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Maintenance

How to deal with gas leaks

A gas leak is serious business - and is extremely dangerous anywhere in your home. Find out what steps to take if you suspect there is a gas leak inside your home.

Unblocking a drain

How to unblock a drain

Blocked drains in your kitchen are no fun - but thankfully they're not too difficult to deal with. Read our guide on how to unblock a drain and save yourself from a watery disaster.

How to fix a leaking tap

How to fix a leaking tap

Most of the time, if a tap in your home is leaky, dripping or hard to close it's the result of a broken washer. While it's possible that your leaking tap's a 'washerless' tap (i.e. one with a ball, cartridge or ceramic disc mechanism - see the 'Types of taps' article linked below), it's a lot less likely that these taps will be leaking like this. You can usually tell if you have a ceramic disc type tap because it'll only need a quarter or half turn to fully open the tap.

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How to build a house

Building inspections for new houses

When people refer to ‘building inspections’, they could be talking about one of a number of different things. If you’re talking about building a new house though, the term normally refers to the inspections that are carried out at various stages of the construction to make sure that everything’s being done right, and in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the relevant Australian Standards.

Decking

Red Gum decking and pergolas

Red Gum refers to a number of Australian species (most commonly River Red Gum). Red gum offers beautiful hues and graining, and is rot and termite resistant but may degrade with humidity changes.

Doors

Trapdoors

These doors, which open either down through the floor or up through the ceiling, are most commonly used for access to basements and ceiling space.

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