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A Guide to Keeping Boilers Well Maintained

A Guide to Keeping Boilers Well Maintained

A properly maintained boiler will function well and reduce your overall energy expenses. The following tips for maintaining and caring for your boiler can help you preserve the longevity of your appliances and save cash in the long run.

  1. Annual boiler service 

The easiest way to keep your boiler in tip-top condition is to have it properly cared for and maintained at least once each year. This will increase its service life, prevent damage from getting worse, and keep your boiler working efficiently. This task can be performed by a valid Gas Safe Registered Engineer who can check all components and ensure that all parts are working as they should.

A specialist will be able to check the workings of the boiler and determine which components will be receiving the most strain. Predicting and detecting small issues before they become bigger issues is the only way to avoid costly breakdowns in the future.  See here the different boiler maintenance plans available.

  1. Re-pressurized Your System 

Take a moment to check the pressure gauge of your boiler when it is running in full operation. Make sure that the internal pressure of the boiler system has not exceeded the manufacturer’s recommended levels. Then it should be re-pressurized at regular intervals to make sure that the heat it provides is evenly distributed throughout the home. Work carefully to ensure that you don’t damage any of the components. It is not a difficult or complex task, but a delicate approach goes a long way in preserving the functionality of your boiler system as a whole.

  1. Bleed Your Radiators 
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Have you noticed that your radiators are distributing heat unevenly? This could be caused by air bubbles forming within the radiator. Follow these simple steps to bleed your radiator and resolve this small issue:

Lay down plastic sheets to avoid staining the carpets

Lace the key in the bleed valve and turn it counter-clockwise. Hold a thick cloth below to catch the water that will escape.

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Air trapped within the radiator will escape with a hissing sound

After all the air has escaped and only water begins to escape, you can close the valve and soak up the water with your cloth.

Turn the key clockwise to close the bleed valve.

The radiator should now be evenly warm from top to bottom. This procedure can lower the pressure of the boiler system, so go check the pressure gauge to make sure it is within its proper levels.

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If you see that after you bleed the radiator, it is still not getting hot, the issue could lie in the thermostatic radiator valve, that’s the one with temperature controls on it. Sometimes the pin stops functioning properly and prevents the water from flowing to the radiator as intended. To solve this small issue, simply remove the cap from the top of the thermostatic valve and use an adjustable spanner to move the pin back and forth. Sometimes this simple movement will be enough to get things flowing again.

Properly bleeding your radiators and keeping the thermostatic radiator valve functioning properly can be tricky to get right. If you would like some help in performing this important task, call in the professionals from My Plumber Radiator. You can skip all the things that can go wrong and have your units bled in no time.

  1. Check the Ventilation 
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Keep all items and storage well away from your boiler and allow plenty of ventilation around the appliance. Allowing plenty of breathing room around your boiler is essential for it to do its job properly.  If you keep your boiler housed in a box or cabinet, make sure there is easy access to the access panel — this makes maintenance much easier.

  1. Balance the Radiators 

This means adjusting the amount of water that is sent to each one. This should be done in accordance with the home’s heating needs and the distance to the boiler. Often, the radiators that are furthest from the boiler will be cooler than those closer.

 

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Buying Machinery At Auction

Buying Machinery At Auction

 

 

The Condition Of The Machine

When you buy anything online, the experience is unsettling for you. Online auctions have become popular and are where most people visit when they want to sell their underutilized machinery.

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You need to make sure you have a condition report on the machine before you can bid on it. some auction houses are going to provide you with the report if you ask.

If the location of the machine is not far, then you can go and inspect it in person. You can bring along a trusted friend who is going to help in inspecting the machine.

If this isn’t possible, then pay a local mechanic to help you inspect the machine you are interested in.

 

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Retail Price vs Auction Price 

This is an important thing to consider because in the past auctions provided buyers with a place they could get machines at a bargain. The internet has made life a little easy and auctions can be done online.

Online auctions are handling a lot of transactions daily because it has become the go-to place for many people. One thing that has happened in the auction “bargain” price becoming the auction “retail” price. If you check out eBay, you will see the “buy it now” option is popular.

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You need to research so you can know the difference between a “retail” price and a “bargain” price. There is no need of paying more than needed when buying a machine when you can visit the Surplus Database.

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The Service Records 

Before you buy a machine, you need to ensure that you can service the machine.

If you are good at mechanical stuff, you can do it yourself. If you have to rely on a mechanic to repair or service the machine, make sure you can get the service books or advice from an OEM if needed.

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One thing you have to keep in mind is the machine is going to break down at some point and the important thing is how long is it going to be down. You can save yourself a lot of time when you have the service manuals and you need to work on the machine after it breaks down.

 

Spare Parts Availability

Spare parts are very important because you will need them when the machine breaks down. When you buy from an online auction and see a good machine from a brand that is unfamiliar in the marketplace, ask yourself whether you are going to get spare parts easily.

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If the machine is from a foreign brand, then it is going to be hard to get genuine parts when you need to repair the machine, which will complicate things a lot.

There are few dealers who will have the reach to get international parts when you need them.

 

Machine history

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This is going to go hand in hand with the condition of the machine. you will find many machines at the online auctions that are reported to have low hours of operation, but they are not. The owners gave it a quick “liquid overhaul”.

You need to know where the machine was before. The place where the machine was previously is going to have a big impact. A machine that has 1000 hours of operation in a fruit shop is different from one that has 1000 hours of operation in a foundry.

 

Transportation costs

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Many people overlook this when buying machines online. They realize it when it is too late. When they realize the machine is in another state and they have to spend it the moment they realize they have made a mistake.

Make sure you factor in the transport cost when calculating how much you are spending on the machine. You might be surprised to find that you could have bought it locally at the same price.

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Warranty

When you buy a machine from an online auction, forget about getting a warranty with that purchase.

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The machinery is most of the time sold as it is unless it is stipulated. If you get the machine and you start using it then you realize it has broken down a few days later, you don’t have a warranty that covers the purchase.

You have to meet the full costs of repairing the machine.

The condition of the unit, service availability, and spare availability is very important if you want to keep it running.

 

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The afterlife

You need to think about what you are going to do with the machine after you are done using it.

Is it easy to resell it? Can you relist it on the online auction and then sell it? Are you going to own the machine until the end of its natural life?

It is a good idea to have a disposal plan for any machinery you purchase.

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Talented Rapper Rosebud Is Making Waves In The Music Industry

Rosebud

Breaking into the world of Pop, New York City-raised rapper, Rosebud is driven to craft his own stunning position in the musical world, charged by his talents and musical skills. Offering rhythmic musical compositions, rooted within meaningful lyricism, the eclectic artist offers his unique takes on the hip-pop genre, stunning listeners with smooth vocals that showcase his distinct prowess. Currently, Rosebud has released 7 singles and 5 music videos to give the world a taste of Rosebud, but at this point now, he is about to level his whole game up and get ready for the big leagues (billboard top 100). Looking to take over the summer with his not yet released song “TOW IT”, a crazy club banger!

Slated to steal the hearts and minds with the release of his rich and dynamic single, “Savior”, talented rapper Rosebud is driven to soar, capturing his listeners with his stirring musical brilliance.

Check out his latest single “Savior” on Spotify:

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Hello there, welcome to Honk Magazine. Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?

What really inspired me to write music was seeing how music helped me get through so many moments in life. Just forget and rock out to them 808s banging, that’s what really got me into creating beats and writing music. So now when someone else is down in my life, music is there too, “PLAY” forget about your problems and rage!

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When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

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I realized I wanted to make music professionally at around the age of 14. When you grow up check to check, you get an understanding at a pretty young age, if you want to do something you love for the rest of your life you gotta hustle and get to a professional level. Music is what I LOVE so that’s what I did.

 

Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?

What’s unique about me and my music is that I grew up with my mom playing classic rock, my dad playing Motown, my uncle playing 90’s rap, and I grew up on 2000’s hits. So I got a wide range of music genres in my head and mashed it all together to get ROSEBUD. I got club banger beats, with Hip-hop/Pop vocals, with a dash of rock-rager vibes.

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Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?

My latest release was my song called “SAVIOR”, what inspired me to create it was what I’ve been preaching, forget your problems, don’t take life so seriously, and TURN UP. The song talks about how I was in a dark space and my girlfriend made me love life again and then she went into a dark space so it was my turn to be the “SAVIOR”. Now, whenever either of us is feeling down we turn that song up to max and forgive and forget.

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Can you give us a brief insight into your upcoming projects?

My next upcoming project is a summertime banger. The song is called “TOW IT”, hard 808’s, high tempo, club banger. It’s about flexing with my friends, talking my shit, and having fun with my girl, High ENERGY.

 

What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?

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I wish I was told when I first started making music that I think would help artists just starting out, would be that no one is going to do it for them. The way technology and music are now, you gotta hustle, hustle, hustle and the opportunity is going to come. Can’t think someone just gonna bring you up out of nowhere, unless you have a famous relative or money lol but if you grew up like me, you gotta do it all yourself and people are gonna come into the picture and respect your grind.

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What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) that you are passionate about?

Before I took music as a career I played Basketball 24/7. I’m 6’4, hit 6 feet at 14, grew up playing pickup games in Harlem, NYC, and actually got scouted to play in some young leagues. Other than that I love to go sliding in my widebody charger scat pack!

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Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?

keep putting music out, that’s the only way to start a fanbase for your music, and don’t be afraid to fail, because everybody fails a few times on their way to success.

 

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How can our readers follow you online?

you can go follow me on Instagram – @212rosebud

And also on all music platforms at “ROSEBUD”.

 

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