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Why Ducted Heating Systems Are Ideal For Any Household

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

As the name suggests, a ducted heating system is one that functions to provide heating throughout your residence using a network of ducts. A ducted heating system will be made of a heating unit that is connected to insulated ducts. These insulated ducts are installed in various rooms in your home according to where you would like the heat to be directed. A misconception some people have is that ducted heating systems are installed in homes during the construction process. The truth is you can opt to have a ducted system installed in your home even if you previously did not have the ducts and vents in place. Here are some of the reasons why ducted heating systems are ideal for any household.  A ducted heating system is energy efficient When it comes to selecting a heating system for your household, most homeowners would like one that enables them to use energy efficiently. With some heating units, you typically only have control over the temperature you would like for your residence. The heating system then distributes heat throughout the residence until this temperature is achieved. These systems are not the most energy efficient option as you inadvertently end up heating rooms that are not even in use. With a ducted heating system, you even have the chance of opting to zone your house.  Zoning gives you the ability to control which rooms are heated individually, rather than having your entire house heated simultaneously. This enables you to keep your utility bills economical, as you will not be wasting energy by heating spaces that are unoccupied. You can make your ducted heating system even more energy efficient by opting to use natural gas as its energy source rather than electricity.  A ducted heating system has high air quality Another reason that ducted heating systems would be ideal for any residence is the high air quality they provide to the household. There are several ways that a ducted heating system has improved air quality when compared to other heating systems. Firstly, a ducted system does not dry out your indoor air. As such, there is a lesser risk of respiratory problems when using this system.  Secondly, the central heating unit that the ducted heating system uses is located outdoors. This eliminates the chance of any fumes being circulated in your indoor air.  Thirdly, ducted heating systems come with inbuilt filters. These eliminate any particles and contaminants from the air being circulated in...

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The Advantages of Glass Splashbacks in a Kitchen

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Every type of material that you can choose for a kitchen splashback will have its own pros and cons, and glass is certainly no different. However, there are some very good reasons why homeowners choose glass for their splashback and for their kitchen benchtops. If you’re in the market for a new splashback for your kitchen, note why glass can be the best option over any other material. Easy to switch looks Glass splashbacks are typically not glued onto a wall. Instead, long pieces of glass are cut to fit the wall and then attached with connectors at each corner. The wall behind the splashback is painted, and the glass works to protect it. This can make it easier to change the look of your kitchen; you can have the splashback removed so you can repaint, and then have the splashback attached again just as easily. If you were to choose any type of tile as your splashback, removing it can mean removing the drywall to which it’s adhered and having to replace both the drywall and the tile. This can be a costly and messy job, so if you tend to update your kitchen’s appearance often, glass is the better option. More durable Tile used for kitchen splashbacks and benchtops is very durable, but it could still break if you were to set down something very heavy, pound something on the benchtop, or even expose it to high heat. The glass used for splashbacks and benchtops is very durable and meant to withstand this type of rugged abuse and heat from the kitchen. You may find that a glass splashback or benchtop lasts much longer than any type of tile, laminate, and other such material, so you would need to repair or replace it much less often over the years. Lightweight The splashback and benchtop material you choose will add weight to the walls of the kitchen and the cabinets themselves. In older homes that may have wood frames and flooring that have weakened over the years, you may find that you need to brace up the frame or the subfloor before you can add certain heavy tiles or a stone like granite. Glass is very lightweight and because a glass splashback is not glued to the wall itself, it typically won’t need this added bracing. It also won’t add much extra weight to the counters so you may not need to brace up the subfloor. This can make it a more affordable installation and also protect your home from potential damage caused by heavier...

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Garbage Removal Services: Why You Should Let the Professionals Handle It

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When it comes to handling your household garbage, hiring a local professional garbage removal service is certainly the best way to go. At a reasonable fee, you will get all your garbage taken care of in an efficient, safe and responsible manner. However, for those of you who are still determined to handle your own household garbage, there are a few things you may want to consider. The equipment In order to handle the garbage on your own, you will have to get a skip bin to hold and transport the garbage from your home. You will need to find a good skip bin hire deal or purchase one, if you feel so inclined, which you will then have to maintain at your own cost. Having a garbage removal service handle this for you, means you will not have to think about skip bins or their maintenance. Safety concerns Unless you are quite keen on separating your garbage, there are some hazardous materials that get thrown in together with the rest. These include items such as household cleaners, batters, fluorescent bulbs, garden chemicals and paint products, among others. They emit fumes that can be harmful to your health if you are repeatedly exposed to them, requiring protective clothing when handling this garbage. Most professionals are better equipped to handle these risks than you are, so it is better to let them handle it and eliminate the risk of disease. Another safety concern has to do with handling the skip bins or dumpsters that store and remove the garbage from your property. Bins and dumpsters are made from dense material so that they can be viable for use with minimal repairs for a long time. This makes them quite heavy so that without proper skills and equipment to move them, you could get seriously injured. Rather than risking injury, let the professionals handle it. Disposal If you choose to handle your own household garbage, you are choosing to be responsible for both the collection and removal of the garbage from your home, as well as the final disposal of it at the right place. There are designated dumping sites that you can locate within your state or municipality, and you will have to pay in order to access them. Further, there may be items in the garbage that can be recycled and while you may know a few, there are others you may not be aware of simply because you are not a professional in the garbage business. Garbage removal companies have a rapport with the disposal sites so by hiring bins, you will save both time and money dealing with these sites. In addition, they know all the recycling plants and can easily ensure that all the re-usable materials get to them in proper condition, something you may not be able to do as...

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Finding a Contractor to Maintain Your Swimming Pool

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A pool takes up a considerable amount of money and investment to construct. Seeing all these colossal amounts of money go down the drain is quite an unpleasant experience. All this can happen when you hire an amateur to do the job. Care has to be taken when maintaining the pool and, therefore, in selecting a proper pool maintenance contractor. There are definitely a few things you will want to consider when looking to hire a contracting company to maintain your swimming pool.  Do a Background check. A pool is too big of an investment to just let amateurish work spoil it. If you are seriously looking for a qualified contractor, then it is time to do a proper background check. This involves looking at records relating to the business and seeking for any complaints on the maintenance company. Search for a listed accredited company and follow them, even on social media, and get reviews, recommendations, or complaints on the company. Positive reviews equal better customer service. Get Recommendations. You know that neighbour or colleague with a swimming pool? The best real-time honest opinion about their maintenance contractor is from them. It is from them that you can also settle on a targeted list of who to approach. This group is normally willing to share their experience.  They can direct you away from or to a particular set of contractors. Recommendations can also come from internet forums or community websites where people share insights into the pool maintenance experiences they have had. But care and caution have to be taken in these, as they are easy to compromise. Get references:  You have spoken to your neighbour and also gotten recommendations from sites and friends. You select the company you want and arrange a meeting. The most logical step to take is to ask for the list of clients that they have maintained pools for. If the contractor is volunteering the list of their clientele, then it’s a great sign. Go through the list and don’t just pick the top four. Randomly go through the list and choose contacts randomly. Get their honest opinion and reviews about the contractor. Most importantly, know when the job was done. This is a pointer to whether the listed clients have been cherry picked. Always listen to your gut: From the time the contractor approaches you, always ask yourself whether they are worth the trouble. Too-low estimates or asking for payment in cash can be pointers. Follow your gut no matter...

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How to Create a Mini Yard on Your Apartment Balcony

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Exposure to nature is proven to have positive effects on your mental and physical health. However, if you’re one of the 11% of Australians living in a flat, you’ve probably not had the luxury of a yard to visit every day — until now. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to turn your apartment balcony into a miniature garden. 1. Lay Artificial Grass The logistics of laying down real turf on a concrete or wooden balcony are a little too complex to make it worth your while, but astroturf is a great alternative. High quality commercial synthetic grass can look just as good as the real thing, without all the drawbacks. As long as your balcony is relatively flat with good drainage, you’ll be able to get artificial grass laid on your balcony with little difficulty. Call in a professional to ensure your luscious lawn is the perfect foundation for your new mini yard. 2. Get Potted Plants Since you won’t have any soil to grow them in, pot plants are your next best bet. A variety of plants will adapt to container growing — from flowers to vegetables. The right plants for you will depend on how much space you have, which containers you prefer, and whether your house faces the sun. If you do your research before choosing, you’re bound the find the perfect foliage for your new yard.  3. Place Outdoor Furniture What good is a yard if you can’t immerse yourself in it? Depending on the size of your balcony and its weight limits, you’ll have plenty of options for outdoor furniture. If you like relaxing, an outdoor chaise lounge and parasol will give you the opportunity to bask in the glory of your new garden. If you’re a foodie, why not opt for a table and chairs with a small barbecue? Unless your have a balcony that can withstand a very high load, opt for lightweight, wooden furnishing. 4. Attract Wildlife You’ve got the flora — now you need the fauna. Being high off up the ground, you’re in the perfect position to attract birds and butterflies to your new yard. Plants with pollen and nectar (like lavender and honeysuckle) will create a haven for pollinating insects like bees and butterflies. If you prefer birds, they’ll appreciate brightly coloured flowers too. If you have enough space, birdbaths, nest boxes, and feeders will all boost your chances of creating your own tiny wildlife park. Even if you don’t have a lot of space, it is possible to create a mini oasis so you can enjoy the benefits of the...

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Improving Treatment of Your Household Wastewater to Reduce Contamination

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Having a wastewater disposal system in your home is important. However, with such systems, your household wastewater should be properly managed as well. This is because the wastewater may contain contaminants that can degrade the quality of water for uses like drinking, food preparation, and watering of livestock. Some of the potential contaminants in your household wastewater include infectious viruses, excess nutrients like nitrates, and disease-causing bacteria. Properly installed and maintained systems for the treatment and disposal of household wastewater will reduce the impact of the system on surface and ground water. Therefore, here are ways of effectively handling your household wastewater.  Volume Minimizing the volume of household wastewater that enters your treatment system is an effective strategy. This is because less volume improves the treatment by reducing the number of times you have to empty your holding tank. This means that waste will spend more time in the system, increasing the time for settling, aeration, decomposition, and soil contact. To reduce the volume of wastewater, you will have to minimize water use. You can do in many ways. For instance, eliminate the non-functional uses like flushing your toilets to dispose of waste, such as tissue, which can be disposed like solid waste. You can also turn off the water between uses and fix any plumbing leaks. More importantly, create awareness in your family on how to reduce water use. Quality Domestic wastewater often contains some amounts of contaminants. This amount can be relatively small, but has a huge impact on the usefulness of the water in your home. Therefore, to ensure that you are improving the quality of your wastewater, try the following: If you have a garbage disposal unit, minimize its use because they deposit large amounts of organic matter and suspended solids into your septic system. Moreover, they use additional water, and since you want to minimize water use, this won’t be so good. Don’t push disposable diapers, paper towels, tampons or grease down the drains of your septic tank because such materials can clog the system and affect its performance. Avoid putting toxic substances in the drain of your septic tank because they will end up in the ground water. Such substances include solvents, acids, degreasers, and the like. Collection Collect all the waste that should be treated to minimize the escape of untreated waste. Leaking treatment pipes or tanks can allow the wastewater to return to your water supply system without being treated adequately. Moreover, don’t let rainwater or water from your roof drainage to add to the volume of your wastewater. Instead, divert the clean water away from your house. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Multiple Trades &...

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Clogged Central Vacuum System? 3 Areas to Look

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Having a central vacuum cleaner or system in your home is convenient because of its many advantages. With this system, you can quickly clean up messes whenever they occur. Nonetheless, despite being essential, central vacuum systems are prone to clogs. The good news is that you can actually take care of this problem by yourself. The bad news is that if you don’t even know how to locate the clog in the first place, you will find yourself seeking the local central vacuum cleaning and repair services every time your system develops this problem. Therefore, to make sure that this doesn’t happen, here are 3 important areas to look at: Filter/Bag Clogs If your motor unit hasn’t been maintained well or if you vacuumed fine particles recently, the filter or bag of the unit can be clogged. Since locating the clog is the first thing you will have to do, it is important to look out for the signs that your system is clogged. For this reason, the clearest indicator is often low or no suction at all. If the filter or bag of your motor unit were clogged, you would observe low suction from each inlet, including the one on your motor unit itself. To take care of this problem, you need to replace the filter (for bagless units) and the bag (for bagged units). Hose Clogs If your motor unit is not clogged and you are still experiencing low suctions at every inlet, your hose could be the issue. The easiest way to do this is by running a ball bearing or marble through the hose to observe whether it will pass all the way through. If it doesn’t, you can clear the hose by running a plumber’s snake or a stiff wire through it. Alternatively, you can fit the hose into the inlet valve of your built in vacuum in reverse and let the system clear out the clog. Nonetheless, this may not be a good idea since you can easily transfer the clog into your central vacuum system. Piping/Inlet Clogs If just one inlet valve is not receiving suction and there are others, check them as well to help you isolate the clog’s location. To do this, you can place a facial tissue in front of every valve and open the valve for the tissue to be sucked in. You can then check your trash receptacle to identify whether the tissue made it down, and if it did, move to the next valve. To take care of these clogs, you can tightly fit the hose of another vacuum cleaner to the clogged inlet valve with your built in system turned off. This will hopefully suck out the clog. You can loosen the clog by switching the other vacuum cleaner on and off....

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Types of underpinning for foundations

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If the foundation of your home can no longer provide support, you may be required to carry out underpinning. In construction or renovation, it is the process of strengthening the foundation of an existing building. A building may require underpinning for a number of reasons which include the following: The original foundation is faulty or not stable enough. Weight, such as an extra storey, is being added on to the structure A change in the properties of the soil surrounding the foundation Construction of nearby structures that requires soil around existing structures to be excavated. To increase the depth of existing foundations Movement of the foundation as a result of earthquakes, floods or other natural causes Soil subsidence which has caused the foundation to sink. Available underpinning methods The reason why your foundation requires underpinning is an important indicator of the method to use. And while underpinning services are carried out by specialists, having some little knowledge will help you make the right decision when you receive quotations from structural and geotechnical engineers The methods available for strengthening your foundation may, among others, include the following. Beam and base underpinning This is a more technically advanced variation of concrete underpinning that involves construction of a reinforced concrete beam either below or above an existing one, or in replacement of the existing footing. Mass concrete bases are then constructed strategically and the weight of the building transferred on to them by the reinforced beam. Mass Concrete Underpinning Concrete underpinning increases the mass of the foundation to strengthen it. Extensive excavation is done around or under and then concrete is poured strategically. The method is applied where the existing foundation lies at a shallow depth. It is a simple and cheap method that does not require use of heavy machinery though it can be a slow process. Also, the building can still be used while renovations are being done. Expanding resin injection underpinning This underpinning method is fast, least invasive and does not involve excavation. A mixture of hardener and resin is injected into the ground. The mixture expands and fills any spaces or cracks and also compacts loose soil. The process may even raise sunken parts of a building. Resin injection is a simpler and less expensive method. Underpinning costs Whatever method you choose to use will have varying costs depending on a number of factors, which include the following: Location of the building The type of footings in the foundation Soil type Accessibility of the foundation Amount of materials...

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Never Try to Handle These Jobs Without the Help of an Electrician

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Many homeowners assume they can handle a number of renovation, construction, and remodeling jobs on their own, without the help of certain professionals. It’s true that online videos and other tutorials can go a long way toward teaching you how to install floor tiles, a new sink, and so on, but there are still many jobs that you don’t want to handle yourself. Jobs that involve electricity can be especially dangerous to do on your own; note a few of those jobs here so you know when to call an electrician to assist. 1. Installing a hot tub Installing a hot tub on your back deck or other such area means much more work than simply setting it up and plugging it into a wall outlet. The heater and jets of the tub will demand quite a bit of electrical power, so chances are it should be wired to its own circuit. You also want to ensure that electrical cords, outlets, and other such components are safely covered or otherwise protected when near any type of water fixture, including a hot tub. Don’t assume you can just handle this installation on your own, but have an electrician check the wiring and all other electrical components for you. 2. Putting in a new home theater or entertainment system You may not think that televisions, DVD players, gaming systems, and such components will be a drain on your home’s electrical systems, but these pieces do require quite a bit of power to run. This is especially true if you have many of them working at the same time; if you have the gaming system plugged into a large television and the stereo system, you’re demanding quite a bit of electrical power. Trying to do this with older wiring can overload those wires and, in turn, cause them to become frayed and bare. When you’re ready to install a new home theater or even an upgraded entertainment system, have an electrician check the amps needed for those pieces and if your home’s wiring can support those demands. 3. Removing old wiring It’s easy to think that you can simply remove old wiring by disconnecting it from its circuit and then closing up the wall around it, but this can be a mistake. If you don’t properly cap off those electrical wires, this can allow electricity to still circulate and, in turn, potentially char and burn the building materials around it. Before you remove any old wiring, call an electrician to ensure it’s done properly. For more information, contact a local electric services company like All Electrical...

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How to Deal with Aluminium Supply for Finished Products

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The supply of aluminium alloys is normally done in the form of semi-finished products. It therefore calls for dealership processes to turn aluminium materials into finished and usable products. These semi-finished aluminium products include sheets, coils, wires, plates, extrusions and tubes. However, all this aluminium supply can be fabricated into finished products through a wide range of processes. This article looks at the various processes that aluminium supply goes through when contractors and manufacturers make finished products. Methods of Cutting Aluminium Depending on the shape and form, aluminium can be cut using several methods. Plates are cut using specialized saws, lasers and water or plasma jets to produce finished pieces with the desired elaborate shapes.  Cutting with water jet is especially advantageous because the process does not generate heat and therefore does not interfere with the properties of aluminium. Tubes and extrusions are cut using circular saw blades with carbon tips. This can be improved by the use of stick wax on the blades for lubrication. Guillotining and band-sawing are other cutting methods suitable for aluminium supplies. Joining Aluminium Welding is a perfect way of joining aluminium. However, aluminium has a strong oxide layer that has higher melting point than aluminium. This means that this layer must be removed and prevented from re-forming before welding is done. This layer is removed by chemical, electrical or mechanical means by qualified professionals.  Care must be taken not to overheat aluminium, as this may affect the properties of the metal. Unlike stainless steel supply, aluminium has a lower melting point. When producing finished products from aluminium supply alloys, grade selection should consider the durability of the alloy when in use. Aluminium joints are also dependent on the alloy tempers and formability. Deep Drawing Aluminium cans are made using this fabrication method. All finished products through this method assume a cup-like shape. It entails the use of force on a sheet of soft alloy to produce a female cavity. How to Bend Aluminium Aluminium supply materials are bent using four techniques. These are three roll bending, three point bending, wrap and mandrel bending and stretch forming. All these techniques are used on different aluminium alloys to produce different finished products. Soldering and Brazing Aluminium Like in welding, the oxide layer must be removed and temperature controlled to get the desired results. Aluminium is difficult to solder but a professional will still manage. A small area of the metal can be soldered while a longer portion can get distorted. The flux used to remove the oxide must also be removed immediately after soldering, as it corrodes aluminum. Brazing aluminium can also be done when proper temperature control is...

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Details to Look For in a Demolition Waste-Management Plan

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Residential demolition projects are often expensive. For this reason, there is no room for mistakes when it comes to hiring a damage or demolition contractor or similar professional. There are various ways to determine the reputability of demolition contractors. Contractors worth their salt are aware of the importance of proper demolition waste management. As such, a reputable contractor should be in a position to present prospective clients with a detailed waste-management plan prior to the demolition exercise. Here are a few details that should not be overlooked in a demolition waste management plan. Financial Details As earlier mentioned, demolition-related exercises can be costly. Therefore, it is important for the homeowner to insist on the justification of all expenses to be incurred in the process. The cost of demolition waste management often has a significant impact on the overall cost of the project. In order to justify these costs, it is imperative for the demolition contractor to provide a detailed budget on the estimated cost of the most efficient way to manage waste. For increased accountability and transparency, the demolition contractor should have this budget as part of the waste-management plan, separate from the main budget for the project. Procedural Details Among the first things to look for in a demolition waste-management plan is an explanation of the various procedures or processes that the contractor will use in a bid to reuse or recycle waste products. Demolition waste products such as crashed concrete and timber can be put to alternative use on-site, or they can be used on construction-related activities on a different site. A good waste-management plan should also include details on the types of recyclable waste products that the demolition contractor handles on a regular basis. More detailed plans will include details of the recycling plant(s) that the contractor works with on a regular basis. The plan should also include details of procedures to be used in the disposal of demolition wastes and the final destination of such waste should the need for waste disposal arise. Structural Details On-site management of demolition waste creates the need to erect structures that will aid in waste handling and storage. Consequently, a demolition waste-management plan should provide detailed descriptions of all structures to be erected and drawings of the same wherever possible. Apart from helping the homeowner to establish the reputability of demolition contractors, a detailed waste-management plan provides an assurance that the demolition exercise will have minimal negative impact on the environment. Speak to a representative from a company like Dig Dig Pty Ltd to learn...

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