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bio website mgowen.com
location Sydney, Australia
age 34
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Jul
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asked How do I cover old baseboard (skirting)?
Jul
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comment What kind of caulk should I use around my bathtub?
Use all-purpose spray and wipe cleaner after application. Works wonders.
Jul
29
comment How do I safely replace a worn out electrical outlet?
Another Aussie here: A licensed "electrical contractor" is also OK (and usually cheaper). Also note that changing your lightbulbs is illegal under the same regulation (no joke).
Jul
29
comment Plugging a hole in the ceiling
+1, and I'd add: plaster or gap-fill around the edges of the plasterboard piece before painting.
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29
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Jul
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comment What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
Image is overkill - a couple of adjustable ones have done all I need around the house so far...
Jul
29
answered What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
Jul
29
comment What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
I think you mean imperial and metric
Jul
29
comment What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
I have a cheapo 14v cordless ($40) and a cheaper corded hammer ($15). The corded one gets used for hole-sawing, wood-spading, and big holes in hard stuff that would drain the battery of the cordless. Otherwise the cordless is easier (I end up using it mostly for quick screwdriving)
Jul
29
asked How can I seal the grout on kitchen wall tiles to give lasting stain and mold protection?
Jul
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comment How can I speed up my slow hot water?
Amazon.com!?!? (checks link) Is there anything they don't sell?
Jul
29
comment How can I get rid of ants in an environmently friendly way?
[no killing moths or pouring boiling water on ants]
Jul
29
comment Is there a trick to applying caulk using a caulk-gun?
I thought "caulk" was called "gap filler" internationally but your descriptions sounds like silicone (and silicone-based sealants). If so, the magic trick for mess free edges isn't painter's tape, it's apply the silicone, then spraying the area with all-purpose cleaner ("spray'n'wipe") then smoothing it with finger. The silicone doesn't stick to the surfaces with cleaner on them.
Jul
29
comment How can I remove a single cracked floor tile?
after removing the grout, I'd drill a few holes in the tile surface two to "break it up" for easier removal