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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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Surprising Advantages of Having a Custom Home Built for You

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When you’re ready to buy a new home, you can choose a home that’s one the market or you can work with a builder and general contractor to invest in a custom designed built new home. There are many advantages to having a custom home built other than just being able to pick out the finishes and size you want, and some of those advantages may surprise you. Note a few reasons why you might consider a custom built home versus one that’s already for sale so you can decide if it’s the right choice for you. 1. Preparing for an older age As you get older, you may know that staying in your current home or finding a home on the market that will accommodate your physical challenges can be difficult. If you have any medical concerns now or which will become more difficult to manage as you get older, you can consider this in a custom designed home. You might have an elevator or lift installed so you don’t need to manage stairs while still having the room needed for the kids and grandkids to visit. You might also include custom railings in the design of the home so you’re able to maintain your balance without having to install industrial-looking railings in hallways and bathrooms.  Preparing for an older age can also mean preparing for your elderly parents to eventually live with you. A custom home might include a separate mother-in-law suite with its own small kitchen and full bathroom, and even with a separate entrance for maximum privacy. These types of features can be difficult to find in a home on the market but they can make you and your family more comfortable overall. 2. Modern computerised system and compatibility If you love computers and electronic gadgets, you may find that a custom home can be the right choice for you. Having a new home built can mean the fiber optic wiring that will support your demands for data, along with added electrical outlets and even built-in charging stations meant for smartphones and tablets. Your custom home might also include built-in surge protectors in the area where you’ll plug in your TV, DVD player, computer, and the like. This will keep you from having to run extension cords with surge protectors all over the space. You can even design space for projector screens and other fun accessories that make your computer use or movie watching more enjoyable and easier than if you tried to update a home already on the market....

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Why Choose Bamboo for Your Patio Blinds?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Designing a successful patio space is easier said than done. You have to create an area that has home comforts so that your friends and family feel comfortable hanging out there, but it’s also important that it doesn’t seem like another room of your house—it has to feel like it is a part of your garden. The patio blinds that you choose can make or break a patio space. They are typically used to create a break between the patio and the rest of the garden for when you require a little privacy. Here are some reasons why bamboo is the best choice of material for your patio blinds. It’s a natural-looking material. For a set of outdoor blinds, it is particularly important to have something that blends with the natural aesthetic of a garden. An aluminium shutter being used as a patio blind, for example, would look harsh no matter how well it holds up to the weather. Because bamboo is totally natural, it won’t clash with anything in a garden, and it could look particularly great if bamboo is actually growing in the garden space. It’s an eco-friendly choice. When people choose construction materials today, they aren’t just thinking of aesthetics and functionality, but also about the impact the material might have on the environment. If you are concerned about making environmentally friendly choices for your patio, bamboo blinds couldn’t be a better option. Because bamboo is in fact a grass and not a wood, it grows very quickly and this means you don’t have to worry about having it cut down for your blinds because it is easily replenished. It can be treated for outdoor use. Bamboo hasn’t always been a popular choice for outdoor construction, outdoor furniture, and patio blinds, and this is because the natural material couldn’t stand up to the elements and to insects for a long period of time. But now this doesn’t have to be a worry because the material can be chemically treated. Left untreated, bamboo blinds will hit a lifespan of two years, which is far from ideal, but with chemical treatment, your bamboo blinds could last for the entire time you are in your home. Because bamboo is a totally opaque material, you can enjoy complete privacy as well as a place to escape from the fierce Australian sunshine when your beautiful bamboo patio blinds are drawn. Talk to local contractors to learn...

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Considerations When Planning for Patio Construction

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

One of the best ways of increasing the value of your home while providing you with an outdoor living space is  opting for patio construction on your property. However, it should be noted that opting for patios does not simply encompass hiring contractors and having the space erected for you. You need to contemplate various considerations to ensure that your patio will meet both your aesthetic and practical needs. As such, the planning stage before embarking on its construction is quite important. Here are some of the considerations to keep in mind when planning for patio construction. Establish the use of the patio in relation to its location Generally, patios are used to provide an outdoor living space for entertaining or some quiet time away from the home. Before embarking on patio construction, you will have to consider the different aspects of your yard that would relate to the patio. For instance, if you have a pool, it would make more sense to have the patio adjacent to it, as it will make it easier to transition from pool time to relaxing at the patio. Alternatively, if you plan to use the patio to entertain, then you may want to consider its proximity to your home’s kitchen so as to make it easier to bring food outside without having to lug dishes for an extended distance. In the event that you want your patio as a peaceful solace away from everyone, then you may want it installed at a distance away from the home so you can get your solitude. Establishing the main use for this space will greatly aid you in choosing the most appropriate location for it. Establish the degree of accessibility to the patio When it comes to accessibility, it is not about how you can easily gain physical access to the patio. Rather, you should now consider how various utilities are accessible to the patio. For instance, if you would like it a distance away from the home but plan on spending extended lengths of time there, you may have to consider how electrical wiring, plumbing and more can be incorporated to the overall design of the patio. If you plan to host barbeques on the patio, you will have to consider how you can get a gas line to your grill without much of an inconvenience. Overall, planning on ways that you can channel these various amenities such as gas, water and electricity beforehand will reduce the chances of experiencing inconveniences once the patio is set up. For more information, contact local patio...

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Planting a Garden? Consider the Benefits of Treated Pine Sleepers

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

There is no question that in recent years more and more people have begun to plant and grow their own food. Regardless of the month, or time of year, there is something that can be planted and grown. There are a number of benefits offered by doing this, including being able to eat food that you grow, a sense of accomplishment and even savings on grocery bills. However, prior to starting your garden, you have to figure out how to plant it. One option is to use raised vegetable beds. These will require some type of physical barrier and a great option for this is treated pine sleepers. There are a number of reasons to choose these for your vegetable garden bed, with some of the most appealing found here. Durability and Impervious Nature The treated pine sleepers offered at most garden centers in Australia are treated with various chemicals, fungicides and other items to make them resistant to wear and tear from the weather and eliminate the possibility of rot or disintegration due to bug or insect take-over. The fact is, since these raised beds are going to be filled with soil, organic matter and other items to help the garden grow, using raw pine will simply not work, since it can easily be infested by bugs and begin to rot. Minimal Repair and Replacement Requirements Treated pine sleepers, unlike other wood options that are available, are designed to last for many decades. The sleepers’ treatment helps them stay impervious to bugs and moisture. Regardless of the environmental stressors, you can feel confident that when you invest in this product, they will last for the duration of your garden, which provides peace of mind. An Affordable Option Thanks to the fact that they are more readily available than ever before, this product is an affordable option for your garden. Take some time to look at them in the local home improvement store to learn more about what they offer . If you have not used treated pine sleepers in the past, you should try them now for your next vegetable garden. As you can see from the information here they offer quite a few valuable and unique benefits that are absent from other wood options. When you are planting a vegetable garden, there is no question that you need the right location and materials and that treated pine sleepers should be on this...

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Tips for Choosing the Right Blinds and Shades for Your Home

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Blinds or shades can be a good choice for a home that is somewhat small, as they take up less space than most curtains and won’t get in the way of foot traffic or your furniture. They offer a sleek and simple look that is good for any décor and offer some other features that you may not realise until you begin to shop, such as a remote opener or noise insulation. Note a few tips you’ll want to keep in mind when you are ready to choose roller blinds and shades for your home. 1. Material You may like the look of wood blinds or shutters, but note that wood doesn’t hold up well in high humidity so it’s not the best choice for bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Wood may also tend to bow when exposed to high heat, so you might opt for a different material for windows in direct, bright sunlight. Fabric blinds and shades can soften the look of any room and may provide more noise insulation, so they can be good for bedrooms. However, they can also be difficult to clean as the fabric may hold dust, hair, oil from your fingertips, and the like. 2. Opacity and light filtering When you shop for blinds, you may notice a percent of light filtering or opacity. This refers to how much light can pass through the material, and you want to note this number rather than just the color of blinds. Dark blinds can still allow in light because of having a very loose weave to the fabric. If you want absolute privacy and light blockage, choose 0% opacity; this means zero light will get through the blinds. If you like some light coming through your blinds, you may choose 20% as these will be very sheer. Choose the number that bests suits your needs for privacy and light control. 3. Inside or outside mount When choosing blinds, you’ll need to choose if you want them mounted inside the window frame or outside. Inside mounted will give you the sleekest look as the blinds will appear to be part of the window frame itself. Outside mounted blinds will be larger and take up more space, but if you want a more eye-catching look for your blinds, you might choose an outside mount. The larger size can allow for complete coverage of the windows and make the blinds stand out more against the windows, making a stronger visual statement in the space. For more information and options, talk with window finishing companies, such as Tip Top...

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