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Two Tips for Ensuring Your Solar Hot Water System Survives the Winter

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Tips for Ensuring Your Solar Hot Water System Survives the Winter

Victoria has seen some cold temperatures during July 2015 with one morning being recorded as the lowest in the past 18 years. As you are considering a solar hot water system to keep you warm during future winters, there is one main thing you must learn from this winter’s temperature drop. You must be aware not all systems are designed to cope with below freezing temperatures and have burst or cracked. To make sure your new solar hot water system survives big winter chills, there are two main points you need to know. Choose the Right Panel When considering the different types of solar hot water systems, you must make the decision based on what types of temperatures your area sees in winter. A winter that often experiences below zero temps does not suit panels that contain pipes for your water to run through the roof panel. As the temperature drops below zero, the water within the panel freezes and this causes the panel to crack. For a very cold winter climate, you need a split-system solar hot water system. This keeps the heated water in a collection tank inside the home and the water only moves up to the panels for heating as you use water out of the tank. Because the water is kept within the tank and not on the roof, the possibility of frozen water being trapped within the solar panels is much lower. The constant cycling of water from the collection tank up to roof and back again also ensures water is not left sitting and exposed to freezing temperatures for long. Frost Protection Valves If your purchasing preference is the solar panels that contain water pipes to heat the water on the roof, you can prevent them from cracking during the cold by installing frost protection valves. Frost protection valves are normally made of brass as this metal is corrosion resistant and lasts well when constantly exposed to water. When the outside temperature drops, the frost protection valve senses the change and opens. This allows water that is in the solar panel to discharge and be replaced by warm water. Once the warmer water arrives, the valve closes again until the water cools. This cycle continues until the outside temperature warms up again and there is no longer a chance of panel damage. It is important you choose a solar hot water system that is relevant to your climate. By doing so, you won’t be facing an expensive panel replacement bill the next time Victoria decides to set a new low-temperature...

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Exclusive tips on buying a used pontoon

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Exclusive tips on buying a used pontoon

For the lovers of the waters, getting a pontoon boat would be one of the greatest pleasures in life. However, they come with a high price tag and if you’ve got budget constraints, then getting a used one would be your way out.  Apart from having an affordable price, a used pontoon also has a much lower depreciation value so you won’t lose as much if you also decide to resell it. But getting a used boat has its fair share of downsides. You may purchase something that would require expensive repairs or sink you in the middle of your fun water moments. Here are some tips to help you with the buying: Dealer or private seller For starters, you have to decide whether you’ll get it from an independent seller or a dealer. If you’ve spotted your dream boat in a dealer’s store, then you need to ascertain that they are certified. Don’t be afraid to ask them for their license and ensure it’s given to them by a reputable boating association. This ensures that you receive utmost professionalism. Getting your pontoon from an independent seller places you in a position of higher rewards and risk. A private seller may not avail the warranty to help you better discern the condition of the boat. However, you’ll be in a better negotiating position and may also get a really high quality pontoon at a cheap price. Give it a full inspection This is one of the most important things that you need to do when buying a used pontoon. The seller or dealer may not give you the comprehensive details about the faults in your boat so it’s your duty to properly inspect it. Get a knowledgeable friend if you must. Inspect the exterior Inspect the logs and ensure they are properly straightened and search for any cracks or patches that may be present. You also need to ensure that the workmanship is unquestionable and one way you can do this is by checking where the hull meets the deck. Presence of hollows or bumps should be a red flag that it wasn’t well built. Inspect the engine The engine is the heart of the pontoon and you can’t risk opening your wallet without checking its status. Find out the number of hours clocked and ask the nature and number of repairs done on it. Get the repair receipts to help you judge if it’s worth the buy. Test drive the boat in the waters and if it performs to your liking, then you can gift yourself the pontoon. To learn more, contact a company like Prestige...

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Seek Preventive Maintenance For Your Forklifts To Ensure Constant Work Delivery

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Seek Preventive Maintenance For Your Forklifts To Ensure Constant Work Delivery

If your business involves the use of forklifts, breakdowns will always grind your operations to a halt. Such inconveniencing and costly downtime arise when your forklifts have not been maintained well or on time. Instead of waiting for repairs to arise, you can safeguard your fleet (and your business) by getting preventive maintenance beforehand. Read on to learn more: How to get preventive service maintenance for your forklifts To get preventive forklift maintenance for your fleet, find a reputable forklift service company. They should be within proximity for easier logistics. They should also be familiar with the forklift brand(s) you have. Under a preventive service contract, the service company will manage your forklifts all year round, ensuring wear never catches up with your heavy equipment machinery. When a service check is due, they will contact you beforehand and schedule and service check at your convenience. Minor servicing is often done on-site. This eases logistics and costs as you don’t have to transport your fleet to the service company headquarters. It also means your forklifts can get back to work immediately the technicians are done working on them. For larger service jobs such as engine and transmission rebuilds, your forklifts may need to be whisked away for a more thorough service. What does a forklift preventive service entail? When it’s time to service your forklifts, the technicians will follow a prepared checklist system to diagnose and troubleshoot minor and major problems. Common areas that are looked into include the lift system, tyres, engine, transmission, suspension, the fuel system and braking. The lift system (fork) is one of the most wearable parts in a forklift as it handles the lifting, stacking, loading and offloading. The technicians will ensure the chains are not worn and are well lubricated. In hydraulic systems, they will ensure there is enough hydraulic fluid in the system. Other checks include inspecting the bearings and looking for signs of physical damage. Benefits of getting a forklift preventive service By getting your forklifts maintained regularly, you get to avoid expensive repairs. A preventive service will help identify problems right at the onset, or before they even happen. The service also helps avoid downtime at work as you get to service your forklifts at a time of your own choosing, when the forklifts have not broken down and your fleet isn’t too preoccupied with work. Most importantly, a forklift preventive service will help prevent safety accidents at work. Forklift accidents can put your machine operators and other staff at risk of grave injury should your equipment malfunction. Failure of the lift systems, for example, can lead to damage of cargo causing financial losses. Thanks to preventive servicing, you can count on your forklifts to run smoothly 365 days a year. No surprises for you to worry about, just constant work, maximum efficiency and safety. To learn more, contact a company like Allied...

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4 Tips to Help You Promote Your New App

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips to Help You Promote Your New App

In the crowded world that is mobile apps, it’s important to have a marketing action plan to make sure your app cuts through the marketplace and becomes the next viral app that everyone is downloading your app. Here are some ways you can make sure your app doesn’t get lost at the back of the queue. Use crew of savvy beta testers While beta testing is where you reveal your not quite perfect product, it can be a great way to engage with your audience and let them feel like they are involved in crafting the app on some level. Savvy users can help identify weak spots in the app flow, make suggestions that you may not have considered and can be some of your best word-of-mouth marketers. You can either source your beta testers through advertising, your social networks or by using digital marketing agencies that have a rota of interested and passionate users. Don’t ignore the mainstream media The story of your app is also the story you as an entrepreneur. Pitch the story of your journey as an app developer to the local media outlets as well as specialist outlets that may be interested in your story such as your university alumni magazines, or local organisations that you are involved with. Plan any media releases on a calendar so that they reinforce and support the stories and regularly reapproach outlets with new pitches such as new releases, or new statistics such as hitting the most downloaded list, or winning prestigious prizes. Become obsessed with social media Make sure that you are on the most popular forms of social media for your app’s niche so that your users can contact you with any issues. Great customer service can turn an unhappy user into your biggest fan. Engage a public relations agency Finding a public relations agency with significant digital experience can help you craft better pitches, and they can utilise existing relationships with bloggers and journalist to get yourself and your app reviewed. Often times journalists and bloggers are overwhelmed with pitches, and need to hear something truly unique to realise your app (and personal story) may be something that will engage their readers. They can also help coach you, so that you can give more powerful and interesting interviews. Consult local public relations agencies such as Ethical Strategies Pty Ltd to get a head start and connect with...

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Three Ways to Prepare Your Building for a Fire Safety Inspection

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you begin having building inspections performed on your property, you quickly find that there are several inspections you will need. One of the most important inspections is the fire safety inspection. In order to pass this inspection you will need to take certain steps to prepare the building. Here are a few ways to prepare your building to get you started. Fire Evacuation Routes One of the easiest things you can do to prepare for the fire safety building inspection is to have evacuation routes in place. These routes should be clearly marked and posted on all floors of the building. You should also have clear exit signs available for people to see during the evacuation. This step only requires proper planning and notification. This is also one of the check list points on many standard building inspections as well as fire inspections. Fire Doors If you are having a commercial or industrial building inspected, you likely have fire doors throughout the complex. One of the key things to prepare, that often is overlooked, is to have these doors inspected and ready. Most property owners may overlook and ignore this believing that if the door opens and locks then it is safe and will meet the standards on the fire safety check list. This is not necessarily true. If you aren’t sure how your fire doors need to operate or how to ensure they are working properly, consider contacting a contractor with experience in fire inspections and door installation. Sprinkler System Checks You may feel that your sprinkler system is up to par and will meet the check list. This is also an overlooked step in preparing for the fire safety and building inspection. Before you assume that everything is working correctly, consider running a quick check of the system. You can do this by triggering the system in a controlled manner to check that all of the sprinklers work and are operating normally. If you see that one is not working, you need to have that area repaired prior to the inspection. If you aren’t sure how to check a large sprinkler system, then contact a fire inspector to test the system for you. Ideally the best step you can take to help prepare you for your building inspection and fire safety inspection (by companies like Local Fire) is to perform a dry run of the system. Trigger your fire safety system and work through your evacuation plan. Check sprinklers, lights, signs, and anything that is part of your fire safety plan. If you find anything wrong, fix it or upgrade it. Contact the fire inspection and building inspectors when you are certain everything is up to...

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Five Tips To Help Your Timber Crates Last As Long As Possible

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Timber crates are an effective shipping solution for people in a variety of industries. If you want your timber crates to last as long as possible, you can lengthen their lifespan by taking care of them. Here are five timber crate care tips to consider: 1. Store crates in covered areas Although timber is a sturdy and long lasting material, if it is left in the elements too often, it can become water-damaged, brittle or weak. To ensure your timber crates last a long time, store them in a covered area. For optimum results, store your timber crates inside in a room with controlled temperatures and low humidity. 2. Load clean products onto crates If you use your timber crates to ship animals, gardening supplies or plants, you may need to ship dirt in them, and that is okay. However, if you can avoid putting dirt in your crates, that will protect them from the moisture and potentially damaging microorganisms in dirt. To help your crates last longer, load clean products and boxes onto them as much as possible and transport them in clean trucks. 3. Stain and seal crates This tip is certainly optional. However, in some cases, it may make sense to stain and seal your timber shipping crates. If you have crates delivered to clients and you want to express a certain upscale brand image, you may want crates that look polished and beautiful. Additionally, if you ship crates with products that tend to be moist or if you plan to store your crates outside, you may also want to stain and seal them. These steps will give your timber crates a bit more protection against the elements. 4. Don’t overload your timber crates Although people use timber for its strength and resilience, you still need to respect its limits. Adhere to the weight restrictions noted on the crate and do not exceed them. 5. Use the correct hardware to close your crates If you use latches or hardware to close your crates, make sure you use the latches or hardware recommended by the crate manufacturer. Do not use screws or nails that will split the timber when removed or ones that penetrate it too deeply. If adding a padlock to the timber crate’s latch, make sure the hardware can hold the lock. If the lock pulls down the latch, it may wrench the latch free from the wood, damaging the wood in the process. For more information, contact a business such as Acme Case Co Pty...

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Why Your Home Should Have A Ducted Air Conditioning System

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you trying to decide which type of air conditioning system to choose, but can’t make up your mind? Then why not opt for ducted air conditioning systems to enjoy the benefits that it offers? However, don’t choose such a system blindly; instead take the time to learn more about its benefits so that you can make an informed decision. Some of these benefits are unique to ducted systems. Here are the tops reasons for why any home would benefit from a ducted air conditioning system: Aesthetics: the interior décor of your home will not look any uglier as a result of installing a ducted air conditioning  system. That’s because the ductwork is installed above the ceiling, or under the floors – therefore it will be out of sight. With other types of air conditioning systems there will typically be a large unit that’s needs to be placed in a room somewhere. That can hinder the overlook of your interior décor unless you find a clever way of incorporating them – that’s easier said than done. Low noise levels: fortunately a by-product of having no air conditioning equipment within your rooms also means that there will virtually be no noise to put up with. Therefore, ducted air condition systems are among the quietest out there. Cost-effectiveness: a ducted air system can be setup to work in sections. This means you can set the rooms that you want cooled, while the rest of the rooms will not be activated. Consequently, you will not have to turn on the air conditioning for the whole house when you only want one room cooled down. As a result you’ll be able to save money on your air conditioning bill. Value for money spent: the installation of a ducted system is faster and cheaper than other air conditioning systems. Also the value that they add to the house is beneficial because they will increase the sale price, and potential buyers will certainly see it as a plus. Cleaner air: in addition to keeping your home cool a ducted air conditioning system will remove unwanted particles in the air from your home. This includes dust and pollenthat could potentially cause an onset of allergy symptoms. The filters do a great job of cleaning the air and that in turn means you will have an easier time in the spring if you suffer from pollen related...

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Heat And Your Piano: Another Reason Your Home Needs Air Conditioning

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When it comes to the sale of air conditioning units, the cool enjoyment that humans and pets experience from using this appliance is the main reason why you are told to install one in your home. However, as a piano player, there is yet another reason, and that is the health of your musical instrument. These are the two main facts you need to know when it comes to keeping your piano sounding great during the searing heat of the summer months. Piano Outer Layer And Humidity During the summer months, the humidity in Australia reaches its peak, and that is bad news for all musical instruments. The piano, however, suffers more than most due to its size, and the fact that the majority of your piano pieces are made from wood. As humidity seeps into the wood of your piano, it causes it to swell with moisture. It will then constrict again once this moisture evaporates. This constant movement in the wood is going to cause the wood to eventually weaken, and then crack. The grand piano that belongs to the Conservatory of Music in Mackay is kept in its own air conditioned room for just this reason. All piano players, no matter what their level of skill, should keep this level of piano protection in mind if they are serious about getting the perfect sound from their instrument. Piano Strings And Heat The outside of the piano is not the only part of the instrument that is affected when it is left exposed to excessive heat. The strings of your piano run across a soundboard which is also made out of wood. As the soundboard absorbs moisture from excess humidity, it will expand, and this will push the soundboard hard up against the strings. As the moisture evaporates, the soundboard returns to its normal shape, and this releases the pressure on your piano strings. The problem is that each time the soundboard expands and contracts, your strings are also being moved, and this is going to lead to them losing their true tone as they stretch out of place. If you want to tinkle the ivories properly, you need to take care of your piano, and this means keeping it in a place where humidity is not going to be a factor. A stand alone room unit is an ideal choice to keep the humidity levels under control, and you will also notice an increase in your own level of comfort while you are spending time at the keyboard practising your playing skills. You may even find this enhanced playing experience the springboard you need to make the decision to install air conditioning throughout your whole home, and not just in your music room. For more information,...

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4 Tips on How to Soundproof Your Office

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

From the massage therapists to the business consultants, many professionals strive to achieve silent environs in their offices. Preventing sound from going past your walls not only keeps the issues between you and your clients private, but it also keeps you focused. This can go a long way in boosting the productivity of your business. So if you’re walls aren’t tough enough to block out the disturbance, then here are some working tips before you visit an acoustical consultant. Add extra drywall Sound is simply vibration; one method of dealing with it is matching it up against heavy, dense material. Bricks and stone are great and all, but when it comes to soundproofing, re-layering the interiors with these materials is a bit impractical. What you need here is a drywall that builds a thick barrier against the sound. If you’re working on a tight budget, you can simply layer the drywalls on the sides of the wall that bring in the most noise. For instance, you can add it on the side facing the police station or the wall closest to the noisy roads. After that, do a neat paint job and you’ll be good to go. Use acoustic panels Acoustic panels are designed to absorb sound before it’s given a chance to reverberate from the walls. It’s usually used in home theatres to absorb the sound but you can also use it to reduce the transmission through your walls. Panels are made from porous expanded polypropylene (PEEP). One great advantage of using them is that they exist in a dizzying plethora of shapes and sizes. Moreover, you can get a custom-printed fabric that can create a sweet piece of wall art. Using soft materials Another way to soundproof your door would be to use soft materials around your walls. Curtains, rugs and wall papers can significantly reduce the sound transmission through the walls by absorbing any vibrations. You should also use acoustic ceiling tiles in your office to totally minimise any noise from within the office. Sealing leaks You should remember, sound behaves like water. It searches for escape points and leaks through so ensure you take care of your cracks and openings. Check for the openings in ceiling fixtures, switch boxes and the corners of the walls and doors. You can then use acoustic caulk to plug any holes you may find. You can also add sweeps at the bottom of your doors to prevent sound from getting in through the...

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4 Important Tips For Successfully Installing A New Dishwasher

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Before you install a new dishwasher in your home, you want to ensure you are prepared with the right tools and know-how to get the job done properly. Dishwashers involve both power and water hookups, so they’re more complicated to install than something like a refrigerator, which you simply put into place and plug in. Note a few important tips for successfully installing a new dishwasher in your home. 1. Note the electricity needed If you’re upgrading to a larger dishwasher or one with more features and options, you may want to check the electricity needed and ensure that you have the proper wiring in your home. A voltage metre can test the power lines of an outlet or the amps and volts may be written on your circuit box. You need to know how much power your new dishwasher needs and ensure your wiring can deliver that, otherwise you’ll see blown circuits and a slowdown of its function, if it even works at all. 2. Tape the water and electrical lines to the floor In the footprint where your dishwasher hooks up, you’ll see a water line and an electrical line, and typically there are grooves in the floor where these lines fit. By taping them down to those grooves you keep them away from the motor of the dishwasher so there is less risk of either line being damaged. If you don’t see grooves in your floor, bend the lines out away from the wall or appliances on either side of the dishwasher and tape the lines down near the center of that footprint, to keep them secure. 3. Attach the power and water lines before sliding the dishwasher into place It’s a common mistake made by many homeowners to slide the dishwasher into place and then try to attach the power and water lines, in order to keep the unit close to the wall and those lines. However, you need to have space to tighten the drain lines and to attach the strapping for the drain to the wall, to keep it clear. Hook up all lines first and then slide the dishwasher into the wall and screw it into the underside of the countertop. 4. Check for leaks Give your new dishwasher a test run before you load it with dishes so you can test for leaks. You may not have the inlet nut tightened enough or you may not have attached the strapping to the drain properly. These should be addressed before you need to unload your dirty dishes and clean up detergent that has also leaked with the water. For more information, contact a company like...

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