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Maintenance

Lead paint

Beware of lead paint when renovating

Everyone knows about asbestos, but it’s surprising how few people realise how much of a risk lead paint can be – and just how common it is in older Australian homes.

How to fix a leaking tap

How to fix a leaking tap

Most of the time, if a tap in your home is leaky, dripping or hard to close it's the result of a broken washer. While it's possible that your leaking tap's a 'washerless' tap (i.e. one with a ball, cartridge or ceramic disc mechanism - see the 'Types of taps' article linked below), it's a lot less likely that these taps will be leaking like this. You can usually tell if you have a ceramic disc type tap because it'll only need a quarter or half turn to fully open the tap.

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Plumbing

Pipes, tubes, lagging and fittings

Plumbing is installed using many different pipes, joints, couplings and other things to control noise and temperature. Learn more about the bits and pieces behind the scenes in your home's plumbing system.

Tradies and professionals

DIY solar: is it worth it?

Find out what's involved with DIY solar systems, what kinds of regulatory issues you may face, what parts need to be done by a licensed professional and how it works out in terms of costs and savings.

Doors
How to choose doors

How to choose doors

The styles of doors you choose can a lot more than just looks - you'll also need to consider security, light, ventilation, ease of access, privacy and convenience, among other things.

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