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Specialty Plumbers: Different types of plumbers and their specialties

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

To most people, plumbers are the people called upon when their basic plumbing repair needs exceed the expertise of their close friends and relatives. However, there are professional plumbers whose specialty exceeds fixing leaky faucets and burst pipes. Depending on the nature of an individual’s plumbing needs, it is essential to understand the various plumber specialties so as to know which one to call upon when the need arises. The more specialized tradesmen tackle more complicated problems such as designing, modifying and distributing complex plumbing systems that are essential for day to day life. Deciding on the type of plumber to hire typically depends on the location, nature and magnitude of the plumbing services required, as well as the level of training the plumber has received. Despite sharing some similarities in their training and work, below are three distinct types of plumbers. Types of plumbers Commercial Plumbers. The training and work experience of commercial plumbers revolve around large industrial sized plumbing systems. Examples of such large-scale systems are large public building complexes such as schools, shopping malls, and hospitals. The commercial plumbers get charged with the responsibly of installing, maintaining and repairing the industrial pipes used in such buildings for the delivery of utilities such as water, gas, and in some individual cases the air conditioning vents. Note: Despite the magnitude of their work, commercial plumbers have inadequate training and work experience to handle residential plumbing services and repairs. Residential Plumbers. The training undergone by residential plumbers focuses on operating in residential environments that are much smaller than commercial buildings. They are typically called upon when there are new residential construction sites that require pipe installations; as well as when residential homeowners are looking to make changes; such as bathroom renovations or adding hot water pipes, to their current plumbing systems. It is essential to note that this type of plumber is not usually qualified to work on commercial plumbing projects and they are not the kind of workers to call on for minor services such as repairing leaking faucets in a household. Service and repair plumbers. These are the most renowned type of specialty plumbing contractors as they are the ones commonly called upon when commercial businesses or homes require plumbing services. They are often referred to as plumbing technicians because the training they receive gets technically centred on solving plumbing issues that may occur in homes and small businesses such as restaurants. Unlike commercial and residential plumbers, these technicians work directly with their clients and thus it’s essential for them to be quite personable....

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Basement Living? The Ultimate Flooring Option

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

With cities becoming increasingly crowded, homeowners in Melbourne are now digging deep to add another level to their home that can be used as a home theatre, a living room or an extra bedroom. However, it’s hard to imagine a basement being cosy without the warmth of engineered timber flooring. Hammer, nails, glue and a lot of backbreaking aside, you can achieve this floor in just a few DIY steps by choosing to install a floating floor that can cover up the cold concrete you always dread spending time on. Installing a floating floor Installing a floating floor is a simple task someone with basic DIY skills can accomplish; it’s effective in covering a large area in no time. Lay down a thin foam sheet to provide cushioning and sound-dampening before the installation of the floating floor. You can run the planks parallel with the longest wall for a visually consistent look. A small gap, usually a quarter inch of space, must be maintained to account for expansion. Prep your basement Check your basement for excessive moisture. Make sure the floor is dry before placing an underlayment to ensure additional moisture protection for your floating floor. Lay a poly film across the entire floor to allow your new floor to float freely. Install the first row by placing the planks starting from one corner of the floor using spacer blocks to allow the quarter of an inch allowance. Cut the planks to length at the ends against the wall. Use the leftover plank to start the next row to avoid wastage of material. Tap pieces into place using a hammering block at the end of every piece to achieve tight seams. Continue installing the planks until you reach the other end of your basement. You will probably have to cut the last piece of the row to fit, allowing the required expansion gap. To minimise pattern repeats, pull out at least three planks from different packages during the installation process. Once you’re finished with the planks, remove the spacers from the edge of the wall and cover up the imperfect edges near the wall using baseboards and mouldings to cover the gaps. With the huge range of patterns and types of flooring, you have the freedom of expressing your personal style and character with the limit being your imagination. Now you can choose the décor and furniture to compliment your newly cosy basement....

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When to Have Soil Tested and Removed for Contamination

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Property owners may never give much thought to the soil on their property, at least not until there is a flood or they find that they can’t get grass to grow and flourish. However, soil that is contaminated with any type of pollutant can allow it to become airborne so that you breathe in dangerous chemicals, fumes, and the like. These contaminants can also get into nearby groundwater and even cause the soil to become unsteady so that a house or building shifts and settles. Note when you might consider having soil tested and then removed due to contamination. After a demolition Before any demolition is done, a demolition contractor should test a building for mould, lead, radon, asbestos, and other such materials. These materials should then be safely removed before a home or building is demolished. However, just because a company should test for contaminants doesn’t mean they actually do, or that they do a thorough job. After a home or building is demolished, even on a nearby property, consider having your own soil tested for any contamination that may have made its way to your property and then having a contaminated soil removal for your own safety. Rodent and pest infestation Rodents, roaches, bats, and other pests don’t just nest in your home but can also infest the soil of your property, as they may spread contamination through their droppings, dead carcasses, and the like. While an occasional mouse on your property doesn’t mean that your property is necessarily contaminated, a large infestation should indicate the need to have soil tested. A soil removal company can usually note the more common nesting sites for pests and test these areas in particular for contamination. Leaking or removal of storage tanks  Tanks that store hazardous and unhealthy materials such as propane or other fuels, or septic tanks, should be periodically checked for leaks so repair can be done quickly. As with checking for contamination in a home to be demolished, just because this work should be done doesn’t mean it’s always actually done. If you have such a tank on your property or there is one stored nearby, or if you know that a leaking tank has been removed, you should consider getting your soil tested and replaced. Even a small leak can lead to a large contamination of your soil and allow these materials to collect on your property and around your home, which is unsafe and...

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Understanding the Various Types of Steel You Can Use in Your Construction Project

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Steel is an important part of construction. You need it for a wide range of purposes like reinforcing the concrete or as guardrails to ensure safety along the edges of balconies and stairs. Choosing the right kind of stainless steel will enhance the strength and durability of the material wherever you have used it. When buying construction materials for your workers, you need an understanding of the various types of steel to help you buy the right type of steel for most suitable purpose. Here is a discussion that will help you ask for the right thing from your stainless steel supplier: Martensitic Stainless Steel The martensitic is a type of stainless steel with a high amount of carbon. The high carbon content allows fabricators to make the martensitic steel very hard by subjecting it to immense heat. This makes it very rigid because the heat stretches the metal to extreme tensile limits. They are thus hard to cut and weld. The rigidity comes with lots strength, making it ideal for applications such as structural steel for your house’s foundation, pillars and beams. However, you should note that the martensitic steel has a low resistance to corrosion, and you should use it in areas where it won’t come into contact with water. Using waterproofing concrete will certainly prolong its life and help it retain the much-needed strength. Austenitic Stainless Steel Naturally, austenitic stainless steel offers good resistance to rust and corrosion, making it ideal for building applications where the metal will be exposed to agents of corrosion. You can use austenitic stainless steel for guardrails on balconies and staircases where the metal is continually exposed to moisture and air. Besides its resistance to corrosion, it is also suitable for guardrails because of strength and ductility, making it easy for your workers to bend and weld them with minimal chances of breaking. This ductility is achievable because of the high chromium content. Ferritic Stainless Steel Ferritic stainless steel is a slight variation of the austenitic stainless steel. Generally, you can weld it, although that is not advisable when you are dealing with thick sections. It has poor pitting resistance, meaning that you are likely to damage a large section of the material if you try to drill or create holes in it. However, it has better resistance to corrosion compared to its austenitic counterpart. Therefore, you can use it in harsher environments with more moisture and higher temperatures such as outdoor swimming pool...

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Caring for Your Cooling Tower: 3 Common Issues

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Because cooling towers operate in outdoor environments, they are exposed to the weather which can cause debris and dirt to accumulate and local wildlife and pests to gather, which are attracted by the wet and warm environment. These two factors can cause serious operational problems. Below is a brief guide to 3 common problems which affect cooling tower systems. Scaling Scaling occurs when minerals such as calcium carbonate which were dissolved in the water supply build up within the cooling tower system. The formation of scale can reduce the efficiency of the cooling tower’s heat exchange process, which means that every part of the system must work harder in order to maintain the proper levels of cooling. Factors which can contribute to increased scaling include the pH level, quality and temperature of the water supply. Fouling  Fouling happens when particles such as oil, organic matter and silt, which have been suspended in the water supply fall out and form a deposit. The deposits created by the fouling process have a similar impact as scaling as they form an additional layer of insulation which reduces the system’s heat exchange capability and places additional strain on the cooling tower. Causes of fouling include corrosion, leaks and low water velocities. Microbiological Growth Because they are warm and wet, cooling towers are the ideal environment in which microorganisms can grow. There are two types of microbiological growth which occur within cooling towers. Planktonic: This type of growth is normally found floating within the water supply. Sessile: This refers to biological growth which develops on surfaces within the cooling system. Microbiological growth can cause problems within a cooling tower system because it has insulating properties and can also contribute to increased levels of corrosion within the system. Also, the byproducts produced by microbiological growths can contribute to the development of further microbiological activity. For this reason, it can be very difficult to kill and remove any microbiological growth. Microbiological activity can occur on the tower structure, on heat exchange surfaces and in the system’s piping. It is important that you monitor and treat any outbreaks of biological activity in a cooling tower so its growth can be limited and controlled. If you notice any of these conditions developing within your cooling tower, it is vital that you contact a professional cooling tower maintenance and repair service, who will be able to assess the problem and carry out any required work on the...

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Electrical wiring tips | Common electrical wiring mistakes

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Electrical wiring is a crucial aspect in workplaces and homes. When it’s not done right, the wiring may lead to electrocution and injuries, and this is something you want to avoid at all costs. Having knowledge of wrong wiring practices will help you spot any anomalies in your environment. If you’ve moved to a new workplace or have bought a new home, then you should take a look at the electrical wiring to ensure that it doesn’t put anyone at risk of injury. Some wiring practices may even be illegal and violate building codes. Here are some common mistakes to look out for. Wires stuffed into a switch box One of the most common mistakes made is crowding wires into an outlet or switch box. With ever-growing electrical needs, more and more wires are needed, and this gradually becomes an electrical hazard. If you spot an overcrowded outlet box in your workplace, then you need to inform the administrators. Too many crowded wires may lead to overheating, which eventually melts the wire insulation. The overheating may eventually lead to a fire. Using a larger outlet box can help prevent the overheating. You can also have electrical contractors install plaster or mud rings that manage the wires. Electrical connections outside boxes Another electrical wiring mistake to watch out for is connections outside electrical boxes. These are small boxes that normally have a lid to obscure the electrical connections. Splice or electrical boxes are designed to offer protection in case of sparks or loose connections. All connections are supposed to be within the box. Additionally, these electrical boxes guard connections against heat and mishandling. Any connections outside these boxes can easily become hazardous. Anyone may accidentally touch them and get electrocuted. Recessed splice boxes If you’ve recently moved into a new home, then look for your splice box. This is also called the control or junction box, and it’s where all the wires in a room converge. These boxes send power from the mains to the other parts of the room and are very important when it comes to troubleshooting electrical problems. However, they may be buried in drywalls or underneath the floor. You need to contact qualified contractors if you can’t find the splice box. Having these boxes recessed in walls makes it harder to detect or stop any short circuits. Additionally, if the wires start melting and overheating, a fire can easily start. For more information, contact commercial electrical contractors in your...

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Various Reasons to Opt For Sectional Garage Doors for Your Home

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are contemplating purchasing a new garage door, you will find that there are a wide array of options to choose from. Not knowing what the various pros of the different doors are can make it quite a difficult decision to make. One of the types of garage doors that is quite popular with homeowners is sectional garage doors. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider opting for sectional garage doors for your home.  Sectional garage doors are easy to repair When purchasing a garage door, the last thing you would want to experience is the inconvenience of either maintaining it or accessing it. Sectional garage doors will offer your home convenience in the form of repairs. These garage doors are made up of panels that have been individually connected to the main frame of the garage door. In the event that one panel acquires some damage, all you would need to do is have it fixed individually without it affecting the rest of your garage door. This not only makes repairs more economical with sectional garage doors, but it also means you may not be inconvenienced with not being able to use your garage door as you wait for the panel to be fixed.  Sectional garage doors are space saving Another reason why sectional garage doors are convenient is that they do not take up much space. With some other garage doors, you may have to always ensure there is sufficient allowance for the garage doors to open since they jut out. This is not needed with sectional garage doors, as the panels roll up. This gives you the flexibility to park as close as you want to the doors, whether when entering or leaving the garage, as the doors do not stand the risk of impeding your movement. In addition to this, this space saving characteristic also makes sectional garage doors a great option for residences that may not have a big driveway.  Sectional garage doors are secure When selecting garage doors, it is not simply about ensuring that your vehicle is kept safe. Numerous burglaries occur by using the garage as an access point into homes. If you would like secure garage doors, you should opt for sectional garage doors. Unlike other garage doors, these sectional doors do not have pivot points once they have been fitted into the garage opening. This means there will be no points that can be used to pry open your garage doors by opportunistic burglars, hence keeping your home...

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4 Things To Consider When Planning Where To Place Your Skip Bin At Home

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

So you just ordered a cheap skip bin for your domestic removal. However, have you thought about where you’re going to place it once it arrives? Have you thought about how the location of the bin might affect whatever removal you’re planning to embark on? In this article, discover what you need to bear in mind as you plan for this last step in your bin hire process. Have the skip delivered early Think about having the skip bin delivered ahead of time. That is, before the said works commence. Doing so helps to avoid any last minute inconveniences.  For example, you get enough time to decide where you want the bin to be placed. You also avoid delaying the works. Thirdly, if the bin is already on site when the removal or construction work begins, the trash can go straight into the bin instead of being piled up on the ground. Place the skip where a truck can access it easily You also need to consider if the truck delivering, and collecting, the bin will be able to easily access the spot where you want the bin located. If the path is too narrow, if there are any obstructions or if the path is unsafe for the bin truck, it will not be possible to place the bin in that location. Choose an open spot where the bin delivery and collection will not only be possible, it will be fast and easy as well. Keep the bin close to the workplace Try as much as possible to have the bin placed as close to the work site as possible. Such proximity has several benefits. One, it reduces chances of littering your compound. That is, between the bin and the work site. Two, it helps save time. And three, it reduces the workload for whoever is in charge of loading the bin, especially if this will be done manually. Place the bin where ground damage won’t be an issue Skip bins are made of heavy steel. They are therefore heavy and bulky. This is compounded further when the bin is loaded with trash. As such, it is safer to have the bin placed on a spot where damage to the ground is not a concern, e.g. on the blacktop. If you have to have the bin placed on paved grounds, lay some wooden planks down to cushion against damage. By considering the above, you will have indirectly helped ease your removal works in many ways. You will also identify the perfect spot for the bin and avoid any last minute hassles once the bin...

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Benefits and Types of Concrete Driveways

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Your choice of material for your driveway will make the difference between it enhancing its overall curb appeal or detracting from the aesthetics of your home. The good news is that you do not have to break the bank investing in materials such as imported cobblestone to ensure you have an attractive driveway. Despite the misconception that concrete is a bland material, it offers numerous benefits and also comes in a myriad of types. This ensures that every homeowner not only gets to enjoy the advantages of having a concrete driveway, but they can also choose unique designs that will complement the appearance of their residence. What are the benefits of concrete driveways? There are numerous benefits of opting for concrete driveways. These include Cost effectiveness: There are two reasons why concrete is an economical option if you are looking to renovate your driveway. For one, it is manufactured with readily available materials. Hence, there are no additional costs associated with a low supply of materials. Secondly, concrete is sturdy. This means it will require virtually no maintenance, yet will still last for a significant amount of time. This also reduces costs associated with repairs. High quality: Due to how resilient concrete is, it is one of the best quality materials you could opt for your driveway. This is especially true if your driveway has to endure heavy traffic from multiple vehicles. Versatile design options: Gone are the days when concrete driveways simply constituted concrete slabs that have been laid on the ground. With advances in technology, you could consider numerous design options. Thus, giving you the flexibility to experiment with textures, colours and more. What are the different types of concrete driveways? There are a number of techniques that concrete contractors use to create designs in concrete driveways. Some of the different types of concrete driveways that you could consider include: Coloured concrete: This is one of the most affordable options you could consider. The concrete is re-dyed your colour of choice before being laid down. Stamped concrete: This type of concrete design works toward giving your driveway depth. This is done through adding texture and colour to the concrete. Stencilled concrete: As the name suggests, designs are made into this concrete driveway through the use of stencils. Some of the popular options for homeowners include making the concrete look like bricks, mimicking pavers and more. Pebbled concrete: This type of concrete driveway will have pebbles exposed on its surface, rather than being fully mixed into the concrete aggregate.  For more information, talk to a professional like Aclass Concrete &...

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Expert Tips When Performing DYI Resurfacing On Asphalt Driveways

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Asphalt driveways generally boast of a long lifespan, but that doesn’t mean that they are indestructible. The elements and traffic on the driveway give it a hard time, causing it to turn from it’s glamorous black to a pitiful gray. Resurfacing normally solves the issue. It usually involves applying a new coat over your driveway and gets your asphalt driveway back to its original look. It’s a lot cheaper than a complete replacement and an excellent way to save your pockets. So if you’ve got a driveway, then here are some expert tips you can use before resurfacing.   When to resurface First things first, you need to know when to resurface. Doing it too early when you don’t need to simply exhaust your pockets, and resurfacing too late may ruin the foundation. That will eventually force you to resurface or replace the driveway a bit too soon, and you will spend a fortune. You could conduct a simple test. Pour water on the driveway on a hot sunny day, and if you spot a ring after the water evaporates, then the driveway needs resurfacing. This simply proves that the water has soaked in it, and the sealant no longer works. The longer the ring takes to dry, the worse the condition of your driveway is. Stains have to go The surface needs to have no stains. Applying a resurfacer on a driveway with stains is like taking a shower with your clothes on. It’s just not effective. Any accumulated debris on the surface needs to be swept off using a leaf blower or broom. You can then brush the surface using a wire brush, and later bleach the driveway to get rid of any algae. Oil stains are a nuisance when it comes to resurfacing. They reduce the adhesion of the material to the driveway. You can get rid of such stains by pouring a degreaser and then finally scrubbing it off. Add a bonding surface afterwards. Repair the surface first Before you start on the actual resurfacing, you have to ensure that you’ve properly taken care of all the cracks. Clean them thoroughly before adding any filler into it, and ensure you get rid of any weeds between the cracks. Remember, you’re not just looking for any filler. Adding a monotone coloured caulk, for instance, may cause the colour to stand out like a sore thumb, particularly after a year or two when the harsh winters and severe ultraviolet rays hit. You need to match your filler with the coloured pieces of stone beneath the black asphalt to ensure an even look years down the line. Choose the right resurfacer Also, ensure that the resurfacing material you’re going to use has got polymers, and you can confirm this by simply reading the components or asking the seller. Polymers are more weather resistant, and they assist in increasing flexibility and durability of the coat. If you can find a resurfacer with sand additives, the better. Sand increases the traction of the...

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Why Asphalt Is The Best Option For Your Driveway.

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You want to give your home a new look. But you don’t have to focus on the house alone, your driveway is very important as it gives the first impression of your home. If you are deliberating on the best option, then consider having an asphalt driveway. This why: Cost effective Asphalt driveways are less expensive to install and maintain. This can be the cheapest option in terms of cost compared to other costlier options like paved and concrete driveways. A basic asphalt driveway can cost about $2-5 per square foot whereas the same size for a concrete driveway is $3-9. Easier to repair  It is much easier to repair cracked parts of an asphalt driveway than any other options. Small cracks in asphalt surfaces can be sealed and larger ones replaced easily. To extend its lifespan, it is recommended that you seal asphalt during Autumn but once every three years. Easier to maintain and modify An example is when a utility line or pipe must pass under your driveway, repairs can be performed easily and quickly than concrete. What you have to do is dig up the passageway which after placing the pipes you can seal back with the new asphalt. Attractive and inviting surface The smooth and continuous black surface of your asphalt driveway gives it a good impression and brings a nice appearance to your compound. It also creates a good impression about your home and way of life. This means that a smooth asphalt surface can be easier for kids to play and run on. Strength and durability A properly installed and well maintained asphalt driveway’s longevity can last up to 20-30 years. But this is determined by the stability and state of the sub-grade, quality of layer installation, structure of drainage plans and the regional climate. Excellent returns on investment An attractive asphalt driveway adds value to your home investment. Home buyers can prejudge the upkeep and the condition of the house upon the physical condition of the asphalt driveway. So having a well-maintained asphalt driveway can be important, business-wise. Flexibility to weather An asphalt driveway can handle extreme/harsh weather and temperature fluctuations much better than concrete. This is because it flexes to withstand freezing and defrosting. During winter, the asphalt’s black surface heats up from the sun’s radiant heat and then melts up the snow and ice off unlike concrete. From the above guide, it is easier to understand why asphalt can be a better driveway material compared to other alternatives. The fact that it’s cheap, fitting in every environment, and easier to repair and maintain makes its your ideal...

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