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Maintenance

Electrical maintenance

Find out how to safely maintain your home's electrical systems, and what to do if there's an electrical emergency in your house.

Door maintenance

Door maintenance

Doors generally aren't all that complicated - and fixing them isn't that hard. A little attention when and where it's needed will usually keep them in good working order.

How to clean a lock

Stubborn lock? Key getting stuck in the keyhole? Locks can get dirty or rusted, especially if they're not used for some time. Find out how to clean and fix a dirty lock.

Why won't my door close?

There are several things that can cause this problem, and accordingly, several ways to deal with it. Find out how to fix a door that either won't open, or is hard to close.

How to restain a deck or pergola

Over time, decks may lose their colour and lustre. Find out how to choose the right stain for your deck, and safely restain it to the best effect.

How to clean and oil a deck

Properly cleaning and oiling your deck will help to bring out its natural colours and make it look like new. Find out the best way to go about it.

Decking maintenance

Decking maintenance

Not all decks require that much maintenance. With wood plastic composite (WPC) decking and uPVC decking, for example, it's almost a matter of install-and-forget.

Cooling maintenance

Cooling maintenance

One of the most important parts of cooling your home is ensuring that air conditioners and fans are properly taken care of.

Plumbing maintenance

Plumbing maintenance

While it normally takes a licensed plumber to fix more serious issues with your pipes and plumbing, there are a few things you can do to fix minor issues and keep things running the way they should. Maintaining your plumbing system means looking a

BBQ safety advice

There are few things that will ruin a barbecue as quickly as an exploding gas tank... Find out how to ensure that your barbecue is safe and properly maintained.

Emergency plumbing repairs

Emergency plumbing repairs

Need some help with plumbing? Got a leak and not sure what to do? Don't panic - here's some quick how to handle various different sorts of plumbing emergencies.

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.

DIY vs. professional insulation

What sort of insulation can you install yourself - and when might you need to hire a professional do the job properly? Find out more about what's required to install different sorts of acoustic insulation.

How to improve your home's insulation

Is your house not keeping out the neighbour's noisy parties? Perhaps you're intending on setting up a home theatre? Find out more about how to improve the soundproofing in your home with better insulation.

Insulation maintenance

Insulation maintenance

Feeling a chill in your home? Think your heater's being overworked? It could be that you need a top up on your insulation, but you'll need to make sure that you know that insufficient insulation really is the problem.

How to fix a squeaky door

Squeaky doors are annoying - although thanfully, fixing them is normally very easy to do. Find out how to fix door squeaks, what sort of oil to use, and how to deal with the causes of squeaky doors.

Why is maintenance important?

A well maintained home, even if it’s covered in brown tiles, green shag pile and other construction crimes from three decades ago, is a much better home.

BUILD home maintenance schedule

Download our free home maintenance schedule. This schedule's a great way to stay on top of all of your home maintenance tasks, and to keep your place in perfect shape for years to come.

Working with electricity

Ever had an electric shock? Not sure what you should and shouldn't be working on in your home? Find out what you should handle in terms of your home's electrical systems.

Working at heights and on ladders

Thinking of getting on the roof? Awkward to get the ladder exactly where you want it? Make sure you understand how to stay safe when working at heights.

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Cooling

How to control heat gain through windows

The main purposes for windows are to allow light in and to let you see out - and this often comes at the expense of their ability to prevent heat transfer. Learn more about heat loss through windows.

Sustainability
Wind turbine maintenance

Wind turbine maintenance

Since keeping the blades turning freely is what gives turbines power, you'll want to ensure that yours is as clean and efficient as possible. Good maintenance and regular inspection will definitely help with this.

Insulation

Door insulation

Not all doors are created equal - some will allow lots heat in or out of your home through the body of the door, and allow air to pass around the edges. Find out what makes for a well-insulated door.

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