Do You Know the Benefits of Fitting a Tubular Skylight?

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Tubular skylights, which are sometimes referred to as solar tubes, consist of a small dome that sits above the roofline and a highly reflective tube that attaches to it and transfers the light caught by the dome indoors. They might sound rather odd, but tubular skylights actually come with a number of compelling benefits. Here are just a few reasons why you should strongly consider fitting one. Sunlights Without Limits The most obvious example that comes with fitting a tubular skylight is that they can bring daylight to almost any part of the home. Where skylights need to be built along the roofline and regular windows need to be built into walls that contain both an interior and exterior wall, tubular skylights work without limits. The tube used doesn’t have to be particularly long, and it can be easily worked around pipes and attic fixtures. You can bring sunlight to a room with no windows, including such small areas as closets and hallways. You can also direct them into key points; for example, above where you like to read each night. Reduced Energy Bills The energy savings associated with tubular skylights are rarely high enough to be reason alone for people to fit one. After all, you’ll still be faced with the initial costs, and it’s likely to take quite a long time to recoup that cost. Be that as it may, it’s nice to know that you’ll be lowering your utility bills each month by not having to turn on the lights as much. Of course, the fact that you won’t have to use as much energy lighting your home is also great from an environmental point of view. Easy and Inexpensive to Fit While it’s certainly fair to mention the upfront cost of fitting a tubular skylight, people are often amazed by just how affordable they can be. In fact, these tubular skylights are often less costly than traditional skylights. It makes sense when you think about it, since they require less construction work and aren’t nearly as large as traditional skylights. You can usually have one fitted in a single day. Optional Features Many tubular skylights don’t stop at the benefits listed above, with several handy features letting you get the most from your model. You can have your tubular skylight fitted with an electrical lighting system to let you use it as an additional light fixture during the evening; this is actually better than using a standard light since the reflective tubing makes things brighter. Dimmers can let you adjust the amount of daylight entering, and heat-capturing panels can be added to bring heat as well as light into the...

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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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Skip Bin Hire Preperation

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Cleaning out the garden can be a messy and laborious job. However, to make the whole process less stressful, you should consider skip bin hire. Not only will it allow you to collect all of your rubbish into one area, reducing the amount of debris lying around, it will also enable you to dispose of the waste safely and with minimal fuss. However, when hiring a skip bin there are a few things you should consider to make your own experience as stress free as possible. Waste Disposal Before hiring any company, have a look at their website if they have one, and chat with them. Not only will you get a feel for their business ethics and manner, you should be able to establish whether or not they are working towards Australia’s National Waste Policy. If you’re someone that is conscious about protecting the environment and are in support of the Clean Land Plan then you may be a little more interested in how your waste gets disposed of.  Sizes Skip bins come in all manner of sizes. Before hiring, talk to the company and explain what job you’ll be undertaking, and they should be able to advise on a suitable size. Generally bins range from two to twelve cubic yards in size. To make it easier they are often accompanied by an approximate black back carrying capacity; usually 20-140 bags in size. If you are dealing garden waste, which can be compacted, you may be able to get away with a smaller bin than if you were disposing of rubble or stone.  Pre-arranged Extras Before booking your skip bin, ascertain what will be included in the price. Establish the size of the bin, agree upon the location for the bin to be delivered to and ask how long it will be before the bin is either emptied or taken away. Most companies will hire out bins for around ten days before emptying, however this may be negotiable or incur extra costs if you require additional time. It may also be a good idea to establish how large the delivery truck will be to ensure that it will be able to navigate down any tight roads or into backyards to drop off and collect the skip bin. Adequate preparation before hiring a skip will make the process simple and easy. Always make sure your waste is being disposed off in the most environmentally friendly way possible and make sure you are fully aware of what your bin hire package consists...

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Easy ways to give your garden a makeover

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Even if you’re not especially gifted in regards to gardening, there are steps you can take to create a lovely outdoor space for you and your family. Here are a couple of ideas to help you get started. Add decking Installing decking is a fantastic way to make your outdoor space more functional and aesthetically pleasing. It provides you and the rest of your household with a comfortable seating area to entertain guests, sunbathe or dine al fresco. Decking can also be useful for those who want a low-maintenance garden, as it reduces the amount of visible lawn area to mow. If you decide to install this feature, it’s important to use the right materials. Treated pine is often the best option because not only is it attractive-looking and highly durable, but it also contains insecticides and fungicides which will prevent organisms from damaging it. Unless you are highly skilled in the art of DIY, the task of installing a garden deck is best left to a professional construction worker. A trained builder will have the experience and the know-how to create a deck that looks beautiful, is safe to use and is robust enough to last several decades. Be sure to ask the contractor about the materials they’ll use, such as Australian Treated Pine, and how they recommend you care for your deck. Tidy up Oftentimes, a thorough tidying-up can transform an unusable and unruly garden into a gorgeous outdoor space. You’ll be amazed at what a difference you can make in just a day or two. All you’ll need are a few basic tools, including a rake, a sweeping brush, a knife, some hedge trimmers and a bucket of soapy water. To begin, sweep away any of the debris (including leaves, scraps of rubbish, dirt and twigs) that may have accumulated around the paving stones or patio area of the garden. Then use a knife to scrape out weeds, and wash down any hard-surface areas with some hot water and a mild detergent. Next, spend a bit of time trimming back any of the hedging, plants and shrubs which have become overgrown, and brush off the old seedlings, leaves and pebbles that might be covering the top layer of the soil around your flowers. If your lawn is looking a little bit worse for wear, you can improve its appearance simply by mowing it and adding some fertiliser to any areas of dead grass. If rainfall is quite infrequent in your area, it’s also important to water it...

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