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Home Living : March 23rd 2010
4 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Smart ways » ADVERTISING FEATUREHOMELIVING The Federal Government's insulation program has dramatically highlighted the problem of homes without life- saving safety switches. Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects, urges homebuyers to ensure that residual current devices (RCDs) electrical safety switches are installed in any home they buy. Archicentre ACT and NSW state manager Angus Kell said an electrical safety switch monitors the flow of electricity through a circuit. It detects a problem as soon as the current leaves the circuit, and turns the power off within 0.03sec. This is quick enough to help save your life and prevent fires. Archicentre carries out more than 20,000 pre-purchase home inspections and design concepts each year, and is concerned about the number of inspected homes found with electrical faults in a survey of more than 100,000 homes over 10 years. Victoria tops the list of electrical faults in the homes inspected with 34 per cent, followed closely by NSW with 32 per cent, South Australia 31 per cent, Tasmania 25 per cent, Western Australia 22 per cent and Queensland 21 per cent. Mr Kell said a tell-tale sign of poor wiring in a home was burn marks on power points. He said new homes and renovations by law have to install the safety switches to minimise the risk of electrocution. However, the problem occurs in older and heritage-style homes. ''If you are having an electrician alter the wiring on an existing home -- for example, putting in extra power points for new appliances -- Archicentre suggests the electrician also installs safety switches in the main switchboard for your protection,'' he said. Phone 9628 6022 or 0419 407 550 8mm Twin Wall Polycarbonate Aluminium louvres Window awnings, patio covers, carports Lets in light, keeps out heat Flat, bullnose, gable, barrel vault designs Got You Covered Awnings & Decks Pty Ltd e: email@example.com LIC NO: 160443 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 2250856i hln wk39 PLANTATION SHUTTERS Plantation Shutters www.sarmax.com.au email: firstname.lastname@example.org Just a few reasons to call Sarmax NOW for your free quote Privacy Noise reduction Ventilation Light control Insulation Low maintenance Cedar or aluminium Basswood Custom made High quality Local family business Save $ - buy direct from the importer Your team that thinks outside the square Call us today 0428 178 997 2039454im 17/1 Wk34 driveways garage floors pool areas tennis courts car parks tiles/pavers bins house wash eaves and awnings balconies cement restoration EXTERNAL HOUSE WASH HOUSE from $250 BALCONY from $150 BOOK ONLINE AND SAVE 10% WWW.CUTCHANDHUTCH.COM CONTACT US ON 9953 5230 OR 0450 304 848 1294399 We solve problems others can't! THE GUTTER LIKE NO OTHER The biggest problem with guttering is incorrect fall. That is why conventional gutters pool water and over flow in heavy rain. HI TEC has solved the FALL problem with our AMAZING ADJUSTABLE BRACKET. This bracket has two adjustments; one for the exterior of the gutter to match the roofline of the home. The other adjustment to control the waterflow inside the system to your downpipes. BUSHFIRE PROTECTION PLEASE NOTE... the back of our leafguard is ALWAYS higher than the front... which guarantees water cannot backflow into the home.. or rot fascia boards. The solid Colorbond Leafguard is great protection in the event of Bushfires. SAVE WATER Conventi onal gutt ers can lose up to 50% of water... due to overfl ow. HI TEC will transfer ALL the water to your water tank. We guarantee our system to work in the heaviest rainfall. BLOCKED GUTTERS AND DOWN PIPES Our revolutionary LEAFGUARD works very well because of the raised filters, which are very difficult to block.. and stronger winds simply blow most of the debris away. NO MORE RUST Rust is eliminated because the PVC gutter inside the system is protected from sunlight and will last a lifetime. With a choice of 20 Colorbond colours, HI TEC GUTTERING adds a stylish new look to your home. HI TEC GUTTERING truly is the gutter that works. That is why we give a 25year "rust-free" warranty and a 10 year" workmanship "warranty. Ask about My Buy. Up to 2 years to pay interest free*. *Conditions Apply Correct Flow Guarantee INVENTOR www.easyflow.com.au 1800 897 444 HI TEC GUTTERING PTY LTD Contractors Licence No. 217087C 2143578i hlf wk32 HI TEC GUTTERING SHUTTER SPECIALISTS PH: 9868 5373 ONLY 2149982i hln wk34 BEAT ANY GENUINE QUOTE ALL SHUTTER REPAIRS SLIDING • BI-FOLD • HINGED • FIXED Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c
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