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 [...]

Rainwater Harvesting

2021-11-29T12:18:32+13:00November 29th, 2021|General|

I have been spending a bit of time in the garden recently as it bursts back into life. While listening to the spring rain falling on the roof, there was also a quiet satisfaction knowing that I was collecting that rainwater and directing it into the Bailey SlimJim tank, which I had installed behind the [...]

JNL Juken J-Frame

2021-11-01T16:53:45+13:00November 1st, 2021|Building|

For those of you that know me well, one of the most rewarding aspects of working on heritage houses, has given me the insight and the skills, plus the ability of the original builders and the materials they used. I imagine that the early carpenters who began building villa’s, using Kauri would have been amazed [...]

TANKS – a more sustainable future

2021-10-19T12:11:49+13:00October 19th, 2021|Building, General|

Who would have thought that the large plastic water tanks that you see dotting the New Zealand rural landscape can be given a new life? Well, they can. In fact, Bailey’s Tanks commitment to sustainability is at the heart of everything they do. You could say it all starts in the factory and ends on [...]

Simple Green

2021-09-14T17:54:09+12:00September 14th, 2021|General|

You may have heard me recently discuss some products from Simple Green. I like to know about the products I use, so here is what I found out. The challenge Simple Green was founded in 1975 by a Californian father and son trying to create a food-safe cleaner for removing tannic acid from coffee vending [...]