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In what industries is metal fabrication most commonly used?
Metal fabrication is commonly used in a wide range of industries, including transportation, air handling, food processing, material handling, general fabrication, construction, shipbuilding, aerospace, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and power generation. It's used in the air handling industry to craft many products, such as air conditioning units, heat exchangers, and filtration boxes; and it's used in the food processing industry to create aluminum and stainless steel components with food-grade finishes. In the transportation industry, metal fabrication is used to create items such as aftermarket vehicle modification kits.
What are the most common products produced through metal fabrication?
Metal fabrication is used to make a wide variety of commonly used products, including cutlery, hand tools, metal combs, metal decks, platforms, and handrails; large tanks, boilers, and shipping containers;, such as handles, locks, keys, latches, and chains;, as well as screws, nut, bolts, racks, shelves, hooks, and wire baskets.
Types of metal fabrication
- Cutting uses tools such as saws, lasers, water jets, and plasma torches to cut metal.
- Folding employs a brake press to create creases in metal.
- Machining is where a tool, such as a lathe, is used to strip metal from a piece of material.
- Punching uses a punch and a die to create holes in metal.
- Shearing is the process in which sheet metal is cut into smaller pieces.
- Stamping is when material is punched to create a raised portion.
- Welding is used to fuse two pieces of metal.
What is metal fabrication?
Metal fabrication is where metal is crafted to create structures or machines. The metal is cut using tools, such as band saws, laser cutters, CNC machines, and burn tables. Next, the metal is shaped using tools, such as punches and dies, and the various metal parts that have been created are assembled and welded into a final product. The metal is worth more after processing than it was prior to fabrication.
What is the difference in between welding and metal fabrication?
Metal fabrication is more comprehensive than welding. Welding is when two pieces of a material, such as metal or glass, are permanently fused. Metal fabrication often includes welding, die cutting, finishing, hydroforming, shrinking, stamping, and stretching.
Do home remodeling companies offer warranties?
Yes, home remodeling companies have a responsibility to offer minimum warranties to clients, and many of the reputable ones provide warranties well beyond the minimum terms.
Do home improvement projects require a permit?
Yes, home improvement projects almost always require a permit. Only remodels that are purely cosmetic--i.e. interior painting, cabinet refacing, replacing hard flooring--do not require permits. It is usually prudent to check with the local building/permitting office in advance of beginning the project.
What is a home improvement contractor?
A home improvement contractor is a licensed, insured, and bonded residential contractor who specializes in home renovations, home remodels and additions. Some home improvement contractors are mid-sized companies with employees, and they can handle major projects, such as second-story additions, from soup to nuts, bringing on reputable subcontractors and handling the permits with the local authorities. Other home improvement contractors specialize in just a few trades, like flooring or roofing. Individual, inexpensive home improvement contractors can be just a step up form handymen or carpenters--but if they’re making any lasting changes to the residence, they should still be licensed and insured.
What is a home improvement loan?
A home improvement loan is a loan specifically earmarked for renovating/remodeling the residence, and if the collateral is home equity, the borrower usually needs to detail the scope of improvements and costs, and a contractor needs to sign off when complete. However, people with good credit can also commonly take out unsecured home improvement loans, and there’s also an option of taking out a subordinate (second) mortgage.
Is home renovation the same as home remodeling?
Home renovation is not the same as home remodeling, though it is similar. Home renovation is the term for making improvements to the elements of a residence that are rundown or noticeably dated or too old to be comfortable/livable any longer.
How much does it cost to remodel a house?
The price to remodel a house depends on what project you are undertaking, the scope of work, and the cost of materials. It also depends in large part on what the contractor charges and what kind of finance terms the homeowner gets.
A minor kitchen remodel costs, on average, $20,000. A mid-range bathroom remodel costs in the range of $16,000-$18,000. A basement remodel costs on average slightly more than $60,000.