There are currently 700 cases of wall tiles dislodging that are being faced by HDB (Housing and Development Board) in Singapore. The number of cases included starts from the beginning of this year alone. Over half of the complaints are wall tiles that were installed by the agency itself. Many of the residents are looking to rock tiles for the wall as an alternative because of the incidents.
According to the board’s spokesperson, the number of cases that has been recorded is almost the same as the ones that have been documented in the last few years. The number of dislodged tiles is higher when the country is experiencing the cold season.
In a statement released by the HDB, the tiles’ dislodgement is because of the natural deterioration of the material coupled with the changes in the weather which causes the tiles to expand or contract. When this happens, the adhesive that applied to the screed surface in order to install the tiles is eventually lost.
The spokesperson clarified that because of the significant highs and lows in the temperature, the tiles are put under stress and this is one factor that affects the adhesion.
He added that this is more than the industry standard which gives one year grace period for the Defect Liability Period. HDB will help all residents that have been affected by providing flat inspections, adding a protective sheet on the wall where the tiles are dislodged and giving them a list of contactors whom they can coordinate with.
Lawrence Wong, the minister for national development, said in the parliament in April of 2017 that the owners of the flats should be the one to answer the maintenance of their units which covers the usual wear and tear that needs repair.
He further explained that the Defect Liability Period last for only one year wherein the developers will answer if there are cases of dislodged tiles. There are developers that are offering free repair for up to three years but it is not stated in the contract but rather their own goodwill.
Some of the flat owners are considering turning to rock tiles for the wall to see if it will be able to withstand temperate changes to avoid the yearly repair and maintenance.
Governor Tom Wolf signed a new law that unregistered moving services will be classified as illegal. In order to offer such services, they should be registered with the Public Utility Commission. In the country of Australia, Sydney furniture removals should be registered in order to legally operate and accept clients. This is something that the governor wanted to be strictly implemented. The consequence for those who are caught especially those posting their services in Craigslist is seizure of their van or truck used for moving services.
It is common among unemployed, young people and college students who wanted to earn extra cash to offer their services in moving furniture. The problem is that it is a risky trade.
When you hire unregistered movers, you should know that majority of them are not covered by an insurance policy. In the event of damage or loss of belongings while on transit, insurance will not cover the cost and their workers will not receive compensation in case they suffer an injury. These are not legal transactions therefore there is no assurance that they are paying taxes to the Department of Revenue of the state.
Senator David Argall, a Republican from the Berks County, was the one who sponsored the laws that counter what they call rogue movers. He said that there are still a lot of movers in the underground market even after the current regulations have been imposed by the PUC.
The new law will be implemented in the middle of February. Illegal movers caught for the first time will have to pay a fine worth $5,000 while the succeeding violation will carry a fine of $10,000. Aside from the fine, their vehicles will be subject to confiscation and suspension of registration is possible.
The fiscal note from the House states that there will be negligible effect on the budget due to the new law. Warningshave already been posted on the website of Craigslist. Homeowners who are planning to move should hire legal movers. The same warning has been released by Sydney furniture removals to homeowners because of the rising number of people being scammed.
If you would take a look at modern homes, offices and hotels, you will find luxurious blinds in lieu of curtains. Modern designs are into minimalism, efficiency and ease of installation. All these can be found in blinds in Durban along with other benefits of having it instead of curtains. Here are some of the reasons why blinds are excellent choice.
- Easy to maintain. The good thing about blinds is you don’t have to replace them every now and then as compared to curtains that you need to wash every after two weeks. Blinds are also resistant to dust and they can be easily cleaned with wash or dry cloth. They are also long lasting especially if you choose the higher quality materials such as those made of wood or aluminium.
- Better light control. By using blinds, you can opt to have your room totally dark or free from light when you want to sleep longer or have it open to allow light to flood your area. No matter what your light requirements are, blinds in Durban can easily be adjusted to meet your needs.
- Various styles and colours to choose from. Another positive thing about window blinds is they come with different designs, styles and colours for you to choose for. This way, the blinds can easily match the colour scheme of your walls and decors at home or in your room. You can find mini blinds, vertical blinds, cordless blinds and many other designs.
- Offers absolute privacy. Compared to curtains that can be blown off by wind, windows can be adjusted in such a way that they will stay in place and the slats are totally shut. You can also adjust the shades so you can get light while getting complete privacy.
- More materials to choose from. You can find blinds in Durban that are made of wood to complement your wooden furnishings while there are also blinds that are made of plastic materials. Plastic blinds are more affordable and is suitable for those who want to save their budget but wants to get high quality blinds for their living space or office.
There are several steps that one has to go through when filing for divorce against a spouse. You cannot just hire a lawyer and start the divorce proceedings right away. As a matter of fact, couples have the option to go through Seattle divorce mediation to reduce the costs and lessen the hassles associated with divorce especially among children.
A divorce proceeding can last for about three to six months from the date of filing although this can be shortened or lengthened depending on circumstances. This can be emotionally and financially tasking. The entire process can also be complicated and can even be emotional. To do away with all the pain and spending money for the process, it would be best to resort to an amicable settlement betweentwo parties.
There are a lot of lawyers that you can hire in Seattle or in your area but choose one with the required expertise for the matter. Hire an attorney with specialization on family and divorce and one who has gone through trainings and advance studies to gain expertise in the field. Choose a lawyer who will advise both parties to go through a Seattle divorce mediation instead of a full swing court proceedings which can be stressful and expensive. Avoid lawyers who will push for a court battle just to earn money from the clients. This is against legal ethics. Seek for testimonials and feedback from the mediator’s former clients to get an idea on how satisfied they were with the services and assistance rendered.
There are a lot of benefits if you would hire a Seattle divorce mediation expert instead of a lawyer who will process your divorce. With mediation, you can still obtain freedom from your spouse sans the lengthy and hostile courtroom battle. Hire a lawyer with expertise in mediation and with a long list of family mediation experiences. Visit the lawyer’s official website to view her professional background, training and related field experiences. It would also be best if you would hire a mediation lawyer who has been in the industry for a substantial number of years.
Jamaica National Group’s executive is advising contractors in the country to acquire certificates that are honoured internationally as well as to utilize technology in order to further their services and tap new global markets. At the start of this month was the Incorporated Master Builders Association of Jamaica Conference wherein Jamaica National Group’s chief of development financing, Carlton Earl Samuels, gave a speech as the representative of JN Bank.
According to him, it is not impossible for the local contractors in the country to be able to bid with the contracts in the international markets. He encouraged master builders to learn more about their craft in order to compete with contractors from other countries. He added that inefficiencies can be reduced by proper management of the project.
In his speech he said that careful monitoring should be practiced by contractors as the project progresses in order to prevent errors from occurring. These errors consume a lot of time, labour as well as materials. Master builders in Jamaica should not be branded to have overrun works as others perceive.
Samuels added that projects should be successful at the first attempt, if not the contractor should determine the consequences before they occur and think about how to provide a solution that will not result to waste in money and time.
This is because the reputation of the contractor and their identity are at stake together with the services that they are offering. A master builder’s main capital is their reputation. Completed projects have more value if done by a reputable contractor and it increases the competitiveness of the contractor.
He also sent a reminder to all the master builders regarding the vital role that they play in the society and how it is looked on by the international market. They are the very people that create communities and industries and they should also be the ones to find a solution in case they see a problem that hinders them to move forward. It is the goal of the government to improve the engineering ability as a measure in their aim to grow as a nation.
Danielle Donnelly-Kerlin said that a good day for them is when the water does not emit a very strong smell and the colour is clear. She has been residing in Rockdale from when she was a freshman student in high school. She thinks that their city needs to contact a PVC pipe wholesaler because she can’t remember a moment when the water they are using is not red and she referred to it as their bad days.
She said that red water is everywhere in the house. In the kitchen, turning the faucet on means they can expect to see coffee-like water to flow. Donnelly-Kerlin shared that every month there is a random day where everything in the house is red water and this is the reason why they have to stock up with bottled water daily.
She expresses her disappointment with the city because it is their responsibility to provide water for the residents but the fact is that they can’t even use it.
According to Chris Whittaker, the city manager of Rockdale, majority of the pipes and all those on the eastern part of the town is made of cast iron which is originally constructed in 1902.
Whittaker said that the red water is caused by a combination of things – rust in pipers, high-level content of magnesium and iron and the pipes are located on a dead-end. The red water is stirred up to the surface if main break is conducted and will eventually be flushed out again.
The water infrastructure in Rockdale is not modernized because of the existence of water treatment plant that has been in operation for seven decades and a sewer line that is composed of cracking clay.
Whittaker said that improvements have been happening for several years but it is slow. They were able to change a number of the cast iron pipe and replaced it with PVC pipe. They have already received block grants for the community development project provided by the government.
He said that the grants are only $300,000 which is enough for one block of pipe and according to a PVC pipe wholesaler they would need a total of $44 million in order to replace everything.