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    Removing grout from slate tiles.

    Wow..

    Straight after I posted the thread, I thought why not try some GOOF OFF. I have nothing to lose.

    I can't believe the grout has simply vanished with a slight rub with a rag!

    GOOF OFF...
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    Removing grout from slate tiles.

    Ok, this might be the biggest mistake I have made.

    I have grouted slate tiles with slate grey coloured grout. Immediately I tried to remove excess grout from the tile but the grout embedded into...
  3. Thanks Oldsaltoz, is this the way the...

    Thanks Oldsaltoz, is this the way the professionals do it, do you think?
  4. Quickest, easiest way to remove grout from tiles?

    I have been looking on YouTube and found the HYDE Regrout tool, $31 online. Multi tools and recipros seem to be a bit cumbersome and will chip the tile. This little thing seems to be real quick and...
  5. Quickest, easiest way to remove grout from tiles?

    Hi everyone,

    I'm after suggestions on the best and easiest way to remove grout. Using a hand tool would be too slow, using the renovator might be a bit rough. Has anyone heard of a vibrating...
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    Oiling timber deck over stainless screws

    I have used a #10 Smart bit which has perfectly countersunk the heads 2mm under the surface. To answer your question I would probably make sure the vaseline is kept under the surface. I am using...
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    Oiling timber deck over stainless screws

    Thanks Ringtail. I will be trying to keep the heads clean, that's the look that I'm after. I heard a tip today to put vasoline on the heads to keep the stain off?
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    Oiling timber deck over stainless screws

    Hi all,
    I am laying a spotted gum deck and would like some suggestions on wether to oil the boards first before laying, or oil after completion? I am afraid oiling on top of the stainless steel...
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    Side boards to decking

    Hi Everyone, I am building a new deck in the backyard attached to the house. I have attached a picture of a deck that shows how I will have my sideboards. The sideboards will reach the top of the...
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    Hi, The minimum concrete strength is 20 mpa...

    Hi,

    The minimum concrete strength is 20 mpa for walkways and driveways, but if you are planning to park your car the strength would have to be 25 mpa. For slabs under 18m long you use F72 mesh but...
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    Yeah that's right bruiser, I had the same thought...

    Yeah that's right bruiser, I had the same thought about jumping across through the roof.

    I might put a couple of conduits in the slab for good measure as well.
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    Power to new OutBuilding.

    Hi,

    I am building a new Class 10A Out building on our property right next to the exsisting house. I am pouring a raft slab for the building and would like to include conduit for the electrician....
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    OldSalts, I'm designing a bathroom for a granny...

    OldSalts, I'm designing a bathroom for a granny flat. I want to have the laundry in the bathroom and all squashed in comfortably. The room size I am allowing is 1200mm wide x 3000mm long with a...
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    Yep that's the correct code. Although I don't...

    Yep that's the correct code. Although I don't think an enclosed toilet is necessarily built to the 1200mm standard. If the door was to open inwards you would have removable hinges. Otherwise the door...
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    Well just found out from a private certifier and...

    Well just found out from a private certifier and SAI Global Australian Standards that there is NO standard for bathroom setout, just make it comfortable.
    The standard requirements for a Class 1...
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    The minimum distance off walls for toilets,...

    The minimum distance off walls for toilets, basins and showers including minimum distance between each other and from doorways etc. Also laundry tub and washing machine requirements to doors and...
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    Thanks old salts, I'm kind of looking for...

    Thanks old salts, I'm kind of looking for bathroom and laundry minimum setout requirements. The disabled standard is full of exclusion zones and minimum distances from walls etc. but what about a...
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    Bathroom Standards

    Hi, does anyone know if there is Australian Standards for bathrooms and laundries?

    I have the standard for disabled which is AS 1428.1. But not very useful!
    The building code on touches on...
  19. AS/ NZS 60335.2.6 Household and similar electrical appliances

    Hi, does anyone have a copy of this Australian Standard? It's around $130!
    It would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Clay
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    Results... I used thinners and paint strippers...

    Results...

    I used thinners and paint strippers and the stuff that really worked was the humble eucalyptus oil. Only after scraping the tape off though with a scraper.
    Thanks for all of the replys...
  21. Hi, I actually had the same problem recently with...

    Hi, I actually had the same problem recently with my ceilings. I have recoated my ceiling with Dulux ceiling white 4 times and the yellow still comes through. My sheets are definately not new and I...
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    High tack masking tape adhesive removal

    Hi everyone,

    I have masked all my windows for painting with a plastic sheet and High Tack masking tape. I left it on for several weeks because that's how long the job took part time.
    I tried to...
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    Good quality tool set

    Hi, just after a 200-300 piece tool box set and noticed there are a lot of new brands popping up. I always liked Sidchrome to be a good quality brand, is there any other good quality brands out there...
  24. Thread: Built in oven

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    Built in oven

    Hey everyone,

    I'm about to replace the old freestanding oven with a built in oven and cooktop. The kitchen is getting started from scratch with new cupboards and benchtop.

    When installing the...
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    Yeah I think your right, it's only $25 for a 1200...

    Yeah I think your right, it's only $25 for a 1200 x 2400 sheet of Masonite and I need two of them. The others are like $10 a sheet but like you said they probably will be more trouble than they are...
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    Masonite or MDF?

    Hi, just about to lay some vinyl with Masonite underneath on top of floorboards for my kitchen. I have noticed some cheaper varieties including MDF and Whiteboard at 3mm thickness, would these be...
  27. Thread: Dulux Stone

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    Thanks for all the reply's. I actually went down...

    Thanks for all the reply's. I actually went down to bunnings and had a look inside the Dulux Stone tin. The paint is thick with sand like granules in it to give the stone finish. I like the sandy...
  28. Thread: Dulux Stone

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    Dulux Stone

    Hey guys, Im going to use a couple of stone colours in my house. I dont intend to give it a textured finish so do I need to by the special Dulux Stone paint? Or can I just use Wash n Wear tinted to...
  29. Ahh no I haven't checked the price of masonite...

    Ahh no I haven't checked the price of masonite lately, maybe I shouldn't of thrown the old stuff out! I only need about 6 m2.
  30. Laying vinyl in kitchen over timber floorboards

    Hi, I'm installing a new kitchen and about to lay vinyl to the cypress pine floor boards. I'm planning to staple some thin masonite down that run under the kickboards then lay the vinyl.
    Is this...
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    Great answers, thanks heaps guys. The squared...

    Great answers, thanks heaps guys. The squared corners at Bunnings sound good.
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    Silicone around bottom of walls in bathroom

    Hi, just trying to silicone the gap around the perimeter of the walls on the floor in the bathroom. I used my finger to slide along but the finish was terrible especially where the grout lines are on...
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    Mortar for me

    I'm about to install a new toilet myself and have read the posts to decide which method I'm going to use. I have always been a mortar man and still am. The only con to a mortar bed is it can't be...
  34. Remove stubborn grout haze

    I had exactly the same problem. I left the grout haze on thinking it wouldn't take much to remove later. I found out that was one of the most stupid things I have done so far! I initially used Davco...
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    Chipped tile using wet saw

    Hi, my 300 x 600 rectified tiles are getting chipped using the wet saw. Is there a way to grind a smooth edge?
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    Thanks

    Thanks for the reply's. I used a 10mm notched trowel with Davco powder mastic and pushed the tiles straight with a 1200mm level. I'm very happy with the result and the straightness. Glue thickness...
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    Could I ask why the tiles are more likely to fall...

    Could I ask why the tiles are more likely to fall off if you use more glue in the deep areas?
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    So.... There is no technique to use with the...

    So.... There is no technique to use with the adhesive and spirit level??? Ripping the whole 4 walls down is a bit extreme :o
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    Tiling on uneven bathroom wall

    Hey everyone,

    I'm about to tile my bathroom walls with 300 x 600 ceramic tiles. The walls are F.C Villaboard and I have waterproofed the wet areas. The problem is the walls are not dead...
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    Look for a brand name

    It is best to look for a brand name in spirit levels. There a a few different brands at bunnings with Stabila the outright best with quality. Do not buy the cheap red Trojan levels, there bubbles...
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