Pages Menu


Three Types of Concrete Joint Sealing Products

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Types of Concrete Joint Sealing Products

Concrete is a valuable building material because it is resilient, durable and versatile in terms of potential applications. In addition, there are diverse design options for concrete since the material can be coloured, stained and even textured to produce varying visual effects. However, you should note that concrete structures require some maintenance for continued quality performance. This is particularly important if you have installed a concrete driveway or sidewalk in your property. Generally, these surfaces are constructed with expansion joints which allow proper enlargement and contraction depending on temperature fluctuations. If the joints are neglected, they will allow moisture to flow under the slabs causing structural damage. Concrete joint sealers are soft materials which are filled into the space to prevent intrusion from water and dirt. They do not limit expansion and can improve the surface appearance. Here are the main types of concrete sealers available in the market. Liquid Sealants As implied, liquid sealants are purchased as fluid products which can flow easily into the expansion joints. They can be purchased in local stores and they are typically packaged in tubes and even pails. The material can be applied using a nozzle or you can obtain a backer rod to control the seepage of the sealing fluid. The main benefits of choosing liquid sealants are the ease of application and the relatively low cost of purchase.  Good products such as high-quality silicone sealants will provide watertightness, resistance to UV degradation and long-term service. Impregnated Foam Sealants Impregnated foam sealants are made using cellular polyurethane. The process involves impregnating or filling up the foam cells with water repellent adhesive compounds. The material is compressed to provide a compact sealant product which can be placed directly into the expansion joints. You can purchase the preformed and pre-compressed foam sealant as finished products from building material stores. The main advantage of choosing this type over the liquid sealants is that the foam provides thermal insulation in addition to moisture non-permeability. This reduces the probability of cracking due to sudden temperature changes. Hybrid Sealants Hybrid sealants are manufactured by combining the properties of both the liquid and impregnated foam sealants. Basically, the products are designed and produced by applying silicone fluid over a polyurethane foam backing. The foam provides the secure anchoring between the joints, thermal insulation and resilience against the movement of concrete. The upper liquid sealant provides stability and durability because it can fold and unfold without extensive stress or allowing penetration by moisture. For more information on sealing your concrete, you can contact a concrete construction company like Allied Concrete Cutting & Drilling Pty...

read more

Important Factors to Note When Buying a New Carport

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Factors to Note When Buying a New Carport

A carport can protect your car as well as any RV, ATV, lawn care equipment and anything else that needs some protection from the elements. They’re a very affordable alternative to a garage, or they can be installed on a property in addition to a garage. They can even be used as a patio area for outdoor entertaining. Before you buy a carport, note a few important factors to consider and to review with the installer so you choose the right style and know what to expect.  1. The roof type The roof type you choose will be determined by your budget and the level of protection you need for items stored under your carport. Most standard roofs are two simple panels that curve at the frame of the carport. This type of roof may be the most economical. A more costly option, but one that offers more protection, are roof panels that are connected to the frames and which don’t have sloping ends. These allow water and other debris to slide off the roof and away from the carport, whereas the roof style with curved sides allows the water to run by the sides of the carport. When choosing a roof style, you also want to note the direction of the ridges. These can run side to side or back to front; if the carport is installed right next to your home, you may want water to run off the front and back of the carport versus the sides. 2. The cement pad If you’re going to be pouring cement as a pad for your carport, be sure you ask your installer or the company from which you purchase your carport the measurements needed. In some cases the pad must be smaller than the actual dimensions of the carport, so the frame can be placed in the soil and not on the pad itself. In some cases, a carport can be installed over concrete, but it may require special anchors and this may be an additional charge. 3. What upgrades can be added? Don’t assume you can easily add side panels to your carport or a gate for a barn-style carport, as a lightweight metal frame may not easily support added rivets and screws for these add-ons. It may be best to determine what upgrades you want rather than starting with a simple carport, and choose the right style that has all these upgrades and additions included. And you can read more about custom-designed carports to decide which additions or upgrades are within...

read more

Myths Debunked By Plumbers

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Myths Debunked By Plumbers

If you are a homeowner, chances are you will have to deal with a plumbing emergency at one time or another. However, you can decrease the instances of this by simply being more familiar with your home’s plumbing system. There are myriad of things people do thinking that it helps with the drainage in their home, yet these are what could be causing the problem in the first place. Here are some of the myths homeowners believe debunked by plumbers. Your garbage disposal can handle anything A garbage disposal system is quite convenient in your kitchen. However, it is wrong to believe it can handle anything that is thrown down it. Some of the substances that you should never pour down this system include cooking grease, vegetable oils and more. Although they may go down in liquid form, they eventually coagulate in the disposal system. Left unchecked, these will gradually form clogs in your disposal system. Other food items that should not be disposed of in this way include soft foods such as pasta, rice and some soft vegetables. They may not attach themselves on the rotors of the garbage disposal, but they will steadily accumulate at the bottom. This eventually leads to congealment and thus blockage. By watching what you throw into your garbage disposal, you are taking measures toward enhancing its lifespan and keeping it in good working condition. You can clean your pipes regularly with citrus juices One green cleaning habit homeowners have is using the juices of lemons or oranges to clean their drainpipes. Although this will give them a natural fragrance, you could be doing more harm and good. The acid in these citrus fruits is quite high. Regular exposure to this acid puts your drains at risk of corrosion and eventual rusting. If you would prefer a green cleaning method rather than opt for commercial cleaners, you are better off with a solution of vinegar and hot water. The hot water will loosen the grease whereas the vinegar will get rid of dirt without corroding your piping. Low water pressure is normal It is not unheard of to experience low water pressure from time to time. However, this does not mean that it is a passing phase and that your plumbing system is fine. There are various reasons why you could be having low water pressure ranging from blockages in your system to an unidentified leak. It is always best to seek the professional services of plumbers to establish the problem and remedy it before it becomes...

read more

Common clutch and transmission problems in heavy machinery

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Common clutch and transmission problems in heavy machinery

The kinds of transmissions being implemented are undoubtedly different and these models use varying transmissions in their designs. However, the goal is similar: to drive the engine. Transmission systems also have their fair share of problems and even the ones used in heavy machinery need repairs in some cases. So if you’ve got heavy machinery, or you want to own one, here are some of the problems to watch out for in the different transmission systems. Torque converter glitches The torque converter system works hand-in-hand with the gears and its main purpose is to distribute power to the other components of the engine. Once the gears are changed, then the converter controls the power to give the engine components. Malfunctioning of the torque converter causes the whole system to lose a lot of power even if the source of the power is just right. So this is one of the issues you should check when your system doesn’t perform as expected. Most transmission systems such as the ones seen in trucks and cars use the gearbox as the torque converter and another major problem experienced is the slipping of gears due to wear. This causes unequal transmission of power which then damages the transmission system. Hydrostatic transmission glitches The use of hydraulic components in hydrostatic systems reduces the likelihood of errors that occur, unlike in moving parts. A few examples of machinery with such systems are forklifts, tractors and even excavators. The major problems to be aware of occur in extreme weather conditions. Freezing conditions or very high temperatures affect the pressure of the fluids and thus naturally affect the performance of the whole system. More problems also occur between the transmission and drive shaft where a lot of activity occurs. Hydrodynamic system glitches In these systems, fluids are also used, but unlike in hydrostatic systems, the focus is not on the pressure characteristics of the fluids. Hydrodynamic systems use the momentum and movement of the fluids to achieve their purpose. This means that there are more veins and seals to aid in the control of the engine turbine. But this is where majority of the problems occur. Damaged seals and clogged pathways rank as the most common problems. So whichever system you use, ensure you plan for the worst because such heavy machinery have a huge economic impact when down even for minutes. You can also have a team that specializes in heavy machinery gearbox repairs to ensure smooth flow of...

read more

Services Offered By a Land Surveyor

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Services Offered By a Land Surveyor

Whether you own a construction company, or you are a land developer, you may have need to contract with a land surveyor from a company like John C Bested & Associates Pty Ltd to maximize the success of your building project. To help you understand how these professionals can add value to your business, here are the services they can offer you. Boundary Surveys — Land surveyors can provide you with boundary surveys, which is a process that certifies the dimensions of a piece of undeveloped property for building purposes. In some instances, a land surveyor may discover that there are differences between the measurements delineated in the Certificate of Title, and the actual dimensions of the land. In that case, land surveyors can perform a redefinition survey, which details the actual dimensions of the land. Land surveyors then create a document that is sent to the Land Title Office for review. In some cases, a piece of land that you want to develop or build on doesn’t have a survey plan, which means that a land surveyor will need to create a boundary survey for the property, or adjoining landowners can make a claim that the land is theirs. 3D Models — A land surveyor can also create a three-dimensional model of an existing structure, subdivision or piece of land. This can help make your new design plans more efficient, because the 3D model is flexible, and can incorporate your new ideas and show you a small-scale image of what the property will look like. 3D modelling is an affordable way to create new blueprints for your construction and development, using computer-aided design. Topographical Surveys — Land surveyors create topographical surveys, which are also in 3D, but unlike 3D modelling, survey not only the land you want to build on, but all the major buildings, structures and residential areas that surround the piece of land. Topographical surveys are required for development applications, and are often the first step in gaining approval from city development departments. They are designed to help determine the impact that your development will have on an existing terrain. Lease Plans — If you are building multiple structures such as an office building or a shopping centre, local Council regulations require a lease plan, which is either a lease of land plan or a lease or premises plan. A lease of land plan is required whenever you are building a subdivision. The lease plan must be created by a Registered Land Surveyor, and must include the purpose of each structure that you are building. A lease of premises plan is a survey of all the walls within a project in which tenants will be leasing space for retail or commercial purposes. Land surveyors can prepare both lease plans for your...

read more

The Best Computerised Upgrades to Your Home’s Security System

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Best Computerised Upgrades to Your Home’s Security System

A home’s security system today is usually about much more than locks and deadbolts on the doors. Today’s security systems take full advantage of computerized programs that allow you to control those features remotely, and which give you full access to your home’s security even when on the road. If you’re not sure of the best upgrades to consider for your home’s security system, you don’t want to overspend on unnecessary features, but you still want to ensure your home and family are safe, note a few suggestions to keep in mind. 1. Remote locking Today’s door locks can be connected to a switch that you control remotely. This allows you to lock and unlock the doors even when on the road. You can ensure that you haven’t forgotten to lock the doors behind you when you leave for the office in the morning, and that your children haven’t forgotten to lock themselves inside after arriving home from school. 2. Private web monitoring Being able to record the images picked up by security cameras is not your only option today, as you can have a private, secure website show the images on the camera in real time. You can then easily log in from your smartphone or laptop and know everything that is happening in your house, as it happens. Along with private web monitoring, you may also want camera control with your system. This allows you to control the direction and focus of the camera remotely, as you monitor your home. If you see something in the distance or in a corner that you’d like to check out as you watch the image on your computer, you can have the camera tilt, swivel, or zoom in and out with the touch of your mouse or with the swipe of a finger. 3. Remote intercom In addition to being able to view your home when you’re away, a remote intercom can also allow you to interact with any visitors or unwelcome guests who might arrive. It’s not unusual for a potential thief to actually try to get a homeowner to the front door under some type of ruse, so they can assess who is home during the day and take a quick look inside. With a remote intercom, you can talk to anyone who rings your doorbell, and if you note someone on your property who doesn’t belong there, you can alert them that they’re being recorded. This can scare off potential burglars while still allowing you to interact with legitimate delivery drivers, salespersons, and the like. Learn more about your options by contacting companies like Border...

read more

Three Soil Tests Every Homeowner Should Do Before Starting Construction

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Soil Tests Every Homeowner Should Do Before Starting Construction

A key element to the success of your building is the soil. If the soil is too loose then you may have to reinforce the foundation in order to prevent sinking. You can pay to have a professional conduct soil tests for you, but there are a few you can also do on your own. By doing the following three tests on your own, you can help determine what possible costs may go into the construction project you have planned: Squeeze Testing There are three different types of soil that you may find on your property. You can determine which kind you have by simply going to an area of your property, ideally where you plan for the construction to take place, and grab a handful of the soil. Squeeze the soil to determine the strength of the soil. If it holds it’s shape and crumbles when you poke it with a stick or your finger, it is loam soil. This is ideal for gardening, but may need some work to be ideal for construction foundations. Clay soil is more suitable for buildings and other constructions with foundations and is identified by holding it’s shape and staying firm when poked. The final type of soil is sand. Sand is loose and will not hold its shape at all. Drainage Testing The last thing you want during the construction process or after your construction project is completed is to have issues with drainage. Not only is drainage important during seasonal weather conditions like storms, but it is also important if you have broken pipes or other water issues in the home. To test the drainage of the area, dig a hole approximately one foot deep and wide. Fill the hole with water and allow it to drain. Repeat this step several times. if the water does not drain out of the hole into the surrounding earth, then you may have drainage concerns your contractor will need to address. pH Testing You may not think that pH testing is important for your soil, especially if you are placing a building as part of the construction. It is important if you plan on placing a garden, shrubs, or other plants around the building then the pH can be vital for their growth. In order to test the soils pH level, you will need to purchase a kit from your local gardening or hardware store. These kits will come with pH strips and soil testing guides to help you determine your pH level and if it is right for your gardening and landscaping needs. These tests will help you determine what possible issues you may have prior to the start of your  construction project. If you are ready to get started on the project and discuss possible issues with your soil as it pertains to the project, then contact your contractor...

read more

5 Great Reasons To Renovate Your Home During The Winter

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Great Reasons To Renovate Your Home During The Winter

Most people would not think about renovating their house during the cold wet winter months, and choose to wait for the summertime instead.  However, here are a number of reasons why you should revisit this belief. 1. Contractor availability The best construction contractors are always booked up solid during the spring and summer months.  This means that your house renovation project could suffer from delays and fragmented work while you wait for contractor availability.  Contractors have a much more open diary during the winter time meaning that your renovation could be completed smoothly in a much shorter time frame. 2. More affordable rates It follows that as builders and contractors have less work during the winter they may offer reduced rates or incentives to attract business so your renovation spend could be lower.  Also, winter sees the sale season in full swing.  That means cheaper bathroom and kitchen fittings and reduced-price decorating supplies can be taken advantage of. 3. Mess management Householders traditionally avoided having renovation work carried out during the winter to avoid mess.  There were concerns about dust and paint fumes invading their homes when it wasn’t practical to have doors and windows open for ventilation because of inclement weather. These days however, contractors are equipped with new technology like negative pressure fans and electrical tools fitted with super-efficient dust filters.  This means that mess can be managed effectively even during the winter. 4. Outdoor work may still be possible If you are planning on having a conservatory or porch constructed and you live in a region where the weather is reasonably clement during the winter, a contractor may still be able to carry out this sort of exterior work.  Many areas have their own micro-climate, and don’t suffer from the extremes of harsh winter weather experienced in neighbouring counties or states.  This means that you can capitalise on your local climate while others nearby may have to wait until the better weather arrives to commence their renovation projects. 5. Take a break If you have holiday entitlement left over at the end of year, you may have to take it or risk losing it altogether.  Why not plan your annual holiday to coincide with the renovation of your property?  You can get away for a couple of weeks’ break to escape the disruption at home while leaving your contractor free to get on with the work.  When you arrive home refreshed, the renovation work will be completed and you’ll have avoided all the upheaval. In conclusion The winter months can be a good time to get your home renovation project underway.  Have a chat with your preferred local contractor to discuss the best options. To learn more, contact a company like Vickers Home Improvements for...

read more

The Fundamental Principles of Building a Sustainable Home

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

More Australian families are using sustainable house building practices. This is largely due to the growing awareness of human impact on the natural environment, and partly due to the economic benefits of creating a sustainable home. There are several fundamental principles that need to be considered if you’re planning on building a home that can be classed as sustainable. Use recycled materials Recycling is the ultimate sustainable building practice. Re-using materials means that you dramatically reduce the resources and energy requirements for your home while it’s in the construction phase, and reduce the amount of waste that ends up discarded in landfill sites. Architects and builders who have experience with using recycled materials can not only create functional homes but also stunning decor features and architectural designs. For example, old railway sleepers and jetties can be transformed into unique and stylish timber floors. Use local and sustainable materials Even in sustainable buildings there is usually still a need for brand new materials. If buying new materials is unavoidable then you can make sure that the ones you choose offer the least amount of environmental impact as possible. Locally sourced materials mean that the energy needs and carbon footprint from transporting the materials is kept to a minimum. You can also ensure that where possible materials are sourced from companies that offer sustainable products. Timber from sustainable plantations instead or old growth forest timber is a perfect example. Create a home that has minimal energy requirements Creating a home that meets its energy needs without having to release carbon from the burning of fossil fuels into the environment is perhaps the holy grail of sustainable building. One of the keys to achieving this is having adequate insulation. Insulation will keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer and minimise the need for heating and air conditioning. Installing eco-friendly energy providers such as solar panels and wind turbines means that your energy requirements result in zero carbon being released into the atmosphere. There is an incredible variety of different options for green energy now available for home-owners. This means you will be able to find a model that will fulfil all of your home’s energy needs without having to rely on fossil-fuelled energy from electricity providers. Designing and building a sustainable home can be challenging, but the rewards are certainly worth the effort involved. Fortunately, there are a growing number of architects and eco home builders like Eco Projects & Developments Pty Ltd who will be able to help you navigate the intricacies of your building product and guarantee you a beautiful and sustainable...

read more

Top Reasons For Why Opting For A Mortise Lock Is A Good Idea

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you looking for a lock to install in your home, but are not sure which one to choose? Then consider a mortise lock because of the various advantages that it brings to the table. By learning what these advantages are, you can make an informed decision regarding if mortise locks are the right choice for your home. Passage function: Certain types of mortise locks can be designed with a passage function, which simply means that the door cannot be locked, and therefore no key is required. This type of mortise lock is ideal for installation on doors to children’s bedrooms because there is no chance of an accidental locking. They are also suitable for bathrooms. Visually pleasing to the eye: Mortise locks are one of the more visually pleasing to the eye when compared to other locks, such as deadbolts and lever locks. That might be because of their old antique charm that tends to add some character to the overall look of an interior d├ęcor design. In particular they are a good match visually for homes that already have a variety of antique furniture. Difficult to breach: Mortise locks are installed within the material of the door and this makes it difficult for burglars to breach them. The only part of the lock that is visible to the naked eye is the faceplate when the door is ajar. Then there are several levers and notches that make up the locking mechanism, and this makes it a difficult to pick the lock. It is advisable to select a mortise lock with 5-6 lock levers to have the added security benefits that mortise locks provide. Dual locking mechanism: Say that you want to go to the store, but have children that you want to keep locked inside the house. You can do this with a mortise lock because of the dual locking mechanism. This type of setup means that the door needs a key to be unlocked from both sides. However, the disadvantage of this is the danger of locking people inside a home when there is a fire. Variety of sizes: Fortunately mortise locks can be bought in many different sizes. This means no matter what kind of door you already have, you can find a mortise lock that can be installed. This is not the case with other lock types where size restrictions mean installation is not possible on some doors. For more information, contact a company like Maitland...

read more