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Assembling an Off-Road Recovery Kit

Hey there, we are so glad to be back after all of this COVID craziness. Hopefully your farm has made it through all the ups and downs of the past few years. We are back in action, with employees working here locally at our shop. We are super excited to be back in business working with the locals, and sharing awesome content about managing your farm and working through the day to day struggles that we all face. In this post, we are going to talk about assembling an off-road recovery kit. This is important for anyone traveling outside their fence lines looking for cattle or livestock that may have wandered deep into the brush.

There are a lot of challenges you can face while off-roading. So even if you buy the best possible car for off-roading, issues can still arise. So it’s important that you assemble the right off-road recovery kit. This kit can help you ensure that you have direct access to the tools you need whenever there are any issues. Here are some ideas to keep in mind.

What items do you need in your off-road recovery kit?

The off-road recovery kit can be customized based on your needs and what type of off-roading you are doing. With that being said, the list below is one that will cover most of the things you need, and the experience can be very great, since you have all the control you need.

Why do you need to have a good off-road recovery kit?

An off-road recovery kit is designed from the ground up to offer you all the efficiency and help you need, and it conveys some great results. The experience is an amazing one here, since you get to focus on safety while off-road. A basic tool kit will help you with some of the most common vehicle operations, so that’s always great to have. 

Then you have the tire repair kit, which is crucial whenever your tire gets damaged in the middle of an off-road session. The same can be said about the fire extinguisher, this is a crucial piece that will indeed keep you safe while on the road all the time. Even the flashlight with mount can be a good pick. And yes, the tow strap and a shovel can also come in handy, especially during the winter and if you get stuck!

Each one of these items has its own role, and you need to address it as quickly as possible. Yes, it’s definitely not easy to handle all these things, but if you do it properly and you know what you are handling, the outcome can be a great one every time. It’s always a bit of a challenge to assemble an off-road recovery kit, since you never know what type of challenges can appear. These items listed above will help you because you can face a variety of potential problems fast and easy.

Conclusion

We recommend you to give the off-road recovery kit a shot and create one for your own vehicle. The reality is that prevention is crucial, so making sure that you stay safe and away from danger is extremely important. It’s a great opportunity and it will help you ensure that you stay safe while on the road. Use this off-road recovery kit list as a starting point, and you can add to it or customize things based on your needs!



Things to Know Before Growing Marijuana

A common question asked by cannabis gardeners is whether or not they should grow their weed indoors or outdoors. There are many things to consider when making this decision, not the least of which is where you live and how much time you have available for growing. A little planning will go a long way when trying to make the best product.

Growing Your Weed Indoors

Growing your weed indoors is a great choice for growers. Indoors, you have control over everything from the climate to light exposure. In addition, you can choose strain specific organic terpenes that are bred specifically for indoor growing conditions and don’t need excessive space or sunlight for producing their harvest. However, there are a few drawbacks to growing indoors as well.

Growing Your Weed Outdoors

Growing your weed outdoors is another excellent choice for gardeners. You may have to choose one of the shorter, hardier strains that can thrive in outdoor conditions. The growing season is longer, and you don’t need much space to grow your product. However, with outdoor growing comes the potential for inclement weather and even theft by those who want what you’ve got!

Growing Medical Marijuana

There are different laws regarding medical marijuana in each state or country. There are also differences about legality between recreational (non-medical) use vs. medicinal (medical) uses of marijuana and how it is grown, distributed, etc. Nevertheless, if you want to grow your own weed for recreational or medical purposes, then you’ll have to check with your state and local laws first to see what is allowed.

Materials You May Need

To grow your own weed indoors, you must have many different supplies.

A Large Space for the Plants:

You’ll need a place that can be locked and blocked off from the view of prying eyes. A basement is an ideal place. If you don’t have a basement, make sure no one can look in from outside via windows or skylights. Make sure your electricity can be turned off so that light bulbs will not reveal their presence. Another option is to use LED lights; they are expensive, but they are far more efficient in energy usage and power consumption than incandescent or fluorescent lighting anyway.

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Humidifier for the Plants

The lining of the growing area should be well insulated and have no light leaks. The temperature will need to stay around 75 degrees with a humidity between 65% and 80%. You can buy a humidifier for your plants or rig something up yourself using an old fish tank, humidity trays, and wet/dry bulbs. The plants will also need plenty of fresh air, so a constant flow of about six air exchanges per hour is the ideal setup with passive vents.

Tips Before Growing Your Own Cannabis

Above were some tips listed on growing cannabis before you start the growing process. We know that most people will not have everything they need, but these are essentials to give a person the best chance of success in their grow room.



How To Start Your Own Produce Garden

Growing your garden produce can be a challenge for those who have no gardening experience. Today, I will provide you with some tips and guidelines to help get you started in gardening so that you can grow your own healthy produce.

To start gardening, all you need is a small area of land or even pots on the property to begin. If you are starting a small farm, space will not be an issue; however, you will need pots and planting tiers if you are starting your garden in an apartment.

Gardening Tools You Will Need

You will need gardening tools to get started. Here are some things that you will need:

1. Shovel- for taking care of and planting your produce.

2. Watering can or pump – for providing water to the plants in your garden.

3. Pruners/ Shears – for trimming your plants.

Feeding Your Plants

Just like a healthy lawn needs regular attention, plants require plant food to grow and stay healthy. To keep your plants healthy throughout the gardening season, you will want to provide a little fertilizer every now and then. Fertilizers are usually composed of N-P-K, which stands for nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The ratio of these nutrients will determine whether or not your plants are fertilized enough.

Varieties Of Fresh Produce

If you don’t know what to plant, you can visit a local gardening supply store. They should know which plants grow best during the season. However, if you live in an area where gardening is possible year-round, then try looking up gardening charts online.

What To Plant First?

First off, decide what time of the year it is. If fall has just begun, plant your warm-season crops like tomatoes and peppers. Then, in mid-summer, you can grow corn and cucumbers.

How To Keep Pests Off Of Your Plants

Pest management is a crucial element of gardening. Fungi can spread through your crops if you do not take preventative action. For example, if you have more than one row of plants, keep them at least two feet apart from each other so that the pests don’t spread and infest every plant in that row.

There are natural and chemical-based pesticides that you can use. Select what works best for your garden but try to use the least amount of chemicals as possible. Pay close attention to your plants, and do your best to identify dangerous insects on your plants. Finding mites and destructive plant eaters early on will save you time and money. If you don’t see any pests, just water your plants regularly and make sure they are planted in well-drained soil. Drip irrigation is recommended over overhead sprinklers since it uses less water and keeps the leaves dry so that they don’t become saturated with water.

Harvesting Your Fresh Produce

With a small gardening space, it will be essential to check on the plants every day. You can pick produce when it is ready to harvest or when you think that the fruits of vegetables and herbs have matured enough for harvesting. Harvesting at just the right time maximizes freshness and flavor but also minimizes waste. Depending on when you plan on eating your crops, you may choose to pick them early or at precisely the perfect time. Pulling produce off of the vine when they are perfectly ripe is the ideal scenario. However, some vegetables, like tomatoes, will ripen and produce more if they are left on the vine longer. Peppers should be picked when coloring is well along, and fruits have a glossy appearance. Vegetables that are harvested too early still have their gardening space. Wait until beans begin to turn yellow before picking them for the best flavor.

Check With The Locals

If you are new to gardening or just bought some land that you intend to farm on, talk with the locals about the soil, and weather conditions to determine which are the best crops for you to plant. Are you having trouble making up your mind about what produce to grow? Ask the community gardening experts around you for their suggestions.

Get Educated And Start Planting 

Get yourself a gardening book and check out gardening blogs online to learn more about your new craft. Then, find the local nursery; it’s going to have everything you need for planting, fertilizing, pest control, and growing your unique garden!



How CBD Can Help Your Dog

The benefits of CBD for people are widely advertised, but what you may not know is that it’s also incredibly useful for your canine friend too. Today, we’re going to learn more about CBD and exactly how it can help your dog!

What’s CBD?

Just in case you didn’t know, CBD is short for cannabidiol and it comes from the buds and flowers of the cannabis plant. Before you panic, there’s no ‘high’ associated with CBD because there’s no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

CBD for Dogs

You might have seen marijuana and hemp, and these both contain THC. While hemp only contains around 0.3% THC and is therefore used in similar products to CBD, marijuana can contain around 30% THC. Currently, hemp-derived oil is legal across all states while marijuana-derived CBD oil is mostly illegal.

Benefits of CBD for Your Dog

  • Prevent Seizures – Firstly, the anticonvulsant properties of CBD mean that tremors, tics, seizures, and spasms are all controlled. If your dog struggles with these problems, this is a fantastic solution.
  • Control Pain – As we know for humans, CBD is also considered a strong painkiller. In truth, CBD can help with all sorts of health problems.
  • Help Nausea – Some dogs struggle with vomiting and nausea, and a growing number of owners are deploying CBD since it is antiemetic. Simultaneously, this will also boost the appetite of your pet. 
  • Encourage Homeostasis – For some vets, they have recommended CBD to treat some illnesses while also encouraging positive health. When used as a regular supplement, some owners say that the overall wellbeing of their dog improves.
  • Reduce Inflammation – Again, this is another reason so many people use CBD. Whether it’s the aches and pains of daily life or a particular health condition, CBD is known to reduce inflammation in your dog just as well as yourself.
  • Limit Stress and Anxiety – Thankfully, we now have access to several studies that have shown a link between CBD and various mental conditions. Sadly, dogs are prone to stress, anxiety, and they can even show signs of certain phobias. With regular CBD, the dog gets the help they need.
  • Slow Tumor Growth – In rats, there’s evidence that CBD provides protection against colon cancer. Not only does it slow the growth of existing tumors, it also prevents the spreading of other tumors. There’s a chance that it will do the same in our doggy friends.

Tips for Buying CBD Products

To finish this short guide, we want to provide advice for those considering CBD products for their dog. With this in mind, we’ve compiled some top tips below!

  • Don’t buy a poorer product just to save a little money. Generally speaking, the purer and higher quality products come with a more expensive price tag. Sadly, cheaper products have been known to contain additives such as pesticides, heavy metals, and herbicides. 
  • It’s hard to administer CBD to a dog, so we recommend buying a tincture or oil. Additionally, this will allow you to control exactly how much CBD you provide each time. 
  • If possible, choose an organic product; this is the best way to ensure that it’s free from fungicides, pesticides, and solvents. 
  • Assess the manufacturer’s certificate which explains the CBD content in the product. Some products advertised as special CBD oils will actually only contain a tiny percentage of CBD. Elsewhere, make sure it has little or no THC. 

CBD can certainly help your dog, and we hope this guide has helped you to get started today!



How To Take Care Of A Llama

Dogs, cats, goldfish, and maybe a hamster is what usually comes to one’s mind when they hear the word pet. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to keeping a pet. While most people would opt for a more conventional choice, others might want to keep a pet tiger, horse, or even a llama.

llama vet

Llamas are domesticated animals native to the moorlands of South America. Conventionally, they have been used to carry stuff around and are considered to be livestock, but many people cherish them for their friendly, social, calm nature and the fact that they can easily be trained.  

Llamas make great companions and pets because of their highly predictable low-key temperament, ease of maintenance, and intelligence. Llamas are now becoming popular pets due to their cleanliness and friendly dispositions. Their lifespan is estimated to be between 15 and 30 years.

Taking care of a llama is no joke as they are not small animals. They weigh around 250 to 450 lbs and can be about 5′ to 6 “5′ tall. So, if you get a llama as a pet or to raise as livestock, you will need to understand how to meet its basic needs, feed it, and provide it with adequate space and shelter. 

Once these needs are met, your llama will be a happy and healthy animal. Llamas are usually healthy, prosperous animals that require little upkeep beyond good primary care. Nevertheless, before you decide to keep a llama, you will need to have a basic understanding of this animal and its particular needs.

llama veterinarians
  • Health Needs

The first and foremost thing you need to do is take your llama to an experienced livestock vet. There are many 24-hour vets available worldwide, and only they can better guide any llama owner on how to take care of them properly. The large animal vet would guide you on everything from the llama’s vaccination to its diet.

It is imperative to get in touch with a 24-hour vet in case of any medical attention needed by your llama. Since these animals are always outside, its essential to get regular check-ups to make sure they are healthy. You will want to check their fleece to see if they have any wounds that need to be tended to. 

  • Food Requirements

All llamas tend to eat grass and hay. Ideally, they should be fed orchard grass and can also have alfalfa, but it should never constitute more than 20 percent of their diet as too much alfalfa can cause a mineral imbalance. They also need a good supply of water.

  • Creating a Healthy Environment

Llamas should be provided with an open space or pastureland to roam about in and a fenced shelter to stay and sleep in. There shouldn’t be any overcrowding as it can cause the spread of disease. Along with that, they shouldn’t roam around in an area with a running stream or water supply as they tend to lounge in it and ruin their fleece with fungus.



How to Pick the Right Storage Unit When Moving

We closed down a sister farm and had to pack up the farm house and the barn until we could relocate. We found ourselves in a pinch after our horse trainer left without notice and took her horses. She was also caring for some client horses, but managed to notify them before she left. I won’t get into detail, but the departure left a bad taste in our mouths. Understandably, she left for another opportunity in Tulsa that paid her more money. We would have been fine with this, except it left us in such a bind we had to break the lease on the property.

Though it can be exciting, moving is generally a stressful journey to endure, especially considering the circumstances. There is an incredible amount of work that needs to be done, which includes storing items during the process. If you are pressed for time like we were, you might want to call a moving and storage company in OKC. If you are in the middle of moving from the outskirts of Oklahoma City, up to Edmond, OK, and the property isn’t ready for you, you might want to find a storage facility in Oklahoma City. You will need to store your things, or perhaps you are downsizing and do not have adequate room anymore, a storage unit can solve those problems.

Though this is a great solution, keep in mind that not every storage unit facility is the same. It is critical to find one that is trustworthy and fulfills your storing needs. This holds true if you are keeping expensive horse equipment and supplies. Here are some ways that can help you in your decision making so you can mark this off your task list. 

Size of Storage Unit

First and foremost, you need to figure out what you are planning to store so you can get an idea of the size you need to rent. Of course, you do not want to rent from a company merely because they can fit all your things, but it will help narrow down your search. Keep in mind that the best set up would be a unit being spacious enough to fit your items as well as having enough room to walk around. Most of you won’t be moving a small farm, so I will try and keep this in perspective as I proceed.

Temperature Sensitive Items

Do you have anything that is sensitive to drastic temperature changes, such as music equipment? If so, you need to ensure that the unit you rent has climate control, preferably indoors, so you can have peace of mind knowing your belongings are appropriately stored and not at risk for damage. Family heirlooms are something you should keep in a well secured, temperature controlled, storage unit.

Security

No one wants their stuff stolen, which is why security measures are vital in your decision process. Units that have excellent security monitoring can give you much more confidence in your experience, especially if you have expensive and valuable items stored. This could be fencing, locks, cameras, and even security guards. We also recommend that you double lock your storage unit door and pack your items in such a way that makes it difficult for a thief to steel your valuables.

Check the Reviews

Every legitimate business has a review of some sort, somewhere. Even if you dialed in on a particular unit, make sure to do your due diligence and check the reviews from past and present customers. Reading both the positive and negatives will give you a decent idea of how the company operates, especially if the reviews have a common theme. If there are more unhappy customers than satisfied, then you may want to steer clear. Also, be sure to check where the reviews are coming from, local reviews from Oklahoma City and the surrounding area will carry more weight than an out of state review. Read through them all, most of the time you can see a fake review from a mile away.

Office Hours

Determine how accessible you need your items to be and then compare your requirements to what different unit companies have to offer. If you have a specific timeframe and the gate hours are not accommodating, then it could be a deal-breaking conflict.

Conclusion

There is a lot that goes into picking out the right storage unit when you are planning on a big move. Whatever your needs are, such as space constraints, before Googling and picking the first option you see in your area, step back and take the proper steps to ensure your items will be in the best care. Taking the necessary precautions now will maximize your opportunity to have your items stored in the best conditions.



When Should You Replace Your Farm House Roof

Living on the farm is no joke, most of the properties we own and operate on consist of many acres, homes, barns, garages, and storage sheds. These properties are also full of trees and shrubs that grow naturally, giving the properties a real outdoor feel when we are riding our horses. Keeping these properties up is not cheap, especially in a place like Florida where property prices are high, rains fall heavy, and the trees on the farm are prone to losing a branch or two as coastal winds blow through on occasion. I wanted to get this out for all my fellow farmers in Florida that deal with the same elements we do and may not realize the importance of roof inspections. Preventative measures will save you time and money in the long run. So here are some tips to consider when inspecting the roof on any structure on your Florida farm.

Is It Time To Replace Your Roof?

We don’t pay much attention to our roofs until they start leaking, or materials begin to rip off as the result of poor weather conditions. Even before there is visible damage, there could be other conditions happening below the surface. Dry rot, mold, infestations, and other similar problems may exist below the surface and are typically not noticed unless you have an inspection. According to the roofing contractors association, regular inspections for potential issues should be performed twice a year. Homes closer to the Florida coast line should check more frequently because of the moisture.  


We recommend that you hire professional help when inspecting your roof for damage. Still, if you are going to attempt to fix it yourself, we suggest that you recruit a family member or friend to assist you for safety reasons. A professional roofing contractor will help you navigate the process and ensure your roof replacement meets Florida building codes.

Common Signs of Roof Damage:

  1. Missing shingles
  2. Visible mold or moss
  3. Sagging areas, soft to the step
  4. Holes in the roof or signs of rot
  5. Signs of water damage or leakage
  6. Loose, damaged or cracked shingles

Small leaks and the spread of rot can be fixed if caught in time. Having a bi-annual inspection will help avoid extensive damage to the roof, and avoid a potential roof collapse. Maintaining the roof and conducting regular visual checks will increase the life span of the materials. Repairing the roof as problems surface is a great way to avoid significant repair costs.

Depending on the materials used, here is a general recommendation schedule for replacing your roof:

  1. Composition shingles: 12 to 20 years
  2. Asphalt shingles: 15 to 30 years
  3. Wood shingles: 20 to 25 years
  4. Rubber roofs: 30 to 35 years
  5. Metal roofs: 50 to 75 years

Identify Leaks and Document Everything

Roof leaks might not be evident at first. Unless you spend ample time in your attic space, chances are, leaks won’t become noticed until they are a significant problem. There are several signs to look for, which will indicate that you might have a leak. It would be best if you documented these issues as they arise for your own records, but also document for the insurance company, and your roofing contractor.

Paper Trail: Keep a record of leaks, storm damage, repairs, and costs associated with repairs. These records will help you keep track of the roof’s history, installation dates, and repair dates. If there were any warranties offered with the repair, this would become a useful reference when needed.  

Check Shingles: Heavy rains and strong winds can damage your shingles. After a storm, take the time to check your roof for possible damage. Shingles should be tight, nothing lose, and nothing out of place. If you find tears, cracks, damage, or buckling, it means the rooftop needs to be repaired immediately. Shingles should look healthy, and the granules should be present. If the roof is extremely worn, and there are no longer granules, it might be time to replace your roof.

Metal Flashing: Check your flashing around the vents, skylights, and the edges of the roof, flashing seals the seams of the roof from rain and debris. The flashing should look uniform and installed correctly. Damaged flashing could allow water and unwanted guests into your attic space. Roof rats in Florida are a great example of a pest you do not want entering your attic space.

Beware of Roof Rot: Replace any rotting wood before further damage occurs to your home. Rotting wood is not safe and can make your roof vulnerable to unwanted guests. Replace rotting wood as soon as possible.

Pressure Wash Your Roof: Moss looks cool in fish tanks, even in the everglades, but moss on the roof of your Florida home is not suitable for any roof type. You should have your roof pressure washed yearly and treated if possible.

The Florida weather will ultimately decide how long your roof lasts. Materials may wear out quickly because of severe storms or humidity. Get on the roof and check for damage after harsh wind and rain storms. Identifying minor issues before they become major problems is a cost-effective way to extend the lifespan of your roof.

Contact a professional roofing company near you to get professional help and guidance if you are experiencing issues.



Getting Into The Farming Business

Hey guys, I was talking with a friend this past week, and she is gearing up to start a small organic farm in Oregon. There are areas of Oregon that have been farming for hundreds of years, and it continues to grow. Smaller farms in the area have disappeared over the years as big development has pushed in to build houses. Her small boutique farm will have an emphasis on organic products, herbs, and vegetables mostly. As she begins this venture, she’s learning a lot about what it takes to get into the farming business. While she is definitely on the right track, there were some things that stood out during our conversation that led me to write this article.

• Know What Product You Want To Take To Market

If you are going to be growing and selling produce, you need to know a few things first. What is your product? Is there a local market for it? What is the barrier to entry? Knowing the answers to these questions will help prepare you to bring your product to market successfully.

•  Know The Seasons

Know the weather in your region and prepare to adjust your game. Climates in the North West are typically cold and wet. The summer months are short-lived, but beautiful for the few months they last. Having a greenhouse as an option to bring your produce indoors will give you a chance to keep your crops growing during the poor weather.

• Know Your Tools

Have the tools necessary to prepare your soil and plant your seeds properly. You will need gardening tools to care for your garden and trim your crops. Depending on what you grow, there are tools and gardening supplies that are specific to what you produce. Know your product, know what tools you need to grow, and enjoy the rewards.

• Treat It Like A Business

The farming business can tough, if you have a large crop and the seasons are erratic, you can find yourself without a product at the end of the season. Knowing the business side of this will help you to get through those tough times if the seasons bring drought or extreme heat. Any of these things could kill your crops and leave you empty-handed. Keeping your accounting in order, money set aside for employees, and a year’s worth of hard costs will keep your business running even when times are slow. Investing in accounting software that offers payroll for you to automate will keep the business running smoothly while you are focusing on what is essential.

• Get Your Distribution Network In Place

Once you grow a large enough crop of produce, you have a few options for distribution. It would be best if you thought about how you want to get your product out to the world. A local farm might distribute products locally at farmer’s markets and local restaurants. If you are growing more abundant crops with larger yields, you will need a distribution outlet like U.S. Foods or Sysco to get your product out to restaurants and grocery stores.

• Stay The Course

Keep your eyes on the prize! This goes for any business owner, but knowing how important focus is in business will help you make the right decisions when times get tough. You can even invest in a business coach if needed, as they will provide you with the necessary foundation required to handle your operations, market your business, and build a distribution network.

Of course, there are other important factors to consider when building your business, but these are some of the first things that came to mind when I was asked how to proceed with starting a farming business. This will be much different for larger farms, but for all your boutique farms, this is a great starting point for new farm startups.



All About Siding for Farm Homes

Farm house in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

In truth, there are lots of home improvements that can be done on the farm,  both on the inside and the outside of our property. However, very few have the impact of new siding. With the right choice, it can give your farm home a unique appearance. In terms of curb appeal, new siding can have a dramatic effect. In this short guide, we want to discuss the primary considerations when choosing a material before then looking at the main four options that seem to have passed the test of time!

Important Considerations

How is the climate where you live? If you get lots of rain, you will need a siding material that offers water resistance. By doing this, you can prevent decay and extend the life of the siding. For example, wood siding in Washington State might not be the best option for the long run. While on the note of the weather, those in warmer climates like Arizona may want to consider energy efficiency. When a siding offers thermal insulation and a proper R-value, heat should remain inside the home, and you can save money on energy bills (an attractive proposition for buyers!). You may also want to reach out to a siding installation contractor to discuss the best options siding options for your area. A siding contractor will know the outdoor elements in your local area and which siding types are best for you.

For some, the appearance will be the most critical factor. While stone and brick are limited in terms of color, you can almost choose from a full-color wheel with vinyl. Of course, you also need to remember the exterior and structure of your home. For example, a stone veneer siding may not suit a three-story Victorian house on a three-acre farm.

For others, they care more about the eco-friendly nature of siding. While wood is naturally green, fiber cement also contains cement, clay, sand, and wood-pulp fibers. Most farm properties would be well suited for this option.

Finally, two other considerations would be durability and cost. How much money do you have to spend on siding? How long do you want the siding to last before it requires maintenance, painting, or even replacing completely?

Types of Siding For Your Farm

In truth, there are four main types of siding. Although you will find others that aren’t on this list, these four tend to be the most popular siding types found on farm properties. You can also consult a

1. Metal Siding

metal siding on the barn.

Generally made of steel and aluminum, this option was first introduced because of the high maintenance required with other materials. Especially considering the ubiquitous nature of overseas steel at a low cost, it’s an affordable option for those who need it. Not only is metal inherently durable, but some homeowners are also choosing to finish with vinyl or plastic coatings, which adds resistance against weathering and fading. 

With very little maintenance required, some manufacturers offer a 35-year warranty, and the average cost is around $6 per square foot for steel and $5 for aluminum.

2. Wood Siding

wood siding on tractor garage

Whether using planks, panels, or boards, wood is often considered the most beautiful siding. It can add character to a home, and there are several finishes and styles. On the other hand, there are two main problems with wood siding; the high cost and high maintenance. When installing wood, you will also need to add a stain or paint finish. Unfortunately, there’s also a risk of insect infestations, rotting, and damage when exposed to the sun.

3. Vinyl Siding

Next up, the industry continued to look for ways to overcome the problems with wood, and this led to vinyl. It’s available in all sorts of styles, it’s relatively affordable, and it doesn’t require much maintenance. In fact, the color goes right through the material, which makes painting unnecessary.

4. Fiber Cement Siding

fiber cement siding on guest house

Finally, this is the newest development in the market as a low-maintenance, durable product. Made from recycled materials, it’s installed in a similar way to wood and is available in different styles. Unfortunately, it costs an average of $10 per square foot.

Conclusion

With this, hopefully, you now know more about siding, the considerations to make, and the primary materials. Good luck when choosing for your home!



H2S Removal – How It’s Done

H2S, or hydrogen sulfide, is usually found in natural gas, and it’s highly corrosive. When not cared for properly, there’s a risk of H2S causing corrosion not only in gas transmission lines but in turbines and gas engines when employed as a fuel. When gas is sent to the pipeline or when it’s used as fuel, all H2S needs to be removed with traps in order to eliminate these risks.

H2S Dangers

Before we look at a couple of removal methods employed in this area, why should we be so concerned about removing H2S? In small quantities, hydrogen sulfide isn’t too dangerous, and we know this because it’s found in our bodies. If you’ve ever smelled the egg-like smell that comes when organic materials decay, this is H2S. As a result of the digestion process, we experience small amounts of H2S in the body.

With this in mind, the body can deal with tiny amounts. With the amount generated from industrial and manufacturing processes, this is a different story altogether. For example, numerous health problems result from inhalation, skin contact, and consumption. In severe cases, it also has the potential to cause death.

Unfortunately, exposure to hydrogen sulfide is much higher for those who work in paper mills, natural gas drilling operations, mining facilities, and similar environments. These industries are heavily regulated, and staff must be trained while adhering to the safety procedures laid out by the responsible party. What’s more, companies also need to provide the highest quality of equipment.

Removal Techniques

Currently, perhaps the safest solution for H2S removal is called the chemical injection system. Not only does this technique avoid emissions and the use of amine plants, but companies can also get started for a much smaller investment than the next method we will discuss.

Essentially, the idea with the chemical injection system is to clean the gas and rid it of all harmful components by injecting an H2S scavenger. In terms of other harmful components, this technique will remove the following problems; paraffin, hydrates, foaming, high salt content, corrosion, and scale.

As the second technique we want to discuss today, some companies will choose the gas sweetening system. As well as removing H2S, this system will remove CO2. Why is this important? Because carbon dioxide and water combined will create carbonic acid. By eliminating both components, we can remove the risk of a potential catastrophe. The gas sweetening system (GSS) is also often referred to as amine gas treating.

Once the removal of oil, water, and condensates has taken place, this process can begin. When companies use this technique, they must adhere to the safety measures provided by the NSC (National Safety Council) and the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). In addition to this, there are specific regulations and specifications relating to the products used in the technique; these are governed by NACE International (National Agency of Corrosion Engineers).

These days, there are various solutions on the market that promise to remove H2S and CO2 from natural gases. Typically, any harmful gases left behind will be removed in the next cycle, so the danger is always removed.

In terms of other removal techniques, we’ve assessed the most common two, but some will use an absorption tower with water. Ultimately, the choice of method will all depend on the task at hand, company budget, regulations, and more.




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