FAQ's & Tips

Building a House | 5 Handy Tips

  Budget | A project will generally cost 15-20% more than first expected, so when you allocate funds towards materials and labor, be sure to allow slightly more in each stage of the build. On top of this, there are ‘finishing costs’ which are sometimes left out of the original budget, such as landscaping (concreting, gardening etc.) and letterbox installation. Be picky | Pick the right builder. Ensure they are fully qualified and insured as you don’t want any unfor......
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Posted:  Building a House | 5 Handy Tips Posted: 17/01/2017

ZipWall - Temporary Dust Barrier System

ZipWall is a system of adjustable spring-loaded poles that hold up sheeting to form a barrier, delineate a work zone or create a cutting room. Ideal for containing dust during renovations, refurbishments, demolition and maintenance in sensitive or occupied areas.  
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Posted:  ZipWall - Temporary Dust Barrier System Posted: 19/02/2016

The First Fully Transparent Solar Cell

A Michigan State University research team has finally created a truly transparent solar panel — a breakthrough that could soon usher in a world where windows, panes of glass, and even entire buildings could be used to generate solar energy. Until now, solar cells of this kind have been only partially transparent and usually a bit tinted, but these new ones are so clear that they’re practically indistinguishable from a normal pane of glass. Previous claims toward transparent so......
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Posted:  The First Fully Transparent Solar Cell Posted: 01/02/2016

Odyssey Roof Ventilation

  A smart air exchange system proving cooler fresher air in summer and warmer outside air in winter, with condensation management and healthier air quality. Odyssey is an automated, smart air exchange system that provides a more comfortable and healthier environment throughout the home. The system provides cooler, fresher air on hot, stifling summer days and a more comfortable night’s sleep. It removes the heat build-up from inside walls and floors during the day and red......
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Posted:  Odyssey Roof Ventilation Posted: 18/12/2015

Choosing the right fasteners

Fasteners  Spend more to reduce material Don’t base your selection on the ‘strength’ table that might be provided. Consider the severe conditions such as the loads will impact the joint. As the grade of material (BMT - base metal thickness) increases, the smaller the fastener has to be. However, higher strength means the material is harder. Hard metals are prone to ‘hydrogen embrittlement’ which is where the metal becomes brittle and fractures. In addi......
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Posted:  Choosing the right fasteners Posted: 15/12/2015

Common Drywall Mistakes

Install it horizontally Lay panels horizontally with with their vertical seams offset - this increases stability and creates fewer seams to be filled. Similar to the way bricks are arranged in a wall or garden path, the offset joints create a naturally stable structure.   Safety is paramount Avoid damaging electrical work by placing steel plates over the area of a stud where a cable passes. This will prevent accidentally piercing wires (or piping) with screws and nails. This is ......
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Posted:  Common Drywall Mistakes Posted: 07/12/2015

How-To: Install Pink Batts Wall Insulation

Find out how to install Pink Batts here:
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Posted:  How-To: Install Pink Batts Wall Insulation Posted: 25/11/2015

How-To: Repair A Hole in Plasterboard

Watch this video from GIB on how to repair a hole in your plasterboard wall.  
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Posted:  How-To: Repair A Hole in Plasterboard Posted: 24/11/2015

How-To: Install Steel Stud and Track Wall Framing System

Watch this excellent instructional video on installing Stud and Track Wall Framing.
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Posted:  How-To: Install Steel Stud and Track Wall Framing System Posted: 24/11/2015