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    20th Jun 2021, 12:14 PM
    Same understanding. Its not that you wont get it, its how ill you can potentially become without it for all those that dont have a level of immunity or "resistance". Our hospitals in Vic were close to collapsing 12 months ago with only a relatively minor infection rate compared to other countries which a high vaccine rate will likely avoid. If choice was available would have preferred Pf but its not so AZ is the next best thing in my mind to achieving that level of resistance. Its...
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    20th Jun 2021, 12:01 PM
    Was holidaying down at Lorne for 3 days a few weeks before the latest lock-down, disgraceful seeing not only the usual plastic rubbish thrown in the scrub looking out over a "view" at different point along the Great Ocean Road but now also masks. ...and if I were to take a cynical look at it, not only has it escaped from the labs but that same gov has made a squillion supplying the world with these supplies.
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    18th Jun 2021, 01:21 PM
    ...just got ours yesterday (me & the wifey). As she is in health care, classed as cat.1 but being over 50 wasnt entitled for the PF....and wouldnt you know it, the recommendations changed to 60 years yesterday. Anyway, seems difficult in getting access to PF with the limited doses available so went ahead with the booked appoint for AZ and despite the % differences (larger gap for the India strain), some coverage is better than none. Interesting how people's bodies react to the same...
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    15th Jun 2021, 12:33 PM
    ...the sooner the better. If its within a few days, a pressure washer can do a good job while the concrete is still "green". The best option is the remove within 1 hour with a damp sponge....comes off very easy. Failing that the only thing I can think of (and haven't tried) is a 100mm wire brush on a grinder...and gently does it.
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    10th Jun 2021, 12:33 PM
    Yep, refuse to use that stuff for garden beds as no water gets through. All weed mats still allow weeds to grow...maybe just not as much with nothing however, given your laying a thick layer of stone, then its as good as any. Ive a bed with smaller stone and used a thin geotextile type weed mat which is very permeable. Definitely lets the water through but every season i still find myself spraying lots of weed killer with them either coming through the mat or growing on top of the...
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    8th Jun 2021, 05:00 PM
    ....make sure you line it with plastic and drainage at the bottom (slotted pipe, scoria, geotextile) Uprights supporting the wall should be as deep as they are high (min) depending on soil conditions....350mm circumference holes
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    8th Jun 2021, 03:26 PM
    How many sleepers high is your garden bed? How many meters on length?
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    7th Jun 2021, 04:19 PM
    Is it normal practice to obtain the advice off 2 separate engineers - unless you have doubts on the advice provided, then no.....no difference to any professional advice :) I've found any advice they provide is generally conservative...not saying that's a bad thing. If he is from the area or has done a lot of work in the area/general soil type, I'd suggest he is familiar with the common issues of seeing the damages/soil movement and if it would require further investigations/excavations to...
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    5th Jun 2021, 10:48 AM
    So reading the help https://www.renovateforum.com/faq.php?faq=vb3_board_usage#faq_vb3_thread_display, "Viewing new posts or todays posts" appears to be setting controlled by the administrator that maybe they can look at....... specifically the settings around marking threads as read - see the last 2 sentences. Still doesnt explain why they disappear. As an example, coming back into this thread, I had to go to my activity stream to find it and a couple of threads I'd read this morning have...
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    5th Jun 2021, 10:30 AM
    Yeh ok, so Ive tested with a few different browsers (EdgeV90, Chrome V73) and get the same result and you've triggered a memory on a long standing issue that I think is the same as to what your experiencing. Expected behavior: Looking at a few post, clicking on "New Posts", I'd expect to see the unread posts simply staying above the "The threads below have not been updated since your last visit but still contain unread posts." line until I log out or come back after a specific time...
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    4th Jun 2021, 11:38 PM
    ....as unfortunate as it is, put it down as a learning experience. If you follow the basic issue resolution steps, hopefully you get to see a good resolution from your point of view. With any luck, they will fullfill their obligations, you get it fixed to min engineering requirements and move on without the need to go to FT which may draw out the process in terms of time. And either way, they wont be getting any more of your business or glowing recommendations!!! All the best. Would be...
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    4th Jun 2021, 05:43 PM
    Yep as its structural timbers, looks dodgy at best. As others have said: Seek to have it resolved directly with the company but ensure: document all communications Email a list of questions for them to provide an email response...follow up with a phone call to talk through the responses if required Send follow up emails for a response if they have not responded within a reasonable time, use the original email sent as the "reply" so you can easily see an email history of the...
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    4th Jun 2021, 05:03 PM
    ...your first post, looks normal to me.
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    4th Jun 2021, 05:00 PM
    does it flower- yellow or purple? Could be a Jacaranda if purple flower, but hard to tell with the pic. I'm thinking some kind of acacia.
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    2nd Jun 2021, 02:34 PM
    ...not sure on the answer Does a 20L pressure tank mean that the pump won't kick until you've used around 20L? , but assume yes. A spec sheet may provide you with the answer. If the above is true, than yes 20l will be more than enough. A modern toilet flush is ~3 to 9 liters and washing your hands, unless its using a fire hose outlet is likely to be less than 1 to 5 liters :) The other alternative is if you have a hill, you could set up a 5,000L header tank using solar (if you have...
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    2nd Jun 2021, 12:22 AM
    Hey Ed, could it be water pipe from the meter position...or an older meter position. What size is the copper pipe - 12mm? Ag lines if done correctly behind retaining walls generally are laid on rock, with at least a 1/3 to 1/2 of the height of the retaining wall height such as yours filled with more rock and covered in geotextile to stop soil leaching into it and blocking it all over time. Plenty of info on the requirements. You may have your heart set on the duel retaining walls Have...
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    1st Jun 2021, 11:47 PM
    exactly the same issue as my post , except timber frame. Currently testing the warranty route.....<6.5 years old. Expecting that it will all need ripping up and starting again including the sheeting on the outside structural wall to view any potential damage. Likely been going for a couple of years and not really noticeable until now. ....always wondered if this issue was any less with the "old fashioned" bases that sat on mortar??
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    1st Jun 2021, 06:56 PM
    Bart1080 replied to a thread HWS off a GPO? in Electrical
    Whats the kW of the hot water unit?
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    1st Jun 2021, 10:21 AM
    Metricon are apparently having to give back deposits as they cannot find enough timber to frame their houses. They had approached our local hardware store wanting to buy up all the framing timber they had....but was told to go elsewhere as it would affect our local builders.
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    1st Jun 2021, 02:20 AM
    ....probably no surprise that we are likely to be in lockdown a lot longer than 7 days. Other half is in the private hospital system and the Gov has now implemented the same controls as the first 2 lockdowns to keep nurses employed processing public patients as elective surgeries have obviously been cancelled. Cant see them implementing this measure for just another 3 days of lock down, so they must be thinking of a lot longer term. Expect a likely public announcement in the next couple...
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    31st May 2021, 04:37 PM
    ...maybe this will assist. Ive also seen where they have a ~30mm wide filler piece at the ends to allow for error. You can then cut the filler piece to a width that suits the final fitout without the need t be mm perfect for the cupboard width
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    29th May 2021, 07:39 PM
    ...I was thinking if it were close and clean fill, I'd take it were free delivery. Would be a lot cheaper than paying the tip to dump it. ...but probably after 50 cubes
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    28th May 2021, 08:09 PM
    10T is in a perfect world for say sand and crushed rock, but as Bedford says, your 10T may not be 10 cubes as weight is also a factor. Compacting it in the back, never seen it done and would be a pain in the a@$e particularly if wet. Depending on where they can dump it, it may be close by or could be miles away which will affect the price. Quotes can vary considerably and can depend on access, what size machine they can get into your yard, if there is rock in the ground (known or unknown...
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    28th May 2021, 02:50 PM
    ...inside or outside blinds?? Inside, we've always just hand cleaned them Outside - then they are made for enduring the elements but I dont think I'd be putting too much gerni pressure on them. You might still find you need to hand wash them with a soapy solution (car wash)
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    28th May 2021, 02:40 PM
    Bart1080 replied to a thread Silicosis on the rise in Asbestos
    True, dust particles of anything are a hazard. MDF seems to have far higher concentrations of the chemicals (glues, resins, formaldehyde) and being a fine particle carries a degree of higher risk as opposed to say ply, chipboard. I choose not to use it with the exception of skirts on the odd occasion....but all cutting is strictly outdoors, upwind, with a mask/glasses and equip compressed air cleaned to minimise the risk. I remember him saying the doc says he regularly see patients...
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    28th May 2021, 02:11 PM
    Bart1080 replied to a thread Spray Paint in Painting
    Short answer is yes but: - is it currently plastic coated or painted? - is it going to be inside or and outside in the weather item?
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    28th May 2021, 10:06 AM
    Bart1080 replied to a thread Silicosis on the rise in Asbestos
    S900 - similar story with MDF although based on doctors feedback you usually know its it an issue within 12 months, not 20 years like asbestos. After working with the stuff for years, neighbor got brain cancer from a MDF particles lodging in his sinus's of which a biopsy/removal clearly showed MDF particles. Doc said he is seeing a lot more of it. It was very aggressive and kept coming back growing to the size of an apple within 12 months. Got him in the end after 3 operations and...
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    27th May 2021, 03:00 PM
    Ours (floating floor) was about the same or slightly larger...maybe 160m 7 years ago. My experience is it does "click" randomly on the odd occasion but has always creaked in certain spots when walking around. The install was very good, the boards are 16mm solids (bamboo), had an underlay put on top of the concrete slab and have learnt to love the odd creak when walking around ....particularly when the kids were little as you could easily hear them creeping around :) It was very different...
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    27th May 2021, 02:45 PM
    Not upset...Personally I support moving to alternative forms of energy generation but also a realest knowing all energy generation will all have some level of emissions. Whats interesting is all the BS these governments around the world promote/spin about reducing emissions when there are 150+ coal based generators being built. On top of that you get these purist that demand no creation of energy that causes any emission which simply don't exist When you put into perspective the new...
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    27th May 2021, 10:00 AM
    Nice work Blocklayer
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