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2 Chemicals You Can Avoid by Using Eco Carpet Cleaning

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Who doesn’t love a luxurious freshly cleaned carpet? Unfortunately, some traditional carpet cleaning methods leave a chemical cocktail in their wake. Not only can these chemicals have negative health effects, but also they eventually find their way into the soil and become ingrained in the environment. Of course you might struggle to avoid all chemicals completely unless you relocate to a desert island–on another planet. But it is possible to help the environment and reduce your exposure in incremental ways. Next time you need your carpets cleaned, why not use an eco carpet cleaning method to avoid the following commonly used chemicals. Perchloroethylene Perchloroethylene is a man-made liquid used for a variety of purposes ranging from shoe polish to dry cleaning solvent. It is commonly used in some types of carpet cleaning. This chemical is linked to health issues. It evaporates quickly into the air, and breathing in its vapours even for short periods can lead to dizziness, fatigue and headaches. Long term exposure can damage the liver and kidneys. Health effects depend on the frequency and length of exposure. According to the World Health Organisation, Perchloroethylene is also a suspected carcinogen. After it evaporates into the air, Perchloroethylene then infiltrates the soil and eventually seeps into the underground water. It was first used in the 1930’s, but it’s use is now declining due to changing technology. Naphthalene Naphthalene is another chemical commonly used in traditional carpet cleaning methods. Found in coal tar wastes and in crude oil, it is also produced by burning, so it is present in cigarette smoke, burning wood and even car fumes. It is commonly used to manufacture moth balls, dyes, explosives and plastics. Naphthalene can irritate eyes, nose throat and skin. People might experience headaches, nausea, dizziness or vomiting after high levels of exposure. Based on the results of animal studies, the World Health Organization (WHO) also lists this chemical as a possible carcinogen. Chemicals are integral to modern life and impossible to avoid completely, but it can’t hurt to minimise exposure when you can. Some eco carpet cleaning companies are using plant based products rather than more hazardous chemical based products, and others are using a variety of alternatives. No matter what method you use for carpet cleaning, be sure to open windows and ensure good ventilation. Avoid having your carpets cleaned in humid or damp conditions. For more information, contact a business such as Pro Carpet...

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You Need Insurance To Build An Extension On Your Home

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have decided that your home is too small for your needs, you have a couple of options. You can sell it and buy a new home, or you can build an extension. If you are going to choose the latter, you will need to have special insurance. Insurance is required by law when anyone is building a home extension, and it provides coverage for a number of things. There are several types of insurance that you need to know about. Workers’ Compensation Insurance It is unlikely that you are going to be doing all of the construction work yourself. Many people who are doing their own home extension project hire labourers to do a lot of the work. Even if you are hiring sub-contractors, don’t automatically think that they are going to have this coverage. The contractor’s coverage will only cover the contractor. You need to have this coverage in case any worker injury claims are made against you personally. Construction and Public Liability Insurance There are two parts to this type of insurance coverage. Construction insurance will cover you and your property during the construction period. If there anything is stolen or the property is burglarised, you are covered. This insurance also covers damage caused by storms, fires and other disasters, as well as vandalism, problems with the workmanship and damages that are caused by subcontractors. The public liability aspect of this insurance covers you in the event that there is damage to another person’s property as a result of your extension project. If that person makes a legal claim against you, the insurance will cover the costs. Personal Accident and Volunteer Workers Insurance Many people who take on this type of project themselves often enlist the help of friends and family members so they don’t have as many labour expenses. If you are going to do this, you will need to have insurance that covers you in the event that one of your volunteer workers is injured while on the job. Some of the things that this insurance covers include workers’ lost wages, payment for injuries that are permanent, and compensation for death. The amount of coverage that will be received will depend on your insurance policy. Make sure that you read the policy documents carefully, so you know how much coverage there is, and how many workers will be covered under the policy. For more information, contact a home extension specialist, such as Quickpro Carpentry PTY...

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How To Make Your Own Customised Seat Covers

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Custom made seat covers are a great way to personalise your vehicle and to protect the upholstery that is on the seats. But, it can often be expensive to get a custom made seat cover. You can easily customise your own seat covers, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to do it. All you need to do is get a set of cheap seat covers, and then use some of the following tips to make them your own. Embroidery You can personalise each seat with names, nicknames, logos from your favorite sports teams and much more. There are a few ways that you can do this. If you are crafty and have a sewing machine, you can embroider names and designs on the seat covers. Or, you can take them to a shop that specialises in printing on t-shirts and fabrics. They will turn your design into a digital copy, and then print the design right onto the fabric. Generic seat covers in neutral colors such as white, black, grey and beige are ideal for this, because contrasting colors in your designs will really stand out. Sewn-On Patches Another option is to buy patches that have team logos, names and other designs. You can easily sew these patches onto the seat covers to personalise them. Find patches at sporting goods stores, music stores, etc. You can also get fabrics that have designs such as animals, cartoon characters, logos, and more. Simply cut out the design you want, and cut a piece of interfacing to match. Iron the interfacing to the patch, then sew the whole thing onto the seat cover. Repeat the process with the other seat covers, using the same design so they all match. Dying Generic seat covers may not be available in a color that you like. This is easy to rectify. You can have your own custom made seat covers just by dying them. You can have loads of fun with this, and there are different methods you can use. Tie-dying will give you fun and funky seat covers. Or, if you are artistic, you may want to try doing batik, so you can create your own artwork for your custom made seat covers. Dying can be tricky, and if you are looking for a dark color, you may have to repeat the process a few times until the fabric is the desired...

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How To Drain And Refill The Pipes In Your Hot Water System

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is important that you keep your hot water system properly maintained so that it is always working properly. Most homeowners flush their systems out once a year to make sure that there are no obstructions in the pipes and that there is free-flowing water. In addition to flushing the hot water system, it may also be necessary to drain the system from time to time. For instance, there may be a problem in the pipes such as a crack or a break that needs to be repaired. Before you can do any repairs, you will need to completely drain the pipes. Read on to learn more about draining and refilling the pipes for your hot water system. Turn Everything Off Before you can drain the pipes, you need to make sure that the water is not hot. Turn the boiler power off and wait at least an hour for the water to cool down so that it is lukewarm. Once the water has cooled, turn the water supply valve to the “off” position. Drain the System Once everything has been turned off, you can hook up a hose to the drain on the boiler or water heater. Once the hose is connected, turn the drain valve to the “open” position. Also be sure to open the air vents on any radiators inside your home. Now, you can sit back and let the water heater and the pipes drain. This could take a while, because you need to allow them to drain completely. Refill the System Once you have done the necessary repairs on your heating system pipes, you can turn the power supply to the system back on and start preparing to refill the tank and the pipes. Where the radiator air vents were open while you were draining the system, they now need to be closed. The drain valve also needs to be shut off. Next, turn the water supply valve back on. The system will start to fill up with water again. If your system has an automatic shutoff feature, you can simply let it fill, and it will shut off when the right amount of water is in the system. If there is no shutoff feature, you will need to keep an eye on the filling process. Check the owner’s manual to find out what the pressure gauge should read. Continue filling until you get that reading. For more information, contact a business such...

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Simplify your Downtime by Outsourcing your Life

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We are living in an increasingly specialised world. However, when it comes to errands, cleaning and shopping – they are chores we all need to do. Within the last couple of generations, we’ve been relieved of much of the time-consuming labour of many of these tasks. It does not take much convincing to realise that work and time-saving devices have improved our quality of life. If you want to free up your time, think about why it might be worth paying someone else to do chores or tasks. Delegate to the Specialists Our society is undergoing exciting changes: the information age is well and truly here. With the internet and a whole new wave of smart services it is simple to outsource the drudge work in your life, delegating your tasks with a few clicks to the specialists in the field. As a busy professional, why waste your precious downtime with tasks that aren’t relaxing, productive or personally fulfilling? Washing, scrubbing, driving, sorting—no more! Errands and housework can make you feel like a hamster frantically running on a wheel—there’s no sense of completion. Laundry services such as Get It Done are a great example of a task that can be delegated and left in the hands of a competent professional. No more weekends and evenings spent sorting whites and colours, no more mishaps. Alternatively, you may choose to delegate your grocery shopping, having someone else deliver items from your shopping list to your door. These are just two ideas for how you can stop working for less than your effective hourly rate and have more time for friends, family, hobbies and projects. Save by thinking like a business owner Life outsourcing is making choices for your personal life using the same logic you would use to run a business. When a company outsources to an external service provider, they save money on overheads, such as utilities and depreciation of machinery and hardware. This concept works with outsourcing your life as well: delegating your laundry means less wear and tear on your white goods, and saves water, electricity and detergent. Delegating your grocery shopping means reduced car expenses and extras and samples may be added to your order. What will you Outsource? Many people are using new technology to assemble a team of personal services to enable them to simplify, breathe easy and get back to living life. How will you make this new wave of efficient services work for...

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Things To Know About Plasterboard For Your Home

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re having a new house built, or you’re adding an extension to your home, your contractor will likely use plasterboard to finish your interior walls. Plasterboard is known as drywall in other parts of the world, especially the United States, and it’s a finishing material that is affordable and easy to install. But to make sure you understand what this material is and some of its advantages, here are some important things to know about plasterboard. It’s Made From Gypsum — Plasterboard is constructed from gypsum, which is a grey-coloured mineral that is naturally-occurring and manufactured. Natural gypsum is plentiful and is mined in many countries, but is especially prevalent in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Natural gypsum is mined and then reduced to a granular consistency, after which it is heated and hardens, forming the main material used to make plasterboard and other products. Synthetic gypsum, also known as flue-gas desulfurisation gypsum is manufactured in facilities using factory gas emissions that are hardened into gypsum. To make plasterboard, gypsum plaster is buttressed by single or double sheets of heavy paper. It’s Extremely Fire Resistant — Because of the manner in which gypsum is fire-heated during it’s hardening process, plasterboard has a high level of fire resistance, which makes it an ideal wall finish for your home. It Comes In Different Sizes — Plasterboard is available in single or double sheets with sizes that vary. For example, contractors may use plasterboard with a 10mm thickness or upgrade to a 13mm thickness, which may help reduce noise at a higher level and is typically installed in ceilings, which require thicker plasterboard for additional reinforcement. Plasterboard widths also vary, with a minimum of 1200mm and an upgrade to 1350mm. Plasterboard lengths range from 2400mm to as long as 6000mm.  It’s Nailed in Place — The typical process for installing plasterboard is for a contractor to cut the sheets to the proper size, then attach the plasterboard to the wall frame with an adhesive. Once the plasterboard is firmly in place, the contractor will then nail it to the wall studs. In some cases when plasterboard is being used solely for soundproofing, the sheets are placed in between the frames that join two rooms. This creates a layer of sound insulation that reduces the transfer of sound from one room to the other. Once plasterboard is put up, you have the option of painting it or leaving it natural as the process results in a smooth, polished...

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