Craftstone – a Smart Way of Adding Value to Your Home

The practice of applying craftstone does not only increase the aesthetic value of an established but also proves to be a better choice in terms of durability. Other options like glass and wood are never as durable. Glass succumbs easily to the vagaries of nature while wood always runs the risk of falling prey to the attacks of termites. On the other hand, stacked stone veneers do not pose any such threats.

What is craftstone made of?
The craftstone is made of cement, iron oxide, and aggregates. These stone veneers look just like the natural ones. In fact, the good-quality stone veneers are hard to distinguish from the actual stacked stones even on close inspection.

The greatest advantage that the craftstone has over the natural stone is its weight. The veneer is incredibly lighter and easier to handle than its natural counterpart is. Hence, when you plan to install stacked stone veneer, you will not have to arrange for the reinforcements for holding its weight.

Consequently, it proves to be a very cost-effective choice and gives you a great opportunity to use it in different places.

Craftstone : Ideal for homes and commercial establishments
The fascinating appearance that the stacked stone veneers have made them suitable for every kind of establishment. With a variety of color options available on the market, it will be very easy to choose the one that suits your environment perfectly. Be it your home or a commercial setting, these veneers has the potential to create the perfect aura that you desire for your surroundings.

Additionally, stacked stone veneers are fully customizable. Profound variety in terms of size and pattern is available for you to experiment and get the best one that matches with your décor. You can create a rustic Stone Age look or a contemporary appearance with these marvelous stone veneers effortlessly.

Lend a special look with craftstone
You can enhance every corner of your home as well as your office with the stacked stone veneers. These veneers are suitable for the beautification of both the interiors as well as the exteriors.

Fireplace
Fireplace areas can be made attractive by using stacked stone veneers. By improving the appearance of the fireplace with stone veneers, you can make the interiors of your house look very interesting. As the craftstone lends 3D effect to any area, your fireplace will get a distinct personality.

Furthermore, you can add variations to the fireplace by selecting a mantel. A different colored stone or similar colored one can be used for this purpose.

Remember to choose colors of the veneers depending on the color of the surrounding walls. By creating a brilliant combination of light and dark shades, you can achieve an astounding effect.

Pillars or columns
Give your patio a sturdy look by using stacked stone veneers on pillars. The stone appearance of these veneers will make the columns blend beautifully with the outside environment.

Craftstone pillars are also a great garden accessory. For instance, if you place the pillars with veneers near the creepers, you can recreate the ambience of an outdoor museum.

You may also try the Greek garden look by choosing a light grey or an ivory color for your veneer pillars. In this way, you can experiment with a host of other garden themes.

Walls
Change the entire look of your establishment by using craftstone on the walls. Use them in your garden, and patio.

Infuse life in your garden by creating a contrast to the color of the pathways, flowers, and leaves. You can also have low-height boundaries around the flower beds or a small pool with waterfalls.

For your patio, use these stone veneers to avoid the monotony of colors that are generally created by other materials like bricks and tiles.

Since the stacked stone veneers imitate nature, you can enhance the look immensely by adding wooden or wrought iron furniture in the surroundings.

House facade
Make your house look like a country home by installing stacked stone veneers on the facade.

If you prefer a symmetrical appearance then choose a single colored veneer. However, you can give the façade a dynamic 3D appearance by creating combinations of different colors.

Irrespective of the type of the craftstone you choose, its application will increase the value of your home manifold.

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Can I really save fuel with a Truck Wheel Alignment?

Most heavy vehicle owners in the transport industry are asking themselves – How can I save money on my running costs? How can I save on fuel consumption? Will a truck wheel alignment help?

Research & studies conducted around the world show that around 80 percent of medium to heavy vehicles are incorrectly aligned, or have a mis-alignment. If your truck, trailer or bus has incorrectly aligned wheels & axles, you have what we call increased rolling resistance when travelling on the road. This means the engine is working harder than required to push the truck along the road, and the end result is an increase in fuel consumption. Given that fuel can account for up to 50% of the operating costs of a truck or fleet, smart operators must explore all avenues to reduce fuel consumption.
Generally speaking, correcting even slight alignment issues have been shown to result in a saving of 3 – 10 percent on fuel.

3% doesn’t sound too significant does it? Lets take a closer look – One truck runs Brisbane to Sydney (return) 3 times a week (6,000 kms). That’s 312,000 kms a year. Fuel consumption average is 1.85 litres/km. That’s 577,200 litres, current local prices are around $1.49 per litre. Fuel cost for the year – $860,028.00. If you reduced fuel consumption by 3%, you would save $25,800.84!!
Your scenario may be different, but you can see that small changes can make a big difference to the bottom line of your business. There are other areas where you can save on running costs, which will be covered in another article.

If you own one truck or one hundred, and you are not having a regular truck wheel alignment performed as part of your maintenance schedule, you really need to contact your local truck wheel alignment specialist for a chat.

Truckologist is a mobile truck wheel alignment business based in Brisbane, Australia.

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Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Options

Plantar fasciitis is extremely common affecting around 10% of the adult population at some time in life. Commonly plantar fasciitis is associated with heel spurs however on x-ray only 50% of patients with plantar fasciitis have evidence of calcification through the heel (DiMarcangelo, 1997).

Commonly plantar fasciitis symptoms start as an awareness or ache in the morning. Relief treatment can be quite simple at this time however if it is left, these symptoms will often slowly progress to pain that significantly impacts quality of life.

When targeting plantar fasciitis symptoms your practitioner will guide you through the best strategy or combination of strategies to help relieve and control your individual pain. At Body Leadership Australia we recommend a multimodal approach utilising a number of different treatment options.

Soft Tissue Release
Tightness of the muscles surrounding the foot have been found to pull hard enough on the bones that they alter the natural shape of the foot and ankle often leading to plantar fasciitis pain. Accordingly, release techniques and stretching of the lower limb muscles can have an effect on decreasing symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis.

Stretching
Strategic stretching of the calf muscles and Achilles tendon or on the plantar fascia itself can decrease pain associated with plantar fasciitis. You should get a program tailored to your individual needs.

Orthotics
Orthotics can help to relieve the effects of plantar fasciitis. Changing the weight load through the foot can allow the inflammatory response to settle by supporting the foot appropriately.

Night Splints (Strassburg Sock)
The use of a night splint can reduce recovery time compared to the same protocol utilising standing stretches through the calf.

Cortisone
Cortisone was always a last resort due to potential complications and pain post injection. Now with ultrasound guidance outcomes have improved and we see them used more effectively. Cortisone options can be discussed with your health care professional.

Surgery
A number of studies found 75% to 95% of patients had long term improvement as measured by various criteria. Up to 27% of patients still had significant pain, up to 20% had some activity restriction, and up to 12% had moderate pain that impaired function (Brown et al., 1999; Davies et al., 1999; Fishco et al., 2000). Surgical options are always a last resort.

Once your pain is treated and controlled it is important to understand your individual factors that predispose you to plantar fasciitis which can be explained by your physiotherapist. You can then be taught a home program to release tension, particularly through the calf as well as the foot to nip problems in the bud. This can also be optimised using home exercises to improve strength for better control of your biomechanics long term.

If you, your friend or family member suffer from plantar fasciitis please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly Brisbane sports physiotherapists on 07 3847 8040. Our Brisbane sports physios can also provide treatment from our Brisbane Sports Physiotherapy practice.

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