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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 7:47 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 8:41 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 10:12 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 11:10 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 7:44 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 12:06 pm
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 8:39 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 2:43 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 9:56 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 4:45 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 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
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 10:44 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 8:49 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 8:26 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 4:51 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 10:56 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 9:03 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 7:20 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 6:49 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 10:43 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 10:33 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
9 November 2014

Giving rendering a crack

Giving rendering a crack

Are you talking acrylic rendering or the older style sand/cement plaster ? If by perforated bricks you mean extruded like these

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Stewie D
Nov 09, 2014 9:43 pm
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
27 October 2014

Best product for sealing an asbestos fence.

Best product for sealing an asbestos fence.

Just an fyi folks, this thread is over 3 years old and I suspect the OP has come up with a solution one way or the other by now ;-)

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Bluesuede
Oct 27, 2014 12:21 pm
Bluesuede
qebtel
qebtel
24 October 2014

Advice - urgent repair for timber retaining wall

Advice - urgent repair for timber retaining wall

A couple of the sleepers on our timber retaining wall have broken. The trouble is all the landscaping guys that came to give a quote suggested…

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qebtel
Oct 24, 2014 11:06 am
qebtel
qebtel
24 October 2014

Issue with power line to house, sparky or power co?

Issue with power line to house, sparky or power co?

That's called a P.O.A or point of attachment and you need to ring your electrician who will organize the power company to disconnect the power so…

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qebtel
Oct 24, 2014 11:05 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
20 October 2014

resin + poly

resin + poly

I've used fibreglass with a colour added to mimic woodgrain for a few large knotholes in a hardwood bench for a bathroom and a poly finish over the top which came up…

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Stewie D
Oct 20, 2014 6:17 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
19 October 2014

Plasterboard rework for downlights

Plasterboard rework for downlights

you can get a small 1kg bucket of ready to use all purpose plaster you can use it for everything. I have tried this. It is a drying…

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Beetaloo
Oct 19, 2014 7:14 pm
Beetaloo
Stewie D
Stewie D
14 October 2014

How to fix shed drainage

How to fix shed drainage

Easy. Replace the horizontal piece. Anything else will be a temp job like the previous owners have done. Stewie

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Stewie D
Oct 14, 2014 8:31 am

I'd like to put a timber screen in the carport to hide the bin area. The screen would be 2.9m long. Should I follow the slope of the driveway with the slats, or should I…

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daft
Oct 13, 2014 9:20 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
missmae
missmae
26 September 2014

Newbie DIY question re: drilling into walls

Newbie DIY question re: drilling into walls

you can get cheap stud finders which often also come with electrical finders. I always check with this before drilling into anything! :)

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missmae
Sep 26, 2014 4:48 pm
xxkatxx
xxkatxx
16 September 2014

fridge plumbing hammer/bang when tap turned off

fridge plumbing hammer/bang when tap turned off

Thanks for the suggestions! Will try running all the taps to get rid of any air. The back tap was just replaced so not sure if that has affected it. Never really used it…

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xxkatxx
Sep 16, 2014 1:30 pm
Drekko
Drekko
5 September 2014

Electric Oven Not working (Fuse?)

Electric Oven Not working (Fuse?)

Called a sparky that I know from work He said it'll be the heat element, as everything works but just no heat coming out in the oven Easy to fix

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Drekko
Sep 05, 2014 1:14 pm
Drekko
BJ88
BJ88
30 August 2014

Which must have tools/brands for Newbie at D.I.Y.

Which must have tools/brands for Newbie at D.I.Y.

If you want Value for money, find a near second hand set of Makita power tool set that is about a year old, that way you are getting a top quality brand, and a good price…

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BJ88
Aug 30, 2014 3:48 pm
BJ88
Agent_009
Agent_009
28 August 2014

Timber Carport - Advice on Timber

Timber Carport - Advice on Timber

Thanks guys. Will probably use hardwood for beams and end rafters...just because the wife wants a red timber look.

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Agent_009
Aug 28, 2014 8:27 pm
SteveD
SteveD
14 August 2014

Correcting an old spakfilla job gone wrong...

Correcting an old spakfilla job gone wrong...

Simply cut it out and start again. You will find it much easier to re -do than to try to rectify

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SteveD
Aug 14, 2014 8:54 pm

Buy one of there from your local hardware store - very cheap and handy for opening any large buckets of paint, plaster etc :D

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delatite13
Aug 10, 2014 7:59 pm
delatite13
xxkatxx
xxkatxx
7 August 2014

How to paint rough clay pot

How to paint rough clay pot

Anyone have any experience painting rough clay pots? All I can find is the smooth terracotta pots :( I have waterproofing stuff from when we did our planter boxes so can do…

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xxkatxx
Aug 07, 2014 4:21 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
michaelhyk
michaelhyk
27 June 2014

Acrylic shower door

Acrylic shower door

Much appreciated Stewie. Thanks.

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michaelhyk
Jun 27, 2014 9:56 am
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
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
14 June 2014

Sub-floor drain pipes encased in concrete...

Sub-floor drain pipes encased in concrete...

From memory tank location on the East side will be easy as it/they can go pretty much right under the existing downspout(s) with appropriate…

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SaveH2O
Jun 14, 2014 1:45 pm
SaveH2O
travelbug
travelbug
3 June 2014

How to fill gap between cornice and ceiling?

How to fill gap between cornice and ceiling?

mgillas that is way they were made back in the day. Ok just my opinion but I cedrtainly would not go to the trouble of renovating a batghroom and not do the ceiling and…

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travelbug
Jun 03, 2014 4:05 pm
richo1234
richo1234
1 June 2014

stud wall without the top plate?

stud wall without the top plate?

i would use a top plate,run screws through the wall into the toplate with waterproof grommits and then run a plate around the top of all walls to lock it all together.this…

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richo1234
Jun 01, 2014 6:11 pm
richo1234
paintmarket
paintmarket
28 May 2014

Can I apply oil on top of stain on outdoor timber deck?

Can I apply oil on top of stain on outdoor timber deck?

Once Painted the timber is sealed. Oil needs to penetrate into the wood grain and if coated the majority of the oil will sit on top. Stain also will not be affective for…

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paintmarket
May 28, 2014 4:20 pm
paintmarket
paintmarket
paintmarket
28 May 2014

painting plasterboard ceilings - advice needed

painting plasterboard ceilings - advice needed

in regards to your Dulux Ceiling white you may need to take what you can off... use a swivel floor, wall and ceiling Sander (attaches to a pole) to help you out a little.

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paintmarket
May 28, 2014 3:26 pm
paintmarket


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