The Typical Queenslander Style Home

When you think of a typical Queenslander, apart from the massive stilts and open-plan design, one of the most recognisable qualities is the corrugated iron roof.

Since the 1840s when Australia was first developing, corrugated iron has been considered one of the best materials to use for roofing. Because of it’s lightweight, sturdy properties, it is the ideal material to use in terms of easy transportation and construction as well as protection.

Although it is a relatively strong, fire proof and weather-resistant material, if exposed to water (particularly salt) rusting is inevitable. This is why it is extremely important to coat the steel in a layer of paint in order for it to remain protected.

Even today this roofing remains to be one of the most popular choices in materials for a range of reasons. Its flexibility, strength and thin sizing allows for quick repairs, relatively cheap installation and durability with little maintenance.

Apart from the practical side of things, there is also the aesthetics. The typically 3 inch curves rolling into one another create a very symmetrical feel, breaking up the angles of the rest of the house and creating a harmonious contrast.

Since iron is quite a durable material itself, compared to wood it is very easy to prepare for installation. Instead of needing to purchase an expensive sealant, a few layers of paint will generally be enough to prevent any damage.

One aspect of corrugated iron that can pose a genuine issue is the fact that the wavelengths of most sounds are echoed loudly into the tube of the corrugated iron. This means that any noise close to or coming into contact with the roof is going to release a high pitched “ping”. This can be a genuine issue for Queenslanders as falling tree branches and wildlife are a part of our every day lives.

On the other hand, the echo can be the perfect culprit to amplify raindrops into a soothing lullaby and because of the shape of the typically 3 inch tubing and smoothness of the iron, the water runs straight down and off the roof, making cleaning very manageable. Also because it is a very thin material it allows the house to stay cool in the warm summers, making it the ideal choice for a house in Queensland. For roof restoration Brisbane, contact Retro Roof Restoration.

The iron sheets themselves are relatively cheap and can be purchased with a coat of Colorbond or made galvanised to order. They range from around 5 to 45 dollars per sheet depending on the size of the sheet and what coating you have selected.

Compared with other common roofing materials such as clay, slate, concrete, wood, Spanish and asphalt, corrugated iron is often said to be one of the most durable and certainly one of the most cost-effective.

So whether it’s the classic sound of rain on the tin roof, or the practical desires of someone looking for a sturdy home, or anyone who doesn’t want to waste their precious pennies, it is no surprise that corrugated iron is one of the most popular choices in Queensland.

What are Aluminium Extrusions?

Extrusion is a process used to create objects of a fixed cross-sectional profile, of solid round, square or rectangular shapes, to L shapes and T shapes, tubes and many other different types. Metal is pushed through a die of the desired shape using either a mechanical or hydraulic press, resulting in the finished product. The cavity in which the raw material is pressed is lined with a wear resistant material which can withstand the pressure that is created when the material is pushed through, making extrusion possible without deforming or tearing the metal.

Aluminium extrusion is generally used in the manufacture of windows, doors and balustrades, but is also found in thousands of other items like vehicle parts, truck trays, boats and other marine products and refrigeration, etc to name a few.

Two advantages of this technique over other manufacturing processes are its ability to create very complex cross-sections, plus being able to work materials that are brittle, because the material only encounters compressive and shear stresses. It also forms finished parts with an excellent surface finish. Extrusions often minimise the need for secondary machining. They are not of the same dimensional accuracy or surface finish as machined parts, however, the process produces a wide variety of cross-sections that are hard to produce cost-effectively using other methods.

Extrusion may be continuous (producing indefinitely long material), or semi-continuous (producing many pieces). The minimum thickness of steel is about 3mm, whereas aluminum and magnesium is about 1mm. The extrusion process can be done with the material hot or cold.

Metals that are commonly extruded:

* Aluminium is the most commonly extruded material and can be hot or cold extruded
* Brass is used to extrude corrosion free rods, automobile parts, pipe fittings, engineering parts
* Copper pipe, wire, rods, bars, tubes, and welding electrodes
* Lead and tin pipes, wire, tubes, and cable sheathing
* Magnesium is used in aircraft parts and nuclear industry parts, and is about as extrudable as aluminum
* Zinc rods, bars, tubes, hardware components, fittings and handrails
* Steel rods and tracks -Usually plain carbon steel is extruded, but alloy steel and stainless steel can also be extruded
* Titanium is often used in aircraft components including seat tracks, engine rings, and other structural parts.

Clean Metals for Recycling

The cleaner that a metal is when it’s taken into a scrap metal yard to sell, the better price it will fetch per kilo, as foreign matter is costly to clean off, so this product will always be penalised accordingly in terms of the price. By this we mean no concrete, screws, glass, paper or any other foreign material attached.

All the metal we buy is processed by cleaning any non-metallic off it as required, cutting it into smaller pieces, and then it is put through a baling press to maximise the weights for export to South East Asia, where it will be melted down and manufactured into new products.

The Extrusion Process

The process begins by heating the material (for hot or warm extrusion). It is then loaded into the container for pressing. A dummy block is placed behind it where the ram then presses the material to push it out of the die. Afterward, the extrusion is stretched in order to straighten it. If higher quality properties are required then it may be heat treated or cold worked.

Cold extrusion is done at or near room temperature. Advantages of this over hot extrusion are the lack of oxidation, higher strength due to cold working, closer tolerances, good surface finish, and fast extrusion speeds if the material is subject to heat for a short period.

If you are looking for aluminium extrustion recyclers in Brisbane, make sure you visit Frog Metals.

Reflections on Life

Life – what is life! Life can be described in many ways and has many facets and interpretations. It presents us with an ongoing stream of experiences of situations, events and interactions of all kinds with other people and our environment.

It is creation in its magnificent splendour – the original bringing into existence of the universe by God.

For humans it is a journey encompassing all the seasons, colour and streams of life’s experiences.

The miracle of new life in any form of creation brings wonder and amazement as we become aware of the intrinsic formation of such an unexplainable divine plan.

For humans there are many rituals and traditions that help celebrate the different seasons and significant moments in life.

A welcoming of a new child might entail a ritual of a Christening or Blessing in the Christian tradition or perhaps a Naming Ceremony for those less religious. In other cultures and belief systems children are welcomed in a variety of ways but none-the-less mostly it is found to be a joyful celebration of the miracle of new birth.

Life can sometimes be brief – the miracle taken back from where it began just as life is beginning – the mystery of why these sad experiences happen not to be explained.

Life changes for humans as the body grows and life is experienced in new ways. Learning takes place as the brain develops and intelligence is gained and used for the betterment of human kind.

At times the human body suffers from physical limitations this being a challenge as strength of spirit and courage come to the fore.

During the seasons of life ritual is shown to be important such as times of celebration when a person reaches the age of eighteen – a time of maturity and starting out as an adult on life’s journey.

Permanency of relationships can be celebrated by the ritual of Marriage as people start a new chapter along the journey called life.

The miracle of new life can emerge again in this relationship of Marriage as a new life is created and welcomed to the world.

As the continuing seasons and cycles of life are observed, life can represent colour as of a rainbow in these seasons of new beginnings, celebrations, changes and endings.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet – colours of the rainbow – how symbolic of life’s journey as the rainbow is composed of the entire spectrum of colour from the shortest wavelength violet to the longest wavelength red.

A closing ritual now takes place as the body has accomplished its purpose and the ending of life as humans know it is honoured and the life celebrated as the spirit travels back to the Divine from whence it came.

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This article supplied by Sandra Hill, Brisbane Wedding Celebrant. For more information about Sandra Hill, weddings, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies in Brisbane, please contact Sandra today.

Good Reasons to Install Solar Power in Your Brisbane Home

Utility bills are driving many homeowners in Brisbane to the wall. You can spend so much on electricity to keep your home up and running that you feel like you need another cost effective alternative. If you are on the verge of giving up on electricity altogether, maybe it is high time you considered something new. Have you ever thought of installing solar power. Brisbane has the perfect climate to produce maximum solar benefits. Have you ever thought of installing solar power Brisbane?

For a start, solar power is an affordable way to reduce power consumption. Solar power is generated from radiation from the sun. The initial cost of installing solar power Brisbane can be somewhat high. However, even the cost of installation has gone down over the years as there are many great products to choose from in the market. You will receive extensive warranties when buying your solar panel so you are certainly confident that the investment will be worthwhile.

Other than reducing the cost of utility bills, solar energy is also cost effective in the sense that it is basically free. Once you invest in the installation and maintenance of the solar power Brisbane all you have to do is to enjoy your free energy.

Solar power is also an environmentally friendly option to generate your own power. Solar does not emit any green house gases, smoke or any chemical by products.

You can decide to rely solely on solar or connect it with your electricity system. This means that even the people who are living in rural areas can benefit from solar energy. This way, you will avoid the frequent power cuts let alone the high cost of installing power in remote areas.

By installing solar power Brisbane, you will be contributing to the efforts of saving our eco system. The mining of fossil fuels is slowly depleting our natural resources. This is why the government is giving rebates to people who have installed solar power in their homes.

If you need solar power Brisbane, it is important to contact the right installer. There are companies in Brisbane which specialize in the installation and maintenance of solar power. Make this change and you will certainly enjoy the outcome.

Kids Magician Brisbane – Johnny the Jester Rocks!

Johnny the Jester is a professional Brisbane children’s magician who provides all sorts of fun forms of entertainment for children to enjoy. He has performed magic shows for kids in schools, shopping centres and other places around Brisbane. He’s also performed Christmas Day shows for the past few years at the Mater Childrens Hospital while also working for the Royal Brisbane Hospital Wonder Factory. He currently has his work open for birthday parties and other private events around the Brisbane area.

His magic show is filled with all sorts of illusions and tricks that kids will love but it’s his python that’s especially popular. His python is pretty long and can be safely placed around anyone’s shoulders. While he loves to showcase this big python, he also talks about things like what to do when people see such a snake in the wild and how pythons vary based on their appearances and where they live.

For the past fifteen years, Johnny the Jester has been working as a Kids Magician Brisbane who has performed for all sorts of kids in a variety of places in and around Brisbane. He’s even performed at Stockland and Westfield to name a few other places. Today he’s available for Brisbane children’s parties.

He’s especially great at charming snakes and getting them to relax. His skills make it easy for people to watch his python in action and to get up close and personal with it.

Parents can even take pictures of their kids playing with the huge snake. Photo opportunities are not only open but also encouraged. This will certainly be great for parents and kids alike considering how unique the python demonstration is.

Johnny’s magic shows last about an hour with fifteen minutes dedicated to his python show. He has plenty of fun and interactive things to show for children and even has a rabbit and a dove for his show. One of his favourite things when setting up his shows is to have his rabbit and dove disappear and come back. He has many other illusions for kids to watch too.

He’ll even supply party bags for all the kids at his events. These include all sorts of fun and magical party favours.

Parents who are interested in hiring Johnny the Jester for Brisbane children’s parties can watch one of his shows for free on Friday and Saturday nights before choosing to book him for their events. He performs on Friday nights at the Everton Park Hotel and Saturday nights at the Monier Hotel.

He can even be hired for adult parties as well. Johnny the Jester is available for corporate events, weddings and promotional events at trade shows among other places. While children are his key focus, he is willing to entertain anyone.

Parents can also find all sorts of additional party products from Johnny the Jester. Jumping castles, popcorn machines and cotton candy machines are all available for rent from his site. He offers these products to rent for any party in Brisbane but he especially encourages them for his shows to make them more memorable.

Parents who are looking to find some attractive entertainment options for Brisbane children’s parties should see what Johnny the Jester has to offer. Johnny has a number of fun things to bring out in his children’s parties and will certainly make any event more fun.