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3 Important Tips for Waterproofing a Concrete Balcony

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Waterproofing a balcony is very important as water damage can soften concrete and the wood that is often used to create a balcony frame under the concrete, and cause the balcony to become unsafe. Waterproofing is also typically much less expensive and much easier to perform than repairing a rotted or broken balcony, and many homeowners can manage their own waterproofing with the right tools and a type of membrane or waterproofing paint applied with rollers. When you are ready to waterproof a concrete balcony, note a few tips to keep in mind so you ensure the job is done right. Patch first The waterproofing coating you add over the concrete won’t work as a patching compound, and it may not be thick enough and strong enough to keep water from settling in chipped or cracked areas. This is why you need to patch the concrete first. You can usually do this with a simply patching compound you get from any hardware store and typically won’t need to mix up fresh concrete for an area as small as a balcony. Be sure you clean out the chipped or cracked area completely before patching and allow the patch to dry thoroughly before adding a new coat of waterproofing over it. Direct water to a runoff spot When applying a waterproof coating, you want to avoid using swirling motions or directing a roller or brush toward a door or the building itself. This can create small trenches that actually trap water on the concrete or allow it to puddle near the building. Instead, consider using long strokes with your roller or brush and directing it away from the building to an edge of the balcony where you want the water to run off. You might also add a bit of extra pressure when using the brush or roller as you near the end of the balcony, to slightly grade the coating downward. Continue to seal the concrete as needed A waterproof paint or membrane will still need to be sealed over time. You can note the manufacturer’s instructions for the right type of sealant to be used over a membrane or paint, and then also note how often it should be applied. Remember to take into consideration foot traffic and other use of the balcony; one that sees a lot of traffic with lots of furniture or that is used for storage of heavy items may need more consistent sealing and attention to keep the waterproof coating...

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How To Assess A Failing Foundation

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

It goes without saying that the foundation of a building is its most important structure, and this is mainly because the foundation is the structure that supports and absorbs all the weight of the building. However, it can at times become weak and crumble due to the pressure. And that is something you do not want, especially if the building is used for residential purposes. The building may begin to shift or settle, and in severe cases, a landslide may even occur. All these endanger the lives of the people in the building. So the sooner you assess and deal with the situation, the better. How To Tell That The Foundation Is Failing There are different signs that point to a failing foundation. Some signs like cracking walls, jamming doors and windows, and cracking concrete floors are clear signs of a faulty foundation. Other signs are not that straightforward, though. One sign, for example, is a curve on the foundation wall. If a foundation is failing, the foundation wall will bulge or curve. The way you position yourself to assess the curve determines whether you will see the curve or not; for a perfect view, stand at the corners of the wall. Observe keenly if the wall is straight; check from one side to the other as well as up and down the wall. If you observe a bulge, it implies that the foundation has shifted, which is a sign of a failing foundation. Another way to assess a failing foundation is by checking the level of your building floors. Are the floors sagging? If so, then you may be faced with a failing foundation problem. You may think that your eyes can easily spot a sagging floor but that is not the case, especially if the inclination is small. To check the level, you need to determine if the inclination is consistent on each floor of the building and for that, you need to use a level tool. If it is not available, though, a tennis ball or any other round ball will suffice. The ball shouldn’t roll when you place it at different locations on the floor. What Is The Solution Besides reading the signs of a damaged foundation, there is not much you can do about the solution other than to seek professional assistance. A great idea is to start with a building consultant who can give you a clear assessment of the situation and suggestions regarding the best long-term solution to your...

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Tips for Waterproofing Underneath Your Deck

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you are maintaining your deck, you normally concentrate on the surface of the deck that is visible, but this is not always enough. If you want to ensure that your entire deck is protected against mould and swelling, it is important that you also focus on the underside of your deck. It is essential that you also waterproof under your deck to ensure that water is not absorbed into the wood. If you do not waterproof the underside, it is still possible for swelling of the wood to occur. You can cut back on the cracking of your deck paint and the amount of pressure that is placed on the wood joints if you waterproof underneath your deck. Before you begin waterproofing the underside, here are some tips that you need to be aware of. Preservative It is important that you use more than just a waterproof solution that contains a repellent. The solution you use should also contain a waterproof preservative. If you use a waterproofing solution that has a preservative, it will contain chemicals that will make sure that your wood does not mildew over time. It is also possible for the preservatives to help keep insect infestations at bay. As long as the waterproofing stain that you choose for the underside of your deck contains water-repellent preservatives, it should be sufficient. Eye Gear When you are applying waterproofing stain to the underside of your deck, it is important for you to wear eye protection gear. It is possible for the stain to run and drip into your eyes, so you need to maintain safety by making sure that your eyes are covered at all times. Application When you begin applying the waterproofing stain to the underside of the deck, you need to be sure that you are applying it liberally. You can use a brush to make application more efficient, but the brush needs to be dipped in the waterproofing preservative thoroughly. You need to be sure that all ends of the deck boards are covered and that you are applying even more waterproofing preservatives on the portion of the deck that features rougher wood. It is best to apply a few coats of the waterproofing preservative to ensure that you have the entire underside of the deck covered effectively. You can then also apply a primer and a coat of deck paint to the underside of your deck for even more protection.  If this project is too big for you to handle, contact a waterproofing company for...

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The Essential Qualities that Every Effective Architect Must Possess

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Architects are well-known for being hardworking and as their profession is considered as one of those few that have shaped the modern sphere of the current generation. Architects, just like other professionals follow certain common principles that guides them in their work. For them to be effective, there are commonly agreed upon qualifications that are expected from them. The following standards for success makes them stand out and be recognised. Having passion for work A good architect must always have a desire for what they practice. This means taking pleasure in what you do and executing the given tasks without wasting time because you love your work. This also includes staying with the same desire even in the face of challenges, you should maintain the desire to succeed. Doing so will help you develop the passion to hold on until you realize your goal but with a great deal of high standards. Must be easy going In a profession where things like ideas and designs can easily change, a good architect should always maintain a relaxed and tolerant manner with a positive attitude as this can be important towards a project’s overall success.No matter whether you get stressed at the end of a hardworking day or being pressured from both sides, maintaining a calm and relaxed character can help to see you through the completion of your projects with a focused mind. Maintaining self-confidence For creative architects, this is their daily food. Imagine yourself facing tough situation where you have to make crucial decisions. You only have to approach them with a spirited mind absorbed in self-confidence. Whether you are dealing with a rogue client or unappreciative colleagues, always find the positivity or good side of every situation and stick to it. Being able to adapt and stay flexible Every architect must be to acclimatize their designs and assignments even while facing hard times. Since all plans and projects are vulnerable to change, then the most successful architects should be able to adjust themselves accordingly. This will ensure that all challenges involved in every task are swiftly dealt with without wasting resources. Architects must be good at creativity To stand tall from the crowd, the architect must be very creative as the profession requires creative thinkers with creative ideas. Each time they are expected to come up and present new and feasible ideas that really.The ability to visualise the finished work even before they start on the project is a feat that only very few architects can be very smart at. Architects are notable people in this modern generation who are notable for their creativity as evidenced in many wonderful architectural designs around the world. For this reason, they are admired, respected and well recognized. It is therefore an obligation to all architects must endeavour to maintain and live by the virtues of their work which all distinguishes them from the other...

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Most Common Causes of Poor Cooling Tower Performance

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Since a cooling tower is designed to remove the heat from circulating water that is moving through a condenser, maintaining your cooling tower is the key to efficiency and high performance. This means that if your cooling tower is not properly maintained and if you are not familiar with the main causes of poor performance, you will end up with cooling water that is at a warmer temperature than it should be. The condenser temperature will also rise as a result. It is important that you know what the causes of poor cooling tower performance are so that you can maintain your tower in a way to prevent against them. Scale  It is possible for scale deposits to build up within your cooling tower. This is due to the fact that when water evaporates, the minerals in the water can leave behind a residue. This residue is a scale deposit that can make it difficult for the water to heat up efficiently. If you have scale build up on your cooling tank, this means that the water is not being treated correctly. There are minerals in water that can transform into scale deposits once the water evaporates. To prevent against the buildup of scale deposits within your cooling tower, you can make sure that you bleed out the tower regularly to make sure that the water is not cycled over and over again resulting in increased amounts of minerals. Air Another culprit of poor performance with your cooling tower is poor air flow within the tower. The fan motor can become loose over time or the alignment of the fan can be off, which results in the air flow being anything but ideal. It is even possible for damage to occur to the fan blades that make air flow compromised. Be sure that the fan system within the cooling tower is evaluated and maintained regularly to ensure that air flow problems are not the cause of poor performance. If air flow is poor, it is possible that the amount of heat transferred from the water to air is reduced at a high rate. If the fan is not fixed quickly when air flow is compromised, the motor might fail as a result. Spray Nozzle It is also common for the spray nozzle on the cooling tower to become clogged over time. This can be due to algae and sediment buildup. When the spray nozzle becomes clogged, the result can be poor heat transfer within the tower. You can add water treatment to the cooling tower in order to prevent against the buildup of sediment and algae on the spray...

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Commonly Asked Questions About Heavy Load Truck Compliance

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Operating a heavy load truck will mean needing to be compliant with different laws about how the loads are carried and the truck itself overall, and these laws and regulations are usually different than those affecting any other delivery vehicle. You may be surprised to find out that your own vehicle and a trailer could be classified as a heavy load truck. Note a few common questions you might have about heavy load truck compliance so you know you’re always operating your vehicle safely. 1. Is a heavy load truck compliant if materials are strapped down? Not having proper restraints is a common means of noncompliance for a heavy load truck; however, note that a heavy load truck may not be in compliance if the material it’s carrying projects to the front or rear. There are limits as to how far in front or in back of your truck a material such as planks or crane arms or other items can project or jut out, even if they are properly strapped down. Note the projection limits for your size of truck and weight of material and be sure you stay within these limits for your materials.  2. How do you restrain sand and aggregates in a heavy load truck? Sand and aggregates usually need to be covered or wet down so that they don’t become airborne while the truck is on the road. It’s important to note that there are also weight limits to your heavy loads and wetting down sand and aggregates can put you over that limit. It may be better to invest in proper covers for the back of your truck if you’ll be hauling any type of sand, gravel, and the like. 3. When is a personal vehicle covered by heavy load truck compliance laws? The laws about projection mentioned above apply even if you’re using your own personal truck to pick up boards and other materials from a home improvement supply store. You cannot have your sheets of plywood or wood studs project past a certain point of your vehicle, in the front or back. You might also find that hauling certain materials in a trailer behind your vehicle can put you over the weight limit that would then classify your vehicle as a heavy load vehicle. If you’ll be hauling limestone, bricks, and materials like these, check with the office that issues permits for trailers and note the weight limits; this will depend on the number of axles of your trailer. If your trailer becomes classified as a heavy load truck, you’ll need to follow compliance laws for how those materials are strapped down and otherwise...

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Some Questions and Concerns You Might Have About Asbestos Removal

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Chances are no homeowner or building owner wants to find out that they have asbestos on the property, as this material is very dangerous when you inhale the fibers. However, as dangerous as it may be, there are many common misconceptions about the substance and its removal. Note some questions and concerns you may have about asbestos removal and then discuss these with a removal contractor so you know you’re getting accurate information about the material and the process.  1. My home has blown foam insulation, so there is no asbestos present, right? Asbestos hasn’t only been used to insulate attics but may be found in insulating materials around plumbing pipes and boilers. The material has also been used in adhesives used for floor tiles and in patching or joint compounds used on drywall and other such materials. If your home or building has blown foam insulation or fiberglass insulation, note that you may still have asbestos on the property.  2. Is all asbestos dangerous? Asbestos itself is dangerous when inhaled no matter how it’s been used on your property. However, note that it may be difficult if not impossible to inhale its fibers if it’s been mixed with another substance that keeps it inert. For example, if asbestos is in the adhesive used for your floor tiles, you’re not going to inhale those fibers as they don’t become loose and airborne.  That being said, remodeling or renovating work that involves scraping up those tiles, removing joint compound that contains asbestos, or tearing apart insulation around plumbing pipes can then make the substance dangerous as this can loosen the fibers and allow them to become airborne.  3. Is an inspection the only way to determine if asbestos is in the home? You can often take a sample of material that you think is asbestos and send it to a lab that will test it. While this may be very affordable and easy to you, note that you need to be very careful if you decide to take this sample yourself. You don’t want to disturb the material and allow any of it to become airborne and you don’t want to inhale it while taking a sample. You also need to ensure you use a secure material for storing it while it’s in transit; ask the lab you’ve chosen to send you a kit which should include a plastic bag with a secure closure for your...

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Answers to Some Commonly Asked Questions About Tilt-Up Panels

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Tilt-up panels are becoming very popular as a means of construction today; these are concrete walls that are poured on a jobsite and then tilted up or lifted up and put into position. If you’re a contractor considering tilt-up panels as a method of building for your customers, you might have some questions about the process and if it would be a good choice for your standard methods of construction. Note a few of the most commonly asked questions here, as these might help you to determine if you should investigate tilt-up panels as an option for your company. 1. What is the difference between tilt-up panels, tiltwalls, and precast concrete? The terms tilt-up panels and tiltwalls actually refer to the same thing; these are walls that are poured onsite and then tilted or lifted up into place. They are different than precast concrete, which refers to concrete panels created offsite and then transported to your construction location. Tilt-up panels may be more at the mercy of climate conditions; in very rainy, snowy, or cold weather, the panels may not cure as they should. However, tilt-up panels or tiltwalls also save on the cost and time of transportation, since they are created on the jobsite. Transporting precast concrete also means being limited as to the size of the panels you can create, whereas tilt-up panels can be created to any size needed. 2. Why choose tilt-up panels versus steel frames? The cost of concrete versus steel is something to consider, especially when constructing larger buildings that require a larger frame. Even if you need to rent a crane to lift the larger concrete panels in place, you may still find that tilt-up panels are cheaper than steel frames and the building materials that surround them. Also note that fire codes in certain areas may keep you from using steel frames, as steel is more likely to become structurally unsound when exposed to high levels of heat. Even if you’re allowed to use steel in certain areas, you might use the tilt-up panels just because the material is safer in case of fire than steel. This is especially true for larger buildings when the frame is supporting more weight; if the steel were to become structurally unsound due to heat exposure, it may collapse more readily under the weight of those added stories. To keep costs low and to keep the building safe, you might choose tilt-up panels for those types of...

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How to make the most out of a labour hire company

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If your company have seasonal or temporary increases in work load, you might have been confronted with the issue of having to hire extra staff for these particular periods of time. The effort put into hiring them might seem like an unnecessary process as they will only be there for a short amount of time. That is why you should get in touch with a labour hire company. These types of companies provide you with work force that is still hired by them, which means they will vouch for their expertise and find the best candidate for the job you are posting. To make sure you get the most out of your labour hire company, there are a few things you should consider. Ask for what you need Be specific about what you’re looking for. The labour hire company make sure that you get the expertise you demand to be able to fulfil the task you wish to hire people for. However, as labour hire companies usually have quite a lot of people working for them, they should be able to provide you with people from all different backgrounds. As people in labour hire companies usually get sent around to different work places all the time, many of them have comprehensive knowledge of many different businesses. For example, if you’re looking for building and construction labour hire, and need someone that has experience in dealing with concrete cancer, just express this to the labour hire company and they will find you candidates that fit the description. Trade specific labour hire If you are working in a specified business where specific knowledge is required, such as engineering, you need a company that specifies in, or at least includes, engineering labour hire. If you need building and construction labour hire, then consider a company like DSC Personnel. You need this as the labour hiring companies perform tests to measure the vocational ability of the worker. If the company itself doesn’t have any experience in the field you require work force for, the worker might not have been tested properly. Extending contracts If you are hiring an employee for a specific period time, but without knowing how the future for the business will look, you should ask the labour hire company about their policy for extending contracts. If you get an employee that you wish to keep in your business even after the period you originally hired them for runs out, you need a labour hire company that can provide you with that. Some companies only extend the hire periodically, but some companies can also let the employee go to let you sign a contract with them. Ask the labour hire about their policies regarding this already when you first get in touch with them to avoid...

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The Most Commonly Asked Questions about Excavating Services

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A homeowner may not always think that they need a professional excavation service to help them with some digging that needs to be done on their property, and they may not realize everything involved with that service if they should hire such a company. If you know that you need some digging done on your property, note a few commonly asked questions about this work. This can ensure you know when to call an excavator that you can ask them the right questions about the job. 1. When is an excavator needed? It’s usually a good choice to call a professional excavator if you need to do any digging work that cannot be readily done with a simple shovel or that goes any deeper than a shovel itself. This is because there may be buried power lines, plumbing pipes, and other such items underground that you are overlooking and which you could easily damage on your own. Digging on your property also has long-term effects that you may not realize. For example, if you were to remove too much dirt from your property without adding a retaining wall or other such brace, you could see soil runoff and even small landslides as the soil is no longer compacted and strong. A professional excavating company will ensure that your property is protected from any type of damage as they dig. 2. Does heavy-duty equipment damage private property? It’s easy to think a heavy-duty bobcat, crane, or other such digger actually damages private property, and you may hesitate to call a professional excavating company for this reason alone. However, most equipment will be made specifically for use on private property so that it doesn’t leave marks on your driveway or simply tear up your lawn. Equipment may have thick rubber treads which won’t cut into soft soil or asphalt as much as tires might. You might talk to your excavating company about your concerns as they might recommend you put down boards in very hot weather or over very soft soil, but in many cases a heavy-duty digger won’t damage property the way you might assume. 3. Does excavation always dig up the entire yard? If you’re concerned about landscaping features, small trees, and the like, ask your excavating company about alternative methods to digging. They may be able to excavate underground without digging up the topsoil or use trenchers to create long, narrow digs where needed. Don’t assume your entire yard will be a disaster because of hiring an excavator, but work with them to find the type of dig that will work for your property in...

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3 Maintenance Tips for Asphalt Paving

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Investment in asphalt paving does not end with the completion of the installation job. Proper maintenance will ensure the paving remains in full service condition for users to enjoy year-through. If you are going to provide maintenance, make sure it is done properly as incorrect maintenance normally causes more harm to asphalt paving than none at all. Here are some basic maintenance guidelines that can help slacken the pace at which your asphalt paving will call for complete resurfacing or replacement, allowing you to derive maximum service from it. Apply seal coating Over time, the oil binder that helps keep layers of asphalt material held together will deteriorate due to numerous factors, such as prolonged exposure to sunshine and ponded water. The oil binder usually provides a protective seal that moderates infiltration of water, which if allowed to settle underneath the surface of the asphalt surface, will damage the subgrade. When oil spots begin to show on the surface of your asphalt paving, or it starts losing its initial dark color, you should reseal the paving before any extensive damage can happen. Even though seal coating won’t stop cracks from emerging and do not improve the strength of the asphalt paving, it will minimise the deleterious effects of sunlight and other weather elements, and it will help keep the pavement compacted for longer. Use crack sealing Regardless of how well asphalt paving is installed, cracking is bound to arise at some time. The main reason why you should seal cracks immediately is because they are trouble spots when water is allowed to find its way inside them. Crack sealing can be done by either using a spray nozzle or an injection nozzle. Applying the crack sealants using a spray nozzle is the more economical technique since it leaves behind a thick band of the sealants centered above the crack. The best method, however, is to use an injection nozzle that allows the sealing products to penetrate slightly beneath the surface of the paving to provide a more long-lasting seal coating.  Patch up the rest If the cracks on an asphalt paving have significantly broadened or have already created potholes, you will need to patch them up. Even if significant wear has occurred, it may be possible to remove and replace the affected areas without necessarily resurfacing or replacing the entire asphalt paving. In most cases, patching may be required where prolonged ponding of water or unfavorable soil conditions have intensified the problem. Contact asphalt repair contractors for more tips or...

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