The Benefits Of Using Perforated Metal As A Building Material

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Perforated metal is gaining popularity as a building materialto shore up the structural strength of a building or to be used as an internal feature. Consider some advantages to using perforated metal as a building material for your new construction or for when you’re remodelling or renovating a building. 1. It’s completely recyclable Perforated metal sheets are completely recyclable so they’re more environmentally friendly. When a building is renovated or remodelled, the perforated metal sheets won’t wind up in a landfill where they would then break down and leak chemicals into the soil and groundwater. Instead, perforated metal can be reused in other buildings or it can be melted down and recycled for other uses. For any building owner that is concerned about the environment or who wants to reduce his or her own contribution to pollution, this can be a perfect option. 2. It can reduce energy costs When you use perforated metal on the facade of a building, you are using the natural cooling abilities of shadow to cut down on energy costs. One study showed that a building may see a 29% reduction in energy costs by using perforated metal. For larger buildings or buildings of any size, this can add up to quite the cost savings over the years. 3. Perforated metal is virtually maintenance free When you use perforated metal for a building material, it is virtually maintenance free, which can cut down on the cost and hassle of making repairs. Other building materials may get easily damaged or need regular repairs, but perforated metal needs little if any maintenance. It is easy to clean as well; for interior uses it can be simply dusted or washed with a damp rag and doesn’t need special cleansers or other products. This saves on the cost of a cleaning crew and cuts down on the time it may take to maintain or replace these materials. 4. Perforated metal lasts for years Along with being virtually maintenance free, perforated metal is meant to last for years. Other building materials are prone to rot or mould, but perforated metal is durable and long-lasting. In turn this reduces a building owner’s costs in having materials replaced or in eventually needing to have a building demolished because building materials are beyond repair. Remember these four advantages to perforated metal and consider using it for a building material either inside your building or as a structural material. For more information, contact a business such as Acorn Metal Products Pty...

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Truck-Driving Tips To Tackle Low Bridges

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

A truck driver involved in a low bridge crash is bound to lose their job and undergo prosecution, besides causing havoc and inconvenience to the bridge, vehicle, truck owner and the railway track. The truck owner also risks losing their operator’s licence. All the costs relating to bridge examination, damage repair, vehicle recovery, train services delays, etc. must also be borne by the vehicle owner.  This article will provide some tips to help you prevent this kind of accident from happening to you. Read Bridge Signs Most low bridges have signs indicating bridge dimensions and the vehicle height restrictions. Generally, bridges with a clearance lesser than 5 meters or 16 feet 6 inches are marked. The numbers are mostly expressed in both imperial and metric units. If you underwent a theory assessment during your truck licence test, you learned how to decode these signs. To ensure truck height compliance with bridge measurements, know your overall vehicle height, which is usually displayed in the truck manual or within the cab. The height of the truck can be lowered by adjusting the fifth wheel or via reloading or unloading the trailer. This is a quick tip to implement if you believe your truck can move through safely if it loses a few inches in height. Avoid Narrow Lanes When you are on the road driving a heavy goods vehicle, tread along on the freeways or avoid narrow lanes. Low bridges are generally built over tapered roads. Therefore, avoid shortcuts and continue with the usual routes, so that the probability of encountering a low bridge goes down considerably. If you have no option but to move along unconventional routes, keep a watch for the signs. Most roads with low bridges have precautionary signs quite a few kilometers ahead of the bridge, so that larger vehicles can practice caution and take a diversion before approaching the overpass and getting deadlocked. Arch Bridge Driving When confronting an arch bridge, drive through the center of the road as the curved edges could be lower than your truck height, even if the actual bridge is taller than the vehicle. Generally, these arch bridges have signs inscribed, indicating drivers to use the mid-portion of the road. Make sure your truck’s presence is observed by other approaching vehicles and motorists on the road, and horn continuously while slowly moving through the bridge. In case of a collision, don’t try moving the vehicle. Call the police or your owner, if it’s not your vehicle. Report the matter to the railway authorities so that the trains supposed to take the bridge are stopped. Keep the general public away and don’t let them near the vehicle, for a sudden explosion cannot be ruled out. You can find out more by contacting a truck licence training program, such as Alltrans Training...

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Want a Custom Look? Learn How to Cover Your Roller Blinds with Fabric

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Roller blinds can be a great way to keep light from creeping into your bedroom too early in the morning, but some of the blinds are not unique enough to match your specific style. Roller blinds can be customised to make them more unique, if you are willing to be a bit crafty. The following guide will walk you through customising a blind to fit your room perfectly. Supplies You’ll Need 1 Yard of fabric Spray adhesive Scissors 20 centimetres of ribbon with dangling beads attached Glue gun Glue sticks Roller blind​ (You can find them through providers like Townsville Blinds & Awnings) Size Your Fabric Unroll your blind until only 10 or so centimetres of blind are left rolled onto the roller. Lay out your fabric so that the patterned side of the material faces the floor. Lay the blind on top of the material and use the scissors to cut around the blind, leaving two centimetres of fabric on each side of the blind. You need the extra material on the sides so you can fold them over the edge of the blind to create a finished look. Attach the Fabric Spray the entire front of the blind with spray adhesive. Lay the fabric on top of the blind, with the patterned side facing toward the ceiling and smooth the fabric so that there are no wrinkles. Be sure that a centimetre of fabric extends over each side of the blind. Turn over the blind and fold over one side of the excess material onto the back of the blind. Turn the hot glue gun onto the low heat setting and carefully add glue to the edge of the blind and fold over the material to attach it to the back of the blind. Repeat the process until all of the fabric is folded over to the back of the blind. Add the Ribbon Detailing Pull the ribbon horizontally across the blind from one edge to the other and then add two more centimetres and cut the ribbon. Measure a few centimetres from the bottom of the blind and add a dot of hot glue on the edge. Hold the ribbon on the glue with one centimetre of the ribbon hanging over the edge of the blind. Apply dots of glue all the way across the blind attaching the ribbon as you go. When you reach the end, flip the blind over, and add a dot of glue to each end of the ribbon, fold it over, and attach it to the back of the blind. Allow the adhesive to dry for a few hours and then hang the blind as you normally would. Roll the blind up slightly to hide the top of the fabric. You will still be able to unroll and roll the blind as much as you want, but it will be unique...

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Don’t Overlook Your Restaurant’s Acoustics

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

There are so many factors to consider when designing or refurbishing your restaurant. Not surprisingly, it is easy to overlook some of the less apparent but extremely important issues. This guide will point out the vital role that acoustics play in the operation of your restaurant and the potential sources of unwanted noise. Understand the Importance of Good Acoustics The acoustics in a restaurant have a direct effect on the safety of the employees. They can cause workplace noise level code violations, discourage customers from returning and require costly correction procedures if not given due consideration. The noise level within the restaurant and surrounding environment needs careful attention. Recognize the Potential Noise Sources The special layout, shape of walls, ceiling height and construction materials all influence the level of noise, but there are also other common sources of noise. The Restaurant Kitchen The poplar trend today for incorporating the kitchen into the main dining area, is to make it noticeable and open to patrons. Unfortunately, this not only makes it visible, but audible. The kitchen noise with the banging and clanging of cookware, cutlery and platters, together with the kitchen staff, adds considerably to noise levels. Having an enclosed kitchen is the best solution for noise mitigation. However, if this is not a preference you will require acoustic materials to block sound and some professional advice concerning the appropriate materials. The Clients Considerable noise can emanate from the diners chatter and merriment, particularly if they need to raise their voices to make themselves heard. The reverberation and reflection of sound causes the increase in noise levels. Providing a quieter setting will encourage quieter conversation and help reduce the amount of noise. This is where the specialized knowledge of sound absorbing materials and the science of acoustics is extremely valuable. Adjoining Areas Often, restaurant clients tend to be vociferous in certain active areas of the venue. The waiting area and bar are common examples. If these are close to the dining area, the noise levels can be particularly high. Music Most restaurants play background music to provide ambience and enhance the atmosphere. It can also help to mask the sounds of air conditioning or undesirable plumbing reverberations. However, often it may be adding more noise to an already reflective and echo prone environment. Adjacent Premises Many restaurants occupy multi-tenanted buildings and the noise from adjacent occupants can be transmitted through the walls. Consider the Outside Environment Not only do you need to consider the levels inside, but there is also the surrounding environment to contemplate. Your restaurant needs operate without impacting the neighboring properties and nearby thoroughfares. Now that you have a better understanding of potential noise sources in your restaurant you may be able to avoid some of the pitfalls. However, you are well advised to seek professional assistance in the early stages of your planning. Understanding the scientific principles of...

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Hiring Freight Services For A Cross-Country Move

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you are moving cross-country, and you want to do it in the least expensive way possible, you may want to think about using freight services to move your furniture. Of course, you will have to do all of the packing yourself rather than letting movers do it for you, but the more work you do, the less it is going to cost you to have your items shipped to your new home. Here are some of the things you need to do in order to be prepared when the truck arrives to pick up your furniture and other items you are having shipped. Packing And Wrapping The items you are moving are going to be loaded onto a truck, and they may be travelling several thousand kilometres. During the trip, it is easy for them to move around, which can lead to being bumped and damaged. It is your responsibility to make sure that everything is properly packed and wrapped. For instance, large pieces of furniture should be covered in moving blankets or pads, which need to be tied down. You may also want to cover furniture with plastic shrink wrap. Appliances should be covered with bubble wrap, to keep it from getting scratched and dented. Artwork should be packed in boxes that are specially made for paintings and should be protected with packing peanuts and bubble wrap. If you are also shipping smaller items, they need to be properly wrapped and packed in strong boxes. Avoid going to your local super market for boxes, as they do not have enough strength. Instead, buy special moving boxes, which are available from most moving companies. They will also have all of the other supplies you need, including packing tape, bubble wrap, shrink wrap, moving pads and more. Bringing Items Outside The job of the truck driver is to load the items onto the truck, take them to their final destination and unload them. This doesn’t mean that the driver is going to haul all of the items out of your house. You will need to make sure that everything is outside and waiting when the driver arrives. Heavy furniture and appliances should be as close to the curb or the edge of your driveway as possible so the driver and assistant don’t have to carry things too far. If you do not have the furniture outside and ready and the driver has to do it, the freight company may charge an additional fee. For more information, contact a company such as Professional Freight Services Pty...

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