Patricia's Construction and Contracting Blog: Tips for Novices to Experts

  • 4 Issues You Should Discuss With a Window Tint Installer

    17 November 2016

    The best window tints are usually selected after carefully considering the needs of the client. This article discusses some of the key issues that you should discuss with a window installer before the window tints for your home are selected. Types of Windows Not all types of windows will require the same tint percentage (the amount of light blocked by the tint film). For instance, double glazed windows may require a lighter tint to achieve the same effect that a darker tint film would have on a single-pane window.

  • The Farmer's Dilemma: The Energy Efficient Dairy Farm

    1 August 2016

    With increasing energy prices and an increased focus on carbon emission in Australia, dairy farmers face immense pressure to cut on energy cost. While there are a lot of fixed cost you can't reduce such as animal feeds and veterinary bills, with a few improvements on energy inefficiencies, you can control your energy costs, stay competitive and at the same time shrink your greenhouse emissions. By reducing your energy bill, you can save a substantial amount of money which you can plow back into your farm for increased production and future use.

  • Electrical Emergency? Save Lives With These 4 Quick Actions To Extinguish A Fire In Your Home

    26 July 2016

    Safety is at the helm of everything you do in your home, especially when you have less mobile toddlers or seniors living with you. In the event of a fire emergency breaking out because of faulty electrical systems, jagged wires and burnt outlets, you can save lives by undertaking these quick actions to extinguish an electrical fire in your home. Call an emergency electrician immediately once the fire is extinguished to ensure it doesn't happen again.

  • Keep It Clean, Keep It Green: Protecting Synthetic Grass From Southern Winters

    11 July 2016

    Whether you use it for sport, relaxation or simply making a lawn that your dog won't dig up overnight, synthetic grass can be a practical and surprisingly attractive choice for low maintenance outdoor surfaces. However, synthetic grass must be protected from inclement weather in much the same way as real lawns, and the cold, wet winters that hang over Australia's southern reaches can do a lot of damage to your turf.

  • Top Air Conditioner Problems and How to Handle Them

    11 July 2016

    Comfort is paramount in every home, both during the warm and cold season.  An air conditioning unit creates a fresh and comfortable atmosphere in your home when blazing temperatures hit during the summer. There is nothing worse than having the unit blitz out on you without when you need it most. Luckily, like any other system, common air conditioner problems can be easily fixed. Sometimes, you may not even need an HVAC contractor to fix it for you.

  • Things to Consider Before Installing Porcelain Tile

    30 June 2016

    If you are looking to have new flooring tile installed in your home, you might want to consider porcelain tile. This type of tile is similar to ceramic, but it is fired at higher temperatures, therefore it has a lot of durability and unique finishes. Here are some things to think about before you decide on porcelain tile for your home. Poreclain Tile is Very Durable An excellent benefit to choosing porcelain tile is that it is highly durable.

  • What Most Homeowners Don't Know About Handling Their Own Concrete Repair

    29 June 2016

    Damage to your home's driveway, walkways, patio, and other concrete areas can be addressed on your own, and you don't always need to rent an actual cement mixing truck and order large batches of concrete to do this; there are many small repair kits you can use to fill in cracks and chips much more quickly and easily. However, you might note a few things that many homeowners overlook about concrete crack repair, which can mean poor quality repairs; this will help you to avoid this problem with your own home.

  • The Various Pros of Sectional Garage Doors

    22 June 2016

    If you are looking to replace your garage doors, you will find there are numerous options that you could consider. If you would like a door that is user friendly, especially if you operate your garage doors on a regular basis, then you should consider sectional garage doors. Here are some of the pros of these garage doors.  Sectional garage doors are attractive  One of the reasons why you should consider sectional garage doors is that they will enhance the curb appeal of your home.

  • Whose Trash Is Your Skip Bin?

    22 June 2016

    Fortunately, a permit is all that you need in order to place a rental skip bin along the nearest footpath until you're done demolishing. The main problem with placing rental skips in public places is that it encourages the illegal dumping of trash. In this regard, here's what you need to know before you hire a skip bin and before you apply for that permit. Why Illegal Dumping Should Be A Concern

  • Interior Painters | 3 Actions To Prep Your Walls For Painting

    17 June 2016

    With the hourly rates of painters ranging from $18 to $40, you may want to do some of the wall prep work on your own if you're looking to save some money. Adding a fresh coat of paint infuses new energy into any room, so make sure you get the preparation right for an excellent finish. Use Dishwashing Liquid And Water To Clean Your Walls Your walls should be properly cleaned to help the paint hold well on the wall surface, while preventing underlying marks from showing through the new coats.