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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Aluminium or wooden windows – which is best for me?

New Zealanders typically live in a home with either wooden or aluminium windows. These two types of joinery are well respected by both builders and homeowners alike. However, people have their favourites and with good reasons. That’s because there are pros and cons for both aluminium and wooden joinery. Ultimately the decision rests with you in choosing the joinery type best for your home.

Wooden Windows

 

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hiring a gasfitterIf you’re looking to hire a plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer, then there’s a few things you need to know first.

We’ve spoken to Colleen from Hutt Gas & Plumbing and she’s been kind enough to put together a few words of advice for all you homeowners looking at getting gas, plumbing or drain laying work done. (more…)

Posted In: CHB, Clutha, Dunedin, Gas Fitters & Installers, Heating Professionals, Hutt Valley, Napier, Papakura, Rotorua

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bathroom renovationIf you’re thinking about undertaking a bathroom renovation, then you’ll no doubt be considering what you want to achieve by doing so.  Whether it’s updating the look, increasing resale value or adding functionality, amenities and storage, the scope of your bathroom renovation project will depend on many factors but primarily your budget.

Other factors include how long you’ve been living in your home and how much longer you plan on remaining there.  We’ll also be sharing our knowledge on what features to expect for $3,000 to $100,000-plus, to help you plan your bathroom renovation.

Like all home renovation projects, there’s generally 3 levels of renovating: good, better and absolute best.  In this series of #bathroom #renovation articles we’ll walk you through the basics regardless of your budget. All price ranges are indicative only to give a general guideline. Hire a professional bathroom renovator or designer to get an exact free quote or use our online estimator. (more…)

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Hire a Licensed Building PractitionerWhen starting home renovations or maintenance, decide whether you need to hire a Licensed Building Practitioner to carry out restricted building work (RBW).  We’ve some easy to follow guidelines here but we also recommend that you check the LBP website.

How to hire a licensed building practitioner

As the homeowner, you must make certain that the people you hire are licensed to do the work.  First of all, you must verify they hold a valid license. Don’t take their word for it.  Ask to see their photo ID and check their details against the public register. (more…)

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Winter gardening tips for March and April in New Zealandwinter gardening tips

A successful garden provides a visually interesting variety of colour year-round.  Builderscrack has some winter gardening tips for you! Start by incorporating a blend of trees both evergreen and deciduous, mixed up with flowering shrubs, spring bulbs, perennials and annuals.

In climates with mild winters, cooler months are a good time for flower colour and fragrance.

For climate control, choose evergreen plants for protection from cold winds and deciduous plants around the house to let the winter sunshine stream in. Here are some top gardening tips for the next couple of months. (more…)

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surveyorsA construction surveyor inspects and measures land parcels that are being considered for building projects.  They’ll gather information on all of the land characteristics, including boundaries, elevation, size and curves of the plot. This is used by other interested parties to decide on the best use of the land.

A construction surveyor or engineer will work in a range of environments surveying projects that include residential developments, commercial buildings, malls, highways and even airports. They may work for a private company or for a local body authority.

They are often required to produce plats, which are maps defining property boundaries and describing geographic features. Analysis and planning sessions will include homeowners, survey staff, construction crew and other interested parties.

When hiring a construction surveyor or engineer, you can expect they will use a range of instruments, some of which are unique to their profession.  Specialised survey instruments include ones to measure angles and altitude which are called altimeters and theodolites. A property is often marked with rods and stakes to denote boundaries or points to start building

Accurately assessing the characteristics and boundaries of a piece of land isn’t always easy. Old documents and drawings may be needed to determine where legal boundaries lie. Surveyors may use electronic devices, computer software and GPS to help in their analysis of land plots.

Once plans are complete, the surveyor will continue to work with the builder, confirming details regarding elevation and points for construction to start prior to ground breaking. If a builder has queries about boundaries or altitude the surveyor or engineer will be able to provide answers.

The services offered by Surveyors and Engineers include:

  • Boundary surveys
  • Planning

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Signwriters create signs for residential or commercial purposes.  These signs can include everything from small signs for the front of a business to large billboards and vinyl signs and lettering for use in windows. A sign writer can also use computer software to generate signs with more accuracy.

signwriterIn general, a signwriter’s task is to create a sign for a client or business. The methods a sign writer usually depend on the job and a client will typically provide details of their requirements and request.

A signwriter is often a combination of visual artist and craftsperson presents ideas to the client. Once the client chooses a sign, the signwriter can then begin work.

Different sign writers create signs in different ways. When hiring a signwriter ask them what materials and equipment they will be using.  Wood, metal, vinyl, plastic, and other materials can all be used in creating signs for a client, depending on the desires and budget of a client. Sign writers often do the artistic work in creating the concept of a sign, and physically create the sign as well.

A sign writer can also utilize more modern techniques and technology to create large signs using various modern mediums. Software may be utilised to ensure precision and to create a sign that can be printed via large format printers used to make banners and vinyl signs.

Sign writers may offer some or all of these services:

  • 3D signs
  • Automotive signage
  • Awards, plaques & trophies
  • Commercial signage
  • Custom signage
  • Driftwood sculpture
  • Expo & conference signage
  • Promotional signage
  • Retail signage
  • Signage consultancy
  • Traditional signwriting

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A scaffolder is a building professional who specializes in putting up scaffolds and platforms. Scaffolders erect scaffolds related to building construction.

scaffoldingPutting up scaffolding starts with determining the requirements for the job and making a plan. Scaffolding is classically made from metal pipes which can be clicked together to create a frame which is easily configured as needs change. Wood can also be used.

As it is put up, platforms are established for holding tools and walking. The scaffolder also erects safety measures such as nets to catch dropped tools. When the job is finished, scaffolders dismantle the it and take it away.

Scaffolding is needed for some building construction, along with painting, renovation, and restoration of all sorts of structures. A scaffolder may work as part of a team of people to put up a stable, well-anchored scaffolding which may stay up for weeks, months, or years, depending on the job. It may need to be adjusted and reconfigured every so often as the job progresses, and a scaffolder may have special concerns if restoration work is occurring, as he or she wants to avoid damaging the structure beneath the scaffolding.

When hiring a scaffolding professional check their reviews and references to make sure they are have knowledge of all applicable building laws.

A Scaffolding installer or tradesperson may:

  • Install scaffolding
  • Dismantle, remove and adjust scaffolding
  • Provide stairway towers up the side of a building
  • Add temporary weatherproof roofing
  • Offer custom designed encapsulation systems
  • Provide and install commercial Rubbish Chutes
  • Provide propping systems to support scaffolding

Posted In: Dunedin, Far North, Fiordland, Scaffolding

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carpet cleanersA Carpet cleaner will clean carpets for beautification, removal of stains, dirt, grit, sand, and allergens. This can be achieved by several methods, both traditional and modern.

Clean carpets are visually pleasing, potentially longer-lasting, and healthier than poorly maintained carpets.

It’s a good idea to get your carpet professionally cleaned every 12-18 months, even if you vacuum often. Professional cleaning will extend the life of your carpet and help towards improved air quality, potentially reducing allergies and illness.

A carpet cleaners service may include:

  • Carpet Pre-treatment – spraying a cleaning agent before cleaning will help dissolve grease and oils so the final cleaning process will remove a greater amount of grime
  • Shampoo & vacuum
  • Stain removal – some firms include this in the price, some charge extra. Point out all the stains that require removing and check if they’re included in the price
  • Dry & steam
  • Deodorizing and pet odour treatments: The process of cleaning the carpet will remove the majority of odours.  However some odours coming from mould, urine or mildew may penetrate the carpet backing and underlay.  Unfortunately there’s no way to get to the source without possibly damaging the carpet by over wetting it.  By applying an anti-microbial agent the return of mildew and mold can be slowed down
  • Anti-static treatment: There are a range of finishes and treatments that can be applied to the carpet to reduce static electricity, but a lot of them also act as soil magnets, which means your carpet will get dirty quicker.  It’s best to use a humidifier if possible to stop static build up in the carpet.

Their work involves the following tools: carpet rake, professional spot cleaner, vacuum cleaner & hose set and a detailing tool.

Find trusted Carpet Cleaners today.

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