Removing Small Amounts Of Asbestos Laced Soil

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Unfortunately, poor historical working practices often meant that as new properties were being constructed, asbestos found its way into the surrounding soil. This means that when further work is being carried out by the homeowner, these traces of asbestos can be discovered. If you are in this position and have to remove some soil that has been contaminated by asbestos, this article looks at the process involved. Get The Right Equipment For DIY asbestos removal, you will have to spend a little money to get all of the correct equipment. The list is a little extensive, so if you can’t get all of it, it is safer to get a professional in. The required equipment is: Overalls that cover your whole body, including arms and legs. A hood is also required. Disposable footwear and eyewear Good quality, but disposable gloves. A half face respirator that has P1 and P2 filters fitted; must be disposable Strong plastic sacks – you will need enough so that you can double wrap all bags of waste you have. A spade that you dispose of after one use. A trowel that you dispose of after one use. A garden hose that has a fine mist setting or attachment. Plenty of tape so that you can seal off the area you are working in A way of clearly marking the bags – such as sticky paper and a marker pen. Further Preparations You will also need to ensure that the asbestos is properly disposed of. In some places, facilities that take asbestos will only do so from a registered company. While you may still remove the soil yourself, in this situation, you will have to pay a company to collect it from your property and take it to the facility. Seal Off The Area And Start To Remove The Soil Use the tape to make a barrier around the soil where the asbestos is. Lightly spray the area with the mist setting on the hose. Use the spade to remove the top layer of soil and turf and then respray underneath. Use the hand held trowel to remove sections of wet soil and place directly into a plastic bag. Keep spraying and removing the soil in this fashion, filling the bag as you go. Double Wrap And Dispose You must double wrap all of the bags containing the soil and your equipment. Spray yourself down with some water before removing the overalls and the rest of your equipment and take them off carefully. Clearly label the bags so that they can be easily read by other people. Keep family members and pets away from the area during the time you spend working there. If you...

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Quick Fix to Get Your AC Cooling Your Home Again

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

You can hear that your air conditioning is turning on and running for an extended period of time, but it doesn’t seem to be cooling the house. This is a common issue that many home owners run into and suffer from for some time before committing to hire a professional to fix the problem. If you’d like to exhaust your options before calling in a professional, try this process to see if there is a temporary solution. First check to make sure your filter is clean. A dirty filter can prevent air from flowing through the system, causing your bill to rise as it works harder to pump air and also for your home to be inadequately cooled. Turn off the power to the air conditioning unit and if the filter is clear of debris and dust, check to make sure there is no ice around the coils. If you see ice, close the unit, reboot the power and turn on the fan so the ice will melt. If the problem persists, you may find you have a dirty condensation drain. In air conditioning systems, your condensation drain removes all the water that your air conditioner creates by draining the water as the system runs. Sometimes this pipe can be blocked as algae begin to form, preventing your air conditioning from draining and resulting in the system not working. In most cases, you’ll be able to tell this is a problem if small pools of water start to form under the unit. The best way to fix this is to call a professional. They’ll need to thoroughly clean the pipe, removing any blockage for you. Finally, if you’re still not getting any cool air, you’ll want to make sure your compressor is working on the air conditioning unit. Whenever your air conditioning turns on, you’ll likely be able to hear the compressor pumping outside. On top of the compressor is a fan, which should be turning if it’s properly working. If you do not see the fan turning, try resetting the system. Using a screwdriver (note: never use your fingers), try to force the fan blades to spin clockwise by sticking the screwdriver through the top. The blades should move fairly easily and give your fan a boost that gets it operating properly again. If none of these methods returns cool air back through your system and into your house, your safest bet would be to call a professional as you may need to repair or replace the system. For more information on replacement air conditioning options, talk with an HVAC contractor in your...

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Fencing Modification and Maintenance Tips for Ranchers With Mobility Concerns

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are a rancher who has recently lost some of your strength or mobility, many aspects of ranching have likely become very challenging. Luckily, there are many ways you can modify your equipment and practices so that you can continue to ranch. In particular, here’s a look at some of the ways you can modify your fencing to make your job easier: 1. Add automatic gates to your fence Opening heavy gates can become extremely difficult if your strength is waning, and if you are using a wheelchair or if you are already in your tractor, getting off that piece of machinery, walking over to the fence and opening it manually wastes time. Working with a fencing contractor, you can modify your gates so they open automatically. If you don’t have a power source near the gates, you can easily power them using solar energy. 2. Reduce the distance between gates If it is harder for you to easily walk long distances, increase the spacing of your gates. If you don’t need gates that allow cattle or utes to pass through them but you simply need access points, modify the fence so that it allows you to walk or wheel yourself in but doesn’t allow the cattle to walk out. 3. Use switchbacks to create entry points To create an area where you can walk into the pasture without adding a gate, you need a series of fences set in a strategic pattern. Typically to create this type of entry, a fencing contractor will use a series of switchbacks. If you used to be able to jump over parts of the fence to quickly reach your pasture, these openings are the perfect way to maintain easy-to-use entry points even if you can no longer jump over the fence. 4. Monitor the fence remotely Unfortunately, with mobility issues, it also can become more challenging to monitor the condition of your fence. If you are no longer able to walk the perimeter of your fence or get to your pastures every day, that doesn’t mean that you have to let your fences slip into disrepair. Instead, there are a range of ways you can remotely monitor your fence. You can install cameras strategically around the fence, or you can use a drone with a camera to fly over your fences and take photos of their condition. 5. Line the fence with crushed stone If you prefer to monitor the fence yourself and you have to use a wheelchair to get around it, that task can be impossible if the fence is planted in rocky soil, messy dirt or soft grass. To make traveling around the fence easier, pavement would be...

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