Tips for Choosing the Right Structural Plywood for a Home Renovation Project

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When handling any type of renovation project at home, you need to be careful about the materials you use and especially those that will be seen or used indoors versus outdoors. When choosing plywood for new walls or outdoor decks, you’ll note that there are different grades, and you need to choose these carefully. Some plywood is meant for certain applications and some is not to be used where it can be seen, such as for those decks and other open structures. Note some important tips for choosing structural plywood for your home renovation project. 1. Note the Grades When buying plywood you’ll see that it’s graded, from A to D. Grade A is the most expensive and grade D is the least expensive, but price alone should not be the determining factor in your purchasing decision. Grade A plywood is sanded very fine and will be without knots or other blemishes. This is the best choice for any type of exposed construction such as that back deck. Grade D plywood will be the least expensive but you may note that it may have a number of blemishes. D grade plywood is often used for structural applications where it will not be seen and doesn’t need to be painted or finished. The grades in between will also have a certain number of blemishes and finishes, so choose according to application and if the plywood will be visible. 2. Note the Adhesives Structural plywood (available from companies like F.A. Mitchell & Company Pty Ltd) is made with certain types of adhesives and these will vary according to their use. Interior, structural plywood is not typically exposed to much moisture so its adhesive may not be a water-resistant as exterior plywood. The plywood you use for outdoor projects such as your deck will use a more water-resistant adhesive since it will be exposed to rain and other elements. Never choose interior plywood for exterior projects as the adhesive may not hold up well against the elements. 3. Choose a Specialty Plywood When Needed There are many specialty plywood types you can choose for finished products such as cabinetry and cupboards, or furniture. If you’re looking for plywood or any type of wood for creating these items by hand, you want to choose specialty plywood that is usually sanded to a fine grain and may be made of veneers that are designed to remain stable even when cut and fabricated. Remember these tips for choosing plywood for any home improvement project as you’ll want to find the best choice for the job at...

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How to Change the Locks in Your Doors

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have moved into a new home or apartment, one of the first things you should do is change the locks. Of course, if you are living in an apartment or are renting the home, you will first need to get permission from the landlord. Since this is considered to be an improvement, you can ask that the landlord reimburse you for the cost of the new lock. Even though former owners and tenants are supposed to return all keys when they move, many people don’t return them. Those former tenants or owners will have access to your home. To be safe, it is always best to install new locks, and make sure that only authorized persons have access to keys. Changing locks is relatively easy, and you can do it in less than an hour. Read on to learn more about buying locks, and how to change them. Buy Quality Locks If you are going to go out and spend money on new locks, make sure that you don’t skimp on the quality. This is because while department stores and home improvement centres do carry a wide variety of locks, these locks are generic, and there is always the chance that one key will fit many locks. A lock installed by a 24-hour locksmith like Rivercity Locksmiths Pty Ltd is going to be unique for you, and no one else will have any keys that will fit. Remove the Old Lock Once you have purchased the new lock, it is time to remove the old one. Unscrew the knob on the inside part of the door, and remove both knobs. Now, unscrew the panel that holds the latch on the side of the door, and remove the latch and strike plate. You are now ready to install the new lock. Install the New Lock Insert the new latch parts where the old ones were originally, and adjust it so that it is centered so the knobs can be attached. Put the new knobs in place, according to the manufacturer’s directions and using the screws and nails that are included in the lock assembly kit. Tighten everything to make sure that the parts are flush with the door and nothing is sticking out. All that is left to do is install the strike plate, in the same location as the original one. Test the lock to make sure it...

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Comparing Tarpaulin Covers to Shrink Wrap Covers

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many businesses have to transport large amounts of their products to their customers as part of their service. Sometimes, these customer destinations can be in a neighboring state or country, and it becomes necessary for the business to factor in other costs of the transportation process. One of these considerations is how to properly and securely wrap any goods so that they are not damaged during transit. The two main options are tarpaulin covers and shrink wrap. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two. Coverage Both materials have their good and bad points in this area. The tarpaulin is very quick to use, and goods can be covered and secured in minutes. To wrap a product in shrink wrap takes some time. People who shrink wrap items usually have to have training to enable them to do the job. However, when it comes to size, shrink wrap can easily cover very large or bulky items. The sheets can be melted together to form one continuous barrier. The tarpaulin has to be purchased and strung together using the eyelets, an option that could end up costing a fair amount of money. Durability While both materials are strong and durable, the shrink wrap is probably the material that will remain intact most during transit. When the wrap is heated, it becomes sealed and tight. This is the secret to its durability—it won’t come loose, flap about and degrade. On some journeys, it is easy for tarpaulin sheets to work themselves loose, thereby exposing the valuable items inside. Reuse One of the major benefits of using the tarpaulin as a covering is the fact that it can be reused several times over. As long as the material remains in a good condition, and the eyelets are in a good state, the tarpaulin can be reused. Using the tarpaulin sheets allows you to avoid impacting the environment every time you make a delivery. With the shrink wrap, it is not possible to reuse after it has been heat sealed around a product. The wrap must be cut open and disposed of. Security In order to access the goods under the shrink wrap, it is necessary to cut the wrap off. This means that if anyone has tried to tamper with the delivery, you can spot it immediately. This is not the case for tarpaulin, because it is possible to get under the sheets if so inclined and not leave any major or obvious evidence. In a practical sense, most people find that for smaller loads and deliveries, using a tarpaulin sheet is quick and effective. Larger and bulkier items are more suited for shrink wrap. You can learn more about...

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