DIY, Home Maintenance & Repair
Hail Damage to Concrete Tiles
hah claim is definitely going in now!...
Another, probably worse, hailstorm this arvo. Patio cover all smashed and dented, tiles broken... oh well. Saved the car this time though.
How to fix wobbly pavers
We have laid pavers 5 cm apart with stones between. Road base (compacted) underneath and mortar was used to secure each paver in place. The issue is now that all the…
Nov 15, 2013 11:27 pm
Sandstone Pavers - Corrosion
Whoever built the house and pool didn't choose the pool or pavers wisely.
Sandstone around a saltwater pool is asking for trouble unless you are very pedantic about…
Installing a manhole.
No offense intended, but if this is your excuse, you dont sound like a DIY type of guy. Maybe get a tradie in?
Bottom line is you have to get…
Painting a ceiling
I have to agree with qebtel. Good coverage and good painting technique over properly plastered Gyprock will negate any direction you paint in.
I'd run a sharp knife along the edges (where it meets the wall/ceiling) otherwise you could rip the gyprock on the wall/ceiling).
Just cut it vertically stright (90…
Sprinkler zone stays on
Hi, I have an old Oasis gardener 6 sprinkler controller which comes on when set in auto but zone 1 will not switch over to zone 2. It seems to just stay on. I can stop it…
What kind of flooring is this?
These tiles are a product called DAYTILE made by Armstrong Nylex and was extremely popular in the late 60's & 70'. Durable is an understatement only issue is that after…
Oct 17, 2013 1:35 pm
Fading Mortar Pigmentation
If you are talking wall tiles and it is only a small area why not dig it out ( carefully )and replace it with the right colour.
Floor tiles and it will probably be cement…
silver paper inside my roof
I agree with the others. Get a pest controller out there, pronto!
I had rats in my ceiling, running around at night. 2 winters ago. Got the pest guy out, got some poisons…
Subdivide Pergola into entertainment room
Hi I have got a pergola 6m*8m. It has triangle roof structure with color bond on top. It’s attached to the house outside boundaries. I want to subdivide it into an…
The pier is designed to stabilised the wall. At this stage it has only moved slightly and as thus should still be structurally sound. It is probably missing a brick tie…
Our 70's home
I don't smoke, it came stained and it has no odour so we left it.
Replace termite damaged bearer
Very tricky. External walls in buildings this age normally support the wall studs and often the studs notch into the bearer. Can you upload a photo from under…
^ What he said. Sometimes it's easier to remove the crap work and start again than spend twice as long trying to make it right.
Aug 22, 2013 10:41 pm
There should be a separate cold water tap for the dishwasher in the cabinet beside rather than behind the dishwasher. Waste normally goes into the same drain as your sink…
Grout going black on bathroom floor
I used to have this problem until I colour sealed the grout in our bathroom. Looks a little more attractive than bright white grout also. Had no idea about the heater/hair…
Exterior door preventing door rot
If however you wish to replace the hollow care door with another make sure you seal the bottom of it and an auto weather seal will help too
Bear with me... Decking
Whilst most of the year is hot as hell, winter brings a lot of rain. I was thinking of putting an ag pipe drain under it. I also have a lot of gravel left over. Would…
building a carport/shadesail...
just wondering if people think it would be ok to use really thick bits of timber for the posts of a shade sail instead of the usual galvanized steel post or would…
No worries, thanks for your help. I think it's pretty secure... The door is behind just to the left of this picture. So 11mm would have been the thickest it could really…
Reset Limits on Garage Door (B&D MPC4)
I had to replace a pin in the drive gear of the garage door, B&D MPC4, and then attempted to set the upper and lower limits of the door again. I followed the…
Jul 18, 2013 2:19 pm
Cleaning Patio Roof
Provided your gutters dont collect rainwater for drinking etc (although why anyone would want to drink water laced with bird poo escapes me -- but I digress) perhaps even…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Jul 08, 2013 8:12 am
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.
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…
Ended up getting it done on Monday for $140. Happy with service
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…
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…
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…
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.