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Home Living : August 9th 2011
HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, August 9, 2011 5 HOMELIVING Make your home last a lifetime LVD Industries' Luke Van Dyck has written a how-to book on home renovation. Buying a home is the single biggest investment most people will make in their lifetime, so it's important to not only buy right, but to maintain it to last a lifetime. With this in mind, television personality, builder and owner of LVD Industries Luke Van Dyck has written his first book on educating home owners and those wishing to take up renovation challenges themselves. Home Maintenance -- looking after and improving your most important investment is set to hit the shelves next month and teach you about your home. It covers the different types of structures, for instance whether it's brick veneer, double brick or timber frame and the basic tools you need for simple jobs around the home. Other subjects covered include: How to maintain the different rooms within your house. Hints and tips on painting, energy efficiency, cost saving and water conservation. DIY projects set out in step-by-step format with photographs, such as building a toolbox or storage system, installing a new door, patching a small hole in plasterboard or constructing a small deck. Mr Dyck also shows readers how to maintain each part of the house -- from the kitchen to the bathroom, floor to ceiling and right through to the roof. ''Once you have bought your home, it's now your responsibility to take care of it and maintain it for years to come,'' Mr Dyck said. Luke's tip If you have bought a house and have hairline cracking in the render that is at a certain joining point or where different materials join, you can cut in a controlled cracking point with a grinder. You will only need to sink the blade in about 30mm, depending on the material, and fill the cut with a flexible weather-proof sealant to prevent moisture entering the building. Once dry, patch up the cracks and paint over it. By doing this, the material is able to move slightly without cracking the surface. APOLLO® PATIOS Patios Pergolas Carports Decks Screened & Glass Enclosures 9679 9957 www.apollopatio.com.au Construction by Apollo Additions 166046c * conditions apply * There's no need to constantly open the door for pets to come in and out available in black or white Australian Designed, DIY Home Sliding Door Automation Convert your existing patio, screen or cavity sliding doors into fully automatic doors with the AUTOSLIDETM Lifestyle Kit. This simple Do-It-Yourself add-on kit is a convenient solution for many including busy parents, renovators and pet lovers, and a long-awaited necessity for the elderly, disabled or physically challenged and their families. Call 1300 288 675 to order or visit www.autoslide.com.au Autoslide Pty Ltd, 3/413 Victoria St, Wetherill Park, NSW 2164 $399 + p/h 2283108 9/8 A FAMILY BUSINESS THAT WILL GUARANTEE YOU QUALITY AND PERSONALISED SERVICE CARPORTS + AWNINGS - TIMBER DECKS 0( WWW AUSTEKHOMEIMPROVEMENTS COM AU 7HY CHOOSE !534%+ Always on time, always on budget Fully licensed builders Best value for money promised 100% Bluescope steel Member of Master Builders Australia No pushy salesman -- only qualified builders to quote every job !SK ABOUT OUR ./ ).4%2%34 %6%2 4ERMS &2%% $%3)'. 15/4% -ASTER "UILDER ,IC .O C 21223794g/17/5 ORDER NOW IN TIME FOR SUMMER! • Solid reputation • Exclusive flat roof profile • Excellent service that you can trust • Great design variations to suit all homes • Professional design skills • Customer ser vice our priority • We deliver value beyond customer expectations • AWNINGS • CARPORTS • GLASS ROOMS • SCREENED ENCLOSURES • DECKS • EXTENSIONS CALL 1300 761 201 FOR A FREE DESIGN APPRAISAL. 1300 761 201 295 Pennant Hills Road THORNLEIGH www.stylemasterpatios.com.au Lic No. 229620C NEW SHOW ROOM OPENING ON 20TH AUGUST 2157070 2/8 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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