Avoid ma­jor tasks with main­te­nance

Matamata Chronicle - - Building -

ABA­SIC tool kit is es­sen­tial for car­ry­ing out main­te­nance around your home. Hav­ing the tools to hand means you can deal with emer­gen­cies or even rou­tine main­te­nance tasks as they arise.

You can buy the tools in this ba­sic tool kit (be­low) for around $200-$250 but you can spend a lot more if you choose more ex­pen­sive op­tions.

Some tools are es­sen­tial, some are nice to have.

1 x screw driver set (slot­ted, phillips and square drive).

1 x 200mm (8 inch) and 1 x 100mm (4 inch) ad­justable wretch. 1 x claw ham­mer. 1 x craft knife (with spare blades). Pli­ers. Torch with spare bat­ter­ies. Duct tape. Elec­tri­cal in­su­la­tion tape. Rope or ratchet tie-down. Hard wear­ing gloves, dust masks, gog­gles and ear muffs. As­sort­ment of nails and screws. Gar­den hose. 1 can 3-in-1 oil or aerosol oil spray. Black marker pen. 5-, 10-and 15-amp fuse wire. 1 x socket set. Nips. Multi­grips. Lad­der (3 step). Tar­pau­lin. Cord­less drill and driver bits/drill bits. First aid kit (in case it all goes wrong). Fire ex­tin­guisher (in case it all goes re­ally wrong).

9-volt bat­ter­ies for smoke detectors. List of emer­gency phone numbers. Pic­ture show­ing where valves are (for turn­ing off water and gas), and elec­tri­cal mains and hot water cylin­der switches.

Keep a file of the ma­te­ri­als used in your home. This will help you to use com­pat­i­ble prod­ucts, such the right type of paint. It will also help you to claim un­der the guar­an­tee if a prod­uct fails and help fu­ture own­ers of the house.

You may also find it use­ful to keep a con­tact list of trades­peo­ple handy.

It’s best to plan a reg­u­lar main­te­nance sched­ule.

Reg­u­lar pre­ven­tive main­te­nance such as roof and wall clean­ing.

Carry out re­pairs as they are needed. This pre­vents small prob­lems from turn­ing into big ones. For ex­am­ple, a leaky roof could de­stroy your ceil­ing if left un­fixed.

Plan ahead for ma­jor main­te­nance tasks such as re­paint­ing your home or re-roof­ing so you have the money and time avail­able when the work is needed. Be pre­pared for emer­gen­cies. For ex­am­ple, know where and how your water, gas and power sup­plies turn off so you dont have to go search­ing when an emer­gency arises. Re­fer to the back of the yel­low pages phone book or the civil de­fence web­site for in­for­ma­tion on civil de­fence emer­gency prepa­ra­tion.

Every­thing that keeps your home hab­it­able and struc­turally sound needs to be main­tained – from foun­da­tions to roof­ing and cladding, to plumb­ing and elec­tric­ity sup­ply, to in­te­rior wall lin­ings.

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