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Owner-Builder Exemption from Restricted Building Work for DIYers Now Available

Owner-Builder Exemption from Restricted Building Work for DIYers Now Available

The Department of Building and Housing's Manager of Operational Policy, Craig Hall, has confirmed that "The owner-builder is exempt from the requirement that they must hire appropriately licensed building practitioners to carry out restricted building work on their homes. That is, work critical to the structure and weathertightness of people's homes."

"Most DIY work is usually minor repair, maintenance or alteration work and doesn't fall in the category of Restricted Building Work. For this work nothing has changed and home owners can continue on as they always have when it comes to things like building a pool fence, most bathroom or kitchen renovations, patios and stand alone garages," he says.

Energy Efficiency in the Home

Written by building4u  on Tuesday, 18 October 2011 10:31  in DIY Guide
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Energy Efficiency in the Home

Energy Efficiency in the Home

There are a number of things you can do quickly and easily to ensure your home is energy efficient. An energy efficient home is warmer dryer and healthier to live as well as saves you money on your bills so keep reading to find tips on duct insulation, and optimising your energy efficiency with regards to windows and heating.

Have you checked your home's duct insulation? As much as 50 percent of the energy used to heat or cool air can be wasted if ducts are not sealed and insulated properly.

Your home’s duct system is a branching network of tubes in the walls, floors, and ceilings that carries the air from your home’s furnace and central air conditioner to each room. Ducts are made of sheet metal, fiber glass, or other materials.

Ducts operate more efficiently in conditioned air at room temperature, and not so well in excessively hot or cold attics and crawl spaces.

Minor duct repairs are easy to do, so read on for a few simple tips.

Clutter Clearing Tips

Written by building4u  on Thursday, 29 September 2011 10:34  in DIY Guide
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Clutter Clearing Tips

Clutter Clearing Tips

Coping with clutter is rarely easy. There's more involved than just catching up on overdue housework, and staying focused and motivated over the weeks or months it may take to get the job done can be one of the biggest challenges. Here are some tips to help you stick with it until it's done:

 

1. "How do you eat an elephant?... One bite at a time!" That's a good way to approach clutter clearing: one "bite-sized" task at a time. An entire house, or even a room, of clutter can be overwhelming. Instead, focus on a single small area - one shelf in a bookcase or one drawer in the kitchen, for example - before moving on to the next.

2. Don't expect to get it done in a weekend. It probably took a long time for all that stuff to pile up, so make peace up front with the fact that getting rid of it is going to take some time, too. Plan to do a little bit every day over a longer period of time, rather than waiting until you have a large chunk of free time available to devote to clutter clearing (which may never happen!).

Drywalling Tips

Written by building4u  on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 16:54  in DIY Guide
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Drywalling Tips

Drywalling Tips

Installing drywall is not as complicated as it might seem. With a few safety precautions, some patience and good preparation it is definitely something that you can do yourself, or partially yourself - some DIY'ers do the bulk of it themselves before calling in an expert to tape the joins between the panels so that the finished look is smooth. We've put together ten drywalling tips that will help make your next drywalling project successful and easy, the first step to any DIY project should ALWAYS be to take enough time to prepare properly BEFORE launching into the project. Keep reading to find out what the other 9 tips suggest.

Home Improvement Inspiration- DIY!

Written by building4u  on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 16:27  in DIY Guide
Home Improvement Inspiration- DIY!

Home Improvement Inspiration- DIY!

You've seen the home improvement projects on TV - a home redecorated in one day or less with an incredible outcome. A mundane house is turned into a beautiful home with just a few tools and some supplies from your local home supply store. Are you inspired? Do you want to give it a go? You can do hundreds of simple, inexpensive, and quick home improvement projects that will increase the value of your home and turn it into a truly enjoyable space.

It might take a little longer than on those TV shows, but the results will be worth the effort and doing it yourself can be hugely satisfying. Read on to get inspired with some home improvement project ideas.