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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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Insulation
Performance considerations for insulation

Performance considerations for insulation

There's a bit more to insulating a home well than just sticking some batts in your wall cavities. Find out what else affects how well your insulation will perform.

Insulation

Recycled insulation materials

Recycling plays a big role in the way that lots of insulation materials are produced. Find out what sorts of insulation are made from recycled materials, and what sorts can easily be recycled themselves.

Home automation
A network attached storage device

Network Attached Storage (NAS)

High capacity network attached storage (NAS) devices are a great way to provide access to all of your media files, from anywhere you like.

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