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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?

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 … 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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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 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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Off the Plan Purchase

Buying Off the Plan A popular way to buy a new unit, townhouse or strata commercial property is to purchase it before building work is even started. This is called buying ”off the plan” and means you have to: make a judgement on the location of the unit and it’s parking within the complex read … Continued

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DIY inspections – A good idea or not?

DYI Inspections It’s tempting to think that with some sort of checklist you can do a pre-purchase inspection on a property yourself. STOP and reconsider!  Yes, in the short-term you might save a few dollars but it is likely that you will miss some issues that in the long-term could be costly to fix. Any … Continued

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The Truth About Termites

Termites are a concern in the Australian building industry, but separating popular beliefs from hard facts can sometimes be diffi cult. Jerry Tyrrell offers his thoughts on the best ways to reduce risk. Some fears help us avoid injury or death. For instance, we know to take cover in lightning storms. We shouldn’t touch spiders … Continued

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Building below ground level…Keeping dry

Some building work is more complex than others, and the more complex it is the more costly the mistakes. Building below ground level throws up more technical problems than you may think. In this article published in Building Connection Magazine, Jerry Tyrrell suggests that builders should look to become experts on basement construction. Click here … Continued