Guide to Installing Balustrades Which Meet NZ Building Code

If you’re planning on installing balustrades or wondering if you need to, then you’re in the right place. We’ll walk you through the process of identifying if you need a balustrade, the options you have and how to make sure it will meet the current NZ Building Code. Let’s jump to it!

Balustrades

What is a balustrade and do I need one?

A balustrade is basically a safety barrier. It can vary in appearance from simply a rail with supporting balusters, all the way to a full fence. It’s often confused with a bannister, which is a type of handrail. Both have the same purpose though: to keep you safe.

A balustrade is needed wherever there is a drop of more than a metre, such as on a deck, staircase or balcony. The NZ Building Code clause F4 says that “a barrier is needed when someone could fall vertically one metre or more.” (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!

Tradesmen Accreditations

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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…)

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This is part two in our three-part series “weatherproofing your home for winter”. Last week we covered inspecting fireplaces, wood stoves and chimneys. We also discussed cleaning your gutters and roofs. Read last weeks blog post. This week we cover winterizing your house exterior, doors and windows.

Winterizing your house exterior

Winterizing your House Exterior
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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.

State of the art kitchen home renovation trends

home renovation trendsOver 61% of home renovators are planning on completing a kitchen revamp in the near future, more than bathrooms, bedrooms or living areas.

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…)

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Kitchen trends: small details can make or break!

Kitchen trends revolve around a mix of beauty and function. Having a great kitchen designed for easy of use has dictated the kitchen trends we see today. Like all home decor, trends do change.

This makes it important to ensure your kitchen styles can be easily changed. An open plan kitchen is popular nowadays. With large open spaces, it gives homeowners plenty of entertaining options. But there are many small aspects of your kitchen style which need to be considered too.

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Ventilation is the process of changing or replacing air in a space in order to control temperature and remove moisture, smoke, odours, heat and dust while replenishing oxygen. A ventilation installer will work with the exchange of air inside and outside, as well as air circulating within a building.  It’s a very important factor in controlling air quality indoors. Ventilation is either natural or mechanical/forced.

ventilationVentilation installers specialise in many different areas. Ventilation installers will fit heating equipment and pipework systems, while ductwork installers install ductwork and ventilation systems.  Domestic installers can fit central heating systems and will ensure they are functioning correctly.  A service engineer will plan and carry out repairs and maintenance on all kinds of systems to make sure they’re working efficiently and safely.  A commissioning engineer makes sure systems meet their original design specification, and test and check to ensure they do what the homeowner needs them to.  A control engineer designs and install the control panels that operate and adjust heating systems.

Energy efficiency is an important and part of a heating and ventilation installers job as they are responsible for ensuring systems work efficiently to reduce fossil fuel consumption, carbon emissions and save energy. Heating and ventilation professionals also work with renewable energy heating systems like ground source heat pumps, which take the heat from underground and pump it to the surface into buildings to supply warm air.

A heating and ventilation installer will:

  • have good practical skills
  • be able to follow technical drawings, plans and instructions
  • have a logical, methodical and safe approach to work
  • be able to take accurate measurements
  • have a head for heights and happy to work in all kinds of weather
  • be comfortable working in confined spaces
  • have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • work well in a team and be able to adapt to changing situations
  • be a good problem solver with a pleasant and presentable manner

When hiring a ventilation installer ensure they are knowledgeable on ventilation, heating and air conditioning as they often all work together. They should also be able to repair, service and maintain ventilation systems.

Posted In: Heating Professionals, Kapiti Coast, Papakura, Tauranga, Ventilation Specialists, Waitakere City

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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glazierA glazier is  a tradesperson who is works with cutting and fitting glass into place in homes, offices and other buildings.

When working in homes, a glaziers tasks are relatively straightforward. They may include installing glass in new windows, retro fitting double glazing, shower enclosures, cabinets and doors.  While modern homes are usually built with standard window sizes, a glazier is often required to cut glass to specific measurements for unusual or stained glass windows in older homes.

The main duties of a glazier include: Cutting, grinding, polishing and drilling glass. Handling of sheets of glass in the warehouse, during transportation, and at the work site. This may involve using slings and power lift devices.

Applying adhesives, sealants and caulks. Using, cleaning and maintaining various types of equipment. Administrative tasks such as preparing estimates and invoices, supervising assistants, and ensuring compliance with building codes.

The services of a glazier may include:

  • New windows
  • Window repair
  • Broken windows
  • Latches
  • Window leaks
  • Door windows
  • Shower doors
  • Glazing
  • Cat doors
  • Dog doors
  • Window replacement
  • Glass doors
  • French doors
  • Window putty
  • Skylights

When hiring a Glazier or Window Technician check they have knowledge of different types of glass and how to work with them, skills in cutting, smoothing and installing glass, building standards and regulations for glaziers and health and safety procedures.

Posted In: Glaziers & Windows, Papakura, Porirua, Queenstown, Rental Property

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