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Know Your Extinguisher at Work

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Know Your Extinguisher at Work

Having the right fire equipment within the office place is essential for maintaining safe conditions for your employees. According to Fire and Safety Australia, 95% of fires could be extinguished without the need for the emergency services if the correct fire extinguisher is used. The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) produced the Australian Standards, which highlights fire safety policy, such as the regularity of fire extinguisher testing and where they should be located. Here is a list of the most common types of fire extinguisher and which classes of fire they can be used for, to help you to understand what is required for your own workplace.  Water Water extinguishers are the cheapest and most popular extinguisher that you can buy. They are used for Class A fires that represent your typical wood, paper and plastic fire but are limited in their use, as they should not be used where electricity or burning fat and oil is present. Smoking is a common cause of Class A fires, especially in a workplace that has lots of dry paper and wood which can easily catch fire if a cigarette stub is not fully put out and there is debris lying around near the smoking area. Having a dedicated smoking shelter that allows people to avoid passive smoking will help you to conform to smoking policies created by Work Safe Australia and look after the health of your employees. Foam Foam extinguishers are perfect for both Class A fires and Class B, which covers flammable liquids such as petrol. The foam smothers the fire and deprives it of air. A fire needs fuel, air and heat; taking one of these away will put it out quickly and efficiently. Whilst they are more versatile, they are more expensive that plain water extinguishers.  CO2 CO2 extinguishers can be used for electrical fires; otherwise known as Class E fires. They can also be used on flammable liquids. However, because CO2 is a gas, it dissipates quickly. Therefore, there is always a risk of the fire reigniting. Turning off the electrical supply if possible will reduce this risk dramatically.  Powder Powder extinguishers are the most versatile and come in different varieties. They can combat Class A, B, C and D fires; Class D fires encompass flammable metals. However, they must be used with caution, as they can damage equipment. Establishing if there is an alternative extinguisher that could be used in its place is always a good idea, if time permits. \ For more information, contact The Fire Protection Specialist Company Pty Ltd or a similar...

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Common Mistakes Many Homeowners Make When It Comes to Asbestos Removal

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Common Mistakes Many Homeowners Make When It Comes to Asbestos Removal

The word asbestos can be very frightening to homeowners, as they typically know that the substance is dangerous if not downright deadly when inhaled and especially when breathed in over the course of many years. Finding it in your home can make you wonder if you’ve been inhaling it for as long as you’ve lived there, and you may want it out as quickly as possible. While many areas do allow homeowners to manage their own asbestos removal if they so choose, note a few common mistakes they make when doing and why these mistakes can be very dangerous. This can help you decide if an asbestos removal company is the best option for you. Using home tools The tools you have at home are often insufficient for removing all the asbestos you might find in your house. Basic scrapers may not actually scrape away enough of the asbestos that may be clinging to the wall materials, and a standard shop vacuum might also not remove enough of the material. Using a shop vacuum also means that you might make the substance airborne, doing more harm than good. Also note that you often need to dispose of the tools you use to remove asbestos along with the material, as having it cling to scrapers and other such tools can mean allowing it to spread, and this too can mean potentially doing more harm than good with your removal. Not containing the area When you remove asbestos, you don’t want to assume that you’ll do such a thorough job that you don’t need to contain the area. This means putting up plastic sheeting over windows and doors and around the area where you work and then removing this sheeting and disposing of it after work is completed. If you don’t contain the area, fibers that become airborne may actually leave your home through a window or other entryway and settle in your property’s soil or on a neighbor’s property. Improper disposal Even if you put asbestos in an airtight container, you are typically not allowed to bury it on your property or simply put it in with your household trash. Excessive vibrations or moisture can damage your buried container and allow the asbestos to become airborne, or future construction might also dig it up. City landfills also are not usually equipped to manage asbestos and keep it contained. You may face hefty fines and fees if you dispose of asbestos improperly, even if you do so on your own private property. Because it’s so easy to make these and other mistakes when dealing with asbestos, it may be best to hire a local asbestos removal company to take of the problem for...

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Why LED Car Lights Are Suitable For Any Vehicle

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why LED Car Lights Are Suitable For Any Vehicle

Headlights and taillights are crucial components for any vehicle. However, not may motorists pay much attention to their car lights and will typically use the ones that come with the manufacturer. When they begin failing, it is not uncommon to find motorists replacing them with the same light instead of considering whether they can make their vehicle more efficient by opting for something different. If you are looking to install new car lights, you should consider LED car lights. The following are some of the reasons why LED car lights are suitable for any vehicle. LED car lights improve your road safety If you are looking to improve your road safety, especially if you tend to commute in the dark, then LED car lights would be the most suitable option for you. These lights are composed of several bulbs that have been incorporated together, rather than a single bulb that you would find in conventional car lights. The bulb systems that make up the LED light each emit a glow, which works toward providing you with higher visibility when you are on the road. Additionally, the LED car lights will also glitter when the light from oncoming traffic reflects on them. This makes your vehicle easy to spot too by other road users. LED car lights are energy efficient Another reason to consider LED car light is that they do not consume a lot of energy when they are in use. Since they require less energy than conventional car lights, they inadvertently put less strain on your car battery. This translates into longer life for your car battery. Replacing a car battery that has run out tends to be quite expensive. If you have the chance of prolonging your vehicle’s car battery, you also end up saving money in the long run, as you will be replacing your battery less regularly than normal. LED car lights are long lasting One of the biggest inconveniences of conventional incandescent car lighting is that it is more susceptible to acquiring damage. The reason for this is the filament that is contained within the incandescent lighting. Over time, the heat coupled with rough driving conditions can lead the filament to break off. This means having to replace your car lights. LED lighting on the other hand does not have a filament. Instead, it used gas and an electrical charge to produce light. This makes it less likely to suffer from damage and enhances the lifespan of your car...

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How to Make Your Own Teak Oil

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Make Your Own Teak Oil

Many furniture experts recommend that you treat your teak furniture with teak oil to protect it from sunlight and moisture. Most teak oil products contain a mixture of oil, solvents and resin, which combine to create a wood treatment of the right consistency to deeply penetrate into the wood. You can make your own teak oil from simple, inexpensive ingredients to protect your teak furniture from harm. Choose an Oil Base Many teak oil products contain tung oil, a natural oil that is squeezed from the nuts of the Chinese tung tree. You can use pure tung oil to treat your teak furniture, but it’s not as easy to apply or as durable as teak oil, which combines oil with varnish and solvents to improve its consistency. If you prefer, you can use linseed oil as the base for your homemade teak oil. Linseed oil produces a very rich colour when applied to teak furniture. Both linseed and tung oil are available to buy in many hardware stores. Choose a Solvent Many teak oil products contain mineral spirits, which are sometimes sold as paint thinner. Alternatively, you can use naphtha as the solvent in your teak oil, which has the advantage of producing a wood finish that dries very quickly. Choose a Varnish Adding varnish to your teak oil makes it shinier and increases its durability. Polyurethane varnish, which you can buy from a hardware store, is a suitable choice for treating teak furniture. Make Your Teak Oil Begin by pouring your tung or linseed oil into a large container. Add an equal amount of solvent and mix well to create a thin, runny oil that you can easily spread with a paintbrush. Measure out the same volume of varnish as you used for the other ingredients and mix it into the teak oil to give your homemade wood treatment some body and shine. Test Your Teak Oil Before applying your homemade teak oil all over your precious teak furniture, test it on a scrap piece of wood to check that it is easy to apply and has the rich color you want. If the mixture is too thin, add more varnish. If it is too thick, add more oil. To make it easier to spread, add more solvent. If you don’t have any scrap wood, test the teak oil on an inconspicuous part of the furniture, such as the underside of a table or chair seat. For more information on teak oil and teak furniture, contact a company like The Teak...

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Care Tips For Your New Oak Staircase Balustrade

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Care Tips For Your New Oak Staircase Balustrade

An oak staircase and balustrade adds a touch of traditional character to your home. If you decide to leave the wood unpainted so that you can enjoy the charm of the natural grain, you’ll need to care for it properly  This will keep the wood looking beautiful and will also help it to last much longer. Here are some tips on caring for your oak staircase balustrade. Treatment options Oil Naked, untreated oak should be oiled immediately to prevent it from drying out. You can obtain a suitable product from your local DIY store, but be sure to choose something that’s formulated for use on natural wood, as this will contain all the necessary preservatives.  The easiest way to apply the oil is with a small paintbrush. Take care to cover the whole balustrade, including any spindle joints.  Allow the first coat of oil to soak in completely, and then apply another layer. Wax Once you’ve oiled the balustrade, you could choose to apply a layer of wax.  This will give the wood a lovely shine and will offer some protection from dirty hands.  Apply a coat of good-quality natural beeswax to the balustrade with a clean cloth, and then polish it up to a shine with a duster. You’ll need to apply a further layer of polish every month or so to build up a good glossy coating and polish it up each week to keep the balustrade looking good.     You can remove greasy finger marks easily by wiping down the balustrade with a damp cloth dipped in a solution of washing-up liquid and warm water. When the marks have gone, just polish the wood up again using a duster. Varnish If you don’t have time to repeatedly wax your oak balustrade, you could consider varnishing it instead. You can choose from clear varnish or opt for something that has a colour tint if you prefer. Varnish will give your balustrade a nice shine, without the need for repeated polishing and waxing and will provide it with protection from spills and damage from accidental knocks. To apply wood varnish, simply brush it on with a paint brush over the top of the oil treatment. When the varnish is dry, you can simply polish up the balustrade with a non-wax furniture polish and a clean duster. In conclusion You can keep your new oak balustrade looking lovely and extend its life by treating it as described above. You should find a good selection of natural wood waxes, varnishes and oils at your local DIY or hardware...

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The most effective ways to cool your patio

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The most effective ways to cool your patio

Patios are usually set in a position that catches the sun. It is therefore necessary to find ways to cool the space down so you can comfortably use it during the summer. Whatever the design of your patio, there are a number of ways you can help to keep it cool. Trees Trees are an attractive, natural option for shade over an open patio. You should plant quick-growing trees near to the patio so that the spreading branches will provide shade. If you are putting in an outside patio and want to use natural shade, you have the option to design the patio so that it will accommodate the tree/s. Pergola A pergola provides the illusion of your patio being enclosed, while still allowing you to retain the image of a natural shelter outside. You may opt for leaving the ribs of the pergola bare, which will give slight, intermittent shade only. Or you could allow a creeper to grow over the ribs of the pergola to provide more shade in an attractive way. This provides a natural cover and some cooling shade, while allowing the patio to be part of the garden. Enclosed patios The whole purpose of a patio is to give the feeling of sitting outdoors while being comfortable and, often, under cover and protected from the sun and the rain. To achieve this feeling, patios will often be enclosed with glass. This allows wonderfully warm corners in winter, but keep in mind that the room may get very hot in summer. To avoid the sun streaming into the patio directly, there should be an awning over the ceiling glass. Natural ventilation If your patio is covered but not enclosed, a breeze will naturally flow through the space. However, if the patio is enclosed, you may want to install panels with louvre windows which you can open in part or completely to allow a breeze to flow through your patio, thereby cooling it.  Fans If your patio is enclosed, you have the option to use a freestanding fan to create a breeze across the space. It may be a more effective option to install a ceiling fan. This will produce a strong enough breeze to effectively cool the whole patio. Mist spray If your patio is in a position where it really does become very hot during summer, it is also an option to install a spray mist system. This will definitely allow you lower the temperature of the patio. The likelihood of needing to cool your patio is high, as these spaces are usually those that invite the attention of the sun. Depending on how much cooling you desire, you may use one or many of these options. Contact a company like Patioworld NSW Pty Ltd for more ideas for cooling your...

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Winter Worthy | 4 Strategic Steps To Prolong Your Lawn Mower’s Shelf Life In Winter

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Winter Worthy | 4 Strategic Steps To Prolong Your Lawn Mower’s Shelf Life In Winter

Lawn mowers are vital companions during summers when you want your grass looking healthy and gorgeous. But at the end of the mowing season, many homeowners make the mistake of leaving lawn mowers unattended, causing irreversible damage to them. This guide equips you with strategic steps to prolong the shelf life of your lawn mower in winter. Detach The Battery If a battery powers your lawn mower, then it’s probably a good idea to remove and store it away in a cool, dry area during winter season. Avoid storing the battery near fuel cans or heaters because any reaction can cause a fire. When you remove the battery from the lawn mower, wipe it with a clean cloth to remove any accumulated dirt and debris. Clean the battery terminals using soft-bristled brushes and store it away safely. Leaving the battery inside the lawn mower during winter months will cause it to corrode and damage the machine. Clean The Lawn Mower Blades Brush off leaves, mud and grass from the lawn mower blades and surrounding areas. Cleaning the blades will ensure that they remain sharp and corrosion free until the next time you need to use your machine. You will need to use a cloth to remove debris from the lawn mower blades, but make sure the lawn mower isn’t plugged in anywhere and remove the spark plug for added protection. Leaving the lawn mower plugged in can cause it to accidentally turn on and chop off your fingers midway through the cleaning process. Empty Fuel Tank Lawn mowers with partially filled fuel tanks are bound to face damage during winter because fuel will get dirty and murky over time. This murky fuel running through your machine’s components will cause them to corrode. To prevent this from happening, simply empty your fuel tank by tipping the lawn mower over to one side. Run the lawn mower for a few minutes to ensure that the fuel completely empties before storing it away. Store The Lawn Mower In A Dry Area Choose an area that is dry and devoid of moisture, because any condensation on the lawn mower will cause parts to corrode and rust. You’ll also want to keep it away from harsh weather elements like wind, sun and rain, so find a safe location in a shed or garage. Avoid storing it near heaters and electrical appliances because this heat may affect the internal components of your machine. Lawn mowers are excellent accompaniments to your gardens during summer. Follow these steps to prolong the shelf life of your lawn mower in...

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3 Filter Options for Your Residential Air Cleaner

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Filter Options for Your Residential Air Cleaner

There are numerous types of air pollutants like pollen, pet fur, general dirt and even smoke in residential environments. These contaminants compromise your indoor air quality and the particles can be harmful to the respiratory system. Therefore, you should consider installing an air cleaner in your house to eliminate these air pollutants. Basically, these appliances are designed to screen the air and eliminate the contaminating particles. The cleaning efficiency of the purifier will depend on the filtration mechanism, so it is important to consider this aspect before purchase. Here is a brief description of the primary filter options to consider for your new air cleaner. Activated Carbon As implied, activated carbon filters are manufactured from high-carbon materials like charcoal. This material is highly absorbent and has many pores which increase the surface area for trapping harmful particles. Moreover, the carbon is specially manufactured in order to bond with the pollutants. Consequently, the particles will not be able to return into the circulation. You should consider selecting an air cleaner with activated carbon filters if you are concerned about smoke, chemical fumes and general odours. On the other hand, this filter is ineffective against large particles like pollen and dust, so it should not be used independently. HEPA The HEPA filter is officially known as the high-efficiency particulate arrestance filter. It is fabricated using fibreglass members which are structured unsystematically to generate an operational sieve. This type of air filter is designed to offer maximum screening efficiency after installation in the air cleaning appliance. It can trap most forms of particles from your home, including flower pollen, fungal spores as well as bacteria. The randomly-arranged fibres will ensure impaction of the contaminants, preventing them from returning into the indoor air circulation. Unfortunately, the HEPA filter cannot remove chemical fumes, smoke or scents from your home. Ultraviolet Light Technology The ultraviolet light technology is installed in air cleaners to destroy airborne microorganisms which could cause diseases. Basically, this type of device releases electromagnetic radiation which kills the pertinent organisms by breaking down their DNA. The light is highly effective against bacteria, fungal spores and even viruses. This technology is an ideal choice if you are concerned about communicable diseases or biologically polluted surroundings. Unfortunately, this is not really a filtration technology, so the device will not trap most solid particles or even odours from the indoor air. You will obtain optimal indoor air quality in your home by choosing an air cleaner which can use two or more of these filters simultaneously. For more ideas on which filters will work best for your home, contact companies like Air Cleaners...

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5 Tips for Deterring Stray Cats From Your AC Unit

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips for Deterring Stray Cats From Your AC Unit

If there are stray cats climbing onto your air conditioning unit, that can be annoying, and in some cases, people around the world have even reported cats urinating on their air conditioning units. If you are tired of the noise or the odours or just want them to stay away, there are ways to deter them from your outdoor AC unit. Take a look at these tips: 1. Spray a natural cat repellant around the area. To deter the cats, you can make a simple, homemade cat repellant. Mix a bit of lavender, rosemary and cinnamon in boiling water and let it cool. Put it in a spray bottle and spray it on the ground around your air conditioning unit. Alternatively, use lemon and eucalyptus diluted in water as a repellent. If you don’t want to make repellent, scatter lemon peels around the unit. 2. Get rid of litter-like materials around your air conditioning unit. Feral cats look for sand or dirt to bury their poo in, and you don’t want to provide that option around your AC unit. Replace mulch or dirt with a few landscaping stones or large rocks. That way, the cats cannot dig there, and it may make them less likely to come to that area. 3. Tape aluminium foil over the AC unit. Cats don’t like to walk on aluminium foil — the texture and sound bothers them. To take advantage of this fact, tape some aluminium foil around your air conditioning unit, and consider placing some on the ground around the unit as well. You can tape it in place or weight it with rocks. 4. Use a plastic carpet runner. Alternatively, you can use a plastic carpet runner instead of aluminium foil. You can find these at office furniture stores. They have a smooth side to allow chairs to move around, and the other side has small plastic spikes to hold it in place on carpet. Lay one of these spike-side up on your air conditioning unit. If the cats jump up and land on it, they will feel the spikes and jump back down. 5. Install a motion-activated light over your air conditioning unit. Stray cats may be frightened if a light unexpectedly turns on. To keep them away from your AC unit at night, hang a motion activated light above it. When they approach it, the light will turn on and hopefully scare them...

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Three conventional solar hot water systems

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three conventional solar hot water systems

In most Australian homes, heating water is considered the biggest source of greenhouse emissions. Households, as well as communities, are thus encouraged to turn to solar hot water technologies. If you are interested in these techniques, it is critical that you know the various solar hot water systems available to you. These include: Direct system – In this type, water passes directly through the system, and it is circulated through the collector. This system does not need to heat glycol – an anti-freeze – and then pass it through the heat exchanger fitted in the water tank. This technique is suitable for most homes because of the low water hardness levels found in most households. It is also suitable is areas where there is moderate climate, that is, temperatures above -10ºC. The biggest advantage of the direct solar hot water system is that there is efficient heat transfer because there is no need for heat exchanging compounds. However, if you use hard water in your home or your home is located in Polar Regions, this solar hot water system is not ideal for you.  Closed Loop – This is the most versatile solar hot water system in the market. It is commonly used in homes, commercial purposes, space heating and in places where water quality may corrode the copper. In case you want to use this system for business applications, you must ensure that the water to be heated is not portable. It is vital to note that the liquid that circulates through the collector is separate from the water in the primary system and may be a mixture of water and glycol. The main advantage of this system is that it can withstand water of poor quality and stagnating conditions. However, it is not as efficient as the direct solar hot water system since it needs a heat exchanger. Its cost is also relatively high because it is a more complex system.  Drainback system – The drain back solar hot water system resembles the closed-loop systems since it uses an anti-freeze to prevent freezing in the collector. A heat transfer fluid that is unpressurized is pumped through the collector while being kept separate from the end water that is being heated. Whenever the pump is off, the heat transfer liquid drains from the collector to the lines. The drain-back solar hot water system is suitable for areas with frigid night temperatures and poor water quality. The ability of the system to utilize gravity’s pull as freezing protection is its principal advantage as it allows the system to prevent freezing even when you turn the pump off. Additionally, this capability prevents the system from over relying on glycol as a heat transfer fluid. For more information, contact companies like Solar...

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