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Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by Sannie, 26th Dec, 2015.

  1. Sannie

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    Hi All. Thought of posting this for a while that if Anybody of you DIY'rs in and around Adelaide wanted an extra pair of hands to help you during your projects! give me a shout. While I learn a thing or two while helping you I consider a win win for both.
     
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  2. Xenia

    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Hi Sannie
    I don't have any diy jobs but if you are an actual trades person - have ABN and insurance, I may have a few jobs.
     
  3. Sannie

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    Xenia. Sorry if my post was mis-interpreting. I am a newbie trying to overcome my fear for DIY's. I don't touch things unless I am very sure I can fix things. Mostly they are well within my limits. Although I sounded like I am here to help others I actually was seeking help to learn new things from all the wise ones here. (Of course for free!!)
     
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    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Oh gotcha
    Sorry
    Merry Christmas x
     
  5. Johnny Cashflow

    Johnny Cashflow Well-Known Member

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    Hey bud no one will want you at their Reno to teach you how to do stuff even if it is for free.

    There are too many liabilities these days. Like if you were to be injured at someone's house. Or you could be dodgy and comeback and still their stuff lol not saying you would but it's possible

    If you want to learn how to paint or some thing do some of them courses they have Bunnings or do a Painting and decorating course at TAFE. It's goes for 6 months and you learn painting, gyprock fixing, flushing, safety procedures. My brother did it and he knows the basics well enough to paint a whole house.
     
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  6. Westminster

    Westminster Tigress at Tiger Developments Business Member

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    I bet last week @joel would have loved a hand.
    See if @corey, @Waldo or @D.T. need a willing set of hands.
     
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    I disagree @Johnny Cashflow
    Better to get hands on experience from someone willing to teach. And I think someone at home doing diy would be happy for a hand plus both parties are in it to have a go. We're not America.... Yet
    The tafe and short courses are good though, but take hands on first if you can

    Great idea @Sannie! Good on you for wanting to get your hands dirty. Gives you a better understanding of the time and effort "jobs"take. Rather than just blanket statement of "tradies are a rip off" one you have had a go you can appreciate the work involved and also how they get to a price.

    Also check how @robbie_p is going, he'll gladly let you do his kitchen... Experience not required ;)
     
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  8. joel

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    Contact me in 6 months and you can help me with my next one ;) in the meantime you could put an ad on Gumtree, title it "FREE LABOUR " with an appropriate description and you'll get some replies
     
  9. Johnny Cashflow

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    I guess we renovate differently. I only have a few hours a day before work and don't have the patience to teach someone how to paint when it would actually slow down the process of the Reno. I'm not saying him "having a go" is bad.




    Free labour :D

    Good luck with that in the northern suburbs;)
     
  10. Gockie

    Gockie I'm an ISTP-A female, so I might be a bit quirky! Premium Member

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    Hehe! :p
     
  11. 4point5million

    4point5million Well-Known Member

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    It's a good idea, spending some time with someone on a site will give you an idea of things you can and can't do yourself. But Sannie the most important thing I learnt was that almost everyone will tell you that you can't do something when it's indeed possible that you can.

    I remember people telling me I couldn't never tile or lay carpet or Lino or replace windows or install toilets or showers vanities fences and build in full kitchens and bathrooms underneath highsets, well I have done it all, if your not afraid of hardwork, and take the time to learn and not be afraid of making mistakes then the world is your oyster.
     
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    Good on you for having a go. A few years ago when we did our burnt out house reno I posted on here that if anybody wanted to call in and have a look (grabbing a paint brush if they liked) and learn about how a Reno progresses and I never got one reply. I was talking to Nathan Birch and a month later he posted charging $200 for people to come and look at his reno, then go back a few weeks later, then again when it was finished to see how a reno went. he charged $200pp he got 20 people LOL
    if I wasn't sure if something I watched YouTube videos. There are some great ones out there.
     
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  13. Westminster

    Westminster Tigress at Tiger Developments Business Member

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    OMG WTF and WOW.
     
  14. Corey Batt

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    Habitat for Humanity are building a number of properties in SA at the moment - where they will take anyone on. You can do anything from landscaping, painting, gyprocking etc. The only things volunteers cannot do is the legally regulated skilled areas like plumbing and electrical.

    Habitat for Humanity South Australia

    This is something that we're donating some of our time from the office to assist over the next year.
     
  15. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Do you like shoveling soil and mulch? :p
     
  16. Westminster

    Westminster Tigress at Tiger Developments Business Member

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    @D.T. can tell you all about property management and good shovelling technique whilst you do it :rolleyes:
     
  17. wylie

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    My hubby is very skilled at DIY from learning as he went, watching and working with men he knew or were his boss at various places when younger, helping build owner builder places for friends. He has saved us so many thousands over the years putting his skills to use. I recall probably 30 years ago he worked for a demo guy who was dismantling a row of timber highest shops. He worked for free in exchange for the bricks from the fireplace.

    He was already skilled (would not have been allowed on site if not - but I doubt could not do this now with tighter rules and regs) and said he learned how things were built by pulling them apart.

    We carted those bricks to his house and stacked them. I think we moved those bricks twice before he sold them and never did lay them as pavers as planned :p.

    He also helped friends dismantle (carefully) a 100 year old church to bring it to Brisbane and be rebuilt. It all helped him to learn what goes where and how to build, patch and repair.
     
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  18. Tranquilo

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    Great idea. I've thought about asking this in the Sydney area also. I would like to learn to do a built in robe, flatpack kitchens, tile ect
     
  19. Pier1

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    Not sure about other states, but here in Qld you can obtain WorkCover insurance for workers at your home, $50p.a. cheap sleep at night insurance. Your DD required to see what is covered and what isn't
     
  20. WattleIdo

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    There's a lot of things I would like to know more about too but find that I can cover a lot of terrain by focusing on just a few areas. A lot of experience can be gained by volunteering at the vipassana meditation centres - once you've done a meditation course. I used to paint our decks with my dad and help in the garden so was happy to volunteer for that stuff there which put me in contact with the real deal. I got involved when they were building the new hall and had a go at plastering. I also did a furniture restoration course at one of those community centres. When you do this stuff, you realise that it's all about getting in and doing it and having your own work ethic. Most of it isn't complicated and once you know the right way you just have to be patient with yourself and put in the elbow grease.
     
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