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10 Tips for Dealing with Termites

A recent survey indicates that 1 in 3 houses in Australia are dealing with subterranean termite infestation which can cause major structural damage to building timbers. The severe termite damage to the Australian buildings has been caused by several factors: • Historic use of softwood and untreated timber for the structure and non-structural areas of … Continued

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What Is a Timber Pest Inspection?

Most lending authorities and wise consumers require a timber pest report of the structural soundness of the intended new home. This report, with the exception of mortar damage to structural brickwork (mortar bee attack), should be solely concerned with investigation within the property of critical joinery and all structural timbers. The timber pest inspection Report … Continued

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Let There Be Light

  Lighting is an important part of the homeand serves both an aesthetic and practical purpose. While lighting design is usually the responsibility of an architect or interior designer, it’s just as important for builders to understand the strategies behind good lighting. Jerry Tyrrell explains. Every job we do has lights; whether they’re inside or … Continued

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Walking the Walk – Access RULES: Part 1

The RULES project that Connection Magazines and I are preparing is intended in part as a valid alternative to the sometimes confusing and expensive Australian Standards. I’m confident it’s only a matter time now before this clear and concise option will be the default way everyone will access building knowledge in Australia… You all know … Continued

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Building Products: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

  Jerry Tyrrell shares a couple of contrasting case studies that highlight the good, bad and the ugly when it comes to building products and customer service in this country. I’m hard (but fair) on manufacturers who give us products that are not fit for purpose or have installation rules that contractors are unaware of. … Continued

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Building Safe and Compliant Stairs

It’s up to designers, builders and contractors to blend the basics of stair construction with the complexities to ensure the end result is safe and compliant. For those readers who are more ‘visual’ learners, then this article by Jerry Tyrrell is for you. You’ve long heard me say that I believe the Australian Building Codes … Continued

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Checking the National Construction Code Is Essential

We need a simple and agreed way of self-assessing and quality assuring building work against the regulations. Jerry Tyrrell pleads for clarity. Journalists are taught to write  a ‘hook’ at the beginning of an article to grab the reader’s attention. Gun violence in the United States kills or injures more than 100,000 people a year … Continued

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The Secrets of Beautiful Buildings

  Builders have shaped everything beautiful in the civilised world. We need to make sure that our work is treasured and admired by generations to come – not only in terms of construction, but also in the design of a building. I hope you have had a great year to add to the past fabulous … Continued

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A Translation of the NCC

In mid-September Jerry presented a paper at the ABCB’s Building Australia’s Future Conference. The following is an extraction that highlights some of the most important points of discussion. It was good to talk to industry leaders at the recent Building Australia’s Future Conference and I thank the ABCB for the opportunity to air my views. … Continued

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The Best Way to Build is to Build Properly

Jerry Tyrrell explains what ‘we’ need to do… because no else will.     I’ve been watching our industry for nearly 50 years. Mistakes cost us a fortune every year. I reckon we waste over $5b on rectification or maintenance work we don’t like doing. This money could be spent on schools and hospitals. Most … Continued

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The Rules of Waterproofing: part 2

WATERPROOFING RULES: PART 1 looked at the main principles of waterproofing we all should know or be able to find quickly. This second part by Jerry Tyrrell delves further into the detail… My 40th article in the past 10 years will be short. My key point is: read Part 1 again – and don’t be … Continued

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Let’s Emancipate Building Knowledge by Making Standards FREE

The Australian Building Codes Board has made the NCC available for free online, so what about standards? Jerry Tyrell believes it could be a winning formula. The Australian Building Codes Board provided the NCC (the BCA) for free earlier this year (Yay! Yippee! Woohoo!) and after speaking at September’s Building Australia’s Future Conference the last question from … Continued

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The Basic RULES of Waterproofing : Part 1

Waterproofing mistakes are arguably the most costly to everyone. Jerry Tyrrell provides the third in a series of articles that translate the National Construction Code (Building Code of Australia) into builder speak. Back in 2005, one of the first articles I wrote for this column was on waterproofing – see ‘Avoid being a drip!’ This … Continued

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Building Properly is Simpler Than We Thought

I realised this year that everything we need to know to build properly is even simpler than what I’ve been saying. All the Australian Building Codes Board, who administers the NCC, needs to do is deliver easy to find code compliance and promote industry best practice. They will do this when they: 1. Publish one … Continued

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Builders – ‘Terrorised’by Excess Information

The man on a mission, Jerry Tyrrell, emphasis the fact that builders need easily accessible and understandable regulatory information, and they need it now. Builders are ‘terrorised’ daily by excess information. They are too busy, confused or intimidated to fight back against the incessant ‘barrel bombs’ of unnecessary words from government, association and industry bureaucrats. … Continued

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Defects Inspection Reports and Building Problems

Even with the best of intentions, things can go wrong when you start out building or renovating, and you end up in a dispute with your builder. Tyrrells receives many enquiries from customers and contractors asking for help. Make an appointment to meet with the builder to discuss the problem. Before the meeting, make sure … Continued

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Why Tyrrells

Reasons for using NSW’s only ISO accredited Building Consultancy Comparison of Property and Timber Pest Inspections Comparison of Property and Timber Pest Inspections tyrrells.com Others Full crawl of roof interior and subfloor* Yes Sometimes Expert, trained building consultants (not part-time builders) Yes Sometimes Professional Indemnity Insurance Yes Sometimes Full inspection of safely accessible roof exterior* … Continued

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Timber and pest Advice – a technical guide

Timber Pest Advice – A technical guide   Here is all you need to know to perform a reasonably detailed inspection of your property. 1. General recommendations 1.1 Regular inspection of all structural timbers The Forestry Commission advises inspections at no more than 12 monthly intervals unless the type of construction is timber pest resistant. … Continued

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How to avoid building disputes

Building disputes don’t need to occur if you get the right tactical advice. Often the basis of a disagreement is a simple misunderstanding or honest mistake. In which case, it is vital to use a building consultant who is impartial and can provide a balanced view. Be wary of advice from friends. The emotional, financial … Continued

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How to Deal with Termites – Step by Step

When you live in Australia, termites are a fact of life. However, there are only three species which do real damage to timbers in your home and in all cases, the damage will only occur if you neglect basic maintenance or do not carry out regular timber pest inspections. Undetected termite activity is scary and … Continued

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A guide for a trouble-free building

Introduction Tens of thousands of building projects go wrong every year. Most of the trouble starts from a combination of errors and omissions in the plans, a bad relationship with the contractor, mistakes and mismanagement by the contractor and your failure to make sure the building quality is OK. Building projects should go right. They … Continued