500 and $1000. These kits can limit you in size, not being more than 8 feet x 8 feet. If a professional assembles this for you, you...

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Which Is The Best Food Safe Wood Finish?
Mar12

Which Is The Best Food Safe Wood Finish?

Woodworkers are always looking for food safe wood finish for the items they make in this category. They are worried that the food bowls and crockery they create aren’t food safe and that they need some reliable finish that would protect the wood and not be toxic to the user. Most finishes are considered toxic and unsafe for our consumption when in the liquid state due to the presence of certain solvents that take the finish either on the surface of the wood or penetrates it. However, it is generally believed that once the finish has matured and reached its final state, it is food safe, so direct contact with food is absolutely safe. To accept this position, it is necessary to determine which finish we are talking about. Are we considering a finish that forms a film on the wood surface? Or, one that penetrates the wood? Food safe wood finishes: You can safely use wood finishes such as polyurethane, shellac, lacquer or varnish on wood food utensils that won’t be subject to damage. For cutting boards or salad bowls where using a film finish might damage these crockery pieces, it’s best to go with a penetrating oil finish. Your food bowls can be considered safe once the carrier solvents on them completely leaves the finish and the surface is totally dry. In the case of polyurethane, for example, a woodworker should ensure that this finish should completely bond together and lose their content of carrier solvents. By this means, polyurethane should allow soluble finishes like lacquer and shellac to completely evaporate their solvents. Types of food safe finishes: Walnut Oil Wood Finish: This is the ideal food safe wood finish because it is an entirely natural oil and a drying oil too. This means that once you apply it, it will dry, unlike other oils which could turn rancid. When you use this oil on wood, it gets absorbed by the wood and does not make the wood sticky. Also, it has no smell of its own, but it enriches the wood with every coat. You can use it on wooden utensils like spoons, bowls, servers, salad hands, etc. Its finish is non-toxic, and water- and alcohol-resistant. Its aroma is also very pleasing and it does not give any aftertaste to the food. Mineral Oil Wood Finish: This oil is derived from petroleum, yet it is odorless, tasteless and colorless, apart from completely inert. Like walnut oil, mineral oil too is a good option for food utensils because here too, the oil has no smell of its own and dries up after applying it. It is very...

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