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  1. 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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  2. Flatland

    water tanks becoming polluted

    I have heard of leaf eater rain heads which would as an effective gutter protection system help gutters from getting blocked or flooded eaves which is usually mounted directly under the roof...
    I have heard of leaf eater rain heads which would as an effective gutter protection system help gutters from getting blocked or flooded eaves which is usually mounted directly under the roof gutter. They are even said to prevent mosquitoes, vermin and debris. A 6-5/8"x 3" rectangular outlet...
    I have heard of leaf eater rain heads which would as an effective gutter protection system help gutters from getting blocked or flooded eaves which is usually mounted directly under the roof gutter. They are even said to prevent mosquitoes,...
    I have heard of leaf eater rain heads which would as an effective gutter protection system help gutters from getting blocked or flooded eaves which is usually mounted directly under the roof...
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  3. 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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  4. Marisa
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    Strange garden tool

    Full marks to you for working out what works for you and gets you out in the garden. Keep it up.
    Full marks to you for working out what works for you and gets you out in the garden. Keep it up.
    Full marks to you for working out what works for you and gets you out in the garden. Keep it up.
    Full marks to you for working out what works for you and gets you out in the garden. Keep it up.
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  5. stevo

    Puzzle Table! - Build

    I've made a few extra pieces that are in the draw, so eventually there'll be quite a few different patterns to make. The challenge is to try invent a new pattern with the same pieces. If I can...
    I've made a few extra pieces that are in the draw, so eventually there'll be quite a few different patterns to make. The challenge is to try invent a new pattern with the same pieces. If I can think up new patterns i'll make some extra pieces to suit if needed. You can put the blocks on their...
    I've made a few extra pieces that are in the draw, so eventually there'll be quite a few different patterns to make. The challenge is to try invent a new pattern with the same pieces. If I can think up new patterns i'll make some extra pieces to...
    I've made a few extra pieces that are in the draw, so eventually there'll be quite a few different patterns to make. The challenge is to try invent a new pattern with the same pieces. If I can...

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  6. Mark

    What is your best and favourite garden tool for raised beds?

    I love using this tool. It cost more than a full size mattock but it’s super strong and getting into tight areas! I’ve dug holes for small trees with this.
    I love using this tool. It cost more than a full size mattock but it’s super strong and getting into tight areas! I’ve dug holes for small trees with this.
    I love using this tool. It cost more than a full size mattock but it’s super strong and getting into tight areas! I’ve dug holes for small trees with this.
    I love using this tool. It cost more than a full size mattock but it’s super strong and getting into tight areas! I’ve dug holes for small trees with this.

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  7. stevo

    Half Size Ukulele - build

    Brilliant! You play quite well Stevo! Subbed Wilson :)
    Brilliant! You play quite well Stevo! Subbed Wilson :)
    Brilliant! You play quite well Stevo! Subbed Wilson :)
    Brilliant! You play quite well Stevo! Subbed Wilson :)

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  8. Steve

    Question Any recommendations for a Box Trailer?

    Yeah Stevo, that's a beauty. They actually are 185 x 14" tyres with Sunraysia Rims so not tiny at all. The other trailer place i was looking at has 13" with the option to upsize to 14". I think...
    Yeah Stevo, that's a beauty. They actually are 185 x 14" tyres with Sunraysia Rims so not tiny at all. The other trailer place i was looking at has 13" with the option to upsize to 14". I think the shadow is giving an optical illusion as I didn't feel they looked too small in the...
    Yeah Stevo, that's a beauty. They actually are 185 x 14" tyres with Sunraysia Rims so not tiny at all. The other trailer place i was looking at has 13" with the option to upsize to 14". I think the shadow is giving an optical illusion as I didn't...
    Yeah Stevo, that's a beauty. They actually are 185 x 14" tyres with Sunraysia Rims so not tiny at all. The other trailer place i was looking at has 13" with the option to upsize to 14". I think...

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Director

    Tip Cheap cord forever?

    We should start a thread just about whipper snipper cord... I reckon it would be a hit! New thread on cord is here...
    We should start a thread just about whipper snipper cord... I reckon it would be a hit! New thread on cord is here...
    We should start a thread just about whipper snipper cord... I reckon it would be a hit! New thread on cord is here...
    We should start a thread just about whipper snipper cord... I reckon it would be a hit! New thread on cord is here...
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  12. ClissAT

    New Kitchen Bench in my little Garden Cottage

    That sounds like a very reasonable price for all that you did. I wish just one thing in my new house cost that little :facepalm:
    That sounds like a very reasonable price for all that you did. I wish just one thing in my new house cost that little :facepalm:
    That sounds like a very reasonable price for all that you did. I wish just one thing in my new house cost that little :facepalm:
    That sounds like a very reasonable price for all that you did. I wish just one thing in my new house cost that little :facepalm:

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  13. Kasalia

    Sharpening Hand Tools

    It certainly does make cutting easier and cleaner when the garden tools are sharp. I've been guilty at times of persisting with tools that need a good sharpening (lazy me) but I always like...
    It certainly does make cutting easier and cleaner when the garden tools are sharp. I've been guilty at times of persisting with tools that need a good sharpening (lazy me) but I always like working with them newly sharpened - so much better :)
    It certainly does make cutting easier and cleaner when the garden tools are sharp. I've been guilty at times of persisting with tools that need a good sharpening (lazy me) but I always like working with them newly sharpened - so much better :)
    It certainly does make cutting easier and cleaner when the garden tools are sharp. I've been guilty at times of persisting with tools that need a good sharpening (lazy me) but I always like...
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  14. Mark

    Sustainable Kit home good idea?

    I believe it's John Stainton's baby (crocodile hunter producer from way back) - they're left on site I think for now, but I think they're a short term solution until the site is redeveloped...
    I believe it's John Stainton's baby (crocodile hunter producer from way back) - they're left on site I think for now, but I think they're a short term solution until the site is redeveloped eventually...could have this completely wrong though! We stopped off at the container shopper village in...
    I believe it's John Stainton's baby (crocodile hunter producer from way back) - they're left on site I think for now, but I think they're a short term solution until the site is redeveloped eventually...could have this completely wrong though! We...
    I believe it's John Stainton's baby (crocodile hunter producer from way back) - they're left on site I think for now, but I think they're a short term solution until the site is redeveloped...
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  15. stevo
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    Wakeskate Build

    cheers Mark, yeah a bit longer, and will try to make it thicker with more buoyancy so when you take off it doesn't sink as much. I think if I make it three layers thick with the middle layer as a...
    cheers Mark, yeah a bit longer, and will try to make it thicker with more buoyancy so when you take off it doesn't sink as much. I think if I make it three layers thick with the middle layer as a skeleton so there's air pockets in the middle layer.
    cheers Mark, yeah a bit longer, and will try to make it thicker with more buoyancy so when you take off it doesn't sink as much. I think if I make it three layers thick with the middle layer as a skeleton so there's air pockets in the middle layer.
    cheers Mark, yeah a bit longer, and will try to make it thicker with more buoyancy so when you take off it doesn't sink as much. I think if I make it three layers thick with the middle layer as a...

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  16. 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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  17. Jessica A

    MY HOUSE IS FALLING APART

    any updates for this? As Tim suggested, I'd take it as a good opportunity to replace a few things. I'd probably put a new tap set in, and get a nice splash back to suit, and then you'll be happy...
    any updates for this? As Tim suggested, I'd take it as a good opportunity to replace a few things. I'd probably put a new tap set in, and get a nice splash back to suit, and then you'll be happy that it happened every time you look at them.
    any updates for this? As Tim suggested, I'd take it as a good opportunity to replace a few things. I'd probably put a new tap set in, and get a nice splash back to suit, and then you'll be happy that it happened every time you look at them.
    any updates for this? As Tim suggested, I'd take it as a good opportunity to replace a few things. I'd probably put a new tap set in, and get a nice splash back to suit, and then you'll be happy...

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  18. Ash

    Recommend Search for a mower fit for acreage work

    The Simplicity mower is definitely more forgiving than the larger commercial mowers (such as the Toro I compared it to), and the extra feature of the attachable blower and rear catcher is a bonus...
    The Simplicity mower is definitely more forgiving than the larger commercial mowers (such as the Toro I compared it to), and the extra feature of the attachable blower and rear catcher is a bonus for keeping the clippings for livestock, and for keeping the yard looking neater after a mow. The...
    The Simplicity mower is definitely more forgiving than the larger commercial mowers (such as the Toro I compared it to), and the extra feature of the attachable blower and rear catcher is a bonus for keeping the clippings for livestock, and for...
    The Simplicity mower is definitely more forgiving than the larger commercial mowers (such as the Toro I compared it to), and the extra feature of the attachable blower and rear catcher is a bonus...
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  19. Jessica A

    Steel Kit homes

    Thank you everyone for all your replies :)
    Thank you everyone for all your replies :)
    Thank you everyone for all your replies :)
    Thank you everyone for all your replies :)
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  20. 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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  21. Director

    Another Hoselink sale

    Yep, once you've purchased from them, they've got you with their email list for posting deals such as this one.
    Yep, once you've purchased from them, they've got you with their email list for posting deals such as this one.
    Yep, once you've purchased from them, they've got you with their email list for posting deals such as this one.
    Yep, once you've purchased from them, they've got you with their email list for posting deals such as this one.
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  22. stevo

    Solar Cookers

    You could make one with a curved bit of shiny stainless steel, or curve some plywood and cover it with reflective material/paint. Smooth and shiny. And use a black cast iron bbq plate to absorb...
    You could make one with a curved bit of shiny stainless steel, or curve some plywood and cover it with reflective material/paint. Smooth and shiny. And use a black cast iron bbq plate to absorb the reflected heat.
    You could make one with a curved bit of shiny stainless steel, or curve some plywood and cover it with reflective material/paint. Smooth and shiny. And use a black cast iron bbq plate to absorb the reflected heat.
    You could make one with a curved bit of shiny stainless steel, or curve some plywood and cover it with reflective material/paint. Smooth and shiny. And use a black cast iron bbq plate to absorb...
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  23. Mark

    Shelving for shed Thread

    Thanks mate! It's much neater than it was and I'm finding it easier to keep it this way too :)
    Thanks mate! It's much neater than it was and I'm finding it easier to keep it this way too :)
    Thanks mate! It's much neater than it was and I'm finding it easier to keep it this way too :)
    Thanks mate! It's much neater than it was and I'm finding it easier to keep it this way too :)

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

    It looks great.Well done. The tutorial is awesome. Cheers!!
    It looks great.Well done. The tutorial is awesome. Cheers!!
    It looks great.Well done. The tutorial is awesome. Cheers!!
    It looks great.Well done. The tutorial is awesome. Cheers!!

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  25. Director

    Chainsaw problems....

    Just charge the battery :p I used to have an old Suzuki 4x4, they always had carby issues. We used to swap the spark plug leads over to make them backfire to clear the carby and off you'd go. But...
    Just charge the battery :p I used to have an old Suzuki 4x4, they always had carby issues. We used to swap the spark plug leads over to make them backfire to clear the carby and off you'd go. But yeah it was usually the jets that became clogged with dirt. Going offroad usually meant that the fuel...
    Just charge the battery :p I used to have an old Suzuki 4x4, they always had carby issues. We used to swap the spark plug leads over to make them backfire to clear the carby and off you'd go. But yeah it was usually the jets that became clogged...
    Just charge the battery :p I used to have an old Suzuki 4x4, they always had carby issues. We used to swap the spark plug leads over to make them backfire to clear the carby and off you'd go. But...
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