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How COVID-19 Will Affect the Steel Industry

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COVID-19’s sweep through the globe has prompted international responses on a scale that we have seldom seen outside of wartimes — and war has been declared on the deadly virus. The impact of the virus cannot be fully measured at this time, as the U.S. has not yet reached the peak of infections that are guaranteed to overwhelm the healthcare system. 


The Steel House that Wanders Lubbock

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Perched on cliffy terrain above Lake Ransom Canyon in Lubbock, Texas, it could be prehistoric; it could be alien.  But based on the preferences of its former owner, designer, and builder all wrapped up in one, it’s likely an homage to Antoni Gaudi, the Spanish architect who built but never finished Sagrada Familia.  


The Steel-Toed Boot’s Journey from Sabotage to Style

You may have heard the story of sabots, the solid wooden shoes carved by peasants and used to protect the feet while farming (think Dutch clogs), while working around livestock, and, yes, while working in textile mills.  The story goes, that disgruntled workers threw their sabots into the looms and, voila, the term “sabotage” was born. 


Steel Roofing: Protecting Your Home from Extreme Weather

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How exactly does steel roofing work better in extreme climates?

Take a walk through your average American neighborhood and you’ll find a wide variety of roofs. Some homeowners prefer the simplicity of asphalt composite shingles and others prefer the weighty richness of slate. Some like clay and some use concrete. However, you won’t find much metal roofing. Understandably, this can lead the average homeowner to conclude that metal roofing is a poor choice for residential purposes.


Coping with aging gas pipelines

All homeowners should know the safety practices of using natural gas appliances in their homes. Carbon monoxide detectors are essential, and fire alarms are necessary to reduce the chances of a house fire.


Automation in the Steel Industry

Today, the steel industry in the United States reflects the impacts of ongoing technological change. The increased use of automation technology has affected the way steel plants function. Someone who worked in a steel mill during the 1970s or 1980s might have difficulty recognizing the same plant in 2019.


Protecting steel with citric acid

Citric acid is a weak acid that occurs naturally in fruits, such as lemons and limes. Alternatively, some commercially available products have citric acid in them. Weak acids act as a buffer in acid-base chemistry and work to mitigate oxidation-reduction effects.