Business Owners: Using Repair and Restoration to Establish Your Brand

3 Ways To Save Money When Remodelling Your Rental Property’s Bathroom

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Save Money When Remodelling Your Rental Property’s Bathroom

If you’re renovating a property to rent out to tenants then you are probably hoping to minimise your expenses while still creating a pleasing home that can demand a good rental income. Remodelling a dated or damaged bathroom can be one of the biggest expenses outside the kitchen, and you may be wondering how to save yourself some money. Here are three tips for keeping your bathroom budget to a minimum. 1. Repair the bathtub Having an attractive, clean, and functional bathtub is a must for any family bathroom. It can also be the most expensive item if it needs replacing. Fortunately, this can generally be avoided by having the bath repaired by a specialist bath repair company like Bathroom Resurfacing SA. Chips, burns, and stains on the surface of the bath can be spot repaired. If the whole bath is in a bad way then the whole bath can be completely resurfaced. This process will have the bath looking like new and will cost a fraction of what a new bath would set you back. Resurfacing is also an excellent option if you have an ugly and dated avocado or pink coloured bath. A crisp white coat over the top of the existing enamel will bring your bath into the 21st century. The same process can also be used on sinks and toilets. 2. Re-use the cabinetry Replacing the cabinetry in the bathroom is another large cost when remodelling a bathroom. If the existing cabinetry is structurally sound then you can simply repaint it to give the bathroom fresh new feel. Some new door furniture will complete the look, and will cost next to nothing. If the cabinetry doors are in bad shape but the carcasses are solid then you can simply attach new doors. Although this will involve a higher cost than repainting the existing doors, it is still a cheaper option than replacing the entire set of cabinets. 3. Choose budget flooring Another large expense can be replacing the flooring. Broken and stained tiles or patchy threadbare carpet need to go. However, replacing them with a new timber or tile floor can be costly. An excellent budget flooring option is to use vinyl or linoleum flooring. If this gives you flashbacks to 70s style lino floors, don’t panic. Modern vinyl and linoleum floors look amazing and come in a range of stylish and elegant designs. The added advantage of this type of flooring is that it’s incredibly easy to do yourself so you won’t need to pay any extra contractor fees. Over-investing in a rental property can negatively impact your financial returns. By following the above tips, you’ll save yourself a small fortune yet still provide your tenants with a modern and fresh...

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How to Repair Damaged Vinyl Flooring

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Repair Damaged Vinyl Flooring

Sheet vinyl flooring can look great in any room in your home, but loose seams not only leave it vulnerable to damage and water ingress, they can also cause a serious trip-hazard.  Here’s how you can repair damaged sheet vinyl flooring quickly and simply. What you’ll need: vinyl adhesive putty knife wood block wet rag wax paper seam sealant straight-edge masking tape metal transition strip Everything that you’ll need is available at your local DIY store. Vinyl seam sealant comes in a variety of colours, so you should be able to match one to your floor colouring.   How to do it: Undamaged seam Inspect the seam carefully. If you can press the loose edges down and they still close neatly and tightly, you should be able to carry out an invisible repair. Start by vacuuming as far under the vinyl as you can reach, using the vacuum hose and an appropriate attachment. Your aim is to get rid of any bits of dirt or grit that might be trapped underneath the broken seam edges so that the vinyl lies completely flat when you re-fix it.  Gently curl back the vinyl as you work. If the vinyl is very stiff, there’s a danger it might crack or kink. Overcome this by using the gentle heat from a hairdryer to soften it. Any old glue can be left in, but you’ll need to remove any loose bits using your putty knife and vacuuming them out. Now take the vinyl adhesive and spread a generous layer beneath the vinyl. Press the vinyl down firmly and rub down the seam using a block of wood. Wipe up any excess that emerges from the join using a wet rag. Place wax paper over the new seam and weigh it down firmly. Leave this in place overnight to allow plenty of time for the adhesive to go off.  When the adhesive is completely set, apply the seam sealant as per the manufacturer’s guidelines. Damaged seam Sometimes the seam is too badly damaged to close tidily.  In this case, you’ll need to resort to ‘Plan ‘B”, and use a metal transition strip to completely cover the seam. Measure the seam and cut the metal transition strip to length using a hacksaw. Use masking tape to cover the floor either side of the seam, and then cover it with a generous coating of vinyl adhesive. Place wax paper over the seam and weight it down overnight. When the adhesive has set firm, run a bead of sealant over the seam, using your straight-edge as a guide.  Take your metal transition strip and screw or nail it into position over the seam. For a professional touch, consider contacting floor installation companies to repair or replace your...

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Importance of CNC Machining in the Metalworking Industry

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Importance of CNC Machining in the Metalworking Industry

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) is a field that deals with the control of machining tools using computer programs. This type of machining has affected almost every part of the manufacturing industry. There are several benefits attached to choosing CNC machining over the manual alternative if you are interested in custom parts and products. The machines are more precise, so you will get uniform and accurately measured custom products. The process does not require constant human intervention; therefore, you will make savings through lower labour costs. In addition, the production process is faster and more efficient because the design is input into the computers and the machines execute directly. If the design is not ideal, you will not need to wait for a prototype. You can view a simulated three-dimensional projection of the potential product and make necessary changes. CNC machining has affected the entire manufacturing industry, but the impact in the metal working industry has been tremendous. If you are thinking about ordering custom metal parts or products, you should understand the basic processes enhanced by CNC machining. Metal Removal There are different metal removal techniques used in metal working to produce decorative or functional products and building features. Precision is important in such processes, to ensure that the products are uniform and aesthetically pleasing. These metal removal tasks include drilling, boring, tapping, milling and counter-boring. If your custom products or parts require this type of service, inquire about the availability of CNC machines. This is particularly important when you require mass-produced items, because it will ensure complete homogeneity. Metal Fabrication Fabrication encompasses diverse operations, but it is basically the construction of metal structures. CNC machining is involved in almost all the different facets of metal fabrication. You should inquire about the available automated tools from your manufacturer before making an order for custom goods. In ideal circumstances, a good fabrication company should have CNC machines for processes like plasma or laser cutting, welding and forming. In addition, it is important to ensure that the shearing tools are automated, because poor execution of the technique will lead to wastage of raw materials. You should never settle for manual production, especially when your fabrication designs are complex. Electrical Discharge Machining Electrical discharge operations are not as popular as the aforementioned metal working processes. This process uses electrical sparks to mould metal by burning it away. Precision is imperative when the technique is used to modify your metal items. This will prevent distortion of the final product and depletion of raw material. Keep these tips in mind as you contact manufacturing companies, and ask them how they make use of CNC...

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DIY Guide To Repairing Rotten Timber Window Frames

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Rotten timber is not a sight that any homeowner wants to see. Unfortunately, due to their exposure to the elements, timber window frames tend to be particularly susceptible to the effects of rot. Luckily, unless the damage is extensive, it is not too difficult to repair rotten timber yourself. To repair rotten timber, you will need the following items: a narrow chisel, a drill, rough sandpaper, fine sandpaper, timber preservative, and epoxy wood filler. Step 1: Remove The Rot First and foremost, you need to remove the rot from the affected area. Keep in mind that paint can conceal rotten segments, so be sure to scrape away (using the chisel) any paint surrounding the rot. Once you’ve identified where all the rot is occurring, use the chisel to remove it. Rotten wood is quite soft, so it should come away in chunks without too much effort. Step 2: Roughly Sand The Surface Once you’ve scraped away the majority of the rot using the chisel, use the coarse sandpaper to finish off the rest. You want the surface to come away as rough as possible, as a rough surface provides a better foundation for the epoxy to stick to. Step 3: Drill Holes Drill a number of holes (using a ¼ inch drill bit) into the wood surface, spaced at about an inch from one another. These holes will allow the wood to soak up much more timber preservative, as well as allowing the epoxy filler to gain a stronger hold on the wood. After drilling, make sure to clean away the dust and wood fragments from the area. Step 4: Soak In Timber Preservative Apply the timber preservative to the exposed surface. Keep re-applying until the timber is saturated, at which point it won’t absorb any more liquid. Use a nozzle on the bottle to fill the holes up. Step 5: Apply The Epoxy Wood Filler Use the epoxy filler to rebuild the damaged area. For any deep holes, use a screw to anchor the epoxy. Once you’ve built up epoxy to approximately the original dimensions of the window frame, use a putty knife to smooth the filler out. TIP: Dip the knife in epoxy beforehand. This will prevent epoxy from the window frame sticking to the knife. Allow the epoxy to dry for 24 hours. Step 6: Prep And Paint Using the fine sandpaper, smooth out the surface of the now-hardened epoxy; be sure to wipe away all dust and residue. Once the surface is nice and smooth, you can paint the newly repaired frame. Match the paint to the original colour of the window frame, and your timber will look good as new! For more information, contact a company like Stop the...

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Four Troubleshooting Ideas to Get Your Roller Doors Rolling Again

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Roller door not working? If your door is refusing to go up and down like usual, it typically relates to one of four issues. Wondering what may be the matter with your door? Take a look at these five common concerns and tips on dealing with them: 1. Power Obviously, your automatic door works with electricity, and if it doesn’t have power, it won’t roll up and down. To make sure your roller door is getting the power it needs, check your breaker switches, and make sure the motor to the door is plugged in. If those elements appear to be correct, check the batteries on your controller. If they are dead replace them. 2. Communication If your roller doors’ automatic system has power, it may be lacking in the communication department. Try the switch that is hardwired to the door. If that works but your handheld controller doesn’t, you may have communication issues between the controller and the system. Check your sensor—it looks like a tiny red eye on the box with the door’s motor. It needs to be clean and clear so it can read signals from your handheld opener. If that is clean, reboot your remote control and reprogram it (following the manufacturer’s instructions) so it can clearly communicate with the door. 3. Mechanics If communication or power aren’t the problem with the roller door, it may be the mechanics of the door. Look at the chain. If it is hanging loosely, it may not be taut enough to pull open the door, and you may need a roller door professional to change it. Also look at your springs and make sure they appear to be even on both sides. If one side is tighter or looser than the other, the door won’t open evenly and will get caught in the tracks. 4. Motion If the mechanics appear to be in place, ready to pull the roller door up and down, your issue may be the tracks or the rollers on the door. The tracks and the rollers are the two elements that ensure ease of movement for the door. Look at the tracks and hold a level to them. If they are bent or unlevel, they will not let your door move easily up and down. Similarly, if the rollers have come loose or broke, they will not move up and down in the tracks. You can buy both rollers and tracks from many hardware stores and do the replacement yourself, or you can have a professional (such as Shutter-Fix) look at it....

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Some Do’s & Don’ts for Maintaining a Freezer

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Some people shorten the working life of their freezer without even realising it. Although this is never intentional, it happens regularly, simply because they don’t have the knowledge available to maintain their freezer. This article examines some important things to do, and not to do, to promote a long and useful working life for a freezer. Do Improve efficiency: Do clean the coils on a regular basis, around every four or five months is good, to maintain the efficiency of the freezer. Use a duster or a vacuum to clean the coils, and this could also reduce operating costs. Allow space: Do keep a little space at the back and the top of the freezer when filling it with food. This allows for proper airflow, and will also help to avoid any inadvertent blocking of the pipes. Position correctly: If you are moving a freezer, do keep it upright during the moving process. This prevents compressor oil from entering the coils, which could then cause problems for the coils. Keep it full: A half filled freezer will have to work harder to freeze any food that is surrounded by empty air. Ensure that your freezer is well stocked, but without overdoing it. Store correctly: If you have to store a freezer, maintain it by removing the door as it sits in storage. Also, if you are bringing a freezer out of storage to be used, do let sit overnight (or for twenty four hours) before you start using it again. Keep the temperature set correctly: The optimum operating range of freezers is between -17 and -15 degrees Celsius; minor adjustments to this may shorten the life of your freezer. Do Not Chip away ice: Do not be tempted to chip away at any ice in the freezer that has built up. This may cause you an injury, as the ice is slippy, meaning that any sharp tools you use could easily cause an injury. Also, it is very easy to cut or nick the seal, causing damage to the lining. Store unplugged: Many modern freezers require constant power to be able to function properly. Some of the working units require constant power to be able to keep the compressor working and sufficiently lubricated. Also, be aware that purchasing a new freezer will cost you less money in the long run, as modern freezers are much more energy efficient than freezers manufactured even just a few years ago. See it as an investment. Learn more tips by consulting resources like Mack’s Fix Refrigeration...

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3 Major Options for Cooling Your Home

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cooling your home usually means the installation of a central air conditioning unit, but these are very expensive to operate. They cool your entire house equally even if you’re only in the living room or asleep in the bedroom, so they waste electricity and in turn, your money. While a central air unit can be good for when everyone is home, there are other options to consider for cooling. These can be used on their own or with a central unit, so you can use one or the other according to your needs. Note a few of these options here. 1. Split system units A split system unit is not run through the home’s ductwork but is directly vented outside the home. It cools just one area of the house rather than pushing air through all the home’s vents. A split system is what is used in a hotel, so that each room has its own cooling unit. You can have a split system installed for your living room or bedroom so you can run this unit rather than your central air unit when you’re just in one part of the house. In turn, you’ll use less power and can save money on your cooling. 2. Heat pumps A heat pump works to pull hot air from a house and pump it back outside. During winter months, the action is reversed and it pulls heat from the ground and pumps it back into your home. For cooling, a heat pump can be very comfortable because it’s not delivering artificially cooled air that you get with an air conditioner. It also doesn’t make the home so cool that you feel uncomfortable because of the noticeable change in temperature when coming and going from the home. A heat pump can also pull the humidity of the air with it as it removes heat, so you’re more comfortable overall. 3. Evaporative cooling systems An evaporative system takes moisture and pumps it into the air. This works to cool the air as water always takes heat with it as it continues to evaporate. This type of system is very good for dry climates, as it works in the opposite manner of a dehumidifier; it not only keeps air cooler but it adds moisture, so you feel more comfortable overall. It can also be a very good choice for those with breathing disorders who need to keep the air moist so that their lungs and breathing passages do not dry up. Learn more about these options by consulting resources like Guy Hyde Gasfitting & Appliance...

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