02 AM | 20 Sep

Things You can Do with Your Scrap Metal

Scrap

ScrapFor creative and resourceful individuals, there’s no such thing as scrap because everything can be turned into something valuable. In today’s rapid industrialization, there are hundreds upon thousands of tons of scrap metal being discarded in city dumps and recycling centres all over the world. For most of us, this is garbage; for some, it is a fortune.

So, how do you turn scrap metal into a fortune (well, not really a fortune but something of worth)?

  1. Be creative and breathe new life into the scrap

Looking at the individual metal scraps will somehow give you a mental image of another object, which can have other uses. You can convert a broken bathtub or a washing machine to a fire pit. And you can turn a broken showerhead into a study lamp neck. The possibilities are endless; the only limit is your imagination.

  1. Be enterprising and seek others who may have a far greater creative talent than you

If you fail to see the utility potential of scrap metal, give it to friends who have artistic tendencies. They can patch several pieces of scrap metal together and create abstract pieces of statues or even 3-dimensional representations of things.

  1. Use it in your own home

Look around your home; you may have something that needs a little fixing. With your scrap metal, you can make patchworks for the little problems  in your home. Maybe you have something that can replace a certain metal fixture in the house or perhaps even provide a sturdy support for your garden plants.

  1. When you need quick cash, you can just sell it

Visit scrap metal merchants and local junk shops and ask for quotes. You can separate scrap that can be sold online and those that can be sold in your neighbourhood junkshop. The bottom line is, you are able to gain something from your scrap.

According to Raw Metal Corp, scrap metal is a major component of litter, comprising about 17.5% of litter collected across Australia. So, bringing your scrap metal to shops or recycling it is protecting the environment.

There are numerous ways you can turn scrap metal into something useful. You can also get cash by simply selling it.

04 AM | 19 Sep

A Practical Guide to Building an Amazing Pool Fence

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pool fenceWhen designing and planning the construction of a new pool fence, smart placement of the barrier is critical to maximise the available space. It should also complement the rest of your outdoor space, particularly the pool, its decorative elements and the landscaping.

To help you make an informed decision, here’s a brief guide from Clear-Az-Glass Fencing:

Safety and style should go hand in hand

The Australian Government requires all swimming pools, whether they be in residential or commercial areas, to have a safety barrier for the prevention of accidents that may lead to drowning and deaths.

So, while designing a fencing system with maximum safety in mind, take advantage of this time to incorporate stylish components, too. Considering aesthetics at the very last part will just make it difficult for you to come up with a pretty concept.

Maximise the available space

Consider the available space where you want to set up the fence, and whether it needs to completely surround the entire swimming pool or just a portion of it. By doing this, you can avoid purchasing bulky materials that may end up consuming a lot of space, making the area look cramped and tight.

Make tight areas look bigger with glass

A glass fence will come in handy if your existing backyard and pool space is quite limited. It can make the area appear bigger, while also making it brighter and more visible. A well-illuminated pool area is a safety-must, so consult with a trusted pool glass fencing contractor about the most suitable options, such as a semi-frameless or frameless system.

Choose water- and weather-resistant fencing components

While a wooden fence gives a home a classic, quaint appearance, it is best left on the front part of your home. Wood is prone to rotting, so it should not be used for creating a pool fence. What you need is a water- and weather-resistant material, such as glass.

12 AM | 19 Sep

Sustainability and Optimal Usage: Get the Most from your HVAC System

HVAC System

HVAC System  One of the most neglected concerns in office buildings is the condition of the HVAC system. Though there are regulatory standards that guide maintenance, there are quick fixes that do not promise lasting investment returns. Thus, efficiency improvements help in easing the rising costs shouldered by building tenants.

To optimise your HVAC system, know the basics of building sustainability by discovering the best system you should use.

Attaining Sustainability

You can never go wrong with sustainability. A sustainable building is more cost-effective and matches the government’s eco-friendly terms.

Best maintenance work on utility efficiency will save you 10 to 40% on water and energy fees. With sustainability in mind, you should get a 4.5 NABERS star rating. In line with the Commercial Building Disclosure law, remember to also post this energy rating within the building for tenants to see.

People seek to rent office spaces in sustainable structures as a personal and business pledge for the environment. Fortunately, buildings in Australia are fit to such goals focusing mainly on HVAC system.

Optimal Usage of the HVAC System

The optimal use of your HVAC system involves vital moves and changes toward savings.

Effectively setting up its control mechanisms lowers down energy expenses as this leads to proper air conditioning. Your controls are efficient when they close a portion of the distribution system and stop the overlapping functions of cooling and heating. It must also have default options appropriate for the building. Daikin commercial air conditioning system offers such qualities with its 5mm compressing loops and strong heat exchanger tubes.

Getting a two-phase thermostat system lessens energy use by turning on HVAC parts, such as the heat pump and economiser, only when necessary. Enhancing the distribution device cuts down the need for fan and HVAC power; this also avoids system supply drop. This averts coil damages and prevents system inadequacy by 10%.

Know what is best for your building’s cooling system. Sustainability and system optimisation are factors in getting the most from your HVAC.

05 AM | 18 Sep

These Signs Could Mean Electrical Problems at Home

Electricity

ElectricityIt is common to find flickering lights or even an electrical switch that simply doesn’t work. During these circumstances you might even curse your electric utility company for such a ‘bad service’. Yet, if you really look at the problem, it may be a lot simpler than you initially thought.

 

  1. What does an electrical problem mean for the house?

A home with problems in its electrical wiring system produces a host of inconveniences for all members of the household. It hampers the daily needs of the family. Communication can also suffer because a non-working temperature control unit will raise anxiety levels.

  1. What are the common electrical wiring problems in your house?

There are many potential problems in the electrical wiring of a house, but the following are just some of the more common:

  • A circuit breaker that always trips means that it is perhaps overloaded or that there is a short circuit anywhere in the house. This is particularly dangerous because it can start a fire from the overheating wires.
  • Flickering lights and bulbs can mean that the connection between the bulb and the light socket is not secure enough to ensure the adequate flow of electricity. It can also simply be that your bulb has already reached its end.
  • Wires with exposed surfaces pose an immediate threat to your safety. When the rubber insulation of the wire is torn off or becomes degraded, there is a strong likelihood that electricity will pass through, leading to accidental electrocution.
  • An electrical outlet that doesn’t seem to work whenever you plug any device in it may mean that there is an obstruction to the flow of electricity from your main switch to this particular outlet.
  1. Is there anything you can do to prevent these problems?

The good news about all these is that you do not need for any untoward incident to happen.

Regularly check individual wirings in your home; check for cracks or signs of degradation as well as any odor emitted or any signs of moisture buildup.

Make sure all wires are properly stowed and kept away from reach of your pets. Better yet, use heat shrink end caps and tubing to wrap exposed wiring for improved protection against abrasion, corrosion, and pressure.

Have a licensed electrician come over and check the patency of the electrical infrastructure in your home.

You can never be sure when it’s safe, especially when wires are hidden well behind the walls. But you can do things to prevent accidents due to faulty electrical wiring when you know the signs that could mean attention is required.

04 AM | 17 Sep

You Won’t Believe these Disgusting Things Can Be In AC Units

AC Units in Utah

AC Units in UtahPoorly maintained air conditioners can lead to mechanical and electrical problems, as well as health concerns. Along with the steps you can take to keep your AC running smoothly, you should also not delay contacting an air conditioning repair  expert when you notice problems.

Failure to do so will lead to the accumulation of these disgusting contaminants:

  1. Molds

Molds only need a few things to survive, thrive, and spread. They can get their nourishment from all those things trapped in your air conditioning system, particularly the filter.

Although most types of molds are not immediate threats to human health, they can easily spread throughout your home, increasing your risks of exposure. Exposure to these fungi, especially for a long period of time, can lead to respiratory problems.

  1. Bacteria

Draper air conditioning repair company Airtime Heating & Cooling says without a working cooling system, you may feel uncomfortable. And worse, you may get sick. All sorts of bacteria can thrive in improperly maintained and cleaned air conditioners. Like molds, these can survive and prosper in filthy ACs.

According to EnlightenMe.com, two of the most common consequences of having bacteria living in dirty air conditioning systems are respiratory tract infections and Legionnaire’s disease.

  1. Animal/insect droppings and carcasses

Animal (rodents, mostly) and insect droppings, both in the form of urine and feces, are also common contaminants found in poorly maintained AC units. On their own they’re already disgusting. But more than that, exposure to them can cause problems with your health, as these animals and pests may be carrying disease-causing microorganisms.

It’s not uncommon for these pests to get trapped in air conditioners, and when they do, they likely die there. This can be an even bigger problem, as their carcasses can cause serious health issues.

Along with these, other tiny contaminants and allergens, like pet fur, dander, and shed skin, can all be blown in and trapped into your air conditioner, or blown back into the air inside your home. The best prevention for such possible consequences is to make sure you have your AC regularly inspected and monitored.

09 AM | 16 Sep

Buying a House Now is a Sound Financial Decision

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houseHome ownership comes with a lot of perks, from the basic to the sentimental reasons such as establishing roots, being free from paying rent, and fulfilling a dream. More than those, however, buying a house now would make perfect sense in terms of significant financial benefits.

Home sales are on the rise across the US as of July 2015, its strongest pace in eight years.

Here are reasons you might want to buy a house now:

Low Interest Rates

Financial experts say that now, more than ever, is the best time to buy a property as fixed interest rates remain low and steady. When taking out a mortgage, this means lower payments that can even go lower after a few years.

It’s a good idea to grab this opportunity now while rates are low and before another economic problem causes it to spike in the coming months.

Good Investment

GatesEstates.com, a company offering homes for sale in Napa Valley, explains home buying is always a good purchase decision, if not a good investment.

Unlike other investments such as stocks, which are volatile, properties are able to withstand market changes better. It is rare to see a real property that does not increase in value. If you ever decide to sell or move, you can expect to gain from the property.

Builds Equity

Unlike rental payments which may be considered as money that is gone, mortgage payments will allow you to build equity.

The equity you build is an asset, which you can then trade for other assets. That is, if you decide to sell, you get more cash for the equity.  If you need cash, you can borrow against your home’s equity through a second mortgage (or a home equity loan).

Tax Breaks

Homeowners enjoy a number of tax benefits provided by the US Tax Code. This includes tax breaks on mortgage interest, points, equity loan interests, property taxes, and more.

Buying a home is a quite significant purchase, but one that pays off if you manage to pull it off. It may require a little bit of sacrifice now, but the earlier you stop paying rent, the higher chances you have of being better off financially.

01 AM | 16 Sep

All the Reasons You Need to Exterminate Houseflies

Housefly

HouseflyWhen asked which they think is dirtier, scarier, and more disgusting, cockroaches or flies, many people will answer the former. But, this is not actually the case.

Flies possess more qualities that make them even more dangerous than cockroaches. So, if you have problems with flies in your home, knowing these things will make you realize your need to exterminate them ASAP.

They carry and cause so many diseases

This fact is probably all the reason you need. But, just in case you have the habit of still eating food where a fly has already been at, you should know that, according to the World Health Organization, you can get so many diseases from this habit.

Flies are disease-spreaders, mostly by making contact with the food that people consume. Contamination takes place quickly, and allowing these pests to continue flying in and around your home increases your risks of acquiring illnesses such as dysentery, typhoid, and cholera.

They are disgusting, annoying, and unsightly

Flies do not just feed on human food and water. They also get their nourishment from garbage, dead animals, human and animal faeces, as well as other decomposing materials. That fly that landed on your food? It most likely came from any of these things, and this alone should make you drop your utensils and throw the food right away with disgust.

They are even filthier than cockroaches

You may think that cockroaches are extremely disgusting and dirty, but flies actually carry far more filth with them. According to bed bug and other pest control experts, the fact that they frequent garbage, manure, rotting organic materials, and decaying flesh should already make you want to eliminate them completely from your home.

Even just the sound that these pests make is already annoying. This, together with their unsightly appearance and the potential diseases they can spread, should prompt you to contact a pest control company right away.

04 AM | 15 Sep

Granny Flat Choices: Primary Colours and What Works with Them

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PaintingHaving trouble deciding what colour to use when painting your granny flat? Finding the old-fashioned white just too common and lacking in substance?

Most of the time it wouldn’t be you who will reside in the granny flat, you may be unsure whether they would feel comfortable with certain colours. Grannyflatswa.com suggests starting with the RGB colour theory and work your way to finding the best colour for your room.

  1. Blue

Normally associated with calmness and serenity, blue has a whole spectrum to create different and associating moods. Darker blues considerably make a room seem smaller and will require complimentary lighting and accents to match, such as yellow light or a literal silver lining to liven up your walls.

Furniture can be a complimentary colour, such as lighter blues and cool, minty greens. Conversely, very light, pale, or powdery blues can have a relaxing effect and can be accentuated by stark white furnishings and—surprisingly—dark blues and browns. Either way, a cool beach theme is a design theme when considering this colour.

  1. Red

It’s quite difficult to put a room completely under this visually striking primary colour and many of its shades and hues. However, red is a great complimentary colour when used on furniture like small tables, lamps, knick-knacks, and paintings.

Room designers usually discourage painting a room completely red as it may hurt the eyes and turn people away from relaxing in that area. However, if a room does have obvious tints of red, such as burgundy, burnt sienna, or brick, it’s best to compliment it with a splash of gold, brown, or other earthy tones.

  1. Yellow

While not as visually striking as red, yellow is still very bright and can directly alter a room’s mood depending on intensity. Sunflower, corn yellow, amber, and lemon are just a few stark tints that are said to be very cheerful when placed in the right room.

Consider using yellows in rooms that get only a small amount of light or filled with lots of dark-coloured furniture. If a room does get plenty of light but has something as bright as lemon on the walls, why not try installing thick curtains and using neutral tones on the chairs, tables, and sofas so your guests’ eyes can rest?

These primary colours can expand to a great deal of options depending on what you want for your room. Just by knowing what colours can be complimentary or contrasting, you can somewhat change a person’s mood by making a single colour stand out.

08 AM | 14 Sep

Refrigerator Repair – Removing Scratches on Your Fridge

Refrigerator Repair

Refrigerator RepairScratches are one of the most common problems that plague refrigerators. Although a scratch doesn’t directly affect the refrigerator’s performance, it can cause your otherwise sleek and in-fashion commercial refrigeration unit to be an eyesore.

Being such a large appliance, refrigerators are regularly involved in accidents that may cause scratches on their surface. The good news, however, is you can fix these scratches easily.

Inspection

According to fridge repair experts from All Pro Appliance Service and Repair, Inc, to repair a fridge’s scratches, the first thing you should do is to inspect the damage. Did the scratch only damage a small part of the refrigerator’s surface? Or is it an obvious abrasion? The extent of the damage will determine how you should repair your fridge.

Cleaning

Clean the exterior of your refrigerator. You may use soap and water or a commercial appliance cleaner. Wipe the surface and wait for it to dry completely. For lighter scratches, use appliance touchup paint that you can buy in any local hardware store. These paints come in a variety of colors, but you should only choose the shade closest to the original hue of your refrigeration unit.

Also, buy a small brush for the application of the paint. Carefully apply the paint onto the affected areas and wipe away any stray paint strokes on other areas.

Filling the Gaps

For deep scratches or dents, fillers may be needed to fill the gaps. These are readily available in auto parts stores or even hardware stores. Let the filling agent dry, and afterwards use sandpaper to smoothen things out. Clean away any traces of paint.

Paint over the scratches with the same color as your fridge. Keep it dry and smooth the surface again with sandpaper. If the refrigerator has too many scratches, just sand and repaint the whole refrigerator.

Restoring your refrigerator door seems easy with these tips. You get good results if you know what you’re doing, so always be careful.

04 AM | 11 Sep

Plantation Shutters: Combining Energy Efficiency, Security and Privacy

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plantationMaking your home more secure, private and energy-efficient is necessary, with all the crime-related concerns and increasing energy bills Perth homeowners are experiencing. Fortunately, there is no need for you to deplete your savings just to achieve all these. With plantation shutters, you can make sure your home will possess all these qualities minus the high costs.

Here are a few things you can expect once you install these window treatments:

They provide a layer of security for your windows – a favourite entry point of criminals.

As Action Awnings say, outdoor and indoor plantation shutters — when installed correctly — can make your windows safer and more secure from unauthorised entry. Locking them up tight will make it harder for burglars to break into your home, which can happen if you leave your glass windows bare of these coverings.

They make it easy to enjoy greater privacy in your home.

Plantation shutters are also ideal for boosting the overall privacy of the room. You can close them all the way down for more privacy, or open them to let more light and heat in. Whatever your preference is, you have more control over visibility and clarity of views from the outside.

They help minimise heat gains and loss.

Although the primary use of plantation shutters is to increase privacy in homes and make them more aesthetically pleasing, they can also contribute to energy efficiency. These window treatments are a form of shading; using them to protect your windows can help you save on energy costs.

In fact, installing plantation shutters in ideal locations around the home can provide added insulation and help minimise heat gain and loss during the changing seasons.

Get quality plantation shutters from your local suppliers, so you can enjoy all these benefits. With these window covers, you can have a safer and more private home.