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Starting Your DIY Project Part 2

If you are going to be attaching materials to other materials such as attaching a door frame to the wall you could manually nail in the wood frame or you could use something called a tacker, these come in many varieties for different purposes but you are most likely wanting to be using either a compressed air powered nailer or an electric nailer to help you with your project, please be aware with these tools they are very powerful devices and should be used with caution.

When firing the gun may bounce back so keep a firm grip on these and keep as much as your body out of the way to avoid injury to yourself. Also remember to buy a more standard style of gun or you may have a long trail around looking for the right nails for your gun, this both saves you time and expense.

Perhaps you need to put together your materials before placing them up, for these you will most likely need to use a clamp or vice as well as a workbench to work on, these also come in many varieties, the most common used clamp is the G and C- Clamps, these are high useful when you are wanting to join something together but do not have other people to help you.

You may also want a heavy duty clamp which is usually screwed underneath your workbench to ensure that when working with it, it wont move out of place, you can get standard vices that stay in place but if you need to turn the piece of material you are working on around its best to get a swivelling vice for convenience in your diy project. Vices are very good for holding items down if for example you are sanding it and it is not a standard straight object.

Another good use for vices is if say for example you have a nail or a screw stuck into the object material that you are working on, you will need something to hold it down while you are pulling it out and this is where the vice comes in great handiness, most hammers have nail removal parts on the back of them but, sometimes these are not convenient so there are other options that you can choose from.

You could use something like a nail puller which has two ends to fit most sizes, a pincer to pull them out, but be careful with these as they may break the top of the nail or screw which will make it harder to get out and delay your diy project. Another option is to use a pair of pliers to gradually ease out the nail or screw.


Starting Your DIY Project Part 1

When starting any diy project you must always ensure that all your markings and measurements are accurate if you do not then you could be heading for trouble further down your project, whether it be a diy door frame or a diy conservatory, you must always ensure that all your measurements are correct and if need be get someone to double check them for you.

There are many different ways that you can measure within your diy project these include, a T-square, a straight edge ruler, spirit levels and the usual measuring tape, but always ensure that you get the measurements right to avoid shocks further down in your diy project.

Once you have got the right measurements for your diy project you need to get the tools of the trade, for drilling you are most likely going to be using a cordless drill because the other options such as a hand drill and pillar

drills are inconvenient for home improvement diy projects, now if using the drill you have to consider what drill piece that you need, are you just making a straight forward hole to put a screw or nail into or do you need a bigger hole, there are a large range of drill pieces which include, the usual twist and dowel bit, flat bit, forstner bit among many others, so make sure you get the right piece for your drill, even ask at the local diy centre for advice if you need it.

You will also need a screw driver the most usual type of screw drivers are the slot screwdriver and the Phillips screwdriver although there are many others these are the most common to be used within your diy project so ensure that you have them to hand. You could also consider saving time by using a cordless screwdriver, but please be aware if the screw that you are putting in is of not high quality this may ruin the screw and you may need to start again.

Next tool to consider is the saw, are you going to be cutting if so you will need to get the right saw for the diy project, but you are not always going to be just cutting wood, so you may need to invest if not already obtained in a power tool such as a circular saw or a jigsaw to make the cutting of materials a lot easier to do.

Remember when using power tools your safety and the safety of those around you comes first so always use ppe and if you do not feel comfortable using the tool do not use it as it could cause you a lot of damage in the long run.

Now are you going to be using a lot of wood in your diy project, what if this wood is not pre smoothed down, are you going to take the long method of using sand paper to smooth out the wood or will you use a electric sander to quicken up the project for you, with electric portable sanders you will get usually a stick on sanding strip so with a large diy project remember to stock up on these as they will wear down and will need replacing, if you are going to be using an electric sander remember to be aware that these electric tools firstly are dangerous so wear ppe and secondly they will vibrate a lot so do not use them continuously or you will end up with a lot of aches and pains in your hands and arms.


Metal Buildings - Can They Withstand An Earthquake?

In certain areas of the world, it is crucial to build structures to withstand the massive shock and damage associated with earthquakes. Unfortunately, science has not yet developed an early warning system that can give immediate notice when an earthquake is imminent. Thus, we are completely at nature's mercy to survive an earthquake, and buildings must be built to withstand an earthquake at any time.

Much research and study has been devoted to learning which types of structures fare best in an earthquake. Generally speaking the consensus is that metal buildings fare better than concrete.

However, one might ask: does this mean that all metal buildings can withstand an earthquake?

The answer is no. Just because a building is metal does not mean it will automatically do well in an earthquake.

Metal structures are more likely to survive earthquakes because they are more ductile -they can bend and flex without breaking. This characteristic is crucial in a serious earthquake.

The most common type of metal used to build earthquake-safe buildings is steel rebar. Steel rebar has the ductility that is critical to absorbing earthquake and is very strong, making it the best and most effective option for building in an earthquake zone.

Steel rebar has proven to be an excellent building material that can withstand earthquakes, but it is not fool-proof in and of itself. It must be applied with the correct engineering and architectural principles to maximize its effectiveness. If you are considering using steel rebar to build an earthquake-resistant structure, be absolutely sure your plans and methods are correct, or hire a builder who is familiar with such structures.

Other types of metal buildings are far less resistant to earthquakes, and can be quite unsafe in earthquake-prone areas. Many metal modular homes are not constructed to withstand the tremendous shock of an earthquake. These types of buildings would be very unsafe in an earthquake zone. Also, sheet metal buildings are very fragile and highly likely to collapse during an earthquake. Experts do not recommend either of these types of structures to be placed in an earthquake zone. Some zoning laws forbid them altogether.

Another very important factor that influences whether a building will survive an earthquake is the distribution of weight. A building that is top-heavy is more likely to fall than a building that is lightweight at the top. An earthquake-safe building not only should be constructed with steel rebar. It should be framed with lighter materials in the upper floors and have a heavily reinforced lower section.

The most important lesson to learn from this discussion is that just because a building is made of metal doesn't necessarily mean it is earthquake proof. To be fully earthquake proof, a building needs to be built with the correct materials (like steel rebar) and be built according to the correct standards.

If you are building a commercial facility, you owe it to yourself, your customers, and anyone who uses the building to use the best materials and techniques available to you. You want to get the most out of your investment, so give it the attention it merits.


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