Wall Removal – Removing Load Bearing Walls

Removing Load Bearing Walls

 

There often comes a time in every home owner’s life where they feel the need to remove a load bearing wall. Whether a load bearing wall is an eyesore within your property, or if it just simply messes with the flow of your home, you may find it’s time to totally change up your living space. But what do you actually do when removing load bearing walls? Let’s take a look at all of the things that you need to consider before you make that all important decision!

 

What is a load bearing wall?

 

A load bearing wall refers to the wall(s) that both hold and distribute the weight of your home evenly across the entire structure. As these walls need to ‘bear the load’ of floors, ceilings and more, they need to be pretty heavy duty. What this means for you is that it’s a tricky task, but it’s by no means an impossible one.

 

Which walls are load bearing?

 

When it comes to wall removal, you need to know which walls are load-bearing before you start the project of removing them. Load bearing walls are typically found around the center of a building, and often run at right angles to the floor joists. It may be worth it to bear in mind that if a wall doesn’t have any extra walls, posts, or alternative supports directly above it, then it’s not likely to be load-bearing. Looking within your attic can also give you clues as to whether walls are load bearing or not, because ‘knee’ walls (3″ or shorter walls that support roof rafters) are generally placed directly above load bearing walls in many structures.

 

Alternative methods of support for load bearing walls

 

When you remove a load bearing wall, it is essential that you implement an alternative method to support the weight of your home’s structure. There are a few different methods that you can choose from, so be sure to find out exactly which will work best for your living space before you begin wall removal. Posts and headers and even load-bearing beams can more than do the job and although the project may require heavy lifting and some carpentry, it shouldn’t be too hard to undertake.

 

Taking the necessary precautions before you remove a load bearing wall

 

You will need to acquire a permit from your local authority before removing or replacing load bearing walls, as it is against the law to undertake any major structural changes without gaining the correct permissions. When you submit the paperwork for your permit, a building inspector will have the opportunity to double check all of your planned changes, which will work to ensure that the wall removal project itself is safe. You may find that the certain floor systems need to be better supported, or that you may need to use slightly different materials to what you have already planned to use, to get the safest possible alternative support for your home.

 

If you would like more information about removing load bearing walls at home, or if you need a professional team to tackle the project for you, please feel free contact us here at http://www.hypergrind.com.au/ for all of your wall removal needs.

 

Swimming Pool Pumps And Pool Supplies

How much money can I save with an eco-pump.

 

You will almost always save money with an eco-pump the question is how much will I save and is it worthwhile.

 

Eco-pumps come in two types, there is the older three speed model where each individual speed is fixed and cannot be changed, there is also a newer variable speed model which has three buttons low medium high each of which can be adjusted to whatever speed you like.swimming pool suppliers

The new adjustable speed pumps do not cost much more than the older fixed 3 speed version and have a significant advantage in that you can set your pool up to its most economical flow rate.

 

The amounts of money you can save very much depends on what size pump is already installed in your pool.

At $0.28 per kilowatt a 1 hp pump that is running eight hours per day in late spring /summer, four hours per day in winter and six hours per day in spring and autumn will cost the following.

 

Spring summer 18 weeks 28c x .75kw 7 x 8 x 18 = $211.68

Spring autumn  21 weeks 28c x .75kw 7 x 6 x 21 = $185.22

Winter               13 weeks 28c x .75kw 7 x 4 x 13 =$76.44

 

Total  =$473.34

 

Total operating cost for a 1 hp pump is  $473.34

Total operating cost for a 1.5 hp pump is $710.01

 

Some older 1 hp pumps and 1.5 hp pumps will consume up to 20% more energy than this, so it’s clear when a pump manufacturer advertises their three speed pump or eco-pump as saving over thousand dollars per year unless the pump prints money this can’t be done.

 

However eco-pumps can save you a significant amount of money and pay for themselves very quickly especially if you currently have a 1.5 hp pump.

 

An eco-pump will have to run for longer hours than a standard pool pump the cost calculation looks like this.

 

Spring summer 18 weeks 28c x .2kw 7 x 14 x 18 = $98.78

Spring autumn  21 weeks 28c x .2kw 7 x 10 x 21 = $82.32

Winter               13 weeks 28c x .2kw 7 x   7 x 13 = $35.67

 

Total = $216.77

 

total operating cost for an eco-pump replacing a 1.0 hp pump is   $216.77

total operating cost for an eco-pump replacing a 1.5 hp pump is    $295.00

 

The reason why an eco-pump costs more to run when it is being used to replace a 1.5 hp pump is that the pump will have to be run at a higher setting or for more hours because typically the 1.5 hp pump is fitted to a larger pool that has a higher water circulation requirement.

 

As you can see the savings are huge, when you can run an eco-pump at its lowest setting you will save between $250 and $415 per year.

 

Unfortunately you can not always run an eco-pump at its lowest setting. The two main reasons this will occur is when you have a suction automatic pool cleaner connected to your skimmer box and when you have a salt chlorinator.

Most suction automatic pool cleaners require a higher setting on the pump to clean the pool and if you have an automatic salt chlorinator the eco-pump may not fill the cell up with water requiring a higher setting on the pump.

 

If you have a suction pool cleaner connected to your skimmer it is more likely that the eco-pump will run on its medium setting so the operating cost of the pump will increase to $300 per year when replacing a 1 hp pump or to $400 per year if replacing a 1.5 hp pump.

 

The operating cost of the eco-pump can be $300 to $400 per year if the speed is turned up to fill the salt cell if fitted.

 

The savings are still significant but you won’t save a thousand dollars per year on your pool operating costs

 

 

 

 

 

OH&S Training: Create a secure, safe and well managed building site

It is the duty of employers to take care for ensuring that all your employees are equipped with apposite training in their rights and responsibilities under the OH&S training act. Employers who have ignored and neglected this aspect due to operational or even the time restriction put their company as well as staff at risk.

 

OH&S training provides employers with a cost effective solution which aims to ensure that all employees are properly trained within the first few hours of starting their employment. The courses are specifically designed for companies that want to implement OH&S training management systems. An effective OH&S management system successfully boosts the staff morale; allows them to concentrate on core business activities that are also reflected in the form of the increased level of performance and productivity.

 

Your employees can simply log on and do the course online onsite as well without consuming the precious time from the supervisor or the HR department of the organisation. The online courses on OH&S training cover all key topics required under the various State Acts in order to ensure that complete and proper knowledge transfer takes place among the new employee. Many of the employees are able to complete the course in less than an hour – this gives your company a legal testimony about the training completion and that your employees are fully-informed and ready. By Joe Nahas

 

An OH&S training system allows you to create a safe, secure and well-managed workplace through:

  • Identification and minimisation of the hazards associated with your organisation’s business
  • Decrease in risks of legal action for employee’s compensation and liability claims
  • Reduction in the incidents, accidents and injuries that take place at the workplace
  • Providing due diligence confirmation should an incident or accident occur

 

Overall, the OH&S training courses benefit employers, workers, as well as supervisors.

More at http://stag.net.au/

 

Common Causes of Blocked Drains

Common Causes of Blocked Drains

It is never cheap to call a plumber to unclog your blocked drains. This is why it is important to avoid items that could cause blockage to keep the drains running properly. Here are some of the simple things that cause expensive plumbing costs.

The first one is the hair. Hair in the shower drain and bathroom sink can build up over time. Pasta should never be thrown down the drain. Grease sticks to the pipes and can lead to clogs. Paper products such as paper towels and toilet paper can also cause blocked drains, especially if you flush too much at one time.

Leadlights and Stained Glass

One of the most beautiful additions you can make to your home are decorative windows. Leadlights and stained glass are a beautiful touch and add some colour on gloomy days.

these can be added new to an existing property or if you are doing renovations to an older style building you can carefully restore the original stained glass windows to its original condition. Either way you will need a dedicated professional who really understands their trade. Leadlight and stained glass repairs in the Sydney suburbs like Mosman or the North Shore can be fixed up by http://www.ameakinleadlights.com.au/.

Keeping Your Sydney Home Cool

Low Cost of Air Conditioner Repairs

If you want to ensure that your home is cool during the warm summer months, the air conditioning unit must be maintained in good working order. People are hesitant to call for help because they think that air conditioner repairs are costly and instead they try to fix the problem on their own.

This should not be the case. The moment you find something wrong with your air conditioner, you must call an expert right away. The earlier the problem is diagnosed; the less expensive the repairs will be. There are several reputable companies that offer low cost air con repairs services.