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    How to overcome 7-8mm height difference

    We have existing flooring which will be about 7 to 8 mm higher than new tiling (once tiling is installed).
    What is the best way to avoid having this 7-8mm height difference? We spoke to a few...
  2. Thanks very much for your quick replies. I'm...

    Thanks very much for your quick replies.

    I'm glad to hear that the moisture stains can be washed off, I was wondering if the staining would be permanent. I suppose driving around and seeing...
  3. What gravel to use for dry block retaining walls

    I am getting confused about this, so need your help.

    We are going to have a low block wall, about 3 blocks high (about 600mm wall height).

    We need to fill the hollow blocks with some...
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    Do you know the name of the "sealant" used? Did...

    Do you know the name of the "sealant" used?
    Did you apply a primer coat first, or only the top coat straight on bare timber?
    How many coats all up?

    As for the darkening, as far as I have...
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    Thank you very much Danny! I suppose these new...

    Thank you very much Danny! I suppose these new pipes and drainage are just to capture the heavy rainfalls which quickly create pools of stagnating water next to the house slab and this water doesn't...
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    Cost of low brick fence at the front (Syd)

    Hi all

    What would be a fair cost to supply and install a low brick fence at the front of the property (Sydney prices)? The length would be approx. 15m, with 1 pillar at one end for mail box....
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    Thank you so much guys! I am at my wits' ends,...

    Thank you so much guys! I am at my wits' ends, since the tilers I spoke to were adamant that there would need to be a step because they can't make up the 6-7mm height difference - other than using...
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    Thanks, but not sure I quite understand what you...

    Thanks, but not sure I quite understand what you mean. Why not 90mm - I agree not to use 90mm, but I am not basing that decision on much information other than it looks tougher to me - can you please...
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    Thanks all to your replies. :) Jiggy, it's...

    Thanks all to your replies. :)

    Jiggy, it's the total finished tiled height of 17mm, ie. from the slab to the finished tile flooring. So the 17mm has to cover the thickness of the tile, glue and...
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    Thanks for your reply, Scotty. It's wall...

    Thanks for your reply, Scotty.

    It's wall tiling - I had written that but inadvertently delete and didn't notice :rolleyes:

    Yes, we've been to some shops and none of them had them. One shop...
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    Rubber underlay for large porcelain tiles

    We have a bit of difficulty bringing up the height of our tiling to match other floor heights. It's on a concrete slab.
    We'll use standard porcelain floor tiles, I believe 10mm thick. We need to...
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    Large format porcelain tiles in Sydney

    HI all

    We need some large tiles where the shorter dimension is about 330-350mm or more. The overall dimensions can be anything like 330x600 or 330x700 or 330x800, etc.
    Have to be polished...
  13. Thread: Cut & fill slabs

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    Thanks, Oldsaltoz. If I understand correctly, it...

    Thanks, Oldsaltoz. If I understand correctly, it is simply surface shaping of concrete to channel the water away from the house, from any concrete abutting the house? If so, can't we achieve the same...
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    Thanks for all your replies! Jonesy, what is...

    Thanks for all your replies!

    Jonesy, what is OD? Diameter? How terrible it was only 3cm deep! Was there not enough fall so they couldn't burry it any deeper??

    Strangely too, ALL our...
  15. Thread: Sanding stairs

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    I'm also interested in this. Our treads have been...

    I'm also interested in this. Our treads have been coated with tung oil (supposedly) and one day they will need redoing. Risers are painted white and they would stay white.
    Is it possible to just...
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    Size of stormwater pipes

    Hi all,

    What diameter plastic stormwater pipes should we use to channel rainwater from some small (future) drainage pits and maybe a long channel drain along garage? 90 or 100mm? The pipe would...
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    One concretor told me that they don't use...

    One concretor told me that they don't use expansion joints next to the house slab - is this the norm in the industry? I thought that there always must be a foam-type expansion joint between new and...
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    Interestingly, we'd have to have that done too,...

    Interestingly, we'd have to have that done too, but we are not DIY-ing, so unfortunately can't advise, I can just say that they said it's OK and very doable (I just can't remember hearing liquid...
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    If you have enough access, maybe you could try to...

    If you have enough access, maybe you could try to dig a deep trench and insert some sort of plastic / roof barrier thing + at the same time do this

    and also under the fence line and into the...
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    Is it possible to just use plastic sheeting to...

    Is it possible to just use plastic sheeting to waterproof a block wall (probably the black builder's moisture membrane)? Please correct me if I'm wrong, can we really properly waterproof dry stack...
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    Is curing compound an overkill for patio slab of...

    Is curing compound an overkill for patio slab of approx 34 m2 ?
  22. Thread: Cut & fill slabs

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    Oldsaltoz, what is the 'spoon drain' that you...

    Oldsaltoz, what is the 'spoon drain' that you were mentioning? Is that built separately after the build and how would we go about 'designing' it? Thanks :)
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    Great, thanks for the update! BTW, wasn't aware...

    Great, thanks for the update!
    BTW, wasn't aware that Tasmanian Oak is available in Malaysia ... cool!! :) Is it imported routinely, or did you do a 'special' order?
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    :) Yeah, I've commented on how it looks like (to...

    :) Yeah, I've commented on how it looks like (to me), based on descriptions I've both heard and read ... so I'm actually interested to see how the bleed really looks like. Better not hold my hopes up...
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    Oh, just found the other thread :doh: ......

    Oh, just found the other thread :doh: ... http://www.renovateforum.com/f203/bona-finish-normal-cause-96306/


    That looks like some overlap or a spill that soaked in too much before they got to...
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    I can't find your other thread (can't you post...

    I can't find your other thread (can't you post the link here). Even so, don't you suspect it could be tanin bleed? The Bona AUS site says "Novia can be combined with either Bona Prime Intense or...
  27. Just found this thread. What some people do! :no:...

    Just found this thread. What some people do! :no:
    But, what did you mean with "shorten the colorbond fence" illusion trick - is the fence of same normal length on your side, but somehow different...
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    Thanks so much Gaza! I only now noticed your last...

    Thanks so much Gaza! I only now noticed your last sentence about the silicone. I thought that silicone products (including hair sprey) must not be used in floors (due to, I think, some problem with...
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    Wow, that's what I call attention to detail! No...

    Wow, that's what I call attention to detail! No chance to get something like that from people I manage to bump into :roll: ... We also have a bit of a drop along the width of one doorway - what you...
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    Thanks, sheriph1. Do you mean you cut it so the...

    Thanks, sheriph1. Do you mean you cut it so the profile is somewhat triangular?
    Something like |____ (if you imagine the third line joining this into a triangle) ...
    What does it mean to feather...
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    Moulds and reducers for different heights

    Hi all

    Probably a trivial question, but anyway ...

    We have a few wet area doors leading from our timber floor. The floor level in these wet areas is higher than the timber floor (maybe about...
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    Thanks again, Gaza! Appreciate your consistent...

    Thanks again, Gaza! Appreciate your consistent help!

    So, it looks like we need to take care of a few things. If we are to use mastic, seems like we have to:
    1. Insert a piece of tongue (or...
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    Thanks, Gaza. Looks like our installer did more...

    Thanks, Gaza.
    Looks like our installer did more than a d**** job. He just left the joins empty and has not cut neither the tongue nor the grooves out, just left the big gap.
    So you're saying that...
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    Cork expansion strips

    Hi all,

    It's me again ... Trying to find out when and how to install cork strips.
    Read somewhere that it should not be installed before the first sand?
    Also heard that it's not really good...
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    I realise my latest post disappeared (was not...

    I realise my latest post disappeared (was not saved). Yes, we have employed people with supposedly about 10 years in this business and the boss thinks he is really really good :?. However, his people...
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    I think (but it might not be the case) that oild...

    I think (but it might not be the case) that oild based coatings are higher maintenance, even though they do look great. The other thing, which might be of interest to you, is that I believe they also...
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    I am by no means an expert in this area, so...

    I am by no means an expert in this area, so please take my post as an opinion, rather than a suggestion.

    I think these old floors are coated with solvent based polyurethane (the smelly stuff),...
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    OMG, I took a mini break from all of this as it...

    OMG, I took a mini break from all of this as it was becoming all too much. I didn't achieve anything I was hoping for (to relax a bit), so I figured burrying my head into sand won't help. And now I...
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    Thank you very much again, Tim! :) I see that TM...

    Thank you very much again, Tim! :)
    I see that TM needs to be constantly pressed (ie. cut off the excess while the thumb is still above the hole) - I think I'll need quite a bit of practice 'til I...
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    Thank you, Tim!! :brava:) So I guess I need...

    Thank you, Tim!! :brava:)

    So I guess I need to make a little tight ball for each hole and make sure it plugs well (and all in one pass, no layering). No picking the TM out of the jar with the...
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