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Why Is Stainless Steel So Great?

There are so many different types of metal and strong materials, but we all learnt this when we started to learn the periodic table of elements. There are different reasons why we choose certain metals over others, such as strength, the ability to conduct electricity or heat, its reaction to other external elements and of course, what the overall product will be doing. When it comes to having a strong metal to withstand moisture, rust resistant yet flexible enough to create new forms that are reliable, stainless steel is the best material.

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Choosing Handrails: Why Bent-Up Weld-In Bends

You may not think, then when selecting handrails for your next construction project, that the type of welding or manufacturing process used, could make all the difference to the cost, lifespan and quality of the rail you select. However, the difference that this can make is substantial, and therefor so is your choice of stainless steel manufacturer, since you need to make sure that they can provide you with options. Personally, we have found that bent-up rails are better, more effective and more cost-effective than weld-bends, and here are the reasons why.

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The Advantages of Stainless Steel in Marine Environments

Stainless steel tubing certainly has it place in the marine environment, be it on the boats, ships and yachts, or in any oceanic structure like floating homes or piers. Stainless steel is used to be able to increase the durability of the structure, add cosmetic flare as well as delay the rusting process. This metal is best designed for a marine environment where water and humidity and present at all times. It has the great benefit of not seeping and corroding into the water and ecosystem around it, not will it compromise the structural integrity.

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What Are the Main Differences Between Copper Pipes and Steel Pipes?

There are many questions about stainless steel pipes versus copper pipes, most often in plumbing.

Is there really a significant difference between the two? Are there any differences in cost? Are there any differences during the installation process?

So let’s take a look:

Stainless steel is one of the most durable and strongest metals available today for plumbing. When you are renovation your plumbing system or building a new home, you should ensure that you do not have to revisit this process again in the near future.

Which is why, using stainless steel fittings that will last the life of the building is a great idea. Stainless steel can withstand corrosion and rust very well, and it remains unaffected by temperature variances. In areas where there is extreme cold, where water is likely to freeze your pipes, stainless steel is most likely able to withstand the pressure inside without cracking or splitting.

With stainless steel being so tough, it can also make it hard to work with when it comes to plumbing. This will be making the installation process longer and a bit costlier. Steel will need to be galvanized when used for plumbing purposes. However, if you treat your water with chlorine, this might leach traces of lead into your water supply over some time. There are some grades of stainless steel that are more resistant to chloride corrosion, like 316/316L.

When it comes to copper piping, it is by contrast, a more malleable and softer metal. Copper can be bent to shape which negates the need for any additional fasteners and fixtures. However, copper plumbing fittings could also be costlier than stainless steel fittings.

Copper offers great resistance to rot and bacteria which assures a safer and cleaner water supply. Copper however, does not always hold up as well in extreme cold temperatures. If the water freezes in copper pipes, it could cause splitting and leaking. You should also keep in mind that copper piping will often corrode if you are living in an area with a high water acidity.

At Kwalkraft we specialize in the manufacture of stainless steel products in Cape Town. Visit our website on www.kwalkraft.co.za for more information.

 

The Advantages of Stainless Steel in Marine Environments

Stainless steel tubing certainly has it place in the marine environment, be it on the boats, ships and yachts, or in any oceanic structure like floating homes or piers. Stainless steel is used to be able to increase the durability of the structure, add cosmetic flare as well as delay the rusting process. This metal is best designed for a marine environment where water and humidity and present at all times. It has the great benefit of not seeping and corroding into the water and ecosystem around it, not will it compromise the structural integrity.

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Stainless Steel & Corrosion

The very name of stainless steel implies virtual metallurgical immortality. Since the accidental discovery of stainless steel nearly a hundred years ago, it has become a fixture in almost everything, from skyscraper trim and turbine blades to automobile and household appliance manufacturing. It is also very well know to the recreational boat builders, boatyards and owners. Most cruising vessels today are riddled with a variety of stainless steel alloys, of which there are many, that are used to support everything from headliners (stainless steel staples) to propellers (stainless alloy propeller shafts).

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WHY INSTALL STAINLESS STEEL GRAB RAILS FOR THE ELDERLY?

One of the main reasons people install grab rails is because it offers additional safety and support around their workplace and home. There are specific places where grab rails are mounted in the workplace and at home, where the extra support is most needed. A common area to have grab rails is in and around the bathroom, especially inside the shower.

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Metal work history

Metalworking is working with metals to create individual parts, assemblies, or large-scale structures. The term covers a wide range of work from large ships and bridges to precise engine parts and delicate jewelry. It, therefore, includes a correspondingly wide range of skills, processes, and tools.

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Why you should Use shower seats

As the name suggests, shower seats offer you a spot to sit down during your shower. But they do a lot more than that. Shower seats raises your showering experience, allowing you to feel as if you are showering at the spa. Below are six reasons why shower seats are a great use.

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Advantages of Grab Rails

Grab rails are rails that you install in your bathrub or shower in order to help you move around. You will find them in handicapped bathroom stalls, clinics, hospitals and bathtubs. There are many advantages of getting grab rails installed in your home. For example, it will assist in safely moving around in your bathroom, as getting in and out the shower may sometimes be a hassle. If you have frail knees, this will help take some pressure off of rising from the commode. If you need something to loan on, grab rails provide just that.

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Make your Home Elderly Friendly

Getting older poses a number of challenges for life, the greatest of which often comes in the form of a physical disability to carry one’s own weight or to move around with ease. Because of this, homes and offices that expect foot traffic of elderly people can make these people’s lives easier by providing bits of infrastructure that can make mobility a little easier.

If you have been on a quest to make your living or working spaces more accessible to the elderly and disabled, here are a few products that can help you do just that.

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Car Camping and Creature Comforts: Staying cosy in the outdoors

There’s nothing quite like spending some quality time in the great out-doors, camping beneath the starlight, staying warm by the fire and enjoying the sounds of the surrounding wilderness; except perhaps finding a way to do all of that with all of your creature comforts around you. A hot mug of espresso, yes please! How about a quick movie or a good night’ sleep suspended far above the hard, icy ground?

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The Importance of Bull Bars

You’re on this amazing safari or adventure, with all the bumpy roads you couldn’t wait to drive on. And then you decide to go for a drive, swerving between trees and bumps in the road, windows rolled down, and nature’s fresh air blowing through your hair, and then you suddenly lose control and then bump a tree!

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Why Kwalkraft is the Best Tube Manipulation Specialist

Kwalkraft is South Africa’s premier manufacturer of shower seats, automotive components, toilet flush pipes, grab rails and pipes used in the marine industry.
The company was first established in 1987 as Ritz Metal Art, the company was acquired by the Ekermans family in 1993. At this point, the name was changed to Kwalkraft Metal Art, to fit in with the Kwalkraft brand of the family’s other business: a high-end joinery, specializing in the construction of solid wood fittings and furniture..

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Benefits of using steel tubing.

With steel being one of the strongest metals one of the strongest metals on Earth it is no wonder it is usually the first choice in the world of metal work. Its versatility and strength means that it can be put to use in countless ways and in various industries which we will now go over.

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7 Places to Install Grab Rails

Grab rails are a very common thing that we need around the house and our everyday lives for safety, but when we need to safe proof our house for visitors, kids, and physically impaired, we wouldn’t know where to start. Here are some insights 7 places that we could install grab rails so that our surroundings can be safe and our houses can be made homes. And safe ones at that!

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5 Car Steel Bar Accessories

Shower chairs are slip resistant wheelchairs or seats built into a shower, along with metal grip bars that are manufactured for ease of use and safety precaution for physically impaired, elderly or people that suffer from low and high blood pressure and seizures.

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5 Car Steel Bar Accessories

Steel bars are made unique for each car and have different uses for each car. But if you aren’t a car owner, like me, and have no clue about steel bars, you might want to read this article to learn a thing or two, just like I did when doing research for this article.

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Bull Bars

I’m sure you have noticed the shiny, often stainless steel or chrome construction at the front of a 4×4, truck or bakkie. These are called bull bars. Bull bars are constructed from tough steel and they are made by heating and bending the steel into appropriate shapes. The separate shapes are then welded together to construct a strong, durable, protective piece of equipment that is then fitted to the vehicle in question.

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Tips for tube bending

The techniques you would use when bending pipes and tubes with a tube bender are fairly easy. The only way to learn anything new is through trial and error but you can probably skip a few steps by learning from experienced tube benders. The below tips on tube bending should help catapault you to becoming a successful tube bender.

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Who fold-up shower seats are for

So, you would much rather shower than bath but unfortunately you just can’t stand in the shower anymore, whether it’s due to an injury, joint problems, some kind of disease, or maybe you just find it difficult to shave your legs in the shower, you should consider getting yourself a shower seat. KwalKraft offer foldable shower seats which means it will be there when you need it and not there when you don’t.

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Why you need grab rails in your home.

What do you think the most dangerous room in your house is? The kitchen, with all its sharp utensils, hot stoves and ovens? You would be wrong. The most dangerous room in your house is indeed the bathroom. People often slip and fall in bathrooms because of wet floors, etc and you can get really hurt, especially with glass shower doors in the mix.

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How to bend your own custom exhaust pipes.

If you are looking at building your own custom exhaust system, you could easily bend your own tubing or you can get Kwalkraft to bend it for you. Bending the pipe yourself is quite a delicate process but is easily achievable with the right tools. You will need to fill the pipe with sand in order to prevent crimping while bending. You should also attach a thick walled squash pipe for better gripping for the vice.

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The types of tube manipulation

In any exhaust or muffler shop, you will find a ram-style manipulator. This is one of the oldest and simplest methods for bending tubes or tube manipulation. The tube is forced against the rollers by the hydraulics of the bender. A centre line is generally achieved that is 3 to 4 times the OD of the workpiece.

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Can a Bull Bar Protect Your Vehicle During a Collision?

Can a bull bar really protect your vehicle or are they just pretty to look at? Well, there are many variables to consider but below are a few of the key points.

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