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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
CC101
CC101
11 January 2012

COLORBOND SURFMIST... how do you keep it looking clean?

COLORBOND SURFMIST... how do you keep it looking clean?

agree with caz. new surfmist colorbond color should not fade or show patches on them

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CC101
Jan 10, 2012 11:23 pm
C&C
C&C
8 January 2012

Re-attaching architrave - looking for ideas

Re-attaching architrave - looking for ideas

Thanks Arfur, The sliding door track is attached to what I would call a frame - the architrave I'm referring to is the timber trim that is physically located above that…

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C&C
Jan 08, 2012 7:18 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
4 January 2012

Fencing - boundary dispute

Fencing - boundary dispute

In SA, but apparently not in some other states, there is a small booklet put out by the Legal Services Commission and available from local Councils called Fences and the…

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Uncle Arfur
Jan 04, 2012 3:50 pm
river45
river45
4 January 2012

Chimney cap

Chimney cap

Yes ,usually they help you install it, last year i bought a chimney pipe and the seller helps me install it.

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river45
Jan 04, 2012 4:29 am
aquanow
aquanow
30 December 2011

rust removal for corrugated roof help

rust removal for corrugated roof help

I went to big B******* today and they recommend not to sand the rust as this will thin the roof and damage it quicker, instead they recommend rust converter then metal…

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aquanow
Dec 30, 2011 9:04 pm
foc1
foc1
24 December 2011

Tiling Laundry Floor - Waterproof?

Tiling Laundry Floor - Waterproof?

You can buy waterproofing paint from most hware sores it is however quite expensive, you just paint it on with a brush

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foc1
Dec 24, 2011 5:57 am
jt72
jt72
20 December 2011

Achieving a smooth and hard painted finish on MDF

Achieving a smooth and hard painted finish on MDF

Hi I making a bed out of MDF. Due to budget I need to paint it myself as opposed to sending it out to get 2-pac. Can anyone offer tips on what I need to do to achieve a…

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jt72
Dec 20, 2011 7:17 pm
marianoredden5
marianoredden5
16 December 2011

Painting Tiles

Painting Tiles

Hello it seems that you really put time in your site it is very well arranged and I love the way how you share your information with us. Looking forward to see your posts…

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marianoredden5
Dec 16, 2011 10:48 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
29 November 2011

Termite top-up protection that won't kill my local skinks??

Termite top-up protection that won't kill my local skinks??

If you have a slab on ground as you say Matt, then all you need is 75mm exposed of your concrete slab around its perimeter. Termites hate sunlight and if they were going…

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Stewie D
Nov 29, 2011 5:53 pm
Barksy
Barksy
27 November 2011

Garage Floor Fix

Garage Floor Fix

I have a detached double garage (2/3's garage, 1/3 workshop) some 50 years old where the slab is a little below ground level, it dips down an inch or 2. I have only been…

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Barksy
Nov 27, 2011 10:15 pm
thomasdaley
thomasdaley
25 November 2011

New shed with gaps around walls (slab/wall)

New shed with gaps around walls (slab/wall)

they have a "Retroseal Domestic" which is for exsisting sheds. :)

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thomasdaley
Nov 25, 2011 8:47 pm
Casa2
Casa2
25 November 2011

gas supply issue

gas supply issue

A good plumber, that also does gas work, should be able to solve the puzzle purely from the informaiton you've given!

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Casa2
Nov 25, 2011 1:11 pm
ChellBell
ChellBell
18 November 2011

Electrical fault or leaky house?? Help please!!

Electrical fault or leaky house?? Help please!!

Hmmm good thought there. I wonder if I should just get the power point changed anyway as a precaution. It can only be one of two points so it's not that much work to do…

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ChellBell
Nov 18, 2011 2:03 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
16 November 2011

where to hire industrial vacuum cleaner for the roof in Syd?

where to hire industrial vacuum cleaner for the roof in Syd?

Kennards hire industrial vacuum cleaners (Google them) but your problem will be the size of the unit and moving it around in the roof. They have smaller versions but you…

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Uncle Arfur
Nov 16, 2011 2:40 am
Yev_
Yev_
15 November 2011

What screws to use for HardieFlex?

What screws to use for HardieFlex?

Is your roof tiles or colorbond? If it's tiled then its very easy to get to by sliding/pushing back a few roof tiles. Colorbond will require…

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Yev_
Nov 15, 2011 8:39 am
Bulldog1
Bulldog1
4 November 2011

Smoke removal from BBQ

Smoke removal from BBQ

Hi Guys I have fully enclosed a single carport and now find that the smoke from my BBQ cannot escape. I installed an exhaust fan in the fixed window (beside and above the…

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Bulldog1
Nov 04, 2011 11:16 am
Dollar
Dollar
2 November 2011

Best mildew remover I have ever used.

Best mildew remover I have ever used.

I've heard 'oil of cloves' does the trick. I am yet to try it myself.

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Dollar
Nov 02, 2011 7:22 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
31 October 2011

Roof Repair needed

Roof Repair needed

Hello, Can you tell me from where I can find the best roof repair companies in Maryland?? I am new in Maryland, therefore I unable to find any good roof repair company,…

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Uncle Arfur
Oct 31, 2011 5:24 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
30 October 2011

Minor crazing and cracking in interior walls

Minor crazing and cracking in interior walls

I think you would be lucky to get any filler into fine 'hairline cracks', which sound like tiny shrinkage cracks from the original construction. If you are in doubt why…

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Uncle Arfur
Oct 30, 2011 3:04 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
27 October 2011

painting query

painting query

If they have only been painted 9 months ago, an undercoat and topcoats over the patched area should blend in OK

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Uncle Arfur
Oct 27, 2011 4:22 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
27 October 2011

Cost of cleaning lady or one-off handy-cleaner

Cost of cleaning lady or one-off handy-cleaner

Wow! So the consensus seems to be between $30--$35 / hour for a house cleaner, which seems excessive Might even sign up myself at that rate

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Uncle Arfur
Oct 27, 2011 4:18 pm
fitnhealthy
fitnhealthy
27 October 2011

Calling female renovators...

Calling female renovators...

I'm renovating to live in it :) Fixed my first leaking tap outside the other day, replaced the whole tap, only to have it shooting off and hit the fence.... Wasn't funny at…

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fitnhealthy
Oct 27, 2011 12:27 pm
kexkez
kexkez
16 October 2011

How to multiplex the garden tap??

How to multiplex the garden tap??

Hi Guys, Had a brass 4 way adaptor on our prev home for years. Something similar…

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kexkez
Oct 16, 2011 9:55 pm
kexkez
M Jackson
M Jackson
16 October 2011

Asbestos?

Asbestos?

Well you know the definition of an expert dont you? It…

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M Jackson
Oct 16, 2011 8:26 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
9 October 2011

Shutter -Electrical Issues

Shutter -Electrical Issues

It sounds like you have an electrical short and although your shutter installation is out of warranty, an electrical installation should last longer than a couple of…

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Uncle Arfur
Oct 09, 2011 5:47 am
Graham
Graham
6 October 2011

What is this glue on my bricks?

What is this glue on my bricks?

Yeah that's alright I just took it…

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Graham
Oct 06, 2011 7:11 am
AJW
AJW
6 October 2011

Any (reasonable) chance this attic insulation has asbestos?

Any (reasonable) chance this attic insulation has asbestos?

As a matter of interest when was the house built and which state (or if my suspicion is right which country) do you live in?

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AJW
Oct 06, 2011 6:03 am
ennoh
ennoh
28 September 2011

CLEANING CLAY ROOF TILES

CLEANING CLAY ROOF TILES

thanks Shane! I will borrow a pressure cleaner and send my boys up on the roof!

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ennoh
Sep 28, 2011 2:46 pm
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Matnbridge
Sep 26, 2011 6:02 pm
phippsy
phippsy
26 September 2011

Ryobi Whipper Snipper-Plz Help!!!

Ryobi Whipper Snipper-Plz Help!!!

After buying a Stilh, which I regard as among the best, if not the very best of equipment, why on earth would you bother with Ryobi which is…

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phippsy
Sep 26, 2011 2:03 pm
HappyCamper_au
HappyCamper_au
26 September 2011

Refinishing Stone Benchtops

Refinishing Stone Benchtops

Like Kyton I thought engineered stone contained quartz...at least that's what it looks like in my Caesarstone benches, then again different colours would probably have a…

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HappyCamper_au
Sep 26, 2011 12:41 pm
bashworth
bashworth
24 September 2011

Nylon plasterboard anchors

Nylon plasterboard anchors

Don't know about the loads quoted but I have been using these anchors for years with no problems. Must have used over 100. To get the maximum load I would have thought…

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bashworth
Sep 24, 2011 7:22 am
bashworth
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
23 September 2011

Neighbours wall is now in my garden!

Neighbours wall is now in my garden!

Direct your neighbors to your bobcat company, who should have known not to excavate next to their wall, and should have insurance for same

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Uncle Arfur
Sep 23, 2011 5:47 pm
rojak1
rojak1
23 September 2011

Bathroom Leaking Problem

Bathroom Leaking Problem

I have exactly the same problem, turn out to be shower head tap is loose, when i shower, they get shower too inside the wall.

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rojak1
Sep 23, 2011 5:26 pm
rojak1
rojak1
23 September 2011

removing grout haze off new tiles.

removing grout haze off new tiles.

hot water with almost dry sponge mop do the trick for my new tiles. wasn't really prepare to use any other chemical.

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rojak1
Sep 23, 2011 4:54 pm
TheGreenLady
TheGreenLady
23 September 2011

Nifty Tool box

Nifty Tool box

Got this voucher today: http://www.groupon.com.au/deals/nationa ... /715861874 hopefully I get the actual tool box soon! Just thought I'd share, in case anyone is like me…

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TheGreenLady
Sep 23, 2011 12:22 am
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eimaj
Sep 13, 2011 5:22 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
5 September 2011

Storm water drain blocked - help please?

Storm water drain blocked - help please?

Can you find a storm water on the street that is in line with the pipe direction? The best way tell where it should be is on the original plans from when the house was…

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chrisandkate
Sep 05, 2011 10:13 am
od
od
3 September 2011

Pool coping repair

Pool coping repair

We have a fibreglass pool with 400x400 pavers for copings. When they installed it, they used mortar on the concrete beam and some adhesive on the fibreglass to set the…

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od
Sep 03, 2011 3:28 pm
drsmith
drsmith
2 September 2011

cement products

cement products

Thanks for your reply bashworth. I will have a look for a smaller premixed bag. I personally wouldn't mind buying it in bucket as I dont have anything at home to mix it…

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drsmith
Sep 02, 2011 6:34 pm
camelia
camelia
1 September 2011

Roof Repairs

Roof Repairs

Yes, I am still looking to have the roof repaired but have to get the funds together

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camelia
Sep 01, 2011 10:11 pm
Lex
Lex
1 September 2011

Best way to clean white Polish porcelain tiles

Best way to clean white Polish porcelain tiles

aldavies3, do you find these tiles show all the footmarks / dirt and you have to clean the floor every day??

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Lex
Sep 01, 2011 1:28 pm
Lex
CoolHandLukes
CoolHandLukes
29 August 2011

Marks between glass and 2 pac table

Marks between glass and 2 pac table

What type of glass did you Buy ? Are the marks on the 2 pac or the glass ? Cool Hand Lukes.

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CoolHandLukes
Aug 29, 2011 10:18 pm
citygal
citygal
27 August 2011

How to remove external roller shutters

How to remove external roller shutters

We have a 1920s weatherboard house that has aluminium roller shutters installed on the external windows. They really don't suit the style of the house and we'd like to…

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citygal
Aug 27, 2011 12:53 pm


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