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Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by Darlinghurst Boy, 3rd Oct, 2015.

  1. Darlinghurst Boy

    Darlinghurst Boy Well-Known Member

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    My late Father was a genius at handyman work, he could do pratically anything.
    Me... On the other hand have 2 left hands when it comes to drills etc .

    If i had my time again i would of listened to Dad when hevwas trying to show me.

    I need to now start learning to renovate my IP s and today bought a hand held drill from Bunnings .
    Anyone doing or reccomend courses to learn how to change kitchen mixers , door handles etc.

    I know Bunnings have courses and seminars but never seen anything at the local community colleges.
    Youtube may have some good videos.
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Kitchen mixer - plumbing licence required

    Crapentry & maintenance - your local evening college.
     
  3. Darlinghurst Boy

    Darlinghurst Boy Well-Known Member

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    Not sure about the plumbing licence to change a kitchen tap.. I know many workmates who do it themselves but technically you maybe right.:mad:

    Im just trying to work my new drill... Not easy to know which drill bits to use though.
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    The blunt ones for masonry the sharp ones for steel & timber, spade bit for timber, hole saw for door locks.
     
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    I do all electrical and plumbing work. lol, never rent a place from me lol.

    Just joking of course.....bzzzzttt... There goes that damn light again.

    But seriously just try DIY (not electrical or plumbing), buy some tools and you learn as you go along.

    On your own place it doesn't matter if it's not 100%. Who can complain? The tenant? I just threaten to raise the rent if they complain about my workmanship.
     
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    DH don't worry you are not alone. I didn't even know the difference between a Phillips head and a flat head screwdriver until about 3 months into renovating. (Yes, I know - ridiculous)

    This is why I leave the labour to the professionals who actually know what they are doing.

    vtt
     
  7. Joshwaaaa

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    I've pretty much done everything, when im doing something for the first time i find youtube tutorials. It how i left to build stud walls and do tiling etc.
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Get yourself down to Bunnings an a Saturday or Sunday and do some of their projects.

    A small toolkit - left & right handed screwdrivers, cordless hammer, can of striped paint (unshaken), box of short circuits & most importantly a long weight.

    Get some ppe as well - leather gloves, ear plugs, goggles, hard hat, steel cap boots, harness.
     
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    Most things aren't too hard at all. Youtube is your friend!
     
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    You tube is definitely your friend you can find anything on there. I built my entire granny flat using videos as guides. Bar electrical, plumbing and welding.
     
  11. Darlinghurst Boy

    Darlinghurst Boy Well-Known Member

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    speaking of Bunnings... What are there project classes like ?
    Did you find them informatuve or boring ?
     
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    The fastest way to learn how to swim is to jump straight into the deep end.
     
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    Either you - tube or a tube of no more gaps.
     
  14. Darlinghurst Boy

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    Your right i think.. I remember years and years ago when i was a Taxi Driver in my student days ... The only way to learn the streets is to get out there and drive and cop the abuse from the passengers until THEY teach you the streets.

    I want to learn how to use the drill and i have found Bunnings staff excellent and never think my questions are stupid.
     
  15. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    Im pretty handy, did most of my house renos till my shoulders packed it in. Did my kitchen this year and plenty of other work.
     
  16. Tim86

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    For shame guys :p

    The chair below was rusted up and all the wood was rotten. I went off to work the other day, come back to find that my wife had gone to bunnings, gotten everything she needed, ripped the chair apart and grabbed the drop saw cut all the timber up (replacing all the rotten timber), sanded all the rust, restored all the metal work, drilled it all back together again.

    I get my wife on the nail guns, drop saws, drills, etc...

    She's a keeper.


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  17. Darlinghurst Boy

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    Looks great Tim... I may need to borrow her.
     
  18. Tim86

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    Nope she's all mine. Bakes me cake too! #1 Wife :D
     
  19. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Are you sure you didn't marry a bloke
     
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  20. Tim86

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    No I've checked extensively!

    She drinks beer too :)
     
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