Dress For A Day_ No Way!

Dress For A Day? No Way!

One of the biggest complaints any groom makes is the price of the wedding dress. Few men understand how anyone can spend so much on a one-time dress. Until they have daughters of course, then they realise they’d gladly spend thousands to make their little princess smile on her big day – even if it involves dressing their innocent angel as a sexy white vixen.


Some brides have a more practical approach to things. Instead of traditional ball gowns and extravagant trains, they pick something simpler that they can get more use out of. It could be a cocktail dress or a flirty party frock. Others prefer to rent a dress, or to redesign the dress after their nuptials, turning it into an outfit they can get more wear out of.


Wedding Dress For A Day_ No Way!


Picture Perfect

In the past, some brides chose to keep their dresses as a shrine, hoping their daughters, sisters, or granddaughters would wear it on when they eventually wedded. However, fashion changes swiftly, and unless you’re blessed with retro-loving offspring, they’re unlikely to want your dress. They may redesign it to their tastes, but that kind of beats the purpose. Also, rats and moths can get into wedding dress storage. Just saying.


So … start the discussion by assuming your dress is solely yours, and that you won’t get another chance to wear it – even if it’s not a rental. Plus, you’re probably looking prettier and/or hotter than you ever have, so you want to capture that moment and memorialise your big day or posterity. That means photographing your show-stopping dress. A lot.


Back Shots

Many photographers will shoot the dress hanging on a hook, before she puts it on. Unless you give specific orders, that’s as much attention as your dress will get. The rest of the day, your camera’s focus will be on your hands and face, with any accent on your dress being incidental. Do your research and make a list of essential shots you’d like.


For example, if you come from a culture that appreciates derrière, give the camera some healthy back shots. If your dress has a deep back, get a sexy shot of your dress being zipped up. Generally, a tasteful shot of your mum or sister helping you into the dress offers a wealth of emotion. If it shows off the small off your back and nape of your neck, even better – these sensual body parts are underrated.


All About The Base

Similarly, if your dress was selected to highlight you best feature with cinched ruching, a hip-hugging silhouette, or the mermaid tail on your Rebecca Ingram Zelda, then show it off with a flirty photo of you leaning out of the window. Get the lighting right to accent your bottom. You can also have separate shots from the waist down (and from the shoulders up) to emphasis a dramatic skirt or intricate neckline.


When you were buying your dress, you were wowed by details that your guests might never notice. Your list should include these tiny touches. Get the photographer to capture pretty buttons, jewelled zippers, embellished hems, embroidered sleeves, and illusion lace. You don’t have to figure out the ‘how’. Just express your desires and leave it to the experts.


Find The Right Light

It may help to have a rehearsal with the camera and the dress though, just to be sure. The beauty of modern photography is the camera person can snap the shot and show you sample immediately, to be sure they got what you wanted.


The rehearsal is all about lighting and composition, so it could be done with a smartphone and pocket lights. No need to hire all that expensive equipment until the big day. Plus, it gives you a chance to create a rapport and build up some photo chemistry with your crew.


Tops And Toes

Shoes are a big feature as well, but nobody ever gets to see them because most wedding dresses trail the floor. Ask your photographer to get a few ‘peep shots’ as you lift your dress to show off your magical footwear. Similarly, the camera should grab the moment when your groom lifts your veil. That one has no do-over, so be sure they get it right. After all, no one really sees that angle except the wedding officiator, and you might want to see your own expression in that precious moment.


A matching shot that is almost never captured is the lowering of the veil, when your mum or dad helps you put it on before the ceremony. These two moments can be even more powerful than the rings or the first dance, so give them the spotlight they deserve – and keep your make-up waterproof. Finally, don’t forget the ‘pensive bride shot’ that hints at giddy brides … or cold feet … but really just shows off your dress.


You could be standing alone in the church, or at the start of the aisle, brushing your hands over seats. Or you could be seated, skirt unfurled around you, shoes on display, chin in your hand, showing innocence and muted excitement, on the boundary of girlhood and womanhood. For best results, wear a flirty smile and don’t face the camera.

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My Favourite Winter Wedding Dress Options

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My Favourite Winter Wedding Dress Options

My Favourite Winter Wedding Dress Options

They say that having a wedding in winter is really brave. Um, people, hello? Do you even know the definition of brave? Brave is facing the crowds out shopping on Boxing Day. Brave is heading out into the water when that shark alarm is going off (or wait, maybe that’s just plain stupid).


Anyway, having a wedding in winter is hardly brave. Sure, it might be cold out (baby), it might be raining. But there are easily built in contingency plans that can ensure a winter wedding runs smoothly. You won’t be surprised to hear that I’m a Risk Analyst in my day job. A Risk Analyst planning her winter wedding next year.


My Favourite Winter Bridal Wedding Dress Options


I’m one of those people who takes care in planning everything out to the last inch. No, I’m not a control freak bridezilla, I take on other people’s opinions and suggestions. However, most of the time my friends and family leave planning big events like international holidays and Christmas u to me simply because I love planning and I always put things off with panache. I’m that chick who has the Christmas pudding for mum and grandma, chocolate pudding for the kids, salted caramel flan for the foodies, a low-cal dessert treat for the dieters… You get the picture. I’m great on knowing everything that’s needed and going hard on the details.


That’s why I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been researching out winter wedding dress options over the last few months. Obviously, I haven’t actually nailed down my choice yet, but I do have a few that are definite contenders so far. So, if you too are planning a winter wedding, or trying to decide whether a winter wedding is going to work for you (trust me, it can with the right planning!) then check out these babies.


Boat Neck, Long Sleeve Lace Slit to The Waist at The Back, With Flowing Skirt in Cream

Obviously, if it’s winter it’s going to be chillier than a summer wedding. What this means for your dress is that you can do the long sleeve thing. I really love long sleeve dresses as I think they can be particularly elegant – while not being too stuffy, prude, or matronly. Long sleeves and higher necklines can still look particularly sexy.


That’s why I love this look – the boat neck with long sleeves. As a woman with small boobs this also works particularly well for me. I don’t have much to show in the chest area so a neckline like this really suits me. If you have larger breasts, i.e. C cup plus, then you might like to try a modification on the neckline here, perhaps a scoop or V neck, otherwise the boat neck can tend to make you look a little bit too top heavy.


The fact that a dress like this is slit to the waist in the back makes it still super sexy. Go for a larger lace pattern with some illusion netting between some of it in a cream colour to brighten up a drab winter’s day.


The Dress With The Optional Top To It

How about a convertible wedding dress? If you go for a sleeveless lace number like the Provonias Onia, then you can purchase an optional lace over top with long sleeves. This is the perfect winter dress if you aren’t sure what the weather will be like, or if you live in Melbourne where it could very well be four season in one day!


When you are wearing the long sleeved lace over top, it looks like it is a part of the dress, however when you take it off it looks like your look is complete! I always did love me a convertible. Extra points for this one for being so darn versatile.


Winter Wonderland – Very Structured, Thicker Fabric

All those dresses that you couldn’t wear in summer, those ones that could make you sweat too much, you have the option of going for in winter! This means that you can get your mits on a highly structured dress with thicker material, which also has the bonus of really pulling you in and accentuating your body.


Some of my all-time favourite winter bridal wedding dresses are from the Ashi Studio SS 2015 Couture line. They have some simply amazing structured wedding dresses that are truly winter wonderland. Now, I could never really afford one of these dresses myself but I might be able to find myself a talented tailor who could whip up something similar – especially since I have a year lead out time!


So remember, in winter, you have access to a lot more fabric choices than you would in summer and let it work to your benefit. Highly structured tailored dresses are a great alternative to having to lose 10kgs, too!

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Keeping It Traditional

Keeping It Traditional

Not every bride wants to go the modern or out of the box route. A lot of brides still choose to go the traditional way by having their wedding in the church their parents got married in, not seeing the groom at all before the big day, something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue also almost always makes the traditional list. And when these brides go dress shopping they want their dresses to also look the part so they can have a complete and holistic traditional experience.


Thank goodness there are still incredible designers out there who design dresses for exactly this type of wedding. They keep it simple and beautiful without creating gowns that are too over the top and modern for these old school brides.


Keeping It Traditional Wedding


Here are some incredible traditional dresses to consider:

Maggie Sottero’s Luanne

A gorgeous strapless sweetheart neckline that fits the body like a glove then flares when it hits your knees. This stunning dress is as traditional as they come, with beautiful lace motifs and tulle.


Maggie Sottero’s Jayleen

This dress can be considered modern traditional with a bodice that is brought to life with beaded lace motifs right up to the bateau neckline and straps. A fit-and-flare-skirt made of tulle and lace godets decorating the sides of the dress. And to finish it off a gorgeous Aldora crepe belt.


Maggie Sottero’s Dana

This is a real princess dress that is delicately decorated with beaded motifs on the bodice, the skirt billows down into a beautiful ball gown effect. Pockets is a cheeky extra and we know how much women love pockets on dresses. Straps are beaded and the neckline plunges down creating the all-time princess favourite sweetheart neckline.


Maggie Sottero’s Ariella Marie

This gown is vintage-inspired and is gorgeous with its extra cover. Embroidered lace motifs accentuate the bodice. The dress drops down into a beautiful tulle-fit-and-flare skirt with beaded trim.


Maggie Sottero’s Petra

This is a traditional dress with a twist if you’re looking for that extra glad factor. The gown is is adorned with vintage style beading, pearls, and also Swarovski crystals. Cap-sleeves create a little coverage and then the keyhole back creates a gorgeous illusion that is accented with even more beading.


Maggie Sottero’s Morocco

A traditional dress that is bang-on-trend, this A-line gown has a stunning beaded lace bodice and spaghetti straps. The sweetheart neckline drops down beautifully accentuating this gorgeous gown.


Maggie Sottero’s Adalee

This form-fitting dress screams glamour, it follows your shape accentuating your curves, while the bodice is embellished with corded lace and drops down into a beautiful and magnificent full tulle skirt.


Maggie Sottero’s Lansing

Lace hugs the bodice of this dress that is fit-and-flare. It falls into a gorgeous and dramatic tulle skirt that is edged in beautiful delicate lace. The gown is finished with a sweetheart neckline and a corset.


As you can see all the gowns have been designed by Maggie Sottero, and rightfully so because they really can do traditional that makes jaws drop everywhere. Some of these gowns have a bit of a modern feel to them but they still stay true to the dresses that made were back in the day. We cannot look into the future by keeping one foot in the past, but we can give it a nice nod and smile as we make our way into an incredible tomorrow.


When you decide on your traditional wedding dress I hope you get everything out of it. I know it will make your mum and grandmas so very, very proud. And remember to look back but not for too long, because everything you want is lying right on the horizon.


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How To Use Marble Tiles On Your Walls

How To Use Marble Tiles On Your Walls

For centuries, marble has been used in building and construction to add that element of elegance and a certain tastefulness. It is used for walls, floors and even accenting foyers and patios. This mainly because no two marble tiles are alike, and the patterns, texture, and colour variation is very appealing for adding regal stylishness to a house.


How To Use Marble Matters Tiles On Your Walls


When used on walls, marble tiles have a spectacular effect, and in certain instances completely transforming the house. The limits to what you can do with this amazing stone in your house are as far as your imagination goes. When executed right, marble on your walls is truly incomparable to any other stone.  If you are considering working with marble in the walls, here are some of the ways you can use marble to completely change how it looks:

Simply on a wall

This works best in open spaces such living rooms and house entrances. It can be used to convey different things, depending on the colour of the tiles, its finishes and vein definition. When looking to add an illusion of space for instance, it is best to work with light coloured tiles from the Carrara and the Calacatta marble. These add a particular airiness with their gleaming white facades and unique grey veining. Fir best results, the tiles should be large or even in slabs, with minimal grouting distance. This gives a sense of continuity in the tiles which is essential. The reflectiveness of the tiles when hit by light is what gives off this desired effect.

Tiles with darker hues are used to give a room an element of calmness. This is why they are ideal for bedroom walls. Tiles with darker shades of brown for instance give a welcoming feel and in the bedroom, reflect off the warm lights typically used there to create an atmosphere that lulls you to sleep instantly. In the kitchen, tiles with hues of green and emerald are popular. These give off a feeling of sophistication, transforming your kitchen into a magical place.

As a splashback

Marble splashbacks are all the rage nowadays. The beauty of having a marble splashback is that it is easy to clean and does not require a lot to maintain. It is also resistant to staining in case of any spills, whether in the kitchen or the bathroom. It also lets you play around with the great variety in design, with the option of either matching the existing colour designs, or playing with contrasts. Against a white backdrop for instance, using a strongly coloured marble tile will have your kitchen looking chic. The splashback’s effect looks like something which should be on a magazine cover.

In the bathroom

Marble tiles have different applications on a bathroom, such as being used as a splashback on the sink, and most importantly on the bathroom wall. They are used as tiling, since marble is not known for its porosity. This makes it perfect for the bathroom, which at all times will be heavy with moisture and condensation. Marble is also a very easy material to clean, a quality that is very desirable since bathrooms require regular cleaning.

It can also be used to bring about a splash of colour in a room that is regarded as a utility room and in most cases, not considered when thinking about beauty. Depending on your end game, you can either use lighter shades of marble or the darker ones. Lighter shades of marble are used to add a layer of sophistication to the bathroom, while darker shades bring about an element of relaxation.

As decoration

Over the years, interior designers have come up with various ways of using marble as decoration. Among the most popular uses are feature walls and accents. With feature walls, marble is used as a decorative centre piece, and it pops out best in a room where the rest of the walls are made of a different material. The best contract is when it is used in a room with slate, as it adds flair to the room without being garish.

Marble is also used to accent different parts of the house. It has been used to create intricate patterns around window sills and murals in a house, especially one with a rougher finishing. It has also been used as a border to accent a fireplace, as it reflects the dancing flames to create a hypnotic effect.


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Why Choose Oak_

Why Choose Oak?

While for many players in the construction and design industry in Australia the saying “wood is wood” holds true, that mantra just doesn’t float everyone’s boat. In my experience, many clients are short changed when it comes to surfacing their spaces with wood products. The use of cheap substitutes in place of high quality hardwood has saturated the market resulting in great dissatisfaction amongst both the clients, and providers who are trying to get their customers value for their money. It is very difficult to go wrong with oaken products. Inspired by feedback from the market, some providers opted to engineer our own oak boards that are guaranteed to transform any space into an elegant, luxe suite.

But why choose oak for wood flooring over other types of timber, engineered or otherwise? Well, there are many benefits of using oak, but I will only touch on a few.

First, there is the guarantee of durability and strength that comes along with use of such sturdy materials. Unlike most engineered timber in the region that makes use of layers of ply, some manufacturers go out of our way to source only real European oak to build their products. This goes a long way in ensuring that the end product is durable and strong unlike cheap quality generic timber. Some also have also included a 6mm wear layer in their products that allows for you to re-sand the boards as many times as you would traditional solid timber boards.

Oak also has the benefit of bestowing an air elegance to whatever space you apply it to, be it an office or your home. With its bespoke character and patina, it’s difficult not to love the material, no matter where it is applied. Whether on the floor, or on the walls, oak is sure to spruce up your space. And unlike most materials, oak, just like wine, gets better with age.

One cannot disregard the versatility of oak products. Boards can be used on all sorts of surfaces, be it on the floor, walls, or even the ceiling of your home or premises. They can be applied to concrete, wood, acoustically treated floors, as well as heated concrete flooring. This makes it one of the most adaptable materials in the industry and thus a great choice when it comes to interiors.

Oak products are also very low maintenance. They are naturally resistant to the adverse elements such as extreme temperatures, fires, and rain. In fact, you are probably safer in an oaken structure than a concrete structure during a fire as it is a very poor conductor. Oak is also resistant to rot, as well as damage caused by insect infestation. With a few good care practices, you can greatly reduce the amount time and energy spent on maintaining an oaken surface. Simple tasks such as frequently sweeping and dusting the surface and making use of a damp mop or purpose-specific oak cleaning formulations can go a long way in ensuring that the oak is looking as good as new for a very long time.


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Why We Love European Oak

Why We Love European Oak

Oak products are highly sort after, especially when it comes to flooring. To the untrained eye, all oaks look the same, even though this is not the case. Some people commonly mistake between the European oak and the American oak, due to their similar appearance which could easily deceive.

Although European oak floor is used to make a variety of things in the house, its most prevalent use is in construction. It is used in making stairs, window sills, curtain boxes, doors, panelling and most of all, for flooring.


Why We Love European Oak Flooring


As the name suggests, it is native to Europe. It is a temperate wood that grows quite tall and therefore yields longer planks. These are highly sort after, for their incredible range of uses. It is a white oak, and is known far and wide for its durability and longevity. To show you just how good of wood this is, here are a few reasons why we love European Oak:


One of the reasons why we love this wood is its striking beauty. Unlike its American relative, this oak has warmer colours and tone. It is easily identifiable to the trained eye, due to its golden honey hues, and the appearance of annual wood rings. It also has a high definition of the grain, which makes it stand out. This oak has a more even tone between boards, something other oaks, such as the American Oak for instance, lack. Some of these show a higher contrast between shades, with the difference between lighter and darker hues becoming more prominent in the grain pattern.


The European Oak produces a highly versatile wood. One the reasons it is such an all-round wood is down to the grain pattern. This oak has a wavier pattern that is a lot more defined. This open grain pattern makes it more accepting of sanding and brushing, vastly increasing its texture. It also absorbs stain, lacquer and oil more readily and in an evenly distributed manner. This quality comes from the high tannin content and the diminished presence of sapwood, both of which are essential for the absorption of stains. It is one of the main reasons why we prefer this wood for our flooring projects. Other than that, it can present in a variety of appearances which gives you a wider range to choose from.

It is strong

Since this is a slow growing tree, the wood is more packed onto itself. This gives the European Oak its legendary strength, since the cellular structure is denser as compared to some of the other hardwood and softwood timbers. As such, when used in flooring, this oak endures and can withstand great weight without creaking. When well cured and dried, it does not shrink and maintains its shape for years. It does not present evidence of cracking that occurs in other woods especially furniture is placed on them.

Very little maintenance

Another reason why this type of wood is a favourite is that it is easy to clean and requires very little maintenance. All you are required to do to keep the flooring looking fresh is a good sweep. Occasionally, you might be required to give it a quick mop, which should not be detrimental to the wood if it is properly cured ad varnished. This will keep the floor in great condition for years. Once in a very long while, you will be expected to sand and varnish the floor, which will have it looking as good as new. This process takes care of any dents and scratches that might have accrued over years of regular use.

Value for money

It is incredible value for money. First and foremost, having floors made from European Oak automatically raises your property value immensely. This is why most people consider it as an investment, rather than a cost. The fact that it requires very little maintenance is also an appealing quality in terms of the overall cost as compared to other options that will require re-carpeting every few years.

This wood is also naturally warm, which makes it very comfortable and pleasant to walk on even barefoot. This is because it is a great natural insulator, a quality which comes from having thousands of tiny air pockets per square inch. These tiny pockets are what holds the heat, keeping the floor warm to the touch.


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Size Options To Consider For An Underground Water Tank

Size Options To Consider For An Underground Water Tank

Water harvesting is a big deal nowadays. Not only is it great for the environment, but also lets you store water for use during the dry season. More people are installing water tanks in their homes, with the option of choosing between above ground, and underground water storage. The final choice is however influenced by a number of factors, including the size of the tank, planned future land use of your yard, and most importantly, the space available for your tank to be installed.


Size Options To Consider For An Underground Rain Water Tank


With underground water storage tank however, you have the best of both worlds. You can harvest your water in peace, while at the same time limiting the amount of space occupied. This makes them the perfect solution for people with smaller yards or people who are considering putting up other structures such as garden sheds on the same space. You are also able to hide your tank and protect it from the elements. Underground water storage is also somewhat shielded from bush fires, which is a very useful feature in places such as Sydney and Canberra that are fire prone. If you are considering additional water storage, here are some subterranean storage options available:

3800 litres

This is a smaller capacity tank for households that do not require a lot of water. It is suitable for small households of between 2 and 4 people, where the water is only used for household duties such as cleaning and for use in the bathroom. The 3800 litre squat tank takes up very little space and can be installed in a shallow hole. This minimizes the excavation costs as well. This quality also makes this the best underground storage option for areas that have rocky terrain, where it is not only difficult, but also very costly to install a tank deep into the ground.

6100 litres

Most people have found that this is the most economical tank option. It can be installed in a wide variety of terrains with minimal fuss. This is the most economical water storage option for larger households of up to 6 people, who will use the water for day to day cleaning and subsistence. It is also suitable for smaller households who will use the water for more than daily household chores. They can expand their water usage to activities such as washing the car and watering the garden. It is a medium tank that requires moderate excavation and does not cost a lot to install.

10,000 litres

For those with larger families, this is the reservoir for you. The 10,000 litre water tank lets you harvest large quantities of water and maximise for the long dry periods. It is also very suitable for people with small and medium sized households, who live in drier areas such as Palerang in NSW. This is also the best option for people who have pets and other animals in their homes, or people who keep a garden where they farm their own vegetables. This tank however does require a more excavation, which could raise the initial cost. When compared to the amount of service and savings in terms of water costs, it is more than a worthwhile investment.

What to look out for

When getting a subterranean reservoir, always ask questions of your supplier and installer. Look for installers that deal primarily in underground concrete tanks, as these tend to last longer and require minimal maintenance. You should also find out if their tanks satisfy the Basix requirements for house renovations, pools and houses in NSW. Another condition your tank installer should fulfil is some sort of guarantee on their product. The best tank suppliers are those that offer a multi-year warranty on their products.

Make sure you check whether their casting and manufacturing processes satisfy the AS1546 requirements as well. For those that require extra storage, or a tank capacity that is not listed among your supplier’s catalogue, ask about interconnection. This is where they install more than one underground tank and connect them together to increase your harvesting capacity.


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The Basics of Open Fire Cooking

The Basics of Open Fire Cooking

The real beauty of open fire cooking lies in its simplicity. Using firewood as a natural heat source is the oldest and most basic form of cooking known to men. The thrill and excitement cooking with open fire brings is almost as good as the rich and smoky flavours firewood releases and adds to the flavour profile of the dish. Cooking over an open fire makes any meal an event and grilling chicken, seafood, meats and vegetables, expertly charred from the fire and using smoke as the ultimate flavour-enhancer is the culinary style to follow.

There is also something magical about cooking with lively flames, the wood smoke, the feeling of being one with nature, and of taking things back a step into that era where things were just done a bit slower, and meals were a real joy to cook.

Unless open fire cooking is familiar to you, here are chefs’ basic tips for making the literal hottest trend in restaurant cuisine work in your outdoor kitchen or backyard to bring more flavour to your life.

The Basics of Open Fire Wood Cooking



# Choose the right firewood

Experienced chefs will blend different types of wood to use the smoke to flavour their dishes. Native hardwood such as ironbark and oak will burn long and slow and is often used to BBQ ribs or other hearty meats such as beef and game. Fruitwood will impart a more subtle and sweeter flavour to lighter meats like poultry and fish dishes.

#Prepare ingredients

As you will spend quite some time to tend to the fire to get the cooking temperature right, prepare as many of the ingredients in advance of starting the fire. Once the fire hits the right temperature with glowing embers and low flames you want to get cooking right away. Keep the ingredients simple and let them reveal their distinctive aromas without disguising them in a marinade.

#Patience is the key

Take time to establish a smouldering fire for cooking. If you intend high heat and short cooking time for flatbreads, start with kindling and maintain a constant flame by adding more wood. For the low and slow cooking method, build your fire and only add wood occasionally to maintain temperature. You can also achieve high and low settings by moving some of the burning logs into the back with a coal scoop and keep a bed of embers at the front.

#Don’t cook directly over the flame

Placing food directly over an open flame will not only sear it but burn. Move the hot embers to one side and place a grill directly over the flames. There you can boil water, grill vegetables or big joints of meat and whole fish that requires a direct heat source. Seal your vegetables in tin foil like potatoes, onions, capsicum and sweet corn and nestle them in the hot embers to cook through.

#Keep the grill clean

Always burn off the leftovers from your last cooking session by heating the grill and brush the grates thoroughly. Any debris left on the grill will make the food stick and give it a burnt flavour. Make sure you oil the grill before placing anything on it. Especially foods that don’t specify oil in their recipe might stick to it otherwise and it also makes it easier to clean the grate after your meal.

#Work with heatproof gadgets

As plastic can obviously melt, using metal utensils when cooking with open fire is crucial. Keep a sturdy pair of tongs on hand for cooking, as well as a thick dry kitchen towel or an oven mitt. For the same reasons, don’t use pots and pans with rubber-coated handles but gadgets that are specifically made for cooking with fire like aluminium trays, enamel saucepans and pot lifters.


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Drainage Pump Options For Your Water Tank

Drainage Pump Options For Your Water Tank

When it comes to water storage, there are two main kinds of pumps. One type of pump redirects water to specific areas of use. These pumps could deliver water to the house, or to irrigation pumps and animal watering troughs. It can also pump water to taps for laundry or farmyard cleaning. This type of drainage pump uses electricity and gravity.


Drainage Pump Options For Your Sydney Water Tank


Since many tanks are mounted on elevated platforms, the water flows down naturally. But once it reaches ground level, it still needs to be drawn to wherever it’s needed. An electric pump uses a motor to generate suction and push the water. Similarly, if your tank is underground, it needs a pump to counteract gravity and draw the water out.

The second type of pump is sometimes referred to as a sump pump or drainage pump. It’s used in basements, sewer systems, and construction sites to extract groundwater or floodwater. In these cases, the water source is not exactly a water tank, but it’s still a kind of collection point. For example, if your basement is prone to flooding, it needs a pump.

Whenever a basement is built beneath the water table, it runs the risk of damp. Water from the surroundings might seep through the walls and end up flooding the basement. This is even more likely during rainy seasons. As a safety measure, you can waterproof your basement and include a drainage pump. The pump pushes out any water that accumulates.

Another situation where a drainage pump may be required is for in-ground tanks. Because they’re below ground level, they’re not inspected as often as above-ground tanks. The tank may spring a leak or overflow, and you wouldn’t notice. A drainage pump that automatically detects overflows and pumps out the water is an essential safety feature.

Both kinds of pumps have cut-offs to prevent accidental electrocution. Some have automatic shut-offs, and drainage pumps can be set to switch on automatically as well. They can be partially or fully submerged, depending on your requirements, and are well insulated to avoid accidents. Let’s look at some popular pump brands.

Zenit Clean Water Drainage Pump

This piece of equipment runs on 240 volts, and can only be used for clean water, so it’s ideal for use in a domestic water tank or rainwater tank. Its specs range from 210 LPM and Max 7 MH to 690 LPM and Max 17MH, with a price range of $600 to $1,000 depending on your preferred model. You can also purchase additional features like alarm panels for your warning system, which will give you dual pump control.

There’s an optional float switch with a 10-metre cable. This pump usually comes in blue, and it has a 2-year warranty that covers basic repair and maintenance. Certain parts of your pump can be replaced, but you’d have to talk to your pump supplier to get the specifics. Zenit offers similar models for dirty water, including the Zenit 240V and the Zenit 65 mm 415V. For faster flow and volume, try the Zenit 80 mm 415V. The latter two come in black.

Davey Clean & Grey Water Drainage Pump

This double-cased pump ranges in voltage from 220V to 415V, with outlets of one or two inches. Some models have floats, so if that’s a feature you’d like, be sure to pick the right model. This pump is submersible and temperature controlled, which means it stays cool to the touch as long as its body is partially above water.

The double case is a safety feature that protects the pump, letting water freely flow in the outer casing without shorting the motor. This extends the lifespan of the pump. It has a floater device which both activates the pump and keeps it from being fully submerged. This drainage pump is built for clean water, so it’s ideal for rainwater tanks.

It works best if the water has not more than 10% tiny organic solids. Any more than that will wear out the pump faster. It can drain sumps, transfer water from the pump to its point of use (e.g. the kitchen sink), resolve flood emergencies, or run home waterfalls and fountains. The pumps can also be used in partially submerged context, such as a pond, aquarium, or infinity pool. Its outlet diameter is less than 10 mm, so it’s best for domestic use.


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