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Five Tips for Pressure Washing Your Mobile Home

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If the vinyl siding of your mobile home is dirty, you can clean it using a pressure washer. To ensure the process goes smoothly, take a look at these tips. They will help guide you through the process. 1. Use vinyl siding cleaner. When setting up the pressure washer, make sure to fill it with a cleaning product made specifically for vinyl siding. Don’t use bleach as that could create light coloured streaks in your coloured siding. Similarly, don’t use products made for cleaning other materials, or they may not work as anticipated either. 2. Cover plants with bin liners. If you have plants around the perimetre of your mobile home, you may want to cover them to ensure they are protected. Otherwise, the cleaning chemicals may roll down your house and saturate the plants, potentially damaging or killing them. To prevent this, cover the plants with sheets of plastic or use bin liners cut open on one side. 3. Set the pressure washer to a low setting. Take care that you don’t use too much pressure when cleaning your mobile home. Excess pressure could damage the siding, or the jets of water could penetrate underneath some of the siding, leading to trapped water, mold or other issues. Put the pressure cleaner on a relatively low setting in which the water looks like a fan rather than a straight jet of water. 4. Clean from the top down. When you are ready to start, make sure all the windows are closed, and then spray some of the water at the top of the mobile home. Continue to clean the home by getting progressively lower with the fan of water. If your house needs a thorough cleaning, start with the pressure washer filled with soap. Then, repeat using just water to ensure everything is thoroughly rinsed off. 5. Use an extension brush for spot cleaning. If there are any areas of your mobile home that need special attention, you may want to scrub them by hand. Use an extension brush that allows you to put soap in its handle. That combines everything you need and makes it easy to reach crusted on debris, oily residue, mildewy spots or other dirty blemishes on your mobile home. If you want more tips on cleaning your mobile home siding, contact a professional cleaning crew. Alternatively, just hire a high pressure washing machine and get started. For more professional advice, read more....

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Some Terms to Learn When Shopping for Soil and Landscape Supplies

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re shopping for your own soil supplies for a landscaping project or to simply improve the overall nature of the soil on your property so grass can easily grow, you may do well to learn some terms and phrases first. This will help you to choose the right types of supplies, since soil varieties are not all alike. You don’t want to overpay for some type of soil you don’t really need but also don’t want a type of soil or rock that won’t work for your project. Note a few of those terms here before you head to the home improvement store. Fill dirt Fill dirt is dirt that is relatively clean of contaminants such as oils and other pollutants, as well as large rocks and twigs. It’s good for filling in pits such as from when you’ve had a pool removed, or covering over trenches dug for new plumbing pipes. However, note that fill dirt may not support landscaping very well as it’s not necessarily rich in nutrients that plants need. For that, you’ll need topsoil. Topsoil Topsoil is often a black color because it’s moist and full of nutrients that support your lawn or landscaping. This is also why it’s usually more expensive than fill dirt. Note, however, that your entire lawn doesn’t need to be filled with topsoil to support your vegetation. Check the depth of roots for grass or a vegetable garden and use just enough topsoil for that depth; you can then use fill dirt under this top layer. Gravel, garden stone Gravel is a collection of rocks that are often used to make soil stronger. You might add a layer of gravel to a pit dug for a water tank or pool, to keep these from sinking into the soft dirt. When shopping for gravel, note the different varieties and sizes. Road base gravel is used for under concrete as it’s very dense and strong. For a gravel driveway, choose gravel that is several inches in diameter so it doesn’t get crushed under the weight of a vehicle. However, gravel is different than garden stone, which is a collection of smooth, polished stones that are chosen for their appearance rather than their strength. Some are very expensive; for example, you might actually choose jade stones to line an Asian-inspired koi pond. Garden stones aren’t always strong for holding up under the weight of a vehicle, so be sure you know the difference between these stones and standard gravel. For more information, contact companies like Freds Lagoon...

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3 Top Tips for Getting Customers to Return to Your New Online Shop

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re about to launch an internet shop, you’re probably thinking about customer retention. You’ll know that happy customers are critical to your new business’ success. If they’re happy, they’re likely to return and may help bring in new clients with word of mouth publicity. So, what is the best way to ensure customer retention? Read on for 3 excellent ideas. Be Available 24/7 Okay, it’s a new business, and your enthusiasm is likely to be high, but maybe not 24/7 high. You do need to sleep after all. Sadly, your sleep is unlikely to concern customers who want to contact you when it suits them. If you sell internationally to areas with different time zones, you may well receive calls during out of hours times. To handle these calls, you could set up a voicemail message, or you could do far better and use live messaging services. A live answering service may not be able to deal with your customer’s enquiries directly, but they will be able to take a message and forward it to the appropriate person within your company. This personal touch gives your customers assurance that their enquiries or problems will be dealt with. It can also save you money on reception staff during opening hours. Be Seen on Social Media Most people can be found on at least one social media platform. Not having a presence is a mistake you can’t afford to make. If, like many people, you spend too much time on social media, you’ll now have a great reason to be there. You won’t just need a social media account; you’ll want to engage with your followers too. While it’s an excellent way to promote new products and promotions, it can be used to do even more. Your followers are there because they already like your products, so make your page fun and enjoyable for them. Post a variety of relevant content that interests followers and encourages them to share your posts. Shared posts from your page give you excellent free publicity. Be Always Improving Your business model may be close to perfection, but there will always be room for improvement. To find out what areas of your business you should be improving,  go straight to the people you want to impress — your customers. Ask what improvements you can make to products and services and for suggestions on items you can add to your current line. Follow-up emails are a great way to get feedback — loyal customers will be happy to help you improve your business. Allow time for your customer’s purchases to arrive so that you get an accurate assessment that you can act...

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How to Choose a High-Quality Pen

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Ink pens today are typically cheap and disposable; with people using the computer to create documents and even pay for items rather than write checks, pens aren’t used as they once were. However, this doesn’t mean that you should ignore your chance to get a high-quality pen; you may want one to handwrite letters for your family and others or to create artwork and drawings. A high-quality pen is also good to use for when you’re composing anything you want to last for many years such as a record of your family tree, as the ink from such a pen may be less likely to dry up or fade over time. When you are ready to invest in a high-quality, name brand pen, note a few factors to keep in mind. 1. Note the outer material A high-quality pen might very well be made of plastic; this doesn’t mean that it’s somehow cheaper or less desirable, but plastic can often feel better in the hand than other materials and reduce muscle fatigue. A hard outer case for a pen might push against your hand and wrist and cause your hand to tire out more quickly than it should. Plastic is also lighter in the hand so you might be able to control the pen better, which is important for your artwork and for when you’re creating calligraphy, and the lighter weight also means being able to use the pen longer before your hand gets tired. 2. Note the shape The shape of a pen should be considered because this too can affect how it feels in your hand and your overall control of the pen. It might be good to opt for one with a slight cupping at the bottom, over the nib, so that the thumb and forefinger rest easily in this area. You also want to consider the length of the pen and especially in comparison to the size of your hands. One that is too small may actually rub against the inner part of your thumb and forefinger area and one that is too long may mean not being able to control it properly. 3. Consider the nibs How many different nibs come with the pen and how easy are they to change? Different nibs will give you different widths of ink and also help to control the ink as it flows from the cartridge. This too can be very important for artwork and calligraphy. Choose a name brand pen that offers various nibs and which you can change yourself as needed, for maximum versatility. For more information, visit websites that sell lamy pens and other sorts of high-quality writing...

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3 Things You Can Sell in a Metal Recycling Centre

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Reusing metallic products is one of the best ways of caring for the environment and practising energy efficiency. When metal waste is thrown into dumping sites, it creates an eyesore because the metal waste does not decompose. This also means that it is difficult to use such land for any productive purposes such as farming. Moreover, pieces of metal can cause injuries through cuts and result in serious infections. The good thing is that you can reuse metals to keep it from accumulating in dumping sites where it poses both environmental and health hazards. A good way to do this is to set up a recycling business enterprise that uses metal waste to make useful consumer products. If you are looking to start a metal recycling business, here are some of the useful products that you can make for sale: Aluminium Cans  Metal aluminium waste can be recycled into cans used for preserving a wide range of drinks such as beer and carbonated drinks. The process begins with cutting and ironing the aluminium waste to make thin sheets. Drawings are then made on the thin, large aluminium sheets according to the size of the cans that you are making. They are then trimmed, folded, cleaned and decorated with a shiny outer surface that doesn’t require further finishing. With cans, you can target many clientele engaged in the sale of carbonated drinks. They use them for preserving the drinks. Electric Wires Electrical wires are also another product that you can sell from your recycling centre. Here, you can make electrical wires from old copper materials. Copper is easy to recognise from most metals. In good condition, it is reddish brown. However, it develops a dark brown shade with green patches in cases where the material has been used for too long. Besides these physical attributes, you can also use a magnetic test. Being a non-ferrous metal, copper is not attracted to a magnet. Sources of scrap copper include old gutters and plumbing pipes used in many buildings. They can be cut, heated and moulded into electrical wires for sale.   Steel Cans Unlike aluminium cans used to for preserving carbonated drinks, steel cans are used to package and preserve food such as green beans. You will have to use a thin coating of tin inside the can to preserve the flavour of the food and keep the can from corroding. Reusable steel comes in the form of motors, tools, nails, beams and roofing materials that are no longer in...

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What are the different types of wheelchair lifts?

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are in need of getting a wheelchair into your van, you may be thinking of different types of lifts. Some vans already have lifts included, but others require you to have the lift installed after purchasing the van. Here are some different wheelchair lift options for vehicles. Hybrid Wheelchair Lift If you have a van or SUV, you might be able to get a hybrid wheelchair lift. This type of lift is meant for when you drive someone around that uses a wheelchair, but they are able to at least step into the van and sit in a regular seat. This is because the wheelchair is transported in the trunk or cargo area of your vehicle. After being installed, a button helps the platform fold out and reach the ground, providing a ramp that lets you drive or push the wheelchair up, then fold the lift back into the cargo area and keep the wheelchair in the cargo area. It is not a good option if the person who needs the wheelchair can’t stand or walk, unless you are able to transfer their weight on your own from the chair to the interior vehicle seat. Under-Vehicle Wheelchair Lift This is a great option when you want the lift to get the wheelchair into the passenger area of the van or SUV. The lift is installed underneath the vehicle, where it easily comes out when you need it. It doesn’t take up any interior space since it is mounted underneath the vehicle, but it is a convenient way to get a passenger into the vehicle while still letting them remain in the wheelchair. Perhaps you have an adult family member that needs easy and safe transporting, without putting your own physical health in jeopardy by trying to lift them. The under-vehicle wheelchair lift allows you to gain these benefits. Side-Entry Wheelchair Lift The side-entry wheelchair lift is very similar to the under-vehicle lift, except the platform itself is in the vehicle. The main benefit is that when the platform lifts the wheelchair into the vehicle, which is often a conversion van, it acts as a stable surface for the wheelchair. There is no securing the wheelchair into the van since this lift is already going to lock in the wheelchair until it is time to exit the vehicle. However, this uses up a little less space on the side of the vehicle than an under-vehicle mounted lift since it moves in a different...

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Go For Temporary Fencing To Deal With Boundary Emergencies

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Sometimes you will feel the need to set up a boundary urgently. Probably your parking is being misused, your pets are misbehaving, you need a secluded area for your part-time backyard venture-you name it. Below is a guideline on ways you can clear impromptu challenges and inconveniences with the right fencing.   Fence Renovation If you plan to change the fencing you have in your compound, you should consider investing in a temporary fence to use during the renovation period. Fence renovation can be done in full or in part. For example, if you have a natural fence that is rotting on one side or a synthetic fence is falling apart in some places, then you’ll need a partial fence for the affected area. Also, you may want a tree stump removed, which unfortunately had its roots under your fence. Find a good temporary fence provider to erect a suitable fence for you. It is good to consider the process of putting up the fence and also the privacy and safety it will offer you. You can go for an entirely closed fence such as the hoarding panel fence, instead of a mesh type fence. A wooden fence may also be appropriate but watch out for termites as they can easily eat it away. Setting Boundaries If you have pets, children at home or a swimming pool, then a temporary fence will be a good investment for you. Children and pets can easily destroy your kitchen garden or flowers while playing. Erecting a fence to create boundaries of the playground will save your time and save your vegetables and flowers. It is also advisable to fence off your swimming pool so as to avoid unnecessary accidents, allow for easy pool cleaning, and control pool time for kids and pets. A mesh fence or picket fence is good enough for creating a backyard or compound boundaries. Avoid a barbed wire fence or any other type of fence that poses harm to your child or pet. Also, a compound boundary fence should not be too high, such that you cannot observe what is happening. Remember that pets, especially dogs, can easily jump over your boundary, so you may want a mesh fence that curls inwards at the top. Shared Fencing A fence can be used to mark your boundary, especially in a shared compound. For example, if you use shared parking and your spot is always taken, invest in a low and firm fence to secure your parking. You can also include a gate for your car and leave it always locked. A temporary fence will come in handy when you don’t want to take matters to the law courts or landlord. A picket fence is a good choice, and might be all you really needed in the first place. Temporary fences are flexible solutions for quick fixes where you need boundaries urgently. Consult a fence provider and get an immediate solution to take control of the situation at...

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Why Engineered Timber Flooring Is an Excellent Choice for Your Home

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Timber floors have gained popularity because of their unique, polished, and elegant texture. Nothing compares to the warmth as well as the beauty of timber flooring. For this reason, when looking for the type of timber flooring to install in your house, you will want to choose the best in the market. Timber flooring comes in a variety of options, and here is why you need to go for engineered timber flooring. Ability to Withstand Changes in Room Temperature and Humidity Engineered timber flooring consists of three to five hardwood layers running in different directions and stacked in a cross-grain fashion or configuration to create a plank. They are then bonded together under pressure and heat. Since these layers are within just one floorboard, the plank can withstand variations in room temperature and humidity because it does not expand or contract. These features mean that engineered timber flooring combines the stability of laminate with the look of solid flooring, giving you the best of both flooring materials. Versatility in Finishes Engineered timber flooring comes with real timber on the floorboard’s top layer. This means that you can easily sand as well as refinish the board the same way you would with a conventional or traditional timber floor. Doing this allows you to remove dents and scratches, bringing the floor to a new finish. In addition, engineered timber flooring can be prefinished in clear coatings, which allows for faster installation of the floor. Options Engineered timber flooring comes in a variety of options. The floorboards are available in a varying lengths and widths, allowing you to go for the most suitable ones for your home. These boards are also available in groove and tongue profile, allowing for precision installation. The groove and tongue also allow for contraction and expansion within the timber, which in turn allows your flooring to accommodate natural changes in weather easily. The engineered timber flooring can be laid on structurally level substrate like tiles, plywood, concrete, or particleboard. Since engineered timber floors are sourced from sustainable forests, you don’t have to be worried about the environmental impact of your flooring. Aesthetics Impressions are important when it comes to flooring. With engineered timber flooring, you can choose from a wide range of timber species, which allows you to go for the grain and colour that you prefer. The clear coating that’s used on the flooring also assists in highlighting the natural beauty of your timber and bringing out features within the wood....

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Some Tips for Preparing for a Residential Demolition

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A residential demolition may be needed for homes that are in such bad repair that they cannot be renovated or remodeled properly, or if the land is more valuable when sold vacant than with a home on it. Whatever your reasons for having a residential home demolished, you want to ensure you take a few necessary steps to prepare beforehand. This will ensure you are protected legally and don’t overlook anything that may benefit you through the demolition process. Note the following suggestions and then discuss these with your demolition contractor if you have questions about them.   1. Talk to your insurance company You’re typically obligated to inform your insurance company of any major changes or work done on your property, even if it means having your home demolished. A demolition company will have their own liability insurance, but if something is damaged on someone else’s property during the work or city property such as power lines or storm drains are damaged, you may face some liability as well. Don’t assume that because your house is going away that you don’t need to worry about property insurance, but check with them beforehand about additional coverage you might need to protect yourself during the work.  2. Check with utility lines Typically a demolition company will check with local utility companies to ensure that power and water lines are shut off and if necessary, removed from the property before work begins. However, it would be good for you to check as well so you know this has been done. Call your cable television service provider as well and ask if they need to remove any cables or lines. Checking these things yourself will ensure everything is done properly and nothing has been overlooked, and there are no hazards from forgotten lines or buried cables. 3. Recycle and sell You may not want to hassle with removing anything from your home before it’s demolished, but you have a chance to recycle items and even sell them and make some money before work begins. Consider having an estate salvage sale, where salvage pickers can walk through the home and remove countertops, paver stones, glass, wood flooring, tile, and other such items on their own. They may pay you a small amount for the material so that you don’t need to remove these things yourself but still can earn some money. This also ensures they’re kept out of landfills and your demolition is as eco-friendly as possible. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from...

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Steps on How to Replace Anode Rods

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Draining out sediments from your water heater is a good maintenance routine. However, this is as far as most people go. A component that is often overlooked is the sacrificial anode. This magnesium or aluminum rod acts as a critical defense against electrolyte reactions such as corrosions. The metal in these anodes works by attracting corrosive minerals found in the water tank. This prevents the walls from rusting. Anodes like many other components deteriorate. You need to replace them time to time and here’s how. Step 1 Locate where the anode is placed. For most heaters, the anode will be at the top. However, it is not uncommon to find anodes fitted on the sides. Anodes resemble hexagonal plugs. Step 2 Turn off the gas or electric supply. If power is left on, air can easily come into contact with various heating elements, causing them to burn. Step 3 Disconnect the cold water supply. Step 4 Take a garden hose and connect it to the drain valve which is located at the bottom of the tank. Direct the hose pipe drain to the outside of the house. Remember that the hose should be placed lower than the water level so that the water can drain. Exercise care when draining the water because it will be hot. Note that if the anode is placed on the side, you will need to drain the water to a level below the rod. Close the outlet and disconnect the hose. Step 5 Locate a faucet near the heater. Turn the hot side to switch it on. This step helps to relieve pressure which in turn breaks the vacuum allowing the heater to drain. If you attempt to remove the anode when the tank is under high pressure, it might fly and cause damage. Step 6 Use a breaker bar, socket wrench or a ratchet to carefully remove the anode. The rod has been in the heater for a long time, so it may not be easy to loosen it. Using a breaker bar gives you better leverage. Alternatively, you can tighten the anode so as to loosen the threads around it. To create relative ease, you can ask someone to hold the heater for you as you try to loosen the rod. Take care not to bang the rods as this could break the inner glass lining. Do not apply any chemicals on the anode to loosen it. They could easily drain into the heater and contaminate the water. For help, contact a company like Carman...

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Choosing and Installing the Right Tile for Your Bathroom

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Whether building a new home or renovating your outdated bathroom, choosing the right tile is key to any remodel. The colour schemes and flooring patterns can tie together the entire room, but proper planning is paramount to achieving the perfect look and style. To save costs on your remodel, laying down your own bathroom tiles is an easy option, but the first step is actually picking out the proper pattern and material.  Porcelains and Ceramics The choice of most homeowners, ceramics mimic the look of natural stone while being slightly less expensive and easy to deal with. Their light weight makes them easy to arrange before sealing them down, but they can be slightly less hardy than their stone counterparts. This material can also be chemically treated to keep water out and prevent any the potential for damage or mould underneath your tiles. Most contractors recommend neutral colours that will not take away from the ambiance of the room but will still complement the walls and backsplash of your sink. Instead of multi-coloured tiles, texture can also be implemented to add both traction (on wet floors) and intrigue. Natural Stone Natural stone is best used when sandblasted or honed to make sure it doesn’t become too slippery when wet, but it is heavy-duty and able to withstand years of use. Although slightly more expensive than ceramic options, natural stones can add a rustic quality to any bathroom and may be the unique touch you need. Hardwood If you’re looking for a uniform look to match the rest of your home, you might want to consider adding a water-resistant hardwood floor to your bathroom. This option is definitely less popular than tile, and while the potential for slips is possible, hardwood with natural grains has texture, and as long as the wood is sealed properly, no moisture will penetrate the layers. Carpet Many older homes actually used carpet as bathroom flooring, but it is best left for the bedroom, as mildew or mold can quickly develop underneath. There are less-shaggy, water-resistant options available, but tile is both easier to clean and requires less upkeep. As a general rule, tile or natural stone are the best choices for any remodel that will provide your room with a classy, yet modern look. After selecting the ideal tile size and pattern, you are well on your way to constructing the perfect, stunning bathroom. For more information, contact a local tile supplier or bathroom remodeling...

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