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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hire a roofing contractorIf you’re the average homeowner, you mightn’t be paying a lot of attention to the state of your roof over the winter months. It’s raining and dangerous to get up there at this time of the year if it’s wet and slippery.

Hire a roofing contractor

So it can be hard to know whether you need to hire a roofing contractor until it’s too late and there’s already significant water damage.

Deciding whether roof repairs are necessary can be done in a number of ways. We recommend you hire a roofing contractor to inspect your roof and undertake repairs and maintenance for safety and ease of mind, but if you’re keen to at least take a look yourself, here are a few things you can look out for: (more…)

Posted In: Plumbers, Roofers, Waimate, Waipa, Waitakere City, Waitomo, Wellington

buying an old houseAre you considering buying an old house? Old villas and bungalows can be charming, but with age, often comes problems.

While we’re drawn to older homes which are often oozing with character, they can quickly become money pits and the source of endless frustration for homeowners. So, if you are unsure if an older home is right for you, here’s three questions to ask before you sign on the dotted line.


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choose paint coloursIt’s incredibly exciting when you start to choose paint colours. After all, the most impressive home renovations don’t always need to involve removing walls, adding rooms or hiring architects. All you may need to freshen up your home is a paintbrush!  Nevertheless, before you DIY or hire a painter from Builderscrack for an expert finish, you’ll need to decide what is the perfect paint colour! (more…)

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staircase installation Building a staircase incorrectly can seriously hurt you or another person so it’s important  to hire a staircase installation professional.

A stairway, staircase, stairwell, flight of stairs, or simply stairs is a construction designed to bridge a large vertical distance by dividing it into smaller vertical distances, called steps. Stairs may be straight, round, or may consist of two or more straight pieces connected at angles. (more…)

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painterA painter or decorator enjoys working with their hands and take pride in the details. Some of the jobs they do include painting, decorating and wallpapering. When you hire a house painter they will provide an accurate quotation for services to the homeowner.

This contains the project scope, the time line for completion and the cost for labour and materials.

Most homeowners will obtain two or three quotes from different painters, and then select the firm that provides the greatest level of quality for the best possible price.

Upon acceptance of the quote by the client, the house painter must purchase the correct quantity of paint in the required colours. Some house painters list the exact brand and shade of paint in the quote. It is the painter’s responsibility to determine exactly what type of primer and paint is suitable.

painterThe amount of preparation required before painting varies considerably by job. Some locations will require wallpaper or paint to be removed and the surface prepared with primer or other material. Other jobs simply require the surface to be cleaned, so that the new paint can adhere to the surface.

The method used to apply the paint varies, depending on the type of paint and the surface itself. For example, oil-based paint is best applied with a roller, while latex based paint can be sprayed onto the surface. The size of the project, the colours used and the layout of the walls also can affect the method used.

The services offered by a painter or decorator include:

  • House painting
  • Roof painting
  • Window painting
  • Hallway painting
  • Door painting
  • Fence painting
  • Deck painting
  • Interior painting
  • Exterior painting
  • Decorating
  • Bedroom decorating
  • Wallpapering
  • Stopping with plasterboard

Posted In: Painters & Decorators, Waitakere City, Waitaki, Waitomo

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A Fabricator professional works by joining metal pieces together to create products, or pieces to be used in the manufacture of other products. They usually will work in a factory type settings using safety equipment including glasses and gloves to prevent injury from flying debris, loud noises and workplace hazards.

A fabricator’s job is physically demanding, and includes lifting heavy tools or product pieces as well as standing for long periods of time.

fabrication professionalTo be able cut and shape metals, a metal fabricator will know how to read and interpret engineers’ drawings and blueprints. They must also know how to use computers as part of the metal fabrication process.

Once a fabrication professional understands what is required to fabricate a piece for a structure, they will use band saws and cutting torches to create it.

A fabrication professional will connect pieces with rivets or nuts and bolts, or bend, twist, or roll pieces into different form.

fabricatorFabricator Professional services may include:

  • signing, fitting, welding, measuring, laying out and inspecting parts
  • marking cutting lines
  • studying specifications
  • gathering materials and operating machinery

Working in this field requires use of tools including blowtorches, shears, gauges, nail sets, power saws and workshop presses.

Enterprise resource planning, spreadsheet and word processing software are other tools commonly used as well as computers.

When hiring a fabrication professional ensure they have a sound knowledge of metals and their properties, knowledge of the use and care of their equipment, understanding of safety procedures, the technical skills for drawing and interpreting plans and welding skills.

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