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Upgrading Your Farm’s Electric Fencing

June 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Homes use fencing primarily for privacy, but farm fencing serves an entirely different (and more necessary) function. Farm fencing must be durable to protect against threats from animals and wildlife, and it must be able to withstand the harsh elements where farmers sometimes need to grow crops. In addition, fencing must protect from other wildlife, either those who seek to invade the vegetable garden for a tasty treat or those that stalk cattle and chickens.

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Upgrading so much fencing is not a simple project.

Plan the Layout

In most cases, an electric fence offers the psychological deterrent a farmer is looking for when trying to create a safe space for crops and livestock. The first step in this process is to go over the grounds with an agricultural specialist and have this person draw up some plans for how you might divide the land. Try to make sure there is direct access to the farm house, and that roads do not exceed 16 feet in width. 10-12 feet should be ideal, as you can safely move supplies from a truck within that space.

It’s also best if you keep your paddocks in a square or rectangle shape, which helps in topping and fertilizing the land. It’s also a very efficient method of land use.

Choosing Posts and Wiring

A Gallagher fence offers a pen for livestock, especially horses, while creating a safer environment for them. You don’t need to spend two or three times the cheapest kind of fencing, but you should be prepared to pay for value. If the fencing is treated in creosote, and the wiring is properly galvanized, you should be able to get multiple years of life from your system easily. Mild steel wire will hold a charge, and may be great for small animals in small enclosures, but it doesn’t tend to withstand the strains of extended use.

Tips and Tricks

It’s expensive to provide a charge to a large fence line, but you can do some things to help cut costs. Try trimming away excess vegetation, with the system turned off, to reduce wasted power. Good insulation and proper earthing are also key components.

Smaller gardens and pens may also benefit from a solar powered electric fence, which is cheaper to run and just as easy to set up. Solar powered fencing is recommended only in areas that receive strong sunlight.
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Jason Governo is the owner of Farm Supply Store, which sells livestock fencing and farming accessories online.

Quality Foam for Outdoor seats and cushions straight from Canada

April 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Foam Factory, Inc.

When it comes to revamping old cushions or outdoor seats, it might be more sensible to invest in good quality foam for the replacement project. A DIY project would enable you to control which material is used in the project. It would also allow you to get some gratification from performing the changes yourself. The qualities that you would need to look for when searching for replacement foams are listed below.

Durability

If your previous cushions did not last long, you might want to opt for more durable materials this time around. This would prevent you from having to replace your cushions often. If the cushions are going to be used for outdoor furniture, it might be worthwhile to opt for open-celled foams. These types of foams do not retain so much water and are easily dried out. Going for flexible polyurethane foam is ideal for this.

Fast Drying

If you are searching for upholstery foam Canada, you might want to consider one that is suited for the canadian weather. Fast-drying foams would not retain humidity from molten snow or rain. These types of foams also deter the formation of various bacteria that might thrive in other types of outdoor foams.

Custom Cut

In order to ensure the smooth running of the DIY project, you might want to enquire with the foam company whether you would be able to procure custom cut foams of various dimensions to fit each outdoor seat.

Foam Factory Inc. is a premium provide of foam Canada for various DIY projects. They also have a variety of foam mattresses.

Learn to reuse your furniture

December 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Foam Factory, Inc.

Usually, after several years of use, you might start to notice that your furniture cushions have lost some of their shape and density and have dropped down or become saggy. These types of slouched cushions are uncomfortable to sit on as they usually do not provide enough support to the body.

A good solution to be able to reuse your furniture and to gain back the comfort that it initially had to to change the cushions. You could also just opt for a change in the foam filling, thus preserving the initial cover of the cushion, especially if you like the fabric. Some foam manufacturing companies would be able to provide you with custom-cut foam once you have provided dimensions of your cushions.

Generally, you might opt for high density foams for such a replacement project. These types of foam are made of open cells which makes it become more comfortable. This type of foam would be more durable and would hold its shape longer without going saggy quickly.

Carlo Badalament has been involved in the foam industry for several decades now. He has been able to provide advices throughout his career on the right choice of foam for different projects. iIf you are looking to revamp your outdoor furniture, you might consider custom outdoor cushions. These types of cushions are specially made to be fast-drying and durable.

Foam Factory, Inc, specializes in foam solutions for different DIY projects for indoors and outdoors use such as custom cushions or foam mattresses.

Green Jobs Around the House

August 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written By Toolsmith Direct

When it comes to fixing your house up, one of the greenest things you can do is handle the project on your own. After all, you live there, so that’s already saving gas. Plus, not a lot of professionals are dedicated to green services. Those that are may simply say as much for your business. But you know you’re committed and that you’ll do a good job too, so it makes sense to simply attach the problem on your own.

First, plan out the job all the way through. Waste is a big contributor to pollution and debris that ends up in landfill. Also, the more you have to do something over, the more energy you use.

Once you have your plan, you should know what kinds of tools you need. Trades pro and Kawasaki tools both make some green options, so you may want to start there. Otherwise, think about buying used tools.

Once you have everything you need, it’s time to get started. Be calculated with your approach so your plan is executed to a “t” and waste kept to a minimum.

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Are you the type who likes to handle household projects all on your own? If so, it makes sense that you need the right tools to do the best job; otherwise, why not just hire and pay someone else to do it. Whether it’s a snap-on generator, a socket set or any other tool you need, Toolsmith Direct has you covered with name brands like Powerbuilt and more.

Custom Cushions for Your Old Furniture

August 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Carlo Badalamenti

When it comes to old furniture, most people are of two minds. On the one hand, old furniture generally looks amazing. The style is all its own, so if you want a couture look to your home, old furniture is a great place to get a mix of style and authenticity. Modern versions that try to get the same style tend to look out of place at best.

On the other hand, old furniture usually isn’t very comfortable. It’s old, after all, meaning the cushions probably weren’t the best to begin with and they’ve seen a lot o wear and tear since then.

Fortunately, with flexible polyurethane foam, this really doesn’t need to be an irresolvable problem. Just take the furniture you love and replace the cushions inside with this amazing foam. You get to keep the look and this foam is second to none when it comes to comfort. Plus, it breathes well and can take a beating, so you’ll be able to double the age of your furniture without every losing that amazing feeling when you sit down after a long day.

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Canada Foam by Mail offers custom cushions and just about any other foam product you could want and all at a great price. On their website, you can find countless options in terms of memory foam and the different types of mattresses. So no matter what size bed you use, you’ll find the memory foam option that works best.

Caring for a Memory Foam Mattress

August 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Memory foam mattresses can be some of the most comfortable sleeping experiences you’ve ever known. They can also be a costly mistake if you don’t know what you’re buying. In order to get the most out of your memory foam mattress, follow these simple instructions for installation and cleaning, and be sure that you have good support for your back.

Installation

The foundation for your mattress matters a lot, as poor installation can disrupt your sleep. When you’re installing a memory foam bed, don’t use wooden boards to support it. Get a frame. Always ask store personnel for tips on installing and transporting a mattress. You should also let your mattress breathe upon bringing it back home from the retailer. That “new mattress smell” you’re smelling could be a sign of chemicals used to treat the mattress, and you should air those out to protect yourself. You also shouldn’t remove the tag. Not for legal reasons, but the tag is like a sign of your warranty for the bed. It will come in handy if you ever need the mattress serviced or replaced per your warranty.

Support

Firmness of one’s mattress plays a role in sleep patterns, and you should be sure that both you and your partner are well supported. Invest in a high quality bed frame that will maintain integrity. Check your frame for bowing and signs of breakage, as this can cause harm to your back if left unchecked for too long. A washable mattress topper will also add some extra back support to the mattress, and protect it from stains.

Sometimes, the mattress topper isn’t enough. If you find that you are experiencing discomfort as your rest, you might want to consider replacing your mattress entirely. Order a mattress in Canada cut to your exact specifications. You can even choose materials like foam or latex to suit your comfort level.

Cleaning

Cleaning your mattress is a difficult prospect, and many people don’t do it properly. First of all, avoid the temptation to dry clean. It sounds like a good idea, but it can harm your fabrics overtime. This tip excludes bedding, which may have special instructions from the manufacturer. Instead, use a vacuum to clean up dust and debris that accumulates on the mattress. If you do find stains, you should use cold water and a small drop of dish soap to help clean the mess.
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Carlo Badalamenti writes on behalf of Canada Foam by Mail, a foam manufacturer that specializes in mattress toppers. Find foam for cushions, art projects, and bedding mattresses at Canada Foam by Mail.

Use Foam for Better Comfort

January 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

No material can compare to foam when it comes to getting comfortable. People have been slowly catching on to this idea which is why so many of us have seen commercials for memory foam mattresses and similar types of pillows and cushions.

But what makes foam so great? The main thing is that foam does a tremendous job of disbursing your weight when you lie on it. As a result, you don’t get unnecessary push back, nor do you fall through in other areas. Box spring mattresses are notorious for doing this, but if you think about it you probably have a couch or sofa with cushions that do the same thing.

Switching to foam as much as possible is a great idea, but it’s not always an option. It’s just too expensive for many of us to sleep on memory foam. Canada has many other options, fortunately. High density foam sheets are a good example. you can slide these thin sheets of foam under your comforter and on top of your mattress. While it won’t provide the same effects as an actual memory foam bed, your comfort when you sleep will be immediately improved and it will only cost you a fraction of the price.

Expect to see more and more foam products in the future thanks to how comfortable the material is. Fortunately, as this happens, products like memory foam mattresses will come down in price.

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Article submitted by Canada Foam by Mail. The company excels in all things foam including mattress and cushion options as well as polystyrene insulation.

How Artificial Grass Can Change Your Life

December 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

There was probably a time when you really loved your lawn. More than likely, it was right around when you first moved in. Your lawn was a beautiful, lush green carpet that surrounded your home and you promised yourself you’d always keep it that way.

Then the years started going by and this promise became harder and harder to keep. Maybe between your family, work and social life, you didn’t feel like cutting huge chunks of time out of your week to mow, aerate or fertilize it. Perhaps you simply grew sick of constantly killing off weeds only to have more appear the next week.

One thing you probably definitely got sick of was seeing that water bill. I bet the recession really brought the sad truth of how much you’re spending every month into relief. Many of you, no doubt, have wondered what effect you’re having on the environment by constantly pumping water on your lawn.

These factors lead many people to artificial grass suppliers. The idea of synthetic turf grass appeals to them for many reasons, not the least of which is saving time, money and possibly the environment.

Whether the economy rebounds soon or not, do you really want to continue pumping money out of your house every month? Wouldn’t you rather find other ways to spend your time than by mowing, aerating, fertilizing, etc.?

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Article submitted by Artificial Turf Supply. The company is one of the best residential artificial grass suppliers in the business.

Buy synthetic turf online

November 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Article submitted by Artificial Turf Supply

If you are interested in installing synthetic turf at your home, you should online for suppliers. This is the easiest way to source a supplier and will take you only a few minutes of your time. When you make the decision to buy synthetic turf online, you will discover that it was probably a great decision. This is because there are whole lot of deals which are offered online and nowhere else.

Wholesale artificial turf will cost you far less than retail and this is a huge deal if you have a large lawn. Initially the artificial grass cost may seem a little high, but when you consider all the facts the price is well worth it. With natural grass comes a whole lot of costs. You have to buy the seeds (the cost can be very high if you choose an expensive variety), prepare and fertilize the lawn, and constantly water it to keep it healthy. Add to this the cost of buying a lawnmower, water, the time cost of mowing it and maintaining it and you begin to see what big sinkhole a lawn really is.

An artificial grass lawn will only cost you money when you first buy it. After that, you have no real expenditures connected to it. It stays looking good throughout the year no matter what type of weather conditions assaults it. It is also very durable and can easily take the stress of your dog digging around trying to bury a bone.