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robeinneil
robeinneil
18 November 2013

Oil based painting basics - hope I got them right

Oil based painting basics - hope I got them right

Oil based colors are best for outdoors,because they are usually exposed to water,sunlight and these things.Oil based can can resist these things to an extent. Thanks

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robeinneil
Nov 18, 2013 8:12 pm
Sawtell
Sawtell
16 November 2013

Hail Damage to Concrete Tiles

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.

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Sawtell
Nov 16, 2013 8:10 pm
Jcamo
Jcamo
16 November 2013

How to fix wobbly pavers

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…

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Jcamo
Nov 15, 2013 11:27 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
14 November 2013

Sandstone Pavers - Corrosion

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…

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Stewie D
Nov 14, 2013 12:10 pm
LearningTheTricks
LearningTheTricks
11 November 2013

Installing a manhole.

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…

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LearningTheTricks
Nov 11, 2013 11:38 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
5 November 2013

Painting a ceiling

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. Stewie

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Stewie D
Nov 05, 2013 7:37 pm
travelbug
travelbug
30 October 2013

Removing corniche

Removing corniche

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…

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travelbug
Oct 30, 2013 4:57 pm
ismithers
ismithers
22 October 2013

Grouting/Brickwork Not Cleaned

Grouting/Brickwork Not Cleaned

Great info, thanks very much Stewie :) Appreciate the insights!

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ismithers
Oct 22, 2013 8:35 am
Bullockholes
Bullockholes
20 October 2013

Sprinkler zone stays on

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…

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Bullockholes
Oct 19, 2013 11:37 pm
JaguarTech
JaguarTech
18 October 2013

What kind of flooring is this?

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…

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JaguarTech
Oct 18, 2013 3:32 pm
Mountainscaper
Mountainscaper
8 October 2013

Building a earth filled tyre retaing wall, any input welcome

Building a earth filled tyre retaing wall, any input welcome

Hi all, I'm going to be building a ~15x1M high retaining wall at the back of my yard to replace the previous failed chicken wire and stone…

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Mountainscaper
Oct 08, 2013 9:40 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
19 September 2013

Fading Mortar Pigmentation

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…

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Stewie D
Sep 19, 2013 2:43 pm
RenovationsGalore
RenovationsGalore
13 September 2013

Attemping to build new deck - has anyone used Modwood?

Attemping to build new deck - has anyone used Modwood?

Hi there Blue. I will probably go with modwood for my vertical screens. But then they wont be getting scratched by furniture etc. Hard to see from my pics but my board…

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RenovationsGalore
Sep 13, 2013 6:16 am
RenovationsGalore
heat_crime
heat_crime
10 September 2013

General steel advice - how to join? Which product?

General steel advice - how to join? Which product?

Cheers. Yeah, the angle iron can be drilled and joined, but it woul look a bit industrial for the job. I was hoping for clean black lines. If it means I have to support…

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heat_crime
Sep 10, 2013 12:28 pm
symowallo
symowallo
6 September 2013

silver paper inside my roof

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…

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symowallo
Sep 06, 2013 11:01 pm
gphour
gphour
6 September 2013

Subdivide Pergola into entertainment room

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…

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gphour
Sep 06, 2013 12:43 pm
B STAR
B STAR
3 September 2013

Brick columns

Brick columns

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…

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B STAR
Sep 03, 2013 7:07 pm
cornellengineers
cornellengineers
27 August 2013

Plaster damage around entrance door frame

Plaster damage around entrance door frame

Justin Is that the only damage at the door? Just inside the jambs? Matt

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cornellengineers
Aug 27, 2013 6:26 pm
cornellengineers
Prinny
Prinny
27 August 2013

Our 70's home

Our 70's home

Thanks. I don't smoke, it came stained and it has no odour so we left it.

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Prinny
Aug 27, 2013 11:40 am
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ECOECO
Aug 26, 2013 5:42 pm
ECOECO
cornellengineers
cornellengineers
26 August 2013

Replace termite damaged bearer

Replace termite damaged bearer

Hi Pistol 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…

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cornellengineers
Aug 26, 2013 5:17 pm
cornellengineers
Bels
Bels
22 August 2013

Patching ceiling

Patching ceiling

^ 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.

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Bels
Aug 22, 2013 10:41 pm
Retrobyte
Retrobyte
20 August 2013

lawn mix for nature strip

lawn mix for nature strip

Buffalo is very common in Sydney

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Retrobyte
Aug 20, 2013 8:27 am
robbie55
robbie55
13 August 2013

Dishwasher plumbing

Dishwasher plumbing

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…

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robbie55
Aug 13, 2013 5:00 pm
robbie55
colIDS
colIDS
9 August 2013

Grout going black on bathroom floor

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…

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colIDS
Aug 09, 2013 11:26 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
1 August 2013

Exterior door preventing door rot

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

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Uncle Arfur
Aug 01, 2013 2:14 pm
motherdub
motherdub
1 August 2013

Bear with me... Decking

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…

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motherdub
Aug 01, 2013 1:36 pm
motherdub
applesplats
applesplats
31 July 2013

building a carport/shadesail...

building a carport/shadesail...

hey hey, 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…

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applesplats
Jul 31, 2013 7:22 pm
diynoob
diynoob
31 July 2013

Rotting exposed beams HELP!!

Rotting exposed beams HELP!!

i'd say it's the vein/heartwood area, is there anyway of getting rid of it or is it best to just paint over it?

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diynoob
Jul 31, 2013 6:03 pm
paulw11
paulw11
30 July 2013

Securalift Garage Door Opener - Transmitter Compatibility?

Securalift Garage Door Opener - Transmitter Compatibility?

You need to use the same brand transmitters as your opener - you can only use Merlin transmitters with a Merlin opener (even then, Merlin have a couple of different…

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paulw11
Jul 30, 2013 1:08 pm

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…

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mynameisjonas
Jul 30, 2013 12:24 am
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ozhome535
Jul 28, 2013 2:31 pm
stoff
stoff
18 July 2013

Reset Limits on Garage Door (B&D MPC4)

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…

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stoff
Jul 18, 2013 2:19 pm
tstr1a
tstr1a
16 July 2013

Is MGP10 timber treated pine?

Is MGP10 timber treated pine?

Not true, Hyne M10s and M10a are treated with LOSP…

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tstr1a
Jul 16, 2013 9:09 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
15 July 2013

Cleaning Patio Roof

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…

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Uncle Arfur
Jul 15, 2013 10:49 am
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

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