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matrix47
matrix47
9 June 2012

Update - finally started getting rid of slate floors!

Update - finally started getting rid of slate floors!
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This is a bit late I know but the Easy Hammer as shown on the ABC Inventors some time ago is available from some equipment hire outlets. it is basically a jack hammer…

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matrix47
Jun 09, 2012 8:13 am
ahavegimite
ahavegimite
11 June 2012

Northern Melbourne Draftie recommendations?

Northern Melbourne Draftie recommendations?

Hello, Can anyone recommend any reliable, professional draftie? We'd like to start our reno/extension but need plans drawn. Didn't think architect was required cause it's…

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ahavegimite
Jun 11, 2012 1:43 pm
JacC
JacC
11 June 2012

pressed ceiling - art nouveau

pressed ceiling - art nouveau

Thank you! that's great to know. Cheers

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JacC
Jun 11, 2012 8:49 pm
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
12 June 2012

Help!! Exterior render colour

Help!! Exterior render colour

Hi, first you need to join an exterior site like photobucket or imageshack. Then upload the pics. Once you've done that, select the image you want to display, the site…

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Treeseachanger
Jun 12, 2012 7:32 pm
cherub
cherub
13 June 2012

Add an internal stud wall to brick for insulation

Add an internal stud wall to brick for insulation

Put in two rows of noggins. If you can, have a void as a space is a good insulator of sound

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cherub
Jun 13, 2012 6:45 pm
fredstar
fredstar
14 June 2012

inline roof extension to cover deck

inline roof extension to cover deck

Can anyone provide some reptuable companies that I can get quotes from? located in Pakenham. thanks

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fredstar
Jun 14, 2012 8:31 am
astrob38
astrob38
17 June 2012

SDN Carpet: Beaulieu or Quest?

SDN Carpet: Beaulieu or Quest?

I'm looking at new carpet for my house. Originally, i was interested in the SDN by Beaulieu, but when I went to the carpet retailer, they suggested I consider Quest as…

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astrob38
Jun 17, 2012 12:59 pm
roba
roba
17 June 2012

Opinions/Suggestions on our planned extension

Opinions/Suggestions on our planned extension

In regards to your problem #2: I'd put the stairs in the kitchen wall, rather than taking up space in the guest room. The guest room would be practically unusable, and…

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roba
Jun 17, 2012 10:38 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
18 June 2012

“Peep-in” wardrobe

“Peep-in” wardrobe

If you 'couldnt find your own post' you have a real problem. Using this site, and posting pictures is simple using IMGUR where you upload your pics there, and provide a…

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Uncle Arfur
Jun 18, 2012 11:26 am
beccaj63
beccaj63
18 June 2012

Looking for advice re waterproofing garage

Looking for advice re waterproofing garage

yes, he actually applied silicone inside and out in an effort to patch the job up, but that wasn't enough. apparently no amount of silicone will completely resolve this…

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beccaj63
Jun 18, 2012 12:46 pm
JDTservices
JDTservices
19 June 2012

help with colorbond gate

help with colorbond gate

To help support the weight without a brace is to buy caster wheel, the brace will make the colorbond more firm when opening it, without having that wobble in it. Hope…

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JDTservices
Jun 19, 2012 4:46 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
19 June 2012

New Fence

New Fence

I dont think electric fences are permitted in suburbia

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Uncle Arfur
Jun 19, 2012 4:50 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
20 June 2012

extending up

extending up

Work out your budget first, do a quick scale drawing of the upstairs layout then get an engineer to have a quick look for whether it is possible or not. I tell my clients…

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Stewie D
Jun 20, 2012 10:36 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
20 June 2012

Floor Boards

Floor Boards

It is probably just a bowed bearer not being carried on a pier until you walk over it ( easily fixed ). Get another adult to walk over the floor while you are underneath…

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Stewie D
Jun 20, 2012 10:45 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
20 June 2012

Bathroom

Bathroom

No Stewie, I didnt 'mis-hear' him nor did I mis-read the post and stand by my previous statement. I was pointing my reply to Thom, not…

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Stewie D
Jun 20, 2012 1:22 pm
Chooky81
Chooky81
20 June 2012

Render or Plaster ?

Render or Plaster ?

Thank you both for the comments. It has been very helpful. We received initial quotation for rendering. Quotes came back with a huge spread. Range from 3,000 - 10,000.…

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Chooky81
Jun 20, 2012 7:27 pm
travelbug
travelbug
23 June 2012

Garage conversion into Granny Flat

Garage conversion into Granny Flat

Sorry I meant distance from the boundary .9m

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travelbug
Jun 23, 2012 9:40 am
Michelle
Michelle
25 June 2012

help with furniture

help with furniture

Yep, need a photo. :)

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Michelle
Jun 25, 2012 7:57 pm
Michelle
wilbur
wilbur
24 June 2012

Building Contractor in the Maitland (NSW) area?

Building Contractor in the Maitland (NSW) area?

G'day Stanella, How did you go finding a builder ? Wilbur ?

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wilbur
Jun 24, 2012 7:16 pm
carmania
carmania
24 June 2012

Home Extension - Looking for design ideas.

Home Extension - Looking for design ideas.

Hi Connie68, Thank you for you feedback. I think this might be a great idea! We are in the process of getting council approval but any mild modification like you…

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carmania
Jun 24, 2012 11:24 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
25 June 2012

California Bungalow Verandah Columns

California Bungalow Verandah Columns

Very Art Deco-ish. As above , not a common building product but could be made quite easily out of concrete, fibreglass or concrete if you wanted it to look exactly the…

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Stewie D
Jun 25, 2012 11:15 am
cathierabbit
cathierabbit
27 June 2012

BEFORE & AFTER: 80's Red brick exterior makeover -NO RENDER!

BEFORE & AFTER: 80's Red brick exterior makeover -NO RENDER!

Thanks for the feedback..... Garage door configuration wasn't too tricky - was dictated by how much 'clearance' was needed around the edges of the doors openings to…

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cathierabbit
Jun 27, 2012 8:42 pm
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carmania
Jun 28, 2012 10:23 pm
cgalloway
cgalloway
29 June 2012

Rendering over tile

Rendering over tile

The putside of my house is covered in 2"x4" glazed tile. I'd like to render over them if possible, but I'm not sure what would stick to the tile. Would something like…

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cgalloway
Jun 29, 2012 2:47 pm
Deemaree
Deemaree
30 June 2012

First Metro Renovation Project HAstings Victoria

First Metro Renovation Project HAstings Victoria
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I live in the floorplan of 10 Barcoo back in the 80's ( in Bendigo though)...can tell you that the floorplan is not to scale! :roll: Had lunch in Hastings today-but didn't end…

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Deemaree
Jun 30, 2012 8:52 pm
Deemaree

oh joy! Maths!! Yay!

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jodge
Jul 01, 2012 10:03 pm
jodge
kenbaca2000
kenbaca2000
3 July 2012

Bathroom Tiling verticle or horizontal

Bathroom Tiling verticle or horizontal

Hello, I've read some posts regarding verticle or horizontal tiling. However, i would like some advice on tiling my bathroom with following conidtioin: bathroom = 330cm…

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kenbaca2000
Jul 03, 2012 2:18 pm
kek
kek
3 July 2012

Goodbye 1980s ....how would YOU improve this house exterior?

Goodbye 1980s ....how would YOU improve this house exterior?
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I just spotted this thread, read through the initial posts and was about to suggest Colorbond Ironstone with a crisp white... :lol: It's one of my favourite colours - we…

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kek
Jul 03, 2012 6:33 pm
kek

Hi all, I've been reading the forum for a little bit now and figured I should post up at some stage. Very helpful site for me so far. I've got a question regarding a…

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Nardy
Jul 06, 2012 10:15 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
9 July 2012

Brick Laying Costs - House Extension

Brick Laying Costs - House Extension

When you get bricklayer aside from supplying all the bricks, sand and cement. who supplies the cement mixer and scaffolding if…

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Stewie D
Jul 09, 2012 11:25 am
DemoChris
DemoChris
10 July 2012

Removal of Internal Wall

Removal of Internal Wall

Hi, I would bet money on it, just by looking at your floor plan that this is not a structural wall. In this case, not load bearing and stud frame, there is no need for…

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DemoChris
Jul 10, 2012 11:19 pm
1sthome
1sthome
13 July 2012

Flat roof extension - can be we build 2nd story on top??

Flat roof extension - can be we build 2nd story on top??

I havev2 big steel beams under part of my skillion roof that spans the lounge room. It's engineered for a 2nd story. So it's possible. Best get a structural engineer…

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1sthome
Jul 13, 2012 10:49 pm
80s_abode
80s_abode
14 July 2012

Anyone heard of TASK brand led downlights?

Anyone heard of TASK brand led downlights?

Hi there, Long time reader, first time poster! Apologies if this is in the wrong section...mods feel free to move if it is. We've recently purchased a house which needs…

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80s_abode
Jul 14, 2012 6:01 pm
mellee
mellee
14 July 2012

First Time Renovators

First Time Renovators

Travelbug - we are very like minded. We are going to put the skirting boards on work horses and paint them whilst the floor sander is doing his thing - we reckon that…

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mellee
Jul 14, 2012 8:04 pm
d@n
d@n
16 July 2012

Exterior colour advice - building renovation

Exterior colour advice - building renovation

If you love brown then that's ok...but a bit of variety is always nice. Introduce some neutral colours and timber goes well too.

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d@n
Jul 16, 2012 11:39 pm
zora0071
zora0071
17 July 2012

Renovating for $50k and under

Renovating for $50k and under

You need an engineer to look at the walls. If you are putting the plumbing against the same wall but on the opposite side that will be quite…

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zora0071
Jul 17, 2012 4:36 pm
mattminiotas
mattminiotas
19 July 2012

Vintage timber internal feature cladding

Vintage timber internal feature cladding

Hello, Im looking at doing a feature wall using some beautiful rustic timber i have procured, can internal walls be clad in non fire treated timber (for an aestetic…

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mattminiotas
Jul 19, 2012 11:30 am
saandrews
saandrews
25 July 2012

Demolish kitchen and bathrooms

Demolish kitchen and bathrooms

Sorry Zora!! No, I'm in Melbourne.

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saandrews
Jul 25, 2012 10:22 am
delatite13
delatite13
25 July 2012

Building wall on angled floor

Building wall on angled floor

Not that hard. one way is underpin the current slab and pour a new area that fits with the old and then a normal stud wall. Or build a stud wall with the bottom plate on…

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delatite13
Jul 25, 2012 9:38 pm
delatite13
dsiroky
dsiroky
25 July 2012

Ideas for my Man Cave.

Ideas for my Man Cave.

This is about the same size as my home theater! It's the perfect size for around a 3M wide screen, with two rows of seats. Shoot me an email if you want a copy of the…

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dsiroky
Jul 25, 2012 10:52 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
27 July 2012

External colour scheme ideas

External colour scheme ideas

As well as painting, I'd trash the front landing and stairs and upgrade it to something much more modern. It really does detract from the rest of the house even at this…

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Stewie D
Jul 27, 2012 8:09 am
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
27 July 2012

Stuck for Feature Wall

Stuck for Feature Wall

IMO don't go for feature wall at all if you have dark furniture. Keep the walls neutral and hang pictures with splashes of burgundy in them- frame these in dark frames…

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Treeseachanger
Jul 27, 2012 12:01 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
30 July 2012

Replacing warped ceiling panels

Replacing warped ceiling panels

Now it's an architecturally designed, cutting edge house built by a master craftsman and estimated to be worth millions ! Stewie

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Stewie D
Jul 30, 2012 2:56 pm
robbie55
robbie55
31 July 2012

Repointing - Tuckpointing Federation style home

Repointing - Tuckpointing Federation style home

As the title suggests I have a federation semi and the mortar on the front facade has started to fail. I would like to have at go at repairing this myself and have found…

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robbie55
Jul 31, 2012 11:52 am
robbie55
Zigs
Zigs
31 July 2012

Asbestos in and out and lacking in maintenance - what to do?

Asbestos in and out and lacking in maintenance - what to do?

Hi, We bought the above house which definitely needs assistance. It is a post war and must have been a handyman's job. Everything about it is sus. We have limited funds…

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Zigs
Jul 31, 2012 1:50 pm
ennoh
ennoh
31 July 2012

How to freshen up my kitchen

How to freshen up my kitchen

I've decided to can the idea. I had a cabinetmaker in to quote for new doors, but he pointed out that as the sides to the cupboards were in pale grey melamine - it would…

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ennoh
Jul 31, 2012 5:41 pm

Any ideas on what to do to cover up/replace the ugly board thingo on the front of this house? Stack stone was discussed. Decided it was too try hard for an old…

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jzell67
Aug 01, 2012 12:47 pm
PossumTwo
PossumTwo
4 August 2012

Re-roofing options

Re-roofing options

Hi, our 1950's weatherboard is in need of a new roof. It currently has glazed terracotta tiles which are fretting badly and need replacing. Has anyone recently replaced…

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PossumTwo
Aug 04, 2012 2:40 pm
Zigs
Zigs
5 August 2012

New show: Renovate or Bust.

New show: Renovate or Bust.

Thank you so much for the tip! We are seriously considering this.

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Zigs
Aug 05, 2012 5:33 pm
building-expert
building-expert
6 August 2012

Advice

Advice

Try the council first, bring a plan or sketch and ask for their opinion. As a builder I can tell you that anything is possible but whether it is feasible it's a question…

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building-expert
Aug 06, 2012 11:29 am
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