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Some Contact Sports to Get Your Kids into This Winter

Contact sports are a great way for your children to lead active healthy lifestyles, whilst learning valuable life skills. Contact sports such as boxing and karate teach children to be disciplined – something that all our kids need from time to time!
Contacts sports have been shown to reduce the chances of obesity, improve self-image, lets kids learn the value of hard work and how to be a leader – just to name a few benefits of taking them up. Some contact sports such as boxing have many positive effects on a child’s well-being. The discipline and training that needs to be taught before the child is even allowed to spar will give them valuable life skills.
But I hear you saying “What about the injuries”? Injuries in contact sports, particularly in young children are low. Besides – they are young and tough and will always bounce back. That’s not to say that you should you should not teach them to minimise the risk of injury. There are a number of contact sports out there so you’ll have to have a think about which one will be best suited to your child. This post will give you some idea of the sports out there so you can decide which one will be their best bet.

Boxing

The age-old sport of boxing. Boxing is a great sport for cardiovascular fitness and strengthening. It’s a winning activity to get your child into as it will teach them fitness and how to think on their feet. It’s relatively low cost and is available around Australia. The training involved will teach your child the value of hard work and problem solving on the fly. All you need to get started is a pair of bag mitts and some decent footwear and you’re ready to go. So if you think your kid is the next Mike Tyson or Jeff Fenech contact your local boxing club for information on how they can get started.

MMA

MMA or mixed martial arts is a fighting sport that has gained huge popularity over the past the 10 years and the momentum keeps building with high profile stars such as Connor McGregor making headlines every second week. The sports involve various fighting styles, such as boxing, jujitsu, wrestling, and kickboxing and will teach your children multiple martial arts all under the one roof. The technical nature of the sport will teach your kid some valuable life skills such as self-defense and how to react quickly as well as a stringent fitness regime.

Kickboxing

Kickboxing is a great sport for people of all ages whether you aspire to get in the ring or are just doing it for fitness. The extensive training provided will ensure that your child is ready when it comes to sparring and with all the protective gear available, the chance of injury is slight. All you need to get started are some bag mitts and your local club should supply the rest of the gear. It’s a cheap and fun sport to get into while keeping your kids fit and healthy.

Rugby League

The first of the team sports. Rugby League is a great sport for your children as it will teach them to work as a team and the mates on your footy team will usually be mates for life. Nearly every town has a footy team so it’s easily accessible to everyone and relatively cheap to get started. All you need is some footy boots and some protective gear and you’re away. Contact your local team and find out more information.

Rugby Union

Rugby union is another great team sport for a child. It will build leadership and teamwork skills while providing them exercise in a fun environment. Rugby Union is widespread so it will be easy enough to get your kid involved at your local club.

Roller Derby

Roller derby is typically a female orientated sport but there are boy’s teams as well. It’s not huge in Australia yet but I think you should be able to find a team in your local area. If your kid has a penchant for fast-paced sports, roller derby may be the ticket. All that’s required is a pair of skates and some protective gear to get started and it is a fun way of burning calories. It’s also a great spectator sport and watching your kids weekend games will be fun for the whole family. Often they have bands playing at the games and the whole crowd gets involved.
So, no matter which contact sport your kids chooses, they will learn a lot of valuable life lessons while staying healthy and active. Sports are great for your kid’s health and well-being as well as their social life – because friends made on the field or in the dojo remain friends for life.
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Why You May Be Experiencing Bad Breath and What to Do About It

Bad breath is enough to end any conversation. You would imagine how embarrassing it would be if you thought you just had a whole day conversing with people with bad breath. However, when discussing bad breath this is a good place to begin. Psychogenic halitosis is a condition where an individual has ‘imaginary’ halitosis (bad breath). Such individuals have no objective evidence of halitosis and research shows their psychogenic halitosis results from a delusion of mono-symptomatic hypochondriasis. When halitosis is not a delusion it is often linked to either a systemic disease or a problem in the oral cavity. Objectively, here are some of the causes of a bad breath.
 
Reasons of Bad Breath
 
Most individuals typically have a problem of some sort in the oral cavity when it comes to bad breath. The gastrointestinal system is home to the highest number of endogenous bacteria and the mouth is the natural entrance to this system. Bacterial putrefaction is the main reason behind bad breath of oral origin. In this instance, dead bacteria undergo proteolysis and subsequent amylolysis to form products of putrefaction. These products include volatile sulphur compounds like Hydrogen Sulphide and Methyl Mercaptan. Just so you know the impact of this, hydrogen sulphide actually smells like rotten eggs. So you can imagine the recipient of your speech if this is what your mouth is producing. Interestingly, sulphur compounds form the bad breath that hits your nose when most people speak.
Other disease processes in the mouth also lead to halitosis. Periodontal disease is one of the most common oral diseases and having it literally stinks. The disease typically involves infections of structures around the teeth. These include the gums, the centum that covers the root, the periodontal ligament as well as the alveolar bone. The earliest stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis where the infection is restricted to the gums. In severe cases, the entire supporting tissues are involved. Bacteria are still the culprits in periodontal disease, especially bacteria from dental plaque. The pathogenic process of a periodontal disease leads to the formation of volatile sulphur and non-sulphur gases which cause bad breath.
The tongue has also been identified to be a source of bad breath. The surface of the tongue harbours a large amount of desquamated epithelial cells and dead leukocytes. The dorsal surface of the tongue has a large surface area and a unique papillary structure. Tongue coating leads to halitosis. Dental caries and oral ulcers have also been implicated in halitosis. Although studies show increased levels of volatile sulphur compounds in patients with dental caries and oral ulcers, the mechanism by which such patients get halitosis remains unclear.
Now that we have a firm grasp of the causes of bad breath, we can now examine the best ways to go about it. The first and most common way of fighting bad breath is by brushing your teeth regularly. Plaque and food trapped in between your teeth really do a number on your breath, so you should strive to get rid of them by brushing at least twice a day. Ideally, when you get up and especially when you’re about to sleep. If you’re particularly concerned about your breath, you should brush more often. Care should be exercised, however, to avoid overdoing it as brushing too hard can wear down the outer protective layer of your teeth (due to frictional erosion) and can leave your teeth prone to potential decay. Note, however, that your tongue actually harbours about 70% of the bacteria in your mouth so be sure to brush your tongue as well.
Another method of dealing with bad breath may be using mouthwash. Although the aim is to get mouthwash that masks bad breath, one should strive to deal with the cause and not the symptom. As such, one should get a mouthwash that kills bacteria so as to avoid the bad breath in the first place.
Another way to deal with bad breath may be by avoiding certain foods and substances. One particular substance to avoid is tobacco. Smoking can stain your teeth, damage and darken your gums as well as leave you with a bad breath. Moreover, you should strive certain foods, specifically onions and garlic! I’m sure you have spoken to an individual who just came from consuming onions and they usually have strong unpleasant breath. Strive to avoid these foods particularly before you have to meet up with other people.
 

Bottom Line

Ultimately, bad breath is primarily caused by bacteria in one’s mouth and one should deal with it by improving their oral hygiene.

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Automotive

Do You Need to Detail Your Car More Frequently in The Colder Months

Aussie winters aren’t typical for the western world. Our weather is more tropical, so while it gets quite cold (by our standards 10°C is anorak weather), we don’t get snow. In some parts of the country, winter brings torrential rain, but in Sydney, it’s more about cold and fog, since our climate patterns are largely coastal.
That said, a lot of the advice you’ll find online about winter car care is related to countries that receive snow in the winter, with its sub-zero temperatures, blizzards, and snow-ins. It’s also useful to note their winter falls from December to February (which is summer for us), while Aussie winter is June through August.
Therefore, their motoring advice includes stocking up on antifreeze, installing snow tyres, warming up your car before your drive, and washing more frequently to prevent your car components from freezing. None of this really applies to Aussie winters. One thing that happens is dark, foggy / misty drives, so you’ll probably use your headlights in daytime.
 

Turn up the lights!

To get the most out of them and enhance road safety, it may be a good idea to check your bulbs and possibly raise their wattage. You could even go for white lights that have greater reach and illumination. Similarly, visit or call a car detailer that restores headlights. They can remove the yellowing haze from your lights for better performance.
Another issue with cold weather is condensation. Just like snowy countries, it can be helpful to run the car for a few minutes before you drive, so that it gradually rises to a working temperature rather than shocking it awake. At other times of year, you should do this is early morning and after dark, when it’s more chilly, but over winter, even midday temperatures can sink to 16 °C. Your car will spend much of the season coated in a thin film of moisture.
Over time, this can affect both the inside and outside of your vehicle. The inside could acquire a damp, musty smell and develop a mould problem. The outside might develop rust spots, especially given Sydney’s already humid conditions. Regular detailing can resolve the problem. A thorough interior cleaning including deodoriser will remove excess moisture, as well as the cold and flu germs that accumulate inside your car.
 

Winter wax job

As for the exterior, wash it, wax it, and coat it with a paint protectant. It generally keeps out ultraviolet rays, but in the winter, it forms a protective barrier between the car and atmospheric moisture, reducing the likelihood of rust. This paint protectant layer also keeps off lime, acid rain, and flying bits of rock from chipped roads and speedy driving.
This is helpful because all those things are abrasive and could scratch off your paint, leaving your car’s frame susceptible to rust. A thorough exterior clean plus polish and protectant will keep the car safe for a few weeks, so you might want to do it three or four times over the duration of winter, even if you intersperse it with a regular domestic car wash.
When you get your car detailed, request a surface engine wash and underbody wash. It removes accumulated moisture that may be causing rust. Inspect both parts of your car more regularly over winter, because they are hotbeds for water damage. It has to be a deliberate effort, so put reminders in your phone if you have to.
Another common piece of winter car advice is to be wary of salt. A lot of it is sprinkled on the road for de-icing purposes. Well, Sydney doesn’t need de-icing, and its wide beach front means the air is salty year round. However, salt is abrasive, and if it rubs against the sides of your car, it might chip at the paint job. Frequent rinsing with fresh water can help, not just in winter, but all year round. If your car does have that tell-tale misty coat, don’t just wipe it with your sleeve, because if the moisture is salty, it could scrape the car. Rinse it instead, to get rid of the ‘salt-water’ then wipe it if you need to. Don’t worry, the droplets won’t freeze.
Whenever you winter-clean, use warm water, both for your sake and the car’s. You could also consider giving the car a winter make-over. You’ve already waxed and sealed the exteriors, now swap out the fabrics on the inside with plastic or rubber. You can shift to vinyl seat covers as well. They’re not as warm, but they’ll help you cut down on mould and damp, and they’re far easier to clean. They’re now available in bright colours and stylish colours too.
 

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Dymatize – A Way of Life

Dymatize prides themselves on bringing the best before and after workouts to the forefront of the fitness world. They use the power of science to create the best possible products to take your workouts to an entirely new level.
Safety standards are number one on their priority list and they take it very seriously.
The rating for their products are excellent and it’s easy to see why people choose the Dymatize way.
 
Here are a few of their products that stand out:
 

Dymatize-ISO 100

With flavours like Birthday Cake, Cinnamon Bun, Peanut Butter and Orange Dreamsicle it’s easy to understand why many people reach for this delicious 100% whey protein isolate product.
 
Dymatize-ISO 100 is basically fuel that helps build muscle. 2.5 grams of protein, 2.7 grams of L-Leucine and 5.5 grams of BCAAs is included in every serving. It’s produced to the highest of standards and zero funny ingredients are added, and by funny we mean banned.
 
If gaining muscle is your goal then this is the perfect product to partner with. It’s absorbed very fast and is gluten and lactose-free for those who have certain intolerances.
 
Other flavours available:

  • Chocolate Coconut
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Fudge Brownie
  • Gourmet Chocolate
  • Gourmet Vanilla
  • Smooth Banana
  • Strawberry
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter

 

Dymatize Elite Whey

Dymatize Elite Whey digests quickly, absorbs fast, has no gluten and zero banned substances. All these qualities make it the perfect workout partner.
It can be taken when you’re getting ready for the workout, when you’ve just smashed it at the gym or when you need to up your protein intake. 25 grams of high-quality whey protein with every serving makes it the perfect hunger busting, muscle building product.
 
Flavours that are available:

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Rich Chocolate
  • Chocolate Cake Batter
  • Chocolate Fudge
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Gourmet Vanilla
  • Café Mocha
  • Snickerdoodle
  • Smooth Banana
  • Strawberry Blast
  • Vanilla Cupcake

 

Dymatize-Elite Protein Bar

25grams of protein, 4.5 grams of BCAAs and 8 grams of fibre is what this delicious protein bar is made up of. As a high-quality protein snack or just extra protein when your body needs it, this bar is definitely the go to. Zero gluten, no fake sweeteners, no hydrogenated oils and fructose syrup pushes the protein bar into the forefront of delicious and healthy snacks without the unnecessary and unhealthy extras. It will satiate your cravings without adding to your waist.
 
Flavours that are available:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Coconut Cream
  • Peanut Butter
  • Vanilla Cupcake
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate

 

Dymatize-CLA

Conjugate linoleic acid is what the abbreviation CLA stands for. 780mg of CLA per serving to help you reduce fat and attain a leaner physique. A fatty acid that is found naturally in meat and dairy products that helps fat loss. It has zero extra calories and will help you achieve the results you want. Dymatize has many more such great products available to aid you in your fitness journey, whatever it may be. It’s just a matter of knowing what you need and how to use it without overdoing it.
 
Thanks to some online stores you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home, or you could order it from your phone at the gym if you’ve realized you’ve run out. You don’t have to rush the nearest store and hope they have what you need. Instead, you can immediately see if the online store is out of stock or has what you need. The best part is it won’t take forever to get to you and some stores even send you a free gift with your purchase. And some places even give you free shipping when you spend $150 or more!
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Preparing Your Household for the Melbourne Winter

Winter in Melbourne isn’t as dramatic as it is in much of the Western world. Of course residents will disagree. They’re used to sun, sand, and surf, so the gloomy skies and lower temperatures offer a bit of culture shock. Still, heat readings remain in the high tens for most of the season, so apart from ditching shorts and t-shirts for longer sleeves, Aussie winters are more an annoyance than a national disaster. There are a few things you can do to make the season more bearable, so let’s look into that.
 

Stock up on warm clothing

warm clothing
 
A large proportion of Melbourne is beach front so many of its residents have that laid-back easy-going mentality that thrives in beach towns. It also means you may have to hunt a little harder to find weather-appropriate wardrobes when it gets cold, so be sure it’s on your agenda. The stores are likely to stock up as winter approaches, but of course high-season fashion will cost more. Supply and demand and all that.
If you have some jumpers and fluffy socks stashed in the attic, this is a good time to dig them out and have them laundered in preparation for the colder months. Our winter falls when much of the world is experiencing summer, so if you’re a fan of flea markets, visit them in January and February when they’re more likely to have discarded winter wear. Bulk up and keep them in storage for our own chilly Christmas in July.
 

Do a thorough winter clean

Cleaning services
 
Since you’ll be digging around in your home storage department for long-forgotten clothes, it can be a good time to declutter. Get rid of any unused items – including kids’ shoes that no longer fit. You could have a winter sale for all those old books, magazines, and abandoned gadgets that you only used once. Call in a cleaning service which offers seasonal cleans.
They will scrub the house from top to bottom, inside and outside, being as thorough as you like. Some of these professional cleaners will do gutters, windows, decks, and exterior walls, as well as ovens, sinks, tile grout, sofa covers, and carpets. If you’re uneasy about the task, let them start the season for you, then you can do your own weekly touch-up cleaning.
 

Catch up on your yard work

outdoor activity
 
Beach towns are largely outdoorsy. Any excuse to get out and enjoy the sunshine. So even during the winter when there isn’t as much sun to go around, residents need their daily dose of fresh air. The thing is – with weather and entertainment patterns shifting for the season – you need a good excuse to get out of your blankets. Take up an alternative outdoor sport, like bike riding, running, or walking to replace your daily swim.
If you’re an outdoorsy person, don’t rush to the gym. You’ll just catch cold from all those people huddled inside. Instead, work in your garden, clearing bushes and clutter to discourage pests from nesting. Do some weeding and planting or give yourself a DIY project like a home-made pizza oven, fence, or work shed. It’s a constructive way to work up a sweat.
 

Invest in bonding activities

bonding relationship
 
Still, there will be times when you have to be indoors. You could use the opportunity to catch up on your series, or you could stockade a reading list for the winter. You could use the opportunity for some face time with loved. Designate periods that are strictly screen-free. Everyone has to put away their phones and devices and just be together.
Of course this can feel forced or awkward, so lubricate your social time with some board games or a joint crafting activity. You could grab an idea off YouTube, though you have to do it in advance because ‘no screens’. You could watch the video earlier in the day and – the horror – take notes. And no, it doesn’t count to teach your favourite videogame to your loved one. That’s cheating. No screens means no screens.
 

Buy lots of tea

tea for winter
 
Maybe your perfect idea of a chilly winter night is to sit by the fire and drink a glass of wine or some gut-warming scotch. For starters, you need a fire, so if you don’t have one yet, look into your heating options. You could install an in-built or insert, or buy an electric portable unit. If you’re getting a wood burner, look into a firewood subscription service as well.
That said, you can only drink so much wine, especially on a school night, so think of more kosher alternatives. Replenish your household stock of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and heated beverages, because you’ll go through them at surprising rates. To make things more exciting, draft a list of piping recipes that you can cycle through, making every breakfast a toasty surprise. Hot smoothies anyone?

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Why Many Companies Need Wastewater Filtration Solutions

What do you do with used water in your house? You might be one of those people who doesn’t give the subject much thought, so you simply let it flow down the drain. If you’re more conscious about it, you might hook up your washing machine to your toilets, so that used water from the wash can be used to flush. Or maybe you installed pipes guiding your kitchen drain to your garden, so dish water can be used to irrigate plants and flowers.
We have varying views towards environmental conservation. Some of us are mildly aware of the necessary measures, so we put our trash in the right recycling bins. They’re colour-coded, so it’s easy enough. Others go as far as composting in the backyard, and only buying tissue or notebooks that are manufactured from recycled materials.
Domestic recycling occurs on a small scale, at least at the individual level. It can have a bigger impact if it’s undertaken as a community initiative or school project, because that way, it’s implemented en-masse. In this sense, commercial measures for wastewater filtration can have far-reaching results. That said, industrial wastewater management is often pursued for practical rather than ideological reasons.
 

Environmental regulation

Industrial plants are often located far from residential areas, sometimes in regions set aside for factories and similar activities. There are lots of reasons for this. It’s a security measure, because business owners want to control traffic in an out of the factory. This helps them protect their property and their trade secrets. Other times, it’s to fence off customers from excess noise, smog, or toxins. All these factors are regulated by municipal governments.
In the same way a factory can’t make too much noise, they’re required to use responsible waste management methods. They can’t just dump poisonous chemicals into the ground, rivers, or sewers. Government inspectors frequently evaluate manufacturers’ waste to ensure they adhere to set standards of toxicity.
 

Reduce reuse recycle

Before dumping their used liquids or solids, the manufacturer has to remove a set amount if impurities to make it suitable for disposal in the public sewer system. This important because water treated in the sewers makes its way back into society. After being treated, it may pass into gardens and farms, or be released beneath the ocean where it re-joins the universal water cycle, eventually getting back to us.
Sewage chemicals can destroy and disinfect the bacteria and toxins in human waste and food waste, but it can’t dissolve or destroy industrial toxins, so these have to be extracted before the wastewater gets into the sewers. If not, those poisons will get back into our systems intact. Environmental regulations penalise businesses that don’t abide by toxin elimination standards. They can be fined or even lose their licenses.
 

Cost-saving measures

At the same time, managing wastewater and other forms of waste helps a manufacturer’s bottom line. Industries consume thousands of litres of water every day. This water has to be bought from municipal mains, or purchased from private sources. Some businesses have their own boreholes, or a system of tanks for harvesting rain water.
Depending on what the water was used for, it doesn’t have to be disposed after one use. Some of it can be repurposed for additional usage within the factory, saving money and resources. Modern devices in development can even harvest heat from wastewater, lowering your industrial utility bill.
 

Increased efficiency

Wastewater isn’t treated strictly for water conservation. Sometimes, conserving the solid by-product matters too. In food and beverage industries, this extracted solid can be repackaged as a different product and sold for profit. For example, vegetable starch can be resold as a food thickener or laundry agent, while fruit pulp can be sold as a dye ingredient, sweetening product, fertiliser, or animal feed.
Even when the separated solid waste isn’t re-used, efficient separation can save disposal costs. A solid waste cake occupies less space in a land fill. It also causes less rot and emits fewer harmful bacteria because they thrive in moisture, so they won’t reproduce or thrive in a dried out waste depository. On the other hand, if the waste cake is designated for incineration, its reduced bulk means it will burn more completely, release fewer emissions, and use far less fuel in the process.

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Tips for choosing your new water tank

A house without water is uninhabitable. From cleaning to showering, water is vital to any living space. A week without it and you’re certain to have a dirty house. To save yourself the trouble of living without water it is prudent to have water storage facilities in your home. A water tank can make a huge difference in your living experience. First and foremost, you are guaranteed a constant supply of water. Despite water shortages in the council water supply, you can still enjoy clean and constant water supply. Moreover, water storage prevents wastage. Most people recycle rainwater which is stored in tanks for domestic use. Proper use of water is also practised when people are conscious of the amount of water they have in storage.
Now that you want to install a new water tank in your home there are several factors to consider. Water tanks are long-term investments, therefore, it is prudent to get the best tank for your home. Choosing a new tank is always a daunting task. You have to analyze the pros and cons of different tanks before settling on one. Depending on your choice you may have to make a further decision on the tank size you wish to have.  Unfortunately, the choices available to you may be limited by your location, the size of your premises, your house design, your water requirements and the depth of your pocket. All these factors are important considerations. Even though tank selection is a meticulous process here are a few tips for choosing your new water tank.
Your budget determines the options available for water storage. Underground tanks are a heavy investment. They involve a huge financial commitment to the purchase of materials and construction. You also have to deal with hiring costs for excavation machinery and labour costs. Fortunately, there are companies that offer all the services required for underground tank installation in one package. They handle everything from site survey to laying down the concrete. Even then, it’s still costly. Above ground tanks are slightly cheaper than inground tanks. In the water tank manufacturing business, there are household names that are renowned for their quality tanks. These tanks form the top tier in the pricing of above ground water tanks but they come with numerous advantages. Cheap is expensive and whichever tank you choose you will still end up digging deep into your pockets, therefore choose wisely.
water tank
How big is your premises? This is a question you must take into account before choosing a new water tank. Underground tanks save on space. They are craftily installed to stay out of vision. Unless the tank is opened no one will know it’s there. This gives room on your porch or your backyard to have other outdoor fittings. Above ground tanks, on the other hand, take up a lot of space. The bigger the tank the more space it takes. Unfortunately, if you have a free sizeable backyard, you might have to give up a portion of your water tank. If you don’t have space consider making space underground.
The weather around your home is worth considering before getting a new water tank. If the temperatures in your town drop below freezing point, an above ground water tank might not be the best option for you. Above ground water tanks are exposed to the elements and consequently, the water in the tank may freeze during winter. Frozen water is unusable, and with decreasing temperatures, your tank is at a risk of getting destroyed. In groundwater tanks retain heat preventing water from freezing. They are ideal for areas with old winters. In hot areas, in groundwater tanks still prove to be advantageous by keeping water cool. Above ground tanks are good for temperate areas with minimal climatic variations.
When it comes to durability, both underground tanks and above ground tanks put up a good fight against time. Top quality above ground tanks are made from durable material that is resistant to damage. Although they are exposed to the elements, most tanks maintain a solid structure and don’t get damaged following exposure to harsh conditions. Moreover, these tanks are specially designed to last for years. Underground tanks have the advantage of being shielded from destructive elements. They are safely tucked away under the dirt. Well-designed inground tanks are reinforced with steel and concrete to make sure they don’t succumb to the pressure of being underground. Moreover, they are well-plastered with concrete that is professionally mixed to avoid cracks.
Before getting a new water tank, look at the pros and cons of each of your options. There are numerous above ground water tanks available in the market. Reputable brands have the best products but some of their water tanks might not be ideal for you. On the other hand, underground water tanks need an expert hand for the best results. To choose the best tank for you, consult professionals and exhaust all available options. You are certain to get a new tank that will meet all your needs. With all the tanks in the market, the choice is all yours.
 
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Design Trend Alert: Marble Everything

There are some things in life that create a subconscious visceral reaction. We don’t know why we respond to them that way. It must be some kind of internal programming from memories we’re unaware of. Often, it’s the result of repeated exposure under certain circumstances, so we come to automatically associate the thing with the feeling. Marble is one of these things, and it makes us think about luxury, class, and expensive taste.
This might be from seeing marble statues or ornate homes in old movies and classic books. Maybe it’s a lesson we picked from art class, our history teacher, or both. Whatever the cause, it makes us think marble is beyond the reach of ordinary pockets, and if you see it in someone’s home, you might suspect they have a higher income than you thought.
For home décor, marble is a beautiful and convenient material. You can use it on floors and countertops, especially in the kitchen or bathroom. Marble basins can also be used as sinks, footbaths, soap dishes, and ornamental bowls. Outdoors, marble is great for water features and poolside paving, because it’s non-slip and resistant to sand, salt, and chlorine. It remains cool even in hot temperatures, so it’s good in kitchens and sun-bathed decks.

Add a touch of luxury to your life

Because marble spells elegance, and because we can’t all have marble in our (rented) houses, we’ve found other ways to invite its opulence into our lives. In some ways, these allusions to marble are better than the original, because they’re portable. We can carry this version of glamour around, instead of leaving it in our beautiful but stationary homes and only exposing it to guests, family, and friends.
marble
The trick is to use marble patterns in unrelated items. The veining in marble is so unique and distinct that seeing it in anything else automatically makes us think of that glamorous natural stone. In fact, when the veiny affect appears on other things – like meat or paper – it’s described as marbling. Marbling also refers to a mesmerising veined style in paintings (or nail art). You might remember it from primary school.
To achieve that result, you filled a big tub, pan, or wok with water and poured a few drops of oil paint on the water. Then you passed a piece of paper over the tub, holding it by its edges and moving it around the surface to create an image full of swirling paint, transferring the pattern to the paper. The same technique is used in nail art, except your put nail varnish in a glass or finger-bowl, swirl it with a cuticle stick, then pass your fingernail through it.

Ornamental marble

These are the first two examples of marble trending outside stone décor. Marbled paintings can be framed and hung in your home or office to elevate its status, and marbled nail art covered with a glossy top coat will make your mani-pedi look distinctly high end. You can also use marbled designs on purses, mirrors, combs, or feminine ornaments.
In 2016, designer brand Balenciaga released a line of marble clutch bags and matching leather-backed bracelets, and Hautbox lined their perfume boxes with marbled paper. That’s a great way to elevate your next gift. Take an ordinary box and paste marble-patterned paper to the inner surface. It will make your gift instantly look more pricy, even if it’s a home-made trinket or a button from the dollar store.
In the world of tech, marble backgrounds are appearing both inside and outside our digital devices. Want to make your web page look more sophisticated? Use a marble-veined pattern in the background. Same goes for the protective cover on your phone, tablet, or laptop. You could also buy marble-patterned stationery. Marble notebooks, pencils (mechanical or manual), and fountain pens make you look quirky, intellectual, and creative in an age where everyone just records notes-to-self and voice memos on their phones.

High end furniture at low end budgets

You might not be in position to apply marble to your walls or floors, but you can still use some in your home. The effect will be subtle, because as distinctive as marble is, its nature is intrinsically subtle. So, for that passing sense of elegance, invest in a marble table-top, or chairs with a marble pattern. They don’t have to be true marble – PVC works just as well. You can use frame your windows and mirrors with a few marble inches.
Another spot where marble can do wonders is your indoor-outdoor area. If you have an alfresco kitchen or even a garage or deck converted for barbecue, embellish it with stone benches. You could use real marble or intricately veined tile, depending on your budget. Both respond well to heat, staying cool and not cracking, so they’re ideal for that steamy cook area that frequently gets hot.
Finally, enjoy a mix of warm and cold with marble-patterned fabric. The technique is called batik, and it involves dipping a fabric in molten wax, letting it dry, twisting or scrunching the fabric between your hands to create cracks, then dipping the fabric in dye.The cracks will absorb in and you’ll have your very own marble cloth. You can use it to stitch scarves, curtains, pillowcases, smocks, or spandex tights. Don’t overdo the scrunching though. You only want a few cracks. Remember, true marble is all about subtly.
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Choosing Between Vinyl and Fabric Banners

Fabric or vinyl, vinyl or fabric. This question gets asked a lot in the world of display banners. Each fabric is unique and has pros and cons that come with using either one. To get the best out your display banners, it’s a good idea to take into consideration the intended use, such as location and logistics. Some materials work better in certain situations. Transport and storage should also come into play as vinyl can be heavier and bulkier. Today we will take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of vinyl and fabric banners.
 

Vinyl

Vinyl backdrops are known for their durability. They really can stand up to the harsh Australian climate and with the option of UV protection can last anywhere from 3 to 5 years. Vinyl can also be used in wet weather, making them ideal for outdoor sporting events. The colours on vinyl banners are more vibrant and really pop off the banner. Vinyl banners can also be printed on both sides making them great for urban environments and large-scale signs. With vinyl, you also have the option of mesh. Mesh cuts down on wind resistance and is a lot lighter than conventional vinyl.
However, vinyl creases easily and the downside is that you can’t iron these banners out like you can with fabric. Another con is that vinyl is quite heavy and cumbersome, so it will take up more storage space.  Vinyl also requires more hardware to install the banner correctly. Caring for your vinyl banners in the correct manner is essential if you want to keep them in good condition and crease free. For storage, vinyl banners should be rolled rather than folded, as folding them will create unsightly creases.
 

Fabric

Fabric banners are lightweight and easier to install. They are ideal for indoor use and look more streamlined and sleek than their vinyl counterparts. Fabric banners come in a range of finishes such as satin, which will make your display stand out more and have a more professional appeal. With ideal lighting, your fabric banners will make your display look more elegant. Fabric can be used outdoors, although they do not withstand the elements and will perish at a more rapid rate than vinyl. They are best used indoors. Fabric banners are significantly lighter than vinyl making then easy to transport, install and store.
The downside of fabric banners is that they can only be printed on one side at this point in time. They are also not as durable as vinyl and are suited to indoors – although can be used outdoors but will degrade quickly.
 

Vinyl or Fabric

Well, each banner material has pros and cons; it all depends on where and how you’re going to use them. For outdoor use, I would definitely choose vinyl for the durability and option to print double-sided. For indoor use, fabric all the way. They are lightweight and have a classier finish when installed correctly.
If you want a great all-round banner I would probably choose vinyl, as it will work indoors and outdoors. If cared for properly, vinyl will outlast the lifespan of fabric. The older fabric gets the more raggedy it will look regardless of if you wash it or not. So when choosing your material for your banners always bear in mind where and how you will use them. Better yet, contact your supplier and they will happily help you out and provide you with the best product for your needs. Hopefully, this post will help you in making the right choice when it comes to choosing the material for your banners.

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Home and Garden

Can You Install an Underground Water Tank on a Hill?

With more Australians taking to water harvesting and storage, water tanks have become an important fixture in any household. There are two types of water tanks which are named depending on where they are installed; above ground and underground water tanks. Underground tanks are preferred by people because they allow you to utilize some of the space above them, something you cannot do with an underground tank.
When installing an underground tank, location is important. A flat surface is preferred, since it cuts down on the cost of levelling the excavation. It is however, completely possible to install an underground water tank on uneven ground, including on a hill. The main concern would be to make sure you follow the right steps. Here is a breakdown.

The excavation

When picking the site, the first step is to inspect the soil. The importance of this is to help you make sure you are digging in the right spot, where the soil will not give in. You are also looking for a place that has above average sub-soil drainage, while retaining enough soil integrity to ensure that the tank does not get washed away. Good soil integrity and good drainage also reduces the instances for a mudslide.
Once you have picked the correct place, the next step is to actually dig the hole that will house the tank. The excavation is a tricky affair, since the whole tank has to be immersed into the ground, while the bottom remains flat. For that to happen, the measurements have to be exact, depending on the size of your tank. The bottom of the hole has to be made even, and well compacted. While digging, take into account just how deep you need to go, since one of the walls will undoubtedly be shorter than the other. This will be dependent on the incline of the hill and the size of the tank, since it needs to be inside the hole. You should also leave some space all around the tank for wiggle room while at the same time compacting the backfill around the lower half of where the tank will lie.
underground water tank
After digging, the next step is to create stable bedding for the base of the tank; the compacting alone is not enough. Add a mixture of sand and gravel, to a depth of about 15 centimetres. You should then compact and shape this bedding to suit the underside of the tank. It will help you avoid uneven ground which could puncture the tank from the underside, under the weight of the water.

The Placement

When placing the underground water tank, make sure you check and note down important tank information. This includes the serial number for the warranty card, the shipping damage, and of course the orientation of the inlet and outlet ports. Be sure to be gentle with the tank when placing it, since any severe impact could crack the tank, which is not covered under most warranties. You should also use a pipe level across access to measure the levels of the inlet and outlet. It is important to note that poly tanks especially, are prone to floatation and distortion at the base if they are pumped out during a high water table. This is why you should always keep the tank partially filled especially during the rainy winter months when it is extremely wet.
After placing the tank, backfilling should be done when the tank is either totally empty, or at no more than 30% filled. The trick to a successful backfilling is to make sure the soil is compacted especially around the lower half of the tank to provide support. Avoid using machines to compact the soil close to the tank. When backfilling, use either clean fill or granular soil and at avoid clay soil at all costs. Compacting should also be done under the inlet and outlet pipes in order to offer support and prevent any potential pipe fractures that might occur as the backfill sets over time. If the tank has been exposed to the sun, it should be allowed to cool before the backfilling is completed.
Finally, pipes should be installed only when you are sure that the backfill will not shift during the process.

Other considerations

Make sure you follow the tank manufacturer’s guidelines with regards to depth. For most poly tanks, the recommended soil cover is up to two feet while super tanks are rated for four feet of soil. Make sure that the location you have chosen has low traffic. Another consideration you should make is to avoid areas with a high water table. For such locations, use reinforced tanks. Finally, make sure you deflect surface run-off after installing the tank. This is because it can damage the backfill, especially while it is still fresh.
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