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  Reply # 1962073 22-Feb-2018 09:30
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thanks for that.  i was put off no name brand stuff after my experience with a toolline table saw from mtire 10.  the instructions were pathetic, the images looked like they were faxed a few times using a 1980s fax machine, and it kept referring to figures that werent there.  "See figure 5, 6".  but they only had 1-4 then it jumped to 8.  never having used a table saw before, I took it back and got the mikita instead.  a lot easier to put together.  the slide out fence on the mikita isnt the best, the dewalt would have been better (another $400 though) and the riving knife has a bend in it at the top which will make jigs and tenons etc a pita.  im going to order a second riving knife off ebay and just cut it down a bit and switch them out when I need to use a cross cut jig or something.

 

the toolshed router table was pretty good, I got $50 off the price as it was a floor model (also saved me from putting it together :)).   it was cheaper to buy that router table than it was to buy a new router and get a lift for it, or buy a router that could be adjusted from underneath.  the triton one could be adjusted but thats like $600 from carbatec and then I would still have to build the table (or cut out a hole in my work bench...).  the fence on the toolshed router table isnt the best though...


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  Reply # 1962238 22-Feb-2018 14:13
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TLD:

 

Now that is a good idea, and one I didn't think of when I made this stand for the three-in-one sheet metal machine at my Menz Shed. 

 

 

Foot operated retractable feet or castors are readily available.


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  Reply # 1985852 30-Mar-2018 09:57
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Our outdoor steps were starting to rot.

 

They were also built by a blind muppet.

 

 

 

The angle was off by miles, the riser height not only too high, but variable.

 

 

 

So I went on Builderscrack to enquire.

 

 

 

Husband, on finding out about stringer stair kits, decided it all it needed was me and him and those.

 

 

 

First issue, Mitre10 cut the tread timbers wrong. Total width assembled needed to be 1175, it was 1190.

 

We discovered this after assembly...

 

They also said nail the treads in. That lasted 5 minutes until we tried to move them at which point the entire structure ripped apart....so we then amended size and screwed them in.

 

 

 

Then we found we coudn't lift it. At all.

 

 

 

After some messing about, I hired a handyman.

 

 

 

Said handyman came round for a look, picked it up !!!  Put it in place, discovered the porch bit at top was not square, not level and not secured at one corner (front by house).  The drive side top post is also not actually attached to anything, except a nail at top from railing, in fact that's not a post, it's part of railing....sigh.

 

 

 

Some amendments later he secured the top with some coach screws (we added more later), bolted bottom, recut stairs to fit more or less straight and we bolted the rest in, which meant a bit off amending the lower house side short post.

 

 

 

Sigh.

 

 

 

Next time I'll stick with the builder idea.

 

 

 

Although we had no money at all, that was half the issue.

 

 

 

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  Reply # 1985853 30-Mar-2018 09:59
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  Reply # 1985896 30-Mar-2018 12:29
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They also said nail the treads in. That lasted 5 minutes until we tried to move them at which point the entire structure ripped apart....so we then amended size and screwed them in.


 


Then we found we coudn't lift it. At all.




When the treads are housed in rebated stringers BRANZ recommend holding the stringers together with a 12mm ss threaded rod every 1200mm.

Your aged and infirm friends would probably find the hand rail finishing halfway down the flight and no visible indication on the front of the tread will be the death of them one night.

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  Reply # 1985897 30-Mar-2018 12:31
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Is that handrail at a different pitch to the stairs how youre going to leave it?





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  Reply # 1985997 30-Mar-2018 14:37
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richms:

 

Is that handrail at a different pitch to the stairs how youre going to leave it?

 

 

 

 

Yeah, I gotta say that is killing my OCD! :-)  ...


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  Reply # 1986932 1-Apr-2018 18:43
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Bung: When the treads are housed in rebated stringers BRANZ recommend holding the stringers together with a 12mm ss threaded rod every 1200mm.

Your aged and infirm friends would probably find the hand rail finishing halfway down the flight and no visible indication on the front of the tread will be the death of them one night.

 

We're aged and infirm enough.  Husband is 70
The treads now have reflector tape on them. And on the side. Partly to stop son crashing into them when he maneuvers the car round, he hits everything....Which is why we have also patched bottom off house (not visible in photos) with various pieces of timber, after he hit it, and the corner of house.

 

Threaded rod huh. We used stainless steel screws. Didn't ask BRANZ much other than angles and riser heights etc....

 

Yes the rail is staying like that. We had no money to begin with. Bank won't lend us anymore either. Too old and owe enough now with mortgage.

 

So as usual, budget was the main factor.

 

If I had money I wouldn't have done that at all.

 

In order of preference i'd:

 

A)be living in a nice house elsewhere

 

B)Rip the lot out and start over, doing actual steps in concrete

 

C)Hired a builder to do the lot straight off

 

 

 

But alas, none of those was possible,.

 

The rail isn't as bad as I expected. You can walk, normally, one foot, then the next on the next step, without holding on at all.

 

 

 

You can hold on at bottom, if you want, you hand, instead of being level with mid body drops a bit so more like just above hip height, well with us anyway, so it isn't a problem.

 

I thought I'd hate it more but it's livable. My OCD is far less obviously.

 

And in any case, we're sick of it now, added another half step at bottom to fix the bit of a drop there, and that's it.  Take me ages to pay back the visa with what's been done as it is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1987056 2-Apr-2018 09:19
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Built some wood storage to get ready for winter since we put in a fireplace last September.

 

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I LOVE that tesselated hexagonal storage!

 

Cheers - N


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  Reply # 1987373 3-Apr-2018 07:44
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I like that wood storage too!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Pic of the extra step, painted by granddaughter. She can paint properly at age just turned 10.  Wants to be a painter when older.

 

I wouldn't let her go over the rest of them again (done by me), sadly it isn't proper deck paint, couldn't afford it, so it will wear.

 

 

 

But she did a good job.

 

 

 

The tape is partly safety at night and partly to stop her dad hitting the steps when he moves his car. Well, hopefully it will.

 

 

 

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Getting the electric lawnmower going again 101:

 

As a house warming gift, my mum got us an Bunnings Homelite electric lawn mower in 2009. After eight years it conked out. I opened it up and found the carbon brushes were very worn down. Turns out it's impossible to get any kind of spare parts for these Bunnings sold mowers.

 

I managed to find some brushes at a business in Palmy Nth that are the right dimensions, except they're probably half the length of the originals, for $20.

 

The original brushes had a weird clip where the electrical lead hooked on. So I had to cut the clip off the original brushes and solder the copper wire inside the spring onto the new pair of brushes.

 

(Generic image of a pair of carbon brushes):

 

Brush

 

It was fun trying to hold the spring out of the way and join two pieces of copper wire inside the spring!

 

I put it all back together and it seems to be working so far. But I do think this is akin to having to chuck out a petrol driven mower because ya spark plug is worn out.


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  Reply # 2002844 26-Apr-2018 15:19
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Well done. I always like innovative repair stories.

 

 





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  Reply # 2002904 26-Apr-2018 16:17
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Just finished building a long recycled brick planter box.  8m long with a curve in the middle.  Next step is to finish filling it with Garden mix and plant it out.





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DarthKermit:

 

Getting the electric lawnmower going again 101:

 

As a house warming gift, my mum got us an Bunnings Homelite electric lawn mower in 2009. After eight years it conked out. I opened it up and found the carbon brushes were very worn down. Turns out it's impossible to get any kind of spare parts for these Bunnings sold mowers.

 

I managed to find some brushes at a business in Palmy Nth that are the right dimensions, except they're probably half the length of the originals, for $20.

 

The original brushes had a weird clip where the electrical lead hooked on. So I had to cut the clip off the original brushes and solder the copper wire inside the spring onto the new pair of brushes.

 

(Generic image of a pair of carbon brushes):

 

Brush

 

It was fun trying to hold the spring out of the way and join two pieces of copper wire inside the spring!

 

I put it all back together and it seems to be working so far. But I do think this is akin to having to chuck out a petrol driven mower because ya spark plug is worn out.

 

 

 

 

Independent Carbon Brush in Whanganui, you send them the old brush, with a length that would be as new and they will manufacture a set of brushes for you

 

 


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