Comprehensive Guide to Bathroom Tiling

Tiling your bathroom is not such the large or forbidding job as many seem to believe it is. Utilising tradespeople is the quickest and simplest way to achieve great results.  An expert tiler will ensure they are installed professionally. An interior designer can help you to choose the most suitable colours and designs for your room. The creative inspirations seen on websites like Pinterest and Instagram can give you plenty ideas on tile design too.


Posted In: Auckland, Builders, Choosing Tradespeople, Hamilton, Hastings, Interior Designers, Painters & Decorators, Plasterers, Plumbers, Tilers

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winter weatherproofingThis week marks the official start of winter on the calendar. Looking at the temperatures around the country leaves us in no doubt that it’s well and truly time to get stuck into winter weatherproofing your for home.

The cold outside should make the warmth inside your home cozy and inviting, but is that outside chill seeping inside?

Over the next three weeks we’ll share some top tips on how you can winter weatherproof your home to cope with a kiwi winter. We’ve got a great mix of tips but don’t forget to share your own top tips in the comments section below. (more…)

Posted In: Auckland, Central Otago, Cleaners (Exterior), Clutha, Far North, Fire Services Professionals, Fireplace Installers, Glaziers & Windows, Grey, Hamilton, Handymen, Hastings, Hauraki, Heating Professionals, Insulation Installers, New Plymouth, North Shore, Opotiki, Plumbers, Queenstown, Roofers, Ventilation Specialists, Whakatane, Whanganui

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summer garden maintenance

It’s sad but true: a beautiful garden doesn’t stay looking fabulous without some summer garden maintenance. Thankfully most of the garden tasks are quickly and easily done, especially if you hire a tradie to do them for you! We’ve put together a list of five of the most common summer garden maintenance tasks for you to schedule these warmer months. (more…)

Posted In: Banks Peninsula, Gardeners & Lawn Mowing

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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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preparing your home for springSpring is traditionally is the best time of the year to do a thorough ‘spring clean’ after a long cold winter. Get started now on preparing your home for spring.

At this time, there’s some warmth seeping back into the air, and it’s a good time to open the windows and doors and welcome in the fresh air and sunshine.

Preparing your home for spring

Here’s a sampling of tasks that you can hire a professional tradesperson through Builderscrack to do to help you in preparing your home for spring so you can enjoy the sunshine and longer days. (more…)

Posted In: Cleaners (Interior), Gardeners & Lawn Mowing, Queenstown, Rangitikei, Rodney, Rotorua

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hiring a handymanHiring a handyman from Builderscrack may prove more useful than you may realise. While there are times that a professional tradesperson is required for a job, there are also plenty of times that hiring a handyman is just as valuable.  If your water pipes are dripping, your kitchen sink is clogged or your light bulbs are flickering, you may think that you’re up to the job of fixing it yourself.  Wrong.

Many jobs around the house may seem simple, but in actual fact they require knowledge, hands-on experience, special tools and spare parts.

Don’t waste your time trying to learn how to carry out these tasks and what supplies you might need then wasting more money purchasing specialised tools you may never use again, call in a handyman from Builderscrack.  Here’s some tips on hiring a handyman. (more…)

Posted In: Choosing Tradespeople, Coromandel, Gore, Grey, Hamilton, Handymen, Mackenzie

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Ideas for home improvement projects

Your home is your castle, but now it’s the middle of winter, you’re probably tired of being stuck inside so much, especially if there’s home improvement projects you’re eager to get started on.  While some renovations just have to wait until spring or summer, there are plenty of home improvement projects you can hire a tradesperson to tackle right now!

Replace interior doors

home improvement projectsNew doors are a great way to improve your home’s interior and can really add to its style.

Replacement doors featuring raised panels, carved embellishments or frosted glass inserts all add architectural interest and depth. Or you could use glass panels to allow more light through. (more…)

Posted In: Hastings, Horowhenua, lighting, Napier, Nelson, Newsletters

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Two expat Kiwi’s living in a village outside Paris, posted job #2726 on Builderscrack in July to find Kiwi tradesmen. Over 100 tradesmen from all around New Zealand showed interest in this job at 9 rue de Paris. This page holds additional information about the house we simply couldn’t fit on the original job page!

Follow the progress here!

Well, Adrian has been selected the lucky tradesman to work on this job! Adrain, a qualified Builder and Plumber from Wellington, who is very excited to be heading to France for their summer. We are keeping a video log of his france bound renovation adventures – see below.

Footage of 9 rue de Paris

Outside: The outside of the building

Outside: Plumbing, drainage, windows and shutters

Outside: Signage and windows

Ground floor and ceiling scan

Ground floor, cellar, stairs, sink and beams

Ground floor, kitchen and front doors

Good tiling skills needed

Down into the depths of the cellar

More of the cellar

First floor, steps and more

Last chapter – Dunnies, steps, roof space and more

Photos of 9 rue de Paris

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labourersLabourers and hammerhands work supporting qualified or skilled tradespeople on construction sites. They are found in all areas of construction, from residential housing, commercial sites, tunnels and highways to demolition jobs. The job of Labourers and hammerhands is very physical.

A good labourer or hammerhand will have physical strength, good balance, eye-hand coordination, and stamina.  Labourers are generally expected to be the first workers on the job and the last to leave.

Labourers and hammerhands may be used in one specific trade, or work in a range of duties. This often happens with residential developments, where they may assist in a rage of tasks from site excavation to finishing off cabinetry.

A days work for Labourers and hammerhands will include:

  • Preparing the worksite for professional tradespeople
  • Laying out tools and materials
  • Loading and unloading delivery vehicles
  • Keeping the work area safe
  • Tidying  at the end of the day

Some of the work done by laborers includes:

  • Concrete – shotcrete, gunite, grouting and steel forms
  • Demolition – concrete cutting, pavement breaking, cutting torch
  • Environmental remediation and hazardous waste
  • Fences and landscaping
  • Hod carrier – block masonry, plasterers and fireproofing
  • Paving – white paving formwork, traffic control, striping, signs
  • Piping – water pipe, sewer and storm drain
  • Field technology
  • Tunnels – drilling and blasting
  •  Dry utilities – electrical conduit and communications conduit

Labourers and hammerhands may also help skilled workers in all areas of demolition or construction.

Posted In: Auckland, Hammerhand & Labourer, Horowhenua, Hurunui, Hutt Valley

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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

Posted In: Waikato, Waitaki, Waste Removal, Westland, Whangarei

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