A beginner’s guide to metal bonding

The first thing a beginner should understand about metal bonding is that it isn’t easy. Most metals react with the air, or with each other, or with industrial chemicals. Their smooth surfaces are hard to grip, they conduct shock and vibration and expand with temperature. Image Credit For those reasons, metal fabrication has traditionally depended on laborious processes like riveting, welding and soldering. While many of us have tried to improvise a repair using glue, failures usually outnumber successes. Today, we have a wider choice. Understanding their strengths and limitations…

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How to get your finances in order before moving

How to get your finances in order before moving Moving home is a huge undertaking that affects so many aspects of life in a single motion. On top of that, managing money is tough in itself. Staying on top of payments can become even more tricky with a house move on the horizon. Moving can be expensive. It is important that your financial house is in order so that you know how much you can really afford for things like driving, truck rental or self-storage. Here are some tips for…

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How to hunt down that leak in your central heating system

Water leaks in your heating system can be a common occurrence in winter. If you don’t fix it quickly, you could be looking at having to fix expensive water damage. How can you hunt down that leak? Signs you have a leak in your heating system These two telltale signs will let you know you have a problem: – Your central heating makes whooshing and hissing noises – Your boiler loses pressure every time you turn it on and has to be topped up Image Credit Finding the leak in…

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Rental property decoration tips for new landlords

How can you keep costs down and maximize the appeal of your rental property? Here are some key points to bear in mind. Image Credit Paintwork Repainting grubby walls and chipped woodwork after every tenant can be costly and inconvenient. As the Evening Standard advises, use hard-wearing washable paint in a neutral shade such as beige or magnolia. Keep a spare tin on hand for touch-ups, and use the same colour in every room. Flooring Depending on the property, you may choose to use a low-cost carpet in bedrooms and…

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Contemporary vs Traditional: How to Choose Your Radiators

One question facing anyone who wants to buy a new radiator is whether they would prefer a contemporary or traditional style. With the range of radiators available ever increasing, it may be helpful to have some guidance regarding the factors you should consider when choosing your radiator. Image Credit Functionality Obviously, one of your primary concerns when choosing a radiator is how well it will meet your requirements and heat your room appropriately. More traditional radiators tend to be simpler in design, which may make things easier for you as…

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