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What to Avoid When Using High-Pressure Cleaning Equipment

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

High-pressure cleaning equipment, or just a pressure washer as it’s often called, is a great tool for homeowners. You can more readily remove stubborn mildew or stains from a deck and make quick work of cleaning off those grimy and greasy tools with a pressure washer, or even wash your car without going to a car wash. When you are using this type of equipment, you might note a few common mistakes to avoid so you know you don’t damage your property or ruin the equipment itself. Not winterizing the system When you put your pressure washer away for the winter, you want to protect it from corrosion and damage that might form due to cold weather. To do this, use an RV-type antifreeze and run it through the washer and out into the discharge hose on the side. Be sure you use an antifreeze meant for an RV as this is good for something stored long-term and not meant for cars that are driven even through the wintertime. This antifreeze will keep condensation and frost from forming inside the hoses and other wet pieces while the unit is stored.  Don’t use the washer on a ladder Keep in mind that the pressure from the washer is actually pushing back on you; when you’re standing on solid ground, you may not think about how it’s affecting your balance but if you’re on a ladder, even a sight pushback can put you off balance and cause a fall. It might also cause the ladder to push away from your home or other surface. If you need to wash upper windows and your current pressure washer cannot reach, either upgrade to a stronger washer or rent scaffolding with a safety rail that keeps you balanced and safe. Not using the right detergent for the washer A pressure washer will have a type of nozzle that is meant for certain detergents; a thicker detergent that can’t get through a thin nozzle will simply clog the hoses or mix unevenly with the water. You may have not thought about the nozzle that comes with your pressure washer or may have chosen the cheapest model on the market, which usually means a thin nozzle, and then have wondered why it’s always getting clogged. Check the nozzle and switch detergents or invest in a larger nozzle meant to handle thicker soaps used for homes and greasy tools to protect your machine and get the job done right. Click here for more...

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Unique and Inexpensive: Ever Considered Opening a Business in a Shipping Container?

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

After an earthquake devastated much of the New Zealand city of Christchurch in 2011, the future of the city’s central business district became uncertain. The solution was a surprising one, and, though it was intended to be a temporary one, it is still very much in use. The central city is filled with more than 30 shipping containers which have now been converted into stores and food outlets, and have become a tourist attraction in their own right. While the Christchurch shipping containers were a matter of necessity, perhaps there is something to the idea of using a shipping container as your retail or hospitality premises. So what are some of the key benefits? The Price Factor The low cost of converting a shipping container into a business is perhaps the most alluring aspect of the idea. But how does it save money? A shipping container business is infinitely cheaper than buying or renting an existing structure which will then need to be outfitted for your purposes. A shipping container is prepared offsite and then transported to its destination, requiring far less labour than a traditional retail or hospitality space usually does. This destination can be a rather compact space. All it needs is power and water. Since a shipping container building doesn’t require much space at all, this means that less land needs to be leased. You can also rent a portion of an existing prepared site, if subdivision is permitted by your local council. You could perhaps take advantage of a temporary lease if desired. This is another way to keep costs down, perhaps allowing you to test your business before committing to a long-term contract. Your shipping container can be anchored in place, but this is easy to undo, meaning it can quickly be removed and transported to a new destination or owner. The Originality Factor The concept of using a shipping container for something other than its intended purpose is becoming more common. For example, a shipping container can quickly be changed into a stylish living space. Having said that, there is still something unique about the idea of using a shipping container as a place to sell products or to serve food and drink. Changing the external look of a shipping container is quick and easy. So while your shipping container business will be unique, you can make yourself stand out even more by painting your new premises in a bright, bold colour. Not every business is suitable for being housed inside a converted shipping container. But for those that qualify, it can be a fantastic way to save money and stand out from the...

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Should You Rent Your Wedding Dress? Things to Consider

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Your big day can be expensive in a big way. The average wedding in Australia costs a rather staggering $36,200, although the majority of that cost goes toward food and drinks. Even if you’re not planning to spend anywhere near that amount for your big day, your wedding is still going to be a considerable expense. And so it should be. After all, it’s going to be one of the most special days in your life. Having said that, you are probably looking for ways to save money without sacrificing any quality. If you’re considering saving a bit of cash by renting your wedding dress, it’s time to look at a few things you need to think about. Can You Find Such a Service? Before making the decision to rent your dress, you need to make sure that it’s a viable choice. Is there a wedding dress rental service available in your town? This is not always the case in smaller, rural towns. If you need to travel to another town to pick up and return the dress, this can make the process somewhat more complicated and expensive, although it will probably still be considerably cheaper than buying your dress. Does Your Weight Tend to Fluctuate? While the wedding hire company will do everything they can to accommodate you, there can be limits. If your weight has gone up or down between when your dress was selected and your big day, you might encounter some issues. It might not be possible to alter a rental dress, which can put you in a difficult spot. This might not be a concern if your weight has always been relatively steady, and you can double check with the hire company. Some minor alterations might be allowed, but this is entirely dependent on the company’s individual policy. What If the Dress Is Damaged? What’s your liability if the dress is damaged? Despite your best efforts, it can be possible to damage a dress that you will be wearing as you eat, drink, and dance. Check the company’s policy with regards to what will happen if the dress is damaged. Be aware that you might need to pay for the cost of a replacement dress in a worst-case scenario. There might be insurance available to protect you against this occurrence, so it’s a good idea to find this out from the hire company. While there are some things you need to carefully think about, there are still some serious benefits to renting your dress. You can have an elegant gown in your preferred style while still saving a considerable amount of money. Perhaps that will leave you more cash for food and...

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How to Spot the Signs of Concrete Cancer

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Concrete is one of the most common building materials today and chances are you will find it in almost every home or building. But if it’s not laid correctly, concrete becomes prone to concrete cancer, and this can be a serious condition necessitating repairs. Concrete cancer occurs when the steel reinforcing within a concrete slab begins to rust. When this happens, steel expands causing the concrete around it to delaminate and flake away. It is important to have concrete cancer addressed before it accelerates and causes further cracks on the building. Causes of concrete cancer Concrete cancer occurs when steel rusts and expands within the concrete slabs. Various factors contribute to the wearing out of steel and subsequent delamination and cracking of concrete. They include the following: Poor workmanship during construction, resulting in poor treatment of reinforcing steel during the pouring of concrete. The installation of reinforcing steel with inadequate concrete cover. As rainwater seeps through the concrete, it reaches the steel which is close to the surface. The water reacts with steel to cause oxidation which occurs in the form of rust. Using incompatible reinforcing metals in proximity to each other. If they come into contact, they cause a chemical reaction which can trigger rusting. Poor installation of window and door lintels causes exposure to elements of weather, which results in rusting. Fractures or wearing out of concrete which allow water to seep through the concrete and react with the reinforcing steel to trigger rusting. Signs of concrete cancer Various signs indicate a building has concrete cancer. The most common ones you need to look out for are as follows: Localized brown discoloration on the surface of the concrete. It is usually one of the earliest signs of steel rusting. Concrete with a rough and flaky surface. It may also be pitted. Cracks in concrete with some chunks falling off the surface. The appearance of leaks in the roof or internal walls of the building. Often people mistakes these signs for general weathering or dilapidation caused by elements of weather. While such factors may play a part in exacerbating the problem, the underlying issue lies within the concrete. How to address concrete cancer If you notice any brown stains and cracks on your wall, concrete floor, or roof, it is important to contact a construction contractor for immediate repairs. The repair process usually involves removing all dummy concrete and rust from steel. After this, an anticorrosive is applied to the steel and fresh render on the concrete to restore the original look. Waterproofing may also be necessary to prevent ingress of moisture into the concrete. Concrete cancer compromises the integrity of buildings. Once detected, it should be addressed immediately to avoid further damage which could cost you more...

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A Cool Garage: Tips for Adding AC to Your Garage

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Spend a lot of time working in your garage? That can get hot and sweaty during the summer months, but you can create a bit of a relief by adding AC to your garage. Here are some tips to optimise your decision: 1. Do not connect your garage AC with your home HVAC system. Theoretically, you could cool your garage by extending the vents from your HVAC system into your garage. However, this easy addition could have unpleasant consequences — namely, you don’t want carbon monoxide filled exhaust to migrate from your garage, through your vents and into your home. Your home and garage should only be connected by vents if you do not park your car in the garage. For example, if you use the garage as a playroom or office, you can safely connect it to your existing HVAC system. 2. Consider a freestanding or portable air conditioning unit. In lieu of connecting your garage to your HVAC system, consider a portable or freestanding option. You can put a portable air conditioning unit into the window of your garage. However, if you prefer a more permanent solution, look into mini ductless units. These freestanding air conditioners fit unobtrusively on a wall in your garage, and they connect to a small unit that stays outside. They provide cooling just like traditional air conditioners, but they do not require any ductwork. 3. Remember the insulation. Cooling your garage is only half the battle. You also need to think about the heat you may be losing. Before putting in your AC, look through your garage for air gaps and spaces. Use caulk to seal cracks along your walls or spaces near your windows, and install new weather stripping on your roller door as well as any other doors you have leading into your garage. Also, consider adding insulation to your roller door. These large insulated doors can be responsible for shedding a lot of cool air from your garage or letting hot air in. 4. Circulate the air with fans. Whether you are cooling a garage or any other space, you can amplify the effects of your AC with fans. A ceiling fan is ideal for a garage, or you can use a few box fans or other small fans right by your work space. Want to get more ideas on safely and effectively cooling your garage? Contact an air conditioning contractor for...

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Property Assessment: Understanding Statutory Land Valuation

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The regular evaluation of your land is an important process in the long-term maintenance of the property. Basically, this type of assessment will help you keep up to date with the exact value of the investment. The information is also critical in managing property tax responsibilities correctly. In addition, the valuation can be fundamental in helping you determine the best way to develop the land for maximum profitability. You should hire a professional expert for statutory and evaluation to ensure that the report can withstand legal scrutiny. However, it is important to understand the process so that you can gain the most benefits from the process. Considerations for Valuing Land The statutory land value is determined by examining aspects that affect the potential profitability of the property. The most important consideration during this process is the performance of the general property market. If the real estate sector is doing well and land is appreciating, your property will have more value. The valuing expert will examine the purchase interest of your land type in the local market and take into account the feedback from land vendors and investors. Additionally, the land value will be affected by the zoning under current planning schemes, and any constraints in terms of accessibility or unfavourable physical attributes can lower the property worth. Valuing Rural Land If your land is classified as rural in the local planning schemes, it will be valued as an unimproved property. Generally, when valuing this land, the aim is to determine the potential purchase price for the natural undisturbed land. This type of statutory assessment does not take into account any developmental approvals and even land leases. Therefore, the value of your land might be rated lower. You should discuss this aspect with the assessment expert. On the other hand, the potential land taxes for property that is rated as unimproved rural land are lower, and this can be a good long-term benefit. Valuing Non-Rural Land If your property is zoned in a non-rural sector or even rural residential, you will be subject to valuation of the actual monetary value of the improved land. This means that the assessment expert will account for any improvements that have been performed. For instance, aspects such as installation of retaining walls, clearing vegetation, setting up of drainage and remediation of contaminated land will be considered. The improvements will increase the value of the land, but the potential taxation will also be higher. Therefore, check if you are eligible for deductions for the cost of site improvements.  For more information, talk to a professional like Ferrier...

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3 Reasons you Need Stoneware Baking Pans in Your Kitchen

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Stoneware is a type of clay that is fired at a very high temperature (over 1000 degrees Celsius!), and it can be used to create all kinds of household items such as plates, cups, and vases. These can look very beautiful stacked on your kitchen shelves, but many people don’t realise that stoneware items can also be used for baking. Head to any ceramics specialist and you should be able to find baking pans made from stoneware. Perhaps you like the look of these stoneware baking items, but might wonder if they are any good for using in your oven. Well, there are actually many benefits of stoneware baking pans, and here are a few. It retains heat well. Stoneware is a material that keeps heat inside very successfully. This means that you can ensure that everything you cook in the oven is baked through evenly, but you should also be aware that once you take something out of the oven, it will carry on cooking for a little while because of the residual heat in the pan. For this reason, take a cake out when it is still a little wet in the middle, and it will be fully cooked by the time of serving. It’s extremely durable. Stoneware really stands the test the time. So much so, that you’ll probably be able to pass it down to your kids. The high temperatures of an oven really don’t affect the integrity of stoneware at all because it will have already been fired at such a high temperature. Of course, with clay, if you drop it on the floor, it will most likely break or shatter, unlike something like an aluminium pan, but aside from this kind of accident, your pans will last for a very long time. Beautiful and functional. One of the greatest things about stoneware is how beautiful it looks. You can find stoneware that is painted and decorated in all kinds of ways, and it keeps its beautiful aesthetic throughout the baking process. This means that you don’t need to transfer a batch of cookies or a loaf of banana bread to a serving dish when you take it out of the oven, because bakeware made from stoneware is beautiful enough to double as a serving plate or container. Just make sure your guests are aware that stoneware is hot and they should be cautious about touching it on the...

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Simple Guidelines on Extending Magnesium Anode Lifespan

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The galvanic anode is an important product that is designed to protect important but susceptible metal structures from corrosion. Basically, these are submerged or buried features that are vulnerable to accelerated wear due to exposure to moisture. This anode component is fabricated from a more reactive metal and installed in the pertinent feature. When the items are exposed to water, the reactive anode will be corroded in preference over structures such as water heaters, boats and pipelines. There are different materials used in anode fabrication, but magnesium has numerous benefits compared to alternatives. This type of galvanic metal can protect most metal structures because of its high reactivity, and it has no limitations in terms of temperature and general environment. Unfortunately, the product is relatively pricey, so frequent replacement can be very expensive. Here are guidelines on extending the magnesium anode lifespan. Monitor Water Quality The quality of the water in which the anode will be used will affect the rate of magnesium corrosion. This property refers to the special characteristics of the water, particularly the chemical aspects. Generally, the magnesium rod should not be installed in hard water because of the difference in terms of reactivity. The anode will react at an accelerated rate to the minerals and salts in the hard water, causing premature corrosion. If you are installing the magnesium rod in a water heater and the supply has hard water, it is prudent to add a softener for better performance. However, you should not soften completely to zero because the added chemical might have a negative impact on the tank and anode. If the anode is intended for use in boats or pipes and the water is hard and saline, consider selecting zinc anodes. Choose One Anode Material The installation of two sacrificial anodes is suitable for big metal structures for better protection. However, it is important to install two magnesium anodes instead of products fabricated from two different materials. For example, if you purchase a heater with a pre-installed aluminium anode and add a magnesium one, the latter will wear faster. Aluminium is less reactive, so the magnesium anode will be sacrificially corroded to protect this metal and the heater. Regulate Temperature Finally, you should regulate the environmental temperature in which the galvanic anode will be used. This is important when working with industrial pipelines that are prone to heating and water heaters. Magnesium is unreactive in cold environments but it will corrode easily as temperatures rise. Therefore, do not utilise higher than necessary temperature for a prolonged...

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Four ideal tiles that will help make your bathroom water-resistant

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Bathroom remodeling is one of the things you might have thought of when maintaining your house. The big deal comes about in selecting the right tiles for the bathroom, especially when you want the room to be water-resistant. Irrespective of whether you have selected your favourite type of tile or not, it is crucial to make the right choice. Before doing any installation, you must not only consider the look, but the choice you make must also stand up to the children’s tidal waves, your daily steamy shower, and your pets that hate bathing. It is vital to go to a store that will help you in doing in-depth tile testing to get the right one for your bathroom. The test should incorporate scratch hardness, moisture absorption, abrasion and chemical resistance, breaking strength, and the coefficient of friction. This gives you a rough idea of every kind of tile. Here are some ways you can use tiles to increase water-resistance of your bathroom: 1.    Bathroom wall tile Besides being a stunning statement design, a bathroom wall that is fully tiled is more water-resistant. You can put natural stone into consideration as it offers a continuous design on the wall and the floor. For an additional distinguished look in your bathroom, you can use marble or granite. Alternatively, the entire wall can be extended using the mosaic tile. The mosaic has an advantage of giving you the opportunity to customize on your patterns and colours. 2.    Bathroom floor tile The floor of your bathroom needs to withstand frequent cleaning, wet conditions, and still look good at the same time. Ceramic and porcelain tiles will give your bathroom a stylish look and still maintain their water-resistance function. Porcelain tile combines distressed cement with a feel of old pavers, giving it one of the most enduring and hottest looks. 3.    Bathroom backsplash tile A backsplash is one of the necessary elements of a bathroom as it takes care of water damage. However, it can be made even more beautiful by incorporating traditional tile or mosaic. The backsplash tile can be metallic, natural stone or glass. It can be added an interesting finish or unique colour and not overwhelm the room. 4.    Bathroom shower tile Your bathroom tiles don’t have to be dull and boring to take care of their uses. They should inspire your senses with their functions and spa-like feel all over the...

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How to take care of your roll on lawn

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A roll on lawn is a great way to ensure you get a good looking lawn without you having to wait a long time to enjoy it. If you have performed the proper preparations and rolling, your lawn should look great already. However, to keep it in the same condition as when it has just been rolled out, you need to give it the proper aftercare. Water your lawn often As the roll on lawn is essentially just a plant that has been removed from its soil and transplanted, you need to make sure you give it the conditions it needs to grow. The first step to do so is to water it. Roll on lawns have a tendency to dry out quickly, as they can’t access water as easily through their roots. Watering should be done 2–3 times a day during the first 2-3 weeks and more in hot weather. You need to continue watering thoroughly until the roots have been established under the lawn. You can check the rooting by lifting a corner of the lawn to examine whether it sticks to the underlying dirt or not. If you can’t lift it, it means you can start watering less often. You should also take it easy with the watering if you see puddles of water on the lawn or if you find signs that the grass has started to rot. When to fertilise Fertilising roll on lawns does not differ from fertilising regular lawns. However, you should leave the fertilising until the lawn is firmly rooted to the ground. Roll on lawn suppliers usually fertilise the grass before delivering it, so there’s no real need to start doing it immediately. When you fertilise the lawn for the first time, make sure to use light products that won’t cause harm to the sensitive new lawn. When and how to mow Mowing is another thing that also shouldn’t take place until the lawn is firmly rooted. You should test the lawn and make sure it is stuck to the ground as well as keep an eye out for growth of the grass. If taken care of properly, a roll on lawn can have quite a growth spurt just after it has been rooted. Despite this, however, you shouldn’t cut the grass too low the first time you mow it. The lawn will need the leaf material to continue to root into the ground and if you cut it too low in the beginning, you can end up with a very sparsely grown lawn after a few...

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Common Areas in a House Where Asbestos Is Found

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Many homes were built using asbestos based products. These can present a serious hazard to you, your family and anyone who enters your home. Asbestos is made dangerous when it becomes airborne, as people will inhale the dust, which will become trapped in their lungs. Sustained exposure to this dust can lead to many different debilitating illnesses. Therefore, you want to avoid asbestos at all costs. Before the dangers of asbestos were widely known, it was used in many different materials during the construction of housing. If your house is more than a decade or two old, there is a chance that you have asbestos in your house that needs to be removed. This is not something you want to deal with yourself. If you suspect a certain materials to be asbestos based, you should have a professional technician come to your home and take an asbestos sample. If the results come back positive, your home should be treated by a professional and have the asbestos-based products removed. Here are some of the most common fixtures and fittings that are found to contain asbestos. Heating ducts Ducts can be made from asbestos or they can be wrapped with asbestos based insulation. These will look like a sort of faded white corrugated cardboard. These fixtures may also contain internal asbestos taping. This is a major concern, as when the asbestos deteriorates, it will become airborne and easily spread throughout the house through the ducts. Plumbing fixtures Many pipes are fused with asbestos based jackets, most prevalently those pipes which are connected to steam heat or radiators. This can be apparent if the piping has a surface that is white and crumbling. If there are holes present in the pipe, they should be covered up with canvas until such time that they can be sufficiently replaced. Never use duct tape as this will easily fall off. Ceilings and walls Many ceilings that have been sprayed with protective seals will have asbestos contained within them. There are also large amounts of asbestos in certain paints, which can become airborne if it is chipped or if holes are drilled into them. A lot of the plaster that used to be used in the construction process had small amounts of asbestos contained within it. This is why you should not try to scrape or sand these walls and the dust will enter into the air. Some walls may also contain asbestos based insulation within them in order to keep the house warm. Contact an asbestos inspection company for more...

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