Showing posts from October 7, 2012

R.I.P. Min

Min, the Avonside Blog’s cat, went to meet his Maker early yesterday evening. The epitome of resilience, he survived five years living homeless in the area until accepting our invitation. Three years on, and after numerous trials and tribulations, enough was enough..

Southern Response - temporary repairs to houses

Southern Response have updated their website with information for those awaiting either rebuilds or repairs, and wishing to stay in their existing damaged property until then. The following is from the new section (here) :What should you do if you need temporary repairs to your house?We are sometimes asked to do temporary repairs to a customer's home to make it more habitable and comfortable, before the main repairs are done, or before the house is rebuilt.  This might cover things like cladding or roofing, insulation, drainage or removal of liquefaction. If you believe your property needs temporary repairs for you to be able to remain living there, please contact us to talk about your situation.  We look at each request individually, taking into account all circumstances. We need to ensure our customers live in weathertight, secure homes that they are able to heat, and that their home is structurally safe to live in.  Temporary Repairs for RebuildsIf your home needs repairs so th…

Holy Trinity Avonside - Parish and Community Fair: Saturday 20 October

Saturday 20 October 10 am to 1pm
Children’s activities
Bouncy castle
Food and Drinks
Trash ‘n treasure
LinensBe surprised at the range of community stalls.
See how our churchyard garden is being developed.

Post-earthquake plasterboard repairs

BRANZ (Building Research Association of New Zealand) have a free two page download called Post-earthquake Plasterboard Repairs.  It is a digital version of the article that appeared in the August/September edition of their publication Build (No 131). The article covers the problems associated with using plasterboard as a bracing element, the type of repairs that might be used, and the result to be expected. A very useful tool to check against what has been specified for your plasterboard repairs. For Red Zoners who have been classified as a repair, comparing the repair method proposed by EQC or an insurer against what the article says may be a useful reality check.  As always, the issue is not about the most economic repair for the insurer, it is about what your insurance policy entitles you to.The article (free) can be downloaded from here. The BRANZ earthquake repair and rebuilding information page is here (some items are free).

Measuring the impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes on the residential property market.

Lincoln University are conducting an on-line survey to see how prospective home buyers view the risk associated with land zoning (TC1, TC2, TC3) and the likelihood of flooding, how this affects the price they are willing to pay, areas prospective buyers prefer, and construction preferences.The survey, Residents’ perceptions relating to residential property in Canterbury post the earthquakes is open to all who want to participate and starts here. The survey is for both homeowners and renters. A few questions are detailed however you can leave a question unanswered if you wish. Some questions were unclear when I did it, so left them blank.The following introductory information is from the Lincoln website.Professor Sandy Bond from Lincoln University is currently conducting research to investigate householders’ perceptions towards the impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes on the residential property market. The 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake had a devastating impact on Christchurc…