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yellowranger
yellowranger
17 November 2010

Just cleaned our house's gutter..

Just cleaned our house's gutter..

LOL... to be honest i think i am the one who threw up those cans maybe im just to stupid not to remember those stuffs.

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yellowranger
Nov 17, 2010 10:12 pm
camelia
camelia
18 November 2010

Leaking skylight

Leaking skylight

Thermal imaging...I wonder how it works? does it have to be done during rain when the leak is active? I'm guessing so

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camelia
Nov 18, 2010 10:52 am
asylum119
asylum119
29 November 2010

How do you prep plaster for painting??

How do you prep plaster for painting??

Firstly make sure the join is flat by sliding a paint scraper the whole way along the join. If some parts of the tape are proud (sticking out too far) you will need to cut…

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asylum119
Nov 29, 2010 7:30 pm
asylum119
asylum119
29 November 2010

Sagging Ceilings

Sagging Ceilings

Next time you pass a construction site pull in and see the foreman as he can suggest trades that you know are in work and trusted, But remember to get extra quotes to make…

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asylum119
Nov 29, 2010 10:28 pm
Tree Hugger
Tree Hugger
4 December 2010

hUGE tREE and CRACKS

hUGE tREE and CRACKS

Its a long bow to draw to assume a tree would cause cracks in a house on reactive clay soils which is around 100 years old. It should be expected to have cracks which open…

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Tree Hugger
Dec 04, 2010 11:50 am
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Deemaree
Dec 06, 2010 3:23 pm
Deemaree
amilelka
amilelka
9 December 2010

Paint cracking?

Paint cracking?

Possible causes: -Hot weather during set coat application causes the plaster to dry too fast, and crack -Moisture ingress (eg. rising damp, leaking roofs etc) If there is…

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amilelka
Dec 09, 2010 9:36 pm
Bam
Bam
11 December 2010

HELP!!!! My dog has peed on the carpet

HELP!!!! My dog has peed on the carpet

Urine-Off is worth it's weight in gold. Available for cats and dots, it's an enzyme based…

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Bam
Dec 11, 2010 11:36 pm
Bam
Lex
Lex
12 December 2010

Skirting Boards Coming Away From The Wall

Skirting Boards Coming Away From The Wall
1, 2

Thanks very much, chippy! Yeah, when I think of it a bit more, it's not easy, especially with the fine details/scribing :( Thanks again :D

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Lex
Dec 12, 2010 9:17 am
Lex
perthhandyman
perthhandyman
16 December 2010

Cleaning Metallic Patio Pillars

Cleaning Metallic Patio Pillars

The metallic patio pillars in my home is starting to get dirty... There is some white patches on it and needs a good clean Any good products to recommend? or would it be…

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perthhandyman
Dec 16, 2010 12:28 am
vvs mand
vvs mand
19 December 2010

Old house - no water meter!

Old house - no water meter!

Also has no tap handle so wondering how to turn it off. Ring Sydney water and tell them the handle is missing on the meter. They'll…

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vvs mand
Dec 19, 2010 11:46 am
prov1xno1
prov1xno1
19 December 2010

Santorini 26 by *M* - Home falling apart!!

Santorini 26 by *M* - Home falling apart!!

hi shelz.. i have built with M aswell ive been in my house for roughly 1 year. my slab is m class. just wondering were abouts are you from. i feel bad for you as i know…

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prov1xno1
Dec 19, 2010 2:55 pm
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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