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Topic: Beyond Blue Home Improvement Thread

  1. geoff
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    10 July 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, thanks, a good question, the family (wife's side) and us, bought the hotel in the centre of Bendigo, it had magnificent stain glass windows but needed to be spruced up and the clientele were mostly bikies, so I had to somehow get rid of them and clean up the pub, only 1 keg was sold.

    That happened and brought the pub up to about 6 kegs and at that time there were 50 pubs in Bendigo.

    We lived upstairs with MIL and her partner staying in another section of the pub, the chefs were had, some were good but generally difficult to cope with.

    The other pub we moved to, we only managed, but brought the hotel up to 35 kegs a week, a busy hotel, unfortunately, I was assaulted from behind by 2 bikies, that's when my head hit the concrete and developed major problems, I could go on, but I'll leave it there, ask me anything you want.

    Take care.

    Geoff.

  2. randomx
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    11 July 2021 in reply to geoff

    Damn that's no good Geoff sorry to hear it . One thing would be very very dicey in the pub business l'd imagine , never knowing just who might walk in or flare up into trouble somewhere. l know pub guys are very good at reading the crowd but you'll never get them all or every situation eh.

    Went through Bendigo a few mths back. like all the regional;s lately gees it's really gone ahead leaps and bounds

    All the best

    rx.

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    11 July 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, the pub we managed was in the SEC area and many times I had to try and break up altercations with me coming off second best from an unexpected blow, just had a crown refitted to my front tooth after 38 years, but when the SEC broke up was probably one of the worst days as the guys started drinking down at the river at 7 am and were highly intoxicated when the pub opened, that was a long day.

    I haven't been through Bendigo for a long time, our pub was in Hargreaves st, a lovely looking hotel, although apparently, the upstairs floor has all changed to how we had it.

    Take care.

    Geoff.

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    9 August 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hi All, does anyone have to replace a stump or what do you do when you lose power from the power points but your lights still work.

    Geoff.

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    10 August 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hello Geoff,

    The lights are usually on a different circuit/fuse to the power points... so losing one lot only usually means the circuit has tripped... it could be a faulty appliance plugged in which is tripping it or the wiring may need looking at by a Sparky... sometimes even though it has tripped it doesn't show in the meter box... turning the main switch off & then flicking every switch off & on before turning the main switch back on can help reset everything sometimes...

    Paws

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    16 August 2021 in reply to geoff

    Gday Geoff.

    Mate l had the craziest sliding door you ever saw.

    it slides effortlessly to half way open but then it's like it hits a brick wall. My daughter can't force it from there but if l go give it an almighty shove it pops open the rest of the way.

    Wth is going on with it any idea ?

    Hope your well.

    rx

    ps , tbh , l could do a few stumps on this place some are pretty shotty but l'm not gonna worry about it for now.

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    16 August 2021 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hello Paw Prints, thanks for replying, it was my mistake as I was asking other people if this problem had occurred to them, but what you have said is right, well done.

    Hi RX, sometimes the track can warp and in this case, the middle of the track has risen, one option is to drill a couple of holes through the track and then rescrew the track down, but make sure the screw heads don't infringe the wheels on the door.

    When you try and open/close the door does it make an awful noise, like metal rubbing against metal, if it does then the wheels on the door may need to be replaced.

    You can check by lifting the door upwards and it should pull out from the tracks, then you will be able to look at the wheels and see whether they are damaged, if you need to replace one wheel you might as well do the others and lubricate the track.

    Can you easily get under your house so you can temporarily mend the stumps until you can fix them later on.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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    17 August 2021 in reply to geoff

    Thanks for that Geoff.

    Yeah l'll have to get lift that damn door off and see what's going on l suppose. But nah no loud metal rubbing , it just comes to a like a dead bang stop. Hard to get to this one but l'll have to get it off and check it out. Tracks ok , these tracks are very heavy duty they won't be warping.

    Nope can't get under this house it sits about 200ml off the ground. As l said though l won't be doing the stumps. l did do two though along the outside to put in my new porch, Just packed them. Jacked the side corner of the house up with my mates 5tone can trolley jack. But that's as much as l'm doing , probably selling end of yr.

    Cheers for that , let you know what the door wheels look like they're doing.

    rx

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    17 August 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hi again Geoff.

    Btw were you ever into canoes or building them ? Canoeing my main hobby and last yr l bought a new one in a style l'd been after for yrs. New just in my new canoe but it's actually 60yrs old and was under the house 40 or 50 yrs. It is fg but with wooden seats and gunwales and other trims .

    Well it was in such bad shape, everything was rotten and falling off , even coming home and it was a bit embarrassing bringing it home on the trailer tbh that's how ugly it was.l knew the hull was very rare and extremely hard to find though and couldn't believe l'd found it.

    So l've been rebuilding it since when l get time do a bit here there. l have been using most of the yr still half finished but close enough to get it on the water. Well this last few wks l decided to finish it off so that l can get it out of the damn garage workshop. Did some finishing touches today on seats and rails and some sanding , should see it , it's absolutely beautiful .

    All sanded and completely new paint and colour. All new wood end to end, rails seats cross members and a rebuilt nose which was also rotted away. Wish l could put in a pic you might like it.

    All the best

    rx

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    18 August 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hello Geoff,

    My oops... I mis-read your post... I must confess I did think it odd when I read it that you wouldn't know about lighting/power circuits as you have so much knowledge about most things...

    Paws

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    18 August 2021 in reply to randomx

    hi geoff, not sure if you remember my heating dramas with the agent telling me i wanst providing enough info to help her know where to install one?

    I was very flat and gave up the fight, looking to move houses ultimately.

    I did however keep on complaining about the existing unrelable heater, the point where today they have sent the aircon/heaater man to my place and he's finding somewheere to install it :) thanks for ur advice, i never thought theyd get aorud to it and they were being awful and tiring. Not sure if theyll go ahead with it this time, but having the aircon tradesman over seemed a good start as they cant blame me for my pictures of the apt anymore, he had a (good) look with his own lovely eyes!!!

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    18 August 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, can you put a level on top of the tracks, if it's a small level then find something long enough on top, then the level on top of that, see what it tells you.

    The other problem could be a dirty track or the wheels are damaged, love to see it.

    One way to fix a jumpy floor is to cut a square in the floor next to where the problem is, then take the floor away, then you can find the stump causing the trouble, then there are a couple of ways to fix this.

    If the stump has worn away, then you can replace this stump with a concrete stump, they are cheap and concrete it in, using 'rapid set' or 'quick dry concrete', attach the loop on the stump to a bearer, give it a day to fully dry, although a few hours could dry it, then replace the flooring.

    If the flooring has dipped down then you may want to jack it up and pack it, again love to see it.

    Well done RX on the canoe, I'm sure it looks fantastic.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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    18 August 2021 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hello Paw Prints, my fault, I didn't explain it properly, and please don't worry, all's good.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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    18 August 2021 in reply to Sleepy21

    Hello Sleepy, I'm sorry I had forgotten about it, but certainly recall it once you mentioned it again.

    I know the problems you've had with the real estate, so where I live I'm friendly with the landlord and he has asked me to ring him if anything needs to be done, rather than go through the r/estate who always procrastinate and move in their own time.

    Now the tradesman has been to your place, you have every right to ask when it's going to be installed, especially since winter has almost finished, but in spring the weather can still be wild.

    Do you have the name and address of the tradesman?

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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    19 August 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hi Geoff, no worries that was sure a long time ago.

    I had lost energy to fight it to be honest. Thanks for ur tip - so do u think I should avoid the real estate agent? I dont have the landlords info, but I sure do have the name and business and business address of the tradesman. It was the same one they sent way back when, and he seems mor aware of whats goig on.

    He said the body corporate didn't like where we wanted to install it originally, and so he was sent to try out for an area with less traffic, unaccessible to the public and behind the flat.

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    19 August 2021 in reply to Sleepy21

    Hi sleepy.

    Sorry to hear in the middle of the following winter now it still hasn't been done, bloody nora, they're slack.

    ps , thought l read somewhere you'd moved anyway , decided to stay put hey.

    Anyway , good luck , hope you get some action fast now.

    rx

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    19 August 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hi Geoff .

    And thanks for that wish you could see it too . But anyway stumps yeah , not gonna worry about them now as l say.

    Must admit l was pretty pleased with myself raising that front corner though for the new porch back when, turned out pretty good. That part also adjoined my daughters br too so her floor was near level again as well.

    Yeah got plenty of spirit levels dunno how but l've wound up with 4 of them but anyway not gonna touch it further for now.

    Thanks for your time mate, hope your doing ok.

    rx

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    19 August 2021 in reply to Sleepy21

    Hello Sleepy, sometimes by contacting the tradesman may get the job done quicker, they want the business and you want the job done, whereas the landlord wants to keep a good tenant and it's in their interest to keep their property maintained.

    Hi RX, I know of what you want to do but have a look at this 'polyurethane underpinning', it's used for slabs that have sunk but could be used for houses on stumps, I don't know, but if you have time, it might be curious.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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    20 August 2021 in reply to geoff

    Thanks for that Geoff.

    But ahhh, l'll leave it for now. Have plans for what l'll do to sell , but it can't be everything. Place looks as square, it isn't but it looks it , so close enough on that front, buyer would probably do a full reno anyway. But yeah right , once we went to look at a brick house that was sunken down in one corner , that was slab. The brick walls to that room had a 3-4 cm gaping crack running down the wall, nasty.

    Bloody brand new 700 dollar mower won't start damn it , giving me enough grief atm. Can't take it back bought over the net , one of the problems with net buying isn't it. Seems to not be getting fuel into that carbie , but it does make it to the carbie so the fuel line itself is fine. Bloody hell , not only am l not mechanical anyway but the last thing l wanna do is start taking apart my brand new mower. Meantime got thick as your finger rich green grass a foot high round the place now, bugger.

    Gonna have to bite the bullet and take it to someone.

    All the best.

    rx

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    21 August 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, yes damn lawnmowers that don't start, used to be my nightmare as I'm not mechanical at all, I don't have that problem anymore as my son who takes after me is also mechanically minded and mows the lawns can pull one apart and get it going.

    If I buy something online I use Paypal, but you may be in a different situation, but if it's new then there shouldn't be anything major, I hope not.

    A whipper snipper may suffice, just wear some gumboots and be careful.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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    Haa, yeah l hate mowers that won't start .

    The guy owns the blocks next door now that are part of this place, 3/4 of an ac , he did the whole block 3ft high with this tiny little whipper. He was out there from 9 am till about 5 , but he did it.

    But bugger yeah l could at least get rid of all the long patches problem is l gave away my whipper. Hated that thing , was gonna buy another one but too tight right now though.

    l tend to just throw petrol in , probably dropped in a bit of crap with it blocking things up.

    Anyway, l'll figure something out. Cheers mate.

    rx

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    2 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello Everyone, has anyone decided they wanted to paint wallpaper on a wall and encountered any problems in doing so?

    Or does someone want to change the laminex on the kitchen cupboard doors, either by painting them a different colour or replacing them with a new laminex which can be very difficult, please let me know?

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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    12 October 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hi Everyone, has anyone still got the old 'sash windows' that go up and down.

    Geoff.

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    12 October 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hi Geoff!

    Yes I have i remember asking you for some help with them ages ago. They're old wooden ones and very hard for me to open as they stick. Is there anything cheap that I can use to help the bottom windows slide up more easily when I open them? Thanks!

    Currently it takes all my strength and hurts my back.

    Cheers!

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    17 October 2021 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hanna, sorry I'm late in replying.

    Can we try a couple of options first, get a spare piece of wood and place it next to where the window slides up and down, give it a hit with the hammer and see if the window is easier, then W4 the roller while you slide the window up and down.

    W4 is a can that will lubricate the wheel.

    See how that goes before I suggest other methods.

    Geoff.

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    18 October 2021 in reply to geoff
    Thanks Geoff I'll try the WD. I have poor eyesight and can't risk using the hammer. I don't know why i didn't think of WD! Cheers!
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    18 October 2021 in reply to Hanna3

    Hey Hanna, good luck with the windows.

    Hey Geoff, I wouldn't be okay with painting over wallpaper. My mum did it once many years ago and it eventually peeled off paint and all.
    Paint is SO expensive in my books that I'd prefer to scrape it all off and prep it well ~ but that's why it takes me AGES to do anything at mine lol. I drive myself crazy.

    Rx aren't lawnmower issues AWFUL? So bad that you have a new one and it doesn't work, grrrr.

    Mine was broken by demon and so was my awesome whipper snipper too.... still pondering whether to have them repaired.
    The PULL action is not something I should do like EVER, because the motion can slip my back out so easily.

    My whole family have gone electric. Battery powered and corded whipper snippers, leaf blowers and lawn mowers. They're awesome but could be too weak for thick, tall grasses.

    I'd dare not try to handle 3ft anything with those.

    I put my new electric lawn mower together today, new being 3 months old (I was too scared to put it together!).
    Have to find my long power cord now to use it.

    There's always something isn't there?

    Love EMxxxx

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    18 October 2021 in reply to ecomama

    Nice work EM!! Such a good feeling to put something together!!

    Hi Geoff, my landlord is telling me every week they're trying to get approval from the body corporate to install a split system

    Thing is, til that happens, I have no heating, as the one In the apt is broken,

    Do i have rights to complain ?

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    19 October 2021 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hanna, you can also use W4 on the sides of the window.

    Hi EM, sometimes you might be lucky painting over wallpaper, but can I continue with this tomorrow as I have to go out.

    Hi RX, one condition that must be provided when you rent a property is that heating and cooling has to be provided by law.

    Geoff.

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    19 October 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hello Geoff, Ur comment to rx applies to me too. I'll try vcat. Have a great day.

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