Siding and Your Home: What You Need to Know

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Siding and Your Home: What You Need to Know

When it was time to re-side our home, I quickly found myself overwhelmed by the different siding options. I could side my home in cedar shingles, wood planks, fiber cement planks, vinyl siding or metal siding, just to name a few of the options out there. I spent a lot of time wading through websites trying to figure out the benefits of each material and which would be right for me. While there was a lot of information about the materials, most of it didn't apply to me. It was about installing the siding or buying or selling the siding. I created this so if you are looking for siding, you have a one-stop resource that lays out the different types of siding and their benefits. This should help you avoid having to wade through information that does not apply to you to find what you need.



Do You Think You Have a Problematic Hydraulic Cylinder in a Newer Machine? What to Do

If your shop machine is having difficulty functioning, and you think that the problem is the hydraulic cylinder, you'll want to do a few things before you replace the cylinder. There are several components that affect whether the cylinder is going to work properly and whether it's going to function for the machine.

Even if you have a fairly new machine on the shop floor, the cylinder could be faulty. Here are few things you'll want to do to save money and to prevent problems in the future.

Check the Fluid

The cylinder pushes cooling fluid through the machine, and if the fluid is dirty or thin, then it could cause problems for the cylinder and the machine. Check to see if the fluid is clean, if it's the right color and consistency, and anything related to the fluid needs to be repaired. Replacing the fluid is something that you should be able to do on your own in the shop or that one of the shop workers can do.

Check for Repairs before Replacing

Your first reaction shouldn't be to spend the money to have the hydraulic cylinder replaced. Instead, call a mechanic or the manufacturer of the part to see if it can be repaired, if troubleshooting the issue could help, or if fluids in the machine should be replaced.

Check the Warranty and for Recalls

Call the manufacturer of the part to see if it's still under warranty or if they have a mechanical service warranty to examine or look at the cylinder. You may also want to call to verify that the part hasn't been recalled if you are experiencing problems. If it has then you may be able to get refunded for the part, or you could get a new part at no cost to replace the current faulty part you're dealing with.

If the hydraulic cylinder does need to be replaced, make sure you find a machine mechanic or have a representative from the cylinder manufacturer come to the property to do the work for you. You don't want to risk voiding the new part warranty by installing the new cylinder improperly, and you want to know that the machine is going to function as it's supposed to so you aren't delayed in running the machine any longer. Look into these different options to save money before paying to replace the hydraulic cylinder. 

Talk to a professional such as Bayou City Hydraulics for more information and ideas.