How to Soundproof Windows

Acoustic double glazing depends on the addition of a secondary glazing layer offset from an existing window, optimally 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 requires the addition of a secondary glazing layer offset from an existing window optimally by 100mm. Add our acoustic double glazing to your existing windows or specify our solutions on new projects. Double glazed windows remove noise transfer by up to 70% and reduce heating costs by 35%.

Double Glazing System – Magnetic Acrylic Windows
Magnetic Window Soundproofing System works very simply by adding a PVC sub frame on the inside of your window. This double glazing system greatly improves 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 up to 70%. In Addition it provides extra security and safety to the property.

How to Soundproof Windows
To successfully soundproof your windows you will 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
Founded in 1999, Soundblock Solutions is a highly respected, privately-owned Australian creator of soundproofing products and solutions. We can help to provide a quieter, more comfortable environment in any environment, whether it’s in the home, office, marine, industrial, restaurants or hotels.

Representing leading Australian manufacturers of acoustic products, Soundblock offers a complete range of double glazing and window sound insulation and noise control products for domestic and commercial use. We will determine your specific 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.

Have Cane Will Travel

Award-winning comedy writer, Ian Heydon (Kingswood Country, How Green Was My Cactus, The Samuel Pepys Show, The Year My Country Broke) recently took out an unexpected award – for writing about travelling with a disability.

In 2010 Ian was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That led to the question – what does a writer who has a disability and who loves to travel write about? The answer was pretty obvious. Because Ian uses a cane for mobility assistance, he built a website called Cane & Able Travel and that site won the inaugural Business disAbility Award for Business Innovation in 2012.

Back in 2003, Ian had a travel book on Australia published called The Small Guide to A Big Country (Explore) and he subsequently bought a travel agent’s licence (Small Guide Travel). Much of Ian’s research for that book is still valid. As Ian says, “They haven’t moved the Sydney Opera House or most of Australia’s main attractions, so all I really needed to do was update where necessary and add the accessibility and disability facility information. It’s a bonus that the Small Guide Travel consultants can assist with itinerary advice and bookings.”

When Ian travels these days he uses both a cane and a wheelchair for getting around. “Before my diagnosis with MS I guess I felt a bit of pity when I saw other people in wheelchairs. I didn’t realise that wheelchairs give a person with a disability so much freedom. Mine allows me to get around much better at airports, especially when the boarding gate can be a fair distance from check-in, and it makes art galleries, museums and theatre so much more accessible and enjoyable.”

Ian first took his wheelchair on a trip to Dubai, London and Paris in 2012. While there are websites with attractions and disability information for those destinations in the pipeline, Ian’s first priority is writing about Australia. In late 2012 he visited Cairns and road-tested attractions like Skyrail and Quicksilver’s Great Barrier Reef as well as disabled-friendly accommodation. From this came the destination specific website, Cairns Disabled Travel.

The next cab of the rank was Canberra. According to Ian, Canberra is arguably Australia’s most rewarding destination for travellers with a disability. “There are flights from all other major cities and centres, they have an excellent public transport and wheelchair-assisted taxi system and all the major attractions are accessible, with many of them free. There’s excellent accommodation, terrific restaurants and bars and so much to see and do. It really is a fabulous tourist destination. Sure, after a couple of weeks there might be some thumb twiddling but for a few days away it is fabulous.” Ian visited Canberra in 2011 and 2013 to research accessible accommodation and attractions and the Canberra Disabled Travel website is now live.

Ian has a multi-destination itinerary on the drawing board for all Australian capital cities and major regional centres so you could see him soon in your part of the country. But the Kingswood? No, he won’t be taking the Kingswood!

Can I really save fuel with a Truck Wheel Alignment?

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.

How chair covers and sashes are the easiest and most affordable way of decorating for events

The easiest way to change the look of a room is by changing the look of its furniture. You do not have to replace the furniture; all you need to do is get chair covers with sashes and alternate them on a particular theme. Today, you can find excellent uses of chair covers and sashes at weddings, birthdays, corporate events and other formal public gatherings; they make the event beautiful and well organized to a particular scheme. For those who have never interacted with sashes; these narrow cloth pieces tie with a centre knot and stretch to the back of a chair over the chair cover. The sash’s function is to create a contrast so that there is vivacity in the surrounding. The following are attributes of chair covers Adelaide and sashes that you ought to know as you prepare your event.

All events need a sense of taste and sophistication. The easiest way to have this is by using satin sashes and chair covers. The impression caused by the covers last throughout the events duration. If you are decorating for a party, the sashes will give you the charisma you need to make things alluring. You may add flowers if your event is a celebratory one, but once you make the right choice on sash and chair cover combination, you are free to forgo the use of additional decorations. When you are picking the colours of your sashes and chair covers, you will have plenty of room for infusing your personal preferences. Remember that you are only dealing with fabric here. It would be impossible to play around with the look of chairs in their physical form because of the steel, plastic or wood that makes them, and that is why chair covers are wonderful.

The use of sashes and chair covers Adelaide saves you money on hiring chairs for your event. You are free to pick the most affordable chairs because you have the option of covering them to create an appealing look. If this were not possible then you would have to go out of your way to get similar looking chairs that are not only clean but well decorated too. The use of sash and chair covers to pep up your occasion gives you the grace that works wonders. You can select from plenty of suppliers of chair covers Adelaide and many of them will be happy to customize their fabric and patterns as per your requirements.

When selecting chair covers Adelaide, you need to pay attention to the size so that it snugly fits your chairs. If you are also going to hire chairs, make sure you know the size of every chair that you will be delivered so that you make no mistakes on the chair cover sizes. It would be very unfortunate for you to spoil the look of your event through oversized or undersized covers. Your sashes can be of any size as long as they tie well around your chair and have the same colour, as you would want.

Always go for businesses that provide a wide choice of chair covers for different chair designs. You may have a limited budget that compels you to opt for chair covers rather than decorated chairs but this does not mean that you should compromise your quality. The expressions of joy that people have at your event will be manifestations of how well you are prepared to host them. Make no mistake of compromising on the quality of the fabric you choose and its cleanliness. Book in advance so that you get the best available covers from the supplies company. Your guests will be counting on you to provide them with the most appealing event that they can think of, and you should not disappoint them.

You can lack ideas for decorating your event. If you have time before the actual date of the event, then get out of your way and visit other events, so sample what others have done. Many chair cover hiring businesses will have a schedule of upcoming events that will use their products. They will be happy to give you this information so that you go and look at how well the organizers make use of the chair covers and satins. You can also look event dates on the classified sections of major Adelaide society publications.

While ordering your chair covers and sashes, clarify whether you need cloth or spandex as well as the colours and number of covers needed. Confirm delivery, returns and any deposit details with your supplier before signing the contract. Some suppliers provide a fitting service and offer to clean up after your event. Ensure that any additional service is captured in the supply contract to avoid any future misunderstandings and disappointments. The last thing you can do is request the supplier to do a demonstration for every type of chair cover and sash that they have to help you with your choice.