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B STAR
B STAR
11 November 2013

Painting a cracked concrete driveway

Painting a cracked concrete driveway

YOu can try using builders bog. I have test an area in my garage and in a year it hasnt changed. However my garage shoudl be more stable than outside paving. The correct…

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B STAR
Nov 11, 2013 7:28 am
Darcy27
Darcy27
29 October 2013

Rendered wall or modular wall?

Rendered wall or modular wall?

We are building on an elevated corner block, so need about 50m of fence along the side and front. There is a limestone retaining wall sloping to about 3m high at the…

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Darcy27
Oct 29, 2013 12:55 pm
Lars
Lars
24 October 2013

Solver Botany Grey or Dulux Light Leather

Solver Botany Grey or Dulux Light Leather

Thanks so much, the botany grey looks great

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Lars
Oct 23, 2013 11:41 pm
robbie55
robbie55
22 October 2013

Screen help / options

Screen help / options

In our old house we were the ones overlooking and its not really comfortable from that side either. Often we'd find that we'd want to sit out on the deck but our…

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robbie55
Oct 22, 2013 11:31 am
robbie55
CC101
CC101
21 October 2013

Front fence ideas

Front fence ideas

brickwork or blocks with inserts look good as well.

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CC101
Oct 21, 2013 8:59 pm
PHL
PHL
20 October 2013

Decking

Decking

If you want timber, but don't want maintenance, something like ModWood might work; not sure of longevity though. If you want tiles, and there is a distance from the…

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PHL
Oct 20, 2013 9:47 pm
Qqueen
Qqueen
11 October 2013

Paving or Decking

Paving or Decking

Consider decking because they are more durable, look amazing and it has lower maintenance costs. Paving can be cheaper but in the long term, it may not be the most…

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Qqueen
Oct 11, 2013 9:46 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
8 October 2013

Yet another Decking Question (sorry I am a noob at all this)

Yet another Decking Question (sorry I am a noob at all this)

Could you fill under and lay cement ? Then lay tiles or something else on top. You'd need a wall around the fill. Often this is no dearer than wooden decks.

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Saint Mike
Oct 08, 2013 9:57 am
Saint Mike
Jason-Vic
Jason-Vic
29 September 2013

Need a pergola soon

Need a pergola soon

Hi, . And I went to local Stratco store and got a quotation for a DIY kit and it was $7000 for 45sqms. I'm not sure whether I can do it by…

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Jason-Vic
Sep 29, 2013 3:50 pm
fekish
fekish
27 September 2013

Outdoor sink + barbecue - anyone got suggestions?

Outdoor sink + barbecue - anyone got suggestions?

nice! we are still in thought on what to do.. definitely we are having also the provisions! but we are still thinking: shall we do it later - now - mmmmm...

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fekish
Sep 27, 2013 7:05 pm
fekish
cornellengineers
cornellengineers
16 September 2013

Advice on Laserlite damage and replacement

Advice on Laserlite damage and replacement

Hi fozrunner Try Ampelite. http://www.ampelite.com.au/domestic.htm I'm in Brisbane and can refer you to a plumber if you need one. Matt Cornell www.cornellengineers.com.au

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cornellengineers
Sep 16, 2013 3:50 pm
cornellengineers
chippy
chippy
12 September 2013

Paint colour similar to staining.

Paint colour similar to staining.

If you really like a clear finish then it is possible, you just need to use a far better product than what typical builders use. If you use Sikkens and apply the complete…

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chippy
Sep 12, 2013 9:31 am
chippy
offshore
offshore
5 September 2013

How to kill a Minor bird

How to kill a Minor bird

As these things are a recognized pest, some councils will hire or loan out traps. All legal as long as they are destroyed by the approved method. Check with your council.

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offshore
Sep 05, 2013 11:33 am
jassy
jassy
5 September 2013

Firepit

Firepit

Oww! Thanks, Stewie. I've played it safe (at great cost I might say) and mortared in a layer of firebricks with fire clay mortar. I'll be very disappointed if the buggars…

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jassy
Sep 05, 2013 10:59 am
timmy35851
timmy35851
4 September 2013

Shade Sails - Perth SOR

Shade Sails - Perth SOR

Checkout Extreme Sails in Fremantle

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timmy35851
Sep 04, 2013 3:49 pm
symowallo
symowallo
3 September 2013

Problem with finish on our aluminium outdoor setting

Problem with finish on our aluminium outdoor setting

You could reduce the cost by dismantling it yourself. Masking it would be a pain, so pulling it all apart would reduce labour for the powdercoater/painter. If it's not an…

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symowallo
Sep 03, 2013 7:34 am
builderforlife
builderforlife
30 August 2013

Pre coloured render and paint or flush brick finish?

Pre coloured render and paint or flush brick finish?

Dont paint if you are going to render later because that adds cost and complications. Why not leave the bricks as is until funds allow for renderering?

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builderforlife
Aug 30, 2013 8:13 pm
builderforlife
symowallo
symowallo
30 August 2013

Pergola & flooding inside

Pergola & flooding inside

I had the same problem. Poor flashing and planning. Had to get it replaced, although you might be able to get a drainer out to take a look. You need to calculate the…

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symowallo
Aug 30, 2013 4:53 pm
clairemumto5
clairemumto5
28 August 2013

Anyone with outdoor room/kitchen or spas? pics pls

Anyone with outdoor room/kitchen or spas? pics pls

Hey Buffy - we are in stage 20 too :) school is meant to open in 2015 - which is when kiddo number 4 is due to start prep, which you guys probably know by now...

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clairemumto5
Aug 28, 2013 2:10 pm
dreaman
dreaman
28 August 2013

Recommendation for decking/veranda build in Sydney

Recommendation for decking/veranda build in Sydney

Hi, I can highly recommend http://www.pmcarpentry.com.au/Default.aspx, Paul did a beautiful job on our merbau steps. Just not sure that area…

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dreaman
Aug 28, 2013 1:14 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
25 August 2013

Alfresco extension! Need Help!

Alfresco extension! Need Help!

Difficult one. You may never get the tiles to match up - or even up. Unless you get identical ones - if you can. My tip - get a good paver who has a concrete person -…

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Saint Mike
Aug 25, 2013 8:47 am
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
21 August 2013

Colourful plants - Low Line - Spreading ?

Colourful plants - Low Line - Spreading ?

Lobelia, leschenaultia, and scaevola spring to mind, they flower profusely and are gorgeous. Also maybe pigface if you prefer succulents, or…

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Saint Mike
Aug 21, 2013 8:13 am
Saint Mike
Ca6leguy
Ca6leguy
21 August 2013

Lined porch ceiling

Lined porch ceiling

My new build comes standard with lined cedar on the porch and alfresco.

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Ca6leguy
Aug 21, 2013 7:00 am
briannalanagan
briannalanagan
19 August 2013

Outdoor furniture

Outdoor furniture

Hi :) I know these might be quite expensive but maybe you can try to make them by some old junk in the garage…

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briannalanagan
Aug 19, 2013 11:50 pm
71monaro
71monaro
16 August 2013

Outdoor BBQ Benchtops

Outdoor BBQ Benchtops

If you used straight stone, such as Granite, or Marble you would not have the problem of engineered stone I assume. The other surface I considered was polished concrete. I…

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71monaro
Aug 16, 2013 9:28 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
12 August 2013

Retractable Shade Sails

Retractable Shade Sails

I'm also interested in some sort of retractable shade providers - around a pool area - off house ? Not a fan of sails - but these look good.

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Saint Mike
Aug 12, 2013 8:23 am
Saint Mike
LittleTommy
LittleTommy
9 August 2013

Outdoor sauna construction

Outdoor sauna construction

Hi All, I'm thinking about building an outdoor sauna, watched lots of videos on youtube on how to build foundation, stud walls and roof but all of them are in the US. I…

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LittleTommy
Aug 09, 2013 12:19 pm
xya
xya
5 August 2013

Who should I call for these works?

Who should I call for these works?

Thanks Stewie, you're a great help.

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xya
Aug 05, 2013 9:15 am
How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
2 August 2013

Change colour of merbau

Change colour of merbau

We are having our merbau deck extended - is it possible to stain merbau to give it a different tone/colour - or are we pretty much stuck with the reddish colour that it…

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How Hard Can it Be
Aug 02, 2013 5:50 pm
4_Pumps
4_Pumps
31 July 2013

Backyard Waterfall Question

Backyard Waterfall Question

SOunds like you are on the right track. What is the pumping head height and how much water do you want to come out of your water fall?

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4_Pumps
Jul 31, 2013 9:18 pm
4_Pumps
4_Pumps
4_Pumps
31 July 2013

Stormwater (maybe?) Grate on property

Stormwater (maybe?) Grate on property

If the house is fairly new I wouldn't be to concerned. The draftsman have to meet council regulations and they are pretty strict these days. It should be of the daft mans…

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4_Pumps
Jul 31, 2013 1:10 am
4_Pumps
SteveH
SteveH
27 May 2010

How loud are new pool pumps

How loud are new pool pumps

We installed a new intelliflo pump for the same reason. We wanted to use the pump during off peak times, but noise was restricting us to do so. Off peak being around 2am…

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SteveH
May 27, 2010 7:34 pm
kyton
kyton
28 July 2013

Artificial turf

Artificial turf

Ours all has heaps of sand - keeps the blades upright. And no it's not sandy at all to walk on.

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kyton
Jul 28, 2013 2:44 pm
kyton
GraniteWorks
GraniteWorks
24 July 2013

Outdoor tiling - what size tiles?

Outdoor tiling - what size tiles?

As mentioned it really does depend on what you think looks best - after all, it's your balcony area. Some standard sizes include 500x500mm, 600x300mm, 800x400mm and even…

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GraniteWorks
Jul 24, 2013 3:12 pm
FionaT
FionaT
18 July 2013

Improving look of built in planter box at front of house

Improving look of built in planter box at front of house

Rather than just rendering the bottom,if budget allows,I would render the whole front and repaint the cladding up near the roof to match.

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FionaT
Jul 18, 2013 11:08 pm
Dukecaddy
Dukecaddy
17 July 2013

Best option for pipe lagging

Best option for pipe lagging

I'd suggest any hardware store or Bunnings should have some. Wherever you buy insulation from would definitely have it.

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Dukecaddy
Jul 17, 2013 5:35 pm
Dukecaddy
bizzee38
bizzee38
1 July 2013

Termite treatment to soil pre build??

Termite treatment to soil pre build??

Hi all, We are about to demo our home which is filled with termites, we took down our garden shed on the weekend and a lovely framed picture stored in there was all but…

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bizzee38
Jul 01, 2013 1:00 pm
Waussiej
Waussiej
20 June 2013

Outdoor tiling

Outdoor tiling

Hi all, I want to tile a limestone retaining wall near our pool area, was wondering if I could stick tiles directly to the limestone or is it better to screw hardiboard to…

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Waussiej
Jun 20, 2013 3:21 pm
happytaurus
happytaurus
19 June 2013

Stackstone Cladding quote

Stackstone Cladding quote

Great thank you and looking forward to the pics :)

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happytaurus
Jun 19, 2013 5:07 pm
oncewerefurriers
oncewerefurriers
16 June 2013

BARGAIN ALERT- Outdoor Lounge Set with FREE $399 PIZZA OVEN

BARGAIN ALERT- Outdoor Lounge Set with FREE $399 PIZZA OVEN

We went out looking for an outdoor lounge set and went to Australia Outdoors in Port Kennedy. We found the "Linda 4-piece Lounge Setting" set…

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oncewerefurriers
Jun 16, 2013 3:02 pm
bgalway
bgalway
13 June 2013

Modwood Flame Shield

Modwood Flame Shield

look at aluminium, knotwood.com.au better alternative than modwood for fire, strength and durability.

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bgalway
Jun 13, 2013 9:19 am
sandyglenn23
sandyglenn23
11 June 2013

Where to buy dovecote in Australia?

Where to buy dovecote in Australia?

Hi Sandy, My Mum's dovecote is down on her property by the beach, not in a suburban block, so there is quite a bit of foliage around it with a…

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sandyglenn23
Jun 11, 2013 10:31 pm
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carllacorcia
Jun 09, 2013 9:31 pm
blacklab
blacklab
5 June 2013

Alfresco Planning

Alfresco Planning

Hi Rudolf, Our build is coming along nicely, There’s some pictures etc here http://forum.homeone.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=60628. Once the…

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blacklab
Jun 05, 2013 3:42 pm
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Maz78
May 29, 2013 4:48 pm
humble
humble
27 May 2013

Decking - do I need building permit??

Decking - do I need building permit??

You wont be allowed to build over the easement. And typically, anything over 10m2 needs a permit also. I would make sure your 'decking' tradie has a builders license…

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humble
May 27, 2013 5:39 pm
moxie
moxie
26 May 2013

GRC concrete outdoor tables

GRC concrete outdoor tables

I am looking to buy a GRC outdoor table with stainless steel legs. Can only find 1 store selling them & wondering if anyone knows somewhere else? They are at remarkable…

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moxie
May 26, 2013 1:10 pm
meowsy
meowsy
25 May 2013

How to fill a gap under a gate.

How to fill a gap under a gate.

Can the gate be hung the other way? Does the driveway incline or decline towards the house?

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meowsy
May 25, 2013 6:49 pm
meowsy
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
25 May 2013

Painting a treated pine deck

Painting a treated pine deck

First time it sucks it in a bit - so buy the 6 litre can or 10. Then maybe again in 6 months - then every 12 months. It goes a sort of golden colour and does darken over…

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Saint Mike
May 25, 2013 10:44 am
Saint Mike


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