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  # 1615867 22-Aug-2016 15:37
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So you can play thru the speaker. AM reception is just buzz and whines when you are near technology so not much use. If the speaker is pretty looking then may as well convert it to something to play interesting podcasts or whatever on instead of just the plethora of talkback and foreign crap that is what is left on AM.





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So you can play thru the speaker. AM reception is just buzz and whines when you are near technology so not much use. If the speaker is pretty looking then may as well convert it to something to play interesting podcasts or whatever on instead of just the plethora of talkback and foreign crap that is what is left on AM.

 

 

 

 

National Radio is on AM.  There's a certain appeal to low fidelity AM radio.

 


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  # 1615914 22-Aug-2016 16:21
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So you can play thru the speaker. AM reception is just buzz and whines when you are near technology so not much use. If the speaker is pretty looking then may as well convert it to something to play interesting podcasts or whatever on instead of just the plethora of talkback and foreign crap that is what is left on AM.

 

 

You, Sir, are a digital snob. Some of the best times I ever had were accompanied by the buzz and whine of AM radio.

 

 





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  # 1615919 22-Aug-2016 16:29
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Not exactly a DIY project, we are embarking on redoing our kitchen. Its been ordered and currently getting made. We will  be doing some of the finishing of the project ourselves but the main install is being done by the kitchen company with sub trades installing all the new appliances.





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Some pics of it would still be good to see, Mike.


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  # 1616190 23-Aug-2016 09:49
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I had some fun over the last few weeks taking some old Matai floor joists and making them into floating kitchen shelves

 

"Well Bugger that didn't embed right"

 

 

 

 

here are some links

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJWLamfgmxY/

 

 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJUaSk8gPoK/

 

 

 

I used black epoxy to fill the nail holes and then Briwax sanding sealer and danish oil to finish them


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  # 1616197 23-Aug-2016 09:58
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Dav4122:

 

Dav4122:

 

I had some fun over the last few weeks taking some old Matai floor joists and making them into floating kitchen shelves

 

"Well Bugger that didn't embed right"

 

 

 

 

here are some links

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJWLamfgmxY/

 

 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJUaSk8gPoK/

 

 

 

I used black epoxy to fill the nail holes and then Briwax sanding sealer and danish oil to finish them

 

 

 

 

Impressive, well done. 

 

 


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Our cat is interested in having shelves/steps up the ceiling built for him. He is growing into big one (should be >6Kg in few years)

 

Loooked at the shelves supports (triangle or L-type) in Bunnings - ugly. Looking for better alternatives.


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Dav4122:

 

Dav4122:

 

I had some fun over the last few weeks taking some old Matai floor joists and making them into floating kitchen shelves

 

"Well Bugger that didn't embed right"

 

 

 

 

here are some links

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJWLamfgmxY/

 

 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJUaSk8gPoK/

 

 

 

I used black epoxy to fill the nail holes and then Briwax sanding sealer and danish oil to finish them

 

 

 

 

What technique did to choose to attache the shelf to the wall. 






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  # 1616481 23-Aug-2016 18:54
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I used some special float shelf fittings

 

https://www.accessgroup.co.nz/te-catalog/product/triade_floating_shelf_fittings-6371.html/

 

 

 

but i have also used french cleats for a similar project in the past and would use those again in the future

 

https://www.fishpond.co.nz/c/Homeware/q/Hangman+French+Cleat

 

 

 

 


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Got a bit closer to finishing my room refresh - and room is now sucessfully tenanted. 

 

 

 

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Turned Tesla Battery box into shelves for my kitten tonight:

 

 

 


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A recent project was adding a shower to the bath in our old farmhouse. This was something I wanted for various reasons. 

 

The first major challenge was persuading our plumber to install a new combo mixing tap sourced from China (too much cost and too little choice here, unfortunately). He was convinced it wouldn’t work with our low pressure gravity system (it did) and only serious and repeated pleading, along with assurances absolving him of any blame if it didn’t, finally got him to do it. 

 

Putting up the shower curtain was even harder. The house is very old and completely non-standard. It was DIY when everything was DIY. The bathroom walls are wooden, not brick or concrete, and the bath was exposed on three sides, all of which had to be protected from water spatter. With high ceilings of uncertain material and odd proportions, we could find no good way of supporting the required curtain rail. We spent weeks designing and discarding different ideas. What we kept coming back to was a self-supporting oval made of stainless steel tubing that could be mounted from one side only. We tried without success to get something custom-made locally, but the machine shops we approached either were not interested, wanted far too much money, or insisted it was impossible. 

 

After much searching, we actually found such a thing – in China, of course – but it was designed only to be mounted onto brick or concrete. Nothing whatsoever existed for wood. Finally we took a gamble and bought what was available in the hope that we might be able to figure out a way to make it work once we had it in our hands. With this kind of project, it is really hard to know how something is likely to work from photos on a web page, especially if you are not an engineer. We had to do it with a guess and a prayer and hope for the best. 

 

When we received the tubular stainless steel oval, it was perfect. Exactly the right size and dimensions to fit over the bath. The only problem was figuring out how to mount it. There were two large protruding bits of tubing that contained the fastening bolts for mounting into concrete. We removed the bolts and made a cardboard template to go over the protrusions, with holes for four screws. I then took it with the oval back to one of the machine shops and instructed them to fabricate a sturdy plate and weld it to the protrusions. We then used a circular saw to cut holes into the wooden wall exactly the size of the tubing. We were then able to force the protruding bits into the wall, which was fortunately made of thick, solid planking since this is an old farmhouse. We then just screwed the plate tight to the wall to hold it in place. It worked perfectly. The weight is supported by the steel mounting tubes jammed into the wall. The screws attaching the mounting plate do not have to bear any of the weight. Their only purpose is to keep the assembly from working loose. 

 

With the curtains up the rail was completely solid, no wobbling at all. It easily carried the weight. There are two overlapping curtains because of the distance they have to cover. They are not attached at either end so they can be flexibly moved anywhere along the rail or spread out over the entire length. The result is exactly what I hoped it would be, but it took a lot of thought and planning to get there, even if it doesn’t look like it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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What's your pressure like given the plumbers concerns? What was the aliexpress store?


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I don't know the figure. It is certainly lower than mains pressure but high enough for reasonable flow rate. The shower head has three settings and the standard one gives a pleasant, gentle rain, not intense but perfectly adequate. On the highest setting the flow is reasonably vigorous and I use it for rinsing the sides of the bath. Sorry I can't be more specific. The store was JBG Trading Ltd. I bought the tap a couple of years ago. Because of the issues with the plumber and our distance from town, it took two years before the tap was actually installed.

 

 

 

 





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