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Wall Leaning

leaning wallThere are many reasons why a boundary wall starts to lean. It could be tree roots that grow and cause heave, thus putting pressure on the wall footings or foundations.

All retaining walls should incorporate weep holes to allow water pressure to be relieved and allows any water to seep through.

It is important to have regular checks on all your boundary and retaining walls to make sure that there is no damage or leaning occurring. A garden wall that collapses can cause serious injury or even death to an unsuspecting person or animal.

Should you find any damage it is very important to have it rectified immediately.

Make sure that the wall is thick enough for its height. The ratio of height and width various around the country and weather conditions and ground conditions.

Different materials will vary and you may have to introduce forms of reinforcements to improve the stability of your walls.

Footing foundationAll walls should have adequate footings, not just shallow trenches with some concrete slopped in it.

Avoid any shortcuts in the erection of your wall or fence, as it can cause serious injury to people or animals should the walls or fences fall.

As your walling or fencing is your first line of defence, you need to ensure that you get the best possible security for your family, property or business.

It is always a good idea to consult with a professional when erecting your boundary walls or fences, and to ensure that it is the best on offer.

Whether you need a free quotation or would like to discuss your requirements, please feel free to give us a call today.

With our many years of experience, and our highly trained consultants, please do not hesitate to contact us to assist you in this endeavour.

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How To Paint a Fence

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Pick a suitable day to do the painting. Certain weather conditions are ideal for fence-painting. Pick a day with no rain in the forecast. Ideally, paint on a day with calm winds and ample cloud cover. Breezes can kick up debris that can stick to your paint job; direct sunlight makes the paint dry too fast and saps its protective properties.

Decide how you want to paint a fence.

Long fence:

  • If you have a long fence, you probably will want to use an industrial spray gun to complete the job quickly. Aim lengthwise, along the grain of the wood. Spray downwind and wear a respirapallisade fence painttor. Be sure to cover plants to protect them from overspray. Always keep a brush handy, even if you opt for a sprayer, in case you need to do any touch-up work.

Short fence:

  • If you have a smaller project, you probably can complete the job using a roller on flat surfaces and a brush for detailed, hard-to-reach sections.

  • Wrought iron fence:  Because they're often intricately designed, it's best to paint iron fences by hand to get optimum coverage. A single heavy coat of enamel or automotive epoxy paint usually is enough

For a free quotation, or to discuss your requirements, please contact Country Wide Walling today

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How to paint a plain precast wall

Painting a plain precast wall can spruce up an area or make it blend in with the rest of the area's décor.

Paint plain precast wall

However, there are some things to consider when painting plain precast walling. You must choose the appropriate type of concrete paint, determine if the wall is sealed from moisture and apply primer prior to painting the wall. Use these tips to paint a plain precast wall.

1. Choose paint for your project.

  • Select paint appropriate for your outdoor project. You will need a paint that is resistant to moisture and sun exposure. Outdoor concrete paint is available for outdoor projects. However, an oil-based paint also may work for your needs.
  • Pick a paint for your indoor paint project. Basement concrete paint is available in many paint and home improvement stores, however you also can use an interior acrylic paint for the project.

2. Clean the precast wall. For exterior projects, use a power washer to rid the wall of all dirt and dust. If your project is indoors, scrub the wall with soapy water and a scrub brush instead of using a power washer.

3. Repair any cracks or blemishes in your precast wall with concrete patch. Follow the directions to mix up the concrete patch mixture. Fill holes and use a trowel to smooth the patch to match the surface of the wall..

4. Check the wall for moisture. Paint applied to a plain precast wall that is not properly sealed will not adhereplain precast wall properly.

  • Tape plastic sheeting to the wall. Attempt to get the sheeting as air-tight as possible.
  • Check the plastic after 24 hours. If moisture appears within the plastic, you will need to seal the wall. If no moisture is present, the plain precast wall is already sealed.

5. Seal the precast wall. Roll on 1 coat of concrete sealer and allow it to dry overnight. Concrete sealer is available at most hardware or home improvement stores.

6. Apply 1 coat of concrete primer. You can use rollers or brushes to apply the paint. Ensure the primer is applied evenly, whichever technique you use. Let it dry for 24 hours. If you can see the wall through the primer, apply 1 more coat.

7. Paint your plain precast wall with concrete paint. Paint should be applied in at least 3 thin layers. The paint may be sprayed on, rolled on or painted on with a brush. The paint should not be streaky or show brush strokes. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

8. Roll on concrete paint sealer. Cover with 2 coats, allowing it to dry between coats. Paint sealer helps the paint to adhere to the precast wall and last longer.

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Repairing Larger Holes and Cracks

cracked badlyRepairing larger cracks or holes in Precast Concrete is quite different to repairing small hairline cracks or holes.

Before you start to repair the holes or cracks, you need to first clean the crack or hole thoroughly to remove any oil, dirt or debris plus the surrounding wall surface.

Pay special attention to the insides of the cracks or holes to make sure they are thoroughly clean to enable the sealant to adhere to the surface.

Enlarge the hole or crack just below the surface with a cold chisel and hammer.

Hold the chisel at an angle inside the crack or hole and chisel down to a depth of about 25 to 30mm. Do this the entire length of the crack and around each hole.

Reverse the angle and repeat the procedure. The whole objective is to create an inverted V shape below the surface, which is also known as undercutting.

The chiselled surface provides a stronger bond with the sealant, and the diverging angle of the crack helps keep the sealant within the crack.

Remove any dust and debris from inside the crack or hole.

cracked wallMix enough ready-mix concrete with water to fill the hole or crack and apply quickly. Use the handle of your trowel to press the mixture into the holes and cracks.

Smooth it over the surface evenly and cure the repaired spot properly before sealing with a silane-based water repelling sealer.

You are also able to chip a hole into a square shape and then insert a new block of concrete into the hole.

Our advice is that you hire a professional to do the repairs for you to ensure you have the best professional help you can find. The experts know how to fix large cracks and holes and seal it so that it will be both aesthetically pleasing, and not detract from your property value, and also long lasting.

Make the decision today to call us to discuss all your requirements with one of our highly trained consultants, who will gladly assist and advise you, or give you a free quotation.

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Are You Ready

Electric fence 3Erecting a good, sturdy fence or wall around your property is very important if you want to protect your property and family from unwelcome intruders.

Whether you already have a wall or fence, take the time to inspect it, especially from the street side so that you can get a different view of your property.

Criminals will stake out a property, sometimes for days before they attempt entering, and taking a look from their perspective will help you see whether your walling or fencing is adequate to protect your property and family.

If anyone has tried to tamper with your wall or fence, you need to fix it immediately and not leave it as it will be a weak spot in your security. Sometimes criminals try to dig under the walls or fencing, so ensure that the footing is deep enough to discourage them.

Keep curtains and blinds closed to avoid any window shopping being done. When criminals case your property they will be encouraged to find a way in if you have obvious valuables which they can see through open curtains or blinds.

Besides adding deterrents like spikes or razor wire to your walling or fencing, there are other methods to make it extremely unpleasant for anyone trying to break in.

Mohave Pyracantha FirethornPlant thorny bushes around windows, which are aesthetically pleasing, they are also able to collect DNA from blood and skin. No criminal likes to leave such evidence around and would rather find a different target elsewhere. Even torn clothing left behind will be evidence.

There are many aesthetically pleasing plants and shrubs available with the ability to deter a would be criminal with their thorns which can rip and cut them leaving enough DNA as evidence. These are the best shrubs to plant around any place where a criminal will likely try to hide or break in, such as windows.

Firethorn is one such shrub and is a really good addition to your security. Although they have very pretty flowers, their thorns are a deadly deterrent to anyone trying to climb over them.

The safety of your property and family is your no 1 priority, and besides ensuring that you have the best possible fencing or walling available, plus cameras and security companies, you need as much security as possible to deter or slow down a would be criminal and ensure that your security company can arrive to help you in time.

For the best advice on walling or fencing, why don’t you take the decision today to contact us at Country Wide Walling and talk to one of our qualified consultants.

It will be the best decision you have ever made.

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