Job Description for a Mechanical Designer

Mechanical designers usually work in an office setting, reviewing specifications and other data to develop mechanical layouts. Mechanical Designers typically have working knowledge of mechanical parts as well as computer-aided design (CAD) software, such as Auto Cad. Often mechanical designers may travel from a home office such as in Terrace BC to job sites or factories through out the North Coast in BC to measure physical dimensions for machinery and observe production lines.

Mechanical Designer Duties

Mechanical designers typically begin a project by meeting with project managers, engineers, and clients to understand the needs and requirements for a new product or mechanical system. For example, designers working on a project may consult engineers regarding which structural materials to use or clients regarding the projects efficiency requirements. Once materials and specifications have been determined, designers begin using CAD software to plan and develop models. This may include testing and modifying models under different conditions, such as temperature or humidity.

Once a preliminary model is set, mechanical designers may be responsible for presenting it to a project engineer. If the model is approved, designers may then finalize designs and send prints to the production department. Other duties may include reproducing and archiving designs.
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Gas fireplaces bring so much more than just a source of heat. Not only are they great for for heating a room even if the  power goes out, they also help reduce that always growing electricty bill, and who does not like having that special romantic evening around the fire.

How they work.
Basically a natural or propane gas burner and simulated logs are enclosed in a fire safe box. Most gas fireplaces have a glass front for easy viewing of the fire. To turn on your fire simply flip the switch, and instantly you have ambiance and an immediate heat source.

Three different types.
Factory Built - A factory built fireplace may also be referred to as a zero clearance unit. This type of fireplace is usually installed during a renovation project or when a home is being built.

Free Standing - A free standing gas fireplace resembles and old fashioned wood burning stove. These fireplaces are most effective as a source of heat because all surfaces are exposed.

Inserts - Gas fireplace inserts are manufactured to be inserted into the cavity of an existing fireplace. They covert the fireplace from wood burning to gas. If you choose to go with a fireplace insert, the chimney must be completely relined and an approved vent must be installed.

No matter what type of gas fireplace you choose, it has to be installed by a professional heating contractor. However, be sure to check how the vent is installed to ensure energy efficiency and safety.

When choosing a gas fireplace, select a unit that is energy efficient and safe. Fireplaces come with a government rating that tells you a lot about the unit you are considering. The fireplace you choose should enhance the décor of your home, as well as act as a source of heat.

Here are some Features to look for when choosing the perfect fireplace.

  •     A direct-vent unit for energy efficiency and safety
  •     An automatic starter instead of a pilot light, for more energy efficiency
  •     A squirrel cage circulating fan. These are quiet and force convective heat into the room
  •     A ceramic glass front, for transmitting infrared heat from the flame to the room
  •     A secondary heat exchanger. Units that have them push more heat into your home
  •     Connectability to ductwork, allowing heat to be evenly distributed through several rooms
  •     Variable setting controls, allowing you to regulate gas consumption by adjusting the temperature. Check the  turn-down range.

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We believe in showing all sides of a product and considering not many people know about composting toilets we thought we would share this blog from Cottage Life - The good , Bad and the Ugly - Enjoy

Like most things when being responsible it requires work - Acadia Mechanical

Combine air, warmth, moisture, and food for oxygen-loving (aerobic) bacteria, which consume waste. Done right, the compost emits an earthy aroma, carbon dioxide, and water, and leaves minerals and humus behind. Some models, such as Envirolet’s Basic Plus or Biolan’s Composting Toilet, compost without added energy. Electric fans or heaters, however, aid evaporation and keep compost warm. The Envirolet DC12, for example, runs two 0.24 amp fans, which can be operated by battery or solar power. But what really distinguishes one composter from another is the mixing-aerating system: Rotating arms in a BioLet (below) and a tumbling drum in a Sun-Mar are two of many mechanisms.

The good
: Shrinks waste to less than a tenth of its original volume. Uses little or no water. Produces humus to fertilize trees or perennials.

The bad: 
Toilet owners must actively manage decomposition, encouraging good microbes and  discouraging bad ones. Get it wrong, and the bad bugs (which are “anaerobic,” because they thrive in low oxygen) raise a stink.

The ugly: 
Signs of anaerobic apocalypse (and other microbial failures), 
as reported by cottagers: “residual brown tar,” “mush,” and “like espresso, but smells much worse.”

The ick factor: 
Many folks don’t  like “sitting over a  pile of poop,” admits  cottager Lloyd Alter. 
Some toilets come  with retractable doors that open when you settle in place. With some, you can add bulking agent (a dry, carbon-rich material) to cover deposits, reduce odour, and  aid composting.

Reposted from 
http://cottagelife.com/71699/diy/tips-diy/the-lowdown-on-composting-toilets
 
 
Most of us take heating and cooling for granted. We expect our heating systems to keep us warm during the winter, and we depend on air-conditioning to keep us cool during the summer. But there is a lot going on behind the scenes.

How Heating and Cooling Systems Work

All climate-control devices or systems have three basic components: a source of warmed or cooled air, a means of distributing the air to the rooms being heated or cooled, and a control used to regulate the system (e.g., thermostat).
The sources of warm air, such as a furnace, and cool air, such as an air conditioner, in a house often use the same distribution and control systems.

If your house has central air conditioning, cool air probably flows through the same ducts that heat does and is regulated by the same thermostat. When a heating or cooling system malfunctions, any of these three basic components may be causing the problem.

Both heating and air conditioning work on the principle that heat always moves from a warm object to a cooler one, just as water flows from a higher to a lower level. Furnaces and heaters put heat into the air to make your home warmer; air conditioners remove heat to make your home cooler.

All heating and cooling units burn fuel. Air conditioners use electricity. Most home heating systems use gas or fuel oil; other systems use electricity. The heat pump -- an electrically powered climate control unit -- both heats and cools air. In summer it extracts heat from the air inside your home. In winter it pulls heat from the air outside and uses this heat to warm the air inside.

When the furnace is turned on, it consumes the fuel that powers it, whether it be gas, oil, or electricity. As fuel is burned, heat is produced and channeled to the living areas of your home through ducts, pipes, or wires and then is blown out of registers, radiators, or heating panels. Older systems use the heat they produce to heat water, which in turn heats the air in your home. These systems use a boiler to store and heat the water supply, which is then circulated as hot water through pipes embedded in the wall, floor, or ceiling.

When an air conditioner is turned on, electrical power is used to cool a gas in a coil to its liquid state. Warm air in your home is cooled by contact with the cooling coil, and this cooled air is channeled to the rooms of your home through ducts and out registers or -- in the case of room air conditioners -- directly from the unit itself.