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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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Choosing Between Concrete and Resin Underpinning

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing Between Concrete and Resin Underpinning

Underpinning a house is a necessary procedure if the house’s foundation has become unstable and started moving about. Underpinning might seem like a costly business for fixing a damage you can’t even see, as it is underneath you, but if you neglect an unstable foundation, you might be left with your house literally collapsing around you. There are two ways of underpinning a house, and depending on your situation, you might be able to choose between them. To decide what type of underpinning you need, there are some things you need to consider. Concrete Underpinning Concrete underpinning is the main method used for underpinning a house. There are many ways to do it, but they all contain excavating around and under the foundation of your house to stabilise the existing structure with new concrete. The main advantage of this method is that your whole foundation will be stabilised regardless of what caused your foundation to become unstable. A disadvantage is that it’s quite comprehensive work; it takes time to dig out an entire foundation. If you have a big house, this method can be the more expensive one based on the large percentage labour consists of the underpinning costs if the project is taking a long time. Resin Underpinning The other method is resin injection underpinning. This method doesn’t demand any excavation work and can usually be performed quite quickly. The underpinning is done by pumping resin in to the soil surrounding the foundation, where it then reacts with the soil by binding and stabilising it. The only work that needs to be done in your garden is the act of boring the holes in which the resin will be poured to reach the foundation. As resin is quite an expensive material, this isn’t always the more economical solution to underpinning. If you have large cavities in the ground surrounding your foundation, a lot of resin is required to fill them up, which you won’t know until the job has been done. Circumstances The choice of which type of underpinning you want done on your house can’t just be based on cost. You also need to be aware what types of situations are more fitting for what method. As resin underpinning treats the soil around the foundation to make it more stable, this is an excellent way to underpin if your foundation is settling because of poor soil quality or because of age, where the soil simply has caved for the weight of the house. If the instability is caused by you adding weight to your house in form of an extra story, or because of excavation work being performed nearby, then resin underpinning won’t have much effect, and you’re better off with concrete underpinning. If you have any questions about underpinning a house, contact a local underpinning specialist for more...

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Some Tips for Choosing Metal Roofing for Your Home

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Some Tips for Choosing Metal Roofing for Your Home

Metal roofing can be a great choice for any home, as it’s strong and durable and typically lasts much longer than asphalt shingles. It can also be easier to recycle metal than asphalt shingles, so you can use recycled pieces for your roof or know they can be recycled if you need to replace the roof later on. Metal roofing comes in a wide variety of colors, as the metal can be powder coated in virtually any shade, so if you want a roof that coordinates with a certain color of siding, you may more easily find it in a metal roof than any other material. While metal roofing may all seem alike to you, there are some varieties in materials and styles, so note a few quick tips for making the right choice for your home. 1. Material Steel and aluminum are two of the most widely used materials for metal roofing. Steel is more durable than aluminum in that it doesn’t dent and ding as easily, such as from hailstorms, falling tree branches, and the like. If you live in an area where the roof takes a lot of abuse from inclement weather, steel can be the better option. However, aluminum doesn’t corrode over time, so in areas with high humidity that may cause steel to rust, it can be a better option. Note that copper and tin can also be used for a metal roof if you prefer a more traditional look and style, but these metals are typically more expensive than steel and aluminum. Be prepared to pay a higher price for the installation and for when you may need to have sections replaced over time due to damage or wear. 2. Panels versus shingles Metal roofing can be cut into long panels or the material can be cut to resemble shingles. Long panels can give your roof a clean, simple look, whereas shingles may look a bit busier. The shingle style can also be given a coating with a rough texture so that the roof looks more like stone. The choice for your home often depends on the style you prefer. Long panels are often used on cabins but may look out of place for a colonial style home or something with a Mediterranean look. Unpainted steel panels can also give a home a more modern, industrial look whereas metal shingles with a stone-like can make the home look more traditional. It’s good to note pictures of both styles with the style of your home so you can determine the right choice. For more information, contact a professional roofing company, such as O’Boyles Roof...

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Sawn & Dressed Timber: Know the Difference

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sawn & Dressed Timber: Know the Difference

The first step in producing any timber product is cutting down the tree. While this step is obviously uniform across all wood production services, many of the similarities end at the sawmill. In general, the trees are stored at a sawmill until further manufacturing can create the perfect type of lumber that varies by tree type and its intended use. Sawn Timber As the name implies, this title is applied to any piece of lumber fresh off the saw. While not dressed or gauged, sawn timber from a place like Australian Treated Pine is rough and larger than the finished product. At this stage, its size is nominal, as the diameter will decrease during the finishing process. If you run your hand along a piece of rough sawn timber, you are likely to get a splinter or cut due to the cracks and rough surface. There are multiple types of sawing though in the lumber industry, but the two most common are plain and quarter sawn: Plain or flat sawn: This is the simplest type of maneuver and cut that occurs without adjusting the position of the timber. The resulting grain runs the width of the boards (and not the length as is common). Quarter or rift sawn: Another name for this method is radially-sawn because the lumber is divided into quarters, producing four equal triangle-shaped wedges. Additional methods for sawing lumber include the boxed heart, heart center, free of knots, and free of heart center, but the most common type for commercially used wood are the aforementioned two styles. Chances are, your furniture or the boards supporting your home were produced using those manufacturing processes. Dressed Timber While dressed timber did go through the sawing process, it has endured additional manufacturing to produce the classic clean and smooth boards most consumers are used to seeing in the aisles of a home-improvement store. Free of splinters, dressed timber is also used in furniture where the wood is visible and a smoother look is required. This look is achieved through the use of a thicknesser. The rough sawn wood is placed in this machine, and it gradually planes down the exterior of the wood until the desired thickness, flatness, and quality is achieved. Your average two-by-four is made from this process. If you’re looking into furniture building or home construction, it is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different types of timber products available, and with this helpful guide, the work is done for...

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3 Questions to Ask a Rental Agency before You Hire a Crane

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Questions to Ask a Rental Agency before You Hire a Crane

Hiring a crane can allow a construction company to take on jobs it would otherwise need to pass up, and it can also mean allowing you to do your own demolition work or land clearing on your property. When you’re ready to rent a crane, you might get a bit overwhelmed with the choices you have and with everything involved. Asking the right questions can ensure you know how the process works and that you have everything ready for the day the crane arrives. Note some questions you’ll want to ask your rental agency before you hire a crane. 1. Ask about insurance If you’re a contractor, you will already have insurance for your company and your work, but this coverage may not include a crane rental. The rental agency may require you to have additional insurance, or you may be able to purchase the needed insurance through them.  This is the same as a homeowner; your homeowner’s insurance may not cover the operation of a crane on your property and you may be required to get additional insurance. Even if it’s not a requirement, it’s good to consider it so you’re reimbursed if you cause any damage while using a rented crane. 2. Note if you need a truck-mounted crane A truck-mounted crane is one that is fitted onto the back of a truck. This makes it very easy to move the crane around. If you’re going to be doing construction work or demolition work that will require the crane to go from one end of a building on your property to another, or if you will need to drive the crane on a road to get it to another position, ask about a truck-mounted crane. This makes quick work of moving the crane around and may be your only option for actually taking it on a city street. 3. Consider whether travel is included in the time of hire If you rent a crane for 8 hours and it takes the rental agency 2 hours to deliver it and 2 hours to get it back to their agency, you may only have the crane to work with for 4 hours. When you are discussing the time of crane hire, always be sure you ask if travel is included in that time or if this only refers to the amount of time you will have the crane on your site for your use. You may need to increase your rental time to ensure you have the crane for enough hours for actual...

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Handy Tips for Stopgap Glass Repairs

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Handy Tips for Stopgap Glass Repairs

Glass is fragile and, as such, homeowners should expect to face repairs on their windows and glass splashbacks at one time or another. These small chips and cracks may seem innocuous at the start. However, left undeterred, they easily spread, and you could end up requiring full on glass replacement. It is understandable though that since these cracks and chips can happen at any time, you may find yourself financially restricted to address them right away. Rather than leaving your windows or splashbacks to deteriorate as you wait to be financially capable of fixing them, you should opt for DIY stopgap glass repairs. Keep in mind that these repairs only work for the short term, and you would need to enlist the professional services of glass repair people before the problem becomes exacerbated. Stop the chips and cracks from spreading One thing to note with cracks is that they always spread. The reason behind this is that as the temperature changes, the window glass expands and contracts. This movement inadvertently makes the cracks spread and chips wider. Factor in the collection of moisture in these crevices, and you will find that a small spider crack will take over your entire window! Thus, the first thing you should do is try to stop these chips and cracks from spreading. To do this, take a glass-cutter and score an arc into the glass right next to the affected area. Ensure that you create the arc right above the chips or cracks so that it swoops around it. This arc then prevents the crack from spreading any further by acting as a barrier until you get the chance to enlist professional glass replacement. Fill in any apparent holes If a propelling object such as toy gun pellets or something as small has damaged your window, then you could opt to fill in the hole as you wait for the professional technicians to come do a better job. Filling in these chips can be done with clear nail varnish or some shellac lying around the house. You may have to repeat the process several times so as to apply a sufficient amount of coats to make the problem less discernible. Use masking tape On other occasions, window repair s may be required because the entire glass has shattered but there are still shards sticking out on the frame. It is never advisable to try to remove these shards on your own as you could easily inure yourself. Instead, if you would like to keep the cold out before the professional window repairmen get at the task at hand, you could apply masking tape to the remaining shards of glass to hold them in place. This not only decreases the risk of additional glass breaking, but you can also temporarily restore the privacy in your home. When you are able to, contact a company that specializes in glass replacement like Moorabbin...

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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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