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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 3:24 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 7:43 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 5:50 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 6:13 pm
ozkarnak
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Yak_Chat
Dec 15, 2008 10:58 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 3:33 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 8:18 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 10:57 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 1:03 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 10:10 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 9:49 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 3:23 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 12:47 pm
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 10:37 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 5:06 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 5:18 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 10:54 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 2:11 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 7:05 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 4:39 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 12:46 pm
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 8:16 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 10:24 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 11:13 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 10:14 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 9:15 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 8:43 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 5:15 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 2:48 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 10:23 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 8:05 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
25 March 2009

Leaky balcony

Leaky balcony

Thats true... Though we did one about 20years ago over a recording studio awesome veiws over injidup point :D ... No probs yet :sh:

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onc_artisan
Mar 25, 2009 7:57 pm
onc_artisan
Grout Perfect
Grout Perfect
26 March 2009

Removing tile adhesive from concrete floor

Removing tile adhesive from concrete floor

You can also try phos acid let it sit on there for a while do not let dry keep it wet than use the grinder if it can handle moisture that is if your grinder does not get…

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Grout Perfect
Mar 26, 2009 5:30 pm
Grout Perfect
SileNceR
SileNceR
5 April 2009

I need a drill….

I need a drill….
1, 2

Makita or Hitachi are good If going cordless though you can't go past milwaukee if you can afford it :o

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SileNceR
Apr 05, 2009 11:42 pm
BUILDERSEDGE
BUILDERSEDGE
8 April 2009

Help - leaking ceiling

Help - leaking ceiling

Where are you located? Can you either post pics on Homeone or you can email them to me directly. ***email link removed by Site…

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BUILDERSEDGE
Apr 08, 2009 10:35 am
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
10 April 2009

What is involve in restumping/jacking?

What is involve in restumping/jacking?

Where are you? Do you know if it is the stump has sunk or has the house twisted with the weather.? Gte someone to have a look - but if the soil has changed then the…

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Yak_Chat
Apr 10, 2009 7:18 pm
Yak_Chat
rogerwilco
rogerwilco
16 April 2009

Stump/Level a Melbourne single brick home with timber floors

Stump/Level a Melbourne single brick home with timber floors

Hi, We're looking to buy this place in Melbourne, and following our own inspection, I've got a few concerns about the floor. Of course, if we make an offer, we'll have a…

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rogerwilco
Apr 16, 2009 8:41 pm
Col Nation
Col Nation
21 April 2009

please help...how to remove paint marks on gloss white chair

please help...how to remove paint marks on gloss white chair

Microfibre blocks can be purchased from the hardware shop. all you need is water and they will take most marks off painted or other non porus surfaces. Then a light…

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Col Nation
Apr 21, 2009 9:12 pm
Col Nation
Col Nation
Col Nation
21 April 2009

Best concoction for cleaning general area tiles?

Best concoction for cleaning general area tiles?
1, 2

I see someone earlier on mentioned a steam mop and carpet in the one sentence. :n: Please don't go there. And listen to Craig about tiles. He knows his stuff.

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Col Nation
Apr 21, 2009 9:21 pm
Col Nation
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
26 April 2009

Musty smell in old ground floor extension

Musty smell in old ground floor extension

I am inclined to agree Yak_chat. Though I would be considering all possible water entry points as possible causes of the symptom seen/smelt. Causes could be plumbing,…

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onc_artisan
Apr 26, 2009 1:03 pm
onc_artisan
Dukekamaya
Dukekamaya
26 April 2009

Asbestos removal

Asbestos removal

Gyprocker I know will sheet and set for around $13 sq.metre. 10mm wall plasterboard you can buy for around $3.90 sq.metre.

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Dukekamaya
Apr 26, 2009 10:04 pm
Dukekamaya
vvs mand
vvs mand
27 April 2009

Plumbing costs

Plumbing costs

The question youre asking is akin to asking how long is a piece of string. You need to give a more detailed description. If the tap and bayonet fitting are to be simply…

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vvs mand
Apr 27, 2009 11:33 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
28 April 2009

Crackling light switch

Crackling light switch

We had a switch in the bathroom that did that. A sparky came out, pulled the switch apart and put it back together. He didn't even switch off the power to do it! All good…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Apr 28, 2009 12:43 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
homemaker
homemaker
28 April 2009

Garden Clean Up and Maintenance - Roseville NSW

Garden Clean Up and Maintenance - Roseville NSW

I can recommend a lady who is very meticulous! she is in Castle Hill area but sure she will travel, lmk if u want her details.

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homemaker
Apr 28, 2009 1:26 pm
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
29 April 2009

Gutters.

Gutters.

I like this design. http://www.smartflo.com.au/SF_Concept.htm

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Yak_Chat
Apr 29, 2009 11:10 pm
Yak_Chat
Annietom
Annietom
30 April 2009

Sparkies?? why does power cut out when I turn the kettle on?

Sparkies?? why does power cut out when I turn the kettle on?

PM 'mr smith' - he's a sparky. From my knowledge, if it's a safety switch, not a fuse, you can change it to make it cut out at a higher…

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Annietom
Apr 30, 2009 11:18 pm
Annietom
Macy
Macy
7 May 2009

Roof vent cap

Roof vent cap

Thank you Arfur. :) It seems to be fixed. The boss came out and found three things not quite right and sent out his senior bloke to fix it up. We've had a little rain…

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Macy
May 07, 2009 7:00 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
8 May 2009

tips on filling a shallow rectangular depression in the wall

tips on filling a shallow rectangular depression in the wall

If its a plaster board OR brick plastered wall with a timber in-fill you have dis-similar materials and will always have a hair crack no matter how good you fill it and…

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Uncle Arfur
May 08, 2009 5:51 pm
clath
clath
14 May 2009

bedroom door come off its hinges

bedroom door come off its hinges

:oops: yes well what can i say the door feel off :th: culprit male 13 years of age stands 4 ft something approx 50 kilos ::angry:: um and the screws were to short ::sad:: all fixed now :wink:

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clath
May 14, 2009 10:12 pm
clath


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