NEIGHBOURS

neighbours

Would you worry if you saw this guy (from Jim’s Jihad?) mowing the lawn next door?

Unlikely, but it does illustrate the fact that neighbours can have a big effect on your enjoyment, or otherwise, of your house.

In fact 20% of us have fallen out with a neighbour in the last 5 years, [read more…]

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The Best Brands for Your Bathroom

Bathroom

Guest post by Hubert Dwight

The bathroom is no longer just another room in your home.

Neither is it a place just to take a shower nor a place to stock your towels.

The modern bathroom is a place of rejuvenation, relaxation and meditation; the ultimate me-only place and a real pampering zone [read more…]

Electric Underfloor Heating

Underfloor Heating

Watching ‘The Block‘ it seems Electric Underfloor Heating is very trendy these days . . . . so here are some of my thoughts:

Advantages Provide a stable heat. Safe, with no very hot temperatures. Each room can be run separately. Quickly evaporates damp areas. Less air movement than other systems Disadvantages Slow to heat [read more…]

Electricity Meter Box Location

Meter Box

Have you thought about where your meter box will go?

As you can see from this photo it is often one of the earliest things to be installed . . . . . Don’t like it in the location and its going to cost big dollars to change!

Because the Meter Box is normally at [read more…]

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Electrical Circuits – How Many Should You Have?

circuit breaker

Have too few circuits and you will get the circuit breakers in the Power Box tripping out all the time!

Minimum

The minimum number of electrical circuits for a new home would be 4/5, as follows;

Lights General Power outlets (GPOs) Hob and Oven Air Conditioning Hot Water Service (Only if Electric)

In my opinion [read more…]

Heating – Which Is Cheapest?

Thinking about how you are going to heat your new Home and get Hot Water?

Heating costs do vary depending on state and depending on whether you live in the bush or city.

Historically the cost of heating a home has been, from cheapest to most expensive:

Solar. (check out Passive Solar) Wood , Collected. [read more…]

Safety Switches & Circuit Breakers

Safety switch

Did you know there are two safety devices in your electricity cabinet to keep you safe?

Safety Switches

Safety switches were originally known as Earth Leakage Circuit Breakers (ELCB) but are now more commonly Residual Current Devices (RCD)

These super fast switches (less than 1/20th of a second) cuts the power off the instant a [read more…]

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Light Bulb Comparison

incandescent bulb

In a previous post on Lighting Levels I talked about using lumens to plan lighting. . . . . but which type of bulb should you use?

There are now 3 types of bulbs in common use

Halogen (A more efficient version of the old incandescent light bulbs) Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) Light Emitting Diode [read more…]