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How to Improve a Building’s Acoustics

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A building’s acoustics, meaning how it transmits sound, is important for anyone inside and outside the building. In an office building, for example, your staff needs quiet in order to concentrate and to hear customers on the phone. While you may not be able to create a completely silent environment for your staff, you can often improve building acoustics overall. Note a few tips and suggestions on how to do this, and if you still need to improve sound quality in your office building, check with an acoustical engineer for even more personalized advice. 1. Insulate the ductwork Aluminum ductwork very easily carries vibration, including sound waves. This is why it’s often easy to stand next to a vent and hear a conversation happening in the next room or another part of the building. Ductwork can also be noisy, as it vibrates and rattles every time the air conditioner or furnace switches on. To cut down on this vibration, have the ductwork insulated. There are special types of insulating materials that you cut to size and wrap around the ducts, and these absorb vibrations rather than letting them travel through those ducts. 2. Interrupt the flow of sound waves Very often an office can be noisy because there is nothing to interrupt the flow of sound waves from one end of the space to another. The more items you can add to the space, the more likely those sound waves will be interrupted and absorbed rather than simply traveling freely. Consider adding plants, furniture, higher panels on cubicle walls, and other such items in any open space of the office so that sound waves are more readily absorbed and interrupted rather than being able to freely travel. 3. Use sound-blocking materials and surfaces Metal and glass tend to vibrate easily, so they may carry sound waves and vibrations, whereas rubber and cloth fabrics will absorb those vibrations. If you have metal blinds along the windows, switch to fabric-covered blinds or curtains. Use rubber mats on the floors; these can go under chairs for easier rolling, and they also absorb the sound of workers. Long rubber mats on tile floors can help to absorb sound that would otherwise bounce around the space. If privacy in a glass-enclosed conference room is an issue, hang fabric curtains on one or both sides to stop noise from traveling through the glass. The more rubber and fabric you put in your office, the better the acoustics...

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Laws governing management of weeds affecting bushes on your land

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When weeds infest your land and affect the spread of natural bush cover, there is a need for immediate intervention. Weeds hinder the development of the bushes by competing for the nutrient and water resources in the soil. Some of them have faster reproduction rates than the bush; hence, they encroach the area covered by the bush and cause the death of various species. Given the importance of weed management, the government, and local authorities have come up with various laws to govern the regeneration of bushes. If you are a land owner facing the threat of depleting bush cover, here are a few legislations you should know before commencing work with your bush regenerator: It is your obligation to manage weeds As a land owner, the law provides that the duty to manage weeds lies on you, not other parties. However, the law allows the transfer of that obligation to another party such as a registered firm of bush regenerators. In such a case, there has to be legal documentation expressing the agreement between you, in the capacity of a land owner, and the weed management institution. Failure to comply with the requirement to manage weeds makes you liable for trespass in case the weeds spread from your land to another person’s land. Potential and declared weeds Declared weeds are those listed and recognized by law as plants that endanger bush cover. You may not be aware of all the species but your bush regenerator has adequate information on the declared species. After identification of the weed, you can proceed with bush regeneration strategies to eliminate the weed. Moreover, the species of weed are also classified differently based on the effects they have on the environment, livestock, and wildlife. Therefore, the regulations may be weed specific depending on the class the weed belongs to. Potential weeds are any plants that seem to threaten the existence of other plants. They are subject to investigation before undertaking management practices. Authorisation of weed control officers Regenerating your bush has to be carried out by certified officers recognised and licensed by local or state authorities. In some cases, they may be state officers employed by the government department of environment. They have the authority to enter land or stop a boat, aircraft, or vehicle carrying material believed to be contaminated or affected by a weed. In addition, they may order the cleaning of such a vehicle, boat, or aircraft to get rid of the threat. Applicable legal penalties  Failure to comply with the requirement of state and local government laws may lead to fines deemed fit by the court. There is a limit of the maximum and minimum amount of fine payable in the courts in the case of litigation. The amount you pay for a breach of the law will fall within the stated range depending on the extent of damages resulting from your failure to...

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When you shouldn’t pump your septic tank out

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Pumping out your septic tank is something that should be performed at least every third year to make sure your septic system is working at top performance. If you wait too long to perform a septic tank pump out, the tank might become too full and start releasing waste back up the plumbing. However, there are times and circumstances when you should not pump out your septic tank, regardless of how long it has been since you’ve done it. Flooding If you are experiencing flooding of your property, you should avoid pumping out your septic tank. The reason for this is not in fear of the content of the septic tank leaking out into the flood water, but rather the opposite. If your septic tank is made from a heavy material like concrete, a pump out could allow flood water to enter the septic tank as the pipes are under water. This could significantly damage your septic tank by allowing harmful substances into it, which would demand some very extensive septic tank cleaning. If you own a septic tank built from a light material, such as fibre glass, the danger of a flood is that the water might lift the tank if it’s empty. Old and fragile septic tanks If you are the owner of a very old septic tank, or if there’s a septic tank on your property that is no longer in use, you should not try to pump it out yourself. You risk the tank breaking as you pump its contents out. A really old and fragile septic tank might have adapted to its content and will cave in when you remove it. Use the help of a professional to empty tanks like these, as they have knowledge on how to do it safely or from afar. Before inspection If you’re having your septic tank inspected, you should abstain from pumping it out. The test won’t be able to be performed correctly and may give misleading results. This is especially important if you’re selling your house, as the new owners will want to have an inspection of their septic tank performed. Emptying the septic tank will not give them a complete result of the actual conditions of the house. If you are buying a house with a septic tank, you should, for the same reason, ask to have an inspection performed before you decide if you want to buy the house or not. Ask the owner specifically not do a septic tank pump out until you have gotten the inspection made....

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2 Common Questions About Children And Sun Exposure

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Allowing children to get some sun every once in a while is not a bad thing. Exposure to the sun provides Vitamin D, which is essential for the healthy development of children’s bones. However, excessive exposure to sunlight during the formative years of a child’s life may be hazardous in the sense that it may encourage the development of various skin cancers in the child’s later years. This article provides answers to two common questions about children and sun exposure with pre-school managers in mind. How Else Can Sun Exposure Be Dangerous To Children? Apart from skin cancer, which often becomes a problem later in life, exposure of children to ultraviolet rays from the sun can have more immediate consequences. For example, a child’s eyesight can be affected negatively if the child is constantly exposed to sunlight for most of the day and over a long period of time. Long-term exposure of a child to UV rays from the sun burn the child’s cornea, thereby resulting in compromised vision. In severe cases, the child may end up developing eye cataracts. It is for this reason that parents and caregivers are advised to ensure that children always wear a hat and sunglasses when going out in the sun. However, this may not always be possible when children are in school, hence the need for pre-school managers to take further precautions to protect children against ultraviolet rays. What Is The Best Way To Protect Children From Sun Exposure? In the pre-school setting, children are exposed to sunlight when they go out to play. Play time is a prominent feature on a large number of pre-school timetables and is important for the development of pre-school children. As such, children are exposed to the sun for considerable amounts of time when in school. Because getting a base tan is not recommended for children of pre-school age (and because it may not always be a practical alternative in the school setting), one of the best ways to protect the young ones from harmful UV rays is to block a significant percentage of the rays from reaching them. This can best be achieved through the installation of sail shades in playgrounds, around swimming pool areas, and on other open grounds within the school compound. A responsible pre-school manager should not take chances when it comes to protecting children against the potentially dangerous effects of exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. Contact a company like Shades of Blue Shade Sails for more information about setting up sails to shade your...

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Misconceptions about Cleaning and Pumping Septic Tanks

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When it comes to proper care, maintenance and pumping of septic tanks, there are a lot of misconceptions. In order to ensure your septic tank stays clean and lasts for years to come, there are certain processes you must follow. Here are some of the common misconceptions and ways to properly handle your tank. Pumping and Cleaning Schedule Many people mistakenly believe that if they pump their tank frequently they will save money by making the tank last longer. This may be true in theory but pumping too frequently can actually put a strain on your tank and be quite costly. Another misconception involves not pumping enough. Some people think they only need to pump when they have had a lot of visitors or when the tank has been used more than usual. But not pumping enough can lead to a damaged septic tank, which can be quite costly to repair or replace. Pumping and cleaning are two different things! Pumping is removing water and floating solids; cleaning is the process of removing water and sludge from the bottom of the tank. Since every tank and property is different, it is best to get professional advice on how often to clean and pump your septic tank to ensure longevity and safety. Additives and Chemicals This misconception involves people adding chemicals to their tank, believing that this will help keep the tank clean and make it last longer. Actually, the opposite is true. Many chemicals and additives can be quite harmful to a septic tank. They can cause frothing, which can ultimately cause solids to be discharged into the drain field. They can also kill the good bacteria needed to break down the wastes in the tank properly, and this can lead to blockages and backup. Some jurisdictions have banned certain toxins and chemicals, so check with your local municipality before using any additives or chemicals in your septic tank. Flushing This misconception involves thinking that just because the toilet is flushing okay the septic tank must be working fine. That is not always the case! A septic tank that seems fine may be on the verge of a sewage backup or be in a condition that needs to be dealt with immediately. That is why regular inspections and cleanings are so important. Trouble can be spotted early and be dealt with before costly repairs are needed. Septic tanks can last for many years if care and maintenance is handled properly. Always enlist the help of a professional, like one from a company such as Econocycle, so that you get the most out of your...

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Signs That You Have a Mold Problem in Your Home

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The quality of air within your home is important because it has the ability to impact your overall health. Mold can begin growing in your home and compromise the air quality because it is possible for mold to be toxic. The most common type of toxic mold that can grow inside your home is known as black mold. It is essential for you to be aware of signs that mold is growing in your home so that you can prevent lung conditions and allergies associated with exposure to poor air quality caused by mold growth. Smell The biggest warning sign that you have mold growing in your home is smell. Mold typically has a musty smell. No matter how strong the smell is, it is important that you take action right away once you notice the smell of mold in your home. Visual Mold is also very visible in most instances. This means that you should actually be able to see mold growing if it is present in your home. In order to spot mold, you need to look in common areas of your home where mold is most likely to grow. The areas of your home where mold is most visible includes under carpets, underneath wallpaper, under drywall, growing on pipes, within ductwork and under ceiling tiles. Health Problems Since the air quality of your home is compromised due to the presence of mold, it only makes sense that you will begin to notice health-related signs that mold is wing inside your home. It might begin with frequent sneezing or irritated eyes, but the symptoms will continue to worsen and persist with time. Wheezing, rashes, shortness of breath and a fever are more severe symptoms that you will begin to notice if you are breathing in toxic mold. Just because you do not notice these symptoms right away does not mean that mold is not growing. Some people do not show physical signs when mold begins to grow within their home. Moisture Mold typically thrives in an environment that is filled with moisture. This means that if you notice high amounts of moisture in your home, this typically a sign that mold is present. Leaks in the roof or steam from the bathroom are instances of moisture in the home that often lead to mold growth. This means that you need to be on the lookout for any leaks or any presence of moisture. After you deal with removing the mold, you may wish to hire an air quality consulting firm to help manage any leftover issues that could cause further health...

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Top 4 Questions to Ask when Hiring Earthmoving Contractors

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If you have plans to hire an earthmoving service in your backyard, you need to ensure you are hiring the right person for the job. This is why it is essential you ask the right question. Four questions that will help you make an educated decision about who to hire can be found here. Does the company have experience with similar jobs? It can be reassuring to know that this will not be the first time the contractor has operated an earthmoving machine in a residential, backyard area, or the first time they have dug a dam. You will need to make sure they are an experienced operator with proper knowledge of how to complete the job at hand. They should also hold all the necessary insurances and tickets. If you are in doubt, it is a good idea to ask for references of prior jobs they have done. Quality contractors will provide you with contact information of past customers. Can they meet your deadline? While price is an important factor, so is time. You need to find a contractor who is able to provide you a firm date of when they can start, and finish, the job. Rough estimates, such as, “sometime next month,” is not acceptable. You need a specific date. What is the estimated cost and are there any potential variations? The contractor you hire should be able to tell you what the cost of the project will be. Some contractors will provide a project cost, while others will stipulate the number of hours worked and provide an hourly charge. It may be a good idea to get this information in writing and ask for the potential of cost variations. There may be extra costs added on for: The materials being installed, such as mulch, gravel, etc. Any obstacles present, such as boulders, tree stumps, etc. Ability to access the site. The type of materials or fill being moved, for example, clay. What type of access is needed for the machine? There are some backyards that are simply not accessible for anything over the size of a mini bobcat, or perhaps a dingo. Larger machines, such as bobcats, can often only be used in a front yard or on pre-construction properties. Even if there is a gate, or other access point, issues such as gardens and trees can make the area unable to be accessed. Finding a contractor who will come to the property before the project is scheduled is smart. This will allow them to see the property and make an educated decision of the amount of time the project will take, as well as the potential...

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There’s A Storm Coming: Do You Know How To Remove Your Shade Sail?

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Stunning beaches, laid-back lifestyle and fun theme parks are just three reasons why Queensland has a population growth that is higher than the average for the rest of the country. If you’ve recently moved to the area, you might need a quick lesson in summer storms. Queensland does experience some volatile weather over the summer, and one important thing you need to know straight away is how to remove your shade sails when very bad weather is approaching. Why Do Shade Sails Need To Be Removed In Bad Weather? If your shade sail isn’t at its correct tension, and they do need to be tightened after a few months due to movement in the wind, a strong summer storm wind could rip the sail free from its anchor points. When this happens, it makes the sail a heavy flying object that could do some damage. Alternatively, if only one part of the sail comes loose, you could end up with considerable damage to the sail itself, and that means you’ll need to replace it once the skies are blue again. When Should A Shade Sail Be Removed? If storm winds are predicted to reach that of a category one tropical cyclone or above, which is more than 90 km/h, then you should take down your shade sails for safety. The sail should be removed before the storm arrives, because once the wind gusts start to pick up it is too dangerous to try and take it down yourself. Additionally, try and take the sail down before the rain arrives, so you are not trying to move about on a wet, slippery roof. How Do You Take A Shade Sail Down? Each corner point of your shade sail is attached to its post with a turnbuckle. Place a screwdriver through the turnbuckle and unwind it to a halfway point. Go to each of the other turnbuckles and unwind these to a halfway point as well. Now there is no tension on the shade sail, return to the first turnbuckle you loosened and unwind it the whole way. You can then unwind each of the other turnbuckles and remove the safety clips that secure the sail to the pole. Fold up the sail with all of its hardware and store it inside. If removing the shade sail is not something you are physically able to do, then arrange for a professional shade sail installer to come out to take care of this task for you. Removing your shade sails during the most violent summer storms will help to make sure they are still in one piece for years to come. This means you’ll still get the shade your family needs when the storms are gone and the sun is...

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How to Identify Genuine Spare Parts

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It has been noted for years that cooling tower mechanical services require skilled personnel and at the same time the use of genuine parts that meet the international standards. Only authorized parts manufactured to meet rigorous cooling tower duty specifications can guarantee to fit any unit like the original equipment. Identifying genuine spare parts can be stressful for those who are doing it for the first time, bearing in mind the number of devices that have flooded the market over the years. Look at the Source The first step to identifying genuine spare parts for cooling tower management services is to look at the source and manufacturer of the spare parts. Most manufacturers have extensive test and inspection processes aimed at making sure that they meet the minimum specifications set out. Qualifications of technicians and the technology involved in the entire manufacturing process is also important because it determines the outcome. Genuine spare parts are always subjected to most advance measuring instruments and those that do not meet the threshold are not released into the market. Read the Inspection and Testing Report Genuine spare parts are always accompanied with a detailed inspection report from certified technicians. Providers of cooling tower management services have a duty to make sure that they go through these reports before they settle on which parts to use. The purpose of these valuable reports is to make sure that they provide accurate state of the spare parts being purchased and at the same time give a comprehensive advice on action required in the event of future improvements. Performance and integrity is guaranteed only when the product has been tested and proven before being put to use. Cooling tower mechanical services can make the plant effective only if genuine spare parts are used. After Sale Services by the Manufacturer Customer satisfaction should be a priority whenever a seller and a buyer meet and perform transactions, and as a result of that, after sale services provided by the manufacturer can serve as a clue on whether spare parts sold are genuine or not. The customer care unit of any manufacturer should be able to handle any question that arises from the sale of spare parts meant for a cooling tower. Cooling tower management services are aimed at improving the status of the plant and after sale services from genuine spare part sellers should be geared towards ensuring that they serve the...

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Rainwater Tank Acquisition Tips

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Harvesting rainwater can lead to a significant decrease in the consumption of mains water around the house. This translates to lower water utility bills for the homeowner. A rainwater tank is the heart of any rainwater harvesting system. Therefore, there is great importance attached to making the right choice of tank. Below are a few things that homeowners should know in preparation for the all-important purchase. Material Matters Homeowners need to understand what to expect with each different tank material in order to make an informed decision. Metal tanks are commonly used for residential rainwater harvesting. These tanks can be made of various metals including stainless steel and aluminium. Aluminium tanks are less preferred due to the harmful nature of aluminium metal sediments that may be deposited in the harvested water over time. Stainless steel tanks are preferred for their superior ability to resist rust and corrosion. Concrete rainwater tanks are a great option for homeowners working with little space for tank installation. This is because concrete tanks are commonly installed underground, thereby eliminating the need for additional space to allow for tank installation. Fiberglass rainwater tanks don’t come cheap. They are preferred for their ability to stand extreme temperatures and are commonly installed above ground level. Legal Matters As absurd as it may sound, there are legal considerations to be made when looking to invest in a residential rainwater tank. A large number of homeowners are often unaware of the legal aspects of rainwater tank acquisition. For example, there are bound to be rules and regulations that govern rainwater harvesting and the use of rain water for drinking. The tank installation project may also have to meet certain requirements aimed at preventing and/ or control the breeding of mosquitoes around the residential area. Similarly, there may be regulations about the use of water pumps with rainwater tank accessories. Such regulations commonly address the problem of noise pollution as a result of pump operations. Because these regulations differ from one jurisdiction to the next, it is important for a homeowner to consult the relevant authorities before acquiring a tank, pump, or related items. Space Matters Lastly, homeowners need to have the available space in mind when choosing between different types of rain water tanks. Homeowners working with limited space are advised to settle for slimline rainwater tanks. These tanks are specifically designed for installation in narrow and often awkward fitting spaces. For more information about options for rainwater tanks, contact a local...

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