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4 Ways to Transform Pallets Into Beautiful Custom Furniture

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Moving into a new home and having to buy all new furniture can be something incredibly overwhelming, both in terms of what to choose and the cost implications. But what if ordinary wooden pallets could be transformed into stunning custom furniture? With a little creativity, some DIY knowledge (or the helping hand of a carpenter), you can create custom furniture that is not only affordable but really stands out from the identical furniture that can be found in department stores. Read More»

3 Common Problems with Wooden House Stumps and Practicable Ways to Avoid Them

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There are several things that can make a house with wooden stumps to require premature restumping. The stumps may settle due to soil movement, they may be attacked by timber pests like termites and borers or they may suffer rot resulting from high humidity. What is for sure is that wooden stumps that have undergone serious structural damage must be repaired or replaced, which usually costs a significant amount of money. Read More»

Building a home that uses water efficiently

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Australia is a dry country with limited fresh water supplies. More and more homeowners are looking to build eco homes that have a high water efficiency built into the home design. Here are some of the features that you can consider putting into an eco-friendly home. Grey water recycling Rather than using a bucket in the shower to collect grey water you can find ways to use used water from the home in the garden. Read More»

If You Are Accepting Fill Into Your Land, Use These Tips to Minimise the Risks of Illegal Fill

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There are multiple reasons you may want to accept fill onto your private land including things such as landscaping, land reclamation, and renovations. It’s therefore important to be careful when accepting fill because cases of illegal fill can affect you greatly in terms of health and clean-up costs.  Therefore, here are some tips to help you avoid or prevent such risks. Contact Your Local Council Concerning the Fill It is very important to contact your local council, especially the planning department prior to accepting the fill to find out whether a planning permit will be necessary before accepting the fill. Read More»

3 Things to Do With Remodeling Waste

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When you are remodeling your home, whether you are tearing down a wall, installing new flooring or adding a room, you will end up with quite a bit of waste. This might be piles of carpeting and flooring tiles, chunks of drywall, and leftover materials after remodeling the basement. Here are some different things you can do with your remodeling waste. Think About How They Can Be Reused The first thing you should do when you are left with materials following the remodeling project is to consider what materials can be used for other things. Read More»

Why You Should Consider Split System Air Conditioning Installation

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Purchasing a new air conditioning system for your home is an important investment. As such, it is always best to familiarise yourself with the different options that are available to you so that you can discern what would be best suited for your needs as well as your budget. One of the popular options you will come across is the split system air conditioning unit. This type of system is also referred to as ductless unit, mini-spilt unit or a ductless split unit. Read More»

Concrete Repair: Basic Steps Involved in Epoxy Injection

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Epoxy injection is one of the best ways of repairing a cracked concrete surface. Generally, it entails establishing entry and then injecting epoxy under high pressure. But it’s not that simple, you need to do the job comprehensively for the epoxy to remain effective. Before rolling up your sleeves, it’s also worth noting that epoxy injection doesn’t work on all kinds of cracks. Actively leaking cracks for instance, would really decrease the epoxy’s effectiveness. Read More»

When It's Not Your Air Conditioner That Needs Repair

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When your central air conditioner turns on and you immediately notice noise, a bad smell, or some other type of problem, or if the unit fails to work altogether, you may immediately think the air conditioner itself needs repair or replacement. However, remember that your home’s central air conditioner doesn’t work just on its own; it’s connected to the home’s ductwork and furnace and either of these may be a problem, or there may other issues not related to the central unit itself. Read More»

The Advantages of Lime Stabilisation

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Do you have any construction project? The long-term performance of this project will depend on the stability of the underlying soils. Soils that are unstable can lead to the development of problems for the constructed structures. Fortunately, lime stabilisation of such unstable soils can significantly change their characteristics to produce long-term stability and strength, especially with respect to frost and water action. Therefore, if you have any construction project and your soils have been found to be unstable, you don’t have to abandon it. Read More»

Surface preparation | Ways of eliminating trip hazards

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Trip hazards are a common phenomenon, and they usually occur as a result of ground compaction, root growth or even weather changes. It’s when concrete slabs meet and one of them is at a different level from the other. This increases the probability of someone tripping over it. If you’ve got a walkway with trip hazards, then you may be wondering about the best way to get rid of it. Here are some of the most recognized options. Read More»