Choosing Flooring


Timber Flooring Perth

With all the options for flooring we are spoilt for choice. But it’s not all the aesthetic appeal of a certain wood and financial considerations. Rooms serve different functions, and we should plan for this.


The Room

Look the room and what it will be used for. Will it experience heavy footfall? Will it be subject to safety regulations? Will there be heating under the floorboards/ or perhaps other piping or electrical wiring.


The Overall Picture

Aesthetics look at how all the pieces of something fit together. Pieces that look attractive in isolation can clash when put together. Consider the wall colour, curtains, furnishing and everything else in the room. We need not design around the floor; we might design the rest of the room first install a floor that we know will match. Start looking at the parts of the room that are permanent, and then look at the aspects you want to keep or the objects you want to add.


Parquet flooring – structured mosaic like patterns.

Safety flooring – reduces slip problems.

Laminate – durable best of many types of wood, with no expansion problems.

Floating timber floors Perth – isolation from the subfloor. Great for sound isolation, and easy to replace.

Bamboo flooring Perth – An environmentally sound and lower cost options. Bamboo can be processed to look like many types of wood, and can be made to be quite durable.


Timber floors Perth

When choosing timber floors Perth has many fine options. Consider bamboo, engineered floors and solid timber.


Fix leaking shower without removing tile

If you notice any signs of leaking water you should have the shower inspected. Damp carpet, swollen wood or signs of water on the ceiling below a second story shower are all suspicious. Such items as loose tiles or discoloured grout are probably connected to leaks.


Leaking Tile Repairs Perth

Re- tiling and re- grouting are major undertakings.  But unattended leaks are far more expensive in the long term. Sometime a shower can be repaired with minimal time and fuss, provided the problem is addressed as early as possible.


Sometimes a shower can simply be resealed. This is quite economical and allows the shower to be used in a few hours.


Leaking Shower Repairs Perth  

Leaks may be the result of damaged grouting. For more serious situations the grouting in the shower must be removed. A liquid compound can then be injected underneath the tiles surface. When the compound is dry the tiles are then re-grouted and resealed.


Fix leaking shower without removing tile

The aim of repairs is to restore the system to full working order with the least amount of trouble, allowing it to continue working without further problems. It is always better to put more effort upfront into installation and repair than it is to deal with problems later on. But sometime repairs can be effective with minimal fuss.


Of course a custom vehicle wrap allows a car to be decorated in any way. This is great for company cars displaying the team colours or private cars and their owners who just want to convey their own sense of style. The only reservation about vehicles wraps is applying them correctly; people fear the problems with air bubbles.


Modern vinyl technology is far better than the materials used in earlier wraps. Adhesives now take about 24 hours to bond correctly, allowing the vinyl to be repositioned until the result is optimal. The vinyl material itself is manufactured with channels that allow air to escape, all but eliminating any problems with bubbles. Additionally, the material is designed to stretch up to 40%; this allows easy accommodation of corners, curves and edges.


The paint on which the vinyl is applied must be immaculate. Anything that can be felt with the touch of a hand can be later seen when the vinyl wrap is applied. This may require extensive work with paint cleaners and alcohol, though many cars have vehicle wraps applied while they are brand new. If the paintwork under the wrap really is in good condition it will be preserved by the vinyl wrap. If the warp is removed after 10 years the car paint will look like new.


Car Wrapping Perth

Applying the wrap is still a skilled art, but technology keeps making the results better.


Water Damage Carpet Perth

Wet carpet is open to many problems. The worst of these problems is mould, which has a terrible impact on health and quickly destroys the fibres of the carpet. Another issue is carpet browning.

Browning is an odd phenomenon that turns the top tip of the carpet fibre a dark brown colour. This is caused by water evaporating up through the carpet. As the water moves upward through the fibres it brings dirt and contaminants with it. The water evaporates at the top most point of the carpet, leaving the dirt and contaminant behind, causing the brown stain.

This contaminants coming to the surface of the carpet have two origins. One if the contaminants in the water; the other is contaminants deep within the carpet itself. Anything buried deep in the carpet is hard to see.  It becomes all too apparent when it is left on top.

Water Flood Damage Carpet Perth

In many ways flood water is the worst damage of all. Not only is the water from outside unclean, but the damage is often not covered by insurance. Many water damaged carpets must be completely replaced.

Carpet Water Damage Perth

Water damaged carpet that is promptly treated has the best chance of full recovery. Professional treatment is cost effective way to restore any carpets.

Car wash, Perth

The Car Wash is more of a cultural phenomenon than what one would expect. Google the term and you will find popular songs, television episodes and at least one film. Very few people write songs about cleaning windows or floors. Cars are important to their owners and car washes are culturally iconic.


It has been the convention wisdom for years that automatic drive through car washes are bad for the exterior paint of your vehicle. This is at least partly myth. Car wash facilities have been around since at least the 1920s, though the automatic versions didn’t really start till the 1950s. These earlier cleaning systems tended to use harsh brush rollers to clean the car surface, along with harsh detergents. These steadily wore at the paint, and people noticed the effect after a few years. Later car wash systems used only super cleaned water, with no solid surface touching the car. This removed virtually all risk of damaging the paint. There were also detergents developed that did not cause problems.


To confuse matters many home washing techniques cause problems. It varies greatly with the materials used, but many sponges used for car cleaning actually ruin the surface of the car. Ironically the attachments designed to fit over the end of a hose, the ones specifically designed to clean cars, were found to cause the most damage. This matter was compounded by the amount of water used. The average domestic house hose had insufficient pressure to properly clean a car surface, meaning more water and more use of the sponge was required. Worst of all the water, and the detergent it now contained, both entered the water supply and contaminated the surrounding soil.


The environmental effects of a well-run car wash are less than that of home washing. With the professional system the water is reclaimed, filtered and reused at least to some degree. This process serves to reclaim detergents and other substances, preventing them from entering surrounding soil or the local water supply. Energy use in commercial car washes is also kept to a minimum.

Hi car wash, the definitive car wash in Perth, uses a combination of hand-washing and modern techniques. This makes for a well-kept car, almost no risk of vehicle damage, and the best present option for reducing environmental impact.

Film versus Reality

How much are the movies we see a reflection of the real world? Even children will tell you that a film isn’t like real life, though I suspect they only half believe the statement. I only half believe it myself. If films were completely irrelavent we would never watch them. As it is, we do watch a lot of films; I suspect we identify with something in them. Even as films condense people’s lives into something less than 2 hours, and even as many things in films are physically impossible in this universe, they still say something about the human mind. Aesop’s fables give insights into human psychology, even as they contain talking animals and very one dimensional characters. The same can be said for Animal Farm or Wind in the Willows. Mythology works because its archetypes are part of the human psyche. Film and literature work by metaphor; metaphors portray ideas, and ideas can be accurate, misleading, or just plain erroneous.

If you’re looking to films for realistic depiction of violence you’re fooling yourself. Real violence is ugly and something most people would find repulsive. If you are looking for accurate depictions of martial arts your expectations might be met by some films. But films work on artistry, poetic licence drama and rely on many other factors to be entertaining or informative. It’s the audience’s connection with a character that brings an audience in. It is possible for a fight scene to be impressive on its own merits, but the protagonist overcoming adversary is what makes a film work. A sporting match seems better if our favourite team is playing; an award ceremony is more significant if we know (or at least support) the winner; a news story is more poignant if the individuals involved are known to us; the climax of a film is more significant if we have seen the character develop in the events that led up to the end. The human story is the point, even if the human we watch lives in a world completely removed from our own.

More than a few people take up martial arts because they have been inspired by a film or two. That’s fine. They were possible inspired for the right reasons, even as they don’t realise it. The martial arts they witness may or may not have been realistic; they may have been no more believable than the events of the last marvel superhero film. But like the superhero the film is about achievement, triumph over opposition, personal or otherwise. If you want to get yourself into good form and achieve the occasional sense of triumph, by all means take up some martial arts. Only realize that, unlike some films, you won’t be triumphing at somebody else’s expense.

For martial arts have a look at the Taekwondo World, Sydney.