Welcome to Workshop Sarah-Jane (@sj4)
Congratulations on your house purchase. This must be such an exciting time for you! Perhaps you could hit the big red Start a discussion button and share some photos of your house and some more detail on what you have planned for it. I'm sure community members would be keen to provide some tips along the way.
Thanks for joining us and for introducing yourself. I'm looking forward to reading more about your projects and plans. Please let me know if you ever need a hand getting the most from the site.
Hi @Baretta11, thanks for the welcome and suggestions. I've taken your advice and had the insulation done yesterday! Yup, just like that. My roof is now chocko with yellow batts, to match those in my belfry.
Hey @Fantus, that's an excellent suggestion re the Engineers rule. I know nothing about Multi Tools, so would appreciate any suggestions you'd like to make about these. I'm guessing it's a generic power tool with lots of changable bits. What are the traps for young players in buying one of these?
I managed to bleed all over the golden rule yesterday.
That was going to be my next question - how you keep tools free of rust once you've cleaned them up. I did the vinegar soak recently on a collection of drill bits (phillips heads, hex heads etc) and was blown away by the result. I was ready to throw these bits away and now they're as clean as a whistle. Soaked them in white vinegar, the cheapest you can buy from Aldi, and it took maybe a week to go from crusty to clean. Amazing. So now I'll give them the WD40 treatment and see how that goes.
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Thanks for the reply.
That sound great about the insulation.
I do hope you can keep those smelly little varmints out of your newly furnished roof space!!
Whilst building our new home, hubby and I spent an obscene amount of time trying to make sure mice or rats couldn't get into either our walls or roof space but so many older homes had no such thing and in fact I know of no builders that incooporate rodent mesh.
As we laid the sub floor or green tongue, we cut a piece of mesh about 20cm wide and as long as we could handle off the roll. Part of the mesh was secured under the bottom plate and then the remaining mesh extended over the air gap and was held down by our brickwork. This then prevents access into the wall space as once mice get in there, they are then in your roof!!
Our electrician in fact laughed at us when we said we were confident that we won't get rodents into our walls or roof because we have sealed off every possible entry point, including around the top of the brickwork where the eaves finish and all holes in brickwork where either electrical or plumbing fixtures come in or go out.
We are even very particular now never to leave doors open as we come and go even though the home is still some time from complete but we don't want to inadvertantly let a mouse in that way after all our other efforts to keep them out.
I know when my son and I refurbished my mothers roof, we disposed of RUBBISH bags full of rats and their nests, absolutely horrendous but we looked for and found all the entry points and sealed them off.
I've enclosed an image of our veranda 's being prepared and to the left of the picture, you can see the rodent mesh just showing under the blue paper and sitting on the foundation bricks that are eventually covered with brickwork.
I'm Kev and I have a variety of skills.
I've replied to another post and joined the group.
I have extremely limited time in life as I work full time (Mon-Fri) and run a woodfired Pizza business on weekends (which normally takes up most of my spare time)
Lately, I've been repairing our investment unit (which our last tenants wrecked) - it is my 'Good Samaritan Tax' - we rented to a single mum with two kids, dropped the rent for her and didn't ask for a bond - BIG MISTAKE! Long story, short answer is it will cost us about $30k
But we live and we learn keep smiling for life is for enjoyment
As mentioned, I have a variety of skills, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering and general life skills.
Would love to have a major interaction with the group, but my belief is that I won't have much time to do so.
So, I'll have to cherry pick the posts to give my input and from time to time, ask questions from the group to improve my skillsets.
BTW, It's a snag sanger - Aussie way of life and supported by Bunnings and charity groups - so good to grab a snack on the weekends and continue rockin'