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Services You Can Expect from an Environmental Consultant

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you own a construction business or manufacturing facility, work as a developer, or supervise commercial construction for the government, you will need to hire an environmental consulting firm to help you understand all the standards of air quality and environmental planning you will need to comply with the law. With an increasing emphasis on eco-friendly construction, an environmental consultant can provide you with a number of services that can make your projects more energy efficient and sustainable. Air Quality and Odour Evaluation Services  Environmental consultants can help you develop ways to control the amount of odour your project emits into the air to meet regulations established by the National Environment Protection Council. As part of this evaluation and assessment, environmental consultants will assess the amount of dust emitted into the air, develop an odour treatment system, and recommend cleaner production methods, which includes the manner in which you dispose of waste water. In addition, environmental consultants can help you develop a comprehensive emission standards programme, which will identify the levels of acid gas, hydrocarbons, dioxins and heavy metals that are being emitted by your construction or manufacturing processes, and how those levels can be reduced. Environmental Auditing Services Environmental consultants can also help you determine if your current environmental plan is efficient. They do this in several ways, including energy audits and water audits. Energy audits are intended to discover if there are ways for you to reduce your energy consumption. Environmental consultants will take a look at your machinery, systems and working methods to measure your energy use and to find areas of waste or misuse. Like energy audits, water audits are designed to help you reduce the amount of water you use and to help you use your water more efficiently. Environmental consultants will also examine all your machinery and equipment to determine potential for leaks, and can also make predictive assessments of how your business would be affected by a water shortage or water blockage. One way consultants can be of service is to help you join energy saving programs such as the Clean Technology Investment Program (CTIP), which provides companies with grants that allow them to invest in energy efficient machinery and construction equipment that utilize low-emission technology. Once the auditing period is complete, environmental consultants will provide you with areas in which you can save costs, as well as a new energy efficient plan going...

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What You Should Know About Cleaning Your New Porcelain Tile

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Porcelain tile offers several benefits for bathrooms and kitchens. One of those benefits is the ability to maintain and easily clean it on a routine basis. If you have just had porcelain tile installed, you may have been told the basics about cleaning. Before you start, here are the things you should know about cleaning the tile and maintaining it. Vacuuming Is An Option One way that you can remove dust and debris from the tile is to use a traditional broom and dustpan method. However, vacuuming the tile is an excellent option. This is especially true if you have a high suction sweeper vacuum with a microfiber towel for catching what the vacuum leaves behind. This will prevent you from possibly scratching the waterproof seal on the tile or scratching the tile itself by dragging debris with a broom. Always Dry The Tile When you finish cleaning the tile, one thing you may overlook is drying it properly. If the tile is unglazed or unpolished, contractors like Bob Vila recommend that you dry the tile with a microfibre cloth. In fact, other contractors say to always dry the tile after you have cleaned it to prevent water from standing and causing issues with grout, or seeping in to any area that may not be sealed due to small scratches on the tile surface. Use The Right Cleaner You can use a mild cleaner, such as a mild liquid soap and water or vinegar and water. If you choose to purchase a tile cleaner, make sure you are using one that is designed for your porcelain tile. For example, if you do not have sealed tile or if you have polished tile, you would want to purchase the cleaner that is designed for that specific finish type. Also, make sure you use the cleaner as directed. Some cleaners may state that you need to mix the cleaner with water, while others may be used directly on the tile. Use The Right Tools Make sure you are using the right tools for the job. For example, most cleaning guides will tell you to use a microfibre towel, mop, or cloth. There are also recommendations to use a soft bristle brush if you are doing a deep clean or intensive cleaning session on your tile. Ideally, you should have a microfibre mop, a set of soft microfibre towels for drying, a sweeper vac with soft cloth for vacuuming, a soft bristle brush for scrubbing, and the cleaner that is designed for your floors. Having those items will give you a suitable tool kit for cleaning your floors. If you have any questions about how to clean your porcelain floors, how often to clean them, or what to do if you spill wine or other staining causing liquid on the tiles then contact a tile supplier, such as Tile Bazaar. They can answer any questions you have and offer assistance for cleaning or special recommendations for solutions to remove stains and maintain your...

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DIY Gas-Powered Lawn Mower Maintenance And Repairs

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have a lawn, you know that you need to mow it regularly to keep it healthy and looking good. This means that you will need a lawn mower that is in good repair at all times. This is a piece of machinery that gets pretty beat up, but with proper maintenance, it will function for many years. It isn’t always necessary to pay for professional maintenance, and there are some lawn mower repairs that you can easily do yourself to save money. Topping Up And Changing The Oil In order for the mower engine to work properly, it needs to have oil. Regularly monitor the oil level, and when necessary, top it up. Consult with your owner’s manual to find out which type of oil to use. You should also check the oil regularly to make sure that it isn’t discolored, and that there aren’t any contaminants floating in it. If either is the case, you will need to replace the oil. Place the mower over cardboard or a tarp so there won’t be a mess. Then, remove the drain plug and let all of the oil drain out into a pan or bucket. Then, refill with new oil. Changing The Air Filter The air filter will need to be changed periodically in order for your mower to operate properly. When the filter is dirty, your mower will end up using more gas and will cost more to operate. The filters are usually made from paper or foam, and you can get replacements at your local hardware store. To avoid any problems, it is a good idea to get into the habit of changing the air filter once a year, at the beginning of the mowing season. Changing Spark Plugs One lawn mower repair that is easy to do yourself is changing the spark plugs. Simply unhook the wire to the spark plug and take the plug out, using a wrench. Insert the new spark plug (not too tightly), and reconnect the spark plug wire. Cleaning The Undercarriage There is usually a lot of grass that builds up in the undercarriage of a motor, and it can clog the discharge chute. Clean this grass buildup off with a wire brush. Then, spray with a hose to wash away any debris that the wire brush didn’t remove. One final maintenance tip for caring for your lawn mower is to drain the gas at the end of the mowing season, and add fresh gas in the spring. If you have ever had trouble starting your mower in the spring, it is likely because the gas is old. For more maintenance tips, consult a mower repair specialist, such as Hinterland...

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Three Important Facts To Know When Applying For An Australian Partner Visa

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is said that the path of true love never runs smooth, and this is particularly true when you fall in love with someone living in Australia while you don’t! When you want to take your relationship to the next level of living together, it is not as simple as packing your bags and heading down under. Here are three important points that you should know now that you are considering applying for an Australian partner visa. What Is An Australian Partner Visa? There are three different types of Australian partner visa. These cover: Those who wish to migrate to Australia to marry their partner. Those who have already married an Australian outside of Australia. Those who have been in a defacto (living together) relationship with an Australian outside of Australia. If your relationship falls into one of these three categories, this type of visa will give you the right to live and work in Australia. Can You Travel to Australia and Then Apply For a Partner Visa? No. When you enter Australia you need to enter on the visa that is most applicable to your reason to visit, and your intended length of stay. Entering the country on a tourist visa when you intend to stay is dishonest. It could lead to a denial of your partner visa application and eventual deportation if the immigration service can prove you declared misleading information when you first arrived. An application for a partner visa is lodged in the country where you currently reside, and it will be processed there too. How Long Does it Take For A Partner Visa Decision? There are three different factors that will determine how long your visa application will take to be processed. These are: Whether your country of lodgement is classed as high or low risk. What priority group you fall in. Whether you lodged your application inside or outside Australia. Low risk countries can be described as developed countries where it is probable the applicant is marrying for love rather than to escape harsh, third-world living conditions. Countries that are classed high risk are ones where it is not uncommon for marriage to occur for convenience rather than romantic intentions. There are four levels of priority when it comes to determining which type of visa application gets processed first. A partner visa is classed as priority one, and this level covers applications for sponsored partners, and children. While partner visas are to be lodged in your country of residence, there are situations when they will get lodged in Australia. For example, if a person is in Australia on a working visa, but they meet and fall in love with an Australian, the application to change visa status from work to partner is one that can be lodged inside the country. Now that you know three key points about partner visa applications, it is time to begin completing the paperwork. If you need advice at any stage during this process, contact a consulting service for clarification and advice. Lodging incorrect or incomplete applications can lengthen the amount of time it takes for this process to be completed. Lodging it right the first time helps you get back into the arms of your loved one sooner rather than...

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NBN Rollout: Difference Between FTTP, FTTN and HFC Connections

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) progressing at a steady pace, now would be a good time to review the different connections being made available to consumers. NBNCo, in their most recent strategic report, have outlined a new approach that would see Australian internet users receive one of three connection types: FTTP, FTTN or HFC. Here is a brief outline of the differences between these connections, and what it could mean for your download speeds: FTTP (Fibre-To-The-Premises) This connection is also known as FTTH (Fibre-To-The-Home) The fibre optic cable is connected directly to the building, bypassing any old copper connections NBNCo advertises a max download speed of 100Mbps, but these systems can potentially reach 1Gbps (ten times faster) Download speeds are unaffected by location (unlike FTTN) or other local connections (like HFC) This is the best system available, providing the fastest downloads with the most stability. If your area is shown on the current NBN rollout map you will either be receiving this connection, or it is already available in your area. If it is available you can upgrade by contacting your internet service provider. FTTN (Fibre-To-The-Node) Fibre optic cable runs to a node outside the building (up to a kilometre away), from which copper connects to the premises NBNCo advertises download speeds ‘up to’ 100Mbps, but speeds of 25-50Mbps are more realistic The download speed degrades for buildings farther from the node, resulting in a poor-quality connection This system has greatly reduced upload speeds of 4-6Mbps, compared to FTTP’s 40Mbps This system relies on the existing copper network to provide internet to consumers, and a lot of people are concerned about whether the speeds being advertised are accurate. For example, in New Zealand, as of 2010, the average speed enjoyed by users of their FTTN network was only 13Mbps. If that’s the case here it will be no better than current HFC or ADSL networks. HFC (Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial) Also known as cable internet, this connection combines fibre optic and coaxial cables Already used by Telstra and Optus to provide both broadband internet and cable TV Download speeds on this connection are currently 10-20Mbps Current HFC service areas feature large blackspots, and download speeds on this system degrade depending on number of nearby homes sharing connection. The new strategy outlines upgrades to this network to increase speeds and cover blackspots, bringing it up to an FTTP quality connection If you are already using HFC internet, or live in an area serviced by it, you will most likely be staying on this system.  But once the upgrades are implemented HFC users will be enjoying high-speed broadband without having to fuss over installing any new cabling or modems. If you are not part of the current NBN rollout, and you do not live in an area serviced by HFC internet, you may be receiving an FTTN connection instead. These connections are proven to have slower downloads and uploads, and rely on aging copper networks. If you are unhappy with this, contact your local MP and urge them to support changing the strategy, and keep an eye out for online petitions for greater FTTP coverage. Otherwise you may find yourself paying more money for the same quality of internet you currently have. If you have questions about any of your cable connections or communication lines, talk to...

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Four DIY Troubleshooting Steps for Your Ducted Air Conditioning System

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Though there are several air conditioning repairs that you should leave to the professionals, some basic steps can be handled on your own. If you have noticed issues with your ducted system, take a moment to consider some things that may be causing the issues. Here are a few DIY troubleshooting steps you can take before calling your repair technician. Check for Blockages If you are noticing that your unit is not putting out the amount of cold air that it normally does, or if one room is hotter than others, you may have already checked for block vents. The problem is that the blockage could be in other room vents, the ducted work itself, or even in the fan. Before calling the technician, check all areas including the fan to ensure there is no dust or large debris causing the issue. Check the Thermostat Sometimes a problem with your system is with the thermostat gauge. Make sure that the gauge is working properly, including checking the batteries or charging area. In some models, when the batteries are low the entire system will have issues. For example, the system may not automatically kick on at a certain temperature or may be delayed due to the low battery strength. In extreme cases, such as an inability to read the thermostat panel or the panel not turning on, you may simply need to replace the gauge. Check the Outside Unit If you have checked for blockages and checked that the thermostat is running properly, the next step is to check the outside unit. Make sure there are no limbs, leaves or branches that are preventing the interior fan of the outdoor unit or power supply from working. Clear any debris away from the area. Also check the unit for air leaks, freezing, or condensation build-up. If you see any of these issues, turn the unit off and contact a technician. Check the Drain The final step to take in a DIY repair walkthrough is to check the drainage area of the unit. This is usually a pipe that drains off into the main pipes of your home or to another area, possibly outside. Make sure that the drain is working and that there is now blockage that could prevent the drain from allowing condensation to move away from the unit. If you can’t see any debris, but believe there may be something in the drain, consider using an air conditioner drain cleaner designed for ducted vacuum systems. This will remove any clogs and clear the way for condensation to drain. If you have tried all of these steps and still have issues with your ducted air conditioning unit, contact your technician. Let them know the steps you have taken to fix the issue along with a specific explanation of the issue itself and how long it has been happening. This will help them determine what the problem may be and shorten the service...

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