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2 Options For Frac Fluid Heating And Their Benefits

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Options For Frac Fluid Heating And Their Benefits

Frac fluid heating is a very important part of shale oil and gas production as the fluid used throughout the fracturing process is very susceptible to freezing, mostly because the fluid is made mostly of water. Frac fluid heating is a vital service for any company fracturing in areas that experience severe winters or that are cold all year because if the frac fluid should freeze, then work will have to cease until the fluid can be brought back up to the required temperature and viscosity. This can result in many hours of lost productivity. Listed below are two frac fluid heating options and the benefits provided by them.  Heating Blanket One of the more interesting frac fluid heating options available is a heating blanket. These heating blankets are actually several layers of insulating material that are wrapped around the entire tank in order to keep the fluid in the tank at the optimal temperature at all times. One of the biggest benefits to this approach is that this solution is mostly hands-off. Once the blankets are in place, you can simply forget about them and get on with your project.  Another benefit provided by this option is that it can be used for tanks of all sizes. In most cases, a company that produces these warming blankets can make a custom solution for everything from multiple small frac fluid tanks to massive ones.  Frac Heating Services The other big option available to you when you are trying to heat your frac fluid is to hire a heating service. A frac fluid heating service usually consists of a large truck with a heating unit mounted to it. When the truck arrives at your site, it will begin circulating the frac fluid through its heating unit and returning the heated fluid to your tank. One of the big benefits of this approach is its versatility as you can often hire these services to come to your site as needed or remain on site until your hydraulic fracturing project has run its course. In addition, this type of service can do more than simply heat your frac fluid. In most cases, these services will also set up a water transfer service where they will continuously refill your tanks as needed while also providing descaling services to prevent damage or corrosion within the pipes and tanks. Contact a local frac fluid heating company, like G-Force Industries, in order to discuss which heating option would benefit you and your project the most. Heating blankets are a great hands-off option while frac heating services are very versatile and can provide a number of beneficial services in addition to fluid...

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How To Attract And Hold The Attention Of Potential Customers At A Trade Show

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Attract And Hold The Attention Of Potential Customers At A Trade Show

As an artist selling one-of-a-kind arts and crafts products, you want to display your work in the best way possible to attract potential customers into your booth. You want to entice customers into take a closer look at your work and not merely glance over at your display cases and then walk away. There are many ways to accomplish this; here are a few of them:  Make Room For A New Customer – When displaying your arts and crafts products in a booth at a trade show, it is best to set your display tables and cases back from the edge of your booth so that a potential customer has room to stand in your display area and not in the trade show aisle. This makes your booth seem welcoming to a new customer. Customers like to feel that they can look at your products and are not blocking the aisle or blocking someone else from viewing your display cases. If possible, a small table with a chair or two will encourage a customer to come into your booth, sit down, and take a closer look at your products. If you make a potential customer feel welcome, that customer will welcome the opportunity to view and buy your work.  Use Consistent Display Materials – When a potential customer walks by your booth, you have only a few seconds to get their attention with your product displays. For that reason, it is good to have consistent display cases, racks, mannequins and pedestals to showcase your products. A potential customer must be able to look at your booth and immediately understand what you are selling and how it is displayed. If you are using mannequin displays for jewelry or accessories, make them all the same color and shape so that your work is more interesting than the display materials. Use Adequate Lights In Your Booth – Another way to entice potential customers into your trade show booth is to have your products well lit. This means that you have adequate lighting to show your work without the glare of hot spotlights. Your booth should have soft ambient lights installed in the front corners and the front edge of your booth. This lighting will show your work easily as people walk by and invite customers to take a closer look.  Have A Simple Sign in Good Taste – Your signage is also an important part of attracting potential customers. A sign that is hung on the back wall of your booth with only your company name is simple enough to convey your identity without any unnecessary explanations of who you are or where you are from. A potential customer can tell what your product is by looking at your displays. They do not need to be told that you make arts and crafts products.  Keep Your Product Display Simple and Elegant – When displaying your arts and crafts products, you do not need to show all of the different choices and colors of your products. Show one or two items and have optional color choices and designs in easily accessible cases that can be opened to show a customer who has an interest in your design. In this way, you have something to show your potential customer to keep them in your...

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Tips For Creating Your Own Concrete Patio

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Creating Your Own Concrete Patio

If you’ve decided to tackle building a patio on your own, it’s helpful to understand the entire process. When you know what to expect, from mixing and pouring the concrete to finishing and sealing the patio, you’ll be able to approach the process with confidence. Here’s a look at some of the things you should know about doing the work yourself. Handling The Concrete Properly When you are pouring concrete, proper handling is essential to a strong finished product. Start with a proper mix. Then begin by adding the lowest recommended amount of water according to the concrete mix that you have. Too much water will dilute the concrete mixture, leading to air bubbles when it sets. This weakens the structural integrity of the patio. Put the concrete powder into a wheelbarrow. Then, add the water and mix it thoroughly. Once you’ve mixed in the water, create a valley in the middle of the concrete. If the sides are crumbly, add a small amount more of water and try it again. If the sides are slippery and don’t stay put, add more concrete powder. It should be thick enough to stay put, but smooth enough that you can even out the surface. Pour the concrete into the space slowly and evenly. Work in layers so that you’re adding a small amount at a time. Smooth out the surface, then add another layer and repeat. A trowel or concrete rake is important for smoothing out the surface when you’re done. If you want to simplify the task, look to a local tool rental company for a power trowel. It’ll help you get a compact, smooth finish with ease. Finishing The Patio Once the concrete is compacted and smoothed, you need to let it settle. As that happens, the water that’s left in the concrete will start to seep out. This is essential for the concrete to harden. When the concrete surface starts to harden, sweep the whole surface. At this point, there should still be enough give to the concrete for you to stamp it or put a pattern into it if you wish to. Once you’ve stamped the surface, the concrete has to cure completely so that it has some added structural resistance to cold temperatures and other hazards. Rent a heat blanket to cover the patio so that it’s kept at temperatures above freezing until the surface sets, usually about a week or so. Finally, once the surface has set completely, apply a sealant to protect it from stains and damage. With the right tools and understanding, you can create the patio you’ve always wanted. With the support of a local tool rental company, such as Location Ferrento, you are sure to get all the equipment you...

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What To Do If Your Child Locks Themselves In A Car Or House

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Do If Your Child Locks Themselves In A Car Or House

It can be a parent’s worst nightmare, your child locks themselves into a room, closet, the house or even the car (with the keys inside). It happens to even the most careful parent, kids are curious and those small buttons and knobs are just too tempting not to touch. If and when it happens to you, don’t panic (easier said than done) and remain calm, you don’t want your child to begin panicking. See below for tips. Try To Unlock The Door Yourself If the door is an interior door such as a bedroom or bathroom , the lock may be able to be unlocked using a small key. Check the top of the door frame to see if the key is above the door. If not, try using a screwdriver. Depending on the lock, there may be a small hole next to the knob that can be used to unlock the door.  Talk Your Child Through Unlocking The Door Try to give instructions to your child through the door on how to unlock the door. If your child is young this may prove difficult, but again, remain calm so your child remains calm and can focus on the instructions you are giving them. If your child is locked in a car, giving instructions is a little easier, but when it’s a solid wood interior door that you can’t see through it can be a little harder.  Call For Backup If you are not able to get the door unlocked yourself and cannot get your child to unlock the door themselves, it may be time to call in some backup. Contact a locksmith and tell them exactly what has happened and that your child is locked inside. This way you may not have to wait too long and can get help immediately.  What Not To Do Don’t throw a brick through your car window. This may get your car door unlocked, but you’ve now scared your child, could have caused injury to your child and caused quite a bit of damage to your vehicle. Don’t try to kick down a door or try and saw through an interior door. Again, this is only going to scare your child and cause more damage. To help prevent your child from locking themselves in the interior of your home, place something over the door lock such as a piece of electric tape, or use rubber bands stretched between the two door handles to prevent the door from latching altogether. As panicked as you may feel when this happens, it is essential that you remain calm. Call a locksmith (such as one from RNR Lockworks Ltd Locksmith Calgary) or the police right away if your child is in danger, such as they are locked in a car that is not running and the temperature is very cold or very...

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Spring Showers And Septic Systems

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spring Showers And Septic Systems

While thawing snow and spring showers might put you in a pleasant mood, they can wreak havoc on your septic system. To ensure that warmer weather doesn’t cause serious septic problems for your business, here are three simple things you can do to help your septic tank make the transition from winter to spring. 1. Limit water use when your septic system’s leach field is flooded. The combination of water from thawing snow and runoff from spring rains can saturate the ground covering your septic tank’s leach field. When this ground becomes too saturated, wastewater from your septic system has nowhere to go. You may notice that the drains and toilets in your business are not emptying as they normally would when a flooded leach field becomes an issue. To prevent serious septic flooding, you should limit the use of water inside your business until the ground over the leach field becomes less saturated. 2. Don’t park on, or drive over, the leach field when it is flooded. Pipes buried in the soil play a critical role in delivering wastewater from your septic tank to the leach field, where water can be absorbed by the surrounding soil. When snow melt and spring rains flood the leach field, the soil becomes soft and fails to properly shield these pipes from damage. Driving your vehicle over the leach field, or parking on top of the leach field when it is flooded could cause septic pipes to crack or break. This will result in the need for costly repairs, so be sure that you don’t allow heavy vehicles or machinery near a flooded leach field in the future. 3. Have your septic system cleaned to reduce problems during flooding. High levels of water in the soil are more likely to carry silt and other debris into your septic tank. A full tank will have difficulty accommodating this additional debris load without becoming clogged. If you anticipate a lot of water caused by melting snow and rainfall to permeate the ground surrounding your septic tank, hiring a professional to clean out your tank can be a great way to avoid the hassle of dealing with clogged pipes in the future. Taking the time to learn how to manage your septic system when spring weather introduces excess amounts of water into the soil will help you be prepared to avoid costly problems in the future. For septic tank cleaning, contact a company such as septic tank cleaning by Capital Septic...

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Loved One Passed Away And You Have The Job Of Writing The Obituary? Tips For Getting It Right

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Loved One Passed Away And You Have The Job Of Writing The Obituary? Tips For Getting It Right

If your loved one has passed away and your family has given you the job of writing the obituary, this is a big commitment. It can be difficult, especially if you have never written one before. For some help, below is some information about writing one that you should find helpful. Include Some Details In the past, obituaries were much easier to write with information like the deceased’s name, how they died, their hometown, survivors, occupation etc. Today, however, many obituaries are written much differently. They show things like what their favorite hobbies were, if they were in the military, and much more. For example, if your loved one was an avid gardener, you could say they loved to garden vegetables and flowers, and loved being outside with their hands in the soil. Talk with other family members and friends for any details they can give you, such as how your loved one spent their average day, how they liked to dress, etc. The idea is for everyone to know your loved one a little better. Get Some Help If you are at a complete loss of how to write the obituary, ask the funeral home–such as Toronto Ridley Funeral Home–since they can likely help you write it. All you have to do is to give them the details of your loved one. They will likely make some suggestions of what to put in the obituary also. Once you approve it, they may be able to help you with calling the newspaper to get the obituary submitted for publication. Avoid Identity Theft It is sad, but people can get enough information from an obituary that will allow them to steal your loved one’s identity. For this reason, be careful what you put in the obituary. For example, do not include your loved one’s birth date, their mother’s maiden name, and their address. If the identify theft gets enough information, they can open an account under your loved one’s name. Other than watching what you include in the obituary, other things you need to make sure you do when your loved one passes away include: Close out all credit cards Close out all bank accounts Notify the three big credit reporting agencies: Trans Union, Experian, and Equifax and ask them to freeze their credit report. Contact Social Security and ask them to deactivate your loved one’s social security number. It is easy to forget these things while you are grieving, but do them as soon as possible. Ask your family members and friends to read over the obituary when you are finished writing it to get their...

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Tips For Renting A Mobile LED Sign To Advertise Your New Store’s Grand Opening

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Renting A Mobile LED Sign To Advertise Your New Store’s Grand Opening

If your new store has decided to rent a mobile LED sign to advertise the grand opening of your business, then there are some simple tips that will help you rent the most effective unit to meet your needs, such as: Choose Lower Density LEDs to Save on Electricity Needs It is important for you to understand that the higher the density of the LEDs,  more electricity will be required to operate your store’s mobile sign on its trailer. Renting a sign that has a lower resolution is ideal for advertising signs that contain only text and do not have to display graphics or pictures. Lower resolution signs will use a smaller generator and will require less gas to operate. Understand that Brighter LED Mobile Signs are Not Always Better While you might believe that a brighter LED sign is always going to work the best during daylight hours, this is just not the case. Signs that are too bright are very distracting for drivers and should be avoided. If you rent a sign with LEDs that are too bright, then you will have to turn them down, which defeats the purpose of renting a more expensive sign unit. Instead of selecting the brightest model available, instead, go for one that is larger in size to get your message across. Choose a Two-Sided Sign for Maximum Exposure When you rent a mobile LED sign, you will have the choice of a sign with one side or two sides. Choosing a two-sided sign will allow your potential customers to read about your grand opening celebration regardless of which side of your sign that they happen to be driving on. Since the rental cost for a double-sided sign will not be twice the cost of a single-sided one, it makes a lot of sense to go for the option that will give you twice the exposure for your rental fee. You should display the same message on both sides of the sign, and you should keep it very short and simple for passers-by to read. Conclusion Renting a mobile LED sign is a wonderful way to advertise your new store’s grand opening celebration within your local community. By utilizing the above tips, you can be assured that you are renting the appropriate mobile sign to meet your needs without paying for options that you do not need or will not utilize. To learn more, contact a mobile sign company like A Affordable Portable...

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Pros And Cons Of Airport Transportation Types

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pros And Cons Of Airport Transportation Types

There are often a few different options for getting to and from the airport. Each option has its own pros and cons, so read on to find out what type of transportation you should choose.  Public Transportation The most affordable option for airport transportation is to use public transportation. Buses, metro, and light rail connections are becoming more convenient in many cities, although you may still pay a premium for the airport link compared to regular fares.  Public transportation may be best saved for cities that you are familiar with, such as on your way to the airport in your home city. When you aren’t familiar with the transport locations and delays in another city’s bus system, the time and hassle can add up quickly. It can also be difficult to transport your luggage in an unfamiliar city, since one wrong turn can cost a lot of effort. You might be able to take public transportation to the city center and then take a taxi to your destination for a little more convenience.  Airport Taxis An airport taxi is a good option for those who wish to save as much time as possible, without having to navigate directions in an unfamiliar city. The taxis can be booked from your home or a mobile phone, so that it’s possible to arrange your ride before you even touch down in the city of your choice. Look for an airport taxi company—like Airport Taxi Service or another company—that can help you arrange your fares both in your home city and in your destination city. Airport taxis are also great guarantee of good customer service; check to make sure that the company keeps a record of your driver on hand in case you have any issues with your journey.   Group Shuttles A group shuttle is another option for balancing cost and convenience, as long as it has a reliable schedule. The group shuttle may require more waiting time than an airport taxi since it’s not catering to your arrival time, but you have a chance to save a few dollars by going in a group. One downside of a group shuttle is that they may only travel to well-known hotels or central landmarks. Check before you book, and if necessary, supplement your journey with a taxi ride.  As you can see, each type of airport transportation can have some benefits and drawbacks, depending on what you value most. Whether you’re looking to save time, money, or hassle, there’s often a good...

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Benefits Of Land Surveyors For New Businesses

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Benefits Of Land Surveyors For New Businesses

When you buy a new business property, there are so many loose ends to tie up that land surveyors can sometimes be overlook. But a land surveying process is a great step to take to protect your new property. Here are some ways that land surveys can help commercial property.  Understand Your Property’s Borders The first benefit is that you’ll know exactly what you’re getting with your new office space. The real estate agent’s quote of square footage may not mean that your property is an exact square or rectangle; they might not have gone into the details of examining the property border and excluding chunks of land that don’t belong to you. Property borders can often be more jagged than you would expect, so before you expand with any new features on your property it’s important to make sure that the land actually falls inside your borders. Protect Your Rights When you’re competing for the use of space for advertising signs, views from the road, and other features, it’s important to make sure that none of your business neighbors overstep your boundaries. If your neighbors want to put out signs or spinners on your sidewalks, for instance, you may be able to ask for an easement fee from them. Having a solid land survey to back up your claims will be crucial to collecting these fees.  Know Your Responsibilities If something goes wrong on your property border, such as a water main breakage or a fallen tree, you may be responsible for making some repairs. If the damage falls between your property line and another company’s property, then it may come down to a legal assessment to see who’s responsible for what damage. While they may suggest to split the damage 50/50, this isn’t always in your best interest. With your land survey in hand, you can argue that the other party should pay for most of the damage if it falls mostly on their property line.  While some homeowners can work out property disputes among their neighbors, this isn’t a likely proposition for businesses. With every company vying to lower their bottom line the most, disputes over property boundaries and corporate responsibility can become drawn out and require the intervention of a lawyer. Before it comes to this, have land surveyors visit your property to provide measurements, so that you can stop property conflicts before they even begin.  For more information, contact a company like Alberta...

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Why You Still Need An Accountant Despite Your Business Accounting Software

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Still Need An Accountant Despite Your Business Accounting Software

Accounting software has made it easier for small businesses to do some of their own accounting and keep costs low. While accounting software has many benefits, it’s not always a substitute for hiring a real-life accountant. Here are some ways that a professional accountant can complement your accounting software.  Increasing Your Organization One of the best things an accountant can do is to help you organize your internal accounting and bookkeeping system. For instance, an accountant can give you tips on how to time your bookkeeping process throughout the month or how to keep your records neat for potential auditors. Your software will help to provide consistent records if you use it right, but it’s a good idea to have your accountant show you best practices for the software.  Answering Complex Accounting Questions Whether you are unsure how to label a certain expense, or which account to put it into, or whether you can write off the expense in your taxes, these are questions that are best answered by a real-life accountant. While you can hire an accountant on an hourly basis to handle these issues that come up, it’s often more cost-beneficial to keep an accountant on hand for your business. This way, they won’t have to study up on your business’s finances before being able to answer your questions.  Performing an Internal Audit Another item that your software can’t accomplish is performing an internal audit. Every few years, it’s a good idea to have an accountant look at your records and make sure that the numbers match up with your software records. In this process, you’ll also sometimes uncover mistakes in how you’ve been entering information into your system.  Help Improve Your Budget An accountant can also help you set tailored financial goals, such as a reasonable budget. Before you even start to enter information into your accounting system, speak with an accountant to help you set goals on cash flow, budget, and other key indicators.  Software or Accountant? So, which is better, using a software accounting system or hiring a professional to keep track of your finances? There are benefits to each side. While you may save money and have a better handle on your own finances by doing it yourself, you may also miss the benefits of tax breaks and better accuracy.  While there’s no clear cut answer, each of these services may actually have their place. Some businesses choose to use accounting software for their own internal record keeping, while they hire an accountant to double check the books, provide tax-time tips, and advise them on the more complicated questions. You don’t need to have a full-time accountant on hand to get the benefits of these professional services, making it easy to tailor the experience to your business’ needs....

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