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Home Living : January 22nd 2013
Seen any great ideas? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org ADD ZEST TO YOUR LIFE Microplane Ultimate Citrus tool is a three-in- one zesting, scoring and garnishing tool for oranges and lemons to extract aromatic, oil-rich surface peel without any bitter white pith. Call DKSH on 8884 6000. COLOUR-CODE YOUR KEBABS Bold, bright and beautiful, these Zeal skewers will make a statement in any summer kitchen. The ends allow colour- coding of kebabs (perfect for those who only like certain ingredients). Call 1800 650 601 SLICE WATERMELON WITH EASE Colourful and clever, the new watermelon knife from Kuhn Rikon is a handy summer kitchen tool. The 28cm serrated blade, in watermelon pink, slices through every type of melon with ease. Call 1800 650 601. OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE ENSURE BALCONY IS SAFE Janita Singh Make sure your balcony or deck is safe. Collapses are common in summer. WHAT TO LOOK FOR Timber balconies/decks: Identify species. Oregon may not be appropriate for external structures. It's distinguishable by a broad softwood grain pattern and by a pinkish colour when fresh surfaces are exposed. Test timber by probing with a sharp object like a screwdriver. Gain access underneath; check connection points at beams. Timber generally rots where two pieces of timber join. Check for rust. Check timber posts for rot. These need to be securely anchored into the ground. Check handrails and vertical balustrade for rot and stability. Concrete: Look for signs of deflection. There's a problem if it leans. Examine underside for rust stains on exposed steel. SUMMER SAFETY BALCONY and deck collapses are common in summer. Local architects say rotting timber and rusty steel fittings are the main causes. Archicentre NSW General Manager Ian Agnew says owners are responsible for upkeep and could face costly legal battles from those injured. ''Collapses result in injuries and deaths. Coastal properties have high risk because of the harsh environment damaging metal fittings," says Mr Agnew. ''Many can be several metres off the ground heightening the danger.'' Whether timber, concrete or with steel supports, balconies should be checked carefully for rots, shaky handrails and balustrades, corroded bolts and brackets, rust stains and cracking. Consider the life span of different material, says Boral Timber experts. Hardwood decking is durable. Sydney Flooring says homeowners should be aware of the fire behaviour of different decking timber and seek expert advice in bushfire-prone areas. BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152887i hlw wk40 *Discounts off R.R.P. on selected ranges only while stocks last. Offer supercedes previous offers and is valid for a limited time only. 33639 SYDNEY BLINDS & SCREENS Ph: 9636 1555 SHOWROOM: 26 STODDART RD, PROSPECT (Monday-- Friday & Sunday) www.sydneyblinds.com.au 30 Years of local manufacturing. Best quality and price guaranteed. 60% OFF* BLINDS LET THAT SUMMER BREEZE IN UP TO ON ALL SECURITY DOORS PROMO CODE: SOUTH SUMMER SELLOUT! FREE quotes ALL suburbs FREE CLOSER & BUG SEAL 3AMMUT 3TREET 3MITHFIELD WWW GLIDEROL COM &/2 ! &2%% -%!352% 15/4% #!,, o -ANUFACTURERS OF RESIDENTIAL ROLLERS DOORS o 3ECTIONAL OVERHEAD DOORS o !UTOMATIC GARAGE DOOR OPERATORS 2059752i 11/01 MEMBER No. 382542 HIA NOW FREE Measure & quote SPECIAL PRICE FOR HOUSE LOTS SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR PENSIONERS Heat Cold Noise Storms Intruders llll l Energy saving l Added Privacy ll Manual or Electric Choice of Colours ROLLER SHUTTERS ROLLER SHUTTERS QUALITY SHUTTERS AT AFFORDABLE PRICES DIRECT FROM THE FACTORY TRADING AS ALLGUARD HOME IMPROVEMENTS PTY LTD Protect Against ... Enjoy ... ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY.LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5
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