Much has been said & talked about the dreaded COVID-19 or Corona Virus Disease 2019. It is a pandemic of epic proportions and something that has never been seen before.

[A pandemic is a global disease outbreak, whereas an epidemic occurs when an infectious disease spreads rapidly to many people. An outbreak is a sudden rise in the number of cases of a disease.]

So I donot want to reiterate any of it. Just like everyone, I also hope wish & pray that this crisis situation ends soon and everything gets back to normal. It may never be the same as earlier though.

But, this is the time when we sit back and think hard as to what went wrong. What measures should be taken so that this is not repeated.

Is nature sending us a message that humanity is placing too many pressures on the natural world?

Leading scientists also said the COVID-19 outbreak was a “clear warning shot”, given that far more deadly diseases existed in wildlife, and that today’s civilization was “playing with fire”. They said it was almost always human behaviour that caused diseases to spill over into humans.

To prevent further outbreaks, the experts said, both global heating and the destruction of the natural world for farming, mining and housing have to end, as both drive wildlife into contact with people.

We request everyone to stay calm & stay at home till this passes. Just as the number of people and countries affected by this new virus have spread, so have conspiracy theories and unfounded claims about it. Social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok, have seen a number of false and misleading post causing a lot of excitement, scare, anxiety and spread negative vibes.

While no one source of information is perfect, some are undeniably better than others !!

It’s best to look for sites that:

  • Rely on experts who use well-accepted scientific analyses and publish their results in reputable medical journals
  • Have a mission to inform and protect the public, such as the WHO, which recently added a myth busters page to its information on the virus
  • Are not promoting or selling a product related to the information provided.

Below, we have listed links to credible information from legit sources for the benefit of all.

  1. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India
  2. WHO on COVID-19
  3. COVID-19 Global Dashboard

While gathering information online may be your easiest initial option, isolate yourself and contact your doctor if you have symptoms of an infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has launched a WhatsApp bot — called MyGov Corona Helpdesk — to get instant authoritative answers to people's coronavirus queries such as the symptoms of the viral disease and how they could seek help.

Send "Hi" on +919013151515 to get information

The ‘MyGov Corona Helpdesk’ has been engineered to fight rumors, educate the masses and bring a sense of calm to the current chaos-like situation.

India is in lockdown due to novel coronavirus outbreak. But the virus can still spread through fomites.

What are fomites?

A fomite or fomes is any inanimate object that, when contaminated with or exposed to infectious agents, can transfer disease to a new host. Anything including clothes, utensils, newspapers, mobile phones, front-desk of a shop, packaged items, ATM machines and debit/credit cards, and even doorknobs, buttons in a lift, hand-rest of an escalator and furniture can be fomites.

The degree of risk posed by fomites depends on how long does novel coronavirus or any other pathogen survives on these objects.

Before ending, a factual reminder that no place on the earth is free from viruses and bacteria of some kind. The ongoing fight is against the newest member of human viruses. This is relatively unknown and extremely virile, so it is more dangerous.

Governments can impose restrictions, lock downs & curfews but it is upon us maintain composure & follow directions strictly. We must ensure that Novel Coronavirus does not get enough fomites to hide and hunt.

Stay Safe !!

Several different types of caulk are available in the market today. It’s important that you pick the right type of caulk for the job you have in mind. For example, bathroom caulk won’t be as effective for your windows as exterior caulk designed for use outside the home. Some homeowners and contractors prefer the look of clear silicone caulk (as opposed to colored caulk) so it doesn’t draw attention from the home’s facade. However, the choice of whether to pick colored or clear caulk is up to you.

While some caulk can only be applied in warm weather (40 to 80° F), certain rubber or silicone caulk can be applied in weather as cold as -20° F. The rubber or silicone base prevents the caulk from freezing in cold temperatures.

You can buy caulk as either a squeeze tube or cartridge. We recommend using a cartridge and caulking gun so you can apply an even bead around the perimeter of your windows. Silicone caulk is not only long-lasting, but it effectively fills in gaps that are leaking cold air into your home.

Techsolute specializes in sealants & sealant guns. We offer a wide variety to suit every requirement. Contact us if you have any questions.

Epoxy putty refers to a group of room-temperature-hardening substances used as space-filling adhesives. They are usually cylindrical tubes that combine two parts – a cylindrical tube of hardener surrounded by another larger cylindrical tube of epoxy resin.

Why design it like that?
So that the hardener, which when exposed to air goes bad, is protected by the outer layer of epoxy resin. This design increases the product’s shelf life.

What is Steel Epoxy Putty?
Usually dark grey in color, this metal epoxy putty repairs metal components, can patch steel as well as being able to repair or rebuild anything made of metal. This stuff when molded into any shape creates a steel reinforced non rusting putty that when applied, will repair and rebuild just about anything.

Uses of Metal Putty

  • Automotive & Machine Parts
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Leaking Transformers
  • Plumbing
  • Stripped Threads
  • Rust Damage
  • Household Repairs

In some applications where the applicable force is compressive, it can also be used as a cold weld bonding compound.

Now that we have understood so much about steel epoxy putty and what to use it for, which Steel epoxy putty works best?

QUIKSTEEL STEEL EPOXY PUTTY STICK

If you want the best when it comes to epoxy putty repair sticks, look no further than this steel reinforced non-rusting epoxy putty. QuikSteel Epoxy Putty Stick by Bluemagic, USA is a permanent solution to any fix you may need.

LANOPROTECT LIQUID is sprayable form of the famous Lanolin Grease, which leaves a non‐drying liquid film that does not evaporate or wash off. The film left by LanoProtect is your protection barrier against oxidation and corrosion and with the films resistance to acidic and alkaline solutions you can count on LanoProtect to do exactly that.

There are multiple benefits when LanoProtect is used for Timber Preservation:

  • Forms a Non‐toxic lanolin film
  • Penetrates surface and prolongs timber life
  • Does not evaporate or leach
  • No breakdown with exposure to U. V. Rays
  • Highlights the natural timber grain
  • Seals timber to prevent moisture loss or gain, thereby protecting against rotting, splitting and drying out
  • The anti‐corrosive qualities in the oil will protect nails, screws and all metal fittings from rust and corrosion.
  • Non‐slip when wet
  • Easy to apply to all external timbers

Application:

  • Apply LanoProtect evenly coating the surface. Dry patches will need extra attention to achieve an even finish. Best results achieved with lambs wool applicators.
  • As this is a penetrating liquid and not a surface finish, any excess will remain tacky and must be removed. This is easily accomplished with a terry towelling cloth and requires only light rubbing. Buffing of the surface will provide best finish.
  • Should additional applications be desired in the future, simply reapply – no special preparation is necessary.

LANOPROTECT – NATURALLY SUPERIOR !!

Hot sunny days can be dangerous for people working outdoors. Heat stroke occurs due to prolonged exposure to high temperature or sun. Heat stroke progresses from mild illness like cramps, fainting to heat exhaustion. Heat stress hazards together with the harmful effects of the sun can seriously endanger the health and safety of outdoor workers.

In general, not only outdoor workers, but also others must take safety precautions during hot sunny days.

What are the symptoms of Heat Stroke?

A body temperature above 105 degrees Fahrenheit is the vital sign of heat stroke. The other symptoms include dry skin, nausea, vomiting, faintness, rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing, muscle cramps or weakness, throbbing headache, confusion, disorientation, staggering, seizures, and unconsciousness.

Victims of heat stroke must receive immediate treatment to avoid permanent organ damage. First and foremost, cool the victim.

How to avoid Heat Stroke?

It is always better to remain indoors. If possible postpone outdoor activity or else shift it to early morning or after sunset hours. But if you have to go out then take these precautions:

Wear a good hat, light-colored and light weight, loose clothing. Don't forget to keep a damp EVERKOOL Evaporating Cooling Towel with you.

Drink a lot of fluid all day

Drink lots of water prior to beginning work and about one cup in every 20 minutes while working. ORS or Liquids with sodium content are also a good choice. Coconut water is the best choice. In addition to this, drink fruit juice, vegetable juice or electrolyte rich sports drink.

हीट स्ट्रोक को उष्माघात भी कहा जाता है। यह ऐसी अवस्‍था है जिसमें पीड़ित के शरीर का तापमान अत्यधिक धूप या गर्मी की वजह से बढ़ने लगता है। मनुष्य के शरीर की बनावट ऐसी होती है जिसमें अत्यधिक गर्मी या तापमान पसीने के रूप में बाहर निकलती रहती है जिससे शरीर का तापमान ज्यों का त्यों बना रहता है। परन्तु हीट स्ट्रोक की स्थिति में शरीर का प्राकृतिक कूलिंग सिस्टम सुचारू रूप से काम करना बंद कर देता है जिसकी वजह से शरीर का तापमान कम नहीं हो पाता, जिसके परिणामस्वरूप शरीर का तापमान बढ़ता जाता है और अगर इस तापमान को बाहरी मदद देकर या घरेलू उपचार या डाक्टरी सहायता देकर कम ना किया जाये तो बहुत ही गंभीर स्थिति उत्पन्न हो सकती है और मरीज की जान भी जा सकती है।

Epoxy adhesives consist of an epoxy resin and a hardener. With many resins and different hardeners to choose from, they allow great versatility in formulation. They also form extremely strong durable bonds with most materials. Epoxy adhesives are available in one-component or two-component form and can be supplied as flowable liquids, as highly thixotropic products with gap filling capability of up to 25 mm, as films or even in powder form.

Why choose one-component epoxy adhesives ?

  • Excellent adhesion to metals, thermoset and thermoplastic composites
  • Outstanding lap shear strength and peel strength
  • High fatigue resistance
  • Very high impact resistance
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Easy processing

Why choose two-component epoxy adhesives ?

  • Excellent adhesion to metals and thermoset composites
  • High strength and high stiffness
  • High creep resistance
  • High fatigue resistance
  • High temperature resistance (adhesive specific up to 260°C)
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Low shrinkage

A wide range of epoxy applicators are available in the market that make it easy to dispense epoxies properly and easily. These include manual, pneumatic & battery operated models.

Seen in the picture is COX, UK CEO Leigh Smith, himself using an Ultrapoint Manual applicator in his garden to do some DIY work. He sealed the spaces between the pavement slabs. COX ULTRAPOINT MANUAL is a pointing & grouting gun. An extremely useful tool for professionals & do-it-yourselfers. It is specially developed for low viscosity pointing and grouting materials.

The concept of DIY is catching up in India too.

Techsolute is the Authorized Distributor for PC COX [now Sulzer], UK in India since Year 2009.

Across industry, great emphasis is placed on the handling and application of lubricants from the moment they arrive at a facility to the time they are introduced into service. However, proper handling techniques do not end when the oil has been put into service. Once the life of the oil has been exceeded, you must ensure the lubricant is captured and disposed off, both safely and in an environmentally friendly way.

Ridiculously cheap and ridiculously effective: now that’s the perfect household tool. They’re great for keeping your cords neat and organized, of course, but that’s just one of hundreds of amazing ways to use and reuse (yes, you can recycle them) cable ties. Have your own favorite use? Share them with us in the comments.