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DIY: Know Your Regulations

In our time as timber suppliers in Brisbane and Sydney, we have heard a lot of “horror stories.” The worst are those in which someone spent their time, money and considerable effort to complete a project, only to find out it was against a local or neighbourhood regulation to build it. On rare occasions, people not only have to tear their projects down but also have to pay a fine for the indignity.

Here is a checklist to make sure you are getting it right.

Building Permit

Sometimes you may think a DIY project is “too small” to need a building permit. You may be right, but you might also be wrong. Check with your local council for permits and regulations. If you are in a master planned community, check to make sure that your project is compliant with their regulations, too.

Disposal of Materials

Many projects involve tearing down a wall or a structure such as an old deck or fence. This can disturb hazardous materials; they must be disposed of correctly to prevent environmental damage and possible harm to you or your family. Know how to dispose of treated timber, materials coated with lead paint, asbestos, volatile materials and powders.

Right Materials

Always make sure that you are using the right materials for any project. The projects not only work out better, but will be in compliance with regulations. This ensures the safety of you and your family. One example: needing sufficient strength for a support beam or a deck floorboard. Another example: when you can use treated timber and when you can’t. Improper use of CCA treated timber can make your child sick and it can also get you a hefty fine.

When you are ready to start your project, call Narangba Timbers. We have the knowledge and experience to help you do it right. We can make sure you are using the right materials for any project. Call 1300 477 024 to learn more.