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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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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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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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Benefits of Stainless Steel Tubing

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Benefits of Stainless Steel Tubing

Tubing can be made out of a variety of materials, but stainless steel is quickly becoming the preferred option. Stainless steel tubing can be used in a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical production, food manufacturing and petrochemical uses. More industries are deciding to take advantage of the benefits that can potentially be offered through the use of stainless steel tubing. It is important that you are aware of these benefits when choosing between tubing materials. Less Corrosive One of the biggest concerns involving different types of tubing is the amount of time it takes for corrosion to begin. Stainless steel is a great option for tubing, because it is specifically designed to corrode at a slower rate. Alloys that are graded lower than stainless steel corrode at a faster rate. Not only is stainless steel able to resist corrosion in water environments, but it is also resistant to corrosion in acidic or alkaline environments as well. This makes stainless steel more versatile and able to resist corrosion in different industries no matter what the tubing use may be. Heat Stainless steel is also designed to be heat resistant. This means that if you choose to use steel tubing, you will be able to get access to fire and heat resistance. This means that this type of tubing can be used even at very high temperatures. The tubing will not lose its integrity or shape due to high heat. Industries that deal with increased temperatures during production can benefit from the use of stainless steel tubing. Hygiene It is also important to consider ease of cleaning when you are looking for the right type of tubing to use. Stainless steel tubing is designed to be very hygienic. This means that it is easy to get clean and keep clean. If there are strict hygiene conditions in place within your industry, the use of stainless steel tubing is preferred. Fabrication Stainless steel is one of the materials that can be welded or formed in a way that is unique to your specific industry. No matter the type of tubing that is required for the job, it is possible to have stainless steel fabricated in a way that allows optimal function. It offers great ease of fabrication, but it is also a material that is impact resistant and designed to last longer than other materials. Stainless steel is a sustainable material that can be the best option for tubing when you are choosing between different types. For more information about the benefits of a stainless steel tube, contact a local...

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Freshen Up Your Bathroom By Regrouting Your Tiles

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Freshen Up Your Bathroom By Regrouting Your Tiles

After a couple of years of use, even with proper cleaning and maintenance, your bathroom suite can start to feel a little tired and dingy. Unfortunately, ripping everything out and starting all over again can be a costly and time-consuming job. Not to worry, though. You may be surprised to see what a huge difference simply regrouting your old tiles can make to the finish of your bathroom. Follow the instructions below to tackle this job yourself cheaply and easily. You will need the following: One grout removal tool. A hand tool should be sufficient for smaller jobs (i.e., for a few square feet of tiles); however, you may prefer to use an electrical tool for larger jobs.  Grout. Either pre-mixed, or in powder form. One grout float (a flat tool with a handle). A sponge. Safety goggles. Step 1. Remove all of the old grout using your chosen tool. Scrape along the grout lines with the hand tool to easily remove old grout, or carefully guide the power tool along the grouted channel. It is recommended that you wear safety goggles during this part of the job to protect your eyes. It is very important to get all of the old grout out before proceeding to the next step, as the new grout may not adhere properly if any residue remains. Step 2. Powdered grout mix will require the addition of water to make a thick paste, so begin by mixing the grout according to the directions on the box: usually around three parts grout to one part water. If you are using ready-mixed grout, proceed to step three! Step 3. Having prepared your tiles, begin by scooping some of your grout onto your grout float, sweeping the grout upward and across the tiles, over the spaces you have cleared in between, collecting leftover grout as you go and guiding it into the gaps. This process is slightly easier when regrouting floor tiles; you will quickly establish a good rhythm and technique. Step 4. Wet your sponge in a bucket of cold water and run it over the surface of your tiles to remove excess grout, taking care not to remove any of the grout you have just applied between your tiles. Repeat until all the excess grout is gone and leave to dry. You will likely find a small amount of powdery residue left on your tiles once they are completely dry. Leave your grout to set for at least 24 hours or more, depending on the directions on the container. Give your tiles a final wipe down and the job is complete! For extensive projects, contact a professional business, such as Regrout...

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Signs You Require Bath Repairs

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs You Require Bath Repairs

Your bathroom tends to be one of the most overused rooms in the home, yet is still one of the most overlooked too. This is especially true if there are multiple people in the residence as this will increase the chances of it succumbing to wear and tear. One mistake homeowners make though is ignoring the signs of a rundown bathroom thinking that they will not be much of a bother. Here are some of the signs that you need to contemplate bath repairs to avoid expensive renovations of the different components that make up your bathroom. Corrosion and flaking Granted, wear and tear is normal and for some homeowners they may simply consider this an eye sore and nothing more. The truth of the matter though is that some of the signs of wear and tear could pose serious health hazards if you continue using your bathroom in that state. One sign to look out for is corrosion in the faucets. This will eventually lead to debris in your water, and the particles could become ingested or come in contact with your eyes and more. If your faucets start running discoloured or foul smelling water, have a plumber inspect whether this is due to corrosion of the pipes and have them replaced post haste. Another sign of wear and tear to look out for is paint flaking off the walls and ceiling. This will occur over time due to the moist and humid conditions of the bathroom. Peeling paint is not simply unsightly. In older homes, the paint could comprise of lead and this is a serious health hazard for all inhabitants that use the bathroom. When you notice paint flaking off, you need to have it fixed to ensure that you are not being exposed to hazardous materials such as lead, asbestos and more. Leaking bathtubs When you begin to notice puddles of water forming in close proximity to your bathtub, chance are your tub has a sprung a leak. These leaks could form due to a number of reasons. For one, the sealing on the tub may have come loose, and it would be pertinent to have this repaired before your bathroom succumbs to water damage. Other causes of leaks is if your tub has cracks in its basin. You may also spring up leaks in the event that the piping in your bathroom has cracked due to aging. Any signs of water in unwarranted areas should be looked into to avoid making your bathroom a breeding ground for mould, mildew, bacteria and more. For more information, contact companies like Bathroom Resurfacing...

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