The Feature Wall: Your Options

Are you painting your new home, or have decided to re-paint? When you’re completing some internal painting there are many creative choices to make, and if you’re deciding on things with other people, the process can be quite tiring. If you want to add some extra spark to a boring or subtle colour scheme, why not look into your options when it comes to a feature wall?

A feature wall can be created in many ways and more people are choosing to add it into their homes as a way to add a unique style statement. Make sure that you have a clear vision and the resources you require to complete the job, as this is a wall that stands out, it needs to be be precise.

Picture Gallery?

Perhaps you want to create a feature wall that isn’t purely a specific colour? If you want to go further lengths to create something truly unique and special, how about creating a picture gallery creation? Firstly you’ll need to decide what sort of pictures you want your guests to see, is it your family memories, paintings, or professional photography?

You can pretty much create whatever you like when it comes to creating a wall based around pictures, from the size of the photos, to the colour behind the photos (backdrop). In order to design something truly spectacular you need to look at some thorough planning.

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Painting?

Painting a feature wall is probably the most common choice. When you decide that you want to add a bit more edge to your interior a vibrant feature wall can bring your home new life. If you choose to use paint to create a feature wall you need to consider which wall you’re going to paint, whether it will suit a new colour in comparison to rest of your walls.  You can either go for something really bold , or use a colour that already exist in your colour scheme, and make it the feature colour. Most people will use tones that compliment each other, and are usually light tones, however it’s completely an individual choice. Dark colours will make the wall appear closer, so take this into consideration when deciding your tones.

You can even implement some stencil work if you have confidence and the right resources. Find a stencil pattern that will suit your theme, then choose your background colour and stencil colour.

A lot of fun can be had creating a feature wall, just think it through in relation to your surroundings and you can enhance your interior.

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Wallpaper?

Another choice for your feature wall could be the inclusion of some unique wallpaper? Painting is usually easier for most beginners when it comes to creating a feature wall, however if you’re brave, and research all the techniques, wallpaper can produce amazing results. You will also find there are a lot of different types of wallpaper you can choose from, including fabric wallpaper, or your own vintage style wallpaper.

If you want to find wallpaper that perfectly suits your home then make sure you look online, in shops and places you least expect. Wallpaper isn’t one type of material, you can make it whatever you desire.

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These ideas are only a few of the things to think about when deciding on a feature wall, however you can look far and wide to find more in depth information. Start with the basics and with your raw ideas, then make sure you delve deeper to find something truly unique. Decorating can be a fun task, but if you want to attain your vision you must be prepared for some work.

If you decide that perhaps you don’t want to take on painting or wallpaper yourself, try talking or booking a professional. It’s your choice,  get that mind into overdrive!

 

How to select the right wood varnish for your decking?

Are you in the middle of renovating and chosen to install  backyard decking? Or perhaps you’ve already got some decking but think it could use a fresh look? When trying to decide the wood treatment for your decking it’s best to do some thorough research on all aspects of the process. Many people will provide advice on different techniques for staining, varnishing and painting decking, however you need just need to understand the basics.

Making sure you get your decking looking the way you desire you need to take into consideration many things.

Consider Your Wood Type

Different wood types will look different when painted and stained. Make sure you know what wood you’re using and how it affects the choice of stain and paint.

How Much Are You Willing To Spend?

Varnishes and paints come in many different variations, you need to be careful when choosing them dependent on price. You need to have a general understanding on what each varnish will provide and how long it will last in certain weather conditions. Once you have a basic knowledge on all pricing, you can set a budget that will suit your purposes.

Amount Of Sun That Reaches The Deck

Sun is a major downfall to keeping your decking healthy, and so you need to consider how much sun will affect your decking. You will need to choose a varnish or paint that will have the right protective elements.

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Varnish Categories

Paint:

Choosing to go with paint requires a lot of risk, if you’re unsure about your choice of colouring and whether you complete the painting properly. Painting your deck means that you’re not allowing any of the colour of your wood to come through in the result, instead you’re buying exactly what you should get. However you need to buy a paint that has some in built protection element, and you should be adding a layer of protective varnish (primer/sealer). Many people shy away from paint because it can wear quicker in the heat and if you change your mind then it is difficult to get off.

Solid Stains:

If you choose a solid stain then you’ll be hiding the texture and grain of your decking, however you will get a stronger visual result. If your wood has any texture damage, this type of stain can hide these. It has a high UV protection which is a major positive for your decking life.

Semi- Transparent:

You can have different colour tones for this type of stain, and it will last longer than sealers. However if you do choose this stain then you need to be sure with the mixed in colour, as it’s deliberately noticeable. Choosing Semi-Transparent can compliment your surrounding areas nicely if you choose your colour accordingly.

Sheer (or Tinted):

When you choose to use a sheer/ or tinted stain you’ll only see minimal colouring weaved into the result, so it isn’t as risky if you mess up. You should be confident that your wood will look nice with this stain, as it will provide a hint of colour, changing your original wood colour slightly. It’s a very safe option if you just want a minimalist result that will only waver from your wood slightly.

Clear/Transparent:

If you’re looking for your wood to get some protection from the sun and weather, but don’t want the colour to change at all, this option is for you. A transparent stain will provide water protection and will be absolutely clear in its result, allowing you to see the full benefit of your chosen wood. You should apply this type of sealer every year to ensure it keeps up it’s protecting capabilities. It’s best to use this when you’ve chosen a wood that you really like and don’t want to ruin it’s look.

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You’ll find that there are many brands and types of stains, paints and sealers, it’s up to you to figure out what will best suit your decking. If you want some further help with this process you can call in the help of a professional painter.

Make sure you put lots of time into your decking and choice of varnish.

Glass Pool Fencing: Your Options And Benefits

Have you just installed a new pool? Or perhaps you’re looking into installing one for those hot summer days and nights? When choosing to install a pool there are lots of things you need to consider, from design, to land considerations. Getting a pool is a huge investment, and even bigger decision. Your kids may be nagging you for the best pool in the market, but in end there is a lot to think about. You start asking questions like how much will it be used and how safe is it?

However if you do decide that you’re going ahead with pool installation, one thing that needs to be addressed is pool fencing, an important safety measure.

Pool fencing doesn’t mean adding an ugly element to the pool, now days there are many different types of pool fencing.

Depending on the look of your pool and your budget, you can have whatever look or ‘style’ your desire. If you’re a family with small children then installing pool fencing is extremely important, and with small children you probably don’t want fencing that’s too fancy or expensive. However with most pool fencing types you could find features that less than perfect when looking at child safety.

-Choosing fencing that’s made from vertical railing is common among most people, as it’s the lower cost solution, with many variations available. You can have pool fences that have loop tops, or ones that are flat.

-You can get fences made from both aluminum and steel

However it seems that the option of glass pool fencing is becoming more fashionable, as it looks cleaner and sophisticated. Furthermore there are different variations of glass pool fencing, lets look at the options you have when deciding on glass pool fencing.

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Semi Frameless Glass Pool Fencing:

-Semi Frameless glass pool fencing is unique in that it has obvious structure points connecting the glass pieces, such as metal poles.

-All of the poles connecting the glass fencing adds strength to the entire fence structure, making it durable through nasty weather.

-A lot of people choose semi frameless fencing due to it’s greater strength, especially when kids are involved.

 

Fully Frameless Fencing:

-In general most people would agree that fully frameless fencing is more aesthetically pleasing, due to the fact it doesn’t have balustrades built into the structure.

-Fully frameless fencing will not be as strong when it comes to extreme weather, so it’s best consider your weather patterns before choosing this type of glass fencing.

 

Coloured Glass Fencing:

-Coloured glass fencing is just an additional visual aspect that can enhance the look of your property and pool.

-Coloured glass fencing is also know as toned glass, as it’s created through mixing metal oxides to the glass.

-You can get a range of different colours : grey, blue, green and even bronze.

-Colour intensity is reliant on how the mixture is created, more metal oxides will produce a much stronger colour.

-You can get this coloured effect with both frameless and semi frameless styles.

-Most people choose specific colours to match their home or backyard, as it can be a beautiful addition to your property.

 

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In general glass pool fencing has many benefits:

  • Kids can’t sneak through gaps
  • Less hinges
  • You can see through the fencing easily, which allows you a great view of the pool, and also the ability to watch the pool activity
  • Kids cannot climb over glass as easy, as the panels are flat
  • Visually it provides a sense of more space
  • It will not rust or rot over time

Make sure you look at the options before installing a pool fence, and do some further research. It’s important that you’re going to be content with your decision in the future. If however you decide that glass pool fencing is the option for you, getting it installed can be completed by a glazier. Try talking with the team at Glass Northern Beaches- Bowen Glass.

 

Thermal Imaging and Your Electrician

Do you know what thermal imaging is? If you don’t know the specifics or simply don’t know at all, it’s time for a quick look. Thermal imaging isn’t on it’s own useful, it’s when used in relation to other areas, such as electrical functioning, there are many benefits. If you see the term ‘thermal imaging’ used when talking to an electrician or if it’s listed as a service of an electrician, it’s important to have an understanding of what this means, if not for your own personal understanding.

What is Thermal Imaging?

Understanding thermal imaging isn’t rocket science, however the way it works is quite remarkable. Also know as infrared thermography, this is a term which describes the way in which humans can measure heat. Humans cannot see infrared energy, but this energy is emitted through all objects, it’s a different substance than light. Every object emits a different level of radiation and this is something that can be seen through technology of thermal imaging cameras.

Thermal imaging cameras are the devices which are used to measure this energy, and this process is called ‘thermal imaging’. When you look into the camera you will be able to see different colours which represent heat levels, so you can see what objects are warm, and what are cool. In itself this is a nifty scientific feature, however being able to see the different levels of heat is useful for more practical measures. You’ll notice that if you look into the camera all humans and warm blooded animals will be easily recognised. It also doesn’t matter whether it’s day or night, you can still still different infrared energy. Thermal imaging is perfect for when you want or need to see humans in the dark.

All images captured via thermal imaging can be saved for later for analysis.

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Thermal Imaging and Electrical Uses

Thermal imaging can be used for many different things, but one of it’s best uses is for determining heat patterns in your electrical systems. Electricians often use this technique when trying to measure your electrical system faults and issues. When certain electrical wires or cables emit an unusual amount of heat, electricians have the ability to see this through thermal imaging, making their job a whole lot easier.

Electricians will complete scans of  electrical equipment, looking for hot spots that may be of danger to individuals and families. Through thermal imaging electricians can be provided a full analysis report on electrical systems, and then be able to translate findings to clients. With scientific findings it allows clients to also see the need for electrical faults to be fixed and rectified. All electrical parts that are about to fail will emit unusual amounts of heat.

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Some of the electrical equipment that can be scanned:

-Power Factor Correction Units

-Overhead Lines

-High Voltage and Low Voltage Equipment

-Switchboards and More!

As you can see thermal imaging can be of major help to all electricians, and by understanding the functioning of thermal imaging it allows you to better appreciate your electrical services. If you want to keep you and your family safe from electrical faults this method of servicing is excellent. Not all electricians use thermal imaging, however some find it a very important to their work.

Backflow Prevention?

Ever heard the term backflow prevention?

Some people may already be knowledgeable in backflow prevention; however to those who haven’t explored the term, it’s time to look into this plumbing element.

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Everyone has a water system running through their property, which is shared amongst others, and keeping this water flowing appropriately is extremely important.  If water becomes contaminated this can affect the supply of drinking water, and hence cause a major outbreak of sickness. Our plumbing systems are built to regulatory standards to ensure the water is at no risk of contamination, and a part of the prevention elements is backflow prevention.

Every property has different risks with plumbing systems, and backflow prevention will be adjusted dependent on many factors. However your risk of backflow is calculated through different categories that indicate how often the system needs to be checked.

Your risk category can be assessed by a licensed plumber, who can then suggest the right backflow prevention device. All plumbers are bound by Australian Standards when it comes to backflow prevention, meaning you don’t need to worry about whether your plumber is going to provide you the correct device.

Backflow by simple definition is when the flow of water is turned back in the other direction, which causes a reverse pressure.

If the water flow does go backwards this can be because of a few different issues with the water pressure:

-If you are using water at an increased level than that supplied by your water utility company

-If there is some sort of break in the water main that’s supplying you water (causing siphonage)

-Heavy use of water from main system

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In order to prevent this backflow from occurring, as mentioned above, there are specific backflow prevention systems. Backflow systems include check valves, which relieves back pressure, and also air gaps in the system. Your air gap examples could simply be the gap between a sink rim and wall mounted faucet.

Hopefully with this basic information you can have a greater understanding on the term ‘backflow prevention’ and how it affects you when it’s not in working order. It’s best to understand plumbing terminology as best you can to ensure you are always on top of all potential issues.

If you think there’s any risk or problem with your backflow system then you should act immediately, as clean water supply is a basic need for everyone. If you’re concerned about your backflow system or any other plumbing issue, sometime is just best to contact a professional, perhaps the team at Plumber Albany Creek- Billy Bunts Plumbing?.