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Why Timber Cladding Would Be Ideal For Your Home

Posted by on Sep 22nd, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Timber Cladding Would Be Ideal For Your Home

Cladding refers to materials that are affixed to the external surfaces of a structure to provide both a functional as well as an aesthetic finish. One of the materials that you could consider when replacing the cladding of your home is timber supplies. Timber cladding will typically be in the form or long, narrow boards that are installed overlapping each other. With the timber cladding boards, you could have them affixed horizontally, diagonally or vertically depending on your aesthetic preferences. Other forms of timber cladding that you could consider are timber panels or timber shingles. It should be noted that timber cladding is not simply for the enhancement of your residence’s curb appeal. This material, once treated and sealed, can also be quite functional. So why would timber cladding be ideal for your home?

Timber cladding is versatile

A major benefit of timber supplies being used as cladding is that they are quite versatile. Firstly, the timber is easy to work with. Meaning the contractors can be able to cut it to any size to ensure that it is customized for your home.

Secondly, the timber supplies come in a wide array of patterns. This gives you the flexibility to create unique designs with your home’s cladding. Thirdly, timber cladding can be used for different types of structures. This makes it a good option for homeowners who have several structures on their property such as a garden shed, a granny flat and more. The contractors can match the cladding on all these structures to create a sense of uniformity of your premises.

Lastly, timber cladding gives you the flexibility to experiment with various decorative effects. Through painting or staining the cladding, you can come up with attractive finishes that would make your home stand out.

Timber cladding is eco-friendly

If you are concerned about your overall impact on the environment, then you may want to consider timber cladding. There are several ways that timber supplies would be a more environmentally friendly option when compared to other alternatives. Firstly, timber supplies are a renewable resource. This means that your cladding will be made from materials that are being harvested and regrown, rather than contributing to deforestation.

Secondly, timber supplies only require a few fossil fuels during the manufacturing process. Lastly, timber supplies are completely recyclable. As such, in the event that your cladding has become worn and requires replacement, you can rest assured the timber supplies will be recycled for other uses. For more information, contact companies like Hayter’s Timber & Paving.

Trends for Today’s Office Fitouts You’ll Want to Consider

Posted by on Sep 16th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Trends for Today’s Office Fitouts You’ll Want to Consider

Office fitouts can be a big investment for any company, but they’re necessary in order to create an office space that can be fully utilized by your staff. Before you decide on all the partitions and walls and other pieces you need for your office space, note a few trends for today’s offices that you may want to consider as well, and why they’re becoming so popular.

Shrinking the space

Today’s workers are more likely to utilize electronic storage of documents rather than keeping files, reference books, and other items on hand. In turn, they may not need as much storage space. Conference rooms are also often much smaller than ever before, as many companies will have workers offsite who don’t travel to the office for meetings and the like. Hooking people up through videoconferencing, even over Skype, is more economical than all those travel costs, and this also means that your conference rooms may not need to be as large.

Glass partitions

It became very popular some years back to lower partitions in the office, to allow sunlight to pass through and for everyone to see each other in order to create a team atmosphere. However, this meant more noise and distraction. As a compromise, glass partitions are now very popular for the office versus fabric or drywall. The glass allows light from the surrounding windows and helps workers to see who else is present, while cutting down on sound.

Enclaves and private offices

Even with large partitions, it can still be difficult to concentrate on certain phone calls or while managing special projects in the office. Enclaves or private offices that are big enough for temporary use have become very popular; you can sign out such an office for a day, a few hours, or as long as necessary. This gives workers the quiet they may need temporarily while not taking up space for offices for everyone.

Break areas

Don’t underestimate the need for regular, quiet breaks for your employees. Being able to step away for ten or fifteen minutes every morning and afternoon can allow an employee to recharge and refocus. Rather than just one kitchen or break area for everyone, however, you might consider smaller break spaces with a coffeemaker and mini fridge, along with some relaxing lounge chairs. This can give employees more quiet than if they took a break in a busy kitchen and can mean less wasted storage space or floor space in an oversized kitchen that isn’t used.

Splash and Film Fill for Your Cooling Tower: Choosing the Right Fill Based on Your Water Supply

Posted by on Sep 16th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Splash and Film Fill for Your Cooling Tower: Choosing the Right Fill Based on Your Water Supply

The sole purpose of installing cooling towers is to remove unwanted heat from a building and ensure optimal thermal conditions for the occupants. The cooling effect is achieved through water that runs continuously in the system and acts as medium of heat transfer between the indoor and outdoor air. To fasten the cooling effect of the water in the cooling tower, cooling tower fill is used. The fill increases the surface of the water exposed to the atmosphere, meaning that more water is in contact with the outdoor air to get rid of the unwanted heat. When choosing a cooling tower, an understanding of the kind of fill it has will help you to make the right choice. Here is a discussion on splash and film fill for cooling towers for the best consumer choice:

Splash Fill

Splash fill is designed in a way that allows water to cascade (pour down like a waterfall) over a parallel splash bars arranged in succession. This design enables water to flow over the splash bars for a long time through the repeated interruption of the water’s smooth flow. Notably, the arrangement of the splash bars is quite lenient on dirty water, making them ideal for cases where the supply of clean water is unreliable or where you have an inconsistent water treatment schedule. However, there is a need for support systems to guarantee the prolonged performance of the splash fill. For optimal performance, you must prevent blockages at all costs. Poor water supply over the splash fill makes some areas devoid of water, and most air will flow through the sections with no water because there is no resistance to airflow, leading to inefficient heat transfer.

Film Fill

Film fill comes in the form of thin sheets that create a corrugated pattern throughout the towers. Unlike splash fill, the sheets are more tightly spaced, creating more turbulence to the flow of air from the inside of the building to the outside. Unlike their splash fill counterparts, film fill is sensitive to both the supply and the quality of the water running through the cooling tower. Any dirt or interference with the water supply within the cooling tower greatly affects the quality of the thermoregulation achieved by the film fill. Sections deprived of water become impassable for air exchange, cutting out air exchange completely unlike splash fill. This means that you should only go for film fill if you have a reliable water supply that is treated every time before it is run in the system.

Assessments to Make When Erecting Acrow Props for Scaffolding

Posted by on Sep 16th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Assessments to Make When Erecting Acrow Props for Scaffolding

Acrow props have become indispensable equipment in the construction industry. They are primarily used to provide temporary support to scaffolding and allow workers easy access to the building during construction or repairs. Acrow props that are used for tall scaffolding can pose a risk to workers if they are not erected correctly. Here are some questions that you should ask yourself when setting up this equipment to determine their stability and prevent accidents on the construction site.

Is the ground solid and stable?

Acrow props usually bear the weight of the scaffolding, workers, and some equipment used for construction. For this reason, they should always be erected on level and solid ground. If they are erected on uneven or soft ground, they can lose stability, and the structure will collapse. Place the sole plates at the base of the acrow props on a stable surface with concrete covering. If the ground is not stable, you can use wood blocks and concrete to create a stable surface. Place the props on the wood blocks and have them supported on either side by concrete.

Are the props properly secured?

Ideally, the structure that’s being supported by the props should not just be resting on them. It should be secured to the surface of the plates with nails. Before securing the structure, ensure that the acrow props are locked in place with the bolts that come with it. Once this is done, drive long nails through the scaffolding and into the heads of the props. They should hold the structure securely and prevent collapse as a result of movement.

Do you need diagonal reinforcement?

Besides the weight of the scaffolding, acrow props are usually subjected to horizontal forces, such as strong winds, which can cause them to sway and lose their stability. You can prevent this by providing diagonal supporters for reinforcement. The extent of exposure of props to horizontal forces is based on the type of environment. For instance, when used indoors, there are no risks of winds; therefore, you may not need reinforcement. However, when using them for external construction projects, you will need supporters.

Is the weight evenly distributed?

Uneven distribution of weight on the props can cause them to buckle and bring the entire structure to the ground. Ensure that you do not put too much weight on one area but distribute it evenly. If it’s not possible to achieve this, you can use another prop to provide additional support and take on the extra weight.

These questions should guide you when erecting acrow props to support scaffolding and ensure the stability of the structure. Make sure that you get props in the right height and weight capacity depending on your construction requirements.

New Home Features to Discuss With Your Builder

Posted by on Sep 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Home Features to Discuss With Your Builder

If you’re having a home built from the foundation up, you may have the option of creating a space that works uniquely for you, rather than settling on a model or something generic. If this is the case with you, note a few new home features to discuss with your builder that you may be overlooking, but which can add style and value to your home and make it uniquely your own.

Coffee room

Having a breakfast nook off the kitchen is very popular, but a coffee room can be even more so, and especially for retirees or those without busy families. A coffee room may be smaller than a breakfast nook so it can hold two comfortable chairs and a side table. This gives you room to have your coffee and croissants while reading the morning paper without the room that would otherwise be needed for a full table that’s used for eating.

Freestanding tub

If you love to soak in a hot bath, opt for a freestanding, claw foot tub for your bath rather than a standard tub. This can make the bath more inviting and relaxing. Be sure to add large windows next to the tub or even a skylight that opens so you can enjoy fresh air, sunshine, the view of the stars, or whatever else the outdoors offers while you’re soaking!

Smaller showers

While a freestanding tub is good, if you know you won’t be using a tub, opt for a smaller shower area for your bathroom. A walk in shower that is just a few feet or meters wide can mean taking up less of a footprint in the bathroom, leaving space outside the shower for storage, double sinks, or something else that better suits your lifestyle. A smaller shower with a built-in seat is also good for those with arthritis or other issues that actually make getting in and out of the tub difficult if not dangerous.

Fire pits

Building a fireplace into a home means creating a chimney and surround or hearth; however, today’s homes often offer fire pits, or spaces for electric fires or fires that are fed by fire rocks and not with wood. These fire pits mean no ash and no smoke, so there is no need for a chimney. They’re also safer than dealing with a wood fire and easier to start and extinguish. These smaller pits can be built into virtually any wall, creating a great look for a kitchen, dining room, or even the bathroom.

What to Do When Your Car’s Keyless Entry System Stops Working

Posted by on Sep 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What to Do When Your Car’s Keyless Entry System Stops Working

Keyless entry for your car can certainly make life easier. With one push of a button your car unlocks, and it’s a feature you quickly get used to. Perhaps this is why it can feel somewhat disconcerting when your keyless entry stops working. You press the button and yet your car remains locked. Not to worry, as your keyless entry will almost certainly need some tweaking throughout its operational life. But what are some ways to troubleshoot a keyless entry system that has stopped responding?

Use Your Replacement Fob

Your vehicle will probably have come with more than one keyless entry fob. Try to use your backup fob to open your car. If this is successful, you know that the problem is with your primary fob as opposed to being an issue with your vehicle. You should next check the battery in your primary fob.

The Battery

Most keyless fobs can be opened with a screwdriver. Open it and replace the battery. It will require a small disc type of battery, which is generally a cr2032 or cr2025 model. These can be easily obtained from any hardware or electrical shop. Try to use the fob with the fresh battery.

The Button

If the battery in the primary fob has been replaced and the vehicle still does not open, you should assess how the button actually feels under your finger. Does it feel sticky or does it feel like it doesn’t smoothly move into the downwards position? It might have become damaged, causing it to misalign against the fob’s circuit board. It needs to be put back into the correct position using a soldering iron. This can be a delicate process, so it’s best to take your fob to an auto locksmith who specialises in keyless entry systems. It won’t take them long to do the necessary work.

Reset the Fob

If keyless entry still does not work even after the battery has been replaced and/or the unlock button has been realigned, you should attempt to reset your fob. Use your key to get into the vehicle, then close the door and insert the key into the ignition. Turn the key between the primary and secondary positions. Do this back and forth until you hear an notification. This will sound like a chime—much like if a door has been left open or a seatbelt has not been fastened. When you hear this noise, press the locking button on your fob, which will produce an identical audio notification. Get out of the car, close the door and try to lock it with your keyless entry fob.

Replace the Fob

If none of these methods are able to restore your keyless entry to working order, then you might need to replace the fob. You can obtain a new fob from your vehicle’s manufacturer. You can also contact an auto locksmith who can provide you with a generic keyless entry fob that they can sync with your vehicle. This is usually more cost-effective than a replacement fob from the manufacturer.

It can be an annoyance when your keyless entry stops working, but it’s generally an annoyance that is easy to overcome.

What Services Do Commercial Cleaners Offer?

Posted by on Sep 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Services Do Commercial Cleaners Offer?

An office cleaner who comes into a business premises at the end of the working day to empty the waste paper baskets and do a bit of vacuum cleaning may be all that some companies need. However, there is a growing demand in Australia for a more professional approach taken by commercial cleaners. Rather than taking on a part-time, casual employee with a limited skill set for cleaning, professional cleaning companies provide a much more fully-rounded service. But what is it that commercial cleaners do that makes them truly stand out?

Quality Control

Among the complaints office managers often hear is that the cleaner has obviously been in but that he or she has done a poor job. Perhaps they have not cleaned under the desks, just around them, or only dusted the work stations when they have been cleared of all obstructions? The difference with professional commercial cleaners is that they will have their work regularly inspected by supervisors. Managers in a large sub-contracted cleaning firm have responsibility for quality control, so if any areas of cleaning are being skimped on, or missed out entirely, you can rest assured that the matter will be dealt with.

Special Services

Along with the run-of-the-mill cleaning jobs all business premises need, some require special services from time-to-time. It might be that you need your office carpet shampooed as a one-off, ahead of a big corporate meeting, for instance. On the other hand, you may need graffiti or other unwanted additions to the outside of your headquarters to be removed professionally. With commercial cleaning companies, all you have to do is ask for the additional service to be provided, when required and without any further commitment. Other special services you might call upon once in a while include floor polishing, window cleaning and high-pressure jet cleaning, a great way of removing ground-in substances like chewing gum.

Food Processing Plants and Medical Centres

Some institutions require a much higher level of cleanliness than others. If your business is anything to do with food preparation or the provision of health care services, then you will already know that a visually clean environment is not enough – being free of germs is essential. Unlike individual cleaning operatives or smaller firms, a truly professional cleaning company has access to the specialist equipment needed to keep a facility fully sanitised. Whether it is access to pre-rinsing equipment or foam cleaning devices, hiring a professional sub-contractor makes most sense in these sorts of places.

For more information, contact a business such as Cleaning Contractors.

Follow These Tips to Prevent Birds Flying Into and Damaging Your Windows

Posted by on Sep 14th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Follow These Tips to Prevent Birds Flying Into and Damaging Your Windows

Birds can crash into windows for a number of reasons, and the impact often causes them to become stunned or even die. That’s bad enough, but the impact can also smash or crack the glass in your windows. To help prevent that from happening, make sure you follow the tips listed below.

Ensure There Are No Line-of-Sight Window Pairings

For obvious reasons, birds don’t really like flying into unknown enclosed spaces. One of the most common reasons for them to fly into a window is because they think it marks the start of a path through your house rather than an entrance into it. This usually occurs when you can see through a set of windows on one side of the house and then out the other side from a set of windows opposite. To birds, this represents a viable flight path. Try to keep one set of blinds or curtains closed to make sure any avian accidents are avoided.

Reduce Any Reflections

People tend to think that birds only fly into windows because the lack of any reflections makes them think that there is nothing in the way.  In reality, strikes often occur when clouds, sky, or trees are reflected in a window, providing the impression that a bird will be flying into them. A light shade works well to keep your windows from reflecting too much. You can also put a special adhesive plastic sheet across the window; this prevents reflections without affecting the transparency of the glass.

Move Any Bird Feeders

When it comes to positioning your bird feeders, they need to be either far away from windows or right up close to them. Placing the feeder close by, within a couple of feet, means that birds have to approach and leave at a slower speed, meaning that they won’t strike the window as hard and will have more time to react if they notice that something is amiss. By placing the feeder far away, you’ll give birds more time to manoeuvre.

Fit Ultraviolet Glass

If you want a permanent solution, consider replacing the glass in the problem windows for panes that are ultraviolet. These panes possess crisscrossing patterns that aren’t discernible to humans but are visible to birds approaching from outside. This is clearly the most expensive prevention option. However, it can be worth the money if bird strikes occur regularly, particularly if windows have been damaged in the past.

For more information, contact a glass repair professional.

Tips to Help You Create the Best Home Plan for You

Posted by on Sep 14th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips to Help You Create the Best Home Plan for You

The prospect of building a new home is both exciting and daunting. On the one hand, you have a chance to finally get everything you wanted in a home, but on the other, there are many details to consider in order to ensure that you’ll enjoy your stay. For a project of this magnitude, careful planning is critical. This article discusses how to merge your desires with practicality to come up with a functional plan that still reflects your lifestyle.

1. Budget

The average home-builder will not have an unlimited pocket on which to budget the building project. This in turn will dictate what you can and cannot have in your home. Once you have your pre-approval for a loan or have your money ready, visit several builders with your ideas and see what you can and cannot do within your budget.

The best way to approach a constrained budget is to divide your thoughts into needs (must-haves), wants (important) and desires (can-haves). Sit in with your design expert to ensure that all needs have been factored in, and then rank your wants and desires in order of practicality and affordability. Use your current and former homes as points of reference – specifically, why did you move and what didn’t you like? The answer to these questions can help you set out the features that are most important for you.

2. Marketability

Reselling may be the last thing on your mind at the start of planning for your new home, but life happens. Even though the idea seems far-fetched, you may have to move and resell that house at some point in the future. Therefore, it’s important to consult real-estate agents around your area to find out which features and amenities are desirable for buyers in your area, as well as the features that will increase the value of the home into the future. You can also tour home expos and homes for sale to get ideas on current trends in your region.

3. Flexibility

Ensure to include features that will make adaptation easier in the future. For instance, make your doorways and stairwells wide enough to allow wheelchair movement and stairwell lifts for elderly people that may come to live with you. Remember that such changes may be almost impossible to make once the structure is in place. Do not think only of your needs today, but think about what you’ll need decades from now, because that’s how long a house lasts.

Would A Customs Broker Benefit Your International Trading Business?

Posted by on Sep 14th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Would A Customs Broker Benefit Your International Trading Business?

To operate a successful business in the global economy, you have to consider branching out into international trading. This way, your products can reach a wider market, which in effect will increase your bottom line. However, in order to make this profitable, you would have to be familiar with the complexities that are associated with customs clearance. One way of doing this would be to learn about what goes into import and export and carrying out the various responsibilities on your own. The downside of this is it would take a considerable amount of time that could have been spent in building your business. Instead, you could consider the convenience of hiring a seasoned customs broker. So how would a customs broker benefit your international trade business?

A customs broker will have the necessary resources

Ensuring that your products are passed through customs seamlessly is not simply about filing the right documents. It should be noted that the regulations and policies that are in place in the shipping industry can change at moment’s notice. You would have to ensure you stay updated on all the new changes to ensure that your shipments are not held up. A customs broker will have the necessary resources to keep them updated on all these changes, which makes them capable of ensuring that your shipments are not only managed properly but are also declared in accordance to the shipping rules.

A customs broker can streamline your business

If you are new to international trading, there will be a lot of trial and error before you get the hang of things. This steep learning curve may make you experienced at the end of it all, but it could also mean incurring huge losses in the process. By hiring a customs broker, you are effectively ensuring that you are reducing the risk of significant losses from your international trading business. The customs broker will work toward ensuring all risks associated with cross-border shipping are mitigated. In addition to this, they can provide with solutions to improving the overall efficiency of your shipping business while reducing your operational costs. This can prove quite profitable to your business in the long run.

A customs broker can help you expand to new markets

If you opt for a seasoned customs broker, chances are they will have a presence at different borders through the connections they have made over the years. As such, they would be able to advise you on which new markets would be profitable to your business and how best you can reach those markets. This can lead to the exponential expansion of your international trading business.