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TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
26 August 2010

Stormwater drain

Stormwater drain

It looks like it only 32mm pipe coming from the gutters? If not maybe 50mm, either way it is pretty small. The PVC pip is pretty easy to cut and repair. Cheap to. I'd be…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Aug 26, 2010 12:59 am
TheGardenWhisperer
GTI
GTI
27 August 2010

Painting Costs

Painting Costs

As a very general price guide - count number of rooms/spaces (eg. bedroom, bathroom, toilet, lounge, corridor, stairway) and multiply it by…

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GTI
Aug 27, 2010 11:01 pm
mecha-wombat
mecha-wombat
28 August 2010

what can I use to "freshen" up floating floor?

what can I use to "freshen" up floating floor?

Floorshine is just that it is a mop on system from Feast Watson and you mop it on and it gives a lustre to the floors

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mecha-wombat
Aug 28, 2010 5:04 am
mecha-wombat
Casa2
Casa2
30 August 2010

Fixing aluminium vents in brick work

Fixing aluminium vents in brick work

I would "glue" the vents on with silastic. Not all the way around, just a few dabs to hold it in place. Later, if you want to replace the vent you can put a blade in a cut…

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Casa2
Aug 30, 2010 12:46 pm
mecha-wombat
mecha-wombat
30 August 2010

Shower glass door restoration

Shower glass door restoration

Oh sounds good I have been told kitten cut and polish works too but is hard work

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mecha-wombat
Aug 30, 2010 11:34 pm
mecha-wombat
heat_crime
heat_crime
1 September 2010

Moisture / white powder on bricks in basement

Moisture / white powder on bricks in basement

Hi there, I'm after some general info on this potental problem. I have a 1981 built brick vaneer house, on a (very) sloping block, so it's cut well into the the land.…

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heat_crime
Sep 01, 2010 3:43 pm
FeeDee
FeeDee
2 September 2010

Need help with fencing, Ivanhoe, North/East suburbs Melbourn

Need help with fencing, Ivanhoe, North/East suburbs Melbourn

Hi, I'm after a quote for the back fence, across two properties. Does anyone know of a good (cheap and quality) fencing company? Also, I've been told that you can't have…

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FeeDee
Sep 02, 2010 11:11 am
homemaker
homemaker
2 September 2010

How to get paint to stick to old fibro? oil based or acrylic

How to get paint to stick to old fibro? oil based or acrylic

Cool, i might use that for inside and they suggested a surface binder and taubmans endure at Bristol for the exterior.

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homemaker
Sep 02, 2010 4:32 pm
Rousella
Rousella
4 September 2010

weathertex guarantee

weathertex guarantee

I also experience that Farquire..That's why I research for some details that will help me on that matter. After reading many articles and couples of videos, I found some…

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Rousella
Sep 04, 2010 1:06 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
4 September 2010

Rain Water wont sucked into soil - Help ...

Rain Water wont sucked into soil - Help ...

Just create something that gives the water somewhere to go. Dig a trench and install a spoon drain or just leave it run out to the street with a bit of digging.

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TheGardenWhisperer
Sep 04, 2010 12:33 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
Lex
Lex
6 September 2010

Leaky door seals

Leaky door seals

^ Fantastic! Looking forward to them telling people "well, we've built it as per display home standards" :shock: :lol: :lol: :roll: :roll: (they've better fix the display…

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Lex
Sep 06, 2010 7:43 pm
Lex
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
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
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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TheGardenWhisperer
Sep 29, 2010 1:12 am
TheGardenWhisperer
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

Edited

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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

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