What to Check Around Your Home After an Earthquake

after an earthquakeAfter an earthquake, there are some things you’ll need to check or get done straight away. First, inspect your foundations and essential services first. You must check they are are safe and secure and unaffected by the earthquake. Next, contact your insurance company and EQC. This is because they need to approve your claim before you hire a tradesperson, unless you need emergency repairs.


Posted In: Carterton, Central Otago, EQC Help, Handymen, Invercargill, Kaikoura, Kaipara, Roofers

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Do you want to hire a gardener, but not pay the earth? Everyone wants a bargain on services right now and hiring a gardener or landscaper is no exception.  The range of services offered by gardeners will vary considerably and as with hiring any tradesperson for your home, the lowest price doesn’t always equate to the best deal.

Quality, reliability and value for money are important to think about when hiring a gardener or accepting any quotes. Post a job on Builderscrack and have gardeners and landscape architects contact you today.

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Posted In: Arborists, Carterton, Central Otago, CHB, Christchurch, Gardeners & Lawn Mowing, Landscapers

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Queens Birthday weekend kicks off the official start to winter. You may be thinking there’s not a lot that can be done to your home during the winter months, but think again! Here’s your very own Midwinter Home Renovation Checklist, which you can use to work out what needs doing at your home.

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Irrigation InstallationIrrigation installation professionals offer a range of irrigation related services including repairs, maintenance, design and installation.

Irrigation installation professionals will design systems tailored to your individual garden requirements.

This includes the choice of fully automated systems, tap timers and manual systems.

Consult an irrigation installation professional when you’re planning a landscaping project or upgrading your garden. They’re also useful when you’re sick of spending hours watering your garden and want to install an irrigation system to save time.

A properly designed and installed irrigation system will not only wave water, but they’ll prevent your garden suffering from the effects of a lack of water by providing effective water coverage and accurate irrigation run duration.

Irrigation installation services include:

  • Installation of irrigation systems
  • Garden irrigation systems repairs and maintenance
  • Landscape irrigation design and installation
  • Installation of green walls and vertical gardens
  • Installation of green roofs

irrigation installationAn irrigation system will protect your investment in your garden and home, while buying you extra hours in the week. Regular watering is important for any garden and by maintaining the health and appearance of plants and grass.

Grass, plants and trees can be costly to establish and need ongoing watering.  Plants, shrubs and grass may die from lack of water, incorrect watering or over watering.

Posted In: Carterton, Coromandel, Franklin, Gardeners & Lawn Mowing, Hastings, Horowhenua, Irrigation Specialists, Landscapers, Marlborough, New Plymouth


Shade sail installers are skilled in the manufacture, repair and installation of shade sails near homes and buildings.  Like sails for boats, the shade sail uses a piece of cloth, affixed tightly to at least three points. Instead of providing the wind for a boat, it provides shade on land in a variety of shapes and sizes.

shade sail installersA shade sail is used for creating shaded areas in homes, or near buildings which they can be affixed to. With shade sail fabric, which is typically the most inexpensive, the knit fabric has a slight curve inside which keeps it tight and secure.

Wind makes it whip about, but generally it won’t sag. Homeowners can hire a shade sail installer or buy canvas or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sails and install them themselves.  Provided these are well secured, they’ll not moved much with wind.

Typically shade sails are a triangular shape, but they also come in squares and rectangles. Modern sail designs take into account that people need protection from both the heat and the sun’s harmful rays. A shade sail installer will know how to treat shade sail fabric so that it blocks out UV rays, which also helps the fabric withstand constant sun exposure.

shade sail installers2A shade sail creates outdoor shade based on the basic technology of a ship’s sail, using a flexible membrane tensioned between several anchor points. Modern shade sails can vary in shape, size and colour with a trend towards installing multiple overlapping sails, adding form and style to function. Shade sails are tensioned by either a stainless steel turnbuckle or a pulley system.

Shade Sail Installers services include:

  • Design and manufacture of shade sails
  • Installation of shade sails
  • Design and manufacture of awnings
  • Installation of window, aluminium, shop front or caravan awnings
  • Repair of shade sails
  • Repair of awnings

For domestic applications of shade sails it is recommended to hire a professional shade sail installer who will install them with a quick release “snap hook” at each corner. This means the sail shade can be taken down quickly in high wind conditions or during the winter season. A skilled shade sail professional will know that installation requires that adequate and quite considerable tension be applied to the sail to allow it to adopt its correct shape and prevent flapping in the wind. It’s also important to ensure that mounting points are substantial and secure to be able to accept the required initial tension and absorb the loads created by wind gusts hitting the sail.

Posted In: Ashburton, Auckland, Carterton, New Plymouth, Pacific Islands, Porirua, Shade Sail Installers


RoofersRoofers will install, repair and replace roofing systems, including conventional, inverted built-up, single-ply and two-ply modified.

They also perform damp, water and weather-proofing along with installing and repairing slate, tile and shingles and resurfacing roofs.

roofersRoofers carry ladders to get up onto the roof where they will work to either patch a hole or repair the roof. While some people just get a roof re-shingled, this will only work for a certain period of time. After about 40 years, you often need a new roof. A new roof entails removing all of the layers of shingles in the original roof as well as the tar-paper and, in most cases, the wood underlay.

The wood must then be replaced, new tar-paper put down and brand new shingles put on the roof. When hiring Roofers ensure they are skilled in dealing with guttering and eaves.

When you’re getting a new roof, it’s important to consider the type of material, style, colour and cost.  There’s a wide variety of roof materials now available, including ones that have a variety of eco-friendly advantages. Talk to your roofing contractor about the type of material best suited to your property and lifestyle.

The services Roofers offers may include:

  • Roofing
  • Re-roofing
  • Re-shingling
  • Roof repair
  • Leak fixing
  • Roof leaks
  • New roof
  • Cleaning gutter
  • Gutter guards
  • New gutters
  • Spouting
  • Tile roof
  • Slate roof
  • Wooden roof
  • Metal roof
  • Copper roof
  • Roof pointing
  • Chimney removal
  • Chimney repair

Posted In: Banks Peninsula, Carterton, Central Otago, Roofers

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architectsArchitects are tradespeople who are trained in the planning, design and oversight of the construction of buildings.  This involves pre-design services, programming, planning, providing designs, drawings, specifications and other technical submissions, the administration of construction contracts and the co-ordination of any elements of technical submissions prepared by others (including engineers) and technical designers.

A good architect is one who actually listens to you when you are telling them what you want and need in your new home. The ability to listen is your architects most important skill, so when you’re interviewing potential architects, make sure you hire one who has mastered the art of listening and can design a home that’s unique to you.  Don’t just assume your architect is hearing you and understanding what you want, ask them to explain the project to you until you’re sure that you both understand what’s being proposed.  If you are a couple with different ideas of what you want in a home, a good architect will help you find common ground to create a home you will both love.

Architects may specialise in different consultancies including:

  • Building code
  • Sustainable design
  • Historic preservation
  • Accessibility

Draughtsmen are tradespeople who is are skilled in technical drawing, able to draw complex instructions precisely and accurately and arrange information in an organized way. Drafting includes any task that utilizes graphics to convey instructions to another person. Commonly this is associated with the making of plans for structures or mechanical devices before they are built.

Draughtsmen may specialise in civil, structural, architectural, plumbing, cartography, electrical, thermodynamics, mechanical, hydraulics, telecommunications, materials, aerodynamics and archaeology.

Tools may include; drawing pencils, templates, rulers, tape and drawing equipment.

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stonemasonA Stonemason specialises in working with stone, from carving headstones to creating decorative finials. Masonry is an old art form with early humans putting stones together to make homes, which was followed by decorative stonework.

A Stonemason creates functional yet beautiful work which is crafted with precision care to meet the needs of each homeowner, whether it’s the ornamental foundation stone of a new building or a replacement for a worn door mantel.

Stonemasonry is an unusual craft profession as it can’t be completely replaced with mechanization. However. stonemasons will make use of tools like water jets and lasers for cutting.

There are different types of Stonemasons. Quarrymen work in quarries cutting raw stone that is trimmed down in size and worked by other stonemasons. Sawyers transform rough blocks of stone into smaller chunks and banker masons work in workshops to shape stone.  A carver is a stonemason specialising in creating patterns and design.

stonemasonFixer masons focus on fixing stones in place on a permanent structure. This is a very highly skilled and dangerous job, as the stonemason works at high elevations with heavy rock attached to block and tackle systems. Memorial masons specialize in the construction and carving of memorials like stone plaques and headstones.

It is not unusual for a mason to have experience and skills in several branches of the craft.

A good stonemason can look at a block of material and see how it will develop, with an eye to weak points and cracks which might damage the finished work.

This skill is usually achieved through experience alone, as apprentices learn about how different rocks behave and feel. A fully qualified stonemason is also capable of working with a wide range of stone, from hard granite to soft limestone.

A stonemason will have the following skills:

  • Excellent team work skills
  • Ability to understand and follow instructions carefully
  • Ability to follow a design brief accurately
  • Good physical health
  • Creative mind
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Practical skills
  • Drawing skills
  • Capacity to carry out basic calculations

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