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  1. Mark

    One-man petrol Auger vs Manual post hole digger

    That's one silly tradie but at least he did a good job :D Your Grandfather digging a well in his 80's is pretty awesome! Coincidentally, I accidentally ran across a clip on YouTube about a guy hand...
    That's one silly tradie but at least he did a good job :D Your Grandfather digging a well in his 80's is pretty awesome! Coincidentally, I accidentally ran across a clip on YouTube about a guy hand digging his own well in a similar way you described. I've heard it can cost thousands to get it dug...
    That's one silly tradie but at least he did a good job :D Your Grandfather digging a well in his 80's is pretty awesome! Coincidentally, I accidentally ran across a clip on YouTube about a guy hand digging his own well in a similar way you...
    That's one silly tradie but at least he did a good job :D Your Grandfather digging a well in his 80's is pretty awesome! Coincidentally, I accidentally ran across a clip on YouTube about a guy hand...

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Mark

    Any Good? GenTrax 4.4kVA Generator PureSine Inverter Portable Petrol

    Yeah, fleabay has those grey square pressure modules for abot $13 each. Most of the time, even if the seals/impeller is on the way out, you can just dial the spring pressures back on the...
    Yeah, fleabay has those grey square pressure modules for abot $13 each. Most of the time, even if the seals/impeller is on the way out, you can just dial the spring pressures back on the controller. Like some fridge thermos, they have a cut-in and a cut-out. As long as you get it right, you can...
    Yeah, fleabay has those grey square pressure modules for abot $13 each. Most of the time, even if the seals/impeller is on the way out, you can just dial the spring pressures back on the controller. Like some fridge thermos, they have a cut-in...
    Yeah, fleabay has those grey square pressure modules for abot $13 each. Most of the time, even if the seals/impeller is on the way out, you can just dial the spring pressures back on the...
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  5. Mark

    Dog proof fence for free-range chicken/poultry paddock

    I have made a video detailing how I went about building this fence but I haven't written an article on the blog yet - will do over the next few days and detail a few extra things like costings for...
    I have made a video detailing how I went about building this fence but I haven't written an article on the blog yet - will do over the next few days and detail a few extra things like costings for materials etc. Here's the video - it's a bit long... :)
    I have made a video detailing how I went about building this fence but I haven't written an article on the blog yet - will do over the next few days and detail a few extra things like costings for materials etc. Here's the video - it's a bit...
    I have made a video detailing how I went about building this fence but I haven't written an article on the blog yet - will do over the next few days and detail a few extra things like costings for...

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  6. Mark

    How to change a tubeless front tyre on a Toro mower if the bead is broken

    Yeah I like it. That's good info and the kind of thing someone will look up online. I've seen something similar with a AD strap or ratchet strap. Same thing really. A lot of mountain bikers...
    Yeah I like it. That's good info and the kind of thing someone will look up online. I've seen something similar with a AD strap or ratchet strap. Same thing really. A lot of mountain bikers have moved on to tubeless tyres and sing their praise but a tube is something I'm a lot more...
    Yeah I like it. That's good info and the kind of thing someone will look up online. I've seen something similar with a AD strap or ratchet strap. Same thing really. A lot of mountain bikers have moved on to tubeless tyres and sing their praise...
    Yeah I like it. That's good info and the kind of thing someone will look up online. I've seen something similar with a AD strap or ratchet strap. Same thing really. A lot of mountain bikers...

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Mark

    I got a new motor - Toro Timecutter 4200 TF

    Yep saw that new thread of your new mower - best of luck with it! For others reading this, here's the thread of Ash's mower:
    Yep saw that new thread of your new mower - best of luck with it! For others reading this, here's the thread of Ash's mower:
    Yep saw that new thread of your new mower - best of luck with it! For others reading this, here's the thread of Ash's mower:
    Yep saw that new thread of your new mower - best of luck with it! For others reading this, here's the thread of Ash's mower:

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  11. stevo

    Native Bee Hives

    Some great ideas there. Yep I'm going to make several little "hotels" around the yard and see how they go.
    Some great ideas there. Yep I'm going to make several little "hotels" around the yard and see how they go.
    Some great ideas there. Yep I'm going to make several little "hotels" around the yard and see how they go.
    Some great ideas there. Yep I'm going to make several little "hotels" around the yard and see how they go.

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  12. stevo

    Wick Bed project

    Yeah, sounds about right... Which adds up to a good savings then.
    Yeah, sounds about right... Which adds up to a good savings then.
    Yeah, sounds about right... Which adds up to a good savings then.
    Yeah, sounds about right... Which adds up to a good savings then.

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. stevo
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    Shack / Tiny House

    Looks good, it's a bit big though :p It reminded me to get an update photo, here's how it sits at the moment....
    Looks good, it's a bit big though :p It reminded me to get an update photo, here's how it sits at the moment....
    Looks good, it's a bit big though :p It reminded me to get an update photo, here's how it sits at the moment....
    Looks good, it's a bit big though :p It reminded me to get an update photo, here's how it sits at the moment....
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  16. Tim C

    Fridge fiddling - Replace or adjust thermostat

    Cheers Ben. I put in a 2x Coopers Lager with the Ringwoods on friday, and it's just about finished- I could keg it tomorrow, but will probably wait til wednesday. 22.8 degrees. This one worked...
    Cheers Ben. I put in a 2x Coopers Lager with the Ringwoods on friday, and it's just about finished- I could keg it tomorrow, but will probably wait til wednesday. 22.8 degrees. This one worked like a beaut- the froth was 3 inches deep on top while it's been brewing.:cheers:
    Cheers Ben. I put in a 2x Coopers Lager with the Ringwoods on friday, and it's just about finished- I could keg it tomorrow, but will probably wait til wednesday. 22.8 degrees. This one worked like a beaut- the froth was 3 inches deep on top...
    Cheers Ben. I put in a 2x Coopers Lager with the Ringwoods on friday, and it's just about finished- I could keg it tomorrow, but will probably wait til wednesday. 22.8 degrees. This one worked...
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  17. 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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  18. Mark

    Question How to lay a simple slab of concrete

    One thing I found is that if you power float floors/slab (which is like a floor polisher with steel blades) you significatly increase surface hardness (think industrial flooring). There are also...
    One thing I found is that if you power float floors/slab (which is like a floor polisher with steel blades) you significatly increase surface hardness (think industrial flooring). There are also some amazing additives and polymers you can float into the wet cement to color and texture the slab...
    One thing I found is that if you power float floors/slab (which is like a floor polisher with steel blades) you significatly increase surface hardness (think industrial flooring). There are also some amazing additives and polymers you can float...
    One thing I found is that if you power float floors/slab (which is like a floor polisher with steel blades) you significatly increase surface hardness (think industrial flooring). There are also...

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  19. Mark

    Tillers or Rotary Hoes

    Exactly, how would I get it up there! The $50 wouldn't even cover my freight :D
    Exactly, how would I get it up there! The $50 wouldn't even cover my freight :D
    Exactly, how would I get it up there! The $50 wouldn't even cover my freight :D
    Exactly, how would I get it up there! The $50 wouldn't even cover my freight :D

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  20. stevo

    Solar Dehydrator

    A little bit bigger and it could go in the tiny house dept.
    A little bit bigger and it could go in the tiny house dept.
    A little bit bigger and it could go in the tiny house dept.
    A little bit bigger and it could go in the tiny house dept.
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  21. Mark

    Moving 3 x raised garden beds

    Thought you'd like that ;) I rigged up a ramp to save some time emptying the wheelbarrow (knew my old army trunk would come in handy one day).
    Thought you'd like that ;) I rigged up a ramp to save some time emptying the wheelbarrow (knew my old army trunk would come in handy one day).
    Thought you'd like that ;) I rigged up a ramp to save some time emptying the wheelbarrow (knew my old army trunk would come in handy one day).
    Thought you'd like that ;) I rigged up a ramp to save some time emptying the wheelbarrow (knew my old army trunk would come in handy one day).

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  22. Mark

    Whipper snipper cord thread

    Nicely put :) If I may, I'd like to start a new thread on Using a Scythe Vs Whipper Snipper because I think this topic deserves its own discussion thread. Please use this new thread (in the link...
    Nicely put :) If I may, I'd like to start a new thread on Using a Scythe Vs Whipper Snipper because I think this topic deserves its own discussion thread. Please use this new thread (in the link above) to discuss Scythes - thank you. Guys, please continue the discussion on whipper snipper...
    Nicely put :) If I may, I'd like to start a new thread on Using a Scythe Vs Whipper Snipper because I think this topic deserves its own discussion thread. Please use this new thread (in the link above) to discuss Scythes - thank you. Guys,...
    Nicely put :) If I may, I'd like to start a new thread on Using a Scythe Vs Whipper Snipper because I think this topic deserves its own discussion thread. Please use this new thread (in the link...

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  23. Mark

    Scythe Vs Whipper Snipper or Brush Cutter

    I don't see your argument pitching scythe use as a requirement for true self-sufficiency as being very strong at all. Logically, it would be faster to maintain most acreages with cutting petrol...
    I don't see your argument pitching scythe use as a requirement for true self-sufficiency as being very strong at all. Logically, it would be faster to maintain most acreages with cutting petrol driven machinery than a manual tool. I would bet my Toro with me sitting on it cold drink in the...
    I don't see your argument pitching scythe use as a requirement for true self-sufficiency as being very strong at all. Logically, it would be faster to maintain most acreages with cutting petrol driven machinery than a manual tool. I would bet...
    I don't see your argument pitching scythe use as a requirement for true self-sufficiency as being very strong at all. Logically, it would be faster to maintain most acreages with cutting petrol...
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  24. Johnm64

    Tip Simple easy tree trunk protector

    That's a great tip :thumbsup: I guess it enables closer mulching to the trunk which would be very useful to keep weeds down (as they always seem to come up in that 30 cm mulch free zone around the tree) and...
    That's a great tip :thumbsup: I guess it enables closer mulching to the trunk which would be very useful to keep weeds down (as they always seem to come up in that 30 cm mulch free zone around the tree) and plus it'd be good for younger trees or newly planted able to mulch nice and close to protect the...
    That's a great tip :thumbsup: I guess it enables closer mulching to the trunk which would be very useful to keep weeds down (as they always seem to come up in that 30 cm mulch free zone around the tree) and plus it'd be good for younger trees or newly...
    That's a great tip :thumbsup: I guess it enables closer mulching to the trunk which would be very useful to keep weeds down (as they always seem to come up in that 30 cm mulch free zone around the tree) and...

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  25. Mark

    Question Any suggestions or recommendations for a good cordless drill?

    You should have "drill whipped" him for smirking ;)
    You should have "drill whipped" him for smirking ;)
    You should have "drill whipped" him for smirking ;)
    You should have "drill whipped" him for smirking ;)
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