Posts made in July, 2015

The Essential Guide to Timber Flooring

Timber flooring is rapidly becoming popular in all styles of homes. It gives a natural, warm and rustic feel in a modern-day setting. There are also vinyl and laminated timber flooring versions available, which can be a practical choice in any type of home.

Timber flooring has become much more advanced over the years. Apart from being strong and long lasting, it is easy to install. The easy installation process means that any avid DIY lover can install it easily.

Timber flooring is made to match any colour scheme and should be chosen at the beginning of any refurbishment project. The lightness or darkness of the timber flooring can have an impact on how the colour of wallpaper or paint appear. Even though timber flooring can be darkened or lightened by sanding down and re-varnishing, it is not a job that anyone will want to do very often.

Types of Timber Flooring

Solid Wood

Solid wood timber flooring is suitable to be used as structural flooring without the need for a sub-floor underneath.

Laminate Flooring

This flooring is produced by making an image of wood on top of a layer of plastic. They are available with a textured finish and are very solid and strong.

Reclaimed Timber

Reclaimed timber can be purchased in bundles or as complete flooring from flooring specialists.

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is available with timber patterns. This can be a good option in kitchens and bathrooms, and they are much less costly than solid wood; however, it is advised to have this type of flooring laid by professionals.

Multi-layered or engineered wood

This flooring consists of a plywood or veneered base that is constructed from several layers of criss-crossed hard or softwood boards before being topped with a layer of named timber. This flooring is strong and stable and is a good alternative to solid-wood flooring.

Suitability

  • Timber flooring can be noisy, so it is advised to use rugs to lesson the sound, especially from upstairs rooms.

  • Laminate flooring is suitable for living rooms and bedrooms. It is best to avoid using laminate flooring in rooms with water, as dampness can cause damage.

  • Vinyl flooring is better suited to kitchens and bathrooms.

  • It is better to lay solid or engineered timber flooring in living rooms, halls, bedrooms and dining rooms.

  • Reclaimed timber flooring is better suited to living areas, as it wears well. It is better to avoid this flooring in kitchens or bathrooms.

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Is Your Home One of the Many with Outdated Electrical Wiring?

Did you know that there are millions of homes that are not up to code with current electrical wiring regulations? The most dangerous thing a homeowner should be concerned about is not potential burglary, but is actually an electrical fire caused by faulty wiring or another common electrical hazard issue. Electricity is actually the most potentially devastating hazard that could strike within your home without warning if your electrical wiring is not up-to-date. It is important to have your electrical wiring analysed regularly to avoid potential fire risk. There are some signs that you can look for to signal that electrical wiring hazards exist in your home.

You Have Recently Installed a Large Appliance

Purchasing a new, large, energy-efficient appliance for your home should be considered a good thing. However, if you have not had your electrical wiring inspected recently, it could be hazardous. Large appliances require more current and could potentially compromise electrical wiring that is not designed for these voltage levels.

Outlets are Discoloured

A small sign that can have huge ramifications involves the condition of your outlets. If you notice that your outlets are discoloured, the cause could be high amounts of heat. It is important to touch these outlets to see if they are hot. Outlets that show signs of discolouration and heat are a sure sign of an electrical hazard within your home.

Circuit Breakers Trip Often

It is common for circuit breakers to trip from time to time, and this is actually a safety feature. However, if your circuit breakers trip more than a few times a year, this is a sign of an electrical problem that could be dangerous. In most cases, circuit breakers trip often due to fuses being installed that are not rated for the circuit they are designed to protect. If you are not an electrician, it is difficult to know what the correct rating for a circuit should be.

Extension Cords Fill Your Home

Extension cords are designed to only be used on a temporary basis. This means that having multiple extension cords in your home can be a major electrical hazard. The best way to correct the issue is to have more outlets installed in your home to meet your needs. Extension cords are not designed to be used long-term. It is always a huge risk to use outdoor extension cords in your home.

These are small signs that can be noticeable if you are knowledgeable and understand that potential electrical hazards may exist in your home. Contact an electrician with a business like Seven Electrical & Communications Pty Ltd if you suspect there are electrical issues with your home.

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How to Choose Timber for a Home Project

All that wood in a lumberyard or home improvement store may look the same for you, but you may note that boards and sheets of wood will have different types of classification, and very different prices. There are some good reasons for this, and understanding the types of wood available at the store and why they’re classified the way they are can help you to choose the best wood for your home project.

If you don’t understand the differences in wood, you may very well wind up with something that doesn’t look good when painted or stained, and which doesn’t hold up under extreme weather conditions. Note the following.

1. Sawn timber

The phrase “sawn timber” refers to timber that has simply been cut, but which is not finished in any way. You may see that it has a rough finish, so that you may need to sand it down if you want to paint or stain it. Because it’s considered raw and unfinished, it’s often used for construction projects, such as for framing a home or other building. You typically wouldn’t use plain sawn timber for anything that may be visible, such as a retaining wall, shed, or deck, but can use it for creating walls in the home where you’ll add drywall over the timber.

2. Dressed timber

Dressed timber hasn’t actually be “dressed” but it has been milled in such a way that it has a smooth finish and surface. It may still need some planing and sanding for a finished project, but it will be smoother so that any needed sanding will be minimal. You may note a few grades or types of dressed timber, to note if it’s just dressed along one side or one side and one edge.

Timber that is dressed on one side may be cheaper than timber dressed on all sides. If you’re choosing timber for a new deck, you may opt for dressed timber that is dressed on one side, and use that side as the exposed floor. Note that dressing timber will reduce its size slightly, so keep this in mind when looking at measurements and thicknesses.

3. Seasoned

Seasoned timber has been treated to be weather-tight and resistant to pests, mildew, and the like. Unseasoned wood should only be used where it will have minimal exposure to moisture, termites, and other such risks. For outdoor projects, always choose seasoned timber and especially for projects that will suffer excess wear and tear, such as a deck or a retaining wall.

For more assistance or tips, visit timber suppliers likeAustralian Treated Pine.

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How to Collect Soil Samples For Testing

Before beginning any crop production, it is important that you sample the soil upon which you need to plant. This is because different soils have different nutrients and you need to know whether the crops you wish to plant have a chance to successfully flourish in that soil. Additionally, sampling enlightens you as to what kind of fertilizer you will need depending on the level of nutrients in the soil. It will help maximize crop production both economically and efficiently while at the same time helping you to identify any problem areas in the soil.

Materials Needed

The materials you need can be acquired from your local hardware store or the agricultural section in any home centers. You will need a garden trowel, knife, sample submission form and a spade. Additionally, you will also have to get a soil probe, a measuring cup, a farm map and a clean plastic bucket.

Sampling Procedure

If you have no access to a map, you can quickly draw one up. Moreover, it’s important to be aware when the best time for soil testing is which is right after harvesting the previous crop. For every 25acres and ensure that the number of cores in each sample is more than 20 regardless of the size of the sampling area.

In order to ensure uniform distribution, ensure that you take samples at random without following any specific pattern. Using the soil probe, take samples of the soil at a depth of 10-15cm for sod crops and at a depth of 15-20cm when it comes to other crops.

After collecting the samples, place in the clean plastic bucket. Take your time breaking down clumps and remove any rocks as well as plant residue. Ensure that you mix the sample well.

In the event that the sample is wet, ensure that you leave out to air dry in a non-contaminated setting before you can take any composite samples. If and when it’s dry, take composite sample of about the size of two cups.

Place the sample size in a box that you should proceed to clearly label with your address, the sample number as well as the field number.

Finally, ensure that you fill the sample submission form properly before submitting your sample and identify on the form the type of crop that you wish to plant. This is in order to ensure that you get recommendations on the type of fertilizer that would be best suited fro your crop on your soil.

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Reminders for Any Renovation

If you've decided to undertake a project around your house, there are a few things to remember. First, make sure to have a good idea of the cost going in. Talk to local specialists for estimates or do research on the cost of supplies and labor. Second, always make sure to take necessary safety precautions. While a landscape project may seem like a lower-risk task than a rewiring job, it never hurts to be too careful. Finally, don't bite off more than you can chew. Plan out your renovation and repair projects in detail and then tackle one thing at a time. If you ever feel out of your element, hand the job over to a contractor. They'll know how to get the job done efficiently, safely, and correctly.

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