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A Look At Some Factors That Can Determine How Much You Pay For Your House Demolition

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Look At Some Factors That Can Determine How Much You Pay For Your House Demolition

House demolition is a job that requires expert handling because it can cause damage to adjacent structures and injury to people if left in the hands of inexperienced individuals. Aside from that, it is important for the job to be done in a manner that bears the least deleterious impact on the surroundings. But the cost of professional demolition service is something that will definitely interest you when it is time to tear down your house. House demolition cost can vary a great deal based upon a myriad of project-specific factors. Here’s a look at some of the common factors that may determine the cost of your house demolition. Size of your home How big or small your house is has a big say in the price you will be asked to pay for your demolition job. A lot of demolition contractors normally charge based upon the square footage of the structure being brought down. The bigger the size of your house, the more cash you will have to part with. Compare how much the various demolition companies in your local area charge per square footage and choose a price that suits your budget. Building materials Building materials also have a say in the price charged for demolishing a house. A house built out of concrete will cost much more to demolish as compared to the price charged to bring down a comparable structure built from wood materials, for example. In addition, it costs extra to tear down a house made out of hazardous materials such as asbestos-containing cement and lead paint. This is because any harmful building materials will require safe removal and disposal. Accessibility Accessibility to your property is another factor that will affect the price charged. If your contractor can’t easily enter the property with the heavy equipment required for the demolition, then the only option would be to demolish by hand. This can take many days or even weeks and also cost you more. If your property is going to be torn down manually, it would be a great idea to ask the demolition people to salvage whatever they can for you. You can reuse the recovered materials or donate them. Location The farther the distance between your home and the premises of your chosen demolition contractor, the more you will be asked to pay because it will generally cost more to transport the personnel and equipment needed for the job to your site. For that reason, you should choose a contractor local to your...

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How Balustrades Can Make Australian Businesses Wheelchair-Friendly

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Balustrades Can Make Australian Businesses Wheelchair-Friendly

In 2009, the Australian Federal Government passed a law known as AS1428. If you run a commercial business, you’re probably familiar with its stipulations. Or, at least you should be. The law lays out a series of requirements that businesses need to follow so that their premises are as accessible as possible for disabled customers. These regulations have posed some tricky questions for the designers of commercial environments. Every space now needs to include access routes and features that provide support for wheelchair users. Suddenly, the way Australian businesses design their balustrades has become much more important. Balustrades are not just a useful way to help able-bodied customers navigate staircases and ramps in commercial premises. They also have to be designed with wheelchair users in mind. Here are some of the key things to think about. Make Sure There is a Continuous Path of Travel One of the most important parts of AS1428 seeks to ensure that wheelchair users can get to counters, help desks, ticket machines and store shelves. This means that balustrades need to be fitted in arrangements that flow toward places where customers and staff interact. The handrail on balustrades also needs to be continuous, with no breakages (particularly on slopes). A good way to model this is by passing your hand along the rail. If it meets anything along the way, the rail isn’t compliant with AS1428. Ensure Your Balustrades Have Sufficient Clearance Balustrades along wheelchair routes also need to have a certain amount of clearance from walls and the edges of raised paths. The law states that the clearance needs to be at least 50mm. Any ramps also need to have kerb rails installed to prevent wheelchair wheels slipping off as users ascend or descend them. Make Handrails Easy to Hold The regulations also seek to ensure that all wheelchair rails are user friendly. They need to be either elliptical or circular in shape, measuring no less than 30mm across and no more than 50mm. The rounded shape and size suits the grasp of the human hand. Anything sharp would be harder to reach for in dangerous situations. It’s important to note that AS1428 doesn’t apply exclusively to wheelchair users, although balustrades are particularly relevant to them. It also seeks to make commercial premises accessible for blind customers and those with impaired mobility. In an age that recognizes and promotes the human rights of disabled people, providing access should be a no-brainer in any case. However, as breaches of AS1428 can bring serious financial penalties, there are plenty of reasons to install modern balustrades in your business premises. For more information, contact Balustrade Design or a similar...

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Mistakes That Many Homeowners Make When Buying a High-Pressure Washer

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mistakes That Many Homeowners Make When Buying a High-Pressure Washer

A high-pressure washer can be a great tool for any home, as it makes quick work of cleaning those upper stories of the house as well as the driveway, greasy tools, the deck, and just about any other surface that cannot be cleaned with a broom or standard wet rag. Using a high-pressure washer also means not having to balance on a ladder to clean your home’s eaves or windows. When you’re ready to buy a high-pressure washer, note a few mistakes that are all too common but which you’ll want to avoid to ensure you choose the right equipment for yourself. Not checking the nozzle You may not think that the nozzle of a pressure washer is very important, but these nozzles are usually different according to size and application. If you’re going to be using a very thick detergent with your pressure washer such as for cleaning greasy tools, you’ll need a nozzle with an opening wide enough to accommodate it. Some plastic nozzles are also not meant for hot water applications. Be sure you check the nozzle according to your use of the pressure washer and don’t overlook this seemingly unimportant part of the equipment. Thinking that bigger is better You want a pressure washer that will hold enough detergent for the job at hand and be strong enough to clean dirt and grime from your outdoor deck; however, one that is too big may be cumbersome and difficult to move around your property. You might also find that one with too much power is actually difficult for you to control; a commercial grade pressure washer might etch your driveway or damage the aluminum siding to your home if you’re not careful. Opt for the right size for your intended use, not just the largest or strongest model available. Not considering gas versus electric To save money, you might opt for an electric pressure washer or you may not feel comfortable storing gas on your property to refill your washer. However, an electric machine means extension cords that could sit in water puddles and be a shock hazard, and those cords get dirty and muddy every time you use the washer. You also may not be able to run all those cords to every part of your property where you want to use the pressure washer. An electric model is also usually less powerful, so it may not offer the actual pressure you need for bigger jobs. Remember that your pressure washer should be an investment that you’ll use for years to come, so consider upgrading to a gas-powered model even if it means a bit more cost. For more information, contact professionals like Jetwave Industrial...

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Timber-Framed Roofing Systems: Rafters Vs Trusses

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Timber-Framed Roofing Systems: Rafters Vs Trusses

Prospective new homeowners who wish to enjoy the benefits of timber-framed roofing need to understand the various options available at their disposal in order to make an informed decision. With this in mind, here is a discussion on two among the available options for timber-framed roofing. Rafters/ Stick Framing  A large number of older houses feature this kind of roof frame. Stick framing uses pieces of timber that have been cut to a pre-determined size and length (rafters) to connect the peak of a residential roofing system to the exterior walls. The bottom part of the rafters in a stick-framed roof is held in place using ceiling joists. Advantages of using rafters for roof framing include, but they’re not limited to the following: Flexibility: The frame design can easily be changed without affecting the structural integrity of the roof or that of the rafters. This would prove important when a homeowner chooses to make last-minute adjustments to their roof design. It also makes it easier for home improvements/additions (e.g. additional storage space within the attic) to be incorporated into the roof design after the house has been constructed. Suitability for remote locations: Because the stick-frame is assembled on-site, rafters are suitable for use in remote locations where the transportation of pre-fabricated frames (e.g. trusses) would be a challenge. On the down side, the on-site assembly of “stick-frames” increases the amount of time required for their installation.   The Truss Wooden roof trusses pre-fabricate and they often assume a triangular shape. The typical wooden truss is made up of a top and bottom chord that’s joined longitudinally using short pieces of timber However, the shape of the truss can be manipulated in accordance with the chosen roof design Advantages of using wooden trusses for roof framing include, but they’re not limited to the following: Cost effectiveness: When compared to wooden rafters (for example), wooden trusses are often preferred for their cost effectiveness. This is because the length of individual pieces of timber used in truss construction is shorter than that of timber used to fabricate rafters. Thus, truss construction uses up less timber, which should be music to the ears of prospective homeowners. Long spans: Trusses are also preferred for the fact that they can span over long distances in the absence of additional supports on the interior of the framing system. For the homeowner, this translates to the possibility of having a bigger roof (read house) On the downside though, prospective homeowners who choose wooden trusses for their residential roofs will have to contend with a house that lacks attic...

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New Boat Trailer? 2 Important Considerations

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Boat Trailer? 2 Important Considerations

A trailer is perhaps the most important accessory to invest in alongside the investment in a new dinghy. Many times, first-time boat owners are overwhelmed by the exciting prospects of boat ownership that they end up settling for the first trailer (often the most affordable) recommended by a boat dealer (such as those from White Water Marine).    However, there are other (often more important) factors that boat owners should consider when choosing between different types of trailers for their new dinghy. Discussed below are two of these factors. The Gross Weight Limit The gross weight limit of refers to the maximum weight that a boat trailer is designed to support without putting unnecessary strain on its structure or on any of its components. In the ideal situation, a first-time boat owner should ensure that the gross weight limit of their preferred trailer is higher than the weight of the newly-purchased dinghy. While at it, it is important for a boating enthusiast to remember that he or she will probably carry luggage, food items and fishing equipment (for example) inside the boat which is loaded on a trailer. The weight of the dinghy plus the average weight of everything it carries on a regular basis should be lower than the gross weight limit of the chosen boat trailer. A large number of boat trailer manufacturers indicate the gross weight limit of their products on their compliance plates that come with the trailers. Single Vs Tandem Axle Boat Trailers The type of axle system used on a boat trailer is also an important factor to consider when choosing between different trailers. Single axle boat trailers have a single set of wheels while their tandem axle counterparts have two sets of wheels. Single axle trailers are often more affordable and often lighter than tandem axle trailers. A distinctive advantage of the single axle trailer is that it makes it easier to park the trailer in a tight-fitting spot. On the other hand, tandem axle boat trailers often have a higher gross weight limit and they’re suitable for a large-sized boat. Tandem axle boat trailers distribute the weight of the boat across four wheels. This allows for a more even distribution of the weight of the dinghy and that of its contents. Consequently, tandem axle trailers are less likely to be swayed by strong winds mid-way through the journey to the lake (for example). In conclusion, remember that “if the highest aim of a Captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever”-Thomas Aquinas. So get the right trailer for the right boat and get far away from port!  ...

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Important Things You Need for Taking Care of Your Vehicle’s Body

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Things You Need for Taking Care of Your Vehicle’s Body

Sometimes, waiting in line for your mechanic to repair your dent or paint your vehicle could be really time-consuming and expensive. This doesn’t always have to be the case. Why don’t you just fix up those dents and spray your car yourself? Think of all that time and money you could save if you had your own place and equipment. Therefore, if you own a vehicle and a spacious garage, below are a few things that you might need for taking care of your vehicle’s body. An Air Compressor This is a piece of equipment that converts power into pressurized or compressed air. It consists of a tank, electrical system, pressure gauge, and air outlet. What happens is that an electric motor pumps air into the storage tank until it reaches its compression limit. Instead of using spray cans, you can use this compressed air to power your spray guns. This would give you a more uniform and continuous flow of paint for your car. Furthermore, air compressors will allow you to regulate the intensity of paint on the body for different colour shades.    A Sander A sander is a device used to smoothen a vehicle’s body. It is made up of a sandpaper attached to a rotary pad. Some sanders come with pads of different sizes that are interchangeable, depending on the area you want to polish. These are the ones you should go for in order to avoid the cost of buying very many sanders. In case you own a bigger vehicle such as a truck, you could also get the dual sander with two rotary mechanisms so that you can cover more body area and work faster during polishing. A Great Body Filler Well, if you are going to be fixing dents and scratches then get yourself the best body filler. Your filler should be highly adhesive, durable, and safe for use. Since there are many brands out there, getting the right one will need a little bit of research. You can always seek recommendations from auto body shop owner and from other vehicle owners. Putty Knife and Lots of Paper This is just a small knife for cutting putty, but it can also be used to cut paper and other thin material. In addition, you are also going to need lots of paper to cover your windows, mirrors and garage floor during painting. You can get most of them from buying back old newspapers, magazines and...

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Environmental Regulations: Protect Yourself From Hefty Environmental Lawsuits

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Environmental Regulations: Protect Yourself From Hefty Environmental Lawsuits

Environmental protection is nearly in every detail of the business world. Often, entrepreneurs find themselves at fault for breaking environmental laws they didn’t even know existed. Below are binding environmental issues to watch out for when you set out to your next business venture.  The Recycling Venture Recycling is one way of protecting the environment, but a recycling business can be in violation of environmental regulations if conducted the wrong way. If you plan to invest in the recycling industry, for example by opening a waste removal business, then you must be in the know of all the environmental rules and regulations. First, it’s important to identify what type of waste you will collect, and what you won’t collect. Next, you must clearly spell it out for your clients in the contract. The type of waste materials you handle can attract some hefty fines if managed inappropriately. For example, asbestos and some industrial chemicals are extreme environment pollutants and attract stringent environment regulations. Sinking Water Bores Sinking a water bore requires licensing to access the water, dig it up, and use the water after the bore has been constructed. It is your duty to ensure that the company you contract to construct a bore for you has licensing to operate. Groundwater contamination will be a major hindrance if you sink a bore without prior proper inspection. Ensure groundwater assessment is carried out sufficiently to ensure water within your area is safe for consumption. Factors you should watch out for to determine the possible risk that a bore would be contaminated include nearby landfills, reported chemical spills, underground storage tanks, and soil contamination alerts. Realtors Before you celebrate the big discount on the property offer, you are targeting, check out if there are any environmental liabilities. Land or housing on land that is contaminated will likely lead to the closure of any projects you plan to carry out. Ensure you carry out necessary soil testing and overall due diligence of the environment. You can also ask for any reports done previously to help you assess the status of the property. Also, carrying out a clean-up process is an option for you, if you still want a piece of land with environmental liabilities. Consult an environmental consultant, and be guided on how to manage securely any liabilities. Environmental protection laws and regulations are binding. Failing to pay attention to the details will lead to great damage and hefty losses. It is critical to know and adhere to environmental laws that govern your industry of...

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How to Ensure Your Commercial Building Passes a Fire Inspection

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Ensure Your Commercial Building Passes a Fire Inspection

Are you unsure whether your commercial building will be cleared after a fire inspection is conducted? Read on and discover some checks that you can conduct yourself to increase the chances of passing the building inspection. Stairs and Hallways Stairs, aisles, and hallways provide a way for people to escape in case there is a fire outbreak. You should therefore check and confirm that these places are free from any obstructions (such as old HVAC units). Such obstacles can impede or even injure people who are fleeing during an emergency. Your Street Address The tag identifying your street address at the front of the building is very important. The information there helps to guide first responders during a fire outbreak.  The address should therefore be clearly visible so that emergency workers can easily locate the building in case they are called. The building inspector can easily sanction you in case the address is not visible. Hazardous Materials Do you have an emergency generator in the premises? Do you keep its fuel safely? For example, the fuel containers should not be stacked in a corner of one of the offices because there is a higher risk of injury to room occupants if that fuel accidentally ignites. You should therefore ensure that any hazardous materials (such as flammable chemicals or gases) within your building are stored according to municipal guidelines. Fire Detection and Suppression Systems Are all fire extinguishers situated in places where they can be accessed easily during an emergency? Are they in an operable condition? Do you have a sprinkler system? Do you have the service records of that sprinkler system? These questions will help you to ensure that the building inspector does not note any defect in your fire detection or suppression system. Take steps to ensure that nothing is amiss. For example, you can have all fire extinguishers with rusted nozzles replaced with functional units. Electrical Systems Make sure that all power outlets have cover plates. Confirm that all circuits within the panel are clearly labeled. You should also make sure that the recommended clearance around electrical panels is maintained so that emergency workers have unfettered access to the panels when the need arises. Any appliances that generate heat (such as boilers) should be serviced at the recommended intervals. The service records should be available for perusal by the fire inspector. Conduct your own mock fire inspection before the fire inspector arrives. That mock inspection will enable you to rectify any anomalies that may make your commercial building to fail the fire...

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Stop Thieves From Stealing Your AC Unit With These Tips

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Stop Thieves From Stealing Your AC Unit With These Tips

Unfortunately, in some cases, air conditioning unit can be tempting to thieves. They may not need the cooling power, but they can rip them apart and sell the copper, aluminium and compressors. Luckily, there are ways to keep your AC unit safe from criminals. 1. Encase it in a fence in a cage. To protect your outdoor air conditioner unit, surround it with a small fence so that thieves cannot easily take it. To make it even more secure, buy a cage made specifically for AC units, place it above your unit and lock it in place. Ideally, to provide the most protection, the cage should be cemented to the ground or too heavy to lift. 2. Update the security in the rest of your yard. In addition to fencing in your AC unit, consider updating the security throughout the rest of your yard as well. Trim bushes near the AC unit that would provide a criminal with a place to hide, and consider planting pointed, inhospitable plants around it as a deterrent. Finally, add a motion-activated security camera near your AC unit, or find one that can pan your AC unit as well as other parts of your yard or back door. 3. Add an AC alarm. You can buy special security alarms for your AC unit, and there are a range of products available. You can invest in a pressure sensitive alarm that if engaged calls four different phone numbers and sounds a siren. You can also buy alarms that connect to your home’s main alarm system and alert you or the monitoring service if someone is near your AC unit. Finally, you can buy alarms that monitor the area for thieves but that also do other tasks. For example, you can buy AC alarms that alert you if the refrigerant line is cut or damaged. 4. Lock the disconnect box. Every large outside AC unit has a disconnect box. This box contains the switch that allows you to disconnect the AC from the main power supply. In order to work on your AC unit, repair professionals will need to access the disconnect box so that they can shut off the power and avoid electrocution, and in most cases, this box is right next to the unit. However, thieves who want to pull valuable metals out of your AC unit also don’t want to be electrocuted, and as a result, they will typically turn off the power. If you make that impossible by locking the disconnect box, they will likely move to the next house. For more tips on protecting your AC from theft or vandalism, talk with an AC...

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How To Keep Your Bamboo Decking Non-Slip

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Keep Your Bamboo Decking Non-Slip

Bamboo makes a great choice for a decking material.  As well as being durable, it looks great and is easy to maintain.  But just like composites or wood, bamboo decking can become slippery during wet weather.  However, a slippery deck is easy to remedy; read on to find out more. What causes slippery bamboo decking? The main factor that causes slipperiness is the growth of plants like moss, algae and mildew.  These invaders may go unnoticed during the dry summer months, but as soon as it rains, they can turn your deck into a skating rink.  How can you prevent this? The most effective way to combat this problem is by keeping your decking clean.  Once every week during the summer time, use a stiff decking brush to sweep away any loose dirt and debris.  This will keep your decking looking smart and will also dislodge any plants that might be trying to colonise the planks.  Mosses and algae grow most vigorously in an environment where the pH is between 5.0 and 6.0.  Therefore, by raising the pH level to 7 or above, you will kill off any existing plants and discourage windborne spores from germinating on your decking.  To do this, you’ll need to carry out a little routine maintenance twice each year as follows: In the spring and autumn, wash the decking down using a solution of washing-up liquid and warm water, applied using a scrubbing brush.  Hose the decking clean and then allow it to dry out.   Make up a solution of baking soda and warm water and decant it into a large garden sprayer.   Liberally spray the decking with the baking soda and water solution.  Leave the application to work for a short while, but don’t allow it to dry out.   Rinse the decking using clean water. Mosses, algae and mildew thrive in damp, dark places.  If you have lush vegetation or trees that overhang the decking, placing it in perpetual shade, you might want to consider cutting these permanent shade-providers back and replacing them with a removable shade sail or canopy.  Simply exposing the decking area to full sun once or twice a week can be enough to kill existing plants and make the environment too harsh for new ones to colonise. If your bamboo decking has an access ramp or steps leading up to it, you might want to consider having abrasive strips applied to combat slipperiness during wet weather.  Your local bamboo decking supplier will be able to carry out this work for you. In conclusion You can easily combat the problem of slippery decking by following the guidelines above.  For further information and assistance, have a chat with your local bamboo decking...

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