Insulation Installers – what do they do?

insulationAn insulation installer often is one of the first people involved in new construction once the frame has been erected.

Before drywall and finish work can be completed, the entire frame of the building must undergo insulation installation to ensure the new structure is energy-efficient.

Many of the building codes have minimums requirements that must be met.

Look for an insulation installer who:

An understanding of installation principles dictate that new building installations pass blower door tests that make a house airtight for the best energy conservation. A knowledgeable installer will have the knowledge of all the gaps, cracks and possible culprits that can make a house drafty.

While residential air sealing technicians work closely with installers during new home construction, many insulation installers are training their own people to become proficient in this ever-growing energy conservation step. Most insulation installations resist heat flow, in or out of the building, offer sound control, and moisture control.

If you’re going to get your walls insulated, firstly:

  • Check local building consent requirements
  • Ensure your wall cavities are dry
  • Check the building paper in your walls
  • Get your electrical wiring checked

For more information visit EECA Energywise

Posted In: Insulation Installers, South Taranaki, South Waikato, South Wairarapa

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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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electricianAn electrician is a tradesperson who has expertise in electrical wiring of buildings and stationary machines.

The responsibilities of electricians include bringing electricity into homes, factories and businesses.  They are able to install and maintain fuses, wiring and all other mechanisms that electricity might flow through.

They may also be qualified to set up and manage electrical equipment in factories, and be able to read blue prints to work out where outlets, circuits, load centres, panel boards and other electrical equipment is to be installed or maintained from.

The Electrical Workers Registration Board was set up in 1992 to promote safety for New Zealanders by ensuring the registration and competency of electrical and electronic workers.  If you are thinking of hiring an electrician please remember to check their registration status.

An electricians work involves the use of:

  • Pliers, cable cutters, wire benders and voltage indicators
  •  Cables, lighting, switches, sockets, transformers and meters

A qualified electrician is trained to work safely with live currents, and to minimize danger of accidents.

An electrician working on residential property will be capable of a range of tasks from completely rewiring a home to minor repairs or installation of electrical household items such as an oven, heatpump or ducted vacuum system.   The services of an electrician include wiring, rewiring, electrical refurbishments, installation of lights and lighting and renovation.

Hire professional residential or commercial electricians

Posted In: Electricians, Hutt Valley, Invercargill, Kaikoura, lighting

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ducted vacuumA ducted vacuum installer is a tradesperson who is skilled with ducted vacuums and has the ability to install, maintain and repair ducted vacuum systems.  Their work involves vacuums, piping, tubing, tanks, vents, extractor fans and inlet valves.

The ducted way is the easiest way to vacuum. A ducted vacuum system can be installed either into a home being built, or if a roof space is suitable, into an existing home.  The PVC piping is installed in the walls of your home and hooks up to a vacuum unit installed elsewhere.

A ducted vacuum system is also known as a built-in vacuum or central vacuum.  It’s the modern alternative to a portable vacuum and consists of four parts:

  • A power unit is installed out-of-the-way and also serves as the collection point for dirt that is vacuumed up
  • PVC pipe work or ducting connects the power unit to the inlet valves
  • Inlet valves will be located throughout your house.  When you vacuum, attach the hose to the inlet valve in the area you want to clean
  • Vacuum hoses and attachments connect to inlet valves.  The hose is usually 9 metres long and various attachments cater to for differing cleaning needs, such as hard floors, carpets, draperies or car interiors

The services of a ducted vacuum installer include:

  • Installation, maintenance and repair
  • Vacuum tank emptying
  • Installing, maintaining & fixing extractor fans

Carpets can harbour all kinds of pollutants, so you need to make sure you can remove these easily.  Portable vacuum systems can suck up these pollutants and expel fine particles back into the air.

Major benefits of a ducted system include better suction, less noise and ease of use. Get a free online quote for ducted vacuum installation today.

Posted In: Ducted Vacuums, Horowhenua, Hurunui, Hutt Valley

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Asbestos RemoverAn Asbestos removalists is a tradesperson who removes of all forms of asbestos from commercial, industrial and residential properties as well as plant, machinery and ground works. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fibre, which is found in older homes. It is hazardous to health if exposed to inhalable fibres.

Friable asbestos may only be removed by a tradesperson holding a certificate of competence for restricted work.

The tradesperson must notify the Department of Labour of the work being carried out and certain procedures must be followed to ensure that workers and others in the area are not exposed to fibres.

Asbestos removalists may:

  • Isolate or enclose the affected area
  • Erect warning signs
  • Use exhaust extraction systems
  • Include decontamination procedures
  • Monitor fibre concentrations in the air

Respiratory and personal protection must be used, and asbestos waste must be disposed of at a designated refuse site.

These rules do not apply in the case of removal in private homes. Homeowners are advised to hire an approved asbestos removalist rather than do it alone.

asbestos removalistsProducts that are known to contain asbestos include; fibre cement sheet and piping, pip insulation, roofing, sprayed fire retardants, heater panels, fire bricks, insulation in night stores and textured ceiling coatings.

Removal work may require the use of respirators, gloves, goggles, sheeting, face masks, plastic sheets, tank sprayer, scrapers, knives, disposable bags and sealant.

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antenna installerAn antenna installer is a tradesperson who specializes in antenna installation. The installation procedure is often based on a number of factors; reception quality for the area, house construction, type of antenna and mounting and number of outlets required.

Antennae are generally mounted as high as possible in primary reception areas with few obstructions.

In New Zealand, it may be necessary for an antenna installer to point two or three antennas in different directions in order to receive signals for all channels.

A channel is the frequency on which a program is transmitted. There are high and low bands each for a different VHF channels. The same program is transmitted on differing channels nationwide to avoid any interference.

Key terminology used by an antenna installer includes:

  • Diplexer – Combines the signals from both VHF and UHF antennas into one cable to connect to the wall plate or television.
  • Amplifiers – Used to boost the signal to ensure that an adequate signal is fed to each TV.
  • Dipole – The fundamental form of aerial.
  • Matching – An antenna must be matched into the load.
  • Gain – The improvement in signal level in decibels given by a particular antenna, compared to a standard reference antenna.
  • Front to back ratio – The ratio of signal strength picked up by the front of the antenna compared to the signal picked up by the rear.
  • Reflector – An element slightly longer than half a wavelength spaced at a small distance behind the dipole to improve front-to-back ratio.
  • Ghosts – When a signal is reflected from an obstruction such as a building and arrives later than the direct signal causing multiple images or ghosts to appear on the TV screen.
  • Splitter – A device for feeding two or more receivers from one antenna cable.

Tools commonly used in antenna installation include; Coaxial cable strippers, Coax cable, crimpers, Coax cable insertion tools, Site survey tools, Satellite Dish Alignment Tools.

With the switch from analog to Digital TV, you may need to get a Freeview antenna installed, so hire an antenna installer today.

Posted In: Antenna Installers, Ashburton

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