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rogerinaus
rogerinaus
15 July 2013

Fascia pulled away from house

Fascia pulled away from house

Be nice to see a picture so as to be a bit clearer on what is involved. Birds mouthing the rafters has always been done, but sometimes on simple houses they may have left…

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rogerinaus
Jul 15, 2013 8:23 am
rogerinaus
GregMc
GregMc
14 July 2013

Fretting brickwork and motar

Fretting brickwork and motar

I have a cellar under a newly purchased renno which is enclosed with a double thickness brick wall about 400mm thick. The house is about a 100 years old or more. The…

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GregMc
Jul 14, 2013 7:10 pm
jellybelly
jellybelly
10 July 2013

Leaky tap

Leaky tap

Not to hard, really. Undo the mixer, lift it up and check the connections. When checked replace. Worst case is it still has a slight leak in…

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jellybelly
Jul 10, 2013 9:00 pm
foate
foate
8 July 2013

Bad crack in brickwork - where to start?

Bad crack in brickwork - where to start?

I'm trying not to become too emotional about the house. It's VERY rare to find a house that actually fits us so I'm trying hard to make this work - perhaps too hard. I…

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foate
Jul 08, 2013 8:12 am
bobthebuilder2013
bobthebuilder2013
24 June 2013

Sand and Gravel Mix

Sand and Gravel Mix

Hey Guys, i am looking for somewhere to buy sand and gravel mixture for a concrete slab in Brisbane. Any good recommendations would be much appreciated.

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bobthebuilder2013
Jun 24, 2013 12:02 pm
Althom
Althom
22 June 2013

Hot water not hot

Hot water not hot

Thanks, this is what I suggested to DAH when we did handover but they flat out refused to get the plumbers back. Guess I'll have to get a plumber in - seems there's no end…

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Althom
Jun 22, 2013 10:34 am
Althom

Phone line

Phone line

Ended up getting it done on Monday for $140. Happy with service :)

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excitednewhomeowner
Jun 20, 2013 9:31 pm

Blocked downpipe. How to fix??

Blocked downpipe. How to fix??

Thanks for everyone's input. We ended redoing all downpipe a except one and rerouting them via a different spot where it wasn't blocked. Under the house was very wet and…

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excitednewhomeowner
Jun 16, 2013 9:48 pm
sco77k
sco77k
14 June 2013

Stone cladding

Stone cladding

Hi MissEm, I have just completed a DIY project of cladding 2 brick pillars in stacked stone. The best adhesive to use is a 2 part system. I used Davco SE-7 mixed with…

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sco77k
Jun 14, 2013 1:26 pm
sco77k
Stewie D
Stewie D
13 June 2013

Lintel repair

Lintel repair

When you say "remove a couple of bricks " ....and replace bricks you mean under the ends of lintel right. Yes. Remove as much or as…

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Stewie D
Jun 13, 2013 7:47 am
Retrobyte
Retrobyte
11 June 2013

Average cost of sub-floor ventilation supply and install

Average cost of sub-floor ventilation supply and install

I know I could probably DIY this if I could be bothered crawling around under the house and installing a fan, some ducting and a couple of vents, but there are plenty of…

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Retrobyte
Jun 11, 2013 2:38 pm
Retrobyte
Retrobyte
11 June 2013

Clean Mouldy Hebel

Clean Mouldy Hebel

Clove oil remove and kills mould better than anything. You can buy 100ml or 200ml bottles on eBay, which you can dilute and use in a spray bottle.

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Retrobyte
Jun 11, 2013 9:00 am
rogerinaus
rogerinaus
6 June 2013

metal plate when drilling through wall

metal plate when drilling through wall

Can you actually see shinny steel? If not, this is just a guess based on your information. Seeing as the building is only about 9 years old, Im guessing that isn't brick…

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rogerinaus
Jun 06, 2013 4:50 pm
rogerinaus
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
5 June 2013

Unable to remove cap from top of Dorf tap

Unable to remove cap from top of Dorf tap

Any idea where I can buy the special tool? Any plumbers suppliers but if its extra tight you will find the spanner lugs straighten out…

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Uncle Arfur
Jun 05, 2013 3:11 pm
Retrobyte
Retrobyte
4 June 2013

Can you clear my doubt about home security system?

Can you clear my doubt about home security system?

If it's a back to base monitored system then the system usually auto dials the monitoring company once a week and sends a log as well as any diagnostic reports. With our…

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Retrobyte
Jun 04, 2013 3:43 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
30 May 2013

Clothesline Fence Mounting

Clothesline Fence Mounting

I suggest Steady Eddie that as this post is four months old the OP would have already found a solution.

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Uncle Arfur
May 30, 2013 4:30 pm
Kempe
Kempe
29 May 2013

How to sharpen knives like a professional

How to sharpen knives like a professional

I know a few chefs that use a cork from a wine bottle and tooth paste

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Kempe
May 29, 2013 7:24 pm
turtleschell
turtleschell
29 May 2013

Cutting a hole in a brick wall

Cutting a hole in a brick wall

I'd get a real good strong solid door for security reasons. I might attempt what you're planning in the future. Don't know why the heck I didn't add it to the plan in the…

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turtleschell
May 29, 2013 12:14 am
ECOECO
ECOECO
18 May 2013

Garage gutter

Garage gutter

Hi The gutter on our garage is rusty and for a short term fix was wondering if you can put tape or something so the water goes down…

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ECOECO
May 18, 2013 11:00 am
ECOECO
ClintonRewport
ClintonRewport
7 May 2013

Touch Light switches

Touch Light switches

I think its better to use trusted brands and not those affordable ones. Make sure to use quality materials which are proven to be safe and secure. Do not risk your…

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ClintonRewport
May 07, 2013 10:03 pm
Mike8136
Mike8136
6 May 2013

why won't the water stop?

why won't the water stop?

The same happened to me. The meter tap needs replacing. Report it to the water authority as your mains can't ne shut off and they will fix it at no cost to you. Before…

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Mike8136
May 06, 2013 6:07 pm

Respraying 2yr old colourbond fence..Is it possible?

Respraying 2yr old colourbond fence..Is it possible?

You can use a product called Easy Prep wipe it on wipe it off let it dry then paint bloody good stuff, its otherwise known as American Sandpaper!!

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barkersontheblock
May 03, 2013 3:45 pm
stuhc82
stuhc82
1 May 2013

Using Feast Watson Liming White Floor Finish on Cypress

Using Feast Watson Liming White Floor Finish on Cypress

G'day guys. Need a little help with sanding and finishing our cypress floor boards that have turned into a burnt orange colour (same old story) I'm looking for any advise…

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stuhc82
May 01, 2013 8:07 am
jamt007
jamt007
30 April 2013

down pipes

down pipes

its impossible to see where the opening of the original down pipes are without removing roof tiles - so that is what i will do.

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jamt007
Apr 30, 2013 3:32 pm
Debra50
Debra50
29 April 2013

DIY 'roll on' render

DIY 'roll on' render

If my memory serves me correct approx $150 for the large tin (10litres?) Apply with a long nap roller in small sections; rolling slightly for the desired effect. I have…

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Debra50
Apr 29, 2013 11:23 pm
Althom
Althom
22 April 2013

Electrical Diagram help for Dimmer Switches

Electrical Diagram help for Dimmer Switches

Get a sparky - better than having an insurance payout knocked back because they find a wiring fault and you have no proof a licenced electrician did the work

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Althom
Apr 22, 2013 7:34 pm
Althom
JB1
JB1
21 April 2013

Re-using timber floorboards

Re-using timber floorboards

It's definitely possible. Should look good, it will have to be top nailed. Is the unit on stumps or slab?

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JB1
Apr 21, 2013 6:46 pm
tsunami
tsunami
19 April 2013

Hot water comes out yellow. How can I fix this?

Hot water comes out yellow. How can I fix this?

Also, how much is usually the replacement cost for this type of thing?

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tsunami
Apr 19, 2013 8:50 am
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rob67
Apr 17, 2013 10:44 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
16 April 2013

replacing old copper water pipes myself

replacing old copper water pipes myself

The first thing would be to find out if you are permitted to do such work in your area (as you were told at Whirlpool). If you are not permitted why not negotiate with the…

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Uncle Arfur
Apr 16, 2013 7:40 am
Perth Dream
Perth Dream
14 April 2013

Split System Air Conditioner Leaking Oil?

Split System Air Conditioner Leaking Oil?

tighten it up if it leaks more get the ac guy to repair and check gas as it can get out from that leak

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Perth Dream
Apr 14, 2013 11:48 pm
Perth Dream
bashworth
bashworth
6 April 2013

Drainage in retaining wall

Drainage in retaining wall

Pack the holes with pea gravel.

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bashworth
Apr 06, 2013 4:17 pm
bashworth
delatite13
delatite13
2 April 2013

How do I connect ice maker to capped cold water point?

How do I connect ice maker to capped cold water point?

Would have to agree. I would put a small gate valve/tap on the connection and connect to that. If something goes astray all you have to do is turn it off at the tap and…

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delatite13
Apr 02, 2013 10:33 am
delatite13
inner_westie
inner_westie
26 March 2013

Decking Oil

Decking Oil

thanks for the tips humble, and link :)

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inner_westie
Mar 26, 2013 8:16 am
DoggieBreath
DoggieBreath
21 March 2013

Bitumen driveway reseal

Bitumen driveway reseal

Hello everyone, I was wondering if it is possible/practical to do your own bitumen driveway re-seal. We have a 600 sq meter driveway that has been given a single cold…

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DoggieBreath
Mar 21, 2013 2:56 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
11 March 2013

Built-ins - Doors - Sliding - Utilisation of Bedroom space ?

Built-ins - Doors - Sliding - Utilisation of Bedroom space ?

I'm now thinking of glass mirror doors - within the exisiting frame. They might be a tad smaller but would open to either end and I'd just need to "fill" in the hinge…

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Saint Mike
Mar 11, 2013 7:39 am
Saint Mike
ref_kt
ref_kt
6 March 2013

Hot Water Coming Out of Cold Water Taps on Hot Days - Help!!

Hot Water Coming Out of Cold Water Taps on Hot Days - Help!!

Uncle Arfur - I get the same problem and it might not take 5 but it takes a good 3 minutes for the water to cool down. As for so hot it could scald children - I don't have…

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ref_kt
Mar 06, 2013 9:03 pm
ref_kt
mak_
mak_
5 March 2013

Cracked Dulux DIY's Render

Cracked Dulux DIY's Render

Thanks for your help. Think I might give the stripping a go :)

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mak_
Mar 05, 2013 8:35 am
mak_
mynameisjonas
mynameisjonas
4 March 2013

Renovate laundry with asbestos ceiling

Renovate laundry with asbestos ceiling

We had it done in Australia... Should cost about $55 per hour, that's what we paid to demolish an asbestos shed in the backyard. All safe, and very nice service too. I…

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mynameisjonas
Mar 04, 2013 7:51 pm
interdec
interdec
2 March 2013

Peeling ceiling paint

Peeling ceiling paint

Hi, I deal with this sort of thing all the time, and the solution depends on the severity of the situation. If it's mild, with just one or two patches peeling, often over…

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interdec
Mar 02, 2013 11:13 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
22 February 2013

There's something wrong with this roof...

There's something wrong with this roof...

Without getting up in your roof and having a look it is hard to say. Could be simply a split in one of top chords of the truss letting that bit of timber sag under the…

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Stewie D
Feb 22, 2013 3:06 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
17 February 2013

Cracked Render to Lightweight Wall

Cracked Render to Lightweight Wall

I cant offer a solution but from your first pic it seems the wall lining is coming away from the structure and the problem will be how to re-fix it and patch without it…

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Uncle Arfur
Feb 17, 2013 10:39 am
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Uncle Arfur
Feb 12, 2013 1:36 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
11 February 2013

Repeated burst mains water, any plumbers?

Repeated burst mains water, any plumbers?

split just above its joint to a copper elbow leading to the cold…

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SaveH2O
Feb 11, 2013 9:57 pm
SaveH2O
PaulMac
PaulMac
10 February 2013

Temporary Wall Fix Ideas Wanted

Temporary Wall Fix Ideas Wanted

Thanks everyone. I had no idea how much it would cost to fix - definitely sounds cheaper than paying the excess! I don't have a few hundred…

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PaulMac
Feb 10, 2013 5:05 pm
travelbug
travelbug
4 February 2013

Termite damage on future purchase is it bad(pictures include

Termite damage on future purchase is it bad(pictures include

Good pointsa above. Check the ends of the beam. What does it butt up against? The reason for asking is- where did the termites enter this beam? Maybe it is localised. We…

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travelbug
Feb 04, 2013 6:32 pm
scotty78
scotty78
3 February 2013

Install Your Own Plantation Shutters - Is it worth it?

Install Your Own Plantation Shutters - Is it worth it?

Hi Everyone, I got a quote from our builder to install plantation shutters and the price seems quite expensive. For those people out there who ordered online and…

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scotty78
Feb 03, 2013 12:43 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
14 January 2013

aluminium Gutter guards which one?

aluminium Gutter guards which one?

Hi all - whether you choose to install them or not depend on a range of factors but they sure do help stop regular cleaning. Tapex gutter guards are great, Australian made…

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Uncle Arfur
Jan 14, 2013 6:16 pm
mandie89
mandie89
13 January 2013

DIY - Bed Canopy erected from ceiling

DIY - Bed Canopy erected from ceiling

Hi everybody, Hopefully I have found the right section for this. I have always loved the idea of a bed canopy (with curtains) however don't want a new bed and we have…

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mandie89
Jan 13, 2013 8:58 am


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