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Precast Concrete- Why You Should Use It

Posted by Mark Brown on Aug 18, 2014

Precast concrete is concrete cast at a different place from where it is actually used. This is mostly done in a factory through a method called wet-casting. Precast concrete can be custom-made to suit your exact taste. The following are reasons why...

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Challenges and Solutions for Bitumen Tank Cleaning

Posted by Mark Brown on Aug 12, 2014

A common problem with cleaning bitumen tanks is removing the coke build-up. Since bitumen is stored at varying temperatures, coke can accumulate on the heating coils and on the top. Over the years, the tank can develop a thick crusty carbonised...

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Choosing Eco-Friendly Building Materials for Your New Home

Posted by Mark Brown on Aug 11, 2014

One of the main advantages of having a custom home built by a home building company is the fact that you can create the home of your choice. You can choose not only the home’s exterior style and number of bedrooms, bathrooms and other rooms...

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It All Fits

Posted by Mark Brown on Jul 18, 2014

When you are walking through a hardware store, you might notice all of the plumbing fittings. You might not know what these fittings are called or what they are used for in the home. The basic purpose for fittings Canning Vale sells at Hose Mania...

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A Brief Introduction to Core Drilling in Melbourne

Posted by Mark Brown on Jul 18, 2014

While driving in and around Melbourne, have you ever witnessed a road construction crew using a large cylindrical device to cut a deep hole into the asphalt and concrete? This process of drilling a circular hole into the pavement is called core...

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What to Do With Damaged or Excess Inventory?

Posted by Mark Brown on Jul 17, 2014

In an ideal world, the materials you manufacture sell at a good clip. Not so fast that popular items are back ordered, and not so slow that stock sits on the shelves. When you do find yourself with excess inventory, or when a batch is made...

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Recent Posts

  • Precast Concrete- Why You Should Use It

    August 18th, 2014

    Precast concrete is concrete cast at a different place from where it is actually used. This is mostly done in a factory through a method called wet-casting. Precast concrete can [...]

  • Challenges and Solutions for Bitumen Tan...

    August 12th, 2014

    A common problem with cleaning bitumen tanks is removing the coke build-up. Since bitumen is stored at varying temperatures, coke can accumulate on the heating coils and on the top. [...]

  • Choosing Eco-Friendly Building Materials...

    August 11th, 2014

    One of the main advantages of having a custom home built by a home building company is the fact that you can create the home of your choice. You can [...]

  • It All Fits

    July 18th, 2014

    When you are walking through a hardware store, you might notice all of the plumbing fittings. You might not know what these fittings are called or what they are used [...]

  • A Brief Introduction to Core Drilling in...

    July 18th, 2014

    While driving in and around Melbourne, have you ever witnessed a road construction crew using a large cylindrical device to cut a deep hole into the asphalt and concrete? This process [...]

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Precast concrete is concrete cast at a different place from where it is actually used. This is mostly done in a factory through a method called wet-casting. Precast concrete can be custom-made to suit your exact taste. The following are reasons why you should consider using precast concrete for your business premise.  

Energy Efficiency

Precast concrete has a natural thermal mass characteristic which makes it energy efficient. It is thus able to reduce cooling and heating loads, thus requiring less expensive mechanical units. This concrete has an insulation layer between the internal and external skins. With this insulation layer, the need to insulate the interior walls of your building will be eliminated. Commercial buildings need enhanced energy performance which is why concrete with thermal mass characteristics is needed.

Resistance to Elements

Structures made of precast concrete offer more resistance to fires, insects, mold and natural disasters. For fires, both the inner and outer surfaces of the concrete have zero flammability characteristics; after all, concrete does not burn. To keep pests away, precast concrete is made using stainless steel mesh woven within the concrete. The mesh is put across insulation layer within the precast concrete making it impossible for vermin to go through.  Pests, especially termites, can be very destructive and precast concrete is one material that keeps them from destroying property.

Eco-Friendliness

Precast concrete is naturally resistant to mold, thereby reducing health risks from off gassing and Volatile Organic Compounds. In addition, structures made of precast concrete can be recycled, thereby reducing their impact on the environment. Careful design of precast structures makes it easy to renovate them internally without destroying the outer layers; this helps to reduce landfill and waste. Careful design also makes dis-assembly easy to facilitate recycling and reuse. Precast concrete can also be crashed easily to make new concrete or road bases. With these eco-friendly benefits, precast concrete meets the rising demand for sustainable construction and design.

Durability and Maintenance

Concrete lasts for ages. It is used to build structures which have to be preserved for many years. The effective design of precast concrete helps it withstand harsh weather conditions and other natural disasters like floods.  For maintenance, precast concrete does not need to be painted on the outside to offer protection to its elements. If you choose to paint it, repainting will not be needed for many years. The interiors of precast structures can just be washed to retain their beauty.For more information, contact a company like Specialty Precast Pty Ltd.

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A common problem with cleaning bitumen tanks is removing the coke build-up. Since bitumen is stored at varying temperatures, coke can accumulate on the heating coils and on the top. Over the years, the tank can develop a thick crusty carbonised later that is pretty deep. Typically, the tanks level sensors indicate incorrect reading. This is usually the first red flag that there is a problem. In the past, cleaning operators entered the tank and used pneumatic chisels to cut away the coke. It was a highly dangerous procedure, since the coke could be dislodged by drill vibration and cause a dangerous situation for the cleaning operator. With today’s innovations in bitumen tank cleaning, the procedures for tank cleaning are both safe and effective.

The Latest Innovations for Bitumen Tank Cleaning in NSW

Today, bitumen tank cleaning services in NSW use a high-pressured jet cleaning method. Ultra-high pressure water blasting units up to 20,000 psi are used to de-coke bitumen tanks and pipework. This innovative method has proven to be both effective and safe for large and small bitumen tanks.

Some bitumen tank cleaning services use an emulsifying heavy duty solvent cleaners to remove bitumen built-up. These solvent cleaners are a mix of cationic detergents, non-ionic detergents and chlorinated hydrocarbons. There are many advantages to using this type of cleaner. It’s an economic cleaner and leaves no carbon residue on the cleaned surfaces. Product contamination easily sinks to the bottom because it’s heavier than water. It’s also IMO-approved.

Soda blasting is another fast and safe method for cleaning bitumen from tanks. It’s non-toxic and highly effective.

The Need for Bitumen Cleaning

There are different situations when the need for bitumen tank cleaning may arise. Converting a tank from carrying bitumen to gas oil requires a tank cleaning. It’s a complex process with two effective methods. The bitumen can be chilled to -5 degrees and then chipped out, or it can be heated to 140 degrees to liquefy and then removed with specialised vacuums. Once the tank is cleaned, the internal coils must be pressure tested.

Tank build-up is another major problem that requires a cleaning. Not only do the sensors become unstable, the tank itself becomes dangerous. Often, a remote cleaning unit is used for safety. High pressure jets are used, and workers can manually clean the gunk at the bottom.

Bitumen tanks are available in a wide array of configurations, including vertical, horizontal, stationary and mobile. Many of them have wall doors to ensure easy access for cleaning and maintenance.

For more information, contact Wottablast Services today!

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One of the main advantages of having a custom home built by a home building company is the fact that you can create the home of your choice. You can choose not only the home’s exterior style and number of bedrooms, bathrooms and other rooms but also the building materials used. This gives you the opportunity to pick eco-friendly materials that are both good looking and high quality. Following are some recommended materials for your consideration.

Precast Concrete

Precast concrete has a lot going for it. It is durable, versatile, comfortable and affordable. It is also very environmentally friendly, as it is made from plentiful natural materials such as stones, gravels, sand and cement. Additionally, precast concrete in Melbourne is fully recyclable, no matter how it is used. You can use this concrete for the foundation, flooring, interior and exterior walls, etc.

Composite Wood

Composite wood looks just like genuine hardwood; however, it is made using reclaimed sawdust and recycled plastic. Using this form of wood helps to preserve the forests and reduces the carbon footprint inevitably left by wood manufacturing companies.

Composite hardwood is ideal for use outside the home. It can be used for a patio or deck as it is resistant to mold and common forms of water-related damage. It is also a good option for kitchen cupboards and shelves.

Recycled Glass

Recycled glass is made by mixing broken pieces of glass with epoxy resin. The result is a lovely yet durable material that is ideal for kitchen counter tops and floors. There are numerous design and col or options to pick from, making it easy to decorate the home as you see fit without breaking your budget.

Recycled Steel

If your home builder uses steel reinforcement bars in the concrete, ask him or her about the possibility of using recycled steel. It is not only durable but also greatly reduces energy consumption. Recycled steel is also great for those who want a sleek, modern looking kitchen. It can be used for counter tops and cabinets and is not only resistant to water damage but also very easy to clean.

Eco-Friendly Paint

While most forms of paint are made using harmful chemicals, there are eco-friendly paints made from natural materials that do not harm the environment. These paints can be used both inside and outside the home and often do not cost more than regular paint.

While building an environmentally friendly home may take a bit of extra time and research, it is well worth it. You will not only gain satisfaction from helping sustain the planet but also benefit from the many advantages that eco-friendly materials have to offer.

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When you are walking through a hardware store, you might notice all of the plumbing fittings. You might not know what these fittings are called or what they are used for in the home. The basic purpose for fittings Canning Vale sells at Hose Mania is connecting pieces of tubing or pipes together. They can also be used to connect different shapes and sizes together.

Elbow Fittings

This is one of the common types of joints that you will find. They are often used to change the direction in which the water flows through the pipe. Water can flow in either a 45 or 90 degree angle as it drains. Elbow fittings can increase the speed of which the water flows through the pipes before it reaches the septic area. Larger elbows are used under bathtubs. Installation of the fittings is done in various ways. They are often socketed but can be welded or threaded. One of the common uses for elbow fittings is the piece that extends from the shower wall to that of the shower head.

Tee Fittings

As the name implies, this joint is in the shape of a T. It is normally used to combine water flow or to separate the flow of water. The ends of the joint are roughly the same size. This makes it easier to use the joints with other types of fittings. There are some tee fittings that have inlets and outlets of various sizes, but they aren’t commonly used in plumbing. The joints can be used on computer connections.

Coupling Fitting

A basic fitting that is easy to use is the coupling. They are also called unions. The basic function of these is to connect two pipes together. They are often short in size because they don’t have a large function on the pipe. However, you need to make sure the coupling fits securely so that the pipes stay together. Couplings are more permanent than unions as couplings are usually welded into place. If you plan on installing new plumbing in the home, unions would be your best option.

All the Rest

There are other fittings that are not used as often but that are important to keeping pipes together. A cap goes over the end of a pipe so that no water escapes. A plug will do the same thing, but it’s inserted into the end of the pipe. Compression fittings are those usually seen in bathrooms as pressure is used to keep the fitting tight.

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While driving in and around Melbourne, have you ever witnessed a road construction crew using a large cylindrical device to cut a deep hole into the asphalt and concrete?

This process of drilling a circular hole into the pavement is called core drilling. Core drilling allows for the installation, inspection and maintenance of underground utility lines as well as the creation of manholes. Sometimes a plug of roadbed material is also extracted and removed during the core drilling process. Core drilling is often used on sidewalks and driveways, too, to allow for the installation and maintenance of lighting systems.

Other Core Drilling in Melbourne

As you travel around Melbourne, you will spot other applications of core drilling aside from road maintenance.

For example, the building and construction trades often use core drilling to install plumbing, electrical and telecommunications lines. The mining industry in Melbourne also uses core drilling to extract rock and soil samples for examination while hunting for valuable oil, ore and minerals.

Using a hard diamond-bit drill, holes are quickly bored into concrete structures or straight into the earth. Holes can be drilled horizontally, vertically or at an angle and hole size and depth varies greatly, from just a few centimetres to a meter or more in width. For example, core drilling was used in a recent Melbourne area dam project to insert dozens of horizontal drainage holes into the main concrete dam structure; each hole was about two meters wide.

Residential Core Drilling Options

Core drilling is not just used commercially and in government sponsored projects; it is also a handy service for private homeowners. If you are not on a municipal water system, for example, you might require a core drilling specialist to dig a new well for you. Or, alternatively, if you want to erect a sturdy fence around your property, you might need a core drilling service to dig your post holes for you to ensure they are at the proper depth. Sometimes core drilling is also used during the installation of clothes lines, swing sets and other vertical structures.

How to Find Core Drilling Services in Melbourne

If you need a core drilling service for your commercial or residential project, contact concrete cutting and drilling companies for price quotes. These are specialised contractors who possess industrial-grade equipment for cutting and drilling, equipment that general construction companies will not have. Be prepared to discuss the specifications of your project including the type of surface to be drilled and the desired size and depth of the bore hole or holes.

Contact A Access Piling & Rock Drilling to learn more today.

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In an ideal world, the materials you manufacture sell at a good clip. Not so fast that popular items are back ordered, and not so slow that stock sits on the shelves. When you do find yourself with excess inventory, or when a batch is made incorrectly or damaged, there are ways to earn revenue from the items anyway.

Next time you find yourself with excess materials on your hand, consider these strategies.

What to do with excess inventory

If you have too much of something, you can either hold onto it and sell it at the asking price (albeit slowly) or accept less money per item to move it.

If you are short on storage space, selling it at a reduced price is often the better option. Hold an overstock sale to move the inventory.

You may also partner with a local charity and donate the materials. Habitat for Humanity accepts all manner of building supplies. A Brisbane organisations sends building materials to a Yangon orphanage every year. By donating, you can receive a tax deduction and solve your inventory problem.

If you just want to get rid of the inventory quickly, consider giving it away via Free-cycle or taking it to a building materials reuse store. You may not receive a tax deductible receipt for these actions, but you will make space for new inventory.

What to do with damaged inventory

Since damaged inventory cannot be used as is, there are fewer options for earning money from it.

If you can melt down the item and remake it, you can solve your inventory problems and sell the item at full cost. If you can disassemble the item and reuse parts of it that are not damaged, you’ll recover some of the cost. However, these strategies are time intensive and not always realistic.

If the items are lightly damaged but still usable, consider offering them to longtime customers at a discount. Advertise the materials in your newsletter or via direct email. Fully disclose the item condition to avoid problems down the road.

A scrap metal merchant in Sefton will buy up scrap pieces of metal, even if the item itself is damaged. Prices vary by ingredient, with copper and brass fetching high prices and aluminium fetching the lowest price.

Hopefully, some of these strategies will prove useful for turning excess or damaged inventory into profits. If you find overstock a common situation, consider using an inventory system to better manage work-flow and production.

For more information, visit a scrap metal merchant in Sefton.

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A new deck can bring life to your outdoor space and give you the area you need for enjoying starry evenings outdoors or having a spring picnic. Decks can be made from a variety of materials, and you will need to decide, which material will meet your needs and budget before you can begin building. There are many materials available, but you will want the best available with the least amount of financial commitment. However, longevity and upkeep are things you should keep in mind not just price. Timber decking in Newcastle might be your best choice to meet your needs. Your new timber deck will be superior in many areas.

Appearance
A beautiful timber deck is always trendy and offers a beautiful natural option for your yard and home. While timber decks cannot be painted, they can be stained in various natural wood tones to complement your outdoor area and furnishings. You can carve various decorations and flourishes into the wooden timbers. With other kinds of decks, you could paint them red only to have the house need repainting in a few months and the deck colour clash with the new exterior hue. Your timber decks will not fade over time and keep their beautiful natural finish for many years to come.

Longevity
Your timber decking will last you for years to come. Timber will not rot or deteriorate unlike some other wooden materials. Timber can hold a lot of weight without bending or undermining the structural integrity of the deck. The timber needed to build your deck comes in an assortment of lengths and thicknesses allowing you a lot of latitude in design without decreasing the strength or causing areas of concern later on due to stress. Your timber deck will last for many years with very little maintenance. You might need to replace some rusty nails along the way, but overall the structure will remain sound.

Landscaping Benefits
Unlike other materials, a timber deck will blend in better with the natural design of your landscape. The colour of the stain can be coordinated with the types of trees planted in your yard. You can also slope your new timber decking to offset the natural slopes of your yard. This will make your yard appear more balanced and even than a deck that does not offer this flexible option. You will be able to expand it to more lengths than other materials because the timber beams can be purchased in longer lengths. Your new timber decking will look like a natural extension of your landscaping and home.
To get started on your deck today, visit us at Marshall’s Timbers Pty Ltd and we will start the plans and landscaping for your deck right away.

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For many people, the home that they are currently living in is not the one that they are going to stay in forever. If you have reached the point where you have outgrown your home, it is time for you to think about how you can get it into selling shape. There are many things that buyers look for when they are hoping to sell their home, but at the end of the day, there are just a few things for you to keep in mind.

Maintenance
Look at the outdoor maintenance if your home. Remember that even if your home is an amazing value, first impressions matter. For example, if you are someone who is inclined to let your lawn get shaggy or to allow leaves to drift into your pond, make it a priority to get those things taken care of. The best way to keep your property in good shape for viewing is to consider a maintenance routine that keeps everything spotless. This can be a little tough to work into your routine, but it is essential!

Check Your Furnace, Your Power and Your Plumbing
Before you put your home up on the auction block, do everyone a favour and get a good look at the systems that help your home run smoothly. Check your plumbing, your power and your furnace, and you will be able to figure out if anything needs to get replaced or repaired. If you have the repairs handled before the new buyer even walks in, you are going to discover that you are in a much better bargaining situation than you would be otherwise.

Check Your Windows
Your windows are a prime feature of your home, and the problem is that they are the things that are too likely to get overlooked. If you look at your windows year in and year out, you may be in a place where you cannot really ‘see’ them anymore. Pull back the drapes and take a good long hard look at them. If you need window repairs Gold Coast services can step in nearly immediately. Even a single crack or a loose shutter can make your position a little weaker, so inspect carefully.

Set to Neutral
The problem with a lot of home buyers is that they do not have a lot of imagination. They cannot see your home as a blank slate. To help them visualise your home, be willing to get things to a neutral place. Pull down distinctive art, and paint your walls white or beige. This can help a lot!

For further information, call on Murphy Glass & Mirror.

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Concrete pavers look great and are easy to install, but over time some issues may arise such as pavers sloping or falling off at the edges. Luckily, most common issues with concrete pavers can be fixed yourself. Here are some quick fixes for the three most common concrete paver issues.

1. Uneven Concrete Pavers

Why this is a problem: If your pavers all seem to be at different heights and levels, then you’ve got a problem with the base. This problem occurs most often with a soil, sand or clay base, as water can get in between the gaps and cause the ground to shift and expand. This leads to a walkway that looks more like a cobblestone path rather than a smooth, even pavement. When pavers are uneven they can become cracked and broken. The longer they are left the worse they will get.

How to fix it: Broken or cracked pavements need to be pulled up and replaced. If the entire path or walkway is affected, then you will likely need to pull up all the pavers and re-do the base. If a wet base, such as sand or soil is the issue, you can use a sealing product to keep the pavers in position.

2. The edge row of pavers is sloping and falling off

Why this is a problem: If it looks like the edge row of pavers are on a considerable slope, you probably don’t have an edge restraint installed. The final row of pavers will break away from the rest and slope into the ground at a sharp angle: not only does this look untidy, this can cause injury if someone trips on the uneven edge.

How to fix it: You will need to pull the row of pavers up before fixing the base problem. Because the angle of the pavers will have caused your base sand or gravel to push down into the ground you will need to add more sand to even the base. Then you can install a firm edge restraint, such as a spiked restraint which is installed into the earth, to give your concrete panels the right support.

3. Pavers are collecting water 

Why this is a problem: If water puddles are collecting on a paved walkway, some of the concrete pavers must have settled lower than the others. Water can cause moss and fungus to grow so it is best to take care of this issue.

How to fix it: To fix sunken pavers, you need to pull up the pavers in and around the area where water puddles appear. Then, to even out the base, just add more material (sand, gravel or concrete to match the original base), then put the pavers back in position. If the affected pavers have become moldy they should be replaced and thrown out to prevent mold spreading to other pavers.

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If you have ever been the victim of a home invasion or had prowlers on your property, it can change your life forever. Suddenly, your home, the place you always felt the safest, is a scary place. If you have children, this can be especially traumatic for them. They may not be able to sleep at night or could have trouble being in rooms by themselves in the house. To restore your family’s feeling of safety at home following an invasion like this, it is necessary to take measures to discourage potential burglars from attacking your home again.
Install Automatic Gates
The best place to establish defences for your home is at the point of entrance. Fencing your property and adding automatic gates is a great way to prevent unwanted people from entering your property. Before you install automatic gates Brisbane, you should do your research to make sure the gate you purchase will do what you need to protect your property. You do not want a gate that simply opens when someone approaches your property. Instead, you want the gate to have the option to open only when you enter a code. You could also add a camera with a speaker to allow the visitor to talk to you.
Another great feature of an automatic gate is adding a notification device when someone approaches the gate. The device will ding when someone comes to the gate to let you know that someone is there so you are never surprised.
Install an Alarm System
Adding an alarm system will provide a simple way for your family to get help if an invasion occurs. Many alarm systems come with panic buttons that allow you to speak directly with law enforcement if the unthinkable happens. Also, a louder alarm will hopefully scare intruders away when it is activated.
You should also consider a camera system in your alarm configuration, and you should make some of your cameras visible so that intruders know that they could be recorded all over the house. If they can see one camera, they will wonder where other cameras are installed that they cannot see.
Gain More Control of Your Home
There are programs that you can buy that allow you to control certain aspects of your home when you are not there. For example, you can pull up your home system on your tablet or smart phone and turn on your lights in the home before you enter. If you leave the house and forget to lock your doors, you can log into your system and lock your doors remotely. This system means you will never have to enter a dark home or fear leaving your home and forgetting to lock your doors.

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