Concrete issues and their causes

October 20th, 2014by auteur

Concrete is one of the most used material in construction. It is made by mixing cement with various aggregates like sand, stone chips, brick chips, brick chips, pebbles, gravel, shale and water. The mixture is then allowed to hardened. It has many advantages, for example it is economical,when ingredients are readily available, it is long lasting and strong, it requires low maintenance, it does not rot, corrode or decay as other building materials. Moreover, it can be moulded in almost any shape, is water and fire resistant and it can withstand high temperatures. However, concrete repairs are needed from time to time because over time it can get damaged.

Problems that makes concrete reparation necessary

There are many reasons why concrete repairs become essential. Some of the main ones are listed below:

• Corrosion of the reinforcing steel: steel are protected inside concrete because the latter is very alkaline which prevents rust. However, sometimes the steel do get rusted and as rust has a greater volume than the steel, the expansion presses against the concrete putting it in tension and causing it to crack and pop off.
• Freeze-thaw disintegration: concrete is a porous material, therefore if water gets in and freezes, it breaks off small flakes from the surface. This is known as scaling and it generally occurs during the first days of winter and get worse over time.
• Drying shrinkage cracks: concrete has more moisture in it when placed than is consumed by the hydration reaction. As that water evaporates, the concrete shrinks, thus causing cracks.
• Plastic shrinkage cracks: if the surface is allowed to dry out before the concrete has gained strength, a pattern of cracks will form on the surface. These cracks are nonetheless very shallow and narrow.

Get help to repair the damage from professionals

As can be seen, damage to concrete can have various causes and neglecting to tackle the situation quickly can worsen the problem. Fortunately, many companies specialise in concrete repairs. People residing in the Dandenong South region can hire the services of Peninsula Paving, concrete repair professionals of good repute.

Custom made pots on order

October 16th, 2014by auteur

Landscaping has widely grown in popularity over the years. From the small patch of land outside a house to the large garden outside a commercial building, landscaping is being carried out everywhere to give the whole building a chic, elegant and beautiful look and also to make a judicious use of the land available. It has also been proven that a well-kept garden increases the resale value of a house or building. For a garden that is up to the mark, you have to make sure of finding all the materials and equipment you will be needing.
Ordering pots and landscaping supplies
Flower pots and boxes play a great role in landscaping. They are a sure bet to add to the aesthetics of the garden. Wholesale pots that are available for major projects include:
Rust/bronze planter box- for a rustic look that will blend perfectly in the surrounding nature, this type of planter box is the right choice. Furthermore, it can resist any type of weather and it a very strong and resilient material in which you can grow a wide variety of plants.
Lightweight concrete planter box- some plants cannot be grown in typical plastic or ceramic vases because they have a wider root base. The right solution for such plants is the lightweight concrete box which allows the plant to grow and expand properly. It is also resistant to weather damages. Finally, given that it is lightweight, it can be moved from one corner to another.
Lightweight terrazzo planter box- available in black, the lightweight terrazzo planter box goes well with a contemporary landscaping design because of its sleek look and sharp lines. These pots have a polished look and are known for their strength and durability.
If you have a garden center in the Box Hill region and you are looking for wholesale pots, contact Zenith Home and Garden Décor.


Printing, then and now

October 16th, 2014by auteur

Today, it is so easy just to press a button or two to print our work from a computer. But before technology, many things were being done manually, even printing. People knew how to write, but writing the same information over and over again is exhausting.

Early printers

The first two printing machines were created by the same nation, the Chinese. Before 220 A.D., they invented wood block printing on fabric first, then later on paper. And in 1040, they came up with the movable type printing. The latter was more flexible than the previous model. In Europe, it’s only around 1450 that they invented their movable type printing system. Once, it was well developed, printing presses spread throughout Europe to finally conquer the world.

Printing techniques

Now the techniques of printing varies with the purpose and surface. For instance, books and newspaper are more commonly printed using offset printing. Whereas, flexography is employed for packaging and labels. For photography, the hot wax dye transfer technique is used.

Another technique which is rather versatile is, ink jet printing. It can be used with various types of materials, from paper to floor tiles. It can be found in large format printing as well as in the application of mail addresses to direct mail pieces. Laser printing is more commonly used for the printing of bills, bank documents and in offices as well. Now, if a person wants to transfer a 2-D image on to a 3-D surface, then pad printing is the technique that should be used. On the other hand, screen printing is the process applied for t-shirts, posters, stickers, vinyl, wood and other material.

Relief print refers to the technique employed in the printing of catalogues. Whereas, the printing of magazines and packaging is mostly done by rotogravure. Thermal printing is used for supermarkets receipts and airline baggage tags. Finally, banknotes, passports and high-value stamps are made by using the intaglio techniques.

Therefore, if you need to have large format printing graphics done to promote your business, call Custom Sign Service Pty Ltd. They serve the area of Campbellfield.

Give your house personality with plantation shutters

October 15th, 2014by auteur

Many people look to have plantation shutters installed in their homes. This is because they can give the place a sense of rustic elegance, while enhancing it’s value.

Origin of plantation shutters

While the earliest types of plantation shutters can be traced back to ancient Greece, they started to get used more and more throughout the ages across Mediterranean countries. The name “plantation shutters” comes from those that were built in homes found on cotton plantation estates in North America. This was after the Spanish brought this type of window treatment in the U.S., following its early colonisation period. Nowadays, this particular style of window treatment has gained international recognition, as it is used all over the world.

Benefits of plantation shutters

Other than the fact that they enhance the building property with their beauty and elegance, there are many other reasons why people go for plantation shutters:

  • They are suited for both traditional and modern homes
  • They can be used for all types of rooms: kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, even bathrooms
  • They come in different styles and sizes, with the option of single-hung panels or double-hung ones
  • Their flexible louvers are built in such a way that they allow good airflow and ventilation
  • The amount of light allowed in, as well as the view offered, can be conveniently adjusted with their ease of operation
  • Being built out of timber, they are robust and long-lasting
  • They can come in the form of stock panels or be custom-built

If you are building a new home property or renovating an existing one in Sunbury, why not consider plantation shutters for your window treatments? Blind Ambition can provide you with the best quality shutters, in addition to a wide range of curtains, blinds and drapes to suit your home.

Flowers in the corporate world

October 10th, 2014by auteur

Companies often provide standard gifts to their employees to mark an event, a promotion or reward long and dedicate service. One of the best ways to acknowledge a member of staff is to send him or her flowers. This is definitely a very good idea. However, one should keep in mind not to send flowers that have romantic connotations to avoid misunderstandings and awkward situations. It is also important not to choose flowers that are too fragrant as some people are allergic to overly scented flowers. In short, corporate & office flowers have to be beautiful and show esteem but should carry no wrong message to avoid embarrassments.

Flowers as gifts to a business associate or customer

It is always a good idea to send a business gift to an associate or a client – thanking him for choosing your proposal, for referring a client or congratulating him on a business expansion. It is very important when sending a business gift, to choose a one that won’t be too personal or send the wrong message. Flowers are ideal in such cases. In fact, corporate & office flowers will convey your message of thanks, appreciation or satisfaction perfectly. Just make sure, you send those who have no specific meaning to avoid any unwanted confusion.

Flowers always impress

Be it to impress new customers or stimulate creative thinking, corporate & office flowers are always handy. They are especially useful as decorations during the hosting of an event. However, the appropriate and proper flower arrangement for a business event is not a simple matter. It demands certain skills and an artistic mind that florists have. If your company is based in or around Sandringham, you can get the assistance of Ocean Flowers for your flower needs. With over 14 years in the business, the company will surely meet your needs satisfactorily.

The history and the story of plumbing pipes

October 7th, 2014by auteur

Have you ever been curious about how plumbing was in different times? Our ancestors did make use of plumbing, but the fittings and fixtures were quite different.

The first plumbing pipes

Plumbing systems have evolved from their early days, and so have the materials used. For instance, the Greeks used Terracotta pipes while the Roman empire worked with lead for their aqueducts system. In the middle east, they opted for qanãts, which are well-like vertical shafts connected by sloping tunnels. Later on, in England during the 16th and 17th century, there were wooden plumbing pipes. These were utilised in the US as well in the beginning of the 19th century until the 20th century. At the same time in history, metal pipes were starting to get used more and more.

The different types of pipes

Metal pipes were employed as early as the mid-1600s for the distribution of water in the Château de Versailles, in France. They used cast iron pipes which is a ferrous metal known for its durability. Their usage extended to municipalities for the distribution of water to the town people and later for drainage purposes. They can also be found in homes dating before the 1960s. In the early 20th century galvanised steel arrived to replace cast iron. At the time, they used these pipes to transfer water to homes and for the sewerage system. Today, we can still find them, but not in the same amount as before. Copper, a quite popular pipe known for its anti-corrosive ability has proved to be an excellent choice for use in the water supply system of homes. But in the 1970s, it found a contender in the form of plastic adapted for piping purposes. Over the decades, this material has gained its share of the market, especially because of its price. It is rust-free and in case of a blockage, the plumber can easily find a solution to unclog it. And if ever the pipe has been cut in the process, it can be sealed back without using a welding power supply.

The plumbing world has known many innovations in the recent years and there are a lot more to come. If you want to hire experts who are aware in the latest developments in plumbing you can contact Western Industrial Plumbing Service Pty Ltd for your works if you are in the region of St Kilda, they will gladly help.

A tool box to suit any worker’s need

October 6th, 2014by auteur

Mechanics are not the only ones requiring a tool box. Any professional worker, dealing with repair and maintenance works has his set of tools and for every set of tool, he should have the appropriate tool box. Whether he is a plumber, an electrician, a waterproofing expert, a mason or a carpenter, he should have a tool box to properly store his set of tools. Trade tool boxes can be designed specifically to suit any professional’s needs. Given that different craftsmen have different types of tools to carry out their work, it would not be such a good idea to have a similar tool box for everyone; that is why custom made tool boxes allow them to design one according to their own needs.
Inside a plumber’s tool box
A plumber is responsible for all the plumbing and piping jobs that have to be done in a house or building. From the installation of a piping system to bring in potable water in a house and one to remove waste water, to the air conditioning, heating or gas system, the plumber needs to have the required competences and qualifications to carry them out. Not only that, the plumber also has to be well equipped and have all the necessary tools at hand for a precise job. Few tools which we will surely find in a plumber’s tool box are:
• hammers
• nuts, bolts and fasteners
• crowbars and flatbars
• screwdrivers
• pipe cutters
• plastic thread tape
• clamps
• needle nose pliers
• wrenches
• grips
If you want the right trade tool boxes to fit in all your tools, you can order a custom made one from Tool Box City. The company delivers across Australia.

Treatment tables for medical institutions

October 6th, 2014by auteur

Most medical practitioners will need some sort of treatment table in order to properly examine a patient. Depending on their speciality, they may require a table with specific functionalities to suit their purpose, but by and large the treatment table remains a standard piece of furniture where doctors and therapists practice their trade.

The need for treatment tables

People need to feel relaxed when they are going for a medical examination. As a matter of principle, comfort is essential for the patient to receive optimal treatment by the practitioner. If they are feeling ill at ease or uncomfortable during a massage or auscultation process, the procedure may not deliver the wanted results.

Sometimes the examination process will require people to put themselves in positions that might not be natural to them. The treatment tables provides patients with appropriate support when they undergo their examination, minimising any discomfort they may feel during the procedure. Furthermore, the particular way in which the treatment tables are built allow doctors or therapists to have better access and be better positioned to make all necessary manipulations during their practice.

Features of treatment tables

Treatment tables can come in basic forms or have specific advanced features. Most basic tables have stationary cushioned platforms where patients would sit or lie down for auscultation. On the other hand, the more advanced models can have movable electrically powered surfaces which can be adjusted to suit the particular treatment being performed. Practitioners from different medical fields will usually look for different models of treatment tables suiting their usual activities. Indeed, a chiropractor will require a different table from that which a gynaecologist or generalist doctor needs.

Contact Clinic Direct International for all of your treatment table needs. They are able to produce and deliver a wide range of treatment tables for medical practitioners and therapists across all of Australia.



A regular check to ensure that you do not have unwanted guests

October 1st, 2014by auteur

Not having the means of having a round the clock security guard to supervise your commercial or residential perimeter does not mean you can’t have any other way of ensuring the security of your premises. Why not opt for mobile security patrols? Trained guards will patrol your premises at regular or random intervals, depending on your contract with the company. They will come to the site in clearly marked company vehicles and will conduct checks in and around the building. It is up to the client to decide if the guards can have access inside or should they only conduct an outer check. Their arrival and departure time and all that they did and checked on the site will be electronically documented so that at anytime you can have all the details you require. If they come across something or someone unusual, they will intervene and call the police. Protocols on what to be done in any kind of situation that patrol guards may come across are normally agreed upon beforehand by both the client and the security company.
Advantages of opting for security patrols
Spacious commercial buildings, industrial zones or residential area prone to violence are often those that choose security patrols. This is because these areas are so big that one or two static guards at a time can’t cover the whole area. But a patrol car can take several rounds across the whole area several times a night. Mobile patrol guards can thus identify anything suspicious not only on the compound but even outside it and they can also deter potential burglars from breaking in. They can also check if all doors and windows of the building are closed and that camera, alarm systems and fire detecting sensors are all in working order.
If you are interested in hiring mobile security patrols to secure your property when you are away, contact C.S.A Asset Security in Melbourne Western Suburbs.

A driveway that will add to the aesthetic value of your home

October 1st, 2014by auteur

Driveways are private roads that lead to a house or a building. They are built by house or building owners and unlike public roads, driveways do not have road markings or traffic lights as they are meant for local access. Given that the construction of a driveway depends on the owner of the house or building, he is free to choose the design, model and materials to be used for the construction. Driveways also allow visitors to be well-directed and keep them on the road instead of driving or parking on lawns.
The right material for your driveway
A variety of materials can be used to build driveways, depending on a person’s budget, on the place place he lives, on the type of soil, on the style of his house, etc. Keeping in mind all that, the person will surely want a driveway that is practical, usable, durable and has value for money. While cobblestone, decorative bricks, granite, asphalt, and other such materials have been used to make driveways, a popular material remains concrete. This is because this material presents many advantages over others:
• The cost of working with concrete is relatively less compared to other materials.
• Concrete is fairly easy to work with in different situations and weather conditions as it is a strong and durable material.
• Not only does concrete require less maintenance but it also does not degrade over time due to weather conditions or wear and tear; it has a very long life span if well constructed.
• Just because it is concrete, does not mean it has to have a plain and dull design; it can be worked to give different designs and colors. It can also be polished for a sleek and chic look. You can also match it with the color and style of your house.
If you are planning on getting a driveway built to facilitate access to your house, choose what is best for you and your family and let K&J Concrete Pumping in Melbourne Western Suburbs guide you.