How to Diagnose and Eradicate Water Hammer in Your Home

Water hammer is a fairly common occurrence in residential properties. What a lot of homeowners don’t realise is that banging or thumping water lines in your walls is a potentially serious issue, not just a simple annoyance. At the very least excessive water pressure will eventually lead to leaks, but double up pressure spikes with a water heater featuring a …

Termites – An Important Message!

A message for Owner Builder and Home Owners from the Victorian Building Authority on Termites. When building or owner building your home you need to be aware of termites and the problems they can cause. Victorian Building Authority CEO Prue Digby today urged home owners to be alert for termite activity in and around their homes this summer.   “Recent …

What to watch out for when purchasing a home or apartment!

Original article on The Age  Melbourne’s surging population in recent years has had a number of ramifications. The impact is being felt on the transport and health systems, and the transformation of the city skyline through at times short-sighted development. Much of this has been well documented, though not resolved. Less understood is the damage being done in the rush …

The Uninsured Handyman: A risky venture that’s not worth the gamble

If you turn on the telly these days, it’s plain to see that DIY home improvements are all the rage across Australia. But contrary to what reality shows would have you believe, not everyone is born with natural do-it-yourself abilities. In fact, some homeowners would just as soon attempt brain surgery before picking up a circular saw! Remember Frank Spencer? …

Asbestos: the epidemic that could be hiding in your walls!

Now that 25 years have passed since the phasing out of asbestos in construction, many Australians have been lulled into a sense of complacency when it comes to this potentially lethal material. But if you’re planning a renovation project on an older home, asbestos detection and safe removal ought to shoot right up to the top of your to-do list. …

Proper Pool Barrier Maintenance Saves Lives

The Royal Life Saving Society reports that the number of children drowning in Australia increased by 48% over the past year. With two-thirds of these deaths taking place in swimming pools, clearly not enough is being done to keep pools safe. What’s even sadder is that the number one cause of underage pool drowning is absolutely preventable. 50% of accidents are caused …

Kids Don’t Fly: Get on board with new window safety regulations

Parents worry endlessly to keep their kids safe. Luckily, families that live in strata schemes have one less thing to stew about after the passing of new legislation in New South Wales. As of December, owners corporations are required to install window locks on all common area windows above the 2nd floor. They’ll have 5 years to comply with the …

Action Plan: What to do when there is an accident on your work site.

Whether you’re a small private contractor or a large building company, accidents on the job site are a real threat and they need to be planned for. With 11% of all serious worker’s compensation claims in Australia coming from the construction industry burying your head in the sand is not a smart option. The major culprits being falling from heights, being …

An OH&S fine could ruin your business… even though it wasn’t your fault!

By now the court case of Hillman vs. Ferro Con is a household name within the Australian building world. In an unfortunate accident, in July 2010 a rigger was killed when struck by a steel beam that had fallen from the fabric sling of a construction crane. Magistrates found Ferro Con (SA) Pty Ltd and Mr. Maione (the company’s sole …