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HOW TO INSTALL DE-ICING CABLES ON A ROOF OR DRIVEWAY

The winter months can be troublesome for the roof, pipes, driveway, and walkway of your home or commercial property.  For example, on the roof of your home, snow and ice can collect around the eaves, creating ice dams that prevent water from properly draining.  This buildup of ice can damage your roof, gutters and siding.  Furthermore, snow and ice on your driveway is a hazard for pedestrians, it makes driving difficult, and removing it is time consuming.  To remedy these issues, Deelat Industrial offers a selection of high quality de-icing cables for roofs and heating cables for driveways.

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ROOFS

A de-icing cable heats up internally to raise the temperature of surrounding areas.  An inner conductor produces the heat, which is surrounded by layers of PVC insulation and coating to ensure safe operation.  The cable is capable of reaching temperatures as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit and will work in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit.  One end of the cable plugs into an outlet, and the cable is flexible enough to be wrapped around piping and used on various types of roofs.

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Begin the installation by attaching clips that will hold your cable in place to your roof shingles in a zigzag pattern.  Place these clips around the perimeter of your house so that the peaks and the troughs of the zigzag are between 18 and 24 inches apart.  When you are ready to install the cable, start by making sure that your plug is close enough to reach an exterior outlet.  (Consider dropping the plug down a downspout if it is near an outlet.)  Place the cable through the clips in a zigzag pattern, making sure that the cable loops hang over the gutter.  This configuration will help direct the flow of water off of the roof and into the gutter.

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You should also place the cable horizontally along the bottom of the gutters; if you do not, the water runoff from the roof is likely to refreeze once it hits the gutter.  Be sure to loop some of the cable into the opening of each downspout to ensure that they remain free of ice.  If your roof has valley gutters or any other structure that could trap ice, lay cable through that space as well.

When you expect snow, plug in your cables and leave them on during snowfall and long afterwards.  They will in turn, melt all of the snow and ice at the bottom of your roof, but they will create channels for water to runoff as the snow and ice melt.  If the cables are laid properly, the water will not refreeze and create ice dams.

DRIVEWAYS

Driveway heating cables are securely installed prior to the pouring of concrete or asphalt, or positioning of pavers in a driveway, sidewalk, or road.  The cable is spliced to a power supply, which is connected to a control unit.  The cables provide radiant heat to the surrounding area; it is possible for the cables to heat up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  Moreover, Deelat driveway heating cables are made to function in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Similar to roof de-icing cables, driveway heating cables should also be placed in a zigzag pattern.  The cable can be bent to fit into tight spaces in order to maximize heat radiation.

Deelat.com provides a variety of de-icing and driveway heating cables for home and commercial installation. You can choose from our broad selection of heating cables, based on length and type of material.

HOW TO USE A MOTORIZED BALL VALVE TO CONTROL AN IRRIGATION SYSTEM

If you have an elaborate irrigation system for a vegetable garden, you may want to install a motorized ball valve or several of them for a variety of reasons.  The benefits include better convenience, faster control and safer operation compared to more basic set-ups.  For example, a motorized ball valve can be used as an emergency shut-off, if it is installed at the point where the water source connects to the irrigation system.  For many users, this is the place where the garden hose connects to the PVC pipe that feeds into the drip lines.

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Furthermore, a motorized ball valve is useful as a control mechanism to shut off sections of the garden that may not need water or to prioritize which plants get watered during a drought.  What’s more, a motorized ball valve can help quickly relieve pressure in the irrigation system; excess pressure can cause irrigation pipes to burst.

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The ultimate benefit of using a motorized ball valve over the basic manual control valve is convenience.  The motorized version allows you to hook up an external on/off switch that you can place somewhere that is easy to reach — near the electrical outlet, in your garage, etc — so that you can control your system remotely.

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For this example, Deelat’s motorized electric ball valves can be installed to control the irrigation system between a garden hose (connected to the house’s spigot) and the irrigation system.  Among the models suited for this purpose are motorized electric ball valves that consist of a 24V AC on/off actuator and a 2-way brass or stainless steel valve.

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First you will have to select a motorized electric ball valve that matches the size of the PVC pipe you are using for your irrigation system.  There are a wide variety of couplers and adapters to connect brass or stainless steel to PVC, and you may also need an adapter to connect your garden hose to the valve if there is a size difference.

The actuator has 3 wires:

  1. Blue Wire = Negative/Neutral

The blue wire is continuously connected to the 24V transformer’s neutral connection.

  1. Brown Wire = Positive

The brown wire is continuously connected to the 24V transformer’s line connection.

  1. Black Wire = Controlling wire which is also Positive

The black wire connects to the 24V transformer’s line connection through a switched connection.

The valve opens when the switched connection is completed between the black wire and the 24V transformer’s line connection.  When this switched connection in broken, the valve closes.

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Follow these steps to complete the set-up:

  1. Install the actuator on the valve.
  2. Attach the actuator’s blue wire directly to the neutral connection on the transformer.
  3. Attach the actuator’s brown wire directly to the line connection on the transformer.
  4. Attach the black wire directly to the light switch (either connection is fine).
  5. An additional wire is needed to connect the other connection on the light switch to the line connection on the transformer.

If the connections are done properly, you can test the unit by plugging the 24V transformer into an outlet and flipping the light switch, which should close the valve.  Flip the switch to the opposite side and the valve should open again.

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TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE FOR WINTER DRIVING

From ice and snow to the wear and tear that can be caused by salt and gravel, winter can be a real strain on your vehicle.  Thus, the time has come to make sure your vehicle will survive the harshest weather conditions of the year. Neglecting your vehicle can place your passengers and other drivers in harm’s way.

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Here are a few tips to prepare your vehicle for winter driving:

GET YOUR CAR SERVICED

You really need a mechanic to inspect your car or truck to make sure there are no underlying problems that might be more difficult to fix later.  For example, your car’s oil filter should be changed if it is dirty or clogged.  Also, use motor oil that will perform well in cold weather.  Typically, 5W30 oil is perfect for winter use, but synthetic oil with a 0W rating performs in even colder temperatures.

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CLEAR YOUR WINDSHIELD

Winter brings ice, snow, slush, salt, and gravel which all gets thrown towards your windshield, and if you can’t clear it effectively, you will endanger yourself and everyone else around you.  Therefore, if your wipers aren’t working properly or haven’t been replaced in a while, be sure to get new ones. Deelat offers a wide variety of wiper blades for various car models to help you prepare!

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You also need to make sure you have brushes and scrapers for removing snow and ice when your vehicle gets covered.  For bigger storms, you should have a small snow shovel in your trunk as well. A tarp or cover might also be useful to place over your car in the worst conditions if you’re vehicle won’t be used for a while.

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WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD

Your car tires are the most important aspect of vehicle safety in winter conditions.  In general, you should check the tires’ tread wear, rotate your tires every other oil change, and don’t mix radial tires with any other tire types.  Also, remember that in cold weather your tires can lose pressure, which is a hazard.  Finally, be sure you have a few things in your trunk for the season:  tire chains for travelling on icy, slushy roads; and, in case of a blow out, a reliable hydraulic bottle jack and a spare tire.

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Deelat Industrial offers everything you need to keep your vehicle and front property safe and secure this winter, so make sure to check out what’s on offer so you can be prepared for whatever the season brings! We’ve got you covered with quality products at low, affordable prices. Shop with us today and save! 

APPLICATIONS AND COMMON USES FOR EXPLOSION PROOF EXHAUST FANS

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Explosion-proof exhaust fans, or hazardous location fans, provide proper ventilation for spaces where flammable gases, vapors, or dusts may be present.  These fans are designed to be non-sparking, which minimizes the risk for sparks that could ignite potentially flammable materials.  For example, in an environment with flammable gases, if a non-explosion-proof exhaust fan were to tip over and hit against another metal object, a spark would very likely be emitted.  In the most at-risk locations, one spark is all it takes to cause an explosion.  Thus, the entire fan must be constructed with non-sparking materials, including aluminum or copper fan blades, and an explosion-proof motor.  An explosion-proof exhaust fan is a widely used piece of equipment in gas stations, chemical and metallurgy plants, and construction sites.

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FAN RATING SYSTEM

Each explosive-proof fan is marked with a specific code that provides vital safety information. When selecting an exhaust fan, refer to the fan’s safety code. Higher-risk work spaces require fans that meet safer standards, and using the wrong type of fan can be potentially hazardous.

These codes contain four pieces of information:  the classification standard (either American or Canadian), the protection concept code, the gas group, and the temperature code. This is a typical marking:

AEx t IIB T4

“AEx” means Explosion Protection, and it is the American standard classification code (the Canadian code is “Ex”). In addition, the “t” refers to the protection concept code, the “IIB” is the gas group, and “T4” indicates the temperature code.

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HAZARDOUS LOCATION CLASSIFICATIONS

A range of construction and industrial locations require the use of explosion-proof exhaust fans, and different types of ventilators to be used based on the facility’s explosion risk.  The fans are categorized into three class types that represent varying levels of risk:

  1. Class I

Class I locations are those in which flammable gases or vapors could be present in the air in quantities sufficient to produce explosive or ignitable mixtures.  These sites include paint spray booths, dry cleaning plants, and oil refineries.

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  1. Class II

The facilities in this classification have combustible dust that may be present in varying hazardous concentrations.  Among these locations are grain elevators and food powder processing plants. The risk for explosion in these facilities is greater than Class I, and the materials have lower ignition points.

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  1. Class III

Facilities in this class carry the highest risk and include locations like textile mills, cotton production plants, and woodworking facilities.  Class III hazardous locations contain easily ignitable fibers or flyings, but the concentration of these fibers or flyings are not suspended in the air in such quantities that would produce ignitable mixtures.

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR A HOME INSPECTION

Whether you are looking to sell your home or refinance your mortgage, you will want to have your house appraised to determine its worth accurately.  A licensed professional will complete the appraisal by determining the value of your home in an open market; the more money your home is appraised for, the more money you will receive when you sell it or refinance it.

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There’s a lot of work for you to do in order to ensure that you’re getting a fair valuation for your home.  Below are some useful tips to help you prepare for a home inspection before selling:

1.) Install safety equipment and be sure it is functioning properly. These include smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and home security alarms.

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2.) The interior of the house should be updated.  This includes counter tops, cabinetry, flooring and appliances.  The appearance of the home will affect the appraisal, so repaint the walls, hang new curtains, install shiny new fixtures like faucets and doorknobs, and remove damaged or worn out furniture.  Once it is updated, keep your house clean to make it more attractive to both appraisers and potential buyers.

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3.) Houses with high curb appeal receive better appraisals, so tidy up your yard.  Mow your grass, trim your trees and shrubbery, plant colorful flowers, and remove dead trees.  Keep the clutter out of the yard, including lawn furniture, bicycles, and toys. Use a power washer to clean your house, patio, driveway and walkway.

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4.) Plumbing can be a major stumbling block during home inspections.  If you know there might be some problems, fix them as soon as possible, or it will cost you.  If necessary, use an infrared thermometer to detect temperature problems with leaky pipes.

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5.) Things that need to be corrected or are out of date, as a general rule, make $500 deductions in the total home value.  Therefore, any problem that will cost you less than $500 should be repaired immediately. Get the right tools for a variety of DIY jobs: screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, socket sets, saws and blades, and vises.

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