4 Benefits of New Office Equipment

If you are currently working in an office environment with outdated equipment, then you know exactly how hard it is to stay productive and get simple tasks completed. The purchase of new office equipment supplier makes a vast difference in the amount of work an employee is able to complete in a given day. It really makes good business sense to purchase new equipment when other printers and devices become too old and become more of a burden than help. As the years pass, technology continuously shifts and evolves to better the world around us. Our phones are getting smarter, our laptops are getting thinner, and our software is becoming faster and more secure.

When we hear the word “technology” we naturally think of those three things; phones, computers, and software. Think outside the box for your business and consider your office equipment.

Enormous strides are being made in the office realm. Machines are getting faster and manufactured with your employees productivity and future in mind. Today, office equipment is being built with the future in mind. Energy efficient devices are the new must-have for businesses. Beyond the environment, energy efficient office equipment is cost-efficient. Power saving modes are tailored specifically to save energy and lower your business’ expenses.

Trust us, your energy bill will thank you!

Some business owners will be hesitant to make a new investment when it comes to office equipment. What some of these business owners don’t realize, however, is that although the initial purchase may be high, the long-term benefits of new equipment often outweigh the initial price.

4 major benefits of new office equipment include:

  • Increased Productivity in the Office- If a machine’s performance is linked to the amount that gets done in a given day, we can confidently say a machine with higher output capability can boost productivity in the workplace.
  • Saving Money on Energy Efficiency- New office equipment is almost always geared toward saving energy in your office. With machines that will turn off after not being used and operating and lower levels, you will start seeing a return on your investment as soon as you plug it in.
  • Better Quality Documents- As technology is constantly changing, so is the nature of output and how your documents are reproduced. The newest technology boasts the best way to reproduce documents in the office, making your company look more professional.
  • Ease of Use- New office equipment is almost always armed with easy to use software. Instead of having employees hovering around complicated machines, get on board with new machines that are designed with the user in mind.
  • Although there are many more benefits associated with new office equipment, we have tried to pinpoint a few that affect your office on a daily basis.

Where Is Safe For Installing A Boiler?

You can have your boiler installed safely in most rooms, or even the loft with http://www.boilerreplacement.net. There are, however a few things to consider:

  • Your boiler should be installed inside a building and can be fitted to any suitable wall strong enough to take its weight when full of water.
  • The boiler’s flue must be able to pass to the outside, either through an outside wall or through the roof so check this with http://www.boilerreplacement.net. The boiler installation manual gives the minimum legal distances the flue terminal must be from windows, air bricks, other buildings etc, to comply with Building Regulations.
  • As well as the flue, you must consider where to fit the condensate pipe that takes away the liquid that condenses as the gases cool inside the boiler.  We recommended that this pipe discharges internally into the household drainage system. If the condensate pipe is fitted outside, it could freeze during cold weather and make the boiler shut down.
  • With http://www.boilerreplacement.net heat only boilers don’t require a pump overrun or permanent live. This means you won’t need to worry about getting a wire from the pump to the boiler or a permanent power supply to the boiler. Find out more about this unique feature.
  • If you decide to have it fitted in a garage or outhouse, we recommend you get additional frost protection fitted to protect the system pipework, even if the boiler has its own frost protection.
  • When positioning the boiler, you must allow sufficient clearances and access for servicing.  Please check the installation instructions for details.
  • The boiler may be fitted inside a cupboard without having air vents.  Modern boilers are room sealed and will run sufficiently cool without ventilation.
  • If the boiler is fitted in a bathroom or shower room, please refer to the current Wiring Regulations and Building Regulations, which explain the different zones in the bathroom where it is safe to install and boiler, and where it is unsafe to do so (In GB this is the current I.E.E. Wiring Regulations and Building Regulations. In IE reference should be made to the current edition of I.S. 813 “Domestic Gas Installations” and the current ETCI rules)
  • If your house is a timber framed building, please refer to the current edition of Institute of Gas Engineers Publication IGE/UP/7 (Gas Installations in Timber Framed Housing)
  • If your boiler runs on LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas), you should not have it installed in a basement or other position below ground. This is because LPG does not rise, and will therefore not be dispersed should there be a gas leak. This information should be used for guidance only. Your Gas Safe registered installerwill be able to survey your home and tell you the most convenient, safest and legally compliant place for your boiler and discuss where the flue and condensate pipe should go.

5 Things To Know Before You Replace The Roof

There’s no better time than now to make the most of the summer sun and give your roof a thorough inspection, keeping a close eye out for any problems to check whether you need a replacement roof fitted with http://www.assuredproroofing.co.uk. Similarly, if you have noticed that your roof is suffering from a leak or cracking, it’s important to carry out detailed checks as soon as possible in case an entirely new roof is required.

This article will serve to explain the five main tell-tale warning signs that you must look out for during your inspections which will help determine whether you need a new roof installed in time for the upcoming autumn/winter months

Worn or missing roof tiles/slates

Generally speaking, damp areas or leaks may indicate a cracked, slipped or worn roof tile which will require the expertise of a professional to replace. If you notice any leaking or signs of water damage, it’s more than likely that your roof tiles are worn or missing and need replacing as quickly as possible. It is worth noting that if worn or missing tiles become an extensive problem on your roof, the entire thing will need replacing.

Sagging flat roofs

Exposure to extreme weather conditions can impact the functionality of your roof as the boards can start to buckle and break under the weight of the water, causing the roof to sag. In turn, this can affect the interior of your home by creating a rather dangerous, unsafe structure, meaning the roof will need replacing immediately.

Daylight is filtering through the roof boards

When examining the roof from inside your home, if you notice any gaps where the summer sun is filtering through the roof boards then you must seek help from a professional roofing company straight away. Excessive damage to the roof boards will require urgent attention and will most likely result in the roof needing to be replaced.

Life expectancy of the roof

According to most roofing experts, a standard roof should last between 20-25 years, depending on the initial installation and upkeep. If your roof is reaching the end of its life expectancy or is in a bad state of repair, you must arrange to have it replaced to avoid any damage to the interior of your home.

Cracks, puncture holes or splits on a flat roof

Felt flat roofs often fall victim to cracks, puncture holes or splits round the edges of the roof caused by extreme weather. In turn, this can lead to water leaking through the gaps and can escalate to excessive water damage inside your home. Therefore, you must address this problem as quickly as possible and have your existing roof replaced.

Basic Guide To Blast Cleaning

A blast cleaning set-up with companies like http://www.ftguk.co.uk consists of just 6 main pieces of equipment, with associated accessories, and abrasives.

1) COMPRESSOR
You will require a diesel engined mobile compressor. They are rated on their air output cfm ( cubic feet per minute)……… usually 140, 180, 260 & 350 cfm, and manufactured by the likes of Atlas Copco, Ingersoll Rand, Compair , Sullair, & Kaeser…….

90 to 140 cfm : The lower end of the scale. These are small, lightweight, easy to tow with a small van, easy to source and miserly on fuel. But you are limited to cleaning just lightly soiled stone, brick, steel and wood, and the cleaning rate will be generally slow.

180 cfm : Firm favourite with one-man band businesses, my favourite size compressor, as again they are light, easy to tow, fuel efficient, and not too tiring to use all day. Formidable when used with a C50L blast pot; I always owned this combination and was able to clean virtually every job I encountered. Biggest problem is that they are quite rare and difficult to find, as they are too big for road gangs and too small for other industries.

260 cfm (as in photo above) : Very popular with small/medium size businesses and hire companies. Weighing in at around 1400kg , you need a decent size van to tow. Can be used with any size blast pot and is fairly common. Makes rapid work of large areas of stone, brick and rusty or painted steelwork……. Ideal for large buildings, allows use of long lengths of compressor and blast hose without losing too much power.

350 cfm : The biggest of the mainstream mobile compressors. For use where a seriously fast cleaning rate is required on heavily corroded steelwork…. ships, bridges, structures,heavy machinery, etc. Heavy on fuel and cumbersome to tow. A few days use can be very tiring …… just about every muscle in your body will know about it !

2) BLAST POT

Four sizes available : the ½ bag C20L, 3 bag C50L , 8 bag C140L and the 12 bag C200L.
Each suitable for a variety of applications. Pots are supplied with manual controls ( two on off ball valves), or with a remote valve, controlled by the operator using a dead man handle at the end of the blast hose……

The C20L holds just 25kg of expendable abrasives, enough for 10 minutes of continuous blasting. Useful for small or limited access jobs, for snagging & touching up, fine detail restoration work, or in workshops for occasional blasting with http://www.ftguk.co.uk.

The C50L  holds approx. 75kg of abrasives, enough for 30 minutes of blasting. Easily the most popular size pot with jobbing one man businesses. Very manouverable on building sites and easy to load in and out of van.

The C140L holds 150 kg of abrasives, enough for a full hour of continuous blasting. Popular with firms involved with medium / large cleaning projects.

The C200L holds 300kg of abrasives, sufficient for 2 hours blasting. Monster size pot for for big projects where as little down time as possible and a rapid cleaning rate is required. In reality a full pot (allowing for inevitable stopping and starting) will last half a shift.

Tips On Saving Money On Your Home Clearance

Whether you are looking to clear some clutter that has built up over the years at home, or dealing with the difficult and sad process of clearing a deceased friend’s or relative’s house, the following tips can help reduce the costs.

With a bit of extra time and effort, there are plenty of ways to save money on a Sevenoaks House clearance – you could even make some money from it too.

Before starting the process, find a quote from a Tunbridge Wells House clearance company. You will then have a benchmark to see if you can save money by following some of these suggestions yourself.

Sell items of value

Depending on how much time you have, you can sell a whole host of items potentially being cleared. As well as generating revenue, this also reduces the quantity of stuff you need clearing, and can help reduce costs.

For anything of significant value, such as antiques, jewellery or works of art, you should take expert advice and sell through reputable independent auctions after your Maidstone House clearance. If you do sell to a dealer or an individual, make sure you have got a second opinion on the item first. It is easy to email a picture and a brief description to an auction house, and they will give you a trustworthy estimate.

For less valuable stuff, such as ordinary furniture, crockery, records, clothes, books and bric-a-brac, you can list the items on sites such as eBay, Etsy and Gumtree. With a bit of research you can find what similar items have sold for. It is much more useful to know actual sale prices that have been achieved, rather than the asking prices some sellers are seeking.

For the truly enterprising, selling at a car boot sale is a great way to make a profit on bric-a-brac when clearing a house. Every weekend there are hundreds of car boot sales all over the country. Entry fees are typically around £10 per car. Be prepared for an early start to make sure you get in, and brace yourself for some serious haggling!

But do not undersell

But a word of warning when selling your items. Whether through dealers, auctions, online or at a car boot sale, you need to make sure you do not undersell the items.

Any professional house clearance company worth their salt will factor the value of resalable items into their charges. So if the charge to clear the rubbish and non-saleable items is £300, but there’s £100 of resalable value in the clearance, the clearance company may reduce the charge by £50. (NB the clearance company, like any dealer, will need to make a profit on the items ‘bought’, so if they think they will sell the items for £100, they may ‘offer’ £50).

So in order to reduce the overall costs, you need to sell these items for more than the clearance company is offering. In the example above, it would be more than £50.

Donate to charity

Charity shops and furniture donation networks are always in need of good quality stock. And because they have lower running costs than private sector shops (due to volunteers, zero rates, subsidised rent etc) they sometimes accept items that wouldn’t be viable for the private businesses.

But charity shops still have costs and need to make money, so they will select items that they think they can sell well at a decent price – they are not free rubbish tips however!

Tips On Saving Money On Your Home Clearance

Whether you are looking to clear some clutter that has built up over the years at home, or dealing with the difficult and sad process of clearing a deceased friend’s or relative’s house, the following tips can help reduce the costs.

With a bit of extra time and effort, there are plenty of ways to save money on a Kent house clearance – you could even make some money from it too.

Before starting the process, find a quote from a clearance company. You will then have a benchmark to see if you can save money by following some of these suggestions yourself.

Sell items of value

Depending on how much time you have, you can sell a whole host of items potentially being cleared. As well as generating revenue, this also reduces the quantity of stuff you need clearing, and can help reduce costs.

For anything of significant value, such as antiques, jewellery or works of art, you should take expert advice and sell through reputable independent auctions. If you do sell to a dealer or an individual, make sure you have got a second opinion on the item first. It is easy to email a picture and a brief description to an auction house, and they will give you a trustworthy estimate.

For less valuable stuff, such as ordinary furniture, crockery, records, clothes, books and bric-a-brac, you can list the items on sites such as eBay, Etsy and Gumtree. With a bit of research you can find what similar items have sold for. It is much more useful to know actual sale prices that have been achieved, rather than the asking prices some sellers are seeking.

For the truly enterprising, selling at a car boot sale is a great way to make a profit on bric-a-brac when clearing a house. Every weekend there are hundreds of car boot sales all over the country. Entry fees are typically around £10 per car. Be prepared for an early start to make sure you get in, and brace yourself for some serious haggling!

But do not undersell

But a word of warning when selling your items. Whether through dealers, auctions, online or at a car boot sale, you need to make sure you do not undersell the items.

Any professional house clearance company worth their salt will factor the value of resalable items into their charges. So if the charge to clear the rubbish and non-saleable items is £300, but there’s £100 of resalable value in the clearance, the clearance company may reduce the charge by £50. (NB the clearance company, like any dealer, will need to make a profit on the items ‘bought’, so if they think they will sell the items for £100, they may ‘offer’ £50).

So in order to reduce the overall costs, you need to sell these items for more than the clearance company is offering. In the example above, it would be more than £50.

Donate to charity

Charity shops and furniture donation networks are always in need of good quality stock. And because they have lower running costs than private sector shops (due to volunteers, zero rates, subsidised rent etc) they sometimes accept items that wouldn’t be viable for the private businesses.

But charity shops still have costs and need to make money, so they will select items that they think they can sell well at a decent price – they are not free rubbish tips however!

Top Tips for Carpet Cleaning

There are a lot of options when it comes to cleaning your office or home carpets and sometimes these can be confusing. Companies like http://www.connoisseur-carpet-care.co.uk always recommend steam cleaning as it’s one of the most popular but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options. So we’ve listed some of the other ways you can clean your carpet; whether that’s a short pile office carpet or a longer pile instead. Carpet shampoo is a cleaning shampoo for carpet is usually put on the office carpet to develop into a foam. The chemicals within the foam then attract all the dirt present in your carpet and draw it up and out. That is then left to dry and after it has all dried up, it becomes really fragile and then separates from carpet fibres. Whatever remains is then collected using a hoover. This method of shampoo carpet cleaning is very popular because it’s not as expensive as hiring a steamer or using a private company to do so.

Steam Cleaning is a carpet cleaning method is also common due to how well it works. Steam cleaning does not use actual steam to clean the carpet, but very hot water through the fibres of the carpet. The hot water is often between 150-200 degrees and is very effective in getting rid of allergens and dirt. High pressure and hot water are usually sprayed over the carpet and the higher pressure can loosen up the dirt faster. The dirt, which is forcefully eliminated, is then sucked using a vacuum cleaner and then stored in a tank. The water is often mixed with a chemicals that wash the carpet as well. Steam carpet cleaning is one of the deepest ways of cleaning carpets. The carpet becomes anti-allergic once it has been steam cleaned as the dust mites aren’t as present. It’s best to hire a proper cleaning company as their machinery used is professional and gets the job done better than standard steamers.

Dry Powder is a method that doesn’t employ the use of water and therefore is known as dry cleaning or powder cleaning. Dry powder is absorbent and is made of a solvent, soap, and water. The powder is sprinkled on top of the carpet, and using rotating machines, it is spread all over that carpet before being left for around 15 minutes. With the use of a hoover, all the dirt and powder are then taken away. Without wetting involved, you can be sure there won’t be any mildew stench. Foam cleaner is almost the same method as steam carpet cleaning. Using a very fast rotating brush, a certain amount of shampoo is spread over the carpet and that creates foam in the process. The foam is then left for around an hour to dry. Using a hoover, the dirt is eradicated. The whole shampoo might not be jettisoned using a hoover hence steam cleaning may be necessary.

Top Tips for Carpet Cleaning

There are a lot of options when it comes to cleaning your office or home carpets and sometimes these can be confusing. Companies like http://www.fsacleaning.co.uk always recommend steam cleaning as it’s one of the most popular but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options. So we’ve listed some of the other ways you can clean your carpet; whether that’s a short pile office carpet or a longer pile instead. Carpet shampoo is a cleaning shampoo for carpet is usually put on the office carpet to develop into a foam. The chemicals within the foam then attract all the dirt present in your carpet and draw it up and out. That is then left to dry and after it has all dried up, it becomes really fragile and then separates from carpet fibres. Whatever remains is then collected using a hoover. This method of shampoo carpet cleaning is very popular because it’s not as expensive as hiring a steamer or using a private company to do so.

Steam Cleaning is a carpet cleaning method is also common due to how well it works. Steam cleaning does not use actual steam to clean the carpet, but very hot water through the fibres of the carpet. The hot water is often between 150-200 degrees and is very effective in getting rid of allergens and dirt. High pressure and hot water are usually sprayed over the carpet and the higher pressure can loosen up the dirt faster. The dirt, which is forcefully eliminated, is then sucked using a vacuum cleaner and then stored in a tank. The water is often mixed with a chemicals that wash the carpet as well. Steam carpet cleaning is one of the deepest ways of cleaning carpets. The carpet becomes anti-allergic once it has been steam cleaned as the dust mites aren’t as present. It’s best to hire a proper cleaning company as their machinery used is professional and gets the job done better than standard steamers.

Dry Powder is a method that doesn’t employ the use of water and therefore is known as dry cleaning or powder cleaning. Dry powder is absorbent and is made of a solvent, soap, and water. The powder is sprinkled on top of the carpet, and using rotating machines, it is spread all over that carpet before being left for around 15 minutes. With the use of a hoover, all the dirt and powder are then taken away. Without wetting involved, you can be sure there won’t be any mildew stench. Foam cleaner is almost the same method as steam carpet cleaning. Using a very fast rotating brush, a certain amount of shampoo is spread over the carpet and that creates foam in the process. The foam is then left for around an hour to dry. Using a hoover, the dirt is eradicated. The whole shampoo might not be jettisoned using a hoover hence steam cleaning may be necessary.

10 Reasons You Need Structural Steel

If you’re creating project plans for a new building, you are likely evaluating the costs and benefits of a variety of building materials. There’s one decision that’s easy: the choice of kent structural steel fabrications for your project. No other material has the distinct advantages of steel. Here are eight reasons why there is no alternative to structural steel:

  1. It’s cost-effective. No other material for structural framing provides the same benefit. Not only is it a good choice for its initial low cost, but it also reduces your costs related to the foundation and façade systems.
  2. Structural steel supports a more streamlined building process. Your structural steel is fabricated off-site while your foundation and site preparation work are being completed. Once your foundation is ready, the steel erection can be done quickly and efficiently.
  3. You maximize floor space. The lightweight, yet strong quality of structural steel makes it possible to eliminate the need for columns or other support structures, giving you the opportunity to maximize your square footage.
  4. Designers love it. Using structural steels gives you a wide range of possibilities for design. It can be curved or rolled and accommodates any unique building design.
  5. It’s adaptable. A structural steel design can always be adjusted and reconfigured to address future design or building requirements.
  6. Its quality is predictable. Steel is fabricated off-site, with precise, controlled conditions to make a consistent, predictable product.
  7. Your productivity improves. Structural steel is fabricated using an advanced supply chain, with specialized technology like computer-aided technology. This eliminates errors and keeps your project on-schedule.
  8. It’s an environmentally responsible choice. The structural steel industry produces an average of 90 percent recycled materials in its mills. In addition, when your building is at the end of its life, 100 percent of the structural steel can be recycled.
  9. Green – Today’s modern steel mills produce steel containing an average of 90% recycled material. At the end of a building’s  life cycle, 100% of the steel frame can be recycled (the current recovery rate for structural steel is 98%).  With low environmental impacts on a per-square-foot-of-construction basis, steel is the premier choice for environmentally conscious, sustainable projects.
  10. There’s always a solution in steel – No matter what specific project challenges arise, structural steel framing systems can meet them!

Steel is incredibly adaptable to your design. No matter what changes come into your building plans, or how it needs to change in the future to accommodate new requirements, your choice of steel will always be the best option. It is critical that during periods of volatility structural engineers, architects, construction managers, general contractors and project owners step back and make wise decisions regarding material and product choices based on a full range of considerations.

Metal Sheds You Should Consider

As the popularity of Essex Garden rooms began rising in the United Kingdom, debates also formed around which type of garden building offers the best value for its owner. Wooden and metal sheds emerged ahead in this race and they are still the most popular choices for people looking to buy additional storage space for their household. The most significant advantage of steel sheds, is that they are cheaper than their wooden counterparts. For the same price as a timber shed, you can usually get a larger metal storage building. Since budget is a controlling factor in many acquisitions, outdoor metal units are among the most sought-after garden storage options in the UK market. Coming in such a variety of shapes and sizes, they can fit into almost any garden.

Lighter to carry and move around

As a rule of thumb, these storage buildings are delivered in lightweight packages, which makes them easier to fit through a standard door opening. Most suppliers provide metal products flat-packed, meaning you can manipulate them easily around the house or in very cramped gardens. This also mean you can deal with moving an entire shed on your own, which means minimal stress when it actually comes to construction.

Lesser weight per package also means that steel storage sheds are much easier to assemble than wooden ones. You don’t have to be a builder to put it all together! All you have to do is follow the instructional leaflet and build up your metal shed. Most often, all the equipment you need to assemble these garden structure comes with the package, so there is no prep work needed, or any additional costs. Although steel sheds tend to be surprisingly light, they are also incredibly solid. In fact, this is one of their most significant selling points. Metal is not an easy material to damage and provides long lasting protection to any structure. Plastic sheds usually feature metal reinforcements in their support structure, due to the resilience that metal can give. Metal shed owners can normally enjoy their outdoor buildings for over a decade

Metal’s durable feature enables manufacturers and vendors to provide buyers with very long warranties. Ten- to twenty-year warranties are common in the UK, especially when you opt for large metal sheds from renowned manufacturers. The reason why they can afford to provide such a service is that they are aware of the quality and durability of metal. And in order to get the best possible results in the long-run, you should definitely consider buying galvanised steel sheds. If you choose a metal garden building, usually there will be much less maintenance time and budget, or none at all. The galvanised layer underneath, protects the metal from weather elements and prevents the formation of rust. This protective layer also delays the onset of corrosion and reduces its effects on steel sheds. Once every five years or so, you may want to repaint these structures; but, other than that, the occasional hosing down is all the maintenance you have to do!