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Questions to Ask a Contractor About Painted Concrete Driveways

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Questions to Ask a Contractor About Painted Concrete Driveways

A concrete driveway is very durable and strong and should last for years before it needs repairs, but it can look a little drab and dull. This is why contractors may offer to paint the concrete; this can be a solid color that coordinates with your house, or it can be a type of stamp that looks like brick or stone. You can even have your family’s name initial or any other particular design painted in concrete if you wish, and if you find the right contractor. Because painted concrete is a bit different than standard concrete, you might ask your contractor or concrete services company a few questions about caring for it and maintaining the paint. Note the following. 1. Should the concrete be sealed and how often? It’s often good to add a sealant to concrete even if it’s not painted, in order to help protect the material from cracking and to keep it free from stains such as from fluids dripping under your car. However, since you want to preserve the paint job on your new driveway even more than you would standard concrete, it’s good to ask your contractor about sealing the driveway. Ask how often this should be done, if he or she will recommend a certain type of sealant, and how it should be applied so it doesn’t interfere with the paint job. Follow their recommendations carefully in order to protect their work. 2. What if the concrete cracks? Concrete will typically have joints, which are planned cracks that allow it to expand and contract according to the weather, shifts in the soil, and the like. Your contractor may add more of these joints to painted concrete to allow for more shifting in order to preserve the paint job, but ask about how to correct any cracks if they should occur. You may have some type of touchup paint you can use if a crack starts to show along a painted area, or your contractor may have a warranty that he or she will honor against cracking, so be sure you note your options. 3. What if the color is not what was expected? Because concrete absorbs paint so readily and because it’s exposed to weather and other such factors, you can’t actually expect a true color the way you can when picking wall colors. Your contractor may tell you that the color will be lighter or darker than what you see in a brochure, but be prepared to be at least somewhat flexible when it comes to the actual final color and shade of your...

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Asphalt Driveway Repairs

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Asphalt Driveway Repairs

Although asphalt driveways are amazingly durable, it is possible for cracks and potholes to appear. Nothing can ruin the look of your asphalt driveway like a pothole or a huge crack running down the middle of it. Not only can potholes impact vehicles, bikes and other mediums on the driveway, they can also lead to major reconstruction work if they are not dealt with during the early stages. It is important to work on those small cracks and potholes before they cost you more for major repairs. Before initiating the process of asphalt repair, it is important to consider various factors. Should you patch, refinish or replace? Driveways can be quite costly to install. This is because, in order to come up with a durable and well-done driveway, there needs to be a well-laid foundation. Often, homeowners choose to patch up any cracks and potholes on their driveways as opposed to replacing them. This could be cost-effective in the short term but very costly in the long run. The choice of whether to patch up, to replace or to refinish parts that need repair can be arrived at through considering the following factors. Age of driveway. Asphalt driveways last for about 20 years. If your driveway is this old, you might consider redoing the whole thing as opposed to patch-up repairs. After many years, these materials start to fail and new issues will arise even after patching the old ones. Patching ancient driveways is not worth the effort. However, if your driveway is not old, you can consider carrying out cracks and pothole repairs. Effect on aesthetics. In most homes, the driveways completes the appearance of the home. A patched up driveway could give an unappealing look to your home’s exterior. In such cases, replacing the driveway would be an aesthetically more suitable option as compared to pothole repairs. Refinishing vs repairs. Instead of having patches where potholes and cracks have been, you can have your contractor take off the entire top layer and replace it. This is known as resurfacing. It will give your driveway an entirely new look without any ugly patches. Get an asphalt repair contractor. While some homeowners practice DIY asphalt repairs, it is wise to contract a professional. An experienced contractor is able to prepare the driveway before repair and knows how to handle different extents of cracks and potholes on driveways.They are able to deliver a clean job leaving little or no signs or repair. There are many asphalt repair contractors available. It is important to ensure that they are qualified and well trained before hiring one. Driveways enhance the aesthetic appearance of homes. Any cracks and potholes on them could render your home’s exterior unattractive. It is therefore important to know how to take care of such problems in the right way-whether to repair or resurface and contract the right expert for the...

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Deterring School Vandalism with Murals and 3 Other Methods

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Deterring School Vandalism with Murals and 3 Other Methods

Schools in South Australia alone are faced with $140,000 in repair costs each year as a result of vandalism. Fortunately, these senseless acts of destruction can be curbed with the right approach. Both school officials and students must work together to inform the student body about vandalism and put preventative measures in place. To that end, here are a few effective ways of deterring vandalism on school property.    Educate students about vandalism One of the best deterrents against acts of vandalism on school property is to inform the student body of the issue. Students who love and respect their school are less likely to want to deface it. Make it a community-wide concern by involving parents and students alike in a vandal awareness campaign. You could run regular workshops and presentations on the legal and moral aspects of vandalism and drum up support from students through social media to promote a stand against vandals. Create Murals Graffiti artists usually prefer a blank canvas to work on. Even so, graffiti tags don’t show up well on walls that are already painted, which is what makes a mural a great anti-vandal strategy. Working collectively on a mural inflames community spirit and makes for a great school project that the students can look upon proudly. Allowing students to design and create their own long-lasting mural on school property is a great way to excite and inform them about the difference between art and vandalism. If students have fears about their mural being defaced, it’s worth remembering that not all graffiti artists act out of rebellion and boredom. Many have a passion for expressing their art in this way and are therefore unlikely to ‘tag’ existing works out of respect for other forms of art in their local community. Fit security window glazing Aside from walls, the windows of school property are perhaps the biggest targets for vandalism, since they are most vulnerable to breakage. A sure way to combat this is to fit your school windows with a specialised security glazing. This is a polycarbonate hard surface coating that resembles tinted glass from a distance — providing the strength of window bars and grills without the ugly aesthetics. Since windows are also targets for graffiti, you should also protect the bare glass against spray paint and etching by applying a graffiti coating to school windows — a kind of thick, clear film. This can be a cost-effective way to protect the look of school property without the headache of replacing defaced glass. Talk to companies like Allcool Window Tinting for more information. Increase on-site security Left to their own devices, vandals can quickly transform a well-maintained property into a defaced and derelict mess. The cost of a few well-placed safety measures, therefore, is well worth your while. Starting with the basics, consider installing several CCTV cameras in any areas where vandalism has or is likely to occur. Small, hidden cameras should also be placed in unlikely areas (i.e. car parks, garden areas etc) to capture acts of vandalism and help identify the perpetrators. It may also be worth hiring security personnel to monitor school grounds after hours. The presence of security officials dotted about key areas like playgrounds and the front of school property will help deter vandals, or at the very...

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Choosing the Right Heavy Truck for Haulage

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing the Right Heavy Truck for Haulage

Transportation is a critical element in businesses, particularly if heavy haulage is required. Therefore, it is important to evaluate your options periodically to ensure that you are maximising profits and limiting expenses. Generally, small businesses will acquire the greatest benefits by hiring a heavy haulage carrier. This is because the initial cost of purchase for heavy loads trucks is high. However, as the business grows, you may realise that there will be more long-term profits if the company invests in a heavy truck. If you are thinking about choosing the purchase option, consider using these simple guidelines to choose the right vehicle. Purchase Price vs. Truck Lifecycle There are assorted trucks in the market available at varying prices to suit different budgets. Naturally, you will want to minimise the initial purchase price so as to avoid depleting your capital or straining the business with the monthly payments. However, it is crucial to remember that a cheap heavy load truck can become very costly due to long-term financial demands. For example, a poorly constructed vehicle might not be able to handle the harsh road conditions or it will be stressed under the weight of the loads. This means that you will need to spend money carrying out frequent repairs and maintenance tasks. Additionally, a replacement will be required prematurely before you can maximise on the investment. Truck Layout The body of the truck is an important aspect to evaluate because it will determine your vehicle’s load-carrying capacity. In simple terms, the payload specification is not the only factor that will affect the truck’s functionality. Heavy loads can be in different shapes and sizes so you should make certain that the bed is suitable for the potential requirements. Measure out the dimensions of the vehicle and compare the results with your regular loads. You will also need to determine the type of body that will be fitted over the bed. For instance, if your goods are more bulky than heavy, you can have a taller truck body. Finally, consider how the loads will be secured appropriately during transportation. Fuel Efficiency A commercial truck should be designed to minimise the long-term expenses. The most important operational cost factor in the vehicle is the fuel, so you should choose one which has features that improve efficiency. For example, you should choose engine power which matches the demands because additional horsepower increases fuel consumption. In addition, trucks with speed limiters can be pre-set to utilise less fuel. Remember that the right truck will advance transportation efficiency and consequently,...

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Pre Requisites before Engaging In Residential Demolition

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pre Requisites before Engaging In Residential Demolition

Residential demolition refers to completely or partially removing a structure that is classified as residential property. There are numerous reasons why one would opt for house demolition. These range from the removal of decrepit buildings or partially remove part of the structure to create more space. Some of the areas that can be demolished include decks, verandas, gazebos, extensions, pergolas, carports or the entire home. Before embarking on residential demolitions, there are some pre requisites that you should consider: Apply for a demolition permit There are various requirements one would need to meet before being granted a demolition permit in Australia. The first thing would be proving that the demolition work would be in compliance to the set building standards. You would then be required to send a notification to the following providers: telephone services, electric and gas services as well as water services. The next step would be to notify the commissioner of building services at least a week prior to the demolition date. This is followed by providing relevant details about the licensed individual that will be carrying out the residential demolition. This is then concluded by paying all the relevant fees, which include the application fees as well as building service levies. If all your paperwork is approved, you will receive your demolition permit. Submission of a site plan The site plan elaborates on the areas that will be affected by the demolition process. As aforementioned, this could range from the main home to other structures on the property. It is recommended to make copies of the site plan to be submitted to both the architect as well as the engineer that will be involved in the project. Including pictures of the different structures will also give them a better idea of what will be involved. Take measures to control soil erosion One of the beigest concerns when it comes to house demolitions is soil erosion. This is especially pertinent if there will be heavy haulage equipment on the site as there is always the risk of rupturing underground pipes. Since the ground composition tends to vary from one area to another, the contractors will have to formulate a plan on how to minimise the risk of soil erosion during the demolition process. They can go about this in two ways. The first would be to opt to keep the soil in the original location. The second would be to move the soil to the nearby area until the demolition process is...

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Your Guide to Using a Portaloo at a Festival

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Your Guide to Using a Portaloo at a Festival

Using a portaloo at a music festival or a large event is sometimes a less than pleasant experience. Despite the best efforts of the portaloo hire company that provides and maintains them, these toilets can quickly show the signs of such prolonged usage. But when you’re away for the day (or several days) at a festival, it’s not as though you can avoid using them altogether. So how can you make your portaloo experience just that little more pleasurable? BYO Toilet Paper (Just in Case) There’s not going to be a bathroom attendant who can regularly check supplies, so there is the danger that toilet paper supplies can run low. This is an utter disaster if you should only happen to notice it after you’ve actually used the toilet. Bringing your own toilet paper solves this problem, and you can even ingratiate yourself to new festival friends by making sure everyone has enough toilet paper to cover their needs. Soap, Wipes and Sanitiser It’s also possible that such a heavily used portaloo will run out of soap. The portaloo hire company does all it can to ensure that their facilities are fully stocked, but it can happen. It’s not as though you want to lug around a bottle of liquid soap, and you really don’t need to. When packing for a festival, make sure you bring a travel sized bottle of hand sanitiser. Keep it in your pocket, so if there’s no soap, there will be no problem. Some antibacterial wipes are also good for extra hygiene, but please dispose of them in a bin. They are not made to be flushed, even into the localised plumbing of a portaloo. Avoiding Smells (and Embarrassment) If at all possible, use a portaloo in the shade. Portaloos are equipped with deodorisers, and yet one that has been cooking in the sun all day is far from a treat for your nostrils. It’s always a good idea to knock before entering, even if the lock indicates that it’s unoccupied. After a few (or quite a few drinks), some people can forget to lock the door behind them. You might see more of your new festival friends than you wanted to! By remembering to bring a few basic supplies, there’s no reason why your festival portaloo experience needs to be unpleasant. Once your needs have been taken care of, you can quickly be out in the sun listening to that awesome...

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Top Seven Timber Frame Trusses Facts to Consider When Building a Home

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Top Seven Timber Frame Trusses Facts to Consider When Building a Home

Are you building a new home? If you are, then using timber wall frames and trusses may be a beautiful look or focal point for your new home. Timber frame building is when heavy timbers are used in construction as opposed to traditional lumber, such as a 2 x 4. Before you tell your architect that you wish to use timber wall frames and trusses, there is some information that you should know. Timber frame trusses add a much defined look to your ceiling. This is because they are exposed in the interior of your home. This means when you look up you will not see drywall. Instead you will see the timber frame trusses, which are beautiful pieces of wood making intricate shapes that follow the flow of your roof. True timber framing uses traditional wood working joinery such as mortise and tenon to connect the stunning timber frame trusses. Mortise and tenon is when two pieces of wood are connected together only with wood. In modern times, builders will also use metal plates, nuts and bolts. Timber frame trusses were first used to build barns and their use has evolved to now include cabins, houses and mansions. The most popular wood for timber frame trusses are well known woods such as Douglas fir, pine and oak. Cyprus and cedar can be used as well. Cedar has a lovely aromatic scent that instantly will give your house a homey feel. Using timber frame trusses during home construction is more expensive than using traditional home building materials. Generally, the cost is more when using timber frame trusses. Wood expands. This means that your timber frame trusses will crack and split. This does add to the beauty of the timber frame trusses in your home, but beware, it does make a very loud noise. It does not happen enough to discourage the use of timber frame trusses, but it helps to not be surprised by the noise or else you  might worry something is amiss in the home. There are many different variations when it comes to designing with timber frame trusses. Some designs are very simple while others can be extremely intricate. When designing your new home you will be making multiple decisions on a variety of factors. With the beauty and timelessness of using timber frame trusses you will never be disappointed with your decision to build with...

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Tips On Choosing The Right Profile Design For Your New Metal Roof

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips On Choosing The Right Profile Design For Your New Metal Roof

Unlike clay tiles or asphalt shingles that have a uniform look across the board, metal roofs have numerous designs to choose between. Each metal roof style has a different profile characteristic that changes the look and the visual design of your roof. For this reason, it’s important to evaluate the different metal roof designs carefully before choosing what to install on your property. Here’s a breakdown of the different metal roof designs you can find in the market and what you should know about each. Flat profiles with thin ribs One of the more popular metal roofs designs in the market features a thin flat profile with wide spaces and thin ribs. It’s a newer metal roofing design which has the effect of giving your property a contemporary look. Due to the wide flat ridges, this type of metal roof offers excellent drainage as there’s more room for water to drain away. The flat design also makes cleaning or painting the roof very easy. Flat profiles with wide ribs As a variation of the above design, this type of metal roof has the same flat profile, only that it features wider ribs and consequently, thinner trays. As a result, it has a slightly less draining capacity than the above design because there’s less room for water to drain through. However, the wider ribs serve as reinforcement, making this roof design stronger and more likely to withstand higher strain. The traditional wavy profile The wavy metal roof design is a traditional look that has been there for quite some time. It offers a classical look that goes well with older homes and newer properties as well. This roof design offers a good balance between good structural strength and drainage. Thanks to the wavy ribs, this roof has the capacity to drain water and reflect heat quite well. The tile look Stepping away from the original metal roofing designs, you can also get a metal roof that resembles tiles. These are metal roofs made of steel or aluminium but with the shape, colour and look of clay tiles, timber tiles, concrete tiles or even asphalt shingles. This metallic tile design is a great compromise when you’re seeking the durability and strength of metal but would like the aesthetics of tiles. The final look is very convincing and easily passes for the real thing. The right metal roofing design can go a long way in complementing the look of your entire property, improving curb design and the value of your home. Proven brands like Colorbond roofing can also help with improved protection from rust and thermal...

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3 Simple Advantages of House Window Tinting

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Simple Advantages of House Window Tinting

You have probably seen at least a car with tinted windows since it is an extremely common technique of maintaining your privacy while driving. However, you might be surprised to find out that you can use this technique in order to tint your house windows as well. Here are some of the primary benefits you can expect to see if you decide to tint the windows of your home. Health Benefits While tinted windows protect your privacy from those passing by or nosy neighbours, it is also an extremely beneficial choice for your health. Too much sun exposure can cause you more harm than good. One example from health professional is the advice of applying sunscreen before going outside. Even though you are inside, the sun’s rays can still get to you. Sitting on your couch watching your favourite movie beside a window on a sunny day is all that’s needed in order for you to be affected. House window tinting is a good way to contribute to the relaxation of your family, while safeguarding them from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Protecting the Interior of Your Home The second advantage of tinting your windows is that you can easily protect the interior of your household. You may have noticed that a couple of your brightly coloured possessions are now faded and dull looking. This is because of constant sun exposure. Carpets, drapes, wallpapers and furniture are just a few examples of possessions that can be faded by the sun’s harmful rays. Sunlight can also damage your electronics by overheating them and can cause wooden furniture pieces to warp. With home window tinting you can easily reduce the harmful effects that the sun’s rays have on your belongings. Keeping an Eco-Friendly Environment The final reason for home tinting is that it is extremely environmentally-friendly. Because the sun’s rays no longer have the same powerful effect when piercing through your windows, you can effectively save money on energy bills. This is because you will no longer have to keep the air conditioner running all day just to maintain a cooler environment. A few hours a day will be all that’s needed in order to have a relaxing, cool temperature in your house. With time, the amount of money you save on energy bills could even pay for the tinting installation process itself. There are many benefits that you can take advantage of when using home window tinting. The discomfort caused by nosy neighbours will be significantly decreased, and you can also save money in an environmentally-friendly way. Talk with someone at a company like Glass Tinting WA to learn more about home window tinting...

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Some Common Plumbing Problems You Might Tackle on Your Own

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Some Common Plumbing Problems You Might Tackle on Your Own

Most major plumbing repairs are best left to a professional, as repairing and replacing pipes and other components of plumbing can be more difficult than you may realize. A poor-quality job can mean water leaks and mold growth on your home’s building materials or burst pipes caused by too much water pressure. However, there are some common plumbing problems that you might tackle on your own with a few simple tools and quick fixes. Note the following, and see if these might correct the problem before you call for plumbing repairs. 1. Low water pressure If you notice that the water pressure is low in just one faucet or just the showerhead, chances are it’s actually calcium and other deposits that have formed in the area where the water comes out. Minerals in the water can build up around the faucet and showerhead and get in the way of the water. Try spraying down the faucet or showerhead with a mineral deposit remover, which you can find with the cleaning supplies in any home improvement store. 2. Slow draining bathtub Don’t assume that a bathtub that drains slowly needs a sewer snake or chemical drain cleaners you buy at the store. In many cases, hair has built up around the tub stopper. This is the plug that you close when you want to fill the tub. Typically this tub stopper simply unscrews, and you might be able to see a buildup of hair just below the drain’s surface. Use pliers to pull out as much as you can and then replace the stopper, and note if that helps the tub to drain as it should. 3. Leaking pipe under a sink While a leaking pipe behind a wall is best left to a professional to address, a leaking pipe under your sink may be something you can fix on your own. Note if the connector is leaking and if it has a small type of white tape under the pipe. If not, it’s missing plumber’s tape, which is what keeps that connection watertight. You can get some plumber’s tape at a home improvement store. If the pipe is rusted and the corrosion is causing the leak, you’ll want to replace the pipe, but buy the same material as the pipes around it. Mixing metals can cause corrosion when exposed to water. You can also get new connectors with the pipes and use the plumber’s tape when you replace all the pieces. This should provide the watertight connection you need to avoid leaks. These are small problems you can fix on your own, but for bigger issues, or if you can’t diagnose the problem, contact a local plumbing company like Murphy Plumbing Pty...

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