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With the rising popularity of aluminum wiring in homes, buyers are beginning to wonder what the benefits and downfalls of choosing aluminum over copper are. Both homeowners and home inspectors should be aware of the facts and myths about aluminum electrical systems when considering setting one up.

Some still believe that aluminum wire will have to be replaced once it’s aged past a certain point, or that it’s simply been banned from homes altogether. These statements are false. Aluminum wiring can still be installed in houses, but it needs to be done properly to function correctly long-term.

Read more: Everything you Didn’t Know about Aluminum Electrical Wiring

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Everyone knows that aluminum foil is an effective, environmentally-friendly way to cook food over an open flame and keep leftovers tasting great. But few people get creative with their aluminum foil, despite the fact that there are dozens of things you can use it for.

If you need to close an unsealable bag, take a strip of aluminum foil and fold it over the opening of the bag. Press it down firmly and use a hot iron on it to ensure the bag is closed. For those with large kitchens, place aluminum foil on the bottoms of your drawers and cupboards to keep them clean. It’s easy to slide them out, throw them away, and replace them when they get too dirty.

Read more: You’ll Never Look at Aluminum Foil the Same Way Again

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In 2018, Braidy Industries will begin to build its new aluminum plant not too far from Ashland, Kentucky, supplying the area with over 500 new jobs and pumping out a whopping 370,000 tons of aluminum sheet and aluminum wire annually by 2020. Most of the aluminum produced will be used for the construction of vehicles and spacecrafts. South Shore, the selected city, is sure to gain much from these plans.

Read more: New Aluminum Metal Plant could be Ohio Valley’s key to Success

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Three years ago, Local Motors presented its 3D printed electric car, the very first of its kind. Since then, many transportation devices have been 3D printed, including electric skateboards, electric buses, motorcycles, and new car models from automakers like Honda and Volkswagen. The innovation of 3D printing shows no signs of slowing as the Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium constructed its own double-seated electric vehicle, the frame and interior of which was 3D printed and made mostly from aluminum metal.

Read more: 3D Printed Aluminum Vehicle released by Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium

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All metallic elements conduct electricity, but some are better at it than others. The two most commonly used metals for creating electrical wire are aluminum wire and copper wire and for good reason. While both are sufficient conductors, each one has its specific uses.

For the last few decades, copper has been the number one electrical conductor used in the construction of commercial and residential buildings. The composition of the pinkish-orange metal allows it to transport a large amount of electrical energy in a short amount of time. Gold and silver are both superior to copper in terms of conduction, but they’re both very expensive metals. Copper is a perfect cheap alternative in almost every case.

Read more: Aluminum Wire or Copper Wire – Which is Best?

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According to a new report, the car industry’s sheet metal sector is encouraging the development and implementation of more lightweight car frames.

The industry works in collaboration with several others, and last year, the top four companies made up two-fifths of the entire market when combined. Despite the minimal obstacles businesses have to overcome when entering the market, creating and running new sheet metal processing locations is expensive and material-heavy. For this reason, new companies don’t come flooding into the market.

Read more: Aluminum Sheet Metal Becomes a Contender as Auto Industry Pushes for Lighter Vehicles

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Kickstarted by the government’s penalizing of unlawful aluminum refining, China Hongqiao Group Limited has begun to reduce its production rate. As a result, smaller aluminum smelters in China have received market shares.

The aluminum company is a large sector of Shandong Weiqiao Pioneering Group Company, and despite the importance of the situation, it failed to provide any information on how much it will reduce its production or how quickly the process will be executed when contacted for an estimate.

Knowledgeable insiders have claimed that the parent company began with a yearly reduction of 250,000 metric tons of aluminum on June 20th. These insiders wish to remain anonymous to protect themselves against any repercussions of giving out private information, and the attempt to request a comment from a Weiqiao company head was unsuccessful.

Read more: Main Aluminum Smelter in China to Reduce Production

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If you’re set on going camping this summer and you don’t know what food or accessories to bring, don’t worry, we’re here to help. Grab your aluminum foil, take a look at our favourite campsite recipes and try a few - you’re sure to love them!

For all the egg-lovers out there, beat two eggs with any veggies or spices you want in them and pour the mixture into a large ziploc bag. Seal and date the bag, keeping it cool until you need it. When you’re at the campsite, boil a pot of water and put the egg bag right in, leaving it there until the eggs are cooked the way you like them.

Take some bananas along to make banana boats. Cut each banana along its natural curve and put some chocolate, peanut butter, or marshmallows inside. Cover it in aluminum foil and place it in the coals of the fire until its contents are melted. Top it with some fresh fruit or cookie crumbs when it’s done.

Read more: Camping Food Ideas Featuring Aluminum Foil

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Being the malleable metal that it is, Aluminum is renowned for its cost, strength, and reusability for both domestic and industrial purposes. After it’s served its purpose as a pop can however, it can be a nuisance to have around and many people view an aluminum can as just another piece of junk to throw away. Instead of compressing your aluminum cans or tossing them right into the recycling bin, consider these useful alternatives that could help you handle tricky situations.

If you’ve brought canned beverages or aluminum foil on your camping trip, save the aluminum cans when they’re empty, because they can make great bowls, plates, and cups. To make a safe-to-use cup, carefully cut off the top of an aluminum can, fold the edges of it inwards, and rinse it out. To make a bowl, again cut off the top of the can, then squeeze it to create cutting guidelines on either side. Once you’ve made the two cuts across from each other, do this three more times until your can has been cut into eight equal strips. Carefully peel each strip down and to the right to form a smooth-edged plate. Make sure to do this cautiously so as not to cut yourself.

Read more: Cool Ideas for Recycling Aluminum Cans this Summer

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Summer is the time of the year when ice cream, shorts, and beach days become the norm. But passionate cooks are undoubtedly most excited to start barbecuing again. If you’re planning a yard party this summer, reduce your stress levels and make your party the best it can be with our cookout tips.

To get your barbecue going, ignite the coals in a discarded egg carton and watch it heat up with ease. Ensure you have enough propane to keep your barbecue up and running for the duration of the party; dousing your tank in hot water and feeling for cold spots, which indicate propane, is a good strategy. A warm tank is an empty tank.

Here’s one of our favourite tips featuring aluminum. Bring out your kitchen’s aluminum foil and crumple the foil up into a ball to scrape down your grill, leaving it clean and clear in no time. If you’re looking to cook more aromatic foods, consider putting whole dried herbs on top of the flames for flavour-infused smoke. For seafood, cut citrus fruits into thin slices and cook the fish on top.

Read more: Nail your Backyard Cookout with these Barbecue Tips

It seems the US is capable of producing high-quality, purified aluminum for military needs at the drop of a hat, despite the recent aluminum trade issue.

The aluminum investigation into China’s imports, begun by the Trump administration in April, was ordered to protect America’s national security against the market’s surplus of cheap aluminum. Reportedly, the investigation was opened in part to determine whether the country’s smelters could work at a production rate to satisfy wartime requirements.

In that scenario, an extra $25 million would need to be put towards fractional crystallization, the ideal way for the US to remove impurities from aluminum. It’s pricey, but it may be necessary in the coming decades.

Surprisingly, under 1% of domestic aluminum in the US is used by the Defence Department, and the country’s stores for the military metal comes out to 75,000 metric tonnes, which could last 2.5 years. On top of this, 117,000 tons are produced annually in the US alone, although Century Aluminum Company in Hawesville is the only high-purity manufacturer within its borders.

Read more: The U.S. has the Power to Purify Aluminum for Military Gear

Unique Uses For Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil is no doubt a kitchen essential for many, but it’s also perfect for way more than cooking and baking. Just how versatile is it? Let’s take a look at some of the unexpected things it can do to find out:

Cleaning chrome or BBQ appliances is one thing aluminum foil is great for. Use the leftover foil from the foods you cooked on your barbecue and scrub down your grill to get the rough bits off. If you’ve got a rust problem with your chrome appliances, ball up a piece of foil and scrape off the rust to reveal the shiny metal underneath.

If you’ve got dull or splotchy silverware, aluminum foil can help it look like new again. Fit a piece of foil to a solid container and fill it with boiling water and three or four tablespoons of baking soda. Place your silverware in the solution and let it sit for a few minutes to brighten it up.

Are you tired of your bananas getting too ripe too soon? Here’s a neat tip - wrap their stems in foil to keep them fresh for a longer period of time.

Read more: Unique Uses For Aluminum Foil

How Aluminum sheet becomes Fishing Boats

The aluminum fishing boat has been associated with low quality and stingy boat drivers for a long time. Little do critics know that past competitions have proven that aluminum boats can definitely go up against bigger boats and, in the right conditions, even win.

If you simply can’t afford a top-notch fiberglass fishing boat, consider buying an aluminum one instead. You won’t be the fastest or toughest out there, but the purchase comes with some surprising benefits.

Not only does the boat itself cost less, you won’t pay nearly as much for insurance or fuel, either. You’ll get by no problem with low monthly deposits. Opt for aluminum instead of fiberglass if you’re looking to keep more money in your wallet during your initial investment and save on fuel.

Read more: Can  Aluminum sheet make a good Fishing Boat

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In line with its free trade regulations, the US is more than welcome to defend itself when it counterparts aren’t playing the game fairly. But it has to watch its step when it chooses to pick a fight, which was proven with its examinations of Chinese steel and aluminum imports.

For years, China has been overproducing important metals and putting low-quality material on the market as a result. The cheap aluminum sheet and aluminum wire, in particular, may have to be used by dependent companies and the US government for military machines. Through the Section 232 law, both the Obama administration and the Trump administration have taken action, most recently the launched investigations and proposed trade law exceptions.

Read more: Canada gets Caught in US Aluminum Debacle with China

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A new work of art has been created by Polish artist Piotr Janowski for the grand opening of a new train station in Poland: a life-size aluminum foil train.

The train is meant to symbolize the country’s optimism towards the future, as was Janowski’s house when he decorated it the same way. His decked out doors, walls, windows, and yard trees drew in the eyes of spectators and media alike. He had a few helping hands for the train from fine arts students, however, to completely cover its 362 square meters. It took four days to complete the train from Aluminum Foil.

Piotr has expressed his desire to integrate the environment of his artwork into each piece he creates, focusing mainly on how lights, shades, and colours appear in the aluminum he uses. For this particular piece, he used a Px 48 train as a base and went from there.

Read more: All About Poland’s Aluminum Foil Train

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China’s cheap exported aluminum has threatened the shutdown of many aluminum plants in the US, including Hawesville’s Century Aluminum Company. President Trump’s April investigation call and restricted import proposal have kept these plants afloat, but it could have serious repercussions.

Some claim that the Trump Administration’s national security concerns are simply a way to maintain the country’s economic prosperity, although this action follows two decades of China overproducing aluminum and negatively affecting its trading partners. The US only has five aluminum plants up and running today, compared to twenty-three in 1993.

President Trump may be able to request taxation on imports or reduce them by an undetermined amount if the investigation confirms America’s suspicions. A similar investigation is being done for imported steel, though aluminum is of greater importance.

Read more: Trump Weighs his Options on Aluminum Investigation, Considers Hawesville Plant

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The standout architecture company Aleph-Bau has refurbished the roof of an 1800s row house in the Summerhill area of Toronto.

Even with its update, Twelve Tacoma has maintained aesthetic modesty with its white brick facade and functional front porch, though its roof is undoubtedly eye-catching. The aluminum panels it consists of are grooved and aided by steel supports that keep the extra storey steady. The house’s odd shape must be kept the same so as not to interfere with the city’s architecture regulations.

The row house’s new third floor contains a library and bedroom located just above the second floor’s master bedroom, complete with a walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom with a potted plant wall. The other bedroom on the second floor was renovated into an outdoor balcony, which looks down on a beautiful backyard garden.

Read more:  Toronto receives Aluminum Roofing

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Protecting your home from water damage is extremely important, and gutters help get the job done. While they were previously sold in segments that were to be connected with a waterproof adhesive during installation, seamless aluminum gutters are now on the market, and homeowners far and wide could benefit from them.

Seamless aluminum gutters are formed with a single aluminum rod that can be shaped to fit any house’s water carriage needs. Without the need for waterproof adhesive, these gutters won’t be at risk of the gradual wear and tear of traditional gutters that eventually lets water through. These new gutters are also more visually complementary to your home with their sleek design and neutral colour.

Read more:  Aluminum Gutters! For Optimum Leak Protection

Aluminum Becomes first Contender for Solar Energy as Silver Costs Skyrocket

Despite its 2015 high with a nearly one-quarter increase, silver production around the world is now at a shocking 2%, while the prices have shot up by 40%. What once was the perfect solar energy material with its use in photovoltaic cell production, is now a major cause for concern.

In the next three decades, solar energy is expected to make up 27% of the world’s power, but silver prices could change that. Fortunately, researchers have discovered that aluminum can be used to make photovoltaic cells as well, which would be a much safer substitute.

Now that the world is beginning to implement solar energy, the US has multiplied its job capacity by twelve by upping its photovoltaic installations by one-fifth in 2015. China, Japan, India, and Bangladesh are reaping similar rewards thanks to the popularity growth of solar energy. The US and Canada have both contributed enough to solar power that they can now support millions of homes with it.

Read more: Aluminum Becomes first Contender for Solar Energy as Silver Costs Skyrocket

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Stanford University in the US and the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan have come together and created a long-lasting, fast-charging battery from aluminum.

These aluminum ion batteries, first seen at this year’s All Energy event in Glasgow, could take the place of lead-acid batteries by 2018, containing all of the same functions with lower costs and more accessible material.

What really sets the new battery design apart from its predecessors is its ability to undergo thousands of charging periods without its efficiency being noticeably affected, as well as its impressive heat resistance in even the most extreme situations. To achieve these feats, the battery is made with a combination of refined aluminum, aluminum salt electrolyte gel, and full-coverage graphite. Its composition and features make it very versatile.

Read more: Battery Upgrades Made Possible by Aluminum

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Although the low-quality steel from China has negatively affected the US in previous years, aluminum is the new focus, and unlike steel, the US can’t produce enough on its own to meet demands. But how does that connect to national security?

Low-quality aluminum from China was fed into markets and the amount of smelters in the US dropped to a little more than one-fifth of what it was before, all upon China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization. In addition to job loss on a grand scale, high-quality aluminum used in the US to construct small planes and artillery has disappeared, threatening the country’s protection.

Due to the unlikely scenario in which the US calls upon the few other countries to import aluminum, President Trump has ordered an official investigation into the products the country has received as of late. The government hopes to get its biggest aluminum plant running at full capacity once again so as not to depend solely on China for the precious material. The plant’s production could be discontinued otherwise.

Read more: National Security has been put in Danger by Chinese Aluminum Industry

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Rusal, the Russian aluminum company, plans to continue building its newest Siberian plant after generating a significant amount of revenue upon the introduction of better aluminum prices.

The company has consistently made $434 million in profit this year, nearly three times as much as it did in 2016, reinforcing its status as second-biggest aluminum production enterprise in the world. The improvement is mainly due to more sales and raised prices of the versatile metal. Its supply may struggle to appease demand in the next quarter, however.

Riding on its success, Rusal declared it would restart operations at its smelting plant in Taishet, which the board of directors has agreed to finance. Rusal has received a total of $38.5 million from them, a modest but sufficient amount for the job.

Read more: Rusal will Reboot Aluminum Program after First-Quarter Gains

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The United States’ aluminum market heads are asking those of the European Union and Britain to help stop China’s problematic taxes in the industry, which have begun to affect jobs in North America.

China is suspected of breaking the World Trade Organization’s rules by illegally financing prominent market sectors, particularly the aluminum market. Despite the country’s claim that it respects the policies of the World Trade Organization, the US has begun to investigate whether its imported products are negatively affecting its safety.

Theresa May, Britain’s Prime Minister, has received a letter from the aluminum industry encouraging her to take action, insisting that the country’s future will be more secure if it does its part to reinforce the World Trade Organization. Office representatives have not yet responded.

Read more: The US Encourages Europe and Britain to Criticize China’s Aluminum Imports

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Alcoa will soon be introducing black aluminum wheels to the vehicle industry, a Dura-Bright model designed for trucks. If it piques the interest of enough consumers, it’ll be here to stay.

Older generations tend to lean towards the typical silver metals like chrome and steel for their car wheels, but this generation’s young adults are open to new things. Looking to the latter fact, Alcoa has developed their popular Dura-Bright Evo wheel in a sleek black tone. When the sample wheels were displayed at a truck show, many people saw them and grew curious.

This new wheel is created by treating the aluminum with absorptive black material that blends with the first couple layers of the metal. Cutting the wheel open would reveal a tiny layer of the black substance encircling regular silver aluminum. It functions the same way the standard Dura-Bright wheel that came before it does, meaning the only difference between the two is the resulting visual effect.

Read more: Black Aluminum Wheels a Possibility for Alcoa

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For a long time, aluminum siding was thought to be of lower quality than others, particularly wood siding. The truth is, every siding material has its pros and cons, and it’s important for every homeowner to choose the material that works best in their situation.

North Americans, for example, experience many drastic changes in temperature and precipitation, with both hot, humid summers and frigid, snowy winters. This wide range often calls for wood siding, which is both aesthetically pleasing and durable, assuming it’s taken care of.

Unfortunately, maintaining wood siding can be a nuisance, as it takes years of treatment to protect it against insects, mould, and natural decay. If you choose wood trim for your home, be prepared to reseal and repaint it every few years.

Read more: Aluminum, Wood, or Vinyl? Choosing the Right Siding for your Home