Repair Of The Pressure Regulator On A Propane Tank Used For Home Heating

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Home appliances designed to operate on propane must have a steady flow of gas at a consistent pressure. Individuals who have noticed irregularities in propane appliances may need to repair or replace the pressure regulator on their propane supply tank. Propane is delivered by truck to your residence in liquid form. Also referred to as liquid petroleum, propane retains its liquid state only as long as it remains under sufficient pressure. All propane tanks used to supply gas to homes must have a valve mechanism to reduce the pressure of propane vapor, making it suitable for household use. Symptoms of incorrect pressure If the gas pressure reaching your appliances is too high, you may notice that appliance flames are somewhat larger than normal. Although the odor of gas could be indicative of a leak, it is also a possible symptom of excessive pressure. In contrast, low pressure is more likely to result in diminished, inadequate flames in appliances. The typical residential pressure regulator is located on top of the propane tank, under the protective hood. Although the tank contains pressurized liquid propane, the upper portion of the tank interior contains vapor under the same high pressure. The pressure regulator receives tank vapor at a high pressure and then releases it at a lower pressure. Fluctuations in tank pressure The regulator must adjust to changing pressure within the tank. As the volume of propane drops due to usage over time, so does the internal pressure. The pressure within the tank may increase temporarily during hot, sunny days. If the propane level drops too low, the vapor pressure above any remaining liquid becomes inadequate for use. Even as the tank pressure changes, the supply of gas to household appliances must remain steady. The supply pressure must remain consistent as additional appliances are turned on or off. Whether you have recently received a propane delivery or it is time to order more, the gas pressure supplied to appliances should be the same. Periodic inspections Although the regulator sits under a protective dome, it needs an occasional visual inspection. Make sure that no insects have taken up residence underneath the tank lid. If the gauges are dusty, clean off their faces so they can be easily read. Even though the pressure regulator is easily accessible, repair or replacement must be performed by a knowledgeable specialist. A professional inspection is an essential step to ensure that your system pressure is correct. Contact a propane contractor such as Self Heating Cooling for more information on the use of propane for home...

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Commonly Asked Asphalt Driveway Questions

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Having a new driveway installed is a relatively routine task that many homeowners will have to do, but this can seem like a daunting project to those that have never had it done. However, learning more about this process can give you a better sense of understanding about it. In particular, knowing the answers to the following questions should give you a clearer idea of what you can expect from having this work done.  Can Your Asphalt Driveway Be Custom Textured or Colored? There are many homeowners that may not like the aesthetics of a black asphalt driveway. As a result, they may want to use custom textures or colors, but this is not possible with asphalt. Due to the way that it is made and must be poured, there is little customization that can be done for your asphalt driveway.  For those that are determined to have a textured or colored driveway, concrete may be the better option because it can be pressed and colored to meet a variety of needs. However, it is far more expensive than asphalt and it will require much more extensive maintenance to keep it looking great.  Is It Normal for Some Small Weeds and Grasses to Grow through a New Driveway? Many homeowners are shocked to notice that there may be grass or small weeds growing through their newly paved asphalt driveway. While they may assume this is a sign of a major failure on the part of the contractor, this is usually not the case. Rather, it is possible for dirt and seeds to get mixed into the asphalt when it is being poured, and these seeds may germinate if they are close to the surface.  This problem can simply be correct by treating the asphalt with an herbicide. This will kill the weed and it may neutralize other seeds that have not germinated yet. Generally, this problem should subside after only a couple of weeks because the problem should stop once all the seeds have germinated. If you notice this is a recurring problem, the asphalt may have been poured too shallow, and you should have it inspected by a professional like Robert R. Andreas & Sons Inc. Having a new asphalt driveway installed can be an excellent way of improving both the appearance and functionality of your property. However, you may not be well-informed about this process, which can lead to some confusion for you. By understanding that asphalt can not generally be custom colored or textured and how to handle small plants growing in your new driveway, you will be a smarter homeowner when it comes to your...

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Avoiding Sinkholes During Pipe Installation: Tips For New Excavation Contractors

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Sinkholes are scary, random events that can be as small as a pothole and as large as a couple of city blocks. They can open up underneath well-established roads or under large river beds and marshes. As an excavation contractor, it is possible that you may encounter a sinkhole at some point in your career. If you and your crew are installing sewer pipe, there is a very good chance that you could even cause a sinkhole to occur. Here is how to avoid creating and/or expanding sinkholes while you lay pipe underground. The Type of Terrain to Watch There are certain types of rock and soil that are more susceptible to sinkholes. If you become familiar with these rocks and soil types, you and your crew can prevent a sinkhole from occurring while you excavate and lay pipe. You should look for: Limestone bedrock with loamy soil on top Carbonate rocks, such as salt, dolomite, calcite, limestone and marble Areas that are known to have large underground caves Areas that have sizeable aquifers (underground lakes or ponds) underneath them When you spot any of the above, you should immediately have your crew utilize trench wall supports. The trench wall supports create a working tunnel wherein your crew can continue laying pipe without the worry of collapsing dirt walls and death by suffocation. What to Do When a Sinkhole Begins If you are doing a pipe installation and have taken all of the necessary precautions (e.g., using trench supports, quick exit strategies, etc.) and your crew still encounters a sinkhole, get out as soon as possible. Their unpredictability is what leads too many excavators and construction workers to think that they can keep going so long as they avoid the part of the sinkhole they see. What they do not know or realize is that the sinkhole they do not see is just beneath them, and it could give way at any time. Give your crew a few days off and far away from the sinkhole. While your crew is laid off, call a geologist in to get an expert opinion on what to do next. You may have to completely reroute your project and inform the city or state planning commission of this dangerous problem. The geologist could also map out in advance any further expected activity in the area so that you and the sewer and road planning commissions can reformulate another route for sewer pipes and start work anew. To learn more, contact a company like Jenkins...

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