The best roof painting approaches

Painting a roof is essential to give your house an attractive look and fine finish. Among the things that visitors will first see is the roof to your house. The others are the wall finishing, painting and fences. Therefore, to give it a good first impression, the roof should have a stunning colour and outlook. This means that you should hire a professional to repaint it regularly to maintain its glossy and fresh appearance. One of the leading roof painters in Australia is Retro Roof that operates within Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine coast neighborhoods.

Roofs of different materials
Whether the roof is corrugated or tiled, you should start by washing off dirt and dust. Using a high pressure washer ensures that you remove all sticky materials like birds droppings. Including a strong washing chemical is essential to cleaning it thorough and effectively. If you have a small budget, using a hose pipe to supply water and a broom to scrub will do. Before you start painting, ensure that the water has dried up and that any broken tiles are repaired. For tiled roofs, check the ridge capping for faults. Apply a new mix of mortar to replace all broken tiles. Roofs made of corrugated iron sheets easier to clean.

Airless spraying
For tiled roofs, use an airless spraying technique. With an airless spray gun, you can start by spraying 4 or 5 tiles down from the top of the roof on one end. You should start from the top downwards to avoid stepping on wet paint as you climb down. Then spray across to the other end. Repeat the procedure for the next set of 4 or 5 tiles. Each time you do so, ensure you paint down to the edge of the previous painted tile. This way, you avoid overlap marks of paint.

Additionally, do not paint with the spray gun in windy weather. The wind will sweep away paint to other parts of the house, your body or to your neighbor’s house. Similarly, do not paint on a rainy day as your efforts will be washed down.

The kind of paint
Painting experts from Retro Roof will advise you that oil-based paints are usually the best for the roof if you intend to collect rain water. Water-based paints may be washed away from the roof into your tank, posing health hazards. But if you are not going to collect water from it, let your cement or concrete tiled roofs have a water-based paint. On the other hand, iron roofs are best suited for oiled-based paints. This keeps them from rusting.

Safety when painting
Ensure that the ladder is supported strongly by a solid surface such as a wall. If it is a hot day, ensure you start painting early in the morning when the sun is not out yet. Strong sunshine may heat the fresh paint causing you to inhale harmful paint fumes. As you paint,
ensure that you wear proper protective clothing. Wear sturdy boots and safety gloves to keep your feet and hands protected from nails and iron sheets. Similarly, wear safety glasses, shield for your mouth and nose from paint and wear a helmet. Oil-based paints are highly flammable. Therefore, do not light a match or smoke while painting. Finally, when you are done, take a bath to thoroughly wash off any paint on your body.

Aussie Rules for Dummies

Football is one of the most entertaining and popular sports around the globe. However, it usually has many variations from one country to another. Australian Rules football is the most popular sport in Australia. It is also known as AFL, footy or Aussie rules. It is a unique and interesting game and has a great following throughout the country.

How Aussie Rules is played
Australian football is played by a team of 18 players on either side. It is usually played on a custom Australian football ground, a cricket field that has been modified to accommodate football playing or another venue that resembles the two. The Australian Football league is responsible for setting rules for the game. In playing Aussie Rules, the goal of the players is usually to move the ball across the field and kick it between the goal posts of the opponent’s team. The team that scores the highest number of goals by the time the game ends usually wins the game. However if the teams score an equal number of goals, a draw could be declared or they might be forced to use a tie break.

Positioning of the players
When the game is under way on, players can place themselves anywhere in the field. A game usually lasts four quarters of 20 minutes each. They are also allowed to use any part of their body to kick the ball. The most common methods used in handling the ball include: Kicking, Handballing and Running with the ball. If running, the player must bounce the ball at least once every fifteen metres.

In addition to those general playing techniques, players are expected to follow the rules set by the Australian Football League when they are in the field.

When running with the ball, they are supposed to bounce it or touch it on the ground from time to time. They are not allowed to throw the ball to one another. The players are also not supposed to be caught holding the ball.

Ball possession is always in dispute unless a free kick mark is paid. If a player catches the ball from a kick at any point in the field, they are automatically awarded a mark and allowed possession.

Those are just a few of the rules that are followed when playing Aussie Rules. It is important to note that Australian football is a contact sport and players are allowed to use their hands to tackle opponents or their whole body to obstruct an opponent from making a move against them. However, physical contact that is rough or dangerous in not allowed in the sport. For instance, players are not allowed to push one another in the back or slow play. Such events are usually discouraged by imposing penalties such as suspension, or distance penalties.

The origin of the game is a little bit of a mystery. However, it is known that Aussie Rules tournaments were being held in the country as early as 1859. It is one of the major spectator and participation sports in the country.

Australian Football League and its role in Australian football
AFL is the national football governing body in Australia. The body is usually tasked with the responsibility of organising tournaments during the football season. Normally, the football season runs from March to September. During this period, they are supposed to put together match fixtures, settle disputes and also announce the tournament winners.

Australian Football League has been in operation since 1989. It was previously known as VFL or the Victoria football league. The AFL currently has 18 clubs as its members. Since the emergence of AFL, the presence of smaller and semi-professional football governing bodies in the country has reduced.

Aussie football internationally
Australian football is played well beyond the country. There are over 50 countries that play the game at an amateur level. The game has been featured in the Euro cup and the International cup. In both cases, Australian players were prohibited from taking part.

That is Australian football or Aussie Rules at a glance. It is one of the most entertaining sports to watch. The football season in Australia is usually packed with a lot of excitement and fun. Aussie Rules has such importance in the Australian culture, Federal Election dates are planned around the date of the Grand Final.

It is a game that is gradually gaining popularity all over the world. There are many variants of football around the world, and Australian football is definitely one of the games that you would not want to miss. The next time you want to watch a game online, opt for Footy. Why not enjoy it even more and follow your own AFL Dream Team 2013 ?

Ten Common Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your Home

Selling your home isn’t something that you do every day-unless you’re a real estate agent. Over the years I’ve honed my skills in learning what works when it comes to selling your home, as well as what doesn’t.

Fortunately, other people have made these mistakes so that you don’t have to!

1. Ignoring an estate agent’s style tips

We all develop personal connections to our homes, but sometimes those connections mean that it’s hard to see our home through the eyes of a potential buyer. An experienced agent should know how to present your home in a way that will maximise your home’s selling potential.

2. Underestimating the importance of street appeal

First impressions matter, and potential buyers driving past or inspecting your home will take notice of your property’s exterior. In my experience, people buy in the first five seconds and justify throughout the inspection. Make a good impression from the outset and keep up to date with the mowing and weeding!

3 Under-investing in marketing

A targeted, wide-ranging marketing campaign designed to reach as much as possible of your buying audience is essential. Buyers fall into different groups and demographics, and a high quality marketing campaign will reach out effectively to all of these.

4. Not being switched on about going online

In our office, it’s where about 90% of our buyer enquiry comes from. The more you invest here the better. Only a small percentage of buyers look beyond the first page of property search results!

5. Being afraid to commit to a sale price

Committing to a sale price isn’t an easy task, but it’s one that should be a much easier decision when you consider that almost half of all potential buyers will pass over properties with no listed price. Why? It seems too hard, or worse, they fear it will be out of their range. Take the plunge and name a figure.

6. Holding out for a better price

Though it can be tempting to wait for a better offer, the property market doesn’t play by the rules of Who Dares Wins, so think twice before rejecting that initial offer. In my experience, often the first offer is the highest we’ll receive, and almost every record price we achieve comes from an offer made within the first thirty days.

7. Taking offers personally

A low offer on your property is not a reflection on you, or even on your home. Instead, they’re representative of a willingness to commit to opening negotiations. I always encourage vendors to see a low offer as a starting point rather than a final figure.

8. Opting for appointment-only viewings

Although there is the odd exception, for the most part opening your home for inspection is essential to ensure it’s seen by as many potential buyers as possible. We get around 10 times the buyer traffic if it’s open for inspection as opposed to by appointment viewings.

9. Cutting costs when choosing a real estate agent

If you think the best agent is expensive, try hiring the second best & see how much that costs you!

10. Failing to keep up with property maintenance

It’s almost always cheaper to do it yourself than to let the buyer use it as leverage for a price reduction.

I recently sold a home in Aspley where the building and pest report identified multiple maintenance issues at an estimated repair cost of $15k! As expected, the buyer tired for a $15k price reduction. I intervened & re-quoted with a local trusted trade and they seller got the job done for $3k. Fortunately, I managed to salvage the deal without a price reduction. However this could have been avoided or worse the deal could have fallen through.

So call that plumper you’ve been avoiding! For real estate Aspley, contact Justin Watt of Watt Realty today.

Core Drilling Brisbane

DIY vs Hiring a Concrete Cutting Service – including a Step by Step Guide

There is a vast variety of concrete saws and equipment that can be hired to do that pesky DIY project that you have always wanted to get done. But when should you hire a professional and when should you just give it a crack? To do your concrete cutting or core drilling job properly and on budget you will need: the right equipment, the right type – wet or dry, the right protection for yourself and the environment, the right skills and the right value for money. There is lots to consider, but if you read on and follow this step by step guide we can explore this in a little more detail.

Step 1.Choose the right equipment: For gener slab cutting Brisbane you will need a Floor Saw or Kwik Cut Saw (Hand Saw). This process is used when reasonably level and flat surfaces have to be cut and includes cutting through reinforced concrete, precast concrete, and other structural materials.

These surfaces include floors, roofs, bridge decks and suspended slabs. The surfaces are usually cut to provide expansion joints, to make openings for ducts, elevators, stairwells, machine pads, trenching and for demolition purposes.

For wall sawing Brisbane you will need a Kwik Cut Saw (Hand Saw) or Ring Saw. This process is used for the cutting of openings in vertical surfaces and surfaces with slopes so great that floor saws cannot be used.

These surfaces are usually cut to provide for doors, windows, vaults, silos, chests, foundations, ducts or large diameter pipes, or to remove part or all of existing walls. For core drilling Brisbane through a floor or wall you will need a core drill. Core drills can usually drill holes from 25mm dia – 660mm dia. This process is used for the drilling of circular holes in reinforced concrete, precast concrete, asphalt, brick, cinderblock and other structural materials. Usually the holes are made for electrical, plumbing, heating, sewer and sprinkler installations. Other applications include holes to anchor bolts or lifting rods, to place explosive charges, to install load carrying devices, or for analysis of the structure of the rock.

Step 2. Wet or Dry cutting? I don’t mean to scare you here, but cutting concrete can be very messy. You can probably figure out that the dry cutting means cutting without water and should be less messy… hmm not so sure. Cutting without water means dust and lots of it. Very messy, minute particles of concrete will billow into a thick cloud of grey concrete dust or red brick dust and coat everything nearby you own. Personally I prefer the wet cutting machines. Even though the mess is wet grey or red slurry, it is much easier to clean up all the mess with a wetvac (wet and dry vacuum cleaner) and a wipe over with a damp cloth. Dust on the other hand can get absolutely everywhere.

Step 3. Protect yourself and the environment. Basic safety equipment you will need include goggles, ear plugs, safety boots/steel capped gumboots and gloves. If you have chosen a dry cutting machine you will also need to work with a dust mask on to protect your lungs, and sun protection and long sleeves if you are working outside.

Cutting concrete can be very noisy so be mindful of neighbors and nearby businesses in case of noise pollution and air pollution. Think about what is below you if you are cutting on a floor higher than ground floor. Sadly I have heard of some terrible injuries because of falling cores and no safety barriers. Protect the environment with plastic sheeting, extraction fans and a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. In many countries, letting waste such as concrete slurry go down the drain is against the law and you will be fined.

Step 4. Check if you have the right skills. There are many dangers associated with concrete cutting equipment. Even though this equipment can be readily hired, this equipment should only be operated by experienced personnel. You won’t need to google ‘saw injuries’ to imagine the dangers of operating such powerful equipment without the right know how and strength.

Step 5. Check out the cost. Believe it or not the cost to hire a skilled professional who has all the equipment needed and can get the job done with minimal fuss, is often not much more than hiring the equipment yourself. Aside from the safety risk, mistakes in concrete are expensive if you get it wrong. Before you go ahead with the hire, at least get an idea of price from a professional by obtaining a quote.

For example you may be surprised to know that at elliottandfyfe.com.au you can hire a Brisbane concrete cutting operator to do a basic job for about $150.00. That’s hardly more than the cost of hiring the concrete cutting equipment, and comes with a skilled operator to do the hard work. Might just be worth the call?

Shaun McCabe Elliott and Fyfe Concrete Cutting Service – Brisbane. For an obligation free quote on any job call 07 3806 9100 or 0411 554 737.

Have Cane Will Travel – Disabled Travel in Australia

Award-winning comedy writer, Ian Heydon (Kingswood Country, How Green Was My Cactus, The Samuel Pepys Show, The Year My Country Broke) recently took out an unexpected award – for writing about travelling with a disability.

In 2010 Ian was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That led to the question – what does a writer who has a disability and who loves to travel write about? The answer was pretty obvious. Because Ian uses a cane for mobility assistance, he built a website called Cane & Able Travel and that site won the inaugural Business disAbility Award for Business Innovation in 2012.

Back in 2003, Ian had a travel book on Australia published called The Small Guide to A Big Country (Explore) and he subsequently bought a travel agent’s licence (Small Guide Travel). Much of Ian’s research for that book is still valid. As Ian says, “They haven’t moved the Sydney Opera House or most of Australia’s main attractions, so all I really needed to do was update where necessary and add the accessibility and disability facility information. It’s a bonus that the Small Guide Travel consultants can assist with itinerary advice and bookings.”

When Ian travels these days he uses both a cane and a wheelchair for getting around. “Before my diagnosis with MS I guess I felt a bit of pity when I saw other people in wheelchairs. I didn’t realise that wheelchairs give a person with a disability so much freedom. Mine allows me to get around much better at airports, especially when the boarding gate can be a fair distance from check-in, and it makes art galleries, museums and theatre so much more accessible and enjoyable.”

Ian first took his wheelchair on a trip to Dubai, London and Paris in 2012. While there are websites with attractions and disability information for those destinations in the pipeline, Ian’s first priority is writing about Australia. In late 2012 he visited Cairns and road-tested attractions like Skyrail and Quicksilver’s Great Barrier Reef as well as disabled-friendly accommodation. From this came the destination specific website, Cairns Disabled Travel.

The next cab of the rank was Canberra. According to Ian, Canberra is arguably Australia’s most rewarding destination for travellers with a disability. “There are flights from all other major cities and centres, they have an excellent public transport and wheelchair-assisted taxi system and all the major attractions are accessible, with many of them free. There’s excellent accommodation, terrific restaurants and bars and so much to see and do. It really is a fabulous tourist destination. Sure, after a couple of weeks there might be some thumb twiddling but for a few days away it is fabulous.” Ian visited Canberra in 2011 and 2013 to research accessible accommodation and attractions and the Canberra Disabled Travel website is now live.

Ian has a multi-destination itinerary on the drawing board for all Australian capital cities and major regional centres so you could see him soon in your part of the country. But the Kingswood? No, he won’t be taking the Kingswood!