Stage 3 Life Stages Home Ownership – Home DIY When You’re Thirty-ish

You’ve achieved the Kiwi dream and now own you first home! It’s time to start thinking about home DIY, but where should you start and what can you do? In this third article of our Life Stages of Home Ownership series, we’ll walk you through the tasks you can do and those you should call on a tradie to do for you.

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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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Believe it or not, but this year the Year of the Kitchen. Okay, well maybe we’ve exaggerated that a bit, though many homeowners will consider kitchen design trends before renovating their kitchen at some point through the year. However, this year does see the start of many new exciting kitchen trends, as well as the continuation of a few favourites. Whether you are installing a complete new kitchen or partially renovating an existing one, we’ve got you covered with these new kitchen design trends.

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budget landscaping ideasToday we’re pleased to share with you a guest blog post by Andy Ellis.  Andy is a former All Black. He is also a part of an illustrious group, being the 11th Crusader to reach 100 caps.

Andy is involved with KamoMarsh, an award-winning Garden Design and Landscape Architecture firm based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

For almost 40 years, KamoMarsh have worked on a diverse range of projects, creating beautiful landscape garden designs that both inspire and invigorate those who use the spaces.

Andy is  a natural on the field playing for the #allblacks. He’s also a natural when bringing together a range of landscape design elements to complement the environment and make the best use of natural resources and existing landscape features.  Read on and discover Andy’s top budget landscaping ideas put together especially for you! (more…)

Posted In: Arborists, Auckland, Christchurch, Gardeners & Lawn Mowing, Landscapers, North Shore, Pacific Islands, Queenstown, Selwyn, Tasman, Waimakariri, Waimate

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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

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solar panelA solar panel installer is a tradesperson who is skilled in the installation of solar panels on and around your house. These can be used to heat water, and provide electricity to your house.

The simplest form of solar power is the solar electric panel. These panels utilise photons to generate electricity.

These photovoltaic panels are either free standing rigid sheets used to harness the sun’s energy or are set into the roof. You can also get peel and stick laminates, if applicable with your roof type.

A solar power installer will harness the suns solar rays through solar panels and cells to power your home.  When hiring a solar panel specialist, they’ll work with you on the design, planning and installation of solar energy projects.

Solar power is an eco friendly and renewable form of energy and the demand for it is growing.

Firstly, you’ll have an initial consultation where your home will be visited and assessed.  Thne the installer will design a plan that includes the best approach based on the latest technology, your homes unique characteristics and your budget.  From there they’ll oversee the specific details of the installation.

Solar panel installers may also work in a maintenance role.  If you experience problems with your solar power panels they will be available to remedy them. They may also perform evaluations or recommend improvements on your existing sytems.

Solar Panel installers will be familiar with specialised equipment including transformers, photo voltaic modules and inverters just to name a few.  They may use IT to track projects and energy savings.

Solar power is a great way to cut power bills, and solar power is storable.

Services provided by a solar panel installer include:

  • Solar heating
  • Solar hot water
  • Solar power
  • Solar panel installation, maintenance and repairs
  • Consultation on the best solar panels for your home

Posted In: Pacific Islands, Palmerston North, Papakura, Queenstown, Rangitikei, Solar Installation

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gas fitterIf you have gas installed in your home, then you will need the services of a registered gasfitter or installer at some stage.  For your safety all gasfitters are required to be registered by the Plumbers, Drainlayers & Gas Fitters board. Unlicenced work is both unsafe and illegal.

Gasfitters ensure appliances and connections are safe and won’t be dangerous. They are able to safely install, remove, repair or maintain a range of household gas appliances including heaters, hot water systems, central heating, ovens and hobs.

A gasfitter will not only install and service natural gas appliances and fixtures, but they’ll be able to install anything related to these like gas meters, valves, burners and regulators. They’ll be able to maintain and repair all this equipment.  Often plumbers also do gas fitting, but as they require a different skill set, check that they are licenced to do gas fitting.

A gasfitter may provide the following services:

  • Read and interpret plans, drawings, or specifications
  • Measure and mark points where gas equipment is to be located
  • Test pipe work used for gas appliances
  • Install gas pipes, appliances and flues
  • Install gas pressure regulating and gas detection systems
  • Maintain gas appliances, pipes and equipment required for the operation of items that use flue gases

Gasfitters often use the following tools:

  • Crescent Wrenches
  • Pipe Wrenches
  • Hacksaw
  • Flaring Kit
  • Pipe and Tubing Cutter
  • Pipe Bender
  • Pipe Threader

Hire a professional Gasfitter and Installer

Posted In: Gas Fitters & Installers, Otorohanga, Pacific Islands, Palmerston North

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