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Building a Basement Wine Cellar in Your Home

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are a wine enthusiast, why not take your passion to the next level with a basement wine cellar. A basement wine cellar is a great way to take advantage of a low ceiling, and can be turned into a wonderfully atmospheric cellar to enjoy wine tastings, as well as keeping you collection in perfect condition. Temperature and Moisture Control In order to keep your wine in perfect drinking condition while it is maturing you should store the wine at between 10-16 degrees Celsius. This allows the wine to mature as planned and become more and more delicious over time, as well as appreciating in value. Traditionally wine is stored at 70 per cent humidity, but as more and more of even the high end Australian wine producers turn to screw tops this is becoming less of an issues. By using a basement wine cellar you can take advantage of the fact that underground temperatures tend to remain more stable year round. Racks Plan your storage racks to allow not only for storage of your current collection, but also to allow space for future purchases. Clearly labelling the areas and vintages can be useful if you have a large collection and want to be able to quickly locate special vintages or bottles to share with friends and family. A wine storage area is an ideal use of a basement, as storage areas are not subject to the same ceiling height restriction under the Building Code of Australia as which stated habitable areas need a minimum ceiling height of 2.1m. When planning the rack, try to use as much as possible of the vertical space. Traditionally wines have been stored at horizontally to keep fluid against the cork and stop the cork from drying out, but this is again becoming less of an issue as wine makers make the switch towards screw tops. Minimise Light Ingress Again, UV light can adversely wine quality but one of the natural advantages of a basement wine cellar is that there will be little UV light unless you intentionally add in light sources. If you are a passionate wine buyer who is looking to upgrade your home, why not indulge your passion and build a custom wine cellar. An experienced basement builder can run you through the best options for your space to maximise the available area, and create a unique nook for your...

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Property Investment: The Pros & Cons of Buying Rental Houses

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are considering investing in the real estate market, residential rental property may be the right choice for you. The popularity of this investment is attributed to the fact that it is designed to provide a steady flow of income every month. However, there are risks and disadvantages presented by choosing to direct your financial resources into the property market. Consider this short comparison of the pros and cons of purchasing rental buildings before making a decision. Advantages The property market presents a considerably safe investment opportunity especially for beginners without extensive knowledge on business and finance or specialist skills. It is also a sector that does not have numerous competitive investors compared to alternatives like foreign currency exchange or bond markets. Moreover, you are unlikely to lack tenants even if your property is located in an unfavourable area and you will retain control of the decisions relating to the asset. In addition to earning monthly income, rental property appreciates with time so you will enjoy relatively steady capital growth especially when you purchase houses in a prime location. Your main responsibilities after purchase are property management and performing repairs which can be outsourced to qualified professionals. The financial risks of the purchase can be reduced considerably by acquiring a comprehensive insurance cover against broken contracts and structural damages resulting from incidences such as fires and storms. You may also get substantial benefits on your taxes for your real estate property if it is negatively geared. Drawbacks You are likely to have problems selling the rental property if there is a financial emergency or you decide that the investment opportunity is not right for you. Additionally, the periodic charges incurred by the building are significant and they will continue as long as you own the property. These include the cost of repairs, insurance and the local council rates. There will be durations when your property will be vacant; this is inconvenient when the rent is your primary source of income and you will still have to pay the installments for the mortgage. Managing tenants can be stressful when disputes arise or individuals are not satisfied with their living space. The Verdict Rental property investment is beneficial especially when it is evaluated as a long-term business. However, real estate is only a small part of the market so you should consider diversification into other sectors such as shares. In this way, you will have a quick source of liquid cash if an emergency arises. Learn more about your options by consulting resources such as Jam...

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How To Choose The Right Plastic Sheeting For Home Projects

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Plastic sheets may not seem very complicated to you, but once you walk into a home improvement store and see the variety of options available to you, it becomes obvious that there is more to sheeting than meets the eye. You’ll need to choose the right type of plastic according to the job at hand, so consider a few factors for how to choose the right plastic sheeting for home projects. 1. Drop cloths versus sheeting If you need plastic sheeting for painting, you want to understand that there is a difference between drop cloths and the plastic that is technically called sheeting. Drop cloths are thicker and heavier so that they stay in place when put down on a floor or taped to a wall. They don’t allow paint to bleed through, and because of being thicker, it is harder to bunch up an actual drop cloth when you walk, versus plastic sheeting that is easy to see get crumpled and moved out of place. To preserve your floors and surrounding paint, invest in actual drop cloths rather than thin plastic sheeting when painting. 2. Basement waterproofing and insulating A good way to waterproof your basement is to attach plastic sheeting around exposed concrete walls. However, this type of sheeting also needs to be thick enough to actually work as a moisture barrier. If you’re adding insulation to the walls or ceiling, you may want to add a plastic sheet over the insulation for more effectiveness. This sheet also needs to be thick enough to keep out cold air during winter and hot air during summer. A type of plastic called construction film is usually the best choice, as this will be thicker and won’t allow moisture inside or allow it to escape this barrier. Construction film is typically used when homes and buildings are being built; it’s what contractors use when they are adding insulation to a home. This type of film is so thick that it may require small nails to attach it and keep it secure to studs, or you might need to invest in a heavy-duty stapler to ensure it stays intact. 3. Window insulating The only time you want to use thin plastic for home projects is when you’re putting plastic up inside your windows. This is because you want to use heat, such as from a hair dryer, to shrink this plastic and keep it tight. Look for what is called film rather than sheeting, as the word film means something very thin and lightweight. This will keep your windows protected and will shrink under heat for a secure...

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3 Essential Features that a Fire Service Company Can Offer You

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Workplace fire disasters can leave you with serious financial difficulties. This is because fire breakouts can lead to severe cases of bodily injuries or emotional traumas for your employees, and also cause financial losses to your business in terms of damage to property and payment of huge workers’ compensation claims. For that reason, it is essential for you to find a reliable company which can help you minimise the risk and extent of fire disasters that can arise at your office buildings. In that line, here are a few features of a fire service company like Total Fire Solutions (Aust) Pty. Ltd. that may benefit your business. Quick Emergency Response A fire service company will treat all your distress calls with the immediate attention that they require. Whether it is smoke emanating from one of the building offices or a huge fire, which is spreading fast across the entire office block, you can be rest assured that the company will always arrive at your premises quickly and ready to stop the fire. Using fire emergency vehicles including trucks and trailers that have been designed with hose pipes, fire escape ladders, and fluid pressure systems, you can expect that the fire will be extinguished almost immediately after help arrives. Proper Maintenance of Fire Equipment You may be surprised to discover that many fire disasters do not occur because fire equipment are lacking in the office buildings. Rather, a slight short-circuiting of electric wires may snowball into the complete burn down of a building since the fire extinguishers could not work. Therefore, this goes to show that many employers purchase fire equipment as a regulatory obligation but do little to see to it that such equipment will be in good working condition when a fire erupts. If you are keen on maintaining the proper functionality of your fire equipment, inviting a fire service company to inspect them regularly will ensure that they serve you whenever a fire starts. Provision of Fire Prevention Solutions A fire service company operates the business of ensuring your safety and that of your employees and protecting your belongings from damage. Therefore, the company can provide you with crucial fire prevention information so that you can avoid unnecessary fire accidents. For instance, your employees can be taken through a fire-prevention course where they are informed about the importance of regular disposal of combustible material such as aerosol cans from the work site. Such tips may in turn go a long way in reducing incidences of office fire in the first...

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What to Consider When Seeking Commercial Air Conditioning

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Having adequate temperature control in commercial spaces is very important. The right commercial air conditioning system creates a bearable environment for your employees and sets the right ambience for your clients. Considering that commercial air conditioners are quite an investment, it’s important to take time and evaluate the right systems for your business. Read to learn the two most important factors you need to have in mind as you choose your ideal commercial AC. How much cooling does your space require? The bigger the AC system, the more cooling you can get. However, it’s not just as simple as choosing the biggest AC system you can find. The bigger the system, the more energy it will consume. The right balance is therefore important to avoid leaking money in terms of energy bills. To strike this balance between energy costs and adequate cooling, you have to evaluate the size of your space, the number of people inside, the climate in your area, the number of hours you need cooling and if you have any items that generate heat inside your space. Also, if you have items that generate heat such as electronics, that will call for more cooling too. To get an exact power requirement for your AC, consult an AC technician. In most cases, you can get this technical advice from the store you’re buying from as a pre-sale service. What type of AC do you need? Once you know the AC output you need, you can go about browsing the type of air conditioner you need. You will have to pick from a litter of ducted, split and reverse cycle systems. Ducted systems provide cool air through large ducts tucked away in the ceiling. This system is ideal for large spaces that need even cooling at designated points such as offices. Reverse cycle systems provide heating services on top of cooling. These are therefore ideal in areas where all the four seasons are experienced in full. You will be able to utilize the heating during cold winters instead of seeking separate heaters. You can also have a split ducted system or a split reverse system. Split systems provide multiple indoor units. This enables different temperature control in separate areas. Split systems are therefore ideal where you need some areas of your property to stay cooler than others such as storage or cold rooms. With these two factors narrowed down, the only choice left is between brands and different price tags. That will mostly be determined by personal preferences. Then you can get your system installed and enjoy a cooler working...

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Frequently Asked Private Investigator Questions

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are many reasons you would hire a private investigator. Unlike in the movies, private investigators aren’t tough guys with cigarettes dangling from the corner of their mouths. They are professionals, and often have college degrees and extensive experience in law enforcement or security work. If you have an issue, such as suspected infidelity, workplace fraud or a missing person, a private investigator may be able to offer you help. To help you decide if this is the right choice for you, here are some commonly asked inquiries about private investigators. Are PIs Required To Be Licenced? — Yes, in nearly every territory, PIs have to obtain an operating licence, but the requirements for this licence vary depending on the state in which you to live. For example, in some territories, PIs have to get their licence from a local court (Northern Territory), but in other areas the Office of Fair Trading (Queensland) or the Office of Consumer & Business Affairs (South Australia) administer licences. However, you are secure in knowing that PIs must meet a minimum set of standards, including the use of firearms, to obtain their licence. Do PIs Charge A Flat Fee? — Typically, most PIs will charge you by the hour, and will include expenses. A flat fee is nearly impossible for a PI, because they have no idea how long the investigation or inquiry will last on a particular job. For example, if you hire a PI for an extensive background check, it may take one day or several weeks to compile all the necessary information related to things such as outstanding civil judgements, criminal records, driving history, asset searches, sex offender registries, credit checks and references. One thing you can do to ensure that your money isn’t just been wasted is require a daily written report of everything the PI did to advance the investigation. What Is The Process Of Confirming Infidelity? — Suspecting a spouse or loved one of cheating is a tough thing to experience. A PI’s job is to gather visual and audio evidence to confirm that infidelity is taking place. Typically, a PI will follow either your loved one or the person you suspect they are involved with on their daily tasks. If the investigation is to gather evidence for a divorce proceeding, the PI may interview people who might be able to shed more light on the nature of the relationship between your loved one and the person with whom they are involved. For more information, contact a company like Budget Private...

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How to Protect Your Plants from Frostbite

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Some gardeners go overboard in their misguided efforts to protect their young plants from frostbite. For instance, they cover plants they recently got from a plant nursery with bed sheets that they keep washing and drying. Such methods don’t serve any useful purpose and they may even harm the plants. There are proven methods that gardeners can use to save their plants from frostbite. This article discusses some of them. Water the Plants Thoroughly One of the best ways to protect your plants, especially those that you recently got from a plant nursery, is to water them thoroughly. Plants that receive ample amounts of water, as well as soils that are moist, retain warmth much better than plants or soils that do not receive enough water. Thus, the simple step of watering your plants will protect them from frostbite and they will survive the winter. Use Frost Protection Sheets These can be bought as drawstring bags or as sheets. You can get these items online or in stores that sell gardening products. You can also ask plant nursery staff to advise you on where to find these sheets near you. Drape the plants to the ground level and leave these sheets or bags in place until the frosty weather ends. You need not worry about the safety of the plants; the sheets allow water as well as sunlight to get through so your plants will not die due to a lack of sunlight or water. Keep Potted Plants under Eaves You can protect your potted plants from exposure to frostbite by carrying them and keeping them under the eaves of your house. You can increase the protection of such plants by identifying the side of your house that faces away from the wind and then put those potted plants under the large windows there. Use Anti-Transpirants Anti-transpirant sprays are also good at protecting plants from frostbite. They stop the plants from losing moisture each time there are strong winds or when temperatures drop. As had been pointed out earlier, plants that get enough moisture suffer minimally from frostbite and that is why these sprays are so helpful. The measures above may not cost you a lot of money yet the benefits are many. You will not spend anxious days wondering whether your plants will survive the harsh weather. For any additional queries you may have on what extra steps you can take to protect your plants from frostbite, talk to the personnel at the plant nursery near you or a place like The Greenery Garden Centre and they will help you...

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Commonly Asked Questions About Flora & Fauna Surveys

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Before commencing on any construction project, you need to have an environmental impact assessment carried out in order to ascertain whether your building project will have profound negative impact on the environment. Flora and fauna assessment is often part of the environmental impact assessment and is often done by flora and fauna consultants. The article below discusses a few of the most commonly asked questions about flora and fauna surveys What Are the Types of Flora and Fauna Surveys? Before you set out to hire a flora and fauna consultant, you need to understand the different types of surveys that he or she can undertake. Some consultants specialize in one of the two types of flora and fauna surveys while others are specialists in both. Flora and fauna surveys are categorized as biodiversity or ecological surveys. Biodiversity surveys are used as a measure of the degree of bio-diversity within a specific area. Information gotten from a biodiversity survey will help you better understand the impact of changing land use. It will also help you to undertake an assessment of the conservation values of the survey area in addition to documenting the natural heritage. On the other hand, ecological surveys are aimed at establishing the distribution of individual plant or animal species or several closely-related species. Ecological surveys are preferred when there is need for precise quantitative data relating to the area under survey. What Are the Objectives of Flora and Fauna Surveys? Regardless of the type of survey, flora and fauna surveys often have similar objectives. A flora and fauna survey can help to answer a number of habitat-related observations. For example, the flora and fauna survey can help to explain why the population of a particular animal species is decreasing, or why that species prefers a different habitat and so on. It also helps to determine whether plant and animal populations in the survey area will need to be relocated to give way for construction projects. The information collected via flora and fauna surveys is also used to formulate appropriate plant and animal conservation policies and strategies that protect plant and animal life without being a hindrance to development. Application of the mentioned policies and strategies also help to ensure that development is not given priority at the expense of the natural environment. For more objectives of flora and fauna surveys, contact local flora and fauna consultants such as Australian Ecological Research Services Pty...

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3 Signs That A Lift Needs Immediate Maintenance And Repair

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A lift or elevator should be checked regularly so it’s properly maintained and always safe. Between routine checks, it’s good to know some signs that may signal the lift needs immediate attention. If you’re in charge of a lift in any building, consider a few of those signs here. 1. When the car doesn’t stop flush with the floors When the car of a lift stops, it should be completely flush or even with the floors of the building. If this stop is off even by a small amount, this could signal that the brakes of the car are failing or are malfunctioning. If the car doesn’t stop in time to be even with the floors, the brakes may not be squeezing the cables properly, but if the car stops too early, this may mean they’re squeezing too tightly. Both of these problems can be caused by sensors, dust and debris in the brakes or cables that need replacing. Have these checked as the problem will typically get worse over time. 2. If the car bounces as it tries to stop An elevator car should never bounce as this is usually a sign that the cables are worn or the brakes are not stopping it securely. Severe bouncing can mean that the brakes are squeezing and then releasing the cables as opposed to gently squeezing them to stop. The cables could also be worn so that the car bounces as the brakes squeeze the worn areas. Have this checked immediately so adjustments can be made or so the cables can be replaced. 3. If the lift makes any type of loud noise as it operates A properly maintained lift shouldn’t make any noise as it operates. When you hear grinding this usually means the brakes are squeezing the cables too tightly, and if you hear squeaking this can mean the cables are too thin or are worn. Other noises can mean that dust and debris are building up along the cables and brakes or that certain parts are breaking down. Whenever you hear any type of loud and obvious sound from a lift, have it checked immediately. Be sure you note the type of sound so a repair person can know where to start looking to make those repairs. Note that you want to keep records and logs of when your lift is maintained and repaired so you know it’s being cared for properly, and so that a repair person knows what parts may have been overlooked during routine lift...

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Modern Day Steel Bending And The Advantage Of Induction

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Steel bending is a specific manufacturing process that allows the deformation of the product in order to change its shape for a variety of different end uses. The steel in question is stressed to a specific degree that’s beyond what is known as its “yield” strength, but below its breaking point, or “tensile” strength. Of the various methods available, induction bending has specific advantages. What Different Bending Methods Are Used In The Industry Today? Five specific methods of bending are employed in the industry: Cold bending is a process that is in widespread use within the construction industry and is also known as “rolling.” Where tight radii have to be achieved, rolling is felt to be the most economical approach. The machine rolls are configured in a pyramid shape and the steel is fed between these rolls. It’s shape is adjusted in accordance with the distance between each roll, as it is altered with each successive pass. The process known as hot bending refers to steel that is exposed to extreme heat, such as a furnace or direct flame. The steel is heated directly in this fashion before being bent, and it is very common to find this application in repair processes. Incremental bending is often used when a curve or camber needs to be developed according to a very large radii. A hydraulic press applies direct pressure to a specific point in order to bend the material. Where complex bends are required in the automotive parts industry or for machining, a process known as rotary draw bending is employed. The steel in question is manipulated by turning it around a die. This application enables the production of very tight radii as the steel is drawn through the machine and the bend is formed. The fifth method is known as induction bending. This uses an electric coil that applies heat to a small section, before it is pulled with a rotating action around a die, and cooled with water immediately thereafter. What’s The Advantage Of Induction Bending? Induction bending provides a number of distinct advantages. Since its introduction to the market in the 1960s, this process has enabled engineers to achieve highly precise control and to deliver projects quickly to a diverse array of industries. Today, the method allows for the formation of advanced shapes and complex dimensions through a highly automated and continuous process. Narrow sections of pipe can be heated and cooled with great precision, which enables the production of finished steel to a very particular shape. CAD technology enables structures containing multiple curves to be designed and produced for a wide variety of different and uses. Some of these complex structures include sports or entertainment pavilions, large stadium roof beams and wide span bridges. For more information, contact a company like Inductabend Pty...

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5 Ways To Update A Room On A Budget

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If a room in your home feels somewhat drab and outdated, you don’t need to spend much money to give it an updated and fresh look. Very often a few simple changes can make any space feel more cozy or more modern, completely changing the look of the room. If you’re on a tight budget but want to make changes to your space, consider a few simple ways to do this. 1. Paint an accent wall A fresh coat of paint can make any room feel updated and new, but if you can’t afford to paint the entire room or if you actually like the colour you already have, consider painting an accent wall. Choose the wall opposite the entrance to the room or the longest wall of the room and paint it a bright, bold colour. Opt for a shade that complements the room or the d├ęcor, but be sure it’s a colour that makes a statement. 2. Bring the outdoors in Houseplants can do a lot to make a space seem cozy and inviting. If a room seems drab and plain, add a large live tree in one corner or put some houseplants on side tables and on top of the entertainment cabinet. Their green colour and a nice planter can be all you need to make a space seem fresh and new. 3. Slipcover the furniture If your furniture is in good shape structurally but just looks worn and outdated, buy a slipcover. This is an easy and affordable way to make it look like you have brand new furniture pieces. Slipcovers today come in elastic or zippered styles so they fit more easily and stay in place. They can fit a wide variety of furniture pieces. 4. Swap out your artwork Sometimes your room is not so drab, but the artwork is old and tired. You might consider swapping out the pictures and other elements you have in the room for something new, and this may make the entire space seem updated. Choose fabric canvases for a soft touch or a bold frame for a modern space. Mirrors also bounce around light and make dark or small spaces look even bigger. 5. Change the window dressing Your windows can be the focal point of a room, and changing the window dressing can be all that’s needed to make the space seem brand new. Try custom blinds for a simple and clean look that makes the space seem finished and that also doesn’t crowd a smaller space. For more ideas and options, contact a company like Winflo...

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