Free Malaysia’s Construction Related Events in 2011

A new iCalendar (by Google Calendar) with all construction related expos and exhibitions in 2011 is now available for FREE! Now you can view and even sync into your Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook!

There are few ways to get it into your calendar:

1. Simply click on the “+ Google Calendar” icon on the bottom right corner of my Calendar (refer figure 1), you will automatically sent to your Google Calendar Sign In page. Sign In your account and all the events will appear in your google calendar by itself. Done.

2. Leave your email address in the comment box here, I’ll email the softcopy in iCalendar file (.ics) which works with Microsoft Outlook to you (asap). For Microsoft Outlook users, simply double-click open the iCalendar file and all the events will appear(if double-click doesn’t works, try Right-click and select “Open with” Microsoft Outlook). For Google Calendar users, Sign in into your Google Calendar, look for “other Calendar” section at the bottom of the left side-bar (refer figure 2) and click “Add”. A table with 4 selections will pop out then choose “import Calendar” from the list. Click on the “Choose File” (refer figure 3) and select the iCalendar file that you receive, then click “Import”. Done.

I’m sure there are few more ways to do it, but I guess these two method above are among the easiest way. Periodic update will be on end of every month for new events and changes, so do stay tuned. Good luck.

3 types of Commonly Used Drill in Construction

There are many types of drill in the history but we will only touch portable, electric powered hand drill as follow:

1) Cordless/Battery Drill/Screwdriver,
2) Impact Drill. and
3) Rotary Hammer.

1) Cordless/Battery Drill/Screwdriver

Figure 1: 9.6V and 12V Cordless Drill (Photo taken from DeWALT’s Catalog 2007/8)

Battery operated drills are design for portability and mobility. It is light and best of all – it’s cordless. Suitable to be used for works at places where power supply are beyond  reaching and/or high portability is required.

Battery drills in construction context only categorized by its power (volts). The choices of power you need can refer as below:

7.2V – screwdriver for soft wood(furniture); drill holes on soft wood.
9.6V – screwdriver for up to medium hardwood and light metal (aluminium); drill holes on most wood and light metal.
12V – screwdriver for most wood and thin metal; drill holes on most wood, clay/sand brick wall and light metal.

Must remember that cheap drill usually have precision and power control problem. So, do invest for a branded unit (RM250-RM350) for better productivity and less frustration.
2) Impact Drill

Figure 2: Non-impact and impact Reversible Drill (Photo taken from DeWALT’s Catalog 2007/8)

Impact drill uses 220v-240v AC current from the socket point or a power generator. It is able to drill a hole on most surface e.g hardwood, brick wall or tiles. The trick is that your must know the choice of drill bit used.

Other than power(watts), impact drill are better to be categorized by normal drilling or impact drilling feature. Normal drilling allow you to drill a hold on most timber and thin metal, where as impact drilling allows you to drill on solid brick wall in a faster way.

3) Rotary Hammer

Figure 2: Rotary Hammer (Photo taken from DeWALT’s Catalog 2007/8)

Finally, the most powerful among three categories, the rotary hammer offer the power to drill a hole on solid mass like clay/sand brick wall and concrete (up to Grade 30).

It is worth to note that unlike cordless and impact drill, rotary hammer uses SDS-Plus bit holder rather than conventional three spoke clip.