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    Painting or whitewash retaining wall

    Hi,

    my concrete retaining wall has previously been painted. Iíve pressure sprayed off the loose paint and use peel away paint stripper on the remaining paint with an intention of getting it all...
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    Thanks Ray, So even though its a lime mortar I...

    Thanks Ray,

    So even though its a lime mortar I should re-point with a cement mortar?

    Ive read that lime mortar is a bit more forgiving for a beginner as it doesn't go off as quickly?

    Cheers
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    Brick re-pointing

    Hi,

    I have a 1958 double brick house that needs repointing in the lower courses where I guess there has been more moisture than above the damp proof course.

    The current mortar is quite powdery...
  5. Thread: Re-roof

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    Re-roof

    Hi,

    Iím getting some quotes to replace my 1958 corrugated iron roof in Hobart.

    Current there is no sarking. Just iron nailed to rafters.

    What are the probing questions I should be asking the...
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    Yeah Iíve been working through the google...

    Yeah Iíve been working through the google suggestions. Floorplanner looks ok. Many of the others seem overkill with monthly fees
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    Thanks, Iíll give it a go

    Thanks, Iíll give it a go
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    House plan software

    Hi,

    Iíd like to create a house plan for my house so I can tinker with some Reno plans.

    Iíve had a play with sketchup but found it a bit cumbersome and slow to learn.

    Does anyone have any...
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    Ok thanks heaps. Sounds like a bit of a mission....

    Ok thanks heaps. Sounds like a bit of a mission. Any general tips in regard to removing the jamb? Once I’ve done that I understand the principle behind establishing a solid base to screw to (is the...
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    Hi guys, yep it’s what I know as double brick....

    Hi guys, yep it’s what I know as double brick. Brick inside and out with a space between.

    Cheers.
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    Loose Door frame attached to brick

    Hi,

    my front door frame is loose as a result of the door blueing shut and needing to be firmly closed after I used draft strips on it.

    the door attaches to a double brick wall.

    how best to...
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    Hi again, ive been up rearranging the current...

    Hi again,

    ive been up rearranging the current fiberglass R2.0 (found an old packet). Looks like when we required the house years ago the electricians just shoved it aside and didn't put it back....
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    Thanks guys, I'll leave them in and insulate...

    Thanks guys, I'll leave them in and insulate around them as best I can
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    photo attached439663

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    thanks mike, I'll stop trying to work it out....

    thanks mike, I'll stop trying to work it out. cheers
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    yep working on it. Doesnt seem that i have...

    yep working on it. Doesnt seem that i have permission to for some reason...
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    Can I remove these

    Hi,

    I'm about to install some underfloor insulation in a 1950s double brick home.

    These supports (see photo) are in my way. I suspect that they were there to keep floor joists in the right spot...
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    thanks RW, I appreciate it. The current...

    thanks RW, I appreciate it.

    The current insuraltion looks to me like fibreglass batts about 5cm thick. I reckon I could leave them in and put some 3.5 on top. Even if they sit higher than the...
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    top up ceiling insulation

    Hey,
    I'm about to embark on topping up ceiling insulation in a 1959 double brick home in Hobart Tasmania.

    A few questions I have are:

    I've read that I can just add new batts on top of the...
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    Thanks guys, much appreciated

    Thanks guys, much appreciated
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    Old dining chairs

    Hi guys,

    i have a set of 4 old dining chairs. They seem pretty old. Wondering if anyone can shed some light on how old they might be, if they are worth anything in their current state, and if...
  22. Thread: what joint

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    what joint

    hi,

    making a storage cabinet out of edge laminated pine panels (18mm*450mm*1800mm).

    doesnt need to be anything pretty but Im wondering whether doweled joints are the go for right angle...
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    picket fence - untreated

    Hi everyone,

    This should probably be in the landscaping forum but for some reason it wouldn't let me post it in there so I thought I'd 'try here.

    I need to build a picket fence about 20mtrs...
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    Hi Maidagirl, I haven't started yet, the...

    Hi Maidagirl,

    I haven't started yet, the arrival of a rugrat has delayed progress... So far ive only visited a joiner to ask about them cutting the stuff for me.

    I should be able to start...
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    Hi guys, thanks for the advice so far. I'm...

    Hi guys,

    thanks for the advice so far. I'm starting to plan the cutting list for the modules that will make up the guts of the wardrobe.

    My plan at this stage is to:


    design several...
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    thanks guys, i'll post some photos as i go. i'm...

    thanks guys, i'll post some photos as i go. i'm sure i'll have a few questions along the way!

    thanks pete, i reckon your suggestion of building it stand alone sounds like a good idea. i've heard...
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    built in wardrobe - starting from scratch

    Hi,

    So this is whats happened so far... We got the wordrobe people in to give us a measure and quote and for 2 built in wardrobes the cost is $5k ish which I reckon is pretty steep, so I'm going...
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    thanks billbee, I ended up using instant concrete...

    thanks billbee, I ended up using instant concrete in bags.

    Another quick question... I'm planning on using 50mm galvanised flat head nails to attach the palings to the rails. I reckon 50mm is...
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    thanks skrout1 I'll give it a try

    thanks skrout1 I'll give it a try
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    concrete for fence posts

    HI everyone,

    I'm building a 30m paling fence and am wondering if its worth while using anything other than 20kg bags of instant concrete to set the posts. I figure I'll need close to 2 bags a...
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    She runs!!! I managed to get the cable into...

    She runs!!!

    I managed to get the cable into the plastic bit where it fits beautifully and works like a charm.

    The main problem i was having at the end was that I'd put the float back...
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    Ok spring has sprung, the grass is getting longer...

    Ok spring has sprung, the grass is getting longer and I can't really put the mower fix off any longer.

    I've followed Dazzlers instructions and have managed to get the carb off, pull it apart,...
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    Hi guys, OK here is what I found out. A...

    Hi guys,

    OK here is what I found out.

    A local pest controller told me there was a guy here in hobart that does lots of 'liberal' spraying with stuff called permathrum. Its a pyrethrum based...
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    so i 'spose all I can do is wear overalls, gloves...

    so i 'spose all I can do is wear overalls, gloves and a respirator whenever I'm in the roof or under the house... Surely it'd be unusual for an insecticide to be sprayed about so liberally if it was...
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    thanks bugsy, I figured it must be something like...

    thanks bugsy, I figured it must be something like that.

    is there anyway of identifying whether its inert by now? I spose i could catch a spider and dust it and see what happens.

    seems like a...
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    white powder in crawl space and roof space

    Hi Everyone,

    My partner and I have recently purchased and moved into a late 1950s double brick house in Hobart.

    I've been crawling around under it and have noticed a dusting of white powder...
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    fridge now fits

    thought i'd report back and let you all know how the fridge reno went.

    this is what happened.


    prized the side of the unit off a bit so we could cut a bit off the kickboard and pull the...
  38. Thread: saddle stool

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    Hi Iain, Just thought I'd post a photo of the...

    Hi Iain,

    Just thought I'd post a photo of the finished product.

    It all turned out reasonably well. The shaped top ended up being reasonably straight forward. I just used gouges,chisels and a...
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    another one

    another one
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    Hi everyone, thanks for all the comments and...

    Hi everyone,

    thanks for all the comments and suggestions.

    Durwood thand heaps for the comment about the way the fridge door opens. Luckily its the side away from the wall which means no...
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    We already got a new fridge that someone didn't...

    We already got a new fridge that someone didn't want... Its the same size as the old fridge, so we actually have 2 fridges that don't fit. I reckon the hole is a 'smaller than average' fridge hole......
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    fridge doesnt fit

    Hi Everyone,

    Just moved into a new house and the number one project has become very clear... The fridge doesn't fir in the space in the kitchen!!

    The fridge space is between a wall and a...
  43. Thread: sun lizard

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    thanks for thos elinks sleeping wood. looks...

    thanks for thos elinks sleeping wood.

    looks like there are quite a few very similar systems out there...
  44. Thread: sun lizard

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    Thanks for the feedback mcblurter and for the...

    Thanks for the feedback mcblurter and for the links obbob! I like the idea of makiing one, lots cheaper than 2.5k.

    Now for the obvious question... Has anyone out there had a go at making one...
  45. Thread: sun lizard

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    yeah you are right, it moderates the temp by a...

    yeah you are right, it moderates the temp by a few degrees, but somewhere like hobart has a maritime climate and we get few days below 10 degrees. on a day of 12 degrees if the temp can be moderatred...
  46. Thread: sun lizard

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    thanks pat, I've read all the stuff I could find...

    thanks pat, I've read all the stuff I could find on their website and a couple of other websites that refer to them.

    What I'm hoping for is someone that has actually got one. I reckon you often...
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    victa lawn mower - fuel blockage

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm about to start pulling apart my very old very dodgy victa lawnmaster 2 stroke mower.

    The problem as far as I can tell is a fuel blockage. the fuel is getting from the tank to...
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    beach fishing near hobart

    Hi,

    I'm thinking about buying a surf rod and trying to catch something closeish to hobart.

    Also I've always liked the idea of soft plastic fishing for flathead in estuaries but havent tried...
  49. Thread: sun lizard

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    sun lizard

    Hi,

    I was watching the new inventors on ABC the other week and saw the 'Sun Lizard' which is a solar heater/ventilator.

    Has anyone had any first hand experience with one? I live in hobart so...
  50. Thread: saddle stool

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    wow thats impressive Ian! I'm sure its not as...

    wow thats impressive Ian!

    I'm sure its not as easy as you make it look but I 'spose I'm about to find out!

    The stool is made out of tas oak. I'll get myself a gouge (and maybe one of those...
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