Posts made in April, 2016

Four Ways To Improve Secondary Containment On Oilfield Sites

All primary containment measures, no matter how safe, have a chance of failure. Secondary containment measures are incredibly important for all companies dealing with crude oil. A single leak or spill could result in significant fines and penalties, in addition to disruption to oilfield operations. Here are a few ways to improve your secondary containment procedures. 

1. Keep Secondary Containers Covered

Any secondary containment area has to be protected from the elements. If rainwater can get into your secondary containment vessels, these vessels may overflow in the event of a leak. Check your secondary containment vessels during times of severe weather to make sure that water isn’t being captured. Any runoff areas, such as drainage ditches, should also be protected against rain, flood, and storm water. 

2. Invest in Applied Liners

In addition to runoff and containment vessels, applied and installed liners provide additional assurance. Liners are made out of either spray-on or installed materials that have exceptionally low permeability, so that oil will not penetrate them sufficiently before clean-up can be engaged. Advanced secondary containment vessels also come with liners installed, and spray-on liners can be used in areas of any size. 

3. Invest in High Wall Containment

High wall containment can be tailored to your oilfield site’s individual needs. Created with modular equipment, high wall containment uses mobile walls and liners to create a secondary containment system that is easily customized and can hold a high volume without failure. Regulations require that oilfield services must have enough containment volume to cover either 10% of the total volume of their containers or the volume of their largest container — depending on whichever is greater. Investing in the rental of high wall containment that goes beyond this volume will increase the safety of the oilfield without a dramatic increase of expenses.

4. Hiring a Professional Containment Service

Professional oilfield services often offer secondary containment equipment and maintenance, to ensure the safety of your oilfield site. By outsourcing your containment, you can remove a significant amount of burden from your own organization, while focusing on your company’s operations. Professional containment services can do everything from install rented containment equipment on your site to manage all of your safety operations, depending on how extensive you need their services to be. 

There are strict regulations for secondary containment protocols and equipment — and these regulations change every year. Companies dealing with oil containment may want to consult with a professional containment service to ensure that their current measures are up to regulatory standards. 

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Why MDF Is Better For Moulding

Choosing the right moulding for your project can often be confusing because there are so many options. Of course, wooden mouldings are the most popular because they are affordable, can be painted any color and come in many different styles. MDF (or medium density fiberboard) is one type of composite wooden moulding that is very popular for a number of reasons. This article explains why it is better than solid wood. It also explains how to best paint MDF.

Why You Should Choose MDF

MDF is a great alternative to real wood when it comes to moulding. It is a composite wood that basically consists of wood fibers that are mixed and glued together. To the untrained eye it looks just like real wood, except it does not have any knots and the texture is smoother. Many moulding manufacturers only make moulding out of MDF because it is more flexible and lightweight than wood.

You can find all of the same great colors and styles that are available in real wood. MDF moulding is also easy to paint because the texture is more consistent than raw wood. It is slightly softer and more porous than real wood so it absorbs more paint. This just means that you need to apply primer before you paint the moulding. Since MDF is flexible it can be installed on curved walls. And, since it is lightweight, it can be installed as crown.

How to Paint MDF

MDF can be painted with normal wood paint, but it should be primed first. The finish will turn out much smoother and more consistent if you spray it with a pneumatic paint gun. A spray gun will leave behind no brushstrokes. The main issue you have to deal with is painting the moulding prior to installation. This is actually more convenient if you can set up a painting area where you spray all of the moulding at once.

Once the moulding is installed, you will need to fill the nail holes and make cosmetic paint touch ups. For these repairs you can just use a paint brush and wood putty. Most basic MDF touch ups can be done with all the same tools you use to work on normal wood (like sandpaper, nails, caulk, etc.).

MDF is a great alternative and it looks just like real wood when it is properly painted. It is easy to see why it is so commonly used in all sorts of buildings. To find out more, speak with a business like Exquisite Wood Mouldings.

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