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What is the role of the builder?

Builders are responsible for physically constructing the building. They often manage the entire construction process from excavation to completion. This includes ordering materials and liaising with other contractors such as plumbers, electricians and bricklayers to do specialist work at appropriate times. During the design process, builders can advise on the most suitable construction techniques and…

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How to choose carpet

I went to our local interior design shop the other day for my first introduction to flooring. I wandered in with trepidation and made my way to the back where an overwhelming display of carpets, rugs and lino samples met my eyes. A young lady kindly shared her expertise with me for about an hour. My…

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What is a hob mounted tap?

Taps can be installed: on a wall, on a bench, or into pre-drilled holes in the bath, sink or vanity. Hob mounted A hob mounted tap is usually installed directly into a bench or wall. A longer-than-normal spout might be needed to reach the bowl. Sink mounted Sink mounted taps are usually installed within the…

Sketch of toilet with S-trap plumbing

S-trap, P-trap and skew trap toilets

What’s the difference between a P trap, S trap or skew trap toilet? The answer has everything to do with the shape of the toilet plumbing. S-trap The S-trap toilet pipework usually exits through the floor. P-trap The P-trap toilet pipework usually exits through the wall directly behind the toilet. Skew trap The pipework for…

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Building surveyors and building inspectors

Building surveyors and building inspectors are responsible for ensuring that a structure complies with building regulations and standards. Building inspectors act on behalf of building surveyors. Building surveyors assess building applications and issue approvals for building work to commence. They perform detailed inspections of the structure as each stage of the build process is completed.…

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What does a planning officer do?

A planning officer works on behalf of the local council to provide an initial assessment of the building plans. The officer checks that the proposed structure conforms to the planning guidelines laid out by state and local authorities. These guidelines include: land zoning, setbacks from boundaries, wall and building heights and lengths, privacy of neighbours,…