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How To Choose The Right Custom Home Builder For Your Project

Custom home builder

Finding a custom home builder does not have to be a difficult task, but you do need to be careful. There are many reputable builders out there, but there are also a number of scam builders. There are a number of points that you need to consider when you choose the right custom home builder for your house.

Know What You Want

The first step to choosing the right custom builder is to actually know what you want. This will help you narrow down the builders as you only want to work with ones that will be able to provide you with your dream home. Knowing what you want can also help when it comes to getting a quote from the builders.

Do Not Be Fooled By The Badge

When you look for a builder, you need to check if they are members of any trade associations such as the Master Builders Association of WA. Builders who are members will generally have a badge on their website stating this. However, you should not be fooled by the badge as this is something that scam companies can also place on their website. Before you choose a builder with a trade association membership, you should contact the association to verify that they are actually a member.

Talk To Previous Customers

Before hiring any builders, you need to get references and talk to their previous customers. If possible, you should visit some of the builder’s previous jobs. Any reputable builder will be happy to provide references and take you to see their work. When you talk to previous customers, you should find out if they are happy with the work and the conduct of the builder.

Get A Quote

Once you have created a shortlist of builders, you need to get quotes from them. It is recommended that you ask for a quote from at least 3 different builders and ensure that this is detailed and in writing. The quote should state what is covered by the costs as well as what will be extra. When you get a quote, you should also find out if additional planning permission is needed and if the builder will apply for Building Regulations Approval.

When looking at the quotes, you should avoid any builder that offers a VAT-free deal. These deals do not provide a valid contract and this will make it hard to provide proof of payment for the job. Additionally, there could be other legal repercussions to a VAT-free deal that you will want to avoid.

Avoid Cash Deposits And Upfront Payments

Unless you require any specialist building materials, you should not have to pay upfront or provide the builder with a cash deposit. If they insist on this, you should look at using a different custom builder. You might have to make payments in installments if the job will take a long time to complete to ensure that the costs are covered.

For a great custom home builder in Perth check out https://www.brooksconstruction.com.au/custom-homes-perth/

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How To Make Your Back Yard Safer For Your Family

Your back yard is a great place for your entire family to have fun. However, you need to ensure that your family is safe when they are out in the yard. There are a number of steps that you can take to make your yard safer for your entire family.

Look For Potential Hazards

The first step you need to take in making your yard safer is to look for potential hazards. These hazards could be items such as ladders and hoses left lying around. All portable garden equipment should be stored in a secure place when they are not in use to reduce the hazards that they create.

You should also look for some of the natural hazards that could be in your garden. These natural hazards will include low tree limbs, ant mounds, holes and thorns. You should ensure that any play areas in your yard are away from natural hazards which cannot be removed. You should also look at removing all natural hazards that you can such as poisonous plants.

Pitch fork and gardening gloves in wheelbarrow full of humus soil

Get Your First Aid Qualification

It’s impossible to remove all hazards from your life, accidents happen. However you can make sure you’re prepared to deal with any situation that occurs by doing a basic first aid course. First aid saves lives in the minutes before an ambulance arrives, so make sure you’re ready in the event of an emergency.

Install Fencing

Installing a fence is a great way to ensure you small children and pets stay inside the back yard while keeping intruders out. The fencing that you install should be strong enough to withstand bad weather and any outside pressure. The fence should also be tall enough to stop children and pets from trying to jump or climb over.

Improve The Security Around The Pool

Pools can be very dangerous particularly if you have small children. Hot tubs can also pose a threat to the safety of your children. This is why you need to ensure that the cover for the hot tub is always securely latched when the hot tub is not in use.

To prevent any accidents around the pool, you should consider fencing around the pool. This will stop small children from getting to the water without any older supervision. There are also a number of different safety gadgets that you can buy to increase the security of the pool and minimize the risks.

Keep Your Landscaping Neat

Overgrown landscaping not only creates hazards for your family, it can also be a great way for unwanted visitors to hide from sight. Overgrown trees and shrubs will limit the view that you have of the yard which will increase the risks. You need to ensure that your plants and trees are correctly trimmed and that they are neat. This will limit the hazards and the spaces for unwanted visitors to hide.

Check Structures For Wear

If you have any outdoor structures such as play structures or a deck, you need to regularly check them for signs of wear. This will ensure that the structures of safe for your family to use. You also need to ensure that all structures are regularly maintained even if there is no sign of wear. This will increase the lifespan of the structure and the people completing the maintenance will be able to assess the safety.

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Must Know Safety Tips For Using An Air Compressor

There are many reasons why you may want to use an air compressor. However, you need to ensure that you are always safe when you use this machinery. There are a number of safety tips that you need to know to use an air compressor safely.

General Safety Tips

Before you use an air compressor, you will need to read the owner’s manual. There is a lot of important information in there and you should never neglect looking at this. Improper use of an air compression is the leading cause of personal injuries related to these machines.

You should also always wear eye protection when using an air compressor. It is important that you try and avoid using your air compressor in any wet areas. If your air compressor is exposed to water for prolonged periods of time, rust can form on the tank, the tools could be damaged and problems could form in the electrical circuits.

Safety Tips For HosesPressure meters and compresser safety valve closeup

When using an air compressor, you need to ensure that all hose fittings are tight. A loose fitting will not only limit the performance of the air compressor, it can also cause personal injury and damage to your equipment. You also need to ensure that the hose is clean of dirt and debris. This will not only lengthen the lifespan of the hose, it will also ensure that your air compressor works correctly and does not cause damage to you or your environment.

Maintenance Safety Tips

Completing maintenance on your air compressor is important, but you need to ensure that this is done safely. You should never change or add oil or fuel to the compressor while it is still running or directly after it has been used. This will help you avoid fires and smoke along with a number of other issues which could arise.

Voltage Safety Tips

When the air compressor is plugged in, you need to ensure that the outlet is properly grounded. If the machine is plugged into an outlet that is not properly grounded, the electrical panel in the compressor may be affected. This increases the risks of the electrics catching fire and this is something that you need to avoid.

If you are going to be using an extension cord, you should consult your manual first. The manual will have information regarding the recommended extension cord use. The use of an extension which is longer than recommended could result in the power of the air compressor being compromised and this will increase the risks to the motor and electrics. You should also ensure that the extension cord you are using is structurally sound and that it does not have any exposed areas which could be affected by the elements.

There are a number of must-know safety tips for using an air compressor. These tips will cover the general use of the machine as well as the voltage, hoses and maintenance.

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How To Work Under Your Car Safely At Home

There are many car repairs that you can complete yourself at home which can save you money and provide a sense of accomplishment. However, when you are working on your car at home, you need to know how to stay safe. This is particularly important if you are going to be working under your car to repair or replace any of the mechanics. There are a number of tips that you should consider which will help you stay safe while working under your car.

The Placement Of Your Car

When you work on your car at home, you need to take certain precautions to ensure your safety. The first is knowing where you should be placing your car before you jack it up. The best place to put your car is on the pavement and not the asphalt. The reason for this is the pressure which is placed on your jack stand.

A jack stand can make a nice hole in asphalt particularly if the asphalt is thin. This is not something that will happen on the pavement because it is generally made from concrete. If you have a concrete garage floor, you might want to consider placing your car there before you jack it up.

Have The Right Supports

Your floor jack is able to raise your car to allow you to fit underneath it. It is not made to hold the car up on its own and you should never rely on the jack alone. It is recommended that you always have supports when you are working under your car and large concrete blocks will not cut it.

You should look at using ramps, a hydraulic lift or traditional jack stands. The support that you use will vary depending on the work that you are going to be doing. You should use a ramp for oil changes before you do not have to work on the chassis. However, if you are going to work on the brakes or suspension, you will need to use jack stands because the wheels have to be removed.

Using A Scissor Jack

If you do not have a floor jack, you should use the scissor jack that comes with your car. This will only allow you to work on one corner of your car at a time, but this is actually one of the safest ways to work outside of a mechanics garage. When using the jack you need to lift the car from the factory-recommended jack points. You will be able to find these points using the placard that comes with the jack or in your car manual.

If you are going to use the scissor jack, you should also consider supports. You should put a jack stand under the frame rail or the suspension to ensure your safety.

There are a number of tips that you need to consider when working under your car at home. Having the correct supports are important because this will save you if the car moves off the jack. You should also ensure that you are working on a flat and solid area of concrete.

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The Different Types of Small Trailers And When To Use Them

Small trailers come in a number of different types and you need to know what these types are. It is also important that you know when you should be using the different types. Using the wrong type of trailer could result in damage to the goods you are transporting as well as additional drag on your vehicle.

A metal boxed trailer with a ramp

Open Trailers

As the name would suggest, open trailers do not have any covering which will protect your goods. They are generally made from high-quality welded steel and are usually the cheapest type of trailer to get. These trailers are usually used to haul items that do not need any special protection from the weather or are too large to fit into enclosed trailers.

If you are unsure of the weather in the area you are going to be transporting goods in, you should avoid this trailer. You should also avoid using this trailer type if you are going to be transporting value items because they could be damaged.

Enclosed Trailers

An enclosed trailer should be your first choice if you live or work in an area with inclement weather. These trailers will protect your goods from the elements and from theft. Enclosed trailers can be locked and will provide maximum protection for your goods. Enclosed trailers come in a variety of sizes and are made with a variety of materials.

The enclosed trailer is the most versatile of the small trailer types. This is due to the fact that it can be used to transport almost all items. The locking mechanism also makes it a good choice for transporting items of value or for long-distance transportation.

Foldable Trailers

Foldable trailers are generally used to transport heavy items from one place to another. Once the transportation has been completed, they can be folded and stored in small spaces until they are needed. These trailers often come with a range of features such as removable tailgates, bed liners, removable sidetracks and wheel as well as dumping features. These trailers have also been designed to easily fold and unfold in a matter of minutes.

A Sports Utility Trailer

Most people assume that utility trailers are outside the category of small trailer. While this is true for many utility trailers which are used to transport large machinery, equipment and goods, the sports utility trailer is different. As the name suggests, this trailer is generally used to transport sporting goods for recreational activities.

These trailers will generally be made with light-weight aluminum and will be enclosed. The enclosing materials will vary from rubber roofs to fiberglass walls. The interior of the trailer may be divided into sections depending on the sporting goods which are being transported.

There are many different small trailer types that you need to know about. Enclosed trailers are the most common and versatile, but open trailers can be used when the goods are too large for the enclosed trailer. Foldable trailers should be used if you have limited storing space and sports utility trailers are ideal for moving sporting goods.

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Safe and Creative Places To Hide Your Spare House Key

Everyone will be faced with a time when they need to use a spare house key. The only problem is that many people do not hide their spare keys securely.  Under your welcome mat, along the door frame or in the foam rock that just happens to be by your front door are not actually secure places to hide your key.  If you want to have your spare key accessible, but well hidden then you need to be creative with your hiding places. Local locksmith in Armadale, Maximum Lock and Security have shared a few of their ideas with us.

Away From Your Door

There are no rules which state that your spare key has to be within arm’s reach of your front door.  If you have an air conditioning unit or grill that sits along the side of your home then you could hide your key there.  Dropping the key

under the unit will ensure that you can get to it, but that other people will not know where it is.  If you have a grill you can superglue a small magnet and attach the spare key to this.

Using Your Pet

If you have a dog that is trained to come when you call then they can be the guardian of your spare key.  You could add a small pouch to their collar and hide your key inside this.  You could also affix your key to the collar in another manner if you do not want to add a pouch.  Most people will not assume that your key is on your pet’s collar.

Locksmith the key guard dog taking care of the spare key.

The Jar Of Keys

A creative method that is similar to keys on a wire is a jar of keys.  For this, you will need a mason jar or a jar that is large enough to hold a number of keys.  You should fill the jar with blank and dummy keys until it is half full.  You can then put your spare key in and fill the rest of the way with keys.  Once full you should shake the jar to mix up the keys.  To use this method, it is essential that there is some marking or another method that you use to identify your spare key from all the others in the jar.

Keys On A Wire

One of the most creative ways to hide your spare house key is among a number of other keys.  Replace your knocker with a ring of house keys or create a wind chime made from keys.  Your spare key will be hidden between a bunch of other keys.  It is important that you remember where you have placed the spare key and ensure that all of the other keys actually look like your house key.

Many people choose to have dummy keys in the bunch, but this is not always the best idea.  If all but one of the keys have no grooves then it is very easy for anyone to determine which is the spare house key.  You should include some keys that do not open anything, but look very similar to your house key.

Article contributed by:

Maximum Lock and Security
1 Burrowa St
Armadale WA 6112
0407483445

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How to Avoid Racoon Problems on Your Property

Although raccoons are relatively wild animals, they have made a name for themselves as urban dwellers and have adapted to the big city life unlike any other species. For this reason, raccoon-human encounters are extremely common. They are formidable climbers, agile, curious and for these reasons, it’s not so simple to just avoid having them snoop around your yard or home.

KEEPING RACCOONS OFF OF YOUR PROPERTY:

This is normally impossible. A fence worthy of a prison might do the job, however nobody has resources to do such a thing, nor wants their property to look like, well a prison. Some people try by installing motion detecting water sprayers, but often find that those don’t work either. One of the most effective methods of avoiding them altogether is to literally trap them and relocate. The main goal here is to avoid as much damage to your property as possible. There are multiple things that can attract these guys in the first place. Bird feeder, ponds with fish, a deck or cozy shed they can live in or the most common reason they are found on properties; garbage. The idea here is to eliminate as many of these attractions as possible.

There are many products out there that claim to repel raccoons, truthfully they are all pretty much useless. From high frequency noise producers (these don’t work) to spray systems that are activated from motion, they’ve all proven to be less than effective at repealing raccoons. Although there are cases where an eviction fluid can work.

Keeping raccoons out of your garden is a tough one, however there are some cases where that motion sensor that sprays them might work.

KEEPING RACCOONS OUT OF YOUR GARBAGE BINS:

There are several ways to avoid having raccoons make a mess of you garbage. Some people tie down the lids on their garbage bins with rope or bungee, or simply keep the garbage in the garage until it’s garbage day. Locks also work, or a heavy cover will also keep them from going in.

Ponds are another attraction for raccoons which would love to have some filet-o-fish for diner. A steel mesh over the pond where the fish can find some refuge. Also cinderblocks make for good hide out spots for the fish. Trapping and removing is always a very effective way racoon removal Toronto works. Whatever the case, you don’t want to feed anything to the raccoons. They have a large menu, and if it’s easy pickings, you better believe they’ll be back for more.

Pools are also a place they like to frolic in, and sometimes leave unpleasantness behind for you to go and clean up after a hard days work. Again, trapping and removing is the most effective way, but you can also place wooden planks on the steps with nails sticking out. You just have to remember they are there if you decide to go for a night swim,

HOW TO AVOID RACCOONS ON YOUR ROOF

Extremely adroit at climbing, raccoons don’t need a tree or a pole to make it to the roof of your house. If your home is near some woods, then you’re going to have a hard time keeping raccoons from coming to your building. Periodic inspections of you roof is a probably the best thing you can do, and make sure that there isn’t anything on your roof that might entice a raccoon to investigate and possibly enter your home. A small hole will suffice to encourage the coon to start ripping through your home. For this reason all holes big or small should be patched up with the appropriate material. Food is always a good enough reason for raccoons to be on your roof, so keeping your roof clean, debris free and repaired , is a good way to minimize critters from visiting.

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Tips for Staying Safe and Keeping Your Limbs Intact When You’re Gardening

Gardening is one of those multi-purpose and multi-beneficial activities. It is relaxing, therapeutic, and creative. It allows you to get exercise, be in the sun, and grow healthy fruits and vegetables. It saves you money if you grow your own herbs and vegetables. When experiencing all these wonderful things, you need to make sure that you are safe.

Consider the following health and safety tips when you do gardening.

Dress for your gardening

What you wear will be largely influenced by what type of gardening you are doing. You will need to wear sunscreen to protect your skin. Also wear long pants and sleeves to protect against chemicals, thorns, and insect bites. Wear gloves to protect your hands and safety goggles if you feel you will need them.

Follow safety instructions

Heed the warnings and safety instructions on power tools and chemicals. Check tools regularly to make sure they are in a working condition. Keep these items away from children.

Take precautions to prevent injury

If you suffer from a disability or physical mobility impairment of some kind, ask your doctor what types of gardening will be safe for you. If you have trouble with grasping tools, get tools that are easy to grip and use. If you are in a wheelchair, raise the plant beds so you can reach them. These are just examples of how to adjust for impairments.

Enjoy your gardening

The most important thing is to enjoy your gardening and have fun. It should help you relax, get some exercise, and make you feel calm and at peace with nature. Allow yourself to fully enjoy the benefits of gardening.

Keep safe while gardening and you will soon find yourself lost in a beautiful sanctuary instead of a horror movie. If you’re a beginner gardener, ask some experienced gardeners for tips and tricks to help you get started.

4 Very Important Home Safety Tips When You Have Children

Keeping your home safe is probably always on your mind. However, as soon as kids join the family, safety becomes a much bigger thing. Adults can still take care of themselves and notice danger when it presents itself. Our children don’t have that ability yet. Many of the safety tips we share today are common sense, but sometimes we need reminding because they become part of our lives and we hardly think about it. Our top home safety tips are:

Children should be supervised all the time

It is never a good idea to leave children unattended. They can come up with the most interesting things and get themselves into trouble in a second. Always keep a wary eye wherever your children are.

Never leave children alone where there is water

Bathtubs, pools, basins, pales, fish ponds, jacuzzies, and even kiddie pools are major hazards for children. It takes seconds for a child to drown in even an inch of water. Babies are not strong enough to keep their heads above and older children may not know how to get themselves out of a dangerous situation. Never leave your children alone in or near water. Watch them like a hawk and take them with you if you have to answer the phone.

Store chemicals and cleaning materials out of the reach of children

Many household items have the potential to poison children. They don’t need to contain poison to be a danger. Normal everyday chemicals like deodorant can be hazardous. Medicines, cleaning supplies, paints, detergents, and any other such products should be locked away safely. Childproof rooms and cupboards where you store these items.

Keep your baby’s sleeping environment hazard-free.

The cot or bed that your baby sleeps in should be kept clear of unnecessary clutter. Suffocation is one of the biggest causes of unintentional injury-related deaths in babies and children. Fluffy pillows, excess blankets, and even stuffed toys can be hazardous to especially small babies. Keep the area where they sleep clear of such hazards especially around their head, face, and hands. They can easily throw a blanket over their faces and not know how to get it off.

There are many more things to consider and keep in mind, but these are some of the most important safety tips to keep your children safe in your home.

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5 Tips for Starting Your Own Vegetable Garden

Starting your own vegetable garden is something you will not regret. It has so many benefits and it is not that difficult to do. You will have fresh and safe produce that you gardened yourself and you will have a wonderful hobby that is very relaxing. Gardening has been proven to be a relaxing and calming activity and many people find it a great way to recharge. To start your own vegetable garden, you will need to visit your local nursery. Once you have all the tools, keep these tips in mind:

Don’t try to build a farm right from the start. You will have the best results if you start small and slow. Build a few beds for your first season of planting and as you learn more, you can add beds every season thereafter. Building too many beds straight away will yield poor results and frustrate you terribly.

Build raised beds to get the best results. Raised beds are best to offer you good yields and help fight against weeds. These beds act as a barrier between your precious mini plantation and the rest of your garden. You don’t necessarily want the two mixing.

Plant according to the season. It is of no use to plant winter seedlings in spring. You need to make sure which vegetables grow better in which season. You should also keep in mind that you may need to build the beds and do other preparations during the preceding season. Educate yourself on these things and you will have much more success than other beginners.

Use your creative streak. When building your plant beds and creating your vegetable garden area, be creative. Use what you have and make it an Eden. Use rocks and pebbles that are already in your garden. Add wood or tin features or use them as separators. Have fun with your garden.

Enrich the soils for your vegetables. To help your plants have a fighting chance use barriers against weeds, enrich or fertilize the soil before you start planting, and use mulch. Mulch is great as a weed prevention.

You are now set to start your garden. Remember to have fun and enjoy the experience.