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A trademan's life

On the back of the mining boom it's finally cool to be a tradie again - and thank goodness because I can't think of anything worse than being a desk jockey! The trick to earning big dollars at the moment isn't having a fancy law degree - it's being good with your hands and able to to fix and maintain any industrial equipment. Everyday is a new challenge in this job, with new problems coming up all the time. You'll never get bored! This site has loads of tips and tricks on maintain common and uncommon industrial and mining equipment.

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How to Use Manufactured Steel Scraps for Industrial Decorating

One of the many popular styles in home decorating is using the look of industrial steel to create a sleek and modern appearance. You can buy items that are designed for the home, or you can go straight to the steel manufacturer to get what you need. Consider the following  ways to use your local steel manufacturer to achieve the industrial look in your home.

Scrap Steel

One of the best ways to get and use industrial manufactured steel in your home decorating is to find scrap steel. Some steel manufacturers (such as Port Augusta Steel Centre)  will offer scrap steel at cost or for a reasonable price. You can find pipes, joints, and plumbing accessories in scrap steel that, when placed together, create everything from lamp bases to toilet paper holders. This is a cheap way to start off in industrial home decorating, especially if you are a do-it-yourself creative enthusiast.

Place an Order

Most people know what they want in their home décor, but they aren't sure how to get what they need. Some stores may not carry the industrial look while others carry a look that is to refined and leaves the industrial look behind. Instead, consider drafting out the items you want and placing a direct order with a local steel manufacturing plant. Some smaller plants welcome orders like this and can help you get all the items you need with matching steel to give a cohesive look throughout your home design.

Buy the Parts

If you can't access the steel manufacturer locally, consider just buying the parts instead. Most of the industrial looks you see in home decorating use parts like pipes and joints to create the designs. For example, you can use a length of pipe as a curtain rod and attach blown glass or even pipe fittings to the end caps. You can also buy pipes, fittings, and end caps to create your own picture frames, shower curtain rods, and even headboards for your bed.

Breakdown Finished Plumbing

If you can't find the pieces you are looking for in the store, and you don't have access to a steel manufacturer, consider breaking down finished plumbing from estate sales or garage sales. You can find industrial pipes and fittings that you can mould into the accent pieces you have been looking for. If the pieces are rusted or old, you can use that to your advantage in areas you want a more rustic feel to the industrial look.

These are just four how-to tips on creating your industrial decorating look using steel manufacturing plants or manufactured steel. For ideas on how to develop your own industrial steel décor, visit your local home décor warehouse or professional.