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7 Advantages of Opting for Glass Splashbacks

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you interested in choosing a glass splashback for your kitchen, but are not sure if it meets your requirements? Then you should take the time to find out more about the advantages that they offer. In doing so, you’ll have the information that’s required to make an informed decision regarding if glass splashback is a sensible choice for you. Here are some of the top reasons why glass splashback should be in your kitchen: Resistance to heat: This material will not be affected by the heat during cooking sessions that last for hours, or even the whole day. This allows you to cook without worrying that the wall behind the cooker will become damaged, and therefore maintenance will be less of an issue. Reflection of light: Glass splashback reflects light more than any other type of splashback, and that in turn will brighten up your kitchen. This reduces for the need to have a lot of lighting in your kitchen. Luxurious look: If you want a look that is luxurious and inviting, then opt for glass. They are a perfect choice if you have gone for a kitchen that has high-end kitchen components. Variety of colours: You might think that glass splashback comes only in the transparent form. However, nowadays you can find glass splashbacks in a variety of colours. Therefore, finding an option that matches your kitchen’s interior design shouldn’t be a problem. Can be easily cleaned: After a session of cooking grease, oil and other types of unwanted substances tend to accumulate on the surfaces of the various kitchen components. Over time if you don’t clean properly then it can be difficult to clean all the dirt completely. However, when it comes to glass splashbacks, the cleaning is straightforward. That’s because most types of dirt can easily be scrubbed off without need for powerful chemicals, or lots of manual labour in the form of scrubbing. Made to fit: Glass splashbacks can be ordered to fit your kitchen exactly. All you need to do is ask for the units to be fabricated to your required dimensions. Therefore, if you have a kitchen that has a variety of components that the splashback needs to incorporate then a glass one can do so easily. Protects Walls: Glass splashbacks can be used to protect your kitchen walls from damage and stains. The glass will typically be made from a shatter proof variety that provides adequate physical protection. You can learn more about such details from resources such as Skeleton...

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Things You Can Expect In A Height Safety Training Course

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

Construction work can be one of the most hazardous occupations because of the constant need to work at heights, so safety and proper technique is paramount. If you own a construction company, you may have to ensure the safety and protection of all your workers by hiring a height safety training company. If you’ve never had any experience with this type of professional, here are some of the important services these safety training organisations can offer you. Heights Training — This is one of the most common services that a height safety training company offers. Anyone who works at heights can benefit from this training, which instructs you in all the regulations that govern height safety so that you know the procedures necessary to be in compliance with local laws. In addition, the course tells you in which situations you need a fall prevention process, the different ways you can access tall structures, the various types of height safety equipment on the market, how to check your safety gear to ensure that it doesn’t fail, how to maintain the safety equipment and how to implement height safety rescue. You will also receive a height safety training manual, and participate in actual climbing so that proper procedures can be taught and practiced. Safety Audit —  A safety audit and risk assessment course provides your workers the knowledge necessary to determine if a confined space that is also located at a height is safely accessible. Typically, local Council laws require that you have a risk assessment document on hand prior to accessing confined spaces. A height safety training company can provide you with that assessment, taking into account the goals of the job, the practicality of entering the confined space, the dangers inherent in the work to be done and the establishment of safety and protection measures that mitigate all the risk factors of the project. The assessment must also include the procedures to be taken in the event that an emergency occurs, or workers need rescuing. Height Safety Gear Rental/Purchase — Height safety training companies can also offer you gear rental and purchase. They have a wide variety of equipment necessary for the protection and safety of your workers. This gear includes harnesses, pole strap attachments, rope rescue system, which consists of a tripod and anchor point to help workers trapped at heights and lanyards with shock absorbers to arrest a worker’s fall from a...

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Buying Guide for Security Screen Doors

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are considering installing a security screen door in your home, there are different considerations that must be made to ensure that you get the best item. This feature is vital and should be capable of protecting your home from intruders, not just pests. This measure is the first line of defence and is especially important for people who like keeping the front door open for ventilation and light. Here are some of the main factors to consider before choosing a specific product. Security and Australian Standards While aesthetics are important, the safety features should always be given precedence when choosing an ideal product. Before purchase, confirm that your preferred product is in compliance with the Australian Standards for Security Doors and Grilles (AS5039). It is important to note that these standards do not dictate how the door should be built. A compliant product means that the screen has achieved the minimum criteria for maximum effectiveness based on tests that simulate an attempted break-in. To attain the full benefits of the AS5039, you should make certain that the screen door is certified by professionals such as Aus Secure. Door Material The most popular screen doors are primarily made of steel or aluminum and while they are both strong, they will respond differently when exposed to varying climatic conditions. Steel is susceptible to rusting and more so when there are accelerants such as salty, humid air in oceanic environments. This is detrimental to the aesthetics of the security screen doors. However, there are galvanized steel products to limit the extent of corrosion but the most preferable option is to purchase costly but efficient marine grade 316 stainless steel doors. Aluminum is not vulnerable to rust but it is normally expensive and less resilient than quality steel. Painting vs. Powder Coating Painting and powder coating allows the homeowner to choose the visual impact that they want to present and both treatments have attractive options. Powder coating involves the application of a free-flowing powder using electrostatic methods which means that solvents are not required. It is then cured in controlled heat and eventually forms a firm and durable coating over the screen door material. Powder coating is favored over conventional painting because the latter is sensitive to heat so the maintenance requirements are extensive. However, if you are a DIY enthusiast, you will enjoy the pleasure of exploring different color themes with the paint...

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3 DIY Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Nearly every homeowner occasionally engages in some form of DIY project. The most frequent projects involve dealing with some kind of plumbing installation or repair job. Many of these DIY projects do not go as planned because the homeowner made a mistake as they performed the work. This article discusses some of those mistakes. Wrong Pipe Selection Many homeowners buy the wrong type or size of pipe for their DIY plumbing projects. This results in the plumbing performing below expected levels or developing problems a few days or weeks later. For instance, if you buy a pipe that has a smaller diameter than what the job required, that small pipe may burst because it will not be able to withstand the high pressure exerted by a large volume of water flowing through it. Avoid this mistake by doing some research about which types and sizes of pipes are ideal for which particular job. Providers of plumbing services are very helpful in sharing such information. Use Of Makeshift Tools Homeowners make this very common mistake. A makeshift tool may be acceptable if you want to reduce the gravity of a plumbing problem, such as reducing how much water you lose when a pipe bursts, but it is not good for carrying out a long-term plumbing installation. For instance, using a ball bearing to check the level as you install a toilet may give you inaccurate results and your toilet will drain slowly or even back up. Avoid this mistake by buying the right tools for plumbing projects. Tools like a wrench, plumbing pliers and pipe cutters can be bought online or in hardware stores so draw up a plan of getting all the tools needed to perform plumbing DIY jobs. Not Turning Off The Water Supply Some people think that it is a norm to look messy after carrying out a DIY job. Thus, many think it is okay for water to gush out of a plumbing fixture that they are repairing. What such people do not know is that what is happening is a result of a very common DIY plumbing mistake: forgetting to turn the water off. Learn from professional plumbers and turn the water stopcock off before you embark on your plumbing repair job. This will save your belongings from being messed up by the water that is splashing from a broken fixture, such as a kitchen faucet that has a massive leak. Avoid the three mistakes above and your DIY plumbing will cost less and last longer. For more information, contact a professional plumber, such as The Plumbing...

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Can Stainless Steel Kitchens Rust?

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Stainless steel is a popular material for use in kitchens, both in kitchen fittings and appliances. While stainless steel is more corrosion resistant than most steels, under some circumstances it can form rust. Here is a guide to the likelihood of your stainless steel rusting. Steel grade Stainless steel is not a single type of steel but range of steels, which have different properties due to their different chemical compositions. The numerical codes indicate the steels composition with the 300 series have 0.15% carbon, at least 16% chromium and a balance of nickel or molybdenum to achieve the necessary crystalline structure for strength. 400 series steels have an ultra low carbon level of less than 0.05% and between 12-13% chromium. The duplex series have high levels of chromium of above 20% giving them a great corrosion resistance for a lower price than surgical steels. In kitchens the trade off tends to be between strength, cost and corrosion resistance. The more expensive but strong steels include 420 (martensitic), which is often used in tools and knives. Cheaper grades of steel include 430, 304 and 306, which have a lower corrosion resistance and are often used in home kitchen bench tops and to act as a decorative surface on cupboards, appliances or doors. The duplex series includes 904L and are ideal for applications that will hold hot, acidic or salty fluids.  Exposure Steels are more likely to rust if exposed to acid or salt spray. This means that if you have an outside kitchen in a coastal area, you will need a higher grade of stainless steel to prevent rust than if you have stainless steel in a mainly decorative usage in an indoor kitchen. Equally, if you commonly pickle or preserve foods, you will also need kitchen fitting made from a higher grade of stainless steels. Heat treatment The different steel grades will gain strength from different heat exposures. 300 series are often cold-worked to give strength and are exposed to high temperatures will be more corrosion resistant, as the crystalline structure is lost. Martensitic structures can be strengthened by heat exposures and do not lose corrosion resistance unless heated then dramatically cooled. Duplex structures are relatively immune to heat effects in the normal range of kitchen operations. Surface finish Surfaces that have already been roughened are more likely to corrode than a smooth finish. There is a great deal of variation in the description of “brushed” or matte finishes, and, as a  result, the exact effect of surface finish can be hard to measure in domestic applications. For more information, contact a company such as Ackland Stainless...

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Replace Your Old Toilet Handle And Rod With A New One On Your Own

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

All toilets need a handle and rod that work together to flush the toilet. When you push on the handle, it lifts the rod, which pulls on a chain that unplugs the valve to let water travel from the tank down through the toilet and your pipes. This is how a toilet functions, by releasing water into the toilet to push the water down into your plumbing pipes. A time may come when you need to replace the handle and rod for your toilet, as these can easily become eroded and damaged over time. You may even want a new look to your bathroom, so choosing a new handle seems fit. Whatever the reason, you can replace your own toilet handle and rod easily on your own. What you will need: A new rod and handle A large adjustable wrench Turn Off The Water First, you need to locate the shut off valve for your water. This valve will be located near the base of the toilet, behind it. Turn the valve until the water supply is cut off. Next, you need to remove the lid to the tank that stores the water. Be careful when you remove the lid—it is quite heavy and can easily break because most are made from porcelain. Draining The Tank Your next step is to locate the chain that is connected to the toilet flapper. Grab the chain and pull up to allow the water to drain from the toilet’s tank completely. Next, unclasp the chain from the toilet’s rod and lay the chain in the bottom part of the tank. Removing The Old Handle And Rod Look on the inside part of the toilet’s tank and locate a large nut. Once you have located it, you will need to use your adjustable wrench to remove it. Turn the wrench clockwise to remove it. This is because the threading is reversed on these particular nuts. Completely remove the nut and set it aside. Installing The New Handle And Rod Now you need to remove the handle and rod from the toilet. Simply pull the rod through the hole that it is already situated in. To install your new rod and handle, repeat these steps backwards. Insert the rod and handle through the hole that you pulled the old one out of. Grab your nut and tighten it back into place by turning counterclockwise this time. Attach the chain back to the new rod and turn the water supply back on. Test your new handle and rod out by giving the toilet a test flush. You are completely done. For more information, contact a company like Fielding...

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Decorative Concrete Ideas From New Home Builders

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When it comes to concrete, most homeowners as well as commercial property owners tend to think of it as purely functional. This is largely because concrete is used as a pragmatic option rather than decoratively. However, this is not the only use of concrete. Although it is typically functional, it can also be aesthetically appealing. The basic structure of concrete when it is first laid down is quite mouldable. Therefore, it should not come as surprise that it can be used decoratively as well as functionally. Here are some decorative ideas for using concrete from new home builders. Driveways This has become a popular area that one can find stamped concrete. There are numerous designs that you can choose from for your driveway, with the most popular being cobblestone and brick designs. If you would like your driveway to remain smooth, you can still have the concrete decorated with symbols or something understated that will still make a statement without it affecting the texture of your driveway. You also have the option of experimenting with a range of concrete colours if you would like to add a splash of colour to your driveway. Walkways This is another area that will benefit greatly from stamped concrete. A number of new home builders are now being quite creative when it comes to the design of walkways with the most popular designs being the emulation of brick as well as multi-coloured stones. If you would like your walkway to look antique, the contractors can make the concrete mimic aged stone, thus giving your walkway some personality. If you would like to get an effect that looks authentic, you would be best advised to enlist the services of an experienced builder, as they would have much more expertise with stamped concrete. Indoors Another common misconception that most people have is that concrete is only suitable for the outdoors. There are a number of new home builders who will disagree with this, as stamped concrete can be used in the house to come up with unique designs. If you are adventurous, you could have polished concrete floors that can be made to look like marble, tiles and even hardwood floors depending on the expertise of the contractor! If you have a specific pattern in mind, you could consult with your contractor to find out if it is feasible. You will be surprised at the many designs that they can come up with. For more information, contact a new home builder such as Martin Fallon Family...

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What Is Hydronic Heating and Why Do You Want it in Your Home?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hydronic heating refers to a home being heated with water that runs through coils or small pipes under the floorboards. Rather than heated air being forced through vents and into a room, the floor itself becomes warm and in turn, the room is warmed from the ground up. If you’ve never heard of hydronic heating, consider the many surprising advantages it offers for a home. 1. No dust being forced through vents A home’s heating vents are notorious for containing dust, pet dander, and even droppings from mice and other pests. When your furnace pushes air through these vents it also pushes all that dust and debris with it and in turn, you breathe them in. With hydronic heating, the floor is heated from underneath and the heat simply rises. There is no dust or other bothersome allergens that are forced into the room so it’s a healthier choice of heating for a home. 2. You may actually feel warmer When the floor is warm you can feel the heat on your feet and in turn, your body temperature rises. This means you feel warmer when you use hydronic heating versus forced air heating. You may be more comfortable overall even though the room temperature is the same. 3. Hydronic heating doesn’t dry the air Blowing warm air through a room dries the air in the process, so that your skin feels dry during most winter months. In very dry climates you may also notice that your hair looks dry and even your eyes feel drier when you run the heat. Houseplants also suffer when the air in a home is dry. Hydronic heating doesn’t involve air through vents so in turn the air is not dry and you feel more comfortable. Your skin will also be healthier because of not being exposed to this very dry air during the winter season. 4. Heating is more energy-efficient Many homes have vents near the ceiling but heat rises, so that the warm air pushed through those vents tends to collect at the ceiling and stay there. This can leave you feeling chilled since the floor will remain cold, and you may simply turn up the thermostat and use more energy to increase the temperature of the room. With hydronic heating, the floor is warmed first and the heat rises naturally so that each part of the room is more likely to stay warm. You’ll use less energy to warm your home and in turn, may see lower utility bills. Learn more about this system by talking to local contractors such as The Cool...

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Benefits Of Having Polished Concrete Flooring In Your Home

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

For the longest time, concrete floors were relegated to basements and industrial spaces. They were not easy on the eye and were simply resorted to for their durability. However, polished concrete flooring is now making an entry into residential spaces. Recent technology has increased their aesthetic appeal, making them able to compete with popular flooring choices like granite and marble flooring! If you have some reservations, here are some of the benefits that should make you consider getting polished concrete flooring for your home. They are highly sustainable If you were striving to live in an environmentally sustainable home, the polished concrete flooring would be right up your alley. The sealed concrete has a very low carbon footprint. In addition to this, if the foundation of your home were made from concrete slabs as most home are, then you would not need any additional flooring material. All that needs to be done is have the foundation sanded before the sealed polished concrete flooring is installed. This is environmentally friendly as the compounds used for this have only trace amounts of volatile organic compounds so you do not have to worry about polluting the environment. They offer you value for money It is a well-known fact that concrete is one of the least expensive building materials that you could opt for. The truth of the matter is that concrete already comes pre-installed as flooring in most homes. What tends to happen is that additional layers such as vinyl or hardwood are incorporated to give the house a more comfortable feel to it. If you opt for polished concrete flooring, you will be cutting down on your building costs. In addition to this, the reflective quality of the polished concrete decreases the need for excessive interior lighting. Thus, you also end up cutting costs when it comes to your utility bills. The floor also tends to stay cold during the sweltering summer months, thus decreasing the amount of air conditioning needed to keep the house cool. Easy maintenance Most traditional flooring options tend to require a rigorous cleaning routine if you anticipate keeping it presentable. Carpets needs to be vacuumed and washed on a regular basis. Hardwood floors need to be waxed to maintain their shine, and much more. With polished concrete flooring, all you need to do is mop it occasionally to get rid of the dust and grime. You also do not have to worry about scuff marks, as it is quite durable and resistant to scratches. For more information, contact a company like Concrete Floor...

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Why You Need A Fence Around Your Swimming Pool

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in the 5 years between 1999 and 2003, 286 children drowned in Australia. Of these, 80% (229) were under 5 years of age. In most cases, their deaths were avoidable, which makes their deaths all the more tragic. Young children are mobile but are generally too young to appreciate hazards and cannot be relied upon to follow instructions, such as “Stay away from the water”, if they are unsupervised. The most common location of drowning of children under 5, between 1992 and 1998, was a private swimming pool, with almost half of all drowning occurring there. A study commissioned in Brisbane identified inadequate pool fencing as the primary cause. It is, therefore, unsurprising that all governments have focused on pool safety. You need a fence around your swimming pool because it is a legal requirement. Even if you do not have young children yourself, you may have young children visiting at some point, or neighbouring young children may gain unsupervised access to your garden and pool. Basic requirements The purpose of pool fencing is to stop children gaining access to the swimming pool without adult supervision. To this end it must be low enough that a child cannot crawl under it, high enough that they cannot climb over it and dense enough that they cannot go through it. It is imperative to ensure that there is nothing they could climb on, such as plant pots, outdoor furniture or large toys, in close proximity to the pool fence either. Access to the pool must be through a self-closing, self-latching, outward-opening gate with the latch at the top. The exact regulations vary between states, so if you have a swimming pool in your garden, it is advisable to engage a pool fencing professional to ensure you meet your local requirements. Penalties are imposed for non-compliance and the consequences can be tragic. Will a pool fence spoil my garden? Your swimming pool is likely the focal point of your garden and, as such, you do not want to detract from its beauty. There are a wide variety of pool fences on the market; choose one that complements your house and garden. Your options include a natural material like wood or low-maintenance, modern materials such as aluminium or vinyl. Your pool fencing professional can show you what is available and offer styling advice. Finally, be sure that once your pool fence is fitted you maintain it. Check regularly for gaps, holes or other damage. Remember, the primary cause of drowning in children less than 5 years of age was inadequate pool fencing. Don’t let it be your inadequate pool...

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What Causes Electrical Problems in Cars?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Newer models of cars are now heavily dependent on their electrical systems in order to function well. Systems that run entirely on electricity include navigation (GPS) systems, window and door opening systems as well as the car starter. When there is a problem in the electrical supply, these systems will fail and the car will stall. This article discusses the major causes of electrical failure in cars. Dead Batteries Auto electricians say that most electrical problems in cars can be attributed to a faulty battery since it is the main source of electrical power for cars. A battery may simply grow old and no longer be capable of holding a charge for long. In such a case, electrical systems will fail to work because they are not receiving ample electricity. For instance, the car may fail to start because the start motor is not getting the power it needs. Such a battery may need to be replaced with a new one. A Defective Alternator An alternator is a device in the car that helps to charge the battery while the car’s engine is running. When this device becomes defective (for instance, by having a cracked belt) the electricity in the battery will quickly become depleted and the car will stall. If you suspect that your car’s alternator has problems, call an auto electrician to look at it and advise you as to what can be done to solve the problem. Blown Fuses There are very many fuses in your car. These fuses protect various sensitive parts of your car, such as its computer, from being damaged when there is an electrical problem like a short circuit. If your car develops electrical problems, such as lights that won’t come on, your first line of action is to open the hood and check the fuse box in order to find out whether there is a blown fuse. It will have a characteristic burnt smell and when you identify it, get one of the spare fuses that are in the fuse box so that you can replace the blown one. If none is available, you can call an auto electrician to guide you on how to improvise until you get proper car fuses to use. Electrical faults are very serious problems since they have the potential to destroy entire electrical systems in the car, or even cause a fire. It is therefore wise to have the contact number of an auto electrician, such as Thompson’s Auto Electrics, so that you get their professional help each time your car develops electrical...

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