Pages Menu

Systems for Pumping Water

Most recent articles

Quick Fixes for A Dripping Tap

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A dripping tap can be messy and it wastes water. If left unaddressed, dripping taps can become a full-blown issue that will result in costly repairs. Fortunately, you can easily fix your dripping tap by following a simple DIY procedure. Here are a few steps to help you fix your dripping taps. Step 1: Turn Off Your Water Supply Before you start working on the tap, turn off your water supply. This will give you an easy time dealing with the repairs. Besides, you don’t want water splashing around when you remove components of the tap. After turning off the water supply, put your plug into the plughole. Doing this will prevent any small parts of the tap such as screws from finding their way down the drain. Step 2: Remove The Head of the Tap To remove the head of the tap, you will first need to find the handle screw. For most types of taps, the screw is usually under a cap on the tap’s handle. Gently unscrew the top nut using a spanner. Be careful when doing this because forcing it can damage the pipe, leading to more tap problems. If turning the nut is difficult, wrap a pipe wrench in a piece of cloth and use it to brace the body of the tap. If you don’t have a pipe wrench, you can use your hand. If this doesn’t do the trick, use penetrating oil. Apply the oil around the joint and let it sit for a few minutes for it to soak. Penetrating oil will help loosen the nut. Step 3: Remove The Stem After removing the nut, you will notice the stem. You can remove it by twisting it from the valve or by popping it off. Step 4: Remove the Washer and O-ring Within the valve seat of the tap are the O-ring and the valve. Remove them and inspect them for damages. Worn or damaged O-rings and washers are major causes of leaking taps. Therefore, replace them. When buying the replacements, make sure they are the exact fit. The best way to do this is to take the rings and the washers to the hardware store for comparison. Step 5: Reassemble the Parts Carefully and gently reassemble all the parts. When doing this, ensure all the parts are assembled in their correct order. Turn the knob gently and let water run for a few seconds. Turn it off and leave it for a while to check whether you still have the...

read more

Blunders That Will Delay Completion of Your Home Renovation Project

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you embark on a house remodeling project without proper planning, you may encounter unexpected delays. If you want to ensure the renovation job goes smoothly and is completed in good time, you will need to think about potential causes of project snags and how they can be avoided. Here is a look at some things that will lead to home renovation delays if they are not thought through prior to the beginning of the project. Not planning where to start. One of the biggest blunders homeowners renovating their homes make is not having a clear idea of where they should begin the renovation work. If your kitchen is the focus of your remodeling, you should decide whether to start working on the cabinetry, flooring, walls, or countertops. If you want to install new flooring on the entire house, you will need to figure out which room you should start working on. These may seem like trivial matters, but they can significantly impact your project time budget. If you begin your kitchen renovation with a flooring replacement, for example, you may have to wait until the floor finish has cured before you can work on the cabinetry, walls, and countertops. This will lead to loss of valuable project time. Therefore, it is very important to schedule all work in a sequential order. Not having accurate cost estimates for everything. Another mistake people make when remodeling their homes is not having accurate cost estimates of the tools and supplies that will be needed to complete the job. This usually results in financial budget shortfalls, which result in discontinuation of any work ongoing onsite. It is important that you ask a professional to help you determine the cost projections for everything that will be needed to complete your project. This way, you can only begin work when you have sufficient funds for it. Underestimating project completion times. Some house remodeling delays occur simply because not enough time was budgeted for the project. This is common in DIY renovations where homeowners do not have any past experience working on the project they want to undertake and therefore end up working with inaccurate time budgets. For example, they may fail to account for the time it takes for ordered materials to be delivered at the jobsite, so they encounter project snarl-ups as they wait for deliveries to be made. Knowing the exact time it will take to finish every stage of your renovation project will save you the frustration of prolonged completion...

read more

What To Consider When Buying A Winch For Your Vehicle

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A winch and an off-road vehicle go hand in hand. The two are inseparable because, whenever you drive off-road, there is always that risk that you might get stuck or that you might need a nudge to crawl over rocks and other obstacles. That said, automotive winches come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re confused about what you need to buy, this article will help you narrow down the considerations so that you don’t get overwhelmed by the options. Load bearing capacity The load bearing capacity is simply the total load that the winch in question can pull. You want a winch that can pull your vehicle while loaded with gear and passengers, and then some. The load bearing capacity is rated in pounds or kilos. So check your vehicle weight, add the extra weight you are bound to be carrying on an off-road trip and get a winch that can pull a little more than that comfortably. Rope material Long gone are the days when towing was done using standard rope or bulky chains. Today’s winches offer sleek cables ropes that are very strong yet light and thin. Some of the top favourites include steel, aluminium, and synthetic rope. Your winch may come in with one of these or you may get the option to choose between the three. Steel cable offers the most strength, followed by the synthetic rope. Power operation Another important consideration when purchasing a winch is the power operation. That is, how is the winch powered? By large, there are electric winches, hydraulic winches, and manual winches. Manual winches are the cheapest but are not so advisable because you have to crank them manually. Electric winches are the most common and easiest to operate. Hydraulic winches offer seamless service, better than most electric models, but they often require more installation and maintenance work. Extra additions to watch out for There are some other extras you can look for as you check around and compare units. One is a winch cover which protects your unit from water, heat, and dust. Some modern units come with a remote controller which help you operate the winch from a distance (great when stuck in precarious places). Another excellent feature to look for is the load-holding brake. This allows the winch to hold the rope at any point to keep it from winding up and reversing your progress. As you consider what winch to buy, also consider the overall weight of the unit in relation to your car’s weight. Also consider the size of the unit and the ease of installing...

read more

Plumbing Hacks and Tips that Every Pet Owner Should Observe

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Have you ever thought about how the plumbing system in your home can be affected by your pet and vice versa? Pets love running around the home and poking their noses and paws in various areas, and it is possible for them to tamper with your plumbing. Also, some habits and practices that involve the home’s plumbing system can be potential sources of harm to your pet. Here you will learn some of the tips and measures you should take to protect your pet and to prevent plumbing problems that usually occur in households that keep pets. Protect your drains from animal hair  Some amount of hair is shed every time you bathe your pet, and this hair usually finds its way into your drains. Over time, the hair may accumulate in the drains and clog them. Clogged drains can cause a plumbing emergency, especially if water begins to overflow in your bathroom sinks or stagnate in the shower. To prevent this, always use strainers or drain stoppers when bathing your pets to keep animal hair away from your drain lines. Strainers are particularly effective, as they trap the hair strands as the water flows into the drain. Dispose of the hairs in your trash bin and don’t flush the hairs down the toilet. Pet-proof your plumbing system  Just like you childproof your home when you have a baby, your plumbing system should also be pet proof. Here are some of the areas that you should address as you consider pet-proofing your home. Keep your toilet lid closed to prevent your pet from licking the water, which probably has mixed with residual cleaning chemicals, which can harm your pet’s health Cover all the floor drains in your home to prevent small pets from getting into the pipes Cover any shallow water and sewer lines in your backyard to prevent your dog from digging into the ground and poking holes in the pipes. Hire a professional plumber to help with pet-proofing your indoor and outdoor plumbing system so that you can protect your pet and prevent costly repairs to damage caused by pets. Don’t flush kitty litter  Kitty litter can potentially clog your toilet drains and create a nightmare in the home. Even if some forms of kitty litter are packaged and labeled as “flushable”, it is wise not to do so as you may not be sure whether your drain and sewer lines can handle the product. To be on the safe side and to protect your toilet plumbing, you should only flush toilet paper. Kitty litter should be disposed of together with other forms of domestic waste. Contact a professional plumber, such as those found at P1 Plumbing & Electrical, if you experience any problems with your home’s plumbing. You will be able to get quality repairs and professional advice on how to protect your pet and maintain the performance of the plumbing...

read more

Materials You Could Consider For Outdoor Balustrades

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Balustrades are structures that are made up of top caps, balusters and newel posts. These structures function as protective railings as well as to define specific spaces on your property. Since balustrades can be used both indoors as well as outdoors, they come in a variety of materials to create a wide array of designs and offer different degrees of functionality. Outdoor balustrades are typically used on decking, balconies, patios and more. If you are looking to install outdoor balustrades in your home, here are some of the different materials that you could consider.  Outdoor balustrades made from timber Timber is one of the more popular materials that homeowners will gravitate to for balustrading. This is because it comes in a wide assortment of designs as well as styles. If you are looking for something functional and plain, you could choose to have timber spindles that have been capped with a plank of wood. On the other hand, if you would prefer something more grand, you could opt for carved balusters that have been finished off with polished handrails.  It should be noted, though, that timber used for outdoor balustrades would require high maintenance to ensure they remain in pristine condition. You would have to ensure the timber used is pre-treated so as to prevent pest infestations. Additionally, you would have to seal your outdoor timber balustrades on a consistent basis to prevent premature water damage that would severely compromise the integrity of your timber balustrades.  Outdoor balustrades made from metal If you are looking for weather resistant options for your outdoor balustrading, you could consider metal as your choice material. One of the options you could choose is stainless steel balustrades. Although it is an alloy of steel, it is less susceptible to corroding or developing rust when exposed to atmospheric moisture. Additionally, the finish of stainless steel is stain resistant so you would not have to be worried about having to engage in intensive cleaning procedures to keep it aesthetically appealing.  It should be noted, though, that although stainless steel does not easily succumb to rust, it can corrode when exposed to high salinity conditions such as coastal weather. As such, if you live by the sea, then you may consider powder coating your stainless steel balustrades to protect them from the salt and moisture in the air. Other outdoor balustrades made from metal that you could consider include wrought iron balustrading and aluminium...

read more

Makeover Tips To Help You Raise The Value Of Your Commercial Office Building

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Maintaining a high value for your office building puts you on the winning side when you want to sell or when leasing out available space. It’s possible to raise the value of the building, provided you use the right strategies and tactics. Below are effective makeover tips you can use to significantly raise the value of your commercial office building. Optimize Space Use Improving the use of space in your commercial building is a great way of adding to the value of your property. You can improve the space usage by rectifying building designs that waste or take up too much space than necessary. However, it’s best to hire a professional contractor to identify uneconomical features that waste a lot of area in the building. For instance, the type of partitioning used in the building may not optimize space usage. Some buildings tend to have excessive lobbies, disorganized pathways and misplaced utility rooms. If the partitions are reorganized in a way that saves up more space, you can get an extra room or two of rentable space. Add Utility Services Adding utility facilities in a commercial office building is a great way of raising the value of the property. The best utility facilities to add are the ones in high demand in your building. You can carry out a survey and get to know what the tenants value most. Remember that your tenants will be the first people to sample new utility services provided in the complex. For example, you can open a barber shop and salon or a fitness studio. These are examples of services people will need almost always, so all you need to do is market your facility to attract the customers. Otherwise, you can opt to offer the utility services through an independent provider. The market rating of your building will be higher once it’s valuable and appealing to people. Improve Building Sustainability Making your commercial office building sustainable involves making sure that the facility is cost-efficient and environment friendly. The value of your building will be higher if your office building uses technologies that are safe, eco-friendly and cost-effective, especially for the users. Water and energy efficiencies are among the key sustainable elements you can invest in your office building. For example, air conditioning is a requirement for office buildings. So it’s best to invest in an energy efficient air conditioning system that regulates the temperatures without consuming too much energy. It’s best to consult a professional property manager to advise you on the best eco-friendly amenities to install. Makeover strategies for your commercial office complex can significantly raise the value of your building. Above are some effective makeover tips you can use to raise the value of your office...

read more

Preparing for Partial Demolition and Rebuilding of Your Home

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Some people opt for partial home demolition so that they can rebuild and improve sections of their house. Others may want to retain the lovely façade of their home. For some, keeping the facade allows them to bypass regulations on how set back from a border their new home can be. Whatever your reason for opting for a partial demolition, the things you’ll need to do to prepare are the same. Read this guide to help you prepare for the demolition and rebuilding of part of your home. Surviving Ongoing Building Work It’s always easier to move out while the work is taking place, but this isn’t always possible. If you need to be near work or your children’s schools, or you’re operating on a tight budget, staying put may be your best option. If this is the case, you’ll need to plan well to survive the chaos. This means ensuring that you have access to everything you need to make functioning possible. If you don’t have access to the kitchen while the work takes place, you should set up cooking facilities elsewhere in the home. Your most critical need will be an adequate water supply and access to washing facilities. If staying on site is your only option, but extensive rebuilding is going to make living in your home impossible, a caravan may be a better choice. Renting a caravan and having it set up in your garden will give you freedom to continue living at home without having to be in the thick of the mess. Look after Your Neighbours You don’t want to upset the people you live next door to and see daily. Do what you can to minimise the effect your rebuild will have on your neighbours. Give them a timetable for the work and reminders on days when messy or noisy work takes place. That way, they can make sure they close their windows and doors. Make sure you arrange for the cleanup of any mess that lands on their doorstep. Buy them a nice bottle of wine and some chocolates to thank them for being understanding, particularly after very messy days. Salvage Anything You Want to Keep Fixtures and fittings can often be reused to save on building costs. Ensure that these have been removed and stored safely away from the area being demolished. Make Sure Your Paperwork Is in Place Your demolition company will probably have dealt with any permit applications. If so, they will have checked with your local council to find out what paperwork was needed to demolish part of your home. It will usually be a demolition or building permit. However, it may also include a planning permit if your building is close to other buildings, or has heritage or environmental importance. Before work commences, you should do a last-minute check to make sure that they have received all necessary permission. If you’ve been asked to have certain utilities removed or shut down, make sure this has been done before the demolition team arrive on...

read more

How to Prevent Ice Damage On Your Metal Roof

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have a metal roof, you already know that it can handle a lot of extreme temperatures and weather conditions, including heat and cold. While snow and ice don’t have a tendency to cause damage, you still want to reduce the risks as much as possible. Here are some different ways to prevent damage from snow and ice on your metal roof. Get the Roof Inspected  Before you do anything else, it is a good idea to have your roof inspected. If your metal roof hasn’t been looked at by a professional roofing contractor in a while, this should preferably be done before the winter season arrives. They can look for signs of damage, particularly with cracks or holes, which might be worsened with snow and ice. By having the repairs or replacements done now, you avoid more severe damage to the roof and also prevent leaks inside your home. Shovel the Snow When snow starts to build up on top of your metal roof, make sure you are getting it shoveled on a regular basis. This snow puts your roof at risk in a number of ways. First of all, the added weight of the snow and ice can cause too much stress on the roofing materials, which might lead to cracks and other types of damage. The snow might also melt if the roof gets too hot, which causes it to drip down to the gutters, where it may re-freeze and cause ice dams. This can cause even more damage you don’t want to deal with. Keep the Gutters Clean In addition to shoveling snow off the roof, you also want to clean the gutters in order to reduce ice dams. They typically form if the melted snow and ice gets stuck in the gutters due to debris that is clogging them. If the gutters are clear, the melted ice should drip down the gutters and downspouts, thus avoiding ice dams altogether. You can do this yourself or hire a professional to clean the gutters periodically. Have the Roof Sealed Metal roofing materials like panels and shingles can also be sealed, which provides an extra protective layer. This will help to avoid damage from snow and ice, keep it protected from extreme temperatures, and avoid issues like rust and corrosion that metal materials might be prone to. Contact a roofing contractor to discuss sealing the metal roofing materials and finding out how often this needs to be...

read more

Preventing Asbestos Related Hazards during DIY Asbestos Removal

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Do you have a DIY asbestos removal project in the interior of your home? Before carrying out your DIY activities, you need to be approved by the relevant authorities so that your project isn’t illegal. Following the right procedures, use of the right techniques, equipment and clothing will not only ensure a successful project, but will also keep asbestos related hazards at bay. It is important to contain and avoid disturbing the asbestos-containing material to prevent the release of harmful asbestos particles, fibres, and dust. To ensure safety, here are things you may want to consider. Prep Work Start by letting people know that you have some asbestos-related work going on. You can do this by having some warning signs and talking to your neighbours, friends, family members or any other persons that may be affected by your project. Close your doors and windows, and seal off your working area with plastic sheets or tape to prevent other areas from possible contamination. Cover any vents, central heating, and air conditioning ducts. If there are any children play equipment or any other appliances and equipment in the working areas, have them taken away before you start the removal. If some items, such as furniture, can’t be moved, cover them completely with plastic sheets and bags. Do’s And Don’ts during the Removal Ensure that you wear a standards-approved dust mask or respirator that’s specifically recommended for the task. Masks with two straps are more preferable than those with only one because the extra strap ensures the mask holds firmly in place. For protection of your eyes, use safety goggles. Remember to wear disposable overalls, a hat, and gloves as well. Unless you’re removing screws, don’t use power tools because they can trigger the asbestos fibres. Don’t waterblast and scrub asbestos surfaces with stiff or hard brooms or brushes. Doing this may release asbestos fibres to the environment. Instead, wet the surface gently when removing the asbestos-containing materials. To do this, dampen the asbestos materials with a pump spray. This keeps asbestos debris wet enough to prevent airborne asbestos dust. Cleaning Up Start cleaning up as soon as possible after finishing your work. Double wrap the asbestos material in plastic asbestos waste disposal bags. These bags should be sealed completely with duct tape. When stacking asbestos sheets or panels, make sure that they don’t skid over each other to prevent the release of asbestos fibres. To avoid stirring up dust, dampen the area when sweeping and remember to use only vacuum cleaners approved to clean asbestos. If you have more questions or concerns, contact a professional asbestos removal company like McMahon...

read more

Four benefits of split system air conditioning for seniors

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

As you age, temperature control is more important than ever for maintaining your health, well-being and comfort. If you’re a senior and your old air conditioner just isn’t keeping you cool over the harsh Australian summers, it’s time to consider installing a split system air conditioning unit. Read on to find out more about the benefits of split system air conditioning for seniors. Cost effective alternative to ducted cooling While keeping your home cool as you age is of the utmost importance, many seniors are not in the financial position to spend thousands of dollars installing the latest ducted air conditioning unit. Split system air conditioning is a cost effective alternative to purchase and run, making them an ideal cooling solution for seniors on a budget. In some Australian states, including Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia, eligible seniors may receive rebates for  the costs associated with running their air conditioner, helping to keep the costs down considerably. Ideal for smaller homes and granny flats A split system air conditioner is designed to keep a mid-sized area temperature controlled, making it ideal for smaller senior living spaces. With a non-intrusive, slim design, your new split system unit will not visually impose in your small home and can be installed in the most suitable position for your year-round comfort. As an added bonus, they are also very quiet to run, meaning that your small home will remain a peaceful sanctuary. Convenient, all-year temperature control Keeping your home at the ideal temperature during winter is equally important for seniors, who can increase their risk of respiratory conditions or viral infections without adequate heating. Most split system air conditioners have the dual capability of heating your home during winter, allowing you to have the convenience of year-round temperature control in a single unit. This way, you can avoid the mess and hassle of maintaining a wood fire or gas heater during winter. Keep the air clean and healthy As upper respiratory irritation can be debilitating for seniors, keeping the air in your home clean and healthy is vital. Many split system air conditioning units come equipped with a built-in air purification system, which works to keep allergens and dust out of your indoor air. This way, you’ll breathe easier and keep allergies at bay with ease. As a split system air conditioner has filters that can be easily removed and cleaned regularly, you can keep your air filtration system working effectively without any extra costs or effort. For more detailed information and expert advice, contact your local split system air conditioning installation contractor...

read more

Tips to Keeping Your Dog off Your Synthetic Grass

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

More and more homeowners are opting for synthetic grass, as it is a convenient way to enhancing your curb appeal, without having to put much effort in maintaining a lush lawn. However, if you have pets, you will find that them frolicking around on your synthetic grass may not be so pleasant for you. For one, dog faeces do not naturally decompose in fake grass as they do on natural lawns. This is something most people overlook. In the event that you do not collect the droppings in good time, you will find your dog has trampled on them and spread them all over your turf. Additionally, urine also does not get absorbed in synthetic grass and will typically leave it smelling awful. So how do you keep your dog away from your beautiful fake grass? Here are some tips that could come in handy. Invest in a dog repellent When it comes to dog repellents, you could consider two options. The first is the commercial repellents that are typically used to establish boundaries for your pet. The main ingredient in these repellents is citronella, which smells repulsive to dogs. The second option you could consider is creating your own homemade repellent. Dogs typically detest the smell of white vinegar, so you could opt to spray this in its undiluted form all over your synthetic grass. You could also sprinkle some cayenne for good measure. If your dogs have already urinated on the turf, you could rinse it off with a solution consisting of baking soda, water and vinegar to eliminate the foul smell. Invest in a motion sensor sprinkler Granted, the thought of a sprinkler on synthetic turf may seem redundant. However, it is a great way of deterring pets from making their way onto your grass. Sprinklers that are motion activated do not have to water your lawn. You can program them to let out a single jet of water when the sensors have been activated. The sudden sound as well as the unexpected spray of water will scare your dog from approaching the synthetic grass. Invest in deterrent plants Another way of keeping your dog away from your turf would be to decorate its perimeters using natural plant deterrents. One such plant is the Coleus canina. This plant gives off an odour that is repulsive to dogs as it reminds them of cat urine. Thus, it will keep them at bay. Fortunately, this scent is not detectable by the human nose. Another plant deterrent you could opt for is lavender. Although synthetic grass is durable enough to withstand horseplay from your dog, it is not built for your pet’s natural biological processes. It would definitely be more convenient for you to keep the furry family members off the...

read more
Page 1 of 612345...Last »