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  1. Can you punch them down hard into the joist and...

    Can you punch them down hard into the joist and use a thicker nail or screws to secure the board down?

    This is only a band-aid fix as you're dealing with issues of rot. Start putting money aside...
  2. ok, haven't done it to the same spec as the...

    ok, haven't done it to the same spec as the picture unfortunately.

    I put the aggy about mid way along the retaining wall. It has a stronger fall than 1:100. It drops about 300mm across a 4m span....
  3. From my crappy pictures, you might see that the...

    From my crappy pictures, you might see that the top part of the yard has some grass and paving. This section is held back by a retaining wall that is before the deck.

    I backfilled the entire...
  4. Appreciate the help here. Certainly reduces some...

    Appreciate the help here. Certainly reduces some of the uncertainty. I'm up for a bit of money to fix, but fingers crossed it'll be the last time I need to put new boards down for some time to come. ...
  5. I did not even consider this but it might be a...

    I did not even consider this but it might be a good idea for longevity. The only issue would be that tiles + cement sheet + glue would be likely much higher than the current deck boards.

    Also I...
  6. Thanks for the continual assistance with this...

    Thanks for the continual assistance with this dilemma!



    What do you mean by your analogy?

    I agree that the boards are like some nasty seconds or cheap quality. The retailer was not a...
  7. If I replace the boards, I will be switching to...

    If I replace the boards, I will be switching to bigger gaps. I think I'll go with 6mm gap as a minimum. I'll try 8mm first and see how wide it is. No one in this house wears stillettos either so...
  8. Funnily enough it gets heaps of sunlight. ...

    Funnily enough it gets heaps of sunlight.

    The board that broke still felt a little damp underneath. I've felt the ones closest to the opening and they are fairly damp underneath and it hasn't...
  9. Thanks again everyone for your time and help with...

    Thanks again everyone for your time and help with this. Very much appreciated!



    Ok, interesting!

    I remember installing it with 3mm gap, but over time with the hardening of the timber, it's...
  10. Here’s some photos of the deck post install, and...

    Here’s some photos of the deck post install, and some of the space around it
  11. They're around 4-5 years old. From memory I built...

    They're around 4-5 years old. From memory I built it in late 2016 / early 2017. It has been restained once, but I've been caught up with other projects and work so haven't attended to it for some...
  12. ok. The lowest point of the deck is 400mm off...

    ok.

    The lowest point of the deck is 400mm off the ground. By all accounts that is beyond the minimum recommendation for a deck I've seen. The lowest point is 400mm, but the majority is higher...
  13. Firstly, thank you for the advice and feedback...

    Firstly, thank you for the advice and feedback everyone - some are very helpful!

    Ultimately it looks like I've got a mixture of bad quality decking boards and potentially some ventilation issues...
  14. 3 things not going in my favour. Lucky me :( ...

    3 things not going in my favour. Lucky me :(

    Is greygum considered poor quality? I'll be honest and say I got it for $2.80 L/M from a place called "Nationwide timber" who usually supplies timber...
  15. 4 year old deck - snapped boards, flexing, cupping and badly dried out

    Hi crew,

    I've got a bit of a rather expensive problem brewing with my, somewhat, recently build deck.
    I built my deck around 4 years ago and used 90x19mm greygum decking boards

    Last week I...
  16. In what way?! I’m not suggesting that a 9”...

    In what way?!

    I’m not suggesting that a 9” grinder be used for long periods or to cut up steel/concrete standing upright.

    A 9” grinder is as dangerous as a demo saw yet everyone here is...
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    What difference would reducing the heat transfer...

    What difference would reducing the heat transfer from the roof when you have open sides?

    Also there's an argument to be made that heat rises and could get trapped under there.Unless there's some...
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    People still buy corded hand tools? Battery...

    People still buy corded hand tools?

    Battery all the way.
    The only corded tools worth buying are a drop saw, grinder and heat gun. All other usual handtools can easily be battery and have as...
  19. :( It seems I've "stumped" the RF community?...

    :(

    It seems I've "stumped" the RF community? or just they can't be deck'd answering my questions?

    :)
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    Firstly - Why are you wanting to install a...

    Firstly - Why are you wanting to install a ceiling under the roof of the deck?

    Unless you're closing in the sides and making it an indoor/outdoor room, what benefits are you hoping to gain by...
  21. What's wrong with an 9" grinder? I've used them...

    What's wrong with an 9" grinder?
    I've used them a few times and still am in one piece today!

    I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, but if you've handled anything fairly dangerous before (e.g. a...
  22. Decking up to the fence & Extending Deck Joists

    Hiya crew,

    I'm thinking of extending my current deck to be right up against the fence.

    I originally built it with about a foot gap between the fence and the end of the deck, but has left a...
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    Those popcorn ceilings very rarely made of...

    Those popcorn ceilings very rarely made of asbestos. Usually only industrial buildings had asbestos ceilings. There was no need to fit asbestos ceilings to a domestic property.

    As for being...
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    Hi john, I thought of using the stirrup...

    Hi john,

    I thought of using the stirrup because only the bottom area of the fence that used to sit in dirt & dry cement was rotten but it wasn't rotten all the way through. The part of the post...
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    Sorry Gents, I meant to write that the fence...

    Sorry Gents, I meant to write that the fence posts are 1.8m, and the fence is 2m. Serves me right for trying to cure my insomnia with writing forum posts at 2am...

    Thank you for all the 'posts'...
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    Stirrups for fence posts?

    Hi crew,

    Anyone ever used or know if it's ok to use stirrups for the base of a fence post?

    The reason I ask is that some recent winds here in isolated victoria has made my fence akin to a flag...
  27. Who is the moron who is so inattentive to their...

    Who is the moron who is so inattentive to their work they screwed a FC sheet onto plaster without checking if there is a stud behind it. Fingers crossed they managed to get the rest of the screws on...
  28. Find a hard rubbish pile near your house and put...

    Find a hard rubbish pile near your house and put it on the pile. It will likely stay there for about 20 minutes before some bloke with a ratty ute picks it up and add it to his pile of steel he will...
  29. I've tried cutting porcelain tiles usng my sigma...

    I've tried cutting porcelain tiles usng my sigma second hand cutter (new blade though), an old GMC wet tile saw I have and an angle grinder.

    To date I've only been able to get acceptable cuts with...
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    Definitely avoid Bunno's for anything related to...

    Definitely avoid Bunno's for anything related to buying sand, rock, soil etc in bulk. They're not setup to sell large quantities of gravel, sand etc, and the 17 yo kid there isn't going to know much....
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    Ohh in that case, then do a pilot hole first and...

    Ohh in that case, then do a pilot hole first and then the core bit. Maybe a bucket of water handy to dip the hole saw if it heats up too much.
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    I know, it sucks having to fork out cash for...

    I know, it sucks having to fork out cash for tools especially when you want to do one small job. Thankfully the sds hammer drill is useful and you can use for other jobs.
    That ozito 1600w is quite a...
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    Depends on the strength, age and type of brick...

    Depends on the strength, age and type of brick and the drill device you're using.

    I only have a basic brushless ryobi 18v drill with a 5aH battery and it is hopeless at drilling through my hollow...
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    Thanks for that suggestion! Unfortunately it...

    Thanks for that suggestion!

    Unfortunately it is fairly heavy microwave though, so should I look at fitting a bigger support? I was thinking maybe a 70x35 skimmed down to a 40x35?
    And I was...
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    In future I will definitely plan for my microwave...

    In future I will definitely plan for my microwave to be put in the pantry. We've had the bastards for 40 years and they still look so out of place and ugly. Mine was only a $100 cheapie I bought five...
  36. Most tradies dont even buy festool products, so...

    Most tradies dont even buy festool products, so why should a weekender warrior spend $1k+ for a random orbital sander?!

    For that money you could pay someone to sand it and not have to lift a...
  37. I didn't see your reply metrix. That is an...

    I didn't see your reply metrix.

    That is an incredible renovation!!
    You earned your kept that month or two!!

    Who in the 70s thought that the brick dungeon was a nice feature?! Insane. May we...
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    Thanks everyone for the help!! ...

    Thanks everyone for the help!!



    Unfortunately I wouldn't know the first thing about how to use a welder, and I dont own one :(

    I'm keen as mustard to learn how to weld one day. It's on...
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    Dont know about Sydney, but here in vic you only...

    Dont know about Sydney, but here in vic you only consult the council if you need a planning approval. If it's work that doesn't require planning approval then you can go straight to the VBA...
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    Floating corner shelf for microwave

    Gday crew,

    Anyone have any tips on how to make a floating shelf for a corner that I can put my microwave on?

    I'm in the process of setting up my small kitchen and would prefer to not to take...
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