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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
smorgzzz
smorgzzz
11 January 2013

Steam Mops ? Cleaning a house with so many tiles

Steam Mops ? Cleaning a house with so many tiles
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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 4:15 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 10:58 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 12:38 pm
Adam.M
Adam.M
9 January 2013

Tips for a new cordless drill

Tips for a new cordless drill
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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 1:14 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 1:04 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 12:49 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 5:55 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 4:12 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 2:52 pm
MarineEngineer
MarineEngineer
19 December 2012

Sanding deck with Stainless steel decking screws

Sanding deck with Stainless steel decking screws
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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 9:56 pm
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humble
Dec 17, 2012 3:57 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 1:24 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 12:17 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 11:41 am
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 7:47 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 7:11 pm
leighton
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leighton
Dec 03, 2012 7:10 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 7:08 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 6:56 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 9:15 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 6:41 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 10:30 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 8:56 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 1:31 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 29, 2012 11:14 pm
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 7:33 pm
Lex
chinjulian
chinjulian
22 October 2012

Fixing gutters: who to call?

Fixing gutters: who to call?

Try www.womo.com.au. We just bought an old place and has used this site to get the best tradies near our area. So far everyone that has ever come to our house is as good…

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chinjulian
Oct 22, 2012 1:56 pm
PHL
PHL
13 October 2012

Porous sandstone and run-off from a neighbour

Porous sandstone and run-off from a neighbour

If they are doing renovations, what's the drainage plans like? I know in our area, you have to make sure water from your property does not affect neighbours; a neighbour…

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PHL
Oct 13, 2012 8:56 pm
leighton
leighton
12 October 2012

Joining villaboard

Joining villaboard

villaboard doesnt contain asbestos. it is a relatively new product. i have used it for 27 years. must be the old asbestos sheet?

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leighton
Oct 12, 2012 8:38 pm
leighton
juzdownunder
juzdownunder
6 October 2012

How to shave an aluminium security door?

How to shave an aluminium security door?

Appreciate all the replies. I wasn't after anything fancy, it's the bottom of a security door after all, not something anyone's going to notice much. Anyway, bought…

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juzdownunder
Oct 06, 2012 6:25 pm
BAD355
BAD355
1 October 2012

Removing render from Colorbond facia?

Removing render from Colorbond facia?

Hi all Does anybody know what I need to use to remove excess render from my Colorbond fascias? The plasterer has left some smears of render on the underside of the…

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BAD355
Oct 01, 2012 1:10 am
Lex
Lex
21 September 2012

Does anyone self-read their gas or electricity?

Does anyone self-read their gas or electricity?

Thanks. Interesting stuff. Anyone else has any experience with this? I just noticed that I didnt mention our own experience :shock: :roll: .. so ... Our meter reader-man left us a…

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Lex
Sep 21, 2012 7:02 pm
Lex
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
21 September 2012

Fencing question

Fencing question

I would have the fencing quotes and agreement with your neighbour (who I assume is paying half) all signed up and ready to go once your builder has finished, because the…

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Uncle Arfur
Sep 21, 2012 5:53 pm
judydg
judydg
20 September 2012

Anyone got tips for revitalising outdoor wooden furniture??

Anyone got tips for revitalising outdoor wooden furniture??

Cabot's do an outdoor furniture oil. You could also stain it before oiling if it is really grey.

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judydg
Sep 20, 2012 9:54 pm
PaulMac
PaulMac
9 September 2012

Leaning Fence Issues

Leaning Fence Issues

As bashworth said your fence is being used as the retaining wall, you really need to address the real issue which is soil movement.

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PaulMac
Sep 09, 2012 12:05 pm
bashworth
bashworth
9 September 2012

How to hang or stick foam board on the wall?

How to hang or stick foam board on the wall?

Velcro dots bing about the size of a 1$ coin are easier to remove than a line of double sided tape. You would probably only need 4. Some double sided tape is one layer of…

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bashworth
Sep 09, 2012 10:49 am
bashworth
Lex
Lex
6 September 2012

Check out my cracks!

Check out my cracks!

OMG !!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Anyway, terrible cracks!!

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Lex
Sep 06, 2012 10:32 pm
Lex
Theresa
Theresa
6 September 2012

Smeg induction cooktop repairs

Smeg induction cooktop repairs

What's wrong with it? Is it out of warranty? I have a SMEG induction cooktop and love it too!! I agree, would never use anything else other than induction!

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Theresa
Sep 06, 2012 6:50 pm
Theresa
humble
humble
4 September 2012

Building deck & pergola

Building deck & pergola

I built my own. 70sqm.. I work in IT, and saved $9.5k doing so. Its pretty easy, just read online ALOT. And get the tools.

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humble
Sep 04, 2012 11:02 pm
turtleschell
turtleschell
29 August 2012

Plumbing dishwasher dilemma

Plumbing dishwasher dilemma

Love this thread, also was annoyed that it was only connected to cold! LOL glad I didn't kick up a stink yet.

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turtleschell
Aug 29, 2012 6:12 pm
ewan
ewan
27 August 2012

Paint over a patch

Paint over a patch

Cool thanks for the advice!

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ewan
Aug 27, 2012 10:33 am
ewan
Stewie D
Stewie D
24 August 2012

URGENT: Help needed with Shellac table!

URGENT: Help needed with Shellac table!

Do the whole top. Like anything - cork floor , timber floor etc if you damage a piece then without stripping the whole thing there is a big chance you will either make it…

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Stewie D
Aug 24, 2012 9:31 am
Dreamer
Dreamer
16 August 2012

Wood flooring, how to clean without leaving marks?HELP

Wood flooring, how to clean without leaving marks?HELP

The guy who sanded and polished our floors said hot water and vinegar. However these days I use Norwex microfiber mop with water only. It's like Enjo but cheaper.

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Dreamer
Aug 16, 2012 10:26 pm
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SaveH2O
Aug 10, 2012 2:51 pm
SaveH2O


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