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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 2:56 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 9:56 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 9:38 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 7:25 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 2:10 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 8:02 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 6:53 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 10:54 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 1:05 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 11:49 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 11:32 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 7:50 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 05, 2012 12:02 am
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 7:12 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 11:33 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 10:31 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 11:26 pm
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SaveH2O
Aug 10, 2012 3:51 pm
SaveH2O
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
8 August 2012

Asbestos floor tiles?

Asbestos floor tiles?

I've looked around for some labs that do free testing in Brisbane and found no results. I don't think there is one here that can do…

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Uncle Arfur
Aug 08, 2012 12:41 pm
Super Nes
Super Nes
27 July 2012

Repairing chased internal finished wall.

Repairing chased internal finished wall.

How easy is it to repair / replaster an internal wall that is going to be chased to add 2 runs of conduit. Currently the wall is finished to the point ready for layers…

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Super Nes
Jul 27, 2012 1:39 am
alanc
alanc
22 July 2012

Stabilising Slope Under Highset Queenslander

Stabilising Slope Under Highset Queenslander

Hi - I am looking for tips on how to stabilise the sloping soil underneath the back of my highset Queensland. Everytime it rains, more of the clay soil gets washed down…

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alanc
Jul 22, 2012 4:11 pm

Hi Squeak, Dusky007 is absolutely right. This light socket is suitable for G24d lamp bases more commonly known as a PLC Fluorescent lamp. They are a lot more popular than…

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Lighting Designer
Jul 18, 2012 2:56 pm
Lighting Designer
sydneyarbor
sydneyarbor
14 July 2012

Emerclad exterior paint

Emerclad exterior paint

Hello, just came across this post and wondered how you got on with Emerclad. Our house was painted with Emerclad 12 years ago as a waterproof coating over sandstock…

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sydneyarbor
Jul 14, 2012 4:19 pm
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 6:53 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 10:14 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 5:16 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 11:41 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 3:06 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 1:07 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 4:59 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 11:06 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 3:22 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 7:39 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 3:34 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 9:28 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 4:11 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 11:47 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 2:52 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 2:16 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 9:00 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 3:22 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 9:00 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 3:57 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 2:21 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 6:21 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 25, 2012 12:27 am
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 11:10 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 6:41 pm


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