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Cabinfever
Cabinfever
26 August 2009

bathroom drainpipe smell?

bathroom drainpipe smell?

Update: The plumber came back today. He checked the air vent pipe thingy - clear. He went under the house and said everything was good. In fact he said that he'd rarely…

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Cabinfever
Aug 26, 2009 9:49 pm
Cabinfever
woodvillesouth
woodvillesouth
29 August 2009

DIY, saving tips

DIY, saving tips

They do have buying power for the standard inclusions but if you want something different their prices can be higher than buying at retail price because even if they get…

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woodvillesouth
Aug 29, 2009 11:15 pm
Gusto
Gusto
30 August 2009

Flashing repair at slab question.

Flashing repair at slab question.

Thanks for the reply, after much deliberation and head scratching I've decided to lay a single course of bricks alongside the problem area. I'll leave a gap between the…

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Gusto
Aug 30, 2009 9:35 am
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grinder
Sep 01, 2009 3:46 pm
grinder
royalblue
royalblue
3 September 2009

mould under the house

mould under the house

SOME IMPORTANT QUESTIONS; 1. Were you made aware of the problem before you bought the house? 2. Was this condition brought to your attention and written into the…

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royalblue
Sep 03, 2009 3:54 am
cyclone
cyclone
4 September 2009

Separate trenches for electrical and plumbing?

Separate trenches for electrical and plumbing?

i think you can as long as the electrical conduit meets the depth requirements. for example, have the electrical at…

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cyclone
Sep 04, 2009 6:56 pm
cyclone
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
5 September 2009

Underpinning and re stumping

Underpinning and re stumping

Borg - geogrouting will stabilize the ground beneth the stumps. Geogrouting is pumping a soil stabiliser into the ground, this resinous substance sets, and the ground…

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onc_artisan
Sep 05, 2009 11:46 am
onc_artisan
jmsbaum
jmsbaum
10 September 2009

plasterboard issues

plasterboard issues

cant get the pics to work, having issues with software to get them onto my pc, will try again tomorrow but may just have to wait. and bring this post back at a later date…

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jmsbaum
Sep 10, 2009 5:07 am
grinder
grinder
12 September 2009

Sanding AGHHHHHH!

Sanding AGHHHHHH!

WEll after removing the wall paper i have puttied up all the imperfections and am now up to sanding! I have been doing this by hand…

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grinder
Sep 12, 2009 11:23 pm
grinder
Macy
Macy
15 September 2009

Shower wall water infiltration: Will dehumidifier help?

Shower wall water infiltration: Will dehumidifier help?

One of the shower stalls in the apartment/condo was inspected by the home inspector and mentioned to have "water infiltration" (measured by the…

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Macy
Sep 15, 2009 5:44 pm
JilaMint
JilaMint
17 September 2009

Some advice, using Gyprock to patch a hole

Some advice, using Gyprock to patch a hole

It sounds like you may be trying to patch a 10mm wall with 13mm plasterboard. Measure the thickness of each and then let us…

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JilaMint
Sep 17, 2009 10:38 pm
jodge
jodge
18 September 2009

Oil staining on concrete....

Oil staining on concrete....

We cover up our oil-stained driveway using a big bit of plywood. . . hope this helps! :)

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jodge
Sep 18, 2009 1:42 am
jodge
taurus
taurus
20 September 2009

Decking-oil or paint?

Decking-oil or paint?

I'm not much of a gardener these days though. Bought the paint and tried it out, but…

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taurus
Sep 20, 2009 8:03 pm
kerrin62
kerrin62
28 September 2009

brand of sander?

brand of sander?

Door is lacquered. Thanks for your reply. I will have a look at that one.

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kerrin62
Sep 28, 2009 1:28 pm
kerrin62
kerrin62
kerrin62
30 September 2009

paint stripping and powder coating in Sydney for furniture

paint stripping and powder coating in Sydney for furniture

Does anyone know of a company in Sydney who will strip some outdoor furniture and re-powder coat it? I phoned a few places but they need the metal to be stripped before…

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kerrin62
Sep 30, 2009 9:43 am
kerrin62
petershaw
petershaw
7 October 2009

can I use turpentine to remove paint?

can I use turpentine to remove paint?

Thank u very much. I already used turp to strip off the paint. It worked very well. The reason maybe the paint was still new (painted days before).

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petershaw
Oct 07, 2009 8:58 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
11 October 2009

Screw hole lost thread

Screw hole lost thread

:: and you only have to wait 6 minutes :z:

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onc_artisan
Oct 11, 2009 7:31 pm
onc_artisan
ange2348
ange2348
12 October 2009

Installing External Sub-Floor Access

Installing External Sub-Floor Access

Hello We have just purchased a rendered brick home. A couple of things were brought to our attention in the pest inspection. 1. Construction rubble was under the house…

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ange2348
Oct 12, 2009 1:16 pm
gweluphome
gweluphome
13 October 2009

Please HELP! My dining table is ruined....any ideas please

Please HELP! My dining table is ruined....any ideas please

Thanks everyone, some great ideas that are um well very logical..its probably going to be so easy to fix yet I just panicked.......fingers crossed anyway. I will try all…

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gweluphome
Oct 13, 2009 8:39 pm
Dollar
Dollar
18 October 2009

builders * repair with pics

builders * repair with pics
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Oh thanks for letting me know. They look good. I am going with Boral smooth face but have no reds-brown/neutral tones instead.

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Dollar
Oct 18, 2009 12:04 am
swarvy
swarvy
20 October 2009

Cieling White Different Shade

Cieling White Different Shade

theres no specific formula to how much painters put black tinter in, its just alittle bit to ofset the starkness of pure white and to help achieve good coverage, doesnt…

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swarvy
Oct 20, 2009 10:50 pm
swarvy
swarvy
20 October 2009

Slate painting spills (pics)

Slate painting spills (pics)

or buy some citrus paint stripper, applied by brush and wiped of with clean rag will lift it easily and you can wash out the brush afterwards, has a nice orange smell to…

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swarvy
Oct 20, 2009 10:53 pm
swarvy
swarvy
22 October 2009

repainting internal walls and ceilings

repainting internal walls and ceilings

few shots of exit mould from any supermarket for a few bucks will do away with the mould, just point spray and walk away dont try and wipe it away it will just…

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swarvy
Oct 22, 2009 1:11 am
swarvy
swarvy
22 October 2009

Painting those aluminium fascias and gutters. How do you?

Painting those aluminium fascias and gutters. How do you?

theres a few products available for this dulux weathershield x10 wattle solarguard solver duraguard all acrylic exterior paints manufactured to weather…

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swarvy
Oct 22, 2009 1:19 am
dingdong
dingdong
28 October 2009

Waterproofing Exterior Brick

Waterproofing Exterior Brick

It above the damp proof course as the inside floor drops down below ground level. There is a product recommended to me that builders use but it can drain away below as it…

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dingdong
Oct 28, 2009 10:53 am
swarvy
swarvy
6 November 2009

If replacing skirting should we replace architraves too?

If replacing skirting should we replace architraves too?

Its not overly difficult to replace the skirting and architrave however you do need to know somewhat of what your doing, I would advise tileing upto the skirting and then…

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swarvy
Nov 06, 2009 2:15 pm
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Merlin
Nov 09, 2009 9:01 pm
variflex
variflex
15 November 2009

Painting the Bathroom Ceiling

Painting the Bathroom Ceiling

Thanks guy's I hooked into it this morning and gave the ceiling and cornices three coats. I forgot to mention that the pain i have is labelled wet area so i took a punt…

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variflex
Nov 15, 2009 2:20 pm
variflex
mrh20
mrh20
16 November 2009

Brickwork

Brickwork

The weight of the roof is borne by the internal piers of the garage, the external brickwork skin is primarily cosmetic, the brick was probably never in one piece when…

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mrh20
Nov 16, 2009 4:48 pm
Pugs
Pugs
21 November 2009

Removing Gyprock Plasterboard Without DAMAGING IT

Removing Gyprock Plasterboard Without DAMAGING IT

Gyprock wallboard is only about $3.95 sq. metre. Not worth the hassle of trying to remove old stuff without damaging it ( which is near…

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Pugs
Nov 21, 2009 3:45 pm
Pugs
Macy
Macy
23 November 2009

Roof edge

Roof edge

:roll: :lol: I forgot to go have a look again.

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Macy
Nov 23, 2009 6:28 pm
Almond~Eyes
Almond~Eyes
25 November 2009

Terminte Barrier

Terminte Barrier

We just had a pest inspection yesterday and the guy said it was a waste of money to bother with those systems. he said that they aren't even supposed to call them barrier…

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Almond~Eyes
Nov 25, 2009 1:56 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
28 November 2009

Worried about damp

Worried about damp

How is it looking?? any updates? :th:

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onc_artisan
Nov 28, 2009 12:46 am
onc_artisan
joles
joles
2 December 2009

Issues with choosing the right Colour ? Garden Wall

Issues with choosing the right Colour ? Garden Wall

Hi and welcome to the forum. I know Michelle (in house decorating guru) always recommends choosing a few shades darker than what you think for outdoor use. The sunlight…

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joles
Dec 02, 2009 10:20 am
joles
petes334
petes334
3 December 2009

Restumping an old weatherboard house

Restumping an old weatherboard house

That helps a lot thanks. I really had no clue how much this was going to cost.

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petes334
Dec 03, 2009 7:35 am
sbudge
sbudge
6 December 2009

Tank water treatment/cleaning

Tank water treatment/cleaning

Hi There Give some one a call that specialises in cleaning out water tanks for a quote. There are a couple of things you can do to minimise water quality problems in side…

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sbudge
Dec 06, 2009 9:45 pm
sbudge
sbudge
6 December 2009

How to get toilet clean

How to get toilet clean

Hi I totally agree with Arthur, once the glazing has been removed inside the pan, stains are almost inpossible to remove. Dont waste your money on chemicals, the only way…

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sbudge
Dec 06, 2009 9:53 pm
sbudge
sbudge
6 December 2009

Low hot water pressure - Electric Tank

Low hot water pressure - Electric Tank

Hi There Which fixture is closest to the HWS. Usually the closest fixture to the HWS get priority of pressure. It is not unusual for pressure to reduce when using two…

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sbudge
Dec 06, 2009 10:01 pm
littletee
littletee
7 December 2009

Brown Water coming from Hot Tap

Brown Water coming from Hot Tap

Hi There See if you can see the cold water line running through the home. It could be that the original galvanised pipes have been replaced…

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littletee
Dec 07, 2009 11:45 am
kid81
kid81
9 December 2009

what type of termite protection

what type of termite protection

Your friend needs to call P0rt3r d@vis and find out which company was used. Most companies only warrant their own product and their own annual inspections. If it is a…

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kid81
Dec 09, 2009 12:14 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
10 December 2009

Urgent ceiling help

Urgent ceiling help

Yep... Acro props from the nearest hire place, with a timber 4x2 on top of the prop to spread the lift. :wink:

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onc_artisan
Dec 10, 2009 9:58 am
onc_artisan
_kelly_
_kelly_
14 December 2009

General opinions on what is acceptable wear n tear

General opinions on what is acceptable wear n tear
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*sigh* That's exactly the kind of feedback I am getting from here (and other forums). I was just poking about trying to locate all my paperwork and amazingly…

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_kelly_
Dec 14, 2009 3:48 pm
_kelly_
gpierce
gpierce
14 December 2009

Multiple door latch holes in frames

Multiple door latch holes in frames

I would cut out a small piece of wood to fill the hole with (screw it in) then putty the small gaps. Greg

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gpierce
Dec 14, 2009 4:32 pm
Tiara79
Tiara79
14 December 2009

How to deal with burn marks on furniture?

How to deal with burn marks on furniture?

I usually just coat it with another paint which is suitable with the furniture's color and then compound it so it will be…

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Tiara79
Dec 14, 2009 5:48 pm
gpierce
gpierce
24 December 2009

How do you clean yellowed plastic?

How do you clean yellowed plastic?

You can paint the plastic, I do it with car parts all the time. Say's it's for vinyl, but with the correct prep it works fine on hard plastics too:

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gpierce
Dec 24, 2009 3:29 pm
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Casa2
Dec 26, 2009 5:03 pm
Merlin
Merlin
30 December 2009

Help! How can I fix my sloppy paint job!

Help! How can I fix my sloppy paint job!

I agree with Mikaela on this as far as fixing what's already done goes although you may have to wait a few days for the paint to harden before you can sand it. If it rolls…

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Merlin
Dec 30, 2009 5:03 pm
Striking
Striking
5 January 2010

rotting eve's "help"

rotting eve's "help"

If it were me I would get some color bond facia installed and re sheet the eaves, just check they are not asbetos though anything pre 80's could be...

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Striking
Jan 05, 2010 8:57 pm


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