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.
Local Electrician Services
Most modern homes will rely on electricity as their main source of power, and if things were to ever go wrong then the results are often very inconvenient at the very least. That’s where hiring a local electrician’s services can really help, and they can all but guarantee to get your home or appliances back in working order within delay.
When looking for a local electrician, there are a few things to bear in mind. The first is that they should be reliable and able to attend your home at a time to suit you. No one likes to wait around for a service provider, only to receive a phone call cancelling their booking for one reason or another. A reliable electrician should be available via phone or email, willing to visit your home at an agreed time and most importantly; happy to help.
The second thing to look for in your electrician is a friendly attitude. Awkward silences and unwanted conversations can often be the bane of a home owner, and allowing a stranger in to their home to do some work is worrying enough. Your local electrician services should provide an electrician who is friendly, polite and professional at all times.
Affordability is the next thing to consider, as no one enjoys wasting money if it’s avoidable. One of the greatest things about finding an electrician is that there will be plenty to choose from, so the competition is often quite fierce for your employment. This means that the majority of electricians will provide competitive quotes and fair prices, which will save you both time and money.
Electricity is dangerous, so ensuring that your electrician has the experience required to fulfil the task is of paramount importance. Fortunately, all qualified electricians will have had to undergo a strict training module before obtaining their qualifications. There may be instances where an electrician’s experience far outweighs their qualifications, and this is usually the case with the older generation of professionals. Never eliminate these electricians from your search as they will often be the most capable individuals available, with knowledge that outshines any college education.
The final thing to look for in your local electrician is the ability to communicate. Everyone’s heard horror stories where a home owner has had to overpay for a service that they didn’t agree too, and this is quite off-putting in itself. Your electrician should clearly communicate to you what’s going on, what they are doing and why they are doing it. That way, you can trust that they are taking care of necessary tasks, without worrying about being taken advantage of. If your local electrician meets all of the above criteria, then don’t hesitate to book their services.Read More
Security Systems for Gyms
It’s more important now than ever to ensure the security of your gym as innovative technology takes the lead in modern society. It’s no secret that businesses in every sector are feeling the need to update systems across their companies, from billing to access control systems, as the management of multiple software, platforms and databases becomes a daily struggle. Security systems are consistently failing gyms as staff are stretched to their limits and piggybacking issues are on the rise, so what kind of security systems for gyms should you be looking at to keep you up-to-date and to ensure the security of your customers?
Anti-tailgating devices work in areas where key and card security systems are failing. It’s no secret that unauthorized users can gain access to restricted areas by following behind an authorized user, so implementing an anti-tailgating device will simply stop these people from jumping through your entryway. Many gyms are already equipped with small mechanical turnstiles, so you get the idea. Other anti-tailgating device options are:
- Mechanical turnstiles in full height options
- Security revolving doors
- Optical turnstiles
- Individual doorway anti-tailgating devices
Video Analytics Systems
A video analytics system consists of a set of video cameras that are installed around problem areas to fully monitor their security. These cameras are linked up to a computer system that houses specialized software which works to detect and analyze the information that is picked up by the cameras. The most advanced of these systems can detect the precise proportions of a person or an object, and subsequently the direction in which they are traveling. These can be used to monitor access to single door areas, as well as for larger security portals when high traffic areas are in the most need.
Gym Management Systems and Specialized Security Software
As mentioned above, managing the daily workings of a gym can be complicated to say the least as staff are required to use many different platforms to run the premises. It can be both costly and time consuming to run separate systems to keep your gym going, so gym management systems and specialized security software could be the easiest solution.
Specialized security software can work to integrate your digital information. This means that your staff could easily gain access to member information, 24 hour security services and billing software all on one operating system. The most comprehensive gym management systems even integrate web-enabled software that can feature a user-based platform for entry, to negate the need for proximity cards and key fobs.
It may be worth it to bear in mind that at some point nearly all gyms will need to utilize the internet and web-enabled software, to keep up with the changing times and to compete with other businesses in the area. See more at alarm companies like AlarmInnovations in Bribane.Read More
General Construction Advice
Good Construction Consultants can give you essential general construction advice on all aspects of construction, both Commercial and Residential.
Good consultants can provide:
- Essential building advice for Owner Builders, which will ensure structural components and essential services are installed correctly.
- Material estimates and subcontractor payment rates can be established.
- Construction cost estimates can be given.
- Design consultations.
- Quality Control during the construction phase.
- Building Supervision during the construction phase.
A good Construction Consultancy would have extensive construction experience with the successful completion of over 300 building projects, including 5 commercial international resorts. We are experts in providing quality advice on all your construction issues, and confident that our services lead the market in this field.
A good Consultancy has full Professional Indemnity insurance cover and guarantees professional quality and structural quality and service with all of its reports.Read More
If you’ve noticed a leak or rupture in your pipe work, then it could be down to any one of several reasons. A leaky pipe can often lead to further problems down the line that range in severity, from minor water damage to your home or garden, all the way to extreme liquid build up that can collapse foundations. Although the latter is an extreme instance, it is still an occurrence that takes place a few times a year around the world.
The most common cause for a leaky pipe is a loose fitting. Although many pipes will run in relatively straight lines to transport water and liquids to their destination, most pipe systems will rely on corners and angles to help them with their journey. It’s typically these corner fittings that cause leaks and the main reason is either a misaligned pipe or a loose fitting. If you can access the pipe yourself then a simple fastening of the fitting will usually suffice, but for harder to reach spots or more complicated systems then it’s a good idea to call your local plumber and have them take care of the pipe relining for you.
Another problem that can occur with pipes is cracking. Both plastic and metal pipes can suffer with this sort of damage, especially if they have been impacted by a blunt object. There are certain fillers that can help to seal a crack in a pipe, but these are usually only temporary and a longer fix may be required before too long. Pipe replacements can be tricky, so this is another job for your friendly plumber who will know what needs doing up on careful evaluation and then take care of the task for you.
Heat is another thing that can affect the alignment of a pipe system. Plastic and metal expands in extreme heat, while it retracts in colder temperatures so a constant switch between the two can often leave pipe seams misaligned which can result in leaking. Pipe relining can be a difficult task to tackle, especially if you don’t have to tools to assist you so it’s always a good idea to get in touch with a plumber for an evaluation of what needs doing and how.
If you are finding that your pipes are leaking because of a fault in their initial installation, then this might not be as simple to fix as the above instances. A pipe reline can take anywhere between a few minutes and several days or longer depending on severity, especially if the pipes are underground. The best thing to do in any instance is to get in touch with your local plumbing service and request a review. This will offer you peace of mind as the task is handled by a qualified professional, as well as saving you time and risk of injury too. Read more at http://www.pipereliningsolutions.com.au/Read More
Storing your Dangerous Goods Properly
The term dangerous goods covers a whole range of products, from sharp objects and tools, all the way to chemicals and toxins. These products are a factor in everyday life and can be used for a huge host of reasons, but how can you make sure that your items are stored safely and kept out of harm’s way? Well that’s where dangerous goods storage cabinets come in very handy.
For a start, they’re available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, so whether you’re planning on sealing away a full sized rifle, or hoping to store entire tubs of chemicals and poisons for pest control; your options really are endless. It’s unfortunate to admit, but we’ve all heard horror stories about children and pets getting in to our cupboards and finding those hiding spots under the bed, only to be injured or killed after coming in to contact with a dangerous object or item.
Even the most secure cupboard can be accessed if the child knows where to look, and even the most well behaved dog can make its way in to a pot of rat poison hoping to find a hearty snack. That’s why protecting our loved ones from these dangerous products is a priority and fortunately storage cabinets and containers are now widely available to help the growing consumer base.
All that you’ll need to do to get started is decide on the right size of cabinet. It’s always a good idea to buy a storage cabinet that is slightly larger than you actually need; just in case you decide to store any other items if your collection should ever grow. If you have a group of tubs containing rat poison for example, then choosing a cabinet with shelves that are high up and out of reach of small children should be a priority. You’ll most likely find options to interchange your shelves so that you can modify their position and height if necessary, just be sure that your chosen cabinet has enough storage space to securely house your entire collection of dangerous goods.
So what if you are in need of a more specific dangerous goods storage cabinet that can be tucked neatly away out of sight? Well you’ll be able to find those too, all with a great range of features and functions that may or may not be suited to your situation. One of the greatest things about these types of cabinets is that they are constructed to withstand impacts and still remain secure. You can even lock them up tight and rest assured that even a chemical leak will be contained within the walls of your cabinet.
Don’t take the risk and expose your family and friends to a potentially fatal product; pick up your own dangerous goods storage cabinet today and rest assured knowing that your family will be safe and so will your goods.Read More
With all of the concerns about global warming and environmental fingerprints, it’s growing ever more important to econimize your home. That process has never been easier for new home builders than with TrendSetter Homes’ eco-friendly projects. From solar powered panels, to power savings electrical equipment, you can rest assured that your home will play a great role within the environment, while suiting you perfectly.
So how can you make sure that your home remains as eco-friendly as possible? Well there are a few options that are worth considering. The first and most popular is with solar panels. These panels are easily installed and can be placed out of sight so as not to detract from the aesthetic of your home. By installing solar panels, you can rely on the sunlight during the day to provide power to your electrical appliances, which can even go as far as to heat your water for showers and baths in the evening.
Another great eco-friendly option to consider is to replace all of your traditional bulbs with power saving ones. Typical bulbs will usually operate on anywhere between 40 and 120 watts of energy. Power saving bulbs however can operate on as low as 11 watts of energy, meaning that even 10 of them can be the equivalent of using one high powered light bulb. These are also available in a range of styles to suit your home, so you’ll never have to worry about detracting from your house’s appearance.
One of the most popular ways for people to save energy is to use power saving appliances. From extension cables to low-powered kettles, you’re guaranteed to find an amazing appliance at an affordable rate. At TrendSetter Homes, we ensure that all of our plug sockets and connections are universally compatible with appliances and pieces of hardware, so whether you intend to economise every room of your home, or just particular areas such as your garden or garage; you’ll never have to worry about a product being unsuitable. If you’re ever unsure, we can advise you on the best plan of action too.
If you’re really keen to make your home as eco-friendly as possible, it’s also a great option to have an irrigation system installed. These systems work by controlling the flow of water within pipes, which won’t just reduce the risk of water damage in the long run; it will also save you money and decrease energy waste.
One of the greatest things that a new home buyer can do is to have their home personalized to suit their needs. If you find that you’re struggling to come to a decision, or if you’d like to find out more information about our services, simply get in touch with us at TrendSetterHomes http://trendsetterhomes.com.au/ and our friendly team of advisors would be more than happy to help you in any way that we can.Read More
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OFFICE & COMMERCIAL BUILDING DESIGN COMPETITION, TARTUS,SYRIAعلى مر ألاف السنين، كانت المنارة البحرية جزءً لا يتجزأ من المشهد العمراني للمدن الساحلية. ومع مرور الوقت اندثرت هذه الصروح ليمحى معها عنصر من نتاج حضارات تاريخية رسمت فكراً وثقافةً وعلماً وأورثته الى أجيال لاحقة.
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Skyscraper Construction (Highrise Building Project) – Skyscraper Design And Construction (Building)The design and construction of skyscrapers involves creating safe, habitable spaces in very tall buildings. The buildings must support their weight, resist wind and earthquakes, and protect occupants from fire. Yet they must also be conveniently accessible, even on the upper floors, and provide utilities and a comfortable climate for the occupants. The problems posed in skyscraper design are considered among the most complex encountered given the balances required between economics, engineering, and construction management.
The Making of a Building by Karl Sabbagh. This classic four-part series offers a behind-the-scenes look at the design and construction of the 47-story, 770-foot tower on the site formerly occupied by New York’s famous Madison Square Garden. It follows the developers, architects, engineers and construction crews as well as neighborhood residents who sometimes oppose the project.
Developed by William Zeckendorf, Jr., Worldwide Plaza extended the Midtown commercial area towards the residential West Side into the neighbourhood of Hell’s Kitchen/Clinton. One of the largest and first tenants was the international advertising agency of Ogilvy & Mather, who signed on early and are often featured in the mini-series. The agency leased 600,000 square-feet and it was their home for two decades.
One Worldwide Plaza’s architect was David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and the building is crowned by a copper roof and glass pyramid known as “David’s Diamond”. The base of the building is granite and precast concrete. The tower facade is made of brick.
All four episodes are embeded. This documentary is a powerful story of money, architecture, public relations, technology and construction.
Good structural design is important in most building designs, but particularly for skyscrapers since even a small chance of catastrophic failure is unacceptable given the high prices of construction. This presents a paradox to civil engineers: the only way to assure a lack of failure is to test for all modes of failure, in both the laboratory and the real world. But the only way to know of all modes of failure is to learn from previous failures. Thus, no engineer can be absolutely sure that a given structure will resist all loadings that could cause failure, but can only have large enough margins of safety such that a failure is acceptably unlikely. When buildings do fail, engineers question whether the failure was due to some lack of foresight or due to some unknowable factor.
The load a skyscraper experiences is largely from the force of the building material itself. In most building designs, the weight of the structure is much larger than the weight of the material that it will support beyond its own weight. In technical terms, the dead load, the load of the structure, is larger than the live load, the weight of things in the structure (people, furniture, vehicles, etc.). As such, the amount of structural material required within the lower levels of a skyscraper will be much larger than the material required within higher levels. This is not always visually apparent. The Empire State Building’s setbacks are actually a result of the building code at the time, and were not structurally required. On the other hand John Hancock Center’s shape is uniquely the result of how it supports loads. Vertical supports can come in several types, among which the most common for skyscrapers can be categorized as steel frames, concrete cores, tube within tube design, and shear walls.
The wind loading on a skyscraper is also considerable. In fact, the lateral wind load imposed on super-tall structures is generally the governing factor in the structural design. Wind pressure increases with height, so for very tall buildings, the loads associated with wind are larger than dead or live loads.
Other vertical and horizontal loading factors come from varied, unpredictable sources, such as earthquakes.
The classic concept of a skyscraper is a large steel box with many small boxes inside it. The genius of the steel frame is its simplicity. By eliminating the inefficient part of a shear wall, the central portion, and consolidating support members in a much stronger material, steel, a skyscraper could be built with both horizontal and vertical supports throughout. This method, though simple, has drawbacks. Chief among these is that as more material must be supported (as height increases), the distance between supporting members must decrease, which actually, in turn, increases the amount of material that must be supported. This becomes inefficient and uneconomic for buildings above 40 stories tall as usable floor spaces are reduced for supporting column and due to more usage of steel.
Since 1963, a new structural system of framed tubes appeared
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