August 16, 2016
Chain-link fencing is the best fencing material for many industrial, commercial, government, and public applications. Due to its durability, strength and various height options, professional installed chain-link fences provide a perfect safety barrier to deter people and animals away from potentially dangerous or sensitive structures such as electrical substations or mine sites. For more protection, barbed wire or razor wire attached to the top of the fence discourages any attempts to breach a perimeter.Other uses of chain-link fences include correctional facility containment, airports security, highway projects, baseball fields, tennis courts, military bases and more. The open weave of the wiring allows maximum transparency to support observation of activities both within and outside of the fencing. Fencing is available in a variety of gauges and sizes depending on the particular function of a fencing enclosure. Customized gate construction is available as part of the fence installation.
Because of its metal makeup, industrial-strength metal fencing does not bend, providing a rigid barrier. Non-residential fencing for commercial and industrial sites has posts with a larger diameter and heavier wall pipe to maximize strength.An added benefit of chain-link fencing is affordability. Compared to other fencing options with similar strength and visibility benefits such as wrought iron, chain link fencing helps keep costs down. Non-residential chain-link fencing for commercial and industrial sites involves posts with a larger diameter and heavier wall pipe to maximize strength. Of course, proper installation is required to maximize the function and durability of the fencing.When requesting bids from professional fencing contractors for a chain-link fence installation, it is important that all bids adhere to the same specifications. Lower bids can result when specifications are unclear or bids contain different gauges and sizes of fencing components, making them difficult to compare.Selection of a professional chain-link fence installation company should be based on several factors aside from the bidding process. Professional installers with extensive experience in commercial and industrial jobs are most likely to offer the level of skill required to meet any fencing goals. Look for a company that has a firm reputation with professional associations such as their local chapters of the Associated General Contractors of American, or Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Some other good ways to find the best fencing contractor is to see if they have won awards, look through their portfolio, and to ask for references from other customers.
Don’t forget to find out about the contractor’s safety program and safety record. Fence installation professionals that are bonded and licensed and have an exemplary safety history are at least if nor more important than price itself. Experienced contractors will gladly offer you a free consultation.Strength, value, security, and professional installation combine to make a commercial or industrial chain-link fence the preferred solution for most projects. With the added bonus of being rather quick to install, your fencing project will be completed right when you need it.
August 14, 2016
Amelia Earhart – the world’s most famous woman aviator – received her first flight training in Long Beach, California strapped into a Kinner Airster prop plane back in 1920. It cost $10. A lot has changed since then but one thing hasn’t – the life of a woman aviator is still a challenge. Discrimination still persists and the obstacles are formidable. Only 6% of all pilots are women and only 3.5% of these are commercial pilots. This figure is expected to increase significantly, however, in the upcoming years with returning female veterans from the armed services and with the barriers of discrimination against women in aviation coming down.Captain Karen Kahn
Captain Karen Kahn is one of the nation’s first female commercial airline pilots and she is still on the job. She has been actively involved in the aviation industry for 40 years. Prior to starting her airline career in 1977, she was a flight instructor and operated her own weekend ground school teaching private, commercial and instrument courses. “Pursuing a career as a pilot, particularly a commercial pilot, is a painfully complex business,” Kahn said.
Kahn has addressed both sex and age discrimination in commercial aviation. “The average age for hiring an airline pilot is 35,” Ms. Kahn noted. “With age (and sex) discrimination looming as a legal deterrent, airlines no longer list limits for new hires, preferring to consider pilot qualifications on their own merits.” She wrote and published a terrific book entitled: “Flight Guide for Success: Tips & Tactics for the Aspiring Airline Pilot.” The book answers the tough pilot career questions without sugar coating the answers.
From getting started and finding the first flying job, to marketing oneself and preparing for the interviews, this book lays it on the line. Kahn’s no-nonsense book illustrates the underlying point that honesty and integrity matter not only in an airline career, but also in life.Flight Training Schools for Women
All major flight training schools and colleges are co-educational and offer
co-educational facilities and conveniences. One popular co-educational flight training school is Aviator College in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Several of the faculties are female and they have first hand experience about the difficulties a female flight student can face.Organizations for Women Aviators
WAI (Women In Aviation) is the biggest organization for women aviators and their website (www.wai.org) is full of valuable information, including scholarships, assistance with flight training schools, and many other helpful tips.
The International Organization of Women Pilots aka the “Ninety-Nines” is another good organization for women pilots and aspiring pilots. It was established in 1929 by 99 women pilots to provide mutual support and advancement of aviation. Today, the organization promotes world fellowship through flight, provides networking and scholarship opportunities for women and aviation education in the community and preserves the unique history of women in aviation. Please visit their website.As it was back in Amelia Earhart’s time, the difficulties for a woman aviator continue today. The focused and determined female flight student – however – will overcome these obstacles. She will excel and join the ranks of a very special few.
August 13, 2016
A sealant is a specialized material used primarily to prevent the penetration of gases, liquids, dust, and other contaminants by creating a temporary or permanent adhesive layer over the surface of an object. Some types of sealants function as a barrier, as well as an adhesive, and even provide strength to the surface over which they have been administered. Sealants are synthetically manufactured, and their characteristics can vary considerably depending upon their chemistry, and the purpose for which they have been developed. Factors such as adhesive strength, resistance to liquids, elongation characteristics, capability of resisting environmental stress, and their method of application play an important role in determining their applicability and usage.
Silicone and urethane sealantsMany types of sealants are available in the market which offer adhesive properties. Two of the most widely used types of sealants are silicone and urethane. They are both extensively used in the commercial construction market segments. Urethane is generally preferred in the construction industry, and silicone too has its own importance and utility within the same industry. While urethane is preferred for sealing exterior joint openings, neutrally cured silicone sealant is more widely used when long lasting adhesive properties are desired.Characteristics of silicone based sealantsSilicone based sealants can contain solvents which provide them with properties to adhere strongly to glass, metal, and tiles. Silicon, however, cannot be used on wooden surfaces – it does not stick to wood. They don’t degrade or become denaturized when exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays. They maintain their flexibility up to a certain extent and do not break when they are twisted. It’s not recommended to paint over silicon surfaces, or over surfaces where silicon adhesives have been used. You need special solvents to clean silicone base sealants. Since it is an inorganic compound, it is not affected by UV radiation, and has excellent resistance to mildew and mould. It can be applied to heated surfaces, and can withstand adverse climatic conditions, even shortly after its application. It has a tendency to adhere to nonporous substrates, which makes it an ideal choice for application over glass, ceramic, metal, and porcelain surfaces.
Advantages of using silicone based sealantsOne of the biggest advantages of using silicone base sealants is that they can be made available to support a wide range of colors, which significantly increases their utility. Moreover, they don’t stain the surface, and cure quickly, making them an ideal choice for carrying out emergency repairs. They cost very less and are highly affordable.
August 13, 2016
Marble tiles are popular as they lend a sense of glamour and sophistication to just about any residential or commercial floors. With that said marble floors need to be taken care of to retain lustre and since the stone is porous, it can be easily stained and using the inappropriate cleaning agent will leave it dull and discoloured. To ensure that your marble floors retain its colour and beauty, here are some simple guides to help you maintain your marble floor. Remember that frequent and routine marble floor cleaning can make it last.Daily CareThe first step to prevent your marble from getting stained is to clean up all spills as soon as possible. Daily cleaning of the floor with appropriate cleaner can remove the stains and prevent these from penetrating the inner area of the stone. Salts specifically can damage your marbles so if you plan on having these stones in your kitchen, it might not be a sound idea not unless you are inclined to mop your floor every time there is a spill. For commercial spaces, regular maintenance can help remove the dirt as well as other particles such as oil or greases from shoes. Warm water with a cotton mop can remove some of the dirt or stains without harming your floor. If you need to use chemical cleaners, do ensure to use it as infrequently as possible or as needed. Some people do make use of liquid cleaners for dishes which are milder than industrial ones and are much safer especially when diluted with water.
Professional CareIf daily care no longer works, then you can get a professional company to help you clean your floor. Professional cleaning services have special equipment that they use such as polisher and buffing equipment that removes the dull areas of the floor. The polisher would buff the stone and make it look lustrous and as good as new. In some instances when the tiles are no longer showing its former glory and the sealers are already discoloured, the company can do a chemical stripping or wet sanding to bring the lustre back. Do take note that it is an expensive service and can do damage to your floor when done repeatedly; as such this service should only be availed of when there are no other options left.
To ensure that your marble floor maintains its original appearance, regular upkeep is a must. It is best to wipe spills and stains as soon as possible to prevent seepage into the stone. If all else fails, a professional contractor is your best option.