Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

With so many tradespeople belonging to different accreditation organisations, how do you know which one to use and what tradesmen accreditations are right for the job you want doing? Is an industry based accreditation offer the same as one from the government? We’re here to dive into the mysteries of what the most common tradespeople accreditation are. Let’s jump on in!

Tradesmen Accreditations

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double glazingDouble glazing windows has become a good deal more popular in New Zealand since building laws changed for new buildings. This has also meant that homeowners of existing properties are now more interested in retro fitting double glazing to their homes.

This is something that can be done quite cost effectively regardless of whether you have aluminium or timber window frames.

Retrofitting double glazing means that you’ll replace your single glaze windows with double glazed ones. The actual process is both fast and unobtrusive. The only real difference you’ll notice is a more comfortable home environment all year around. (more…)

Posted In: Auckland, Coromandel, Fiordland, Glaziers & Windows, Otorohanga, Queenstown, Tauranga, Waikato, Waitakere City

building a conservatoryIf you’ve been thinking about adding an extension to your home, building a conservatory is a clever way to add more living space without having to move to a larger home.

One of the benefits of building a conservatory is the potential to add a lot of value to your home.

Hiring an architect will help you to have an elegant, sophisticated and warm conservatory. (more…)

Posted In: Auckland, Builders, CHB, Choosing Tradespeople, Christchurch, Coromandel, Grey, Hamilton, Interior Designers, Kapiti Coast, Landscapers, New Plymouth, Tasman, Waikato, Wellington

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hiring a handymanHiring a handyman from Builderscrack may prove more useful than you may realise. While there are times that a professional tradesperson is required for a job, there are also plenty of times that hiring a handyman is just as valuable.  If your water pipes are dripping, your kitchen sink is clogged or your light bulbs are flickering, you may think that you’re up to the job of fixing it yourself.  Wrong.

Many jobs around the house may seem simple, but in actual fact they require knowledge, hands-on experience, special tools and spare parts.

Don’t waste your time trying to learn how to carry out these tasks and what supplies you might need then wasting more money purchasing specialised tools you may never use again, call in a handyman from Builderscrack.  Here’s some tips on hiring a handyman. (more…)

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Kid's Bedroom

Your kid’s bedroom is a space for him or her to  relax, play with friends and spend time alone.

When decorating a kid’s bedroom, ask them questions. This way you’ll understand what they want and can present them with some options.

This will help you get them interested in making their own choices and teach them about compromise and staying within a budget.

The whole process of decorating a children’s bedroom can make for some great parent-child bonding time. Embrace those things that are special about your child and let their personality shine through. Builderscrack have some tips to help you do this.  But if you are unsure where to start, you can hire a decorator or colour consultant to help!

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Posted In: Auckland, Clutha, Coromandel, Far North, Interior Designers, Painters & Decorators

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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

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pilingA foundation or piling contractor is a tradesperson skilled in the development of  foundations of a building. The house foundations are the system on which the home sits. Sometimes the house foundation rests upon the footings and supports the floor system – as with conventional foundation walls.

There are many different types of foundation, such as masonry, concrete, wooden and piles. Piles are typically used where the available soils are unable to support the necessary loads with the use of more traditional spread footings and their supported masonry or concrete foundation walls.

Concrete piles are components of a foundation which is driven into ground to make sure it’s embedded deeply.  Pile foundations require a lot of concrete piles during construction, and the piles will connect to the footers of the foundation. They distribute the weight of the building, which reduces the risk of collapse.

foundationsIt’s necessary to hire a foundation and piling contractor when building a house, as without the correct foundations a house can be very weak.

There are various regulations around piling and foundations, which a specialist will be able to advise you of when discussing the job.

The services of a foundation or piling contractor include:

  • Housing foundations
  • Building foundations
  • Raising foundations
  • Basements
  • Repiling and piling repair

Posted In: Auckland, Coromandel, Foundation Specialists, Piling & Foundations, Tauranga

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cabinet makersCabinet makers use woodworking skills to create cabinets, shelving and furniture. The fundamental focus of cabinet makers is the production of cabinetry. Although they may also produce items that would not be recognized as cabinets, however the same skills and techniques apply.

A cabinet may be built-in or freestanding and is usually custom-made for a particular situation and it is fixed into position, on a floor, against a wall, or framed in an opening. Freestanding cabinets are more commonly available as off-the-shelf items and can be moved from place to place if required. Cabinets may be wall hung or suspended from the ceiling.

A Cabinet Makers skills include:

  • Creating appropriate joints
  • Dados & Bevels
  • Chamfers and shelving systems
  • The use of finishing tools like routers to create decorative edgings
  • Use of computer-aided design (CAD) programs to design furniture
  • Selecting timber and other materials, and cutting to size
  • Repairing or replacing furniture parts
  • Knowledge of furniture styles, and timber and cabinet-making materials
  • Technical drawing skills and the ability to read diagrams
  • Knowledge of production standards
  • The ability to operate machinery and use tools correctly

Their work involves the following tools: Shaper, Moulder, Router, Planer, Sander, Saw.

Cabinet components include: Bases, Adjustable feet, Compartments, Cabinet insert software, Tops.

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Posted In: Cabinet Makers, Coromandel, Furniture Repair Professionals

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