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Kangaroos Eating Your Lettuce? It's Time To Consider An Exclusion Fence Before Planting New Crops

There is little more frustrating than having a garden filled with freshly grown vegetables wiped out by a hoard of hungry kangaroos. With spring arriving in Australia, now is the perfect time to get planting your vegetable gardens, and it is also a good time to take a closer look at your current fencing. As someone who has seen kangaroos wandering in your area in the past, you'll be surprised at just how effective an exclusion fence can be.

Cutting, Using and Buying Timber Salvaged From a Bushfire Area: Tips to Consider

If a bushfire has burnt around your home, you may be looking at the destruction, wondering if there is someway you can salvage some of the remaining timber and use it for firewood, building or other uses. Generally, it is possible to salvage timber from burnt forests, but there are several legal, ecological and logistical issues you should keep in mind. Whether you ultimately decide to salvage your own timber from one of these areas or buy timber from a company like Hayter's Timber & Paving, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Five Tips for People Who Want to Build a Raised Garden Frame From Untreated Timber

Timber designed for outside use is usually chemically treated to protect it from termites, weather and other threats. However, if you are using timber to build a frame for a raised garden bed, you may want to avoid treated timber, as its chemicals may leach into the soil. In other cases, you may simply have untreated timber on hand, and you may be looking for ways to seal and protect it before you make the frames for your garden beds.

What you Need to Know Before Building a Home on Sloping Land

The idea of building a property from scratch is a dream for many people, but the quality of the property will often be dependent on the quality of the land. For this reason, you might think that building on sloping land is out of the question, but this is not necessarily the case. You do, however, need to arm yourself with some important information so that the build goes to plan.

Queenslander Renovation And Demolition: What You Need To Know About Brisbane Planning Regulations

For many people in and around Brisbane, the Queenslander home is one of the most iconic property styles in Australia. Designed to cope with the tropical conditions that Brisbane must sometimes withstand, these homes are increasingly under threat from developers, so it's unsurprising that planning regulations now actively protect these famous buildings. If you're planning renovation work on a Queenslander that involves any form of demolition, you need to make sure you carefully consider all planning regulations.

Using Clean Fill In New South Wales: Advice For House Builders

The term 'clean fill' refers to earth and soil that is completely free from contaminants like grass, rubble and industrial waste. House builders commonly use clean fill to raise the height of a low-lying construction site or to fill in unwanted features like swimming pools and ponds. If you're building a home in New South Wales, it's important to understand how local environmental regulations can affect the supply and use of clean fill material.

Is Your Cooling Tower Operating at Peak Efficiency?

As a busy maintenance and engineering manager you are well aware of the vital role your cooling towers perform at your facility. With the many urgent demands on the budget, keeping them operating at peak performance may sometimes be difficult to manage. However, by attending to just three common cooling tower issues you can increase their efficiency, improve their operation and extend their working life. Effective management of the motors, successful handling of contamination, and close observation of water levels will result in more efficient performance.

Diagnosing The Grind: Three Sensory Steps To Troubleshooting Your Heavy Machinery Gearbox

Heavy machinery is often the backbone of a business, and when it's not working right, the downtime to fix the machine will cost your business money. While some heavy machinery gearbox issues can be avoided with regular preventative maintenance, it is up to you as the business owner to know when it is time to call in a gearbox mechanic before things go extremely wrong. Leaving heavy machinery to continue running when the gearbox is giving you grief will only earn you a bigger repair bill.

Raise Your Home with Style: 5 Fun Designs and Ideas for Raised Houses

Whether you are building a raised home from scratch or modifying your current home, there are a range of styles you can embrace. Keep in mind that a raised home does not need to look utilitarian or boring, and it also doesn't have to be based on the traditional Queenslander, one of the first styles of raised homes in Australia. Stumped for ideas? To get your creativity flowing, here are five stylistically diverse raised housing ideas and designs to consider:

Annoyed By Graffiti? What To Do When It Strikes Your Business

While some graffiti has a lot of thought put into the design, most is just vandalism of buildings. Graffiti continues to be a problem for many businesses in Queensland, but there are a few things you can do to deal with this nationwide problem. Now that you are dealing with this issue yourself, you need to put these three tips to immediate use so that you can deal with the current problem, and also hopefully prevent it from happening again.