Muay Thai Equipment

Muay Thai Equipment

As Muay Thai has evolved, so has the equipment both in fighting and in training. Early Muay Thai fighters fought with only bare knuckles and little protection. Punches, elbows and kicks were practiced against a banana tree, and the early fighters would kick the trunk of the banana tree hundreds of times to toughen their limbs. The smooth texture of the banana tree trunk was ideally suited for this purpose and the trees were abundant.

Early Muay Thai fighters wore little or no protection. The first prototypes of protective equipment were horsehair straps wrapped around the fighter’s hands. Horsehair was eventually replaced by hemp straps known as Muay Kaad Chuek.

Fighters began wearing gloves in the 1920’s following the introduction of many Western boxing elements. Groin guards (cups) were introduced, and banana trees were replaced by punching and kicking bags.

Today, heavy bags are used and available in a variety of sizes and weights depending on preference. Muay Thai involves punching and kicking all over the opponent’s body, so a 6-foot tall Heavy Bag is often favored by fighters in training. Heavy bags also come in a variety of weights, the 100- and 150-pound versions being the most popular as they best simulate a human opponent.

 

Essential Muay Thai Gear

  •  Muay Thai Shorts – Muay Thai shorts are the unofficial uniform of Muay Thai.
  •  Hand Wraps – Wraps protect your wrists from injury when you are hitting a heavy bag and provide cushioning for your knuckles.
  •  Muay Thai Gloves – Muay Thai gloves allow you to open your hands and get a grip in the clinch.
  •  Mouth Guard – It is always a good idea to have a good mouth guard to protect your teeth.
  •  Shin Guards – A pair of Muay Thai style shin guards will protect your shins during sparring and Muay Thai drills. Choose guards that fully protect your feet and shins.
  •  Groin Protection – Groin protection is very important if you want to ensure that you fully protect yourself.
  •  Headgear – Headgear can help provide more protection when you get hit with a big punch.
  • Elbow Pads – Wearing elbow pads during training allow you to throw some light elbows while sparring.
  • Knee Pads – Knee pads are used during Muay Thai sparring and provide protection to your knee and padding to your opponent if you land a knee strike.
  • Thai Pads and Focus Mitts – Pads absorb a lot of the power from punches and kicks.

 

Before you make a buying decision, do your research, the right training equipment can enhance your effectiveness and longevity, while also helping you develop precise technique with minimal risk of injury.

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Submission Wrestling vs. Grappling

Submission Wrestling vs. Grappling

Many people confuse the terms grappling and submission wrestling. While both terms involve clinches and submission holds, submission wrestling is a style of combat or martial art made popular by the rise of MMA and grappling is the series of techniques used to make your opponent submit or “tap out”. A submission wrestler is proficient in grappling.

The ultimate goal of submission wrestling is to force your opponent to surrender by using grappling techniques to control him and bring him to a state of helplessness where he has no choice but to surrender. Submission wrestling occurs most often on the ground with opponents striving to control the other through locks, chokes or similar techniques that would make the opponent helpless to the point of surrender (submission).

To be competitive in submission wrestling, you must develop quick defensive reflexes that enable you to side-step and escape and to get yourself out of the way of dangerous locks and holds. While you would like to dominate your opponent, you must also focus on avoiding his attacks. If you drop your guard, you may find yourself pinned to the ground. Knowing how to avoid these holds will greatly increase your success rate.

You must also know how to reverse holds and clinches in order to shift the advantage on your side. Sweeps and reverse techniques are very effective in turning a losing position to a winning one. Pinning your opponent would enable you to gain more competition points or remain in a dominant position. Learn and practice these techniques to help you know what to expect in submission wrestling matches and how to control your opponent.

Grappling often refers to the series of techniques you use to overpower your opponent, movements you use to make your opponent surrender and submit. Grappling is about gaining advantage through use of energy or force on your opponent. In some disciplines like MMA, grappling can be used alongside other tactics including strikes or kicks.

Grappling often involves submission holds and pinning techniques. Pinning your opponent in a position where he cannot move is an effective grappling technique and often leads to victory. You should also learn and practice sweeps, reversals, turnovers and escapes. Sweeps and reversals occur quickly and simultaneously, allowing you to regain control from a position of being locked down and dominated. Escapes are techniques and movements that help you out of dangerous holds or lock doens.

If you would like to try submission wrestling, ask for a professional Submission Wrestling Sydney studio.

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My Kid Isn't Very Physically Coordinated

My Kid Isn’t Very Physically Coordinated

As a parent, there are milestones that our children should be hitting that we can get concerned about. We often compare them to other children of the same age and wonder why another child seems to be streaks ahead regarding development. We stress about we are doing enough to enrich their lives to be hitting their milestones, whether they’ve inherited some terrible trait of ours, whether their daycare is doing enough for them, whether we should be feeding them different things to help… Being a parent is stressful!

When your child isn’t very physically coordinated, you will know it. If they are still babies, then they may not be learning to crawl and walk at the same time as other children. Often at this age, it isn’t too much to be concerned about. When your tot gets to the later end of the suggested time frame for that milestone, you might like to bring it up with your paediatrician, but before then it’s not usually necessary.

However, once they’ve started tottering around you might notice that they aren’t exactly as adept at manoeuvring their body in space as other children their age, or even younger children.

This is where rich physical play can really help in getting them more confident and adept both with their bodies in space and with interacting with their external environments. Seeing out unique and exciting physical environments designed specifically for their age group can get these skills motoring along. While they might have a range of small toys at home, landscaped play equipment is really necessary for them to interact positively with the world around them.

There will be a range of playgrounds in your area that has specific play equipment designed for your child. It is important to take your child out there and demonstrate how to do it yourself, so they have a teacher with how to interact with the components. While it might be second nature to you to climb that small ladder, they have never done it before and so they don’t know how without demonstrating. Playgrounds with lots of interesting equipment are good to go and try. And don’t just go to the same ones every time! Once your child has mastered the equipment at one playground, head out to others, so they get the full range of experience.

Adding a playground to your background is another great idea if you find that you don’t have a lot of your hands to be going out to parks, or there are no suitable ones in your area. A modular playground in your backyard can help your child play physically all from the safety of home.

Another thing to look at is how much playtime your child gets with other children – and children of varying ages. Socialisation is very important from a young age, as your youngster will learn from other children while watching how they play. If there is not a lot of socialisation in their day to day lives, then consider joining a playgroup or putting your child in a daycare for one day or a half day a week. You will likely find that their skills go up in a whole range of different areas, simply from having the chance to interact with other children for some hours. Some children may be shy, so it is important that they ease into these type of activities.

Some kids are just naturally a little uncoordinated (and become uncoordinated adults), whereas others just need a helping hand. Give your kid the best chance by employing these tips.

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When Did Staging a Home for Sale Become A Thing

When Did Staging a Home for Sale Become A Thing?

Once upon a time, way back when, when you went to sell your home, it would be traditionally void of furniture and any other personal items, as people had already moved out, or still filled with their belongings, just tidied up. Some of us might even remember such a period. However, times have changed. Styling a home for sale is now big (and big business), across the entire world.

What is home staging?

Home staging is carefully styling the interior of a home before selling it. The interior style of a home can make the property itself more appealing to potential buyers, even if they don’t receive the furniture and stylistic touches when they purchase the home itself!

It is now used globally as a marketing tool to attract not only more home sales but to drive the price of the property. To put it bluntly, if you don’t style your home before letting potential buyers in, you could be cheating yourself out of a sale or extra cash in the bank.

The beginnings of home staging

Home staging first came into the public eye in 1972. Barb Schwartz, the inventor of home staging, is a real estate and interior design specialist, who gave birth to the notion more than 40 years ago now. A Washington resident, Barb, transitioned from interior design over to real estate and realised quickly the potential that carefully cultivated interior design could have when selling a home. She came up with what is known as “The Home Staging” concept.

Barb went on to be wildly successful, teaching people in her home staging classes since 1985, with over one million real estate professionals participating in the program. She introduced many different concepts to the game such as Staging to Sell and Staging to Live and has won many awards for her efforts.

She is seen as completely transforming an industry and a true pioneer.

However, of course, it took a while for these ideas to trickle down into the little old land of Oz: the idea caught on a little later. However by the 1990s, and definitely by the early 2000s, home staging had become a familiar concept to most in the industry.

Why you should pay attention to home staging?

Home staging to you might seem like a bit of a foreign concept. “Why should I spend money to style my home?” you might think. However, the benefits of home staging are known and proven. That’s why it is now so prevalent.

While you can do home styling yourself, it can take a lot of time to get things right. Plus, if you don’t have any experience in interior design then you can easily miss the mark and turn potential buyers off. This is why home staging specialist companies have cropped up around the country.

You can either ask for recommendations for a home staging service from your real estate agent when selling your home or take the initiative and engage the services of one that you find yourself. Often you will find a better service outside of your real estate’s recommendations – maybe they offer a more boutique service, better customer care, or are simply less expensive than the suggested choices.

Home staging should be an integral part of selling your home to ensure you have the best chances of not only selling but of maximising the returns on your investment, too. Make sure that you check out home staging services to see what is on offer. Ask for a portfolio to see just what the company can do for your ready to sell home.

 

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Where to Start with Buying Exhibition Banners

Where to Start with Buying Exhibition Banners

A lot goes into holding an exhibition, and most of it involves things you didn’t consciously think about. You will know that you need a stand and that the stand should have adequate staff and plenty of marketing materials. But you probably forgot the little things like ventilation, lighting, snacks, music, or even electric cables.

Exhibition Banners are arguably the most significant part of your exhibition. They brand your space, helping potential customers to identify you. They also introduce you to new customers at a glance. A cursory look at your stand will lead customers to form an impression of you, and once established, it can be difficult to change.

How much can you spend?

When you’re shopping for exhibition stands, there are a few things to consider. The first one is the budget. As you prepare the material and costing for your exhibition, you’ll have to divide expenses into various categories. These may include giveaways, food for the staff, utilities, transport, or maybe even the hiring rate for the stand itself.

In the midst of all that is a budget for marketing materials. This will often be spent on flyers, leaflets, and business cards, but you need to set aside cash for the portable banners and flags. To set your price limits, explore a few banner websites and make some calls or visit their showrooms. Compare prices and see how much you can allocate to outdoor advertising.

What kind of exhibition is it?

There are different types of outdoor events. It might be an entertainment festival, a music extravaganza, an arts meet-up, a food-centric celebration, or a typical trade show. Each of these exhibitions has their own sets of mores. For example, if it’s a food event, you need to tie your product or service to the theme so you can effectively cross-sell.

Other festivals will have specific guidelines of what you can and can’t do with your stand. Some spaces will require co-branding, while others will leave it to your discretion. In the latter case, it’s advisable to at least link your banner messaging to the event.

This makes you relevant and softens your customer pitch, improving your chances of conversion. After all, people go to festivals to have fun, not to be a marketing target. So if you can fuse your product or service to the overall event so that it blends and fits, you have a better chance of acceptance and success.

What type of message are you pushing?

Why are you in this exhibition? Were you invited or did you pitch the client? Are you part of the main show or an add-on? For example, at a barbeque festival, you could be a restaurant that is selling wares, or you could be a condiments supplier luring customers with free samples. You might even be a training institute for chefs.

On the other hand, if it’s a dedicated trade exhibition, you’re overtly looking for prospects and pushing your product. Your role at the festival will influence your message. In the example above, the restaurant will need a menu and possibly a price list. The condiment stand will advertise the variety of product they offer, and maybe flyers with tasting notes.

As for the trade show, their banners will focus more on their vision, mission, ethos, and the products or services they provide. Each of these banners will have different requirements. Informative banners can be text-based, but menus need attractive, well-taken food photos. Full-colour large format banners work best for food-related industries.

How big is your space?

The most overlooked aspect of an exhibition stand is the physical space. Often, the marketing department will drag all their banners and collateral to the venue. Once they get there, they realise it can’t all fit. Before you buy any exhibition material, get exact measurements of the space you have to work with, and if possible, draw a map to scale.

Use your sketch to try out different sizes and banner positions, so you can be sure what works and what doesn’t. You probably think the bigger, the better, but it’s counterproductive if you can’t get it into the stand. Beyond measurements, take a physical look at the stand. Numbers on paper are helpful, but being in the available space is better.

When you inspect the stand, check for other elements like wind levels, the direction of sunshine, and type of flooring. This will tell you if you need to shift the entrance or buy flooring materials like Promodek, canvas, or artificial turf.

It will also guide your choice of free-standing banners or hanging retractable ones. Finally, if the event is likely to stretch after dark, consider getting banners with LED lighting. This will help your venue stand out, and will help draw customers once the sun goes down.

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Some Surprising Uses for Your Garden Shed

Some Surprising Uses for Your Garden Shed

The garden shed has come a very long way since being an extra storage space for your lawnmower, shears, and potting soil. It has become very popular in recent years, and not just for the gardening aspect of it.

Nowadays it has become more of an extension of one’s home. A place where you can literally do anything with the space. At the end of the day, it is just an extra room and you can do whatever you with it. It’s not limited to just being the age-old garden shed anymore. What if you could create an entire space just for yourself, your spouse, or even your kids? The possibilities are endless!

5 Surprising Uses for Your Garden Shed

 

Games

Filling your shed with games like a pool table, darts, and a foosball table will not only save you money in the long run but can become a safe space for your friends to come over for a few beers and a good time. Add a pull-out couch, and you have a bed for them to crash on without having to drink and drive.

Also, beer at home is cheaper than beer out on the town.

 

Work Area

Maybe you’re lucky enough to work from home, then converting your garden shed into an office as definitely something to think about. You can kit out your space exactly how you want, creating an area where you can feed your creativity, and feel like you’ll get the work done.

 

Gym

What about your very own at-home gym? You can put in all the exercise machines and barbells you like to use, and there won’t be any gym fees at the end of every month. There will also be no waiting to use the treadmill or spinning bike. You can use it at any time. So when you can’t sleep at 3 in the morning, maybe a run on your treadmill will help clear your head a bit.

You can also add a Bluetooth sound system to your gym shed, that way you’ll always be able to sync your favourite soundtracks and songs while you’re working up a sweat.

 

Mini Cinema

Another surprising idea for your garden shed is converting it into your very own mini at-home cinema. A large TV can be installed, and you can use light dimmers to add to the feel. Make sure light isn’t filtering in anywhere by blacking out the walls of your shed.

The last thing you can add is a popcorn maker. It will make your converted shed smell like an actual cinema.

 

The Man Cave

We all know, no list is complete without the man cave, a space where men can shut down and enjoy a cold one or watch a game.

Maybe your husband has always wanted his own little nook where he can just kick back for an hour or two after work, but your home doesn’t have an extra room. A garden shed is then the perfect solution for him. He can go in there and create his little haven by putting in a nice couch,TV, a gaming computer, or whatever else he is interested in. I do suggest adding a mini-fridge for snacks and drinks; it will save him the effort of running in and out of the house while he’s screaming at the game.

These are only five ideas for your garden shed; there are many other things you can do with your extra space. Maybe you even just want to keep it a shed for your gardening equipment or a storage shed, there are  lots of advantages of having a storage shed too!

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5 Beautiful Places in Melbourne to Get Married

5 Beautiful Places in Melbourne to Get Married

  1. Tatra

1401 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong

http://tatra.com.au/

 

This newly renovated venue has everything you need to hold your ceremony and reception in sophisticated style.

A bridal room is available for you to pamper yourself and get ready with your bridal party to walk down the aisle. You can say your vows in the lush, perfectly manicured gardens that will also set the scene for classic wedding photos. With several unique gardens and luxury outdoor spaces available, it will be hard to pick just one.

Your guests can enjoy pre dinner cocktails in the foyer and dine in a whimsical atmosphere before retiring to the onsite accommodation.

 

  1. Mon Bijou

Level 10 & 11, Adelphi Hotel, 187 Flinders Lane Melbourne CBD

http://www.monbijou.com.au/index1.html

 

When simple just won’t do, Mon Bijou is an Art Deco space in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. There are stunning panoramic views that become even more magical as the night carries on and the Melbourne city skyline lights up.

Clean and sharp elements make this venue perfect for an intimate venue when you don’t want to compromise on special and want that wow factor.

5 Beautiful Wedding Places in Melbourne

 

  1. The Thornbury Theatre

859 High Street, Thornberry

http://www.thethornburytheatre.com/

 

What a way to make an entrance!

This working theatre is no ordinary movie cinema, think old Hollywood glamour, gold trimmings, velvet and flattering lighting. Say your vows on a stage set for a magical love story of you and your groom to be. Later a band can take centre stage and entertain your guests as the night moves on. Several layouts are available to suit any party size or atmosphere. This space allows for so many options when it comes to your special day and it’s definitely a day you and your guests won’t forget.

 

  1. Melbourne Town Hall

930-170 Swanston Street, Melbourne CBD

http://www.epicure.com.au/venues/venue/melbourne-town-hall

 

If you’re having a wedding a little on the larger size, this is the perfect venue. Bring out your inner Carrie Bradshaw and say “I Do” at Town Hall, then take your pick of the several rooms to have your special day, from the grand Main Hall to fit up to 1900, to the intimate Portico Room and Balcony that still can seat 120.

Large ornate ceilings and art deco details will take your breath away, the richness and history of this magnificent building is unmatched anywhere else in Melbourne.

 

  1. The Prince Deck

2 Acland Street, St Kilda

http://www.theprincedeck.com.au/weddings.html

 

For the young at heart, you cannot go past The Deck at Circa. This light and airy space is the perfect canvas for you to add your style to. Floor to ceiling windows overlook St Kilda city and Port Phillip Bay, so you will have plenty of options to take photos. The contemporary fit out gives a fresh vibe, perfect if you’re going for casual chic.

The food here is also considered some of the best in Melbourne, you can work with the award winning kitchen Circa to design the perfect delicious menu for your big day.

 

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Parents

Christmas Gift Ideas for Parents

Christmas is one of the best times of the year for people to trace their roots. Many people come back home and spend some time with their relatives and family at this time of the year. It is after all most fitting to spend Christmas with loved ones.

Are you coming over to your parents’ house for the Christmas dinner? What would be the best gift to give to your parents? What could be considered as a unique gift and something that would be different from the ones you had given them in the previous years?

 

Family Dinner

Dinner at Christmas is always one of the best things to gift your parents. Come over at an earlier time so you can help with the cooking, cleaning, and setting up. Try to take off from your parents’ hands as many chores as you could. Invite over your relatives and some family friends. Make this dinner so big that the house would be full and filled with laughter and conversations.

Liven up the spirits of the guests by coming up with things to do throughout the night. Talking to one another is the purpose of the dinner, but some people may find it difficult to know better one another with the time they spent being away. Line up games in which everyone would be able to participate whether they are old or young. Try thought-provoking games. Try coming up with your own version of the charades game or bring-me game.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Parents- Family Dinner

Prepare hors d’oeuvres, biscuits, or baked foods that you could eat alongside good wines or beers. This way, everyone will not have to be at the table to be able to eat. Try to keep your parents’ hands off the kitchen or anywhere else. Give them this day as the time to relax on the couch and watch their grandchildren, children, and friends enjoy the company of one another.

If your parents are more of an outdoors couple, have the party on the lawn. Bring the cooking outside by setting up a barbie, but make sure the weather would be the least of your worries. Put up some lights to make the lawn more attractive than normal. The lights also help set a good mood for everyone.

 

Picnics and Dinner Out of Town

Some parents prefer having a getaway. Surprise them by inviting them to have dinner and/or a picnic in another town or the city. Having a moment to see other places could be refreshing and relaxing to them. Choose the spot where there would probably be an illumination or a Christmas event nearby. Make sure you have booked a table at your preferred restaurant before coming to visit.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Parents- Picnic

Invite a family friend or a relative over if they are living in somewhere close to where you and your parents have decided to spend Christmas. Make it more special by booking a room at a small hotel where they could spend the night and have a special breakfast the following morning before you bring them home.

 

Food and Groceries

Buy gift cheques for your parents if they are the kind who would prefer to buy the grocery items themselves. If you are knowledgeable of their wants and needs, fill the shelves of their pantry and refrigerator without having to let them know. Don’t forget the biscuits and/or wines. Taking off the burden of doing the grocery shopping from their shoulders at least once would be memorable to any parent. This lets them know you’ve been thinking well of them.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Parents- Food and Groceries

Some parents are food lovers and would appreciate any sort of food as long as they are yum. Give them the opportunity to enjoy this holiday season by introducing a new food item to them. (Do check with their health though!) Some hotels would have premium items at a price that would not necessarily hurt your wallet. If you have the time, do a quick research on the current food trends before going over to shop.

 

Accessories

Some parents would live most of their working lives and retiring years obsessing more on accessories than clothes. Observe the things they would usually collect. See if their collection is that of belts, wallets, watches, bags, purses, mugs, non-spill drinking containers, or something else.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Parents- Accessories

Give them something they could add in their collection. You will be just as happy as they are when they unwrap your gift and are surprised, because not all parents would tell their kids which items they are collecting. They would appreciate your observant eye.

 

Maintenance and Repair

If you are someone who would make and repair items, look around your parents’ house and see which parts need repairing. Make sure though that you are not upsetting them if you wanted to change the décor of that part of the house.

Older parents would find it hard to deal with the maintenance of their home, repairing some old stuff, and remodeling some sections in the house. Taking off this burden from their shoulders would definitely be something they would appreciate.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Parents- Maintenance

If you’re a bit tight on your budget, help instead with the cleaning and organizing of shelves. Make the house so neat and clean it’s as if you had the entire place remodelled. Make sure to keep the things where your parents left them though. Or, leave stick notes so your parents would know where to find which items.

Repairing and maintenance could also pertain to what’s in the garage. If you have enough saved, then borrow the car of your father or your mother (or both if you have saved a lot!) and have it checked and repaired, so when you return it, it’s working as good as new.

 

Do What You Feel Is Best

You can also gift your parents instead a new set of plates, cutlery, or kitchenware. If you have siblings, make sure the others wouldn’t be gifting the same thing. You can be as creative as you can be with your gifts. Look at the gift though from the perspective of your receiver. Would this be something that could help your parents and would be useful or would this be something they would rather store in the attic?

If your mother is so practical, she would rather receive a new vacuum for a gift, don’t be ashamed to gift her that. Parents are probably the most appreciative of gift receivers. However, if you just try to observe their way of life, try to listen to their mumbling, and look at their habits, you would instantly have an idea of what they would most probably prefer receiving.

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Why It’s Important to Check Fuel for Contamination

Why It’s Important to Check Fuel for Contamination

Contamination of fuel can be a costly and time-consuming problem to fix. The sooner the fuel contamination can be identified, the more likely the chance of mitigating potentially disastrous side effects. Regular checks for contamination are important as a protective measure.

There are three types of fuel contamination. The first is when bacterial microbes are found in diesel or any other fuel. Microbial contamination occurs when there is a presence of water in the fuel, which is a breeding ground for bacteria. As water emulsifies and flows freely, the growth rate of bacteria will accelerate.

Another form of fuel contamination is particulate contamination, which is mostly caused by scale and rust. Rust contamination can be traced back to even the smallest amount of water contamination. Particulate contamination can also be caused by solids such as dust, rubber particles, and fibres.

Contamination from other petroleum products can occur which can lead to the fuel not meeting its specification requirements, rendering it unfit for use. With all the potential forms of contamination, it is important to regularly test your fuel.

This can be done through lab testing and analysis, or physical checks for symptoms of contamination. Physical signs include a corroded storage tank, a bug in the fuel, and issues with the engine or equipment using the oil. As a general rule, any fuel that is stored in a tank is vulnerable to contamination. These include white diesel, red diesel, kerosene, and biodiesel.

Contaminated fuel that is left untreated can lead to extremely costly deterioration and destruction of equipment, machinery and storage tanks. When there is no regular maintenance of oil storage, or when oil is kept for longer than 6-12 months, the environment encourages fuel contamination.

Any equipment that has been damaged by contaminants will need to be repaired or replaced. Obtaining spare parts can be a costly and time-consuming activity, further delaying your work or manufacturing process.

Regular testing and fuel analysis help you detect contamination early enough for treatment and correction. This could avoid the cost of replacing the entire batch of fuel. Degradation of machinery and equipment can also occur when fuel has been contaminated with water, as it leads to rust in metal components.

The rusting process can occur quite quickly, as the high heat of the fuel exacerbates the problem. When metal components rust, they produce an abrasive effect on the machinery, causing damage. Contaminated fuel also destroys storage tanks.

One of the most expensive forms of damage that fuel contamination can cause is full or partial functional failure of an engine.  In the case of a partial engine failure, the reliability of the engine decreases significantly due to lower speeds, an increase in fuel consumption, poor idle, noise, and smoke.

In the event of a full engine failure, the engine will completely collapse. The only option is to replace the entire engine, which is extremely costly. It’s not just that cash price of replacement. The downtime resulting from engine failure will be costly as well, interfering with your production line and delivery dates.

Identifying contamination is a fairly simple process. Commercial testing kits are available, and they’re not expensive. These kits take between 24 and 48 hours to work, and they can spot bacteria, mould, and other foreign substances.

They’re quite easy to use. One test type comes in the form of a dip slide that you can dip into your fuel then leave in the dark for a day or two. It comes with a handy chart that helps you interpret test results. Disposing of the test is equally easy. You just pour a little bleach in the tube, then throw the kit into the trash.

Make some time to check the quality of your fuel or get a professional technical advice and maintenance service. It’s a small task that barely takes a minute, but it could save you millions in lost time and prevent potentially expensive damage to your equipment.

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