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How A Stump Grinder Works.

What Is A Stump Grinder?

stump grindingA stump grinder is a large machine that is designed for the removal of tree stumps from the ground. There are two main types of stump grinder. The first is a stand-alone machine that is wheeled or driven into position over the stump to be ground out. The second is a vertical attachment stump grinder that may be hooked up to a tractor, excavator or similar farm equipment.

The two machines do the same job, however the stand alone machine is often more versatile as it is easier to get into place and operate. Standalone stump grinders are more common in urban areas where trees are removed from suburban backyards. Accessibility is the main strength of standalone machines as they are slightly smaller on average and are able to navigate suburban settings. Attachable stump grinders are more common in large farming areas where manoeuvrability is less necessary due to the acreage many of these machines operate in. These large vertical stump grinders are able to remove tree stumps with a far wider diameter than the smaller machines and excavate out root mass to a greater depth than their smaller counterparts. Regardless of the size of a stump grinder the mechanics that allow it to effectively remove a tree stump are almost the same.

Mechanics Of A Stump Grinder.

The essential components of a stump grinder are basically the same whether it is a large vertical stump remover or a smaller stump grinder. The grinding action that removes stumps from the ground is performed by a whirling cutter disc with carbide teeth. Smaller stump grinders shave sections of the stump away through repeated application. Vertical stump grinders will bore directly down into a stump excavating the biomass out of the ground. The larger stump grinders will completely remove tree stumps up to 150cm in diameter. Smaller stump grinding machinery is capable of removing large stumps, but take much longer and if the tree stump is not fully removed there is a chance the stump will begin to regrow.

Stump Grinder Drive Train

Stump grinders have either a mechanical or hydraulic drive. Often vertical stump grinders that are attached to a tractor will be a mechanical drive system. Hydraulic stump grinders are generally attached to excavators and other earth moving machinery. Smaller stump grinders can be either mechanically driven or hydraulic systems depending on the make and manufacturer.

Stump Grinder Engine

All stump grinders are powered by a petrol or diesel engine. In the case of stand-alone stump grinders the engine is housed as part of the entire machine. Attachable stump grinders generally have no engine of their own and rely on being powered by an external source such as a tractor.

What Happens To The Stump?

Once a stump grinder is correctly positioned above the stump it will be lowered onto the biomass. Smaller grinders will cut away at the stump in sections until the stump has been cut back approximately 10-20cm under the surface level of the soil. Larger stump grinding equipment can bore much deeper into the ground. Once the stump has been ground up it can be used as mulch, or carted away.

For more information on stump grinding in your area please contact us at: All Sites Stump Grinding Brisbane

Home or Business Feng Shui Consultation.

Assessing a house or workplace with Feng Shui is a complicated and intricate process that is best performed by an expert Feng Shui Consultant.

Information To Provide Feng Shui Consultant.

Prior to commencing your Feng Shui consultation an expert Feng Shui consultant will request the floor plans for your home or place of business. They will also want some personal details from you such as your time and date of birth. These personal details or Ming Gua will allow the professional Feng Shui master to tailor their consultation to your exact personality traits according to Feng Shui astrological charts. The Feng Shui Master will also need such information as the time that your home or workplace was built and what kind of materials it was constructed from. All of this specific information will allow the professional Feng Shui consultant to generate an accurate picture of the Chi influences on your home or place of work.

Energetic Influences For Feng Shui Consultation.

Once the Feng Shui consultant has an accurate idea of the energetic influences surrounding your business place or home they will be able to correctly asses the how those chi energies will affect your happiness, prosperity and relationships. You should also inform the Feng Shui consultant as to any blockages that you may be experiencing in your life. You may be experiencing disharmony in your home or a lack of abundance in your business. This information is vital for the Feng Shui specialist to decide on a plan to shift any negative influences and balance the energy affecting your work place or home.

On Site Feng Shui Consultation.

The professional Feng Shui consultant will need to visit your work place or home to make a personal assessment of the location. They will evaluate the energetic impacts of the surrounding landscape, the arrangement of the furniture within the home and many other factors that affect the Qi or Chi balance of your business or home. An expert Feng Shui consultant will use specialist tools such as Luo Pan compass to make exact measurements according to celestial influences.  These measurements give the skilled Feng Shui master sufficient information to make specific recommendations to harmonise energetic influences around your place of business or household. Once the measurements are made the professional Feng Shui consultant will need to formulate a plan to balance the Qi or Chi at your chosen location.

Implementing the Feng Shui Consultation.

Once the Feng Shui master has made an in depth assessment of your home or business location, they will deliver a set of recommendations to balance the Chi. These recommendations will range from minor furniture alteration or bed room composition, to major renovations such as allowing for greater air or chi flow through a site, or even lifting the roof from a home to release the negative Chi that has built up. The professional Feng Shui consultant will provide detailed reasons as to why changes are to be made, and give a range of expected outcomes once those alterations are made. It is wise to follow the recommendations as closely as possible to achieve a harmonious balance in the home or place of business. if you need a feng shui consultant Brisbane or a feng shui consultant Gold Coast follow one of the links.

Fitting Out A Modern Day Medical Centre In Stafford Brisbane

The Background of the Medical Centre in Stafford Brisbane

Approximately 1 year ago I decided to embark on the process of buying into the Medical centre where I was working as a Psychologist.  The medical centre was a dated centre in Stafford, Brisbane where a sole GP worked with a bunch of part-time Allied Health Practitioners.  I was motivated to buy into the place because I always wanted to become a business owner and I felt that owning a medical centre was a good investment.  The medical centre was also owned by my 62-year-old mother who was nearing retirement.  I wanted to provide her with a successful business that she could rely in her retirement.  In order for the business to become more profitable we needed 3 other GPs to work there and we needed the place to be accredited.  The 1st step was a new office fit out.

Little did I know what challenges and stresses lay ahead.  This blog post is a summary of the fit-out process for the Medical Centre and some lessons that I learnt that will hopefully help others going through this process in the future.  And maybe give clients an appreciation about what goes into running a successful medical centre from the fit-out side of things.

The Design/ Planning Process

The process started by having several conversations with staff and the GP about my proposed changes to the design of the building.  Essentially we were going to expand into the stop next door, add a number of extra consulting rooms and make the place look a lot more professional.  This consultation process was long and there were a number (often trivial) considerations to take on board.  I would say that the design part of the process was the most important and where the most arguments occurred.  Everybody had their thoughts and we found it very difficult to reach a consensus.

The GP wanted to consult an architect to help us finalise the designs.  We ended up using Hayes Architects.  I had concerns that this was an unnecessary expense and felt that ultimately we didn’t need them.  I felt that using a builder would be enough.  After receiving a bill for our initial meetings at over $6000 with no formal plan we knew that utilising architects were not for us.  Instead, we went ahead with just using a builder.

Once we had a floor plan of what we wanted – I contacted a Builder (Hans Young) and we stated construction in November.  The construction phase would last for 3 months between November 1st and January 31st.  I had done other work with Hans in the past and I knew that he was the man for the job.

The Fit out/ Build Process (Part 1)

The first 3-4 days I spent with the builder finalising the designs and the different trades people we were going to use.  They included:

  • * Electricians
  • * Plasterers
  • * Plumber
  • * Concreters
  • * Handymen
  • * Labourers
  • * Fire Safety
  • * Painter
  • * Glaziers
  • * Cabinet Maker
  • * Air Conditioning Installer

I got the builder to manage all the tradespeople.  In the past, I have tried to project manage the job myself and landed myself in trouble.  The key was finding good tradespeople to use.  Most of the tradespeople were A team players but there were a few who let me down and really slowed the project at different times.  For example, the cabinet maker was 1 month late with installing the cabinets which was very frustrating.  Overall, I was very happy with the different tradespeople that I used.  Some were referred to me by the builder, some were found through service seeking and some I had used in the past.

Cost = $80,000

The Fit Out/ Build Process (Part 2)

The second part of the fit-out process was much more foreign to me because I hadn’t done it before and didn’t have any connections.  It involved installing IT systems, Internet, Phones etc.

(1) Updating Computer Systems

We had very old Eftpost/ Fax/ Computer systems that needed to be updated and we knew that it wasn’t going to come cheap.  We ended up using Parkes Design who specialised in IT systems for medical centres.  They provided us with a Server, IT security, Tyro Eftpost terminals and 4 new computers for reception and GPs.  Best of all – they charged us very minimal ongoing fees.  Most other specialised Medical IT firms charge more than $300/ month in ongoing fees.

Cost = $14,000

(2) Updating Telephone Systems

Due to the fact that we were changing the location of the reception area and adding additional rooms we also needed to upgrade the computer systems.  We ended up purchasing a phone system ourselves and then paying an expert phone installation technician to install them.  The process was a lot more complicated than expected and relied upon the phone technician working in conjunction with our electrician.

Cost = $4000  

(3) Choosing An Internet/ Phone Provider

The practice was currently being serviced by Telstra Business.  We were paying approximately $400/ month for 3 phone lines and Internet.  I did some research and came up with 3 different providers

(1) Internode

(2) Telstra

(3) Commander (Telstra Wholesaler)

Internode was the cheapest option and they seemed to have good support.  However, I was worried about the difficulty of changing providers.  We ended up signing with Commander because we were able to stay on the Telstra network and they provided us with a better deal than Telstra.

If I had my time again I would have stayed with Telstra because Commander were an absolute nightmare to deal with.  There were soo many hidden fees and their customer service was absolutely horrible.

Cost = $3000 set up fees + $400/ month 

Summary 

In total the fit out cost us approximately $100k and took the best part of 3 months to complete.  If you get the design process right, have the correct amount of funding available and work with professionals then you can achieve a very good outcome.  I definitely learnt a lot through this process and it has been worth the time, money and effort put into it.  We now have a very professional medical centre that our clients love and allow us to attract the clients that we wish to serve.  And most importantly the different practitoners feel proud to work in a modern medical centre Stafford.

Plumbers & Bathroom Renovations In Brisbane

Plumbers & Bathroom Renovations In Brisbane The Basic Guide.

Every modern home owner who wants to carry out renovations on their home in Brisbane will at some stage need to hire a plumber to help them renovate the bathroom. A lot of times renovating a bathroom will require an interior designer to work alongside a plumber to make sure that all of the designs and changes are compliant with the Australian safety standards. A lot of bathrooms will need new Fittings, pipes, drains and toilets just to begin with.

Specialist plumbing fittings.

Often a homeowner in Brisbane will have a particular taste for a certain style of Fittings these Fittings need to be installed by a professional plumber in Brisbane to make sure that they comply with the Brisbane Council building codes and other general standards. These fittings can range from taps right through to showerheads. Many people will choose their design around the existing architecture of the Brisbane home. For example if a house was built in the Federation period all of the Fittings and bathroom fittings may be selected to suit the style of that period.

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