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Lex
Lex
6 September 2010

Masonary colouring to repair brick faults?

Masonary colouring to repair brick faults?

Mr Ed, how did you go? You must have been disappointed when you had no replies :( (and I swear I didn't see this thread until now :D ) OK, yes, we've had it done. If you…

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Lex
Sep 06, 2010 7:56 pm
Lex
mishb
mishb
7 September 2010

Ornate Cornice Renovation

Ornate Cornice Renovation

From your pics they mostly need a good clean and a lot of caulking plus a repaint. Wash them down with sugar soap, then get a paint scraper and…

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mishb
Sep 07, 2010 9:08 pm
garden lover
garden lover
10 September 2010

Looking for help with skylights

Looking for help with skylights

I'm looking into getting Velux skylights when we renovate. Will be in the kitchen area both to let in light as its in the middle of the room and also to allow the heat to…

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garden lover
Sep 10, 2010 12:08 pm
TheOK
TheOK
11 September 2010

Dog Door recommendations?

Dog Door recommendations?

Hey all. Not far off finishing the house reno's and need to choose a dog door design. Our rear extension is very modern/stylish so I want to…

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TheOK
Sep 11, 2010 10:06 am
TheOK
Nathan SteelFab
Nathan SteelFab
13 September 2010

Renovators, Brisbane, House Clean after work completed.

Renovators, Brisbane, House Clean after work completed.

Hello, Is there anyone in Brisbane that can recommend a house cleaning service that specialises in cleaning of a property when renovations are done? I need our place…

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Nathan SteelFab
Sep 13, 2010 12:08 pm
Nathan SteelFab
aid
aid
13 September 2010

Electrics, anyone?

Electrics, anyone?

Hi E1109, putting them higher is a very good idea. Thanks your advice.

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aid
Sep 13, 2010 4:28 pm
berries
berries
14 September 2010

Leaking garden shed

Leaking garden shed

No, I hadn't thought of trying that, but I certainly will :D What usually stops these from filling and overflowing inside?

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berries
Sep 14, 2010 1:32 pm
grinder
grinder
14 September 2010

Rendering home, questions...

Rendering home, questions...

Can I ask another quick question. If the cement sheet is not flush with the brickwork but recessed, is there some way it can be filled so that…

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grinder
Sep 14, 2010 9:34 pm
grinder
camelia
camelia
14 September 2010

155mm kauri pine board

155mm kauri pine board

thanks duke...I have a few lengths of the minyak...it isn't quite the same...it's 20mm (old kauri 22mm) thick and still only 150mm wide. It also is a bit lighter in colour…

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camelia
Sep 14, 2010 10:10 pm
foc1
foc1
15 September 2010

repainting interior

repainting interior

I am no pro but when I recently painted over a dark colour to light, I used an undercoat and got the supplier to tint the undercoat to a similar colour to topcoat.. Hope that helps

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foc1
Sep 15, 2010 8:52 am
nat_bris
nat_bris
16 September 2010

What to use cleaning down the sink

What to use cleaning down the sink

I use Ajax cream to shiny up the outside of the sink, comes up sparkling like new. To clean the inside of the drain I just pour some bleach down and let it sit for a bit,…

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nat_bris
Sep 16, 2010 3:52 pm
wayne6666
wayne6666
16 September 2010

tile on slab queerie

tile on slab queerie

Hi all, I have heard that when laying porcelain tiles 60 x 60 the concrete slab has to have a skim coat (topping) so when the tiles are laid this will prevent uneven edges…

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wayne6666
Sep 16, 2010 7:24 pm
Trinity
Trinity
16 September 2010

post handover clean up tips

post handover clean up tips

Unfortunately metho didn't work but nail polish remover did (for the paint on tiles). I ended up having to just scrape paint from the grout and some bits I had to leave as…

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Trinity
Sep 16, 2010 8:58 pm
grinder
grinder
17 September 2010

Motar Advice Needed

Motar Advice Needed

:lol: Is that because it takes longer to make a flush finish? :lol:

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grinder
Sep 17, 2010 10:48 pm
grinder
camelia
camelia
19 September 2010

Estimating amount of concrete

Estimating amount of concrete

Thanks so much Ed and Onc and all...I've got a better understanding now of how much material I need to purchase. cheers :)

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camelia
Sep 19, 2010 6:44 pm
VintageModern
VintageModern
19 September 2010

Dulux Full Cover Texture

Dulux Full Cover Texture

I thought I would bump up this post, since I couldn't find any more recent topics. You may have seen my recent post (re: DIY rendering), then in my googling I came across…

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VintageModern
Sep 19, 2010 8:25 pm
SouthFreo
SouthFreo
19 September 2010

Treating Jarrah Timber Roof

Treating Jarrah Timber Roof

Our 1990's house has jarrah roof timbers. It's only more recent WA houses that use pine trusses. It's all driven by cost - jarrah has become more expensive now that supply…

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SouthFreo
Sep 19, 2010 11:39 pm
bunnywabbit
bunnywabbit
22 September 2010

Recommend a (marble) tile & grout cleaner in Melbourne?

Recommend a (marble) tile & grout cleaner in Melbourne?

Hey Everyone, Can you please recommend a good and affordable marble polishing, as well as tile & grout cleaning company in Melbourne (CBD)? Thanks! ::smile::

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bunnywabbit
Sep 22, 2010 3:47 pm
bunnywabbit
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
23 September 2010

Our bath water is green?!

Our bath water is green?!

Don't forget to catch the water and re use it!!!!! I don't care that they lifted restriction on Melbourne, we still have stuff all water.

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chrisandkate
Sep 23, 2010 12:10 pm
paul.jason
paul.jason
23 September 2010

Can you help installing towel/hand rails - Melbourne ?

Can you help installing towel/hand rails - Melbourne ?

Hehehe...to be honest, no we didn't - we had work to do (the benefits of working from home !), and I'm not one to stand over a tradie (unless he did a shonky job).

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paul.jason
Sep 23, 2010 10:50 pm
paul.jason
jaelee
jaelee
26 September 2010

Help; How do I remove texta from a cordroy type lounge suite

Help; How do I remove texta from a cordroy type lounge suite

Thank you so much for the replies. My motherinlaw came to the rescue. She had bought some spot remover made by Warwick Fabrics. As our lounge suite was covered in a…

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jaelee
Sep 26, 2010 3:06 pm
chippy
chippy
28 September 2010

Horsehair Plaster

Horsehair Plaster

I gather you are referring to plaster glass ceilings. If possible get up in the ceiling and cut most of the straps that are holding the ceiling up. then give the ceiling a…

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chippy
Sep 28, 2010 12:30 am
chippy
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
29 September 2010

Problem with Reticulation system

Problem with Reticulation system

Take the valve apart and clean the whole thing. Dig away the soil so water won't re enter the valve body and put sand in. You don't need to remove it, just take the top…

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The Garden Whisperer
Sep 29, 2010 1:12 am
The Garden Whisperer
brb_654
brb_654
29 September 2010

Exhaust fans - what have you got?

Exhaust fans - what have you got?

Hi Rizzo, It sounds like it will be fine for you. I unfortunately, the way my ensuite is designed there is not an openable window. I also have them in my toilets and they…

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brb_654
Sep 29, 2010 12:05 pm
brb_654
blutek
blutek
29 September 2010

Fisholene vs Rust Coverter

Fisholene vs Rust Coverter

I have 3 large structural C beams under house, 20 years old, with the original worn factory primer remaining (now patchy due to past sanding & surface rust repair). …

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blutek
Sep 29, 2010 3:53 pm
wolf_rt
wolf_rt
29 September 2010

Painting Bungle - Help Wanted

Painting Bungle - Help Wanted

i see what you mean, mecha-wombat, paint stores dont 'push' this product, more than any other, however im sure most diy'ers would live with the smell/turps cleanup, if…

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wolf_rt
Sep 29, 2010 4:27 pm
VintageModern
VintageModern
29 September 2010

DIY rendering

DIY rendering

Thanks for the kind words mishb. I'm pretty pleased with myself - it was hard work, but there's a nice sense of satisfaction having achieved something myself. Plus I've…

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VintageModern
Sep 29, 2010 4:43 pm
vvs mand
vvs mand
29 September 2010

low pressure with hot water

low pressure with hot water

If your cold is affected, then it would be the filter on your meter, but if its your hot and its happening to all taps its one of three things. 1. like someone else said,…

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vvs mand
Sep 29, 2010 6:48 pm
Rousella
Rousella
2 October 2010

Clean up of house

Clean up of house

Do you have some tips about siding repair??I’m planning to improve my house and repair all those furniture that has been damage. I already got some ideas at

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Rousella
Oct 02, 2010 5:21 am
Micklou
Micklou
3 October 2010

"Render" paint and blueboard

"Render" paint and blueboard

Thanks for the replies. It is such an important job - we need to get it right. Cheers!

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Micklou
Oct 03, 2010 7:44 am
leni
leni
5 October 2010

Cabinet maker for small laundry job?

Cabinet maker for small laundry job?

we did our own with bunnings flatpax cabinets and ikea benchtop, with tapware from plumbtec. the trickiest bit of ours was chasing the walls and getting the taps moved,…

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leni
Oct 04, 2010 11:49 pm
leni
forest24
forest24
5 October 2010

Cornices

Cornices

there does not seem to be any issues with the doors at the moment but will keep a close eye on this, the builder has done a touch up job on the gaps and things look…

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forest24
Oct 05, 2010 8:43 am
TheOK
TheOK
6 October 2010

Fold out clothes lines attached to weatherboard???

Fold out clothes lines attached to weatherboard???

An exterior grade board between studs or a vertical post 90x45 screwed to the WB's will suffice. If your DIY skills are up to it, for a cleaner look remove the WB and fix…

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TheOK
Oct 06, 2010 1:48 pm
TheOK
lilfeggle
lilfeggle
7 October 2010

Myths about Asbestos

Myths about Asbestos

Question 1. Is Asbestos only found in old buildings? Answer No Asbestos is not used anymore but can be found in modern buildings built…

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lilfeggle
Oct 07, 2010 9:53 am
lilfeggle
SherWin
SherWin
9 October 2010

Brickwork

Brickwork

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SherWin
Oct 09, 2010 2:48 pm
TheOK
TheOK
10 October 2010

Touching up thinned paint

Touching up thinned paint

I disagree, you'd be supprised at…

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TheOK
Oct 10, 2010 7:45 pm
TheOK
Melly03
Melly03
13 October 2010

Damaged Colourbond Watertank

Damaged Colourbond Watertank

Thanks for your response Syrus :-)

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Melly03
Oct 13, 2010 6:16 am
camelia
camelia
13 October 2010

Laundry Reno

Laundry Reno

Can I ask how much you were quoted? If my builder goes to completion bill will be approx $8800 incl gst (of course he wants cash) that's just for the labour.

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camelia
Oct 13, 2010 2:23 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
14 October 2010

Salt Damp

Salt Damp

A siloxane treatment is about $80 L/M. But before you treat the symptom you need to find the cause. Siloxane treatment by us is covered by a 10 year warranty. Rising damp…

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onc_artisan
Oct 14, 2010 6:18 pm
onc_artisan
chippy
chippy
16 October 2010

changing door handle holes now to big

changing door handle holes now to big

As a carpenter, if I was stuck with the handles or just absolutely had to have them, then I'd just hang new doors. It takes about an hour to hang a door and fit the lock,…

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chippy
Oct 16, 2010 3:57 pm
chippy
chippy
chippy
18 October 2010

Skirting Boards Coming Away From The Wall

Skirting Boards Coming Away From The Wall

You need to let us know what sort of house construction you have. If you have brick internall walls you will need to dowel and nail the skirting back. If you have a framed…

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chippy
Oct 18, 2010 5:00 pm
chippy
smartskinbuilding
smartskinbuilding
22 October 2010

Removing excess rubber sealant

Removing excess rubber sealant

Don't bother with proprietary potions to remove silicone residue, they don't work. Silicone is too inert once its gone off to be cleaned unless you use some really nasty…

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smartskinbuilding
Oct 22, 2010 9:07 am
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
24 October 2010

Water leaking where verandah joins the house

Water leaking where verandah joins the house

All of that but I'd prefer to hear Poly urethane used as silicone sealants breakdown/dry out/pull away.

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onc_artisan
Oct 24, 2010 9:03 am
onc_artisan
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
26 October 2010

McCulloch Whipper Snipper

McCulloch Whipper Snipper

Folks, I'm leaving this one there. For the poster, It isn't normally permitted to post such things here at Homeone. However in the interests of promoting reuse and repair…

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The Garden Whisperer
Oct 26, 2010 1:13 am
The Garden Whisperer
mathewc73
mathewc73
27 October 2010

Pitted/Corroded brickwork

Pitted/Corroded brickwork

Hi, I own an 80 year old double brick house and some of the bricks have started to pitt which the leads to complete erosion of the brick (ie turns to powder). I have…

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mathewc73
Oct 27, 2010 8:50 am
Madmal1
Madmal1
27 October 2010

Double Brick - Cracking, clay soil and hydraulic engineers

Double Brick - Cracking, clay soil and hydraulic engineers

As a structural engineer giving advice on such matters in Canberra for the past 27 years I'd say 'bluey' is pretty much on the money. Although I would suggest that…

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Madmal1
Oct 27, 2010 9:20 am
ChargerWA
ChargerWA
29 October 2010

Jarrah Skirting, Architraves and Door Frames

Jarrah Skirting, Architraves and Door Frames

Hi Rdiq, You will only find jarrah architraves and skirting in a real top end home new homes, if you specifically ask for it due to it being expensive. With old growth…

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ChargerWA
Oct 29, 2010 10:51 pm
ChargerWA
rodderick
rodderick
1 November 2010

Caroma Pressalit toilet hinge - $$$$$$

Caroma Pressalit toilet hinge - $$$$$$

Anyone find a cheaper option for the Pressalit 2000 hinges, $145 or so at Reece's. I think it is on a Reflection suite, or at least that is what…

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rodderick
Nov 01, 2010 11:17 am


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