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Issues and repairs | BRANZ Maintaining My Home
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Float level requires adjustment Listed under: Interior, fixtures and fittings, toilets adjust the screw on the float arm - adjustment of older cisterns may be done by bending the float arm down There are no related Maintenance Guides. All maintenance guides A regular maintenance checklist includes checking the condition of...
http://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/cistern-overfilling/
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Overloading for path design such as vehicles driving over paths Inadequate base preparation Soil subsidence No expansion joints installed when poured Tree roots Weed growth through asphalt Listed under: Section, paths and paving, driveways if deterioration is minor, sawcut around the damaged area to 50 mm depth; remove...
http://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/asphalt-pathdriveway-cracks/
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Not well installed initially Building movement; earthquake shaking Timber shrinkage Listed under: Interior, timber and wood-based, medium-density fibreboard (MDF), earthquakes, timber, ceilings if cracking or damage is not too severe fill gaps or cracks wider than 3 mm with filler according to manufacturer's instructions then sand, prime and paint...
http://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/ceilings-timber-or-mdf-cornices-joints-opening-up/
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Timber posts rotting in the ground Posts not anchored sufficiently deep into ground Posts not big enough for fence height Impact damage Listed under: timber and wood-based, timber, Section, fences, durability, rot replace timber posts with H5-treated posts dig up posts; increase depth of hole; re-install posts - hole...
http://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/fence-posts-crackeddamaged/
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Screws wearing into door handle Threaded insert within the handle loose Handle threads stripped Listed under: Interior, fixtures and fittings place a washer behind the screw head reglue insert into the handle or wedge it in place with timber slivers replace handle There are no related Maintenance Guides. All maintenance...
http://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/loose-handles-on-cupboard-doors/
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A gas leak has developed on the house side of the meter Appliance use has increased Listed under: gas, Services call a registered gasfitter to check the supply line monitor use There are no related Maintenance Guides. All maintenance guides A regular maintenance checklist includes checking the condition of certain...
http://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/spike-in-gas-supply-bills/
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Weatherboards having different levels of exposure to weather - for example, protection from eaves or verandah roof Stain has little or no pigments Listed under: Exterior, timber and wood-based, timber, cladding, walls weatherboards may be left - the colour difference may reduce over time as weathering continues alternatively,...
http://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/uneven-weathering-of-stained-timber-weatherboards/
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Grilles (external or internal) are blocked/dirty Air filters are clogged/require cleaning Ducts are blocked Duct joints are not sealed resulting in air leakage through joints System is unbalanced due to differences in supply and exhaust ducting Listed under: electrical, mechanical ventilation, Services clear obstructions from and clean external grilles as...
http://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/ventilation-systems-poor-fresh-air-supply-and-stale-air-removal/
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Automatic shut-off to flexible hose connection not working Mechanism has stuck or failed Listed under: gas, Services call a registered gasfitter There are no related Maintenance Guides. All maintenance guides A regular maintenance checklist includes checking the condition of certain building elements every year. Sometimes the paint finish does not...
http://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/gas-supply-automatic-shutoff-not-working/
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Skillion roof construction prevents access Access was never provided Listed under: Interior, Roof, framing, roof space the condition within skillion roofs cannot be readily checked locate joists in a discrete location where there is enough headroom that allows access. Frame out an opening with one dimension of at least 600...
http://www.maintainingmyhome.org.nz/issues-and-repairs/issue/no-roof-space-access/