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Selecting the Best Car Mechanic Online

May 26th, 2013

You can book a mobile mechanic if you don’t have the time to take your vehicle to a service center for servicing or repairs.

It is also important you get to know what you get in your car service, so you know whether you are getting a good deal. Getting a fixed price car service can help, but make sure you know what you’re getting.

The basics of car servicing

Car servicing includes all tasks and carried out by a mechanic to ensure that the vehicle performs optimally on the road. There are schedules the servicing of a particular model of car put in place by the manufacturer that can be found in your vehicle logbook. Many are optional, and just require inspection, but it are the mandatory items that you want to be quoted on.

Book a car service online

Most businesses today have a website that you can book your car service or request a quote through. When choosing the online car service company of your choice it is important that you lookout for certain features such as:

* fully trained car service technicians with a warranty

* legitimate testimonials from happy customers on their website, Facebook and the like (not those fake wooden sounding ones businesses invent!)

* a reasonable price for the quality of products and number of items provided in a service

* ensuring that the replaceable parts or accessories are from the manufacturer or similar in quality.

Hopefully the above tips can help you choose the best mechanic to service your car.

Aquaponics and Poly Tanks

May 20th, 2013

No, Aquaponics is not the name of a pop band from Norway. It’s really an excellent sustainable system of producing food, where you create a symbiotic habitat where you grow plants in water on the one hand, and fish, prawns, snails and other aquatic animals on the other.

The word comes from ‘aqua’ of ‘aquatic’ and ‘ponics’ of ‘hydroponics’ or growing plants in water, without soil.

How Aquaponics Works

You can create an aquaponic system in your own backyard. It can be on any scale, depending on the size of your backyard. And it’s very low maintenance, since you’ll find that the two parts of the system take care of each other. The fish release ammonia in the water from uneaten food etc. If this remains in the water, it can kill the fish. Instead, the plants guzzle up the ammonia and other nutrients in the water. They clean the water and release oxygen into it. This water then circulates back into the system. It’s a near-perfect system where the plants and animals help each other to survive.

In return, you can grow your own food without having to use up too much precious water!

All that you need are some grow beds and some fish tanks. Also using durable poly water tanks means you can collect rainwater to run your aquaponics system. Not only will you be doing the country’s groundwater a service by making use of rainwater, you will also be able to make the most efficient use of the water you collect! Check out Clark Tanks for your water tank needs.

Choosing The Best Water Tank For Your Needs

April 17th, 2013

Visit Team PolyWith hundreds of water tank makes and models on the market, choosing the right one can be very difficult. Here are some important features to look out for when choosing the design that’s best for you:

  • Material – The material your tank is made from will determine how long it lasts and how well it will perform. Poly water tanks are generally considered the best choice for residential properties, as they are constructed from polyethylene, and unlike metal and other commonly used tank materials, they never rust and stay in good condition for several decades.
  • Shape – Make sure that the design you choose has thicker walls at the base than at the rim. This helps to make the tank light weight as well as strong.
  • Colour and Style – Tanks are often a prominent feature outside a building, but luckily yours doesn’t have to be dull and unsightly. Poly tanks can be moulded into a range of styles and even come in different colours to match your house.

If shopping for a rainwater tank in Australia, be sure to check out Team Poly for your needs.

Getting Good Deals On Car Servicing

April 12th, 2013

There is no doubt that everyone wants to save money no matter what they buy. If getting your car serviced, then you certainly don’t want to get ripped off.

Be careful when going for car servicing deals. Many auto servicing businesses will promote annual car servicing deals. You pay in advance, and they will throw in special deals. Many of these can be good, if you use them. Keep in mind it can be a hassle bringing in your car into the shop, and realistically, what is it you need?

What of differing car service types? A minor service might include inspecting, cleaning, and maintaining the functions of a car’s engine so it can run optimally and for a long time.

There are quite many tasks usually involved in servicing, these may include: replacement of oil filter, air filter, spark plug, fuel filter and so on. Some are more expensive than others.

Alignment of your tyres should always be included, and normally free. All services should include a general tune-up, and components lubricated or greased.

Each car service costs money, but be careful of special deals. I personally believe you often get what you pay for, but then you got to ensure you won’t be taken for a ride either. It’s always hard, but just make sure you compare quotes on price as well as what is included.

Cleaning and Maintaining Your Pool

March 10th, 2013

It is important that your swimming pool be cleaned and maintained at all times so that you can get the best from its usage. A properly maintained pool can save you from stress, sickness, and huge financial costs in the long run. Therefore, you should learn and understand how to clean a swimming pool always.

The good thing is that the process is really not that difficult and you can apply them without having to employ professionals do it for you. The following are the easy steps you really should apply to clean your swimming pool.

First off, it is important you gather all the needed tools and equipment for the cleaning. From a swimming pool store you can buy the cleaning and maintenance supplies and equipment. Something else to consider is a supply of water to refill your pool. Rainwater tanks make a great addition.

Examples of these supplies may include automatic cleaning system, manual cleaning system like telescopic pole, broom, leaf net, pool brush, and vacuum head assembly. You also need to get cleaning chemical and pool test kit for the job.

The type of supplies provided will readily depend on your experience, the type of pool you have, and the level of contamination of the pool.

When all your cleaning kits or tools are in place, it then becomes necessary to get on and begin the cleaning. This can be done daily, weekly, or after a heavy storm.

>> You should skim the surface of the water with a leaf net and telescopic pole to remove floating debris. The leaf net can be sunk underneath the water to collect debris underneath the water.

>> You should get rid of the debris collected through skimming and filtering processes. More so, it is important to take proactive measure to ensure that debris around the pool areas are swept off and prevented from flying or falling into the pool water.

>> Attach the telescopic pole to manual brush and scrub the floor and walls of the pool. This is should be done at least once in a week. Manual brushing and vacuuming could be more effective than automatic cleaning system because they can easily clean some of the crevices and impossible places that the automatic cleaner will miss.

>> Test the water to ensure that the pH level is normal. You should also test the calcium hardness and the total alkalinity.

Sometimes you may have algae growing in the pool. In extreme cases, the only way to really get rid of it is to drain your pool completely of water and give it a good acid wash (only recommended for concrete). To refill your pool can cost thousands of dollars, but water tanks could reduce your cost dramatically.

If you are after a water tank, don’t look past Clark Tanks, a trusted Australian brand known to last. Definitely add them to your list of suppliers to call.

Two Ways That Garden Chemicals Affect The Environment

February 8th, 2013

ID-10014843There are lots of ways that garden chemicals affect our environment. Below are two of such ways, to give you more understanding:

Herbal pesticides used in gardens can cause diseases and also destroy the environment

These are used to get rid of pest and rodents in the garden. Also, these are also used to get rid of weeds.

Herbal pesticides have toxic contents can be carried away in runoff. When this occurs, wildlife become is destroyed.

In addition, many herbicides and pesticides have been associated with different types of diseases that include   neurological disease, cancer, and birth defects.

Drinking water can contaminated by garden chemicals

Most of these chemicals are known seep into the water supply and contaminate the drinking water for animals and humans.

This may likely occur after a heavy storm or through any system of water runoff on the land.

Installing a quality rain water tank to collect rainwater can help prevent this. In Australia, poly water tanks are a popular option as they come in a variety of styles, colours and are very strong. If you’re looking for stylish and durable water tanks, don’t look past National Poly Industries.

4 Ways in Which Gardening Can Help Sustain the Environment

October 10th, 2012

Garden PathGardening is as old as man. It is the practice of growing and cultivating plants for foods or for decoration. These are often done in a place called the gardens, which can be located in the near the home or in public places. And today, rain water tanks also play an important role for conserving precious water supplies.

Gardening plays significant role in impacting the environment. You should get idea of some of the ways in which gardening, and National Poly’s water tanks, really help the environment. Below are highlights of 4 ways in which gardening can help to sustain the environment.

Gardening help to control extreme temperatures – With gardening, the growing and cultivation of plants like shrubs and trees are carried out. These plants help to mitigate the effect of extremities of the weather. In other words, when there is extreme cold or heat, the garden trees can lessen the effects on humans and animals.

Gardening helps to improve human health – In gardens, most people will use them as suitable places to get relaxed and play around. By doing this, they are saved from physical and mental stress. This is one reason many visit public parks and gardens. Most of the gardens serve as perfect ground to carryout exercises.

Gardening helps to prevent flooding – In many areas affected by frequent and heavy rain falls, Flooding could really be devastating. However, if gardens are grown in near the water sources, flooding would be abated. Gardens can absorb the excess water that could have otherwise overloaded the drainage system. Most agricultural experts often recommend the planting of trees in areas prone to flooding and erosion.

Gardening helps to sustain wildlife – When gardens are planted, many creatures are sustained. The nectar from the flowers is attractions to butterflies, bees and other insects. Most so, bigger creatures like birds and mammals are sustained in bigger parks and gardens. By sustaining wildlife and creatures, nature is preserved.

So, these are four ways in which gardening can help to sustain the environment. There are lots of other great ways but the ways described above can give you an idea of how the immediate environment has richly benefited from gardening.