Day: September 11, 2019

Understanding Pressure Testing

By Dee Yonker September 11, 2019 Off

Whether you’ve recently entered a new trade or are researching things about hydraulics, there are inevitably a number of questions that will cross your mind. Specifically when researching how certain materials are tested, you might find a variety of methods that employ different materials to find different types of strength. One question you may wonder is what is proof pressure or what is burst pressure? Many industries and businesses rely on pipes, valves, and cylinders to operate their machines, which means both these types of testing are incredibly important.

Proof Pressure Testing

Proof pressure testing is a way to test the durability of a material in a controlled setting. Usually this method tests the material at anywhere between two and six times the normal amount of pressure it will be experiencing on a daily basis. There are a number of benefits to this type of testing such as the fact that it is not destructive to the parts. It’s a great way to test the limits of materials without distorting or damaging them. It can prove that materials meet factory standards and also prove the reliability of parts not to break in emergency situations. This type of testing is common in industries that require every single type of material and part be tested before approving it for use.

Burst Pressure Testing

Burst pressure testing is a similar process, but it tests the maximum pressure a part can handle without damaging the internal sensor. This determines how much pressure a material can handle without failing. The main difference between this testing method and proof pressure testing, is that it is not a non-destructive way to test parts. Typically after a material undergoes a burst pressure test it can’t be used again. This method is typically used in situations where a device needs to withstand incredibly high pressures without failing.…

3 Must-dos for Your Yard in the Fall

By Dee Yonker September 11, 2019 Off

3 Must-dos for Your Yard in the Fall

Happy Autumn! It’s time for football, pumpkin spice lattes, and fall clean-up. Other than the quintessential pile of autumn leaves, we will be discussing three projects you must do to prepare your yard for the first frost. If your yard is small, you can complete these projects in a couple of weekends. If your property is substantial or you want assistance, most areas have willing handymen or seasonal agricultural workers.  

Winterize Irrigation Systems  

All the effort and expense that it took to install an irrigation system can be for naught if a freeze damages the tubing. You can hire a company to blow out your irrigation, or do it yourself if you have an air compressor. To do it yourself, shut off the main water supply, then open the valve to release the remaining water. Hook up your air compressor to your system and flush it out using no more than 55-65 psi.  

Aerate and Feed Lawn  

Now that it’s autumn, rains and shorter days can impact the soil of your lawn. Aerate it with an aerator or garden fork, set your mower to 1 ¼ inch, and remove the clippings so sunlight can reach the soil. Give it some fertilizer too so it can come back strong in the Spring.   

Trim and Mulch Plants  

Even established plants need tending before the first frost. Trim any dead branches from trees, cut back perennial shrubs, and remove annuals. Pull weeds from around the bases of plants and put a layer of mulch to keep the roots insulated. If you have a garden bed, add compost to the soil and cover with a few inches of mulch to prevent weed growth in the early Spring.  

Proper care for your yard before winter will give it a strong foundation to thrive once growing season begins.   …