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Grow Your Own Apricots

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Grow Your Own Apricots

If you are considering adding ornamental trees to your garden, you might want to consider growing an apricot tree.  This will provide an attractive and interesting addition to your garden that will also provide you with an abundant crop of tasty fruit.  So what’s involved? Why apricot? Apricot trees are quick to grow and very hardy in most climates, usually reaching a height of around 3 metres.  They are simple to grow and care for, making them an ideal choice for the novice gardener.  As well as the fruit to enjoy, the trees produce a flush of pale pink blossoms during the spring. Planting and growing your apricot tree When you plant your tree, you’ll need to cut back the main stem.  This encourages side shoots to grow, encouraging the tree to bush-out into a more attractive shape and making it easier to harvest the fruit.  During the first couple of years, prune out any vertically growing branches and any that are rubbing together.  This helps to prevent disease from entering the tree and keeps it healthy. You can plant your apricot tree in the autumn or winter into a free-draining soil.  To give the tree a good start, add sand or fine gravel to the soil if it’s heavy and fork in a good helping of organic matter such as mulch or farmyard manure. As the tree becomes established, look out for suckers emerging from the roots.  Suckers look like spindly twigs and should be pruned off as soon as they appear to prevent the tree being deprived of nutrients. Apricot trees typically begin to bear fruit when they get to three years of age or older.  The older your tree is, the more fruit it will produce.  There’s no need to thin the fruits; just leave them to form and develop naturally.  Keep your tree well watered during the summer when the fruits begin to swell.  As soon as the fruits turn pale orangey-pink in colour and easily come off the tree, they are ripe and ready to harvest.  Apricots don’t ripen well if picked too early, so try to resist the temptation! Apricot trees make a lovely addition to any garden, providing a display of blossom during the spring and a crop of delicious fruit at the end of the summer.  For more information and advice and to see what varieties of apricot trees are available, why not pay a visit to your local plant...

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Four Tips for Choosing Shades If You Have a Mobile Impairment

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips for Choosing Shades If You Have a Mobile Impairment

If you are mobility impaired, you may need to make modifications to many aspects of your life, and that includes the shades you use. Looking for shades that are designed to work with your lifestyle? Here are some tips to keep in mind: 1. Opt for long cords. If you are in a wheelchair, cords are much easier to reach and maneuver than wands. Because of that, you should opt for shades that have long cords you can easily reach. If the cords aren’t long enough for you to reach when the shade is open, you can extend the length relatively easily. Simply, remove the bottom pull (typically a plastic piece held in place by a knot on the string). Find some cord that roughly matches the shade cord, tie it on and reattach the bottom piece. 2. Consider motorised shades. If you have small children or pets in the home, you may want to stay away from long cords, as they can pose a strangulation hazard. In that case, you may want to consider motorised shades. Motorised shades have a motor that moves them up and down, and you don’t have to worry about whether or not you can reach the shades, you simply need to push a button. 3. Look for synced shades. If you decide upon motorised shades, look for ones that can be synced. For example, many Somfy shades can be synced, and that allows you to lower all of the shades in your home at the same time with a single remote. This saves you from having to get up and down stairs or having to waste time navigating around your home when you want to open or close the shades. Instead, you can stay exactly where you are and do it all easily at once. 4. Insist upon safety features with motorised shades. Ultimately, if you decide upon motorised shades that can be opened with a remote, you need to make sure they have the right safety features. For example, you want the shades to automatically stop closing if there is an obstacle in the way. That way, if you are trying to close the shades from downstairs and your cat is in the window upstairs, the shades won’t hurt your cat or get damaged by closing on your cat. Similarly, you also want shades that have a frost reaction element. With this feature, if parts of the shade’s motor are frozen, the shade will stop automatically so that undue burden is not placed on your shades. Want to get more ideas on which shades will be the most convenient for your lifestyle? Contact a shade specialist to talk about corded shades, Somfy shades, motorised shades and more....

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Moving? 3 Sharp Tricks To Cherry-Pick Storage Units On A Tight Budget

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Moving? 3 Sharp Tricks To Cherry-Pick Storage Units On A Tight Budget

If you’re thinking of moving away temporarily or simply need to move to a smaller home, then self-storage is an opportunity for you to hold onto your household items without being forced to get rid of them. But if you’re looking to keep your costs down, some sharp tricks will help you put the dollars back in your pocket when you choose storage units. Get Out Of The City And Opt For Independent Outer-City Storage Units Self-storage units in CBD-proximate premises tend to be more expensive because of the high cost of real estate. This can really dent your wallet over the long run. So, consider opting for independent storage units outside city limits because they can end up being cheaper for you to manage over a period. City storage units also tend to be smaller because space is a big issue, which means that you’ll end up paying more for less space. Choosing independent self-storage units will also be 25 percent cheaper than major chains, saving you from thinning your wallet. Establish The Frequency Of Your Visits To The Unit Consider how often you plan to access the self-storage unit. For instance, if you need to pick up items from the unit frequently, then travelling to an outer city self-storage unit will prove to be expensive in the long run. For instance, if you live and travel to a storage unit that is just 0 to 10 km away from you in Sydney, you will end up paying $3.38 for public transport during peak hours. If you travel between 35 and 65 km away to a storage unit, you will end up paying $6.46 for peak travel. This nearly doubled fare can really add to your costs in the long run. Outer-city storage units make the most sense when you don’t need to access them often because of their lower costs. So, placing something between 35 and 65 km away will not matter if you need to access the unit just to load and unload.  Choose A Unit Offering Fire-Damage Insurance If You Live In A Bushfire Risk Area Bush fires are regular sights in many parts of Australia. Some self-storage units offer insurance for stored contents based on a perceived valuation of your stored goods, while others offer low liability coverage that cover just a small portion. If you live in a bushfire-prone area, this is an important factor because fire damage can end up costing you a fortune if you lose all your items without any compensation. It may be worth paying the little extra for insurance to save your wallet from destruction, especially in high fire danger areas. Follow these sharp tricks to cherry-pick self storage units on a skintight...

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Reasons to Have Glass Splashbacks Fitted In Your Kitchen

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reasons to Have Glass Splashbacks Fitted In Your Kitchen

A splashback are an important aspect for any kitchen. As such, you will find they come in an assortment of materials. The trick to choosing the most appropriate splashback would be opting for materials that are of good quality so that the splashback can withstand the usage its exposed to. With myriad options available, it can be difficult to make a selection on what would be best for your needs. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider fitting glass splashback in your kitchen. Glass splashbacks enhance the lighting in your kitchen Proper lighting is crucial in any kitchen. If you have a darker kitchen, you will find you always have to rely on artificial lighting to see what you are doing. Not only does this increase your utility bills, but artificial lighting also has a bland effect on the overall appearance of food. To make the most of the natural lighting in your kitchen, you should opt for a glass splashback. This material is reflective, so it will enhance any natural light that illuminates your kitchen. This makes your kitchen bright and welcoming, even during the winter months when the sun is not as bright. Glass splashbacks also have the ability of creating an illusion of space in your kitchen. This makes them ideal for smaller kitchens that would otherwise feel or look cramped. Glass splashbacks create visual interest in your kitchen Another reason to consider fitting your kitchen with a glass splashback is the aesthetics they will provide you with. There are numerous ways that you can create visual interest using glass splashbacks. For one, you can opt for a mirrored splashback. These will add a modern feel to your kitchen without you having to opt for extensive remodelling to change the appearance of your kitchen. Another option that you could consider are mosaic glass splashbacks. These are made from different colours giving you the chance to create designs on your kitchen walls without having to repaint them. Lastly, you can even opt for glass splashbacks that come with LED lighting. Not only are these functional by providing you with additional lighting in the kitchen, but they are unique too and will make your kitchen stand out. Glass splashbacks are easy to maintain The kitchen is a haven for spills. Splashes of food and grease will be a staple on your splashback so you should consider a material that will be easy to keep pristine. Glass splashbacks do not require any grouting, so you do not have to worry about cleaning stains on grout. Since the glass is impervious, all you need to do is wipe them down with detergent and rinse as needed and they will remain aesthetically...

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Home Uses for an Industrial Shed

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Home Uses for an Industrial Shed

If you have an extra industrial shed, which is a larger metal shed than the traditional storage shed, there are a lot of ways you can use it at home. While you do need a spacious backyard for this type of shed, it can provide a lot of excellent benefits for you. Consider some of these different home uses for the shed. Gardening Equipment Storage First of all, the industrial shed is an excellent way to store home items that don’t fit in your garage, or that are not convenient in the garage. For example, you might have a lot of tools and equipment that you use for gardening, weed control, and other backyard work. These items might be placed in your garage, but that often keeps them a little too far from your yard when it comes time to use them. A better option is to keep them in a large industrial shed in your backyard so that they are always within reach. Backyard Workshop If you like to participate in painting, woodworking, engine rebuilding, or other types of home projects, a shed is perfect. Since they are a little larger, industrial sheds can provide a decent-sized workshop for you. Place it in a corner of your backyard that won’t be disturbed by others, but that gives you access to electrical if you need to use power tools and hook up lights in the shed. You should have plenty of room for a spacious workspace and storage inside the shed. Kids’ Playroom Are you running out of space in your home for your kids to play? If there isn’t enough room in their bedrooms and the living room is getting bombarded by toys and play tents, you might want to consider setting up an industrial shed playroom. You can create an entire playhouse environment for them with different areas of the shed involving various types of toys. These sheds have ample space for a small table and chairs for crafts, storage bins for toys, and enough room for a play-sized kitchen and other play house amenities. You can work in the yard while your kids play in their new space. Home Office Another great idea for an industrial shed is creating a home office. Whether you run a business out of your home or bring some work home with you, it helps to have a quiet space where you can focus with minimal distractions. Sometimes, getting out of the house and going into your shed re-focuses your mind from being home to being at...

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Tips for Choosing the Right Material for a DIY Outdoor Deck

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Choosing the Right Material for a DIY Outdoor Deck

When building an outdoor deck yourself, you need to carefully consider the material you choose. Not all timber decks are alike and other materials you might choose for your deck can offer a lot of advantages that you may be overlooking. Note a few tips for choosing the right material for your deck, if you’re thinking of constructing it yourself.  Pressure treated pine Pine is very affordable and feels good against the feet because it’s a soft wood, and it’s easy to cut and fabricate on your own. It also holds a paint or stain color very well. The chemicals used to treat pine to keep it protected from rot, mold and insect infestation can cause corrosion, so you want to use stainless steel fasteners and avoid thin, weak nails that may curve or break when they start to rust. This can make a DIY installation more difficult and costly. Pine is also prone to chipping and rotting, so you need to ensure you have it sealed every year or as often as recommended for your area and standard weather conditions. Tropical hardwoods Tropical hardwoods have a natural tone that is very attractive, so you may not need to paint or stain them for a beautiful deck. They are very tough and durable, but this can be a problem when making your own deck as you may not be able to easily cut slats of hardwood with your standard saw blades. You also typically cannot nail through the boards without a power hammer or without drilling a hole first. Tropical hardwood planks may also be expensive to replace if a slat should get damaged in time, and remember that darker colors of wood can be very uncomfortable under bare feet when in hot summer sun. Composite materials Composite materials are a mixture of plastic and wood fibers; these fibers are usually taken from waste materials including shavings and sawdust, so composite is a very eco-friendly choice. These boards are also very tough and durable but easier to cut and fabricate than tropical hardwoods. They come in a variety of finishes so that they don’t need to be painted or stained over the years. However, like real wood, they may be prone to mildew, so they do need to be cleaned regularly. Some brands may also recommend the slats . They’re also heavier than most wood types so you may need to add some extra bracing around the deck to keep it from sinking into the...

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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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