Common Alloys and Quality Indicators of Aluminum Bar...

High quality aluminum bar, whether flat, round or square, is in high demand from milling center and machining experts around the world. It’s because they are able to produce mechanical designs that are very lightweight, strong, with corrosion-resistant finishes and an overall attractive appearance. About 6061 Alloy 6061 is one of the most common aluminum alloys for general-purpose use. It is an age-hardening aluminum alloy, with magnesium and silicon as the major alloying elements. Developed in 1935 (when it was Alloy 61S) it has high weld-ability and good mechanical properties. It can be welded using either tungsten inert gas welding or metal inert gas welding. Strength post-weld can be restored through natural aging. 6061 alloy aluminum bar is used to make homebuilt aircraft fuselages and wings, yachts and utility boats, aluminum cans, scuba tanks and automotive parts. It is also the alloy used in many bicycle frames, firearm sound suppressors and even fly fishing reels. About 6082 Alloy 6082 aluminum alloy, along with 6061, is one of the most popular alloys. American Society for Testing and Materials (ATSM) doesn’t feature 6082 as strongly as 6061 and some others in the series. 6082 is usually formed through extrusion and rolling, and is often heat-treated for tempers with greater strength and lower ductility. Manifold Quality Bar You will often see “manifold quality” in relation to some aluminum bar products. Don’t be confused by what this is about. “Manifold” simply means “many”, “varied”, “in many ways”. So a manifold quality aluminum bar will have a variety of applicable uses. Acc-u-bar Aluminum Bar One high quality brand is Sapa’s Acc-u-bar. It is an extruded aluminum product designed for high-speed machining. It offers improved straightness, very tight tolerances, and high minimum mechanical properties for a superior quality product. Typical...

How to Get the Best Portable PA System for Your Money...

Portable PA systems are very convenient and can make life or work much easier and efficient. However, with so many models on the market today, what do you look for in a system and how can you avoid paying too much money? Here are some helpful tips on finding the best portable PA system, to make your shopping a little easier. Does it Have to Be Portable? Many people instantly assume they need a portable system because they want something inexpensive. However, if you want a PA system you can easily install, you may not have to go with something portable. If you need a PA system that is light and can go almost anywhere, portable is the best way to go. Emergency Use If you need something for emergencies, consider a powered “bull horn” type unit. Bullhorn models are readily available, and you don’t have to pay a lot of money for a good one if you know where to shop. Beware of Cheap Models Some bullhorn or megaphone type units can be purchased for as little as $20 to $30, but you get what you pay for. For example, cheaper models may only have a little as 5 watts of power, and they claim to broadcast over 100 yards. However, if you need an emergency broadcaster for evacuations or other situations, there could be a lot of background noise, and 5 watts may not be enough power. In addition, a reasonable model might be loud, but you may get a lot of distortion which can make it hard for others to understand you, and this may not be the best portable PA system for you. When you shop for bull horn PA systems, look for models with 30 watts of power and...

The Benefits Of Selecting Mahogany Doors...

For use as an exterior or interior door, it is hard to beat the beauty and durability of mahogany doors. This wood, which has long been a staple in elegance and classic door design and construction, continues to the be one of the most popular options for amazing door designs for homes of all sizes, styles and designs. To understand why mahogany doors are still perhaps the standard to which other doors are measured, it is important to take the time to learn about the wood and why it is such a great choice. Color Options Many people assume mahogany doors are very dark red, but this is because of the traditional stain color used on the doors. Mahogany wood itself will vary in color from a very light red, almost a pink, to a dark reddish brown. As such, the red tones, darker red, brown and combinations of red and brown stains are a perfect match with the wood. You can also leave this wood with a more natural stain to just highlight the color, giving a more subdued yet still incredible color option. Natural Grain All top quality mahogany doors will have a fine but noticeable grain that is fairly consistent throughout the wood. There are some inferior types of “look alike” woods which less than reputable dealers may try to pass off as mahogany, but the variation in the grain will be a giveaway. The uniform grain also makes mahogany doors some of the most common hard carved and designed doors. The grain is so even it is possible to carve very intricate designs without any fear of hitting soft or hard spots in the wood, or having to work with a heavy grain. Durability Many people are surprised to find...

The Internet and Fundraising Ideas For Teams Jun29

The Internet and Fundraising Ideas For Teams...

If you are a member of a sports teams, you often find it necessary to hit the streets and the pocketbooks of parents, friends, colleagues and strangers to support your team. In uncertain economic times, this is not an option. It has become a necessity for many schools and minor sports teams. With competition high both on and off the field, it is essential that for fundraising ideas for teams to be successful, they are more than the same-old, same-old. Tradition and Fundraising Ideas for Teams Fundraising has relied on conventional means for decades to raise the money required. In the past fundraising ideas for teams to reach their financial goal included such things as:  * Bake sales  * Car washes  * Jumble or rummage sales  * Chocolate bar sales  * Magazine subscriptions Parental involvement was by necessity heavy. This has resulted, in many cases, of volunteer burnout, particularly when the fund raising efforts are several times a year. The products that were sold often caused problems. Chocolate bars are a classic example. Many schools and teams no longer support the sale of unhealthy goods. This affects the traditional approach as has one other aspect – technology. Technology and Fundraising Ideas for Teams The arrival and advance of technology changed the worlds of business and commerce for ever. It has altered, as well, the way many fundraisers are handled. Products are rarely homemade. They are purchased by a selected company that is devoted to this particular market niche. There are many environmentally friendly and nutritionally aware companies that now meet the current demands and expectations of consumers. The teams use technology to locate the products they want, searching online for those that meet the criteria for their fundraising ideas for the teams in their...

Wine Tasting In Traverse City – Consider The Possibilities Jun17

Wine Tasting In Traverse City – Consider The Possibilities...

Are interested in spending a weekend or more learning all about different varieties of wine and how they taste? Would you like to do it without having to go out of the country or by making the trek to California? It is possible if you make arrangements for a wine tasting in Traverse City, Northern Michigan. This region has become a popular destination for wine lovers from across the country. The Destination for Wine Tasting – Traverse City Traverse City is located in Northern Michigan. It lies in the microclimate located in an area called Grand Traverse Bay. Here, the weather, soil and other aspects create the terroir, which produces some of the finest grapes in the country. These are then used to provide you with excellent wines suitable for even the most discerning oenophiles. As a result, wine tasting in Traverse City and the surrounding region has become popular – the city being a meeting place for like minds and inquiring taste buds. Wine Tasting in Traverse City The region in and around Traverse City has two key production areas. These are the Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau Peninsula. They both have their own wine trails you can arrange to follow. Wine tasting in Traverse City is concentrated in the tours that focus on the growers and producers found within these two regions. You can come any time of the year, but you may enjoy best the times that coincide with a harvest or celebrate a festival. An excellent time to arrive is during the Traverse Wine and Art Festival in June. You may also enjoy coming during the Harvest Stompede that takes place in the month of September. It depends upon your preference as well as your calendar. Yet, for wine lovers,...