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Doing a Loft Conversion

A lot of people get scared when doing home improvement projects, because they are expensive and once you begin there is no going back. But sometimes it is important to do some kinds of home renovation, especially if you need space because a loft conversion may be the best thing for you to do.

A loft conversion is always a good idea if you want to ensure that you have plenty of space in your home. If you are not using the loft then you may want to convert it to a bedroom that one of your kids could use, or even convert it into an office. This will give you more useable space and it will also boost your home’s value, so it is a win-win scenario.

No Changes

One of the best things about loft conversions is the simple fact you can convert this room into just about anything without having to do any kinds of major work. Just change around the furniture, or even put in some windows and you are good to go.

Doing a Hip to Gable

There is a conversion will you be able to connect the roof ends. Basically, you can lift up the hip of your roof so that it can join with the gable. This will create a lot more space in the loft, so you can use it for more kinds of things.

Doing a Dormer Conversion

If you want more head room, then a dormer loft conversion is the way to go. Basically, this requires extending out the back end of your home.  And then you can windows and other kinds of things, and you can also place a balcony if you wanted as well.

Doing a Full Width Conversion

If you want to have as much space as possible, then the best method you can use is called the full width conversion. Basically, you will be converting all of the space in the loft, in order to make it useable. You will need to build up your walls, if you want to be able to do this kind of conversion. You can add some different kinds of features with this conversion as well, such as a balcony.

So there is a lot of methods out there, you can use when you want to turn your loft into some usable space. And that is the basic facts regarding loft conversions and what you will need to think about when doing this home improvement project. Home improvements can boost the value of your home. To know more about increasing your home’s value, please visit www.MeridanFinancialPartners.com.

Foundations: Using the Best Concrete

There are a lot of different types of concrete slabs out there, and they will change depending on the use for the slab.

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Foundations for Homes and Buildings

If you want the home to be safe and to have a good value, then it is critical to have an excellent foundation in place. There are a lot of things to think about when having a proper foundation put into place such as using the proper subgrade, allowing the concrete to cure properly, avoiding issues with the settlement, and using the proper foundation for the kind of building being constructed. Every single step of the construction will have different components and requirements to think about, if you want the foundation to be put in properly.

The Process of Constructing the Foundation

There is a big process when installing the foundation for a building, the reason for this is because the foundation is everything. It will not matter how good your home is, if it is built on a weak foundation.

The Concrete Footings

An important part of building the foundation is to ensure that the footings are installed properly, because this is vital.

The T-Shaped

A common method when constructing a concrete foundation is to support it, in some kind of area where the ground will eventually freeze. The concrete footing will be installed underneath the frost line, and then the walls will be installed on top of that. The wall will be narrower than the footing, this will allow for more support at the foundation’s base.

A slab of concrete will be a few inches thick. The slab will be thicker around the edges, this will create the footing, and the rods for reinforcing will be placed to help improve the strength of the edge. Usually the slab of concrete will be on top of some crushed gravel; this is used to help make the drainage better. You should make sure to put a wire mesh in your concrete, because this will make it much more resistant to it cracking over time.

There are also some methods of making a foundation depending on the climate, which you will want to think about and this method is used for structures that are heated. This form of construction will actually rely on two different sheets of polystyrene insulation that is quite rigid, and one will be outside of your foundation and then another will be laid on top of some gravel along the base of your walls, this will ensure that freezing will not happen, but this can be a big issue in areas that have frost.

The insulation will hold in the heart from the building which will help prevent the loss of heat from the edges of the concrete slab and the footings. The heat will prevent the ground around the foundation from freezing, but if you live in an area that is colder then this is a method you probably will not want to use but it is perfect for warmer climates.

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Trades Spotlight: Electrician (Industrial)

In this Trade Spotlight we will be checking in on the Electrical trade. Electricians perform their work across multiple sectors, including: industrial, commercial and residential. This post will focus on the Industrial Electrical Trade.

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Some tasks that industrial electricians often perform as part of their trade include, but are not limited to, the following:

Inspection, installation, troubleshooting, testing, repair and service of motors, generators, pumps, heavy machinery; and associated electrical and electronic controls calibration and preventive maintenance of electrical components and equipment and more.

Industrial electricians often work on industrial sites such as; mines, manufacturing facilities, airports, chemical plants, oil and gas plants, and new industrial construction sites. They will work closely with many other trades and will sometimes achieve dual certification in other fields, such as Instrumentation, HVAC or millwright.

These men and women are often required to perform work on high voltage equipment but also do a variety of low-voltage work; including control voltage. This voltage may be AC or DC and used in varying applications, such as; motors, variable frequency drives (VFDs), generators, controls, switches and more. Industrial electricians are required to understand and work within applicable safety standards and codes. Electricians must know how to use and understand the electrical code book. They must also know how to safely use the appropriate hand and power tools, along with the required testing equipment; including digital and analog meters, scopes and various testing and calibration equipment.

Safety is extremely important for industrial electricians and must be top of mind while performing any work. They may be required to perform work at heights, in confined spaces and work with a dangerous product (electricity) on a daily basis. These individuals must keep the safety of themselves and others in the forefront at all times. A faulty installation or repair could effectively put someones life at risk at any point with in the life cycle of that equipment.

Industrial electricians must possess good organizational and communication skills. They must also have the ability to distinguish colors. They require strong analytical, mathematical and problem-solving skills in order to read and interpret schematics, drawings and specifications. Electricians must be willing to continually update their skills and competencies as codes and standards change.

Employment opportunities come in a wide array of industries such as: oil and gas, textiles, pulp and paper, manufacturing, chemical, food processing, mining and much more. Other positions/careers industrial electricians may find themselves in include supervisors, planners, schedulers, superintendents, managers, inspectors or business owners/self-employed.

The industrial electrical trade has two options for certification:

The apprenticeship program; this path can be achieved in three ways.
By successfully completing the ‘Construction Electrician (Electrician) Foundation’ course at a recognized training provider, getting a sponsor and completing the final 3 years of the apprenticeship.

You may also get a sponsor without taking the foundation course, register and complete the year one apprenticeship training course. Once you have successfully completed your schooling and achieved the required 6,000 workplace hours, you will receive a Certificate of Qualification and a Certificate of Apprenticeship. You are then eligible to write the Red Seal examination and achieve inter-provincial recognition with a Red Seal Endorsement.

As a certified Construction Electrician you will receive credit for the first two years of technical training. You can then get a sponsor, complete the final two years of your apprenticeship and accumulate the required 6,000 hrs.

The challenge pathway: The challenge pathway is designed for those with industry, trade-related experience, totaling a minimum of 9,000 workplace hours. You will be required to write the Red Seal examination and upon successful completion you will receive a Certificate of Qualification with Red Seal Endorsement.

As an Industrial Electrician you are required to keep a log book documenting your work experience and competencies.