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  1. geoff
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    23 May 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    Hello Grandy, you never have to say sorry to me, I understand we can't do anything all at once.

    If you have to find the studs to nail the skirting boards to, just knock on the wall and you will hear a different sound, a solid noise when a stud is there, or you can hammer a nail into the wall where you think the stud is, and then place a pencil mark on the wall, the hole left by the nail will be covered up with the skirting board, but please mind your fingers.

    Take care.

    Geoff.

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    24 May 2021 in reply to geoff

    hey geoff

    thanks so much ... i'm so grateful to u. thank u from the bottom of my heart for this help

    i can see that the real estate agent didn't commit to doing it, but just to getting a quote for the landlord to consider.

  3. randomx
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    24 May 2021 in reply to geoff

    Gday to Geoff and all.

    Got a funny little one for ya Geoff.

    My wire door slams with a hell of a bang , neighbours 2 doors down hear it. Thing was no other spring closes it all the way , it's the older style heavy wooden one. So the spring l put on it is pretty solid but it closes all the way nice and snug and keeps it closed in the wind. But it closes yeah with a helluva bang.

    Would there be something thin l could put on the door jamb to absorb the bang. l dunno , foam or rubber or is there something that's good for that, it needs to be thin so there'll still be no gap for bugs ?

    Cheers

    rx

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    24 May 2021 in reply to Sleepy21

    Hello Sleepy, if the property in Vic does not meet minimum standards, renters can end their rental agreement, that's probably not what you want to do, but perhaps you need to confront the r/e and ask them the question, 'that the split system has been agreed to be fitted, then they have to come out to your flat/house and agree on where it should go, otherwise, it's going to VCAT, and I'm sure you don't want this to happen.'

    The r/e are being ***** and avoiding a problem that by law has to be fixed.

    Can the outside unit be put on the wall up close to the eaves and not sitting on the ground.

    The landlord has agreed and as much as you may not like communicating with them, this is where you can bypass the r/e, I'm sorry I'm not there to help you.

    This has to be done by law, it's an essential item that's not working and by law, it should be.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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    24 May 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, good question, if the spring you mean a 'door closure' fitted at the top of the door, you can adjust how fast or slow you want it to shut the door by a screw or a knob at the end of the closure, by turning this screw or knob, do it just a bit at a time, and see how the door is because if you adjust these drastically, will make the door close very slowly or in reverse, fast.

    If it's an industrial closure, heavy duty, then you may have to take a cover plate off before you can turn the screw, with a screwdriver or an alum key.

    A heavy spring if that's what you are using can be stretched, but do it slowly, or it can be placed in another spot on the door, but if the door is heavy duty then a door closure would be better.

    There are other door stops on the market that don't actually allow the door to shut but keep it ajar slightly, not good if flies annoy you, but will let you close the door physically by yourself, not sure whether that suits you, but please let me know RX.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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    24 May 2021 in reply to geoff

    thanks geoff,
    I called the tradesman who said he had never heard back after sending the quote and believes the body corporate are difficult to deal with

    he said if the person next to the apartment or others in the block don't have aircon they might complain and get upset about any change. either way, he said, he has not been asked to install anything and if he did not hear back assumed no approval. He said he was trying to get it in various places but no progress was made.

    He also said if the heater's not working consistently they'll have to do something
    I don't hvae the landlords information and have been dealing with real estate agent, who has left me hanging and did not say, for example, that it has not been approved, just said I haven't supplied enough photos of the apartment so they can't get a quote

    When I spoke to the tradesman he didn't see it that way but said he doesn't meddle or get involved and that this ifoten happens to him, they get cold feet and just stop the process.

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    25 May 2021 in reply to Sleepy21

    Hello Sleepy, I'm sorry this is going around and around in circles for you, this can happen with difficult and inexperienced r/e agents, to get in contact with VCAT, you can phone 1300 018 228, email a complaint to ' complaint@vcat.vic.gov.au' or google this 'how to get in touch with vcat'.

    The small fee payable can be reimbursed, or it could be waived during to financial stress or if you hold a concession card you may be eligible for paying nothing, the fee is about $65 odd dollars, but don't automatically believe you have to pay it, but this is your best option to get it installed.

    This may be able to be done online, considering the latest COVID regulations, so ask VCAT when you contact them.

    Best wishes, Sleepy.

    Geoff.

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    27 May 2021 in reply to geoff

    Gday Geoff and thanks for that.

    But no it's just a spring l got down the hardware . They only had one and it was a bit on the heavier side than what l wanted but l grabbed it anyway and yeah l did stretch it a bit too to lighten it up a bit. Actually , maybe a bit more stretching might take some more thud out of it too.

    Today while l'm coming up with an idea l made a little catch to prop the door open whenever l'm using it a lot so at least l can come and go without that almighty bang ea time

    rx

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    27 May 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, just a suggestion, if you want to leave the door open that's OK, but you can buy 'fly screen strips' ranging from $14 up to whatever you can afford, I've used one in the past and are effective, only expect it doesn't stop the heat or cold air.

    Is there a 'stepson' junk shop that sells second hand materials, there you might be able to buy a door closure either new or attached to a door for sale, maybe an industrial door closure, just make sure it works properly.

    Good luck.

    Geoff.

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    30 May 2021 in reply to geoff

    Gday Geoff .

    Thanks for that .

    Don't think l'd worry with too much, so many far bigger things l have to do round here. Was only thinking of a foam or something stuck on the door jam to soften the bang but yeah no worries l'll look for something like that or a sorter spring or something.

    Cheers for that. rx

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    31 May 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, a shorter spring will only make it bang louder and it also depends on where you attach the spring to the door, so you might have to experiment with it.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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    1 June 2021 in reply to geoff

    Ah so a shorter one will be worse yeah been wondering about that.

    The springs in the middle atm, there was a good solid piece of frame in the door at the middle.

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    1 June 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello Randomx

    Bunnings do have foam strips that having backing glue for sticking on the door jam to cushion & stop the bang

    Paws

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    1 June 2021 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi Pawprints.

    Yeah l've used them on other things might have to buy some and try it on this then.

    Funny , it's been luzury since l made the little clip to prop it open . From dozens of bangs a day down to none . No flies atm .

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    1 June 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX and thanks Paw Prints for contributing and yes the foam strips are available.

    If the spring is bound up tightly then the door is going to close much quicker and well done for making the clip, although in summertime you might have to revise the situation, especially if you don't want flies, but what you can buy is an automatic fly sprayer attached to a wall or something that sprays fly killer every few moments, then the flies won't come into the rest of the house.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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    24 June 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hi Everyone, just installed an app on my mobile that tells me what my electricity cost is per hour, at the moment it tells me that my split system is costing me $0.31 cents per hour to heat my 2 bedroom unit, it's from Vic Energy Savers and it's free.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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    24 June 2021 in reply to geoff

    31 c an hr that's pretty damn good .

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    25 June 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, I got a 5kw in the loungeroom that will heat the whole 2 bedroom unit with all the doors open, it's different to how I have heated the unit the past few years.

    You might have said RX, but what type of heating do you have.

    Take care.

    Geoff.

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    25 June 2021 in reply to geoff

    Gday Geoff.

    Yeah l suppose 5k would that's pretty big for a unit l'd imagine, couldn't believe the cost though man that's the cheapest l've heard.

    l've still got the wood heater of course but l'm having a break from fires this yr sick of getting wood hassles. So l did have the 2000w panel heater as back up but mine's not that economical to run so in the end l bought a little bar heater instead. They're normally expensive to run but this one has 3 settings and the lowest is only 400w, so a lot lower than the panel heater . And if l'm just in and out , this one left on low at least just keeps the air dry and the chill out. lf l'm inside or watching movies can throw it onto 2 which is still only 800w or onto high which is only 1200w and be really cosy.

    Sooo, trying that out this yr.

    All the best . rx

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    26 June 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, have you seen those bar heaters advertised on the telly, they compare them to an outside bottle heater and people believe they are so much better, heat instantly and so much cheaper.

    They look like the old bar heaters we used to have in the bathroom, but the one I have mentioned are also waterproof.

    I don't actually know as I don't have one but they are not that expensive.

    Best wishes.

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    27 June 2021 in reply to geoff

    Gday Geoff.

    Yeah l've seen those , got to stand in front of one on display too , they do pump out the heat those ones on tv for sure for what they are. They say they cost l think it was 40c phr to run. They're bloody $400 though so they aren't cheap.

    Anyway , what l've got now will do for this yr, selling the house most likely end of yr so , all good for now.

    Cheers

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    28 June 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, any plans on where you want to move to.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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    29 June 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hey Home Improvers lol...

    I just run my split system air con whenever we want now that I got Solar Panels installed.
    So awesome.

    Think I've paid under $300 for elec for the past year.
    Yes I AM still paying off the panels at $100 / month, so I'm happy to get SOME return. I have a BIG family, so that's dirt cheap.
    The loan for the panels is less than I was paying for elec before then. (Think I have a year to go on that loan - it was interest free btw).
    Plus we seldom ran the air con because of the added costs.

    Now I run it any time we want to.

    I went all out and bought ALL of us (including my family outside the home) an electric blanket each. These have been pure luxury esp this Winter.
    It cost me a fortune but I was spending all my savings since the International Borders were shut anyway. Our trips were cancelled.

    I've just about decided to purchase a pre-fab cabin (as my brother told me to do all along lol) as I found a Qld mob that have really nice ones for a great price.

    The property market has boomed in our area like never before and I'm still trying to get my head around it.
    A nearby property went for almost $3 million with no water views - I'm gobsmacked.

    Our neighbour's ramshackle sweet little fibro majestic is for sale atm and going to Auction soon.
    They lived there 70 years. I'm almost afraid to know what it'll sell for.

    Uncle has been unwell and unable to work on our refurbishments.
    Hopefully he'll pick up soon.

    Onwards and upwards!
    Love EM

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    29 June 2021 in reply to geoff

    Gday Geoff .

    Well we've been scanning different area's through the yr but nothing set as yet.

    Hi em . Yep Australian property prices , aren't they just insanity it's just mind blowing,

    Funny about that 70yr couple. We had a couple here , this was back about 15yrs ago at the start of this crazy ongoing boom ever since. They'd bought this little house in Sth Yarra 70 yrs ago. Can't remember what they paid but when they went to sell they got 5million for it. And that was at the start of all this, it'd probably be double that now.

    Cheers all.

    rx

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    29 June 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX and EM, houses are always going to increase and might be expensive to buy now, but if you can hang onto them for a few years then you'll double, triple your money.

    There a house in a suburb in Melb we should have bought years ago, in a posh area that needed a lot of work and on a big block but my parents convinced us not to buy it, only wished we had, it would be worth millions now and our life would have been completely different to how it ended up being.

    Hindsight is great, isn't it.

    Geoff.

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    29 June 2021 in reply to geoff

    Yeah l don't know what Sth Yarra would've been like back when they bought their little place but yeah of course with the way it wound up being, you could imagine what it'd sell for with today prices in a suburb like that now.

    Yeah had a couple of those stories from back when to Geoff , especially from back when we were living in QLD , some of the properties we were offered. Mind blowing now bc QLD was really cheap then they were doing anything to sell you a property. But it caught up with the rest of the east coast when the boom hit. My brother paid 84k for his place in brissy at the time it's now worth over a million, could've been us. Ouch.

    rx

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    7 July 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, yes we can only appreciate the price of a house we once bought or had every intention of doing and see how much it's worth today, we grimace at the thought, but it relates to relativity, our wage was much cheaper back then, compared to what we earn these days which may have doubled or even tripled so we need to take this into comparison.

    I know someone going through a divorce and I've told him that in 5,6,10 years time the place will be worth much more than it is now, but what he is getting is in relation to this years economic figures.

    I only wish I understood this many years ago, but then I was young.

    Ouch, but it's still amazing.

    My best.

    Geoff.

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    9 July 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hi Geoff.

    Yeah l think as per usual over the last 10yrs Aus house prices are some of the dearest in the world , it's all pretty surreal. l heard the other day we are now at 9x the av wage when most countries are at 3 and 4x the av wage , which pretty well says it all.

    So it's mind boggling that things are still going even higher , isn't it. For most there would've been at least 1 or 2 crashes in this last 10-15 yrs and corrections , Aus is still waiting and going even crazier . You know you can get quite a nice house in the burbs of LA , La , for 300k , but if we even had an LA , according to our prices lately that would have to be 2 million. l suppose you could say in little old Aus terms , Sth yarra or Bondi, l dunno.

    You can get beach houses around Florida , 250 and 300k , even on the beach or a street back but still views. Uk is very dear but nothing compared to Aus . So doesn't the mind just boggle at wth is going on here and where is the value and justification for our prices.My brothers house just a few yrs ago was valued at 400ish , but in just 2 yrs it's now around a million. There's 1000s of examples the same. Where as it use to be if you were lucky a property may double in 10yrs right , but the stuff we've seem this last decade is 5 x that. l really dunno why people pay the city money these days here, it's just insanity. They could go to some nice regional town , coastal even at half or 1/3 the price so the value for money and the quality of life is so much nicer . Even though wages aren't as much as city areas but eh if your paying 3x in rates and mortgages then , ya know.

    All the best.

    rx

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    9 July 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX and Everyone else, hindsight is a great word, I remember when my ex and I bought a block of land down at Mt. Martha overlooking the ocean, we weren't even engaged at that stage, got the loan from the bank without any trouble, just walked in and asked the bank manager, but we had to sell it to help buy a pub in Bendigo, I've seen the house that has been built on it (google maps) and completely astounded.

    If only we weren't persuaded to go into the hotel business, then perhaps none of my demise would have happened.

    Besides from that, Olympic races are always breaking the world record, so you wonder when this will ever end and is it possible because every four years someone breaks a record.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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    10 July 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hi Geoff.

    Ooo that'd be worth a nice old packet these days that's for sure. Would've been an incredible place to live especially from back then too. Buy yeah , always easy after the fact isn't it.

    Did you like the hotel business ?

    All the best. rx

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