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What Can Traders & Contractors Do For The Environment?

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Can Traders & Contractors Do For The Environment?

There are, of course, dozens of trades and types of skilled manual professional, but there are a few things that they could all benefit from learning about and bearing in mind. With the rise of ultra-convenients multi-trade associations in Australia such as the MTM group, it’s more important than ever before for the broad range of people working for these groups to spend some time thinking about one vital question: what steps can traders and contractors take to help protect the world around us? Work to minimise the impact your operations have on the natural landscape in which you are working. This is especially important for anyone who works in trades such as mining and drilling, which are disproportionately likely to damage the landscape they are within. On a smaller scale, however, it’s also important for landscape gardeners and other traders who work in the outdoors: with a little effort you can work sympathetically with the plants and other features in the space, rather than feeling the need to force non-native species to take hold and change everything entirely from the way that you found it. Be conscious of and work to reduce the total carbon footprint of your business operations. There are lots of ways you can do this, and at least one is equally applicable to any tradesperson from any trade: make sure your van is as green as possible. Drive a hybrid or electric van with the lowest emissions you can find, and follow manufacturer’s guidelines regarding load weight and fuel maximisation. Other than that, the best thing you can do is to be conscious of which materials you use and how you source them. Make sure you always dispose of all waste products as ethically as you possibly can. Different kinds of waste have different disposal laws—and disposal laws will also vary on a state by state basis. Whatever you need to discard, it’s incredibly important to ensure that you’re doing so in the proper manner! The governmental website for the state you’re working in should be your first port of call for figuring out what you need to do. Look after your own health and safety—as well as the health and safety of your employees, your clients and anyone else who is ever on site with you. Health and safety can in and of itself be an environmental concern, and it’s important to keep yourself and everyone around you as safe as possible. Follow regulations and guidelines, use your common sense and ensure that everyone who needs proper training has been taught to the best of your ability to teach them. Join an accrediting body and ensure you’re following all the guidelines they have set out for ethical working standards. There are a lot of reasons to seek approval from an accrediting body, but one of them is that they can help you as you work to make sure your operations are as green as possible. They generally have advice to give on such subjects, and many will have a minimum amount of effort as part of their entrance requirements. We all have a duty of care to the planet on which we live, and anyone working as a professional tradesperson has the ability to help out a great deal. Ensuring that you’re doing...

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What Is The Best Material For Your Rural Shed?

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Is The Best Material For Your Rural Shed?

Rural sheds are available in a wide range of materials. Therefore, the decision to choose the best will not be easy. Besides, the type of material you choose will determine how suitable your shed will be to storing equipment or for any other intended use. For this reason, here are some of the available material options with their pros and cons to help you find the best for your shed.  Wood Wooden sheds are usually natural and can easily blend well into your garden environment. They are also highly versatile because they can be customised both inside and outside to create specific sizes and shapes according to your liking. In addition, they can be painted with any colour to match the surroundings. But, timber sheds are usually quite expensive. While wood is strong and may last for a long time, it’s usually a vulnerable material. For instance, it is susceptible to vermin damage and insects, especially termites. In addition, it may not be the ideal choice for regions receiving heavy rains or ones with high moisture levels. This is because in such conditions, the wood will start rotting. However, there are some rot-resistant types of wood such as cedar, which may survive in such conditions, although this may not be for long. Also, remember that regardless of the type of wood that you choose, maintenance is key to ensuring effective performance. Therefore, regular repainting may be necessary. This may mean high costs of maintenance. Metal Metallic sheds are also another popular type of shed available. In most cases, metallic sheds are relatively cheaper than other shed materials. These sheds can be made of galvanised aluminium or steel among other metals. Metal sheds also come in a wide range of colour options. Metals are strong but may be difficult to assemble and are usually susceptible to rusting and denting. In addition, water tends to drip from the roof of metallic sheds because of condensation, which limits what you can actually store inside them. Plastic Plastic sheds are also quite expensive. Nonetheless, they are considerably easier to assemble or construct compared to metallic sheds. When properly constructed, plastic sheds usually offer better performance when it comes to storing materials that are deemed highly corrosive. Plastic sheds don’t require as much maintenance as their metallic and wooden counterparts. Unfortunately, depending on the degree of exposure of these sheds to sun and dust, their appearance can deteriorate over...

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How Cloud Connectivity in Land Survey can Improve Service Delivery

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Cloud Connectivity in Land Survey can Improve Service Delivery

For any business as complex and data-intensive as land surveying, any technological advancement towards better data management is welcome, and distinguishes an inefficient business from one that can effectively meet client requirements. Such advancements can help both consumers and service providers by reducing costs, increasing operational efficiency and ensuring accurate result-delivery at the end of each project. Cloud computing technology is one such advancement, and it has been successfully applied in many other fields of business with great results. But how exactly would it serve the needs of land survey consumers? Why should you be interested in service providers that are moving towards cloud computing within their trade? Find out more in the following paragraphs. Keep track of all stakeholders simultaneously In the absence of service automation, construction and survey stakeholders—project managers, engineers, contractors, quantity surveyors, developers, investors etc.—must rely on physical documents delivered to them for decision-making. This implies that there will be multiple documents floating around to the various teams, with a new batch being rolled out every time a small change needs to be made. It isn’t uncommon to have some stakeholders being left out in the confusion of supplying such documents. However, using cloud-based project management software suites, it is easy to ensure that all stakeholders—no matter how far apart—receive information on the project instantly each time it is rolled out. Employees in remote job sites can use their mobile devices to upload information into the system, thereby keeping everybody abreast of changes and progress for their projects. Faster information dissemination Any construction project comes with strict deadlines, which means that all teams should have a way to communicate efficiently, sharing crucial information on time for action by other teams. Storing survey project data in the cloud facilitates instantaneous information dissemination, regardless of location, so that relevant action can be taken to keep the project on course. This is especially important with remote survey sites. Data can be uploaded directly from the field and delivered to the client located miles away instantaneously. The result is vast improvement in the level of efficiency. Data storage and archiving Storing project survey data in the cloud will enable fast access to data whenever it is needed. You can always find whatever document you need by simply logging in to your account and searching for the relevant file/document in an instant. The singularity of location enables proper information management, reducing or altogether eliminating instances of data loss. This way, if the surveyor/client needs to return to a previous job site they can access the relevant files from wherever they are, instead of travelling long distances to where the physical records are maintained, saving both time and...

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Why Should You Hire Skip Bins For Your Industrial Waste?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Should You Hire Skip Bins For Your Industrial Waste?

Industries tend to churn out a lot of waste each day, especially if they are working at maximum capacity. The management, therefore, has to develop a strategy to deal with this waste in an environmentally-responsible and affordable manner. While some industries may find cost-effective ways to recycle some of their waste, most industries lack the capacity and funding to adequately handle their waste. This is where skip bins come into play. Most of the skip bin companies hire them out rather than sell them. This could raise a valid question: ‘Why should we hire something we can buy? After all, that is a running expense that can be avoided with one-time purchase.’ Granted, this may seem to make sense but there are reasons why hiring is ultimately the best option for any industry. Purchase costs imply maintenance and disposal costs A simple as a one-time purchase of a skip bin may appear, it implies future maintenance and possible replacement costs. You will have to set aside funds and manpower, which could have been focused on your core business, to handle these issues as and when they arise. Leaving these to the disposal company will free up your time and money to focus on your core business. In addition, disposals are not free as disposal sites require some payment. Disposal companies that hire out skip bins have a working relationship with these sites that gives them access to discounts and deals that may not be afforded to you. Using a disposal company, therefore, will greatly reduce the cost of disposal for your company. Skill deficit Your company has the expertise to produce what it does due to years of training and experience. Time and money have been invested in the people and machines in the company in order to give the desired output. In the same way, the disposal companies are experts in the field of waste management and disposal. They are trained and have years of experience that your company may never quite catch up to. So rather than make rookie mistakes like mixing organic and inorganic waste, while trying to handle your own waste, why don’t you let the experts handle it? Variety of equipment It’s not just about getting the skip bin; you will also need to know which size is appropriate for the amount of waste you are producing. Once you know that, you need to get a truck that can carry the skip bin(s) between the company and disposal site. Now, is this really something you want to spend your time and money on? Further, how will you project your waste output as the company grows in order to take into account the increase in numbers or sizes of your skip bins and disposal truck? Is it really worth it? For most companies, it all comes down to the bottom line. Does this venture really make financial sense? From the looks of it, hiring a skip bin makes better sense that buying one to handle all your industrial waste....

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Spotting and Eradicating Foul Smells from Your Bathroom

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spotting and Eradicating Foul Smells from Your Bathroom

Although your bathroom’s primarily function is waste and dirt elimination, this does not mean that it has to smell. Overpowering odours could mean a serious problem with your plumbing. Left undeterred, the underlying problem could pose a serious health risk for all residents that make use of the offending bathroom. The good news is that some of the foul smells tat begin to emanate from your bathroom can easily be spotted and eradicated. Here are some of the common reasons why your bathroom may be smelly. The problem lies with the waste outlet One of the most common reason why your bathroom could be smell is if there is an issue with its waste outlet. The waste outlet is typically located under the bathroom’s toilet, under the shower basin or under the bathtub. Typically, sewer smells are kept at bay from using a water seal that is located inside the waste outlet. When the water in the bathroom dries up, the water seal lacks sufficient moisture. This makes it function less efficiently, which gives foul smells the chance to penetrate the room through this waste outlet. One of the main causes of this is if the bathroom has not been in use for a while, hence, the lack of regular water provision to the water seal. To remedy the problem, all you would need to do is run some water down the bathtub or shower, or pour it directly into the waste outlet. However, in the event that this does not decrease the foul smell in your bathroom, then it would be pertinent to enlist the services of a professional plumber. The problem lies with the shower drain Another component of your bathroom that could be causing it to reek would be the shower drain. With regular showers, your drain begins to accumulate contaminants from your body such as grease, dead skin cells, hair and more. Over time, this type of debris can gradually accumulate in the shower’s waste pipe and begin emitting foul smells directly into your bathroom. Generally, the problem tends to arise of there is an extended distance between the floor of your shower basin and its waste seal. To remedy this, you would need to enlist the services of a licensed plumber who can come and eliminate all the build-up that is causing the foul smell. To prevent this from occurring in future, you would be best advised to regularly pour some bleach down the shower...

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5 Crucial Things to Consider When Buying Bi-Fold Doors

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Crucial Things to Consider When Buying Bi-Fold Doors

Bi-fold doors have come as a lasting solution to homeowners who are looking to link their interior space with the exterior. These doors are constructed in a special way to allow light and also create a sense of space in a home. Before selecting a bi-fold door for your home, there are several factors you should consider: Safety Comes First If you have ever had your fingers trapped between the folding part of a door or window, then you will know that it’s important to have a door with finger-safe gaskets. The gaskets provide a good cushioning that makes such accidents less severe. Another safety concern is bi-fold doors slamming shut during windy conditions. You can avoid this slamming risk by purchasing a door that features strong magnets to reduce the movement. Use the Right Material You need to consider a material that is strong, lightweight, and slides easily along rails. In most cases, metal, especially aluminium, is preferred over other materials, such as wood. Besides the functionality of the door, the material used for the door will also determine its longevity. Aluminium doors are more long-lasting because they are not affected by rain water and do not misshape easily. Consider Your Initial Home Design One challenging factor is trying to match traditional home designs with new ideas, such as the bi-fold doors. If you are having a hard time blending contemporary and traditional, try using aluminium material because it blends well with most home extensions. Energy Efficiency As you consider the beauty that your bi-fold door adds to your home, it’s also important to know the energy efficiency of the material you use. The most energy efficient materials are timber and PVC. If you choose to use a door that has aluminium and window panes, try to save energy by including double glazed panes. As much as you want to let in more light to the home by having glass doors, it’s best to go for double glazed panes to ensure your room is well insulated. Type of Hinges Used One of the things that will make your life easier when using bi-fold doors is having the right hinges. There is a lot of movement along the hinges, meaning these hinges need to be strong and long-lasting. The best option is to go for hinges made of stainless steel because they can stand any weather condition. If you have any questions about what bi-fold door might be best for your home, consider speaking to a local supplier to discuss your...

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Involving your kids in painting their room

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Involving your kids in painting their room

If you are looking to repaint your child’s room you might want to get them involved in the process. Here are some of the ways that you can get them to help. Choosing a colour This is a great opportunity to let their creative juices flow. Take your child to the hardware store and let them revel in the range of colour tiles available in the paint wall. Ask them to explain why they like certain colours and if they can’t make up their mind you can always take some sample pots home.  If their decision is just a little too vibrant to be stomached (such as neon), you can always use parental judgement and select a shade or two lighter than their original decision. The room will still look the colour they intended, but may be a little easier to stomach.  Give them some jobs If you are going to paint the room yourself you can always give them some special job that will actually be helpful, rather than letting them loose with a roller and needing to do the job again. Kids are often great at doing the bottom edges of the room, and they can be helpful at taping and painting around powerpoints and other small features of the room. They can also be very useful at helping to clean brushes, jars and pots after the job is done. Often getting the kids to see what a big job it is to repaint a room can get them to take a little more care when rough housing not to scratch the walls.  Spice it up with wall decals If you are not a professional artist it can be hard to full stencil in your child’s favourite characters to truly personalise their room. Instead, consider using wall decals. Not only can they be ordered with your child’s favourite characters perfectly rendered, along with your child’s name, the decals can also be moved as required. If your child comes home one day and announces they no longer like that character and now love a different character it’s also a very simple job to remove and replace with new decals.  Of course, if this seems like a lot of work it can be much easier to get in a professional painter. Your child can still choose the colour and wall decals, and you can spend the weekends doing fun activities as a family rather than being stuck inside painting. Contact a company like Allure Painting Services for more information on painting projects you’d like done around your...

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Tips for Installing Vinyl Siding Over Asbestos Siding

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Installing Vinyl Siding Over Asbestos Siding

If you own an older property that features asbestos siding, it might be beneficial to install vinyl siding over the existing asbestos siding instead of having it completely removed. Asbestos is only harmful when the fibers of this material are broken up. This means that if the asbestos siding is not removed or disturbed in any way, it is not a health risk. It is possible to have the asbestos siding encapsulated with the use of vinyl siding instead of having it fully removed from the property. By installing vinyl siding over asbestos siding, you can be sure that the fibers of the material remain intact and are not a health risk. Before you begin installing vinyl siding over top of asbestos siding, it is important to be aware of the most helpful tips. Inspect It is only possible to encapsulate asbestos siding with vinyl siding if you are sure that no pieces of the siding are broken. You need to make sure that all of the siding is intact before you can begin. If the pieces are broken, the asbestos siding is a health risk and should be removed only. Vapor Barrier When you are installing vinyl siding over asbestos siding, you will need to first apply a vapor barrier. This is applied directly to the asbestos siding before you install the vinyl siding. The purpose of the vapor barrier is to make sure that moisture does not get through. This barrier is essentially made of plastic and also is designed to keep the asbestos trapped in. This type of plastic sheet can be directly nailed into the asbestos siding. Backer Board Before you begin installing the vinyl siding, you will also have to install backer board over the asbestos siding. This backer board is designed to make sure that the vinyl siding will be secure.  The backer board needs to be cut into dimensions that will fit over the existing pieces of asbestos siding. You will secure the backer board into place over top of the vapor barrier that has already been applied to the asbestos siding. You will be able to secure it in place using screws that are resistant to corrosion. Vinyl After the backer board is secure, you can then begin to install the vinyl siding. You can install a starter strip at the bottom of the home that you hook the siding into. The nail holes should always face in the upward direction. If you’re at all uncertain about the safety of your asbestos siding, do not attempt to simply cover it up. Instead, work with asbestos removal services like McMahon...

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Pretty Produce: How to Grow Food without Ruining Your Backyard

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pretty Produce: How to Grow Food without Ruining Your Backyard

Are you looking to join the 52% of Australian households that grow their own food? Whether you want to save money, or you simply want more control over what you put into your body, growing produce is an attractive pastime. What’s not so attractive is a luscious garden transformed into a muddy allotment. Luckily, there are ways to grow food in your yard without ruining your landscaping work. Climbing Aids Since you have limited horizontal space in your garden, consider growing vertically. Why not get yourself a stylish pergola and create a Greek-style mini vineyard? Grapes are an ideal climbing fruit that takes up minimal space – not only are they tasty, they’re the primary component of homemade wine. If grapes aren’t to your taste, strawberries, kiwis and passionfruit are all possible pergola plants. A pergola with climbing fruit offers a shaded, picturesque place to sit, rest, and enjoy the view of your yard. Growing in Pots Container growing isn’t just for indoor plant enthusiasts. There are plenty of foods that lend themselves well to growing in pots outdoors. Pots are a low-commitment addition to your garden. Sitting on your lawn, your porch, or even your conservatory, potted produce saves you from uprooting your grass. If you decide the growing life isn’t for you, pots are easy to dispose of. Compact foods are better pot plants than tall foods, so try fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, salad leaves, herbs and peppers. Raised Beds If plant pots don’t fit the style of your garden, raised beds are an excellent alternative. Purchase them ready-made, or construct them yourself out of old wood. With a lick of paint or wood stain, raised beds can blend in with any yard. Given their size and depth, these beds are suitable for a wider variety of fruits and vegetables. They even have advantages over growing produce directly on your land, offering better soil quality control and higher yields. Designated Areas If none of the above ideas work for you, or you want to grow more complex foods, sectioning off small areas of your yard to produce-growing is a simple solution. A low wall or short fence can separate the two areas, preserving the appearance of your existing landscaping. As long as your yard conditions are sufficient, you can grow almost anything on your land that will survive the Australian climate – from simple apple trees to tropical fruits like mango and...

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The Top Five Tools for the DIY Electrician

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Top Five Tools for the DIY Electrician

If you’re looking into completing a few do-it-yourself electrical projects around the house, it is essential to arm yourself with the right tools to get the job done. Working with wires and electricity is no joke, but with the right safety knowledge and products, basic electrical work is very doable without the expertise of an electrician. Below you will find the top five tools to have in your kit. 1. Voltage Tester The voltage tester’s spot on this list should reflect its importance in your toolbox. To remove any chance that you will get electrocuted, always, always, always hold the tester close to an outlet or wire you plan to work on to let you know if power is running through it, and if so, how much. These are cheap and easy to come by in any hardware store, but do make sure that the brand you buy is known for its accuracy. 2. Digital Multimeter Although this device is a bit more complicated than your average screwdriver, the added information provided by a multimeter can be the difference between solving your problem and failing miserably. Most current versions allow users to measure current, resistance, and voltage, and they are especially helpful when dealing with smaller appliances that may require that ‘electrician’s touch’. 3. Combination Screwdriver Because not all outlets are made alike, it is recommended to have a screwdriver with an adjustable head that allows you to tackle any assembly you may encounter. As an added benefit, these can be repurposed for use around the house with any basic construction project. 4. Wire Stripping Tool Essential when working with multiple wires, a wire stripping tool can also be used to bend wires to connect them with switches. The best available options on the market have curved handles for easy gripping and a heavy-duty spring that ensures a (long-lasting) tight grip on any wire. It is also best to get one that works on multiple widths of wire to save you money in the long run. 5. Needle-nose Pliers Also known as do-it-all pliers, these are perfect for cutting, grasping, or twisting wires in any formation to complete the job. Certain models will also come with a hooking mechanism that locks the grip in place that acts like an extra helping hand if need be. In addition to the tools above, don’t forget a leveler, hammer, tape measure, or roll of electrical tape, because it is always better to be over prepared! If you do run into any problems, however, it is important to contact a professional electrician who will be specifically trained to solve your...

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