Home Improvement

Arghh! Asbestos While Renovating

Are you debating whether to renovate your asbestos if it’s still undamaged? Should you paint or cover it to completely avoid removal? If you are going through with this DIY project, there are a few things you should keep in mind.


First, you should be knowledgeable about other alternatives of removal of any asbestos containing materials. These may include painting, sealing or covering with a product without asbestos. Secondly, you need to know and comply with all safety regulations when working with asbestos. Lastly, if possible, you should hire a licensed contractor that does Asbestos removal in Perth WA in a safe and professional way.

At all times, you need to keep in mind the people around your workplace such as family and neighbours. Under public safety and health regulations, you need to protect everybody’s health by avoiding the release of asbestos fibers during any project. If possible, speak to your neighbors before engaging in the project. That way, you can explain the necessary safety precautions in place to keep them healthy and safe.

Before performing any renovations on a building, you need to carefully look and prepare accordingly. If you are a homeowner or personal builder, you have the right to remove a maximum of 10 square meters of bonded asbestos without any certification required. Of course, you should meet all the safety precautions. If the amount exceeds the maximum limit, you need the proper certification or hire a certified asbestos removal contractor.

There is no certification necessary for any non-removal work such as drilling holes, preparing surfaces before painting or removing tiles from the bathroom. However, you must follow the asbestos safety precautions by using safety work procedures. When you are removing an asbestos sheet, you should:

• Cordon off the work area, preferably with barrier tape, to prevent unauthorized entry

• Always wear protective clothing and equipment when removing asbestos sheet such as P2 respirator and disposable coveralls.

• Wet the asbestos material before removing it unless doing so would be dangerous, especially on roofs.

• Always avoid breaking or damaging the bonded asbestos before removal. If any damage has occurred, the activities around that area should be kept to a bare minimum.

• Always use plastic drop sheets and wet wipe all the surfaces once you have completed the removal process.

• Proper decontamination is important for all the people involved in the asbestos removal process. This includes wiping any work boots as well as disposing coveralls. Bag all the waste materials in plastic and take showers to remove any dust particles on your skin.

• If possible, all the removal work should always be performed in an open air place or the area should be well-ventilated.

Choosing a Style of Grass for your Home

Which should I choose: Natural or Synthetic Grass?

A lush green front lawn can be the perfect place for families to relax and enjoy the good weather. Well-maintained lawns also increase the property value and make the house more appealing to buyers. But if you do not want the maintenance associated with having a natural lawn, artificial grass might be a good choice for you. Here are some factors to consider when deciding which lawn to choose for your home:

Appearance: Though some of the artificial grass options available look very realistic from a distance, the difference is perceptible due to the shine of the artificial variety. But the even green of synthetic grass cannot be matched by natural grass, unless you take a lot of care in maintenance and do regular trimming. Personal preferences also have to be taken into account; some people want a totally natural look.

Maintenance: This is the biggest advantage of artificial grass – it requires very less maintenance, is not affected by insect damage and do not have worn or dead spots. Natural grass requires regular mowing, weed control and fertilising. The watering required for natural grass is also problematic in drought-prone areas. Artificial grass works well if you have pets or small children running around. The only maintenance required is a twice-a-year brushing and refilling so that the blades remain upright.

Feel: The feel of natural and artificial grass is different, though there are some varieties which are quite soft and similar to natural grass. On warm days, the artificial grass can heat up while natural grass remains cool and comfortable. Watered lawns also help to cool down the house in summer, another plus for natural grass.

Cost: When you compare the initial cost, natural grass is definitely cheaper. If cared for properly, natural grass lasts forever, whereas synthetic grass usually has a life of 12-15 years. Of course, when you compare the long-term maintenance costs, most of this evens out.

Environmental impact: Natural grass helps in reducing greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and allows rain to seep into the soil, enriching our ground water reserves. But well-maintained lawns require fertilisers and regular watering. Artificial grass does not require fertilisers or watering, and newer varieties do allow rain water percolation. But they are made from plastic which has environmental implications.

Long-term investment

The final decision must be made based on all these factors. If you are only putting in a lawn to increase your property value for selling, natural lawn is the best choice, since you do not have any maintenance costs. But if you are planning to stay in the house in the foreseeable future, artificial grass is a good investment. You can simply have the lawn put in, and forget about it. The biannual cleaning can be done by the installers themselves, so that you don’t have to do any maintenance.


Personal preferences play into the final choice – whether you have the time and interest for maintaining natural grass, which one you like to look at and walk through, which one suits your environmental outlook etc. If you have insect or grass allergy sufferers in your family, artificial grass might be the better choice.

Update: Once you have chose the synthetic grass that suits your needs, you will need to engage an installer who will usually charge around $30/sqm. The install of the fake turf can also be done DIY. Just grab a few friends and read the tumblr guide to installing artificial grass. Also be sure o have all the materials on hand like nails and plenty of sand to weigh down the grass after, also make sure your cutting tools are super sharp.

The DIY Guide to installing synthetic grass is everything you need to install your own fake lawn, including tips, secrets and resources for planning your job down to a tea.