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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...

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Warning Signs That You Require Commercial Electrician Services

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

One of the mistakes you can make as a business owner is assuming electrical problems pertaining to your business premises can easily be handled by the same electrician you hire for your residence. Commercial wiring differs from residential wiring. This is because the energy needs of commercial buildings are significantly higher. Hence, the equipment used as well as the materials that function toward providing you with a constant power supply will be different. Here are some of the warning signs that you may require services from electrical contractors at your business premises.   Rust is developing on your electrical appliances and outlet One of the signs that your electrical system is in imminent danger is the development of rust on your outlets as well as your appliances. It is recommended to carry out a regular inspection of your sockets and appliance plugs to check whether they have any rust-coloured residue on them. Additionally, regular inspections should also be carried out on the building’s service panel to ensure moisture is not accumulating inside it. Commercial electricians can establish the cause of the rust and hinder further damage to your wiring. Leaving the development of rust undeterred could cause further deterioration of your entire electrical system, which would result in costly replacements. Tingling when you touch electrical outlets If you experience tingling when you touch your electrical outlets, switched or any other electrical surfaces, chances are you are experiencing a mild electrical shock. Typically this may be accompanied by other symptoms such as blackened switch plates or discoloured wire ends. This is a cause for concern as it could indicate the various electrical surfaces are at risk of an electrical fire. Continuing to make use of these surfaces and outlets will not only damage your appliances and electrical panels, but you could end up losing your entire premises in the event an electrical fire breaks out. The moment you see these blackened outlets or start experiencing tingling when using your building’s electrical supply, it is best to call in commercial electricians to have a look at the building’s circuitry and remedy the problem post haste. Your building has exposed wires Exposed wires may come about if electric work was left unfinished or if you were having renovations done that are incomplete. One mistake people make is trying to hide these wires under rugs in an effort to disguise them until they are dealt with. This does not just make them a tripping hazard, but they pose a serious risk of spontaneous electrical fires in your building. Any exposed wires on your business premises should be dealt with by commercial electricians as soon as...

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Don’t Be an Accidental Litterer: Use These Tips to Prevent Rubbish Blowing Out of Your Skip

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Unfortunately, if rubbish blows out of your skip, you are indirectly responsible for littering. Luckily, there are ways to keep the wind out of your skip and the garbage in it. Here are four tips for preventing your skip from making you an accidental litterer: 1. Cover your skip when not in use. If possible, always hire a skip with a lid. Hinged lids are easy to remove when you need to use the skip, but when it’s not in use, you can easily swing the lid back on. A lid prevents wind from lifting your rubbish away, and as added bonuses, it also keeps out rain. Also, if you lock it, it keeps out thieves. If you cannot find a skip with a lid to hire, use a tarp instead. 2. Bag lightweight rubbish. Unfortunately,  you cannot keep your skip covered all the time, and you also need to reduce the risk of rubbish blowing out of your skip while you are using it. Lightweight objects are the most likely to blow into the air, but you can minimise that risk by bagging all lightweight objects. If you are throwing away yard waste, make sure to bag the leaves and grass clippings before putting them in the bin. Additionally, if you are throwing away packaging peanuts or any lightweight packaging foam, bag them as well — once packaging peanuts blow out of your dumpster, they will cling to nearby surfaces or float around, and they can be really hard to pick up effectively. 3. Situate the skip near a windbreak. If possible, situate your skip so that it is near a windbreak. If you have a tall item like a shrub, fence or even the side of your house, try to set your skip near that item. Figure out the direction of the prevailing winds in your area, and place your skip so that the windbreak is between it and the direction from where the wind is coming. For example, if you have prevailing northerly winds, you want your windbreak north of your skip. If you are hiring a skip for long term use, consider building a windbreak shelter around it. This is simply a tall wood enclosure that helps to shield your skip from wind coming from all directions. 4. Avoid overfilling your skip. If your skip is overflowing, rubbish is also more likely to blow or fall out of that. When ordering your skip, work closely with the hire company to determine the size of skip you need. Based on the type of project you are planning, the skip bin hire company can help you avoid ordering a skip that is too small and likely to become overly...

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Preventing Premature Road Damage

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Many road users are very often too quick to blame road contractors like Catwest Road Services for the sorry state of the roads they are traveling on. While these road users rightly do so in a good number of cases, such blame is at times misplaced and unfair. This is because poor workmanship is not always the reason behind bad roads; road users, too, are in part responsible for road damage. Before being quick to accuse road contractors for shoddily-done jobs, it is important to understand that road users may be at fault as well. This kind of mindset will help keep the roads in good condition for all to enjoy using. Those dumping on the road. You are not alone in this: Nobody wants to keep trash in their vehicles. But, that is not a good enough reason to throw trash on the highway. While the temptation of throwing that can of soda out through the window of your vehicle is almost irresistible, do all you can to overcome it. You may not know it, but the trash that is usually left on the roads can find its way into the drainage system, which is designed to direct water away from the surface of the roads. Proper road drainage prevents erosion. When trash accumulates in the drainage system of a particular road, it will lead to blockage, making it difficult for rainwater or stormwater to drain form the surface of the roads easily. This explains why it can become almost impossible to see where you are heading when water has filled the road surface on some rainy days. Even worse, the ponded stormwater can partially wash out the surface of the road, leading to premature damage. Those overloading their vehicles. Most major roads and highways have designated weight and load limits for different vehicles. It is important to follow these specifications, even if there are no traffic checkpoints installed to ensure compliance. For example, when you drive a large, overloaded truck on a lane that is built for use by small cars and vans, chances are high that you will leave behind tire marks and that small cracks will start to develop on the surface of the road. Over time, the small cracks will become bigger and result in increased deterioration (e.g. patches of eroded road surface material may begin to show). Heavy truck hauling operators should be particularly keen on avoiding loading their vehicles...

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How to Install a Pendant Light

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Pendant lights provide a decorative and convenient way to provide lighting in a room. They help to avoid the need for a lamp as they are installed in the ceiling. If you have a pendant light in your office, but want to replace it with a new one, the following tips will help. Turn the Power Off As with all electrical repairs and installations, the first thing you need to do when installing a new pendant light is kill the power in that room. Turning off the light switch is not enough. This may keep the light bulb off, but it doesn’t completely kill the power. You could still get electrocuted while disconnecting and connecting the wires in the ceiling. Make sure you find the office’s fuse box or electrical panel and disconnect the power. Depending on what you have, this either means turning off a circuit breaker or a fuse. It should hopefully be labeled so you can find the right fuse for that room. Use a circuit tester after you have done this to make sure the power is definitely turned off. Remove the Current Lighting Fixture If you have a pendant light installed in the ceiling now, you’re in luck, because you will be able to see how it is mounted and what wires go where. Start by removing the lamp of the lighting fixture first, which may either pop off or require a screwdriver. Once that is safely removed and set aside, you can remove the mounting plate. That should take a screwdriver to remove. You should now see the wires. Pay close attention to the wires that are currently connected to the fixture, because it can help guide you when you install the new fixture. Mark the wires based on what part of the fixture they are attached to. You should see three different wires, including the neutral wire, hot wire and ground wire. Typically, the white wire is the neutral wire, the ground wire is green, and the hot wire is black or red. Start Attaching the New Fixture Once the wires are properly labeled, you can completely remove the old fixture and set it aside. Now open the box of the new fixture and begin with the piece connecting to the wires. Use your guide to connect the white, green, and red or black wires properly. The next piece to attach should be the crossbar or mounting plate. Some fixtures use both. Once they are attached, you can finish with the rest of the lighting fixture. Read the directions of the new package so you know what pieces are included and how they are attached. In general, it will be similar to the pendant light you had previously. The last step should be the main component, which is the lamp of the light. The type of light determines how it is installed. Many lamps simply snap on, as you saw when you removed the previous one. Others need to be secured with screws that came with the lighting fixture. If you don’t feel comfortable attempting this project on your own, or if your project is more complicated, contact a commercial electrical contractor for...

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Why Opt for a Gabled Patio?

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

More and more people are finding it worthwhile to have gable patios in their homes. If you are thinking about integrating a gabled patio into your home, you will want to know what benefits it can bring you. While there are so many good things that homeowners with gabled patios can say about these outdoor additions, here are some essential benefits that you can enjoy. More headroom, more delight The pitched roof of gabled patios usually offers much more space above the area covered by the patios. Given the A-frame shape that the roof takes, the patio area will feel a bit more open, allowing you to truly enjoy the ambiance of the outdoor environment from what could have been a flat, featureless patio. For those who are looking for a way to improve the curb appeal of their home, a gabled patio more is surely a great option. This is due to the fact that you create extra space to allow more light to shine in your patio area and display your sense of home design acumen. This benefit may not be possible for flat-roofed patios. Free cooling enjoyment Gabled patios can offer heat transfer benefits as well. During hot summer days, when heat from the sun makes it unbearable to stay in a flat-roofed patio because the sun hits the patio from one side and warms up the air inside very fast, a gabled patio will be all you need to cool yourself without turning on the AC system. The A-frame style roof will handle solar heat way better than any flat roof can. If open ends of a gabled patio will provide additional ventilation on the lower parts of the roof, allowing heat to flow naturally. As there’s more headroom below the roof, warm air easily travels out of the space and leaves space for cool, fresh air to get in. Good flow of rainwater or stormwater Since gabled patios are typically sloped rather steeply, the roofs allow water to drain provide exceptionally well, resulting in fewer leakages and extended roof life. This makes gabled patio roofs suitable for rainy months since the pitched design of the patio would allow the water to move straight down the rainwater drainage system. Patios with flat roofs, on the other hand, can pond rainwater and cause structural damage to your structure. A gabled patio will take advantage of gravitational forces to channel the water away from the roof as quickly as...

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Five Items You Need to Temporarily Fix a Broken Window

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized |

You’ve broken a window, but unfortunately, the glass repair person cannot come until next week. Luckily, there are ways you can temporarily fix your window, regardless of how much or little experience you have working with glass. You just need a few essentials, such as the following five items: 1. Clear Nail Polish For the smallest holes and dents in your window glass, clear nail polish can work wonders. If a small bb, for example, has made a hole in your window glass, just grab a bottle of clear nail polish and paint it into the hole. Paint several layers of the nail polish. It will fill the hole, and in most cases, it will stop the chip from spreading into a crack. 2. Tape If you already have a crack in your window pane and you want to prevent it from getting worse, tape can help. Use strong packaging tape or duct tape and pull off a strip slightly longer than the crack in your glass. Gently smooth the tape over the crack to hold the pane of glass together. Be careful not to push too hard so you don’t dislodge the glass from the frame 3. Work Gloves Whether you are taping over a crack or removing shards of broken glass from your window frame, you need to take steps to protect yourself against injury. Ideally, that means you should wear work gloves. Invest in heavy-duty gloves designed not to be pierced by glass. If you decide to attempt to move the entire pane of broken glass, also consider wearing safety glasses, lest any pieces fly up in the air toward your face. 4. Tarp If the window is completely broken and you want to ensure rain doesn’t get into your home, you need a tarp. Wearing your gloves removes the shards of glass from the window frame. This way, you don’t have to worry about them poking through the tarp into someone standing near your window. Then, secure the tarp over the window. Ideally, you should secure it outside the house. If you put it inside, it will stop the rain from coming in the house, but it still allows water to pool in the window frames, potentially damaging them. 5. Plywood While a tarp can withstand the elements, it doesn’t help much in the realm of home security. If you want to ensure your home is relatively impenetrable in spite of a broken window, cover your window with plywood. Simply cut a piece larger than your window and use screws to attach it to the studs around your...

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How to install window tinting on your home windows

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Uncategorized |

This project is fairly straightforward and something that you can easily do yourself. There are quite a number of steps involved; however, once you follow the instructions as they are outlined, you will be left with a high quality end product. There are many great benefits to installing tinting on your windows, and the investment will be paid back to you in the short term. They will help to reduce your energy bills when it comes to heating up your house in the winter and cooling it down in the summer. They will also reduce the amount of UV lights that are entering your home, preventing your fixtures and furnishings from becoming fading as a result to exposure to the light. While you can hire a professional to install the tinting, it will be significantly cheaper if you are able to do it yourself. Here is some advice that will help you through the process. Selecting your materials The first step is to decide which type of home window tinting you want to use. There are a variety of colours to choose from. Choosing a neutral colour will allow the windows to tie nicely into most themes. There are a variety of different opacity types to choose from, you can choose exactly how much or how little light you want to enter the house. The amount of opacity does not affect the amount of heat that is exchanged, only the brightness that is entering the room. Preparing for installation After comprehensively measuring each of your windows, you should add in a margin of error for each measurement to allow for an overhang during the installation process. This will ensure that there will be no gaps in the window tinting once the job is completed. Before you place your order, you should get a sample to ensure that the type of tinting is exactly what you want. The installation process Before you apply the tinting, you should give the windows a comprehensive clean so the tinting will apply smoothly. If your tinting has come in rolls, measure out your dimensions and cut the tinting with a knife. When applying the tint, you need to ensure that the windows are wet.  You should wet your hands when peeling the back of the tinting off and handling it, as you don’t want to leave any dirt marks on it. When the backing has been peeled away, you need to spray the tinting with a soapy water solution. You should place the tinting on the window at the top first and work your way down, smoothing it out as you go. Once it is on, you should apply soapy solution over the surface and squeegee it. Finally, you can now cut away the...

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Choosing the Right Home Contractors for the Job

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Uncategorized |

As a homeowner, you need to be aware of the differences between home builders. This will help dictate the best product and design for your home. Moreover, it will also enable you to create better-defined budgets. If you have a specific job that needs to be done, below are some different types of builders for you to compare and contrast. Spec Contractors These contractors buy a piece of land, build on it and then sell it together with the house. Their construction ranges from small or medium sized homes to complex luxurious mansions. In addition, they offer some opportunity for customization. You can choose the finishing of your house after the foundation has been set up. The builder can give you some finishing options to choose from, or you can work with an architect to determine the exact design you want. If you want an affordable and unique house, these are the contractors to go for. Custom Home Builders These are contractors whose primary concern is to tailor the home to the exact needs of the client, alongside making profit. They mostly build in small volumes and can range from small house construction to luxury homes. Moreover, they can fit luxury features such as raised ceilings to plain homes as an extra touch. With these builders, you are able to build a unique house. Rather than giving you a menu of options, they let you choose any product in any category according to your wants and needs. This gives you more opportunity for design, enabling you to add that personal creative touch and style to your home. In addition, custom home builders are highly flexible and can even build on your own own land. They let you make the floor plan from ground up, therefore involving you in every step of the process. Lastly, these contractors can adjust themselves to your budget by advising your material and design choices accordingly. Tract home builders These are builders mostly associated with volume construction.  They usually own extensive tracts of land, which they subdivide and construct upon. Their products range from single family houses to condominiums. Tract builders offer the land and home as a single package and tend to be more affordable than other builders. However, they provide less room for home customisation because you can only pick a design from a menu of several product categories. However, they are very quick in construction and do not require you to work with architects. This eventually saves you more...

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How to Detect Leaking From In-Ground Water Tanks

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Uncategorized |

As a home owner, installing an in-ground water tank can be a cost-effective way to ensure you have enough water for you and your family. However, without proper maintenance, in-ground tanks can be exposed to leakages that could be dangerous for you and your family. There are certain indicators that you can observe to let you know whether you have a leak in your tank or not. Here are a few of them. Water loss Perhaps the most obvious result of a leaking in-ground water tank is water loss. You can easily detect this from the drop in water pressure caused by a lowered water volume. This drop in water pressure can be particularly telling if you have had regular rainfall and therefore expect to have enough water in your tank but don’t. If you notice this, call a professional to inspect the water tank as soon as possible. If he/she detects a water loss greater than 10% then you could have a leak in your tank that needs to be fixed immediately. Pooling water If you notice a pool of water developing around the area where the underground tank is installed, that may be an indicator of a leak. For you to truly suspect a leak, the pool should be present with or without rainfall, and should not dry up completely even on a hot day. You should certainly call a professional if you see this. Uneven coloration of the grass Ideally, the grass around your house should be relatively evenly coloured. While there may be slight variations between the colour of the grass growing underneath a tree or in a shade, and grass growing without any shading, it should not be too distinct. For instance, if you notice in the summer that all your grass is turning brown but the grass around the tank is still quite green, then you may have a leak. Change in water quality If there is a leak in the in-ground water tank, then not only will you lose water, but contaminated ground water could be seeping into the tank. This will affect your water quality and may even put you and your family at risk of water-borne infections. One indicator of ground water seeping into the tank is changes in how the water looks. It may be more turbid due to the entry of soil particles, microbes and other contaminants from the ground water. Another indicator is a change in how the water tastes. You may also notice development of recurring skin rashes, especially in your children, that cannot be otherwise explained. In this case, having a water quality test done is the surest way to know whether you have a leak, so that you can have it repaired...

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Asking the Right Questions When Considering a Pergola Installation on Your Property

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

An outdoor pergola can give your patio area some shade and privacy and also add visual appeal to the area. If you add curtains, you can have even more privacy and protection from the elements, and the structure gives you a way to add hanging plants, install an overhead fan, or do whatever else you need to do to make your patio more relaxing and inviting. When considering a pergola installation for your property, note a few questions to ask the contractor or at the home improvement center. This will ensure you choose the right model and know what to expect. 1. Be sure to ask how the space should be measured The overhang design of a pergola can be confusing, as the actual footprint is often much smaller than the width of the upper beams. You’ll need to measure for the footprint for installation but then also ensure that the pergola won’t run into your home, carport, garage, or other outbuilding. Be sure you ask how to measure for the upper and lower part of the pergola so you choose the right size and know what to expect once it’s installed. 2. Ask if the pergola can be attached to your house If you want a pergola attached to your house or garage, always be sure to ask if this is an option. You may need to choose a certain style that can be attached and can fit into the space, and the contractor installing it may need to know what to expect when it comes to the home’s materials. In many cases, they may need to come out for a site inspection before the actual installation date so they can note if your home is brick and if so, the bricks’ condition, so they can bring the right tools. They will also want to ensure you choose a pergola that fits the space. 3. Note if you need to be present for the installation Even if a contractor has come out for a site installation, they may still require you or someone else to be present for the installation to ensure they can access your yard and then also have someone sign off on the work once it’s done. Don’t assume you can just schedule the installation and then have them show up while you’re at the office, even if your gate is unlocked and the dog is kept inside. If they require someone to be at the house during the install, ensure you have someone there so the contractor doesn’t just turn around and go home. Pergolas can be an excellent addition to your yard. Follow these tips to make sure the installation goes as smoothly as...

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