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DIY decking kits offer homeowners a cost-effective way to improve their home’s value, liveability and visual appeal. Here’s everything to know when taking on a DIY deck, according to experts.
MELBOURNE, Australia – September 2, 2022 – (Newswire.com)
According to Softwoods, a family-owned South-Australian company specialising in DIY pergolas and decking kits, building with a decking kit has a number of advantages. Designed for DIY enthusiasts, during the design process many considerations have already been factored in such as engineering concerns, which means homeowners don’t need to spend a lot of time on the design and planning of the decking substructure.
DIY decking kits contain everything homeowners need to build a new deck. Offering great value for money, Softwoods DIY kits are entirely custom made, allowing homeowners to choose the species of decking, balustrade, stairs and connection type. The decking kits contain everything needed to build the deck including full instructions as well as phone and email support, taking the hassle out of installation.
Before diving into a DIY decking project, Softwoods recommends homeowners ensure they are allowed to build a deck as well as any safety precautions. It’s a good idea to contact the local council to see if an application for the project needs to be submitted as rules vary and generally decks over one metre off the ground and those in bushfire zones require approval.
Additionally, Softwoods says other factors come into play including distance from a boundary and strata rules, if applicable. As homeowners will need to dig holes for the posts, it is also wise to check with local authorities about pipes, cables or other hazards beneath the surface.
Taking note of the landfall over the proposed decking area is important to ensure the right sized posts are used to keep the deck level, explains Softwoods. Generally, the substructure of the decking is made of treated pine and homeowners will need to also select decking boards. Different types of materials have their pros and cons. Softwoods can help homeowners make the right choice to suit their location and budget.
Shipping DIY decking kits Australia wide, Softwoods has a handy online tool enabling customers to design their kit and have a price emailed to them within minutes. To learn more, visit Softwoods online. For more information call (08) 8346 1499.
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Pergolas do more than provide protection from the sun. Planting and encouraging the growth of vines to cover a pergola creates a living canopy that maximises a property’s outdoor potential.
SYDNEY – September 2, 2022 – (Newswire.com)
According to Softwoods, a community-minded and environmentally conscious company specialising in DIY pergola and decking kits, the best plants for around a pergola are those which are sturdy, easy to care for and leafy enough to create adequate shade.
Fast growing vines that are good for creating a blanket of shade include Boston ivy and Virginia creeper. Softwoods explains that these hardy plants can grow in virtually any conditions and growth is usually quite quick.
Covering the pergola in flowers is an eye-catching way to bring beauty to the outdoor space, says Softwoods. Climbing roses have strong vines and produce beautiful blooms in varying colours. These types of plants will need a bit more help climbing, so Softwoods recommends using timber screening for them to latch onto.
On the other hand, English ivy grows aggressively and can pull apart structures and impede the growth of other plants, explains Softwoods. Wisteria is poisonous to pets so isn’t a safe option for households with dogs or cats.
Prepping soil appropriately, taking into consideration the acidity of the soil and the moisture content the vines will need is an important step in the process, says Softwoods. Climbing plants will likely need some training, such as pruning, bending and tying to encourage them to cover the desired area. They should be planted at the base of the pergola and as they begin to sprout tall enough to reach the post, wrapping the tendrils around the post will encourage the right growth. Once they reach the top of the pergola, they’ll need to be tied across the pergola to attach properly. Using a net or screening can also help to guide the vines in the right direction. Softwoods recommends pruning climbing plants in the spring to encourage fuller growth and help direct coverage and shape.
Specialising in DIY and custom-built pergolas, decking, carports, fences and more, Softwoods helps homeowners bring their dream outdoor space to life. For more information, contact Softwoods today. For more information, call us now at (08) 8346 1499.
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FARMINGTON, N.M. – September 1, 2022 – (Newswire.com)
First H.E.L.P. and FirstNet®, Built with AT&T, have teamed up to provide first responders in communities throughout New Mexico with world-class mental health training through First H.E.L.P.’s #ResponderReadiness Workshop Series.
September 6-8 Guardian Initiatives and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office will host First H.E.L.P. for a series of Mental Health and Wellness Workshops for area First Responders. First H.E.L.P. will provide two 4-hour #ResponderReadiness Workshops where participants explore the impact that operational stress and trauma has on their careers and families. They will use scenario-based training to practice difficult conversations about mental health and suicide prevention and they learn to practice First H.E.L.P.’s R.A.N.G.E. of Resilience. In addition to the two #ResponderReadiness workshops, there is a 4-hour #SupervisorReadiness Workshop for managers and a 4-hour #ProviderReadiness Workshop for area Mental Health Providers who serve First Responders.
According to First H.E.L.P.’s Executive Director and Co-Founder, Steven Hough, “Mental preparedness is always at the forefront for first responders; 1st H.E.L.P. provides essential information allowing these professionals to maintain optimal balance between the community they represent, the agency they work with, and most importantly, the family at home.”
AT&T is working to ease the burden for communities by providing high-quality training to New Mexico’s first responders at no cost. FirstNet is the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built for America’s first responders and the extended public safety community. Shaped by the vision of Congress and the first responder community following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, FirstNet is built with AT&T in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority, an independent agency within the federal government.
“AT&T’s commitment to our public safety community goes beyond our FirstNet network connectivity,” said Dr. Anna Courie, DPN, RN, PHNA-BC, Director, Responder Wellness, FirstNet Program at AT&T. “We are dedicated to working with First H.E.L.P. to bring mental health resources to first responders across the country—especially in rural areas with limited access. This program with First H.E.L.P. will better equip first responders mentally and physically and help our public safety community stay safer.”
The training program reinforces the strategic priorities established by the FirstNet Health and Wellness Coalition (FNHWC) to support first responders and their families. The mission of the FNHWC is to integrate responder, community, industry, and academic capabilities to support the health, wellness, and readiness of American first responders.
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