DIY, Home Maintenance & Repair
Repairing/replacing damp proof course.
I am about to start a major reno on an old double red brick house. Built in 1937.
As with alot of old houses it has a rising damp prob. The elderly lady gardener who…
Mar 15, 2010 9:03 pm
repairing broken tiles?
Silicone doesnt need to be immersed in water to fail. But exposure to water, like in a shower will eventually penetrate cause the tiles to become drummy and loose. I see…
It's a pity to see a post go unanswered so although I'm no expert I'll offer comments for what it's worth.
There are indeed brick restoration specialists, some of them…
gyprock damage from rainwater
I am no expert but the additive would be to stop mould growing on the paint.
The issue you have is mould growing on the plaster(ie under the paint)
Blocking off under-house crawl space
Looking for ideas to block off the under-house crawl space on one side of my house to stop my 2 dogs getting under there. Im thinking some kind of lattice or …
Damaged driveway- what would you do?
Yeah, we've got photos.
I'm not sure that not paying for the fence will go down well with the neighbours...they aren't exactly reasonable people. They threatened to give…
Repairing a cornice
Sounds like your manhole goes the entire width of your passage and the manhole cover sits on the cornice, this arrangement gets damaged all the time, to fix it,…
Replacing downlight globes?
I'm having exactly the same problem. Bought a big box of new globes and wiggled away - no joy. How did you end up solving your problem?
Apr 01, 2010 4:57 pm
Read my earlier post. I explained what you need to do. Im a plumber, I deal with this stuff every day.
Help with repair to bathroom wall?
Hi dirkadirk, Eco Builder,
Thanks for the responses! Much appreciated!
The ensuite itself is pretty small, it measures 2650 m x 1080 m. The only ventilation is via a…
Riving Knife on a Circular Saw
The riving knife prevents mostly kickback as dirk rightly said and also keeps the blade cut line open while you cut especially along the grain. You can see this…
Repainting wooden panelling in bathroom
Our main bathroom has yukky wood panelling around the bath and up the bath wall. It looks pretty bad, with the wood getting on age-wise and it is marked and worn…
Gas hot water system - help!
More than likely the ignition isnt working. Often the piezo ignition has been removed or the wire is broken. You can test this by pressing the ignition button and looking…
Handyman in Sydney's innerwest
I am probably really late with this suggestion but I absolutely love my handyman so if I can try and promote his wee business I will
His name is Avishay and he has a…
need help diy on window lock
I replaced all the window locks in my place, some had been there for longer than I've been in the world and had 4 coats of paint on them.
For the stubborn ones I used my…
Apr 28, 2010 9:43 am
240 v fans for under floor
Yes, I have had the damp course replaced along the wall that divides the kitchen and dining rooms. The walls seem to be ok since then. The humid environment from the sub…
I need an electrician for some odd jobs in Frankston area
install power point, install bathroom exhaust, fix light in bedroom and remove hanging…
May 05, 2010 11:18 pm
One of my dishwasher rollers was broken, so I bought the part and installed it the same…
Roof restoration - Perth WA
We have just purchased an old house in Como which we are going to rent until we can sell our other property. We have had a building inspection who advises that the a…
Warped roof truss support - help!
We bought our house about 9 months ago. It's an old double bricked house in Sydney's inner west. Recently we noticed that the roof tiles on one side of the house were…
Fixing chips in render
Get a bag of acrylic render (easier to apply and finish), trowel on leave a while then depending on required finish, sponge smooth.
Don't use brickies sand if you want…
Do I need a new Hot Water System?
Thanks everyone. I am planning to sell in the next few months so was hoping to avoid the cost of a whole new hot water service. Plumber coming out anyway so I will get him…
Timber T&G flooring over tiled floor
Hmmmm, I don't think there is any other option other than what you already covered.
Glueing onto tiles - even if you go ahead with that - I think only the slim timber can…
Yeah, thanks ash...I wouldn't do a sunday unless it was a dire emergency even if it meant needing to go without hotwater (I can always shower at work). He actually…
Paint color is different!!
Bunnings is absolutely hopeless!
I do not remember them tinting paint without making a single mistake
You have better chances if to go to the…
Painting blueboard fibro
You paint them like any other exterior surface – 3 coats of paint for all bare surfaces.
Most of exterior paints are self primed, so you don’t need a special…
House painting - what to ask/process
I’m a painter, but I do lot’s of interstate projects for my investment proeprties for which I’m hiring local painters. I got along a few bumps. Learn from my bad…
Ceiling leak ? box guttering & sealants.
Hard to tell. As you said it’s complicated enough to confuse the builder.
Just in case your builder is overseeing something – invest $100 or so in calling another…