Concrete Cutting: The Unknown Niche

Written by Robert Short / Affordable Concrete Cutting

What is Concrete Cutting? Concrete cutting is a process of controlled sawing, drilling and removal of concrete performed by skilled operators using special saws that use diamond impregnated blades. Unlikerepparttar old- fashioned dusty "jack hammer" method, modern concrete cutting leaves a smooth attractive finish and utilizes water so as not to create any dust or mess. There are many different kinds of concrete cutting butrepparttar 100017 most common are wall sawing, core drilling and slab or flat sawing.

Wall Sawing isrepparttar 100018 process of cutting openings such as doors or windows in concrete walls, usually no more than 12" thick but in some cases up to 24" thick. This is accomplished by using a saw that attaches to a track onrepparttar 100019 wall to be cut. This process utilizes an enormous 30" or even larger diameter diamond blade that can cut 12" or more of concrete all ofrepparttar 100020 way through from one side. This aspect of our business requiresrepparttar 100021 most skill and cannot easily be done by your average "do it yourselfer." As stated, wall sawing may entail cutting openings in concrete foundations but may also include lowering a foundation elevation, entire foundation removal and alsorepparttar 100022 cutting of concrete retaining walls in part or in whole. This type of concrete cutting requires skill and experience to cut perfectly smooth plumb and level openings with virtually no dust or mess, so it is a rather expensive service. Most concrete cutting companies charge a minimum of $425 just to take their equipment to a site and cut.

Homeowners that build additions on to their home that have basements or cellars commonly find they need to cut into their existing concrete foundation to add an entry or passage betweenrepparttar 100023 new and existing basements. It is much easier and in most cases less expensive to have this service performed duringrepparttar 100024 construction process and not after.

Core Drilling isrepparttar 100025 process of drilling perfectly round holes through concrete walls and floors. The diameters ofrepparttar 100026 holes range from 1" to 12" round but average 5" for most homeowner applications. In commercial applications core holes can range anywhere up to 60" round and more. Core holes are used for "utility penetrations" such as electrical, plumbing and heating but are also commonly used for venting furnaces or clothes dryers. Although not recommended, core drilling can be performed by an advanced "do it yourselfer" andrepparttar 100027 equipment necessary to perform core drilling is readily available at your local tool rental and supply store. Most companies have a minimum charge of $250 to core a hole for you and it can take a professional as little as 10 minutes to unload his equipment, corerepparttar 100028 hole, and reload his equipment. Yet, I have seen homeowners rentrepparttar 100029 equipment and spend an entire weekend trying to core a single hole and then call a professional to completerepparttar 100030 project. Just like with any trade a professional concrete cutter will make his job look easy.

How to Choose a Freezer for your Home

Written by Donald Grummett

Even if it is a low income housing option, you cannot spare home security atrepparttar cost of a fancy carpet or some other flooring supplies.


March 1, 2005

The average household freezer is a silent slave. It operates year in and year out, requiring nothing other than a constant supply of electricity. Eventually, though it may need to be replaced.

The following are a few considerations that will allow you to make an informed decision about its purchase.

Most consumers have only a few concerns (other than price) when purchasing a freezer:

1 … What size do I require? 2 … How much electricity will it consume? 3 … What (if any)options do I need?

Size --------------------------------------

Size of course depends upon your needs. Generally though, most people purchase too large a freezer. They base their judgement upon perceived usages rather than real usage. Their reasoning is: We “might” need a larger one in case there “may be” a special atrepparttar 100016 grocery store on something. The reality though is that most freezers end up being operated only half full.

Also, remember that all frozen foods should be consumed within six weeks. Foods stored longer than that can become dehydrated no matter how well wrapped. Asrepparttar 100017 moisture leavesrepparttar 100018 food both taste and nutritional value will be lowered. So anything stored longer than six weeks will probably end up being thrown out. As an example, how much ice cream have you thrown away because ice crystals started to form insiderepparttar 100019 package? That ice forming insiderepparttar 100020 package is dehydration at work.

Therefore, when trying to decide how big a freezer to purchase we suggest using what we callrepparttar 100021 “six week rule”.

To use this rule you first approximate how much “frozen” food your family consumes in a six-week period. Then envision how much space those items would require if stacked on your kitchen counter. That will give you an idea ofrepparttar 100022 physical size of freezer you require.

Lastly, don’t forget thatrepparttar 100023 chest style freezer will require twicerepparttar 100024 floor space of an upright. This may be an important factor if you live in an apartment.

Electricity consumed --------------

Although freezers are efficient consumers of electricity they will definitely increase your electrical bill.

An upright freezer consumes more electricity. This is because every time it is openedrepparttar 100025 cold air spills out onto repparttar 100026 floor. Consequently, it runs more frequently. Also today’s uprights are often frost free, which by their nature consume much more electricity. So we have to pay forrepparttar 100027 advantage of not having to defrost it.

Chest freezers are more efficient consumers of electricity becauserepparttar 100028 cold air lies inside even thoughrepparttar 100029 lid is lifted to accessrepparttar 100030 contents. But, chest types are manual and will need to be shut down and defrosted once a year.

Are there ways to lowerrepparttar 100031 electrical consumption of our freezers? Perhaps.

To lower electrical consumption some people only use their freezer seasonally. During summer and fall, when freshly grow food is available, they clean outrepparttar 100032 freezer and turn it off. It is started back up again for winter and spring usage. This practise is common with gardeners who primarily want to store their fall vegetables. Seniors also do this because getting out inrepparttar 100033 winter is more difficult. Therefore they use a freezer to reducerepparttar 100034 number of trips torepparttar 100035 grocery store.

Some people are now suggesting a practice called freezer blocking to lower consumption. This entails filling any unused space inrepparttar 100036 freezer with blankets or boxes of insulation. The theory is that onlyrepparttar 100037 food area would be cooled because air circulation is being blocked off from unused sections. The smallerrepparttar 100038 space being cooled,repparttar 100039 lessrepparttar 100040 freezer should operate.

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