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Concrete Sanding and Resurfacing

It’s one of the most commonly used construction materials in the world, and it’s as versatile as it is reliable, but what can be done if concrete starts to show the signs of its age? Fortunately, concrete is often used to last for decades at a time without any need for reparations, but it can sometimes be unavoidable to undertake a little concrete sanding and resurfacing project every so often – just to keep it as functional and supportive as possible.

Fixing Cracks

If there’s one weakness that concrete has, it’s the tendency for it to crack under pressure, or when exposed to the elements. In most cases, a crack in concrete can be treated with minimal fuss, but there are times where a crack runs deeper – or even worse; straight through the foundation. When this occurs, it’s important to rectify the damaged area, and if it’s very severe – a professional construction company should be called to address the matter.

Sanding Concrete

It’s not always cracks to look out for; in some instances, concrete can crumble and wear away over time, or when impacted with a blunt instrument. When this happens, the best thing to do is to fill the crumbled or damaged area, and then allow it several days to dry fully. Once the drying process has completed, you may be left with a slightly uneven surface. The best way to deal with this surface is to sand it down. This can be done manually via sand paper and a bit of elbow grease, or via an electronic appliance that sands and smoothens the area in no time at all.

Resurfacing Concrete

When exposed to the elements, or when used in a consistent fashion, it’s not uncommon for concrete to suffer with aesthetic damage and wear and tear. In extreme cases, the concrete will need to be removed in order for a fresh layer to be placed. But there are times where a concrete resurfacing may suffice. When resurfacing, the trick is to remove the older, external layer of concrete, and reveal a fresher, smoother layer. This is best done by using an electronic tool called a Concrete Resurfacing tool, and it works by breaking down the external layer of concrete, and then smoothing the layer underneath.

When working with concrete, it’s important to remember that protective gear is a necessity. Goggles, gloves and boots are vitally important, as concrete will possess chemicals that can be harmful if allowed to settle on human skin, or if breathed in (which is far more common when sanding and grinding concrete).

Although concrete is one of the most durable building materials around, and one that is used within homes, public places and everywhere in between, it’s important to remember that it isn’t invincible, and maintaining any exposed concrete present can make the difference between a long-lasting building, and one that begins to crumble and deteriorate as the years progress.

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Maintenance Plumbing – Sydney’s Best Tradies

clearing blocked drainsHow to Choose a Good Plumber

A good plumber can be hard to come by; especially with so many newly qualified individuals entering the plumbing scene. With so many plumbers to choose from, how can you be sure to choose the right plumber for your home? Well here are a few important aspects for you to consider before making your decision. Remember that a good plumber will need to possess several traits, and these traits are listed below.

Affordability

With the competitive nature of the plumbing industry considered; it’s becoming more and more common for plumbers to lower their prices. The cheapest price doesn’t always mean the best service however, so it’s important to obtain a few quotes before making your decision. You’ll often find that a good plumber will maintain respectable prices, especially if they have years of experience to offer.

Accessibility

If you can’t get hold of your plumber by phone, email or fax, then you may want to employ a plumber than remains accessible. There are many industries that don’t work on particular days; specifically Sundays and maybe Saturdays. If your plumber is available on these two days, then you’ll know that they are keen to help all year long. But that doesn’t mean that you should rule out those that don’t work on weekends; many plumbers are family-men after all.

Reliability

If you’ve booked a time for a visit, then you should expect your plumber to adhere to that time. Your schedule is very important, and a good plumber will understand that. When booking your appointment, be sure to let your plumber know the best time that suits you, and then if they don’t show up on time without a good reason, then you may want to cancel the appointment and look elsewhere.

Experience

Qualifications count for a lot in this day and age, but they aren’t quite as effective as a bit of hands on experience. All newly qualified plumbers will have had to have undergone some practical training during their education, but even this training won’t be anywhere near as extensive as veteran plumbers. Experience counts for a lot, so don’t always look to qualifications. Many older plumbers will have been practicing their trade for decades, and this experience will far outweigh any qualifications on paper.

Willingness to Help

There’s nothing worse than employing a plumber with an attitude. When a plumber visits your home, you’ll want them to be polite and pleasant, and with a willingness to help. The best way to get to know your plumber a little better is to arrange a meeting, or at least talk to them on the phone. You’ll learn a lot about your plumber from the way that they talk to you, and if they are friendly and ready to make a start, then the chances are that they’ll be suitable for your plumbing project.

Wooden Floor Removal & Floor Sawing

Wooden Floor Removal

floor sawing company for floor removalWhen it comes to updating the floors in your home, the process can range from simple (taking up carpets) to almost impossible (updating concrete). Certain types of flooring might seem hard to remove, but with the right tools and know-how can become pretty straight forward, and that’s where a guide to removing hardwood floors may come in handy. Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of wooden floor removal.

Getting Started 

Before you begin removing your hardwood floor, you first want to consider two things-

Are any of the existing floor boards salvageable?

The fastest way to remove a hardwood floor is to cut the existing floorboards into smaller pieces, so that you can clear them away as you work. This means that deciding if any (or all!) of your floor boards may be salvageable is always a good idea before you begin cutting!

Rotten and damaged wood isn’t likely to be of any value and can be disposed, but pieces that are in good condition can be reused, sold, or donated- so make sure to determine which pieces you wish to keep intact and put them in a separate pile when you remove them, so that they don’t get thrown away.

What tools do I need?

It is always sensible to prepare all of the tools that you need before starting a project, so that you have everything to hand as you work. To remove a hardwood floor you will need:

  • Gloves
  • Safety Goggles
  • Knee Pads
  • Dust Mask
  • Circular Saw
  • Pry Bar
  • Mallet
  • Nail Claw
  • Curved Vice Grips
  • Large Magnet
  • Vacuum Cleaner

 

Removing your Wooden Floor

Using a circular saw, cut lines into each piece of hardwood- perpendicular to the direction in which the wood is laid.  Set your blade to match the thickness of your flooring to ensure that you don’t cut through the sub-flooring. Work to cut each section around 1-2 feet wide, ready to be pried up later.

To pry up the hardwood pieces, you should use a pry bar and a mallet to lift and loosen each piece, so that it can be removed more easily. Many hardwood floors are constructed using staples and nails, so be sure to lift and dispose of these safely. The best way to remove nails and staples is to use a nail claw for stubborn pieces, curved vice grips for any broken staples and nails that just won’t budge.

The job is particularly messy and it can be dangerous to clear away old pieces of metal, so simply sweep a large magnet through all of the debris to ensure that it is all removed safely. From here you can vacuum the area to remove small pieces of wood and sawdust to clean the area fully.

It will take time to get the area you are working on back to normal, so be prepared to clean, clean and clean some more!

Building Your Luxury Home

bathroomsConverting your Home in to a Luxury Home

Owning your own home is something that most people aspire to in their lives, and not just for the ability to own a property. For many people, a home represents a personal space; something that is as much a part of you as any family member. Decorating a home can be very exciting, although the way in which a home is furnished can make a huge difference to the overall look and feel of the property. Here’s a look at the subtle differences that spell the cross between a standard home and a trend setter home.

Colour Schemes

It’s no secret that different colours create different atmospheres within a home, and choosing the right theme is the first step in defining whether yours will be one of the luxury homes in Perth, or fall by the wayside. Whether you’ve had your home built by a luxury home builders firm, or if you purchased it from another owner; there’s nothing to say that you can’t strip it down to its bare bones and start over new.

Pinks, peaches and light reds always create a pleasant, warm atmosphere and even the largest rooms can benefit from a few coats of paint in these shades. Alternatively; shades of green and blue can help to create a more comfortable atmosphere, and these colours promote the feeling of life and vibrancy.

Unique Features

One of the main differences between standard and luxury display homes are the features that are contained without the home itself. These features include swimming pools, balconies, walk in wardrobes and even conservatories. The whole point of owning a luxury home is to live in luxury, so the more of these features that you can install; the better the result will be.

Fortunately, luxury display homes in Australia are few and far between. With the most predominant homes being surrounded by wilderness; owners are often free to choose from any styles or preferences that they prefer. Installing a swimming pool is usually best undertaken by professional luxury builders, as they will know exactly what needs doing to ensure that the project is handled correctly.

When installing balconies, it’s also important to consider the direction that they will be facing, as they can often create a ‘greenhouse’ effect within any rooms connected to the balcony; and this can be very unwanted during those hotter months.

Converting Previous Features

Most homes will contain a full list of specifications that will include the size of the rooms, where they are located, any access points and window spaces too. Most planning authorities will overlook internal changes to a home, although if a more extensive conversion is required then the home owner will require planning permission.

A luxury home should do exactly what is says on the tin; to provide luxury to the occupants in a noticeable fashion. Anyone entering the home should appreciated the aesthetics, and anyone living there should feel like they are entirely relaxed at all times.

Building Inspections Before Your Purchase

Why You Need A Professional Pest Inspector

No one wants to admit that they might have pests of any stripe or kind in their home or office. And many times, pests can be nearly invisible, keeping to the inner walls and darkened corners of basements, which makes it all the more simple to pretend there’s nothing wrong. Unfortunately, just because it’s easy to pretend nothing is wrong doesn’t mean there aren’t problems. If you’re a responsible home or business owner, you should have your home or business professional inspected by a professional pest inspector annually.

Why? What possible good could a professional pest inspector do? It may be easier to simply wait until you see a problem, but by the time you see a problem, the problem is already out of control. A professional pest inspector will be able to inspect the foundations and exterior of your home or office building, and be able to find signs of any pests. Things like ants, termites, and rodents can easily get into your home and business through small cracks in the foundations and walls.

Professional pest inspectors are capable of finding not just evidence of termites, ants, and rodents, but also any other types of damage that comes from things like mold, fungus, decay of wood, and other types of damage. This can be invaluable to being able to spot problems early on, when they’re cheap and easy to take care of.

Waiting until you see a problem means that pests and decay have already seeped into your building far more deeply than you would want. This could lead to costly repairs and exterminations. A pest inspector coming out to your home or office annually can save you money.

Professional pest inspectors are more than simple exterminators. They are well versed in all manner of potential destructive problems. It’s important to make sure you’re hiring the right pest inspectors, though! Don’t hire a pest inspector that tries to rush you into making a decision. A professional pest inspection company will be honest and straight forward with you, and will give you time to shop around and get multiple estimates for how much the extermination service will cost.

It’s also important to know that professional pest inspection is a profession that’s overseen by the state. This means that the state will have mandatory treatments and licensing. So if you’re looking to hire a professional pest inspector, you need to make sure you’re hiring one that’ been licensed by the state. Don’t hire one that simply says they have years of experience. They can’t legally provide their services if they don’t have a state license!

Ultimately, the point of hiring a professional pest inspector is one of safety and security. Perhaps they’ll find nothing at all. Perhaps there’s no problem with pest. But wouldn’t you rather pay a hundred dollars or so to make sure, rather than pay thousands of dollars in order to get costly repairs or exterminations done? The answer should be simple. www.pestworks.com.au has the answers….