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Monthly Archives: June 2017

All about Concrete Foundations for Smaller Walls

Before starting to dig any trenches, however, there are a couple of points to be taken into consideration. You shouldn’t dig any trenches too close to the house, as they could undermine the building. This is especially so in the case of older houses, where concrete might not have been used in the foundations. Also, check with your local Authority to see if you need planning permission. I’ve heard of instances where they have insisted on walls being demolished because of the fact that planning permission was not sought beforehand.

For single thickness walls, which are 100mm (4in) thick, 300mm (12in) strip foundations should be adequate. For double thick walls, you’ll need to dig out a trench about 450mm (18in) wide. Remember that for a single thickness wall over 450mm (18in) high, you’ll need to build piers alongside it every so often to strengthen it. Those should be about 1.8m (6ft) apart, and you should widen the trench by 200mm (8in) to accommodate them. Dig down about 350mm (14in) or further until you find hard ground. You should begin the brickwork below ground level, so the top of your concrete should be set accordingly. If it’s going to be a fairly long wall, it might be worth your while hiring a skip. You can get rid of the soil straightaway, so that it won’t be in your way later on. If the ground has a slope in it, you’ll have to step the foundations–work out the height and the length of each step by using the size of the bricks that you’re going to use, plus allowing a bit extra for the mortar joints and beds. If you’re going to have a 90 degree angle in your wall, use a builder’s square, (remember your geometry from schooldays), which has sides of 3:4:5

For the concrete, you can use ready mix, but it can be expensive if you’re doing a large area. You can easily mix your own, using ballast that is made up of gravel and sharp sand along with ordinary cement. For a small amount of concrete, you can mix it by hand, but if there’s a large area, it’s probably better to hire a mixer. If mixing by hand, have your ballast on concrete or a sheet of plywood, so that it will be easier to shovel. Set some bricks at the required height (top of the foundation) a couple of metres apart, tip in your concrete, working it in with a spade to get rid of any air bubbles, and use a stout piece of wood to smooth it out between the bricks. Repeat this for the whole length of the foundation.

Remember that weather conditions can affect your well-laid plans. If you’re not going to lay the concrete straightaway, it’s advisable to cover the trench with boards and sheeting to keep the rain off.

Some Advantages from Cork Flooring

Natural cork is a fire inhibitor, not spreading the flame. Cork also does not release any toxic gases on combustion. Another major benefit is the fact that cork is antimicrobial and insect repellant. Even termites are unwelcome. The suberin, the inherent substance of cork, is a natural insect repellent

Perhaps the most valuable asset of cork flooring is the ease of maintenance. Today, waxing is no longer needed. Sweeping and mopping will be the usual maintenance. A few years down the road when the finish starts to wear off, lightly sand the floor and reapply a new coat of urethane. Your floor will last for several decades.

High heels and furniture can do no damage! Cork flooring tiles are typically protected with a durable environmentally friendly urethane containing no formaldehyde. When cork is subjected to pressure, the gas in the cells is compressed and volume reduces considerably. When released from pressure, cork recovers very rapidly to its original shape. Cork is remarkably resistant to wear, as it is less affected by impact and friction than other hard

Picks of House Foundation Layouts

The slab house foundation is a concrete slab poured on top of the soil grade with no spaces. No room for a crawl space or basement. These are typically used in areas where water can be high in the soil. The crawlspace foundation is used in areas where there is an abundance of clay soil. Crawlspaces allow you to have a small access between the soil and the first floor of the home.

The basement foundation is used a lot for colder climates because they sit below frost levels. A basement also allows you to have space between the soil and first floor, but unlike the crawlspace, a basement is large enough to be used as an extra room in the house.

House foundation layouts differ from house to house. Some house foundations use concrete masonry units or insulated concrete forms for the foundation walls and support. There are different forms for foundation layouts even though they are all typically made with concrete.

The foundation of any home is extremely important and should be evaluated in the instance of buying a new home. Damaged foundations can be the result of a bad deal. Foundations cannot be changed once the house is built so make sure your plans will suit all of your families needs.

To find out which foundation is best for you, think about cost, weather, soil and personal needs. Because a basement adds extra living space to a home it also costs more to have built. Think about all your options carefully before building your foundation because once it is dug, poured and built, it’s yours.

Information of Leather Flooring

Cowhide leather used to make tiles is 3/16 to ¾ inches thick. It is bonded to ½ to ¾ inch Birch plywood tiles. Each tile is grooved on all four sides for easy installation. Foam sheeting is laid down first as a vapor barrier. The room is measured and the tiles are custom sized to fit each room. It is done this way to prevent wastage.

Leather tiles will last 20 to 30 years if properly maintained. All you need to do is sweep or dry dust and wipe up spills immediately. It is also recommended that they be waxed occasionally. Leather floors used in wet areas like bathrooms or kitchens need to be sealed with an acrylic sealer.
Each tile will be unique. Through the years, the steer could have rubbed against barbed wire, injured by other steers etc.

Leather tiles have a seductive aroma and very soft to the touch. You will never walk on anything as sensual as a leather floor. They are sound proof and insulating, therefore, excellent to install in bedrooms, libraries, and media rooms. Some people install it like an area rug with wood flooring or carpet.

A talented handyman could install leather tiles as it is similar to installing laminated flooring. It is recommended, although, to have it installed professionally because of the cost of the tile.