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Why Epoxy Flooring Is Best for Your Concrete Garage Floor

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One of the things that you must give a lot of consideration if you are planning to build a new garage is your flooring. This is because it is your flooring that will need to withstand the full weight of your car every time you drive into and out of the garage. Concrete is one of the most popular choices of construction material for garage floors, and this is for good reason: concrete is a hardwearing material that can bear up to the heavy use typical in garages pretty well. But with so many concrete flooring finishes available on the construction market, you might easily get confused when it is time to choose an appropriate finish for your garage floor. Here’s why you should consider getting an epoxy floor coating. Waterproof Waterproofing is important in your garage just like in any other part of your home. Water damage is not uncommon in garages especially in the winter season when your tyres can carry snow and ice from outside into your garage. Epoxy floor coating is a topical sealer that will prevent water seepage. When it is applied on your garage floor, it will adhere to the concrete surface and create a non-porous covering that keep the water out.  Stain resistance The dull, grey colour of an unfinished concrete garage floor may look perfectly okay to you until it starts picking up nasty stains in the course of its service life. Tyre marks and spilled motor fluids like engine oil can leave unsightly stains on a standard concrete garage floor. Epoxy flooring is an effective way to protect your garage floor from such stains. As the finishing makes concrete surfaces harder and non-porous, spills will not seep in and can be easily wiped out with a rag. Aesthetics Epoxy flooring is a great way to make a standard concrete garage floors more visually appealing. Epoxies will provide you with a smooth, polished finish that you can be proud of. Typically, they come with a high gloss finish, which reflects light and improves lighting. This will make the beauty of your floor easily noticeable. What is more, you are free to choose from a wide selection of colours and patterns so you can find something that matches your style. Clearly, epoxy flooring is an excellent choice for your garage construction project. Consult a local general contractor in case you need any assistance with your...

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What Too Many Homeowners Overlook When Choosing a Kitchen Splashback

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A kitchen splashback helps to protect your kitchen’s walls from grease and other damaging elements, and they keep them safe from potential fires as most splashbacks are made from fire-resistant materials. Splashbacks are also a good way to add style and personality to your space. When you’re ready for new splashbacks for your kitchen, note a few things that many homeowners overlook so you know you don’t do the same, and are sure to get splashbacks that you’re happy with for years to come. Style Since a splashback is like an accessory to a kitchen, this is your chance to bring in some style. Rather than playing it safe with your choice, you might opt for a bold color or material. A glass splashback with a candy apple red or neon green color behind it can make your kitchen very unique, or you might choose a busy terra cotta tile. The smaller size of the splashback should keep it from being overwhelming while still offering something very eye-catching. Sustainability Don’t overlook the sustainability of the materials you choose, meaning how easy it is to recycle them or harvest new materials. Look for recycled glass or tin for your splashback, or recycled porcelain. Since these materials are easy to recycle, if you want to change your splashback down the road, you can have them recycled then and will also keep them out of landfills and cut down on the harvesting of virgin materials. Maintenance While a splashback is meant to be durable, all materials will need some maintenance. They may need to be sealed or buffed and polished after some time, and especially if they have been damaged. Don’t assume that your splashback will never need any maintenance but note what will need to be done and how often, and the costs, so you can ensure you’re thinking of how the splashback will fit into your budget for the long-term. Replacement Speaking of budgeting, you want to think about how costly it would be to replace any part of your splashback. If you opt for very rare stones or other materials, it can be costly to replace them if a tile should get broken or damaged. On the other hand, opting for an affordable porcelain subway tile can mean replacing it very easily and inexpensively. Be sure you’ve priced replacement pieces or tiles when choosing a splashback so you know you can easily afford to fix the splashback when...

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Things to think about maintenance of windows security film

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A window security film is a great security tool to protect your windows from breakage and intrusion. It makes the windows much stronger and prevents glass shreds from leaving the window frame if it were to be broken. In order to keep your window security film in top condition, you need to look after it regularly. Just as the window itself, it needs care and cleaning in order to not break prematurely. To maintain your window security film properly, there are a few things you should think about. Bonding Right after you’ve gotten your window security film installed, you need to leave it alone for some time. It has to get a chance to settle to the window and bond properly. Examine the film when you get a chance to and make sure everything looks normal. Bubbles in the film are not a cause of worry, as the microscopic holes in the film will empty such air pockets over time. However, if you notice that a corner or edge of the security film isn’t bonding to the window properly, you need to try and get it to stick. If it doesn’t, you might want to call the manufacturer and ask for a new film, as the one you got most likely is faulty. Water Wait until after all air bubbles have disappeared from the film before you attempt to clean it. Cleaning it before it has had a chance to properly stick to the window can cause water to gather between the film and the window and make it come off. You should also avoid using too much water when you’re cleaning the film for the same reason. Avoid using a hose, and instead opt for a soft, damp cloth that is unlikely to create scratches in the film. If you have water running off the film when you’re done, you should also get a dry cloth to wipe the excess water off. Cleaning products You can also use cleaning products on your security film to make sure it gets cleaned properly. Avoid abrasive cleaners that can damage the security film. All cleaning products that are ammonia based or made for industrial use are too abrasive for the film to handle and might damage it irrevocably. You should instead use ordinary water mixed with a mild detergent that you use to dampen your cloth with. Also remember to avoid the use of a window scraper, as this too can damage the window security film and cause it to not function as...

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Benefits of Building Inspection Services to a Home Buyer

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As a home buyer, you should employ the services of a building inspector to ensure that the property you are purchasing is in good condition and does not have any defects that might affect its market value. These services are particularly useful for first-time home buyers who do not know what to inspect when buying a house. Here are some of the benefits that come with using building inspections services: Saves you money Even though employing a building inspector will cost you some money, the amount that you will be asked to pay is definitely smaller than the expenses that you may incur if the house is found to have major defects after its purchase. Moreover, a professional building inspector will give you an appropriate price estimate of the house you want to buy. Knowing the estimated value of the house will enable you to negotiate better for a fair price with the seller. The information that is collected by the building inspector may also come in handy when budgeting for the repairs that may be required. Ensures professional work Professional building inspectors are licensed to offer their services in accordance with the set building codes and standards. As a DIY building inspector, you may easily fail to look into some critical structural and design aspects of the house you plan to purchase. A professional on the other hand, will have the necessary knowledge, training, skills, experience, and work equipment to do a thorough inspection. A building inspector will inspect virtually every part of the house that needs to be examined, ranging from the roof exteriors to the house foundation. Outdoor installations, such as swimming pools and perimeter fencing, can also be inspected. Gives peace of mind By using a professional building inspector, you can be assured that any problem that a house you want to buy might have will be made known to you in advance. What is more, recommendations for any necessary repair work will be made in the building inspector’s report. With this information, you can ask for the repairs to be done before any transaction can take place. Therefore, having a professional inspect the house you intend to buy will relieve you of any unpleasant surprises that may be in store. Buying a home is one of the biggest financial investments that you might have to make during your lifetime. Therefore, before making a financial commitment to purchase a home, it is important that you fully understand what exactly you are putting your money in, and that is why you need the assistance of a building...

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A Few Tips for Improving Fire Safety in the Workplace

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Even if you work in a small office, never assume that you don’t need to worry about fire safety. A fire can break out from one careless smoker who doesn’t extinguish their cigarette properly or from an overloaded socket in any kitchen. You can increase fire safety in your workplace if you note a few simple tips for improving awareness with your staff and ensure you have more than just one small fire extinguisher in the kitchen as firefighting equipment. 1. Make a six-month inspection plan It’s usually good to inspect certain areas of your office for fire safety, and you can do this every six months or so. Most email or other such systems on your computer allow you to create a recurring reminder with a task list, so use that feature to remind you about this inspection. This check should include changing the batteries of your smoke alarms, having fire extinguishers checked for their pressure reading and testing the fire alarms. Note too that frayed, worn or bare electrical cords can become a fire hazard as they may create a spark that starts an electrical fire. Check the cords of every electrical device in your office, including extension cords, during your six-month inspection. 2. Remove dust Dust in an office is very dry and can actually be combustible, especially when around a heat source. Removing dust is a good way to protect your office from a potential fire; have your office vents and ductwork cleaned every year or more often if your office tends to get very dry and dusty. Check behind machines like copiers, scanners and computers and have that area dusted regularly in your standard weekly office cleaning. Ensure that those machines are clean and dust-free. 3. Check your safety equipment As was previously mentioned, have more than just one fire extinguisher you keep in the kitchen; if a fire breaks out in an office on the other side of the building, that extinguisher won’t be very handy to use. Small extinguishers can even be kept in desk drawers so they’re out of the way. Invest in a fire smothering blanket; this can protect workers who may need to run past a fire to get to an exit, or it can help smother a fire if an extinguisher isn’t powerful enough. Provide covered ashtrays if you allow smoking on your grounds so that cigarette butts are fully contained and...

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Three tips for selling a plot of land

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It’s surprisingly common for people to purchase an undeveloped plot with the intention of building a property, only to find themselves selling it a short while later. There are a hundred and one reasons why this might happen; financial issues, unforeseen construction problems or a change in personal circumstances are just some of the possible motives for this decision. Whatever the reason for the sale, there are things you can do to make the process go as smoothly as possible; here are a few tips to help you to achieve this.   Set the right price One of the most difficult aspects of this procedure is setting the price of the land. Whilst it might be tempting to try to sell it for more than what you paid for it, this isn’t necessarily the wisest option, particularly if you want a relatively quick sale; you might end up waiting years for a buyer if the site is not really worth the amount you are asking for. There are several factors which need to be taken into account when making this decision, including what facilities are already available on site, what condition they are in as well as how much other plots in the local area have sold for during the past few months. If you’re struggling with this, you might want to enlist the help of an estate agent, who can carry out a thorough appraisal of the site and help you to set a fair price. Consider sub-dividing If current market conditions are favourable and you own quite a large chunk of land, you may want to consider sub-dividing the site into smaller plots and selling each of these off individually. There are many benefits to this approach; sales of land sub-divisions tend to yield greater profits than land sold as a whole. Additionally, these smaller plots have greater marketability as they are more affordable than one single large plot, and you have the option of saving one of the land sub-divisions for yourself, should you wish build in that area at a later stage. Expand your buyer base Those who are re-selling a site on which they themselves had intended to build a private property sometimes make the mistake of only looking for buyers with similar aims. However, it’s a good idea to check if any commercial developers in the local area would consider buying from you; if the land is relatively close to a town or city and large enough in size, they might be interested in building a commercial property on it. However, before approaching this type of buyer, make sure that you are armed with all of the information you might need to answer their questions about planning permission, existing facilities (such as water mains and gas pipes), as well as any restrictions imposed by the local...

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Some Commonly Asked Questions About Ductless or Split Air Conditioning Systems

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A split air conditioning system, or ductless system, is not hooked up through the ducts of your home but is vented directly out a wall. This system is generally more powerful than a window air conditioner but easier to install than a central unit, often making it more affordable than installing central air while offering more comfort than a window unit. If you’re thinking of a ductless or split system air conditioner, note a few questions you might have and discuss these with a contractor if needed. 1. Can the system be used for interior spaces with no outside walls? Air conditioners need a place for the vent itself, which is why even portable or window units need to be placed along a windowsill. If you want to place the split system in an office or other such interior space that doesn’t have an outside wall, you may be able to route the vent to a large area attached, such as a commercial garage or warehouse. However, for other interior spaces, you need to route the vent to the split system to an outside area. 2. Can split systems provide heat? A reverse cycle split system can provide heat as well as air conditioning. This unit may have an electric heat strip as well as an evaporator coil that houses refrigerant. In turn, they can run air over either the refrigerant before sending it back into a space or over the heat strip, so that you can have cooled or warmed air in your home with the same unit. Note that they don’t all work this way, so be sure you purchase one that provides heat as well as cooling if this is your preference. 3. Why can’t a homeowner install a split system on their own? A split system may have a fan and other unit that is no bigger than a window air conditioner, but it’s much more complicated to install than a window unit. You need to have the right tubing for drainage and also need to connect it to your home’s wiring, as it doesn’t simply plug into the wall. The unit also needs to be charged with right amount of refrigerant, as too much can overload the unit and too little can mean no cool air. Because the installation is more complicated than you may realize, it’s best if you leave this to a...

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Light It Up: Exploring Road Markings for Dark and Desolate Roads

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In remote stretches of the outback, the darkness of night acts like a cloak covering everything around it. These dark areas are nothing like the light-polluted roads of most cities, and as a result, it can be challenging to figure out how to mark these roads in a way that’s visible for night time drivers. If you’re in charge of line marking for the roads in your remote area, here are ideas to consider for the long, dark nights: 1. Try cat’s eyes or other reflective markings. Cat’s eyes are small studs that you place into the road along the center markings. They reflect the light from an approaching car’s headlights, and they make it easy to see the road markings even in dark or rainy conditions. 2. Use a bit of sunlight. In lieu of reflecting light from headlamps, consider harnessing a bit of Australia’s amazing sunshine. There are solar powered road markings that are perfect for most sunny and remote areas. Like cat’s eye’s, these are 3D studs that are planted into the road. During the day, these lights charge in the sunlight, and at night, they glow. They are similar to solar powered landscaping lights but much smaller. 3. Consider motion-activated street lamps. Most rural roads are dark because it simply doesn’t make sense to burn street lamps on these lonely and desolate roads. However, there are ways to benefit from street lamps without wasting a lot of energy — simply install motion-activated street lamps. When a car drives by, these turn on and help to illuminate the road markings. When the car has passed, they can turn off and save power. To make these lamps the most effective, use them with road markings painted in light colours. White or yellow show up the best under most lights. 4. Watch for new developments in the world of road markings. Finding ways to light up dark roads is a constant challenge in the world of road markings, and innovators are always coming up with new ways to light up roads. For example, one team of Dutch designers created a special paint designed to absorb UV light during the day and glow at night. Unfortunately, it’s not available to the public yet, but if you are interested in finding the best and safest solution for your roads, it’s important to keep up with new developments in the arena of glowing road...

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Tips on Proper Use of Skip Bins

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Skip bins are very useful tools when it comes to management of waste. Since the waste kept inside these bins must be properly handled, it is important to be aware of some of the ways that can help you ensure that all your waste is removed in a safe and efficient manner. Here are a couple of essential things every residential or commercial property owner should know about before hiring skip bins. Placement Whenever possible, skip bins should always be placed on the property of the hirer. If they must be placed on the road, then a local council permit must be acquired. In this case, the local council will stipulate how the skip bin should be placed on the road. For example, the council may require that skip bins should not obstruct access to emergency services, e.g. fire hydrants. Also, they may instruct that the waste kept inside the skip bin must not cause bad smells, e.g. as is the case with some organic waste, which often becomes rotten. Overfilling Skip bins come in different sizes, so that you can always find a unit (or units) that will be appropriate for carrying all your waste. Skip bin users who underestimate the volume of waste generated end up filling the available bins more than is required. The same applies to price-savvy bin users who want to take advantage of any possible loophole to save a few dollars. Skip bins filled above top level will make it impossible to close lids on top of the bins, allowing waste items to clutter all over the same area you want to clear of waste. Overfilled skip bins can also cause waste to be blown away as it is being transported, creating road safety hazards. Make sure your skip bins are not filled above top level to avoid these problems. Markings Transportation of waste with skip bins is often considered as dangerous transportation because the loaded bins pose road safety risks that must be mitigated. When the skip bins are being transported, reflective marking tape must be placed on each of the top corners of opposite ends of the skip bin facing oncoming traffic. Besides ensuring the skip bins have sufficient reflective markings, illumination may be needed during the nighttime. Having flashing yellow lights fitted on the top corners of the skip bin can help improve visibility for approaching drivers when it is dark outside. For more information, contact companies like Advance Waste...

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Some Fire Safety Equipment You Might Want Around an Office Complex

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Your office may seem like the last place you would expect a fire to break out, but office fires are not unheard of; this can be especially true in wintertime when workers use space heaters or aren’t minding how papers or drapes are coming into contact with a radiator. To protect your staff in case a fire does break out, note some fire safety equipment you might want to have around the office. 1. Tape and markings When the fire alarm sounds, your building may automatically shut down the power in order to prevent an electrical fire from starting, or the fire may damage circuits so that the lights go out. In either case, you should have emergency exit signs clearly illuminated, but tape and markings can also help your staff find their way out. Glow-in-the-dark markings in the shape of footprints can be put on a cement floor in a kitchen or other such space in order to show the way to a nearby exit, or you might use tape in the form of arrows on the walls to point the way. This will help any office worker find their way out even if they cannot clearly see the emergency exit signs or become a bit disoriented in the dark. 2. Fire extinguisher alarms A fire extinguisher alarm is connected to a fire extinguisher and it will sound whenever someone removes the extinguisher from the wall. This can act as an added safety feature if someone were to notice any type of fire before your smoke detectors sound, and if they reached for the extinguisher before they reached for a manual fire alarm. This can also alert you to anyone using the fire extinguisher so that you can know to ensure it’s properly refilled or pressurized after that use. 3. Emergency alarms or air horns If you ever have staff that work outside of the building such as those in a warehouse area who might be loading or unloading deliveries, they may not hear the alarms that sound inside the office when a fire starts. A handheld emergency alarm or air horn can help you to alert them as the staff exits the building, since you can take the air horn with you to any area and sound it as needed. This will ensure no one goes back into the building because of not having heard the alarm, and may also alert your staff as to your location so they know where to meet outside the...

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