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4 Precautions Taken During Trenchless Boring

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Some homeowners may be apprehensive about allowing a boring contractor to perform trenchless boring on their property. Such homeowners may be gripped by fear that an accident, such hitting a utility line, will occur as the work is done. This article discusses some of the precautions that contractors using the trenchless boring technique may implement in order to prevent accidents from happening. Observing Tolerance Zones Contractors usually map existing utility locations before starting trenchless boring. The contractor can then avoid boring within a specified distance from the identified utility line. Such tolerance zones can be crucial in averting any accidents that could have occurred in case the person operating the boring equipment strayed from the marked boring area accidentally. Regularly Exposing Utility Lines Contractors can also dig at regular intervals in order to expose the existing utility lines within the area where trenchless boring is taking place. This precaution helps to confirm that the existing utility lines are in the locations and depths that are indicated in the maps provided by the utility companies. The contractor would rather incur the cost of covering up the existing utilities instead of having to fix any damage that occurs when those lines are breached during trenchless boring. Tracking Drill Heads Another precaution that may be taken to prevent accidents during the boring process involves tracking the drilling heads as they work. Someone is usually assigned the task of using various technologies, such as infrared trackers, to ensure that the drill heads stay on the safe course that was marked for the trenchless boring exercise. The tracker can then alert the operator of the boring equipment in case he or she veers off the mapped course and risks hitting existing utility lines. Predicting Drainage Challenges Ground water can suddenly start flowing into the area where workers are operating boring equipment. Such a sudden inundation can cause a worker to lose concentration and hit a utility line with the boring equipment. Contractors try to minimise this risk by setting up the equipment on a berm so that workers are protected from such drainage challenges. In this way, the sudden onrush of water will not find the employees vulnerable to the risk of drowning or making a mistake in their rush to escape the danger. As you can see, several measures can be taken to avert any foreseeable risks during trenchless boring. You should therefore put your mind at rest by asking your contractor to explain the specific measures that he or she will implement to avoid hitting existing utility lines during boring on your...

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How to Choose the Best Commercial Door For Your Property

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The doors you have installed around your commercial property are actually more important than you may realise; you may be legally obligated to have certain types of doors in certain areas, such as specialised fire doors. Doors can also help to insulate your space and add to a building’s security. You may have more options than you realise when it comes to commercial doors, so note a few of those options here so you make the best choice for your property. 1. Acoustic doors Acoustic doors are made with specialised insulation and a seal package or outer layer that is specifically designed to absorb sound, rather than allowing sound waves to pass through hollow metal or wood. Acoustic doors are typically used in music studios, but they can also be good to choose for offices where you need to protect confidential conversations. They’re also good for when the area outside the door is particularly noisy, such as offices that are attached to shops or warehouse areas. Acoustic doors are also good to use in conference rooms or classrooms, where occupants need to especially focus and shouldn’t be distracted by outside noise. 2. Escape doors Escape doors are those that are locked but which allow exit from the inside, without having to unlock the door itself. Many will have a deadbolt that closes securely, but which then opens automatically when the handle on the inside of the door is turned. This type of door is used for areas that may be prone to fires and other such risks, so those needing a quick exit won’t be trapped because of being panicked and not realising how to unlock the door. 3. Bullet resistant and security doors Not all metal doors should be considered bullet resistant or secure; the steel used for many commercial doors may be very thin and hollow, and large calibre bullets may easily pass through them. Also, a door’s hinges are important to consider when it comes to bullet resistance and security. Cheap plastic hinges can be shot out very easily and the door can be removed from the frame, or the hinges can be tapped out or otherwise pried open quickly and easily. If you’re concerned about improved security for your building, you want to ensure you choose a bullet resistant door that has a solid steel core and which is thick enough to withstand any type of blast. The door should also have piano hinges that sit inside the frame so that they cannot be accessed by any type of tool or...

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Tips for choosing a tub and shower for your bathroom

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The shower or tub serves as one of the bathroom’s main focal points; as such, it’s important that the one you select is not only functional but also visually appealing. If you’re struggling a bit with this decision, here is some advice which may be helpful. Think about space limitations If there is a lack of space in your bathroom, you will need to take this into account and limit your search to items which are space-efficient. An alcove, three-wall shower-bathtub combination, with a wall-mounted shower unit, is a great choice for smaller rooms; this maximises space, whilst still providing you with two bathing options. Corner tubs are another good choice for a compact bathroom; they are relatively unobtrusive and fit neatly into small spaces. It may also be worth looking for a tub with integrated storage, so as to reduce the need for cabinetry elsewhere in the room. If you intend to install a shower enclosure in a cramped bathroom, it’s important to think not only about aesthetics, but also practicalities. Make sure that you choose a recess shower (i.e. one that is built into the wall) and either a folding or pivot shower door (these are easier to open and close in a tight space). If you’re lucky enough to have a spacious bathroom, you’ll have a much wider range of options to choose from. However it is still important to factor in the  size of the room when making your selection; the suite you purchase needs to be in proportion to the room; a tiny corner shower cubicle would look disproportionate in a bigger bathroom. A substantially-sized, freestanding tub or a walk-in shower enclosure would work much better in this type of space. Think about durability and long-term cost -effectiveness Most people have a limited amount of money that they can afford to spend on their bathroom renovation projects and so often tend to go for cheaper materials. However, it’s worth investing a little more into certain aspects of your bathroom suite. For example, whilst it’s relatively easy to find budget-friendly, high-quality shower fixtures, the same is not true of shower tiles; lower-priced options could end being a false economy. Tiling a shower with porcelain will cost you considerably more than tiling it with ceramic or travertine. However, in the long run, the former could save you a lot of money. This is because porcelain is far less porous than other types of tile materials, meaning that it is less likely to absorb and be damaged by moisture and mould. As such, using it could reduce the need for tile repairs and replacements in the future. The durability of bathtubs also tends to correlate to their price-tags; cheap fibreglass and acrylic tubs are less robust and more prone to scratching than say, enamelled steel or porcelain. If you’d prefer not to incur the expense of having to replace your tub again five or six years from now, it may be worth splurging on one made from a higher-quality...

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Emergency Plumbing: Essential Supplies You Should Have At Hand

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Owning a home inevitably means you will have to deal with a plumbing emergency at some point or another. Despite this, there are some homeowners who do not know how to deal with these plumbing emergencies and find they spend a significant amount of money on repairs as well as water wastage. The first step to being able to handle minor emergencies would be to have the appropriate tools at hand. These can come in handy in holding off the emergency as you await professional assistance from emergency plumbers. Below are some of the essential plumbing supplies that you should always have at hand in your home. Plumbing auger Most homeowners will already have a plunger to deal with minor blockages in their drainpipes. Nevertheless, there are some instances when the blockage is quite significant and would require a stronger tool to dislodge it. This is where a plumbing auger comes in handy. This is a handheld device that makes use of a hand crank to push down a long metal wire into your drains in an attempt to loosen and dislodge clogs. Augers are ideal as they can be used in an array of drains such as in sinks, tubs, showers and more. If the clog is located much deeper within your drainage system, then it would be best to enlist the services of an emergency plumber to rectify the problem. It should be noted though that plumbing augers are not suitable for toilet clogs. A set of wrenches Since your home’s plumbing is made up of a network of interconnected pipes, a wrench is a must-have tool for your home. However, some homeowners tend to be under the wrong assumption that having one wrench would suffice. You have to keep in mind that the different pipes that your plumbing is made up of consist of varying sizes. Therefore, you would be best suited to having a set of wrenches that come in in adjustable sizes. Although you may not use these wrenches on a regular basis, you would rather be on the safe side and have one that works when the time to use it arises. One wrench that you should ensure you have in your arsenal is a pipe wrench. This wrench functions to tighten the nuts that are located underneath faucets. It is differentiated from other wrenches by its elongated neck that enables you to access the hard to reach areas below the different sinks in your...

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2 Ideas For Faster Home Construction

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

For many prospective homeowners, a slow construction schedule could translate into several more months of dealing with an unpleasant landlord and paying hefty sums as rent. Apart from ensuring that building materials are bought and delivered on time, there’s more that you can do to speed up your construction project. This article discusses two things you can do for a relatively faster construction project. Choose “Faster” Alternatives Some building techniques take much longer than others, and you can use this to your advantage. For example, using tilt-up construction for the walls instead of installing a traditional stone/masonry wall might save you some valuable time. The installation of tilt-up walls is likely to take a significantly shorter time than the installation of stone/masonry walls. Tilt-up walls are “made” on site. Concrete is poured into tilt-up panels that have been made according to the required wall dimensions (e.g. height and thickness), before they’re allowed to cure. The tilt-up wall is then lifted (using a crane) and installed in its final position. The described process is likely to be faster than having to install layer after layer of stone for each of your walls. You could also use screw piles/helical anchors for your foundation instead of the traditional concrete-poured foundation. When concrete for the foundation is poured, you’ll have wait for it to cure before the construction of the house can continue. But you might not have to wait if you choose to install a screw-piled foundation. Ask About Buffer Time Buffer time is the difference between the amount of time needed to complete a section of a building project and the actual amount of time it takes during construction. Buffer time is included in nearly all phases of the construction exercise because factors such as harsh weather conditions may delay construction activities. However, these factors don’t always create the need for the additional time allocated. If a builder allocates five days for the installation of a tilt-up wall (including buffer time for weather-related complications), it might be possible for the wall to be installed on the third or fourth day if the weather remains fine. It might be a good idea to ask your builder about the amount of time included as “buffer time” in each stage of the construction process. Once you have this breakdown, you can closely monitor each stage of the process to ensure that buffer time is eliminated whenever...

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Your Options for Making Your Home’s New Driveway as Attractive as Possible

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you have a new driveway being planned for your home, you don’t need to settle for boring concrete or plain cement. A good driveway contractor or concreter can usually offer a few options for making your driveway look good and helping it to coordinate better with your home. Note a few of those options here so you can discuss them with your driveway installer and ensure you’re happy with the appearance of your driveway once it’s finished. Kerbing Kerbing refers to adding a decorative curb or raised border around your driveway. This can give the driveway more separation from your property’s lawn and allow for more protection for any flowers you may plant next to the driveway itself; you’re less likely to run over those flowers when there’s an actual raised border along your driveway. Kerbing is typically made from poured concrete so it can match the driveway exactly or be painted or stained another coordinating color. Stenciling Stenciling a driveway can make the concrete look like small stones or bricks. You can also use stencils to add a painted design in the middle of the driveway; this might be your family’s initial or a decorative object like a boat anchor, unicorn, and the like. Using a stencil to paint your driveway can allow your concreter to come up with a very intricate and exact design that will make your driveway look unique. Staining If you like the look of a colored driveway but don’t want a monochrome color, note that concrete can be stained. Like staining furniture, this gives the surface a bold shade that has various tones and hues. A stain can be the same shade as your home or can work to pick up your favorite colors in your landscaping, such as a deep purple shade to match your Japanese elm trees or a light pink shade to match your rosebushes. Glass aggregate An aggregate is a material that is added to the surface of the concrete to give it texture and color, and a buffed glass can reflect light while giving your concrete a modern appearance. The glass may look more expensive than a standard aggregate made with gravel and pebbles, and the colors of glass may be deeper and more noticeable than other aggregate materials. You can choose a color family that matches your home or opt for mostly clear glass to simply add a sparkle effect to your...

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Why You Should Consider an Indirect-Direct Evaporative Air Conditioning Unit

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Evaporative air conditioning units use evaporating water to create a cooling effect instead of the refrigeration systems in standard air conditioning units. They are sometimes referred to as two-stage evaporative air conditioning units and have many benefits. Therefore, if you are looking for an air conditioning unit, here are reasons why you should consider investing in this type of air conditioner.  Indirect-Direct Evaporative Air Conditioner Has Relatively Fewer Parts Compared to standard or refrigerated air conditioners, indirect-direct evaporative air conditioning has relatively fewer mechanical parts. For instance, besides the fans, the only other equipment required for the cooling process in these units are the pumps, which is unlike refrigerated units that need compressors too. This comes in handy in terms of maintenance costs. That is, having fewer parts lowers the risk of malfunction as well as the maintenance needed on these units. Apart from the low maintenance, this also mean that relatively fewer parts will require power. Therefore, the costs of operating these units can also go down. Indirect-Direct Evaporative Air Conditioners Are More Energy Efficient One of the major reasons why you should consider these types of units is the energy efficiency that comes with them. When compared with standard refrigerated air conditioning units, indirect-direct evaporative systems can be more energy efficient because they function by cooling air in two stages. The process begins with hot air from outside passing through a heat exchanger (indirect stage). The sensible heat in the air is then removed as it passes through this exchanger. This first stage cools air without adding moisture, which means that in order to achieve the desired cooling temperatures, less humidity will be transferred to the second stage. In the second stage, referred to as the direct stage, the cooled air from the first stage is then passed through an evaporative medium to be cooled even further. Indirect-direct systems are usually combined with vapour compression to enhance their efficiency. Indirect-Direct Evaporative Air Conditioners Can Provide Better Comfort These units can offer better comfort than their refrigerated or compressor-based systems. This is because they maintain a more favourable range of indoor humidity. They do so because by operating in a somewhat continuous mode, they are able to circulate just enough air in your home to make it comfortable without a significant change in temperature. While these systems can be more energy efficient and may help you save some money, they are better suited for hot climates with low levels of humidity. Therefore, they may not be as effective in areas with high relative humidity such as the coastal...

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Ensuring Effective Cable Management In Your New Server Room

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Whether you are building a new server room or migrating to a full-size rack from a half-size rack, you’ll want to reorganise your cables as effectively as you can. Cable management is important because it results in cooler performance, reduced interference of signals, and improved serviceability. For this reason, manage your cables effectively with the following tips. Use As Many Cable Managers As Possible  Have as many vertical and horizontal cable managers as possible to organise your cables. When installing these cable managers, make sure they are distributed evenly and arranged well. For instance, don’t have too many patch cords on your cable manager because this will make it difficult to find, replace, or add other cables. When installing the vertical cable managers, consider having them between every pair of racks. In addition, consider extending them from the floor to the top of your racks. For horizontal panels, installing them both below and above every patch panel will ensure that your cables are organised in an orderly and easily accessible manner. Consider Colour Coding Use colours to represent different things such as the type of cables or cables from a given stack. However, colour coding can be complex, especially in terms of maintenance since you will need a lot of patch cables to represent different colours at different locations. Consider Cable Ties Cable ties will ensure that your cables are held together in place, eliminating issues of loosely hanging cables that can make it hard to trace them, especially when there’s need for replacement. Cable ties will also ensure that your cables are dressed neatly. Manage Cable Slack Having too much of cable slack will interfere with the integrity of your cable arrangement system. To do this, regroup your patch cables in standard bundles. There are multiple options you can use when regrouping the cables. For instance, you can regroup them in terms of length where those with the same length connect identical ports. Don’t Route Your Cables In Diagonals This form of arrangement can make it difficult to attend to equipment or even the cables themselves as well. Therefore, route them vertically and horizontally and remember to secure the vertically arranged cables with straps a few centimetres away from your rack posts. Label The Patch Cables Use cable identifiers to label the patch cables just a few centimetres from the connectors. Doing this will ensure that all the cables are identical at both ends, and this eliminates any related problems. When labelling the cables, add some extra information such as the server and interface at both...

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Quick Tips for Troubleshooting Auto Battery Problems

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Your car’s engine doesn’t power everything under the hood; the battery powers everything electrical, and this includes not just the lights and windshield wipers but also devices like a GPS and sensors in the car as well. If your car is having battery problems, note a few quick troubleshooting tips and then discuss these with a mechanic so you know if the battery needs replacement. 1. When electrical components slow down You may notice that when you step on the car’s brakes, the windshield wipers suddenly get slow or the dashboard fan seems to bog down. This often means that the battery cannot provide enough power for all those electrical devices to run at once. In some cases, the battery is getting low on power. However, note that if you have items like a GPS, upgraded stereo system, fog lights, and other such devices but didn’t have a more powerful battery installed than the one that came with the car, the battery may simply be too weak even when fully charged. An electrical mechanic can tell you the proper battery size you need for all the electrical devices you have.  2. When the car grinds during starting A weak battery can cause the car to grind when you try to start it, but very often, this can also be caused by a poor connection to the battery. Check the battery terminals and note if everything is connected tightly and if there is corrosion getting in the way of the electrical charge the car needs to start. Your battery could be fine but with a poor connection, your car will grind rather than start. 3. The battery dies too early A car battery is meant to last several years, so if you note that you seem to need a new battery every year, consider how you might be draining it unnecessarily. As said above, you might have an undersized battery for the electrical components you run in your car and if so, this can cause the battery to get drained earlier than it should. Note that heat can also drain batteries, so keep your car under shade when possible during summertime. If your car has faulty components that cause the battery to work too hard when starting the car, this too can drain the battery. Have a mechanic check the relays and switches of your car so you know they’re working as they should and your battery lasts as long as it...

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Five Types of Portable Toilets Suitable For an Outdoor Event

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

While organizing an event to be held outdoor, it is important to consider installation of portable toilets from companies like Eagle Hire. If you happen to forget this facility during planning of an event, your guests will feel uncomfortable throughout. They provide clean and hygienic conditions to individuals as they meet their sanitary needs. The following are various types of portable toilets you can choose from for installation during an event. Re-circulating chemical portable toilets These toilets contain a flushing mechanism that helps in keeping the unit clean and reducing odour. After use, flushing is done either by use of a foot or handle pump. The disinfectant or chemical in use is then circulated in the toilet as the waste gets dropped into the tank. Re-circulating chemical portable toilets are fixed with hot or cold water basins and dispensers for hand sanitizer. Mains-connected portable toilets These portable toilets are suitable for construction and work sites where mains sanitation is already in existence. They flush waste directly into a sewage system rather than gathering of waste in a tank. They are easy to install and offer more or less the same function of a permanent toilet. To provide full level of cleanliness, they are fitted with hot or cold water basins. Baby change portable toilets For either private or public family events, this type of toilet can be an amazing reception sight for parents. They have more interior space as well as a drop down changing table meant for family use. Baby change portable toilets provide extra baby changing facilities too. Portable urinals Portable urinals are most suitable for big events. Having them at your disposal together with other portable toilets makes it convenient as it means less queuing and cleaning is also manageable. Styles of portable urinals include stand-alone units that are doorless. Luxury chemical portable toilets This type is a perfect choice for VIP area and any other situation you feel you want to offer comfort to your guests. It has a stainless steel toilet that is flushable and a large tank. Other added comfort features are solar powered lighting system, shelf unit and mirror, giving your guests added comfort. They also feature hand-washing basins with foot pumps providing hygienic conditions for those that might feel uncomfortable touching essentials of a portable toilet. Looking for a toilet when you are in need is like looking for water in the desert. Make this easy for your guests at an event by providing portable...

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Foundation Building: The Screw Pile Advantage

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Competent foundation builders will often be heard saying that a building is only as good as the condition of its foundation. This is why general contractors, site engineers, and related construction workers often spend months on end building the foundation of a building.  The use of screw piles for foundation building is increasingly becoming popular with a large number of new home builders. This article discusses the benefits associated with a “screw-piled” foundation with prospective new homeowners in mind. Preservation Of Site Integrity The installation of screw piles is done by winding the piles into the ground area where the foundation is to be built. Among other reasons, the use of screw piles for foundation building is preferred for the fact it preserves the integrity of the landscape. The installation of screw piles eliminates the need for site excavation when building a foundation. As such, the extent of landscape disruption is significantly lower than that associated with conventional methods used for foundation building. There are numerous indirect advantages of minimal disruption of the landscape. These include the fact that minimal disruption translates to reduced workload for the foundation builder, which ultimately translates to a lower service charge from the builder. The minimum disruption is also advantageous in the sense that it allows for the use of screw piles in situations where the soil on the site is contaminated. This is because the contaminated soil will not be brought to ground level as the foundation building exercise continues.   Elimination Of Delays In The Construction Process  Another beneficial aspect associated with the use of screw piles for foundation building is that screw piles have the capacity to withstand the impact of human traffic and similar loads immediately after they’ve been installed. As such, building construction can continue immediately after the foundation has been built. In contrast, building foundations made of concrete cannot bear the weight associated with human traffic until the concrete is cured. As such, construction of the rest of the building cannot commence immediately after concrete has been laid on the foundation. Suitability For Otherwise Inaccessible Construction Sites Last but not least, the use of screw piles for foundation building proves to be advantageous for construction sites located in remote areas where access for heavy construction equipment (used for excavation) is limited. Screw piles are often not bulky and they can easily be transported to remote construction sites. Give it some thought. A house “founded” on screw piles might be a good idea....

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