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camelia
camelia
22 December 2010

raw timber window frame

raw timber window frame

Thanks chrisandkate, I tried a timber preservative with a copper napthenate solution...I'm advised by the hardware store that because it is in slightly oily solution that…

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camelia
Dec 22, 2010 4:05 pm
abbeybox
abbeybox
1 January 2011

Render Question - Sand finish to Acrylic

Render Question - Sand finish to Acrylic

Hi All I need some advice. The builder has made a fairly large mistake and I want it fixed properly. We asked for an acrylic render finish and they have completed the…

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abbeybox
Jan 01, 2011 5:19 pm
Glennb
Glennb
5 January 2011

Ceiling Patching and Painting

Ceiling Patching and Painting

hey stratastruggler what id suggest for your holes in the ceiling depends on the size of them ... if they are the size of a fist or so you will have to place a backing…

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Glennb
Jan 05, 2011 11:02 am
~perthgirl~
~perthgirl~
5 January 2011

Paint Shop in WA

Paint Shop in WA

We just used the Solver paint shop on High Road in Willetton - if you're with the RAC you can get up to 30% discount. They had great service and were very patient as we…

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~perthgirl~
Jan 05, 2011 1:47 pm
SteveH
SteveH
5 January 2011

Burning/Electrical smell in one room only

Burning/Electrical smell in one room only

I know this post is a bit late, but.. this is also a common problem when using low energy lighting (anything with an integrated DC SMPS (electronic ballast) in light…

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SteveH
Jan 05, 2011 11:21 pm
mecha-wombat
mecha-wombat
7 January 2011

Best Paintbrush Brand

Best Paintbrush Brand

Purdy I still have one that is 9 years old and paints like new

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mecha-wombat
Jan 07, 2011 11:17 pm
mecha-wombat
boyds
boyds
8 January 2011

Stuck tap washer (jumper valve)

Stuck tap washer (jumper valve)

Hi I need to provide an update on this after completing the job. This tap is for the shower and due to the depth of the wall there is a spindle extender. So before I…

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boyds
Jan 08, 2011 3:53 pm
bashworth
bashworth
8 January 2011

Hair line cracks and rusted mesh in concrete balcony

Hair line cracks and rusted mesh in concrete balcony

I think you need to get an expert to have a look at this. Basically the problem is that the steel reinforcement should be about 40mm from the surface. With this depth of…

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bashworth
Jan 08, 2011 4:32 pm
bashworth
DJVaughan
DJVaughan
9 January 2011

Advice Required Drainage and Ag Line

Advice Required Drainage and Ag Line

Will do , although this last bout of rain hsa lasted about two months!! Thanks again.

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DJVaughan
Jan 09, 2011 9:50 pm
pezz
pezz
9 January 2011

Roof Replacement Perth

Roof Replacement Perth

Im currently looking to replace my concrete tiled roof with colorbond. Anyone have any experience with Perth companies and can provide recommendations? Pezz

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pezz
Jan 09, 2011 10:08 pm
pezz
wizard
wizard
10 January 2011

What type of paint to use?

What type of paint to use?

Haymes Solashield (not available in all states easily) is the best exterior paint on the market, self-priming and it was the first to come out with a 15 year guarantee,…

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wizard
Jan 10, 2011 9:28 am
wizard
just Erin
just Erin
10 January 2011

Needed: plumber with leak detector (Doncaster VIC 3108)

Needed: plumber with leak detector (Doncaster VIC 3108)

Hi, I found a leak at the end of the driveway. Please PM me if anyone know any plumber in Doncaster (VIC 3108) area who got a leak detector since…

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just Erin
Jan 10, 2011 8:20 pm
just Erin
stormbouy
stormbouy
12 January 2011

waterpfoofing an old deck with a room underneath

waterpfoofing an old deck with a room underneath

I was just wondering if anyone knew of a good way to waterproof an old deck with a fibro cement floor I had a quote of $2000 for a paint on plastic membrane,but i reckon…

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stormbouy
Jan 12, 2011 9:36 pm
grinder
grinder
15 January 2011

Oil versus Acrylic paints

Oil versus Acrylic paints

Lexicon comes to mind 1% black o white however I find it too cold of a colour personally would add some red to it too. Acrylic paints do not flow out of the brush easily…

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grinder
Jan 15, 2011 9:15 am
grinder
grinder
grinder
16 January 2011

water problem..needs repairing

water problem..needs repairing

Never mind the pics from outside the pipe is causing damage inside the building this in itself is enough evidence for the body corporate to act calling the appropriate…

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grinder
Jan 16, 2011 10:48 pm
grinder
thegourou20
thegourou20
18 January 2011

Smell from tank water

Smell from tank water

This type of environment usually is favourable for the growth of algae inside the tank. I would chuck a few chlorine tablets usually you can get them from your local pool…

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thegourou20
Jan 18, 2011 7:57 am
bashworth
bashworth
18 January 2011

Ventilation/draining under house - which trade?

Ventilation/draining under house - which trade?

Sounds to me as though your concrete path is too high. Unless the path level is below the weatherboards you are most likely to continue to have problems.

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bashworth
Jan 18, 2011 4:38 pm
bashworth
TraceyB
TraceyB
22 January 2011

Tongue and Groove wall preparation

Tongue and Groove wall preparation

Well our house at the moment that we live in......actually it is no longer our house I keep forgetting we now rent it back from the new owners 8) but we painted it (me…

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TraceyB
Jan 22, 2011 5:58 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
24 January 2011

Sapphire Blue Bedroom

Sapphire Blue Bedroom

One thought springs to mind YUK, but seriously a dark colour makes the room seem much smaller and high gloss paint highlights every imperfection in the surface. Try a…

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Uncle Arfur
Jan 24, 2011 11:13 am
Aiah
Aiah
24 January 2011

Class H Slab Edgebeam depth

Class H Slab Edgebeam depth

Spoke to 2 engineers last week on this very topic, both were more confident in the waffle pod design, especially on highly reactive soils. both prefer 100mm cover as…

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Aiah
Jan 24, 2011 3:43 pm
Aiah
shape
shape
1 February 2011

Asbestos

Asbestos

We just purchased a house and we were told the walls might be made of asbestos there is a bolt hole in on of the walls. looking at the walls they…

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shape
Feb 01, 2011 10:03 am
shape
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
1 February 2011

Rain water leaking into garage

Rain water leaking into garage

Is the garage wall a single skin wall, I'd be tipping to use an elastomeric coating, it doesn't have to be the black stuff, there are easier to use products on the same…

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onc_artisan
Feb 01, 2011 10:32 am
onc_artisan
ledgend80
ledgend80
5 February 2011

Which blower/vac to buy? (Need vac for endless leaf drop!)

Which blower/vac to buy? (Need vac for endless leaf drop!)

i have got a victa vac 500. works good for cleaning the patio. depending on how big your leaves are it may have trouble sucking them up if they go flat accross the bottom.…

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ledgend80
Feb 05, 2011 3:24 pm
Annietom
Annietom
6 February 2011

Replacing gutter, what I need to know?

Replacing gutter, what I need to know?

when you say gutter, do you mean curb/channel along the road? I'm assuming you do. If so, you should speak with council. For us to put a stormwater through the nature…

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Annietom
Feb 06, 2011 8:49 am
Annietom
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
6 February 2011

Caved in ceiling due to moisture...help!

Caved in ceiling due to moisture...help!

I think I'd be looking at the cause(s) first :wink: ...likely a combo effect caused the issues/cave in. The repair seems pretty straight forward so a week or 2 of tarpaulan…

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onc_artisan
Feb 06, 2011 1:31 pm
onc_artisan
b 1
b 1
6 February 2011

Water leaking from driveway

Water leaking from driveway

if the leak is before the water meter, then it's not your burden. call your water company, and tell them about the situation. i had this problem, where there was a…

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b 1
Feb 06, 2011 4:05 pm
Sheepdog
Sheepdog
7 February 2011

re pitching a roof!

re pitching a roof!

Consider what else you can do to make the place more attractive like restoring any old looking areas. There are some great examples of modern and art deco homes with flat…

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Sheepdog
Feb 07, 2011 4:28 pm
innsaneink
innsaneink
8 February 2011

Painting

Painting

Thanks for the help boys n gals. PS: Ziplock, I need to scrape, some serious peeling going on here, but not for long

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innsaneink
Feb 08, 2011 9:18 pm
rv11
rv11
9 February 2011

how to repair fibrous plasterboard

how to repair fibrous plasterboard

might not be the case, but make sure it's not asbestos/fibro before you started working on this

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rv11
Feb 09, 2011 5:14 pm
dharmpatel
dharmpatel
10 February 2011

Reviving dead buffalo grass

Reviving dead buffalo grass

We have sir walter. If you put HEAPS of water on it, it should revive. I've seen lawns up here die and when the rains come they bounce…

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dharmpatel
Feb 10, 2011 9:20 am
grinder
grinder
11 February 2011

blank

blank

take it off the wall and look at manufacturer's label on the back of it. If not just try online for few intercom and the like places if you talk to someone in the industry…

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grinder
Feb 11, 2011 10:37 am
grinder
Zinnober
Zinnober
12 February 2011

Hello & Help

Hello & Help

If the hole isn't too big, use no more gaps, that expanding stuff makes a mess and whatever you do don't get it on your hands. Definately use baits as well and check them…

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Zinnober
Feb 12, 2011 7:14 pm
tim mitchell
tim mitchell
16 February 2011

Dav%y pumps for the toilets keeps going on it's own

Dav%y pumps for the toilets keeps going on it's own

pressure pumps i have found cause cisterns to let water pass due to the pressure. check the pressure switch or even put a pressure limiting valve on the line to suit…

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tim mitchell
Feb 16, 2011 3:44 pm
ledgend80
ledgend80
20 February 2011

How to fix small scratches in White Cooktop?

How to fix small scratches in White Cooktop?

maybe you could get onto one of the companies that respary bath tubs. They may be able to help you. Or you could pull the cook top out and take it to a powder coater and…

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ledgend80
Feb 20, 2011 9:27 pm
Southies
Southies
21 February 2011

Broken vacuum cleaner hose

Broken vacuum cleaner hose

Bugger ::surprise:: Can't find the paperwork TM. Besides, DH has already done the 'repair' :roll: .

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Southies
Feb 21, 2011 4:07 pm
Southies
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
22 February 2011

caroma quietflush inlet valve problems

caroma quietflush inlet valve problems

Ive found fix-a-loo to be a far inferior brand of valve. You didn't say why 'serviced' the valve in the first place. Ive found the Caroma ones virtually fool proof and…

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Uncle Arfur
Feb 22, 2011 2:44 pm
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Michelle
Feb 22, 2011 6:51 pm
Michelle
mckenzie0708
mckenzie0708
28 February 2011

Laminate benchtops

Laminate benchtops

Chippy: I will be putting cupboards underneath the bench for its support once it is off the wall. I can not remove the bench. I will need someone to do it or I'' get my…

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mckenzie0708
Feb 28, 2011 9:47 am
brownbag
brownbag
2 March 2011

WHERE DO I GET LSZH CABLES

WHERE DO I GET LSZH CABLES

I'm finding it very very difficult to get a small portion of LSZH (Low Smoke Zero Hydrogen) electrical cables. I need two small lengths, to rewire a section supplying a…

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brownbag
Mar 02, 2011 1:16 pm
grinder
grinder
4 March 2011

Removing Rust/Painting Iron Strappings Under House

Removing Rust/Painting Iron Strappings Under House

hey , what you could do is use a steel etching primer, what it does it etch into the steel much like acid etching concrete. it "should" allow…

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grinder
Mar 04, 2011 3:56 pm
grinder
grinder
grinder
9 March 2011

Sagging Rafters on old fibro home.

Sagging Rafters on old fibro home.

Have not dealt with this before but it seems to me that option 2 is the more appropriate if the Jarrah can be prevented from sagging even more.

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grinder
Mar 09, 2011 8:11 am
grinder
Melrich
Melrich
9 March 2011

Spray Painting

Spray Painting

Thanks Glennb, My brother who would be doing the job is a spray painter of 15 years. I was going to get this done by brush but my brother did my parents place and you…

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Melrich
Mar 09, 2011 11:00 am
grinder
grinder
18 March 2011

Fixing Tile to External Wall

Fixing Tile to External Wall

You need some tiler's glue or adhesive and some grout to cover the gaps

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grinder
Mar 18, 2011 8:43 am
grinder
btherl
btherl
18 March 2011

Probable leaking roof but don't know what's happened!

Probable leaking roof but don't know what's happened!

Looks like 5 days since you posted this, have you sorted it out? It's quite possible for water to come through light fittings during heavy rain, especially if there's…

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btherl
Mar 18, 2011 9:03 am
btherl
Spike
Spike
20 March 2011

Removing flaking paint from cornice

Removing flaking paint from cornice

Probably too late to help, I found this when I was looking for an answer to the same problem, so maybe I can help the next person. If you want to take off the paint…

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Spike
Mar 20, 2011 6:50 pm
gappu99
gappu99
22 March 2011

one year old house,warranty issues and insurance cover.

one year old house,warranty issues and insurance cover.

Not sure I am posting this in the right place,anyhow I have a one year old house and have noticed a few cracks appearing on some internal walls and one of the door not…

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gappu99
Mar 22, 2011 10:10 pm
ScrabbleNut
ScrabbleNut
25 March 2011

Repairs to leaking tiled balcony

Repairs to leaking tiled balcony

thanks but we have now arranged for a waterproofing company to attend to this problem. The topic can now be closed. ::smile::

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ScrabbleNut
Mar 25, 2011 3:58 pm
Glennb
Glennb
3 April 2011

Alfresco ceiling damage.

Alfresco ceiling damage.

hey first thing you must do is figger out what exactly it is either gyprock or fibro( soffit lining ). good news is if you just put your foot through gyprock then it can…

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Glennb
Apr 03, 2011 12:14 pm
foc1
foc1
10 April 2011

What Causes My Main Power Switch To Shut Off?

What Causes My Main Power Switch To Shut Off?

Here in OZ we generally have seperate RCD's for lights and powerpoints so if it is the same there then see if you can see which ones are which as well as isolating…

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foc1
Apr 10, 2011 9:41 am


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