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Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Frequently Asked Questions About Precast Concrete

If you’re a developer who’s looking to put up a lot of building projects or you’re a civilian who is building a house, one thing you may want to consider is the use of precast concrete. Unlike standard concrete, precast concrete is made in a controlled facility and can offer you several advantages. So to bring you up to speed, here are some commonly asked precast concrete questions.

What Exactly Is Precast Concrete?  — Similar to prefabricated houses, precast concrete is a structure that is made in a controlled factory setting, then shipped to construction sites for immediate attachment. Precast concrete spans a wide variety of items such as retaining walls, bridge posts, water storage tanks, electrical vaults, pavements, driveways and foundation slabs. Unlike standard concrete, precast concrete is already finished and ready for installation when it arrives at a site. With standard concrete, the mix has to be poured and has to harden before it can be used in construction.

How Can Using Precast Concrete Save Money? — By virtue of the fact that precast concrete is already finished when it arrives at your construction site, you won’t be paying for additional labour costs waiting for fresh concrete to be poured and mixed on-site. This means that your construction can proceed at a much faster rate with precast concrete. In addition, because there’s a uniformity in the manufacturing process at precast concrete plants, material can be purchased in bulk at discount costs, which means that you’ll be paying less for the concrete. You’re also not a prisoner to the dictates of harsh weather when you use precast concrete, because it’s made indoors so the elements don’t affect the production schedule. Contractors work more efficiently because they’re assured that precast concrete has already been measured and will come together with precision based on computer-aided design models used in the building process.

What Design Options Does One Have With Precast Concrete? — There are practically no design limitations when it comes to precast concrete. You can have unusual shapes made such as straight or curved profiles or highly articulated or detailed etchings. You can also photo engrave images of people or animals on your concrete, have window shapes and door shapes cut into the concrete and add different hues and colours into the concrete that can mimic material such as granite, quartz or marble. You can also choose to have precast concrete treated with special dyes that allow it to change colours based on the temperature of the concrete.

For more information, contact a company like Jetline Kerbing Contractors.

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Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Common Issues That Must Be Treated By A Tree Service

Having a yard filled with trees can be a wonderful thing, but it also can require a lot of work. Trees are alive, and like anything that is alive, they are susceptible to certain types of illnesses, as well as problems caused by insects and even sometimes humans. It is important to have all of these issues taken care of right away by professional tree services in order to save the trees whenever it is possible. Here are some of the most common tree problems, and how to know if your trees are affected.


This is a type of fungus which, when left unchecked, can turn the leaves yellow. If you notice the leaves on your trees changing colors, and it isn’t the fall, it is time to contact tree services to have the problem diagnosed and treated. This problem tends to be the most common in oak trees, and is often referred to as “oak wilt”.


This is another problem that is common to oak trees, especially pin oaks. The leaves are not getting the proper amount of chlorophyll, which is what makes them nice and green. The leaves will turn yellow, beginning at the top of the tree. This is often caused when the soil near the tree is too acidic.

Stem Roots

You may notice that some tree roots are actually growing out of the ground. When this happens, they also grow around the trunk and keep water from getting beneath the tree. With a lack of water, the tree won’t be getting the nutrition it needs to grow and thrive.

Rhizophera Needle

This is a problem that is mainly seen in spruce trees. Fungus grows up the trunk and branches of the tree, turning the needles brown. You can tell that you have this problem if you notice your spruce trees are brown or spotty.

Japanese Beetle Grubs

There are many types of insects that can really do a number on your trees. Japanese beetle grubs can eat all of the roots of a tree, and as the beetles mature, they will move on to eat the leaves and the bark. This is one of the more difficult tree problems to treat, as these insects will eat from the bottom of the tree and work up from there.


This is actually a problem that you can avoid completely. All you have to do is refrain from cutting branches off the tree. When you cut them down to the point where there is little left, they are going to dry out, and they are not going to grow. If you need to have branches cut, have it done by a professional tree service that can do it without damaging the rest of the tree.

For more assistance with your trees, contact a company like Cutting Edge Tree Maintenance.

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Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Repair Your Refrigerator’s Faulty Door Gasket at Home

Lots of refrigeration repairs need a refrigeration mechanic. Luckily, there are some common faults that can be repaired at home until you are able to call the professionals.

One of these easy repairs is the fridge’s door gasket. Doesn’t your door close all the way? It might be the gasket. A faulty gasket can lead to:

  • The fridge not cooling things properly
  • Condensation and frost build up due to warm air getting inside
  • Wasted energy since the warm air will cause the fridge to work harder to keep cool

Avoid these issues by learning how to repair a faulty gasket.

Is the gasket the problem?

You can verify if your gasket is faulty by placing a piece of paper between it and the fridge’s door jamb. If the paper comes out easily when you try to pull it out, there’s an issue with the gasket.

You can determine the type of gasket you need by reading your owner’s manual and finding out the model of the refrigerator. If you can’t find out what model it is, contact the manufacturer directly.

You can purchase a new gasket at dedicated appliance stores. Ask the employees for help to choose the right one.

1. Prepare the gasket

You need to prepare the new gasket by making it be the correct temperature for it to be pliable enough for mounting. Most gaskets have instructions that come with them that detail the methods you can use for preparing them, but if there are none you have two options:

  1. Leave it in the same room as the fridge for 24 hours to allow the gasket to conform to the same humidity and temperature levels as the current on
  2. Soak it in warm water until it becomes pliable enough for the seal to work

2. Remove the old gasket

Removal methods may differ depending on the materials holding your gasket in place. It may have adhesive strips, screws, or clips that fasten it to the door panel.

  • Adhesive strips—pry away the gasket with a putty knife, holding it between it and the door panel to get the gasket off.
  • Screws—remove them with a screwdriver.
  • Clips—open them manually.

Removal should be done one side at a time, to make sure that all the fastening components have been removed and to prevent leaving behind pieces of the gasket.

3. Clean the mounting area

Leftover residue from the old gasket may prevent the new one from attaching correctly. Use a sponge with liquid dishwasher soap and warm water to clean the mounting area. For stubborn patches use a steel wool scrubbing pad.

4. Attach the new gasket

Depending on the gasket manufacturer and your refrigerator, the tools needed to attach the gasket may vary. Refer to the gasket instructions to determine which supplies are needed.

Apply the gasket to the door panel one side at a time. Make sure that each side is straight and properly aligned, and smooth it out to ensure it lies flat against the panel, without any bumps or curling edges. Use the tools indicated by the gasket manual to secure it. If the gasket requires gasket cement or adhesive glue you will need to let it dry before you can begin using your fridge’s door.

Gasket replacement may solve your door issues in a pinch. If the problem still persists, call a refrigeration mechanic such as iKool Refrigeration Pty Ltd and let them have a look at it.

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Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Why Metal Roofing Is Good For The Environment

If you are thinking that it is time to have a new roof installed on your home, you may want to consider getting a metal roof. These are becoming more and more popular, not only because they are less expensive and easier to maintain, but also because it is also better for the environment than other types of roofing materials. Here are some of the ways that metal roofing can help the environment.

Metal Roofing Is Long-Lasting

When you have metal roofing installed, you can be sure that it is going to last for as long as you own your home. In fact, because metal roofing products are so durable, there are often lifetime warranties. You will likely leave your home long before the roof wears out. A traditional roof with asphalt shingles will need to be replaced in about 15 to 20 years. Metal roofing will last well over 50 years. Because it lasts so long, that means there won’t be roofing materials taking up space in landfills.

Metal Roofing Is Recycled—And Recyclable

Traditional roofing materials aren’t recycled, and they are made from new materials. Metal roofing is made with a lot of recycled metals, and if you do decide to replace it, all of the materials can be either reused or recycled to make other products. This is one of the main reasons why this type of roofing is considered to be environmentally friendly.

Metal Roofing Is Energy-Efficient

Having metal roofing is like adding more insulation to your home. You can save a lot of money on your energy bills by having a metal roof installed. If you live in a warmer area, a metal roof can help keep your home cool. The materials and special coatings used will reflect the rays of the sun, so you have a cooler home in the summer and you don’t have to use your air conditioning as much. Whether it is painted or not, the metal will reflect the sun. But, if you choose to have a white coating, you are going to have even more benefits, because it will reflect the sun’s rays even more.

If you live in an area where there are cooler temperatures, you can choose to have your metal roofing painted a darker color. That way, it is going to absorb the sun’s rays, and transfer the heat into your home. This is going to help you cut back on your home heating bills.

For more information, contact a company like Roof Tek Roofing.

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Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How To Run A Safe Community Concert

Running a community concert is a great way to attract new people into your community area and can be a good way to showcase the talent in your local area. However, even if people are not paying for the concert tickets, as concert organiser you are responsible for the safety of the patrons and the performers. Here are some important concert design aspects to consider.


Keeping the crowd safe requires a bollard configuration that limits access to the stage while not allowing the crushing of patrons. Bollards that can be easily dismantled can also let medical staff reach patients in the middle of the crowd quickly and easily.

Crowd Control

Hiring professional crowd control staff can both prevent issues and help manage small flare-ups before they become huge brawls. Ensure that the crowd control staff have distinctive uniforms so that they see each other from a distance and ensure good communication between all members of the team so they can call for backup when required.


Hydration, particularly in summer, is very important as the crowd temperature will be higher than the ambient temperature due to body heat. Hydration issues and heat stroke can be aggravated in patrons who have taken alcohol or other drugs.

Having free or cheap water on hand is a good way to ensure that crowd stays hydrated.

First Aid

For a small fee you can hire charity first aid providers such as St John’s Ambulance to provide onsite first aid support. This is particularly relevant if you are expecting large crowds or if your concert site is challenging for an ambulance to access.

Water and electricity are not friends

It’s important to do everything you can to prevent water getting into the sound equipment both for the health of your equipment and for the safety of your performers. You can place waterproof covers over the vulnerable areas as well as label the area to indicate it can not have any water contact. If your concert is in a park, you can also request the position and timing of sprinklers to keep the equipment and crowd from getting soaked.

Emergency muster points

You need to have clearly marked muster points so that you easily vacate the site in the event of a threat or dangerous activity. Get the performers or MC to mention the points to the patrons before the event starts. It might also be good to have the MC mention the points between sets, too. 


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