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    Septic Tank slow drain

    Hi guys - wondering if anyone could share some plumbing wisdom on my problem;

    Our house has a two-tank and leach drain septic tank system. About 2 months ago whenever we did a big load of...
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    New Carport Addition (Perth)

    Afternoon gents -

    I'm in the Perth foothills - a local roofing carpenter recently quoted me for a free-standing carport frame, approx 7.3m wide x 7m long. Just checking his specs with your...
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    Cheers Bloss - I had visions of bubbling pots of...

    Cheers Bloss - I had visions of bubbling pots of tar on the stove! :U
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    New Concrete edge against Tarmac

    Hi guys -

    We had our driveway and verge crossover concreted back in early December 2010, replacing the old grano paving that was 38 years old.

    The concretors removed the old concrete kerb...
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    Sealing Concrete Driveway

    Hi everyone -

    We just had 180m2 of concrete put down including a 7x7m carport pad, the driveway itself, verge crossover and porch/path along the front of the house.

    The concrete guys have...
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    I know this is a bit late, but... :q Yes, the...

    I know this is a bit late, but... :q

    Yes, the two slabs will need an isolation joint between them. Usually this is a 10mm gap with that impregnated foam roll between them. It allows for...
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    High Water pressure?

    I've recently put in a small retic system to get my back lawn re-started after getting the drains and septic tank all fixed..

    I have a simple Gardena electronic tap timer to help keep the new seed...
  8. Good Wall Backfill and Drainage contractors?

    G'day fellas -

    We've finally had our monster retaining wall laid along the uphill side of our hoes. Everything has gone in fine and the wall is draining well through its socked ag-pipe drain...
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    Thanks fellas, yeah will probably end up taking...

    Thanks fellas, yeah will probably end up taking off all the skirting. Obviously I'll have to cut it all a bit shorter as I guess the plaster will make the room fractionally smaller.
    Window sills...
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    Plastering without removing skirting...

    We've recently had a quote to plaster our two-room extension - its double brick and luckily never been painted.

    The plasterer said we can either remove all the skirting boards and doorway bits, or...
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    I've got some experince with this bugbear. Let...

    I've got some experince with this bugbear.

    Let me start by saying there is no such thing as safe lead. Removing it, and all sources of it, is the only safe thing to do. Its a horribly toxic...
  12. Its just there to serve as a spill point. If the...

    Its just there to serve as a spill point. If the downpipe or drain blocks up, the water would overflow the gutter itself, meaning water is going to pour into your ceiling.

    With the rainhead...
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    I can confirm the fish won't mind tannin in the...

    I can confirm the fish won't mind tannin in the water (in fact the carp family like slightly acid, dark waters). Vegetable matter etc won't harm them.

    They're pretty tough as PlannedLandscpe...
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    Hi Bobcat - That wall looks great - did you...

    Hi Bobcat -

    That wall looks great - did you do the work yourself?
    If not, which company put the wall in?

    I've got engineered plans for a wall at my house (I'm in the hills) - the previous...
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    If its a big cosmetic problem for you, it'd...

    If its a big cosmetic problem for you, it'd probably be wise to have a builder come round and ask his advice, before you buy.

    Built in '72, my house is similar, with arched garage entry too.
    ...
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    Thats a gem, Davo, thanks! Hmm, according to...

    Thats a gem, Davo, thanks!

    Hmm, according to that I'd better get the system checked out asap.

    The grass is a little greener over the absorption trench but its not going berzerk or anything.
    ...
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    No worries fellas - yeah I think giving the...

    No worries fellas - yeah I think giving the system a flush/clean and pump out the tank is the best way to go.

    Davo:
    The loo is original, yep 9L pan and cistern. Duck egg blue with blue floor...
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    Slow drains and toilet?

    Hey fellas -

    Our house is '72 vintage and uses a septic tank and leach drain as we're on a hill and not close to the council sewer. We've only been in the house 4 months but no idea when it was...
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    Rangehood. The main reason range hoods are...

    Rangehood.

    The main reason range hoods are effective is that warm air from cooking rises. Simple convection.

    So even though a range hood sucks (and is thus less efficient at moving a 'target'...
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    Heehee, hi Montiee. I think you mean...

    Heehee, hi Montiee.

    I think you mean 'pebble-crete' as in concrete but with pebbles.

    I'd look at modifying the door first - can you put weather strip on it or something from Clark Rubber to...
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    [PERTH] Need Kiln moved

    Hi guys -

    Is there anyone that can help me move a pottery kiln?

    I've moved house in Kalamunda, Perth and need it moved. I've only moved 5mins down the road, but can't find a removalist who...
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    Hahaha no its only that wall, although the...

    Hahaha no its only that wall, although the fireplace in our front lounge has similar bricks, but without the big chunky bits sticking out.

    The outside of the house is finished in reddish brown...
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    Some granite will be prone to flaking under high...

    Some granite will be prone to flaking under high heat.
    Stone, unlike metal, does not conduct heat well and so it can't expand to take up the stress.

    Stone with bigger crystals is likely to be...
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    Hi DD - although there is a fair bit of dust up...

    Hi DD - although there is a fair bit of dust up there, the vast majority of that brown powder is blow-in insulation. This being my first house and all... I think I prefer batts already!

    I haven't...
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    Welcome to my Roof! (Wall Removal)

    Hi fellas -

    My Kalamunda, Perth '72-vintage house has a tiny living room and an equally tiny L-shaped kitchen because the house has a feature wall that partially splits the room in two.

    I'd...
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    Ah brilliant, cheers for the help guys! Ramsets...

    Ah brilliant, cheers for the help guys! Ramsets it is.

    Mike:

    Who's Bruce? :p

    You're right, I'm in a '72 vintage house with those brown-red textured bricks. The inside wall bricks are...
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    Wall Fasteners Question

    OK, this is a very newbie question set - brace yerselves! :wink:

    1: I want to relocate a Hoover tumble drier thats mounted to a brick wall - what sort of fastener should I use to re-attach the...
  28. Jacksin - Sorry to hear about your health - best...

    Jacksin - Sorry to hear about your health - best of luck to you and hope it turns out okay.

    Mr eddie - I'm glad you were wearing a mask - good on you for thinking ahead - some protection is better...
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    Tap Washers and High Water Pressure

    Hi guys and gals -

    I live pretty close to the local water tower, and the pressure in the mains is pretty high.

    Its good for just about everything I do, but the missus can't turn off the taps...
  30. I think any company that does built-in robes...

    I think any company that does built-in robes might be the best people to ask... I have floor to ceiling sliding mirrors in my master bedroom and they run on rubber wheels that run in a v-grooved...
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    I agree with Doogie - as a geologist myself, I'm...

    I agree with Doogie - as a geologist myself, I'm sure there will be some gases escaping the soil.

    Shale often contains a fair amount of carbon - when this comes into contact with air, it oxidises...
  32. Advice needed: Taps that can handle high pressure?

    Hi guys -

    The house I just bought has pretty high mains water pressure... the water authority's tank is only 200m away and up the hill behind us.

    Problem is, the missus can't use the shower...
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    I agree with meerkat - many apiarists/beekeepers...

    I agree with meerkat - many apiarists/beekeepers will come and remove "wild" bee nests for free, and take them back to a new hive.

    Dunno if its in a wall though, then extermination might be the...
  34. At its tallest, in the first pic, the wall would...

    At its tallest, in the first pic, the wall would be about six and a half feet high.

    750mm gap should be okay - just enough to store the bins and any long timber etc - and have access to the wall...
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    If my new jarrah table is anything to go by,...

    If my new jarrah table is anything to go by, cheap isn't close to what I'm after. Its close to 200kg, not light on the wood... I'd like to think I'll collect, or have made, some furniture that;
    ...
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    Hi Burnsy, nice to see another Kalamunda-ite in...

    Hi Burnsy, nice to see another Kalamunda-ite in here!

    I'll have to call him up in the future too, need some new laundry cupboards... and god forbid, a display case for my rocks. (not those rocks,...
  37. Advice Needed: Hefty Retaining Wall + Garage (Photos)

    Hi guys -

    I've just purchased this house, and need ideas/advice on building a retaining wall to hold back the excavated dirt shown in the photos, with a view to addding a double garage (probably...
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    As a geologist myself, I'd be willing to bet most...

    As a geologist myself, I'd be willing to bet most gas given off would be CO2. Colourless and odourless.

    You'd smell it if any chlorine gas was given off - given my uni-level chem is getting a tad...
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    The house I'm currently renting uses a BioCycle...

    The house I'm currently renting uses a BioCycle grey water processing tank - it basically takes the place of a septic tank and leach drain.

    It takes all the house wastewater and pumps it out onto...
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    Cool, thanks for the heads-up on the coating. ...

    Cool, thanks for the heads-up on the coating.

    I know the roof has been re-coated at some stage, no idea how long ago that was though. Will check with the owner. (awaiting settlement so I guess...
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