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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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4 Common Industrial Valve Parts

If you are new to the world of valves, you might be wondering, “What parts do industrial valves consist of?” They are relatively simple machines with just a few working parts. However, it is imperative that these parts are functioning correctly and in tandem, in order to ensure that the gases or liquids that they are controlling are flowing properly. If you’re going to be working with industrial valves, it pays to know these important parts.

The Body

The body of an industrial valve has no inherent function itself, but it’s the bronze casing that keeps all of the parts together in an enclosed space and ensures that they are properly spaced apart in order to work efficiently. Although bronze is the most common type of body, there are other specialized bodies that are used for industrial valves that need to contain more volatile substances. For example, Alloy 20 is frequently used for industrial valves that are used to control and contain sulfur.

Bonnet

Think of the bonnet as the body’s armor. While the body keeps all of the inner parts in place, the bonnet protects the body from the elements and any potential physical damage. It is usually bolted onto place right onto the body, and if you want to replace any of the parts of your industrial valve, you will have to remove both the body and the bonnet in order to get to them.

Handle

The handle is usually located at the very top of the valve’s body and bonnet and is used to manually control the flow of the valve’s content. Not all industrial valves have a handle. These valves are referred to as automatic, as the control of the valve’s content occurs within the valve itself, rather than being operated by hand.

Stem

You will find a stem on an industrial valve whenever a handle is present. The stem passes through the entirety of the body and bonnet. When the handle is operated, a disc inside of the unit is activated, controlling the flow of the contents of the valve. The stem is what carries the motion of the handle to the disc inside of the unit.

Industrial valves are not particularly complex pieces of machinery. However, their simplicity is what makes them so perfect to perform their jobs. Knowing the parts of your valve will help you easily identify any problems that you have with it in the future and will aid in replacing the faulty part. Contact a company like Van Valve Service Centre & Sales Ltd valve service for more information.

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3 Steps for Creating an Iron and Sailcloth Pergola

Adding a pergola to your home is a great investment, but they can create some problems. In northern winters, pergolas can become so weighted with snow that they break. Wind during the winter too, can be a problem to a pergola, especially a free-standing pergola.

You can create a temporary pergola using iron posts, which will then have a sailcloth “roof” that only stays up during the spring, summer, and fall. It’s removal is easy before the winter and thus, you don’t have the winter pergola problems.

1. Determine area parameters and location of vertical supports. Finding the size and shape of your sailcloth cover should be fairly simple: measure all 4 sides of your area. But it can be partially determined by the shape and size of sailcloth you choose to use. You’ll need to decide on and buy the sailcloth to lay out in your space before proceeding. This will determine where to place the vertical supports.

Sailcloth comes in specific sizes with grommets pre-installed in the corners. Sailcloth is designed to be pulled taut, so you can fit it exactly to your space, but it should not overlap the posts it will be attached to. You will place the posts 3 to 6 inches from the corners of the sailcloth. The sailcloth can attach to the post with a simple carabiner. 

2. Add in your vertical iron supports. Before cementing your iron posts in the ground, add eye hooks to the tops so that the canvas can easily attach. The iron posts should be cemented into the ground at least 2 feet deep for clay soils and 3 to 4 feet deep for sandy soils. (If you live in a windy area, you may want to consider 3 to 4 feet regardless of your soil.) Dig a hole 3 times the width of your beams to the correct depth. Place the beams in the ground (ensuring that are perfectly upright), and cement them in place. You’ll want the vertical iron supports to extend at least 8 feet above the ground to hold your sailcloth high above your head. A sailcloth does not need to be installed perfectly level; it can be higher on any side you choose, so the height of the posts is determined by how you want the sailcloth to lie.

3. Finally, attach your sailcloth with carabiners to your post. It should be pulled fairly taut, though all cloth will have some “sag” toward the middle. 

Your new sailcloth pergola can stay up through the warm months, when it provides solid shade for you to enjoy, and then come down in the cold months when you don’t want it to become weighed down with snow or rain. The soft ceiling above your head will feel welcoming and enjoyable for many years to come. For more information about iron work, visit Woodbridge Steel Ltd.

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How To Keep Your RV Safe In Storage

If you are unable to store your RV camper at your home, you may have already looked into getting a self-storage unit. This allows you to store your camper at a storage facility so you don’t have to worry about keeping it on your home property if space is limited. Self-storage still allows you to take your camper whenever you need it, as long as you pay a monthly storage premium. While most facilities are safe and secure, for peace of mind, you should still think about additional ways to keep your investment safe while it’s in a storage unit.

Choose A Well-Lit Area

Most likely, upon your initial visit, you’ll be visiting the storage unit during the daylight hours. Before you agree to a lease agreement or rental fee with a company, be sure that their self-storage facility will work for your needs. An important thing to look for is lighting. You will most likely be storing your RV around the perimeter of the storage facility. While it should have a fence in place, it’s important that the area is also well lit. Strong lighting sources may help deter thieves from coming up to your RV and attempting to breaking into your camper.

Remove Personal Information

It’s important to take everything out of your camper to ensure that thieves can’t get a hold of your personal data. If you have signs hanging in your window or on the back of your camper that has your last name, think about removing it. Identity thieves can easily get your name and break into areas such as the camper glove box. From there, they can obtain your full name, date of birth and address just from your registration paperwork. To err on the side of safety and caution, take the registration with you when it’s being locked in storage.

Don’t Leave Valuables In Your RV

Most campers are jam packed with plenty of places to leave personal effects behind. These storage cubbies may easily go overlooked as you begin to unpack after a trip. Never leave valuables in storage including:

  • Cash and jewelry
  • Television sets
  • DVD players and other electronics
  • Small appliances that can be easily removed

Even small, older items can be stolen and turned into cash by a relentless thief. Consider removing these items and taking them with you when decide to leave the storage unit premises.

Beef Up Security

Choosing a storage facility with well-monitored and secured grounds is important in keeping your RV safe. Making sure the storage facility has security cameras, key pad entry and gated entry is also vital. You should also consider wireless security for your own personal use. This could be a combination of an alarm system or camera system that allows you to conduct surveillance from a remote location such as your home PC or cell phone.  

For more information, contact Country Hills Storage or a similar company.

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Green Alternatives You Can Use When Building Your Home’s Deck

Building a new deck is a good way to improve the look of your home’s exterior. However, if you want to reduce your impact on the environment, you should look into the different green alternatives you can use when creating your new deck.

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood is a good green material for building a deck. This wood usually comes from deconstructed buildings such as antique barns that are no longer suitable as structures.

In many cases, you will find a wide selection of wood types, so you can choose one or more species to use when designing and building your deck. The most common types of wood will be maple, oak, pine and fir. However, some companies may offer additional wood types such as cypress or beech.

Unlike brand new lumber, this wood has a slightly worn appearance since it comes from older buildings. The color will also vary from newer lumber because weathered wood that has not been stained or painted will have a grey appearance. You should consider this aspect when designing your deck, especially if you have a specific color scheme in mind.

Composite Decking

If you prefer a material that looks like brand new wood, but is a green option, then you should consider composite decking. This material is made from recycled wood, plastic and binders that are compressed into boards. By using this type of product, you are helping to keep many of these materials out of landfills. 

Another advantage of choosing this material is that you can get the look of tropical or endangered wood species without taking the wood from nature. Many companies are using molds and color pallets that create an illusion of exotic wood species, which allows you to have the appearance you desire without the risk of hurting the environment.

If you are against using chemicals around your home, then composite decking is better decking option for you to install. Since the boards contain recycled plastic, they are resistant to insects. This means you do not have to treat the wood with insecticides that may be harmful to the ecosystem around your home.

When you have the desire to install a new deck with green materials, you need to know your options. By considering multiple product options, you will have an easier time understanding how each one works. Once you have this information, you can pick the right decking material for your home. 

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