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a .net/python/javascript polyglot in need of coffee.


Feb
27
comment What are the pros and cons of UV window film?
Thanks, we've had a similar experience. Tinting has its place, but it is not a panacea. We've added some external awnings to our house. See the main question edits.
Aug
31
comment What benefit do plasterboard/drywall screws have?
If you can, drill into a stud. It will prevent a whole bunch of problems with crumbling plaster.
Dec
14
comment What material should be used behind a sink and range in the kitchen?
Check your local building regulations. According to Australia building regulations, you must have a fire-resistant wall next to your cook top. When we had ours installed, they simply cut out the plaster to a width of a metre behind the cooktop and added the special plaster board. The splashback was then installed over this.
Nov
17
comment Securing our roof against possums
Solution: we tried various things to get rid of our possum, even trapping and dumping a decent distance away. It came back. Eventually, we just contacted a professional possum removalist and it was dealt within in a hour. He found the hole, blocked it and put a one-way door for the animals (yep, plural) to get out. Cost $400 but at least it is now dealt with.
Nov
6
comment What are the pros and cons of UV window film?
@ChrisF - presumably they filter both UV and IR. That is just a guess. One product (windowenergysolutions.com.au/why_use_film1.html) claims 80% heat and 99% UV blockage.
Aug
16
comment Is 90mm x 45mm a metric 4x2?
90x35 is also available - that would be closer to the 89x38mm you've quoted above. I dare say 90x45 is more useful since it maintains the 2:1 ratio.
Jun
8
comment How to cut curved legs for a table
Will a bandsaw cope with hardwood? I'm not sure what wood it is since the doors are about 90years old but they are damn heavy - I'm guessing Tasmanian Oak.
May
27
comment Securing our roof against possums
Followup: tried putting the cat in the roof - no difference. Useless cat. The next thing I'll try is putting some cat scat on the roof near the power line where the possum is coming across.
May
18
comment How do I build a sound dampening box for a pool filter?
Thanks, I'll keep that in mind.
May
15
comment Securing our roof against possums
@allindal - Thanks, I'll have a squiz. I searched on possum, should have checked for generic animals.
May
15
comment Securing our roof against possums
Good idea. We have a useless cat (lets pigeons share his food while he eats), but perhaps we can spread some cat hair around or put one of his old blankets up there.
Apr
12
comment How do I build a sound dampening box for a pool filter?
@gregmac - good point.
Apr
12
comment How do I build a sound dampening box for a pool filter?
@Jeff - both. Just above the control box on the wall is the window of my home office - I work 1 metre away from the filter. Luckily, it is a double brick wall but it can still get noisy. My neighbor has also mentioned the noise, so I'd like to quieten things down for him too.
Mar
2
comment How do I rust-proof a metal pole?
I don't know much about powder coating - the pole is already in place - can it still be done?
Jan
13
comment Resurfacing a wood table
@Tester - The vertical faces of the table top.
Jan
11
comment Resurfacing a wood table
Thanks guys. My workshop is under my house, so limited by a tiny door. As a matter of interest, what could I use instead of bee's wax? Also: Is it enough just to take off the surface on the top of the table, or should I do the sides as well? I assume if the sides and top are both waxed, I just need to do the top.
Dec
23
comment Do I need to ground my pool?
Great article, thanks.
Dec
23
comment Do I need to waterproof the external walls of my house?
Great, thanks for your help.
Dec
20
comment Why is there cracked paint on my new plaster?
Yep, the cornices are plaster.
Dec
20
comment Why is there cracked paint on my new plaster?
I don't think so. The painter swears blank and blue that he did all the right things. Given how quickly they cracked (major problems in weeks), then drying out too fast seems likely. But how do I fix this?