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Home Living : April 19th 2011
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Illegal wiring dangerous liability for buyers » ADVERTISING FEATURE Check the paperwork, is the message for home buyers purchasing a property which has undergone renovation. Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects, said illegal wiring could become a dangerous and expensive liability to the new home buyer. Archicentre's Ian Agnew said an Archicentre survey of more than 100,000 homes inspected across Australia recently, found 30.52 per cent of homes had electrical wiring issues. Mr Agnew said several homes had electrical faults -- in many cases with older homes this was old, often bare, wiring. In some cases it was illegal wiring where previous owners had installed their own power points and wiring systems. ''Illegal wiring is a threat to the inhabitants and visitors in addition to any tradespeople asked to work on the property,'' said Mr Agnew. ''People doing this wiring or allowing it to be done are gambling their lives and the lives of family and visitors, leaving themselves open to serious injury from electrocution or significant legal issues.'' Mr Agnew said major problems could exist with older homes where old wiring had deteriorated and was not replaced. There can also be problems with vermin in older homes. Rats and mice can eat through the insulated wiring in the roof and floor spaces. ''One of the telltale signs about the condition of wiring in a home can be seen where there are burn marks on power points,'' said Mr Agnew. ''Roof spaces can also cause major problems, especially if faulty wiring comes into contact with combustible materials.'' Mr Agnew said the Federal Government's $2.45 billion Home Insulation Scheme highlighted the problems of faulty insulation installation by installers where house fires may have been caused through the disturbance of electrical wiring and protective heat shields. The program had dramatically highlighted the problem of homes without the lifesaving safety switches. ''New homes and renovations by law are required to install electrical safety switches to minimise the risk of electrocution, however, the issue occurs in older and heritage-style homes. The protection these electrical safety switches offer extends to everyone in the home using an electrical appliance. 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 0.03 of a second. This is quick enough to help save your life. ''Home buyers have been urged to ensure that Residual Current Devices (RCDs) electrical safety switches are installed in any home they buy,'' said Mr Agnew. Archicentre's Electrical Safety Check List: Never undertake your own electrical work unless you are a qualified electrical contractor. It is illegal and dangerous to do so. Use a registered licensed electrical contractor for all electrical wiring work. Have the electrician install safety switches on all power and light circuits in the home. Minimise the use of double adapters and power boards in the home, as they can overload power points. Have the electrician install enough permanent power points so the temporary double adapters and power boards can be removed. Eradicate any vermin. Rats and mice can eat through the insulated wiring in the roof and floor spaces and ants like to nest in power points. archicentre.com.au HOMELIVING Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON'S Home Living gives you the opportunity to maximise your advertising dollar through placement in a selection of local newspapers that will most effectively reach your market - which means more potential leads and sales opportunites for your business. Extend your reach with cost-effective campaigns, contact your Home Living Advertising Consultant on 9689 5395. Source: Engaging Communities, The Leading Edge (June 2008) Reach renovators and decorators. • Over 16 Years Experience • New Showroom: Unit 57/4 Hoyle Ave Castle Hill Authorised Dealer GARAGE DOORS & AUTOMATIONS P/L SERVICES TO ALL DOORS AUTOMATIC OPENERS FR $440 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 9894 7188 2122128i 22/03
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