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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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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Make the most of the remainder of the summer holidays by enjoying a backyard that’s clean and comfortable.  Over the next two weeks we’ll bring you 10 summer backyard and garden maintenance ideas to help you prevent weeds and mossies, and tips on keeping the garden watered while you put your feet up!  Hire tradespeople from Builderscrack to get these jobs done professionally while you relax with friends and family.

Garden Maintenance Ideas

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waste removersA waste remover is a tradesperson who will remove any unwanted objects from your property. Waste can refer to natural waste, garbage, recycling, white ware, construction waste, among other things.

A waste remover can also provide you with a skip or bins, and can be contracted to remove waste on a weekly basis. They can provide garden, office, home, green and/or commercial rubbish removal services.  Waste removers can also deal with deceased or liquidated estates in a sensitive manner.

When hiring waste removers check whether they’ll deliver a skip which you can fill yourself, or they’ll come onto your property and remove the unwanted items such as old appliances, broken furniture, renovation rubbish, old sheds and more. Anything and everything you have no further use for.

If you are a landlord who has had tenants move out leaving your rental property in a uninhabitable state, waste removers can handle this for you – with your permission they may go under the house, into the office, warehouses, garages and sleepouts to clean up after the tenants.

Some items waste removers can remove from your property include:

  • Moving out junk
  • Old furniture including beds,tables and mattresses
  • Wood, timber, metals, builders waste
  • Computers, televisions, electrical goods, whiteware, stoves, washing machines, dryers
  • Crockery
  • Rubbish from under the house
  • Carpet
  • Renovation/builders waste
  • Baths. sinks, shower units
  • Cabinets,doors,windows
  • Garage junk
  • Spa pools
  • Garden sheds
  • Trees, branches, grass clippings

Rubbish removal services include:

  • Bulk rubbish removal from your site
  • Paper and cardboard recycling services
  • Supplying rubbish bags, wheelie bins and paper recycling boxes

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paving contractorA paving contractor is a company that constructs paved surfaces such as roads, sidewalks, concrete floors.

Many paving companies specialize in either residential or commercial work, though some may perform both types depending on the scope of the project and the equipment required.

When hiring a paving contractor they will first must meet with homeowners and provide estimates to secure new projects. He may be hired to lay a new driveway, patio or concrete floor, or to repair structures such as steps or walkways. Some companies may focus on landscape paving, including both installing poured surfaces and laying stone products such as pavers or outdoor tiles.

paving contractorMost paving work is performed using large pieces of equipment. A paving contractor may use a paving machine to smooth out a freshly laid road surface, or an excavator to prepare the earth for paving.

Large tamping machines help to flatten out dirt or gravel surfaces, and concrete trucks keep concrete and other paving materials mixed and ready to pour.

The paving also may use a dump truck or tractor to haul stones, gravel or asphalt, or to carry away excess dirt and waste products.

The services of a paving contractor include:

  • Laying driveways
  • Laying pats
  • Paving patios
  • Paving driveways
  • Paving paths
  • Washing paving
  • Paving courtyards
  • Driveway repair
  • Driveway maintenance
  • Resurfacing
  • Paving pools
  • Paving porches
  • Paving kitchens
  • Paving bathrooms
  • Paving garages

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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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