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Small Drilling Rigs as Construction Aid

\You may often see drilling rigs on commercial construction job sites because these machines are versatile and can be used for many different workloads. You can find unlimited variations of tasks in construction sites, and manufactures of drill rigs have seen this as an opportunity for them to develop a rig that will make construction jobs easier. These are advance machines that provide quick solutions for construction projects that need to be completed fast. Site managers and subcontractors have taken advantage of these rigs in facilitating construction tasks.

Construction project managers must look into several existing factors especially if the project is not located on wide, open spaces. Some of the challenges in renovations and constructions may include jobsites with limited access and overhead space, and confined spaces. Minimal impact on businesses both onsite and adjacent must also be observed.

 

Using Drilling Rigs for Construction

One of the challenges of project managers is the need of an additional foundational support to existing structures in the construction. In most cases, the existing structures may have limitations, wherein the only solution is to use a traditional drilling rig.

Many manufacturers have developed low overhead drilling rigs to address this need. Some of these rigs are capable of drilling micro piles, where overhead clearance is as little as six feet.

Furthermore, most of these machines also utilize rubber tracks instead of traditional steel tracks, allowing operators to enter into buildings without damaging the existing ground or flooring.

Another advantageous feature of these small rigs is the ability to separate the power source from the drill rig. This feature of the machine is very useful especially when the existing businesses want to stay open while the construction is ongoing.

By using another power source that is located outside of the building, the exhaust fumes from the diesel engines that are necessary to power the rigs will not affect or interfere with the business operations. With the diesel engine outside of the structure, the noise that comes with piling equipment is not bothersome.

Repositioning and moving the entire rig to drill each hole can be extremely difficult and such a hard work especially in operations with limited access, and rig manufacturers have seen this. This is why, small pile driving drill rigs are designed to have a mast that can be moved separately from the base. This feature enables an operator to swing the mast from side to side as much as 120 degrees, permitting efficient and successful operation in cramped spaces.

 

Conclusion

As more building owners choose to upgrade an existing structure instead of demolishing it and rebuilding it, construction projects become more difficult and complicated mainly because of the limited space. Project managers and construction companies must continue to embrace the benefits of using advance technologies offered by drill rig manufacturers. Drilling rigs are cost efficient, versatile and multi-functional in small spaces, making them great solutions to challenging construction tasks.

How to Prevent Condensation in the Fuel Tank

We all know how terrible it is when water is mixed with fuel, as it will affect the function of a vehicle or machine. While you are being so careful that water will not go in your fuel tanks, there are some case that water will mix into the fuel because of condensation within the tank itself. This is something that must be avoided. Condensation causes your car or machine to stop working and refuse to start. Furthermore, it causes rust in your gas tank, hindering its functions.

Here are some tips to help reduce fuel tank condensation:

Understand why condensation occurs in fuel tanks.

Condensation is mostly a result of a temperature change. Friction between the car and the hot road develops while driving on a road. Condensation forms in your fuel tank because of the heat transfer that mixes with the cooler gasoline. Water vapor builds up on any surface until drops of water form and will fall eventually, and mix into your gas.

The amount of air in the fuel tank must be restricted because air contains a specific amount of water vapor in it. Limiting the amount of air in the fuel tank can help reduce the amount of condensation as well.

 

Keep your fuel tank full or almost full of fuel.

Your tank should always be full or at least with fuel that is more than three-quarters or half-full. You don’t want your tank to keep running low on fuel, so you should fill it up every now and then. By doing this, the surface area inside the tank on which condensation can develop will be lessen. You can do this especially during humid or wet weather when you get a sudden change in temperature.

 

Put some fuel additive.

In the past, fuel did not contain the amount of ethanol like the one it does today. Fuel now contains at least 10% ethanol, which is an element that mixes well with water. When little condensation takes place in fuel tanks, ethanol in the fuel takes the moisture to the engine and burn it up.

If you can’t get fuel that contains some ethanol, you can use a fuel additive, which you can easily obtain from your local auto store. Because water is heavier than oil or fuel, it will float on top of condensation instead of mixing with it. The water can build up and sit at the bottom of the gas tank, with cause the tank to rust.

The fuel additive can be a great help. Just follow the directions on the container. Often times you can just pour it straight into the gas tank. Condensation can be minimized when the additive mixes with pure fuel because it is similar to ethanol. You can avoid fuel tank condensation if you’ll use fuel that contains water-soluble elements like ethanol or use fuel additives.