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  1. Hi Cheds, Do as Master Splinter says, hire a...

    Hi Cheds,
    Do as Master Splinter says, hire a decent machine and get it over with. Use you time for something else.

    That Ozito is NOT a jackhammer. Plus it will kark as soon as you use a long...
  2. Hi Guys, You must consider the need for larger...

    Hi Guys,
    You must consider the need for larger excavation for applying the waterproof membrane to the outside, so safety and all that.

    Besser blocks OK, cheap quick and easy. Lot of extra water...
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    Hi Spoodle, Make sure the drawings are what you...

    Hi Spoodle,
    Make sure the drawings are what you want, if you want to change something, get it done at the drafting stage. Don't get fobbed off with you can alter it later stuff.

    Box gutters,...
  4. Hi Kym, "5 parts crushed limestone to 1 part...

    Hi Kym,
    "5 parts crushed limestone to 1 part cream cement is the required mix" Never heard of it so I can't advise.
    Sounds like maybe a very old recipe from the days before Portland cement.
    ...
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    I agree with Steve, no problems if you donít make...

    I agree with Steve, no problems if you donít make it wider. Itís done all the time. Up to you to check compliance issues.
    Funny thing though, if we go the other way, replace a door with a window,...
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    Valley gutters rarely give problems in roofs with...

    Valley gutters rarely give problems in roofs with pitches over say 15 deg. Provided they are maintained as already mentioned. They are a fact of life. Nobody would design a house plan based on the...
  7. Thread: Tile Layout

    by billbeee
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    Hi Sebsez, I donít like the look of large tiles...

    Hi Sebsez,
    I donít like the look of large tiles laid horizontal on walls, most the jobs Iíve seen and done have been vertical.
    That being said, I donít like seeing the less than half a tile in your...
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    Hi all, Getting back to the topic, after that...

    Hi all,
    Getting back to the topic, after that little sidetrack by brickie:-) here's my take on it.

    Going for the lower end of the price range an architect once specified Selangan Batu hardwood...
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    Skot, If you make them according to the BCA...

    Skot,
    If you make them according to the BCA (which has the power of the law behind it) and somebody has an accident, then it is an accident.

    If the stairs are built wrong, then you could be...
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    Mick, We have gone that little bit extra and...

    Mick,
    We have gone that little bit extra and pay more for a 2mm or more thick valley gutter with no boards at all. A bit dearer but deeper, which is what it is all about eh!

    Cheers
    Bill.
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    Hi Zac, I wasn't going to reply to this cos it's...

    Hi Zac,
    I wasn't going to reply to this cos it's mostly all been said, with the last wry comment from brickie saying it all. Still here's my 2 bob's worth.

    We need to know the reason why. If...
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    Hi Sean, I used the White Knight stuff, got it...

    Hi Sean,
    I used the White Knight stuff, got it from Bunnings. The laminate paint that is similar the the ceramic tile paint.
    I bought their laminate cleaner in the squeeze bottle, which seems to be...
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    Hi neverquiteright, Where I live we are in an...

    Hi neverquiteright,
    Where I live we are in an older suburb that has fairly generous block sizes, with lots of new work going on all the time.
    The fact that the house is 80 years old make me think...
  14. Dr, You got the answers with your first replies,...

    Dr,
    You got the answers with your first replies, use multigrips/triple grips.
    Support the floor joists on an angle.

    "Is there a hanger that is adaptable to angles? "
    If you really want to use...
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    Rob, I use a small 100mm Makita wet saw, cuts it...

    Rob,
    I use a small 100mm Makita wet saw, cuts it like butter.
    Otherwise get a masonry friction disk in your ordinary power saw.
    Cut dry and be prepared for dust.
    Cheers
    Bill
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    Hi As and apprentice carpenter in the early...

    Hi
    As and apprentice carpenter in the early 60's I must have done dozens.

    We had in those days the benefit of a heck of a lot of stock mouldings for sills etc. Also we had a machine shop where...
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    If you can see a distinct crack underneath you...

    If you can see a distinct crack underneath you could try epoxy injection. Probably not applicable for your job, but I have never seen anything you can add to the surface of a bathroom floor that will...
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    Hi Darren I'd say insulate with batts, the ideal...

    Hi Darren
    I'd say insulate with batts, the ideal time, slip them onto the battens just before you fix your ceiling. Never going to be as easy again.

    I painted my old Zincalume roof with standard...
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    I usually want my decks to last. I use decking...

    I usually want my decks to last.

    I use decking oil (or preservative) or get the owner to do it as many times as possible, all four sides, three of them will never see preservative for the rest of...
  20. I like it, you have every reason to feel good...

    I like it, you have every reason to feel good about it.
    Cheers
    Bill
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    Nice photos and jobs Dusty, I've done a few...

    Nice photos and jobs Dusty,
    I've done a few polished concrete jobs and in my experience the owner never wants to go the final bit an achieve a finish like you show here.

    It is above all,...
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    Hi Steve, I guess that the ceiling inside is...

    Hi Steve,
    I guess that the ceiling inside is higher than what we see in the photo, like 300 or so. Even if there is no lintel there now, I'd be putting one in for the new doors.
    3M is a fair span....
  23. Thread: Beam Size

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    OK, we have a bit more information, not a gable...

    OK, we have a bit more information, not a gable but a hip.

    The way I read it you want to take out a full end wall and extend on. The engineer might not like that, you may need to leave say a 600...
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    Making a few guesses here but I figure you may...

    Making a few guesses here but I figure you may need say 0.4 of a cubic Meter. 16 posts x .6 deep x .2x.2. That could be bought from a mini-mix company.

    That hole size does'nt give you much room...
  25. Thread: Beam Size

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    Hi Frog_hopper, Assuming a few things here, I...

    Hi Frog_hopper,

    Assuming a few things here, I would consider making a steel girder type truss and hiding it in the new roof framing if height is a problem. Steel columns hidden in the new walls.
    ...
  26. Thread: mitre angle??

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    A bit confused here, are you talking about a...

    A bit confused here, are you talking about a common rafter side cut?
    Or your use of mitre makes me think you might want the jack rafter top cut. If that's the case it's so close to 45deg it doesn't...
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    I built a large large laundry trough a couple of...

    I built a large large laundry trough a couple of years ago.
    Formed it upside down with whiteboard.
    Filleted all the corners with silicon.
    Used a fine gal mesh, about 25mm square, not chicken wire....
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    Hang on, Silent, Speedbrace is pretty thin...

    Hang on,
    Silent,
    Speedbrace is pretty thin stuff. No compression strength at all!
    It must go both ways.

    Cheers
    Bill.
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    Hi Cameron, For a roof that size I'd be putting...

    Hi Cameron,
    For a roof that size I'd be putting on two sets of diagonals. This is optional as I don't know what the rest of the structure is like.

    Not seen flat strap for years, it's a pain in...
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    Hi Andy I usually start with the best intentions...

    Hi Andy
    I usually start with the best intentions of doing it as it says on the pack. Invariably this gets a bit expensive and I water it down a bit more than what they say, probably double what...
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    Good answer Skew, spot on. I remember in my...

    Good answer Skew,
    spot on.
    I remember in my second fix days we had a government inspector who used to test the manhole fixing by swinging off it, just as you say, until one time he finished up on...
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    oohsam, I go for looks too, and I have never...

    oohsam,
    I go for looks too, and I have never done a wire balustrade without some sort of support at max. 1500 centers. This stops the wires sagging if a kid tries to climb up. If you have the wire...
  33. Hi oohsam, last time I did this I actually used...

    Hi oohsam,
    last time I did this I actually used a jigsaw, with a nice sharp blade and still running along a straightedge clamped to the boards.
    A few less splinters and spelches than with the...
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    It is done quite often, but remember that the...

    It is done quite often, but remember that the bottom chords of the trusses are held in position by the ceiling battens.
    Remove them and then you must replace their stiffening with something equal....
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    Hi Rob We used to build two wardrobes side by...

    Hi Rob
    We used to build two wardrobes side by side, one pointing into one room and the other into the other. These on government housing contracts, they formed the wall and the 3/4" board on the...
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    Hi Loki429, Do a test, skew nail a joist to a...

    Hi Loki429,
    Do a test, skew nail a joist to a bearer, then rip it off with a 1200 long lump of 100 x 50 as a lever. Piece of p**s. Splits and bent everywhere.
    Nail one on with a triple grip...
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    Watch out for Asbestos. Misquote and one job...

    Watch out for Asbestos.
    Misquote and one job could send you to the wall.

    Unless you have heaps of machinery lying idle and no other work, find something else to do.
    Cheers
    Bill
  38. Batpig, I'd say you can do it OK as Skew says,...

    Batpig,
    I'd say you can do it OK as Skew says, work your way along one edge lifting of a few clips, or even the full row, then the same to the next sheet and that will come out easier.
    If you try...
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    David, You say it's and external wall so it...

    David,
    You say it's and external wall so it would be 200 series blockwork. I can't see how a split jamb will help. Unless of course your jamb does fit around the wall, but even then I'd just...
  40. Donna, For a none structural lining, over 900...

    Donna,

    For a none structural lining, over 900 span, especially if you are spanning more than two spans per board, and you are staggering your joints, you should get very little sag . I've used ...
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