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How To Care For Vintage Or Antique Carpeting

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’ve bought a period home, you might just have been lucky enough to get one with the original carpeting still installed–making your floors a vintage piece or possibly even an antique in their own right. This is exciting, but it’s also a big responsibility–and you need to know how to live up to it! Read on to learn more about how to ensure that the vintage or antique carpeting inside your new home will last for generations to come. Make sure your carpet is in the best condition it can be in. As soon as you move in–or even earlier before there’s furniture to contend with–you should get a professional carpet restoration service in to have a look at your floors. They’ll be able to tell you exactly when the carpeting is from, give you some specific advice on caring for it and deal with any patches that might need restoration or repair to ensure that you’re starting life in your new home with a carpet in tip-top condition. Be extremely careful about what goes on the carpet’s surface. The first and most obvious thing you need to do is ensure that nothing drags at or otherwise damages your carpet. This means that you need to avoid wearing high heels when walking or standing over it and that any furniture that is to be stood on that carpet has protective felt or rubber ‘feet’ covering any part that will be in contact with the floor. Use the cleaning methods contemporary to your carpet. If your carpet pre-dates vacuum cleaners, don’t vacuum it–it won’t be able to withstand the suction and you could easily damage it. Use a stiff-bristled brush to sweep up debris, and use salt to soak up any spilled liquids. Avoid soaking your carpet in water; many antiques used vegetable dyes that will run immediately! A carpet restoration firm can deep-clean your carpet for you once every six months to a year. It’s important to be careful and to avoid methods and chemicals your carpet was never designed to take. A carpet restoration service can also likely give you general care tips. It’s not necessarily difficult or time-consuming to keep vintage and antique carpets looking good and in great condition–but you do need to do a little work to ensure they’ll last for years to come. Consulting the experts is an important step so make sure you don’t do anything...

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Is a Native Soil Field Better Than a Sand-Based Field?

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Uncategorized |

One of the key decisions that have to be made before a new sporting field is constructed is what substrate (native soil or sand) should be used beneath the turf on that field. This article discusses the key pros and cons of a native soil field and a sand-based field. Use this information to select the best field substrate for the school that you manage. Native Soil Sporting Fields Native soil sporting fields refer to fields where the naturally occurring soil in that area is used as a substrate for the turf on that field. Native soil fields are usually less costly to construct because the contractor doesn’t have to ferry any soil to the site. These fields may also require limited watering because they usually have a high ability to retain water. The native soils also reduce the need to provide supplementary nutrients to the turf because the soil holds any nutrients present in the soil for long. However, the frequent use of the sporting field can cause the soil to become compacted due to the heavy traffic that it endures during each sporting event. This compaction can increase the likelihood that athletes will sustain injuries as they use that native soil field. Furthermore, it can become challenging to drain the field quickly once it rains heavily. This is because the native soil won’t let the water percolate quickly enough to leave the field free from water puddles. Consequently, sports events may be delayed or postponed once waterlogging makes the field unusable. Sand-Based Sporting Fields Sand-based fields refer to sporting fields where the native soil is excavated and replaced with sand that has been ferried in from another source. These fields are excellent for venues that will be used frequently. This is because the sand resists compaction. Secondly, sand-based sporting fields are ideal for locations that receive heavy rainfall. This is because water can quickly drain from the field without damaging the turf or soil structure. However, sand-based sporting fields are very expensive in several ways. First, complex tests must be carried out in order to determine the best sand composition to use at the site. Secondly, regular tests must be done to establish how the composition of sand has changed over time so that remedial action can be taken. It is also expensive to ferry large amounts of sand to the construction site. Additionally, it is expensive to keep adding the nutrients that keep leeching through the porous sand. Think carefully about the issues above before you select a substrate for the new sporting field that you would like to be constructed at your school. You should also talk to sporting field construction experts. Their suggestions about the best substrate for fields in your location will help you to make an informed...

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Why You Should Consider a Metal Roof

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are remodelling or in the market for a new roof, why should you consider a metal alternative? What Options Are There? Today, metal roofs come in a variety of different materials and configurations, allowing you to select very precisely according to the type of building, your budget and even your geographical location. For example, you can choose from galvanised steel (which comes in different thicknesses), galvalume steel (which is slightly more expensive but comes in aluminium or zinc coated), stone coated steel, copper or stainless. Geographical Issues Note that galvanised steel is not recommended if you should live close to the ocean, as it can eventually corrode in these environments. If you do live in coastal areas, then you may be better off looking at aluminium for your choice of roof. Cost Considerations If cost is a significant option, then galvanised steel is likely your best choice. It’s certainly the most frequently used in both commercial and residential situations due to this factor. Aluminium is slightly more expensive and also very popular. It’s very durable and will last typically a lot longer than steel, but has the advantage of being much cheaper than the premium metals like copper. However, copper can last for hundreds of years and is as such the most durable of all options. This type of roof has a fairly large budget and many people choose copper just for accenting or certain architectural elements, such as a bay window cover. Installation Advantages You may not know that it’s possible to put a metal roof on top of your existing roof, which can save a significant amount of money in the destruction phase. Metal is a very lightweight material and is therefore suitable for installing over the top of shingles. You also have an advantage if choosing to replace your roof in the wintertime, as most contractors will be able to install a metal roof at this time of year, relatively quickly. What Styles are Available? There are a variety of different styles available for metal shingles and these are often manufactured to imitate the look of slate or tile. You can choose from a very large number of colours, which can even be customised to your particular liking. There are far more colour options available for metal then there are when considering asphalt shingles. Life Cycle Cost Finally, remember that metal roofs are extremely durable and have a long lifespan. This means that they have a low “life cycle” cost. You may spend a little more when you install a metal roof as opposed to an asphalt shingles alternative, but in the long run you will definitely save...

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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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Industrial Process Piping: Selecting the Ideal Stainless Steel Tubing Grade

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Industrial process piping networks are designed and constructed for long-term functionality. However, the system will eventually fail due to issues such as age, corrosion and even impact from external sources. If this is the case in your operation, you should consider replacing your piping network with stainless steel tubing. These are efficient for conveying diverse materials because the metal alloy is invulnerable to rusting. Moreover, the material is strong and can withstand mechanical stress and impact. On the other hand, selecting the right tubing for your application can be challenging since there are numerous stainless steel grades. Here is a description of the primary aspects that you should consider before purchasing the ideal tubing. Pressure Rating Stainless steel tubes are resilient, but the quality of their strength is not homogenous. Therefore, it is important to consider the pressure rating of the different products in the market before purchase. Basically, this property determines the amount of weight that the tube walls can support without distortion. You must consider the density of your industrial fluid and even the speed of the flow. For example, you will need a tube with higher pressure rating if you are handling chemical slurry as opposed to water. In addition, if the fluid is flowing fast, the walls have to be stronger because the motion will exert pressure on the walls. Temperature Resistance Temperature resistance is an important consideration if your new piping network is intended for handling hot or really cold fluids. In most cases, this is not a critical aspect because all forms of stainless steel are capable of withstanding exposure to diverse levels of heat. However, if heat is applied directly on the tubing or the fluid being conveyed is at any extreme temperature, the structural integrity of the pipe will be compromised gradually. For example, normal stainless steel that is alloyed using chromium will become brittle in low temperature and form scale when conveying hot fluids. However, a grade with nickel will maintain flexibility in cold, and if some manganese is also added, there will be minimal scaling. Corrosion Factors Finally, you should consider the possibility of corrosion and rusting of the stainless tubing after installation. Generally, standard stainless steel has chromium which prevents reaction with water and air and subsequent rusting. However, when the industrial fluid is saline or chemical, the material will still be subject to tarnish and wearing. You should choose tubing grades that match your applications. For example, purchase marine-grade 316 piping for handling saline...

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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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Why Work With a Roof Truss Manufacturer When Building a New Home?

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A roof truss is a set of beams that are used to create the frame of a new home’s roof; they are typically set in a triangular shape and connected with metal plates, screws, and other such fasteners. Trusses are not used as often today as they once were, as homes are now typically constructed with what is called a matchstick design, or studs that are cut onsite as the home is built. If you are having a new home built, you may want to consider a roof truss and working with a truss manufacturer instead of a standard matchstick design. Note a few reasons why this is and why they can be a good choice for your home. 1. Exposed or not Working with roof trusses gives you more choices when it comes to the overall design and look of your home. You can leave the trusses exposed and create an open, airy feeling to your home with lots of space, and the trusses themselves offer some eye-catching appeal. If you don’t paint the trusses, this can also create a very rustic look. 2. No construction waste When you choose to have manufactured roof trusses for your new home, you have less construction waste. These trusses are made in advance to your specifications and then delivered to the jobsite. With standard construction of matchstick homes, beams and studs are cut onsite and, in turn, there can be quite a bit of wasted wood. This can mean having paid for wood that isn’t used and having wood tossed out that could otherwise be used for other projects, which is not a very eco-friendly choice. Construction cleanup can also be very costly, so using precut trusses can save you money on this cost. 3. Less specialized labor Cutting beams onsite when a home is being built is very labor-intensive, and this labor can add to the time it takes to build your new home. When you work with a roof truss manufacturer, the trusses are made ahead of time and then delivered to the jobsite as needed. In turn, they are ready to be used according to your construction schedule; you may face fewer potential delays when you choose trusses over standard cut beams and studs. It’s also good to note that you would need to hire carpenters to create the roof studs needed for standard construction, and this means specialized labor. This can be costly and can add to the overall expense of having a new home built, versus roof trusses made in a factory without the need of specialized carpenters. For more information and options, talk with roof truss manufacturers in your...

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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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