1. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE OF THE FORMS OF SILICON, ABS, PLASTIC WITH EVA AND POLYURETHANE?
All shapes have quality and square. But the difference is in the durability of each material: silicone is suitable for making plasterboard, for making large footage, and it is used to make cementitious plates made with half plaster and half cement, but it cannot be made only with sand, cement, and gravel, because it damages the shape. It does not need a release agent. ABS shapes are also resistant, but ABS is a reinforced plastic, but it is less than silicone and the amount to be produced will be less as well. If you are not careful and skillful, you may not be able to make the plates, and because of that you may feel that there is no quality, but the cost x benefit is worth it, and a lot, for those who know how to work with this material, because the raw material it is cheaper than silicone, hence the difference in values. ABS molds need a release agent, such as petroleum jelly or silicone spray. If you are unskilled, we recommend using silicone molds. In ABS you can also make cementitious pieces with half plaster and half cement, but not only with cement, sand, and pebbles because it damages the shape. Forma de gesso 3D plastic with EVA blanket is also a plastic of common material, and the blue EVA blanket serves as a release agent, but if you want to use only the white form, it is also possible, but you need to pass the release agent. It is also more fragile than the silicone and ABS form, but the cost-benefit pays off for those who want to make a small wall. As for cementitious parts, we do not recommend making any kind, because it damages the shape. Polyurethane forms are suitable for cementitious concrete slabs made of sand, cement, and gravel. This shape is super-resistant and has a much longer life than silicone, but the value reaches 130% more expensive.
2 – HOW MANY PLATES CAN I MAKE WITH 1 SHAPE?
We work with quality forms, which will indicate the best way for you based on the investment, given the difference of each material. But we can’t tell you how many plates you’ll be able to make because that’s tied to the way you’re going to work. See more in Warranty. What is the guarantee? ((source: https://www.concretareart.com.br/borrachas-pg-6ea64) All our shapes are square and we work with the best suppliers of the raw materials we use, available on the market today, from packaging to product final, to guarantee high-quality products. But we do not give warranty for misuse, because it is your responsibility to take care to unmold the plates. In an attempt to unmold the plates, many people end up imposing a lot of force and this ends up breaking the ways of ABS and Plastic with EVA because both ABS and ordinary Plastic are materials that can easily break if you are not careful. Understand: strength does not combine with unmolding, but be careful x way. We also cannot estimate the number of drawing boards, as it depends, to a great extent, on the way the customer will handle the form, as well as the type of material he will use. Remembering that corrosive materials, such as cement with sand, the bad plaster a stored or expired, poor quality or inadequate release agent, lack of care when unmolding, imposing too much force to extract the plate, and stretching the part too much, especially the silicone form, can damage the product and shorten its useful life. As we supply different types of materials, you, the customer, need to experiment and test which material is the most suitable for your use, as well as your investment availability. But if your order arrives with the damaged packaging, we ask that you refuse delivery to the postman, or if when you open the box to check for damage, immediately send us photos to send the post office to give a refund. Do not delay to open the box and check if everything is correct with the forms, as we have a period of 3 days, after receipt, to demand the Post Office. After that time, we can do anything.
3 – ARE ALL FORMS AVAILABLE FOR READY DELIVERY?
We have all models, of all sizes, in ABS and in Plastic with EVA ready for delivery. The silicone molds, we also have some models ready for delivery, however, the production takes a maximum of 14 hours to be ready for shipment or for purchase in the physical store. Therefore, it is advisable to consult the availability of silicone molds for purchase in the physical store.
4 – HOW TO CARE AND KEEP THE SHAPES?
Whenever you finish a job, or if you are not going to use it for a few days or longer, wash it with water and neutral detergent, using your own hand or with the help of a yellow sponge without the abrasive side, under running water. Silicone form, after total drying, pass common talc or cornstarch, cornstarch type, and store in the same box as the packaging, on a straight surface, and sheltered from the sun. Form in ABS, after washing and drying, store them in a dry place and away from the sun. In the case of Plastic with EVA blanket, in the EVA blanket, you can wipe with a damp cloth, and store in the same box as the packaging and ventilated, protected from the sun.
5 – DOES THE EVA BLANKET HAVE PUNCHES?
EVA rubber is passive to changes, with the appearance of small holes, due to its chemical-manufacturing process, but nothing that compromises the manufacture of the plates, as these holes do not significantly interfere with the final quality. Consider that the manufacturing process of the plates is handmade, and there may be some holes, from the manufacturing itself. But below we talk about some tricks. The product is not exchanged for this reason.
6 – ON THE WITHDRAWAL OF SILICONE FORMS
Silicone shrinks over time and tends to shrink in size by 2.0% to 5%. This is because their physical-chemical compositions are active, even after their total vulcanization, which takes up to 7 days to fully cure the rubber. Temperature is one of the factors that contribute to this rate. New shapes may vary in size compared to old shapes, due to this reaction of the silicone itself.
7 – WHAT TYPE OF PLASTER TO USE TO MAKE THE PLATES?
Casting plaster, as it has the fastest drying.
8 – WHAT AMOUNT OF PLASTER TO MAKE 1 PLATE?
To make plasterboard, in any shape, of any size, we recommend that you use the shape itself to measure the water and plaster. For cement lining, use half the amount of plaster and the other half with white cement. Do not make a cementitious plate in plastic forms with EVA. Example: If for a 3D Plasterboard made in the form Dunas 29 × 29, you will use 1 kilo of plaster and 700 ml of water, for a cementitious slab you must use 500 grams of plaster and 500 grams of white cement, and 700 ml of water.
9 – THE PLASTER PLATE IS COMING OUT WITH PUNCHES, HOW TO SOLVE?
The manufacturing process of the plates is handmade, manual, so it is normal for this to happen. But you can try some tricks: with the water in the bucket, put the plaster slowly, sprinkling, so that the plaster will be better accommodated. Stir slowly until the dough is uniform, for about 1 minute, 1:30 and a half minutes, with a wooden spoon, but do not use an electric mixer, as it can cause more holes. When pouring into the mold, put it slowly, so that the dough will occupy the entire shape, and at the same time will be tapping the sides of the shape to help the dough occupy the entire shape. But in any case, after the placement of the plates, and the Panel is ready, it will be necessary to grout with putty, or putty for Drywall, to make the appearance more uniform, as a single Decorative Panel. This process will help to remove the holes that ended up leaving. That done, just paint using any type of paint.
10 – WHAT TYPE OF MATERIAL SHOULD I USE TO STICK THE PLATES ON THE WALL?
It can be glued with plaster or with mortar suitable for Drywall. Easy to find in any construction home.
11 – CAN PLASTER PLATES BE PLACED ON PAINTED OR TEXTURIZED WALLS?
Yes, but it is necessary to prick the wall, making small cuts, to give adhesion. In that case, we recommend that you use a mortar.
12 – THE WALL HAS INFILTRATION, CAN I PLACE THE PLATES?
No, first you have to carry out the treatment of the wall because the plate can easily come off.
13 – CAN PLASTER PLATES BE PLACED OUTSIDE?
No. The plaster coating is not suitable for being exposed to the sun and rain, because it is easily released by infiltration.
14 – CAN I PAINT MY 3D PLASTER DECORATIVE PANEL?
Yes, you can paint it with any paint.
15 – HOW DO I KNOW HOW MUCH I PAID FOR SHIPPING?
MercadoLivre informs the freight value at the time of purchase, just enter the destination zip code, and the system will inform you of the shipping cost, and will charge you along with the value of the piece.
16 – WHAT IS THE DELIVERY TIME?
We ship quickly after confirming the purchase, but we have a partnership with the Post Office and unfortunately, we are unable to interfere with their services. Once delivered to them, we can do nothing to advance delivery, or even avoid delay.
17 – I DID NOT RECEIVE DELIVERY BY MAIL, WHAT TO DO?
Please contact us, as we will verify what happened, and so we will proceed with the refund.
18 – INTERNATIONAL SALE (OUTSIDE BRAZIL), DO YOU PERFORM?
Not for now. Our contract with the Post Office is for delivery throughout the National Territory.
19 – CAN I BUY IN THE PHYSICAL STORE?
Yes, you can make the purchase with us at our physical store. We are at Av Paes de Barro, 1711, Mooca neighborhood, São Paulo / Capital. Come and have a coffee!
20 – DOES THE SILICONE HAVE RETRACTION?
Yes, silicone has shrinkage/contraction over time because some substances tend to migrate and thus the shape decreases its size, therefore, old shapes are smaller than new ones. Silicone shrinks over time and tends to shrink in size from 2.8% to 5%. This is because their physical-chemical compositions are active, even after their total vulcanization, which takes up to 7 days to fully cure the rubber. Temperature is one of the factors that contribute to this rate. With the present study, it was possible to verify that different samples of silicone rubber have different shrinkage rates. The jewelry designer must be aware of these values when determining the dimensions in the design of a piece. Among the tests performed, Rubbers 4 (43 Shore A hardness, produced by vulcanization) and 6 (40 Shore A hardness, produced by cold-curing) showed similar hardnesses coupled with the lowest shrinkage rate: 1.8%. However, in general, it was found that hardness, time, and temperature – in the case of samples produced by vulcanization – were not related to the shrinkage rate.
In this sense, the contraction can be attributed predominantly to physical-chemical reactions that occurred in the vulcanization and curing processes of silicone rubbers. Thus, it is proposed a more in-depth study in the characterization of the materials in order to elucidate the behavior of the samples in front of the vulcanization and cold curing processes. Average retraction of 2.0 to 5.0%
21 – CARE TO DISINFORM
We work with quality molds, but they are delicate products that require certain care to work. We do not give warranty for misuse or estimate of the number of plates to be printed, as it depends a lot on the way the customer handles the form, as well as the type of material he uses. Bearing in mind that corrosive materials, material improperly stored, outside the acceptable temperature, poor quality or inadequate release agent, carelessness when pulling or stretching the form too much, especially the silicone form, can damage the part and reduce its useful life. As we supply different types of materials to produce 3D Plaster, your client will be able to experiment and test which is the most suitable for your use, as well as the availability of investment.
Saad Mushtaq was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Saad Mushtaq has contributed to many online publications including the PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Saad Mushtaq earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Saad Mushtaq follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.Thanks
A Few Things to Check Before Hiring an Electrician
Hiring an Electrician
Many homeowners attempt to do home improvement projects themselves, and the results are often disappointing. However, trying to handle electrical work independently can lead to costly errors and injuries. Discover a few things to check before hiring an electrician to get the job done right and stay within the budget.
When looking for an electrician, the first thing to consider is whether they are properly trained. The electricians should attend a vocational school or other recognized institute to learn how to perform the work correctly. Discuss the training process to find the right team for the job.
Comparing electricians includes reviewing their relevant experience performing similar work. Homeowners should discuss the project scope with potential electricians and determine whether they have experience in that area. Also, ask for recommendations and referrals from previous satisfied customers.
Once homeowners have a list of prospects, check online reviews to narrow down the possibilities based on customer experiences. Often, people discover more about an electrician or other service providers by reading reviews and talking to others. Also, discuss referrals with neighbors, co-workers, friends, and families to determine which services handled the work most efficiently.
Licensed and Insured
Verify your state’s requirement for license and insurance and then ensure the electrician is compliant to protect your most valuable asset. It is often tempting to hire an unlicensed or uninsured electrician to cut costs, but that often adds up to spending more money in the long run. Plus, you could be liable if an accident or injury occurs on your premises, adding even more to the costs.
Verify Credentials and Permits
The first step to verifying an electrician’s expertise is to inquire about licenses and insurance. The next step is to verify these credentials and permits to ensure they are valid and current. A quality electrician will immediately provide documentation for customers to verify.
Talk to Several Electricians
After comparing reviews and verifying credentials, consult with several electricians to find the right one for the project. While all of them might be qualified for the job, homeowners should find an electrician that understands their vision and wants to work with them every step of the way. Take notes during the interviews to review and determine the best candidate for the job.
While qualifications are crucial to getting the job done correctly, homeowners must also stay within their budget to avoid financial stress associated with unexpected surprises. An electrician should provide a precise estimate and include everything to be done to complete the project for homeowners to plan for payment. The goal is to find a qualified electrician that provides all the services needed for the most competitive price.
Look for Outstanding Customer Service
Finally, it helps to work with electricians dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service and that stand behind their work. Inquire about warranties and other guarantees to verify the project will be completed according to specifications. Then choose the electrician who communicates clearly and makes you feel comfortable about their skills.
Hiring an electrician is often critical to getting the job done right and avoiding additional costs related to injuries and errors. Use this checklist to find a qualified electrician that provides outstanding service within your budget.
Khalil ur Rehman is a proud born and raised in Abbottabad. Khalil has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The Verge. As a journalist for The Hear Up, Khalil covers climate and science news. [email protected]