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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 12:45 pm
ausgumbie
ausgumbie
4 August 2015

Ceiling White Brown Spot Question

Ceiling White Brown Spot Question

Hi all I'm doing a DIY paintjob on my laundry. I was rolling the first topcoat on the ceiling (Dulux Ceiling White Flat) yesterday and noted two things. From the start…

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ausgumbie
Aug 04, 2015 2:54 pm
seekaleak
seekaleak
20 July 2015

How to get rid of the oil film from pool?

How to get rid of the oil film from pool?

Compounds showcased for swimming pools are proteins that communicate with your pool's chemicals to separate oils and other natural matter. Numerous catalyst items likewise…

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seekaleak
Jul 20, 2015 8:30 pm
seekaleak
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
10 July 2015

Not too sure how to fix sagging recess

Not too sure how to fix sagging recess

Bluegill Whats needed is a wider photo shot It appears the gap is wider in the middle than at the edge, if so, which indicates that they have spaned the opening with a…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 10, 2015 9:44 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Doloth
Doloth
5 July 2015

Best timber stain for a gate (timber is Jarrah)

Best timber stain for a gate (timber is Jarrah)

Exterior transparents (ie. Stains or clears) will never last as long as opaque paints. In an exposed area like a gate I would expect around 12 months before requiring a…

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Doloth
Jul 05, 2015 8:45 pm
LarryEadson
LarryEadson
30 June 2015

DIY Retaining Block Wall Help !!

DIY Retaining Block Wall Help !!

With the layout marked, you can begin digging the trench. To bury the first row about halfway, dig the trench about 4 to 6 inches deep and 12 inches wide, or twice the…

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LarryEadson
Jun 30, 2015 4:56 pm
LarryEadson
LarryEadson
30 June 2015

Removing Colorbond roof panels

Removing Colorbond roof panels

It's more than likely that the existing roof has left asbestos dust in your roof which might be worth removing while you have the chance too. Roof spaces tend to collect a…

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LarryEadson
Jun 30, 2015 4:51 pm
anyone92
anyone92
19 June 2015

Changing from freestanding oven to built-in

Changing from freestanding oven to built-in

Rebuilder86 thanks for the reply :-)...we are having a caeserstone benchtop...though not sure who is making,have to check out with builder..and yes it does have kicker…

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anyone92
Jun 19, 2015 1:11 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
17 June 2015

Plumbing problem

Plumbing problem

Moi ? Flippant ? You know I'm alway dead serious qebtel ! Stewie

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Stewie D
Jun 17, 2015 6:58 pm
goody59
goody59
14 June 2015

What is happening to my plasterboard?

What is happening to my plasterboard?

Something seems to be going on. Just to set your mind at ease get an independent building expension if you can afford it.

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goody59
Jun 14, 2015 10:40 pm
goody59
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
9 June 2015

catching rain water

catching rain water

I will answer this because it is my product. The water is diverted over to the 750 micron filter mesh and during heavy rain, the water communicates with the filter mesh…

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SaveH2O
Jun 09, 2015 10:47 pm
SaveH2O
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zillah
Jun 08, 2015 12:12 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 7:40 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
28 May 2015

HELP Repairing water damaged chipboard

HELP Repairing water damaged chipboard

I can't believe they used chipboard outside for flooring. Is it different to the stuff they use inside ? Was it treated for weather somehow ? Just curious.

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Saint Mike
May 28, 2015 7:31 am
Saint Mike
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 10:24 pm
rebuilder86
rebuilder86
27 May 2015

How to get rid of blotchy black stains on a concrete pillar

How to get rid of blotchy black stains on a concrete pillar

try a bit of crommelins efflorescence remover (available at bunnings) first and see if it makes any difference. Sometimes efflorescence can come through black.

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rebuilder86
May 27, 2015 10:05 pm
chippy
chippy
16 May 2015

How to repair cracked cement/brick steps? Pics attached.

How to repair cracked cement/brick steps? Pics attached.

Only problem is, that the concrete has cracked because the steel has rusted. The rust then expands causing the concrete to crack. If you don't stop the steel from rusting…

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chippy
May 16, 2015 9:32 pm
chippy
robbie_p
robbie_p
1 May 2015

Plumbing advice needed

Plumbing advice needed

Thanks guys! I ended up using my vacuum cleaner to suck up the excess water, as well as a few solid sounding things. Also used some caustic soda, which seemed to do the trick!

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robbie_p
May 01, 2015 10:20 am
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 1:18 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 4:56 pm
geroranger
geroranger
6 April 2015

Brick wall dissolving! Help!

Brick wall dissolving! Help!

Thanks for all your comments and help guys. I'm not sure that I will be able to completely stop it, but I will try to slow down the effects. First on the list is to fix…

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geroranger
Apr 06, 2015 2:08 pm
carmania
carmania
27 March 2015

Repair hole in plasterboard wall

Repair hole in plasterboard wall

+1 NOT Asbestos! Looking at the pics, you have an older home built post war in the 50's or 60's. In South Australia we have a slang for it, we call it "Horse Hair" …

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carmania
Mar 27, 2015 9:45 pm
Grout Perfect
Grout Perfect
23 March 2015

Polished porcelain tiles - Driving me insane!

Polished porcelain tiles - Driving me insane!

Maybe a late reply but you can have a professional tile cleaner who can remove the wax as it is not easy to do. Just make sure they have experience in this area. We are in…

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Grout Perfect
Mar 23, 2015 3:59 pm
Grout Perfect
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 3:02 pm
mgilla
mgilla
28 February 2015

Water damaged ceiling plaster joint - repair ?

Water damaged ceiling plaster joint - repair ?

Not something you can claim on insurance is it? You also have to consider repainting, and typically this means the entire ceiling.

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mgilla
Feb 28, 2015 5:08 pm
building-expert
building-expert
27 February 2015

Jackhammer advice

Jackhammer advice

Yes, demolition work is best done by fit young men (that was last century for me) I found it effective when using a smaller tool to drill first a line of holes to create a…

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building-expert
Feb 27, 2015 6:47 am
building-expert
33amc
33amc
4 February 2015

Gate sliding down hinge

Gate sliding down hinge

Or, lift the gate to the height it needs to be, drill a hole into the gate frame just below the hinge and put some sort of pin in to stop it dropping. Or weld a tab on to…

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33amc
Feb 04, 2015 7:41 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
1 February 2015

How to fix internal wall hairline cracks

How to fix internal wall hairline cracks

Hi Penpit You will need to identify the causes of brick cracking unfortunately masonry walls in perth are not reinforced. More info & pics required Where is it build,are…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 01, 2015 9:12 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Althom
Althom
30 January 2015

$2500 for Builder to do Front and Back Garden

$2500 for Builder to do Front and Back Garden

$2500 won't get you much of anything in terms of landscaping, retic etc.

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Althom
Jan 30, 2015 10:10 am
Althom
bashworth
bashworth
28 January 2015

Building a low, wide picket gate

Building a low, wide picket gate

I would be going to a local steel fabrication company to build a frame in square steel tube. The lighter the gate the less trouble it will be.

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bashworth
Jan 28, 2015 6:44 am
bashworth
ocean earth
ocean earth
22 January 2015

nibbler drill attachment advice

nibbler drill attachment advice

Alright, I'll try that. Cheers fellas.

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ocean earth
Jan 22, 2015 11:06 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
21 January 2015

Gutter wedges in Australia?

Gutter wedges in Australia?

That link doesn't open in Safari or Firefox for me. Can you make brackets that can be screwed to the side of the rafters so the gutter sits as per normal? A close photo as…

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Stewie D
Jan 21, 2015 7:39 am
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
12 January 2015

Tool for cutting bottom of timber gate?

Tool for cutting bottom of timber gate?

Check for nails, bolts screws etc. Punch down any nails2+20mm. Remove any screws or blots. Otherwise use an old blade that you can afford to throw away afterwards.

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Beetaloo
Jan 12, 2015 1:43 pm
Beetaloo
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 8:56 am
justheart
justheart
8 January 2015

Garage door opens by itself

Garage door opens by itself

This happened to ours aswell. At the beginning our roller door would open on its own. I came back from work to my surprise an open garage...!!!! Hubby resets the server a…

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justheart
Jan 08, 2015 3:45 pm
justheart
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 9:21 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 5:20 pm
oldhaq
oldhaq
23 December 2014

BOSS Garage door opener repair issue

BOSS Garage door opener repair issue

Aok I actually decided to just swap the down relay with the light relay. Up and down is now working, and as I suspected the light now doesn't come on. Just ordered a…

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oldhaq
Dec 23, 2014 9:44 pm
Althom
Althom
19 December 2014

Crimsafe Triple Lock Door Mechanism Adjustment

Crimsafe Triple Lock Door Mechanism Adjustment

Have exactly the same problem. Have had the locksmith out twice now. He reckons they're just crap locks. I've found you need to keep them well lubricated. Silicon lube seems best.

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Althom
Dec 19, 2014 7:49 pm
Althom
Crazyk
Crazyk
15 December 2014

Where do I buy this pipe from...URGENT PLZ

Where do I buy this pipe from...URGENT PLZ

Try Reece plumbing, Mcanns or another plumbing supplier.

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Crazyk
Dec 15, 2014 7:26 pm
Crazyk
33amc
33amc
14 December 2014

decking

decking

If bolting to the house, keep in mind that you don't breach the termite barrier or weep holes. Depending on the height of your slab this can be hard to achieve without…

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33amc
Dec 14, 2014 3:51 pm
Jazz_84
Jazz_84
14 December 2014

Custom sink Breech

Custom sink Breech

Hey guys, I was looking to upgrade my tap ware in the kitchen and have a 3 hole sink setup and recently went to install my new tap ware, however the old spindles just wont…

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Jazz_84
Dec 14, 2014 9:56 am
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 8:03 pm
building inspector
building inspector
5 December 2014

What Paint to Use

What Paint to Use

You could try wattyl granoroll. It is generally used for render but has a 300micron film build up and the final texture is reasonably smooth. It has great flexibility and…

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building inspector
Dec 05, 2014 6:20 pm
building inspector
JazzyJess
JazzyJess
30 November 2014

Clothsline on brick veneer (mansory cladding)?

Clothsline on brick veneer (mansory cladding)?

Re drilling - are Besser bricks better or worse in these cases ? I know they have holes in the middle. Also - I have one of those gadgets…

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JazzyJess
Nov 30, 2014 5:49 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 9:43 am
michaelhyk
michaelhyk
9 November 2014

Exterior window architraves

Exterior window architraves

Hi, Should the exterior/interior window architraves be sealed/caulked along all edges or just the top and sides, leaving the bottom unsealed? Thanks.

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michaelhyk
Nov 09, 2014 9:33 pm


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