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building-expert
building-expert
12 January

Powerpoint leakage

Powerpoint leakage

You have a doubt. Get your electrician to check it.

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building-expert
Jan 12, 2018 10:32 am
building-expert
VandM
VandM
6 November 2017

White spots on windows and white streaky bricks.

White spots on windows and white streaky bricks.

We have recently moved into a new house and after they have used an acid wash to clean the mortar off the bricks it has left a white streaky effect running down the…

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153
VandM
Nov 06, 2017 9:49 pm
Calvin McCoy
Calvin McCoy
8 July 2017

home cleaning services

home cleaning services

There are many companies offering cleaning services at professional level. Not only home cleaning services but office cleaning services as well. You can search on…

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Calvin McCoy
Jul 08, 2017 6:01 pm
Calvin McCoy
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
30 March 2017

What are these services

What are these services

Ask the strata manager.

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SaveH2O
Mar 30, 2017 11:50 pm
SaveH2O
buzurk
buzurk
24 March 2017

Wall stud weight?

Wall stud weight?

Champion thank you

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buzurk
Mar 24, 2017 11:13 pm
Wes2824
Wes2824
4 February 2017

Updating exterior of a dark brown brick home

Updating exterior of a dark brown brick home

Hi I have a 70's dark brown brick home with a brown tiled roof and yellow cream coloured eaves, gutters, garage door, fence and fascia board. The windows have bronze…

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Wes2824
Feb 04, 2017 2:19 pm
aspire029
aspire029
4 February 2017

Advice DYI Water feature Wall Projecting Spillway

Advice DYI Water feature Wall Projecting Spillway

Hey Guys Hope im posting in the correct forum and respecting the rules here. I am doing some work in the backyard with landscaping, im a bit of a handy man. I have a…

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aspire029
Feb 04, 2017 1:13 pm
qebtel
qebtel
3 January 2017

neighbours have damaged fence. Who's cost to repair is it?

neighbours have damaged fence. Who's cost to repair is it?

Whatever percentage of blame is their fault, is the percentage of repair costs they pay. Seems obvious they are 100% at fault.

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qebtel
Jan 03, 2017 10:14 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
13 December 2016

Decaying brick mortar

Decaying brick mortar

You haven't said how old the house is. Many new houses now have a "Performance Based Solution" aka Alternative Solution that allows the brickies to use a mortar mix that…

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SaveH2O
Dec 13, 2016 1:57 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
26 October 2016

Steel Beams Rusting

Steel Beams Rusting

Your problem sounds similar to another thread that I think would be good for you to read. viewtopic.php?f=3&t=83659&p=1566589&hilit=+rust#p1566589 In the case of the…

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SaveH2O
Oct 26, 2016 10:28 pm
SaveH2O
Broken house
Broken house
27 September 2016

remote receiver for garage roller door not receiving

remote receiver for garage roller door not receiving

Happy Happy Happy? For the first time in nearly 4 years I can open my garage door by remote!

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Broken house
Sep 27, 2016 3:50 pm
FranticD
FranticD
26 September 2016

Removing existing shelving in WIR

Removing existing shelving in WIR

Hi all, We built with Clarendon in about 2010. They installed 1 shelf from 1 end of the WIR to the other. Below it, there is a pole to hang clothes. I am planning on…

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FranticD
Sep 26, 2016 12:49 pm
Twiprere
Twiprere
13 September 2016

teak decking

teak decking

I have bought teak to replace an exterior deck on my house. I'm indecisive about the way to treat the wood i.e. stain, marine sealant, colour etc etc. Any help, tips or…

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Twiprere
Sep 13, 2016 10:21 pm
renoauction
renoauction
6 September 2016

Collapsing floorboards under carpet

Collapsing floorboards under carpet

Yep rip up the carpet and get an inspection done.

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renoauction
Sep 06, 2016 6:35 pm
Meeta
Meeta
22 August 2016

Garage expansion joint waterproofing and concrete repair

Garage expansion joint waterproofing and concrete repair

I have an expansion joint in my property that extends to the garage directly underground. Above ground the joint is covered by tiles but the grouting has worn away…

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Meeta
Aug 22, 2016 8:23 pm
bashworth
bashworth
14 August 2016

Shed Slab

Shed Slab

That's around 0.468 cubic m (plan for 0.5m3 which means 1200kg) For a typical mix the proportions are Cement = 1…

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bashworth
Aug 14, 2016 8:31 pm
bashworth
Grimey
Grimey
14 June 2016

Filled weep holes + some damaged flashing

Filled weep holes + some damaged flashing

Hi all, I was hoping to get some advice on a weep hole issue at my house. The house is on a slab – brick veneer about 25 years old and generally in good condition.…

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Grimey
Jun 14, 2016 2:38 pm
Peejayell
Peejayell
16 May 2016

Front door weatherproofing and fixing to panel fencing

Front door weatherproofing and fixing to panel fencing

Dkun, Raven makes a spring loaded pivoting weather seal for door bases. When installed it effectively seals against anything, and the only way water could enter would be…

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Peejayell
May 16, 2016 6:46 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
5 May 2016

Flooding problem - common underground garage

Flooding problem - common underground garage

Believe me it is a body corporate issue despite the water collecting in your garage. There is obviously a problem with both the floor level in your garage and the drain…

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Stewie D
May 05, 2016 7:32 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
31 March 2016

Deck Footing Anchors

Deck Footing Anchors

Its a timber deck. Doesn't matter if it's built by a rank amateur or a seasoned pro. It should be still be built right. I just think that they are a cheap option. Not…

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Stewie D
Mar 31, 2016 10:17 pm
oldchippy
oldchippy
19 March 2016

Cracked front door step thingy

Cracked front door step thingy

Hi Claw,Hard to suggest a fix without seeing it to identify the cause. Clay is a strange thing,too dry and it shrinks allowing any load bearing pier to go down,too wet…

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oldchippy
Mar 19, 2016 8:09 am
dlmarston
dlmarston
28 February 2016

Window Cleaning

Window Cleaning

Nature Direct mop, cloths and solutions are great for cleaning windows. Call Juana on 0488 345 620 for more information.

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dlmarston
Feb 28, 2016 8:11 pm
bg100
bg100
16 February 2016

Garden Power Tools - Electric vs Petrol?

Garden Power Tools - Electric vs Petrol?

I ended up going with Husqvana 2-stroke models for both as the Honda range was a bit out of my price range. I got them last week and tried them out on the weekend - very…

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bg100
Feb 16, 2016 1:32 pm
Lizzy083
Lizzy083
21 January 2016

Drieway maintenance questions

Drieway maintenance questions

I can answer your question about the crystallization.. This happens when it's rolled on too thick. Rule of thumb with sealers is keep the coat as thin as possible and…

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Lizzy083
Jan 21, 2016 1:26 pm
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
30 December 2015

Fixing wood rot in vertical weatherboards

Fixing wood rot in vertical weatherboards

Hi Rayza1952, If you are certain that the boards are hardwood, that has been an excellent life... probably because oil-based primer was used (possibly even red lead…

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Leonardo_23
Dec 30, 2015 5:54 pm
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
30 December 2015

DIY timber slat fence

DIY timber slat fence

qebtel is right coconha, particularly as regards finishes; but if you have the energy to touch-up regularly and re-stain every 2 years or so, they look great as you say.…

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Leonardo_23
Dec 30, 2015 5:39 pm
HurraKaneJones
HurraKaneJones
9 December 2015

Cleaning smoke damaged bricks

Cleaning smoke damaged bricks

Sorry for the bump - just a couple little suggestions. Products that I have found to work to some extent for cleaning bricks - vinegar, gatorade (any sugary drink maybe?)…

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HurraKaneJones
Dec 09, 2015 5:02 pm
HurraKaneJones
HurraKaneJones
9 December 2015

Treating rust on galvanised steel roof

Treating rust on galvanised steel roof

If you are happy to buy time and prepared to replace in a few years, i'd suggest you grab some White Knight rust guard. It now comes in a single step formula so no…

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HurraKaneJones
Dec 09, 2015 4:53 pm
qebtel
qebtel
2 December 2015

Free standing cooker to built in oven & hob

Free standing cooker to built in oven & hob

Nevertheless....look at the amp rating of the cooker and hob. Combined , it should not exceed the existing 30amp cct, and if it doesnt , you're good to go as is.

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qebtel
Dec 02, 2015 6:54 pm
daniellouwrens
daniellouwrens
20 November 2015

Attaching to a Hebel Block wall

Attaching to a Hebel Block wall

Hi thanks for the link, I'll have a read. Cheers Daniel

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daniellouwrens
Nov 20, 2015 11:19 am
bpratt
bpratt
20 September 2015

Rainwater drainage is going slow

Rainwater drainage is going slow

+1 to what SaveH2O has said. Divert some downpipes to a tank, and then you can dispose of that water at a later time, and further down the slope away from your…

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bpratt
Sep 20, 2015 11:39 am
mike100jobstodo
mike100jobstodo
31 August 2015

home office desk

home office desk

Laminex and formica are the same thing but just different brands. They are both plastic laminates used especially for countertops and furniture. They can make your office…

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mike100jobstodo
Aug 31, 2015 10:40 am
pauly665524
pauly665524
23 August 2015

Down pipes aren't connected and no storm water drainGe

Down pipes aren't connected and no storm water drainGe

You need to fix this asap. Realistically it is better for you to have the area excavated and put in storm water lines connected to your main storm water.

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pauly665524
Aug 23, 2015 5:32 pm
bubblebeat
bubblebeat
13 August 2015

New concrete slab over ground

New concrete slab over ground

Hi there. I did remove the existing slab and I am now almost ready to get the concrete in. One question I have remaining. What is the best way to get a flat slab? I'm…

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bubblebeat
Aug 13, 2015 1:45 pm
adalia_11
adalia_11
1 June 2015

Replacing my house porch

Replacing my house porch

Hey friends, can anyone suggest me a good handyman to rebuild my outdoor house porch including the door surrounds? I can pay well for a good work! ::cool::

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adalia_11
Jun 01, 2015 8:40 pm
rebuilder86
rebuilder86
27 May 2015

large tiled balcony leaking to underneath car port

large tiled balcony leaking to underneath car port

HANG ON HANG ON. Everyone's jumping at the idea that the balcony is leaking. The underside of the balcony is lined, remove the lining and look what is in there. I can see…

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rebuilder86
May 27, 2015 11:24 pm
qebtel
qebtel
20 April 2015

Plumbing

Plumbing

Like bashworth said. Rubble pits are a waste of time in the long term.

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qebtel
Apr 20, 2015 2:18 pm
eliter33
eliter33
12 April 2015

How do I change my door video intercom?

How do I change my door video intercom?

Hi. Most intercoms have been roughed in using standard Cat5/6 cabling which gives you 4 pairs of cabling to use. Most intercoms are 2-wire or 4-wire so you should get away…

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eliter33
Apr 12, 2015 5:56 pm
Arfur2
Arfur2
15 March 2015

Rubber skirting

Rubber skirting

Refurbishing a laundry and toilet, the walls are cement render, floors tiled. Both use a rubber skirting approx 70mm high with a 10mm turnout to compensate for floor…

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Arfur2
Mar 15, 2015 4:02 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
11 January 2015

Old dry veranda floor

Old dry veranda floor

Cheaper = crappier so they won't look as good or last as long as the better brands. If it were me I know what I'd buy. Stewie

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Stewie D
Jan 11, 2015 9:56 am
B STAR
B STAR
3 January 2015

Gainsborough door knob - DIY Fixit - how?

Gainsborough door knob - DIY Fixit - how?

i am not familar with this model of level. However it doesnt seem like its sitting properly. Could it have been installed wrong. We really need to also see a photo of the…

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B STAR
Jan 03, 2015 10:21 pm
lasher168
lasher168
24 December 2014

Tiler in the innerwest area

Tiler in the innerwest area

Hi, I live in earlwood and we are looking at some recommendations for a tiler. The plan is to pretty much tile the entire house floor, kitchen walls, bathroom walls, part…

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lasher168
Dec 24, 2014 6:20 pm
Aforster11
Aforster11
11 December 2014

Subfloor ventilation - Livermore & Son

Subfloor ventilation - Livermore & Son

Hi I would recommend a Livermore & Son installed subfloor ventilation system. Found it ineffective, unreliable and expensive. Made little or no difference to dampness. It…

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Aforster11
Dec 11, 2014 9:03 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
21 November 2014

Help! - what is oozing from my weatherboards? (pics)

Help! - what is oozing from my weatherboards? (pics)

I am surprised this would be happening now? We have owned the place for 2.5 years now and the area that has this issue seems to be on boards that would be…

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Stewie D
Nov 21, 2014 10:43 am
missmae
missmae
26 September 2014

Painting walls to hide joints

Painting walls to hide joints

I agree about stripping paint off.. Never going to happen!! You just need to sand it back enough to smooth it over then undercoat etc as mentioned above.

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missmae
Sep 26, 2014 7:58 pm
Our Build123
Our Build123
3 August 2014

Makita duel 18V Cordless saw - VIDEO REVIEW

Makita duel 18V Cordless saw - VIDEO REVIEW

Hey guys if you are thinking about getting a cordless power saw you should really check out this video i shot of the new Makita duel 18V / 36V cordless power saw.

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Our Build123
Aug 03, 2014 9:16 pm
Our Build123
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 June 2014

Help with freshly stained stairs

Help with freshly stained stairs

A light sand with a fine grade sandpaper followed by another coat or two of the varnish, poly or whatever they used. But you need to know what the original painter coated…

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Stewie D
Jun 16, 2014 9:29 am


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