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  1. ClissAT

    Solar Garden Lights

    Wow you have done well with the old solar lights. Like you we have had some solar ones in the past that work well to start with but then only last 6mths. We are starting to look into 12v ones for...
    Wow you have done well with the old solar lights. Like you we have had some solar ones in the past that work well to start with but then only last 6mths. We are starting to look into 12v ones for our front garden. I'll be interested if anyone does have good solar light too.
    Wow you have done well with the old solar lights. Like you we have had some solar ones in the past that work well to start with but then only last 6mths. We are starting to look into 12v ones for our front garden. I'll be interested if anyone...
    Wow you have done well with the old solar lights. Like you we have had some solar ones in the past that work well to start with but then only last 6mths. We are starting to look into 12v ones for...

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  2. Flatland

    Mulcher

    Hmm, the horse apples are made of a material that is already chewed into small bits. They come out moist and soft. But now it is dried and become hard. You want to turn it into a liquid. What...
    Hmm, the horse apples are made of a material that is already chewed into small bits. They come out moist and soft. But now it is dried and become hard. You want to turn it into a liquid. What if you soaked it in water for a few days before you liquified it? It seems that a bit of patience...
    Hmm, the horse apples are made of a material that is already chewed into small bits. They come out moist and soft. But now it is dried and become hard. You want to turn it into a liquid. What if you soaked it in water for a few days before...
    Hmm, the horse apples are made of a material that is already chewed into small bits. They come out moist and soft. But now it is dried and become hard. You want to turn it into a liquid. What...
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  3. AndrewB

    Question Greenhouses

    Thanks for that, the flat surfaces would be much nicer for mounting. I think I'm going to have to build a base from steel or wood, then use the conduit for the roof. As I can't attach anything to...
    Thanks for that, the flat surfaces would be much nicer for mounting. I think I'm going to have to build a base from steel or wood, then use the conduit for the roof. As I can't attach anything to the pavers or fence. These would work well for that. I found a supplier of cheap steel patio tube...
    Thanks for that, the flat surfaces would be much nicer for mounting. I think I'm going to have to build a base from steel or wood, then use the conduit for the roof. As I can't attach anything to the pavers or fence. These would work well for...
    Thanks for that, the flat surfaces would be much nicer for mounting. I think I'm going to have to build a base from steel or wood, then use the conduit for the roof. As I can't attach anything to...

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  4. ClissAT

    Compost bin/Worm farm in a bath tub.

    LOL yes, but its not saw fly proof!! :D The saw flies came after I put fat off steak in the compost. I have another bath tub that I put camping toilet dry contents into. That 'compost' goes around...
    LOL yes, but its not saw fly proof!! :D The saw flies came after I put fat off steak in the compost. I have another bath tub that I put camping toilet dry contents into. That 'compost' goes around the fruit trees & it occasionally gets saw flies in it too. I used the same worms & they are...
    LOL yes, but its not saw fly proof!! :D The saw flies came after I put fat off steak in the compost. I have another bath tub that I put camping toilet dry contents into. That 'compost' goes around the fruit trees & it occasionally gets saw flies...
    LOL yes, but its not saw fly proof!! :D The saw flies came after I put fat off steak in the compost. I have another bath tub that I put camping toilet dry contents into. That 'compost' goes around...

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  5. Mark

    Huge outdoor pizza oven building project pledge

    Interesting fact for the pair of you, they're known as Roman arches, or 'keystones' the angled stones utilise the above and below stones to pinch the central stones, and they swap roles as the...
    Interesting fact for the pair of you, they're known as Roman arches, or 'keystones' the angled stones utilise the above and below stones to pinch the central stones, and they swap roles as the arch progresses, being both a central and supporting stone (upper and lower). I'm still of a firm...
    Interesting fact for the pair of you, they're known as Roman arches, or 'keystones' the angled stones utilise the above and below stones to pinch the central stones, and they swap roles as the arch progresses, being both a central and supporting...
    Interesting fact for the pair of you, they're known as Roman arches, or 'keystones' the angled stones utilise the above and below stones to pinch the central stones, and they swap roles as the...

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  6. Mark

    Pour in place rubber surfacing DIY any good?

    I've used mulch with great success in the past. I got a free load from a company chopping trees in the area, you can often find them advertising on gumtree- saves them having to pay to dump it, or...
    I've used mulch with great success in the past. I got a free load from a company chopping trees in the area, you can often find them advertising on gumtree- saves them having to pay to dump it, or driving a long way to do so. I put a 6"+ thick layer down all around my raised beds & never had a...
    I've used mulch with great success in the past. I got a free load from a company chopping trees in the area, you can often find them advertising on gumtree- saves them having to pay to dump it, or driving a long way to do so. I put a 6"+ thick...
    I've used mulch with great success in the past. I got a free load from a company chopping trees in the area, you can often find them advertising on gumtree- saves them having to pay to dump it, or...
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  7. Steve

    Chook House Build

    Thanks for this Steve. Well written and the photos are perfect, a great source of inspiration to be used when I make my own one day. Cheers, Tynan
    Thanks for this Steve. Well written and the photos are perfect, a great source of inspiration to be used when I make my own one day. Cheers, Tynan
    Thanks for this Steve. Well written and the photos are perfect, a great source of inspiration to be used when I make my own one day. Cheers, Tynan
    Thanks for this Steve. Well written and the photos are perfect, a great source of inspiration to be used when I make my own one day. Cheers, Tynan

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  8. Tim C

    Homebuild/homemade metal detectors DIY

    I loved Gold Detecting. Didn't do a lot. Still have my first and only nugget 12gms. Scared me silly when it went off. It was about 15 inches down. I reckon it was accidentally dropped there. Very...
    I loved Gold Detecting. Didn't do a lot. Still have my first and only nugget 12gms. Scared me silly when it went off. It was about 15 inches down. I reckon it was accidentally dropped there. Very old Chinese mine near Rockhampton. I am not fit enough or well enough to go out. But Everytime I ...
    I loved Gold Detecting. Didn't do a lot. Still have my first and only nugget 12gms. Scared me silly when it went off. It was about 15 inches down. I reckon it was accidentally dropped there. Very old Chinese mine near Rockhampton. I am not fit...
    I loved Gold Detecting. Didn't do a lot. Still have my first and only nugget 12gms. Scared me silly when it went off. It was about 15 inches down. I reckon it was accidentally dropped there. Very...

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  9. ClissAT

    Zip Tie Domes

    Yes well there's the catch! They just keep growing & grow even faster. That's what I mentioned about in my post in the mango thread. Once you prune them, you have to keep pruning them to keep them...
    Yes well there's the catch! They just keep growing & grow even faster. That's what I mentioned about in my post in the mango thread. Once you prune them, you have to keep pruning them to keep them down to your height. So whatever structure you put over them has to allow enough headroom for 2yrs...
    Yes well there's the catch! They just keep growing & grow even faster. That's what I mentioned about in my post in the mango thread. Once you prune them, you have to keep pruning them to keep them down to your height. So whatever structure you...
    Yes well there's the catch! They just keep growing & grow even faster. That's what I mentioned about in my post in the mango thread. Once you prune them, you have to keep pruning them to keep them...
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  10. ClissAT

    Weather Station

    Looks great, and sophisticated. I'm convinced though that it is tough on the little machine to rely on it for weather forecasting, especially rainfall. That is dependant on so many variables that...
    Looks great, and sophisticated. I'm convinced though that it is tough on the little machine to rely on it for weather forecasting, especially rainfall. That is dependant on so many variables that change with the wind, but the data is definitely very useful.
    Looks great, and sophisticated. I'm convinced though that it is tough on the little machine to rely on it for weather forecasting, especially rainfall. That is dependant on so many variables that change with the wind, but the data is definitely...
    Looks great, and sophisticated. I'm convinced though that it is tough on the little machine to rely on it for weather forecasting, especially rainfall. That is dependant on so many variables that...

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  11. Helen Auriga

    Question Greenhouse floor

    I used pavers on ours, took about 30 for 8x6 greenhouse, 40cm size. The weeds haven't come through yet. Was new last year
    I used pavers on ours, took about 30 for 8x6 greenhouse, 40cm size. The weeds haven't come through yet. Was new last year
    I used pavers on ours, took about 30 for 8x6 greenhouse, 40cm size. The weeds haven't come through yet. Was new last year
    I used pavers on ours, took about 30 for 8x6 greenhouse, 40cm size. The weeds haven't come through yet. Was new last year
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  12. ClissAT
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    Small 3 Tier garden bed

    Nice DIY job! A wonderful spot for a :tea: :)
    Nice DIY job! A wonderful spot for a :tea: :)
    Nice DIY job! A wonderful spot for a :tea: :)
    Nice DIY job! A wonderful spot for a :tea: :)

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  13. ClissAT

    My 'New' Property Maintenance Shed

    You did well, and this is a very useful facility from minimal funds. Thanks for sharing that progress report.
    You did well, and this is a very useful facility from minimal funds. Thanks for sharing that progress report.
    You did well, and this is a very useful facility from minimal funds. Thanks for sharing that progress report.
    You did well, and this is a very useful facility from minimal funds. Thanks for sharing that progress report.

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  14. JEREMIE

    Waterspike

    Only got around 40mm not as much as I was hoping just enough for the grass it only soaked about 50mm into the ground hope to get more soon
    Only got around 40mm not as much as I was hoping just enough for the grass it only soaked about 50mm into the ground hope to get more soon
    Only got around 40mm not as much as I was hoping just enough for the grass it only soaked about 50mm into the ground hope to get more soon
    Only got around 40mm not as much as I was hoping just enough for the grass it only soaked about 50mm into the ground hope to get more soon

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  15. Perry

    Question Tractor Slasher

    What a great experience that must have been!
    What a great experience that must have been!
    What a great experience that must have been!
    What a great experience that must have been!
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  16. Perry

    Question Massey FergusonTractor Model

    Brings back memories of when my uncle used to let me drive his old tractor around their dairy farm when I was a teen - such a buzz!
    Brings back memories of when my uncle used to let me drive his old tractor around their dairy farm when I was a teen - such a buzz!
    Brings back memories of when my uncle used to let me drive his old tractor around their dairy farm when I was a teen - such a buzz!
    Brings back memories of when my uncle used to let me drive his old tractor around their dairy farm when I was a teen - such a buzz!

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  17. Mark
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    My Fire Pit build project using retaining wall blocks & galvanised rim

    Thanks ClissAT...I'm kinda behind with tellie and often have to check the date at the end of the credits to see just when these things first aired! I think it's a difficult formula to expect...
    Thanks ClissAT...I'm kinda behind with tellie and often have to check the date at the end of the credits to see just when these things first aired! I think it's a difficult formula to expect someone who doesn't own the land to invest all that time in developing it, possibly with no guarantee of...
    Thanks ClissAT...I'm kinda behind with tellie and often have to check the date at the end of the credits to see just when these things first aired! I think it's a difficult formula to expect someone who doesn't own the land to invest all that...
    Thanks ClissAT...I'm kinda behind with tellie and often have to check the date at the end of the credits to see just when these things first aired! I think it's a difficult formula to expect...

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  18. stevo
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    Battery Chainsaw

    ...I've just stepped deeper into the Ryobi 18V (One+) abyss. This time i bought a cordless jigsaw. It seems for me that every time a corded tool goes toes-up I go buy the equivalent in the...
    ...I've just stepped deeper into the Ryobi 18V (One+) abyss. This time i bought a cordless jigsaw. It seems for me that every time a corded tool goes toes-up I go buy the equivalent in the cordless Ryobi range. I will sleep sound tonight knowing my range is expanding..
    ...I've just stepped deeper into the Ryobi 18V (One+) abyss. This time i bought a cordless jigsaw. It seems for me that every time a corded tool goes toes-up I go buy the equivalent in the cordless Ryobi range. I will sleep sound tonight knowing...
    ...I've just stepped deeper into the Ryobi 18V (One+) abyss. This time i bought a cordless jigsaw. It seems for me that every time a corded tool goes toes-up I go buy the equivalent in the...

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  19. ClissAT

    Kitchen water recycle system

    Ha! Ingenious! I love it!
    Ha! Ingenious! I love it!
    Ha! Ingenious! I love it!
    Ha! Ingenious! I love it!

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  20. ClissAT

    Air Crete Dome House

    I think I could even build this little beauty using this process. I have seen this house on TV & on youtube previously but didn't know of the aircrete recipe process. Their ingenuity of using...
    I think I could even build this little beauty using this process. I have seen this house on TV & on youtube previously but didn't know of the aircrete recipe process. Their ingenuity of using the simple electric drill for both the bending of the steel & the aeration is simple logic at work.
    I think I could even build this little beauty using this process. I have seen this house on TV & on youtube previously but didn't know of the aircrete recipe process. Their ingenuity of using the simple electric drill for both the bending of...
    I think I could even build this little beauty using this process. I have seen this house on TV & on youtube previously but didn't know of the aircrete recipe process. Their ingenuity of using...
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  21. Flatland

    Atom tiller

    10 years isn't bad for a machine
    10 years isn't bad for a machine
    10 years isn't bad for a machine
    10 years isn't bad for a machine
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  22. stevo

    Workshop & Storage Shed

    Love the bar! I've just finished building a cat run but my skills are like a child's compared to yours Stevo. Very nice addon. :)
    Love the bar! I've just finished building a cat run but my skills are like a child's compared to yours Stevo. Very nice addon. :)
    Love the bar! I've just finished building a cat run but my skills are like a child's compared to yours Stevo. Very nice addon. :)
    Love the bar! I've just finished building a cat run but my skills are like a child's compared to yours Stevo. Very nice addon. :)

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  23. Mark

    What wood chipper mulcher should I buy?

    Is this the mulcher you got? If so, what do you think of the top chute - does it do a good job shredding leaves, and handfuls of small garden waste? The reason I ask, is my Ozito does small...
    Is this the mulcher you got? If so, what do you think of the top chute - does it do a good job shredding leaves, and handfuls of small garden waste? The reason I ask, is my Ozito does small branches etc pretty well but it's awful to feed in loose stuff like leaves and small twigs.
    Is this the mulcher you got? If so, what do you think of the top chute - does it do a good job shredding leaves, and handfuls of small garden waste? The reason I ask, is my Ozito does small branches etc pretty well but it's awful to feed in...
    Is this the mulcher you got? If so, what do you think of the top chute - does it do a good job shredding leaves, and handfuls of small garden waste? The reason I ask, is my Ozito does small...

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  24. Ash

    Tip Ryobi Silent Electric Shredder/Chipper 2400W

    Thanks for the experience passed on here. It all makes sense. There are a couple of 3-in-1 mowers showing up on the market (mower, mulcher, chipper) but they look like gimmick features. For now I...
    Thanks for the experience passed on here. It all makes sense. There are a couple of 3-in-1 mowers showing up on the market (mower, mulcher, chipper) but they look like gimmick features. For now I might just mow over the small branches and be done with it...
    Thanks for the experience passed on here. It all makes sense. There are a couple of 3-in-1 mowers showing up on the market (mower, mulcher, chipper) but they look like gimmick features. For now I might just mow over the small branches and be done...
    Thanks for the experience passed on here. It all makes sense. There are a couple of 3-in-1 mowers showing up on the market (mower, mulcher, chipper) but they look like gimmick features. For now I...
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  25. Director

    Electric chainsaw sharpeners.

    With all the trees I'm chopping up lately I'm still strongly considering buying one of these chainsaw sharpeners from Kogan - it seems to have a decent amount of reviews.
    With all the trees I'm chopping up lately I'm still strongly considering buying one of these chainsaw sharpeners from Kogan - it seems to have a decent amount of reviews.
    With all the trees I'm chopping up lately I'm still strongly considering buying one of these chainsaw sharpeners from Kogan - it seems to have a decent amount of reviews.
    With all the trees I'm chopping up lately I'm still strongly considering buying one of these chainsaw sharpeners from Kogan - it seems to have a decent amount of reviews.

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