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Michelle
Michelle
5 August 2008

Septic pipework -PICTURE ATTACHED

Septic pipework -PICTURE ATTACHED

I am continuing getting calls from our tenants saying there septic is blocked- the overflow comes out of the air vent from the spetic…

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Michelle
Aug 05, 2008 5:41 pm
Michelle
Paula
Paula
11 August 2008

Getting render off windows!!!!!!

Getting render off windows!!!!!!

Tell them to finish the job properly and clean it!

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Paula
Aug 11, 2008 8:44 am
Paula
Dukekamaya
Dukekamaya
15 August 2008

Gutter problem

Gutter problem

Have they just 'popped' out of the gutter track? They just pop back in

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Dukekamaya
Aug 15, 2008 7:26 pm
Dukekamaya
donuts
donuts
15 August 2008

Maintenance of timber windows and front door

Maintenance of timber windows and front door
1, 2

Seeing as we already have them though i'll just sand and oil them with decking oil, every 3 or so months i…

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donuts
Aug 15, 2008 8:43 pm
donuts
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
17 August 2008

What comes first, walls or floor?

What comes first, walls or floor?

What if you need to sand & polish your floors. Would that take precedence over any painting? Floors last - because during the painting…

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Yak_Chat
Aug 17, 2008 5:59 am
Yak_Chat
Timbacare
Timbacare
12 September 2008

Silicone .... ARGH!!

Silicone .... ARGH!!

If your the home handy type who will repair & revive your timber furniture? Than do yourself a HUGE favour. DO NOT USE any cleaning product that contains silicone on…

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Timbacare
Sep 12, 2008 2:25 pm
Helyn
Helyn
12 September 2008

HOT WATER SERVICE

HOT WATER SERVICE

I have seen many older houses here with HWS's in bathrooms or laundries, so I suppose you could have it in a sunroom. Possibly your sunroom was once part of the back…

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Helyn
Sep 12, 2008 5:33 pm
Helyn
Timbacare
Timbacare
16 September 2008

Wet and dry carpet cleaner.....any recommended brands?

Wet and dry carpet cleaner.....any recommended brands?

Hubby got a wet / dry vac from Super Cheap Auto. Cost about $100. I nicked to do the house one day because my super dupper $300+ vac with power head had died.…

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Timbacare
Sep 16, 2008 4:49 pm
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
30 September 2008

Painting help

Painting help

Wallpaper might be an easier option by now :wink:

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Yak_Chat
Sep 30, 2008 12:07 am
Yak_Chat
energy
energy
16 October 2008

Restumping/raising a wooden house

Restumping/raising a wooden house

We had this issue in our inspection report as well, and thought it wasnt a biggie. Now we are faced with total restumping (and lifting at the same time) and its big$$ an…

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energy
Oct 16, 2008 12:54 pm
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I_BUILD
Oct 18, 2008 11:46 pm
I_BUILD
I_BUILD
I_BUILD
22 October 2008

Roof Restorations/repairs

Roof Restorations/repairs

Companies like modern and roofseal charge way too much so a small local company is the way to go.

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I_BUILD
Oct 22, 2008 2:57 pm
I_BUILD
joles
joles
2 November 2008

Queries on Retiling Roof

Queries on Retiling Roof

That's alright I_B, I know you're stubborn and unreasonable. :shock: :wink: Grace, I…

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joles
Nov 02, 2008 4:58 pm
joles
maggie
maggie
3 November 2008

paint peeling after painting, advice needed

paint peeling after painting, advice needed

Thanks Chris and Willow, I had a look at our roof and I am afraid we wil have to have the roof recoated. I think it will take place before next winter's rains ... we…

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maggie
Nov 03, 2008 1:46 pm
Pat the draftie
Pat the draftie
13 November 2008

Advice for repairing Retaining Wall

Advice for repairing Retaining Wall

Kevink, Your post was looking very lonely here, so I said I'd post my 2 cents worth. I hate answering a question with a question but....... The first thing I would be…

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Pat the draftie
Nov 13, 2008 2:32 pm
Pat the draftie
ECOECO
ECOECO
15 November 2008

Changing weatherboard house to brick

Changing weatherboard house to brick

I guarantee the brick "veneer" product would fool anyone on this forum - I have see it. It is brick. And it requires no structural change to the home. Some people…

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ECOECO
Nov 15, 2008 6:43 am
ECOECO
gweluphome
gweluphome
17 November 2008

Need some help :)

Need some help :)

Bel, a nail gun or a chippy with a nail gun. They chippy sounds better as they are licensed to operate a nail gun. :D :D :D .

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gweluphome
Nov 17, 2008 8:32 am
Sacha1390
Sacha1390
26 November 2008

Moving House

Moving House

We're renting currently :cry:

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Sacha1390
Nov 26, 2008 12:04 pm
Sacha1390
davem
davem
28 November 2008

Please help choose some lights...

Please help choose some lights...

thanks Ed, my ceiling height is just the normal 2.4m??? In the shops that I have seen the CFL downlights, if you put your hand say half a metre underneath them you…

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davem
Nov 28, 2008 2:24 pm
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
5 December 2008

Metal Electric Hot Plates

Metal Electric Hot Plates

This stuff does the trick. http://www.hillmark.com.au/products/hillmark_appliance_care/solid_element_stovecare Steve

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Yak_Chat
Dec 05, 2008 6:43 am
Yak_Chat
femina
femina
13 December 2008

Interior painting - brand quality, undercoating, topcoats

Interior painting - brand quality, undercoating, topcoats

I'd like to get back into painting, something I haven't done since high school. The problem is that I've never purchased my own supplies; I used to just use the art…

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femina
Dec 13, 2008 4:50 pm
ozkarnak
ozkarnak
14 December 2008

Old Bluetac on walls

Old Bluetac on walls

Try some sugar soap with a gentle scourer. It's worked for me before.

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ozkarnak
Dec 14, 2008 5:13 pm
ozkarnak
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Yak_Chat
Dec 15, 2008 9:58 pm
Yak_Chat
alokin
alokin
17 December 2008

handyperson searched for Bris/Southside

handyperson searched for Bris/Southside

Need some extra $$? For our house in Brisbane Southside we search help with some works: - reputty windows - reinstalling sash windows - concrete slab - building a…

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alokin
Dec 17, 2008 2:33 pm
Col Nation
Col Nation
18 December 2008

Disifection of homes before moving in....

Disifection of homes before moving in....

I'm always sus at someone who advertsies "chemical free cleaning" or the like. I have seen this type of claim by cleaners with "chemical free cleaning " plastered all over…

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Col Nation
Dec 18, 2008 7:18 pm
Col Nation
Brad & Ree
Brad & Ree
18 December 2008

wall preping questions

wall preping questions

Thanks PP great site. Upon closer insection the crack around the walls, appears to be mainly paint (phew) its a very consistant crack running on the two opposite walls…

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Brad & Ree
Dec 18, 2008 9:57 pm
jarthel
jarthel
23 December 2008

possible paint problem?

possible paint problem?

My wall was previously painted yellow and dark blue (top-half = yellow and bottom-half = blue) using Solver mid-sheen washable acrylic paint. My wife wanted to paint…

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jarthel
Dec 23, 2008 12:03 pm
chuth77
chuth77
29 December 2008

painting questions :)

painting questions :)

PAint stripper will work on the Brush... Good way to clean up old brushes!

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chuth77
Dec 29, 2008 9:10 pm
mrs_hardware
mrs_hardware
5 January 2009

Leaking taps - no screw cap!!!

Leaking taps - no screw cap!!!

Thank you for your help, we've done that and it worked. Thanks again.

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mrs_hardware
Jan 05, 2009 8:49 am
eimaj
eimaj
9 January 2009

replaing bargeboards - timber or colorbond/zinc?

replaing bargeboards - timber or colorbond/zinc?

The old ones were probably oregon pine so have lasted well. If using timber you will probably use engineered treated pine (the pre-primed…

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eimaj
Jan 09, 2009 2:23 pm
Colsy
Colsy
10 January 2009

Relocating aerial point

Relocating aerial point

Gday, I am about to move in to an older place. There is one aerial/antenna point in the bedroom. I would like to move this to the other side of the room and also put an…

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Colsy
Jan 10, 2009 11:47 am
Colsy
Col Nation
Col Nation
12 January 2009

Moisture behind steel door frame in bathroom

Moisture behind steel door frame in bathroom

The leaks will usually be microscopic cracks or incomplete seal of the silicone in the corners, or it will be just the fact that the grout is pourous and allows water into…

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Col Nation
Jan 12, 2009 9:37 pm
Col Nation
vvs mand
vvs mand
13 January 2009

Brown water from taps

Brown water from taps

Mine turned out to be the hotwater system being full of sludge (12 year old HWS) I always suspected it however it was confirmed the weekend when it failed…

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vvs mand
Jan 13, 2009 4:06 pm
vvs mand
vvs mand
13 January 2009

Master Water Shutoff Valve

Master Water Shutoff Valve

This is bewildering as the temps here in NSW can get below freezing and I'm well aware of what normally transpires in a system freezing while under…

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vvs mand
Jan 13, 2009 4:18 pm
McReidy
McReidy
14 January 2009

How can I remove this mould from these bricks? see photo

How can I remove this mould from these bricks? see photo

Exit Mould/Bleach plus a pressure sprayer did the trick for us in a similar situation.

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McReidy
Jan 14, 2009 9:54 am
McReidy
borg
borg
14 January 2009

cleaning grout haze off tiles

cleaning grout haze off tiles

i think you need to use viniger. In works like acid does on bricks. Viniger is acid Add Viniger to your mop bucket!!!!!

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borg
Jan 14, 2009 1:11 pm
borg
inspectionangel
inspectionangel
14 January 2009

roof leaking, paint peeling, advice needed please

roof leaking, paint peeling, advice needed please

Two years ago I had the same problem of roof leaking and paint peeling in my home. I thought, perhaps my home needs renovation and some one told me about pest and building…

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inspectionangel
Jan 14, 2009 6:05 pm
speed
speed
16 January 2009

roof and window restorations-perth

roof and window restorations-perth

had both jobs done, used permacoat for the roof, great job, manor for windows, another great job, look like brand new, cost about 25% of replacing the windows, but don't…

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speed
Jan 16, 2009 3:39 pm
Dukekamaya
Dukekamaya
19 January 2009

Twisted Fascia

Twisted Fascia

The timber if treated pine probably wasn't resealed when the mitre was cut. If its old oregon pine your better off replacing it anyway

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Dukekamaya
Jan 19, 2009 11:46 am
Dukekamaya
stellar
stellar
5 February 2009

Replacing the foundations of a qld'er (?)

Replacing the foundations of a qld'er (?)

Hello, I'm new to the board and looking for some advice. We are negotiating on a house at the moment. The house is sitting approx. 8 ft off the ground on steel poles…

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stellar
Feb 05, 2009 7:16 pm
ozkarnak
ozkarnak
11 February 2009

Key won't turn door lock

Key won't turn door lock

Just another thought. Does it work sometimes but othertimes not ?. If so mine does that - its the timber of my door moving and the lock falls out of line so I just…

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ozkarnak
Feb 11, 2009 9:24 am
ozkarnak
driton
driton
15 February 2009

Anyone tried using acrylic *enamel* paint ?

Anyone tried using acrylic *enamel* paint ?

Hi guys, I'm a painter by trade, and this is my first post. I googled 'raising a queenslander' and come up with this forum which looks to be so resourceful. I thought…

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driton
Feb 15, 2009 10:13 pm
gracesmith
gracesmith
21 February 2009

Smelly plumbing problem in our new home

Smelly plumbing problem in our new home

A few wild guesses.....the tub/shower drain could be lacking a trap in the drain, but if this was the case, you should have been smelling sewage right from the beginning.…

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gracesmith
Feb 21, 2009 9:14 pm
GottaMow
GottaMow
22 February 2009

how do I attach a roof to my pergola?

how do I attach a roof to my pergola?

Have you put any thought around how you will marry the roof cladding to the existing house roof?? From looking at the photos it appears the rafters are hard up against…

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GottaMow
Feb 22, 2009 8:15 am
N!c
N!c
27 February 2009

RCD keeps tripping

RCD keeps tripping

Came home the other day and found that my garage door would not open when pressing the remote - obviously the power was gone again. Thought it may be the fridge so I…

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N!c
Feb 27, 2009 7:43 pm
Dukekamaya
Dukekamaya
3 March 2009

jarrah floorboards ??

jarrah floorboards ??

you will need to sand the boards before coating them, this will remove any paint drips etc and provide a clean level surface for coating. The finish is entirely up to…

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Dukekamaya
Mar 03, 2009 4:15 pm
Dukekamaya
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
5 March 2009

wooden step & hand rail need replacing

wooden step & hand rail need replacing

From your picture it seems the bottom tread supports the staircase so the job will require some care if the tread needs to be replaced. It is a job for a (much maligned)…

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Uncle Arfur
Mar 05, 2009 1:48 am
kayanat
kayanat
12 March 2009

Do I need new wiring???

Do I need new wiring???

How to REattach wiring thru new siding on outside of house? When they put up the new siding on the outside of the house they did not reattach the wiring to the side of the…

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kayanat
Mar 12, 2009 9:23 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
18 March 2009

rendering

rendering

Rising or falling damp...IMHO Says he the waterproofing contractor 8)

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onc_artisan
Mar 18, 2009 7:05 pm
onc_artisan


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