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Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Renovating your kitchen for wheelchair access

If you or a loved one becomes restricted to a wheelchair permanently, making some renovations to your kitchen can make a great deal of difference to the amount of independence one can have day-to-day. Here are some ideas to make your kitchen wheelchair-friendly.

Lowered work surfaces

While ideally you would lower all of the bench tops, this may not be possible. If the kitchen area is shared between someone who stands and a person who is in a wheelchair, having some lower working surfaces and some higher working surfaces means you’ll both be able to comfortably use the kitchen for meal prep. For aesthetic reasons, it might make sense to have a lower bench in the centre of the kitchen as an island or to have lower benches on one side of the kitchen and higher benches on the other side of the kitchen.

Remember to also get some water outlets placed at lower levels as well as the benches, so you can easily get yourself a glass of water.

Turning radius

Research the turning radius of the wheelchair that you will be using so that you don’t have to try and perform an 18 point turn to get around a tight corner. While the Building Code of Australia applies to public buildings, private buildings such as homes only need to modify to their own situation. More modern and streamlined wheelchair models can often turn in a more streamlined circles compared to older wheelchairs.

Emergency buttons

While being able to help yourself to drinks and snacks and prepare meals can be an important part of independence for wheelchair users, the kitchen is still full of dangerous items like boiling water, knives and hot surfaces. Placing emergency buttons around the kitchen make it easy to get help if an accident does occur and the wheelchair user needs immediate help. It can be extremely hard to wheel to a nearby phone if you have just burnt your hands on a hot stove for example, so this is very important for wheelchair users.

Higher cupboards

At the same time you are lowering workbenches, it’s also important to make sure nothing important is stored at ground level, as wheelchair uses cannot usually access the lower cupboard. This can sometimes involve reorganising the cupboard levels so that heavy pots and higher jars are not stored in the bottom shelf. Instead, reorganise the cupboard to only keep rarely used items like Christmas pudding dishes in the bottom shelf.

Contact a business like Clohessy Cabinets to learn more about renovating and changing the functionality of a kitchen.

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Properly Preparing & Laying New Turf

Re-turfing a lawn or a new section of a yard is a popular DIY job for property owners. If done correctly, a new and pristine looking turf can transform the grass area into an aesthetically pleasing center piece. Although laying new turf is not particularly difficult, there are some tips and techniques you should know if you have never laid turf before; these will help you to encounter less problems and perfect a professional looking end result. This article looks at how to prepare and lay turf  properly.

Prepare the Area

To start the preparation, you will need to turn over the area with a garden fork (or spade) where you wish to lay the new turf. Use the garden tool to turn the top layer of ground over, and break the soil down. This creates a top layer of soil, in which the new turf can be laid. Once you have turned all the soil in the area, inspect it for weeds and stones. Remove these, and use a rake to level the area.

Add Fertiliser

It is a good idea to add a little fertiliser to the top soil you have created. Use fertiliser that will complement the new turf, and make sure that the first couple of inches of the top soil has fertilizer mixed through it; this will help to grow the turf when it is laid. Finally, rake the top soil so that it is reduced to a fine tilth; this means that it is ready to take the turf.

Lay the Turf

Ideally, turf should be laid into position no more than twenty four hours after you take delivery of it. Leaving it any longer will allow it to dry outand there may be a higher chance that the turf not taking root in the new area. Lay the first row of turf along a border area, and work to the opposite side. Resist stretching the turf into position; instead push the rows of turf into the correct position.

Use Wood

Lay a decent sized plank of wood along the row of turf you have just put into position, and crouch on this to lay the next row of turf. This technique avoids damaging the tuft as soon as you lay it. Work in this manner until all the turf has been laid.

Give a Good Initial Soaking

Once in position, it is important that you soak the turf from the top, through to the roots. To check that enough water has been supplied, turn a corner of turf up to see whether or not the water has soaked through to the underside; if not, pour over more water. Keeping the turf moist as it beds in is crucial.

Keep watering the grass for several weeks to help the roots establish properly. For more tips or assistance, consult resources like D & V Turf Supplies Pty Ltd.

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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Why Every Construction Crew Needs a Bump Truck Onsite

A bump truck refers to a truck that sits behind a construction crew and which alerts drivers to the crew. Short of a bump truck, a construction crew should consider a self-mounted attenuator, which is a type of alert system that attaches to the back of a truck and which may include a sign and very large type of bumper that absorbs an impact.

Many construction crews will have signs and barrels or reflective triangles to protect them, but bump trucks and attenuators are a much better choice. If you’ve never thought about this option for your construction crew, note a few of the advantages they offer.

1. Bump trucks absorb impact

Bump trucks are designed to absorb the impact of a crash. The bumper is usually thicker and placed a certain distance from the truck itself, and this provides maximum protection for your crew. Barrels and triangles do nothing to protect your workers in case of a distracted driver, and without a proper bump truck, you may see that a standard truck simply lurches forward when hit. This not only fails to protect your crew but it might even add to the danger of a crash.

Using a bump truck where there is high-speed traffic can be the best choice for giving added protection to your crew, as accidents can still happen even when lanes are blocked off. This also protects your own vehicles from damage from such a crash.

2. Attenuators can give instruction to drivers

Attenuators not only give caution to other drivers but they can give them instruction which in turn can keep them and your own crew safe. This instruction might include telling them to change lanes, to reduce speed, or to watch for your crew for a certain distance. This ensures that drivers are not only alerted to your crew’s presence but can ensure that they maintain a safe speed, can merge before they reach a lane closure, and so on.

3. Attenuators are located in a driver’s line of sight

One reason that triangles and other alerts are often missed is that they’re not in a driver’s line of sight. A driver can easily miss small alerts if they’re looking to their left or right, or if those alerts are blocked by cars in front of them. An attenuator attached to a bump truck is in the driver’s line of sight or just above it, so they’re much easier to see and more noticeable. This too adds to their effectiveness and is why they are needed by every road construction crew.

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Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Can You Fit Runflat Tyres on Your Car?

If you’ve ever been unlucky enough to suffer a puncture when driving you know how disruptive this can be. You may have to fiddle with the jack and struggle to get those wheel nuts loose, or have to wait around for some roadside assistance service to help. Maybe you’ve heard of runflat tyres and wonder whether you should consider them. What are they and what do you need to know?

What Is a Runflat Tyre?

The idea of the runflat is to provide temporary relief before you need to change the puncture. In other words, they are designed to enable you to continue driving until you reach a more comfortable location in order to initiate the change. In this way, you may be able to get home or to the nearest garage for assistance. Also, a runflat tyre can reduce the potential dangers associated with a blowout at speed when you’re driving, as they have more structural rigidity.

How Do They Work?

These tyres have reinforced sidewalls, made of toughened rubber inserts. A conventional tyre does not have these special inserts and cannot continue to support the weight of the car once all the air escapes. With a conventional tyre the car’s weight would push down and bring the wheel rim into contact with the road surface. The overall integrity is maintained when you get a puncture in a runflat, however.

Limited Driving Only

This doesn’t mean that you can drive indefinitely on one of these tyres when it is punctured. It’s recommended that you drive only at typical urban speeds for no more than 80 km, but this should be sufficient in order to get you to a place of support.

Replace, Don’t Repair

You should be aware that most retailers will not repair a runflat tyre once it is punctured, as manufacturers advise against this. This is typically because the integrity of the product could have been compromised when it is driven while punctured.

Fitting Them to Your Vehicle

You can consider fitting runflat tyres to a vehicle that was not originally designed to use them as standard equipment. Nevertheless, they must only be installed on vehicles that have a tyre pressure monitoring system as standard equipment. This will ensure that the driver is alerted to the puncture and should start looking for repair assistance. In this way they will only drive within the specified limits, as in some cases they may not even be aware that they have an issue.

Altering the Suspension

It is also advisable to get your auto mechanic to have a look at the vehicle’s suspension when you fit runflat tyres. It may be necessary to make alterations as these tyres have a much stiffer construction. As your car had been designed to run with the original, “conventional” tyres, an adjustment may need to be made to compensate in order to ensure a smoother ride. For more information, contact Ballina Tyrepro

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Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

3 Ways to Make That Beach Vacation More Fun but Still Relaxing

When planning a beach vacation, you may look forward to simply kicking back and soaking up the sun for a few days, but may also know that you’re sure to get bored if you don’t plan on doing anything else during your holiday. While you may not want to overexert yourself with activities during your trip, there are some simple ways of making your beach vacation fun but still relaxing. Consider some of these suggestions for your next holiday on the water.

1. Rent a Pontoon

A pontoon is a type of boat that is flat on the bottom, so that it can hold a larger and heavier load and so that it offers more space for walking around. It isn’t meant for speed but for using on the water and then swimming off the side, as you can more readily dive from a pontoon without risking the boat tipping. The added floor space of a pontoon makes it a good choice for groups or for fishing, as you may want to accommodate large amounts of gear and tackle. If you want to visit a lake and swim from your boat or stretch out while on the water, a pontoon is a great choice for fun and relaxation. (For more information, contact Coastal Pontoon & Jetty Repairs)

2. Look for Festivals and Beach Attractions

Choosing a beach that is offering a festival or other attraction can also keep your vacation relaxing but fun. You won’t need to leave the beach to hear live music, see a sand castle building contest, or enjoy an authentic Hawaiian luau when you find a beach with a festival. Do a bit of research before you leave for your beach vacation and find a location that will be offering a festival or other attraction right on the sand, so you don’t need to leave to enjoy yourself.

3. Take a Day Cruise or Boat Tour

A day cruise or boat tour is a great way to enjoy your beach vacation because you can relax without having to worry about steering the boat or finding your way around the waters and islands. Many day cruises will tour various channels and small islands off a coast, and they may include time for you to get off the boat and walk around in between stops. When choosing a relaxing day cruise or tour, you can also soak up the sun while on the boat and in between island stops, making it a perfect choice for a relaxing but fun excursion while at the beach.  

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