Guide to Bamboo Flooring Sydney

Timber and Bamboo flooring are better than ever. Humidity and environmental issues are all but eliminated in modern buildings. Talk to Knock Out Flooring.

Popular Bamboo Flooring Sydney

Bamboo has steadily grown in popularity over the last generation. This is because it is affordable and available in many colours; is can even be made to look like almost any classic wood.

Despite its resemblance to wood when processed bamboo is actually a grass. It is also one of the fastest growing plants on the earth, being ready for harvest after about 5 years of growth. This is a much shorter growing time than traditional timber, which requires several decades of growth before it can cut and used for building. Plus, the bamboo shaft regrows from the same root, so in need not be replanted.

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Environmental Bamboo Flooring and Timber Flooring Sydney

Harvesting of wood and bamboo is environmentally beneficial. While trees and bamboo grow that absorb carbon dioxide gas from the atmosphere. Most of this carbon dioxide stays stored in the timber or bamboo when it is used as a building material. More tress and bamboo can them be grown, which absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Constantly growing bamboo and timber trees, and then harvesting them, removes far more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than leaving trees uncut. A fully grown tree does not absorb any more Carbon dioxide than it releases; fully grown forests are in equilibrium with regard to Carbon dioxide gas; new, growing forests absorb Carbon Dioxide until they reach maturity.


Types of Bamboo Flooring Sydney

There are two basic options for bamboo flooring:

Engineered Bamboo Planks – Engineered timber and bamboo is popular for flooring floors. The planks are designed to lock together, and installed over a foam/rubber underlay. As the bamboo isn’t attached to the subfloor the installation is quite quick.

Solid Bamboo – Solid bamboo is made and installed in manner similar to traditional hardwood. It is fastened with nails staples or adhesive to the wooden floor frame or subfloor. This is a time consuming installation process, but the results are extremely strong and durable, often lasting for decades. Because solid bamboo is prefinished it does not require lacquer or chemical treatment. It is often manufactured with ‘tongue and groove’ edges that lock together.

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Gundam Australia

Foreign media phenomena offer the best of both worlds for many local fans. They are not overexposed like the popular English based media we see every day, meaning we are not desensitized to their appeal, but they have already proved their appeal with a large audience, and have a considerable range of available merchandise. Japanese cultural phenomena sometime prove popular in English speaking countries. Anime is one example, Gundam being only one longer lasting example.

 Anime Series Gumdam Australia

The Gundam Anime (cartoon) series started on Japanese television in 1979. It was quite revolutionary at the time, featuring giant robot like vehicles, piloted by humans, in fairly realistic combat situations. Elements of this had existed before in cartoon, but Gundam combined the elements in a new way and proved far more popular that earlier programmes. Gundam has since branched off into more than two dozen television shows and films, and inspired many imitators. It has produced countless merchandizing lines.

Merchandise Gundam Australia

Merchandise Gundam Australia

Models from the Gundam series are a major part of the Phenomena’s success. The original series only returned from cancelation due to the popularity of the first model kits based on the show a year later. The many spinoffs owe their success to this first model range aimed at children. Many latter models continued to prove very successful, with various companies producing different model ranges aimed at older viewers, varying in scale and made from plastic, metal or resin.


Part of the appeal of a robot, or a robotic suit in this case, is the combination it has of vehicle and character. Even without knowing the backstory a robot suit has a certain innate appeal.


Gundam plastic kits Australia

Price Rite Mart carries an extensive range of Gundam Models.


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Kitchen Floors


A century ago kitchens were built with wooden floor or stone, because that was the material available at the time. The introduction of ceramic tiles and vinyl flooring changed that situation as floors could now be made waterproof. Recent design trends have seen the reintroduction of wood, along with a few other materials, that are suitable for kitchens. Modern treatments have made these materials waterproof. Giving kitchen floors that are spill resistant and lower maintenance than earlier designs.


Laminate wood

This is an affordable and durable option. Not only does the multilayer wood offer additional strength in its construction, but it can be padded underneath to provide a comfortable surface for feet. Both of these factors are important if the kitchen is frequently used.

With a water-proof finish the laminate wood is easy to clean under any normal circumstances.


Vinyl Tiles

A classic kitchen solution because it is affordable and offers the best of all options. It is easy to clean, highly water resistant, fairly long lasting, and easy to replace. It is also available in many colours and designs, including imitation wood or stone. Best of all, it is quite soft underfoot.


Kitchen flooring was once a matter of practicality; the floor surface had be water-proof and non-slippery to prevent accidents. Now there is a much greater choice of flooring materials, so floors can be chosen for aesthetic appeal, with all the practical features included.

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Aluminium Signs Sydney

Aluminium is excellent for durability. It naturally forms an oxide coating that keeps it rust-free under normal conditions. It only corrodes under extreme conditions of acid or salt, and even then it is better than most metals.


In the past aluminium was notoriously difficult to paint. End even when it was painted the result was very matt and prone to damage. The technology for this was developed for World War 2 planes and latter applied to some vehicles and other aluminium products. It was never too popular.

Aluminium was also coloured by the anodising technique. This used the oxidized layer to the advantage of the colouring technique. The aluminium was treated with electricity, basically forming one of the terminals in a battery. This produced a thick porous layer that could be coloured. Anodized aluminium had a rather bright, colourful and futuristic look, and proved popular for cup, utensils and other small products. Anodized metal was never appropriate for vehicles or large structures.

Often creative types would forgo colouring the aluminium and use it in its natural state. Aluminium was easily cut into lettering or shapes. Company logos, lettering and signs consisted of naturally finished aluminium on a background of a different colour. This often featured on the outdoor structures of building. These signs lasted for years.


New Aluminium Signs Sydney


Modern aluminium signs can now feature baked on enamel paint. This is glossy and appealing, meaning aluminium signs are both durable and able to complete with the appeal of any other signs.

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Misconceptions about Australia.

We know the television and other media are misleading. Few people live the life of a sitcom. But we can find we have picked up many misconceptions about other countries because we forget where the ideas originally came from. Foreigners have a few misconceptions about Australia.


Australians live near the beach

Actually a half-truth – 80% of the county’s population is within an hour’s drive from the beach. But few live on beach front property, which is expensive.


It’s always extremely hot

It’s pretty hot some times of the year in much of Australia. But it gets pretty cold in many places at other times of the year. Some places are always cold, and we get snow too.


We’re all rowdy bronzed lifeguards

Maybe it’s because the rowdy people get most of the attention. Many of us are like this on New Year’s Eve, but not the rest of the time.


There are so many dangerous animals.

Well there are dangerous animals, but problems are rare. There are 1 or 2 crocodile and shark fatalities every year; more people die by drowning. No spider fatalities since the 1980s. Snakes cause a few problems.


We have Pet Kangaroos

Blame Skippy for this. We can go years without seeing a kangaroo. They aren’t supposed to be kept as pets. They are far away from most cities, except in the local zoos.


We have that broad Australian Accent

There are more than a few accents in Australia. Most politicians don’t speak with the broad accent, or half the actors. Some Australians speak more like the British, especially the tertiary educated.


We Drink Fosters Beer

We export the Fosters to other counties. The locals hardly see the stuff. You can work in a Pub and not see Fosters beer.


Sydney Airport Shuttle

Sydney airport transfers aren’t hard to arrange over the internet or phone. If you’re visiting the country for the first time, ask the Airport shuttle driver for a few good tips about what to see.

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There are a few modern trends for heathy drinks. Two popular options are juicing fruits and vegetables or blending them, with the emphasis on making the drink yourself. There are some advantages and disadvantages to both methods.



Juices are reasonably convenient. They can be made quite quickly if you have a juicing machine. And the minerals, nutrients and vitamins get straight into your system after you drink them, particularity if you drink them on an empty stomach. Juices also allow you to consume many vegetables by mixing them with fruits. This is an advantage if you find a few vegetables otherwise unpalatable.

The disadvantage is the amount of vegetables and fruit needed to make the juice. You do get a lot of nutrition in there, and you probably wouldn’t eat that many vegetables any other way. But it is more pricy than one might expect. And when you juice the ingredients the fibre is lost, so you digestive system is missing something essential, and you don’t feel full.


Juices need to be consumed almost immediately. They will be free from preservative, which is great; but this mean they don’t keep for long – perhaps a day if refrigerated.


Superfood Smoothies Australia

A Superfoods smoothie mix is pre-packaged for greatest convenience; you just need to add water. Because of the individually sealed packaging they require no preservatives or refrigeration. And the expense is less than the equivalent amount of fresh produce. Order superfoods smoothie online and always be supplied with a healthy option.

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Skin and Aging


There are many factors that affect the aging of our skin. Two of the most prominent are wrinkling from Ultraviolet light and Collagen underneath the skin. Luckily, both of these can be altered for the better with modern technology.


We can prevent the formation of fine lines in our skin, or at least delay their onset by several years, through avoiding Sun exposure. Ultraviolet light, the radiation just above the light that is visible to our eyes, causes ongoing damaged to our skin. It is not too difficult to avoid this damages and wear Sunscreen when outdoors, at least on our face. Choose a variety of sunscreen free from any harsh chemicals. We also suggests good quality UV Sunglasses. These practices prevent fine wrinkles.


Deeper lines and sagging of our skin is the result of collagen beneath the skin being lost. Over time loss of collagen makes our skin look loose and baggy. Preventing this through diet or lifestyle does not appear to be easy, but collagen can be noticeable improved with some clinical procedures. Ultherapy, which uses vibrations similar to ultrasound, and many light devices can help regenerate lost collagen. This works well for sagging jawlines, necklines or any loser facial skin.


Cosmetic fillers Bankstown

Deeper lines or facial scars may require cosmetic fillers. If we keep our skin in optimal health we reap greater benefits from these fillers, and heathier skin means we may put off cosmetic procedures for a few years.

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Intelligence and skill comes in many forms. Fine and coarse motor skills are one example. Our ability to move our body is a mixture on mental and physical abilities. Training mind and body is fundamental to martial arts, as well as many other physical activities.


Neuroscientists are still researching both fundamental question about how our brains work, to say nothing of the fine details. But we do have some understanding of the neurons and electrical charges that occur in our heads. Repeating a physical action, training for a martial art move, causes a certain pattern to occur in our head. Each repeat of the move causes the same pattern pathway to be followed. The more you repeat the technique the easier it is for the pathways in your mind to repeat the pattern.


Behaviourist scientists have observed similar phenomena for years without mentioning the brain. Behaviour is reinforced through repetition. It can become automatic, a reflex that does not require conscious decisions. This is almost common sense.


Martial Art Training

An advantage of this repletion and practice is that it affects performance under pressure. If we have only made moderate progress with a technique we tend to have a compromised performance when under exam conditions or suffering any stress. But the opposite happens when we become really advanced. When sufficiently proficient our ability becomes optimal in stressful situations. Given that martial arts are most needed in stressful situation, competitions or self-defence, this training is a priority. Martial art training aims to develop instinctive reactions that are there when we most need them.


Taekwondo training for self-defence or competition can teach us how to handle stress and the adrenalin rush of a legitimate threat. It is more than practiced techniques; it is psychological preparation for conflict.

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Painting Children’s Rooms


Children’s Rooms Painters Sydney

Children are effected by the bedroom they are in. In some ways children appreciate the decorations more than adults; children like to see favourite characters or pictures on the walls. Painting and decorating a room provides a stimulating environment for a child.


One common complaint with decorating for children is that their taste changes so quickly. Last year’s favourite cartoon is no longer popular. We can help with this situation by painting a neutral room using only temporary decorations.


One popular option is to only colour one wall of the room. A room can look quite effective with one wall brightly coloured and all the rest plain white. When the room is sparse the single colour defines the mood. The white walls can be decorated with whatever interests the child has for the moment, and then be changed over time.


Some people like to paint a stripe around the middle of room, or just across one wall. This give a more playful, casual feel to the space; it also make the wall (and hence room) look longer. A dark stripe over a light coloured wall works well. A stripe at the one third point from the floor or ceiling can also be effective.


If you paint the walls a bright colour you can try painting the furniture a contrasting colour. Vivid blue walls with red bunk beds and cupboards look effective. Being a children’s room this is one of the few time you can use such strong colour schemes.


Due to VOC (Volatile Organic Chemicals) in recently painted rooms all young children and expectant mothers should be kept away from paintwork.


House Painters Sydney

Talk to the painters about the best options for children’s rooms. Easy to clean paint will make your child rearing years somewhat easier.

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General Wooden Floor Hacks


Wooden Floors last for decades, but even the most robust materials can be scratched or damaged. A few tricks can make all the difference.


  • Put cork coasters under chair and table legs to prevent scratching of wooden floors. Attach with blu-tak.
  • Use a rug under larger item, such a pianos.
  • For temporary items on a wooden floor, cover the legs with old socks.
  • When raw wood is dented it can often be fixed with a wet cloth and a hot iron. This does not work on vanished or oiled floors as it discolours the finish.
  • Clean floors with tea. Boil several teabags in some water, and mop the floor when the tea water is sufficiently cool.
  • Microfiber cloths and mops are useful for spills. Keep one of these handy for the wooden floor.
  • Some inks and pen marks can be removed with toothpaste or hand sanitiser. Run with a warm, damp cloth.
  • Magic erasers (melamine) will remove many floor marks.
  • If a floor board creaks try using talcum powder between the boards.
  • Steam and grease from kitchen cooking gets into the air and spreads around the house. An extractor fan above the stove make a considerable difference, as does closing off doors.
  • Walnuts contain an oil than can cover some scratch marks, depending on the type of wood. Try rubbing the nut on the scratch. Pecan may work too.
  • If you can find a crayon that matches the floor colour you can use this to fill in some scratches.
  • Apparently mayonnaise causes some wood to swell. It can be used to fill in small crack, though it takes a few days to take effect.


These ideas are not recommended for artificial floors.

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