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Bailey MAX SMART June 2024.  BLOG.

2024-06-07T15:35:58+12:00June 7th, 2024|General|

Some years ago, I was working with a client who wanted to add some sustainability focused features to their new build, something that was not common at the time. We added rainwater storage tanks to the new build for rainwater harvesting and re-use, however the compliance pathway was complex and there were many regulatory barriers [...]

Bailey Bazooka Culvert

2024-05-09T19:28:20+12:00May 9th, 2024|General|

I had the opportunity the other day to be involved with the installation of a Bailey Bazooka culvert.  It's actually the first time I've ever installed a culvert and it was great to work alongside experienced contractors, familiar with civil drainage work, who were able to offer up some advice to ensure that it installed [...]

Bailey Water Tank Install

2023-12-04T13:50:53+13:00December 4th, 2023|Painting|

I've just completed the installation of a new Bailey Slim Jim 2000 ltr water tank and thought I would share some reflections on this process.The new Bailey Slim Jim water tank has some revised features including a sleek flat finish, modern appearance and is available in a range of colours and sizes.Like most projects, it [...]

What is Double Glazing? The Quick Facts

2023-06-09T14:20:13+12:00June 9th, 2023|Building, Glazing|

What is Double Glazing? The Quick Facts By Resident Builder Peter Wolfkamp Thankfully, double glazing is increasingly common and with the recent improvements to H1 of the Building Code, double glazing will be in new homes from now on. However, double glazing was a rarity when I started building in 1987 and every now [...]

Bailey Black Snake

2023-05-18T12:23:12+12:00May 17th, 2023|Painting|

Key Themes Why do retaining walls fail? Key components in successful design Importance of drainage coil Where to put it, where it goes. In my experience, whenever I've had to look at a retaining wall that's a little bit wobbly or seems to be constantly leaking water, the one common feature of the failure [...]

How Does the H1 Changes Affect Me

2023-04-06T15:49:54+12:00April 6th, 2023|Painting|

How Does the H1 Changes Affect Me. Most of us probably have the experience of growing up in a home where we shivered through the winter and then our houses were incredibly hot during the summer! Most of this can be attributed to the poor standard of our insulation in New Zealand homes before 1978. [...]

What Are The H1 Changes In The Building Code And How Does It Affect Homeowners?

2023-02-03T15:33:44+13:00February 3rd, 2023|Building|

Author: Resident Builder Peter Wolfkamp Date published: January 2023 Changes to the NZ Building Code regarding the energy efficiency of our homes were announced in 2021 and all changes will take effect by November 2023. When the H1 changes were announced, some of the public and construction industry responses were along the lines of “Why?  [...]

BT-50 Blog

2022-11-24T09:15:03+13:00November 23rd, 2022|Painting|

Back in the day, when I started work as a young carpenter, my boss, Tom, would pick me up if we were working out of town. Tom had a fairly new Mazda B1600 single cab flat deck Ute, which was pretty good in its time, but we are talking 1987. Thinking about that ancestor to [...]

Mazda Blog

2021-12-16T17:07:32+13:00December 16th, 2021|General|

I have just ticked over 17,000km in the new BT-50.  Most of those k’s have been done in the daily grind of a commute to site at The Block NZ, the school run, plus some journeys on the highway, as I drive to events outside of Auckland. During all of these trips, the new BT-50 [...]