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!

The Significance Of Building Inspections When Buying A Home

Whether it is your first house, your retirement house or your vacation house, buying a house is a significant milestone in your life. It is not only a huge financial investment but also an emotional one. When buying a home one should put into consideration various factors such as its pricing range, its location, size, peripheral expenses and most of all the condition of the house. That is where a building inspection comes in. A building inspection is an invaluable, visual, non-invasive inspection of a property. It attempts to identify significant building defects, gradual deterioration, safety hazards or inferior building work to name a few. A pre-purchase house inspection may also identify issues that are unknown to the vendor. It is therefore a paramount undertaking.

1. Building defects
During home inspection ceiling stains, roofing defects, rotted wood, faulty ground drainage and electrical safety violations are common defects found in the houses. This does not mean that the house is in need of major replacements, but that it is in need of maintenance and repair. This underscores the significance of a thorough evaluation of the building by a competent house inspector. The inspectors examine the house from top to bottom with their knowledge and expertise to deliver a detailed report which is vital in your decision on whether to buy the house.

2. Gradual deterioration
A house is an expensive purchase and one could regret the decision of buying a house if faced with extra and unexpected expenses such as repair bills. During a pre-purchase house inspection, the building surveyor looks for damages caused by gradually operating causes. These include; rot, rust, corrosion, denting or chipping. If one buys a house experiencing such problems, it is impossible for them to acquire an insurance policy that covers such losses since it is mostly excluded from the policy. It is thus critically important for the buyer to request an inspection report.

3. Safety hazards
Safety is a significant factor to consider when buying a home. Most homes be it new or old have life-threatening defects that can remain undiscovered until too late. These can range from ungrounded electrical outlets, exposed hot wires in junction boxes, faulty gas piping and faulty water heaters. If left unchecked the damage and harm that may occur can be quite extensive. This is among the reasons why it is recommended to employ the services of a building surveyor to identify such hazards before buying a house.

4. Inferior building work
This refers to failure to construct the building in a reasonably workmanlike manner. The building therefore fails to perform in a manner that was reasonably intended by the buyer. Design, material and workmanship are some of the common deficiencies found in most homes. Design architects may design a building and system that fails to work as specified resulting in a defect. The use of inferior building materials may also result in defects that cause significant problems such as leaking windows. Poor quality workmanship may result in defects such as cracks in wall foundations, plumbing leaks and electrical or mechanical problems. This undeniably shows the need of hiring a home inspector to point out such potential problems that could require costly repairs down the road.

5. Saves your money
Though it may be rather expensive to hire an experienced building surveyor, in the long run it proves to be a quite indispensable undertaking when it comes to saving your money .A certified home inspector combs a property to identify almost all its problems. The comprehensive report received from the inspector gives you the information needed to decide whether or not to buy the home in its present state, re-negotiate or have the seller fix some of the problems. In most cases, after a thorough house inspection the seller reduces the price of the house or fixes the various defects found in the home. This saves the buyer a substantial amount of money.

Hiring a building inspector is evidently vital during the home-buying process. Buying a home without one is similar to buying a car without even kicking the tires. Therefore, if you are ready to start house hunting make sure you are accompanied by a house inspector. Building inspections is the ultimate way to avoid maknig blunders when you want to purchase a new home.

Can I really save fuel with a Truck Wheel Alignment?

Most heavy vehicle owners in the transport industry are asking themselves – How can I save money on my running costs? How can I save on fuel consumption? Will a truck wheel alignment help?

Research & studies conducted around the world show that around 80 percent of medium to heavy vehicles are incorrectly aligned, or have a mis-alignment. If your truck, trailer or bus has incorrectly aligned wheels & axles, you have what we call increased rolling resistance when travelling on the road. This means the engine is working harder than required to push the truck along the road, and the end result is an increase in fuel consumption. Given that fuel can account for up to 50% of the operating costs of a truck or fleet, smart operators must explore all avenues to reduce fuel consumption.
Generally speaking, correcting even slight alignment issues have been shown to result in a saving of 3 – 10 percent on fuel.

3% doesn’t sound too significant does it? Lets take a closer look – One truck runs Brisbane to Sydney (return) 3 times a week (6,000 kms). That’s 312,000 kms a year. Fuel consumption average is 1.85 litres/km. That’s 577,200 litres, current local prices are around $1.49 per litre. Fuel cost for the year – $860,028.00. If you reduced fuel consumption by 3%, you would save $25,800.84!!
Your scenario may be different, but you can see that small changes can make a big difference to the bottom line of your business. There are other areas where you can save on running costs, which will be covered in another article.

If you own one truck or one hundred, and you are not having a regular truck wheel alignment performed as part of your maintenance schedule, you really need to contact your local truck wheel alignment specialist for a chat.

Truckologist is a mobile truck wheel alignment business based in Brisbane, Australia.

Line Boring Perth – What It Covers, and Why Engage Line Boring Solutions

Line Boring Solutions is a Perth based company that specialise in onsite precision machining across Western Australia. We are fully committed to offering professional services to all our clients.

But What Is Line Boring?
Mobile line boring Perth is a process through which heavy machines – too heavy or too expensive to move to a repair shop – can be repaired and fixed while in the field. In the process, bearing bores and pin IDs (inside diameters) are restored to factory specifications. It is also a great method for new semi-production manufacturers to bore almost any size bore, at any angle, to very close tolerances.

Line boring machining is a diversified way of precision boring. It is precise and fast, and its high degree of accuracy gives great results. The fact the whole process is performed onsite saves expensive downtime and transportation costs, making precision line boring very economical.
If used appropriately, portable line boring can eradicate the need for boring mills to bore inside diameters. It is the cheapest and fastest method of repairing heavy machinery.

Benefits of Portable Line Boring Perth
There is a wide range of good reasons why you should use precision line boring Perth. These include:

  • Flexibility in handling tough machine jobs; it can be done onsite
  • Easy access to even cramped, tight spaces ensuring top quality repair services
  • Reduced downtime as no time is wasted transporting machines to and from repair shops
  • All this means less lost business revenue to you.

Key Clients

Line Boring Solution does not discriminate. With our many years of experience, we can expertly handle both large and small jobs. Our client’s portfolio boasts of having some of the leading equipment suppliers across Australia, so you know you are in good hands whenever you hire us to help. Our clients have over the years expressed satisfaction with our quality and expertise, together with our reliability and accurate pricing.

 

We provide a Wide Selection of Line Boring Machining Solutions
Line Boring Solutions has all the advanced tools and equipments, in addition to the high level of technical expertise required to perform a wide range of engine line boring services to customers throughout Perth Australia. Our mobile line welding and line boring services cover complete reconditioning of articulated hitches of scrapers, loaders, dozers and buckets.

We can also rebuild up any machine or component to its factory size, which can help curtail the huge cost that come with purchasing brand new parts. Whenever practicable, we perform in-place precision line boring, eliminating the expenses and extra time involved with full engine removal and re-installation.

Reliable and Fast Services Is the Hallmark of Our Portable Engine Line Boring Perth Services
We fully understand that getting a machine fixed as quickly as possible is critical for getting your machine back on.the job. With our mobile capability (including an extra truck on standby), we are perfectly capable of offering fast and reliable precision line boring Perth to our happy client base. We are fully committed to getting your machine up and running as quickly as possible. We understand that keeping downtime to the minimum possible is good for our client’s business, and this is exactly what we do.
Our Line Boring Services Include;

  • ID Bore Welding
  • Milling
  • Bore Machining
  • OD Bore Welding
  • Drilling and Tapping

Our Machinists Are the Best in the Industry

Our line boring Perth services are delivered by highly trained and experienced machinist who will get the job right the very first time. Our experts have experience working with a wide range of engine brands. They are also fully capable of performing precision machining on many other types of machines. Whether your failed machine is housed in Perth or any other part of West Australia, our competent machinist are always willing and ready to come to help you. As part of our mobile line boring Perth package, our experts can also provide boilermakers and fitters to see the job from the start to completion.

 

What’s more, Line Boring Solutions takes great pride in ensuring safety of all people in the workplace. We always try to go beyond meeting work safety standards specifications of any off-site or on-site line boring services.For more information on our line boring services in Perth, feel free to give us a call today.

Choosing The Best Roof Restoration Services

Finding the right roof restoration services is one of the things that can help you to make a house better. However, you need to know how to choose from the many options that you are likely to find. Even though there are many kinds of roofs that anyone can use, it is good not note that not everything you come across can be good. This is the reason why roofing contractors often take some time to determine several things before they recommend anything. It is not good to just choose anything because you will be limiting your chances of finding the best.

Type of building
One of the things that you should look at is the type of building for which the roof is meant. A roof can only sufficiently serve its purpose if it is chosen for the right bundling. For instance, commercial roofing is a little different from what you need for your home and so, you have no choice but to choose appropriate. One thing that baffles most contractors is the assumption by some clients that every roof is the same. However, the truth is that there are specific characteristics that set every roof type apart from the rest.

Climatic and weather conditions
When choosing a good roof restoration service, you should also consider the weather conditions. Replacing a roof with a new one can greatly transform it. However, it does not favor the weather situations, you can be sure that all your efforts will be vain. Try to see the amount of rain, heat and other factors so that you end up with something that makes the house much better. There is nothing that you will gain when you rush to pick a roof and end up with the wrong one.

The costs
With the increasingly difficult financial situation that is being witnessed in almost every part of the world, you can expect that many people will be thinking about the costs of a roof restoration project. Many of them will be looking for more affordable options. However, it also is good to ensure that you do not get consumed so much by the desire to pay less and forget about the quality of the roof. If you do this, the only thing that can be expected is that you will end up with a roof that does not even meet your requirements. The best thing to do in such a situation is to find a balance between the quality and the price.

Roof restoration contractors, like the ones at http://retroroof.com.au, should also be chosen carefully. Regardless of the amount that you spend on this project, nothing good will come out of it if the contractor does not know what to do. This is the reason why you are required to take some time and find out the kind of equipment that they use, their experience as well as the skills. You might want to compare several contractors in your area so as to know who amongst them is best suited to work on your new roof.