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Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

What to Avoid When Using High-Pressure Cleaning Equipment

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 information.

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Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

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

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 crowd.

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Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Should You Rent Your Wedding Dress? Things to Consider

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 drinks!

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Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

How to Spot the Signs of Concrete Cancer

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 money.

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Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A Cool Garage: Tips for Adding AC to Your Garage

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 ideas.

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