Constructing Your Own Computer

Benefits of Building Your Own Computer

There is nothing more satisfying than to use a computer you built yourself. If you are a computer whiz, building your own computer should be a walk in the park. Knowing the things you need to build one and what software to install to get the computer running takes a lot of precision work. There are a lot of benefits that you can get from this project. Here is a list of some of these benefits.

It allows you to customize the design, the software installed into it and you can literally make it into a “personal” computer, with your own specifications and requirements built into your own computer.

1. If you have advanced computing needs that ordinary computers cannot comply with, building your own computer is the best way to go.

2. This is a hobby that can become a career. You can take up classes to further enhance your skills. You can build a business around this. You can build other people’s computers with their own specifications and requirements.

3. It allows you to learn more about math, physics and electronics. You get to hone your school-taught skills with this project.

4. You only have to buy a computer kit at a way cheaper price than store-bought computers. You only have to put in your labor, which is for free, and that makes personally built computers less expensive.

Another benefit is that it is a lot cheaper than buying a brand new computer. It also allows you to practice what you have learned in school from scratch. Enhance your skills in making a computer. If you get used to the process of making one, you can make this as an income generating business.

Tools Needed in Building Your Own Computer

Building your own computer has its rewards. You get to enhance your skills and knowledge by making one from scratch. It is also way cheaper than a store-bought computer. The specifications and requirements can also be customized according to your computing needs. If you want to make your very own personal computer but still lack sufficient know-how, you can take a crash course and apply what you have learned in your project. Aside from a computer kit and your computer knowledge, there are tools and other things that you need for this project. Here are some.

Philips Screwdriver. This is very handy. There are many screws in assembling a computer and most of them are very small, which are impossible to tighten in place by hand.

Anti-Static Device. Since working with electronics and computers in particular can be static-sensitive, using this device reduces the static electricity that may build up.

Plastic Cable Ties. It is important to remember to keep the wires and connections inside the hardware neat. These ties do the job. Make sure though to only use plastic ties. Metal wires interfere with the electricity inside the computer and when they are touched, there is high chance of getting electrocuted.

Long Nose Pliers. This tool is very helpful in manipulating very tiny computer parts. If your hands are too big to handle computer parts, this tool does the job.

It is important that you have a work place to do your project. A computer kit has many small parts that can be easily lost if the work area is too messy and dirty. Make sure that you attach all the parts tightly to avoid getting them loose. Test your computer and see if it works properly. As you get used to making computers, you can turn this hobby into a profitable business. You can make computers for other people with their own specifications, requirements and design on them.

Construction Site Management – Safety On Site

The question of safety on construction sites is possibly a matter of common debate, just like in all other areas of life. Occupational health and safety is a concern for almost all industries. The construction site offers a host of potential hazards all of which would have consequences ranging from simple injuries to loss of life. The following are examples of such hazards:

· Cuts from sharp cutting tools, ranging from saws to machine blades.

· Impacts from hammers, moving plant and the like.

· Burns from naked frames.

· Electrocution.

· Pierces from nails, rods and the like.

· Crushes from falling objects like stones, trees and rubble.

All these are hazards that any construction worker is faced with day in, day out. It also faces any other visitors to construction sites. The latter could be in more danger owing to their ignorance. It is the duty of those in charge of site management to ensure that these hazards do not fall upon any persons on and out of the site. This they can achieve by:

· Provision of protective gear: These are usually in the form of clothing like safety boots, goggles, overalls, gloves, helmets and reflective jackets. These should not only be provided on site, they should also be worn as appropriate.

· Proper professional conduct: Acts of omission on construction sites are usually very costly and dangerous. Things like unattended electric cables could very easily lead to fires or electrocution. Unattended plant can be as dangerous.

· Good communication methods: It is important to ensure that it is clear to all and sundry where hazards occur or where accidents are likely. Things like open pits or unsecured beams should clearly be visible as so. This can be done by use of proper signage or by having persons directing everyone.

· Access control: Only the right persons should visit the site, and with a clearly defined purpose. Trespassing on site should be stopped by all means. Any visitors to the site should only walk around the site with guidance from a knowledgeable site worker. Furthermore, such access should only be allowed to adults.

· Proper Construction Methods: The standard operating procedure in construction should be followed at all times. An example is the provision of ladders rather than the use of makeshift platforms to work on heights. Along the same lines, tools, plant and equipment should be checked for good working order before they are put to work. Routine maintenance procedure is key in this regard.

· Safety clinics for all workers or visitors: This is arguably the ultimate solution to safety on construction sites. Creating awareness is equal to arming workers with good safety standards at all times. This goes beyond just highlighting the obvious hazards occurring on site. It should include remedial measures in case of accidents. A good example is teaching these people on first aid procedures.

Workers Compensation Insurance – Construction Contractors

Worker’s Compensation Insurance for construction-related framing contractors has always been expensive. Danny Harter, owner of DH Framing already knew that much because he faithfully carried this insurance in order to work in legal compliance with State insurance requirements. But what Danny wasn’t expecting – to be suddenly cancelled by his Worker’s Compensation Insurance carrier – happened in November, 2004 – all because “out of the blue,” his insurance carrier simply decided that his company was “too small” for their interest. Danny had two employees, including himself, and a weekly payroll between $1,500 and $2,000.00.

Danny was notified of his cancelled workers comp policy when the client he was busily working for one morning, came up to him and said, “You can’t work on this job – I’ve got a notice here that you don’t have valid Worker’s Comp Certificates with your insurance carrier anymore.” How embarrassing!

Danny obviously lost time on the job, and income. But he did what he needed to do, and immediately started contacting insurance carriers, trying to find someone who would not consider him “too small,” or otherwise, undesirable. After all, he was and still is a successful, hard-working small businessman. Shouldn’t someone be interested in writing his business?

To no avail, Danny could not find an insurance carrier that would underwrite his business. Fortunately, he contacted an insurance agent who just happened to know about the Worker’s Comp Co-Op. “Call these guys,” the insurance agent said. And Danny did. I picked up the phone and talked to Danny about his business, and what happened to him.

Within one week, Danny and his employee were not only back on the job with the client who had to stop his work – he also had payroll services and worker’s comp insurance coverage without those big deposits you have to put down with traditional insurance agents. So Danny saved not only saved his business. He saved additional, unnecessary hours – weeks – of downtime on the job, and those huge upfront fees.