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Why a Dual Battery System is Necessary for Off Road Adventures

The further you are off the road, the more necessary it is to have a backup plan to ensure a smooth and safe journey. You don’t want to have a dead battery on your hands to put a damper on all the fun and enjoyment. Even if you use the vehicle for work purposes its necessary that your battery doesn’t give up on you.

Imagine being stranded in the woods or a place which doesn’t have a population anywhere. Not a very pleasant thought. However, it is something which is quite common when you forget to turn off the headlights of your vehicle or accidentally left the radio on.

An additional battery can serve quite a few purposes. From operating winches in tough situations to power a portable fridge and everything else in between. Most  4 WD owners purchase a dual battery system for your 4 wheel drive to make sure you won’t get stranded and you can always use your power tools.

A dual battery system simply means that you add an additional battery and wire it to the connection of your vehicle’s integrated electrical system. The primary function of the pre-installed battery is to power the vehicle and ignite the engine. It helps a cold engine run and in turn power a number of other devices in the vehicle. However, all this work is normally done when the engine is up and running. For off-road adventures like camping, where it is necessary to use a portable fridge or even use a winch a dual battery system can come in pretty handy.

If you have considered using a single battery only, it should be kept in mind that once the battery starts draining it needs to have ample time to recharge itself. This is not possible with a single battery system.

A deep cycle battery is necessary when there is a need for an extra energy source for an extended period of time. It usually happens during off-road adventures. So make sure the second battery which you install is one with a deep cycle.

A second battery is usually placed in the engine bay where there might be enough space to accommodate one. Also, there are certain aftermarket accessories like battery holding trays which provide space to place a dual battery system. This allows for both the batteries to be placed in the same position.

While there are aftermarket accessories to suit every battery system and all kinds of vehicles, if you own a popular 4 WD, you are bound to find a custom packaged especially for your vehicle. The package comes along with wiring, solenoid switches, and mounting hardware. If mounting the battery is a challenge there is also additional hardware like frame mounts to help make installation easier.

All you need is the right kind of dual battery system and the right aftermarket accessories to make installation a breeze. Just make sure that you only buy quality products manufactured with the highest standards.

Why invest in a built in BBQ for your backyard

Builtin barbecues have become all the range these days. Everyone loves the delicious taste of BBQ food every now and then. What better way to enjoy it then to have a builtin BBQ in your backyard. Not only would you be able to entertain your guests from time to time but also get to spend quiet time with the family in a well-designed outdoor kitchen. The best part about built in BBQ I that you can add some additional accessories like drawers and shelves where you can store all the essential utensils. It can look really compact and structured.

The following are some of the reasons why adding a built in BBQ in the yard is a good idea

  • One of the major reasons why built in barbecues actually work is that it is easier to cook on such a grill. This is because it has more stability when compared to a standalone grill. If you don’t pay full attention there might be some chance of a mishap. If children are always accompanying you on events at home, then grilling with kids running about isn’t the safest idea. There is always a chance that the grill might topple and cause an injury. This can be avoided with the help of a built in grill.
  • Not only is the built in grill easy to operate you can even clean it easily. The grills is made up of a number of parts which come apart easily and thus make cleaning pretty easy. You don’t have to worry about holding the grill steady while you clean it. Stable grills are simple to clean.

  • Plus you can enjoy your barbecued food as often as you like. When you use a standalone grill you need to put it back in the garage or the store every time you are done. Sometimes the ere hassle of having to bring out the grill now and again can be a major deterrent when you have the grill in your backyard at all times you wouldn’t have to think twice about using it. You can use it at your leisure whenever you like.
  • Also another reason is that a built in BBQ grill offers a great house improvement. Not only does it add to the aesthetic of your garden or the backyard but can be a great investment in the long run if you plan on selling your house, it would get a much better price because of the additional changes you have made o the open area.

Getting a built in grill designed is easier when you choose the right people for the job. For it your first need to find a grill which would be perfect for being turned into a built in grill. Then you need to call in the services of expert carpenters who would help design the outdoor kitchen in a way which looks simple yet beautiful. For some of the best built in BBQ designs make sure you  talk to the leading retailers.

Tight Access Excavation

An excavation is any man-made cut, cavity, trench or depression in the ground, formed by the removal of earth. Also, excavation work generally means work involving removal of soil or rock from a site to form an open face, hole or activity, using tools, machinery or explosives. Excavation work can occur anywhere such as on construction sites, on business premises, and in public areas. Excavation work includes open excavation, potholing, pit excavations, trenches and retaining walls and finally shafts and drives.

The law says you must prevent danger to workers in or near excavations. To maintain the required precautions, a competent person must inspect excavation supports or batter at the start of the working shift and at other specified times. No work should take place until the excavation is safe.

The following are a list of safety precautions while working in tight access excavations:

  1. The area must be cleared, approved and a site-specific safety must be completed prior to the start of excavation. Excavation may be considered a confined space. Therefore atmospheric testing may be required.
  2. All excavation must have safe access ways, be properly barricaded and shall have a flashing light barricade at night. Spoil dirt may be used to barricade one side of a ditch or similar excavation. All dirt must be piled at least three back from the edge of an excavation and must be at least three feet high when used as barricades.
  3. All excavation four feet or deeper into which personnel may be allowed to enter, no matter how brief, shall be shored, benched and sloped to comply with the requirements.
  4. All soils are to be considered Class ”C” unless a soil laboratory determines and documents otherwise.
  5. All excavation shall be inspected daily.
  6. All walkways over an excavation shall have the guardrails if they are six feet or more above the bottom of the exaction.
  7. All adjacent walls before entering and after a heavy rain or that. Inspect shoring daily or more often in extremely wet weather.
  8. Nobody is permitted in an excavation while equipment is being used next to the edge.
  9. All excavation within three feet of a known active underground pipeline, conduit, or cable shall be hand probed and dug using insulated tools. If the underground utility cannot be found, all work shall stop at this location, and the field’s representative shall be notified.
  10. No employee is permitted to enter an excavation without being properly trained. This ensures that each person has the knowledge to keep themselves and others safe.

All workers must understand the nature of the work to be performed, the procedures to be followed, and the potential hazards to be encountered before any work begins. This also helps to ensure that work continues on the schedule given. Electrical, water, and sewer easements must be investigated and their locations properly identified to keep from accidentally puncturing or cutting a line.

Investigations indicate that improper planning, failure to recognise potential safety problems, lack of a formal excavation plan are the primary accident causes. Unsafe placement of spoil pile, operating equipment too close to the edge of a trench, improper shoring, failure to provide safe access and egress to the work area, and lack of adequate emergency rescue equipment are major contributing factors. In many cases, workers are not aware of the hazard potential or are not properly trained to identify safety issues.

The Importance of Fire Equipment Testing

Fire equipment testing is one of the most important maintenance programs which should be carried out on a regular basis. In order to make sure that all the fire equipment is in perfect working order a yearly check should be carried out by professionals. One of the most important equipment which need proper testing are fire extinguishers.

Fire extinguishers can help control a small fire or even stop one from spreading or tuning into an uncontrollable one. A small extinguisher is easy to douse a small fire and prevent the need for professional intervention.

The following are some of the ways in which a fire extinguisher is checked for safety and efficiency on your own:

  • Fire extinguishers need to be checked on a monthly basis to ensure that they are in proper working order. It can be exposed to danger and damage due to the everyday incidents which take place. Carrying out monthly check therefore is a necessity.
  • The first thing which you need to do is make sure that the fire extinguisher is in its designated place. The designated place is such that makes it easy to reach for the fire extinguisher when the need arises. It should be at a level which would be easy enough for anyone to reach easily.
  • Make sure you check the date for the last maintenance which is usually written on the extinguisher. This would make you know when you need to call in professionals for a yearly maintenance.
  • Do not forget to take a look at the pointer on the measuring gauge to note whether it is in the right position or not.
  • Also check the wall hanger and bracket to note whether it is secure enough to hold the extinguisher in the right position.
  • You should also lift the extinguisher and move it up and down to note whether it is filled with the right amount of chemical.
  • Take a close look at the shell of the extinguisher. Check it for signs of damage and corrosion. Also take a look if you could spot any other types of impairments.
  • The hose and the nozzle of the extinguisher should also be checked to see if there are any problems or obstructions which might hinder the flow of the chemical.

While a fire extinguisher isn’t something people pay a great deal of attention to but you need to ensure that it is proper working order when and if the need arises. Sometimes fire extinguishers just don’t work because the pressure gauze isn’t working or it fell down and there’s a dent in it.

Besides these monthly checks fire extinguishers also need to be tested by professionals on a yearly basis. They would ensure that the extinguishers are in working order by carrying out a series of tests.

Fire extinguishers are of different kind. Each of these are used to contain a number of fires which originate from different sources. Professional’s tests different fire extinguishers to make sure that those are in proper working order.

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