Most heavy vehicle owners in the transport industry are asking themselves – How can I save money on my running costs? How can I save on fuel consumption? Will a truck wheel alignment help?

Research & studies conducted around the world show that around 80 percent of medium to heavy vehicles are incorrectly aligned, or have a mis-alignment. If your truck, trailer or bus has incorrectly aligned wheels & axles, you have what we call increased rolling resistance when travelling on the road. This means the engine is working harder than required to push the truck along the road, and the end result is an increase in fuel consumption. Given that fuel can account for up to 50% of the operating costs of a truck or fleet, smart operators must explore all avenues to reduce fuel consumption.
Generally speaking, correcting even slight alignment issues have been shown to result in a saving of 3 – 10 percent on fuel.

3% doesn’t sound too significant does it? Lets take a closer look – One truck runs Brisbane to Sydney (return) 3 times a week (6,000 kms). That’s 312,000 kms a year. Fuel consumption average is 1.85 litres/km. That’s 577,200 litres, current local prices are around $1.49 per litre. Fuel cost for the year – $860,028.00. If you reduced fuel consumption by 3%, you would save $25,800.84!!
Your scenario may be different, but you can see that small changes can make a big difference to the bottom line of your business. There are other areas where you can save on running costs, which will be covered in another article.

If you own one truck or one hundred, and you are not having a regular truck wheel alignment performed as part of your maintenance schedule, you really need to contact your local truck wheel alignment specialist for a chat.

Truckologist is a mobile truck wheel alignment business based in Brisbane, Australia.

 

If you are looking for a house cleaning company, the best place to get started would be by asking your friends, colleagues and neighbors whether they can recommend some cleaning service that they might have used in the past. However, it is possible that no one in your circle has used a professional cleaning service before. In this case, it can be challenging to hire a cleaning company which can do a high quality job at a competitive price.

The following 6 tips will help you evaluate house cleaning companies and hire the company that is best suited for your purpose:

1. Speak With Multiple House Cleaning Companies

Make sure that you request detailed quotations from more than one cleaning company. This will allow you to compare all the services and determine which company will give you the best value for your money. If you have any special cleaning requirements, make sure that all the companies provide an estimate for that too.

Speaking with these companies will also help you evaluate their professionalism to a certain extent. Now, a professional appearance during a sales call doesn’t guarantee that you will experience the same professionalism in their service. However, an unprofessional treatment during the sales phase should help you rule out a number of house cleaning companies that are likely to be a waste of your time.

2. Check The Company Background

There are many ways in which you can check the cleaning company’s background and service history. The best way would be to speak with the company’s past and existing clients to know what their experience with the company has been like.

Companies who do a good job and take pride in their work won’t mind putting you in touch with some of their customers. However companies who have a low customer satisfaction rate might not want to do this. This helps you eliminate some more cleaning companies that may not be right for you.

You can also do a quick check on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to check for any complaints or feedback for a house cleaning company you are considering. Not all cleaning companies are members of the BBB but it doesn’t take long to perform this check.

3. Check For Insurance

Beware of hiring a cleaning company which doesn’t have insurance covering its clients’ houses. And don’t just take the salesperson’s word that the company has an adequate insurance cover. You can request the cleaning company to have their insurance company send a copy of the certificate of insurance to you by fax or mail.

4. Get A List Of Services That Will Be Performed

Be aware of all the services that will be included in the package. The last thing you want is to realize that something that you wanted isn’t included in the cleaning package and you have to pay extra for that. It’s best if the list of services, frequency of servicing and other details are included in the contract to avoid any future misunderstanding.

5. Cleaning Equipment & Supplies Requirement

Establish an understanding with the house cleaning company about who will be responsible for the cleaning equipment and supplies. Some companies insist on using their own equipment and supplies while other companies don’t mind using the equipment and supplies of the client.

6. Consider All The Fees While Making A Decision

Apart from the advertised cleaning service fees, a house cleaning company may charge additional fees for things like schedule change, contract cancellation, etc. Discuss these fees and read the contract to avoid any unpleasant surprises down the road.

These tips can help you create some sort of a checklist which you can use to narrow down on the house cleaning company that best suits your purpose and budget. Spending a little time upfront in researching the cleaning companies can save you a lot of time, money and headache down the road.

For house cleaning Brisbane and bond cleaning Brisbane, make sure you talk to Family Clean.

 

Acoustic double glazing requires the addition of a secondary glazing layer offset from an existing window, preferably by 100mm. Soundblock offer two solutions to double glaze windows for noise and thermal insulation – Magnetic Acrylic Double Glazing and Acoustic Aluminium Double Glazing. Article body:

What is Window Double Glazing?
Double glazing needs the addition of a secondary glazing layer offset from an existing window optimally by 100mm. Retrofit our acoustic double glazing to your existing windows or specify our solutions on new projects. Double glazed windows reduce noise transfer by up to 70% and reduce heating costs by 35%.

Double Glazing System – Magnetic Acrylic Windows
Magnetic Window Soundproofing System functions very simply by installing a PVC sub frame on the inside of your window. This double glazing system greatly increases noise cancellation. The acrylic window is sealed in place, creating an air space with the existing window, thereby producing an insulating barrier.

Double Glazing System – Acoustic Aluminium Windows
This double glazing system reduces the transfer of noise from outside to inside. These sound proof windows can be specially manufactured to meet specific size requirements. The Soundblock Aluminium Window System is an add on glazing system, creating a double glazed unit to reduce noise transmission through existing windows by up to 70%. As well it provides extra safety and security to the property.

How to Soundproof Windows
To successfully soundproof your windows you need to have a sufficient gap between your primary window and the edge of your internal window reveal. Ideally this gap is 100mm. This will allow an acoustic secondary window, either our Soundblock Acrylic Magnetic or Soundblock Aluminium windows, to be installed to effectively provide an overall sound reduction of 40-43db.

Noise reduction and soundproofing solutions
Established in 1999, Soundblock Solutions is a respected privately-owned Australian provider of soundproofing products and solutions. We can help to create a quieter, more comfortable environment in any environment, whether it’s in the home, office, industrial, hotels, restaurants or marine.

Representing leading Australian manufacturers of acoustic products, Soundblock offers a huge range of double glazing and window sound insulation and noise control products for domestic and commercial use. We will determine your exact noise problems and supply and install the most effective product or combination of products for your specific situation. Talk to us for expert advice and a comprehensive, cost-effective solution for all of your soundproofing, double glazing, noise control and acoustic requirements.

Soundblock are the experts in noise reduction and have found using window double glazing systems, that noise can be reduced by up to 70% or 41dB. Soundblock offer two solutions to double glaze windows for noise and thermal insulation.

 

An osteopath investigates and treats the underlying cause of such problems, which sometimes originate from the musculo-skeletal system. Osteopathy is a holistic therapy that uses a series of gentle, manipulative movements and pressure to release tension inside the body and align the muscles, bones and joints correctly. It aims to erase the underlying causes of various problems in the body and aims to improve the overall functioning of body organs. This treatment is suitable for all ages, from babies to the elderly.

In the human body, bones and muscles (musculo-skeletal system) perform an essential function of carrying the other body organs and giving the body its shape. Occasionally this system becomes unaligned and fails to function correctly, and this can cause an array of problems such as depression, digestive disorders, aches and pains and general ill health.

Osteopathy has grown in use in recent years and many people have used it to successfully treat problems like lower back pain, stiff and aching neck, joint pains, migraines, and fatigue among many others. If you are a resident of Brisbane who has sought treatment for the mentioned problems without a solution, consider consulting an osteopath in your area. Search the internet for “osteopaths Brisbane”. All you need to do is go to a search engine page like Google and type “osteopaths Brisbane” and the results will come up instantly. Additionally, you can check the yellow pages or directory under the section “osteopaths Brisbane.” Whichever method you use, you will get lists of qualified, registered practitioners to select from.

Once you book an appointment with an osteopath, you will have a consultation session that may last about 30 minutes or more. The osteopath will examine your medical history, lifestyle, work, emotional health and so on. Generally, the number of visits to the practitioner or length of treatment depends on the issue and the course of treatment is tailored to suit each individual’s needs. Simpler problems require fewer sessions. The more difficult cases may require ongoing long-term treatment.

Osteopathy is a growing profession and with demand for osteopathy services increasing, the profession is set to offer more opportunities and sustainable career prospects for those who choose to study it. To qualify as an osteopath, one is required to complete a four to five-year full-time program successfully after which one is eligible for registration with the State Registration Board. One can also choose a three-year degree in clinical science that is followed by a two-year Master in Health Science or a degree in Applied Science and Osteopathic Science.

The training course varies with different learning institutions. However, the undergraduate program includes most of the supervised clinical courses taught in medicine alongside other osteopathic subjects. The difference with medicine is that there is less of surgery, pharmacology and biochemistry and more emphasis on hands on training. Those who qualify as osteopaths are required to complete at least 30 hours of postgraduate training every year.

Osteopathy offers a rewarding career to those who seek to helping patients lead healthier lives. One can join an existing practice and work with other practitioners or start a new practice. For osteopaths Brisbane, visit osteopathsbrisbane.com

 

Toowoomba is a Regional Queensland city with a population of approximately 130 000 people situated atop the Great Dividing Range, approximately 120km west of Brisbane. It was discovered by explorer Allan Cunningham in 1816 and was fast established as a town at the entrance to the vast and rich grazing land of the Darling Downs. It is now the gateway to the mining industry of the Surat Basin. This expansion in mining is helping to sustain Toowoomba even more.

Accommodation in Toowoomba is in the average range for both renting and buying. There is a full range of places from classical to contemporary, with also fix er’ uppers, mansions, flats, townhouses and rural accomodation. The crime rate in Toowoomba is no worse than other similar sized towns around Australia. Education in Toowoomba covers every conceivable style of education you could want: State, Christian, Co-ed, Boarding, Primary, Secondary, TAFE and University.
Entertainment in Toowoomba includes cinemas, sporting clubs, public parks, markets and festivals. The climate is considered temperate with warm summers, cool winters and enjoying four distinct seasons. Daily average temperatures are 27 to 17 in Summer to 16 to 5 in the Winter, and an average rainfall of 940mm.

When you have made the decision to move to a new area there are many things to consider. One of them is finding a local lawyer. One reputable company of lawyers in Toowoomba is Condon Charles. They employ solicitors who know what it is like to live and work in a large regional city, but with the expertise of all areas of law.

Making your move easier for you, the caring professional people of Condon Charles Lawyers in Toowoomba can assist you with an extensive array of things. They are extremely knowledgeable in the field of purchasing a house and the legal requirements of doing, including conveyancing, rates, land tax, stamp duty and GST.

If you are negotiating with a new employer and need advice on employment contracts, the team can provide expert advice on this and other workplace issues such as injuries. Condon Charles can also give advice on preparing your wills and enduring powers of attorney.

If the Surat Basin is where you are heading, Condon Charles’s solicitors have considerable insight into the region’s transformation with involvement in many advisory councils and forums. The team at Condon Charles are at the cutting edge when it comes to advising local residents, property owners and businesses that are taking advantage of the boom in the mining industry in the Surat Basin.

The content in this article is for information only. It does not represent legal advice and is provided solely for the information of the reader. Always consult a lawyer before taking any action on matters which affect your legal rights and obligations.

For lawyers Toowoomba, solicitors Toowoomba and Toowoomba family law, make sure you contact Condon Charles Lawyers.

 

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!

Looking for kids parties brisbane or childrens parties brisbane ? Contact Wowee Creations today to learn about our party entertainers for kids.

 

Stacked stone, which may also be referred to be some people as stone veneer or stone cladding, is a type of cladding that can be applied to both internal as well as external walls and is used to help decorate both residential as well as commercial properties. It does bring with it a number of advantages, but before discussing those it is perhaps best to first of all offer up a better description as to what this is and how you can actually have it installed.

Stacked stone is something that is used to create a special effect on section of walls to make them stand out or quite often to surround a fireplace. It gives the impression of thin layers of stone being laid upon one another, much like a dry stone wall, so it is certainly something that is extremely tidy to look at. There are various types of stone that can be used as it does often depend upon what is in the locality, but once the job is done it can look pretty spectacular.

When it comes to the benefits then there are several benefits linked to its aesthetic side whilst others are more about its practicality. It is, therefore, a good idea to begin with the aesthetics first although it has to be said that there are more practical benefits than aesthetic.

By using this method it does give the area a rather classy and elegant feeling to it and this is often quoted as being one reason why so many official buildings will have areas where it is incorporated during its construction. For residential areas it can give often make a house stand out from the others and give it a sense of dignity and a certain panache as it is different to the normal bricks and mortar that you see everywhere else. The fact there are so many different types of stone, and therefore colors, does mean that no two walls will be identical even within the same house.

The main benefits of stacked stone are; however, practical and one of the first is actually that it is very cost effective as a form of cladding compared to other methods that are also used. It is of course also better at weathering and will, therefore, last longer and due to the material there is also less chance of it being damaged in some way, which is important when it is used externally. This is of course due to the fact that it is extremely strong and when it comes to construction you should never underestimate the importance of strength. It can of course also cope with a corner being flaked off without it damaging the overall integrity of the cladding as this will not make it any weaker and the same cannot be said if glass or wood is damaged in any way.

This strength theme is carried on as it is of course not going to be at risk of a termite infestation unlike wood so there will be less need to have things repaired or even entire walls rebuilt. It does, therefore, mean that it lowers the chances of any kind of bug infestation from the outside as they will find it harder to work their way through stone when compared to other materials that may be used.

Finally, you will find that stacked stone brisbane is extremely easy to maintain and indeed cleaning it is a very simple task that can be carried out using normal cleaning materials and there is no need to get anything specifically aimed at the material in question. It will also not require you to clean it as often as other materials, therefore, saving you a lot of time and effort as well as money.

So that is what is meant by the term stacked stone and there are also several of the benefits of having this kind of decoration in either your home or commercial premises. There are a wide range of options in regard to styles and colors of stones available so do just take some time looking at what is available from the company that is going to do the work and try to see which option you believe blends in best with its surroundings. For more information on stacked stone, of stone feature wall Brisbane, contact Craftstone Oz.

 

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a light based technology which treats several skin conditions in one treatment. It works in the deeper layers of the skin where traditional skincare cannot reach, thus achieving a far superior result.
Skin concerns such as pigmentation, freckling, sun damage, capillaries, redness, acne scarring and rosacea may be treated with photorejuvenation.

Pulses of light are applied to the skin via a handpiece which filters the wavelengths of light through a layer of ultrasound gel. The treatments remove most types of sun induced pigmentation like freckling, age spots and sun damage. By lessening the darker pigmentation IPL leaves the skin with a more even tone. Vascular skin concerns including capillaries, redness, acne scarring and rosacea are also targeted by the broad wavelengths of light. IPL works particularly well on red acne scarring that is left behind after undergoing acne treatments.

As most people will have several skin concerns, this treatment has become popular as it can address them all. The IPL photorejuvenation also stimulates the production of collagen which will plump and smooth the texture of the skin, improving fine lines, wrinkles and pitted scarring.

There is little or no downtime involved with photorejuvenation. Most people will experience some redness and heat in the area which subsides in several hours after treatment. The most common treatment areas are face, neck, décolletage/chest area and backs of hands.

Photorejuvenation treatments can be utilised as a once off treatment, however a course of treatments will promote the best results. A progressive result can be expected with a change usually noticed within a week after a session which is why IPL Photorejuvenation has gained such popularity among both men and women.

If you are looking for a Laser Clinic Brisbane that offers Acne Treatment Brisbane and IPL Brisbane then please see Image by Laser for a free consultation.

 

Like with any larger business, workers are the ones who bring the results, and happy workers will produce the best results. Choosing quality office furniture for your business will not only keep your staff happy, but will make a good impression on your customers as well. Regardless of what some might think, quality furniture can have a greater impact on your business than you would think.

When you are looking to buy new furniture for your office, keep in mind that you are not the only one that will benefit from new furniture. In case you have rooms full of staff, you have to be aware that you are going to be using the office furniture much less then they will, so having their best interests in mind should be your top priority. Also be aware of the customers who visit your office and how do you want them to feel upon their entering.

To buy the best possible furniture at a decent price you must do your research and also know where to find it. A lot of people are of the opinion that shopping online is now easier and more convenient than purchasing on the high street. There are various options available online, but finding the one that suits you the most should not be a problem. To get the best deal possible, you need to compare different office furniture and different stores as well.

Office furniture includes various kinds of things like sofas, desks, storage cases and chairs. The best outcome is to equip your office with compatible furniture in one go, which means you need to plan ahead. Make a list of all the furnishings your office needs and place them in order of importance so that your budget will easily cover the essentials.

By following this method, you make sure that you get the necessities first at an affordable price, allowing your budget to free up some space for additional optional items. Luxury office furniture such as sofas, water coolers or a few decorations as well, makes an excellent addition to your otherwise bland office, giving it a bit of vibrance and pleasure.

When constructing a plan, you have to consider several things. One of the more important considerations is how much space you have to deal with and whether your budget will allow you to buy all that equipment. You also need to think about your employees and customers and what kind of impact your furniture will have on them. Will they be able to use all that office furniture comfortably and conveniently? Questions like these should be answered before you purchase any furniture to avoid mistakes you might regret.

One of the best philosophies to follow is to take your time when planning so you get everything the way you want it. You should also make a sketch of all the possible placements and find the one that is most suitable and convenient given your situation.

 

Building your dream home? Renovating? Good planning ensures value for money and lets you avoid costly rebuilds through change of mind, or missing out on energy-saving devices and designs.
Consider writing a wish list of everything you’d like your house to have, and include qualities such as ‘light and airy’ as well as specifics. After all, it’s more important how your home functions and makes you feel rather than how many square metres it is.
Designers recommend light, neutral colours for permanent finishes like tiles and bench-tops, and the use of bolder accent colours for feature items like walls or decorative objects. This way when you feel like a change you can update your whole look cost effectively.
Living area
It’s definitely best when the living space flows from inside to outside, so have your outdoor living area as an extension of the lounge and kitchen -this doubles your living area and eases family life because children are much happier playing outside when they can see indoors where you are.
Considering energy-savings, ensure that there are openings on more than one side of your living area to let cooling breezes flow throught in summer and therefore minimise use of air-conditioners. Generally place glass facing north to bring light into the house for most of the day, and consider placing windows higher up to release hot air as it rises. Make sure windows are double-glazed with good seals to keep in winter warmth.
Kitchen
A good kitchen has room to move but is compact enough that allow easy reach between different activities.
- Make sure it isn’t a thoroughfare.
- Allow for generous bench space between the sink and the cooktop, as this is the most convenient area to prepare food.
- Install drawers of differing depth under bench height rather than cupboards -they provide better access to items.
- Situate dishwashers close to sinks to allow easy loading. This also means plumbing is in one space and therefore saves money.
- Multi-bin sorters under sinks are a good idea – you’re able to separate your rubbish for recycling straight away.
- For safety, avoid sharp bench-top corners and factor in a minimum of one lockable cupboard for harmful substances.
- The fridge uses the most electricity of all appliances, so choose one with a high energy star rating. Allow a gap around the fridge of at least 50mm for good ventilation.

5-Star Green Designing
Installing rainwater tanks allows your family to use pure water free from the many contaminants and additives which may be present in public supply. Think about the optimum place to locate tanks and wastewater systems, and integrate them with the initial design rather than having them look like an ‘add-on’ later on.
Incorporate space for an outdoor washing line and also think about the best place for recycling bins, rubbish bins, compost bins or worm farms.
Use a mix of planting and paving, as too much concreting or paving can mean pooling of water and drainage problems. Consider ‘permeable’ paving that allows rain to filter down to the soil underneath.
When planting trees, take care to place them so the roots won’t cause damage to walls or footings.

If you want to see some great home designs, visit Bush and Beach.

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