Having a bushfire water storage is important . . . . . . Even if you have mains water supply!
Public water mains only have limited capacity. . . . . . . . In a bush fire situation Fire Trucks will be sucking water out of the mains and your neighbours will want to [read more...]
When I was young (about 50 years ago) obesity wasn’t really an issue.
In those days most houses had a small kitchen where a meal was cooked. We either ate in the kitchen or a small dining room. The rest of the time indoors was spent in the living room.
Since then there has been [read more...]
As I visit lots of houses I often wonder if some houses have too much security.
I see lots of houses with roller shutters or even steel gratings over the windows like these.
Quite often when I ring the bell the owner seems to spend ages unlocking the various locks and bolt on the front [read more...]
Rendered Foam walls are becoming much more common, particularly in the upper floor of 2 storey homes. They offer a real advantage in situations where it would be difficult to provide adequate suppport for a heavy brick wall (For example when the upper floor needs to be set back from the ground floor)
If you [read more...]
For the typical modern house with slab on ground base there are two minimum heights above ground level that need to be considered:
Next to the building. Distance of 1m away.
The reason for these minimums is to keep water out of the building, including the structure and foundations.
Next To The House
Floor [read more...]
When most people think about rainfall they think about the amount of rainfall . . . . . . . . . but it’s just as important to understand how hard it can rain, the ’Rainfall Intensity’.
The ‘Rainfall Intensity’ is important when thinking about things like; Roof Gutters, Down Pipes, Stormwater Pipes , Tank [read more...]
Have you ever wondered why kitchens with all the unit along a wall are so popular with builders?. . . . . and island units?
Why are drawers without a large handle common?
Well it stops mistakes like this happening!
I would have thought most kitchen installers would have made this mistake once, but only [read more...]
There are a lot of acronyms used on plumbing drawings so here are a few definitions:
AG – Agricultural (Drains)
B – Basin
Bth – Bath
BT – Boundary Trap
DP – Down Pipe
HWS – Hot Water Service
IC – [read more...]