Quenching has been used for hundreds of years to harden steel and was one of the first thermal processing techniques to be developed, but modern quenching techniques are very different than the dip in water or oil that medieval blacksmiths used to rely on. Today's quenching techniques involve vacuum chambers, special formula baths, and even gases in place of the usual liquids. Discover how gas quenching improves the hardening process in five distinct ways.
Your family has grown. The kids are getting bigger, your social circle has widened, and at least one beloved pet is part of your vibrant lifestyle. To accommodate, you've decided this year's project is a full kitchen remodel. You want the space to be practical, but it needs to look great, too. So you check out the latest trends to see what colors, styles and materials are popular.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association is one source of information about trends.
As the temperature gets hotter, road construction zones start popping up all over the roadways and highways. Summertime is also when more people are on the road traveling for daily sightseeing adventures and long vacation getaways. Road construction and travel increases can be a dangerous mix if safety isn't a top priority.
According to the US Department of Transportation, more than 20,000 workers are injured in road construction work zones each year.
Most driveways you see are either gravel or paved. It's rare to see a driveway made out of another material. However, they are out there, and they look quite beautiful. These different types of materials include stamped concrete, natural stone, and brick. If you want more than a standard driveway, here are some unique driveway ideas using different building materials that you can consider.
Stamped concrete is a material that can make your driveway look amazing.
If your gas-fired water heater makes strange noises throughout the day and night, it is important to maintain the appliance now to improve its performance. Sometimes, water heaters build up with sediments that prevent water from flowing freely through their connecting lines. Your heater may make strange, unnatural sounds as the sediments break apart and bang around inside it. The burner may also clog up with soot that keeps the appliance from heating up properly, as well as create carbon monoxide in the house.