Lead in Drinking Water

Warning! Lead to Be Shown Leaching from Brass Taps

Thе рrеѕеnсе оf lеаd іn tap wаtеr іѕ often duе tо old рlumbіng uѕеd to bring water tо your hоuѕе and even mоrе оftеn duе tо the рlumbіng іn уоur hоuѕе. When wаtеr sits іn thе pipes fоr 6 hоurѕ or mоrе lеаd can ѕеер frоm thе pipes into thе wаtеr. Hоw саn you knоw іf there is lеаd in уоur tар water? And whаt саn you do аbоut it іf уоu find іt?

A Bit About Lead

Lеаd іѕ a soft, gray mеtаl that іѕ uѕеd іn a vаrіеtу оf wауѕ. It wаѕ uѕеd extensively іn рlumbіng bоth for mаkіng lеаd pipes аnd fоr ѕоldеrіng before іt was phased out then bаnnеd. Bеfоrе 1960, раіnt used іnѕіdе houses соmmоnlу соntаіnеd lеаd until іt wаѕ dіѕсоvеrеd thаt раіnt сhірѕ іn water оr paint duѕt inhaled were bоth vеrу tоxіс.

Hоw Dоеѕ Lеаd Gеt into Our Drіnkіng Water?

Hоuѕеѕ buіlt in the 50’s and 60’s оftеn used lead pipes іn hоmе рlumbіng. Thе ѕеrvісе lіnеѕ bringing wаtеr tо іndіvіduаl homes wеrе оftеn mаdе оf lеаd. Thіѕ resulted іn high lеvеlѕ оf lеаd іn drіnkіng wаtеr. Lеаd solder wаѕ uѕеd tо ѕеаl the jоіntѕ оf сорреr pipes and lеаd leaked into drіnkіng wаtеr frоm thіѕ ѕоldеr.

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What Timber Flooring Suits You Best?

Knocking Wood

It’s probably 50 years ago that the most popular option for flooring in a house would be timber flooring. Maybe the reason for that, 50 years ago, was that there weren’t a lot of other options. Over time, synthetic flooring materials have been introduced and floors made of wood have taken a bit of a back seat. Tiles and carpets became super popular as both conservationists and cost relegated timber floors much lower on the desirable scale.

More recently though, timber flooring has been making a comeback and gaining favour with homeowners. Now, the problem is more one of choice and for consumers to decide what is the most appropriate product for their homes.

Different Types

Lots of different types of timber can be used for your floors and it’s a matter of personal preference. For example, oak flooring adds beauty to your home with its rich texture. But there are many choices such as blackbutt, jarrah, karri, Tassie oak, and even bamboo. Before making a final decision, you should at least look at all the options.

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Important Things About Equipment Hire

If you are working on a major renovation or construction project, there is usually a need to clear land to be able to set and plan the job. Regardless of your enthusiasm when taking on these DIY jobs, it’s neither practical nor smart to own every piece of equipment required for the job. If you’re clearing land you are going to need tip trucks, excavator, trench diggers and probably a front-end loader.  Fortunately, you can avail yourself of equipment hire to help you clear large rocks, tree stumps, create some new levels and do whatever it is you wanted to do to spruce up your outdoor space.

Regardless of how much you might know about construction, such as how to do it and safe operating procedures, you’re still going to need the right earthmoving equipment, еѕресіаllу while wоrkіng оn particular terrains аnd at сеrtаіn hеіghtѕ.

Here аrе ѕоmе mасhіnеѕ that аrе gеnеrаllу rented for land сlеаrіng jоbѕ:

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How to Choose Fencing Contractors

All homes require fencing of some kind, both around the boundaries and sometimes internally as well. For instance, you will need to fence off a swimming pool, but you may also require fencing around a vegetable garden or driveway.  While fences are not that difficult to install, it will certainly save you time and effort to hire fencing contractors to do the job.

As with most tradesmen, you will need to ensure your fence tradesmen have a good reputation and don’t charge too much. You can usually get a good idea of who is popular by asking your friends, neighbours or hardware stores in the vicinity, where they would be known for purchasing their supplies.

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Using a Pergola as a Porch

If you were abandoning that good idea of adding a porch to your home due to the cost, wait up. Many patios can be used for a front porch or a back porch, partly because they are much more affordable than having one made from brick or timber, which is more like an extension to the home with a similar price tag.

Using a pergola as a porch is a great idea that can really change the look and feel of the home. It can give you a sheltered place to relax and even make the house cooler, especially if you add shade cloth or shade blades, which can be opened or shut according to the weather. Shade blades can be added to the walls as well as the ceiling for the ultimate in pergola convenience.

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Tips on How to Save Paper Waste

Many people think up ways to save on products the use of which can be detrimental to the environment. By instigating sustainability procedures into your lifestyle, it is possible to reduce your use of paper, thus saving trees as well as saving waste from going into landfill.  Here are several ways to save on paper usage.

  • Undo presents carefully so you can re-use the paper for the next present you give someone else. Keep the wrapping and ribbons to reuse too.
  • Keep those strong envelopes that arrive in the mail and use them as needed. Simply glue the new address over your old one, then bend and staple the ends together, since the glue on them is no longer usable.

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How Automatic Pool Cleaners Help Remove Mould

Many automatic pool cleaners not only suck debris off the floor of the pool, but scrub as well. Some can scrub the walls and steps. This is an excellent benefit, especially when your pool is in the shade for some parts of the day.  Mould is usually found in the shaded parts before those sunny areas. It is always wise to inspect places such as behind the hand rails and other hardware in the pool which can cast shade onto the pool walls and floor.

However, simply running your hand over the walls below the water line will tell you if mould is starting to propagate before you can see it.  The surface of the walls will feel slippery to the touch. It’s essential to get those walls scrubbed down, then shock the pool by adding more chlorine well before you see any black stains.

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3 Ways to Have a Swimming Pool Business

Swimming pools are not only fun for those that have them, they provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to have their own business. If you are tired of the 9-5 rat-race you may be considering going into business for yourself. A skill set that includes knowledge about installing or maintaining pools would point towards starting a business in that area.

Here are 3 different types of businesses you could have.

  • Purchase a swimming pool franchise. There are pros and cons for most franchises; you have to pay the ‘boss’ a percentage of your income as well as paying for the franchise and equipment needed. That said, it’s still often cheaper than going out on your own. And you get to use the name of the company which many people are familiar with and trust. Some offer training an ongoing advice. It’s wise to read the fine print carefully before signing up and make sure you understand what it means. If you don’t, take it to a solicitor and ask them to explain it.

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8 Easy Ways to Live Sustainably

If everyone followed at least a few sustainable living tips the world would be a better place.  Many people have good intentions, but find it too hard to change their lifestyle. However, by making just one change per month, you easily get into a new habit and before you know it, are doing many things that will make a big difference to the earth’s resources – and often to your own costs as well.

By starting small you won’t feel overwhelmed. Here are 8 easy steps towards sustainability.

  • Create an urban eco-pack to use when buying take-aways. It should contain a re-usable food container, eating utensils and a mug. This will enable you to refuse plastics, especially those that are disposable after only one use.

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Important Considerations in Choosing the Best Office Furniture

When you run a business you’ll need to have an office to work from and whether it’s at home or in a shopping complex that office will need to have special furniture from the furniture store. Just what kind and how much depends on what type of business you have and how big it is. At a minimum you’ll need to consider desks, chairs and storage. You may also need dedicated bench space for office equipment if it’s something that will be used by more than one person.

However, there is more to think about than the actual furniture.

First think along the lines of how much space you have and how many computer desks you’ll need to fit into it.  There is no point purchasing four huge desks to fit in a small space. Likewise, having four tiny desks when your office space is large will look silly.

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5 Ways Shade Sails are Sustainable

Sustainability is an important factor in many things these days, from recycling rubbish to building new homes or renovating older ones. If you are considering a renovation or addition to your home you will probably consider sustainability in at least some parts of it. Shade sails are considered sustainable for several reasons.

  • They use less material than an actual building that needs foundations and framework. This is due to the light weight of the sail that doesn’t need all that much support. It is also due to the design of it. Sails have that twist in them to prevent the wind from getting caught underneath and lifting them, which causes a great deal more wear and tear.

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Questions to Ask Your Potential Transport Company

There are many reasons why you may want to send large items across the country or even internationally.  To do so it’s important to do a little research in order to choose the right freight or transport company for your needs. This will most likely need to be done online, because that is where all the information is. Taking a stab in the phonebook is not recommended because there will not be enough details there.

Once you’ve found some websites for companies transporting goods, read them with these 3 questions in mind.

  • Are they experienced in shipping the kind of product you have? There is no point in choosing a company equipped with one-tonners to freight a bulldozer or something else that is too large to fit on their trucks. Nor should you choose a company that is used to freighting livestock to take care of valuable antiques that are fragile and require special packaging and handling. Find a company to fit your product.

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Cleaning Your Carpets – DIY or Professional Cleaners?

There is a common belief, a misconception really, that hiring professionals for carpet cleaning is both inconvenient and costly. You can do it yourself. Just go out and hire a steam cleaner and browse through the local hardware store and buy a few stain removal products.

To be able to do a fair comparison between DIY and using professional cleaners we really need to look at the differences between the two actual processes used to clean the carpets so as we can draw a fairer conclusion.

DIY Carpet Cleaning

Some of the activities involved in typical DIY cleaning are:

  • Vacuuming the carpet regularly
  • removing carpet stains by applying specific products you found in a store or researched online or were advised to use by friends and neighbours
  • hire or purchase equipment to clean your carpets

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So, You Want To Be An Electrician?

There are many rewards in becoming an electrician, there are also some responsibilities to ensure not only the safety of the public, but that of the electrician. If you want to become an electrician, then you must comply with the codes and the safety regulations that have been put into place to protect the public. So, that means understanding the job of an electrician and taking on the responsibilities.

The Job Description 

The main tasks of an electrician is the provision of repair of electrical еԛuірmеnt rераіr ѕеrvісеѕ tо buѕіnеѕѕеѕ and hоmеѕ. That means maintaining fuses, checking electrical outlets and whatever else is part of making power flow. The electrician саn ѕресіаlіsе in еіthеr соnѕtruсtіоn оr mаіntеnаnсе. Companies hіrе electricians to install electrical equipment. Electricians get to use a whole range of power and hand tools as well.

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6 Points for a Modern Kitchen Design

The work that a kitchen design team can handle often entails more in-depth considerations than you might think. Naturally, you might consider the design of kitchens to be focused mainly on just figuring out what looks great in a certain spot or how well a certain colour looks. But a professional team can help you analyze more than just some of the basic points of colour scheme and placement inherent in such a room.

A great kitchen can be established with a number of good things in mind to help you get the most out of any kind of kitchen you are planning:

  • The storage spaces being used must be checked carefully. These include not only cabinets but also shelves and drawers that could add a specific look throughout the kitchen.

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Types of Removalists

Choosing the right removalists is an essential step in planning a successful move. However, if you are not conversant with the type of movers available in Australia, the step can be more confusing than normal. For this reason, we have compiled this quick guide to make the process less stressful.

TYPES OF MOVES

Before selecting a mover, you must clearly determine the type on move to be undertaken. Moves can be classified as;

Local Move

This means relocation from a point A to a point B which doesn’t cross the interstate line. Besides, this move can be defined based on the distance, as moving from point A to a point B which is within 50 to 100 miles.

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How Landscaping Can Make the Most of a Small Space

A qualified landscaping professional will give you the assistance you require for getting your garden to look its best even when the space you have is minimal. It is often a challenge to get a smaller landscape designed on your own because you might not be aware of how to make the most of a space – or to at least make it look larger. This is where an expert can help.

  • Several points of landscape design should be considered to get the most out of the space you have and the plants you want to have. Negative space can be calculated by a professional to review how well a space is organized and how a sense of balance between active and light spaces can work. Negative space often entails the use of a small lawn or a courtyard among other attractive garden features.

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9 Reasons Why Bamboo Makes Good Packaging

Every transport company carries many different kinds of goods and all are wrapped in some kind of packaging to protect them. As the world seeks to fine more sustainable packaging solutions for items that enter the freight system as do nearly all goods that are bought and sold, it is important to know why a certain product is considered sustainable.

Here are some of the reasons why bamboo is considered a sustainable raw product to make packaging from.

  • Bamboo is a natural resource that grows quickly. At about 2cm per day, it is hardly likely to become extinct, even though it is used to make many other things such as floors and furniture as well.
  • It is local to China where many goods originate from. Having the packaging supplies in the local area means that fuel in sourcing it and moving it to where it can be used is reduced. That said, it is also being grown in other countries now.

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Instant Lawn – Instant Satisfaction

You’re standing there looking at your lawn, which has gone the bald side of patchy, and the weeds, which you despairingly pulled out a couple of weeks ago have come back for a second invasion, and your thoughts are on a concrete rock garden or maybe some turf by way of instant lawn.

Replacing your lawn with a new, healthy instant one is not only being clever, it’s also keeping up with the millennials who just love immediate gratification!

Removing the оld lаwn.

Thеrе are a fеw options hеrе. If it’s just a small lawn, and you’re reasonably fit, or at least think you are, then grab a mattock and apply a bit of elbow grеаѕе and dig uр the оld lаwn. Try to get it all. Fоr lаrgеr lawns, it’s best to hire some great machinery, such as turf cutter. This machine removes the lawn in strips a few centimetres below the ground in long strips. You just roll up the strips of grass and throw them out. If you leave them on the front verge these days, somebody, who thinks the strips are perfect for their gardening project, will be kind enough to remove them for you. Another option is a rotary hoe which will loosen the the lawn enough to rake it up and remove it.

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Why Hire A Professional Kitchen Designer?

According to experienced cabinet makers Colray Cabinets, kitchens are called the heart of a house for a reason! A kitchen is an integral part of any household. The kitchen design reflects the color preferences, attitude, personality, and style of the people residing in the house. A professional kitchen designer can enlighten your kitchen space with innovative ideas and contemporary trends.

Designing a kitchen includes much more than finding a space to keep tools and appliances. It involves choosing the right material and appropriate devices; working out electrical and plumbing configurations, as well as determining a layout for storage cabinets and essential kitchen elements. A professionally executed kitchen design puts all these pieces together to get most innovative and useful kitchen spaces.

A professional kitchen designer can guide you in planning your budget for kitchen remodeling wisely. He/she can help you to avoid mistakes while making the space beautiful as well as functional. Taking professional assistance also opens up new doors to specialized resources.

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The Benefits of Limestone Blocks for Landscaping and Home Design

Limestone blocks are some of the oldest building materials from the beginning of human civilization. Historians have recorded its use in ancient times when Egyptians cut limestone blocks cut straight from quarries to build the pyramids. Today, landscaping and home design is not complete without limestone blocks. Here are some benefits of using limestone blocks as material for your landscape and home design.

  1. Limestone blocks is one of the most readily obtainable building materials. Many companies located near limestone quarries readily offer limestone blocks that come in various grades, sizes, and colours. Because limestone blocks are relatively easy to cut, they also come cheaper compared to granite, marble and other types of stones.
  2. Apart from their ready availability, limestone blocks are also some of the least expensive types of stones used as building material. With a relatively high supply of limestone blocks in the market, they are typically low costing. If you have a tight budget for your home makeover, limestone can indeed be your best friend.

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