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  1. Answer to R.C.'s question of 30 December on light wiring can be found...

    While Australia does not allow DIY electrical work, that's not the case in New Zealand... where they just happen to share the exact* same electrical code as we do.

    The NZ government even...
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    Depends. Just match the gauge of wire to the one...

    Depends. Just match the gauge of wire to the one that you are extending the supply from.

    Typically, fans are run from the lighting circuit as they are low power consumption devices, so that's...
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    You'll find that Australia is the nanny state...

    You'll find that Australia is the nanny state when it comes to electrical work; this position basically evolved under pressure from the electrical unions around the late 1940's onwards, and I've...
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    Marine epoxy. It's about as thick as honey. Can...

    Marine epoxy. It's about as thick as honey. Can be thickened with flour (from the pantry) if needed.

    Bote-Cote Reliable Marine Epoxy...
  5. Try this:...

    Try this:
    http://www.commsalliance.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/2421/S009_2006r.pdf
  6. Give her the brush.

    Give her the brush.
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    Yes - replace the plasterboard.

    Yes - replace the plasterboard.
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    Well, I'll do excavation. Hydraulic machinery...

    Well, I'll do excavation. Hydraulic machinery only, I'm not touching an idiot stick.

    I'll also do combined electrical and plumbing. How many amps do you recon a 1/2 inch copper pipe can carry...
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    Well, it is about time for a new and exciting TV...

    Well, it is about time for a new and exciting TV program -

    "Fixing up hastily 'Renovated on TV' houses" - Episode one looks at just what can go wrong when an upstairs bathroom is gutted,...
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    I'd be tempted to use a suitable flexible floor...

    I'd be tempted to use a suitable flexible floor levelling compound to create a feather edge; a lot cheaper than bulk quantities of bog or timbermate!
  11. Oil finishes should not be considered a vapour...

    Oil finishes should not be considered a vapour proofing solution; at the best they help shed standing water, but they are going to do nothing to slow down water vapour exchange if the timber they are...
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    Whatever you use, don’t get them mixed up. Start...

    Whatever you use, don’t get them mixed up. Start capacitors are not interchangeable with run capacitors, and start caps signal so with a large 'BANG' as all the magic smoke comes out after a few...
  13. Aluminium makes very durable timber windows if...

    Aluminium makes very durable timber windows if powdercoated brown...
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    Well, if you want to get things right, now's the...

    Well, if you want to get things right, now's the time to start ripping them up and cleaning the joists for attempt number two. If you go around removing nails/screws you can usually have a good go...
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    I'd be tempted to simply hit it with paint...

    I'd be tempted to simply hit it with paint stripper, get back to bare timber, give it a good flushing with metho, sand and have another go.

    Sometimes it's just not worth the hassle of figuring...
  16. As much as I have a love affair with 'poxy, there...

    As much as I have a love affair with 'poxy, there are times when a properly designed and installed flashing can't be beat (at least, flashings are 'deemed to comply' under the BCA, while you'd...
  17. Asbestos testing labs: Identifying and testing...

    Asbestos testing labs:

    Identifying and testing for Asbestos


    However, it would be extremely unlikely that James Hardy Villaboard marked "Made without asbestos" contained asbestos. It was kind...
  18. The only way to be really sure if "Building...

    The only way to be really sure if "Building Product X" contains asbestos is to get it lab tested. There are no conclusive DIY tests.

    I'm pretty sure that James Hardy would have been pretty...
  19. Personally, I'd feel pretty safe that an...

    Personally, I'd feel pretty safe that an Australian manufacturer's statement 'made without asbestos' meant 'made without asbestos'.

    However, if the board comes from China (only a possibility in...
  20. Post your question, and someone will probably...

    Post your question, and someone will probably answer it. It's a discussion forum, not a chat site.

    To pre-empt a few things:

    The only way to be really sure if "Building Product X" contains...
  21. If the damage isn't too bad, as long as the beam...

    If the damage isn't too bad, as long as the beam still has adequate bearing area (minimum 30mm at ends I think) of sound timber, you can cut the rot off.

    However, if the timber keeps getting...
  22. I am interpreting T&W's "discovery shoppers" as a...

    I am interpreting T&W's "discovery shoppers" as a marketing euphemism for "people who are less-likely to price or quality comparison shop".
  23. The price reaming will continue... the "members...

    The price reaming will continue... the "members only online e-tailer for discovery shoppers" company Temple & Webster (who??????) purchased Milan Direct (which really should be called 'China Direct',...
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    I have a suspicion that - as I expect...

    I have a suspicion that - as I expect reconstituted crushed marble to essentially be sawdust and other processing waste from marble held together with a plastic binder - staining them with anything...
  25. Of course, epoxy has a choice of three different...

    Of course, epoxy has a choice of three different speeds of hardener.......
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    Actually, the Scottish millimeters are the ones...

    Actually, the Scottish millimeters are the ones we match, except we use them widdershins.
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    Since you mentioned sorta-ish sparky, I would...

    Since you mentioned sorta-ish sparky, I would check that you have adequate cable size supplying the shed and then check for voltage drop at the socket, just to cover all bases.

    But I'd be tempted...
  28. I think you'll find by the time you have a...

    I think you'll find by the time you have a working 12v solar system you'll have passed the cost of a trench or a catenary and some twin and earth! And schlepping a lead acid battery back to the...
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    What's your definition of 'eco-friendly'? ...

    What's your definition of 'eco-friendly'?

    Laminex and the like is (and always has been) layers of paper infused with thermosetting resin and held in a jolly big press till set. I suspect that...
  30. If you want "the thing" to use, chuck the...

    If you want "the thing" to use, chuck the Builder's Bog into the bin, followed by any other tins of polyester/catalyst fillers, swear on your copy of AS1684 never to buy it again, go to a fibreglass...
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    I pinched that tip from a professional boat...

    I pinched that tip from a professional boat builder/repairer. You can also use talcum powder, sand, metal powders, graphite, wood dust...and all the commercial things, depending on what...
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    Depending on how much you need, there's either a...

    Depending on how much you need, there's either a kit for $80, or you can buy epoxy just by itself (you can use plain, kitchen grade flour as a filler and bulking agent).
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    Wot Rot - from...

    Wot Rot - from http://www.boatcraftnsw.com.au/wotrot/index.html
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    Keep in mind that the range that sealers like No...

    Keep in mind that the range that sealers like No More Gaps can work successfully in is a percentage of bead size. Don't expect a 2mm bead to successfully stretch/compress more than 0.5mm if you are...
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    From what I've seen, very "Which shade of...

    From what I've seen, very "Which shade of chartreuse and ecru should I paint my feng-shui in, and will granite benchtops chip my nail polish?" too.
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    That 'too black' nail hole stain is just the...

    That 'too black' nail hole stain is just the reaction of acids/tannins in the wood to the iron of the nail. One of the tricks that old-time woodworkers used was to make up an ebony stain made from...
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    If you are looking for someone to do it for you,...

    If you are looking for someone to do it for you, check your local community (free) newspaper, Gumtree, or even the message boards at the local shops for either a handyman or a tiler looking for small...
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    Please remember that English was the result of...

    Please remember that English was the result of the Norman occupiers attempts to chat up the local anglo-saxon/germanic speaking barmaids...
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    But what about the crab people??? ...

    But what about the crab people???

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV5wmDhzgY8
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    I have a cheap Ozito sander that I have relegated...

    I have a cheap Ozito sander that I have relegated to plaster sanding duty as I don't like the idea of dragging plaster dust through a more expensive sander. It has a clip on style base (not velcro...
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