Creative Ways to Use Ground Protection Mats

The purpose of a ground protection mat is to protect any ground surface from weight, pressure and damage from objects placed on it or traveling over it. While this is definitely a useful function, there are numerous ways you can employ these mats to save yourself time, money and the hassle of repairs in the event you need to store or transport heavy objects, vehicles or materials from one place to the next.

Portability

The key feature of the ground protection mat is its portability. Like a painter’s dropcloth, the mat can be placed anywhere you need to protect a surface. This means they can be used at any job site no matter where you happen to be working. Need a path for a truck, cart or dolly across a cement or wood floor? Mats can be placed one at a time or interlocked to form a path or an artificial surface for wide area coverage.

If you are transporting a refrigerator, for example, and using a hand-truck for support, you can arrange ground protection mats in a path from kitchen to vehicle. Not only will this make moving easier, it will literally smooth the path for your truck’s wheels.

Durability

A mat designed to protect your garage floor, office decoration or carpeting isn’t going to do a very good job for you if it isn’t durable. Ground protection mats are designed to support the weight of trucks and construction vehicles while at the same time protecting something as fragile as an anthropological dig site underneath. Indoors or at work sites, they are your portable floor that will prevent any weight or object placed on them from doing any damage to what is underneath.

Because of their durability, JWA ground protection mats can be used as a semi-permanent shield for your floor. Whether you have a concrete, wood or even carpeted surface, a mat will prevent heavy or unwieldy objects placed on those floors from causing tears, gouges, blemishes or other damage.

Technology

Pound for pound, the honeycomb is the strongest material structure on Earth. That’s one of the major reasons forward-thinking engineers chose it as the foundational technology for a premier-quality floor mat. Protecting a vulnerable surface isn’t simply a matter of preventing contact between heavy objects what is being shielded from their weight and movement. It is a matter of supporting and efficiently distributing weight and mass. Because of the honeycomb design built in to the ground protection mat, its ability to prevent concentration of weight in one location is competitive with any other similar technology.

Performing auto repairs has always been hazardous to your garage floor. Not so with a ground protection mat. Your engine, transmission and entire vehicle can be situated anywhere in your repair area and you will be safe in the knowledge they will neither stain nor damage your expensive concrete or vinyl surfaces.

The reusable nature of these mats alone should be enough for any project-minded homeowner or business owner to at least consider using them in any project where ground protection is a priority. Their customizable features make them versatile and economical as well.

How to Help Your Electrical Appliances Last Longer

Household electrical appliances are some of the most expensive items you will ever purchase. To ensure that your appliances lasts as long as it is required to, you have to take some preventative measures that will ensure you get the most out of them. The following are a few maintenance tips that will help your electrical appliances last longer.

Washing Machine

At all times ensure that the pockets of your clothes are empty to avoid objects such as coins that can damage the drum located in your washing machine. Even if the damage may not manifest itself quickly, a damaged drum can make your clothes wear out more quickly than usual. Never overload your washing machine as an attempt to avoid doing an extra load. Overloading it puts too much strain on your motor, which makes it wear out faster, thus reducing its lifespan.

Hoses that supply water to your washing machine are normally made of rubber, which with age begins to degrade. These pipes could lead to huge expenses and also cause inconveniences. This is why you need to ensure that they are replaced when they get old.

The Dryers

It is important to vacuum the inside of your dryer’s ventilation pipes regularly. You don’t want lint builds up and clogs both the hoses and filters. When they get clogged, they tend to take longer to dry your load, which in turn wears out the engine. Perfume a maintenance check up on the vent. The vent should stay closed until the dryer is turned on. Its main function is to expel moisture from the dryer. If it fails, you could lose hot or cold air depending on the season. This could render all your energy-saving efforts in vain.

The Refrigerators

Your fridge has a condenser coil that is usually located at the back. Over time, dust may build up on the coils, which impairs them and as a consequence reduces the ability of the fridge to work properly. This means that you need to have them cleaned on a regular basis. During the cleaning process, ensure that your refrigerator is disconnected from the power source. The outer side of the coils should also be vacuumed.

The Dishwasher

It might seem unnecessary to clean the dishwasher, but it is very vital. The sealing underneath your countertop, just at the top of the door gets gunky with time. If it is not cleaned, the door may fail to properly seal in water and heat, which could lead to leakage. It is also important to clean the arm of your dishwasher. This is because food particles could accumulate in the nozzles. If you find out that your dishes are not getting as clean as they used to, you need to clean out the tiny jets.

Ensuring a regular maintenance check-up of your electrical appliances will always be a point plus for you. Also, all appliances should be cleaned regularly. Taking preventative measures while operating your appliances will prolong their life and keep them in good conditions. If you’re in Australia you can consult Gordon Powers which has the best level 2 electricians Sydney has to offer to guide you on how to take care of your appliances.

Everything You Need To Know About Repointing Brickwork

When it comes to stone and brickwork, do not underestimate the power of pointing. This is mainly because the mortar can take about 15 percent of the total surface area of your walls. It also holds a huge impact on the quality of your building. The mortar also works against water ingress. The role it plays makes it a crucial aspect of home maintenance that should never be ignored. The following is information on everything you need to know about re-pointing brickwork.

Brick Pointing

Blocks, stones, and bricks are hardy materials that last for a very long time. However, during construction, the material that holds them together needs regular maintenance to keep them in the right condition. The mortar that holds the bricks together is called pointing. Repairing is called re-pointing and should be done regularly.

Testing its Resilience

The ideal method of testing the resilience of the pointing is to look at it. If it is even and flush to the bricks, it can be assumed to be okay. It is important for the pointing to be full since it is the only way water from outside could not access your home. You can also give it a finger test. What you need to do is try to dig it with your finger and see if any comes out. This should be done all round the house.

If the mortar comes out during the finger test, you should get ready for pointing repair. Damage to the mortar can be localized on places where there are leaks, but more often than not they can be suffering from age. Your mortar could also suffer from a previous pointing repair job.

The Ideal Type of Mortar

There is a huge range of colors and textures that can be formed when mixing mortar. A huge percentage of homes built during the 1800s and 1900s used lime mortar. Although it is frequently done, the use of cement during re-pointing tends to be a bad thing at times. This is mainly because they could decay earlier than lime-mixed ones, and also because there are numerous chances for damp to occur. Other than that, cement mortars are more brittle, harder, and less porous than lime. They also weather way slower than the bricks.

Cement mortars also tend to be affected by sulfate and salt, while those that contain lime, hydraulic and putty are not. Even though lime mortars are expensive than cement ones, in the long run, they tend to save you money. This is mainly because problems caused by wrong cement mixes can lead to huge losses.

Tools Needed During Pointing Repair

Just like in every job, using the appropriate tools is vital to getting the ultimate results. Tools needed for pointing installation or repair job include cement mixer, chisel, mortarboard, pointing trowel, soft and wire brush, scaffolding, lime sand, or white cement. Professional knowledge from PointBrick is also needed for the effective pointing job.

Mortar and bricks make sturdy foundations for many building. Sometimes, to prevent water damage from maiming the quality of the constructions, top-ups are required. To get the most out of pointing, it should be done when necessary and only professionally

Three Storage Secrets to Transform Your DIY

There’s nothing more frustrating than when tools go missing in between jobs. Sometimes they get borrowed without permission, but often it’s down to careless storage and not having dedicated storage places. DIY jobs go much more smoothly when what you need is right at your fingertips.

 

Keep Tools in Tip Top Condition

Anyone with a keen interest in DIY soon amasses an impressive collection of tools. Not just screwdrivers and hammers, but drills, routers, jigsaws and sanders, paint sprayers and air compressors or nail guns.

They all take up space, and if not stored correctly when not in use can quickly fall into disrepair and fail next time you try and use them. Damp conditions are a particular enemy.

Consider how often you need specific tools, and you’ll probably find you don’t need everything at home all the time. When you’ve invested considerable sums in good power tools, self storage is a viable option in between projects. They’re in convenient locations so it’s easy to fetch the tools you need for particular jobs, and return them (appropriately cleaned and prepared) to storage when the job’s done.

Security is a definite advantage. Garage and shed thefts are increasing in cities everywhere, and self storage provides all the lock-up security you’ll need to protect your investment.

 

Create a Bespoke Tool Storage Area

Storage areas inside the home are numerous, but we often don’t use them as efficiently as we could. Finding hidden areas of the home can unlock space for numerous DIY tools, but keep them out of sight at the same time.

Under the stairs is a prime storage area in many homes, and makes a convenient repository for larger tools you don’t want to risk to the shed. A few shelves and hanging hooks transforms a dumping ground into organised tool storage.

Another location is the space beneath kitchen cabinets. Many hand tools are long and flat, making them ideal candidates for this often overlooked home storage area. Take off the existing boards that block the area and put either sliding or hinged doors in their place, and you have long storage areas where a multitude of tools would fit.

Organise the Small Things

Keep tabs on fixings and other easily losable bits and bobs with these ingenious ideas:

  • Screw the lids of jars underneath shelves. In the jars, keep small fixings then, when you need them, simply unscrew the jar from where it hangs in plain sight under the shelf.
  • Cut a hole in the side of a plastic water bottle, and fit a hook or eyelet to the lid. Drop nuts, bolts or screws inside the bottle, and hang it on a hook fitted in a pegboard.
  • Fashion a drill block by drilling holes into a length of wood. Use it to hold drill bits of various sizes, keeping them handy and easily recognisable.
  • Customise narrow shelves in the workshop to hold screwdrivers, wrenches or other hand tools by simply drilling holes of appropriate sizes to drop them in when not in use.
  • Fix wooden pallets to the garage or shed wall to create somewhere to stand up tall garden tools like brushes or spades.
  • Use magnetic knife strips to hold smaller metal hand tools, saw blades or knives.
  • Fit bulldog clips to the wall for quickly hanging up gardening gloves or gauntlets.
  • Keep power cables tidy by looping them over lengths of plastic waste pipe fitted high up and perpendicular to the wall, or hang hooks you can use for the same purpose.

Organising storage for DIY tools can be both creative and satisfying, not to mention time saving when future projects go smoothly

 

Update your home with your heat source.

Designer radiators have a strong reputation for creating a sense of style within a home, whether that be in your lounge, bathroom or even in your hallway. Not only does a radiator become your source of heat, it provides the home with it’s own unique touch. When choosing a radiator, we all know that they will provide a sole purpose of warming up the home, but a designer radiator is much more than that – they reflect the interior design of the home by creating a style statement.

The style of radiator that you choose to have within your home interior will create a powerful appearance, with the unique design.

Mirrored Radiators

Combining your radiator with your full length mirror will maximise floor and wall space in a clever, unique way. The last thing that the majority of us do before leaving the house, is to check ourselves out in the mirror – why not do that with a warm, cosy atmosphere? This beautifully styled radiator brings a practical product your home, along with a modern interior input. Visitors in your home will notice this elegant focal point, it adds style to any room and will compliment any decor. These vogue vision radiators are built to last, giving your home a perfect long lasting feature.

Towel Radiators  

When updating a home with designer radiators, the bathroom is often overlooked, however, there is nothing worse than stepping out of a warm bath or shower into a freezing bathroom. With so many options on the market, what is stopping you from updating the bathroom interior? Towel radiators are a functional factor to incorporate into a bathroom, the ladder effect adds practicality with being able to hang towels to dry. We all love a warm fluffy towel to have waiting when we get out the shower.

Vogue Radiators

Vogue radiators are simply stunning and will add elegance to any home interior. The radiators are a traditional style, combined with a present day design to make them practical for all living spaces. Vogue radiators are considered to be a piece of art, due to the gorgeous layout, the designs are very unique whilst still being useful. The stylish designs are made from brass with stunning chrome finish on the framework. These radiators can be featured in any room, they add class and style to living areas and also update a bathroom to a sophisticated space, and they also double up as a towel hanging space.

How to use storage for a less cluttered Christmas

There’s no getting around it – Christmas equals clutter. And while it’s gratifying to treat your family during the festive season, decoration overkill coupled with a fresh haul from Santa’s sleigh could leave your house swamped with too many unnecessary bits and pieces from both the coming Yuletide, and ones that have gone by.

A simple answer is to clear away the old to make way for the new. This can be done in a few easy steps, so read on to see how you can beat the clutter and become storage smart.

Before

Have a thorough clear-out. Now is prime time to wade through your wardrobe, drawers, cupboards or toy baskets to identify anything your family no longer use. It’s important to have a realistic attitude during this task. Anything you or your child hasn’t worn or used for over a year isn’t likely to ever be picked up again. And if you have to blow the dust off, then this is a sure sign it’s lost its entertainment value.

  • Store away bulky furniture. To create space for your tree and guests, using self storage can be a godsend. Self-storage facilities offer a host of benefits, including round-the-clock surveillance, 24/7 access to goods, and a wide range of available storage room sizes. Putting aside bulky items or furniture for the holiday period can give your home the space it desperately needs for entertaining.
  • Rein in the Christmas decorations. We all know at least one person who buys up the decoration aisle each year in a bid to beat the neighbours – perhaps you’re guilty of this? But the truth is that once the merrymaking is over, light-up Snowmen and full-size reindeer will only burden your home with excess clutter. Either take the minimalist route by opting for simpler decorations, or stow away these ornaments in handy self-storage facilities to relieve your home of items that only have seasonal value.

After

Part with unused gifts. Do you have a cupboard full of unwanted Christmas gifts? If your relatives’ questionable taste has left you accumulating a host of neglected items then it’s probably time to part ways. Before launching into this year’s Noel, why not spread some festive cheer by bagging up your old gifts and sending them onto worthy causes?

  • Store away your wintry objects for next year. Now flexible, affordable storage that relieves the stress from your home, self-storage is becoming an increasingly popular answer for homeowners across the world. When it’s time to dispel the decorations from your home, or if you need to tuck away seasonal sporting equipment for next winter, self storage is a safe, convenient option for households struggling for space.

 

We wish you happy holidays, and hope that these tips will help your home breathe easier once more.

How To Cut Down on the Cost of Moving

While many expenses are unavoidable, there are plenty of ways to keep costs down by planning ahead, comparing prices, and rethinking your presumptions about your moving options and expenses, says Kate Hart. She is an home and office relocations manager at Fantastic Removals, a removal company based in London.

Read below to find out what else she has to suggest on how to cut down on the cost of moving.

The average cost of a move

Most companies are hourly based. They charge by the number of hours each booking takes. Also, most of them have a minimum booking hour which most of the time is 2 hours. If the job needs more than two hours to be completed they will charge by every half an hour extra according to their individual prices.

So, it’s hard to say how much a service would cost you, which in most cases is the biggest problem between companies and customers once the service is completed.

If you are going to book with a removal company, the best tip is to check their deals to combine two or more services in order to reduce the overall price and save money.

How to move without booking a removal company

To complete the move by yourself you need to follow those simple instructions: start packing as early as possible, make a good moving plan and be extremely organised.

What is important to sort out in advance?

  • Тake with you only the things you need, so you will save both time and money;
  • Sort out your things before you begin to pack and decide what you actually need and what can be thrown away;
  • Anything that can be donated or sold is an extra bonus as you avoid waste and reduce your own possessions down.

Label everything or your move might be a disaster!

  • Best way to stay organised during the whole relocation process;
  • Label up some boxes for each room and keep everything together;
  • This will also ease the process when you are settling in at your new place.

Hire a van for the day or ask a friend(s) for help:

  • If you can get the move done in a few trips hire a van for the day and drive yourself;
  • Definitely find some friends to help you with the loading and unloading;
  • Make sure you get a van which will fit your larger pieces of furniture and use your car for smaller items if you have one;
  • Always move the big stuff first.

Plan your interior decoration in advance

Planning in advance will always save you both hassle and nerves later down the road. A small room can be challenging to decorate, especially if you are running on a budget and you lack creative ideas on decorating rooms. If you place many small pieces of furniture, your new home might become crowded and cluttered, while large pieces might preoccupy the room leaving less space for everything else. It’s important to keep the right balance in everything.

Save on gas

The cost of transportation might rise unexpectedly if you get stuck in a traffic jam. So it’s a good idea to plan your trip in advance and avoid rush hour. Besides saving you money for extra fuel this approach will save you a nerve-wracking experience as well. After all, moving house is a daunting task by itself and you don’t want to make it harder by wasting money on fuel or getting stuck on the road.

Cut off your service early

Inform your utility companies beforehand that your are going to move. Otherwise you might end up paying for a service you no longer use and that’s not something you want to happen. Paying bills on both places simultaneously in addition to your moving expenses can ruin your budget, so plan accordingly.

Invest in insurance

Okay, it may sound counter intuitive to spend money on insurance when you are trying to save money on your move. But think about that – what is the total cost of your possessions? As you are packing, loading, transporting, unloading and unpacking lots of things can go wrong. Is it worth the risk? Consider this – how much it’s gonna cost you to replace a cracked display on your 50-inch TV? Sofas, beds, wardrobes – all these cost a lot and it may take a lot of money to repair or replace them. So why not go out and explore what insurance options you have in case of unfortunate events during your move. You might pay a little, but it will save you a lot.

Reuse old packing materials

Try not to give money away for packing materials. You can save some already used plastic bags or left boxes. You may kindly ask in the local supermarket for boxes that they will throw away. Also, see if your friends are able to lend you whatever they have left.

* Additional advice: Make an online research on how to move without booking with a company, because it is not that easy as it seems.

However, it is not impossible!

How to sell or give away rather than move

To make it easier think about the items you are about to sell or give away. Very likely you have gotten a lot of use out of them and they  served you well, now it’s time to pass it along. In doing this, first and foremost, always be realistic in your price setting. You are not trying to recoup what you’ve spent on something! Your goal is to ease your move and make it less stressful.

Furniture

People online are constantly scouring websites looking for bookshelves, nightstands, couches, dining tables, etc…

“Find a trustworthy website, create an account and upload good quality pictures together with small descriptions of the furniture you want to sell.” says Simon from K-town Furniture.

Clothing

People are selling clothing on Facebook, but you’ve got to have a lot of patience and some really high end stuff and well preserved clothing items.

“Kids clothes generally sell well at garage sales. However, if you still have some left overs, consider donating them as hand-me-downs to friends or to the Red Cross, Cancer Research UK, Oxfam and to some thrift shops.” says Harris from HomeDecorExpert.com

Books

If you have hundreds and hundreds of books that you love  but you would never be able to read, it’ best to only keep the most favourite ones and sell or donate the rest. You could set aside some money and buy yourself an E-reader as a present and start collecting the books you have sold on it. I know it’s not the same, but that is the future and it’s much easier in case you decide to move again or when you are traveling and want to bring some reading with you.

Everything else

When people come to buy your furniture, clothes or books be sure to mention to them that everything else in the house will be going as well. They might very well know someone who needs to fill up a cabin or a new apartment.

If someone is coming to buy a bookcase, ask them if they need any books. If they want a microwave, offer them your pyrex dishes too.

Yes, moving in/out can be both exciting and extremely happy time to experience. Regardless, expenses are usually part of it, no matter how wonderful otherwise. But by keeping an eye to the financial aspects of the move and taking simple steps to reduce the costs, will significantly lower any stress or material difficulties. One thing is for sure, this will make your transition to a new home and community easier for yourself and your family.