Australian Property Forecast 2016

We will remember 2015 as the year when the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) stepped in to try and slow down the investor frenzy, introducing guidelines to major lenders that resulted in capping the growth rate of their residential investment loans. 2015 saw an end to the lowest auction clearance rates in a decade, agents…

Corrosion Analysis – Factors Affecting the Half-Cell Potential Measurement Principle

Corrosion analysis in seemingly healthy concrete reduces unwanted risk to structural safety of buildings. The reinforcement condition is evaluated by measuring cover depth, rebar thickness and by using the half-cell potential method. Provided that the corrosion conditions are equal (chloride content or carbonation of the concrete at the steel surface) the main influences upon the…

Italian Dessert Cannoli Recipe

Cannolis are a great Italian dessert and they were said to have been developed by Sicilians in Palermo, Italy. These fried wafers are filled with a mixture of ricotta, candied fruit, chocolate, and other ingredients, and they are very, very tasty! Sicilians are supposed to have created this great dessert recipe, and I think that…

Wooden Dowels, Holding Our Wooden World Together

What on earth is a dowel? No, it’s not a misspelling for “towel” – it’s actually something much more important, and far smaller. Wood dowels are one of the little things that keep our worlds together – and that’s not really exaggerating. Many of the things we interact with every day are dependent on wood…

Stacking Nootropic Supplements

Nootropics are very popular right now, and for good reason; they are sometimes called “smart drugs” since they improve cognition and brain function with chemicals, supplements, and even functional foods in some cases. The best nootropics will noticeable improve memory, intelligence, cognition, motivation, attention, and other brain and psychological issues, and are used for people…

Fun At The Whistle-Stop Barbecue Festival!

This year’s Whistle-Stop Barbeque Festival was great fun. I love great barbeque and the many different grills and smokers on parade almost made me want to buy one and hit the barbeque circuit. Some were painted black, some all stainless steel and there was one that looked like a big egg on wheels that was…

Arc And Carrot Fit Jeans

Designer jeans have already become the most important item in a women’s wardrobe. It is the quickest and simplest way to do give their fashion statement an added advantage. A pair of designer jeans is most practical to carry oneself in and they are wildly stylish. So wait no more if you haven’t thought about…

How I Chose My First Bow

What Did I Look for and Why For the last year or so I was spending most of my weekends on practicing my archery skills. By no means do I consider myself a modern Robin Hood but it just became my passion. The beginnings were not so easy but it did not take long to…

How to Maintain Your Playground Drainage

There are several aspects that need to be considered when constructing a playground. This means that you have to look into everything that’s needed such as different play areas for different age groups, the fencing and also a proper drainage system. The drainage system is one of the most important aspects of a playground as…

How to Drill a Hole in Concrete

Drilling into concrete is a fairly easy process if you know the right technique It does not matter if you are a professional craftsman or just a casual zealot as both should know the right technique of drilling into hard concrete. This is one of the most basic things a tradesman should excel in. Sometimes…

Using Timber Veneer For Home Renovation

Timber veneer is from a natural and sustainable resource. Timber veneer is able to cover forty times as much as 25mm timber and is easily the most economic & environmentally friendly way of using wood. History of Timber Veneer Veneers have been used by furniture makers and joiners for more than four thousand years. The…

Teak Wood

What is Teak Wood? Teak wood is the eye-catching lumber that comes from a tree species native to South and Southeast Asia called Tectona grandis. More commonly today, teak is seen in the form of nice furniture, cabinetry, flooring, cutting boards and boat decks. What makes Teak Wood so special? Teak wood is special for…

Large Cork Board – Various Uses For Display

A large cork board can be used to hold posters, playbills, photos and other memorabilia. It can also be used for class schedules, lunch menus and event reminders can also be put up beside your calendar. Placing one beneath your bed is also perfect for showing off band posters and photos. You can paint the…

Decorate A Dollhouse Porch For Spring

Does it ever feel like time stands still in your miniature? The dolls stay the same age, and there’s no sign of holidays or seasons passing them by. Every season, I like to decorate a dollhouse with special accessories to help bring the outdoors in. When it comes to decorating, whether your own home or…