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    27th Nov 2022, 10:26 AM
    droog replied to a thread Lowered ceiling in kitchen in Asbestos
    Welcome, Being primarily an Australian based forum there may not be too many people familiar with your local building materials, practices or regulations. As for asbestos, there is only one way to confirm its presence or not. That is having it tested.
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    26th Nov 2022, 10:41 PM
    droog replied to a thread Stepless shower bases in Announcements
    The EziLay bases from Highgrove are a polystyrene base with a hard reinforced face, all the instructions I can find refer to tile finish. Are you sure the sheeting is not in reference to floor sheeting under the base ? I would ring Highgrove and first confirm that vinyl sheeting is a suitable and supported finish for the floor, and get a copy of the instructions for installing under vinyl to confirm that your installer followed those instructions.
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    26th Nov 2022, 12:09 PM
    If there is enough movement of flex in the pipe it should be simple enough to cut and glue a tee inline, otherwise a slip or telescopic repair coupling. Check rules for connection legalities, fit tundish if required. Of course if required by law the work should be performed by your plumber.
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    26th Nov 2022, 12:02 PM
    Drains are usually DWV, not pressure pipe like the fittings linked.
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    25th Nov 2022, 10:40 PM
    What did the certifiers you spoke to advise and how does that align with the 3 feet recommendations in the links I posted in your other thread ?
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    25th Nov 2022, 09:01 PM
    Hand saws are not that expensive, it’s a manhole cover not a piece of fine furniture. I could suggest somewhere local that would cut to size but probably not much help to you.
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    25th Nov 2022, 09:49 AM
    If your using the full sheets then they are usually pretty good tolerance wise, once you start screwing it together it will all stiffen up. I dont see the brackets will add value, strength or improve alignment. Personally would use MDF for the extra density, and at 12mm and that size it will not provide enough rigidity for proper testing of a sub woofer.
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    25th Nov 2022, 08:38 AM
    Plasterboard, or if you use it a lot and want something that can get knocked around a bit MDF sheet.
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    24th Nov 2022, 09:20 PM
    Only one sure method to confirm, testing. However, dimpled sheeting, = high probability. Moving the sheet is unlikely to release fibres unless it is rubbing against another surface. No use thinking of the past, replace it and there is no risk.
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    24th Nov 2022, 07:13 PM
    droog replied to a thread Stepless shower bases in Announcements
    I don’t appear to be able to locate a “Highgrove stepless showerbase”, there are the Highgrove EziLay shower tray or the SMC shower base. Might need a bit more information or better still some photos ! Either way the first question will be was it installed as per the manufacturers instructions ?, shower trays like the EziLay rely on framing underneath to support them, without the required support they will fail.
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    22nd Nov 2022, 07:47 PM
    They plug into the outlet terminations on the fixed wiring, there is no continuation of fixed wiring from the light or fan.
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    21st Nov 2022, 07:45 PM
    Is that a capping piece ? The lip on the back indicates it is one of the interlocking blocks designed to be stacked and self supporting normally without any additional products. Often installers use liquid nails on the top capping blocks just to stop them moving about, not because it is required as part of the construction. Refer to my previous recommendation regarding neighbours not in agreement in post 9
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    20th Nov 2022, 05:12 PM
    Not an electrician but pretty sure there are sections in the regulations that prohibit use of 3 core flexible cable in fixed wiring. Also believe there are regulations that prohibit use of plug in consumer devices as part of the fixed wiring. With the evolution of smart tech there are systems that can be installed but they are designed and compliant for installation in the fixed wiring. Happy to be corrected by any electrician or someone that knows the codes better than me.
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    19th Nov 2022, 04:17 PM
    It might be a simpler option. Here are a few links that all agree it should be at least 3 feet back: https://australianpaving.com/knowledge-centre/building-a-fence-on-top-of-a-retaining-wall/ https://diyretainingwall.com/installing-a-fence-behind-retaining-wall/ https://allanblock.com/literature/PDF/ts1213-FencesAboveRetainingWalls.pdf One link is Australian, two make note it can be closer but requires professional advice (engineer). Reference that with the info from the...
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    19th Nov 2022, 12:11 PM
    I believe your understanding of the zone of influence is correct the other way is to have the foundations deep enough to take it out of the equation so footings roughly 2 metres deep. I dont know if zones of influence are generally referred to with boundary fences but it is a footing and it will impart forces on its surrounds, as you have found there does not appear to be a standard setback for your situation. As your neighbours are not in agreement then if / when you build the fence, and...
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    19th Nov 2022, 11:06 AM
    If the neighbours are not on board with the proposed fence then you will probably need the advice of an engineer. Building a structure close to the wall means that the zone of influence comes into play, this is the area that any footing or foundation has potential to impact on the retaining wall. Building outside the zone of influence (ie the same height as the retaining wall) results in no force impacted on the retaining wall. In your case building within the zone of influence it is not a...
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    16th Nov 2022, 04:08 PM
    My shed and all the other I have seen have been over lapped.
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    14th Nov 2022, 10:20 PM
    droog replied to a thread Mini orb sander in Painting
    There does not look to be any gloss on the existing paint than needs to be scuffed up. I would think that at 4.2 metres up a good scrub with wire brush a wash down with sugar soap then prime and topcoat and you would not be able to see any gains with any extra effort spent.
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    14th Nov 2022, 08:54 PM
    There are selective herbicides that may work but will take some time and effort. https://lawnsolutionsaustralia.com.au/lawn-care/lawn-weeds/onionweed-the-battle-of-the-bulbs/ It is noted as hard to kill due to the bulb being deep under the surface. Have not dealt with Onion weed as a problem but have had to tackle a couple of other nasties, once under control a weed and feed will help knock down unwanted and boost the lawn to help keep it out.
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    14th Nov 2022, 08:00 PM
    Same way artists keep their brushes when using oil based. Our entire house including doors, windows, skirting and architraves was done with one ten pack of mini roller covers.
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    14th Nov 2022, 07:47 PM
    Onion weed ? https://grechsturf.com.au/content/lawn-weeds/ Number 15
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    14th Nov 2022, 07:38 PM
    Put the roller in turps, dry it out on a rag next day before use. Had rollers and brushes last weeks with this method.
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    14th Nov 2022, 04:21 PM
    droog replied to a thread Mini orb sander in Painting
    Do not sand, use a paint stripper if you want to keep the original. Or :whs: re-sheeting over the top.
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    13th Nov 2022, 07:21 PM
    droog replied to a thread Mini orb sander in Painting
    That puts a different light on it, I thought you were after a small orbital sander to do your ceilings. With this forum, pictures tell a thousand words. Is the mini orb raw or painted, gal or Zincalume, what condition is the paint, what type of paint, any possibility the paint is lead based ?
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    13th Nov 2022, 09:59 AM
    Take the mirrors off? Or counter weight on the back to offset the mirror.
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    12th Nov 2022, 11:28 PM
    Get a narrower blade, or if it is one that has two blades remove one.
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    12th Nov 2022, 07:24 PM
    Assuming it is just a few blobs where lippage clips were ? I just use a grout rake.
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    11th Nov 2022, 07:47 PM
    If itís an outdoor deck itís going to get wet in its lifetime. 70x45?, is it battenís on a concrete slab ?
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    10th Nov 2022, 06:18 PM
    Napisan (sodium percarbonate) is the usual product used to strip oil based deck finish for recoating.
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    7th Nov 2022, 05:59 PM
    If you think the leak is between the insert and the poly then removing the insert will not help. This junction is helped seal by the grip ring, for it to leak tells me the poly is damaged enough that the grip ring cannot force and seal the poly to the insert. I would still try a new o-ring and seat, the one squid hand is holding.
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