Fifteen years ago on any given weekend in spring or summer, you would be likely to hear the unmistakable sound of a nail gun echoing across the suburbs. Thud, as the nail was hammered home in one shot and hiss, as the air was expelled from the chamber. Replacing or erecting a new timber paling fence was a task that many confident, and some not so confident, DIYers would attempt to finish in a weekend.
I’m glad to report that it is a task still undertaken by the DIY fearless and it still involves those roped into the task, such as mates, wives, fathers, father-in-laws, neighbours or any combination of these. The good news is, you can still hire all the equipment you need for the job so that the budget doesn’t take a big dent for once used equipment …. and so that you can knock it over on the weekend.
If you’re a professional contractor or a DIYer, knowing which type of grinder you need for a particular project can be a challenge considering all the different options on the market. But once you have the basics down, finding the machine that will work for what you’re trying to do should be a breeze. Here is a rundown of the different types of floor grinders on the market and how they should be used.
Hand Held Grinders
Hand held grinders will usually be used for smaller grinding applications such as between doorways, short joins in slabs which have become raised, against walls or in hard to reach areas. Typically hand held grinders will be either a 175mm Surface Grinder or a 125mm Surface Grinder . Both of these are very aggressive and are suitable for light levelling work, surface cleaning and coating removal … even epoxy!
It has been said that moving home is one of the most stressful things we do in life, right up there with getting married / divorced or starting a new job. There is a lot to think about but the good news is that you can minimise the stress by making sure you are adequately prepared for the big day. When planning, consider the information below to assist with packing up your belongings and transporting them to your new home.
DIY Removals Vs. Professional Movers
There are plenty of instances where a DIY removal is not such a bad idea. If you are only moving a relatively short distance and you don’t have tons of stuff, you can probably hire an 8x5m Box Trailer, or even a smaller equipment trailer and a cargo trolley to get the job done with a couple of strong mates to give you a helping hand. There is also the option of hiring a small pantec truck which can be driven on a car licence. If you choose this option, shop around and get one with an electric tail lift. This will save you heaps of lifting. On the other hand, if you are moving a long distance or even interstate, it makes sense to use a professional removal company.
Party planning doesn’t need to be tricky, it just requires a little forethought. Depending on the type
of party you have in mind, you may need to hire tables and chairs or even a basic stage for the
entertainment. Making a checklist so that you don’t leave anything out is a great idea. Suddenly
realising an hour before the guests arrive that you forgot to order a toilet trailer is probably a bit late
in the day to fix what will almost certainly be a very big problem, especially if you did not intend for
guests to use the facilities inside your home.
Understanding the difference between clean and dirty electricity can make a massive difference to the condition and lifespan of your electrical appliances. Clean electricity is any electrical power that is free from spikes and drops in voltage, known as voltage ripple. This refers to voltage noise that is outside the ideal sine waveform, also known as electrical pollution.
Drain cleaning may not be the most appealing or exciting job to do around your home, but it’s certainly one that has to be done. Over time, dirt and debris build-up in drains and pipes can lead to weakening of the structure and increase the risk of blockages and leaks. In addition to weekly and monthly maintenance of the drains in your kitchen and bathroom, it’s a good idea to give them a thorough spring cleaning every once in a while. Here are your options:
Lifting heavy objects is not something to be trifle with, it needs serious consideration. While some loads are physically impossible to hoist without the aid of lifting equipment, other things can be lifted but at what cost to your body and your safety? No matter what line of business you are in or how often you undertake DIY projects at home, it is virtually impossible to own every type of lifting or propping equipment you may need for all the jobs you do. Therefore it helps to know about the various types of equipment you can hire as the need arises.
Powered equipment such as chainsaws, hedge trimmers, and pole saws can be essential for keeping your yard or other outdoor space neat and trimmed back. This type of equipment however, can be dangerous if used incorrectly so it’s important to understand correct and safe usage techniques before you begin.
Many equipment items which are used on commercial job sites and even at private premises are subject to legally enforceable regulations. As an individual it is often difficult to be aware of what these regulations are. Unfortunately for the user and/or owner of the equipment, especially in a commercial environment, ignorance is not considered a defence and fines can apply.