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Home Living : March 23rd 2010
2 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, 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. 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 • Large Showroom • Help with your Project • New Homes or Renovations • Quotation to Install • SALE NOW ON! EASTWOOD 58 BALACLAVA ROAD Ph 9874 2500 Fx 9874 1642 CASTLE HILL 1/9 PACKARD AVENUE Ph 9899 2822 Fx 9899 4056 2162109i hln wk42 Quality tiles from $11.00/m2 813i hlf wk32 Tropical Lifestyle Centre 801 Windsor Road, Box Hill 9838 1323 www.tropicallifestylecentre.com • Bali Huts -- any size • Locally available • Visit our display centre • We also do timber decking Tues--Fri 9am -- 4pm Sat&Sun10am--4pm create your own tropical paradise Extensions. Glass Rooms. Granny Flats www.classichomeimprovements.com.au Showroom -- 152 Russell St Emu Plains Phone 1300 721 150 Builders Licence No 66902C • Free in-house design & quotation • Professional builders 25 years exp • Fixed price contracts • Custom designed solutions • Council approval A quality builder you can trust 2260349i hlf wk39 Ian Cubitt's SERVICES TO ALL DOORS New Showroom: Unit E18/2A Victoria Ave CASTLE HILL OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE DEAN 2095242i hln wk32 AUTOMATIC OPENERS FR.$450 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 9894 1233 GARAGE DOOR SALES & REPAIRS PTY LTD Strongest Ceiling & Wall Repairs Ceiling & wall expert Old ceilings restored 1st class work only Work further than Aust. Standards 40 years experience Call Kerry Builders Lic No R80718 0406 798 557 (anytime) *Conditions Apply 2243200i hln wk38 RESTORE CEILINGS? CRACKED CEILINGS? CRACKED WALLS? 50% OFF* (Call now!)
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