Concrete Cutting Brisbane

DIY vs Hiring a Concrete Cutting Service – including a Step by Step Guide

There is a vast variety of concrete saws and equipment that can be hired to do that pesky DIY project that you have always wanted to get done. But when should you hire a professional and when should you just give it a crack? To do your concrete cutting or core drilling job properly and on budget you will need: the right equipment, the right type – wet or dry, the right protection for yourself and the environment, the right skills and the right value for money. There is lots to consider, but if you read on and follow this step by step guide we can explore this in a little more detail.

Step 1.Choose the right equipment: For gener slab cutting Brisbane you will need a Floor Saw or Kwik Cut Saw (Hand Saw). This process is used when reasonably level and flat surfaces have to be cut and includes cutting through reinforced concrete, precast concrete, and other structural materials.

These surfaces include floors, roofs, bridge decks and suspended slabs. The surfaces are usually cut to provide expansion joints, to make openings for ducts, elevators, stairwells, machine pads, trenching and for demolition purposes.

For wall sawing Brisbane you will need a Kwik Cut Saw (Hand Saw) or Ring Saw. This process is used for the cutting of openings in vertical surfaces and surfaces with slopes so great that floor saws cannot be used.

These surfaces are usually cut to provide for doors, windows, vaults, silos, chests, foundations, ducts or large diameter pipes, or to remove part or all of existing walls. For core drilling Brisbane through a floor or wall you will need a core drill. Core drills can usually drill holes from 25mm dia – 660mm dia. This process is used for the drilling of circular holes in reinforced concrete, precast concrete, asphalt, brick, cinderblock and other structural materials. Usually the holes are made for electrical, plumbing, heating, sewer and sprinkler installations. Other applications include holes to anchor bolts or lifting rods, to place explosive charges, to install load carrying devices, or for analysis of the structure of the rock.

Step 2. Wet or Dry cutting? I don’t mean to scare you here, but cutting concrete can be very messy. You can probably figure out that the dry cutting means cutting without water and should be less messy… hmm not so sure. Cutting without water means dust and lots of it. Very messy, minute particles of concrete will billow into a thick cloud of grey concrete dust or red brick dust and coat everything nearby you own. Personally I prefer the wet cutting machines. Even though the mess is wet grey or red slurry, it is much easier to clean up all the mess with a wetvac (wet and dry vacuum cleaner) and a wipe over with a damp cloth. Dust on the other hand can get absolutely everywhere.

Step 3. Protect yourself and the environment. Basic safety equipment you will need include goggles, ear plugs, safety boots/steel capped gumboots and gloves. If you have chosen a dry cutting machine you will also need to work with a dust mask on to protect your lungs, and sun protection and long sleeves if you are working outside.

Cutting concrete can be very noisy so be mindful of neighbors and nearby businesses in case of noise pollution and air pollution. Think about what is below you if you are cutting on a floor higher than ground floor. Sadly I have heard of some terrible injuries because of falling cores and no safety barriers. Protect the environment with plastic sheeting, extraction fans and a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. In many countries, letting waste such as concrete slurry go down the drain is against the law and you will be fined.

Step 4. Check if you have the right skills. There are many dangers associated with concrete cutting equipment. Even though this equipment can be readily hired, this equipment should only be operated by experienced personnel. You won’t need to google ‘saw injuries’ to imagine the dangers of operating such powerful equipment without the right know how and strength.

Step 5. Check out the cost. Believe it or not the cost to hire a skilled professional who has all the equipment needed and can get the job done with minimal fuss, is often not much more than hiring the equipment yourself. Aside from the safety risk, mistakes in concrete are expensive if you get it wrong. Before you go ahead with the hire, at least get an idea of price from a professional by obtaining a quote.

For example you may be surprised to know that at elliottandfyfe.com.au you can hire a Brisbane concrete cutting operator to do a basic job for about $150.00. That’s hardly more than the cost of hiring the concrete cutting equipment, and comes with a skilled operator to do the hard work. Might just be worth the call?

Shaun McCabe Elliott and Fyfe Concrete Cutting Service – Brisbane. For an obligation free quote on any job call 07 3806 9100 or 0411 554 737.

Perth Stone Walls and Stone Veneer

Increasingly, Perth stone veneers are created using CraftStone. Our product is also used in external applications as stone cladding but there has been a push for the stone veneer to be fitted in homes and commercial enterprises as an eye-catching stone feature wall. CraftstoneOz have supplied a number of high profile companies with CraftStone such as international franchises like Subway and Nandos, as well as many houses across Australia. It’s light weight and ease of installation makes it an ideal feature for interior design, as there is no need for the structural support that is associated with real stone products, which reduces costs and construction time.

Manufactured stone is incredibly versatile and can be adapted to most environments, with minimal limitations. Possible internal uses include pillars, wall features, fireplaces, chimneys and kitchens.

CraftStone is perfect around fireplaces and chimneys as it is not vulnerable to heat, also adding aesthetic appeal. Consistently being used in new construction, CraftStone is also the ultimate choice for renovations, such as old fireplaces as it can easily be applied to aging brickwork. With numerous profiles and colours, there is a choice to suite any style or taste. The unique corner system allows almost any situation to be clad with CraftStone and remove untidy joins.

Traditional stone requires extremely long labour and expertise to install, which comes at an extreme cost, sometimes more than the actual stone itself. CraftStone is designed to be placed on a wall and can even be fitted by an educated DIY enthusiast. With a 25 year warranty, CraftStone is a top-quality, rugged product that you can count on.

CraftstoneOz sell the product nationwide throughout Australia. Make an enquiry to the experienced team at CraftStone to find out how you can use CraftStone to create a Perth Stone Wall. CraftstoneOz also offers numerous accessories to compliment our Stone Veneer range, thus enabling you to build a better stone feature wall. To view them, visit CraftstoneOz.com.au

For stone veneer and Stone cladding Sydney, Stone veneer and Stone cladding Melbourne and Stone veneer and Stone cladding Perth contact your local Craftstone Oz distributor.

Ever-FIT Sessions – comparison with Crossfit

So what’s the difference between a crossfit WOD and an Ever-FIT session? Short answer….. Not much

As you would know every gym, personal training studio and crossfit box has their unique way of doing things. At the SB Ever-FIT Transformation Hub we are no different. So we all know what a Crossfit WOD is, if not Google it. But how does an Ever-FIT session differ to a ‘traditional’ Cross Fit WoD?

At SB Ever-FIT a WoD/Ever-FIT session will normally go for a minimum of 30min plus 10-15min of technique/instruction, this could include 2-3 workouts/AMRAP’s within the one 45min to 1 hour session. Also due to the size of the Coorparoo SB Ever-FIT Transformation Hub and available equipment Ever-FIT sessions do not or very rarely run in waves, therefore all participants will get a full workout for the entire session and not have to ‘wait’ for their turn or count a partners reps.

Also Ever-FIT sessions are scaled to the point where only those who have completed the 8 hour foundation course and indicate they are competent in the fundamental lifting movements i.e. the Clean and Jerk, Snatch, Deadlift etc can attempt the higher/advanced movements. The foundation course is run monthly.

The Crossfit style of training is a great way to approach fitness, it sometimes gets a bad rap and this is not due to any fault of Crossfit, however it is the ‘coach’ or box that is to be blamed. Just like any fitness or personal training centre there is the good, the great and the bad.

The video is an example of an Everfit session. This session took place with 37 attendees and 10 new attendees who have never exercised before. The session was scaled and allowed for all fitness levels although there was still a need to improve the technique with the inexperienced/new participants.

The Secret of Organising Kids’ Parties

Children’s parties have come a long way in the last decade, parties used to be a basic checklist of guests, ‘party food’, games, cake and party bags. A simple and predictable structure yet always fun, easy and relatively cheap. The two biggest decisions would be, which cake out of the Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday cakes to choose and should be a party for a few close friends or the whole class?

Nowadays it’s more like should we have it at the indoor Playcentre, McDonalds or the bowling alley and to hire a face painter, magician, jumping castle or clown? It’s a modern world, children’s entertainment services like everything are more readily available and in our time poor lifestyles it easier to outsource and get somebody else to take care of the food and entertainment.

These days’ parents are happy to spend more on their children and really spoil them on their birthday. If you have the money and you know your child will absolutely love it, go for it. The added bonus is that it can make your life a little less stressful – the children are entertained and you can kick back and enjoy the party yourself.

It’s become the new normal to hire an entertainer or activity for a child’s Birthday party and it is certainly a special gift to the children to experience something out of the ordinary.

I do however think there is a fine line between enhancing a children party and an overblown party. I think the best parties are based on the traditional concepts with an added extra, like a jumping castle OR a clown show not both! I have attended many parties where the parent has hired a face painter, a magician-balloonist plus a jumping castle and lolly buffet and the children are either being forced into a tight schedule so they experience everything or they are completely wild with so much stimulation they’re bouncing from one thing to another without the time to really enjoy each activity or each others company.

Birthday parties are so popular with children as essentially they enjoying sharing this special occasion together, playing games, running about and laughing. I guarantee if you went to the park, brought along a birthday cake and called it a party the children would enjoy themselves. Some parents can overlook the fundamental purpose of the party and hijack it using it as a vehicle to show-off to friends and family.

I have read several articles about the excessiveness of the ‘modern day’ children’s party can be fuelled by parent’s guilt. Parents feel guilty that due to work commitments and heavy schedules they haven’t spent enough quality time with their children. Putting on a no-expense-spared party proves their love to their child while appeasing the guilt they feel as failed parents.

As a parent I can see the validity as to why children’s parties have developed into a mini circus. We want our children’s party to be a special experience and parents are under constant pressure to have what that friend’s party had or worse; to go one step better! It’s easy to get over excited and even easier to blow out the budget.

When planning your next children’s party, keep in mind who the party is for and who is it really you want to impress. Set yourself a budget and remember – keep it simple!

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Delux Painting – Services of the Best Painter Springwood Offers

Painting your residential or commercial property is a tedious and time-consuming task, and you may end up spending more money by performing this job by yourself. With this in mind, it makes perfect sense to choose only the finest professional painter Springwood offers. By relying on experts, you can ensure top quality results that are worth every cent you pay.

Wide Range of Services by Delux Painting
Delux Painting takes pride in its years of expertise in the industry. In fact, the company has a team of dedicated and highly skilled painters that works toward fulfilling your requirements efficiently, so you can expect total satisfaction with the kind of job delivered to you. These professionals are also known for their thorough and effective techniques in painting, as well as their careful attention to even the slightest detail. Thus, your satisfaction is guaranteed with the outstanding services provided by these experts.

At Delux Painting, you can choose from a number of services that will meet your needs and concerns including the following:

Interior Painting
Painting your home’s interiors can be a quick and inexpensive way to revive your property’s overall look while adding value to it. However, this task can take so much of your time, particularly when you have other important matters to attend to. Hence, you should consider hiring expert painters who can provide you with reliable color advice, in-depth consultation and top-notch workmanship that will exceed your expectations. By hiring experts from Delux Painting, you can be sure that your flooring and pieces of furniture are protected while each section of your home is painted. In addition, these experts will thoroughly clean up the mess after a day’s work to minimize stressful disruptions to your schedule. Even when you are on a tight budget, you can consult professional painters at Delux Painting for affordable services that will suit your budget.

Exterior Painting
During the warm months, it is inevitable for most homeowners to spend more time outdoors. If you want to update the look of your outdoor space, you may have the walls of your home repainted to revive the spectacular appearance. Delux Painting uses high quality paint in repainting your home’s exterior that will ensure you of its durable and long-lasting quality. These specialists will also perform essential steps before painting such as surface preparation to provide outstanding results.

Body Corporate and Commercial Painting
By choosing professionals at Delux Painting, you can have the assurance that the exterior paint and materials used are of the finest quality. These painting experts also implement extensive preparation, which serves as a key to ensuring you of breathtaking exterior paint finish in your home that will last for about a decade. Lastly, these expert painters make sure that their quality of performance meets the highest Australian Stanadard, so you can have peace of mind by hiring these professionals.

Property Renovations and Remodelling
Delux Painting has years of experience in renovating and restoring the appearance of old homes. For instance, painting specialists understand the proper techniques that should be implemented before applying fresh paint to any surface. They make sure that old paint is removed thoroughly before they can cover any imperfections in painted surfaces. Among the steps included in the preparation process include sanding, filling gaps and applying putty on specific problem areas. After performing these techniques, fresh paint is applied carefully to the area in order to yield excellent results.

Timber Rejuvenation
Another service provided by Delux Painting is timber rejuvenation, which aims to restore the aged and unsightly appearance of timber materials in your home’s exterior to make your property look astounding. These expert painters only use the finest quality timber decking oils and durable paint finishes that enhance the sturdiness and integrity of your deck for a number of years.

Remarkable Services that You Can Depend On
Delux Painting is a renowned private business that specializes in a number of services such as interior/exterior painting, timber rejuvenation, commercial painting, remodelling and renovations. By consulting these experts for your needs, you can be sure that only the finest services are provided to you by highly qualified, experienced, courteous, reliable and professional painters. With superior workmanship and great value for your money, choosing Delux Painting for your needs is the best way to go.

Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding Complemented by CraftStone

A two storey residence on the mid north coast of NSW has combined Austech’s Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding with CraftStone to completely rejuvenate the exterior finish of the home. K & N Spicer Constructions based in Nambucca Heads, completed the install and fit out of the vinyl cladding and stone products. Around 200m2 of Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding in the colour Linen was fitted as the external cladding while Quarry Stone Matador (CSI-086) was used as a feature for the columns with the two products complementing one another.

The superior finish and appealing appearance of the home demonstrates the quality of the Austech product range. The attention to detail in the assembly process is highlighted by K & N Spicer Constructions who service the mid north coast of NSW and are recommended by Austech.’ You can contact K & N Spicer Constructions on 0408 654 915.

Duratuff Select and Craft Stone will add value to your home and are both built to last, that is why we can offer 50 and 25 year warranties respectively. CraftStone can be used both internally and externally. The CraftStone range has many different profiles and colours to suit any. You can learn more about the product and how you can apply it to your next project at craftstoneoz.com.au.

With offices in every state, Austech supply Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding and CraftStone throughout Australia. To speak to an experienced member of the Austech team in your area, send us an email or see our office locations and details. Austech – Supporting you with Smart Solutions.

Shrink Wrap Film – Retailers Love It

Manufacturers across the divide continue to produce quality products. We are all too familiar, with the attractive transparent packaging of toys, imported fruits, clothes, pens amongst other things. Unlike the previous times, customers can still have a glimpse into their prospective purchases, carefully examining them without necessarily compromising their state or quality (food).

It is as a result of these demands that the shrink film was developed. In the formative years; we were all accustomed to the brown paper bags which had our tree population on the decline. Subsequent move to the opaque store-name-christened polythene was a further disservice. Then came the perfect solution to all these problems, the shrink film.Initially, the shrink film was exclusively made from PVC (Polyvinylchloride).This is a plastic polymer (third most used plastic in the world) that had the capability of sealing products with a thin layer of plastic sheet. These sheets were often transparent to allow the customer have a view of the product.

The sheet would be wrapped over the product and passed over a heat tunnel or a heat gun. Normally, the length or circumference of the product would be measured, 10% of this value would be added then the sum is divided by two, this would give the size of PVC shrink wrapping to be used. PVC has the ability to shrink by 40% percent giving the packaging a tight grip of the product.

However, with time it was noticed that PVC could release small amounts of hydrogen chloride giving the products a characteristic smell in addition to poisoning. The sealers also would have small carbon deposits. The presence of a plasticizer in PVC had the drawback of hardening and shrinkage during cold weather and extreme stetching with subsequent temperature increases.

These drawbacks meant a suitable shrink film devoid of a plasticizer be developed. Polyolefin was found to have the packaging abilities of PVC but lacked the setbacks that faced the latter. It became a preferred choice of packaging. Offering a stronger seal and fewer odours. Its lack of plasticizer meant no physical changes to the shrink film. It would become the perfect storage solution; all weather .Lack of chlorine in its polymer meant no hydrogen chloride previously characteristic of PVC.

However, while its predecessor PVC enjoys machine compatibility and low cost purchases, polyolefin is the opposite, it remains relatively expensive and hard to use alongside machines.PVC on the other hand remains a suitable choice for manufacturers who don’t deal with edible products. Owing to its cheap price and machine compatibility it is a manufacturers darling.

It is of note that, both polymers are ideal for different packaging purposes. The choice of shrink film is determined by the product, budget and level of technology the producer in question has.

The undeniable fact is, packaging being the cornerstone of branding and advertising can be responsible for high sales volume or the reverse. Manufacturers and producers alike are today faced with the tough task of choosing the ideal packaging material. In the end the functionality of the shrink wrap can only be determined by the manufactures and producers.

Six Benefits of Vinyl Cladding for Your Home

Home improvement can either be a very challenging task, or it can be a lot of fun. Which ever way you decide to look at improving your home, you want it to look good and you want to make sure that you choose all the right fixings so your house is durable and will keep you safe whenever harsh weather comes. One way to keep your home protected from vicious weather is to add cladding to your house and you want to be sure that you’re going to go with the best cladding for your money, and we’re going to help you do that right now.

Lets start off with, What is Cladding?
Cladding is a material that you apply to the outside walls of your home to protect it from being damaged by some of the many wonders of nature such as rain and snow and the frost that comes with it. Adding cladding to your home will not only protect your home more, but it will also give your home a better look and who doesn’t want to improve the look of their home?

What are all the different types of cladding available?
There are many different types of cladding to choose from, such as:

-Brick cladding
-Stone Cladding
-Cement Cladding
-Metal Cladding
-Wood Cladding
-Vinyl Cladding

What is the Best Type of Cladding?
As you can see you have a wide variety of options to choose from and all the types of cladding’s are good for your home in their own ways, however we are going to go over why vinyl cladding is a good choice to use on your home. There are many reasons why a person would choose vinyl cladding and that is the question we are going to answer for you! What are the benefits to vinyl cladding and exactly why is it a good decision to make for your home?

What is Vinyl Cladding Made of?
Before we get into why it’s good for your house, we should discuss exactly what vinyl cladding is and what the material is made from. Vinyl cladding is one of the best cladding’s to use if you’re looking to help the environment because of the fact that it’s not made with so many different materials. This type of cladding is a few choice substances mixed in with polyvinyl chloride.

What are the Benefits to Vinyl Cladding

1. Little to No Maintenance Required
This is one of the main reasons a person might choose vinyl cladding for their home. You do not have to do much up-keep on this type of cladding which means there is no need to spend hours repainting or repairing because it never needs to be done!

Almost all other cladding materials need constant maintenance and they also tear, wear, crack, and form rust and you’ll find that none of those things will ever occur in your vinyl cladding. Another thing that you won’t have to worry about is mildew growing on the cladding, this can happen to many cladding’s after a lot of rain but vinyl cladding is made to resist such problems.

All you’ll ever have to worry about is making sure you clean it every now and then but all cladding’s will need a good cleaning after a harsh winter. So if you are busy and you don’t have a lot of time to spend on repairing the outside of your home, vinyl cladding is a great choice to for you to make for your home.

2. Vinyl Cladding is Much Less Costly than others
If you do your research and you shop around, you will find that you will pay the lowest amount of money cladding your home with vinyl than you will just about any other type of cladding. So if you’re looking to put cladding on your home for a reasonable price, vinyl is probably your best option. You may be able to clad your whole entire home with vinyl while paying with what you would half of another type of cladding.

3. Vinyl Cladding is One of Best Choices for the Economy
Vinyl cladding is very safe for the environment for reasons such as:

-There aren’t as many different materials to make vinyl cladding as there are in many other types of cladding which means less waste.
-You can recycle vinyl cladding

4. Vinyl Cladding can Add a Stylish Look to Your Home
This type of cladding can come in many different colors and styles to choose from that can help you get the look your absolutely desire for your home. Whether you are looking to make your home look a little more modern or you are trying to go for a more traditional view, vinyl can help you achieve either one. You can choose to go with one color around your entire home or you can decide to switch it up a bit and combine different types of vinyl cladding.

5. Vinyl Cladding is Strong and Durable
If you choose to go with vinyl cladding, you are choosing a material that will last you for many years no matter how much rain or snow comes your way, your vinyl cladding won’t chip, dent or fade. If you have young children that often enjoy throwing the occasional ball at the house every now and then, you won’t have to worry about any dents appearing. This is a good choice of cladding if you live in an area that brings a lot of rainfall your way and you’ll never have to worry about the little ones making any permanent messes on your home.

6. Easy Insulation
Many people choose vinyl cladding due to the fact that it’s very simple to add insulation to the vinyl. All you need to do is place the insulation behind the vinyl cladding before placing it onto your home and you’re done. This is a great way to save money due to the fact you won’t be turning the heat up so high in the winter or the air conditioning down so low in the summer.

So, just to recap here are the main reasons why vinyl cladding is a good choice for any homeowner to make:
-It’s reliable, dependable and durable
-It’s very low in costs
-It’s very low in maintenance
-It’s friendly to our environment
-It Adds a lot of style to your home
-And most importantly, it will keep your home protected.

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Data Center Cleaning – Protect Your Data Center Assets

The Data center rooms which include network control areas, server rooms, UPS rooms, telecom rooms and raised floor areas have expensive and important devices and hardware. The computer devices are prone to damage due to excessive accumulation of unwanted residues and contamination. To enhance proper functioning of these devices, it is essential to clean the rooms using advanced techniques and equipment. So, why it is important to have a clean data center?

Control Electrostatic Charges: Pliable particles can contact the component parts, leading to large deposits and scrap the necessary componnents of system. Over the time, this can enhance electrostatic charging. This can harm the micro-electronic equipment in the data center.

Prevent accumulation of residue and dust: Dirt and dust can lead to residue deposits on the circuit boards and other major system parts. This residue build-up raises the water vapor concentration and emergence of gaseous elements leading to damage to the devices and their performance. This is risky as it increases the chances of shot circuits and system failure.

Safeguard the sensitive components: There are innumerable minute computer components parts. Each of them play significant role in the functioning and processing to enhance timely performance. Keeping the data center unclean can lead to deposit of fine dust particles on these components. Once they contact such impurities, it is tough to eliminate them using the air filters. A clean room ensures proper functioning of the system and greater longevity of the computer equipment.

To avoid clogging in the air filter: Accumulation of dirt in the air filter can cause major blockage in the smooth air passage. This also increases chances of large impurity deposits on hardware equipment trapping the heat inside the computers, servers and . Continuous overheating can lead to major damages and system failure making the entire work process to a halt.

What to look for in a data center cleaning company?

There are certain key issues that need consideration before appointing a data center cleaning company to handle the entire cleaning program. Some of the factors that are worth consideration are:

Reputation and Testimonials: It is essential to check the performance record and services of the company. It is not wise to bestow the responsibility to any newly established organization with inexperienced staff members. The company with at least 5 years of experience in relevant field and efficient in delivering high quality services within the stipulated period is the ideal one to handle such contracts.

Insurance Policy details: Always assign the data center cleaning project to a data center cleaning company with proper insurance formalities. To ensure they have adequate insurance documents, avail the information and certificate copy from the insurance agency where the company has acquired the policy.

Emergency Call out Services: While appointing a data center cleaning company to clean the data center room and equipment, enquire if they are available during sudden critical situation. It is beneficial to hire the services of the company with round the clock technical assistance, which can cater to the needs even during the urgent requirements.

Cleaning Process and Equipment: Ensure the data center cleaning company has advanced technology to carry out the task properly. It is also important to assure if the company has expert professionals to accomplish the work within the deadline as any delay in their work can result in loss of work of your organization.

Data Center Maintenance Cleaning
The smooth running of the activities requires proper functioning of the equipment and devices inside the data center. A clean atmosphere is an integral part of the adequate work atmosphere and ensures greater life of the computers and their accessories. Accumulation of the residues and impurities can lead to major downtime of causing losses to the company’s business. Therefore, maintenance and cleaning sessions at regular intervals are essential to avoid such inconveniences. The data center cleaning companies have team of expert professionals and advanced equipment to execute the cleaning programs efficiently. The cleaning programs include floor surface and under floor cleaning, hardware cleaning, ceiling plenum cleaning, support equipment cleaning etc.

The data center cleaning is very essential for proper functioning of the entire work system and regular servicing can keep the entire dtat center system in right order to prevent accidents and major damages. An experienced team with proper cleaning techniques can perform the task within a short duration to ensure peace of mind.

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Stacked Stone Melbourne

If you are looking for the highest quality stacked stone in Melbourne, then look no further than Craftstone Oz.

Pure natural stone may have been commonplace eons ago, but it is rare in this day and age as the supply of fine, beautifully crafted natural stone has dwindled and is generally extremely expensive. Craftstone Oz now offers you a cost-effective solution, creating a wall and cladding material with the unique beauty and strength of natural-looking stone.

The secret is in the base materials used. Instead of scouring the world for rare and beautiful natural stone, Craftstone Oz moulds replicas using a combination of cement, pumice and other materials. And if you’re concerned about your veneer or walls having a ‘cookie-cutter’ effect, there’s no need to be, because it’s very difficult to find any difference between Craftstone Oz products and real, natural stones. The colour is blended throughout the product rather than only on the surface, which makes each piece appear authentic.

Don’t worry about the style appearing repetitious either. Almost a thousand molding models are used, which essentially removes possibility of repetition. Another thing to note is that all of the stones are coloured one by one, so there will never be any two stones that are exactly alike. No matter how you look at Craftstone Oz products, they appear and feel like real stone. All of the moulds are designed to be almost identical to real stones and the process in making them ensures that each one is appropriate for the construction it is intended for.

Craftstone Oz products are lightweight and are also compatible with many other kinds of materials. They will give your home or establishment a fresh new look that brings the natural beauty of stone to indoor or outdoor architecture, being and excellent choice for feature walls, barbecues, posts, and other upright structures. However, because they are lightweight and able to be sawn by construction equipment they are not suited for paths, fountains, patios or structures to be walked on.

Craftstone Oz offers a total of nineteen various textures and over eighty colours that will guarantee you the best choice of designer products available in Melbourne. For stacked stone Melbourne, contact Craftstoneoz.com.au today.

The 8 most common causes of lower back pain

The lower back is critical to our function as a human being. It provides structural support as well as enabling movement in all directions. The lower back is primarily responsible for forward and backward movements and also allows sideways bending and rotation. Another critical function of the lower back is to protect the tissues of the nervous system, spinal column as well as the organs of the pelvis and stomach. As such an essential aspect of our lives it is also susceptible to a number of injuries that cause us pain. The top 8 most common causes are outlined below.

8. Bone Injuries
Fractures of the lumbar spine usually occur after a traumatic event such as a fall or motor vehicle accident. If the fracture is unstable, risk of damage to the spinal cord and permanent paralysis is extremely high. Patients are stabilised and immobilised for long periods. If the fracture is stable patients are treated with rest and pain relief. In some cases people with osteoporosis, or those taking medication such as cortisone long term, can be susceptible to fractures even with minimal stress on the spine. This may cause a crush fracture where the vertebrae loses some of its height. Pain can be severe and is often aggravated by movement.

7. Congenital Inherited Conditions
Some of the common inherited conditions that cause lower back pain include scoliosis which is a sideways curve of the spine, sometimes caused when one leg is shorter than the other (functional scoliosis). You can also get structural scoliosis which is a fixed sideways curve often due to unknown factors, more common in women. Another common congenital cause of lower back pain is a forward slip of the lower lumbar vertebrae on top of the sacrum. This is referred to as spondylolisthesis, which in some cases can be associated with fractures of the joining bones in the vertebrae and is known as a pars defect.

6. Bone Encroachment
Sometimes when the bony canal of the spinal cord and the spaces that the nerves exit can be narrowed by bone spurs or other soft tissues. This can cause sciatic pain which radiates down the leg. Often pain from narrowing of the spinal canal gets worse with walking and improves with rest.

5. Arthritis
Arthritic changes and inflammation can affect the lumbar vertebrae as well as sciatic joints and can commonly cause lower back pain and stiffness, which is often worse in the morning. Degeneration can also affect the disc and is known as sponydolosis. This shows up on x-rays as narrowing of the lumbar disc joint space.

4. Lumbar Radiculopathy – Damage to a Disc
When the disc is injured or weakens over time the outer rim can bulge or rupture (herniate), putting pressure on the spinal cord and/or the nerves exiting the bones. This can produce both local low back pain as well as sciatica characterised by pain down the leg. It can also be associated with pins and needles, numbness and weakness. In more serious cases, patients may experience problems with bladder and bowel function. They should seek medical attention immediately.

3. Nerve Irritation
The nerves exiting the bones of the lower back can be irritated by pressure from bone, soft tissue, as well as inflammation. Pain can be both local, as well as radiating down the leg.

2. Tendon and Ligament Strains
The soft tissues supporting and connecting the bones of the lower back can be stretched or injured in a number of ways. Commonly there is some sort of microscopic tear of varying degree which is often caused by an acute injury or overuse.

1. Muscle Strain
The most common form of lower back pain is of muscular origin. Muscle pain can be brought on by poor posture, overuse, improper use, sustained positions and even trauma. It is so common because not only is it the primary cause of most lower back pain, it is a significant component of all the other causes of lower back pain. This is because with arthritic changes, structural changes, such as curvature of the lower back, disc disease or even ruptures will all sensitise the muscles. This is why it is essential to understand muscle pain specifically, to learn strategies for prevention as well as self-management long term.

If you, your friend or family member suffer from back pain please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly Camp Hill physiotherapists on 07 3847 8040. Our Camp Hill physios can also provide treatment from our Camp Hill Physiotherapy practice in Brisbane.