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Maintenance

8 tips for safe home maintenance

Most maintenance is pretty basic - but some of it can be deceptively dangerous. Here are 8 rules to help you maintain your home without ending up in hospital.

Pergola maintenance

Pergola maintenance

A bit of care and attention from time to time will help to ensure that your pergola stands up to the elements and continues to look as good as it did when you installed it.

Hot water maintenance

Hot water maintenance

A bit of routine maintenance and care can easily double or triple the lifespan of your hot water system. Find out how.

Floor maintenance

Floor maintenance

Floors see a lot of wear and tear, but if they're properly cared for and maintained most floor surfaces can be kept looking great for decades.

Smart home maintenance

Smart home maintenance

A little lateral thinking and the right setup will help you get far more from your A/V and home automation systems. Learn more about the best way to set up and maintain your connected home.

Climate control maintenance

Climate control maintenance

Maintaining your heating, cooling and ventilation systems isn't difficult, and isn't even something you need to do that often. Doing it right, though, can save you thousands and protect your home.

Bathroom maintenance

Bathroom maintenance

If they're not maintained properly, your bathrooms can cause you all kinds of headaches. Find out how to properly care for your bathroom without wearing your fingers to the bone.

How to clean kitchen benches

Taking proper care of your kitchen bench will help to ensure it maintains its looks and stays in shape - but different bench materials need different care. Find out how to clean and care for your benchtop.

How to clean an oven

Cleaning an oven doesn't have to be a filthy, back-breaking chore if you do it right (and do it regularly). Find out more about how to clean your oven, and what you should use.

Splashback maintenance

Splashback maintenance

Most splashbacks can be cleaned with a damp cloth and a bit of household cleaner, but different types of materials will require different levels of care.

How to clean a dishwasher

Dishwashers get a heavy workout - and can suffer as much from rust and limescale as they can from grime and food stains. Thankfully cleaning them is fairly easy. Find out how to clean your dishwasher.

Sink and tap maintenance

Sink and tap maintenance

For serious plumbing emergencies you'll need a plumber, but there's still quite a bit you can do yourself in terms of maintaining your sink and taps, or even in terms of unclogging a blocked sink.

Maintaining kitchen appliances

Most kitchen appliances see plenty of use, and are exposed to all sorts of perishable foodstuffs. For this reason - and because they're the sorts of things you don't want to have to replace too often - regular maintenance is a must.

Kitchen maintenance

Kitchen maintenance

Kitchens are normally a hive of activity, and are filled with moving parts and all kinds of perishable food items.

Solar panel inspection and repair

Problems with your solar panel? Find out how to tell if there's a problem, what sorts of issues are most common, and what kinds of steps you can take to get your solar panels repaired.

How to clean solar panels

A dirty solar panel is an inefficient one: dirty solar panels will produce less power than clean ones, which may even cost you money over time. Find out how - and how often - to clean your solar panels.

Solar maintenance

Solar maintenance

Solar panels don't need that much maintenance thanks to the fact that they have no moving parts - although they will require a clean now and then, and will need to be professionally replaced if they become damaged.

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.

How to clean and maintain composite decking

Wood plastic composite decking isn't the same as timber decking - and while it's likely to require far less maintenance than timber decking, it still needs to be cared for and cleaned properly to ensure that it lasts.

How to maintain your hot water system

Proper routine hot water system maintenance isn't difficult if you know what you're doing - and it can double or triple the life of your hot water system. Find out what you can do to keep your hot water going.

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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.

Regulations
Lighting regulations

Lighting regulations

Lighting, just like all electrical work, is heavily regulated in Australia because of the dangers it poses - and to help encourage energy efficiency. Find out what sorts of regulations apply to lighting.

Bathroom

WELS labels and ratings

Water-producing bathroom fittings in Australia need to comply with basic water-efficiency standards. As a part of the WELS scheme, they are rated and given a label that shows how efficient they are.

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