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Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

3 Tips for Caring for Your New Turf Grass

Installing turf grass can be a great way to fill in blotchy spots on your lawn, or for having a new lawn installed at the same time you have a new home built. While turf grass is typically very strong and grows quickly, you want to ensure you care for it properly and have the right supplies for keeping it strong and healthy. Very often new turf grass fails to thrive simply because homeowners don’t care for it as they should and make some common mistakes that are easy to avoid. Note a few simple tips here.

1. Don’t Scalp Your Lawn

When mowing your lawn it’s easy to think you should cut it as low as possible so you have to cut it less often. In truth, this can damage the lawn itself and especially new turf grass that still needs time to take root. Cutting your turf grass too short means it has less space within the blades of the grass to gather morning dew, a major component used for its own watering. Blades also collect sunlight and convert this to the nutrients needed for the lawn to thrive.

Be sure you don’t cut your lawn too short, and maintain your garden equipment properly. Sharpen the blades of your mower every year so they offer a clean cut and don’t simply trample the grass, and so that you don’t mow the lawn again and again to get the height you want.

2. Don’t Overwater the Lawn or Allow It to Get Too Dry

Using a lawn sprinkler every day is one of the worst things you can do to a lawn, as it simply cannot absorb water that easily and doesn’t need to be watered that often. However, you also don’t want roots to get too dry as this causes a brown and splotchy lawn. A good idea for new turf grass is to install an underground sprinkler or irrigation system and use it once per week, so the roots get the moisture they need while the blades are not overwhelmed with too much water.

3. Never Feed the Lawn in Hot or Sunny Weather

Lawn food and fertilizer are full of chemicals that react to heat and sunlight, and which in turn can burn your lawn. This is especially dangerous for new turf grass, which is still delicate and trying to take root. Feed your lawn once or twice every year, but only during the cool seasons of spring or fall and never in the middle of the day when the sun is out. Use a spreader so you know you distribute the feed evenly over the lawn as well.  

For more information, contact D & V Turf Supplies Pty Ltd. 

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

Two Tips For Achieving Great Grout For Your Tiles

How exciting is grout! Okay, that’s not true. But, watching your new tiles fall off the wall because your grout isn’t holding them up any more is not thrilling either! As a person grouting for the first time, there are two main tips that you need to know to make sure that your grout is up to the task ahead.

Combining Grout With Water

When you purchase grout, it is in a powder form, and you add water to this to create the mixture that is added to the wall. There are a couple of pointers that you need to know about mixing these two items together:

  1. When mixing the grout powder and water, it is important that you get the perfect consistency by following the instructions provided. If the mixture is too thin because you have added too much water, the grout will crack as it dries. This is because as the grout dries the water evaporates away and that leaves tiny holes in the grout. If there is too much water, the holes are too big, and this causes the grout to crumble.
  2. Never add extra water to a grout mixture once it has started to set. This will only weaken the grout, and crumbling will be the result.

Once you have prepared the grout, you still need to be careful when you are applying it to the wall.

Applying The Grout

When you apply the grout, you will do so by applying a small amount at a time using an upward stroke when pushing it onto the wall. It is important that there are no air pockets left between the grout and the wall, or around the tile sides. Air pockets will weaken the grout and cause it to fall away.

Also keep an eye on the temperature of the area where you are working. This will affect how quickly the grout hardens, which is another reason why it is important to do a small area at a time.

If you find that your grout is failing, or you have purchased a home with damaged grout, then you need to call an expert to come in and repair the problem. Before the new grout can be applied the old grout needs to be removed. Since this needs to be done carefully to avoid tile damage, it is not wise to attempt this task yourself.

Fresh, new grout will give a whole new look to your tiles. Following these tips you’ll be a master grout applier in no time, and that is just a little bit exciting. For more information, contact a business such as Regrout Services.

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Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

3 Tips for Keeping Your Refrigerator and Freezer in Good Repair

Repairs to your refrigerator or freezer will be needed at one time or another, as parts simply wear out and break down over time. However, it’s surprising how often homeowners cause repairs to be needed prematurely simply because they don’t take the time to care for their refrigerator and freezer or don’t use it properly. Note a few simple tips for keeping this appliance in good repair and avoiding unnecessary repair bills.

1. Don’t overfill the unit

Overfilling the refrigerator or the freezer is probably one of the most common mistakes made by homeowners, as they often don’t understand how this appliance keeps food cold. Both the refrigerator and the freezer will have vents in the back, through which is circulated cold air. When you overstuff the unit, you block this opening so that the motor and blower both need to work harder to keep a steady temperature.

In the freezer, be sure you can run your hand between food items and the walls of the unit. In the refrigerator, be sure you can easily see the back and side walls. It’s also good to keep some space between your food items so that cold air can circulate around them, making it easier for the units to keep items cool.

2. Vacuum the coils and outside vents

The condenser coils are what keep the air cool for the refrigerator or freezer, but these coils often gather dust, dirt, pet hair, and other debris. It’s good to move your refrigerator out from against the wall every month or at least twice per year, and vacuum around the coils and any vents in the back. When these are clean, they won’t work as hard to create cold air in the unit and in turn, the motor and blower won’t be overworked.

3. Keep the door closed

If your mother ever yelled at you to keep the refrigerator door closed, you may want to remember those words! When you open the door to the refrigerator or freezer, you’re letting out the cold air and letting in the warm air. In turn, the motor and blower need to kick on to maintain the right temperature. The longer you keep open the door, the harder the appliance will need to work and especially on very warm days.

To keep the appliance from overworking, don’t hold the door open unnecessarily. Remember that your refrigerator and freezer are not meant to cool the air of the room, so don’t think you can open the door on a hot day to keep yourself cool. Keep the door closed to avoid unnecessary repairs to your appliance.

For more tips or assistance, contact resources such as Shiraz Refrigeration.

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Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Move Out of Your Parents’ House & into a Boathouse

Many young people aspire to live in their own homes and live by their own rules. However, this becomes a big challenge because many youth are unemployed and lack the money to pay regular rent and thus end up stuck in their parent’s house for an eternity. This gets more frustrating as these individuals grow older since the society expects them to be independent and stop living off their parent’s hands.

If you fall into this category and you have some cash stashed away for a rainy day, it is time to put it into good use by buying a boathouse especially if you fancy life on water. It will save you from many of your ‘homelessness’ problems. The following are some tips on how to get a houseboat and make it your home.

Purchasing the Houseboat

Since it is going to be your home, you want to purchase a quality houseboat that is worth spending your savings on. Ensure that you buy a houseboat that is in good condition, preferably a newly constructed one as opposed to a second hand one.

The problem with second hand items is that they have many small underlying problems that you only come to encounter later after you have already made the purchase. For houseboats, such problems include leaking roofs, leaking floors and loose floorboards. You are likely to incur more costs fixing and repairing these problems than you would have buying a brand new houseboat. Furthermore, the leaks and other problems have a high chance of recurring on an old used houseboat, further increasing your financial spending on frequent repairs.

Furnishing

A houseboat is just like any other house, only that it is a house on water. When it comes to furnishing, you should do as much as you would have done on a regular house; there is no particular restriction. Some houseboats contain inbuilt furniture such as wardrobes and kitchen cabinets, making your furnishing task simpler.

Additionally, you do not have to put restrictions on finishing such as on surfaces and on floors. Be as bold or as subtle as you want to be depending on your preferences. However, do not overdo the furnishing to more than the houseboat’s capacity, since the weight will be too much and the houseboat might begin to sink.

Maintenance

The fact that the houseboat is set upon water means that it needs a little more attention than regular houses when it comes to maintenance. You need to properly clean and dry the houseboat to avoid dampness, and also conduct regular inspection on the areas of the boat that come in contact with water and are at risk of rotting or developing moss.

Learn more by contacting suppliers such as Kia Marina Houseboat Hire.

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

3 Frugal Ways To Learn A Foreign Language

Learning a foreign language is a great idea for a number of reasons. It will enable you to be more conversive and have an enriched experience on trips abroad, it will flex the parts of your brain associated with linguistics, and in our increasingly globalised world, it might even open up job opportunities for you. But what if you have the desire to learn a language, but you just don’t have the budget to invest in private lessons in Spanish, French, Japanese, or whichever language you are choosing to study? Mastering a language on a budget is totally doable, and here are a few things you can do give yourself the best shot at becoming conversational and even fluent.

Language exchange. Just because you can’t afford to go to Argentina to practice speaking Spanish or to Morocco to practice French doesn’t mean that you can’t have a fruitful language exchange right here in this country. Australia is a place that attracts people from all over the globe, many of whom speak a first language that is not English. Post a notice in your local library or write something on a local online forum that advertises your desire for a language exchange buddy. One hour of English plus one hour of the language you are learning twice a week will boost your conversational abilities.

Online tutoring. Yes, it might be too pricey to enrol in a local evening course to learn a new language, but online tutoring can be a far cheaper option. What’s more, you’ll be learning from a local. There are many native speakers of foreign languages who are also trained teachers that offer classes via video calling services from their home countries. Because they don’t have the same cost of living as people in Australia, they can offer their classes at a fraction of the normal price. For more information, contact a business such as High Performance Learning Centre.

Flashcards. You don’t need expensive language schools to provide you with fancy learning resources when you can just as easily create them for yourself. Making flashcards is the ideal solution because they encourage learning through repetition, which is one of the most effective ways of learning a language. Through any language learning book from the library, find the one hundred most popular verbs in the language you are trying to learn. Then create sentences around those and write them on flashcards – one side in English and one side in the other language. Carry these flashcards around with you and test yourself while you are on the bus, on your work break, or when you are relaxing at night.

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