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    Bugger me, that is expensive! Here is...

    Bugger me, that is expensive!
    Here is something that will allow even the DIY-er to check his work properly:

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32865748687.html

    (for appliances only, not fixed...
  2. Could you just blow the air out onto the roof...

    Could you just blow the air out onto the roof without filtering? Otherwise, how are you going to access the filter for cleaning? Climb into the roof-space or get up on a ladder?
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    Thanks, I gave up on the idea of brazing, and...

    Thanks,
    I gave up on the idea of brazing, and used brass flare-unions. Trying to braze without proper tools (just a soldering torch) did not appeal.
    Was a bit of a pain threading the copper pipes...
  4. For the archives, hope it helps anyone with same...

    For the archives, hope it helps anyone with same query:
    Lacking sufficient advice on brazing, I used the flare unions. (after cutting and deburring pipes)
    Since they will end up inside the...
  5. 129344 This is what I need to join. You can see...

    129344 This is what I need to join. You can see the joiner, where the liquid pipe from inside unit was brazed to the pipe leading to outside unit.

    If brazing is too hard, is there any reason not...
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    Solder or braze small copper aircon pipes?

    I posted in the heating/cooling section, but probably should have posted here in plumbing.
    Did not get an answer, so hope it is OK to repost where it is more likely to be seen.


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  7. I can cut a clean end on the existing pipes from...

    I can cut a clean end on the existing pipes from the inside unit. The question is HOW to connect. Three options are listed above, each with weaknesses.

    I've not done brazing before. Actually,...
  8. Thanks for responding, but I really doubt that is...

    Thanks for responding, but I really doubt that is economical, which is why I posted here. Gone are the days when you could take an appliance to a shop and pay a modest amount for a 5-minute job. (the...
  9. Install a used split system with missing flare connector

    I pickup up a small used split system for a DIY install, but found the pipes from the indoor unit do not have the expected brass flare connector.

    The copper pipes have been cut and pinched...
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    Why does that matter? It is not obvious.

    Why does that matter? It is not obvious.
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    If your mirror has a plastic film backing,...

    If your mirror has a plastic film backing, regular "liquid nails" should be fine. But can it be applied thickly like tile adhesive?
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    I have a very similar question. Am re-tiling an...

    I have a very similar question. Am re-tiling an old bathroom, and wondering if I should just mount the mirror flush with the tiles, as part of the tiling job.
    Backing is mostly brick wall (finished,...
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    Thanks for the replies. That seems to cover it....

    Thanks for the replies. That seems to cover it. I'll have a look inside the roof next time I'm up there.



    "unlikely" is fine if you have fuse protection. But if there is no fuse, we should...
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    Why no main fuse in meter box?

    Am looking at an old switchboard (WA, 1950s), and notice the main switch rated at only 36A, but six circuits with fuses and CB totalling 88A.
    It could easily draw 50A in practice, e.g. aircon, oven,...
  15. Problem solved. Thanks for the replies folks. A...

    Problem solved. Thanks for the replies folks.
    A pick-axe was the answer. Did the job with a few good swings - I did not know cast iron was so brittle.
    The 5kg hammer probably would have worked if I...
  16. How do you recommend that be done? Do I just need...

    How do you recommend that be done? Do I just need a better disc for the angle grinder?
    The tub is very heavy iron.
  17. How to remove very stuck, now mutilated, bathtub drain?

    I am attempting to remove an original 1950s enamel bathtub, but the brass drain is stuck fast.
    Have cut notches, applied cold chisel and hammer. Tried rotary hammer.
    Bathtub base is lower than...
  18. UPDATE: there is a separate circuit to an air-con...

    UPDATE: there is a separate circuit to an air-con 15A outlet in the lounge room, about 12m away, along the external wall, past bay window :( and corner.
    Closer than the meter box at least, and no...
  19. The new cooktop is gas - far better IMHO than...

    The new cooktop is gas - far better IMHO than electric except for induction. (as was the old)
    But I'm surprised to hear people prefer gas ovens. They have become rare except for cheapy 54cm...
  20. How run new power circuit for oven in apartment?

    I have a problem with a downstairs end-unit in a 2-storey brick/tile/concrete unit in Perth.
    Kitchen renovation includes electric oven replacing gas, so need a new electrical circuit from the...
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    Eden, try reading my post again. Your response...

    Eden, try reading my post again. Your response makes no sense.
    I should have said I climbed up in the ceiling and there was no grease build-up of the type others describe.
    Further, it was not my...
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    I suppose it depends how you cook. The last...

    I suppose it depends how you cook. The last place I lived vented to ceiling, and I never noticed a problem in there.
    The standard not so long ago was an exhaust fan flush with the ceiling or wall,...
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    Ikea sell Blum hinges for $5/pair in WA/SA, or...

    Ikea sell Blum hinges for $5/pair in WA/SA, or $10/pair if you live in the east. How much are the others?
    INTEGRAL Hinge - IKEA
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    Sorry, I thought you were just being...

    Sorry, I thought you were just being condescending, superior and derisive, without any constructive comments.
    The previous cabinets were sixty years old with ten layers of paint and far too small. ...
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    If you have nothing to contribute, and have not...

    If you have nothing to contribute, and have not read the responses above, why bother to post?
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    It could be hard work if they have tiled around...

    It could be hard work if they have tiled around the benchtops. Sledgehammer and chisels?
    I bought a used kitchen but looked for one professionally removed already. Removal without damage sounded a...
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    140mm from where? Centre, metal edge, flame? I...

    140mm from where? Centre, metal edge, flame? I figure 200mm from burner centre will give plenty of ventilation between biggest pan and backing.
    I tried taping a temperature probe to the melamine...
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    HIA says ducting into the ceiling is OK. Who is...

    HIA says ducting into the ceiling is OK. Who is right? They, or the big warnings on this website?




    HIA - Ducting range hoods for domestic use and Australian Standards (Nat)
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    Citation please? Do regs refer to an AS doc? My...

    Citation please? Do regs refer to an AS doc?
    My house would break a thousand building codes if it were newly built.



    You sound awfully sure. I've seen kitchens with melanine cabinets close...
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    Thanks Earl, I have now installed a curved ...

    Thanks Earl,
    I have now installed a curved offcut of melamine-coated benchtop vertically at the back of the bench, rising 18cm behind the cooktop, and 11cm clear of the flames (plenty of room for...
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    87827 OK, pic. The bench shown will move a bit...

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    OK, pic. The bench shown will move a bit to the left once the pantry is done, and still needs a backing strip to stop things falling onto the window sill.
    If I expected to be staying here...
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    Splashback in front of window

    In updating my 50's kitchen, I had to put the cooktop in front of a big window. So a tiled splashback is not an option.
    My first thought was to have a stainless steel lid over the gas cooktop,...
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    I just got up there for a look. The roof is full...

    I just got up there for a look. The roof is full of flamable-looking dust, fibres and leaf fragments on top of old fibreglass bats. I brought some down and attempted to light it. Would burn but...
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    Rangehood flue DIY to ceiling

    Hi folks,
    Is there any reason I should put some sort of ducting inside the stainless-steel flue of a canopy rangehood?

    I've been replacing the original kitchen in a 50's house (Wasn't much to...
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    > I assumed the voltage drop was at the appliance...

    > I assumed the voltage drop was at the appliance

    Sorry for the confusion. I measured at the appliance first, then on an unloaded sub-circuit so as to get the meter box voltage.
    With just a few...
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    That table must be single conductor, so double...

    That table must be single conductor, so double for the round trip?

    My subcircuit voltage drop is as expected (~5V @20A).
    Assuming the remaining losses are mostly in the overhead line to the power...
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    voltage drop at the meter box. excessive?

    I've been doing some safety checks in an old house, and found the voltage drops higher than expected. e.g. oven plus grill dropping 12V when both on (20A), so barely in standard. Checking the...
  38. Thread: As 3000

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    Why the ALL_CAPS? Is it full of dangerous errors?...

    Why the ALL_CAPS? Is it full of dangerous errors? I'm assuming the OP wants it for personal use, not professional. Should I panic if my home was wired by AS3000:2000?
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    $40/m for MDF!? Yes, mine are only 28mm high....

    $40/m for MDF!?
    Yes, mine are only 28mm high. Good enough to covert the gaps around the floating floor, and protect the wall paint from the vacuum cleaner head. This is in a unit that previously...
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    This must be some strange new use of the word...

    This must be some strange new use of the word "simplest". I don't even see what problem you are trying to solve by using both. Is your skirting really going to be >36cm high!? Those Victorian skirts...
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