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Pool Fence Repairs, Patio Repairs and Sliding Door Maintenance

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Pool Fence Repairs

Over time, changes occur in the yard and home, and these changes can impact the compliance of a pool fence, just a few examples are:

  • The self-closing mechanism on the gate stops working;
  • A power-point is installed to a nearby wall, making a step-up point;
  • The landscaping is changed and impacts the fence heights, or tree branches grow;
  • The fence connection points rust or fatigue, in particular connections to timber decking;
  • Window and door entrances from the house or an adjacent shed no longer meet requirements.

A pool fence will require amendments to be made if the pool inspector finds any non-compliant areas. However a scarier scenario is that an accident occurs due to the pool fence being non-compliant.

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“Home swimming pools are the most dangerous aquatic location for young children. In 2009/10 33 children under the age of five died from drowning. Of these 16 children drowned in swimming pools.” – from Royal Life Saving, Fact Sheet 08, Home Pool Safety.

The Royal Life Saving Society Australia has a useful Home Pool Checklist that you might find handy to do a quick check on the safety of pools at your properties.

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We often get asked to carry out repairs to pool fencing where an inspector has visited a property and provided a report on the amendments that need to be made to have it compliant.

Interestingly, there are many solutions to some of the items that might not be what you first think of. For example, a power-point creating a step-up point doesn’t necessarily need to be removed, instead an angled cover can be installed. Over time we have gotten to know the pool inspectors and will discuss particular jobs with them to determine the most cost effective solution for the client. Please feel welcome to contact us if you have any concerns about the safety of a pool.

Pergola & Patio Repairs

Over time the sun, wind and rain will deteriorate the condition of your patio or pergola. For timber structures this might be rot in the timbers that have been exposed to water damage. For steel structures this might be rust in the beams and connections.

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In some scenarios the patio/pergola structure is fine, however there are issues with the gutters or fascia that the structure is connected to. In all of these instances the structure will likely need to be supported with props, the rotten/rusted parts removed and new beams/members installed.

This type of work starts to get beyond the capability of the typical handyman, however might be considered too small for a builder. This is where we fit in well and have the skills, tools, people and experience to do this type of work. We have props for supporting the structure, we have a team of tradesman, so we are readily able to schedule 2 people to the job and we can do welding, if required, to steel beams.

We would love to help you, so please do contact us if you have any concerns about the integrity of your patio/pergola, or require any maintenance.

Sliding doors not rolling well??

DON’T spray WD40 or cooking oil on the rollers or door runners. This just makes it worse by collecting more grime and making it sticky.

The better approach is to firstly give the tracks a good clean-out. If the door still isn’t sliding well, consider replacing just the rollers or the whole carriage unit if really worn.

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