An introduction to elastomers

Elastomers are a group of rubbery elastic materials. They can be stretched and then recover their original shape. They do this because the molecules comprising them are in long wiry coiled chains that are extended when force is applied but then snap back (sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly) to their original compacted arrangements. Image Credit The word was invented as an abbreviation of “elastic polymer”. Rubber … Continue reading An introduction to elastomers

Ductwork and fire resistance: legal responsibilities

In the wake of high profile fire related tragedies like Grenfell Tower, the spotlight is turning firmly onto fire safety in our commercial and public buildings. But do you know your responsibilities as regards fire resistance and ductwork? Image Credit A legal obligation Under sections 5.3 and 5.4 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, it is now a legal obligation to prove that … Continue reading Ductwork and fire resistance: legal responsibilities

Choosing the best adhesive for metal to metal bonding

There are more ways to achieve metal to metal bonding than ever before, from age-old thermal joining techniques such as welding, brazing or soldering to mechanical fastening with hardware such as rivets and newer bonding options such as liquid adhesive or tape. If you have been wondering which to choose for your next metal to metal bonding project, read on, as here we look at … Continue reading Choosing the best adhesive for metal to metal bonding

Six considerations when choosing a conveying system

Conveying is the savvy way to move bulk solids for the food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. There are a host of considerations to be taken into account when designing a conveying system, but here are six of the most important. Image Credit 1. Bulk density Without knowing the bulk density of a material, it is impossible to know how many cubic feet of air are … Continue reading Six considerations when choosing a conveying system

Cost-Effective Kitchen Improvements

If your kitchen is looking a little tired, there are loads of ways you can freshen it up without having to splash out on a complete kitchen refit. With a bit of creativity and some imagination, there are plenty of cost-effective ways to improve the look and feel of your kitchen. Here are a few ideas: Painting your cabinets You don’t have to replace shabby … Continue reading Cost-Effective Kitchen Improvements

How to Make Over Your Kitchen on a Budget

A kitchen makeover doesn’t have to cost the earth, as a few small changes can make a big difference to the ‘heart of the home’. The key to renovating on a budget is knowing where to spend your money, which is where the following ideas are designed to help. Image Credit Cabinet Doors You might read everywhere that the easiest way to revamp your kitchen … Continue reading How to Make Over Your Kitchen on a Budget

How to make sure your dressmaking project’s a perfect fit

Have you ever bought a pattern and made it up, only to find that it doesn’t fit? This can happen if you choose a pattern based solely on your dress size from clothes bought in shops. The problem is caused by the fact that the sizing in clothes has changed over the years and can vary from store to store. However, sewing patterns are still … Continue reading How to make sure your dressmaking project’s a perfect fit