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onc_artisan
onc_artisan
16 January 2010

Ensuite Shower problem

Ensuite Shower problem

Hi All, We've been in our house almost 2 years. It's about 15 years old and the bathrooms were fully renovated sometime in the last 5 years. By and…

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onc_artisan
Jan 16, 2010 9:46 am
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
18 January 2010

Drainage Problems Causing Rising Damp?

Drainage Problems Causing Rising Damp?

That is a great link Fu! :: I would like to point out that there are many causes of rising damp. Not all are as simple to fix, ...but harder still is finding the problem…

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onc_artisan
Jan 18, 2010 7:36 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
20 January 2010

Touch up paint required for colorbond roof

Touch up paint required for colorbond roof
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Look in the top right hand corner see it will say you have 1 new message

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onc_artisan
Jan 20, 2010 11:54 am
onc_artisan
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JamesTrick
Jan 20, 2010 1:59 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
22 January 2010

Mortar staining/tinting

Mortar staining/tinting

You ccould re-grout the side?

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onc_artisan
Jan 22, 2010 12:45 am
onc_artisan
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
1 February 2010

Chipboard Flooring

Chipboard Flooring

Find a good general builder would be my suggestion.

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Yak_Chat
Feb 01, 2010 8:58 pm
Yak_Chat
zeke
zeke
3 February 2010

Replacing bed slats - trimming the wood?

Replacing bed slats - trimming the wood?

I wouldn't use MDF - it's not very strong when cut into narrow strips. Not a very technical answer I know, but it would snap much more easily than say pine boards. The…

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zeke
Feb 03, 2010 4:23 pm
zeke
hjw
hjw
5 February 2010

Eco Paints

Eco Paints

i got my house done with paint from ecolour based in byron bay, their stuff is supposed to be 0 VOC..

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hjw
Feb 05, 2010 2:07 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
5 February 2010

Maintaining garage roller doors

Maintaining garage roller doors

(I wonder what happens to the old doors when they are replaced? ) Being mostly aluminium they end up in a scrap metal yard

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Uncle Arfur
Feb 05, 2010 4:58 pm
building aimlessly
building aimlessly
8 February 2010

Help - my roof is leaking

Help - my roof is leaking
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yeah that's for colourbond.... doesn't everything cost more in sydney?? ::lol::

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building aimlessly
Feb 08, 2010 7:29 am
building aimlessly
rmamila
rmamila
8 February 2010

Ceiling Insulation - Flat Roof Joists

Ceiling Insulation - Flat Roof Joists

Hi, Can some one give me an advise on Ceiling Insulation. I m building a double story and my house is very close to the completion. I am building in Melbourne. So a good…

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rmamila
Feb 08, 2010 5:03 pm
camelia
camelia
8 February 2010

Old flaky paint - lead based?

Old flaky paint - lead based?

sounds like paint stripper is the way to go - thanks, I'll be donning the PPE :o

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camelia
Feb 08, 2010 10:32 pm
vvs mand
vvs mand
9 February 2010

plumbers costs

plumbers costs

if its copper its measured outside diameter. If its galvanised iron pipe, its measured inside diameter.````````````````````

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vvs mand
Feb 09, 2010 5:46 am
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onc_artisan
Feb 09, 2010 12:16 pm
onc_artisan
camelia
camelia
12 February 2010

putting flyscreens back in the window

putting flyscreens back in the window

thanks buzz and kek...I've tried and tried...tried sliding the window out (makes no difference) the only way I can get it in is if I take the metal bar in the middle (held…

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camelia
Feb 12, 2010 12:06 pm
chopaweezacustoms
chopaweezacustoms
13 February 2010

Repairing cracked walls in an older house. Help please...

Repairing cracked walls in an older house. Help please...

I had a similar issue with a house I Reno'ed last year . I ended up using a masonry drill bit and drilling into the sections were the render kept falling out of . I would…

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chopaweezacustoms
Feb 13, 2010 5:34 pm
sbudge
sbudge
15 February 2010

Hot water not available when very cold

Hot water not available when very cold

Hi Most gas hot water systems except for storage work on flow rates. I would suggest that you turn on your hot water tap only. Once the water comes through then add cold…

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sbudge
Feb 15, 2010 10:39 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
15 February 2010

Removing Streaks in Stainless Steel

Removing Streaks in Stainless Steel

As a grommet I worked at place that had heaps of stainless. We used to spray on baby oil then buff back with a paper towel. Perfection :wink:

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TheGardenWhisperer
Feb 15, 2010 11:44 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
18 February 2010

Lump of wood stuck in storm water drain

Lump of wood stuck in storm water drain

Congrats goes to you employing an arborist rather than a tree lopper or tree surgeon.

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TheGardenWhisperer
Feb 18, 2010 12:55 am
TheGardenWhisperer
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
19 February 2010

Product for Rising Damp?

Product for Rising Damp?

I agree camelia - dealing with the cause not just the symptoms is a worry

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onc_artisan
Feb 19, 2010 8:48 pm
onc_artisan
Southies
Southies
3 March 2010

REDBACKS !!!

REDBACKS !!!

Oceanus2, thank you so much !! Any where I can save some $$$s is a must :z: :z:

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Southies
Mar 03, 2010 8:03 am
Southies
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
3 March 2010

Renovations were going well....discovered termites

Renovations were going well....discovered termites

From speaking to the experts a - the biggest thing I've learnt is to be very very gentle around them - do not disturb them or touch the timber as any tube disturbance and…

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Yak_Chat
Mar 03, 2010 11:53 pm
Yak_Chat
chopaweezacustoms
chopaweezacustoms
6 March 2010

Repairing/Replacing deck & deck roof - need Council permits?

Repairing/Replacing deck & deck roof - need Council permits?

At the old place I renovated last year the neighbours did similar to you . I complained to council as the new awning blocked light on a chunk of my garden and it looked…

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chopaweezacustoms
Mar 06, 2010 7:08 am
hippiesimz
hippiesimz
6 March 2010

Wall Frame Carpenter Melbourne - Point Cook Area

Wall Frame Carpenter Melbourne - Point Cook Area

hi everyone im looking someone who can make a wall frame with 1 big door, if anyone have recommended carpenter who you think they can do it please let me know. thanks guys

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hippiesimz
Mar 06, 2010 6:09 pm
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CarolineJ
Mar 09, 2010 10:43 pm
ytliu
ytliu
10 March 2010

Watermarks on porch's ceiling

Watermarks on porch's ceiling

::angry:: ::cry:: When we showed the pic to the supervisor and he said that's the way it should be!

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ytliu
Mar 10, 2010 8:54 am
robinred55
robinred55
10 March 2010

painting tips

painting tips

I'm generally a lazy person and have found ways to make preparation easier. I've used a microfibre mop with multi-directional heads to wash the ceilings and walls…

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robinred55
Mar 10, 2010 4:17 pm
hadiya
hadiya
11 March 2010

Water getting underhouse

Water getting underhouse

Make some alternative plans to re-direct the muddy water to public drains or else contact your local plumber and take his advise for a better solutions.

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hadiya
Mar 11, 2010 7:05 pm
g_man
g_man
15 March 2010

Repairing/replacing damp proof course.

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…

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g_man
Mar 15, 2010 10:03 pm
vvs mand
vvs mand
16 March 2010

repairing broken tiles?

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…

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vvs mand
Mar 16, 2010 7:33 pm
Merlin
Merlin
18 March 2010

Chimney

Chimney

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…

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Merlin
Mar 18, 2010 3:51 pm
whiteman
whiteman
18 March 2010

SINCE WHEN DOES STAINLESS STEEL RUST ??

SINCE WHEN DOES STAINLESS STEEL RUST ??
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316 also rusts over time but it'd have to be in a very harsh environment to show much age in the first few years.

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whiteman
Mar 18, 2010 4:46 pm
borg
borg
19 March 2010

blank

blank

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)

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borg
Mar 19, 2010 2:18 pm
borg
kriscot
kriscot
21 March 2010

Blocking off under-house crawl space

Blocking off under-house crawl space

Hi all, 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 …

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kriscot
Mar 21, 2010 2:02 pm
Pepto471
Pepto471
26 March 2010

How to repair laundry door

How to repair laundry door

please tell us how it goes, it might save us heaps if its easy to repair than replace

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Pepto471
Mar 26, 2010 9:31 am
Pepto471
Bob
Bob
28 March 2010

Damaged driveway- what would you do?

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…

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Bob
Mar 28, 2010 1:53 pm
saxien
saxien
28 March 2010

Repairing a cornice

Repairing a cornice

Hi Marli, 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,…

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saxien
Mar 28, 2010 6:18 pm
Bonfire
Bonfire
31 March 2010

repairing a drain

repairing a drain

Thanks, that's a helpful start. I'll look into it.

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Bonfire
Mar 31, 2010 11:14 am
Tones
Tones
1 April 2010

Replacing downlight globes?

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?

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Tones
Apr 01, 2010 5:57 pm
camelia
camelia
5 April 2010

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Renovator's Manual The easy step by step guide to Home Renovations By Allan Staines. 5th Edition (January 2010). ISBN 1875217142 110 Pages …

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camelia
Apr 05, 2010 1:19 pm
vvs mand
vvs mand
12 April 2010

Rising Damp

Rising Damp

Read my earlier post. I explained what you need to do. Im a plumber, I deal with this stuff every day.

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vvs mand
Apr 12, 2010 11:49 pm
greggles
greggles
15 April 2010

Help with repair to bathroom wall?

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…

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greggles
Apr 15, 2010 8:29 am
melloreno
melloreno
15 April 2010

How do I seal joins in a non-floating timber floor?

How do I seal joins in a non-floating timber floor?

Adrien Thanks for the advice. It is easy to get under the house so the blocks look like the way to go. Cheers melloreno

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melloreno
Apr 15, 2010 9:29 am
Alfonso
Alfonso
16 April 2010

Riving Knife on a Circular Saw

Riving Knife on a Circular Saw

Hi Fuller, 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…

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Alfonso
Apr 16, 2010 4:05 am
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
17 April 2010

Onc_artisan goin'... East!!! Want some helpful advice...

Onc_artisan goin'... East!!! Want some helpful advice...
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I'd just like to say it was nice to catch up with the H1ers recently. Though busy i had a great trip. I will reply ASAP I just needed to have a little rest ::wornout::

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onc_artisan
Apr 17, 2010 9:34 pm
onc_artisan
monkey
monkey
18 April 2010

Repainting wooden panelling in bathroom

Repainting wooden panelling in bathroom

Hi all 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…

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monkey
Apr 18, 2010 10:12 pm
monkey


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