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    finishing a timber benchtop

    we are going to put in an IKEA timber benchtop in the laundry. What would be the best option for sealing it properly. If I use an oil what type?

    or would a marine lacquer be better? Problem I...
  2. Wall faced toilet - wall is out of plumb

    How do I go about installing this wall faced toilet. The wall is not 90deg. to floor where the toilet is to go in so I have a very noticeable gap at top of pan. The gap closes if I tilt the pan...
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    T-Beam costs and feasibilty

    Hi All

    I have an internal beam in the middle of an old extension that is very low (2.2m to bottom of beam) with 2.7m ceiling. It was originally the external perimeter of the roof (back porch) and...
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    Any advice on what my options/rights are? If...

    Any advice on what my options/rights are? If these tiles are outside of the allowable tolerances set out by the ISO standard surely they are obliged to take them back.
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    Size tolerance

    I am currently arguing with a 'National Tile' company here in Melb. about the difference in the size of a 600x600 floor tile. Tiles we received are 597x597. We have Chinese wall tiles that are spot...
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    Walk in shower and channel install

    Bathroom floor (scyon secura) is down. 1mx1m shower floor is recessed 50mm to allow a walk in shower once screeded. Channel drain is to be flush against far wall, with one end against tiled wall and...
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    asbestos rubble and pieces in soil

    We have removed the concrete slab from the bathroom of a circa 1950s house. Now we're digging down to allow at least 300mm clearance under bearers. and have discovered amongst broken roof tiles and...
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    The two end walls are already sheeted with...

    The two end walls are already sheeted with villaboard. So I can't make up the gap. I think I'll just butt two sheets together all for only 30mm! Join will be behind cabinets. It allows me to...
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    It's a laundry. Yes both ends are internal...

    It's a laundry. Yes both ends are internal corners and apart from 600mm at the top both corners will be hidden by cabinets and splash back.
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    villaboard corner gap

    What would be the max. workable gap for villaboard corner. Window is a couple weeks away so I can't sheet around window frame yet. I thought I would use sheet of 2400x900 villaboard under window so...
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    Do I really have to screed floor

    Laundry is 2400x1650. New subfloor down, yellow tongue, tile underlay and will be waterproofed with tile floor. There is a floor waste in the centre. I am wondering how necessary it is to screed a...
  12. Thanks James.. I'm hoping it'll be enough. I'll...

    Thanks James.. I'm hoping it'll be enough. I'll be giving it a test to see if there is any bounce before dropping in the scyon.

    Well picked up but more soil to come out yet. From an earlier...
  13. 90x45 floor joists sufficient in this situation?

    I'm asking heaps of questions of late and getting great advice so thanks to you all!

    Here's what I am faced with now. Doing the laundry and have ripped up a concrete slab. I have got existing...
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    How on earth to replace this bearer

    I've nearly excavated enough clearance under the subfloor http://www.renovateforum.com/f198/bearer-clearance-confused-112153/ but have now revealed a bearer that needs replacing. It's under a...
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    Yellow tongue is out the otherside of that door. ...

    Yellow tongue is out the otherside of that door. We're extending into the sunroom. Yes all floors are level so if we were to tile over the Baltic and yellow tongue it'd be raised....do you have an...
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    I know at the other end of this that I'd most...

    I know at the other end of this that I'd most likely be disappointed with any other choice.
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    Thanks Pulse. I have been digging all day with...

    Thanks Pulse. I have been digging all day with only the hope of finding some buried money/treasure/or gold nugget keeping me going. Thought I would have gone close to the 400 mark except for mound...
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    Bearer clearance - confused

    I have ripped up a suspended concrete slab in the laundry with the intention of running bearers/joists through. Now I am faced with digging out the soil to required height to put bearers/joists in. ...
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    Help on flooring

    We are extending our kitchen into an extended area of the house. Current kitchen floorimg is 150mm Baltic. It is next to the existing dining which is ironbark....absolutely brilliant flooring btw....
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    Yes the joists are screwed to the walls! I have...

    Yes the joists are screwed to the walls! I have decided to rip out dig out enough to give required clearance and new stump sub floor.
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    ok..need urgent advice on concrete floor

    I had a timber floor over a concrete slab in a laundry. I did post the question in laundry http://www.renovateforum.com/f206/hardwood-top-concrete-floor-112086/ but this is prob. the better place...
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    Good question... it did not actually enter my...

    Good question... it did not actually enter my mind. The sunroom extension is only 2 mtrs of flat roof. The ceiling joists sit on the support beam (its actually stud and plate to be precise). Looks...
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    You're lucky its only the bottom plate. 50 years...

    You're lucky its only the bottom plate. 50 years of water and I've got studs, joist and bearer rotted out as well. If you're on stumps I'd be getting under the house to check sub floor.

    I face a...
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    ok so I was close....Finally rang a builder mate....

    ok so I was close....Finally rang a builder mate. I put whatever is the required size beam hard up into where the rafters meet the ceiling joists. It will be a combined strutting/hanging beam but...
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    Hardwood on top of concrete floor

    I knew the laundry was on a suspended concrete slab but when I pulled up the lino and stripped the laundry I found a couple of surprsises.

    Hardwood floorboards on top of the concrete slab. I was...
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    Move internal load bearing beam to roof

    We have a sunroom extension to the house that has an internal beam across the middle of the room (see photo) with different ceilings heights either side. The beam forms the perimeter of the original...
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    Thanks JB1 you've confirmed what I have heard.......

    Thanks JB1 you've confirmed what I have heard.... is that so many who go evap don't do so the next time around. Doesn't that tell you something.

    wonder why so many companies push the evap?
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    Another Evap v Refridgerated question

    I've read so much and so many threads I feel I am no better off. Would love to hear experiences on evap. and refridgerated especially if you installed one and wished you'd gone for the other.

    Our...
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    Pulling up and relaying floorboards

    Our floorboards are a big feature, I'm not 100% sure on what exactly, but nice dark hardwood in really good cond. A slight floor plan change and wall removal means if we want floor boards to match...
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    I have same problem in WA. Think it's coming...

    I have same problem in WA. Think it's coming from the bath. Really would like the name of that product or anyone else got one advice?
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    Bizzarre cordless drill performance

    I have a Hitachi 18v Ni-cd cordless. About 4 years old and the batteries aren't holding much charge. A friend told me to tape/strap the trigger down and leave o/night so its completely dead, charge...
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    Wardrobe install help needed

    My wife bought a secondhand wardrobe. Its too big as a single unit so we've decided to separate the two carcasses and get rid of the decorative base, making 2x single door wardrobes.

    Each side...
  33. Thanks Tooldforthis.... That's giving more...

    Thanks Tooldforthis.... That's giving more weight to the freestanding baths being less practical. Not sure though on what you mean by having to be dead accurate on the plumbing. Thought it would...
  34. any regrets with freestanding bath - pros and cons?

    Does anyone have regrets or advice on installing a freestanding bath? Freestanding baths look great in pictures but a traditional built in seems far more practical.

    Pros I see with freestanding...
  35. repairing and repainting cedar sliding doors

    We have 2 cedar/glass external sliding door units that are in need of a restoration. Tracks need replacing, as will the handles/locks. Previous owner obviously has replaced/changed/added locks...
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    Fibreglass rovings and restrapping

    Ok. 1940-50s circa home with a ceiling sagging in a few spots. Stapping has come away from ceiling in a few places. I am going to use acrow prop and board to lift ceiling back into place. ...
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    Packing out joists bearers - what to do?

    Our floor has a fall of up to 30mm from highest to lowest. Worst point is 10mm across a door way. I have a 4t bottle jack, TP sleeper as a base support. My plan was to remove the tie, between bearer...
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    I think it's best to replace the concrete slab as...

    I think it's best to replace the concrete slab as its sloping and cracked. But am still a little unsure of a few things

    Can the water stop at the doorway be flush with floor level outside of...
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    Wow.. Metix that's great thanks... really is...

    Wow.. Metix that's great thanks... really is appreciated!
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    hanging beam span

    We need to take out a load bearing wall in our bathroom reno. Nothing major it is a hanging beam sitting across the main bath 2m span at the moment. We're taking out the wall to the toilet so the...
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