4 Uses for a Gazebo

October 17, 2016 The Amateurs Digest 0

A gazebo will add a touch of elegance to your outdoor area and if you choose the covered in style can have many more uses. When compared to a verandah, they are relatively cheap to build, depending on the style, size and building materials used. If you were wondering whether it would be worthwhile to add a gazebo to your garden, here are 4 uses to consider

  • First and foremost, the gazebo is used as a place to sit down and relax while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. Yet because they have a roof they also provide shade when the sun gets high and hot overhead. So if you would like a sheltered place to enjoy viewing your garden, have a coffee or talk to a friend, a gazebo is for you.



How to Maintain Your Colorbond Roof

March 24, 2015 The Amateurs Digest 0

One of the best advantages of a Colorbond roof is that it is so easy to maintain. Usually, all that is required is rain on the roof to wash off the dust and debris that collects over time. However, there are a few other things to be aware of that will protect your roof and guttering even more.

Why debris may collect on the roof

When things are added to the roof, it can cause a build-up of leaves and debris to remain around where it is connected to the roof. If it is large enough to throw shade and you have a spell of cold, wet weather, mould can develop that causes dampness to remain on the roof and this will eventually cause rust. Items such as a satellite dish can have this effect.  It is therefore important to clean the area off every 6-12 months to ensure no damp debris remains in place. A hose down and a wipe over with a soft broom or brush should be sufficient to remove the mould.



Cut Glare with a Pergola

March 17, 2015 The Amateurs Digest 0

The rise in popularity with people getting pergolas installed in the homes is because many people who live in the south or southwest areas of Australia find that the windows of their homes let in a great deal of glare. There are two main reasons for this.

  1. The sun is at a much lower angle in those areas
  2. The home was not oriented to take advantage of the best angle

There is not much you can do about the sun, but there are several things that can be done to cut the glare.  Using blinds is not always the answer, because then the rooms become too dark. Even Venetian blinds don’t work well because that glare is so blinding it still shines in through the narrow gaps between the slats.



Upgrading Your Floor on Budget

February 8, 2015 The Amateurs Digest 0

The floor of the home gets constant wear and tear, especially if you have children and inside pets. Carpet especially tends to wear and age quickly when it is in a high traffic area. The floor is a part of the house that is very visible, so if yours is making you think of calling a removalist, why not upgrade? It will really make a big difference to the look and feel of your home – and add value into the bargain.

There are many flooring choices; some of them more budget friendly than others. For instance, these days vinyl floor coverings come in many grades and the more expensive ones are top quality, durable and look great – and are still cheaper than other kinds of flooring.  If you choose one that should be glued down, there will be no buckling when the weather gets hotter, as you find in some of the loose lay types.


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Reasons to Consider Equipment Hire

May 22, 2014 The Amateurs Digest 0

No matter what kind of project is planned, equipment of some kind will be necessary to get it done. However, not every company can consider purchasing such equipment themselves, then employing a skilled operator. They may be able to lease it at an affordable cost, but there is still the question of getting an operator; one that is skilled enough to do the job in question.

The way to solve the dilemma is to hire both the equipment and its operator for the duration of the project, or for the length of time it is needed, which may not be for the whole time of the project. Equipment hire will save a great deal on the cost of purchasing a large piece of equipment that may only be in use for a day or two. It also saves the problem of where to store and how to transport it to the project site. If those costs have to be added to the cost of the project it may end up costing more than the owner is willing to pay.



8 Essential Elements of Security Fencing

July 25, 2013 The Amateurs Digest 0

Security fencing is essential in many areas and for many different types of places, from residential to commercial. It not only keeps unwanted intruders or vandals out; it protects the public from harm in many cases, should they accidentally wander into a construction zone or some other hostile environment where they may suffer injury.

To do its job properly, there are 8 elements of security fencing that must be in place. These are:-

  • If a security fence is not high enough, people will be able to climb over it. That is why most such fences are 6-8 feet high.



How to Get Paint Off Your Carpet

May 17, 2012 The Amateurs Digest 0

It happens. You are happily repainting your bedroom or living area and suddenly a big blob of paint falls off the roller or brush. Of course, you will have already covered the carpet carefully with a paint sheet or tarp, but somehow the paint still seems to get on the carpet through some tiny hole.  Carpet cleaning is in order, but don’t clean the carpet as you would for ordinary dirt or spill.

Many people use water-based paint for their home these days because it is so easy to put on and clean up. And it is just as durable as oil based paint. But it is almost impossible to get out of the carpet, whether it has long or short fibres.  If you press that paint into the carpet with a cloth or kitchen paper towel, the colour will seep right through the fibres into the backing and never come out.