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Advice on keeping your retail store in pristine condition

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Advice on keeping your retail store in pristine condition

When you are walking into a retail store as a potential customer, first impressions are hugely important. As a retail store owner, you have to do everything within your capabilities to ensure that this first impression creates a lasting, positive image in the mind of the potential customer every time they think about your store. One of the best ways to increase your chances of providing a great first impression is to ensure that your shop is immaculately clean. While many managers only see the cleaning process as a nuisance and an expense that can be skimped on, in actuality, it could be a massive driver of sales. Just like a person will not want to eat at a restaurant that has a dirty bathroom, a customer won’t want to shop in a retail store that is a dirty unit. This is why you should hire professional cleaning contractors in order to look after these worries for you.  If you still wish to do the work yourself with the help of your team, there is some useful advice you should keep in mind during the process. Have a comprehensive checklist You should develop a checklist for the exact cleaning routine that you are implementing in your store. By having each step of the process clearly mapped out on paper, it is impossible to go wrong. Get into the habit of ticking off each item on the list as you complete it. Instead of having to think about what needs to be cleaned each time you start, having a checklist for each specific situation such as daily cleaning, monthly, quarterly, yearly and so on will save you a lot of time in the long run. By developing a consistent plan and checklist, you will be able to easily predict how much cleaning supplies you need to buy every so often. Utilise your team There is no point having one single person spending a lot of their time doing the cleaning. This takes away from this person’s other responsibilities. Therefore, the process will be a lot quicker if everybody chips in. A great way of delegating tasks is by section of the store or by type of cleaning whether it is the floors, shelves etc. It doesn’t have to be a boring activity either. You can incentivise your employees by doing this cleaning outside of opening hours by ordering food, playing music and wearing comfortable clothes. You can even identify items on the shelves that have been sitting there for months upon end and get rid of them by holding a spring cleaning sale. If you’d rather leave the cleaning to the professionals and let your workers focus on their regular work, contact  cleaning contractors in your...

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Types of Cooling Towers

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Types of Cooling Towers

A cooling tower combines air with water to decrease the temperature. The temperature that is being decreased is that of the water in the tank. This direct contact between water and air can transpire in a number of ways, depending on the type and design of cooling tower that is being used. During the process when the air and water are making direct contact, some of the water is evaporating, which enables the temperature of the remaining water to be reduced before circulating in the cooling tower. Before you have a cooling tower installed, it is important to be aware of the varying types that are available and exactly how a lower temperature is achieved in each different design. Vertical Water Flow This is a type of cooling tower that involves the vertical flow of water through the tank. As the water flows through the tank vertically, the air moves through the tank horizontally. This horizontal flow of air moves right across the vertical flow of the water as it falls within the tank. This means that the air within this type of tower does not need to be run through a distribution system. This is different from some of the other cooling tower types. Since the air does not need to go through a distribution system, it is possible for basins to be used in the design of cross flow cooling towers instead of the typical distribution system that is often used. Counterflow This is a type of cooling tower where the design of the tank allows for the air to flow vertically to the water. The vertical motion is upward for the air and the water is falling down to the fill portion of the tank. Due to the vertical flow of the air, it is not possible for basins to be used in the design of counterflow cooling towers. As an alternative to a basin system, a pressurised pipe spray system is used. The water is sprayed using this type of system and air must also be able to flow through the same system. This means that the types of nozzles and pipes that are outfitted within a counterflow cooling tower must be wide to ensure that the air is not restricted in any way. Induced Draft It is possible for some cooling towers to be referred to as induced draft. This type of cooling tower will have some type of fan within the design that is mounted to the top of the system. Not all cooling towers are induced...

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Building a basic deck

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Building a basic deck

A deck is a great way to add invaluable entertainment space to your home, with the added advantage of being in the fresh air of the outdoors as well as adding tremendous value to your home. Building a deck can be done as a personal project since it is not very difficult to build a basic type. Here’s a few simple steps that, when done properly, can add a lot of value to your home. Planning It is important to plan so that the whole process can go off smoothly with no nasty surprises. In this phase, one should plan where the deck will stand and what area of space it will occupy. One also needs to determine the proportions of the planks and gaps in between them that will fit into the desired surface area and make a scaled down version of the deck on paper. These proportions will also determine how much material will be needed to lay the decking. Preparing the site The site where one envisions the deck needs to be made suitable for receiving the deck. The plant cover should be cleared and weed retardant fabric should be overlain over the area and gravel added on top. The area is now ready for construction of the deck. Constructing the deck frame The deck frame is what will support the deck once it has finally been laid. The timbers making the outer frame should be laid out on the area along the perimeter of the site as per the drawn scale model. Once it has been determined that the frame is level on the ground, the ends of the timber should be joined at the corners, making sure that the entire frame remains flat across the entire plane. The joists are then measured and cut and then fixed onto the deck frame. The exposed ends of the timber should be covered with preserver so as to lengthen the efficiency and integrity of the timber. Laying the deck planks The planks that make the deck are affixed onto the joists on the frame. The first plank is placed onto the first joist and fixed using deck screws. The gap is measured off before the next plank is laid. This is screwed into the corresponding plank and the space measured off before the next plank is also laid. This process is repeated until the entire frame has been covered. The exposed ends of the planks are also covered with preserver. It should be noted that before tools are handled and work starts, one should don protective gear to reduce the risk of...

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How to Construct a Shed Base

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Construct a Shed Base

The base of a shed is the most essential part of the building. You have to ensure that it is properly constructed so that you have a stable and long lasting structure. Due to its importance, it might seem like an arduous task to build it yourself. However, with the right information and the right tools, you can easily to construct the base. There are various steps that you need to follow. Plan for the Shed Location The location of the shed is important for a variety of reasons. For instance, it needs to be in an accessible area. If you are delivering materials there, the accessibility is important from all sides. You should also consider the condition of the surrounding area. If there are old trees around, you should check if they can fall on your shed in the future. You should also check if there are growing trees whose roots might extend to under the base of the shed and cause damage. If the shed is to be a workshop, the best location is where there is adequate natural lighting. If you are drawing electricity from the main house, then this needs to be factored in as well. Select the Base Type to Use The foundation for the base should be level and dry. Having an uneven foundation means the stability of the base will be compromised. Depending on the use, your style and financial ability, there are various base types to choose from. These include the eze, concrete and paving slab bases. Constructing an Eze Base This is the easiest base you can construct. You only need to purchase the ready-made base and lay it on the location you have selected. The best foundations are concrete or paved surfaces. Therefore, you might still need to do some work in preparing the area where to lay the eze base. Constructing a Concrete Base For this base, you need to purchase some materials and equipment for the project. These include the concrete, tape measure and spade for laying the sand. You should start by marking the area with tape measure, levelling it off before finally pouring the concrete on the area. The spade should help you to ensure the concrete is evenly laid out. Constructing a Slab Base The same construction process as that of the concrete base applies. The only difference is that you can purchase ready-made slabs or make them yourself using cement and sand. However, should you still need professional help, calling contractors can ensure you get the job done...

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Reasons to Use Plastic Pallets over Wood Pallets

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reasons to Use Plastic Pallets over Wood Pallets

Pallets are a staple to most industries. These structural foundations work toward easing the handling and transport of goods. They can be used as storage in your industrial facility or can be used to move your products from one location to another. The most common material that was used to manufacture pallets was wood. However, over time other materials such as steel and plastic are being used too. Here are some of the reasons why you should use plastic pallets over wood pallets. Plastic pallets are more convenient to export When exporting goods using wood pallets, there are a few requirements that need to be met before your goods can leave the country. Some of the regulations include ensuring that the pallets have been fumigated to rid them of any insect infestations, and a host of other requirements to ensure they are safe. These measures are in place to ensure that no biological products accompany the products being shipped. You do not have to worry about this with plastic pallets, as they are not a breeding ground for any biological elements that could facilitate the spread of pests. Plastic pallets are hygienic Plastic is not a porous materials. As such, it is immune to the breeding of mildew, bacteria and other biological elements. This make them a more hygienic alternative when it comes to the transportation of edible products, as wood could easily affect the quality of your food products if the pallets have been compromised. Plastic pallets are low maintenance One of the greatest advantages when it comes to plastic pallets is that they are not inconvenient to clean and maintain. This material is impervious to a range of things such as odours, solvents, fats and more. As such, it is easy to keep them clean and sanitized by simply wiping them down with a disinfectant solution to keep them sterile. Plastic pallets have low risk of injuries Although wood pallets are sturdy, they will being to disintegrate over time. Since this disintegration is gradual, you will typically not notice the splintering or exposed nails until you are injured by them. This is something that you will not have to be concerned with when it comes to plastic pallets. Their smooth surfaces always ensure safe handling no matter how old the pallets are. Unless the pallets have cracked, then you would be best advised to replace them, or they could cut the individual tasked with handling...

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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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