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bio website mgowen.com
location Sydney, Australia
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Jun
21
comment What kind of store sells wood that isn't pine or MDF?
If you really think about it, it's not particularly localised. In most places, there will be home improvement type stores with limited wood products, and other lumber yard or timber yard type places that specialise in wood.
May
9
comment I need a multiple-switch light switch which can't all be turned off at once
Wow, you have gone to a lot of effort. Thank you.
May
9
comment I need a multiple-switch light switch which can't all be turned off at once
@NiallC. At least one.
May
14
comment Best way to tear up half a concrete parking pad?
Get a chalk line too for marking a nice straight line. My local tool hire place had the perfect concrete saw for this that you push along like a lawnmower, and a massive jackhammer. With those, it was actually kind of fun (and much cheaper than getting a "pro").
May
14
comment What is the best way to demolish a little brick wall?
@chris that's just what I said! In my answer below... several months before you did... in my answer that was the top one prior to this answer appearing - days later - and being accepted as the top answer even though it said the same thing... actually that's pretty odd (not that it matters, but hmm).
Apr
18
comment Should I ground my TV antenna?
Thanks. I asked this somewhere else too and was told that not grounding the antenna could result in static charge buildup and actually increase the likelihood of a strike - this was what actually convinced me to do it in the end.
Mar
9
comment TV antenna moves a bit - problem?
OK, that makes sense.
Mar
8
comment TV antenna moves a bit - problem?
Great. Yes, it's for digital terrestrial (I didn't know people used antennas for satellite, I thought it was always a satellite dish).
Mar
8
comment TV antenna moves a bit - problem?
I've heard both "you must always ground your antenna" and "you don't need to". Has a TV antenna ever been struck by lightning? I haven't grounded it (at all) yet as all 4 of my neighbours within 50m or so have taller antennas (and trees twice that tall). Also, it's not required by law (here). Grounding it would increase the unlikely possibility it's struck, correct?
Feb
10
comment Venting the attic space during summer to cool the house
actually, the same principle that moves the air in the passive stack (or any other thermal chimney) moves air through the whirlybird too. When there's wind, it's a fan, when there isn't, it's still a thermal chimney.
Feb
8
comment Venting the attic space during summer to cool the house
Thanks, this is an interesting idea. To make it practical in my particular situation, though, it'd have to be cheaper or more effective than a $100 whirlybird (which also requires no running costs or maintenance). This sounds like you need a skilled installer to design it to the right size for you, which is surely far more expensive than all the options I mentioned.
Jan
18
comment How should I go about leveling my basement floor?
+1 for the "Russian pencil" tip (chair without wheels)
Nov
22
comment How long should I wait before plugging in a new refrigerator?
I too was told that it hasn't been a problem for a decade or two - so I guess the best answer is check the manual, and if it doesn't say to wait, don't bother
Nov
18
comment With a shower, should the edge where the wall meets the floor be caulked, or is grout okay?
Your biggest problem will probably be mould, so silicone is better than grout. There is a new white silicone sealant (in Australia, but probably available elsewhere) which sets fast and is mould resistant for 5 years.
Nov
2
comment How can I seal the grout on kitchen wall tiles to give lasting stain and mold protection?
That sounds much more reasonable.
Oct
19
comment What kitchen counter material would you recommend and why?
+1 much cheaper. It was a couple of hundred for the whole kitchen as opposed to thousands of dollars. Where we live, we can get engineered stone put on top later, too, if we like. No brainer.
Oct
12
comment Questions concerning dual flush converters
All new toilets in Australia have had them for 15 years or so now. There are reports of not-super-impressive results with converting very old toilets, but the concept is well proven.
Oct
5
comment What is the easiest method to fish cable through the ceiling?
I like your approach and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
Sep
29
comment I added insulation to my attic rafters, but should I have left room for airflow?
In Australia, we always insulate the "floor" of the attic and usually have the roof adequately ventilated to prevent moisture buildup (and heat buildup in summer).
Aug
19
comment What material should I use for a custom, do-it-yourself desk for my home office?
Go with something from the Ikea benchtop range (try their kitchen benchtops). Very Cheap, dead easy, and a much better result than doing it yourself.