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Construction Art that Speaks to the World – BUILD IT By Design

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Buckminster Fuller, a famous American architect, once said, “When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. But when I’ve finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it’s wrong.”

The right design will always end up in a beautiful form that impresses the world with its grandeur. If the result does not amaze the world, it is certainly a failed architectural design. But with every great design, you need a construction firm that’s capable to bring it to life and it can amaze the world with its out-of-this-world build-out, or it can bore the world, and soon become a lifeless mixture of concrete and cement.

When talking about construction, an Ontario-based company, BUILD IT by Design, is taking the Canadian construction sector by a storm. They are helping world-class brands build iconic destinations that match their mission & vision. Their projects are stealing the spotlight and are creating a hype in the construction industry, especially in the restaurant construction sector.

BUILD IT By Design – Bringing brands to life

Whether it’s a high-end restaurant or a brick-and-mortar retail store, the aesthetics will always play a pivotal role in attracting customers and generating revenues. BUILD IT by Design came into existence in 2008 and was founded under the partnership of Simon Shahin and Alburt Lefebvre. These young entrepreneurs, who are also best friends, are revolutionizing the restaurant construction sector. The friendship that began while operating a small company from the back of a pickup truck has come to a point where they are running Canada’s most experienced commercial construction firm. Since 2008, BUILD IT by Design has completed over 600 projects, setting itself far above the competition.

The company is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario.  In late 2019 BUILD, IT was able to successfully launch its new Alberta office to help expand the company’s reach across Canada.  BUILD IT has a team of 70 of the industry’s top personnel. This creative team helps BUILD IT turn their client’s dreams into a reality. The BUILD IT by Design team works to bring forward the brand’s concept, in its truest form, using the most out-of-the-box construction ideas. The focus of the company was primarily constructing restaurant spaces, but it has since then stepped into building retail, commercial and medical spaces.

Today, the company has made its mark on Canada with its creative and unique projects. It is developing projects with an aim to expand into new markets. The company is working on projects in all sectors, including retail, commercial, and healthcare, with its core focus on restaurants. Some of their notable clientele in Canada include Chick-fil-A, Jollibee, The Second City, Chipotle, Blaze Pizza, A&W, Henry’s and many more.

Restaurant Spaces – Giving Diner’s More than Just a Meal

The name that stands out in the field of restaurant construction in Canada is to BUILD IT by Design. It is due to the company’s recognized success and expanding skillset that makes it the most reliable choice for turning an aspiring restaurant owner’s dream into a brick-and-mortar existence. The company focuses on creating a top-notch ambiance for the diners. According to Simon Shahin, “today’s diners want to drool over more than just the meal. They expect a restaurant’s decor to be appetizing as well.” The generation of today is always in search of Instagram-able moments and creating an Instagram-worthy restaurant. Some notable recent projects include;

  • Chick-fil-A

One of the most exciting restaurant projects that BUILD IT has recently worked on was Chick-Fil-A. It is one the largest fast-food restaurant in America. The company’s very first Chick-Fil-A outlet in Canada is located at Yonge & Bloor, Toronto. This was one of the most anticipated restaurants of 2019 and has been a highlight in the neighborhood ever since. 

  • Madrina

Known for its Spanish tapas and located in the heart of the historic Distillery District in Toronto, Madrina is filled with warm vibrant, warm colors, and stylish décor giving you the perfect setting for sharing meals and bringing out a fun yet classy vibe.

  • JOLLIBEE

Jollibee was founded by Tony Tan and his family with its humble beginnings as an Ice Cream Parlor which later grew into an emerging global brand. Today, Jollibee is a bustling network of over 1,000 restaurants worldwide and expanded into Canada in 2018

  • Basil Box

In 2015 Basil box was born in a small space at Square One shopping center offering Southeast Asian cuisine that is authentic and fresh. Today Basil box doubled its restaurant square footage and has more than 15 Locations Canada wide, BUILD IT has been proud to have built all locations across Ontario.

Some other projects that the company has in its portfolio include Aloette, Lov, Thirty-Six Knots, Medici, Harbour Eats, and Mira to name a few. Each of these projects features unique elements that make them stand out among all their competitors.

Elevating the portfolio

Up until 2016, the company’s primary focus was on the construction of restaurant spaces. Since then, the CEO, Simon Shahin, believes that the company is ready to take on diverse projects.

The winner of the Top Choice Commercial Construction Company of 2020, BUILD IT by Design, is setting a standard for all its competitors. Operating with core values, including trust, talent, and transparency, the company has become one of the leading commercial construction company in Canada. It is now spreading its roots into other markets and has become a top choice for restaurant construction needs. Not only does the company excel at turning its client’s dreams into reality, but it also appreciates and acknowledges the hard work and effort put in by their team. Some of the team members at BUILD IT has been working with Simon and Alburt since day one. BUILD IT has been successful in establishing itself as the one of the best commercial construction companies in Canada with its vision, experience, and dynamic construction ideas.

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Underground Irrigation Repair Without Digging – All it Takes is a Heat Gun!

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I developed this irrigation repair technique out of desperation. A sprinkler head had launched itself out of the ground right beside me one day and landed in a potted plant. The resulting geyser was spectacular, but the location was horrible!

The area around this particular sprinkler head was surrounded in paving stone and brick, and worse, right up against a fence. To make things harder, I had installed a french-drain only a foot away! The riser’s nipple was missing. Sure enough, a replacement stand-pipe wouldn’t even begin to screw in! Obviously, the broken off part of the nipple was stuck in the t-connector – deep underground! Before I developed this technique, I would have had to dig lateral trenches about 2′ long on each side of the connector, cut the supply lines off each end of the connector, added a sleeve and spacer, then glued in a replacement t-connector. Not this time! There was too much involved in digging this connector out of the ground!

I have a special purpose tool I’d bought from The Home Depot just for this problem. It’s the PVC variant of an “easy-out.” Unfortunately, it wouldn’t work! I couldn’t get enough pressure (the connector was buried just about the extractor’s full length), and I kept scraping my knuckles against a fence post. The stand-pipe wasn’t PVC, it was vinyl. It was so slick, the knife edges of the extractor wouldn’t bite into the inside edge.

But vinyl melts! I have a 1200 watt heat gun I’d bought for paint stripping. The extractor’s tip is metal and by using this heat gun, I got the extractor’s tip hot. Real hot. Sizzling hot! By pushing the extractor straight down the hole, it gently melted into the broken off nipple – deep underground! I let it set and cool for a few minuets before giving it a twist. Two seconds later, the broken off nipple was extracted!

After screwing in a replacement riser, I cycled the irrigation pump to that zone to rinse out all of the dirt that had fallen into the connector. I put a new sprinkler head on the replacement riser, and guess what? That irrigation repair was done. Not only done, I didn’t have to dig one spade of dirt!

The trick was heating up the extractor’s tip hot enough to melt into the broken off vinyl nipple to get a grip.

A few weeks later, I had a different problem. I had mounted new window boxes along one side wall of my home and wanted to use my in-ground irrigation system to water the new flowers. I had a capped off riser right where I need to place a 4′ riser. Unfortunately, this was an old steel riser that I’d bumped into several times with the mower, and when I removed the pipe it left the t-connector’s threads stripped and choked with rust-scale! Unlike most of my irrigation repair projects, this line is very shallow. Shallow enough for me to scrape away the top to really see the damage.

There wasn’t anything I could do to thread the new riser into place, I was going to have to replace the t-connector – or maybe not. I have a pretty complete shop and I have metal working tools to tap holes for screw threads, or cut outside threads for bolts. Since I had to go to The Home Depot or Lowe’s anyway for a replacement t-connector, why not see if they had a tool for pipe threads?

The staff at Lowe’s laughed when I asked them for a tool to cut internal 1/2″ pipe thread for an underground PVC t-connector! Their only advice was to dig it up and replace it. No Way! The staff at The Home Depot didn’t laugh out loud, but they also suggested replacement fittings.

I did buy the fittings, but I also found the perfect tool – an 18″ length of 1/2″ steel pipe! Once again, the 1200 watt heat gun came to the rescue. By heating the pipe end, the thread section, I was able to plunge it into the buried t-connector. It sizzled as it sank in and I quickly worked it in deeper as I screwed it into place. Without letting it sit, I unscrewed the steel pipe to prevent it from welding into place. I repeated this operation several times until all of the pipe’s threaded section was within the t-connector’s nipple.

Guess what? The new replacement 4′ PVC riser threaded itself right in! By using heat, pressure, and steel threads, I was able to partially melt the underground t-connector and cut new threads. Not a spade full of dirt was dug up for this irrigation repair!

Since then, I’ve helped neighbors with their irrigation repair projects that left them amazed – “you can actually cut new threads underground without having to dig” – Wow, thanks Bill, real big thanks!

Not all irrigation repairs can use this technique. Let’s face it, if the t-connector’s nipple or connecting pipes crack or break, you will have to dig. But try this tip first and see if it works. You’ll know within minuets if there’s a more serious problem. You’ll get wet standing there, but you’ll quickly see upwelling around the sprinkler head in operation if there’s a broken pipe or cracked nipple. Oh well, at least you gave it a try!

I’ve had this cheap $20 heat gun for more than twenty years. Not only does it do a great job lifting paint, I’ve used it for boat electrical repairs (heat-shrink tubing), removing self-adhesive vinyl tile, contact paper, and sanding disks, and even starting fires in my charcoal pit. This is NOT a hair dryer – keep safe, keep it away from you at all times!

In conclusion, I was able to use my cheap heat gun and cheaper steel pipe to apply enough heat and pressure to re-mold stripped out internal threads, and enough raw heat to let another tool’s edges cut into material that without that tool, would have required digging lots of dirt for these simple irrigation repair projects!

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Features of the Best Gas Barbeque Grill

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There is a reason the best gas barbeque grill costs a little more. It’s built to last you a lifetime. If you want the best gas barbeque grill made, here are the features you should look for.

Stainless Steel Construction

What makes stainless steel special isn’t that it’s made of steel and isn’t that it’s stainless. Because it’s not. Metals labeled “stainless steel” will discolor, lose their luster, stain, rust and pit. The fact of the matter is that there are dozens of varieties of stainless steels available in the market place – and they are not created equal.

There are two basic grades of stainless steel used in today’s outdoor gas grills – magnet (400) stainless and non-magnetic (300) stainless. The (400) grade magnetic stainless steel is inferior to the (300). It’s not as durable or rust resistant as the (300), it does not conduct or retain heat as well, and it will warp when exposed to high temperatures, and it generally produces an inferior product.

The typical box store gas barbeque grill uses (400) stainless steel. The finest gas grill uses only commercial grade 304 stainless steel. That’s why they can be backed by a 100% lifetime guarantee.

So, if you’re shopping for a quality stainless steel gas grill, take a magnet with you. If the magnet sticks to the grill, walk away. It is not a quality stainless steel grill.

Fully Welded Seams vs. Spot Welding

Next time you’re in your local box store take some time to inspect their gas barbeque grills. What you will find is that the seams are not fully welded – they are spot welded. And spot welding will not hold up to the extreme temperatures produced in a gas barbeque grill. These seams will eventually pop and split – ending the useful life of the barbeque grill.

If you want the best outdoor grill available, make sure the seams are fully welded. These grills will last a lifetime.

BTUs

So what’s a BTU? It’s the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water from 39 degrees to 40 degrees. So in its simplest terms the BTU measures heat output.

And how does that translate to outdoor gas grills? Taken alone, the number of BTUs a gas barbeque grill can produce is meaningless. What is meaningful is the number of BTUs produced per square inch of cooking surface. The finest outdoor gas grills produce 100 BTUs or more per square inch of grill surface.

Why does this matter? It matters because this is the level of heat required to properly sear a steak, producing steak house quality meat time and time again. So if you want to become legendary for your grilling skills, you need to know the BTUs per square inch of grill surface before you buy your next barbeque grill. That is what will set you apart from the rest of the neighborhood.

Infrared Cooking

An infrared burner is no longer a fad when it comes to producing wonderfully tender steaks. It’s a necessity. Infrared heat is radiant heat – and radiant heat cooks meat without drying it out. Gone are the days of hockey puck hamburgers.

When you consider your next outdoor gas grill, make sure is comes equipped with an infrared burner.

Flavor Zones and Heat Separators

Flavor Zones were first introduced by Weber Grills. The concept was to produce separate temperature zones across the grill – so you could have one side cranked up all the way to sear your meat while the other side was set to low to cook tender vegetables.

Today, premium manufactures like SUN Gas Grills have done one better. Their flavor zones have holes which allow for the escape of heat as your turn the various burners up and down. And they have introduced heat separators between the flavor zones to shield the heat of one burner from the remainder of the grill – allowing for precise temperature control along the entire length of the gas barbeque grill.

This technology is the finest available today. Make it part of your next gas barbeque grill.

Smoker Box

The best outdoor gas grills on the market today incorporate old fashioned smoking in the form of a smoker box. The smoker box is designed to infuse your food – especially your meat – with the flavor of hickory (or other hard wood) smoke at the same time as you grill your meat.

100% Unconditional Guarantee

Regardless of the model gas barbeque grill you choose, the person selling it should be willing to back it up with a 100% unconditional guarantee. If they are not willing to do so, you need to question the quality of the grill you are about to purchase. Excellent quality gas barbeque grills will last a lifetime and the merchant should be willing to back that up with their guarantee.

So, what’s the Bottom Line?

The bottom line in gas barbeque grills is that shopping price is a sucker’s play. In gas grills, like many other things in life, you get what you pay for. The more important measure is cost per year’s use. Buying a top-of-the-line stainless steel gas grill will yield many, many years of use and enjoyment. The same cannot be said for grills that do not offer the features discussed in this article.

This is especially important if the gas barbeque grill is going to be incorporated into an outdoor kitchen. Imagine changing the grill every 3-5 years. What a nightmare. But 3-5 years is the average life span of box store grills. So, when you replace the gas barbeque grill you already have, make sure you buy the finest quality you can afford. You won’t be sorry!

For a truly exceptional gas barbeque grill, be sure to visit my website below. There you’ll find the best high end grills on the market today.

Until next time, Happy Grilling…

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What Are ERW Tubes?

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Stainless steel is hailed as a useful material by industries across the globe and there are not one but several reasons for the same. Stainless steel is durable and aptly resistant to external agents like acid and rust. Needless to say, stainless steel pipes have a wide range of applications in industries including (but not limited to):

– Road Barriers

– Agriculture & Irrigation

– Sewage System

– Parking Barriers

– Galvanized Steel Fencing

– Steel grates and windows

– Water Piping System

Today, we are particularly going to discuss a special type of stainless steel tube- ERW. We will learn about several aspects of this particular product so as to figure out the reason behind its unprecedented popularity in the market. Read on to discover.

Electric Resistance Welding: All About ERW Tubes

Now ERW stands for Electric Resistance Welding. This is often described as a “peculiar” welding method which entails spot and seam welding, which, once again, is used for the manufacture of square, round and rectangular tubes. These tubes are prominently used in the construction and agricultural industry. When it comes to the construction industry, ERW is widely used for manufacturing scaffolding products. These tubes are actually designed to transfer liquids and gases at varied pressure ranges. The chemical and oil industry uses them as well.

Buying These Tubes: What You Need To Find Out About The Manufacturers

If you are prudent enough to procure these tubes from Stainless Steel Tubes Manufacturers/Suppliers/Exporters, you can actually be rest assured that the product, thus bought will successfully be able to meet the variant challenges that the industry has to deal with every day. Credentialed manufacturers and suppliers ensure that the products thus designed are duly backed by the following properties:

· High tensile strength

· Resistant to corrosion

· High deformability

· Due toughness

The length of the pipe will be customized as per your requirement. Let us reaffirm that these tubes enjoy unprecedented success among industrialists. However, one needs to be very careful with the choice of manufacturer or supplier at the first place. You just have to ensure that you are actually checking the background of the manufacturer or the supplier thoroughly before you are actually accessing their products. There are so many of us who are just not interested in investing the kind of time required for carrying out this kind of research. What happens as a result is that we often end up with low-quality products. Why not? We didn’t even try to find out whether or not the manufacturer is credentialed enough or not- whether they have a long history of offering quality goods at the first place or not.

Avoid Hassles By Following These Steps!

So, in order to avoid these hassles, you must check out the entire experience of the company as far as ERW is concerned. They should also consider seeking recommendations from peers and reading reviews of companies before selecting products.

Base your choice on the information thus gathered and you are sorted!!

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