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Bringing together building knowledge 
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Providing research, testing and information for the building and construction industry 
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Books, bulletins, seminars, study reports, downloads, details and more... 
Build magazine 213
New Zealand's premier building industry information resource offering impartial expert advice both online and as a hard copy magazine. 
Maintaining my home 1728
Practical advice on how to maintain different parts of your home, and on related issues. 
Maintenance schedules 4
Create a maintenance schedule for a new house, print a copy for the owners, and save a copy for your own files. 
Level 449
The authority on designing and building sustainable homes 
Renovate 319
The technical resource for industry on the renovation of houses from different eras 
Weathertight 98
Building basics for making homes weathertight 
Tools 38
Explore our range of interactive tools and resources 
Issues and repairs | BRANZ Maintaining My Home
From www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz
Weathering, UV light exposure - chalking will be more visible with darker colours Listed under: Exterior, finishes, timber and wood-based, paint, timber, cladding, walls, wall cladding, timber trims, lead-based paint wash surface thoroughly then sand lightly. If necessary, fill joints with putty or exterior grade flexible (polyester) filler. Paint with...
https://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/timber-trims-chalking-paint/
Issues and repairs | BRANZ Maintaining My Home
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Thermal expansion and contraction of timber Swelling/shrinkage due to moisture absorption Back of painted boards not primed Common Listed under: Exterior, timber and wood-based, timber, cladding, walls, moisture, wall cladding, timber trims replace damaged boards nail with single fixing in the centre of the batten prime all surfaces including...
https://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/timber-trims-splitting-or-cupping/
Issues and repairs | BRANZ Maintaining My Home
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UV deterioration of the timber surface beneath the coating Thermal expansion and contraction of the timber frame Loss of adhesion due to excess moisture in the frame Poor initial substrate preparation The surface was damp or dirty when coated A dark finish was used The coating was fully transparent...
https://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/timber-windows-stain-failure-peelingflaking/
Issues and repairs | BRANZ Maintaining My Home
From www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz
Growth Wrong tree selected for location Common Listed under: electrical, health and safety, electrical safety, Section, wires trim growth to be clear of wires - if growth is close to or touching the wires, contact the power supply company to cut power while tree is being trimmed (or have work...
https://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/trees-close-to-overhead-wires/
Issues and repairs | BRANZ Maintaining My Home
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The lock requires lubrication Dirt in the keyhole is obstructing the locking mechanism The key is bent or worn The lock is not aligned to the striker plate, causing the door to jam Listed under: Interior, Exterior, plastic, unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (uPVC), doors, fixings and hardware, fixings, hardware lubricate with...
https://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/upvc-door-is-difficult-to-lock-or-unlock/
Issues and repairs | BRANZ Maintaining My Home
From www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz
Hinges need adjustment Hinges need lubrication The door frame is out of alignment due to building settlement Listed under: Interior, Exterior, plastic, unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (uPVC), doors, fixings and hardware, fixings, hardware adjust or re-seat hinges as required lubricate hinges with penetrating oil or graphite powder consider addressing a building...
https://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/upvc-door-is-difficult-to-open-or-close/
Issues and repairs | BRANZ Maintaining My Home
From www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz
Worn or seized bearings Bearings need lubrication Fan blades need cleaning Common Listed under: electrical, mechanical ventilation, Services replace bearings lubricate the bearings call a specialist service/repair person All maintenance guides A regular maintenance checklist includes checking the condition of certain building elements every year. Sometimes the paint finish does...
https://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/ventilation-system-vibrates-or-makes-unusual-noises/
Issues and repairs | BRANZ Maintaining My Home
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Lack of cleaning off of atmospheric particles that settle on the underside Listed under: Exterior, metal, verandas, durability, corrosion, rust for minor rusting, sand off the red rust, apply a zinc rich primer and a metal primer then apply two finish coats for severe rusting have the roofing replaced There...
https://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/verandas-rusting-on-underside-of-exposed-roofing/
Issues and repairs | BRANZ Maintaining My Home
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Moisture evaporation in the concrete floor slab due to insufficient curing of slab before flooring was laid Moisture evaporation in the concrete floor slab due to damaged or non-existent damp-proof membrane under slab High subfloor moisture level infiltrating through a suspended timber floor Loss of adhesion due to incompatible solvents...
https://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/vinyl-or-linoleum-flooring-has-bubbles-under/
Issues and repairs | BRANZ Maintaining My Home
From www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz
Flooring has been laid directly over floorboards or uneven substrate Listed under: Interior, finishes, vinyl, floor coverings, vinyl flooring, floors lift flooring; lay 6 mm MDF board or fibre-cement board over the substrate; lay new flooring it is possible that very old linoleum or floor tiles may contain asbestos. Removal...
https://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/vinyl-or-linoleum-substrate-visible-through-flooring/