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Tips for Choosing the Best Mobility Lift for Your Home

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A mobility lift can be a great choice for anyone with mobility or balance issues but who wants to stay in their home, without having to move to one without stairs. There are many different types of mobility lifts on the market, so note a few tips for choosing the best one for your home, or for the home of an aging parent. Wheelchair versus stair lift A wheelchair lift refers to a type of ramp, big enough and sturdy enough to lift someone in a wheelchair. The ramp would be attached to the outside of a staircase and work like an open elevator. A stair lift is a type of seat that is attached to a track inside the stairwell. This lift is lighter and may more readily work for a home without an open staircase.  However, when deciding between the two models, note that a person does need some mobility to use the stairlift, as they are getting in and out of an actual seat. For those with mild arthritis or other such issues, this may be suitable, but consider if your mobility issues may become worse over time. If you should need to start using a wheelchair sometime in the future, investing in an actual wheelchair lift now may be the better option. Heavy-duty lifts For wheelchair lifts, remember to consider the added weight of a wheelchair itself and, if necessary, the added weight of an assistant who may need to ride the lift with the person in the wheelchair. Note also that a person’s body weight may increase over time. Choosing a lightweight lift because it’s cheaper may not be the best choice if you put added wear and tear on its track and motor because of it being overloaded. Opt for a heavy-duty lift that supports more than enough weight to ensure it’s durable and lasts for many years. Safety There are several safety features you want to consider for a lift of any type. For a chair lift, ensure it has a strong, sturdy seatbelt to keep someone in place as the chair moves; the lift might also have an added feature that won’t allow it to move unless the belt is snapped closed. For a wheelchair lift, the lip of the ramp should tip up when a person is on board, preventing the wheelchair from actually rolling off the ramp. Every lift should also come with a manual braking feature that allows a rider to stop it immediately, in case of emergency or if something is blocking their...

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Signs That Your Business Needs Management Consulting

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Hiring the right people to manage your business and then letting them do their jobs is a good formula for success, but there are times when a management consultant or consulting company can be a part of that formula as well. This type of company reviews the processes in place for managing your business and works to improve them, or to set new long-term goals for the company and its management staff. If you’ve never thought about hiring a management consultant or consulting company, note a few signs that your business may be in need of their expertise. Change is on the horizon If your company is looking to expand, downsize, change your product line, or otherwise make major adjustments to your business, management consulting can be a good choice. They can help determine how to best make those changes when it comes to the new or varied responsibilities of your personnel and your management staff in particular. Not only can they recommend how to manage those changes but they can act as a buffer for your management staff who may be uncomfortable with change in their responsibilities; the management consultant or agency can easily walk them through the process and assist without worrying about internal company politics, hurt feelings, and the like. When profits dip There may be obvious reasons why profits dip in your company; a major customer has moved out of the area or gone out of business, or a new competitor has taken over your market. No matter the reason, however, a management consultant or consultancy company can examine your business processes and ensure your management staff is ready to face this challenge. This can mean ensuring they understand the added work that will be expected of them to return profits to a healthy level and ensuring they’re ready to make any necessary changes to increase profits, as mentioned above. Employee turnover Consistent employee turnover is never good for business; the time it takes to recruit and train new staff means downtime for your human resources department and added costs for your company. If your company has consistent employee turnover, it’s good to note if the reason for this is something internal with your management staff. Their poor or unprofessional practices may be the reason for this turnover, or your company may not be doing enough to retain quality staff. Whatever the reason for the turnover, a management consultant can help determine the best way to retain your employees and diminish this turnover...

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Enter The Step-Down Transformer: 3 FAQs

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The step-down transformer is a piece of power equipment used to lower the voltage of electric current flowing through an electric circuit.  There are several reasons why you should think of investing in a step-up down transformer the next time you think of increasing electrical safety around the residential premises. The question and answer session below explains one of these reasons and it provides a few things you’ll need to know about step-down transformers. Why Should You Buy A Step-Down Transformer? Your main electricity supplier can make significant losses when distributing electric current over long distances. This type of energy loss often occurs in the form of heat loss. Heat loss is directly proportional to the amount of current being transported/distributed through the grid lines. However, it is indirectly proportional to the voltage of such current. Lower-voltage current translates into greater heater loss during distribution. Your electricity supplier probably attempts to minimize the described type of energy loss by distributing current at the highest voltage possible. You need a step-down transformer because the high voltage electricity might not be very safe for residential use. Common incidents/accidents (e.g. electric shocks) may have grave consequences when high voltage electricity is involved. High voltage electricity may also cause damage to electric appliances that have a lower voltage rating (e.g. in case of a power surge).  For example, a freezer with a voltage rating of 110V could easily suffer irreversible damage thanks to a power surge that exposes it to 220 volts of electricity. Which Step-Down Transformer Should You Buy? Step-down transformers are differentiated by the type of cooling mechanism that the transformers use. Those that use mineral oil as the cooling mechanism are often referred to as liquid-filled transformers while their counterparts that use air/gases are referred to as dry-type transformers. Liquid-filled transformers are often considered more efficient than their dry-type equivalent. This is partly attributed to the fact that oil does a better job at cooling hot spot temperatures within the transformer. For the penny-conscious homeowner, the dry-type transformer is likely to be an attractive option because they’re often more affordable than liquid-filled transformers. Thus, your choice of step-down transformer will depend on whether you’re more concerned about efficiency or affordability. Why Would A Dry-Type Transformer Be A Better Choice? In as much as they may be less efficient, a dry-type transformer might be a better choice for the following reasons: Absence of the fluid cooling medium in a dry-type transformers translates to a less-intensive maintenance schedule required for this electrical device Mineral oil is highly flammable. A dry-type transformer will therefore be less of a fire hazard around your home as compared to one that’s...

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Natural Ways to Keep Pests Away from Your Precious Patio Pot Plants

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

While you of course appreciate the potted plants on your patio, other creatures might also end up taking an interest in them. It’s possible to keep insects, possums, and even cats away from your patio plants with a little bit of effort. You can even choose certain plants that will do the job for you while adding more beauty to your outdoor space. Patios can sometimes be like a playground (or even a buffet) for certain creatures, but fortunately it’s not so difficult to change that. So what do you need to do? Possums Possums might munch on your plants, but even if they don’t eat them, they can cause serious damage as they explore. The wood from the quassia tree is believed to deter possums. While they find it to be unpleasantly pungent, you will not notice any scent. You can buy quassia chips from most garden centres, and these can be spread around the base of your plants. It actually looks rather pleasant. Some people even make an anti-possum spray by boiling these wood chips and putting the strained quassia-infused water into a spray bottle, which is then distributed over your plants. Flies and Mosquitoes A simple household pesticide spray will keep flying pests away, but you might not be too keen on having to apply this pesticide on a regular basis. You might also wish to minimise your usage of potentially harmful chemicals. You can choose to plant one of the numerous pest-repelling plants, either as replacements for your existing plants or to be positioned alongside them. Lavender is a popular and effective choice, allowing you to enjoy that glorious scent that many flying bugs find so abhorrent. Cats Neighbourhood cats can easily damage your precious plants. They might use the plants as a litter tray, or they might simply destroy the plant as they play. Pebbles or stones placed onto the soil will prevent a cat from being able to use the pot plant as a litter tray. Cats are not fond of the smell of citrus, so you can try placing citrus rinds into the soil as well. You might also want to spray the plants with diluted lemon juice. It’s wonderful to enjoy the beautiful plants on your patio without having to constantly replace damaged plants or swat away annoying insects. Fortunately, with a minimal amount of effort you can make your patio plants far less appealing to the local...

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Tips to Keep in Mind When Installing a Dishwasher

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A dishwasher is one of the easiest home appliances to install. Because of this, many homeowners make several mistakes because they did not give ample attention to the installation process. This article discusses some helpful tips that will enable you to avoid many of the mistakes that less alert homeowners make as they install new dishwashers. Double Check Everything Many people know that they have to disconnect the water supply and the power before they begin the dishwasher installation process. However, not many take the trouble to confirm that water and power have been turned off. For instance, very few use a multimeter to be sure that no current is flowing to the dishwasher. This may be a mistake because some older houses have electrical panels that are wrongly labeled. Thus, you may think that you have disconnected the power and yet you used a wrong breaker. Double-checking helps to eliminate any risk that you will suffer an electric shock or flood the floor with water. Anticipate a Mess No homeowner can guarantee that the process of installing a new dishwasher will not result in a messed up floor. It is therefore advisable for you to be proactive and prepare for that mess before it happens. Have several rags ready in case some water spills as you remove the old dishwasher in order to replace it with the new one. The rags will also be of great help in case you accidentally disconnect the hoses without disconnecting the water supply first. The task of cleaning up the worksite after the installation will be easier because you will have captured most of the water as soon as it poured or spilled. Install an Air Gap An air gap is a small cylinder that is usually installed on the back rim of the kitchen sink. The purpose of this device is to prevent the backflow of sewage into your dishwasher. You should consider installing this device even if it is not mandatory for you to have it in your area. Other mechanisms to prevent backflow, such as the use of a check valve, may not be reliable during all situations. For instance, a piece of food may make the check valve to remain locked in the open position. When that happens, the check valve may no longer do its work of preventing sewage backflow. The installation process will not have any mishaps when you use this information to complement the installation guidelines provided for that specific model of dishwasher that you have...

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Tips for Making Your Deep Sea Fishing Holiday the Most Successful

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you love to fish but don’t want to spend your next holiday on yet another shallow lake, finding the same catch over and over again, why not challenge yourself with some deep sea fishing? This can mean bringing in snapper, scampi, or another exotic fish that you’ve never had the chance to catch before. When you’re ready to plan a deep sea fishing holiday, note a few tips for making your day on the water the most successful. 1. Watch the gulls Seagulls swarm around small fish that are also food for the larger fish you’re looking for; watch where the gulls are circling or hovering when on the water. The big game fish you’re looking for are probably heading to the same spot where the gulls are feasting. 2. Reefs Reefs provide some cover for smaller fish that are looking to avoid being eaten by the larger fish you want. Since those smaller fish tend to school around reefs, this is where the larger fish will go looking when they’re hungry, even if they need to poke around those reefs. Look for reefs when you’re on the water and you may find the larger game fish you want, especially when they’re ready to bite at some bait. 3. Find dolphins Tuna and other such fish may often school with dolphins. It can be easy to spot dolphins along the surface of the water, and when you find dolphins, you may more readily find tuna. Follow the path of the dolphins when trolling and try to get ahead of them, and this might make it easier for tuna to find your bait. 4. Know when crabs shed their shells Crabs usually shed their shells around the time of the full moon, and this makes them easier to find by striper and other fish that feast on crabs. If you note the standard time during every month when crabs shed their shells, use imitation crab as bait. The striper and other such fish will already be looking for crab and they may be more receptive to your bait. 5. Know when to move and when to stay still Kingfish and mackerel respond more readily to live, moving bait, so you would want to troll when searching for these varieties. Snapper, scampi, and grouper school near the bottom of the ocean. Dropping anchor and then dropping your line and waiting is the best way to find these...

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3 Special Features of Interior Roller Blinds You Can Consider

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Are you wondering about the additional features available before you go shopping for indoor roller blinds? Read on and discover three special features that you can opt for when you buy that new set of interior roller blinds. Top Down/Bottom Up Feature There are times when you may wish to have the interior roller blinds partially up (for example, when you need natural light in the room but your window overlooks a busy street). Standard interior roller blinds do not allow you to put them up partially. They are either up, or down. You can buy roller blinds with a top down/bottom up feature so that you can have the chance to raise or lower the interior blinds partially. This feature is very handy for rooms where privacy is needed (such as bathrooms) at the same time when sunlight would be desirable. Motorisation Feature You may have very large windows in your house. You may be having limited mobility due to an illness or old age. The windows in your house may be set high. The three situations above are examples of circumstances under which it would be hard for you to operate the manual controls of roller blinds. Instead of buying another type of window covering, buy interior roller blinds that are motorised. You can pick the ones with a remote control so that you can raise or lower the blinds without leaving your seat. Cordless Blinds Some interior roller blinds have control cords that remain visible once the blinds are lowered. This can be undesirable to some people who may not wish to see anything dangling in the window. Furthermore, cords may pose a safety risk if you have young children or pets in the home. This is because the children or pets may be entangled in that cord. You can avoid the safety risks and the distractions of cords by buying interior roller blinds that are cordless. Each manufacturer offers a different way of operating cordless blinds so compare several options before you choose what will meet your needs. For example, some respond to a gentle pull or tug in order to go up or come down. As you can see, different features have been added to the design of interior roller blinds so that the evolving needs of homeowners are met. Ask a supplier of interior roller blinds to take you through the specific special features of the roller blinds that he or she sells so that you pick the interior roller blinds whose features meet your specific...

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Reuniting with Your Spouse: 3 Tips to Get Your Spouse Visa with Minimal Delays

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are the spouse or the de facto partner of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you can be reunited with your loved one by getting a spouse visa. You will need to file for a partner visa subclass 309 first, and then a partner visa subclass 100 in order to get a permanent visa. This two-stage application process can take some time to process. Processing time for these visas can be rather lengthy, as many complications and delays may arise. Here are 3 tips to make sure you can see your application gets processed with minimal delays. Make Sure the Visa Application is Complete The visa application package is rather long and tedious, but make sure you take the time to read over all of the guidelines and instructions. Visa applications are processed in the order that they are received. If there are errors, insufficient information or incomplete information in your application, it will be sent to the back of the line again. Double check that all of the information has been filled in accurately, and also make sure that you don’t accidentally leave anything that needs to be filled in empty. If you’re ever on the fence, you should speak with a professional from an independent Australian immigration agency who specializes in spouse visas. Include as Much Evidence as Possible Successfully applying for a spouse visa is not as simple as just submitting your marriage certificate or rent receipts. The Department of Immigration will want to review many aspects of your relationship with your spouse in order to prevent fraud. You need to take a look at the criteria requested for the visa and submit sufficient evidence that will adequately prove that you and your spouse meet the criteria. Include as much evidence as possible just to be sure. For example, witness testimony from friends, relatives or other professionals regarding your relationship with your spouse may be useful. Update the Department of Immigration with Changes as Soon as Possible If any changes come up during the application process, make sure you update your application and let the Department of Immigration know as soon as possible. You want to make sure that you proactively communicate with the Department of Immigration, so that complications or problems regarding your application will not come up in the future. Conclusion It’s important to take matters in your own hands, and spend sufficient time reviewing the application process before you submit any paperwork. If you’re at a loss on what to do, there are plenty of independent immigration agencies that can help. For more information, contact a company like Fisa Pty...

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Advantages of Using High Pressure Washers to Clean Your Home’s Exterior

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Uncategorized |

One of the factors that would affect your residence’s overall curb appeal are dirty windows and walls. Granted, since these areas are located outside, they will be prone to grime, dust and more. Considering the fact that they tend to be hard to reach, it is quite difficult for homeowners to ensure that they remain spick and span. As such, some homeowners may opt to engage the services of professional window cleaners once in a while to cater to these hard to reach areas. The good news is that you do not have to bear with your exterior looking like an eyesore. High pressure washing equipment will not only leave your exterior walls pristine, but also will clean hard to reach windows. Here are some of the advantages of using high-pressure washers to clean your home’s exterior. High pressure washers are eco-friendly and cost effective The main element used with high pressure washing is hot water. There are no chemicals or toxins that are incorporated into the cleaning liquid, thus you can rest assured that you are not dispersing harsh chemicals into the environment. Not only is this better for the environment, but it is safer for your household too. You do not have to worry about the run-off of toxic chemicals making their way into your drainage system. Additionally, anyone who will be outdoors during the pressure washing will not be at risk of exposure to poisonous chemicals. By eliminating the use of chemicals, detergents, scrubbing brushes and more, high pressure washing is cost effective. Additionally, you can opt to lease this equipment rather than purchasing it for your home, and this decreases the operational costs associated with high pressure washing. High pressure washers enhance your residence’s curb appeal Over the years, the exterior of your home may begin to look drab and worn out due to extensive exposure to the weather elements. For most homeowners, a quick fix for this would be to opt to repaint their exterior walls so as to give them a facelift. This would be an expensive alternative as not only do you have to pay for paint, but the labour costs too. If high pressure washing is conducted correctly, you will not need to opt for a fresh paint job. This equipment can eliminate stains from your wall thus ensuring they retain their former sparkle. Take note not to focus on one area for too long though because if you over wash an area, you could end up forming patches in your walls.  For more information, contact a company like Jetwave Industrial...

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Garage Door Opener Buying Guide

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There are countless possibilities when it comes to garage doors. As people have turned into buying high-end cars and autos, the need for more stable and secure garage doors is fuelled. More to this is the desire to conveniently operate your garage door from the convenience of your car. With an automatic garage door installed in your home, you will only require to press a button and all the other work is done for you. This article discusses important questions every homeowner should ask before buying a garage door opener. What type of garage door opener is best for you?  It is important to understand that door opener drives are some of the most important elements when it comes to automatic doors. The drive engages the counterbalance springs in order for the door to open or close and is thus a very important component. Choosing the best opener for your automatic garage door will enhance your experience while serving you for more years without incurring you replacement costs. There are different types of opener drives: Belt drive opener: While this a more expensive option, belt drive openers are more reliable and offer the quickest operating mechanism. Screw drive opener: These openers are the best in terms of overall affordability and reliability when used for a long period. Pairing with appropriate-sized motor can help you get the most out of these opener drives, as it makes it possible for them to handle even the toughest double doors. Chain drive openers: This type also works well with heavy doors. However, regular adjustments are needed as the chain tends to stretch out upon regular use. Also, these units tend to be less sturdy built and are noisier compared to the screw drive openers.  What size is your garage door? Knowing the exact measurement of your garage door can really be helpful in determining the correct door openers. When measuring the size of your garage door, be sure to allow enough room for hardware installation around your garage. What type of after the sale service and support is available? It is a common thing for most manufacturers and installation companies to offer assistance and service after the sale of garage door openers. You should ensure that you are provided with technical information about your door opener immediately after buying. Choosing the best garage door opener should be done with much care. As with many products, buying garage door openers that are within your budget makes the most sense in the long...

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Tips for Successfully Working With a Skip Bin on Your Property

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A skip bin can make quick work of eliminating trash and debris caused by a home renovation project or large cleanout and can be a good choice when you’re moving and know you have years of clutter that should be tossed rather than packed. Having a skip bin on your property doesn’t mean you’ll actually use it right or keep your yard clean, so you might consider a few quick and simple tips. This will ensure you use the bin safely and effectively. 1. Create a chute and walking path If you’re going to be creating debris on a second floor or from anywhere inside the house, create a chute for the bin. This can be made of stiff cardboard that you tape to a windowsill and then direct to the bin. You can then toss items along the cardboard rather than randomly out the window, and more debris is likely to wind up in the bin and not in your yard. You can also create a walking path with cardboard or a tarp from your home or garage to the bin. This too will ensure that dust, dirt, and smaller pieces of the debris can be picked up more readily and won’t wind up being trampled into your lawn and landscaping. 2. Organize your debris for maximum fit Most skip bins should only be filled to the top and no more, as overfilling it can cause a hazard when the bin is hauled away. Organizing your debris doesn’t mean actually separating and sorting it, but taking a few minutes throughout the day to refit the items in your bin can allow you to maximize the space. You might use the handle of a rake or shovel to push items around so that larger items fall to the bottom of the bin, opening up space. You can also take the time to neatly stack bricks or other such objects so that you don’t have wasted space in the bin. Along with keeping the debris in some type of order, you might also remove anything that can be recycled. This might include wood cabinets, glass and mirrors, and anything made of metal. Call around for recycling yards near you and take these items in separately. This will keep them out of landfills but also ensure your skip bin is used for actual refuse that needs to be tossed rather than items you could otherwise have recycled. For more information about using skip bins, contact a local skip bin rental...

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