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    16th May 2021, 08:48 AM
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    16th May 2021, 08:40 AM
    Marc replied to a thread Stair reno in Flooring
    Adding wood over existing threads does not sound like a good idea. What's wrong with the existing wood? Boring does not tell me much :) ... can you sand and polish it? change the colour? Add a strip of carpet ?
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    15th May 2021, 08:37 PM
    If what you want to make is a spoon to stir a large pot, you don't really want carving material, just wood that can withstand heat. Make a paddle out of a plank of tassie oak. If you must, carve a bit of a cavity on one side and shape the edges. You can also use Yellow Box.
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    15th May 2021, 02:48 PM
    Marc replied to a thread Electric cars in At the end of the day
    This is Canada, but the usual suspects copy each other to a t. https://www.energycitizens.ca/2021/04/20/the-fallacies-of-fossil-fuel-subsidies/ As for PhilT ... nice find. I suppose the word Hummer, Florida, and Gallons caught your eye. Do you have an app for that? Would it be as attractive if it was a Vespa, driven by a Mexican smoking a durry that caught fire? Electric cars are way safer, they never catch fire. Oh well ... up I go to the servo, to fill up with 31 gallons of...
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    14th May 2021, 09:30 PM
    This has been happening for 10 years or more. The reason? I doubt that it is competing forums, FB or YT. My personal opinion is that there are simply less people with the time, the money and the interest/skill for DIY. The Bunnings sales, are not a good indicator. Sure there are many who bang together some repairs, but the full on DIYselfer, kitted up with lots of tools, a shed and skills to tackle major work is a dying breed. What completes the picture is the abysmal quality of the...
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    13th May 2021, 08:26 AM
    All the on line crap merchant exist only because the chinese communist party subsidise shipping cost to send their excrement world wide and kill as many western companies as possible in the process
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    12th May 2021, 10:47 PM
    My power tool repair dude can't fix any ozito gmc millersfalls or similar because they don't sell spare parts.
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    12th May 2021, 08:52 PM
    Good luck recovering your money. Meantime, the chinesium, if they don't break down, break your wrist for lack of a clutch. For occasional use, find a good quality second hand. Try Cash Convertors in Warwick Farm, or this mob that deals in industrial surplus. This Hilti is not cheap at $850 but new is around $4000 https://isurplus.com.au/component/virtuemart/results,1-50.html?keyword=hilti+dd100mec&limitstart=0&option=com_virtuemart&view=category&virtuemart_category_id=0
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    10th May 2021, 09:35 PM
    Based on current information ... that is heavily edited and camouflaged ... 6 month is the best you can expect. Mind you, immunity does not mean you will not contract the virus. You will, you just will not die from it or need to go to hospital. Milder version is what you can expect from this untested rushed and improvised vaccines, for how long? 6 month they say ... for who? For me or for you? No one really knows. everyone poking in the dark. But I do love the politicians how they pretend to...
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    10th May 2021, 05:52 PM
    You are using a 14.5mm ZPU-4 to kill a fly. Use what you have, the 'oregano' 190x45 for the "bearers" and 70x35 for the "joist" The test is like this: Place an oregano across on edge, make a loop with a rope and sit in the loop, then jump up and down. If the joist breaks, you clearly need to lose weight, no more Oregano Manoosh for you. Flex test: drive the car under the bearer and try to lift the car with a chain block and register the flex measuring the distance to the floor at each...
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    10th May 2021, 05:31 PM
    You made two mistake above. One, you can not pick one factor in a situation, to consider another. It's called bias. Second, the choice of Pfizer for the more exposed is based on what? Gives greater immunity? No one knows how effective any of the vaccines is in the long ran. Not enough time to know. So the discrimination is based on ... what exactly? I suspect that AZ is cheaper, and a few clots here and there for the elderly can be easily disguised as preexistent.
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    10th May 2021, 09:23 AM
    What you say above is correct, if you talk about cattle or crops. Since you are talking about people, the above is not a choice a person should face. We have two vaccines, and one is clearly a better choice. No one should be asked to take the lesser of the two based on a botched acquisition decision.
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    10th May 2021, 09:07 AM
    The new hubs in NSW are talking about being "eligible". This "eligibility" is based on some ethereal notion of risk groups, fabricated and dutifully labelled to fit mainly political criteria. Considering the little we know about the virus and our reaction to it, to say under 50 and over 50 and over 80 and the rest of the classification, when it does not even match the classification other countries use, is a sham. Clearly the initial choice of the AZ vaccine was rushed and based on the...
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    9th May 2021, 08:51 PM
    The qualifier should be being human and alive. Send a text if a certificate is required. There is always an ulterior motive ... oh and if you point it out, you are a conspiracy theorist. We should have vaccination hubs galore, and walk in walk out if the objective is immunisation. If it is exercise power and collect data, then we keep on doing it our way. Or, we can just ask Joy here
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    9th May 2021, 08:43 PM
    Not easy. This man made epidemic has been a god sent for those practising the black art of disinformation and suppression. Mistrust in the usual suspects is a good start. I am sure you can figure out how to sort the chaff from the fluff, the bent and the agendas. Not much left I concede. Needs more effort than watching commercial TV or reading the SMH. Try medical journals, some use non technical terms
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    9th May 2021, 07:58 PM
    Mm ... ha ha Phil, I'll rephrase : To Phil:Phil, in Sydney they will be vaccinating with the Pfizer the under 50 in the vaccination hubs. In 3 month they will open to anyone. The official "reassurance" that they "Now know how to treat the clots" is an insult to intelligence. To Gp. and Joy As for the comments above, everyone has the right to choose and decide for themselves. If you prefer to get your information from ABC, SBS, or the guardian it is your choice. It is possible...
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    9th May 2021, 06:43 PM
    Phil, in Sydney they will be vaccinating with the Pfizer the under 50 in the vaccination hubs. In 3 month they will open to anyone. The official "reassurance" that they "Now know how to treat the clots" is an insult to intelligence. As for the comments above, everyone has the right to choose and decide for themselves. If you prefer to get your information from ABC, SBS, or the guardian it is your choice. It is possible that the chances of getting a clot is similar to being hit by a car...
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    6th May 2021, 09:29 AM
    Marc replied to a thread Electric cars in At the end of the day
    Free charging stations everyone! Yea :2tsup: https://youtu.be/9S4C_jAzcRQ
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    5th May 2021, 01:07 PM
    Yes Bros, fresh from the butcher is best ... providing you have a butcher to go to. The 'new' shrink wrapped packaging I mentioned for meat, is way better than the old polystyrene tray with cling wrap around it. No oxygen, no bacteria ... for a while. Geee... Sortimo boxes are cumbersome ... I was thinking in cheap take away/lunch boxes, bought in large numbers in a 2 dollar shop. ...
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    5th May 2021, 09:23 AM
    Screws in small packs come in throwaway packaging. Larger quantities come in more reusable boxes. I don't have a problem with that. I also seem to manage to keep left over screws in the flimsy boxes. Have shelfs full of them. As far as heat shrunk packaging, I gave up opening with a Stanley knife after a few close calls. Scissors are the rule. Even one of the best meat cuts at Aldi ( in my opinion) the "hand cut lamb rump stake" comes heat shrunk with a thick plastic that even opened with...
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    5th May 2021, 08:45 AM
    Marc replied to a thread Electric cars in At the end of the day
    In theory you should be correct. In reality you know you are not. Anything that is remotely related to the environment is a religion/political party/football team. Fact. Far from being a simple consumer decision, some of the electric car users, just like recycling or composting, see themselves as something special ... not only that, but resent those who don't dwell on the same fringe. Not everyone, sure, but it is clearly a common trend. When this fringe of loonies manages to infiltrate...
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    4th May 2021, 08:49 AM
    A blast from the past ... :) I wonder what became of Cuppa? 200 post was the max allowed? :) https://www.renovateforum.com/f76/vertical-nail-lamination-question-116595/
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    4th May 2021, 08:34 AM
    Marc replied to a thread Sika 11FC+ in Bathrooms
    Need to clear the remaining prime material to make the old formula. You wouldn't want to throw it away ... :) And there is always someone looking for the 'old' formula. Like me, buying F&W decking oil "traditional". This year must be a different tradition, because I am in the third week and the oil is still not cured despite doing it the same way as always. Don't think I'll buy F&W again. Time for a different 'tradition' ... may be should have done it in summer :(
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    4th May 2021, 08:25 AM
    Bearers are usually laminated together using nails or screws, to ensure both work together, and to allow a longer beam, staggering the length used. You can do it like in your picture, but you must be sure that the load applies to both bearers and not one joist on one and the next on the other, or you defeat the purpose of the double bearer. The block between them is sort of a half assed solution. The fringe benefit of laminating your beams is that you can make a straight beam out of crooked...
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    3rd May 2021, 11:44 AM
    LVL 170x35 or 170x45 according to load. If you are going to store multiple engine blocks and gold bars, go 200x45 :)
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    3rd May 2021, 11:38 AM
    Give the "good (bad) times" back and do what HB is telling you. Steel frame and composite deck ... i can't believe I am writing this :))
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    2nd May 2021, 08:55 AM
    Marc replied to a thread Electric cars in At the end of the day
    Consider that John bought his Leaf for a fraction of the new price and can drive comfortably because he lives on an island, and recharges at home or I believe the shopping center for a pittance. I would be talking up my electric car too in such circumstances. What needs considering in the electric car market, is the unashamed profiteering by manufacturers and sellers leaning on governments to boost their outrageously overpriced contraptions, with pretenses of (non existing) environmental...
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    30th Apr 2021, 02:51 PM
    Marc replied to a thread Airtasker copping the flak in Electrical
    I wonder if any of those quoting websites work anymore. I used to get real good quotes from transport websites to move machinery interstate, but lately I don't bother anymore and ring the truck company directly. If I put a job up to move a machine, I get instant quotes in the order of double the normal price from individual with no background.The last time I used a website called truck it or something like that, the box with the engine in it came from Melbourne on a Mitsubishi van overloaded...
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    30th Apr 2021, 02:34 PM
    Ha ha, that's true. The plumb police must take action !! Nee, I was going by what the Op is saying not the photo. :)
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    30th Apr 2021, 08:33 AM
    Close to the ground means more moisture from below. This in turn increases the timber movement, swell and contract. THe Camo screws, go in the side of the board at an angle and rely on the strength of a wedge of timber rather than the whole board. Any movement will compromise the integrity of that corner of the board that will eventually crack and split off, leaving the board with no fixing. Bigger gaps will help, digging out soil and improve drain helps too. I just looked up the "good...
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Arrived Australia in the 80ties, have 4 daughters and 9 grandkids, had many jobs and worked many trades to survive. I am now old but still married, enjoy metalwork and building, boating, hunting and am real bad at fishing. I am constantly fixing or renovating two houses that remain from a string of rental properties I had in the 90ties that now serve for permanent dwelling and weekender.
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