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How to Choose the Perfect Pressure Washer for Your Home

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Choose the Perfect Pressure Washer for Your Home

Pressure washers make quick work of cleaning outdoor surfaces and even items like tools or your car. They’re a standard piece of equipment for many homeowners and something you might consider buying along with a new home. However, there are many different types of pressure washers on the market, and you don’t want to get one that offers more power than you need but also don’t want one that is slow and cumbersome. Note a few tips for choosing the perfect pressure washer for your home. Note what you’ll be cleaning If you just want a pressure washer for your car and to quickly clean off the driveway and walkways after cutting the lawn, a consumer pressure washer can be sufficient. These have limited power, which can actually be good for washing the car or the windows of upper stories of your home, as you’re less likely to shatter any glass or chip any paint with this limited power. However, for cleaning mold and mildew from wood decks or grease from tools, you’ll want to upgrade to a semi-pro model, which is not as powerful as a commercial high pressure washer but which offers more power than a standard consumer brand. You’ll need that extra power to actually wash away grime and stubborn mold that clings to wood surfaces. Note the time it takes to clean A quick carwash or cleaning of your driveway may not be a time-consuming job, but if you want to clean the entire side of your home, a large deck, or any other big areas, you want to note the gallons per minute of a pressure washer. The GPM or gallons per minute tells you how much water spray you get at one time; the higher the GPM, the more water the hose will spray at once and you can clean a larger surface in less time. If you’ve ever used a lightweight pressure washer before and it seemed to take forever to tackle your work, upgrade to a larger GPM model. Hot versus cold Not all pressure washers will heat up the water they spray, so note if you need a heated model. This is good for removing grease that needs to be melted, but consider that pressure washers that work with hot water can be more dangerous to use. They’re also usually more expensive. If you’re just washing your car or aluminum siding, you may want to forego a hot water model just for the sake of safety and cost...

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Implementing a new ordering system

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Implementing a new ordering system

With many businesses trying to cut costs, it can be good to find new ways to meet your customer’s needs quickly and efficiently. Online ordering is extremely popular with clients and businesses as it reduces the need for sales and customer service staff while providing an opportunity for the customer to order whenever they want. Here are some tips to help you transition your business to online ordering.  Understand the technology Implementing the right technology is not just a matter of choosing the cheapest software package. Your sales software needs to integrate seamlessly into your current stock/inventory system so that people cannot order items that are not yet available. Staff also need to be able to use it to generate picking slips and to check stock levels. Finally, it also needs to be very reliable or it will cause frustration internally and externally.  If you do not have the necessary in-house IT expertise, it can be hard to evaluate the pros and cons of each system, so it is a great idea to engage an IT management consultant to help you choose the best system and train your staff and customers in the new systems.  Document the procedures It is often a good idea to have a tutorial on your website and some written procedures for staff to follow. This way they don’t need to rely on their memory of training sessions and can refer to the same procedures to get a consistent process implemented in your business.  Redeploy staff You may need less customer service staff with an improved ordering system. It is a good idea to try and redeploy some of the more talented people in your organisation into other roles such as warehouse and picking staff. Over time, you may find that business increases to such a level that you need more staff in other areas. If you need to lay off staff it can often be useful to bring in management consultants to help with the process of redundancies and reorganising your business. Having support during this time can help you to focus on running your business as well as helping the remaining staff to remain focused and productive.  If you are looking to implement a new ordering system in your business it’s a good idea to get some extra support for your business by contracting in some extra management consultants with special skills and...

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Getting Familiar with Glass Pool Fencing

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Getting Familiar with Glass Pool Fencing

Over the years, glass pool fencing has steadily increased in popularity in Australian homes. Not only does this type of fencing offer you the required safety as well as security to prevent drowning incidences in your pool, but it is also one of the most aesthetically appealing options that you could consider. Due to the unobstructed visibility to the pool area, it gives the illusion of larger space on your property, and this can also work toward increasing the resale value of your home. However, some homeowners may not know much about this pool fencing and may have reservations about it simply due to it being made out glass. Here are some of the frequently asked questions people have regarding glass pool fencing and their answers. Is glass pool fencing strong? It should be noted that glass pool fencing is not constructed from regular glass. Instead, the contractors use toughened glass that has a thicker width than conventional glass. This not only works toward decreasing the chances of the glass breaking due to high impact, but in the event it does, it will not shatter into tiny little pieces. Therefore, you can rest assured that you will not be dealing with broken shards of glass in close proximity to your pool area. Are the gates of glass pool fences safe? Gates used for glass pool fencing are designed with keeping both children as well as pets safe. For one, the hinges installed on the gates are typically self-closing. This ensures that your fence’s gate will never be accidentally left open, leaving room for kids and pets to wander into the pool area unattended. Secondly, the latch positioning on the gate ensures that it is out of reach to children, thus hindering their access to the pool on their own. Lastly, the smooth surface of the fence’s walls prohibits any climbing, as there are no footholds to be used. What type of surface can the glass pool fencing be installed on? Your glass fencing can be installed anywhere you would like. Whether you have pre-existing pavers, tiles or more as your flooring, the contractors will find a way of attaching the fencing to them. If the surrounding area of your pool is purely grass lawns, then the contractors will apply concrete to form pads, then directly screw the glass fencing into them. Therefore, your type of flooring would not matter, as glass fencing is versatile.  For more information about glass pool fencing, contact a local installation...

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Embrace Computerized Key Cutting Technology to Ease Your Life and Improve the Safety of your Property

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Embrace Computerized Key Cutting Technology to Ease Your Life and Improve the Safety of your Property

Ensuring maximum security and safety is a top priority to everyone given the prevalence of property crimes like theft. Locksmiths have heavily invested in computerized technology to provide high quality key cutting and repair services. Understanding how this technology works can increase your trust in locksmiths to provide key cutting services for you. Here are the three common computerized technology used by locksmiths today: Electronic key cutting technology The electronic key cutting technology has become very popular with locksmiths. The technology is embedded in simple machines that are able to cut more than one key by direct code or duplication. The machines are equipped with the latest key cutting technology to offer varied solutions for today’s key cutting needs. The machines are classic in design and are made with the best quality standards. This assures you of precise cutting of different key styles on just one cutting device. Other features include a removable touch-screen display that provides you with step by step instructions to make the key selection and position easier. Computerized key cutting technology This one uses computerized technology to read and duplicate original keys. This technology involves using a portable machine that features a graphic display with menu options for coding purposes.The machine uses laser readers to read original keys so that you can be able to make many duplicate copies at once. The machine is very simple to assemble and disassemble. The computerized system duplicates single or double sided cylinders and all vehicle keys. This electronic key cutting technology ensures maximum functionality, effectiveness and durability of the produced keys. Transponder key cutting technology This is one of the latest automotive key cutting software that enables key cutters to duplicate transponder keys for your car. The technology also enables you to generate new transponder keys to a vehicle in case the original keys have got lost or been stolen. The auto-smiths have the expertise and the needed equipment to program the transponder keys into your car’s computerized anti-theft system by using the coding system in your car’s computer. Embracing computerized technology to strengthen your personal security and that of your belongings can be a great step forward. Locksmiths nowadays use key cutting systems that are too complex for an intruder to break. Given the fact that the older systems have proved to be weak and vulnerable to damage by burglars, using computerized technology ensures maximum safety and a peace of...

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Commercial Signage: Beneficial Properties Of Acrylic

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Commercial Signage: Beneficial Properties Of Acrylic

Business signs are an important feature for any commercial entity. A well-designed business sign with a relevant message is bound to create a good first impression in the eyes of prospective clients. With this in mind, there is great importance attached to the material used in the fabrication of commercial signs. Acrylic is among the most commonly used materials in the fabrication of business signs. This article discusses various properties of acrylic, which make it a material of choice for commercial signage. Moldability Acrylic is a highly moldable material. Moldability of a material refers to the ease or difficulty with which the material can be transformed into different shapes. Moldability of acrylic is a beneficial property in the sense that it allows for the fabrication of business signs in an unlimited number of shapes and sizes in accordance with the specific needs of a business entity. The use of acrylic brings for commercial signage brings the possibility of having custom-made business signs to reality. Structural Strength Acrylic is a plastic polymer. Plastic polymers are known for their commendable structural strength. This quality of acrylic is beneficial in commercial signage because it gives acrylic signs their high impact resistance. As such, business signs made of acrylic are not likely to break as a result of exposure to sudden impact such as that which would be created in the event that sign fell. As such, acrylic signs are considered to be among the most durable. Additionally, high impact resistance means that acrylic signs will not shatter like their glass counterparts in the event of a fall. Acrylic is therefore considered a safe commercial signage material, hence the wide use of acrylic signs in child-centered areas of business. Glossy Appearance Acrylic business signs are fabricated with an outer protective layer that gives these signs their final glossy appearance. This appearance is good for aesthetics. More importantly however, the glossy finish on acrylic business signs helps to enhance the visibility of these signs, regardless of where they’re installed around a commercial entity. Enhanced visibility is an important benefit because business signs that are not easily noticeable are of little benefit to a business entity. In conclusion, the production of acrylic is a relatively-low cost activity. This translates to greater affordability of acrylic business signs. The above-mentioned properties, coupled with the fact that acrylic signs are affordable should be reason enough for a business entity to disregard other materials commonly used for commercial signage. For more information, contact companies like Landells...

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Keep Your Keg in Check | Exclusive Glycol System Maintenance Tips

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keep Your Keg in Check | Exclusive Glycol System Maintenance Tips

Are you a night club owner? Then you understand how critical it is to maintain your keg in order to make maximum profits. Your antifreeze system should always be at its top performance to ensure your customers get that special chill from your beer. This article highlights some great ways to keep your glycol beer systems in check and have your clients coming back for more. Check the Glycol Freezing Point You should always make sure your antifreeze fluid is in good condition. For a start, you may want to find out the freezing point of the fluid and ensure it meets the manufacturer’s specifications. Access the glycol in its tank, then, using a hydrometer, check its freezing point. It should be lower than that of water. For great maintenance, you may want to do this at least twice a year. If it does not meet the glycol manufacturer’s recommendations, just order for a replacement. Check the Viscosity of the Glycol For the best chilling effect, the density of your glycol needs to meet the manufacturer’s requirements at all times. Therefore, you probably want to check your glycol viscosity regularly. Take a sample of the glycol from your tank and place it in a container. Find out what type of glycol it is if it isn’t indicated on the purchasing manual by calling your manufacturer. If it is ethylene glycol, use a hydrometer. However, if it is propylene glycol, you may want to measure using a refractometer. Your glycol should range between 20–25% in concentration. Adjust your Solution Ratio Usually, your antifreeze solution consists of water and glycol. Therefore, you need to ensure the ratio is just perfect for your glycol to perform effectively. For a start, always ascertain that the ratio of your antifreeze to water is well balanced. This is because too much glycol and too little water deteriorates the freezing effect. In most places, a 35% glycol solution is recommended for a round-year use. However, in extremely cold conditions, you may want to increase the proportion of your glycol slightly and, in extremely hot conditions, decrease it slightly. Use Beer Bump Gas Systems Gas systems play a major role in keeping your glycol cold. For great chilling effects, you may want to replace your ordinary gas compression system with a beer pump system. These systems are specialized to reduce gas working pressure and leakages for more effective cooling of the glycol. Moreover, it decreases gas consumption, enabling you to save on costs. If you’d prefer to have a professional take care of these tasks, get in touch with a glycol system maintenance provider in your...

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7 Factors To Consider When Buying An Air Compressor For Domestic Use

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 7 Factors To Consider When Buying An Air Compressor For Domestic Use

An air compressor is a great asset to have around the house. It’s a handy tool that can save you a lot of time when undertaking chores such as filling up the tyres on your bikes or car; washing your outdoor paved areas, cars, boat, TV, carpet, roof, etc; painting; blasting; operating pneumatic tools such as nail guns; and many more. If you are just now looking for an air compressor for your domestic chores, this article will educate you on the different considerations you need to bear in mind during the process. Tank volume The tank of an air compressor determines how much compressed air it can hold at a time. Tanks are usually classified depending on the litres of air they can hold. For domestic needs, very large tanks are not necessary. Your ideal size will depend on your needs. How much air do you need at a go without having to keep refilling the tank? Note that the larger the tank is, the harder it may be to move around. Power source Power is a crucial factor too. Most air compressors either use electricity or diesel/petrol options. For domestic uses, electricity is better as it is quieter and cleaner. Besides, you can always get a power point nearby to hook your compressor onto at any time. However, if you plan to use your unit far away from the house, go for a petrol or diesel powered unit. Flow rate The flow rate on an air compressor determines how much air it can dispense. This is rated as CFM, to stand for cubic feet per minute. For large jobs such as cleaning a roof, painting a house or filling tractor tyres, a higher flow rate is ideal to help you complete your tasks faster. The opposite applies for smaller tasks such as using your nail gun. Oil or non-oil? Some air compressors use oil while others do not. They all function great. However, oil-based units need more maintenance as the oil has to be changed often; filters too. For domestic needs, go for non-oiled units. These are more compact and need less servicing. Non-oiled units can also be used in harsher environments because you don’t have to worry about the oil thinning out or freezing. Horse power Horse power determines just how powerful your unit is. For domestic units, you do not need that much power as you will most likely be carrying out individual tasks. As such, units with less than 5HP will suffice for most needs. Smaller units can do with much less horse power, even as low as 0.5 HP. Noise disturbance For domestic air compressors, you want a unit that is as silent as possible, especially if you will be using it indoors in a shed or garage. This means going for a unit with a low decibel rating. Last but not least, think about portability. If you plan to use your air compressor only in one location, a non-portable unit will do just fine. However, if you plan on using your unit around the home, then a portable unit (one with wheels) will be more fitting. Talk to your air compressor supplier and explain to them what your needs are. They will help you identify a unit that fits your applications...

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Pre-Recorded Job Interviews: 5 Mistakes Candidates Make

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pre-Recorded Job Interviews: 5 Mistakes Candidates Make

Employers are increasingly turning to new ways of interviewing candidates in an attempt to save time and money. Some recruiters now ask candidates to pre-record the answers to a set series of questions. Without the need to connect with an interviewer, candidates can prepare and record responses in their own time, but it’s important to make sure the finished product is of a high standard. Make sure your pre-recorded interview hits the mark, and avoid the following mistakes other candidates make. Wacky behaviour In an apparent attempt to stand out from the crowd, some candidates think it’s a good idea to get creative with their recorded interviews. In fact, the usual rules of an interview nearly always apply, so you should still dress in interview attire and film the interview in professional surroundings. Recording your responses on a smartphone while walking around the supermarket may seem entertaining, but you’ll quickly put off a potential employer depending on the business culture they want to maintain. Acting like a robot When there’s no interviewer present, you can use tools like cue cards or other prompts to remind you what to say once the filming starts. The only risk here is that you end up reading out a script, which turns you into a cold, emotionless robot. Interviewers still want to see your personality, so make sure you answer in a conversational manner. In fact, it’s a good idea to have somebody in the room with you, albeit in silence and off-camera, so you have a ‘real’ person to talk to. Controversial backgrounds While a potential employer will expect you to film the interview at home, it’s important to make sure that your background doesn’t distract or alienate somebody watching the video. Aim for a plain, uncluttered backdrop, free from pictures, posters and photos. Some of these things will only distract viewers, and others (such as a poster that depicts your political beliefs) may actually put people off. Failure to practice One of the greatest benefits of a pre-recorded interview is that you get to edit the finished product. This means you can film several attempts until you are happy you have the best possible video. Even if an interviewer asks you to work to a short deadline, carefully plan what you want to say, and allow time for a few practice runs.  Too much waffle In any pre-recorded interview, you must make sure you give the recruiter the information he or she seeks. You’ll generally need to answer open questions, so a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no ‘ won’t do, but that’s not a license to ramble either. As much as a recruiter might discard a lengthy resume, he or she may also delete and ignore a video that’s too long. Keep an eye on the running time, and make sure you make every word count. Pre-recorded interviews can help employers screen candidates without using up valuable interview time. If you have to record one of these videos, make sure you send in an interview that makes it impossible not to ask you to progress to the next stage. For more tips or assistance, contact local employment...

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Simple Care Guidelines for New Roll-On Lawns

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Simple Care Guidelines for New Roll-On Lawns

Natural turf is ideal for enhancing the visual appeal of residential property. Moreover, the material will provide a comfortable surface for playing and resting. Ideally, you can grow grass on your compound using simple seeds. However, the task is difficult for regular homeowners, and the lawn might not be neat if grown by an amateur. You can get a beautiful lawn without the gruesome work by purchasing and installing a roll-on lawn. Basically, the grass is grown by experts and delivered as turf rolls by companies like Westland Turf. You will get an instantaneous beautiful lawn and the grass will become established on your ground permanently. If you want to install this lawn, you will need to perform maintenance to ensure that the turf thrives. Here are some simple care guidelines for a new roll-on lawn. Watering The new roll-on turf will require plenty of water for survival and establishment. Therefore, you will need to water your new lawn frequently to ensure that the grass does not dry up. The amount of water required and the frequency of watering will depend on the local climate and the season. It is important to inquire about the optimal watering requirements from your suppliers before installation. Ideally, you should keep the new roll-on turf and the ground below it constantly wet. This will encourage the roots to grow and penetrate the ground underneath. It is advisable to install an automated sprinkling system if you will not be available for lawn care after laying the grass. Fertilising Roll-on lawns are typically fertilised at the farms, prior to delivery in your property. Therefore, you will not need to enrich the material further after the installation process. You can add fertiliser after the lawn is established, according to the supplier’s instructions. If you are concerned about the richness of your land, use organic materials such as seaweed and processed manure fertilisers lightly to improve the health. As the grass grows, you should use nitrogen-based fertiliser to promote leaf blade greenness. Mowing Mowing is an important maintenance practice because it strengthens the root system by promoting downward growth. However, you should not mow the grass too early to avoid damaging the connection between the turf base and the ground. A simple test should help you decide whether the lawn is ready for mowing. Grab the turf at a corner edge and pull the layer upwards. If you can lift the new lawn, it is not ready for trimming. Once you start mowing, ensure that the grass blades are not cut too close to the...

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Commercial Architects | 3 Winning Strategies to Design the Perfect Office

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Commercial Architects | 3 Winning Strategies to Design the Perfect Office

Running an entrepreneurial enterprise is a challenging task, but you love your small business and you’ll do everything in your power to ensure its success –– and that includes the office design you choose. Working with trusted office architects will help you get an understanding of the different elements required for planning offices, while enabling you to plan a space that’s exactly what you desire. You’ll also need to create a space that meets the needs and expectations of your employees to ensure a happy workforce. Use your office layout as a tool to encourage enhanced productivity and engagement by following these winning strategies. Customise Spaces for Different Departments  You’ll want to customise spaces to cater to the various departments sitting in them. For example, your financial team will be dealing with number-sensitive data, so you’ll want to offer them personal offices. Your sales team can be placed in a separate enclosure, because their role expects them to make several phone calls a day and you don’t want that to interfere with the rest of your office work. More collaborative teams like marketing and operations personnel can be placed in open desks to encourage combined interaction. Discuss the job functions of your office with the architects to get a better understanding of how to customise spaces. Take Advantage of the Power of Clear Glass Glass has an uncanny ability to invite natural light, while opening up spaces beautifully. Offering unblocked views and a sense of uncrowded space, glass is a key material that works well in most offices. By helping to open up the office, it creates uncluttered spaces for creativity and innovation. You can use glass to create multiple areas around your office –– windows, desk separators, doors, conference rooms, tabletops, partition walls and benches. If you want added privacy for certain areas, you can use frosted and decorative glass instead of clear glass. Let Form and Function Blend Together When planning the office layout with your office architects, you can easily combine form and function together to create a smart office design that resonates with the needs of your employees. For example, you can create interactive glass or whiteboard walls that can be written on to inspire ideas in others by creating interactions between different departments. You can also plan multiple collaboration areas to allow teams from different departments to socialise and brainstorm with each other. These ideas will not only make your office look visually appealing, but they also foster creativity. Don’t forget to ask your employees about what they need to help their work –– don’t always assume that you’re the one with the answers. Work with your office architects closely to design the perfect office that your employees are delighted with.  For more information, contact a company like BPSM...

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