Tips to Ensure the Fill You Are Accepting onto Your Land Is Clean

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You may need fill for your land reclamation or rehabilitation projects, renovations, or landscaping. Often, the material you will receive as fill may contain contaminants and wastes such as asbestos, bricks, heavy metals, and concrete. If you accept fill that contains contaminants, you could be endangering the health of your family. Besides, you may face charges or fines for possession of illegal fill. Therefore, to prevent such outcomes, here are a few tips to help you choose clean fill for your land use. Know The Materials That Are Accepted as Clean Fill Find out from your local council the types of materials acceptable as clean fill. In most cases, acceptable materials will include mixed loads such as small crushed rocks, sands, and natural soils. Others include clean topsoils from building sites as well as residential homes, grass drainage content such as river gravels, and pure clay materials. These materials should be pure and not mixed with any other materials. On the other hand, materials usually not accepted as clean fill include plant materials, asphalt, concrete formwork, and building and construction materials. However, since you may not be able to tell whether a fill is clean or dirty just by looking at it, the best approach is to ask for proof from your supplier. He or she should be able to provide documents such as original laboratory test results as proof that the fill you’re being supplied isn’t contaminated. Know The Source of the Fill Find out from your supplier the source of the fill. This includes any activities that took place at the site. Some activities, such as building and construction, could have interfered with the purity of the fill. If possible, schedule for an inspection of the site. During the inspection, look for any contaminants such as plastic, concrete, and asbestos. Stains or odour are also signs of contaminated fill. Secure The Entry Points to Your Property Securing the entry points to your property helps you keep an eye on all the vehicles entering and leaving the property. It also enables you supervise the vehicles and inspect the fill being delivered. Supervision ensures you don’t accept or receive what you didn’t order. You need to be even more careful in your supervision if you have a central area in which all the fill materials are being unloaded. You don’t want a single load of dirty or contaminated fill to ruin the rest of the loads. For more information, contact a business such as Eastern Plant...

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Tips for Sprucing Up Your Balcony

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Balconies tend to get dirty very quickly; things like bird droppings, falling leaves, dust and grime can accumulate at an alarmingly fast rate. If your balcony is looking worse for wear,  here are a few things you can do to spruce it up. Wash and re-paint it The simplest way to improve the look of your balcony is to clean it as thoroughly as you can. Use an outdoor sweeping brush with firm bristles to sweep away any debris that has built up on the floor. Then, take a feather duster and twirl it in between the railing bars to remove dust and cobwebs. Once these tasks are complete, you can wash the floor and the railing. Don’t use a high-pressure water washer for this activity; not only could it damage the concrete and loosen the screws on the railing, but also the water could end up spilling over the edges of the floor onto your neighbour’s balcony below. Instead, use the above-mentioned outdoor sweeping brush and a bucket of warm, soapy water to scrub away any dirt that has become embedded in the concrete. For the railings, a damp cloth is often all that’s needed to wipe away dust and droppings. Next, remove any rust and peeling paint that has begun to develop on the railings, using either a wire brush or a piece of sandpaper.  Make sure to put on a dust mask before doing this, to avoid inhaling tiny paint flecks or rust particles. You can then move on to painting the railing. Whilst this can be quite a time-consuming project, it will significantly improve the appearance of even the shabbiest of balconies. In addition to the aesthetic benefits, painting can also protect both metal and wooden railings from corrosion and wet rot, respectively. Make sure to use a primer, and to select an exterior paint designed specifically for the material that your railings are made from.  Waterproof it A lot of the structural and aesthetic damage that happens to balconies is the result of water damage from rain showers and humidity.  Balconies that are not waterproofed are more prone to problems such as rusting, rotting, discolouration and mould. If the area that joins the balcony to the main property isn’t properly sealed with waterproofing substances, these issues may also begin to spread into the house; a leak that begins in the balcony could eventually lead to water seeping into the rest of the property, causing damage to hardwood floors, carpets and ceilings. Having a waterproofing membrane fitted around the balcony’s edges can act as a barrier that will prevent water from causing structural damage to the balcony or the other areas of the property.  ...

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Tips and Measures on How to Reduce the Cost of HVAC Installation

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

HVAC systems are indispensable in both homes and commercial settings. Installing the entire system to handle your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning needs can be quite costly, especially if you need a large and sophisticated system. The process can be even more expensive if you don’t understand how to keep the costs under control. However, with an understanding of the guidelines surrounding installation costs, you can effectively take control of the process, make reasonable savings, and get the most out of the installation process. Read on for some tips on how to achieve this. Familiarise yourself with HVAC systems Knowledge is power, and having an understanding of the various types of HVAC systems on the market can end up saving you money in the long run. There are numerous manufacturers producing various models, some with sophisticated, latest technology features and components. Look for a good quality system from a reputed manufacturer that will serve your current and future HVAC needs without requiring regular upgrades.  In the end, you will not only save on installation costs, but also on maintenance, repair, and replacement of system components in the future. Get a cost breakdown When sourcing for an HVAC installation contractor, you need to ask for a cost breakdown. If possible, get quotes from all the potential contractors. Remember, HVAC systems comprise of various units, including the ducts, pipes, and control equipments. Let your contractor give a cost breakdown of how the various expenses are distributed through the entire installation process. This way, you can be able to choose a contractor with a clear view of how much you are spending for each step of the installation. This will also save you from getting substandard services from inexperienced handymen. Budget for ductwork and piping Ducts and pipes are essential components in commercial HVAC systems, and they can significantly increase the overall cost of installing the system. If you have ducts and piping from the previous HVAC system that are still in good physical condition, you should consider reusing them to keep the costs low. However, if you don’t, it is important that you include these components in your budget. This way, you will have enough time to shop around and get a good deal on quality ones. Avoid last minute purchases during the installation process as they can lead to unwanted expenses. Finally, hire a qualified and reputed HVAC contractor for the installation. They may not be as cheap as hiring a handyman, but the quality of the service will last for decades, if not over the life of the...

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