Patricia's Construction and Contracting Blog: Tips for Novices to Experts

  • Pipe Installation: Advantages of Directional Boring Over Open Excavation

    31 January 2017

    If you are planning on advancing the piping network in your commercial property, you must evaluate and compare the different methods of installation. In general, there are two basic techniques to consider: simple excavation and directional boring. Simple excavation involves moving the upper layers of the earth using heavy equipment or other tools. In utilities installation, the ground is cut open from the upper surface, creating trenches in which the pipes are laid.

  • 4 Issues You Should Discuss With a Window Tint Installer

    17 November 2016

    The best window tints are usually selected after carefully considering the needs of the client. This article discusses some of the key issues that you should discuss with a window installer before the window tints for your home are selected. Types of Windows Not all types of windows will require the same tint percentage (the amount of light blocked by the tint film). For instance, double glazed windows may require a lighter tint to achieve the same effect that a darker tint film would have on a single-pane window.

  • Where Asbestos Could be Hiding Around Your Home

    11 November 2016

    If you are shopping around for a home or you already live in an older home, you might want to test it for asbestos. Asbestos is a dangerous composition of fibrous minerals like chrysotile, amosite and tremolite. It was once used because it is fire-resistant, long-lasting and durable, but it has been proven to be hazardous to your health, even being linked to certain cancers. Here are some areas where asbestos might be hiding, from the soil to the tiles.

  • Understanding the Different Cooling Tower Fill Types Available

    21 October 2016

    There are several different types of cooling tower systems out there, but one common attribute they all share is that they use a type of fill that will need to be replaced at some point. Cooling tower fill is primarily meant to cool water as it circulates through the system. The types of fill commonly used in modern cooling towers can be primarily be classified as splash or fill. Either of these types of fill may be utilised in towers of both counter-flow and cross-flow configuration.

  • The Farmer's Dilemma: The Energy Efficient Dairy Farm

    1 August 2016

    With increasing energy prices and an increased focus on carbon emission in Australia, dairy farmers face immense pressure to cut on energy cost. While there are a lot of fixed cost you can't reduce such as animal feeds and veterinary bills, with a few improvements on energy inefficiencies, you can control your energy costs, stay competitive and at the same time shrink your greenhouse emissions. By reducing your energy bill, you can save a substantial amount of money which you can plow back into your farm for increased production and future use.

  • Electrical Emergency? Save Lives With These 4 Quick Actions To Extinguish A Fire In Your Home

    26 July 2016

    Safety is at the helm of everything you do in your home, especially when you have less mobile toddlers or seniors living with you. In the event of a fire emergency breaking out because of faulty electrical systems, jagged wires and burnt outlets, you can save lives by undertaking these quick actions to extinguish an electrical fire in your home. Call an emergency electrician immediately once the fire is extinguished to ensure it doesn't happen again.

  • Don't Underestimate the Importance of Hiring Professionals for Excavation Work!

    12 July 2016

    Unless you're simply using a hoe in the garden to create small rows for seeds, you want to leave earthmoving of any sort to an excavator. Before you start digging up your property to install new plumbing pipes or even for a small built-in pool, note why a professional excavator is the best choice for this job. Condition of the subsoil Don't assume that the dirt you walk on is the dirt you'll need to excavate when you start digging; the subsoil underneath your topsoil can be very different in its overall consistency, and this can make excavation that much more difficult for you.