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Amadio
Amadio
11 July 2012

Your advice please on slipping roof tiles

Your advice please on slipping roof tiles

. I will try to use a rubber mallet and a piece of wood to get my tiles back where they should be and check where the batons are before deciding…

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Amadio
Jul 11, 2012 5:53 pm
jeff234
jeff234
11 July 2012

Toilet repair - reattaching cistern

Toilet repair - reattaching cistern

I thought I would update in case anyone was interested. I just went to the plumbing shop and got new bolt assemblies (they didn't just have the wingnuts and rubber washer…

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jeff234
Jul 11, 2012 9:14 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
10 July 2012

Hot water supply tap stuck...

Hot water supply tap stuck...

Because the isolation valves are rarely used, much like the one under your toilet cistern, they can freeze up and need repairs/replacing.

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Uncle Arfur
Jul 10, 2012 4:16 pm
building-expert
building-expert
8 July 2012

Need advice on repairing foundation flooding + house jacking

Need advice on repairing foundation flooding + house jacking

In regards to your property inspector, has he got professional indemnity insurance? It should be on the report. Building and timber pest reports are in excess of 35 pages.…

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building-expert
Jul 08, 2012 10:41 pm
building-expert
Getjason
Getjason
6 July 2012

Brisbane - Water Under House Slab

Brisbane - Water Under House Slab

Waterproofing from Bunnings ? See some things are NOT DIY and waterproofing isnt , in the situation and positioning of your house the area you treated should have been…

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Getjason
Jul 06, 2012 2:06 am
rojak1
rojak1
2 July 2012

normal tile upkeep - maintenance

normal tile upkeep - maintenance

anyone tried karcher sv 1902? can't seem to find any reviews. generally am after a steam vacuum where it steam and remove moisture all at once.

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rojak1
Jul 02, 2012 12:07 pm
rchrdfrmntl
rchrdfrmntl
1 July 2012

Old kitchen taps with no top screw.

Old kitchen taps with no top screw.

That was it, the star part unscrewed from the skirt, then it was a simple flat head screw and the usual set up. Thanks heaps, it was doing my head in....

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rchrdfrmntl
Jul 01, 2012 3:59 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
22 June 2012

Concrete blocks breaking down/deteriorating severely!!

Concrete blocks breaking down/deteriorating severely!!

BFL may be correct with the water coming from the outside or either the bitumen paint/waterproofing compound has reacted with the cement or the builder has used…

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Stewie D
Jun 22, 2012 10:06 pm
Laureen
Laureen
22 June 2012

Cleaning marks off ceiling

Cleaning marks off ceiling

Hey Daedalus! That sounds like a real neat trick. Will definitely keep that in mind as we are currently in the process of moving to a new place. Who knows we might…

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Laureen
Jun 22, 2012 2:22 pm
Marcy1
Marcy1
19 June 2012

Removing tree sap on a colourbond roof

Removing tree sap on a colourbond roof

Thanks for your help its given some direction.

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Marcy1
Jun 19, 2012 6:39 pm
sugarfree
sugarfree
19 June 2012

Repair damage to underside of slab on 1st floor townhouse

Repair damage to underside of slab on 1st floor townhouse

Hi All, A plumber is renovation my townhouse and has repositioned the toilet and vanity. To do this he jackhammered new holes through the 1st floor slab. The jackhammer…

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sugarfree
Jun 19, 2012 2:34 pm
Amadio
Amadio
15 June 2012

Cost of new roof for small 2 bed cottage?

Cost of new roof for small 2 bed cottage?

If this helps we also have to either get serious repairs or a new roof. Our quote is $3500 to repair concrete tiles with no guarantee that another leak will spring…

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Amadio
Jun 15, 2012 8:28 am
tracey em
tracey em
11 June 2012

Seeking a seamstress / upholsterer in Melbourne

Seeking a seamstress / upholsterer in Melbourne

this is what I posted into the interior decorating page where I had posted same topic: Just to let you know that I was recommended to an upholsterer in Highett by a…

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tracey em
Jun 11, 2012 3:11 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
4 June 2012

Cleaning fresh walls

Cleaning fresh walls

FWIW you did post this at 6:30pm on a Saturday night and then bumped at 6:30am on Sunday morning. As far as cleaning…

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chrisandkate
Jun 04, 2012 10:47 am
99annie
99annie
12 October 2012

Solar Energy

Solar Energy
1, 2

I am with Sanctuary Energy on the free the solar scheme plan, and really recommend going with someone else. I signed up in August 2010, the panels…

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99annie
Oct 12, 2012 1:52 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
22 May 2012

Painting Garage Interior

Painting Garage Interior

If its 70--80 years old the dampcourse may be non existent allowing rising damp lower down in the walls, which will take more than paint to stop.

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Uncle Arfur
May 22, 2012 1:16 pm
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
21 May 2012

Maintenance of Colorbond Surfmist roof

Maintenance of Colorbond Surfmist roof

I used to be a professional graffiti remover and we would use full strength stripper on colorbond to remove graffiti. It changes colour a little…

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Treeseachanger
May 21, 2012 8:00 pm

Hanging Heavy shelving off internal walls

Hanging Heavy shelving off internal walls

If your looking to hang heavy shelving off walls, check these guys out. they did my garage for all my bikes, kayaks, surfboards, boogas, etc. its like a slot wall kind of…

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alexlovearchitecture
May 11, 2012 2:22 pm
builderforlife
builderforlife
8 May 2012

Extending ducted heating

Extending ducted heating

You will need some pipe and fittings which are readil available. Hardest art maybe cutting outlets into the tiled floor. Good luck what part of the country are you in ?

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builderforlife
May 08, 2012 8:00 pm
builderforlife
room4acubby
room4acubby
1 May 2012

Sliding fly screen door hard to open

Sliding fly screen door hard to open

Does the door seem to run straight. We had one that kept coming slightly off the track. This made it hard to move in one direction. Try lifting and jiggling. If this…

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room4acubby
May 01, 2012 2:57 pm
room4acubby
Integrity
Integrity
1 May 2012

Leak in the house, who to call first?

Leak in the house, who to call first?

The post above mine ... very helpfully repeated your advice, only did so 5 full months after the OP asked the question. I just thought it amusing :lol:

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Integrity
May 01, 2012 1:21 pm
kaindec
kaindec
30 April 2012

Sump pump - draining dirty water

Sump pump - draining dirty water

Thanks, but none of them want to do the labouring. I think I need to dig down below the footings and then install some agg pipe into a pit with a sump pump and…

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kaindec
Apr 30, 2012 5:21 pm
alice_oro
alice_oro
24 April 2012

painting vertical blinds

painting vertical blinds

Have you considered covering them with fabric wallpaper or bonding a white canvas over them instead? let me know how it all turns out for you

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alice_oro
Apr 24, 2012 11:27 pm
alice_oro
Integrity
Integrity
18 April 2012

Serious Leakage in the House

Serious Leakage in the House

It really isn't the SES's responsibility ... they are the State Emergency Service after all :) They only call in crews during severe weather…

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Integrity
Apr 18, 2012 10:10 pm
cherub
cherub
18 April 2012

Attaching stacker stone to wall

Attaching stacker stone to wall

Use villa board fixed Min 200mm centres mechanically fixed, check on weight of stone if over 32Kg sqm may need to reinforce frame work. Check with stone manufacturer for…

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cherub
Apr 18, 2012 5:41 pm
mrs mozz
mrs mozz
18 April 2012

HELP - Advice needed on cutting tiles

HELP - Advice needed on cutting tiles

Thanks stormjr and arfur. After trying a few different methods, my best results were by doing the following: * scoring the face of the tile * grinding a groove on the…

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mrs mozz
Apr 18, 2012 4:18 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
13 April 2012

where to through or recycle my old carpet

where to through or recycle my old carpet

When I tore up my 3 rooms of carpet and underlay I cut it into strips, rolled it up and put it in the rubbish bin and when the neighbors had put their bins out, put some…

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Uncle Arfur
Apr 13, 2012 11:21 am
chreey
chreey
12 April 2012

Tips on sanding Dining Table - Found chairs now!

Tips on sanding Dining Table - Found chairs now!
1, 2

::cool:: I found some Dining Table with furniture supplier. I like going to wholesaler to buy.

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chreey
Apr 12, 2012 1:07 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
12 April 2012

Rusty Old Claw Bath...?

Rusty Old Claw Bath...?

Cost it out but I suspect it could cost more overall than a large irregular shaped fibreglass pond/water feature, which wouldnt corrode again. Personally I think no…

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Uncle Arfur
Apr 12, 2012 3:31 am
myhomesydney
myhomesydney
30 March 2012

Garage Roof replace

Garage Roof replace

Hi Renos, I have terracotta tiled roof in garage. Some tiles are broken. So, I am thinking to replace the garage tiled roof with metal sheet roof or tiled roof…

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myhomesydney
Mar 30, 2012 7:57 am
jtam
jtam
25 March 2012

Is this Abestos?

Is this Abestos?

Hi Bashworth & Uncle Arfur, Thanks for letting me know. I've already painted the garage, inside & outside. And will probably seal those areas as well. For something…

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jtam
Mar 25, 2012 5:12 pm
amico1582
amico1582
24 March 2012

Wallpaper

Wallpaper

Cheers thank you, I have had a look round and have found this vintage world map wallpaper…

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amico1582
Mar 23, 2012 11:38 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
19 March 2012

British Paints Ceiling Paint Flat Acrylic

British Paints Ceiling Paint Flat Acrylic

Excalibur is correct. Ceiling paint is for ceilings and brand has nothing to do with it. The main offenders for dirtying ceilings are electricians, A/C installers and…

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Uncle Arfur
Mar 19, 2012 1:35 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
16 March 2012

reticulation/solenoid

reticulation/solenoid

Usually solenoids are in a green lid box, for this very purpose.

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Uncle Arfur
Mar 16, 2012 6:43 pm
rojak1
rojak1
15 March 2012

Choosing a wheelbarrow

Choosing a wheelbarrow

haven't you got a gf/wife/bf/husband? lol...

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rojak1
Mar 15, 2012 8:12 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
15 March 2012

Rotting Oregon timber; repair or replace?

Rotting Oregon timber; repair or replace?

Ditto above. Any bog-up job would only be a short term fix, a waste of time/money, and will need tearing down before much longer

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Uncle Arfur
Mar 15, 2012 12:33 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
1 March 2012

Rusted metal studwork. Replace or repair?

Rusted metal studwork. Replace or repair?

If its only two part-studs and a part-bottom plate rusted I would look at cutting them out and replacing with timber. Once done, I would also look at the acrylic grout…

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Uncle Arfur
Mar 01, 2012 10:47 am
aussiebob123
aussiebob123
22 February 2012

water under house! drainage?

water under house! drainage?

I have a water problem under a house which is split level. Water is building up under the rear of house in area which is high off the ground and right near a doorway.The…

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aussiebob123
Feb 22, 2012 6:55 pm
unwiredmike
unwiredmike
16 February 2012

Fixing a wheel to a wall, for the garden hose

Fixing a wheel to a wall, for the garden hose

you will need a spacer (timber of steel) firmly bolted to the wall and the rim attached to that, which should minimise the bolt sagging.…

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unwiredmike
Feb 16, 2012 10:16 am
barkersontheblock
barkersontheblock
16 February 2012

Walking on a Metal framed roof requirements

Walking on a Metal framed roof requirements

Hi Landfish, As long as you only stand on the truss frame you will be ok but it will be alot easyer if you use a plank my roof trusses span 7m with no centre supports and…

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barkersontheblock
Feb 16, 2012 4:27 am
vvs mand
vvs mand
10 February 2012

Water under our home

Water under our home

You need to determine where the water is coming from. More than likely you need some sub soil drainage. You need to intercept the water before (if possible) it enters the…

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vvs mand
Feb 10, 2012 10:54 am
PaulMac
PaulMac
2 February 2012

The hardest wearing paint for external timber stairs ....

The hardest wearing paint for external timber stairs ....

Industrial paint such as 2 pac would be the toughest paint, problem is it's expensive, best bet would be any exterior oil based enamel. Don't use water based enamel, it…

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PaulMac
Feb 02, 2012 7:56 pm
lozgill
lozgill
31 January 2012

Improving street appeal

Improving street appeal

LOL UncleArfur - I just think they look out of sorts with the house? But I definitely understand your point. Agree about security door, we are definitely replacing it.…

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lozgill
Jan 31, 2012 6:34 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
31 January 2012

Plastic stormwater pit

Plastic stormwater pit

The pit has been installed directly into clay soil. I believe that this would warp the pit in time as the clay soil will expand. I thought about…

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Uncle Arfur
Jan 31, 2012 2:24 am
Mozzie
Mozzie
30 January 2012

A gutter too far

A gutter too far

Just pulled all the gutter guards off my Mums house to clean up the accumulation of silt , moss & grass that was growing in there. Job took ten times longer than if the…

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Mozzie
Jan 30, 2012 10:09 pm
Mozzie
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
30 January 2012

Hi and Please help - Major Drainage Issue

Hi and Please help - Major Drainage Issue

Do you have any suggestions on where i could look for a concrete sump and pump in SA. I am thinking this may be the only option as i really…

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Uncle Arfur
Jan 30, 2012 3:32 pm
sionghua
sionghua
23 January 2012

Termguard or other termite company?

Termguard or other termite company?

I went to termguard web site and found that there is only 1 company in Melbourne, the other closest one is at the mornington peninsula.

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sionghua
Jan 23, 2012 3:42 pm
Eastern Decks
Eastern Decks
16 January 2012

Rejuvinating Australian cedar timber outdoors

Rejuvinating Australian cedar timber outdoors

If I'm trying to get some life back in timber I've started using a product called Qstrip from Quantum. It will remove all old oils, paints etc from the timber and is…

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Eastern Decks
Jan 16, 2012 10:51 pm


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