No matter how important your home system is, people's safety is more important. Our installers typically face the greatest number of risks and hazards during their work. They frequently use powered tools which are potentially lethal in the wrong circumstances. Everyone is responsible for safety.
Before any work can commence, our installers will need to assess the safety of the worksite. They may require items of furniture be moved to provide access, they may even request a safety exclusion zone around their work area to prevent children, or others from accidents.
Our installers may need access to roof or subfloor crawlspaces during the installation. We have identified this period as hazardous and require owners and others to stay away from the work areas. Power tools may be used and depending on the work required to be performed, Audio Junction may isolate and tag OFF mains power for safety. This will be done in consultation at the time if this eventuality occurs.
Audio Junction has an Occupational Health & Safety Policy which is available for download from our Trades Pages (requires Login).
Discussing the ideas you may have for your new home prior to commencing construction could potentially save tens of thousands of dollars versus the cost of a retrofit. Cabling is cheap when there is no Gyprock up, and the longer the time frame available for the Design phase, the better the end result typically is.
During this phase, it's advisable to bring your plans to a meeting with your consultant at Audio Junction. From these plans and the ideas you have, we can determine the types of equipment that will be required to meet the needs of the home and the desires of the owners.
This identification of speakers, display devices etc will then allow our system designers to create a cabling solution to deliver the signals wherever they need to be in the home. A cable schedule is then created and cabling routes through the home are planned. Audio Junction typically follows the electricians into the house when construction commences.
This is where all the cables required for the installation are installed. This is usually conducted prior to gyprock being installed in a new home.
In the case of an existing home, a retrofit, small holes may be required to be made in the walls to allow cable access.
Our installers may need access to crawlspaces during this period. We have identified this period as hazardous and require owners and others to stay away from the work areas. Power tools may be used and depending on the work required to be performed, Audio Junction may isolate and tag OFF mains power for safety. This will be done in consultation at the time if this eventuality occurs.
Expose and Terminate:
In the case of a new dwelling this phase is normally conducted after the plasterers have been through, but preferably before the painters. During this step, all the cables that were laid during the pre-wire stage are pulled through the gyprock and terminated. This is done either with or without fitting wallplates.
While this is usually less hazardous, Audio Junction still requires exclusive access to the work area for the period of the work.
Fitout of Equipment:
Again in the case of new dwellings, this is usually conducted after lock up, usually after the painters and decorators, carpetlayers etc have been through.
During this stage all the electronics are delivered to the site and the equipment is installed into the cabinets, onto or into the walls, screens are mounted and connected and things really start to take shape.
This process can be the most time consuming of all in complicated solutions where the sheer number of cables to be routed and connected is mind boggling. This can also be completed quite quickly for simple installations of a few devices. Either way it is critical that the connections done at this stage are correct and perfect.
From a client perspective, this is a very exciting time, seeing all the equipment arrive and get unpacked. As you might expect, we get asked a lot of excited questions at this time. Our installers are not the best people to be asking many of these questions of. It also slows the work of our teams and it is preferred for the client to contact their Project Coordinator at Audio Junction to receive better more informed answers to their questions.
Programming and Testing:
The last phase of commissioning a system is the programming and testing. This too can be very time consuming. During this phase we will be assigning inputs on receivers, making touchpanels talk to your foxtel, and generally making sure everything does exactly what we said it would.
Existing homes provide somewhat more of a challenge than new home, and the main reason is cable access. Often, in an existing home - there is none.
The prewire phase and installation phases are sometimes combined in an existing dwelling where the number of devices and complexity of the system allow.
Safety practices dictate that even in your loungeroom, we must sometimes set up a hazardous worksite, and for the period of that installation, we will require exclusive access to that area for everyone's safety.
When our installers arrive at your premises to perform an install, they often will not have seen the site before, and each site poses different challenges. Don't be surprised to see them planning their moves on the spot. This will ensure a minimum of time sent for instance in the roof, or under the floorboards.
While every care is taken by our installers, there are times when they may have to make small holes in the gyprock to enable them to catch cables or drill through noggings. These may require repair and paint upon conclusion. Any holes will be discussed prior to their being made.
Cleared access to work areas is required if the installation includes large or bulky devices, you should be notified of this prior to the installation date, although common sense is usually the best measure.