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Guide to Selecting the Right Waterproofing Membrane for Your Construction

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Guide to Selecting the Right Waterproofing Membrane for Your Construction

One of the most critical aspects of ensuring that a construction has a proper foundation is to install a waterproofing feature at its base. Waterproofing membranes are usually the products of choice for this job. But there are so many varieties of waterproofing membranes present on the market today, and finding a suitable product for your project can prove to be an overwhelming task if you do not know how to go about it. Below is a guide to take you through a few important things you will need to consider when evaluating your options. Construction material used From what material is the product made? Generally speaking, waterproofing membranes can be made of many different materials including concrete, shotcrete, asphalt, polymers, acrylic, or a combination of any of the available materials. The choice of an appropriate product for your project will depend on the type of structure you are building. If you want to waterproof a concrete foundation, you should opt for a membrane that has similar properties as concrete. A cementitious waterproofing product will bond well when used as a substrate for your concrete foundation, for example. Method of application How will the product be installed? Typically, waterproofing membranes can be applied manually using a brush or roller, or with spraying equipment such as a special paint gun. The method of application will be based upon the size of your project and the special requirements of the job. The use of a spray-on membrane will be ideal for jobs that require waterproofing of large surface areas. However, for surfaces plagued with irregular contours, it would be best to do the job by hand using a brush or roller. This will help achieve a uniform application of the membrane. Desired finish If you favour a particular finish for your project, you will need to put it into consideration when you are picking a membrane. This is because not all waterproofing products have similar properties as all types of finishes. If you are going to finish your surface with tile, make sure to use a membrane that will adhere well with the adhesives used on the underside of your tiles.   Waterproofing the foundation of your structure is an investment that will go a long way in minimising the costly repairs associated with moisture or water damage. If you need any assistance with your particular project, a waterproofing contractor will gladly help you select and install the right waterproofing...

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Sources of Water Penetration via External Walls

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sources of Water Penetration via External Walls

Your home’s exterior walls suffers the constant beat down of harsh weather elements like heavy and constant rain. Over time, this may lead to water seepage, which may in turn cause serious structural integrity issues in the building. If you have just built a new house, you may want to know the causes of water ingress through the external walls of the building so that you can take appropriate measures to ensure that it is properly waterproofed. Here is a look at some common reasons as to why water may seep through your exterior walls. Deteriorated mortar joints If your walls have been built from bricks or concrete blocks, you should watch out for the gaps that may be formed at the mortar joints due to water penetration. Mortar joints usually get eroded or cracked near the foundation of exterior walls due to capillary action. Deteriorated mortar joints can be repaired through repointing. Repointing is not a difficult job, but it does require the right tools, the right supplies, and a lot of care to do properly. The first thing a waterproofing contractor will do is analyse the old mortar so as to create a compatible mix for the restoration project. Next, they will use a small handheld tool like a cold chisel to scrape out the old mortar from both the head and bed joints in the affected areas of the wall. Powerful vibrating equipment like electric grinders are avoided because they may exacerbate the problem by forming bigger cracks. Once deteriorated mortar has been raked out, a pressure-cleaning equipment like a pressure washer can be used to clean out any debris remaining in the joints. New mortar will then be mixed and compactly filled in the cleaned joints. Once the mortar has cured, the mason will brush against it with a hard-tufted brush to rid of any dry mortar specks. Inadequate wall thickness Exterior walls that do not have sufficient thickness will not have the stamina required to bear up to the inclement effects of weather, particularly driving rain. Such an error is usually because of a poor construction design that does not take into consideration the challenging weathering effects the wall will be exposed to. A waterproofing contractor can help fix the problem in many different ways. One way is to render the walls. Render choice is based upon the characteristics and properties of each type of render. Because of their water-repelling properties, for example, additives such as silicon can be used with polymer render mix to keep water away from the surface of the external...

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Adapting Your Home to Help a Child With a Visual Impairment

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Adapting Your Home to Help a Child With a Visual Impairment

It can be very distressing for parents to learn that their new child has a visual impairment, especially if the impairment is likely to be severe or degenerative. It can be useful to make some home modifications so that people can have an independent as possible life and develop in a normal way.  Here are some tips on things you can do in the home to make sure that you have an environment that supports your child.  Colour coding If your child has even limited vision it can be useful to colour code their items in a certain way, such as giving them a colour that marks out their belongings. That way you can mark all of their items such as their room drawer, their towel, their bags and other favourite items in a colour that you don’t use in other locations around the house. This can help them start some day to day activities in an independent way. This can be very useful if they are also having some occupational therapy to help them learn some of these life skills.  Textured paths Another useful technique for navigating, especially if your child has degenerating or severe visual impairments, is to use textured paint or stick on panels to create paths around the home. This can include having one texture to lead them to the bathroom, one to lead them to mum and dad’s room and one to lead them to their own room. This means that they can easily move between rooms and navigate the house as they wish. High contrast Some modern decor can be very subtle with slight tonal shifts between grey stone benchtops and silver sinks for example. It can be useful to create a high visual contrast between the different areas so that people can easily navigate different areas. This can also include small details such as placing a high contrast drawer or cupboard liner in the kitchen cabinets to make it easier to find crockery, as well as choosing crockery that allows the child to see where the food is on the plate. Occupational therapy can help the child learn how to feed themselves which can allow them to have a higher degree of independence in their life. Making some simple modifications to your home can help a visually impaired child to easily navigate your home and perform day-to-day tasks. Occupational therapy along with home modification can be a great way to maximise independence and support normal development for visually impaired children....

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Why Opt to Store Your Boat at a Marina?

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Opt to Store Your Boat at a Marina?

If you own a boat, you need to carefully consider where and how you will store it. This is part of the cost of boat ownership, and you typically need to choose between a self-storage unit, storing the boat at home, or keeping it at a marina. A marina may be located on a canal, lakefront, or jetty, but it offers many advantages over any other type of storage. Note a few of those advantages here so you can determine if this is the best choice for you boat. Trailering Trailering whether or not a boat is trailerable is a term you’ll see when you buy a boat; this refers to how easy it is to actually put your boat on a trailer and haul it. This is important, as your boat may fit into a self-storage unit or on your property, but having to put it on a trailer and take it off when you want to spend time on the water can be a challenge. You need to find a marina or dock with a trailer ramp, secure your boat to the trailer without backing your vehicle too far into the water, and ensure you can safely drive the roadways to and from the storage area. One minor mistake in trailering can mean a boat that tips or a trailer that hits your vehicle, costing you thousands in damages. Towing your boat on a windy day or in heavy traffic can increase this risk of damage. Very tall boats may not fit under certain overpasses or through tunnels that are on your way to your storage area, and you may need to take a longer route just to get there. When you dock your boat at a marina, there is no need for trailering and no need to worry if your boat is even trailerable. Your boat stays at the dock and you don’t need to worry about getting it on and off the trailer to enjoy a day on the water. Repairs When you keep your boat at a marina, it’s often easier to do repairs. There may be tools you can rent at the marina, and you may be able to lift your boat off the ground with cranes or other equipment often found at a marina. This allows you to more readily access the hull of the boat for cleaning and maintenance. There may also be repairpersons like Coastal Pontoon & Jetty Repairs at the marina who can assist with fixing engines or patching holes in the boat or in sails, so you don’t need to find these professionals to help when your boat is in a self-storage unit or stored on your...

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Three Simple Guidelines For DIY Home Carpet Cleaning

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Simple Guidelines For DIY Home Carpet Cleaning

Regular cleaning is essential for your residential rugs and carpets. The process will eliminate trapped allergens like dust, pollen and even animal fur, and it will restore the original aesthetics of the floor covering. In ideal circumstances, you should engage a professional for the cleaning process. The experts have equipment and the skills required for fast and efficient cleansing. Unfortunately, the cost of cleaning can be high, so the service might be inconvenient if your budget is stringent. Here are some simple guidelines to help you perform DIY carpet cleaning at home. Acquire the Right Equipment You should choose the right equipment for the carpet cleaning work to avoid damage to the fibre and general appearance of the surface. Generally, you can rely on vacuuming between professional cleaning sessions. Your carpet can perform well with the light work as long as the only concern is dirt and grit. For improved results, use commercial carpet cleaning agents with the vacuum. Powder cleaners can be sprinkled over the carpet surface to loosen the dirt and soften the fibres before vacuuming. You can also use a carpet shampoo without special equipment. Basically, wash the carpet with water, shampoo and a brush, let it dry and then vacuum. If you are interested in more intense clean-up, you can hire steam or dry extraction carpet cleaners. However, the attached rental cost is high. Remove Stains Immediately You should always eliminate the stains and spots on your carpet surface as early as possible. The poured material is likely to set in more permanently into the fibres after it dries. If you have already left the stain for too long, you might require professional intervention for complete restoration. First, you should blot out the staining liquid with a dry towel. Spray some water to soften the stain if necessary. Then, take a spray bottle and mix some white vinegar, gentle detergent and water and apply on the carpet. This works for fresh common stains like tea, coffee and fruit juice. Blot the stain out, rinse and repeat as required. Different stain removal agents like bleach, alcohol and ammonia will work on other less common stains. Test Every Cleaning Agent Whether you are performing normal carpet cleaning with commercial shampoo or powder or using homemade stain remover, it is critical to test the agents before use. Some carpet fabrics are sensitive to acidic cleaners, bleaches and even detergents. Look for a spot that is considerably inconspicuous on the carpet and clean with the agent. Observe the reaction before...

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Various Options You Can Consider For Stone Flooring

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Various Options You Can Consider For Stone Flooring

If you are looking to enhance the curb appeal of your home or would like to refresh the appearance of the interior of your house, you should consider installing natural stone flooring. Not only is this type of flooring highly functional and durable, but it is also quite attractive and can be used in different areas of your home. To make the most of natural stone flooring, you should first know what different types of natural stone you could get from your local stone mason. Here are some of the various options of natural stone flooring that you could consider for your home. Flagstone flooring  This type of stone flooring is ideal for the outdoors. You could use it as paving for your driveway, patio or deck. Alternatively, you could use the flagstone to create walkways on your premises if you would prefer to keep people from walking on your grass. Flagstone flooring is characterized by its multiple layers. This is because it is constitutes sedimentary rock that develops bedding planes over time. If you are looking to add some rustic charm to the interior of your home, this type of natural stone would be a good option to consider. Granite flooring If you are looking to pave high traffic areas in and around your home, you should consider granite stone flooring. This is one of the hardest materials available which makes it not only highly resistant to scratches but it can also endure high impact without cracking or disintegrating. This characteristic also makes it a popular option for benchtops as well as kitchen splashbacks as you can be assured the granite will not succumb to premature wear and tear. Since granite is water resistant, you do not have to worry about the extra cost of sealing this flooring in an attempt to protect it from water damage. Limestone flooring One of the softer options when it comes to natural stone flooring is limestone. This type of stone constitutes materials such as shells and corals, thus is typically quarried by the sea. Being a soft stone, limestone is not ideal for walkways or high traffic areas. However, its pastel colours make it a great addition to your home if you are looking to enhance the aesthetics of the residence. Limestone flooring is ideal for areas that you would typically walk barefoot such as the bathroom, as it feels comfortable underfoot. Alternatively, you could using limestone in tandem with a different type of stone so that the limestone tiles act as an accent to the overall...

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Preparing a Concrete Subfloor for Vinyl Flooring Installation

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preparing a Concrete Subfloor for Vinyl Flooring Installation

Sheet vinyl flooring affords a hard-wearing surface to those areas exposed to high foot traffic in your home. Prior to the installation of vinyl flooring, it is important that the condition of the subfloor is good. Careful and proper preparation of the concrete subfloor plays a major role in the success of a fitting, durable floor installation. Unevenness or roughness on the subfloor is likely to telegraph across the new vinyl flooring.  In fact, bumps on the concrete subfloor may result in the premature wear and tear of the vinyl flooring. DIY enthusiasts can set up new vinyl flooring on top of an existing vinyl subfloor as long as the surface is even. But for concrete subfloors, several preparation procedures must be implemented before vinyl floor installation. Read on for further insight. What you will need: ·         Duct tape ·         Sheet vinyl flooring piece ·         Carpenter’s level ·         Marker pen ·         Floor patching compound ·         Putty knife ·         Medium-grit sandpaper ·         Belt sander Instructions 1.       Before vinyl installation, the subfloor must be free of moisture. Therefore, the first step is to test the concrete subfloor for wetness or moisture. Cut a small piece of vinyl sheet and tape it to the concrete subfloor using a duct tape. Tightly seal the edges. Allow the vinyl to rest in place for about three days. Try pull up the vinyl sheet, and if the tape gives up easily, the concrete subfloor is too wet for vinyl installation and needs to be dried out. 2.       When faced with a damp subfloor, the best solution is to dry it by leaving it uncovered. Another alternative is to run a fan or a heater in the room for a few days to dry out the concrete subfloor. 3.       Run a carpenter’s level diagonally to determine the levelness of the subfloor. Identify and mark high and low areas with a marker pen. 4.       Stir the floor patching compound using a paint stirring stick. Apply the patching compound onto low spots on the subfloor, using a putty knife. Make sure the patched area blends in with the neighboring concrete by feathering the patch’s edges. Then, leave the patch to dry for a couple of minutes. 5.       Once fully dried, fasten a medium-grit sandpaper onto a belt sander in order to level out the high spots on the subfloor. Continue until the whole subfloor is even and smooth. 6.       Use a dry vacuum to clean the subfloor once the sanding process is complete. For more information, or for help preparing the subfloor, contact a local floor installation...

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Roller Door Repairs: 3 Solutions to Silencing Noisy Doors

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Roller Door Repairs: 3 Solutions to Silencing Noisy Doors

Roller doors should operate relatively noise-free and should not be so loud that they are disturbing your daily activities and interfering with your life. If you find your rollers doors to be too loud when opening or closing, here are 3 quick and easy solutions that may help your situation:  Inspect and Tighten All Parts You’d be surprised at just how loud and annoying one loose fastener can be. If you hear a rattling type of noise, follow your ears to the source of the sound. Inspect all of the parts that are nearby, and check to see whether any of them need to be tightened. Typically speaking, all you’ll need is a deep socket and a ratchet to tighten all of the nuts up. Don’t go overboard and over tighten the the parts, though. If you do, this may put too much pressure on that specific area of the roller doors. This may cause the carriage bolt heads to be pulled right through the roller doors. Lubricate the Tracks and Rollers The friction between the tracks and dollars can also make a tremendous amount of noise. The rollers and tracks should be oiled up once or twice a year during maintenance; however, if you hear screeching noises when the roller doors are opening and closing, there’s no harm in adding a little bit more lubrication. It just might do the trick. You should lubricate the roller bearings, the hinges, the springs, the erosion bar bearings, and just about every pivot point using specially formulated roller door lube. Avoid using oil, grease or spray lithium grease as lubrication, as they do not tend to penetrate well, and will pick up dirt and dust due to their sticky nature. Add Anti-Vibrating Pads If everything seems to be working properly, then the racket may be simply caused by normal vibrations of all of the parts. Anti-vibrating pads will help solve this particular problem. You want to install anti-vibrating pads between the mounting brackets and the ceiling. This solution is relatively easy and inexpensive.  Conclusion If these solutions still do not solve your problem with noise, then there may be a larger undying cause involved. In these situations, don’t hesitate to contact a local repairman. Not only will your local roller door repairman perform a more thorough inspection, but he or she will also offer you a wide array of solutions to choose...

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Tips on Selecting Metal Cutting Equipment for CNC Machining

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips on Selecting Metal Cutting Equipment for CNC Machining

The metalworking industry has grown exponentially over the years, reducing the need for manual machining of custom commodities. This advance can be attributed to the invention and usage of computer numerical control equipment. The technology utilises computer programs incorporated in fabrication machines to translate design into metal products. This CNC machining is an advantageous process, particularly during cutting processes that require accuracy. In simple terms, the CNC cutting machines are not handled by error-prone human hands, so the cuts are more precise compared to the blueprint. The equipment can also create complex shapes, which reduces the number of pieces that must be joined by welding or using fasteners. In addition, this is ideal for bulk production because the cuts produced are completely identical.  Here are the main CNC cutting machines to choose for both outsourced and in-house metal fabrication. Mills The traditional milling machine uses a rotary cutter to slice the metal work piece and remove the unwanted material. This equipment has remained popular because it can cut the raw materials from different directions at a time, enhancing flexibility. The CNC mill is designed to advance these functions of this traditional equipment. In simple terms, the CNC mill is not limited to cutting along the three standard linear axes, X, Y and Z. The machine can cut along rotational axes, making the process more versatile, particularly during fabrication of intricate goods. Additionally, a CNC mill can be utilised for other tasks such as drilling, tapping, turning and face milling. Lathes CNC lathes are designed to cut the work piece while it rotates around the cutters. This type of cutting equipment is beneficial in fabrication because the cutting edges can create fast and accurate cuts on the raw material. It is limited in terms of directional cutting compared to a milling machine. Generally, a lathe can rotate the material along the X or Y axis, so the machining is also limited to these directions. However, you should choose the CNC lathe if you are interested in a machine with an indexable tool. In simple terms, you can exchange the tips and attachments on the lathe, which will allow you to perform more diverse tasks. Plasma Cutter A CNC plasma cutter is a good choice for your metal fabrication project if the raw material is tough, like steel. Basically, the machine transforms inert gas into hot plasma using an electric arc. The main advantage of the CNC technology is the improved control over the potentially destructive plasma. Therefore, less preparation and outlines are required for...

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How Should You Heat Your Tiny House?

Posted by on Dec 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Should You Heat Your Tiny House?

The idea that the more things you have, the happier you will be is increasingly falling out of favour. As a result, people find themselves rattling around in big houses and filling up those houses with wardrobes of clothes and lots of hi-tech gadgets they don’t need – and none of it is making them any happier. What this means is that some people are choosing to sell out throw out their stuff, and pare down their lives by constructing their own “tiny houses.” Tiny houses are normally new builds that are so small that they are affordable to build. The pared-down lifestyle a tiny house demands makes people happier and it instantly frees them from endless mortgage payments. As with any new build, there are a hundred things to take into consideration with a tiny house, and choosing a heating service is one of these things. A plush central heating system is likely to be too overpowering for a tiny house, and yet you still want to keep warm in the winter months – so what are your options? Woodstove. If you have never lived in a tiny house before, think about holidays you might have had in wooden cabins and how they are heated. Very often, nothing more than a sturdy rug on the floor for insulation and a small, old fashioned woodstove is all that is required for the heat you need. A woodstove also conjures powerful ideas of self-sufficient living that are often appealing to tiny house owners. Choosing a woodstove is, however, not the end of the decision-making process. You will also have to think about sustainable woods you can burn, and how smoke from the stove will be released from your home. Propane. An individual propane heater is also a good option for tiny houses because they can be purchased in small sizes. Many of them come with built-in air circulation so you don’t have to worry about providing an air source to keep the fire burning. Another great thing about propane is that you can live totally “off the grid” and it will still work. Just take out your propane heater from storage when you need it in the winter and put it out of sight during the rest of the year. Solar heating. The great thing about building a tiny house from scratch is that you can make it completely green from the ground up, and this means that you can introduce solar panels into your building plans that will generate heat from the natural power of the sun. With solar panels and a generator, you are in business....

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