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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 7:20 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 8:36 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 8:15 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 9:48 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 6:57 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 3:38 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 4:58 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 10:13 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 2:43 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 9:03 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 9:32 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 2:24 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 7:49 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 12:31 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 3:05 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 3:28 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 8:18 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 4:14 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 8:20 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 9:37 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 6:14 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 2:44 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 8:27 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 3:07 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 1:44 pm
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Michelle
Feb 22, 2011 5:51 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 8:47 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 12:16 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 2:56 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 7:11 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 10:00 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 7:43 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 8:03 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 5:50 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 9:10 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 2:58 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 11:14 am
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 8:41 am
kiwichick
kiwichick
12 April 2011

tiled roof

tiled roof

Maybe a builder to get inside the roof and see where its tracking from. Leaks are difficult to nail

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kiwichick
Apr 12, 2011 10:03 am
kiwichick
kiwichick
12 April 2011

Slate floor flaking

Slate floor flaking

I would take a trip down to the local Bunnings or Mitre 10 and chat to one of the men there.

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kiwichick
Apr 12, 2011 10:06 am
jtnru
jtnru
14 April 2011

how to repaint a garage roller door

how to repaint a garage roller door

Hi we had the painter who repainted the rest of the house paint two garage doors- i didnt watch the process but he cleaned them, washed them, treatedthem or someting and…

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jtnru
Apr 14, 2011 10:53 pm
tracyel
tracyel
16 April 2011

Our front verandah has a leak when it rains

Our front verandah has a leak when it rains

I'm hoping someone can help me. When it rains, water gets in downstairs via the upstairs verandah. We think it is because the tiles on the verandah were not installed (by…

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tracyel
Apr 16, 2011 10:01 am
alan1237
alan1237
19 April 2011

Ceiling water stain

Ceiling water stain

Thanks wizard, I've followed your…

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alan1237
Apr 19, 2011 9:05 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
22 April 2011

Fix a hole in my wall due to roller blind

Fix a hole in my wall due to roller blind

Unless the new screws go into timber the same thing will eventually happen again. You will need special plugs for gyprock fixing or toggle bolts etc because gyprock…

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Uncle Arfur
Apr 22, 2011 7:40 pm
Mozzie
Mozzie
6 May 2011

Gap betweek wall and cornice

Gap betweek wall and cornice

Commonly referred to as a floating cornice where the cornice is no longer secured to the wall. You could use no more gaps but the crack will keep appearing until you…

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Mozzie
May 06, 2011 1:24 pm
Mozzie
Geoff0001
Geoff0001
23 May 2011

cork tiles lifting

cork tiles lifting

I have cork floor tiles that are bubbling up in the centre. From what I can see they appear to be only stuck down along the edges. Perhaps they were self adhesive. Any…

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Geoff0001
May 23, 2011 8:20 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
30 May 2011

Water dripping sound in the wall

Water dripping sound in the wall

Hi, All Just want to seek any pre experience from the forum I have recently notice water dripping sound in the wall away from the barthroom…

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ECOECO
May 30, 2011 9:06 am
ECOECO
Spa Matz
Spa Matz
1 June 2011

Hiding fine scratches on timber floors

Hiding fine scratches on timber floors

Uncle Arfur, timber floors are like timber furniture but perhaps need repair and maintenance more often :wink: the following hints are from…

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Spa Matz
Jun 01, 2011 12:24 pm

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