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8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

Floor wastes - get one put in the kitchen as well. We're putting ours in the fridge space so that it will be invisible once the fridge is in…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Natural alternatives for oiling a deck?

Wouldn't cooking oil go rancid over time?

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
kitchen reno.. where would you cut corners??

I go with this view myself. If I was looking to buy a house and the owner had clearly put in an el-cheapo kitchen just to tart it up…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Kitchen appliance packages- Inner Melb

Prestige Appliances have lots of goodies and are nice people to deal with - and seemed to actually know what they were talking about!

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Universal Tile Ventilators

I know the arguments against using whirlybirds - that they can't shift enough air; that the roof space is not living space; that roof insulation will stop heat soaking through…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Which R value insulation for Sydney?

Interestingly, when I priced batts locally just recently, because of the batt size and number of batts per pack the R6 batts ended up virtually the same price as the…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
PROS AND CONS TO STAND ALONE OVEN COOKER

It's a Belling - also available in 110cm and sexy black versions. (no prizes for guessing which one I'd have gone for given the choice! heheh)

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
what sink to buy??

I also found that some sinks that are advertised as "Australian made" are actually where the SS is made here, then shipped to China to be stamped into shape, then…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Using sample pots for a whole room (very small)?

You'd almost certainly be better off with a one litre tin. Probably not much more than sample pots which have a habit of running out with half a metre to…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Gas Verses Induction

I admit to being a big fan of induction. However for our new place we went gas because:
- we wanted a kitchen range rather than a cooktop, and induction…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Wooden/Bamboo Benchtop anyone?

Timber is great, and not used enough IMO, but it will over time pick up the odd dent or nick, even with the hardest timber. If you have a…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Heating, Cooling and Ventilation passive house

FrankE,
What do you mean by "going for broke" in relation to thermal mass? Does it mean you are trying to do things right from the get-go, or you're trying to…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

Gas point on deck/alfresco to plug the bbq into (no more hassling with bottles)
Get plumber to put in provision for later greywater recycling, it is only a few extra dollars…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Does anyone make custom-made bathroom vanities?

I went to a (well, several) furniture store and picked out a sideboard with suitable dimensions to use as a vanity. Because we are using countertop sinks all we…

Does anyone make custom-made bathroom vanities?
8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
bread makers, who uses them and how often.

We use ours semi-regularly for making oddball breads.

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Neighbour builder using my land without permission

Absolutely. Put it in writing, with photographs, and if you're paranoid get it delivered registered post. It doesn't have to be a nasty letter, just politely (but firmly)…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
HDMI Cables

I wouldn't buy an el-cheapo hdmi cable for a 10m run (1-2m run? No problems, buy the cheapest). But a Selby et al at that distance would be fine.
Once you…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
140" fixed projector screen (16:9) recommendations?

Unfortunately that won't work in practice. The improvement you get from a more expensive projector won't make up for the improvement in quality from a good screen.
For instance, you…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Speaker wire wall plate

I've seen plates with up to 16 connections (ie: 32 individual plugs) on them - but they're huge, and I reckon once they're wired up they'd be an unsightly mess.…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Corner Spa/Rectangle Spa or Bath?

I dislike corner spas. They take ages to fill and are wasteful if only one person wants a bath, don't have enough jets to make it worthwhile unless you…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Tiling the whole shower in mosaics.

Surely mosaic tile sheets would be within the price range?
The other issue might be is that a friend of ours tiled their entire ensuite area with mosaic tiles - it…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
uPVC windows and Crimsafe / Amplimesh screens

Does anybody have any experience in fitting the woven aluminium security screens like crimsafe and amplimesh into uPVC frames? The best answer I've been able to get locally is…

8 years8 yearsThuddThudd posted:
SHW Evac Tube size

What are the pros and cons of 70mm diameter evacuated tubes vs 100mm tubes?
The obvious benefit of the bigger tubes is efficiency in size. If I look at the specs…

9 years9 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Longridge Madison - lalala

Regarding the cat airlocks, I wish more people would do that and be responsible with their kitties! :: We've also designed in airlocks on all…

9 years9 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Longridge Madison - lalala

Will the pergola be designed to block out the winter sun and let it in during winter?
You also want to be careful that those rooms don't get TOO sundrenched, I've…

9 years9 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Is it worth to build a 6-start energy homes?

Unless you're talking pure up-front monetary costs then yes I would say it is worth it. First of, it's the right thing to do (assuming that the upgrade doesn't…

9 years9 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Advice on change requested by builder

Well they really have no leg to stand on - if it was in the contract they signed then they are obliged to supply it, or offer you suitable compensation.…

9 years9 yearsThuddThudd posted:
PROS AND CONS TO STAND ALONE OVEN COOKER

For me it was a mix of functionality and fashion.
Functionality: I couldn't find an in-built oven that had the features I wanted without either being ludicrously overpriced or the wrong…

PROS AND CONS TO STAND ALONE OVEN COOKER
9 years9 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Thudd's cold climate strawbale eco build - now with plans!

Updates
The council won't let us build the driveway that we want - they have tightened up the regulations on their approved gradients and ours would be too steep. This…

9 years9 yearsThuddThudd posted:
Integrated Dishwasher finished cycle?

Ditto - same model, and the light is cool :)
I'm not so fussed about not being able to see the progress of the cycle as…

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