Have You Found the Right Part Supplier for Your Next Project?

It’s rare to find a manufacturer who does everything in house. What’s far more common is in-house assembly, with the components coming from a variety of trusted suppliers who have demonstrated a high degree of skill at building the components you need to your design, and within the margins of error you specify. Often, businesses do their best to consolidate their contracts with a few companies that can each deliver great results, but that’s not the only way to do it. If you have multiple assembly plants around the country, you’ll need fabrication resources relatively close to each one, to streamline shipping costs, and that can mean finding high quality operators who can reproduce the work of your original supplier at your home location.

Consider Your Options

While it’s tempting to work with a very limited range of suppliers, you can wind up leaving a lot of money on the table if you don’t periodically review your costs and solicit competing bids. The best time to evaluate your costs is when you have a new project, because you might find that between the turnaround time, shipping, and quality, a dedicated metal fabrication Portland Oregon solution for the new project could give you the best overall ROI. Giving a new supplier a single project contract is a great way to assess their suitability for more work in the future, too.

Remember, as much as you might want to put all your contracts together, you’re competing against your own deadlines if you don’t find the best fit for each individual project, spreading your supply lines enough to get everything you need efficiently, without making things overly complicated. It takes time to get into a good rotation with all your suppliers, but it’s worth putting in the effort to get the results if it means your manufacturing process is improved overall.

How to OTW: Installing a Door Knob

Do you like playing Tarzan on your door? Maybe you are simply too rough and like barging into rooms instead of entering quietly and gracefully. There are many reasons why you might need to replace your door knob, and why wouldn’t you do it yourself? It doesn’t seem like such a difficult task. So, here are the instructions for all of you DIY fans.

Step By Step:

1.Remove the old door knob. And I mean everything, the knob, the latch, the plate, everything. This shouldn’t even be said. How would you install a new door knob if the old one is still in its place?

2.Slide the latch inside the door. Make sure you have already put the plate on the latch, othervise, you might figure out something’s wrong at the final stage of knob instaling, and then you’d have to do it all over again. Make sure you turn the latch the right way and don’t forget to hammer the latch into the place. The latch should be secured with screws. And this is something you shouldn’t be able to screw up.

3.Now comes the time to affix the door knob. This is where the latching mechanism connects with the knob. First, you have to put the part of the knob with a peg through the latching mechanism. This makes sure the knob actually does its job of holding the doors closed and opening them as needed. Ofcourse, this is not the end, since we have the other half of the knob. The other half should be aligned with the first half, before putting them together. Make sure you do this properly, so the knob would function optimally. Finaly, secure the knob with some screws. You don’t want it falling off and staying in your hand.

4.Secure the knob. We’ve gone through the main stepps of installing a door knob, now let’s go over some details. There are some extra steps you could take during the proces that would make your door knob more secure, durable and comfortable to use. For example, you could fill in the old screw holes if they don’t fit your new door knob. Make new screw holes. Make sure the plate fits and is well secured. 

5.Test. The final part: does it work? This is as simple as opening and closing the door. Does the latch do it’s job? Can the door be closed? Why or why not? Do they jam? If you notice any of these, the problem might be in a way you installed the latch. Do it again, this time properly. There might be some other issues, like loose door knob. If that’s the case, the solution is usually simple: screw the knob a little bit tighter. If that doesn’t work, check if you’ve aligned the knob properlly. 

6.The finishing touch. Touch up the area around the knob. You don’t want it looking ugly, chipped or unpainted. Make sure you get the same shade as the door.

hat’s it for today’s dose of DIY. Hopefully, in the future you won’t have to call a repair man to do a simple job of changing your door knob, when you can do it yourself.