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Category : Trenchless

Air-operated double-diaphragm pumps (AODD) are preferred in transfer applications because their simple design makes them easy to operate and cost-effective to repair. To achieve top performance, end users must install and operate these pumps correctly. In a matter of minutes, common issues can be corrected with the right information.  Today we’re discussing some troubleshooting options for the Finish Thompson diaphragm pump in GA.

Here are six quick steps that can help you fix common problems during installation and operation.

Check the inlet air line size and pressure. Installing an airline that is too small is the most common mistake users make when installing an AODD pump. Using an airline that is too small will starve the pump of the fuel (compressed air) it needs to operate at peak performance. Upgrading to a larger airline is an easy fix that takes a few minutes.

Inspect for muffler icing and restrictions. Diaphragm pumps can generate high decibels at full speed, which is the main reason muffler is recommended during installation. The air motor of the Finish Thompson diaphragm pump in GA requires compressed air to operate.

As the compressed air enters the air valve and channels through the pump center section to exhaust through the muffler, rapid temperature changes occur. Erratic pump operation, inlet air with high levels of moisture or visible frost on the outside of the muffler are indications of an icing-related issue that is decreasing pump efficiency.

Inspect sealing surfaces for leakage. Leakage is a common problem in all pump types. A few simple fixes can ensure the fluid stays in an AODD pump. First, pumps – especially plastic pumps – must be torqued to the manufacturer’s recommended rating.

Materials relax over time, which can cause sealing surfaces to loosen and create leak paths. Refer to the pump manual for torque values, and follow the bolting patterns to reduce the threat of leakage.

Ensure proper tubing and piping size. Pump inlet and outlet fluid port diameters vary based on the flow rate required. Inlet and outlet hose sizes must match the pump’s size. A primary concern is the risk of cavitation, which can increase repairs and maintenance costs.

Changing tubing and piping size after installation is relatively fast. Knowing the correct size at installation eliminates the time and effort required to make a modification later.

Slow the pump down to prime. The Finish Thompson diaphragm pump in GA is popular when self-priming is required. If air pressure supplied to the pump is too high, the pump will change over too quickly and there will not be enough time for the fluid to be drawn into the pump.

 To solve this priming issue in a matter of seconds, slow down the pump by using the air regulator to decrease the air pressure entering the air valve. Once the pump speed has been reduced and the fluid has had enough time to enter the pump, increase the air pressure and operate the pump at a faster speed.

Clear any fluid line restrictions. Certain restrictions create backpressure that may negatively affect the pump and potentially create cavitation that will increase maintenance. Take a minute to inspect the pump and connected piping to ensure there are no visible restrictions.

Spending a few minutes up front to ensure proper installation will save a tremendous amount of time correcting problems later. Following these steps can help end, users spend less time trying to figure out problems with their Finish Thompson diaphragm pump in GA.

Companies with smooth operations and processes that are operating to specification – and with minimal downtime – will be successful!  We will help you create this transformation through superior technical consultation, installation, and support.  Call us today at (404) 647-0986 to find out how we can help you with your applications.

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metal casting design

Category : Marketing

Metal casting design in Ohio is a thriving business, and one with a steady stream of recurring customers. But for new customers, the decision-making process can be overwhelming. If you don’t understand the basics of metal casting design, you may not feel comfortable choosing a metal casting design provider, and even if you do, you may not understand the most important variables for getting the job done.

Fortunately, there are a handful of considerations that can help you make a smarter, more effective decision.  

Baseline Considerations

Before you even start looking for metal casting design providers, you should be aware of these truths:

  • Choice. You do have a choice in the matter. There are many metal casting design choices in Ohio, and around the country, and not all of them are going to offer the same quality of service (or even the same type of work). It’s important to review all your choices.
  • Cost and quality. Generally, there’s a correlation between cost and quality. If a firm gives you a quote that seems too good to be true, it probably is. Better software, better talent, and more time spent will be more expensive. Period.
  • Specific application. Different providers specialize in different applications. If you have a highly specialized need, such as a part for a specific industry, you may want to find a provider who can serve that niche.
  • The process. You should be at least somewhat familiar with the design process before you begin, including how long it takes to produce an initial draft, and how long it takes to get through production.

Understanding Your Metal Casting Design Provider  

With those fundamentals in mind, you can start making your decision based on the following variables:

  • Design and modeling software. What design and modeling software is your provider using? At Alumalloy, we use Pro Engineer Wildfire 5.0 CAD-CAM Design and Pro Manufacturing CAM as complementary tools. Better tools usually result in a better finished product.
  • Location. Where is your designer going to be located? In many cases, this work can be done remotely, but it doesn’t hurt to shop local.
  • Price. Obviously, price will be a major determining factor. You’ll want to choose a provider within your budget, but try not to skimp; going with the cheapest provider isn’t usually a good idea.
  • Experience. How long has this designer been in business? What is their track record like? Try to find some reviews or testimonials.
  • Talent. What about the engineers and designers that will be working on your project? What is their experience like?
  • Commitment. Talk to the people who will be working on your project. Do they seem committed to giving you the best possible finished product? Are they easy to talk to and work with?

If you feel you’re ready to start shopping around for metal casting design in Ohio, or if you’re just interested in a preliminary quote, Alumalloy is here to provide you with direction. Contact us today, and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours about our metal casting design services—and what you can do next.

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Category : Health

It’s something we were forced to do every six months as children, yet something so many of us fail to follow through with as adults – visiting a Michigan City dental practice on a regular basis. Whether you choose to blame a busy work schedule, a hectic family life or a demanding social schedule, one thing’s for sure – we should all make time for the dentist, or we might seriously regret it later in life.

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Category : Trenchless

Video cameras have become valuable tools in the plumbing business. Their waterproof nature enables inspection of sewer lines and other underground pipes–in cement or under the foundation of your home—to locate clogs that might be so far into the drain making it almost impossible to see. Here are reasons why sewer camera inspection is useful for repairing a clogged sewer:

Locate and Identify Clogs

A sewer camera is exactly as it sounds like—the camera is mounted on the end of a flexible rod that allows it to travel through the pipe easily and even go around corners to record a clear view of the pipe in its entirety. With digital imaging, it allows the plumber to see what the camera lens picks on a mobile device or screen including cracked and clogged drain. From inside the pipe, a sewer camera can clearly see the clogs and exactly where it’s located, what they’re made up of, as well as any build up that is likely to lead to clogs in the long run.

No Guesswork

Video camera line inspection makes use of radio transmitters to record depth and the actual physical location of any obstructions or defect. This enables technician to accurately diagnose and solve any clogged sewer line concerns without any guesswork. Besides, the video camera is able to reveal other problems obstructing an efficient flow of water or sewerage. In such instances, you will be notified about the location of the problem, after which your plumber can make an informed decision about fixing the problem, without necessarily having to neither guess nor dig trenches on your driveway and sidewalks trying to locate the problem.

Saves Time and Money

Sewer camera inspection is a much safer and faster option than digging trenches. The method causes less havoc on your property, such as upheaval of your lawn and garden, and to your neighbors. A sewer camera inspection will cut costs that would otherwise have been used in traditional dig up of the lines. What’s more, if a clog is found, only a small dig up to reveal the affected area is made whereas, before the existence of a sewer camera, the whole sewer line had to be excavated.

Ease Repair Work

Video camera line inspection will enable professionals to see what your clogged sewer lining system is made of in order to help determine the approximate age of the pipes. This gives the homeowner some useful information about the condition to prepare adequately for repairs. Consequently, if the pipes are worn out and indeed need replacement, your plumber will know exactly what type of material to use and other materials they’ll need.

Bottom Line

A clogged sewer line is a nightmare to every homeowner. It creates a horrible smell, nasty mess, disgusting seepages, and backups. However, with video camera line inspection, it’s easy to prevent and repair clogged sewers. It allows technicians to determine conditions in a pipe, understand any existing or potential problems, and take the necessary measures.

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Trenchless sewer pipe lining

Category : Trenchless

Trenchless pipe replacement is a permanent solution to tree root growth, aging pipes, and rusted or otherwise failing pipe connectors. This method uses a resin-impregnated, flexible fabric that follows turns in the existing pipe while providing a continuous, sealed, environment from beginning to end. The process to install a new sewer pipe lining is a multi-step procedure that ensures both a superior replacement and that no additional contamination is leaked into the surrounding environment.

One – Clean and Inspect. A plug is placed or a valve is turned off upstream. The existing line is flushed to remove soil and other contamination. Once accomplished, a video camera is inserted and pushed through to determine the extent of the damage, amount of debris, and how much of the existing pipe must be replaced.

Two – Bypass Control. If the inspection cannot be accomplished due to the presence of liquid trapped in the sewer line, the effluent is redirected to another pipe or pumped into the nearest sewer access point.

Three – Clearing Debris. The inspection reveals how much and what type of debris is inside (pieces of the collapse, rocks, plant material, broken connections, etc.). Pieces that cannot be flushed are removed by digging a hole directly above to remove them with as little disturbance to the pipe and surrounding dirt as possible. If an extensive section of the pipe has collapsed, a temporary patch is placed to maintain the integrity of the pipe’s shape so the trenchless line can be inserted.

Four – Excavation or Sliplining. This step is digging the holes for entry and exit of the trenchless pipe material. The locations are determined by the length of the damage, the need to limit disruption to the property, foot or vehicle traffic, and other underground pipes or power lines. Each excavation is accomplished with the idea to insert the material at either point.

Five – Installation. Now that the exact length is determined, the amount of trenchless material is cut and attached to a pulling device. Once in place, an expandable bladder is inserted at the entry point by an air blower. This slowly inflates the material to its full diameter, filling the void. After full expansion, the material hardens to its correct shape. Once it is completely dry or ‘cured’, the new pipe is as hard as PVC and more resistant to tree roots and other types of damage.

Six – Sealing the openings. The new, trenchless pipe is sealed to existing pipe using heat to expand and harden it to the other opening. How far into the undamaged pipe it is sealed depends on the diameter used in the trenchless pipe. Foam sealant is used on the outside of the pipe to hold it in place and then a cement grout is used to seal the entire connection.

Seven – Inspection. Once the pipe and connections have completely cured and dried, a TV camera is sent through to ensure everything has correctly set in-place.

Eight – Reconnect the Sewer Flow. The plug upstream is removed or the valve is reopened slowly. Flow is slowly brought up to 90 percent of the capacity. If needed, additional water is flushed into the system to ensure a proper test is accomplished.

Replacing an existing, broken sewer line with a trenchless lining is an option that involves minor excavation to the surrounding area and precludes the need for breaking up home or business foundations and greatly reduces the amount of manpower needed for the operation. Depending on the replacement length needed, most tasks can be accomplished and service restored in just a day.

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professional roofer

Category : Trenchless

Flat roofs look great on more modern homes, and in warm weather, it’s a lot of fun to sit on the rooftop and watch the world go by. However, a flat roof doesn’t inherently provide all of the same advantages as a more traditional roof with pitch. Specifically, water drainage can be a real challenge on a flat roof. And while newer homes with flat roofs may have advanced drainage systems and all the right sloping to clear water off quickly, older homes with flat roofs often suffer from drainage issues.

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Flat Roof Drain

Category : Trenchless

If you’re a business owner or a homeowner and you’ve been asking yourself that all-important question regarding the steps you can take to improve flat roof drain systems in Chicago, we have a few steps that could seriously help you in that endeavor:

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Sewer System Inspection

Category : Trenchless

Despite being one of the most expensive and important components of any property, many standard home inspections in Cape Coral, FL do not include a home sewer system inspection. A homeowner is responsible for the sewer system that runs out of their house and under their property right until the point that it meets the main drainage system under the public roadway. Even the simplest sewer repairs can cost around $5,000, with the total possible cost for a complete replacement reaching much higher levels. In addition, the potential damage to your new home from a broken sewer system can be ruinous, particularly if you have a furnished basement or pre-existing foundation issues.

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Sewer & Drain Cleaning

Category : Trenchless

Homeowners that have sump pumps or who live in parts of the country where flooding is major problem; often deal with sewer related issues. Flooding can also occur due to excess snow melt or problems can occur from backed up septic tank. The point is that sewer and drains often get backed up and they will need to be unblocked or cleaned. This can be especially true for homeowners that live within Spokane, Washington.

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Mortgage Lender and Mortgage Broker

At the time of looking out for a mortgage, very often, one gets confused about whether to approach a mortgage lender or broker. In effect, both these individuals are professionals who aid and abet people in obtaining finances or for refinancing a mortgage loan. It is a fact that picking one over the other is actually a matter of choice. However, what experts opine is that it is best to opt for someone who is closer home to you, or rather is more local in their placement. In this manner, one is actually more familiar with the person concerned and also you can be at close call with him or her.

Then again, there is a general feeling of agreement about the poor efficiency in the whole system for obtaining a mortgage. Whether one is engaging a mortgage broker or a lender, the same hold true for both events.

However, there is a good deal of difference between mortgage brokers and mortgage lenders, so to say. For one, a mortgage broker always works in tandem with a good many number of lenders. This is so that they would be able to help you get the best possible deal for your loan. There is a good chance that a mortgage broker could help you get a good bet, even if you are in a segment which certain lenders stay clear of. These could be those involving lower credit scores, investment properties and even higher debt ones. However, mortgage lenders do not really go around hunting for bargains and discounts in their line of work. They are the LENDERS, in other words. If you are in keeping with their set of criteria for getting a loan, they will give it to you. Or else, you may have to go off looking around all over again.
It is also a rule that mortgage brokers need to give information about their fees, as per federal laws. However, mortgage lenders come under no such rule. Due to this, there can be a bit of foul play in the fee structure of mortgage lenders.

What is apparent is that a mortgage broker can utilize his or her time in doing things by themselves. On the other hand, a mortgage lender can have others in his or her company do the documentation work for them. This can lead to more of errors creeping into the whole format.

Brokers, as is the case, do not lend money. But, they have the capability to shop around on behalf of their clientele. Also, they are more like middlemen. Due to this, they have to send off loans for underwriting and closing on. Direct lender, on the flip side, are something like a one stop shop. They organize for all the processing, underwriting and closing functionalities within the company itself. Thus, to sum up, one can say that brokers put forth a wider range of options in front of the client for them to choose from. However, lenders have more of a say in the whole process right from starting to finishing times.