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Home Living : March 22nd 2011
6 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Don't get into hot water » ADVERTISING FEATUREHOMELIVING Old electric hot water systems installed in ceilings of older homes can be dangerous and need to be properly inspected, warns an architects' group. Archicentre, the building advisory ser- vice of the Australian Institute of Archi- tects, said ceiling-mounted hot water systems were quite com- mon in Aust- ralia. Archicentre ACT & NSW state man- ager Ian Agnew said during the 1970s, these ceiling- mounted electric hot water ser- vices were typically lo- cated above closely-spaced toilet or bathroom walls, so they had plenty of support for the weight. ''We would be advising anyone pur- chasing an older home to have the condition of the hot water service assessed as they can be expensive to replace,'' Mr Agnew said. ''The main safety issue is around the old electric hot water services, with water in them, slowly rusting out over time. It is now over 40 years since these hot water services were installed and now is the possibility that they may spring a leak or even suddenly burst one day. ''Many of these systems will be redun- dant these days, having been replaced with new ones during renovations or simply as they stopped working. However, if the water tank wasn't drained at the time of renovation, some water may still be sitting in the tank. ''The 'safe' tray located underneath is not ad- equate to survive a large flow of water. In some cases these safe trays are rusted old galvanised steel also. ''Home-owners need to check whether the one they have needs to be re- moved and replaced and should en- gage the services of a qualified li- cenced plumber,'' he said. Details: archicentre.com.au O Remove existing fittings, wall and floor tiles O Supply and fix new wall lining or cement render. O Waterproof wet areas O Supply and fix wall and floor tiles x 20m² $30per m² allowance O Supply and install vanity valued $500.00 O Supply and install bath valued $200.00 O Supply and install taps valued $360.00 O Supply and install toilet suite valued $450.00 O Supply and install shower screen valued $520.00 O Supply and install mirror valued $100.00 O Supply and install accessories valued $200.00 O Remove all trade waste and effect final clean up O Full guarantee COMPLETED IN 8 DAYS GUARANTEED $9980 Scope of Work BATHROOM Renovations Master Bathrooms Ph: 9899 9330 Builders Lic No. 178503c www.masterbathrooms.net.au 20 Years Experience Carpentry-Plumbing-Electrical -Tiling-Waterproofing (NSW) Pty. Ltd. 2110282i 11/1 2277063i hlc wk41 Bld. Lic No 161882c Great value Storage Products for the Worksh Home o Office! www.storagesaver.com.au Quality products delivered to your door 169* $ 39* $ Ph 1300 996 557 *Plus delivery Unit 17, 28 Vore St, Silverwater Tel: 9648 0000 Mob: 0430 134 499 Fax: 9648 1766 email@example.com 2157101i 23/11 • Polyurethane & Vacuum Form Doors • Caesar Stone Benchtop • Free Quote & Design • Builders & bulk purchase welcome OPEN 7 DAYS Homeway kitchen Kitchen Direct Australia 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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