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Tips to Properly Using Your Dishwasher

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Dishwasher installation tends to cost a pretty penny. If you do not make use of your dishwasher in the appropriate manner, not only will you be missing out on its potential but you will also be decreasing its shelf life. Here are some tips to properly using your machine to avoid unnecessary repairs or replacement. Get rid of food that is caked on dishes The first thing you would need to do is remove any food chunks that may be stuck on your dishes. You do not have to rinse the dishes after you do this. All you need to do is ensure is that the chunks of food have been scraped off, as the dishwasher cannot do this for you. If there is food that was burnt on your cooking utensils, you will need to scrape this off too. Dishwashers are not designed to do this for you. Most dishwashers though can typically get rid of all kinds of food stains, so once you are done with the scraping, put them in the dishwasher. Arrange crockery appropriately Large, wide platters that should be placed at the sides of the dishwasher. This is to ensure that water is not being obstructed from reaching the other utensils that need to be cleaned. The top rack of the dishwasher should be reserved for your drinking glasses, tea and coffee mugs, as well as plastic items. You should check to ensure that the plastic items that you need to be cleaned are safe to be put in the dishwasher. On the bottom rack of the dishwasher, place your eating plates as well as your bowls. Load glassware securely Glass items should always be secured on the prongs in the dishwasher. This is to prevent them from breaking while they are being washed. Glassware shattering in the dishwasher could result in a horrific mess that is best avoided. For items that you used for baking, you should place them upside down on the bottom rack of the dishwasher. This ensures that they come in direct contact with the sprayer. When putting your cutlery in the basket for silverware, ensure that you insert them with their handles down. This does not apply for knives though, which should go in handles up. Lastly, get your dishwashing detergent and fill both the dishwasher cups with it. Get your rinse agent and dispense a healthy amount of it to the rinse agent dispenser. Proceed to close the door of the dishwasher, ensuring that it is securely locked so that there are not any leaks. Select the wash cycle that would be best suited to the load of dishes that you want to be cleaned. Then select a dry cycle for once your dishes are done. Switch on the...

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Creative Corporate Gift Ideas For Your Clients

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are the owner of a business, corporate gift-giving can be a beneficial way for you to retain your clients by showing them how much you appreciate their patronage. But instead of going the easy route and sending flowers or chocolate, you can make a better impression with an unusual or creative gift. Here are some corporate gift ideas that may help your business stand out. Wired Selfie Stick — No matter where you stand on the great selfie debate, there’s no doubt that this mode of taking photos has become one of the most popular throughout the world. That’s why sending a wired selfie stick is a gift that is both contemporary and relevant, and one that will likely get a lot of use. Wired selfie sticks have adjustable arms and a knob that locks mobile phones in place. You can also engrave the handle with the client’s name or inscribe a short message. Corporate Yo Yo– This is a fun gift that harkens back to childhood, and is perfect for your executive clients who need to release some tension. The corporate yo yo is made of stainless steel, silver or gold-plating, and you can engrave it with your company logo or the name of the person who is receiving the gift. It’s a conversation piece that your client will enjoy and it’s unique enough that you will be remembered as the head of a company that gives creative gifts. LED Umbrella — This is a gift that no one will expect, and one that will definitely brand you as a unique gift-giver. An LED umbrella lets your clients push a button to trigger different colours that are built into the handle. It not only allows them to see in the dark, but it’s probably going to draw attention, because the colours are vivid and interesting, and most people have never seen an umbrella that glows in the dark. You can engrave the handle or add a logo to the umbrella for branding purposes. Good Luck Bag — Good luck bags are the definition of a gift that keeps on giving. They are bags that contain items that people associate with good luck or good wishes, including a four-leaf clover, horseshoe, shooting star and dice. The luck items are usually made from pewter, but you can also buy luck bags with items made from sterling silver and gold plating. Your clients can carry the bag wherever they go for good luck, and if you engrave them, they will always remember that your company was a part of whatever good fortune comes their...

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Trying To Collect Money From People Who Claim They Have None? Five Money Sources Your Debtors Can Use To Pay Off Old Bills

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Trying to convince a client to pay an old bill can be frustrating for both you and the person who is in debt. In many cases, people simply need help knowing where to look for the money. To that end, consider giving your clients a bit of friendly advice. Here are five places people who may not have money in their pockets or in their banks may be able to find some extra cash: 1. Home Equity When did the debtor you are approaching buy his or her home? If he or she has owned it for years or decades, there may be equity in it, and if the debtor liquidates that equity, he or she can pay off the bill he or she owes you as well as his or her other debts. Best of all, since the loan has the debtor’s house as collateral, the debtor is likely to enjoy a lower interest rate than he or she is currently facing on credit cards or other debts. 2.  Superannuation Many people believe that you can only cash out your superannuation when you reach a certain age. However, in certain situations, you can actually cash it out early. If the client who owes you money is experiencing severe hardship due to financial issues, he or she may be able to cash out his or her account through the early release program and use some of that money to repay you. 3. Whole Life Insurance Although it is no longer sold in Australia, whole life insurance was popular during the 1970s and 80s, and if your client is older, he or she may have one of these policies. With a whole life insurance policy, you can access some of its value, and you don’t even have to die first. Unfortunately, term life insurance, which is currently common, does not have the feature where you can cash it out. Ask your client what kind of life insurance policy he or she has. 4. Payday Loans In other cases, you may be able to convince your clients or debtors to take out a temporary loan to pay off their debts to you. Payday loans, because they do not require a credit check, can be used for this purpose. 5. Friends and Family Finally, if you can convince your debtors that they need to pay their bill as soon as possible, you may be able to convince them to turn to friends and family. You can convince them to borrow the money from family or to have their family cosign a loan. Convincing someone to take out a new loan against their home or to talk to their grandma about a loan can be difficult. It is essentially an art, and if you find it challenging, you may want to consider outsourcing your debt collection efforts to a professional third-party debt collection agency, like Smart...

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5 Elements to Ensure Your Job Advertisement Attracts the Best Candidates

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The job ad is an essential tool in attracting applicants to a vacant position, but unfortunately, all too often small and medium businesses fail to get them right. They then wonder why they’ve only received few or low quality applications and are forced to hire a less than perfect candidate to meet business requirements. Often the applicant is unsuited to the role, leading to gaps in performance or resulting in the need to re-advertise the position again 6 months later. So what can you do to ensure your job ad attracts the best applicant pool possible? Consider these 5 elements before placing your next job advertisement, whether it’s with an employment agency or online job site, to not only attract qualified applicants but also a wide applicant pool to give you the benefit of choice. 1. A Clear Position Description Perhaps most importantly, to avoid a mismatch of expectations, abilities and skills, it’s important the job clearly explains what’s expected in the position. Avoid using colourful job titles, i.e. Receptionist rather than ‘Director of First Impressions’, and opt for traditional titles with relevant keywords that describe the role. This will allow qualified applicants using search engines to find your listing at a glance based on previous job titles or their experience in the field. The job ad should also include a paragraph or dot points outlining the position including regular tasks and duties associated with the role — including the challenges and demands of the position. It’s important applicants have a realistic preview of the role, so carefully consider anything in the position that could be considered misleading. 2. Engaging Writing A boringly written advertisement will send an impression of a boring company, which may narrow the applicant pool or attract ‘boring’ candidates. Use persuasive and positive language that reflects the culture of the company, whether innovative, youthful or fun loving. Remember a job advertisement is also an opportunity to spread the word about your business and is a chance to build the branding of your business. If writing is done right, it can encourage not only applicants but others who stumble across the ad to want to learn more about your business.   3. What’s in it for them? Applicants are most likely fishing in several job pools, and yours is most likely not the only job they are applying for. That’s why it’s important to include not only what YOU want but also what benefits they can expect for working for you. Every application takes time to complete. If you take the time to include information that entices people to want to work for you company such as perks and other benefits, you’ll encourage more applicants to apply for the role. 4. Use the A.I.D.A. Approach A job ad is like all other advertisements, designed to generate interest and persuade people to take action. With this in mind, follow the marketing 101 AIDA acronym. Firstly, whether with a headline, banner image or company logo, motto or other branding the job ad should attract attention. Only then can it generate interest with the details of the ad, enough to create a desire that’s strong enough to lead the applications to take action (a.k.a apply for the role.) Remembering this approach at every step of the way will allow you...

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Renovating your kitchen for wheelchair access

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

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...

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Properly Preparing & Laying New Turf

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

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...

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Why Every Construction Crew Needs a Bump Truck Onsite

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

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...

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Can You Fit Runflat Tyres on Your Car?

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

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...

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

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

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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Top Benefits of Replacing a Water Heater Tank with a Tankless Heating System

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Has your water heater broken down, and you are in the process of repairing or replacing it? Then before getting another water heater tank consider the advantages of opting for a tankless heating system. By switching to such a system, you’ll be able to save money and have access to much more hot water. By learning what the advantages of tankless water heating systems are, you can make an informed decision regarding if it will meet your requirements. With that thought in mind, read on for some top benefits of tankless water heaters. Unlimited supply of hot water: when you use a water heater tank, you will only have as much hot water as the tank has capacity. Therefore, if you are trying to run a bath, the washing machine is on, and someone is washing the dishes, then you might have trouble having enough hot water. Whereas, with a tankless water system there will be no shortage of water because the water is heated on demand. Cost effective: when using a tankless water heating system, the amount of water that you heat up is equal to the amount of hot water that you use – there is no waste of hot water. Whereas, when heating up a water tank you will need to heat it up in its entirety. However, in the event that you will only need to use half the tank of water then the other half will be wasted. Therefore, a tankless water heating system is cost effective and as a result your energy bills will be lower. Less maintenance: a tank heater will need to be emptied and cleaned out because there will be corrosion and a buildup of limescale. On the other hand, a tankless water heating system will not need any maintenance performed on it as frequently. Furthermore, the absence of anti-corrosion and limescale on tankless water heating systems means that the water will be cleaner. Less space: a tankless water heating unit will not take up as much space as a water tank heater. Therefore, you’ll have more storage space, and higher degree of flexibility when deciding where the tankless water heater should be installed. Longer lifetime: the average water heater tank will have a warranty of about years, and that number for tankless systems is in the region of 10 years. The reason for this difference is related to the fact that tankless water heating systems last longer.  For more information, contact Affordable Hot...

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Tips for Affording Common Kitchen Renovation Projects

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A kitchen renovation can make the space more useable and inviting, and in some cases even add value to your home. One challenge that many homeowners face is being able to afford the kitchen renovations they want done, since materials are often very expensive. However, there are a few simple tips that the pros often use when they need to renovate a kitchen on a tight budget. Note a few of those tips here. 1. Rework Cabinets, Rather than Replace If your kitchen cabinets are solid but just look old and worn, you may want to consider reworking them rather than replacing them. A good sanding job along with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware can make your cabinets seem brand new. If the doors of the cabinets are outdated or damaged, you may be able to simply replace those rather than the entire cabinet. This can allow you to afford the look of new cabinets without the expense. 2. Use Poured Concrete New countertops can make an entire kitchen look brand new, but materials like marble or granite can be very costly. A good solution is to use poured concrete. You may not realize it but poured concrete can be painted to stained to look like these other materials, or it can be buffed for a high shine. Concrete can also be shaped and formed very easily, so you can add the personal touch of a rounded countertop or one in any shape. Concrete is typically a fraction of the cost of these other materials so you can use it in the kitchen and also all the home’s bathrooms, for a matching look. 3. Look for Remnants If you must have granite or marble for a countertop in the kitchen, shop for remnants. These are pieces left over from other jobs and they are usually more affordable than new pieces. You may not have as many options with remnants but typically you can find something that will work for your kitchen, for much less money overall. 4. Shop for Used Fixtures Salvage yards or online sites that offer used sinks, light fixtures, shelves, and other items you need for your kitchen renovation can be a great way to save. You might find the items you need and which look just as good as brand new, but for less money than buying these new at a home improvement or supply store. You might even find items with more character than what you see in stores, such as an oversized ceramic sink or pendant lights reclaimed from a restaurant. These add character to your kitchen renovation without the cost. For more information, contact Davis & Park...

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