Garage Door Insulation – Do it Yourself or Hire a Professional?

garage door insulation

Garage door insulation

Garage door insulation is the process by which entry of heat and cold from the environment surrounding the garage is prevented.

It’s common to see vehicles parked on the drive or up the street at night, even in your own street.

This usually means that there is not enough room in the garage for vehicles as it’s being used for storage. Or you may find it has been converted into a bedroom or study. (more…)

Posted In: Auckland, Christchurch, Door Professionals, Garage Doors, Hutt Valley, Insulation Installers, Napier

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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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fireplaceA fireplace installer is a tradesperson who installs and works with fireplaces and their surrounds.  Often the actual structural part of a fireplace isn’t built by the installer but is pre-fabricated.

Once a builder has completed the basic structure, an installer will be responsible for setting it into the structure and attach all required gas and wiring. Once it’s positioned, the fireplace installer will add the mantle and any extra trim to finish it off.

There are many different types of fireplaces and restriction in your area may affect which type your home is best suited to. These include, Wood burners, ventilated and non-ventilated gas burners.

Fireplace installers offer many service including:

  • Servicing fireplaces
  • Replacement of baffles and other running repairs
  • Testing of wood (wet wood will not burn properly and can leave solid residues of acetic and pyroligenous acids which with age is transformed by heat into hard, porous, shiny material or a flaky dust. This is called creosote and can ignite at any time)
  • Re-roping doors and resolving problems caused by stratification (which is the neutral pressure plane and the effect of negative air pressure in the home with the use of a Magnehelic Differential Pressure Gauge)

It is always advisable to hire a professional for any fireplace work as when dealing with a fireplace you are dealing with combustible gases, electricity, and potentially dangerous emissions, and potential fire hazards. Improper installations could easily result in disaster.

Posted In: Fireplace Installers, Manawatu, Manukau, Marlborough

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