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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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AV content and media
Playstation 3

Game consoles as media centres

As well as allowing you to play games, video game consoles have evolved to also work as streaming audio and video devices, communication tools and exercise machines, among other things.

Laundry
Standard laundry spaces and clearances

Standard laundry spaces and clearances

A badly designed laundry won't just be uncomfortable and inconvenient - it can also be dangerous. Find out how much space should be allowed for different parts of your laundry.

Bathroom
Bath regulations

Bath regulations

There are a few different regulations relating to the way that baths need to be installed. These include rules about the quality and manufacture of the bathtub itself - it has to be built to Australian Standards.

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