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cmooring
cmooring
15 November 2011

Advice on building a bench seat

Advice on building a bench seat

Thanks for all the comments, and a special thanks to Chippy for all your input and verification of the design. deb, good luck with your bench. I think it is a useful way…

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cmooring
Nov 15, 2011 11:58 pm
cmooring
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
11 November 2011

Fly traps

Fly traps

When can I buy that particular yellow lid Fly Trap in metropolitan Melbourne ? I looked around Bunnings, Safeway and Coles, but no…

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chrisandkate
Nov 11, 2011 4:51 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
10 November 2011

Outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting

If you have a contemporary style home go for a modern style of light. An older federation home? Buy that style light like No's 1 and 5. Then just look at the area you want…

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Stewie D
Nov 10, 2011 12:09 pm
Dollar
Dollar
9 November 2011

teak outdoor furniture

teak outdoor furniture

I saw the exact table and chairs set I want in a photo in a display home. I am going to check it out this weekend and see if I can identify the maker/stockist. Will let you know.

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Dollar
Nov 09, 2011 6:06 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
9 November 2011

Water Tanks & Pumps

Water Tanks & Pumps

Having a tank to water the garden isn't a very efficient means of using the water. For the most part rainfall in many parts of Australia come mainly for part of the year…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 09, 2011 12:28 am
TheGardenWhisperer
Ash j
Ash j
7 November 2011

Pizza oven

Pizza oven

Any one got any expirences on purchasing a wood fire pizza oven? Ash

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Ash j
Nov 07, 2011 7:48 pm
chippy
chippy
4 November 2011

Decking alternatives

Decking alternatives

Hi Loray. If you like decks then I'd say go for it. I'd install it at the garage level however outside each sliding door I'd install a step that is at the house floor…

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chippy
Nov 04, 2011 12:57 am
chippy
HappyCamper_au
HappyCamper_au
1 November 2011

Ideas needed, what would you do with this? Cost Effectively?

Ideas needed, what would you do with this? Cost Effectively?

Thanks Excited....I'll get some when the next stage is completed. The pond setup was really rushed because the tank they were in (temporarily) decided to leak on all…

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HappyCamper_au
Nov 01, 2011 9:57 pm
Bam
Bam
1 November 2011

Under Deck Water Tanks....

Under Deck Water Tanks....

We have an under deck water tank (deck yet to be built :wink: ) It was a standard Melro tank that you can pay extra for to be converted to under deck. We dug in to the Earth,…

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Bam
Nov 01, 2011 9:26 pm
Bam
KTKTKT
KTKTKT
31 October 2011

Modwood decking

Modwood decking
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Compared to timber.... That is a personal choice. I'm a carpenter so actually prefer the look of timber and will be installing that for my new…

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KTKTKT
Oct 31, 2011 6:06 pm
Sierra
Sierra
30 October 2011

Building approval needed for a deck in Springfield Lakes QLD

Building approval needed for a deck in Springfield Lakes QLD

I think call the council and find out for sure. Im 90% sure of the answer they will give you, cause its the same answer I got for my 28 m2 low level deck. A permit will…

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Sierra
Oct 30, 2011 5:33 pm
Sierra
Steelr
Steelr
25 October 2011

Fence paint

Fence paint

Hi All, Looking for some advise for painting a treated pine fence. We want a black colour but really want it to look like it has the burnt look..Any one have any ideas…

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Steelr
Oct 25, 2011 9:06 pm

This is the sun travelling across the sky - note this is the only diagram like this I could find and is for the Northern hemisphere. Just reverse the E & W and it is…

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Stewie D
Oct 25, 2011 3:20 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
24 October 2011

OZtrail Deluxe Gazebo 3x3m

OZtrail Deluxe Gazebo 3x3m

Loved the one we got from Kmart until some idiot(Me) drove though it in a hail storm. It was when I reversed back and the 6cm antenna on the car caught the edge and bent…

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chrisandkate
Oct 24, 2011 4:35 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
24 October 2011

Whats this Stratco Product called?

Whats this Stratco Product called?

Stratco is the Brand Outback is the series Flat Verandah is the model If you just want the roofing material you should look at…

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chrisandkate
Oct 24, 2011 10:01 am
MellonHead1980
MellonHead1980
24 October 2011

Restaining Merbau deck

Restaining Merbau deck

Hi there. First post in this forum so sorry if this has already been asked in another thread. I had a merbau deck built in late June this year, and it was then stained a…

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MellonHead1980
Oct 24, 2011 2:08 am
deb17
deb17
23 October 2011

Making sense out of pergola roofing options

Making sense out of pergola roofing options

Deb, your pergola looks awesome!! I was thinking of doing the same thing but with hardwood battens. I wanted to know whether you still get…

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deb17
Oct 23, 2011 10:24 am
mountaingoat
mountaingoat
22 October 2011

Building a Deck questions

Building a Deck questions

Thanks Decided on 450mm spacings. I found plenty of videos showing different building methods and things not to do. I will make a smaller deck as an experiment around…

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mountaingoat
Oct 22, 2011 8:26 pm

And yes I'm a perfectionist.. Then you need to get out the tape with a few seats and boards to find out exactly what seat height, depth…

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Stewie D
Oct 21, 2011 12:21 pm
chippy
chippy
20 October 2011

Timber Decking - Mixing the Size of Boards

Timber Decking - Mixing the Size of Boards

Laila, I'm doing a job in the next couple of weeks that will run altetnating size of board. The client initially wanted the deck in a herring bone pattern but it was going…

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chippy
Oct 20, 2011 12:00 pm
chippy

What about something like this? The chairs are stored in the centre of the table legs then the table…

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fairy blue
Oct 19, 2011 5:44 pm
fairy blue
Laila
Laila
19 October 2011

and one else had to get a shadesail council approved

and one else had to get a shadesail council approved

We put in a shade sail but we made the pole that goes into the footing removable. Even though we kept it in there all the time. Apparently our council needs fixed…

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Laila
Oct 19, 2011 4:38 pm
Laila
Laila
19 October 2011

Opinions for shade sail colour?

Opinions for shade sail colour?

We are putting a retractable awning in, we are considering either "Shifting Gray" "Sandy Beige" or "Vanilla" we do want quite a bit of light to come through though and it…

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Laila
Oct 19, 2011 4:06 pm
HappyCamper_au
HappyCamper_au
19 October 2011

Solar outdoor shower

Solar outdoor shower

Like the solar shower bags there won't be any control over the water temperature and some days the water will be HOT!!! Not sure how much the shower holds but looks like…

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HappyCamper_au
Oct 19, 2011 4:02 pm
Laila
Laila
19 October 2011

What do you have outside for making shade?

What do you have outside for making shade?

We are putting in a roof mounted retractable awning made out of PVC Ferrari waterproof fabric with two galvanised steel poles powdercoat coloured which it retracts out to.…

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Laila
Oct 19, 2011 3:23 pm
Laila
Laila
19 October 2011

Cost of Aluminium Powder Coated Pergola

Cost of Aluminium Powder Coated Pergola

I'm assuming you've gotten a few quotes? We are getting a retractable awning put in with PVC Ferrari waterproof fabric which is costing us about $10k, with the…

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Laila
Oct 19, 2011 3:09 pm
Laila
Laila
19 October 2011

Cushions for Built in Seating

Cushions for Built in Seating

We have included some built in seating/benches in our new courtyard garden design. This might be a silly question but it is best to wear the extra cost and buy…

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Laila
Oct 19, 2011 2:37 pm
Lex
Lex
19 October 2011

How high an attached pergola should be?

How high an attached pergola should be?

Our pergola will have to be attached to the house on 1 side (this will be the long dimension, about 8m) and open on all other sides. At the house side (where it's…

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Lex
Oct 19, 2011 12:28 am
Lex
luke81
luke81
17 October 2011

Patios... How hard could it be to get a quote!!!

Patios... How hard could it be to get a quote!!!

We used outdoor world in canning vale and they were great. The quote was done and two weeks after it was council approved it was installed.

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luke81
Oct 17, 2011 6:14 pm
homereno
homereno
16 October 2011

Full sun - Timber or colourbond pergola?

Full sun - Timber or colourbond pergola?

i am getting a colorbond one put up in the coming month i like the clean look of steel and the no maintenance part suits me

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homereno
Oct 16, 2011 12:23 pm
Lex
Lex
14 October 2011

Types of timber for pergolas

Types of timber for pergolas

I'm learning that there is not just one "standard" timber type used for pergolas. So when we get quotes, we might not be comparing like for like. Some quotes specify…

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Lex
Oct 14, 2011 11:09 pm
Lex
bashworth
bashworth
14 October 2011

Tapping into a Charged System

Tapping into a Charged System

Should be OK especially if the pergola Gutters are lower than the house gutters

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bashworth
Oct 14, 2011 11:43 am
bashworth
wonderland
wonderland
14 October 2011

Help with pergola timber sizes?

Help with pergola timber sizes?

hi Lex, My pergola will be 6.5m x 4m, therefore my rafters will be 4m continuous span. My post is 100x100 cypress pine and there will be 3 post to support my beam which is…

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wonderland
Oct 14, 2011 9:33 am
wonderland
kyton
kyton
13 October 2011

Can I afford a pool?

Can I afford a pool?

Pretty old thread guys - back from 2010.

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kyton
Oct 13, 2011 12:02 pm
kyton
eyspy
eyspy
9 October 2011

Poll - Grooves up or down on decking ?

Poll - Grooves up or down on decking ?
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Yes, it's true you will slip easier with the reeded side up. If walking with the reeds in the same direction you foot is only getting half the surface area to get grip on,…

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eyspy
Oct 09, 2011 9:27 am
Mickeyau
Mickeyau
2 October 2011

timber over concrete steps

timber over concrete steps

Hi Blocka, I am not aware of the actual article that you're seeking but the alarm bell went off when you said that the project was covering concrete steps…

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Mickeyau
Oct 02, 2011 4:11 pm
sallydav
sallydav
28 September 2011

Concrete Pool Renovation Help

Concrete Pool Renovation Help

Hi, we are in the same boat as JaxTellersOldLady^. We would like to renovate our pool. Our concrete pool is 12 years old and we have been advised to resurface it with a…

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sallydav
Sep 28, 2011 1:16 pm
Redman
Redman
28 September 2011

Tannin stains on reconstituted limestone pavers

Tannin stains on reconstituted limestone pavers

Alkali chemicals are mostly safe, avoid acids and high nitrogen fertilizers. If you leave it be, natural sunlight will bleech the stains away. No chemicals, no risk. It…

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Redman
Sep 28, 2011 4:08 am
Redman
valleygirl23
valleygirl23
25 September 2011

plants that possums wont eat........

plants that possums wont eat........

My sister uses chicken wire to protect any of her favourite plants from the wallabies. And if the plant grows through the wire, the wallabies help "trim" the plant…

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valleygirl23
Sep 26, 2011 12:46 am
CathyP
CathyP
23 September 2011

The Outdoor Kitchen!

The Outdoor Kitchen!

Hi All I want to put an outdoor kitchen in my Alfresco in a house yet to be built. The plans have been approved by council and I am waiting for final tender to come back.…

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CathyP
Sep 23, 2011 6:35 pm
budgnbear
budgnbear
19 September 2011

Pool Design/builder Reccs - Western/North Western Sydney

Pool Design/builder Reccs - Western/North Western Sydney

As the title suggests ... we're building a new house & would like a pool ! Can anyone reccomend a great builder in the Sydney west/north west /hills area ? thanks.

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budgnbear
Sep 19, 2011 6:03 pm
rcgreub
rcgreub
18 September 2011

Commissioning an unused water pipe in pool wall

Commissioning an unused water pipe in pool wall

Steve, have you had any problems running the US intelliflo on our Australian power supply over the last year? Mark, Where did you get your intelliflo and how much did…

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rcgreub
Sep 18, 2011 11:20 pm
miteq
miteq
12 September 2011

Sealing tiles with Crommelin

Sealing tiles with Crommelin

Hi everyone, Getting my travertine pool coping and tiles laid next week and have received a good quote for Dry Treat sealing...approx. $1200…

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miteq
Sep 12, 2011 4:15 pm

For our 7m x 4m deck, we used 140 'no nail' boards. I love the look for the big area, but for a smaller porch area I would probably have chosen the 90 as it would have…

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Stormy
Sep 08, 2011 6:44 pm
Stormy
Huggy_B
Huggy_B
6 September 2011

304 Stainless Steel External Lights??

304 Stainless Steel External Lights??

correct. Unless there is a massive price differential, get 316 s/s in…

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Huggy_B
Sep 06, 2011 10:53 pm
Huggy_B
Rups
Rups
4 September 2011

Alfresco Ceiling Colour/Treatment

Alfresco Ceiling Colour/Treatment

Hi Eager, Thanks for your thoughts :) We only have eaves at the front of the house and are wondering what to do there, and also the portico. I think that is a great idea…

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Rups
Sep 04, 2011 10:27 pm
Rups
Starz
Starz
4 September 2011

Steel structured outdoor area

Steel structured outdoor area
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Hi Billyz, This is a useful website, prices seem very good. Now i am looking to do these fixed screening between posts along the fence line. Thanks for the weblink!

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Starz
Sep 04, 2011 10:50 am
Starz
B STAR
B STAR
2 September 2011

Decking problem: built with untreated pine, how to rectify

Decking problem: built with untreated pine, how to rectify

Are the post Cyprus pine or hardwood?? They dont always need to be treated pine. Untreated Pine post are very hard to buy, I doubt they will be normal pine that would be…

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B STAR
Sep 02, 2011 11:35 am
kiwichick
kiwichick
27 August 2011

Screening out neighbors over rock

Screening out neighbors over rock

Could a pergola coming out from the roofline offer privacy. You could grow an attractive climber on it too soften the look. Or even a awning perhaps

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kiwichick
Aug 27, 2011 7:34 pm


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