3 Ways Concrete GPR Scanning Can Speed Up Your Concrete Cutting Process

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are planning to seek concrete cutting services on your property, seeking a concrete GPR (ground penetrating radar) service can help speed up the work immensely. Concrete GPR machines are able to map out what lies beneath the concrete surface. This greatly reduces the planning work needed before the concrete cutting process thus expediting the work in a number of ways. Read on to see the different ways these scanning services can simplify your concrete cutting process. Pin-point exactly where to cut If you are seeking a concrete cutting service so as to have installations carried through, concrete GPR scanning can speed up the task by allowing your contractor to locate exactly where the utilities that need to be accessed are located. For example, if you need to install water piping or data cabling, the radar scanner will show exactly where these systems located are below the concrete surface. This reduces much of the second-guessing and ensures that the work is done right the very first time. The contractor can then cut along that area and access the utilities they need in a quick and easy manner. Avoid cutting through tough rebar mesh Concrete GPR services can also reduce time waste during concrete cutting by helping your contractor avoid running into rebar pipes during the process. Rebar is made of reinforced steel and it can greatly complicate the concrete cutting process, taking up more time than is required. However, through concrete GPR scanning services, the contractor can identify exactly where the rebar lies and avoid it in the first place. Avoid structurally weak areas Concrete GPR scanning services can also speed up your planned repair or maintenance work indirectly by deterring concrete damage that would then necessitate lengthy repair work on your property. For example, the scanner will help identify risky areas that could potentially get damaged if disturbed. Good examples include areas with internal cracks, areas with internal voids or areas with reduced concrete reinforcement. By avoiding these areas, the cutting process is achieved in a straightforward manner without a lot of remedial work being carried out. Planning concrete repairs, maintenance, inspections or demolitions? Ask your concrete cutting contractor, like those from Robert Guy & Sons Pty Ltd, about concrete GPR scanning services. If your contractor doesn’t offer the scanning service, you can seek a separate contractor for that part of the job. Either way, you will enjoy a relatively quick and much safer concrete service on your...

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Trouble with Hot Water? 3 Warning Signs of Failed Hot Water Systems

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Hot water is vital to your daily showers and general cleaning, especially during winters, so you’ll want to ensure that your water system is in prime working condition. Over time hot water systems connected to gas or electrical mains will undergo some wear and tear, which needs to be repaired for you to get uninterrupted hot water supply. Avoid the risk of electrocution and danger by consulting with a qualified technician for any repair work. If you face any of these warning signs, then you will need hot water repairs immediately. No Hot Water Running from the Taps If your water heater is connected to your gas system, the absence of hot water could be because of insufficient gas supply in your home. Check other gas-powered appliances like your gas cooktop or heater to see if they are working. If they aren’t working, you may have to consult with your gas supplier to check the gas supply in your home. If you have an electrical hot water system, the problem of no hot water could be because of a tripped circuit breaker. In this case, the circuit breaker or fuse may need replacement. If neither of these issues is the problem, then you will need to contact a technician to diagnose and undertake hot water repairs. Hot Water Tap Isn’t Working The first thing you should do is check whether just a single hot water tap isn’t working or if all the hot water taps in your home have stopped working. If hot water isn’t coming out from a single tap or all of the taps, it could be because the pipes have gotten damaged internally or the tank is leaking. Only a hot water technician has the expertise to fix any leaks in tanks and bursts in pipes. Be sure to call the technician for undertaking hot water repairs as soon as possible, especially when you’re dealing with this problem in winter. Strange Sounds in Water Tank Hearing strange sounds in your water tank could be because of a range of different things, but it usually occurs because sediments built up on the tank surface, preventing the seamless flow of water. Flushing out the tank and cleaning it internally can usually fix this problem. This hot water repair job is best for professional technicians because they have the expertise to flush out tanks safely without causing any damage to your existing plumbing units. These warning signs are clear indications that you may need hot water repairs—call a professional technician immediately to avoid any inconvenience to your...

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Employee Comfort: What Bobcat Features Help To Keep Your Workers Happy?

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Nobody likes working out in the Australian heat during summer, but if you choose the right bobcat to use in your next project, at least your employees won’t have to be uncomfortable. When it comes to the bobcat cab in particular, there are a variety of comfort features available that you need to be aware of. By knowing about these in advance, you can feel a lot more confident that you are providing your employees with a great space to work in when you hire a bobcat. Climate Control The extent of the need for climate control depends on where the bobcat is being used. Some cities in Western Australia, for example, have an average mean temperature in the mid 30s. However, coastal cities, like the Gold Coast in Queensland, have an average temperature in the mid 20s. When hiring a bobcat to use in the hotter parts of Australia, an enclosed cab to make the most of climate control is a must. If you have ever wondered why your employees don’t work as well in the heat, it’s because the hotter the body gets, the more glucose is used to keep the body temperature under control. However, this glucose is also used by the brain, and lower levels of glucose make it harder for the brain to function at its best. By providing your employees with an external method for keeping cool while they work, they don’t need to use their own body stores to keep cool. Body Comfort Another thing you need to consider when hiring your next bobcat is the comfort the seat of the bobcat will provide to your employee. While some bobcats come with a standard seat for the driver, others have a better range of options that will keep your worker happy while they spend hours in the bobcat cab. Lumbar support, seat suspension, and a decent sized cab for those employees with long legs are going to make sure the working conditions are top-notch. Over 13% of the Australian population experiences lower back problems, and an employee suffering a sore back is not going to be able to operate your bobcat on rough terrain for any length of time. Employees who can’t work are not profitable to your business. Keep your employee comfort in mind before you choose the next bobcat you plan to hire. A happy employee is a productive employee, and that goes a long way to getting the job done right the first...

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Asbestos Removal: Inspection Options for Your Building

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The term asbestos is used to refer to a group of minerals that were incorporated into buildings. The material was favoured because of beneficial properties such as resistance to fire, electrical insulation, affordability, good tensile strength and sound absorption. Unfortunately, asbestos consists of fibrous crystals that are highly hazardous when inhaled. This can lead to development of conditions such as lung cancer and asbestosis. Therefore, it is important to commission inspection of your home to determine whether the hazardous material is in your building. This is critical if your house was built in the 1980s or earlier because asbestos was popular during that period. Here are the main types of inspections to consider choosing for your building. Management Inspection Management asbestos inspection is designed to identify any asbestos containing materials in the building structure. The assessment is performed by licensed asbestos consultants who can identify all the building elements that are likely to contain asbestos. Presumptive examinations will assume that all the suspect materials in the building contain asbestos. However, you can request for sampling and testing by an accredited laboratory for more conclusive results. The latter option is more expensive because you will need to pay for collection of samples, lab analysis and the report. The primary objective of management inspections is to help in understanding the risk of asbestos exposure and in developing a suitable control or removal plan. Refurbishment and Demolition Inspection The hazardous asbestos fibres that are responsible for causing lung diseases and disorders are released when the asbestos containing materials are disturbed. Therefore, it is important to commission inspection of your building before commencing a refurbishment or demolition project. If you do not, the fibres will be released due to abrasion or general contact between your tools and the pertinent materials. Indiscriminate disturbance will contaminate your property and surrounding areas. This type of inspection will be intrusive because the consultant will have to check wall and ceiling cavities. The cost of this type of inspection can be high since the objective is to find all asbestos, including the hidden materials. Clearance Inspection If your building has asbestos and you hired an expert for removal, you should commission a clearance inspection. In simple terms, this process involves testing the air and visually assessing the building for remnant asbestos materials or fibres. The technician should ensure that the amount of asbestos remaining is negligible before clearing your space. The objective of clearance inspections is to ensure that the general property and buildings are suitable for reoccupation.  For more information, contact a local asbestos removal...

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Asking the Right Questions About a Cheap Skip Bin Hire

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A cheap bin hire can give you the means needed to get rid of the refuse produced by a home renovation project or spring cleaning. You might also use one after the holidays when you want to toss out your Christmas tree and all the extra boxes and cartons left over from gifts. When you’re ready to hire a cheap skip bin, you want to ensure you ask the right questions so you know you get a bin that will work for you and know everything involved in its use. Note a few of those questions here. 1. What if there is no driveway for the bin? If you don’t have a driveway for the bin, you may need a special permit from your city to keep it in the street or in any other location. You may need a permit for the bin anyway, but special permits may be needed if the bin may be located where it might block traffic or become a hazard for pedestrians. When you’re ready to rent a bin, be sure you note if there is no driveway on your property so you know if you need special paperwork. 2. Can a bin damage a driveway, sidewalk, or yard? In some cases a skip bin can cause damage to your driveway or yard, depending on the weight of the bin and the weight of the items you add. If you store a bin on an asphalt driveway and then fill it with heavy roofing tiles and such materials, the bin may actually settle into the soft material of the asphalt. This can also happen when you put the bin on your yard. If you’re concerned about damage, you might consider how to store the bin in the street or ask the rental agency about how to protect your property. 3. Note if the bin delivery can access your property In order to deliver and pick up your bin, you may need to have a drive that is a particular width for the truck to fit. If you want to put the bin in your backyard, the delivery truck may not be able to work around your garage, shed, or other outbuilding. Talk to the rental agency about how your property is laid out if the driveway is very narrow or you want the bin behind your home. This will ensure you know what to expect about where they may need to put it, versus where you want the bin...

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Basement Renovations: Important Factors to Consider

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Uncategorized |

In many homes, the basement area is usually a dark and creepy uninhabited part of the house. This is because basements are usually utilized as utility areas that accommodate HVAC systems and other equipment. If you wish to transform your basement into a more useful area for your home, you will need basement renovation services from a basement builder. Basement renovations can be aimed at transforming the space into an additional living room, office, gaming room, home theatre room, bedrooms, family room or a combination of two or more of these. The process of choosing a basement builder for your renovation project is a tough one, mostly due to the huge number of contractors out there. When choosing a contractor, it is important to have these factors in mind beforehand. Design and lifestyle Before hiring a basement builder for renovations, ensure that they will be able to remodel your basement based on the style and design of your home. Since the area was previously neglected, it is likely that much of your style is not incorporated. This is in regard to the colours, fixtures and equipment to be used. The builder should be able to work with architecture professionals in order to get precise design and measurements where structural alterations are to be made to the basement area. Renovation materials When hiring a basement builder, determine the type of materials you want used to reconstruct this space. These include wall and floor tiles, insulation materials, drywall, vapor barrier and many others. Depending on the purpose of the renovated space, you may need fixtures installed as well. Ask for samples of materials from two or three contractors to compare and get the best. If some of these materials are already available in the half-done basement, this will save you on costs of getting new ones. Contents of contract Before agreeing to and signing a basement renovation contract, it is important to assess its contents and identify the following. Insurance. Every basement renovation project needs to be insured against any unforeseen damages that could result during the process. Confirm that the contract provides for property and liability insurance and the extent of coverage. The contractor and your household members should be covered in case of any injury during the renovation project. Work guarantee. A guarantee ensures that the company will be held at task in case the work needs any attention over the years. This ensures that you get high quality work done since the contractor will be held liable for any repairs at no extra charge. Costs therein. Ensure that the entire cost of the project is broken down in the contract as stated by the contractor. Look out for any...

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