Having left our teenage years behind, we enter our twenties stage of looking towards home ownership and possibly moving away from property renting. While this used to be the time we’d consider buying our first home, rising house prices have mostly put a stop to this dream. However, in some part of the country, buying your first home in your twenties can still be a reality with some clever planning.
When it comes to knowing what to look for when buying a new home, we’ve got your back! Let’s dive into the world of first home ownership … (more…)
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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!
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Christmas is just around the corner. If you’ve been putting off getting home maintenance tasks done around your home over winter, you’ll be pleased to know that Builderscrack has qualified tradespeople available now to consult with you, or get a free online estimate.
Tune up your air conditioning: Prevent emergencies and be safe by hiring a tradie to tune up your air conditioning. Not only will this keep it running and your summer electricity bills low, but a tradie will check that there are no fire hazards with faulty wiring.
Roof check: Now is a great time to inspect the roof for problems. The rain has subsided so there are more opportunities to hire a professional roofing contractor to find any small problems before they get bigger.
Remember that it can be dangerous to get up on the roof. So hiring a specialised gutter cleaning company is a great idea.
Window check: The key to successful window maintenance is to routinely check the sealants. It’s a good idea to inspect weather-stripping for any faults and replace it immediately if there is an issue.
Pressure wash: The best way to maintain your home’s exterior is to clean it with a safe pressure wash. This will remove dirt, stains and mildew. Before washing make sure you cover plants, electrical outlets and windows to avoid any mishaps.
That’s just a few home maintenance tasks you can get done now before Christmas madness descends upon us. If you’re not sure what needs doing around the house, our tradies can help. Experienced in a wide range of specialities, they can advise you what else may need doing to keep your home in tip top condition this summer.
Home renovation trends are always changing because new ideas are born every day! With the staggering success of The Block NZ and other successful home renovation programs on TV, kiwis are more in love with doing up their homes than ever. Here are five upcoming home renovation trends.
These kitchen revamps are expected to follow a new home renovation trend where rustic kitchens are out and state of the art is in. (more…)
You can create your personal slice of paradise by transforming your master bathroom into a spa like environment. You won’t have to travel and can escape to tranquillity in your home as often as you are able to. Keep reading to find ideas from Builderscrack for turning your master bathroom into your own at home spa retreat. (more…)
Garage Door Parts connect the sections of the door together and provide the travel mechanism and counterbalance to allow the sections to move above the door opening. The parts that join the sections together and allow them to pivot are called hinges.
The end hinges serve the dual purpose of carrying the door rollers as they travel through the vertical tracks and overhead in the horizontal garage door tracks. Wider doors are supported with struts to prevent the sections from sagging or buckling.
The tops and bottoms of garage doors have fixtures to carry the rollers. These parts are called top fixtures and bottom fixtures. These and all the other parts are connected with fasteners. The counterbalance system comprises the door parts that lift the door above the opening. The lift is accomplished with cables attached to the bottom fixtures of the door at one end and to the cable drums at each end of the shaft above the door.
The parts providing the counterbalance torque consist of the torsion springs, cones, end bearing plates, centre, shafts and couplers. One end of each spring is secured to a bracket fastened to the jamb. The other end of the torsion spring is wound and secured to the shaft with the setscrews of the winding cone. The torque is transferred through the shaft to the cable drums and on to the cables on each side of the door.
Extension spring parts provide a balanced system with the pull of the springs against the weight of the door.
Additional door parts include the weather-stripping to insulate the perimeter of the door, with astragal secured to the bottom and stop moulding on the sides and top of the opening. Windows provide light and visibility. Garage door exhaust ports allow car engines to run in the garage while routing fumes through the exhaust hoses.
Door locks and handles allow for manual operation, while openers controlled by remote transmitters and keypads are the preferred choice of operation.
A 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.
Fixer 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.
Hire a stonemason for your home renovation