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Do You Have A Crack Diary? First Two Steps When You Notice Cracks In Your Home

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do You Have A Crack Diary? First Two Steps When You Notice Cracks In Your Home

It’s pretty unnerving when you notice cracks in the exterior of your home. They generally don’t happen overnight, but it feels that way when all of a sudden you notice one is there. While panicking is one of the first things you may want to do, it is the least helpful. Instead, follow these two steps as the more productive way to deal with cracks in your home. Start a Crack Diary Unless the crack has appeared as a result of an earthquake or other force of nature, it is unlikely that your home is unsafe at this stage. Grab your notebook and a tape measure and head outside to check every part of the exterior of your home. In your notebook, make a record of: where the crack is located how long the crack is how wide the crack is Do another inspection in two weeks to see if there are any changes. In particular, watch for the addition of new cracks and any changes in the length and width of existing cracks. You can also make a photographic diary of crack changes if you have a good camera. Get an Inspection from a Structural Engineer If cracks continue to appear, you need a structural engineer to come and inspect the house. The engineer can do a full inspection of the home and determine why new cracks are appearing. They will ask to see your crack diary, so make sure it is up to date and ready. Additionally, show them the photos you took if you have some. The structural engineer needs to look at both the inside and outside of your home, so pick a time you can be there to answer any questions they have. Cracks in your home can be caused by a number of different things. When the soil subsides beneath your home, for example, cracks can appear because your home has moved. The completed structural engineering report will give a better indication of what caused the problem. Once you know what caused the problem, then you can take steps to repair it. If the cracks were caused by soil movement, you need to have a contractor stabilise the area beneath your home before the cracks can be repaired. Repairing house cracks without finding and repairing the source means you will have more cracks to repair in the future. Reduce the chance of further cracks by taking the two steps listed above. Don’t ignore house cracks in the hope there will be no more. The sooner you tackle the problem head on, the better the odds you can eliminate the source of the...

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Creative Tips and Ideas for Using Natural Stone in Landscaping

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Creative Tips and Ideas for Using Natural Stone in Landscaping

Natural stone has, over the years, gained popularity as a landscaping material used in defining and adding value and appeal to outdoor spaces. Not only can it be used to create landscaping features, but it can also be used to beautify existing features as well. With a little creativity, you can come up with numerous ideas for stone landscaping in your home. Read on for some ideas and tips on how to use natural stone landscaping in your outdoor space. Improving landscape features Natural stone can be used to make physical changes to your outdoor space. Think about the landscaping features you have, or wish to set up, and ways in which natural stone can be incorporated into the design. For instance, if you have a flower garden, you can use stones to edge or trail it and create a beautiful outline. Also, you can install it on the sides of walkways and paths along your backyard or garden to create a trail-like feature. A stone wall around your garden can also create a beautiful landscape feature. Building standalone features Aside from improving the existing features, natural stone can be used as a standalone feature in itself. For example, large feature stones can be used as a permanent base for your garden. You can have a statement feature carved out of natural stone for your garden or backyard. This can create a beautiful, lasting landscaping feature for your home. Also, it can create an appealing contrast to the existing features while blending in with the natural surroundings. Creating a natural lighting The various types of natural stones can give different natural lighting results for your landscaping. There are particular stones, such as limestone and river stones, that can be used to reflect light or add a natural glow to your space during the day. Large stones usually reflect light while small stones heaped together can give any feature a warm glow. Explore with the various types and sizes until you find the ones that suit your preference. Improving drainage Drainage problems during the rainy season can cause flooding in your garden and other areas in your outdoors. You can fix this by installing small stones and pebbles on problem run off areas as they can help in facilitating the smooth flow of the water. Also, they can be used on areas such as around outdoor stairs and pavers. You can use a combination of small- and medium-sized stones to create a beautiful and functional feature that will beautify your home all year round while solving your drainage problems. These are among the many ways in which you can sue natural stone in your homes landscaping. Make sure you talk with a stone mason to guide you in the process of choosing and installing natural stone around your...

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How to Deal With a Leaking Shower

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Deal With a Leaking Shower

A shower leak can cause not only concern over the leak itself, but also concerns over larger issues such as flooring or wall replacement. For many people, this means contacting a plumber as soon as the leak starts. Instead of jumping to that phone call, there are some steps you can take first. Some of these steps may lead you to contacting your plumber for repairs, while others may lead to contacting a contractor for repairs that are further reaching. Condensation Leak If the leak is not too bad, and you can’t find an issue with the faucets or visible pipes, then it may be a condensation leak from the waterproofing membrane. If something has happened to the membrane, such as a small rip or tear, then the change in temperature could cause condensation which in turn could cause a leak. This leak can be an indicator of repairs beyond what your plumber can do. If you can’t find the leak in any other place, consider calling a plumber to have them check the seals and the membrane for issues, and after that call a contractor if needed. Worn Drain Seals Sometimes it’s not a dripping faucet or pipe that means needing leak repairs; sometimes it may be worn drain seals. These seals, especially those located around where the shower floor and drain connect, can become worn over time. If they wear out they will not be able to hold the water properly and will lead to small leaks. If the leaks are allowed to continue for a longer amount of time, then they can also lead to damage of the shower floor, such as sinking or rusting if the floor is metal. Check these areas for leaks by drying the area and checking for damage to the seals or rust and sinking in the shower floor. Unsecure Pipes In some cases, your shower floor may be sinking for various reasons, including flooring issues or even house foundation issues. These issues can lead to pipes becoming unsecured by either coming unfastened from brackets or off centre. When weight is added to the area, the pipes can loosen even more or even separate at joints, causing leaks. If this is the case, your plumber can step in and strengthen the pipes to secure them better; however, you will also need to consider having flooring or even home restumping repairs completed as well. These are just a few of the considerations you need to make before going ahead with leaking shower repairs. Make sure you consider not only the location of the leak, but the full range of what those repairs mean and what other repairs may need to occur. A plumber and a contractor can help you with these considerations and arrive at the best repair solutions for...

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How to Prevent the Stainless Steel Tubes in Your Factory From Rusting

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Prevent the Stainless Steel Tubes in Your Factory From Rusting

If you use stainless steel tubes to encase wiring in your factory, you may want to take steps to ensure that the steel doesn’t rust. Although stainless steel is designed to resist rust and stains, hence the adjective “stainless”, it may develop rust in certain conditions. Here are some tips to keep in mind:  1. Keep oxygen levels high in your facility. To prevent rusting, stainless steel employs an oxidation process. This process involves taking oxygen from the air and turning it into layer of chromium oxide around the metal. This layer is not visible, but it protects the steel from rust and stains. It even reacts to scratches and practically heals the stainless steel tube from this type of damage. However, if there are limited amounts of oxygen in your facility, this process will be impeded. To prevent that (and to keep your staff breathing healthily) make sure that you monitor the oxygen levels in your facility. This is especially important if you are working with lots of different gasses. If oxygen levels are low, work with a professional to lower levels of unwanted gasses and increase levels of oxygen. 2. Ensure you have proper ventilation in your facility. Unfortunately, if there isn’t a lot of air circulation in your facility, oxygen cannot move around freely to help with the process described above. In addition, corrosive gasses may linger in the air and cause unwanted rusting effects. To eliminate these rusting risks, you need to ensure that your facility is properly ventilated. Talk with an HVAC professional to assess your ventilation. 3. Employ cleaning products that fight rust and saline deposits. If your facility has high salinity levels, the salt deposits can build up on the stainless steel tubes, causing them to look worn or rusty. To prevent this, you need a cleaning product that fights saline deposits. Even if you are using the cleaner on tubes located inside the building, you may want to use a product designed for cleaning stainless steel railings on ships. If your environment is not full of salt, you still want a quality cleaner to fight against rust. Some options include Bar Keepers Friend or a simple mixture of vinegar and water. 4. Choose fittings carefully. Stainless steel tubes that are acting as an electrical conduit often use metal fittings to support them, attach them to walls or suspend them from ceilings. Ideally, if you want to avoid rust, your fittings also need to be made of stainless steel. Try to avoid metals that are very prone to rusting as well as metals such as copper and bronze which are likely to corrode rather than...

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Essential Tips for Removing Mould From Carpets

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Essential Tips for Removing Mould From Carpets

If you have signs of mould in your carpet, such as a strong mildew odour, darkened spots, and moist areas, you need to clean it as soon as possible. The sooner you can address a mould problem, the better your chance for saving the carpet. Mould is unhealthy for your family and can cause allergy problems and asthma attacks, so it is important that you have it removed. Here are some tips for removing mould from carpeting. Wear Protection Before you do anything, make sure you are wearing protection. During carpeting restoration, you will be touching the mould hands-on, so you need to have the right amount of protection for your eyes, hands, and mouth. Wear gloves to protect your hands, and wear a mask over your nose and mouth so you don’t inhale any of the mould spores. Also wear goggles to protect your eyes, just in case the mould spores enter the air and into your eyes Dry Out the Carpet If your carpeting is still wet, you need to dry it out before removing the mould and mildew. Water damage is often the source of mould growing on carpet, so you might find that there is still some moisture there. If the carpet can be removed, such as if it is a large piece of carpeting over hardwood floors, remove it and put it outside to dry. Otherwise, you will need to dry it where it is. You can do this by turning on a humidifier or fan and placing it as close to the carpet as possible. Also turn on the overhead lights to try and make it as warm as possible in that room. Use a Steam Cleaner When you catch the mould before it gets too severe, such as shortly after a flood in your home, you should be able to clean it with steam. Steam cleaners can either be purchased or rented, though renting it when needed is often the desirable choice. Make sure the carpeting and padding underneath is completely dry before you attempt to steam clean it. Use the directions that come with the machine, including the recommended detergent for the carpet. Do not use bleach when you are using a steam cleaner. After steam cleaning the carpets, dry them out again. You don’t want any additional moisture or the mold will continue to grow. Apply Anti-Fungal Spray Anti-fungal spray will help to get rid of any remaining mould spores and keep them from growing, not just in the carpet but in other areas of the house. Follow the directions on the spray bottle to apply this treatment. You can also get similar results with anti-mould spray. Make sure you repeat the application process until you are sure all mould and mildew is gone. To ensure the mould has not spread, have your home tested. If you feel you cannot do this yourself, you can also contact carpet restoration service companies that can accomplish this using professional...

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Repairing damage to a couch after it has been cut

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Repairing damage to a couch after it has been cut

As parents it can sometimes seem that the moment you take your eyes off a toddler they seek out something to destroy. Unfortunately, a wily toddler with a sharp knife or pair of sewing scissors can do some serious damage to couch in a few seconds. Here are some tips to get your couch upholstery repaired and looking great again. Basic repairs The basic repair for upholstery cuts is to sew up the tears. This relies on the fabric having a slight looseness, as well as some texture to disguise the seams. If the fabric weave is over loose the fabric will tear when sewn, and if it’s too tight the seams will sit high and ‘proud’ from the surface. The best way to minimise the appearance of the seams, if possible, is to sew from underneath to create less noticeable seams. This is easiest if the cover can be removed, for examples washable couch cushion covers. The underlay technique In many situations the cleanest looking repair is achieved by placing some heavy backing material such as canvas behind the tear and glue the cut pieces on to the backing fabric. This can also be done with heat sealing (using an iron patch below) if you have a fabric that can support heat such as denim. This suits fabric that isn’t overly taut, as the taut fabric brings and underlay patch into relief. Kits to help you try this technique are available from home wares/haberdashery stores and some furniture stores. The overlap technique If you have a somewhat dated couch, and a tear in a central position, you can overlay a patch of contrasting fabric to create a new surface. This can be good way to update a tired couch with a whole new leases of life. Be sure to trim the underlying tears or sew the seams of tears up, as these can continue ripping under weight if left loose. Leather resin patching While leather is relatively hardy, it can still be damaged by a stabbing motion from scissors or a knife. Resin patching kits can be colour matched to your leather and used to ‘glued’ your edges back together. These kits are available from furniture repair stores. If the job of fixing your couch seems to tricky to contemplate as a DIY job, why not get a professional repairer like Action Upholstery Services in to help repair your couch instead? They will get your couch back to it’s previous condition in no time....

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The Dos And Don’ts Of Using Crack Fillers To Repair Bitumen Driveways

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Dos And Don’ts Of Using Crack Fillers To Repair Bitumen Driveways

A properly laid bitumen driveway can be a boon for any home, providing more long-term durability than a gravel driveway with less expense and inconvenience than laying a brick or concrete driveway. However, while a bitumen driveway is tough and will last many years, it is still vulnerable to the elements, as well as everyday wear and tear, and eventually you will notice cracks and pits start to appear. Repairing these cracks yourself with a specialised crack filler can be a cheap and relatively easy way to prolong the life of your driveway – however, crack fillers must be used carefully, and there are some instances in which they should not be used at all. What is driveway crack filler, and how is it used? Driveway crack fillers are usually made primarily from plastic polymers or resins, mixed with waterproofing agents and binders. These fillers are deceptively simple to use – when poured directly into a crack or pit in a driveway, the liquid hardens and bonds to the surrounding asphalt, leaving behind a smooth surface that is much less likely to crack further. Most crack fillers leave behind a black, glossy surface that blends in with the surrounding driveway. To ensure that you achieve a proper, durable bond between the filler and the bitumen, you should make sure to clean out the crack or pit before applying filler, removing any debris and dirt that has collected within. You can do this with a simple garden hose, but people living in dryer areas with sandy soil may wish to use a compressed air gun to blast away small grains of sand and grit. You should also remove any loose chunks of bitumen with a small chisel. Once the area to be filled is cleaned, you can pour the filler solution directly into the crack, stopping when the surface of the liquid is flush with the surrounding driveway. Be aware that some filler may be absorbed into the bitumen or the aggregate beneath your driveway, so two applications may be necessary. Be sure to give the first application at least 24 hours to dry before you add more filler. Once you have achieved satisfactory results, you should leave the filler to dry for at least 48 hours before walking or driving over the filled hole. When is crack filler an unsuitable solution to driveway cracks? While crack fillers are an excellent solution for most cracks, there are some circumstances in which they should not be used: Large cracks or holes – Large areas of filler are less likely to adhere strongly to the driveway, and are more likely to crumble quickly. Some crack fillers are designed to seal larger gaps, but you may wish to have them professionally re-coated instead by a company like B & P Bitumen Repairs. Alligatoring – ‘Alligatoring’ refers to the numerous, intersecting cracks seen on old, heavily damaged bitumen driveways, and are named after their resemblance to the rough scales of an alligator. Once this occurs to a bitumen driveway, it has likely reached the end of its lifespan, and should be replaced – crack filler cannot restore the structural integrity of such a heavily damaged driveway fully, and is likely to peel and crumble very quickly, particularly in hot weather. Unsuitable weather – Crack filler provides the tightest...

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Different Causes of Damp in Your Home

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Different Causes of Damp in Your Home

Damp refers to the moisture that accumulates within the walls of your home. This moisture will gradually infiltrate the porous materials that make up your wall, ranging from bricks to stone. With capillary action, the water can travel upward and in this instance will be referred to as rising damp. When it comes to damp in your home, it is not only the water content that you should be worried about. Salt deposits may also begin to accumulate, and these will be exhibited higher up the walls, especially if your home has wall covers that are not breathable. Non-breathable wall covers include vinyl wallpapers, some plasters and more. Here are some of the causes of damp in your home that you could look into. Leaks This is one of the leading causes of damp in households. If left unchecked, it could lead to other problems such as wet rot, which would require expensive repairs or replacement of the damaged areas. Typically, an isolated leak would present itself with damp occurring in a localised area. However, if there numerous damp patches around the residence, then you may have a bigger problem on your hands. Some of the things you can do to establish the cause of the leak include the following: Inspecting the down pipes of the residence. Search for faulty joints or cracks on the property. Ensure there are no blocked pipes. Blockages can lead to water being backed up, thus resulting into water being released where it should not be. Examine the felt of your roofing if the damp is forming adjacent to your flat roof. Rising damp As aforementioned, this type of damp will typically affect the bottom of your home’s walls. The main cause for this is when the damp proof course of the house has been compromised. This can happen due to increased ground levels of water, which will overwhelm the efficiency of the damp proof course. If you are experiencing rising damp, the first thing to establish is whether a nearby flowerbed or new construction would be the cause. If there is excessive soil near the damp proof course, the moisture in it could bridge the damp proof course. However if there are no recent renovations or landscaping in question, then chances are the damp proof course is simply not working any more. In this instance, you would have to get it replaced by a professional contractor to ensure that the rising damp does not get a chance to infiltrate your entire...

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Repainting your old bath

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Repainting your old bath

If you have a lovely deep bath in your house that is showing the signs of years of wear and love, you’ll know that they get tricky to clean. A stained and scratched bath can make your entire bathroom look shabby and untidy. Repainting your bath is an affordable way to brighten and enhance your bathroom without needing to shell out the big bucks for a new tub. Prepare the bath If you have deep scratches on your bath surface, the first step is to create a smooth surface. Most old baths are ceramic, which can be challenging to sand, so instead, find an appropriate base priming coat that can fill in any scratches. Prepare the entire surface of the bath regardless of whether only one section is damaged, as the mismatch between the newly painted surfaces and the older surface is likely to be obvious once you are done.  Specialist wet area ceramic paints and primers are available from any local hardware store and come in a range of colours from whites and creams to pastels tones to match any bathroom colour scheme. Once you have primed the bath, leave the primer for 24 hours to fully seal and cure before you paint the bath. Prepare some ventilation As the bathroom resurfacing paints tend to have a strong epoxy based odour, it’s important to install some ventilation while painting. If your bathroom fan is not strong enough, you can also hire ventilation fans from many hardware stores. Paint the bath Using careful strokes, paint the entire surface of the bath. Many users find a small roller can help create a smooth surface. Don’t be concerned if the surface initially looks slightly textured, as the paint will smooth as it dries to a typical ‘bath’ finish. The paint will remain tacky for up to 2 days after painting, so ensure that the bath is not used and keep the bathroom door firmly shut. There is nothing worse than making all the effort to get your bath getting looking perfect and having your cat jump in the bath and leave footprints across the tub surface! Bath repainting is a great way to get your bathroom looking bright and shiny. If your bath needs more repairs, or you’re not overly confident with your paint skills, you should contact a professional bath repair contractor from a company like BATHROOM RESURFACING SA to evaluate the best way to get your bath repaired and...

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Design Tips for Your Home: Vinyl Flooring

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Design Tips for Your Home: Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is one of the most inexpensive and elegant solutions of covering the floor of any home. It’s also extremely easy and convenient to clean, which might be an added benefit if you have young children or pets running around all day. Why Would One Choose Vinyl? Vinyl floors can be altered to suit any interior design plans you may have. Because it is available in so many different colours and styles, a vinyl flooring solution will ensure a perfectly complementary environment. A vinyl floor is the way to go if you demand perfection, since you will be able to select from a wide variety of finishes. Some of these finishes include slate, marble, granite, tile, and wood. Vinyl is also extremely popular because it’s a great value for money. Unlike other options such as wooden flooring solutions or stone tiles, vinyl comes at affordable prices that will leave some money in your pocket. If you enjoy indulging in DIY projects, this may be exactly what you need. Vinyl floors give you a chance to conveniently fit your own floors, with a minimal amount of stress. Pieces of vinyl floors are cut to size using regular craft knives, unlike stone tiles, which require professional expertise. Once you have laid the floor, you could use a little amount of adhesive in order to secure the floor. Is Vinyl Right For A Home? Vinyl is extremely versatile, and this means that it can be used in almost any type of home and in any room of the house. The obvious places for vinyl flooring are the bathroom and the kitchen for an easy to clean, water resistant option. Most vinyl styles also resemble stone or wood, styles that can be used for hallways or living rooms in order to offer them a classy design. One thing you need to make sure of is that the foundation of your house is in great condition and that it has no debris or dust that could cause the vinyl not to stick properly or to give it a lumpy finish. If you are unsure of just how your foundation should look, ask for an expert’s advice. How Does One Maintain Their Vinyl Floor? Once you have installed your new floor, make sure to keep it in great condition. You can do that by wiping up stains or spillages as soon as you see them. Tougher stains can almost always be cleaned with an ammonia solution or white spirits. With minimal amounts of care, your vinyl floor will be in pristine condition for years to come. If you have specific questions about which type of flooring is right for you and your home, contact a business like Golden...

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