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Tips for Hosting a Backyard BBQ

It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the weather is sweet and summer time is about to burst into its full glory. There’s one thing we can all agree on when it comes to summer and that’s firing up the BBQ for an outdoor gathering! Or several. Everybody loves a barbeque on a hot and sunny day; a chance to cook some great food, grab a beer, put on some tunes and relax and celebrate with your friends, family and neighbors.

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BBQ’s are a fairly simple way of entertaining; as long as you’ve got the weather and some good food and drink, you don’t need much else to make people happy, but holding a truly great backyard BBQ is still an art that not everybody is a master of. In that spirit, here are some of the best tips we know of to make your BBQ a hot one:

Tidy Up The Yard First!

This isn’t necessarily the most fun part of the day, but your guests will be spending most of their time in your backyard, so they’ll definitely notice if it’s in a state of total chaos and disarray. If you’re not the type to spend hours maintaining your garden, you can still spend a few hours on the day itself making sure it looks good for your guests. You’ll need the right tools of course, and it will definitely be worth it.

 

Don’t Forget The Lights

Even on a hot and sunny day, the sun has to set at some point and if you don’t want that to be the end of your BBQ, you’ll need to make sure you have some good outdoor lights and/or solar lights.

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Make Sure You Have The Essentials

While standing (for the adults) and running around (for the kids) are normal parts of any good BBQ, you still need to make sure you have enough chairs for everyone, so investing in some stackable chairs that you can keep in storage is a must. Another thing you might not think about but will definitely need, is some trays for carrying around all the sauces, cutlery, napkins, etc.

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Get The Drinks Right

This doesn’t just mean getting in enough beers and soft drinks to go around. You also need to make sure that you’ve got some way of keeping them cool out in the sun, so ice buckets will be very popular. And for when the sun goes down, you can add some fun to the party with flashing drink glasses?

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Some Cooking Tips

And then, of course, you have the actual cooking part itself to take care of. It takes more than a novelty apron and chef’s hat to get this right, so here are some basics you need to know. You have to make sure you’ve got the best fuel for the job, depending on what kind of BBQ you have, and also know when the best time to start cooking is, which is usually just after the flames have died down, when the coals are at their hottest. It goes without saying that you need to keep an eye on the temperature to make sure everything is cooking properly, and that just leaves you with selecting the right food for you and your guests.

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Deelat.com has a wide selection of outdoor and food service accessories to help you prepare for your next backyard BBQ.  We’ve got you covered with great prices. Shop with us today and save!

Essential Tools for Home Renovations

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Doing renovation work around the home is both cost-effective and rewarding. It saves you money from hiring other people to do it for you, and it puts the power (tools) in your hands, giving you the freedom to do exactly what you want to do, the way you want to do it. Of course, you can only achieve what you’re aiming to achieve if you have the right tools for the job, but what exactly can be considered the “right tools”?

 

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Here are some essential tools you’ll need for any home renovation project you’ve got planned:

 

Tool Box – First things first, you need somewhere to store your essential tools, whether that’s a tool cabinet or a traditional metal tool box. Which one suits you best depends on your needs and expectations (and the size of your tool collection). A combination of the two might be the best way forwards. There are many shapes and sizes available, so think ahead about what you might need. If you want convenience, you can even get a tool set that comes with all the basics.

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Hammers – Hammers are essential for almost any kind of home renovation, from the simple act of hanging a picture frame to knocking and tearing down drywall. Finding the right hammer for what you need is the next challenge, whether it’s a brass hammer or a dead blow hammer, or – ideally – both, to give you a range of options. If you had a hammer, you’d hammer in the morning, you’d hammer in the evening…

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Screwdrivers - Along with hammers, screwdrivers are the other tool that every household needs, even if the inhabitants don’t intend to do any further renovation than assembling flatpack furniture. Even more so than hammers, you need a wide range of them to cover the various jobs you’ll need them for, so buying a set could be your safest bet for versatility.

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Pliers - A versatile tool that you’ll need at some point in almost any renovation work at home, pliers and vise grips are an essential part of a toolkit. Their main use is to grip (of course) allowing you to loosen or tighten bolts, hold something steady or for pulling out pins or nails, bending or straightening something or even cutting or stripping wires. Not all pliers can do all of these but there should be at least one out there that will do what you need.

 

Deelat.com has a wide selection of hammers, screwdrivers, ceiling tile, carpeting and other renovation materials to choose from.  We’ve got you covered with great prices. Shop with us today and save!

Applications for using Pneumatic Air Riveters

Pneumatic Air Riveters are a tool that can be used for a variety of applications, all of which are very satisfying and efficient to use. A pneumatic air rivet gun uses a hydraulic system and is powered via air pressure fed into the bottom of the tool. It then fires a rivet into a pre-drilled hole which creates a secure bond between two items. It can be used in a variety of industries, including construction, metal fabrication, automotive, aeronautics, and woodworking.

 

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Below are some of the main applications for using Pneumatic Air Riveters:

 

For Decorative Effect – There’s something primal and powerful about using rivets in metal which means they don’t always have to be used for practical purposes. Riveted metal has been used for decorative purposes for years and can be used as part of a frame for a mirror or picture. It can also be used to build a lamp stand or a metal desk or chair. Of course, some of this will involve riveting for practical as well as decorative effect, but all are still aesthetic decisions based on your decor. Check out Pinterest for some examples of the kind of design applications you can use your riveter for. Seasonal decorations (ie, Halloween, Christmas etc) can also be attached to walls with rivets to make sure they stay in place.

 

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Woodworking – Riveting is best known as a way of bonding metal but it’s also frequently used in woodworking too. Rivets actually work better than the traditional nails and screws when it comes to securing pieces of wood together in the assembly of furniture, shelving, etc. Of course, it can also be used for attaching the hinges, runners, handles and knobs, and would probably be even more commonly used if screws weren’t seen as the easier option for flat-pack self-assembly.

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General DIY and Home Building – Your rivet gun has so many applications around the house, whether you’re starting from scratch or doing some maintenance. Guttering needs rivets to be held in place and to be attached together, while anything made out of fiberglass is best constructed with a riveter too. Other household fixtures that can – and often need to – use rivets include doors, windows and blinds, so it really is a tool that will constantly come in handy if you regularly do work around the home.

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If you’re thinking of buying a riveter to start working on a new project, Deelat Industrial sells a variety of Pneumatic Air Riveters to suit your requirements and budget. Shop with us today and save!

 

Tips for using Acoustic Foam for Building a Recording Studio

If you’re looking to set up a recording studio, there are many factors to take into account, but none are quite so obviously significant as acoustics. Put simply, if you don’t get this aspect right, you will most likely find it difficult to achieve high audio recording quality. One of the most important steps to take in acoustic treatment and/or soundproofing your recording space is to use acoustic foam panels.

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Here are some tips for how you can use acoustic foam to help build the perfect recording studio:

Know What You Need Before You Start

As with any project, you need to do your research and planning beforehand, right down to knowing exactly what you’re going to be using the room for. This will help determine what you do with the acoustic foam.

Will it be a vocal room or a control room? Both may require different layouts, and will be dependent on what kind of acoustics you want to create. The basic layout of the room has to be taken into account as well; knowing how the sound is reflected around it and where the problem areas are located.

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Walk around the room, clapping as loudly as you can and listen to the echos and reverberations. Where you can hear a metallic ringing sound is where you’ll need to focus your acoustic treatment.

 

Placing Acoustic Foam – The Basics

As previously mentioned, much of this is dependent on the room itself, but there are some basics that you need to take care of. You need to make sure the area behind your studio monitors is covered with acoustic foam as well as open dihedral corners (where two surfaces meet) which should be covered with a curved foam panel to allow an air gap behind it.

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You’ll hopefully have an idea of how much of the walls you need to cover after doing the clapping test mentioned above (it can range from covering 20% up to 80% of the wall surface), so the next step will be to affix the panels to the walls either with an adhesive or with clips, depending on how permanent you want the studio to be and if you plan on removing the panels at some point.

Once the foam is placed, you need to test the acoustics to see if you have achieved what you’ve been aiming for. If not, trial and error is the best way to perfect the sound in your new studio. Happy recording!

 

Deelat.com has a wide selection of acoustic foam paneling made from polyurehane materials. They are full of very small holes inside, which absorb a large amount of incoming sound energy. We have found that the pyramid pattern is most effective at redirecting sound waves. If it’s acoustic foam you need, we’ve got you covered with great prices. Shop with us today and save!

 

 

Tips for Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is finally here and it’s time to make sure your vehicle has made it through the frigid winter months! Now is a good time to top up fluids and clean the engine before the long, hot summer days approach. The cold and wet winter weather may have caused wear and tear on the mechanical parts of your cars, bikes, and trucks, etc, which is what makes spring maintenance checks all the more important. Spotting any areas of concern and having them addressed can prevent potentially costly or dangerous problems in the long run.

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So here are some top tips for spring vehicle maintenance to get you ready for warmer weather:

Replace Your Wipers

One part of your car that bears the brunt of the winter weather is your windshield wipers. They get little use in the summer months (hopefully) but are called into action so often during the rain, sleet and snow. Even when it’s dry you can rely on them to wipe away the grit and grime. They generally need replacing every six months or so, but certainly need to be ditched if they’re showing signs of wear and tear. If you can’t clean your windshield, you won’t be able to see properly, and there isn’t anything more important when it comes to driving than that.

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Check Your Lights & Mirrors

The arrival of spring means longer days and shorter nights, but it doesn’t mean you’ll never be driving in the dark, so you need to make sure your lights are working properly. The headlights and brake light bulbs will have been used a lot over winter, so they could be close to burning out or may have have already gone. If you need to replace them, make sure you know what type of bulb fits your model of vehicle before you buy any, otherwise you’ll end up wasting money for nothing. When it comes to your mirrors, unless you’ve kept them properly clean over winter, they could need replacing too.

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Don’t Forget The Interior

When doing maintenance, it’s important to remember the inside of the vehicle too, which will have taken a beating not from the weather but from the muck, gravel and dirt that you may have brought in each time you used it. So it’s a good opportunity for some spring cleaning, and new brushes to take care of your seats, a wax spray (which will also help with the exterior of your vehicle) for the surfaces and some new floor mats will give you that new car feel all over again. Also if your vehicle has become a bit cluttered over the last few months, why not treat yourself to a storage organizer to help keep everything in its rightful place?

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Deelat.com has plenty of vehicle/fleet maintenance products that will help get your vehicle back in shape and ready to it the open road. Whether it’s automotive lighting, hoses, or service equipment you need, we’ve got you covered with great prices. Shop with us today and save!

 

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