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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 9:50 am
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rob67
Apr 17, 2013 11:44 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 8:40 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 15, 2013 12:48 am
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 5:17 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 11:33 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 9:16 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 3:56 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 8:39 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 10:03 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 9:35 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 8:51 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 12:13 pm
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 4:06 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 11:39 am
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Uncle Arfur
Feb 12, 2013 2:36 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 10:57 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 6:05 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 7:32 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 1:43 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 7:16 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 9:58 am
smorgzzz
smorgzzz
11 January 2013

Steam Mops ? Cleaning a house with so many tiles

Steam Mops ? Cleaning a house with so many tiles
1, 2

I made my husband sit through the TV infomercial for a steam mop. He isn't convinced. Mum has one of those "Shark" steam mops & is going to bring it over and do my…

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smorgzzz
Jan 11, 2013 5:15 pm
smorgzzz
sohandy
sohandy
11 January 2013

Saving a cork floor disaster

Saving a cork floor disaster

I trust u have sorted this - interested to know what u did? I have painted a cork floor before with outdoor paving paint - White Knight brand I believe - but sounds like u…

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sohandy
Jan 11, 2013 11:58 am
sohandy
JamesTaylor
JamesTaylor
10 January 2013

A New user

A New user

Hello all, I am a newbie here. My name is James Taylor want to participate in this discussion board. Thanks James Taylor ::smile::

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JamesTaylor
Jan 10, 2013 1:38 pm
Adam.M
Adam.M
9 January 2013

Tips for a new cordless drill

Tips for a new cordless drill
1, 2

I went a bit crazy on Milwaukee M18 and M12 gear and I swear by them and hence a bit biased. Yes they are now made in China but what isn't? Very generally speaking I have…

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Adam.M
Jan 09, 2013 2:14 pm
Adam.M
Adam.M
9 January 2013

Fencing advise

Fencing advise

Hi FHBS, 1) Check the "Dial before you dig" website www.1100.com.au for diagrams which should give you a rough indication of where your services might be. Also, check…

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Adam.M
Jan 09, 2013 2:04 pm
Adam.M
Adam.M
9 January 2013

How to paint a brand new overlapped wood picket fence??

How to paint a brand new overlapped wood picket fence??

Hi Bella13, Some of my opinions: Sand it... I wouldn't bother. A rough look should suffice and you won't notice it in a few months. Also, how would you sand the palings…

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Adam.M
Jan 09, 2013 1:49 pm
JazzyJess
JazzyJess
31 December 2012

Gutters overflowing

Gutters overflowing
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Many regulations are very difficult for the home owner to access due to the heavy copyright on Australian Standards and the expense of having to…

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JazzyJess
Dec 31, 2012 6:55 pm

Hi Experts I live in a renting hosue, its external wall has this type of covering , please see the snapshot below.

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zillah
Dec 30, 2012 5:12 pm
mynameisjonas
mynameisjonas
30 December 2012

filling gaps between skirting and floor

filling gaps between skirting and floor

Hi there, hope you all had a Merry Christmas. I am just about to start this project, and did a test run on a small patch. I used No More Gaps which has some expansion play…

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mynameisjonas
Dec 30, 2012 3:52 pm
MarineEngineer
MarineEngineer
19 December 2012

Sanding deck with Stainless steel decking screws

Sanding deck with Stainless steel decking screws
1, 2

just piggybacking onto this thread. I'll be coating my deck this weekend. The deck was constructed about 5 months ago and the timbers have…

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MarineEngineer
Dec 19, 2012 10:56 pm
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humble
Dec 17, 2012 4:57 pm
Kelly44
Kelly44
12 December 2012

Advice on Anti-Corrosion for Coastal Homes

Advice on Anti-Corrosion for Coastal Homes

I have recently built a home by the ocean at Salt in Kingscliff, NSW. After only a few months corrosion occurred on the ceiling fans, stainless steel railings, letterbox &…

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Kelly44
Dec 12, 2012 2:24 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
7 December 2012

Underfloor ventilation

Underfloor ventilation

I agree with BE. Get rid of the source of the problem ie water getting under your house somewhere and the problem will be solved. Having enough vents in your outside walls…

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Stewie D
Dec 07, 2012 1:17 pm
COWIIE
COWIIE
4 December 2012

Water Leaking from the windows

Water Leaking from the windows

Ummm probably 30-40 years ago? :?

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COWIIE
Dec 04, 2012 12:41 pm
RocksInHead
RocksInHead
3 December 2012

Battened Ceiling

Battened Ceiling

@leighton. I've pulled 2 horse hair ceilings down. The first had 80 years of simpson desert duststorms above it. The second 80+ years of possum & rat dung. I don't know…

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RocksInHead
Dec 03, 2012 8:47 pm
leighton
leighton
3 December 2012

can an antique gas oven be repaired?

can an antique gas oven be repaired?

Had the experience. The cost of rebuilding the new parts is exhorbitant. better to get a new oven. sorry.

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leighton
Dec 03, 2012 8:11 pm
leighton
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leighton
Dec 03, 2012 8:10 pm
leighton
leighton
leighton
3 December 2012

to stain or not to stain

to stain or not to stain

We should all try to remain positive, especially in the face of adversity. regards to all.

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leighton
Dec 03, 2012 8:08 pm
leighton
leighton
leighton
3 December 2012

Annual Termite inspection

Annual Termite inspection

I think that the various treatments all have their value and I believe inspections are a vital part of the process. The termite problem is real, although the damage…

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leighton
Dec 03, 2012 7:56 pm
leighton
HammerofGod123
HammerofGod123
30 November 2012

Toilet base leaks

Toilet base leaks

Hi, Some assistance would be really appreciated. I have leaking toilet base. It's not siliconed to the floor (obviously) but nor is it bolted (as far as I can tell - in…

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HammerofGod123
Nov 30, 2012 10:15 am
travelbug
travelbug
29 November 2012

suspecious asbestos?

suspecious asbestos?

What is the asbestos suspicious about? Sorry couldn't help myself. It's horse hair plaster. I don't think it contains asbestos. Google it to get more reliable…

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travelbug
Nov 29, 2012 7:41 am
Sivakumar
Sivakumar
22 November 2012

Project landscaping

Project landscaping

Hi All, Just over a year after moving into our newly built house and after getting quotes from a number of landscape companies. I have decided to do the landscaping…

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Sivakumar
Nov 22, 2012 11:30 pm
8jenjen8
8jenjen8
13 November 2012

Art Deco Architraves for Sales in Essendon Vic

Art Deco Architraves for Sales in Essendon Vic

Hey guys, I over ordered my Architraves (oops! ::wornout:: ) so trying to sell them....So in short; 16 pieces of art deco architraves/skirting boards at 4.8metres each. In total…

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8jenjen8
Nov 13, 2012 9:56 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
8 November 2012

How to clean bagged(?) walls?

How to clean bagged(?) walls?

Any kind of water blaster like a Karcher that you can adjust the pressure on should do it. Stewie

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Stewie D
Nov 08, 2012 2:31 pm
lisport
lisport
30 October 2012

Leaking kichen sink

Leaking kichen sink

Hi, My tap in the kitchen has been leaking and I tried repairing it. Its leaking at the tap, just above the spout. It happens when I turn the spout after turning on the…

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lisport
Oct 30, 2012 12:14 am
Lex
Lex
27 October 2012

Crack found at cornice and floor tiles

Crack found at cornice and floor tiles

Any pictures? It could be benign, but better to see pics ...

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Lex
Oct 27, 2012 8:33 pm
Lex


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