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Uncle Arfur

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Joined 7 November 2008
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2 years2 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Building our first home with Sterling Homes "Watervale 176".

Jaycastle you may find Sterling homes (among my least preferred builders) have adopted a stalling attitude, we encountered with Fairmont a few years ago, when an owner finds many faults…

2 years2 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Building our first home with Sterling Homes "Watervale 176".

I don't want to burst your bubble, but a bricky told me some of their bricks are poor (cheaper) quality with fine hair cracks. If you look very close they…

3 years3 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Bondall Pot and Ornament Sealer

Has anyone used Bondall Pot and Ornament Sealer?
The W.A. based company claim this thin water-based sealer, available from Bunnings, @ $19.95 for 2 litres, is 'ideal for sealing plant pots…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Exterior door preventing door rot

If however you wish to replace the hollow care door with another make sure you seal the bottom of it and an auto weather seal will help too

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Is this asbestos?

but what your saying is silly
As someone who has accidentally handled the stuff years ago before the effects of it were fully known and currently having severe breathing problems, I…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
House roof creaking and floor cracks/gaps.

I havent ever heard of noticable noise coming from roof trusses so it might pay you to have a look up the manhole

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
FC sheet infills above windows and sliding doors

You mean like this, without the buckle of course -- http://www.victorianbuildingconsultants ... s-buckling
Google window head infills, there are more examples

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
How big a cavity should double brick walls have?

70mm - gee that sounds wide. On brick veneer we used to allow 40mm - 50mm tops.
Is that a South Australia thing or was there some structural reason ?
Good question…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Is this asbestos?

Are you trying to say its not a low chance of getting sick from a one off encounter such as he had?
YES.
I dont know how else to stress the…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Interior Colours- Heeeeelllp!!

It all comes down to personal taste but Silkwort and bleached wenge, in a word -- YUK.
I find grey a dingy, characterless and most depressing colour, probably better for…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
How big a cavity should double brick walls have?

As a comparison, my wall cavities are 70mm on a brick veneer

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Is this asbestos?

Very low chance of getting sick from just the one high level exposure like I had myself
Oh really? It sounds like you are attempting to rewrite medical records.
It takes…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Attaching an automatic door seal to plywood

Usually auto door seals like this one --
http://www.raven.com.au/domino/raven/rp ... enDocument

are attached by small screws (provided) to the bottom 30mm frame of the door, unless…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
To render or not to render the house before selling?

I wouldnt spend anything on it. You are attempting to turn a sows ear into a silk purse, as the saying goes and are over-capitalising which I doubt you will…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
What Sort of Professional Would I Need?

You'd be able to rip out the old one
Or if the timber ceiling is sound perhaps fix the gyprock over it, but a gyprocker will best advise you

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Rotting exposed beams HELP!!

I assume you mean the reddish soft wood, which appears to be a gum vein or pocket, and probably a poor choice of beam to have installed originally. Its hard…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Neighbour rendered our side garage wall

I agree with Agape, but would try the personal approach first.
If he gets cranky about having to make-good the rendering I can see this getting very messy with possible…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Is it worth hiring furniture stylist when selling the house?

It might just be me but I think the furniture (which I might dislike) is the last thing I would look at when viewing a property, and I agree with…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
To render or not to render the house before selling?

I cant open your pics to give an opinion as they come up 'errors'

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Running water noise related to hotwater system

I think that the problem is caused by the strength of the water flow inside the tubes can be controlled in this and Dalk reducing the power of the water…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
what is my Ceiling made of?

It looks like the old Caneite and will leave it to others about what it contains

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Final Inspection for Established House

Oh sorry and I stand corrected it was mentioned in his second post

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Final Inspection for Established House

I would also check the placement of furniture to check for damage to walls etc.
Good point. It reminds me of a woman who unwisely bought a unit after 1 open-inspection.…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Final Inspection for Established House

Travelbug I think if you read the OP's question again you will see he had professional inspections before he signed the contract.
However I agree with the rest of your reply,…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Final Inspection for Established House

I did my own over a few visits and there are that many things to look for evidence of -- termites, any irregularities in roof line, salt damp or rising…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Melamine robe collapsed - Please Help

A photo would help, but I assume its the L shaped shelving/hanging space along one wall and across the other that come stock standard in most BIR's, with a 70mm…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Moving Toilet to Bathroom

Your bath pipe will more than likely be a 40mm pipe, and that will usually go to a central trap built into the floor waste.
I agree and why I suggested…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
Moving Toilet to Bathroom

A sketch would help and it will depend on where you are because plumbing regs vary greatly from state to state, but removing your bath should only require sealing off…

4 years4 yearsUncle ArfurUncle Arfur posted:
HELP - toilet exhaust fans continually banging!!!!

As a suggestion, could the damper be made slightly heavier by say gluing a very small weight on it to eliminate the flapping?

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