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  1. randomx
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    20 October 2021 in reply to Guest_1643

    Yeah it would sleepy , but didn't you buy a heater last yr l remember you were looking at panel heaters.

    Funny anyway l thought of you a few days agao bc l bought an electric fake wood fire heater to put into a job for work.

    So l've been trying ti out in the house last few nights gees it pretty damn good l tell ya. Warms up so well and it's really nice to watch. lt's hard to tell it's even fake until unless you look closer. lt's like having a wood fire but not needing wood it's very nice.

    Has some good settings to to help keep the bill down . l got it for 170 on ebay.

    Cheers all.

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    23 October 2021 in reply to ecomama

    Hello EM, if I can go back to painting over wallpaper, if you first use an acrylic paint this will penetrate through the wall paper and loosen the glue, then it may peel off as you have said, however, if you use an oil based paint primer this won't penetrate through the wall paper, then you'll be able to paint acrylic, the oil based paint won't allow it to go through to the wallpaper glue.

    I only mention this because sometimes taking wall paper off can be very difficult, plus there may be more trouble that it's trying to hide, especially if it's been done just to sell the property.

    Hi Sleepy and RX, if you do take this to the VCAT, there will be no problem as heating/cooling is imperative and certainly a must, so something will have to be done.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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  3. randomx
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    23 October 2021 in reply to geoff

    Funny you should say that Geoff bc l've got a tiny cabin on 1/2 ac l just rent out, it's and 40mins over from where l live.

    l don't use agents l just run the ad myself privately when someone moves out. lt's a very cheap rental and alternative for them and people have really loved it over the yrs. l built it myself it only has solar which l built myself too and a small converted gas bottle wood fire for heating.

    My brother and l went through this silly faze where we were trying to make converted all kinds of things into little wood fires for sheds really. But l put one of them in the cabin and used it myself for 8mths and it was really beautiful. Hammered out the heat for such a tiny space and it only uses little short pieces of wood so it's really economical. You can go pick up an armful of sticks from somewhere and run it a wk on that.

    Anyway anyone that rents the cabin always comment on how they love the little home made wood heater.

    rx

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    25 October 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, I must admit a wood fire (Coonara) is the best heat the only problem shaving to chop wood and it creates a lot of dust, but you can't beat it.

    Geoff.

  5. randomx
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    25 October 2021 in reply to randomx

    Just dropped back to add this just encase anyone dropping through needs a heater and might've liked the sound of the fake wood heater l talked about.

    We've been using it about a wk now and yeah it does warm the place up but not overly though not even this time of yr. So middle of winter and yeah, you'd def' need something with a bit more punch.

    Just thought l'd better add an update.

    rx

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  6. randomx
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    25 October 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hi Geoff.

    And yeah l agree a nice wood heater is just a gorgeous heat and a beautiful thing to have.

    Butttt, l haven't had any fires this yr though at all actually. l just needed a break from not only having to get wood and all the work involved, but also messing around with the fire itself too. Haven't missed any of it one bit as yet either to tell you the truth.Funny too but my brothers always loved getting wood but just lately even he's also been saying with the amount of work involved he's just getting fed up with it.

    rx

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    28 October 2021

    Hello Geoff,

    A couple of questions

    My ride on mower has a flat battery & I finally found in the manual that I need to trickle charge at 2amps for approx 2hrs... so far so good... I have bought the charger... but neither the mower manual nor the charger manual say whether or not I should disconnect the terminals from the mower before clipping on the charger...

    my 2nd question is... I have always understood that if you turn off the power using the main switch then everything should go off... are there any exceptions? (I don't have solar) The reason I ask is the other day my main switch tripped off yet my reverse cycle kept operating... it does have its own circuit... but so do my water pump, the garage, my oven & they all go off when the main switch is turned off.

    Thanks

    Paws

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    3 November 2021 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hello Paws, RX, EM and everyone else, if you trickle charge the battery, then I don't think you need to disconnect the terminals, whereas if you disconnect the battery then you're using full charge.

    If you disconnect the battery take off the 'negative cable first, then the positive, and when reconnecting it's vice-versa, and when you don't plan to use the mower you can leave the trickle charge on all the time, just means when you want to use it you won't have any problems starting it, but it's always best to check with the battery dealership.

    The reverse cycle air con will have its own fuse switch and you can turn it on and off by this, it's separate to the main switch because it uses more power, everything else is connected to the main switch.

    Hi RX, I'm so pleased I don't have to cut wood, sharpen the chain saw, when I was young and fit, no worries, but now I'm older, couldn't do this now.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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    3 November 2021 in reply to geoff

    Thank you Geoff

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    8 November 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hi All, anyone wanting to paint a weatherboard house, don't waste your time trying to sand all the boards down with a belt sander, orbital sander or by hand, hire a pressure pump gerni, this will take more loose paint than by sanding.

    Years ago I spent day after day sanding the boards down on a house by hand, then I hired a gerni to wash it down, this was phenomenal, it took more loose paint than I had ever expected and made all the days sanding a waste of time.

    Geoff.

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    9 November 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hello Everyone, is anybody considering building a deck.

    Geoff.

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    11 December 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hello Everyone, what are you all doing at the moment and any problems?

    Geoff.

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  13. randomx
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    11 December 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hi Geoff , thanks for checking in on everyone.

    l've finished work for the yrs , maybe for good , we see. But there's been another hold up in selling the house so l have plenty of time now to finish things l wanted to do.

    Nothing too much or complex , going for simple . Just more finishing of fencing on two sides, some carpet and a bit of paintwork, a small pathway, few other little things.

    Thanks for all your help over the times, hope your doing ok.

    rx

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    17 December 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, thanks for getting back and sometimes the simple things in life turn out to be complicated, I hope not.

    Geoff.

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    4 January 2022 in reply to geoff

    Hello Everyone, what are your accomplishments for 2022.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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    16 February 2022 in reply to geoff

    Hi Everyone, I'd be interested in knowing what you're all up to around the house.

    Geoff.

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  17. randomx
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    24 February 2022 in reply to geoff

    Gday to Geoff and all

    Everything's been on hold at my place last 6 mths Geoff so nothing happening. The ladies suppose to be subdividing the two blocks that join this place , like 2yrs ago and l'm still waiting bc when that's done l'll probably sell. So frustrating .

    So l've just been hanging back with any work on the place to get it ready to sell when she does do them and so haven't done much at all.

    l did take out the old clothes line the other day , this was a really big old school original with bits welded on it over the yrs sitting out in the middle of the yard about 3mtrs across, weighed a tone. Well we get really strong cross winds here and clothes just rip of end up all over the yard or in the blocks next door. And it's been an eye sore 6yrs now. Butttt, it's gone.

    So old and heavy nothing would undo an bits weld on all over the place, so l got the angle grinder onto it and cut it down piece by piece, quite an ordeal for just a clothe line l tell ya buttttt, she's now gone. Can't even recognize the yard looks so different. l've got a nice little section out the back door and l put up one of those wall/fence mounted fold out clothe lines. So nice, no winds to worry about gets great sun and it's just straight out the back door.

    Bit of a rant for a clothes line l know sorry , but it's totally changed the property can't believe it.

    Anyway , l've still gotta finish the fencing but have been putting ti of until l hear about the blocks. But l'll only be doing that and a bit of painting and tidying from there.

    All the best

    rx

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    28 February 2022 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, I'd almost given up but know the type of clothes line you are talking about and they do weigh a ton, my twin and I used to swing on the one at home many many years ago and always told not to but as soon as Mum went inside back we'd go, great fun, except I was heavier than him.

    Good to hear from you.

    Geoff.

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    26 March 2022 in reply to geoff

    I remember years ago when I could purchase 'no-gaps' for .99c a tube, now it's for sale at $10.65 and LG for my van was $0.07c a litre, now it's over a dollar, I must be gettiing old.

    Geoff.

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  20. Music_Freak
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    31 March 2022 in reply to geoff

    Hi Geoff,

    What is the easiest way to dismantle a garden shed that has been put together with rivets that are now rusted? I have no idea how to remove them.

    And how would I put it back upon my own? Are there special rivets that don't rust?

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    3 April 2022 in reply to Music_Freak

    Hello Music_Freak, I'm very sorry I haven't replied earlier and to answer your question, always start with taking the top off first and if the rivets are rusted and probably not doing anything at all, you can hit the other side of the panel, it will then give way, or if you have an angle grinder then use it on the rivets, it won't take much, this all depends on whether you are going to use the panels for anything else or to reassemble it.

    Just be careful you don't hurt yourself, but please get back to me if you want the panels to be kept in good order.

    Many thanks.

    Geoff.

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  22. randomx
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    3 April 2022

    Haaa yeah , bloody no gaps and things like that pretty pricey these days , that would've been nice. And 7c a ltr eh , wow , l wish . Not sure if your still driving or mowing but my diesels 220 a ltr atm , that's an ouch let me say. lt's worth it though and the least we can do for Ukraine.

    Cheers Geoff , hope your rolling ok.

    rx

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    4 April 2022 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, thanks so much, my son (carer) doesn't want me to drive anymore because of the last hospitalisation I had a while ago, by falling onto the road, caused by my big shoes, so he drives me around where ever I want to go, so I give him fuel money, he helps me so much.

    Take care.

    Geoff.

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  24. Music_Freak
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    10 April 2022 in reply to geoff

    Hi Geoff,

    I do plan on reassembling the shed, so I'm not sure how to go about doing this.

    I haven't emptied the shed yet, so there's no hurry for a reply, I will save your replies for when they are needed.

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    19 April 2022 in reply to Music_Freak

    Hello Music_Freak, sorry I'm late, if the bottom of the panels have any rust on them, then can you clean them up and paint some anti rust on them, especially the thin bottom and ten pain with a paint that has anti-rust.

    Probably a good time to clean out your shed, but I remember when I did this, I always wanted what I threw out the next day, so to speak.

    I've given you this to look at 'assemble a tin shed where do I start' this might be easier than me trying to explain, but if someone can help you, that would be good.

    Just quickly assemble one side with another and because the pop rivets may have been rusted, either use bigger rivots or screws to attach them together, any open holes can be filled with bog or place a rivet in them, not that they are doing anything and paint anti-rust paint over them.

    If you moving the shed to a new position make sure you place plastic on the ground for the shed to sit on and before concrete is laid.

    Try and brace these panels so if a wind suddenly comes it doesn't blow them over, and just be mindful of what you have painted, give them another coat, or perhaps have you used a small spray gun before, then paint the entire shed.

    It's good practice for you to learn and it's not difficult, a hardware store sells them for $50 odd dollars or may be you know a friend who has one, but depends on your finance.

    I would paint it first before the concrete is laid, but give it a few days to dry, by the natural atmosphere.

    You can't dry it by a heating fan because if it's force fan dried (especially with oil based paint) it may crocodile on you, in other words the paint will look like crocodile skin and you'll have to scrape it all off, even though it may feel dry after a few hours, still give it a day or two to fully dry.

    Let me know if you have any questions or I have missed out on something you want to know, I will look at this thread daily, like I should have been and very sorry.

    Good luck.

    Geoff.

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    16 June 2022 in reply to geoff

    Hi All, best heaters in my view,

    -wood heaters, although cons are having to cut wood, sharpen chain, find wood and leaves dust, pros are a good even heat

    -electric panel heaters (not all) with a timer, you can mount on wall or have castors, another good heater

    -gas but too expensive

    - and last split system but would have to replace gas because of cost but do a great job in cooling, the best.

    Any ideas.

    Geoff.

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  27. randomx
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    Hi geoff

    Yeah using my wood heater again this yr , def' no comparison. Although ex had a gas heater for a long time that was a just as good but it'd be expensive where l am running on bottles . Don't know what piped gas is these days . But yeah the labor involved with wood heaters is pretty silly though if you get your own wood and to buy it now , you could be just pressing a button for the same price. So she's a tricky business these days isn't it.

    We tried the panel heater last year but that costed a lot too. On full bore it warmed the place up not bad really , not as much as the wood heater though. But even with a thermostat used a lot of power. My lounge is pretty big and opens to the halls and kitch, something more closed of it'd do better.

    Don't like reverse cycle heating not cosy. We're also using low powered radiators a bit to this yr when there's no fire. Having the fire going all the time gobbles up way to much wood even on low.

    Rx

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    17 June 2022 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, gas bottles are atrocious and it's ridiculous the price of gas these days, years ago everyone wanted to replace their electric heater with a gas heater/hot water, now it's a joke.

    Isn't it amazing how the world changes, even LPG for cars is so expensive, I remember when I could buy it for 7 cents a litre.

    I recall I had a full brick wall up to the eaves of fire wood, when I came home after an operation, most of it was all gone, I was devastated, the kids just piled wood into the heater, but to buy firewood is expensive, nothing these days is cheap, knew I should have become a politician.

    Geoff.

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  29. randomx
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    Hi Geoff.

    Yeah that's the thing with gas isn't it. l think ex's gas heater was on mains so at that time was really cheap, years back, and pelted out the heat. My place here had bottles and a gas heater when l came here and it was great but even with sparing use it went through a bottle in 3wks. Well they were 125 then , they're probably a lot more now.

    Could imagine how you felt seeing all your wood gone , ouch. Funny when they haven't cut it or payed for it they think it just falls out of the sky for free right. My brother and l have lots of wood discussions haha, bc he likes chainsawing and l hate it. But even he says by the time he spends all day going out to some bush patch , if he can find one, works he's bum of cutting it loading it bring it home unloading it stacking it in the drum then taking it into the house every day bit by bit, then messing around with the fire all day and night , the labor involved is ridiculous. l think the same so l stopped doing all that , l just go out and pick up small loads now still in log forms and cut it up at home for a wk or two at a time. But you've still gotta handle it 4 times by the time it's in the fire.

    l never ever cut trees just fallen stuff but the wood supply in this country really worries me to bc our bush has disappeared and that's really bad stuff, and so are is our wildlife. My area bush has been cleared for 100s of k mostly.It's just no good. Property and farms yeah but firewood must take a lot too. And when l see guys selling red gum , where are they getting that from ? We hardly have any red gum left which is just bloody terrible . Are they cutting down what's left of our beautiful old river red gums . You know, l hate to think.

    The crazy thing is , you can go to any bushy area and the amount of wood on the ground is still incredible , even outside of major regional where 1000s of people would be running wood fires. All towns and areas had to do is leave some decent clumps of original bush there near the towns and there'd be enough wood on the ground for everyone. With no need to cut down anything or destroy habitat .

    Wish you did become a pollie mate bc the ones in place just have no damn clue. Such a shame.

    rx

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    24 June 2022 in reply to randomx

    Hello RX, yes I should have become a pollie and at one stage I was actually considering it, to join the young ** but didn't, often I wished I had.

    We had LG bottles for our hotwater on the farm and with kids, their friends and a spa, I put in, the bottles emptied quickly.

    I didn't find cutting wood, this only altered when I began feeling unwell but there was plenty to cut which I had to do myself.

    It is a great heat, not if you have to buy it, normally it's green wood and doesn't burn properly.

    My best.

    Geoff.

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