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Four Ways to Prepare Your Restaurant Kitchen For a Fire

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Ways to Prepare Your Restaurant Kitchen For a Fire

Installing an efficient fire control mechanism in a restaurant kitchen is one of the first priorities before receiving the necessary permits from your local authority.  To get your business going, you will need to set up different types of fire extinguishers in appropriate locations. By controlling fire hazards, you protect both the workers in the restaurant and the building that houses the kitchen. Here are four safety tips when installing fire extinguishers in the restaurant kitchen.

Choose the Right Type of Fire Extinguisher — Most residential Class ABC fire extinguishers are often inadequate to deal with commercial kitchen fires. When designing a restaurant kitchen, consider commercial Class K fire extinguishers that can put out fires from wet chemical agents such as greases and cooking oils. Sometimes, electrical fires can erupt in the kitchen; therefore, you will need carbon dioxide extinguishers that fall in class C. However, take precaution when using this latter type in confined spaces because they suck the oxygen out of the room.

Never Obstruct Fire Extinguishers — A fire extinguisher is only useful when you can access it easily in case a fire erupts in the kitchen. Do not put the equipment in the storage area hidden behind a sack of potatoes. Doing this not only violates the occupational health and safety regulations but also puts the lives of occupants in grave danger. It is recommended that you place red tapes or any form of signage around the location of the extinguisher so that people can notice it in the moment of chaos when a fire breaks out. 

Train Workers on Safe Use of Fire Extinguishers — Train all your employees on safe handling of different types of extinguishers. Some organizations offer drills to simulate real fire scenarios so that employees can control their nerves during this chaotic environment. Have all your staff in the kitchen go through these simulations to better prepare themselves to deal with different fire scenarios. The training should be routinely done to remind the staff of the proper protocols. 

Regular Inspection and Maintenance — In most jurisdictions, the occupational safety and health regulation require that fire extinguishers be inspected once a year. However, for a busy restaurant kitchen, you should go beyond this requirement and have internal inspections done at least twice a year. It does not hurt to know that your equipment is in good working condition, instead of waiting to find out when a massive fire engulfs your kitchen. Have an expert recharge or replace extinguishers that have been used.

  

The Importance of Professional Cleaning: Five Things Potentially Hiding in Coffee Machine and Affecting Flavour

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Importance of Professional Cleaning: Five Things Potentially Hiding in Coffee Machine and Affecting Flavour

The flavour of your coffee can be affected by the age of your beans, how long they were roasted, the grind you selected and many other things. After you’ve taken the time to control all those factors, however, there is still one thing you need to think about: the inside of your coffee machine. If it’s not clean, that can affect the flavour. Wondering what might be lurking inside and why you should have your machine professionally cleaned and maintenanced? Take a look:

1. Mineral Buildup From Water

If you have a carbon filter that you use on the water before you put it in the coffee machine, you likely don’t have to worry about mineral buildup, but in all other cases, there are likely minerals in the water that could end up in your coffee machine. Depending on your water source, the minerals may include beneficial things like calcium or more harmful things like lead.

2. Mold

Mold spores like to set up camp in dark moist places, and the reservoir for water in your coffee machine may be the perfect host. The pipes that the water travels through as it’s percolating can also be hospitable to mold. If your coffee is coming into contact as you are brewing it, that can leave a bitter taste in your cup.  

3. Old Coffee Grounds

If any coffee grounds have migrated from the brew basket to the reservoir or into the other parts of the coffee machine, they can linger there, affecting the taste of future pots of coffee. When water runs over old and spent grounds, it lends a bitter, burnt taste to the water. When that flavour combines with the coffee you are brewing, that can taste icky. 

4. Residual Oils

Just as grounds can get backed up in the coffee machine, so too can old residual coffee bean oils be stuck in the machine. This doesn’t alter the taste of your coffee as terribly as old grounds, but it doesn’t allow your coffee the flavour purity it deserves. 

5. Germs

Unfortunately, if germs are flying around the air in your kitchen, they could land on or inside your coffee machine. The water you run through a coffee pot typically never even boils (it’s just shy of that temperature). As a result, the germs can thrive and affect not just the taste of your coffee but your health. 

You deserve coffee that tastes amazing, and if you are worried about what might be lurking in your coffee pot affecting flavour or any other issues, you may want to schedule a professional cleaning and maintenance session for your coffee machine.

Installing Air Conditioning Into Your Tiny Home: Four Ideas

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Installing Air Conditioning Into Your Tiny Home: Four Ideas

If you’re building a tiny home, you may want to consider how you are going to keep it cool. Luckily, there are a range of options. Take a look at these ideas:

1. Ductless Unit

A ductless AC unit works for extensions on your home or rooms where you want to create a separate cooling zone. However, they can also work well with a tiny home. You will need an installer to put in the ductless unit, so before buying anything, make sure the installer is willing to install a unit you have purchased on your own — some installers prefer to only install ductless AC units you have purchased from them.

These units can be discreetly placed into a wall, and if you put them above eye level, they aren’t likely to be noticeable inside your tiny home. However, they stick out the side of the wall, and if you transport your tiny home on a trailer, you need to be sure that the ductless unit doesn’t increase the tiny home’s side profile in a way that’s unwieldy for driving. In most cases, however, the size should not be a problem.

2. Caravan AC Unit

If you don’t like the side profile of a ductless unit, consider putting in an air conditioner designed for use with a caravan on your tiny house. As these units are designed to heat a caravan, they are usually perfectly scaled to a tiny home as well. They fit easily on the roof of your tiny home. If you have a loft, place the AC unit so that it’s over the main part of the home rather than blowing straight into the loft. The icy air may be too cold if you’re sleeping really close to it in your loft.

3. Compact AC Unit

The benefits of using a compact AC unit is that you don’t have to worry about installation. You simply plug in the air conditioner, and it cools your space. However, in spite of their names, compact units take up some space. In a home, you could easily pop the unit into a closet when you are not using it, but in a tiny home where space is at a premium, you may not want to use a portable, compact AC unless you have somewhere to store it during the off season.

4. Ice Box AC Unit

If you use a cooler instead of a fridge in your tiny home, then, you may want to consider an AC unit that fits on the top of your cooler. These units draw cool air from the ice in your cooler, and release it into your tiny home. It’s a fun way to combine the functioning of two items, ideal for a tiny home where space is limited.

Regardless of which air conditioner unit you choose, make sure that you support it by insulating your tiny house well. Also, consider investing in a fan to help the cool air circulate through your home.

Tapware Trouble? 3 Hidden Indicators Of Distressed Taps In Your Home

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tapware Trouble? 3 Hidden Indicators Of Distressed Taps In Your Home

Leaking tapware may seem like a simple problem to fix, but there is a strong possibility that something more menacing is going on inside without your knowledge. If you notice any of these indicators of distressed taps in your home, call a professional to get the problem solved. In some instances, you may need to replace old and worn out tapware.

Constant Drips From Taps

A constant drip in your tap can waste a significant amount of water every day and it will drive you crazy if you don’t get it checked quickly. Dripping taps or slow leaks are usually the result of a worn out or eroded washer. This is especially common if you have older tapware because rubber washers tend to wear out more easily than more recent ceramic washers installed in taps. If the washer has worn out because of age, it may be more prudent for you to replace your tapware instead of trying to fix the problem.

Tap Water Flow Is Erratic

You’ll obviously want your tap to discharge a consistent stream of water when you’re brushing your teeth or washing dishes. If the water flow from your tapware is erratic, then it could be because of an internal blockage that should be flushed out. This blockage may be the result of mineral deposits and lime scale forming along the taps over time. It could also be because of some other debris blockage somewhere in the system. A professional will need to check and fix the problem. If the deposits are impenetrable because of the duration they spent on your tapware, replacement may be your most likely solution to restore normal water flow.

Tap Handles Are Cracked And Make Odd Sounds  

Tap handles are well engineered to last for a long time. But when you notice the finish starting to wear out and the handles forming cracks, then it is a sign that your tap’s O-rings, washers, screws, valves or clips need replacement. If your handle makes screeching sounds while you operate it, then it could be because of worn out rubber washers or built-up residue internally. Worn out rubber washers or screws will trigger screeching sounds when water flows through them, so you will need a professional to look into the problem before determining whether repair or replacement is a better solution for your tapware.

Tapware needs to be in good working condition to optimise your water usage. If you notice any of these hidden indicators of distressed taps in your home, call a professional to rectify the problem.

How to Troubleshoot These Common Freezer Problems

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Troubleshoot These Common Freezer Problems

Whether you have a stand-alone freezer or a refrigerator and freezer appliance, you might occasionally deal with issues like leaks or a buildup of frost. This can decrease its efficiency, often leading to food spoilage. Here are some tips for troubleshooting common problems so you can decide whether or not you need to call a repair technician.

Buildup of Frost

Most modern freezers have automatic defrosting features, so you should no longer need to go at the walls of the appliance with an ice pick to break it up. However, there are some instances where frost buildup occurs due to issues with the freezer. If you notice a buildup of frost that seems to worsen over time, it might be due to the defroster not working properly or perhaps a sensor that needs to be replaced. You should also check the thermostat in the freezer to make sure it is set to the right temperature. In many cases, frost is something you need a professional technician to tackle.

Lack of Proper Freezing

This is another issue you may have in your freezer, which can take a while before you figure out. Make sure if you feel that your freezer isn’t getting cold enough, you remove food that might be spoiled. If meat was stuck in a freezer that isn’t cold enough, it should be disposed of for safety measures. After you empty the freezer of spoiled food, first check the defrost timer, followed by the thermostat. It is possible that the thermostat temperature was accidentally adjusted by bumping it when storing items in the appliance. Also take a look at the wiring after unplugging the freezer to find out if there are cracks or bends in the wires. This could be another reason it isn’t freezing properly.

Loud and Constantly Running

When a freezer is making a lot of noise, it is often from the appliance constantly running. This is not necessary to keep food cold, so if you think it keeps running without ever taking a break, it might be due to a few different issues. First of all, check the sensor and thermostat first, as these contribute to most freezer problems. If you can’t find an issue with them, next check that the freezer is level. If you were moving around items in the garage and the freezer got pushed over, it might accidentally be on top of something, keeping it from being level. This can cause it to run continuously. Checking the seal on the door is another good way to determine the cause of it running consistently.

Leaking

If you notice a leak coming out of your freezer due to water pooled around it, you need to get it fixed right away. This can lead to damage and mould of the ground where the leak is occurring, not to mention damage to the appliance. First check to see if there is water stuck in the drain as it might be frozen and unable to move. This can lead to improper drainage, which ultimately causes a leak elsewhere. If the drain is clear, call a technician to figure out what the problem is.

Replacing A Broken Auto Antenna

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Replacing A Broken Auto Antenna

It can be quite easy to damage or break the radio antenna on a vehicle. If the vehicle is taken through a car wash and the antenna has been left fully extended, it can snap. The antenna can also become damaged due to rust and corrosion; when you go to extend it, it doesn’t work and sticks in place. Having no antenna means that the auto will not receive a radio signal. Although it is a little fidgety to replace, it is a fairly straightforward job well within the skill set of novice DIY enthusiasts. 

Replacement

You will need to get a replacement antenna that fits onto the auto. The best way to do this is by taking the vehicle to a garage and have them tell you which antenna will fit. Be sure to get a ‘plastic whip’ antenna; these will not rust and can be left extended when going through a car wash.

Remove The Old Antenna

There are two stages to this. Most auto antennas are located on the rear panel of the auto – usually next to the trunk. You will notice that there are two small holes in the antenna base, one at either side. Spray a little lubricating fluid into these holes so that it loosens any rust there. Grab a pair of needle nose pliers and insert them into the holes. Twist the pliers to remove the antenna base.

Next, open the trunk and look inside directly under the base of the antenna, as it sits on the exterior of the vehicle. You should see a panel and a plastic plug or clip there. Pop out the plastic clip, this will allow you to see the base of the antenna inside of the trunk. Remove the nut holding the antenna in place and pull out the wiring from the base of the antenna. Then unscrew the metal connector; you may need pliers to do this if the antenna is corroded.

Install The New Antenna

You will be left with the part that connects the antenna to the vehicle. This is the part where you install the new antenna. Screw in (by hand) the new connector and ease the antenna up and through the gap left by the old antenna. Carefully twist the new antenna by hand and then replace the rubber retainer that covers the bottom of the antenna. Go back to the trunk and tighten the small bolt that holds the antenna in place. Replace the panel and plug.

You can now check to see if you have reception for the vehicle’s radio.