How To Clean Out The Clutter

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Undertaking a house clearance can be very stressful. Here are our top tips to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

1) Plan ahead
Planning the time needed to perform the house clearance will ensure everything else goes smoothly. A good rule of thumb for two people undertaking a house clearance is to allow ½ day for each room. This might seem a lot but, like most things in life, giving yourself enough time to do a job goes a long way to taking away all the stress that comes with it.

2) Use the traffic light system
Once you’ve allocated some time in your diary for the house clearance, the next stage is to go through everything to decide which items you and your family wish to keep, sell or donate, or bin. We recommend using the traffic light sticker system to do this.

We know it’s difficult but try to be as ruthless as possible – only use the red stickers for items you will definitely use and remember that most things these days can be bought new in Tesco for less than the price of a pizza!

3) Quantify volumes
Well done – that’s the hardest bit done. Now you need an idea of the volume of all your stuff. An easy reference point is the standard builder’s skip, the most common skip you see in residential streets. Builders’ skips measure 6 or 8 cubic yards – so take the average of 7 cubic yards (5 cubic metres) and use this as your benchmark as you walk around each room. Walk around each room and make a note of how much of a builder’s skip each sticker category would fill. Once you’ve done this, add it all up and get a total volume estimate for each category.

4) Arrange for the house to be cleared
Armed with your volume estimate, you’re now ready to clear the house!

Red = keep

Unless you want to do it yourself, you’ll need a specialist removal firm to move things from A to B. Contact

Amber = sell/donate

There are a myriad of ways to get rid of decent quality items you don’t want. eBay, Gumtree, and Freecycle are all excellent channels but remember that they do require meeting people who you’ve never met before who are not from a professional organisation. If you do use them, make sure you’re not alone when the person comes to collect.

Other options are local charity shops and social enterprises. Note that any upholstered furniture must have a fire-safety certificate or they won’t be able to take it. The Furniture Reuse Network is a UK wide network of social enterprises that aim to maximise furniture reuse.

Green = get rid of

There are four basic options when it comes to disposing of unwanted items from a house clearance:

  1. a) Cram it all into the boot of your car or hire a van to take it to the local tip
  2. b) Call your local council to arrange a bulky waste collection. This should be quite cheap but the downsides are that it will typically take at least a couple of weeks to arrange, will be limited to a maximum number of items (and not real rubbish), and all of the stuff needs to be put outside the property (as they don’t collect from inside).
  3. c) Hire a skip. Skips are charged at a flat rate and require a skip permit if parked on the road. You need to the loading all yourself. Prices vary widely dependent on where you are in the UK – but £170 (incl VAT) for a 6 cubic yard skip is probably a fair benchmark. In addition, you will need to pay for a skip permit (if the skip has to be parked on the road) and, depending on the street, a parking bay suspension. Googling ‘skip hire [your region]’ is the easiest way to find a local skip hire company.
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Blasting Differences!

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Media blasting is how we clean up steel after fabrication. When we go to blast steel components there are a lot of options and they all have something different to offer. Grit blasting with is a blanket term for using an abrasive that is shot at high velocity, which will clean or alter the metal’s surface. Media blasting can be used to varying effects, and it is important to know what you are doing before you select a given media for the job.

In recent years a new technology has come along in the world of media blasting. Soda blasting offers some very unique abilities and is far better for the environment. Soda blasting uses sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to remove contamination from a metal’s surface. It also coats the metal with a layer of sodium bicarbonate, which is easy to remove.

Grit Blasting

The terms “grit blasting”, “media blasting” and “sand blasting” can be used interchangeably in most cases. In any event, grit blasting refers to the use of a pressure driven media on an object. There are many different substances that we use in media blasting, and they all have different effects.

As you can see from the list above, the choices that we have when it comes to media selection for grit blasting with are ample. Every media will have a different effect, and in some cases experimentation is necessary for us to find the best combination for your needs.

Over the last few years environmentally friendly media options have become available, and things like walnut shell and corn cob offer a green alternative for many jobs. An in-depth discussion of all these media choices could easily fill a book. Keep in mind that many of these options have a range of sizes available, so you can fine tune not only the media, but the grain size as well.

While all these blasting mediums are worthwhile, we are going to talk about two of them specifically in greater detail. These two media offer some very useful qualities, and you should be especially aware of what they can do for you.

Shot Blasting

Shot blasting uses a stream of steel shot directed at an object to clean or treat metal. There are two types of shot blasting; wheel blasting and air blasting. There isn’t a huge difference to the customer between the two types, and we can help you decide which process is going to be the best for your project.

In addition to cleaning metal parts, shot blasting will “peen” the metal. This is a process by which the material is made to spread plastically and create compressive stress, thus protecting it from certain kinds of fractures.

Other kinds of media blasting can be used for peening, however shot blasting is extremely common for this task. Because steel shot is used, there is little if any mess to clean from the blasted object, and the impact strength of the shot is much higher than other forms of media. This also leads to higher media recovery rates, and a lower cost outlay for the shot.

Soda Blasting

Using specially prepared sodium bicarbonate offers you a lot of interesting capabilities and is by far the easiest form of media blasting to clean up. Because blasting soda is water soluble, cleaning it from small parts or public areas is very easy. In some cases you can just wait for the next rain, and let Mother Nature do the job.

When it comes to custom fabricated parts, a quick soda blast will deposit a layer of sodium bicarbonate on the raw steel and prevent rust from forming for as long as it is present. The down side to soda blasting is its softness, so for deburring and de-slagging it really isn’t right.

Soda blasting is also the greenest form of media blasting, and won’t pollute the environment in any meaningful way. It is perfect for removing oils and other contaminants, and can then be removed with water. Because soda reclamation is difficult under most circumstances, the media costs are a bit higher. On the flip side, soda blasting cuts your clean-up costs down to almost nothing. It is a great blasting method and is growing in popularity all the time.

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Warning Signs Your Roof Is Dying

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Sometimes a roof can naturally reach the end of its useful life without experiencing a roof failure. It just looks old and worn, and you are doing preventive maintenance on your home. If replacing an old roof is delayed, however, it could result in bigger problems down the road. So watch for the warning signs to be sure to give yourself plenty of time to add the project to your TO DO list. For help with your reroof project, have a look at today.

  • Potential signs that your roof may need to be replaced:
  • Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped
  • Bald spots where granules are missing
  • Cracked shingles
  • Your roof is at least 20 years old; while many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles. For example, if your roof is not properly ventilated, it can negatively impact your shingles
  • Neighbors are getting new roofs. Homes built around the same time period can experiencing the same types of weather conditions can mean that your roof is nearing its useful life
  • The roof just looks old and worn
  • Dark streaks. Airborne algae cause dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good. Algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 blend of water and bleach sprayed on your roof. It is important to use a low volume garden hose so you do not knock the protective granules off your shingles. It is also important that you protect your landscaping from the bleach run-off.
  • Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight especially in cool, moist climates. Moss growth can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the roof surface and overtime in freezing climates can cause damage to the granules on the top of the shingles. Moss can be brushed off but it won’t prevent it from growing again; take care not to damage the shingle surface. You may need to contact a professional roofing contractor.
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4 Warning Signs Of A Dangerous Boiler

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Thinking that your boiler is dangerous is not a good feeling. Most of us know the harm that carbon monoxide can cause, and since it is a colourless and odourless gas it’s a worry that it could strike without us knowing. Ensuring regular checks with is important for the health of you and your family.

The truth is, just because your boiler is faulty it doesn’t mean it will be dangerous. But there is certainly a higher chance that it could be emitting the deadly gas if it is faulty and any company like will tell you that.

So what are the signs that your boiler is dangerous? We’ve compiled the top 4 warning signs.


Carbon monoxide gas has an odour added to it so we can smell it. So if you can smell it coming from your boiler or from anywhere else in your house, you should switch your boiler off straight away. If there is a gas leak, you might not always smell the gas, so there are other warning signs to look out for too.


Your boiler is dangerous if the pilot light is yellow. It should be a strong blue flame. If the light keeps going out, don’t just reset it – get a Gas Safe engineer in to have a look at your boiler.


If you can see black marks on the boiler or in the area where it is kept, that’s a reason to switch it off. Get an engineer round to check it over, as there could be a carbon monoxide leak.


Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause headaches and nausea in victims before it gets more serious. If you notice that these feelings increase when your boiler is running, it’s very likely that your symptoms are caused by the boiler.

If you’re worried that your boiler is dangerous, always get a Gas Safe engineer out to come and inspect it. There is no point worrying about it when you could be reassured by a professional coming in to check everything is OK.

Individuals opt to replace their boiler with for a range of factors. It may be that their existing one is malfunctioning, old or inefficient. When you’re picking a brand-new boiler, you have various options to choose from. These include combi boilers, conventional boilers and system boilers. Each of these boilers run in numerous ways and are matched to different home sizes. System boilers are otherwise known as sealed system boilers. Like standard boilers, they have hot water cylinders, but they do not have cold water tanks. System boilers are usually established in larger domestic homes or business premises.

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The IRS Debt Collection Process

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The IRS collection process always starts with a tax assessment. Until the IRS makes an assessment, there is no official tax debt. Without an effective assessment in place, no collection efforts will ensue. An assessment takes place when the IRS officially notes in its record how much a taxpayer owes for any tax year or tax period. Assessments are based on returns that are filed by the taxpayers, returns the IRS files in place of returns a taxpayer neglects to file, or from changes the IRS makes to a return. Hopefully you can avoid the entire process of dealing with the IRS from the bad side, but if not, ensure you have sought out an excellent tax attorney in los angeles to assist you!

Sometimes the first IRS notice a taxpayer will receive will inform them about the existence of a debt is a Notice of Taxes Due. This notice will state that the taxpayer owes a certain amount for a certain year or years and is generated with the IRS processes a return the taxpayer filed and sees that it was not paid in full. Another IRS notice is a Notice of Proposed Changes, where the IRS makes changes to a return the taxpayer had already filed and adds taxes and or penalties and interest. The IRS also sends a notice when it files a return for a taxpayer for a year that the taxpayer did not file his or her own. A return that the IRS files in lieu of one that the taxpayer never filed is called a substitute or a return. It can be important for a taxpayer to replace a substitute for a return as the IRS does not credit the taxpayer for any deductions the taxpayer would have been eligible to claim.

If the assessment is consistent with the return that taxpayer filed and is accompanied by a payment from the taxpayer for all taxes owed, then the assessment does not lead to a tax debt. On the other hand, if a taxpayer doesn’t pay a tax debt in full, the IRS will initiate efforts to collect on the delinquent tax debt. Seeking appropriate tax resolution advice is the first thing you should do as a debtor. Any time a tax payer has a debt of over ten thousand dollars, or receives a threatening letter from the IRS it makes good sense to seek the right advice and ask about options for resolving IRS tax debt. Given the right circumstances, even a large debt can be settled for a smaller amount.

It can be the case that the first time a taxpayer realises that they owe the IRS at all is when a Notice of Intent to Levy is received. A Notice of Intent to Levy is a written warning that is mailed to the taxpayer, alerting the taxpayer that the IRS is attempting to collect on a tax debt. Notices of Intent to Levy can come with a ten or thirty day warning period, giving the taxpayer time to take action to protect themselves. Notice of Intent to Levy should never ever be ignored.

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