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Outdoor

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14 all decked out

Handy stuff
Light your way and clean the
house with these clever products

Enjoy your outdoor room all year


by revamping it for cold weather

22 winter warmers
Make cafe-style hot drinks to
keep the chill at bay


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25 deck fixes
Simple maintenance and repairs
to make the timber look like new

30 Garden tool cabinet


Build a mini slimline shed and
attach it to the house


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Renovate
36 affordable architecture

102 growing muShroomS

Clever homes built on a budget

45 brilliant bookcaSeS

Build

Storage solutions for any space

54 diy careerS
Make a living being handy

68 rack it up
Sort the garage with wall shelving

74 bringin it home
in your ute

Decorate
58 Smart wayS to Store SpiceS
Caddies to hold your seasonings

64 upcycled utenSil holder


Turn cans into wall storage

Keep your load safe and secure

79 how to be heat wiSe


Warm your home efficiently

82 deSigner heaterS
Artistic radiators that stand out

84 inSulation made eaSy


Reduce heating and cooling costs

Raise a crop indoors in just


three weeks using a kit

106 backyard SuperfoodS


Give your diet a boost with
home-grown berries

112 5 top compoSting


tipS and trickS
Turn kitchen waste
into plant food

this issue

Tuck it all away


Many houses get cluttered as theres
minimal storage space, or the spaces
are not used efficiently. This issue of
New Zealand Handyman has projects
for storing spices, making bookshelves
and building a shed for hand tools.
Theres also a project to put the
garage in order. So get everything
sorted now! Were here to help.

Transporting big objects

et out and stay out! Thats


what we tell our kids when
they race around the house
screaming and shouting, making
the walls feel even closer together.
Well, this is what were suggesting
New Zealand Handyman readers do
this winter, too. It may be chilly, but
why not embrace outdoor living?
Weve come up with multiple ideas
to keep toasty, from outdoor heating,
ways to create heat traps and even
beverage ideas to warm your insides!
For inside the house, weve put
together a buyers guide to heaters.
Whether you have a small flat,
townhouse or large country home,
there are choices to suit every space.
Plus, check out the weird and
wonderful heaters, on page 82.

I had a dangerous experience once


when moving furniture. I felt Id tied
a bench on my car securely, but the
wind got under it, ripped off my rope
and flung the bench into the air. It
collapsed in pieces on the road behind
and missed another car by just metres.
I shudder to think what might
have happened had it been a little bit
closer. Ive since transported lots of
large, awkward-shaped items and
always ensure theyre safe. On page 74,
we show you how to tie bulky items
on a ute and get them home safely.
Enjoy the issue,

managing Editor
LEE DASHIELL

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Philips Bathroom Lighting


Inspired by the beauty of water, Philips Aquat turns your
bathroom into a rejuvenating experience.
Youll nd bright task and general lighting
imbued with style and functionality. Protected
by an anti corrosive layer, and coated with
elegant nishes. Apply make-up or shave
effortlessly with tasteful task lights placed
around your mirror. Or create a soothing
ambience with basic illumination from our

ceiling lights. Following the strictest international


safety standards, the range is specically
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Total peace of mind. In your oasis of calm.

Advanced LED Technology


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The range is made from premium materials, with high care for aesthetics, details and forms.
You also rest easy knowing that this collection is designed according to the most stringent
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Handystuff
Lighting the way and cleaning the house are all
part of this months round-up of nifty products
E  re 
Big  brigh
The Iron Horse Tripod
Worklight, $259, is made for
lighting up large workspaces.
Its two 40-LED lamps throw
out an impressive 3000 lumens
with a beam spanning up to
240. Sitting on a heavy-duty
tubular metal tripod, the unit
can extend up to 1.7m high.
You wont miss it with its vivid
green powdercoated finish.
bunnings.co.nz

Have your own personal light when


reading at night with the Eveready
Energizer Flexible Booklite, about
$21. The bendy neck projects
light in any direction and the
super-bright white LED never
needs replacing. Youll get
more than 30 hours
of light between
battery changes.
energizer.com

Pen power
The Arlec 6-LED Ultra
Bright Stick Light, $6,
fits neatly in your pocket,
glove box or toolbelt,
providing a compact light
source wherever you go.
Shaped like a pen, it has
a moulded pocket clip,
is water-resistant and
comes with batteries.
arlec.com.au

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Ideal for when youre working in
the shed or garage is the
Eiger 20-LED Worklight and
Torch, $12. It comes with
a hook and a magnetic
base so its always easy to
find a place to put it. The
head swivels to give
the best light. Batteries
are included.
bunnings.co.nz

Handymanmagazine.co.nz JULY 2014

This issue

Clean sweep
Get to all those hard-to-reach
places with the Oates Sqwivel
Squeeze Mop, $25. The head hinges
for easy manoeuvrability around
corners, into restricted spaces and
under low furniture. A heavy-duty
wringing mechanism ensures the
sponge is well rinsed and a simple
twist-and-release action makes
replacing the sponge easy.
icbclean.co.nz

Mop dont mope


If the mop never wrings properly
and the water sloshes everywhere,
solve the problem with a Sabco
Bulldozer Ultimate Pro Wringer
Bucket, $99. The mouth fits all
mops and three agitators at the
base help dislodge dirt. The foot
pedal is ergonomically designed
and the 16L bucket runs on castors,
positioned so it wont fall over.
bunnings.co.nz

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Quick tidy-up

Citrus scent

The Vax Mach Gator 10.8V Handheld


Vacuum, $70, is just what you need
for a speedy clean-up of animal
hair or breadcrumbs before
your visitors arrive. It features
a built-in retractable crevice tool
for vacuuming in tight spots and
the alligator-style mouth flips
open at the touch of
a button for easy
emptying.
vax.co.nz

Skip that ghastly garbage smell


polluting the cabinets with Grunt
Lemon Scented Kitchen Tidy Bags,
$8 for 50. Each bag can hold
27L worth of waste, features
easy-to-tie carry
handles and is made
of a strong plastic
material thats tough
to break. Storage
is simple, as the
bags tear easily off
a compact roll.
bunnings.co.nz

High light
Light up a whole room
or just the pages of
a book with a Mother
& Child Lamp, $75.
The contemporary
uplight design has an
attractive satin nickel
finish and stands 178cm
tall. The reading light
is adjustable and both
lights have independent
dimmer controls.
bunnings.co.nz

Baby blocker

Rodent removal

Keep those curious little hands


away from sharps or chemicals
with the Dream Baby Flexi-Loop
Lock, about $10. Designed for
use with mushroom-style knobs
or D-shaped cabinet and cupboard
handles, its easily unlocked by
adults in three simple steps.
dreambaby.co.nz

Feeding a few more pests than


family members lately? Take out
even the most tricky mouse with
the poison-free Kiwicare No Mice
Nooski Mouse Trap, about $11.
A tiny rubber latex ring snaps over
the animals neck for a fast, no-mess
and environmentally friendly fix
to your critter problem.
kiwicare.co.nz

Shock block

Hose and hook


Set yourself up with a hose thats
made to last. The Pope Tricoflex
30m Garden Hose, $50, is made
from UV-treated PVC and reinforced
braiding for extra strength. Its
tap ready with leak-free Perma Fit

connections and is the ideal length


for both medium and large gardens.
When youre not using it, store it
out of the way with the wall-mounted
Garden Mate Hose Hanger, $7.
popewatering.co.nz

Did you do a mad dash round the


house during the last big storm to
turn off all your electronics? Skip
the stress with an Arlec Plug-In
Power Surge Protector, about $7.
Suitable for use on household
power points, it protects everything
from the laptop and TV to the
toaster from irreparable electrical
damage next time lightning strikes.
arlec.com.au

Handymanmagazine.co.nz JULY 2014

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The right stuff


CUT SOME SHAPES
The Ryobi RJS750-G 500W
Jigsaw, with its tool-free blade
change, shapes wood, steel or
aluminum with ease. Its ush-cut
capability allows cutting up to
vertical surfaces and an in-built
dust blower ensures a clear view
of your cutting line. The base also
adjusts from 0 to 45 degrees for
right or left angle cuts. $79.

LET THE SUN SHINE IN


EzyLite Domes can make your home a much brighter place to be in the depths
of winter. The 300 or 400mm diameter domes are made from impact resistant
moulded acrylic with ceiling ring, diffuser and all the xings you need for simple
installation. Suitable for either tile or corrugated rooves. Available in 2 sizes
300mm $147 & 400mm $199.

WET WEATHER ESSENTIALS


Keep your feet safe and dry with the
Troppers Safety Steel Capped Mens
Gumboots. Made from Reinforced PVC,
Troopers are steel capped and are NZ
Safety Approved. The mid sole is reinforced
with full steel for added strength and are
polyester lined for comfort. $29.98.

BRIGHTEN UP YOUR HOME FOR WINTER


These Flair Young Shaggy Rugs will add a splash of colour and cheer
up any room on a wintery day. With a choice of 4 fresh colours, they
are made from allergy-free non-shedding hard wearing yarn, are soft
on your toes and come in two sizes to enable you to mix and match.
110 x 160cm and 70 x 130cm. From $49.99 each.

SAFETY IN ALL WEATHERS

Being equipped for winter


makes your home so
much easier to live in and
D.I.Y. jobs easier to do.
This month we look at a
whole bunch of new ideas
and products that will be
just what you need.

Rated IP33 weatherproof, the HPM 10A Power Centre


with RCBO Protection and Dual USB Charger provides a
fast power cut off to reduce the risk of electrocution and
protects the power centre from damage if overloaded.
Ideal for construction sites or workshops, it features
double pole shuttered outlets and heavy-duty high
visibility lead for extra safety. Two 2.1A charging USB
ports complete this all weather performer. $199.

POWER TOOL ESSENTIALS


The Ozito 5 Piece 18V Kit has all the basics
you need for D.I.Y. jobs around the house. It
includes an 18V Drill, Detail Sander, Jig Saw,
Trim Saw and super bright torch plus two 18V
Li-Ion Battery Packs all in a handy storage
box. $249.

SPACE SAVERS
Finally a range of bolt cutters that t into your toolbox! Simply ick the
latch and the Kincrome Compact Bolt Cutters unfold in seconds for use.
Made from Chrome Molybdenum to cut high tensile materials, they are
almost half the length of standard bolt cutters with the same strength.
Available in 3 sizes 350mm $59.90. 450mm $69.90 & 600mm $99.90.

REDUCE CONDENSATION BUILD UP


The EzyLite Roof Vent passively reduces heat from
the roof cavity of your home to help prevent damp
and mould. Its modern, low prole design is simple
to install and is compliant with Australian Standards.
Suitable for tile and corrugated rooves. $99.

Not all products featured are available in all stores, but may be ordered. Shelf prices
may be lower than advertised to ensure lowest prices every day. We reserve the
right to restrict the purchase of commercial quantities. All prices quoted are
inclusive of GST. Prices valid until Sunday 27th July 2014, or while stocks last.

All decked out


Make the most of your garden and enjoy outdoor
living even when the weather cools down
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W up the wte eck wth tbe


hete, ceht  cuh.

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outdoor

nyone who has gone house


hunting knows that properties
with a deck, outdoor living
area or garden come at a premium.
This is because a usable outdoor
space can add significant value and
building a deck is one of the simplest
ways to increase that value.
Its estimated that budgets for
landscaping and hardscaping have
tripled in the past 15 years, with the

rough average for a reno costing up


to 10% of the value of the home.
With such a good return on
investment, the deck or patio is now
seen as an extra room, with design
and functionality top priorities.
No longer just a warm-weather
pleasure, heating, screening and
lighting options provide lots of ways
to enjoy your outdoor space in style
and comfort all year round.

Handymanmagazine.co.nz JULY 2014

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Fire it up
A source of warmth is the way to
entice people onto the deck in the
cold months, with fireplaces one of
the biggest outdoor trends in the past
five years. Whatever the budget, some
type of heat source can be included.
Portable gas-fuelled braziers are
the ideal choice for small groups, as
they provide good ambient heat in
a limited radius. Costing from $50
to $400, they are economical to run.
Another budget-friendly option
is a fire pit. A camp-style pit in the
ground with a stone circle and gravel
in the base is an informal solution
that can fit into any scheme.

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A more sophisticated stainless steel


fire pit is still inexpensive and can be
moved to where the heat is required,
making it a good choice for small
spaces or gatherings on dry, still days.
Chimineas are a different take
on a fire pit and are better suited to
withstand wind, as they have proper
draughting and the fire is contained.
If the budget allows and the space
is large enough, a built-in fireplace
adds instant appeal and will become
a focal point of the space.
The location should take into
consideration privacy needs,
prevailing wind direction and
proximity to other structures.

Remember to check local


council regulations about where
outdoor fireplaces can be located
and if consents are required.
They could be freestanding at the
edge of a patio, built into a retaining
wall or attached to an outdoor kitchen.
For a small fireplace, youll need
at least a 4 x 4m deck or patio and
for a large one at least a 6 x 6m area.
Make sure there is enough room for
furniture in front of your fireplace.
Safety is tantamount when
lighting a fire, particularly on a deck
or patio. Check what the New Zealand
Fire Service (fire.org.nz) recommends
about lighting fires outdoors.

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A real fire creates a classic ambience


while providing heat on a winter deck.

outdoor

Get the look

La Hacienda Vigo Chiminea


in Antique Red, $249.
riverleagroup.co.nz

Chapala Sun God Fire Pit


With Screen, $135.
chapala.com.au

Gasmate Decorative
Gas Fire Pit, $899.
gasmate.co.nz

Put your DIY skills to work with Porta Pine


Panels, timber mouldings and dowels
available from any Bunnings store.
Big or small ... whatever your
project, youll find a Porta
product to help you
get the job done.

ARCHITRAVES & SKIRTINGS

DOWELS

TIMBER PANELS

To discover what you can do with


Porta timber and mouldings,
visit www.porta.co.nz

outdoor

Sceen i ff
Turning an outdoor area into a room
can be as easy as installing blinds
to enclose the space. Its also a simple
way to provide shelter from the
elements all year round.
At the top end of the scale are
motorised systems with rain-sensitive
shutters, or vertical screens and
awnings. Costing upwards of $1000,
they are a very good permanent
option, if the budget allows.

Simple and cost-effective solutions


also work well. There are two basic
types of outdoor blinds, bistro and
shade, both of which can be used to
protect against wind and rain.
Made from high-quality PVC,
bistro blinds are transparent, so the
views are maintained. Tinted blinds
are also available for greater privacy.
Standard sizes are available off
the shelf for under $200, but blinds
can be customised to fit any space,

with some systems allowing panels to


be secured together to fit larger areas.
Operation is via a rope-and-pulley
or a framed zip-fastening system that
can completely enclose the space.
They can be installed DIY and are
low maintenance. Some blinds have
up to 95% UV resistance, making
them good for summer, too.
Shade blinds, such as a bamboo
roman types, have the added
advantage that no-one can see in.

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The Longreach blade
32mm wide and a reach of 67mm long, this
blade goes the distance thanks to the
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35mm wide and only 0.8mm thick
with heat treated teeth, the
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Nail Buster Extreme
Suitable for timber with nails,
non ferrous metals,
54mm depth of cut.
Why is Titanium coating so good?
It is designed to reduce friction which reduces the heat build-up
during the cutting process, signicantly increasing the life of the
blade. This even makes the New Nail Buster Extreme Gold blade
capable of cutting deck screws, an application not
possible with any other brand of blade.
Suitable for timber with nails, non
ferrous metals, 54mm depth of cut.

Windoware 2.4 x 2.4m Bistro Blind,


$269, from Bunnings.
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outdoor

Ligh i igh
To maximise outdoor living during
the colder months, it is crucial to
get the lighting right.
In winter, days are shorter and
while the sun is often high and bright
in the daytime, early nightfall can
prevent you from using the deck for
relaxing or socialising.
Planning the illumination adds
a feeling of warmth and creates an
atmosphere that makes you want
to spend time outside.
Have a couple of different
options to change how the space
looks and feels. A main overhead
light is necessary, but fit a dimmer
so it can be diffused.
If the space is large enough, use
lamps around the perimeter and the
softer glow of candles in the centre.
Feature lights over alfresco dining
areas look good and are practical,
while strings of fairy lights can make
any space feel festive and inviting.
To get the best results and for
maximum safety, only buy or
install lighting products that are
specified for outdoor use.
When it comes to the garden,
use lighting for practical reasons,
such as to illuminate a path and
to create attractive views.
Downlighting features and
recesses highlights the landscaping,
while uplighting garden beds and
trees gives shadow effects.
LED technology has made
lighting more multifunctional than
ever, while solar lights come in a
range of designs and are free to run.

Make the most of an outdoor space


with the right lights to set the mood.

Nelson 12V Superbright LED Pond


Light, $24. hpmlegrand.co.nz

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Solar Magic LED


Solar Spotlight With
Remote Panel, $28,
from Bunnings.

Crompton 12V Hooded


Garden Spotlight, $27.
gerardlighting.co.nz

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Winter warmers
Cosy up and sip on cafe-style hot drinks
at home with these three traditional recipes
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Heavenly
hot chocolate
pREpaRaTION TIME 5 mins
COOKING TIME 5 mins
SERVES 1

INGREDIENTS
125ml low-fat milk
125ml low-fat evaporated milk
1 teaspoons sugar
3 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
White and pink mini marshmallows
Grated chocolate

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1 COMBINE THE MILKS and sugar in


l
a small, heavy-based saucepan and heat,
uncovered, over low heat for 5 minutes
or until the mixture bubbles gently.
2 MEaNwHILE, mix the cocoa powder
l
with 1 teaspoon of water in a 250ml teacup
or mug to form a thick paste.
3 pOuR THE MILK MIXTuRE slowly into
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the cocoa paste, stirring until smooth.
Top with marshmallows, sprinkle with
grated chocolate and serve.

Creamy
chai
pREpaRaTION TIME 5 mins plus 10 mins standing
COOKING TIME 5 mins
SERVES 2
INGREDIENTS
250ml milk
250ml water
3 cardamom pods, bruised
1 cinnamon stick
teaspoon ground ginger
4 cloves
4 peppercorns
2 tablespoons tea leaves
2 teaspoons honey
1 COMBINE THE MILK and water with
l

the cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves


and peppercorns in a small saucepan.
2 BRING THE MIXTuRE slowly to the
l
boil over medium to low heat. As soon
as it boils, turn off the heat and add the
tea leaves. Leave to stand for 10 minutes.
3 STIR IN THE HONEy and strain into
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a jug. Pour into serving glasses.

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Where chisel and knife combine to form


the ultimate multi-purpose tool

outdoor

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roviding it receives regular


attention, a deck is one build
that keeps on giving, adding
lifestyle benefits and value to the home.
Decks are constantly exposed
to the weather and foot traffic year
round, and can deteriorate quickly,
if not properly maintained.
Quality outdoor timber lasts for
up to 15 years if cared for so it pays
to look after your investment.
Giving the deck a good once-over
at the start of summer and at the end
of autumn prepares it for use and
resolves any potential problems.

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Oiling the deck


Decks finished with oil should be
cleaned and re-oiled twice a year
to keep the timber protected.
If decks arent refinished regularly,
the surface will become rough and
appear discoloured and dirty.
Check if a deck needs refinishing
by splashing water on the boards. If
the water soaks in instead of beading
off, then resealing is required.
Wash the deck prior, then apply
two coats of quality oil, selecting
a formula that resists abrasion and
doesnt fade when exposed to UV light.
tip Stained decks need to be lightly
sanded and re-stained every two years.

Sealng a deck sos waer


enerang and exends s lfe.

Cabos Naural Deckng Ol,


$69 for 5L. cabos.co.nz

oiled
boards

deck

scrubbing
brush

deck

lambswool
applicator

Clean the deck

Sweep the deck with a stiff-bristled


broom, then hose the boards down.
Apply deck cleaner to a square metre
at a time, choosing a cleaner that suits
the timber and the finish.
tip The cleaner is activated by water.

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Scrub the surface

Use a stiff scrubbing brush to work


the cleaner into the timber, then leave
it to soak for 15 minutes without
letting it dry completely. Hose the area
down to rinse, then clean the rest of
the deck and allow to dry.

Finish the deck

Apply two coats of decking oil


using a lambswool applicator with
a long handle to apply it evenly.
Leave the oil to dry between coats
and use less for the second coat, as
the timber wont absorb it as easily.

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outdooR

Replace old boards


Broken or split timber boards pose
a safety hazard and should be repaired
or replaced as soon as possible.
If hardwood or treated pine
suffers from rot and decay, or the nails
have rusted, then individual boards
or whole sections of a deck may need
to be replaced to keep it safe.
Leave new decking boards for
at least two months before oiling
or staining them to allow the
tannins to be released.
Timber that is cleaned and sealed
regularly is more resistant to rot.
tip If a screwdriver penetrates soft,
spongy timber, this indicates rot.

trojan 375mm pry Bar, $19.


rojanools.com.au

Broken and roen boards make


a deck unsafe for kds o lay on.

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Remve he amage bar

Use a pry bar to lift and remove


the damaged section, then prise
out remaining nails using a claw
hammer. Fill any splits in the joists
with two-part epoxy filler to prevent
further moisture damage.

Psiin he new bars

Loosely arrange the boards in


a staggered pattern with the ends
finishing over a joist. Cut the ends
square using a mitresaw and drill two
2mm pilot holes in each board above
the centre of the joists.

Sec re he bars

Ensure there are consistent gaps


between the boards by tapping thin
timber wedges in the gaps at every
second joist. Lever boards into position
as required using a chisel, then secure
with decking nails or screws.

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Repair split posts


Outdoor structures are exposed to
heat, cold and rain, which causes the
expansion and contraction of the
timber, creating cracks and splits.
Cracks continue to move with
the weather, so these areas of damage
and any timber joints in the deck
that have opened up should be filled
to avoid additional moisture problems
and insect infestation.
If old posts are cracked, check
for rot before filling or replace posts
if they are not structurally sound.
Sand and oil the area once the
filler has cured to prevent further
damage from occurring.

polyfilla Exeror tmber Fller,


$20 for 450g. oly.com.au

poss ha suor overhead


srucures need careful nsecon.

post

paintbrush
post

filler

putty
knife

abrasive
paper

Apply
imbe fille

Use a putty knife or spatula to work


timber filler into the damaged area,
levelling it flush with the surface.
Choose a flexible filler specifically
designed for outdoor use, as ordinary
timber putty will quickly crack.

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San
he s face

Once the filler has cured, remove


the excess using a flexible sanding
block with 60 grit abrasive paper, then
feather the edges with 180 grit paper.
Wipe off any dust from the surface
using a clean, dry cloth.

Seal
he epai

Use a paintbrush to apply at least


two coats of decking oil to the post
to prevent moisture penetration and
conceal the repair.
tip For painted posts, apply primer,
then two coats of exterior paint.

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garden tool
cabinet
Build a mini storage shed to keep your outdoor essentials
safe from the weather but always within easy reach

small steel shed is a practical


and not-too-expensive way to
store outdoor tools, but its not
the best-looking garden feature. Even
if you paint it, its always just a shed.
Designed to blend in on the
wall of a weatherboard home, this
timber cabinet is secured to the side
of the house then painted to match
the exterior colour scheme.
A streamlined storage solution, it
still has plenty of hanging space for
garden hand tools and theres a shelf
for pots, fertiliser and other essentials.
To withstand exposure to the
elements and resist insect attack,
the cabinet is built from marine-grade

plywood and LOSP treated pine.


Cut the plywood to size using a
circular saw and straightedge guide,
and use a mitresaw to cut the pine.
The tops of the sides are cut at
a 60 angle to match the fall of the
roof, with the side trim pieces and
rafters also cut to match.

Finish he cabine


Attach the cabinet to the wall studs,
then refit the doors and roof. Fill over
the nail and screw heads, apply two
coats of exterior acrylic, then add the
doorhandles and latch.
Attach mounting clips, brackets
and hooks to the interior and doors.

Clad the roof in shingles to match


the house or paint the plywood. Dont
use clay or concrete roof tiles, as they
are thicker than shingles and may be
too heavy for the cabinet.

Using a brad nailer


Securing the cleats, trim and fascia
on this shed is hard work if you
hammer in all the nails by hand.
A powered nailgun like the Ryobi
18V AirStrike brad nailer increases
efficiency and reduces effort.
Compatible with Ryobis ONE+
batteries, this cordless pneumatic
nailer is capable of driving fasteners

up to 50mm long without needing


a separate compressor and air hose.
The drive depth can be adjusted
without using tools, and up to 700 nails
can be driven on a single charge.
It has a magazine that holds
105 nails, indicator windows to show
when youre running out of ammo, and
an automatic LED work light.

Ryobi ONE+ Brad Nailer, $249,


excluding battery. ryobi.co.nz

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Build the cabinet


clamp

back

back
shelf
outer
rafter
front
top rail

side

cleats
side

shelf
offcut

side
slat

side

centre
rafter

front
base rail

back
side

Assemble the carcass

Mark the shelf location on the


sides and prop them upright, then
position the shelf on offcuts between
the sides. Drill pilot holes and
secure the shelf using screws, then
position the back on the carcass
assembly and secure to the sides and
shelf with screws at 150mm centres.

slats

Attach the rails and rafters

Position the top and base front


rails, then secure with screws. Clamp
the outer rafters to the sides, flush
with the angled tops, and position
the centre rafter between the top
rail and the back. Secure the rafters
with pairs of screws through the
back and the top front rail.

vent
hole

Install the floor

Use exterior PVA adhesive and


nails to secure the cleats around the
inside of the carcass, 19mm down
from the top of the front base rail.
Secure the first two floor slats, centred
on the cleats with a 10mm gap in
between, working outwards to secure
the remaining slats with 9mm gaps.

scrap
timber

roof

clamp

roof
hinge
rail
back
clamp
rafter
back
side

front
side trim

roof
trim

front
side trim

side
adhesive
side

Secure the roof

Use a circular saw to bevel the


back edge of the roof panel to match
the side panels, then secure the roof
trim using adhesive and galvanised
nails. Position the roof on the rafters
with an even overhang on each side,
then temporarily secure it with screws
driven into the rafters.

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Add the side trim

Drill 10mm starter holes and cut


out the vent holes in the sides using
a jigsaw. Cut the top of the side trim
pieces at 60. Clamp the front side
trim to overhang the edge of the side
by 19mm. Secure the front side trim
using adhesive and screws, then
attach the top and base fascia.

Attach the hinges

Clamp the hinges to a piece of


scrap timber and countersink the
square leaves to allow for the inset
hinge design. Drill pilot holes on
the inside face of the front side trim,
then use timber screws to secure the
hinges, aligning each hinge with
the centre of the three door rails.

ouTdoor

side
back
shelf

top
fascia

stud
locations

side
hinge
side
stile
door

bearer

rail
door
panel

door
rail

front
side trim

door
stile

door
stile

Tim the s

Apply adhesive to the back of the


stiles and secure to the door panels
with bullethead nails, overhanging
the hinge sides by 22mm. Position
two rails between the stiles, flush
with the edges of each door panel,
and the third 310mm down from the
top, securing with adhesive and nails.

door
panel

door
rail

Hang the s

Secure doorstops to the centre


of the top and base front rails. Position
the doors against the hinges with
a 3mm gap at the centre, top and base,
securing with the supplied screws.
Attach the hanging rail with screws,
then the door shelf and its mitred
edging. Remove the doors and roof.

Sec e the cabinet

Attach steel angle 100mm from


the base of the wall with coachscrews,
then secure the bearer. Secure the
cabinet to the studs with coachscrews.
Scribe the back side trim to match the
weatherboard profile, then attach with
screws. Snap 100mm vents into the
sides and seal with silicone.

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outdoor

Garden tool cabinet


  

190

60
290
100

front
roof trim

roof
vent
hole

165

side
roof trim

rafter

60
mitred
ends

rafter
top
fascia

door
shelf
280

shelf
edge

stop
front support
top rail
hanging
rail

vent
hole

vent

door
stop
door shelf
cleat

shelf
bracket

back
side trim

door
rail
side
side
back
door

door
handle
shelf
slats
door
stile
front
side trim
450
front
base rail

9
base
fascia

side
cleat

side
front
side trim
door
19

stile
22

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75
rail

top view of
front corner

shelf
bracket

13

bearer
steel
angle

door
stop

Cutting list
PART
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 pywood
Sides
Back
R f
D rs
lOsP d p
Shelf
Fr nt rails
Side cleats
Fr nt/back cleats
Slats
Rafters
Side r f trim
Fr nt r f trim
T p fascia
Base fascia
Back side trim
Fr nt side trim
D r stiles
D r rails
D r st ps
St p s pp rt
Hanging rail
Bearer
Shelf brackets
D r shelf
D r shelf cleat
Side shelf edges
Fr nt shelf edge
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SIZE

No.

2285 x 330 x 18
2285 x 1220 x 12
1524 x 556 x 18
1864 x 584 x 18

2
1
1
2

1184 x 240 x 19
1184 x 90 x 35
295 x 40 x 18
1148 x 40 x 18
295 x 90 x 19
384 x 90 x 35
556 x 40 x 18
1560 x 40 x 18
1220 x 135 x 19
1220 x 90 x 19
2285 x 90 x 19
2130 x 90 x 19
1864 x 90 x 19
426 x 90 x 19
115 x 40 x 18
115 x 35 x 55
1184 x 90 x 19
1220 x 90 x 35
100 x 90 x 19
510 x 90 x 19
510 x 19 x 19
126 x 40 x 18
546 x 40 x 18

1
2
2
2
12
3
2
1
1
1
2
2
4
6
2
1
1
1
2
1
1
2
1

1220 x 50 x 50

fasteners
TyPE
Exteri r screws, 30mm x 8g
Exteri r screws, 40mm x 8g
Exteri r screws, 50mm x 8g
Exteri r screws, 75mm x 8g
Exteri r screws, 20mm x 8g

uSE
side trim
back, fl r, fr nt rails
shelf
rafters
hinges

Galvanised b llethead nails,


30 x 2mm

cleats, fascia,
r f and d r trim

Galvanised c achscrews,
75 x 10mm

angle, cabinet

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Download the tools, materials
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Affordable
architecture
Three innovative houses prove that building
a designer home doesnt always need a big budget
WORDS DANIEL BUTKOVICH AND STEVEN CRAFTI

or many people looking to build


their dream home on a limited
budget, luxurious and modern
architect-designed houses can often
be prohibitively expensive.
However, the best architects
will always work to the budget and
focus on what the client wants rather
than what they would like to design.
Clever thinking can make an
architect-designed home a reality.
Limited space and heritage
restraints were two challenges faced
by the architects when designing
this inner-city family home.
With a tiny 159sqm block and
a budget of $350,000, the two
bedroom home needed to reflect the
character of the street, which was
lined with centuries-old terraces.
Responding to this challenge,
the architects designed a perforated
aluminium screen featuring an artistic
outline of a Victorian era cottage.

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The design of this home is a 21st century


interpretation of a traditional style.

A bi-fold screen gives a sense of the


outdoors despite the blocks small size.

pictures Peter Bennetts

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Clever design creates a modern terrace


home on an old suburban street.

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The streetscape is an important


feature of the open-plan living area.

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A single shared bathroom can be


accessed by both bedrooms, saving
space and reducing plumbing costs.
Although the compact block faces
south, the architects have included
a north-facing sundeck on the first
floor that seamlessly connects to the
open-plan kitchen and living area.
The rear wall of the outdoor
room is covered with a mural of
an alfresco scene by artist Emma
Burmeister, eliminating potentially
expensive landscaping costs.
These clever ideas have created
a highly liveable, modern family home
that works within the context of the
neighbourhood while maintaining
a unique architectural character.

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The screen is set apart from


a layer of black glass behind it,
allowing people to see out but not in.
Sections of this screen can be
retracted to open up the house to
the outside. This increases the sense
of space and also incorporates the
streetscape as a design element.
Its a small site, so it was important
to get a sense of the outdoors, says
architect Billy Kavellaris.
The combination reading room
and entry reinforces this idea. Its
a sanctuary for relaxation with the
hum of the street just metres away.
The main bedroom is also at the
front of the house and screened only
by a curtain and glass wall.

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A vibrant mural gives the sundeck


character without a high price tag.

Glass walls in the main bedroom let in


light from the front of the house.

The artistic take on Victorian-style


architecture extends to the ensuite.

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Small budget, big impact

Built of blackbutt, the house is


designed to look like a cabin.

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The curved timber wall seems


to be suspended between the painted
ceiling and white terrazzo floors.
Massive windows allow views of the
ocean or the adjacent golf course.
We decided from the outset
to allocate a significant part of
the budget to the living spaces
where the family spends most of
its time, says Sharif.
Off the living areas are the
bathroom and three bedrooms, one
with bunk beds for kids sleepovers.
The house was built on a fairly
tight budget. We made it clear from
the beginning what could be achieved
and what wasnt possible. Our clients
were quite happy to be guided by our
suggestions, says Sharif.

The compact bathroom can


be accessed from outside.

pictures Sanja Pahoki

When presented with the brief for


a simple and inexpensive home
with only a $300,000 budget,
architect Sharif Abraham designed
this impressive timber house.
The 125sqm home is constructed
from blackbutt milled to a profile
that resembles a log cabin.
Plywood is used for both interior
and exterior walls while the side of
the house not visible from the street
is covered in black corrugated steel.
We originally wanted to use
black rubber, but the budget didnt
allow for it, says Sharif.
Inside, the house is simple, but it
features obvious designer flair with
a spacious, elliptical-shaped living
area leading from the kitchen.

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Expansive windows on each side of


the living room offer scenic views.

The kitchen flows effortlessly into


an elliptical-shaped living space.

A seamless kidney-shaped deck


continues the natural theme.

Curved timber walls give the home


both a retro and contemporary feel.

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Costs were kept to a minimum with the
timber, steel and concrete elements.

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Challenging contexts
With only $300,000 to work with,
architect John Mercuri designed
this unique two-bedroom home.
The land had been subdivided from
an adjacent cottage, which meant the
house would front onto the back lane
rather than the main street.
Bordered by timber and steel
fences, its a stark environment that
wouldnt suit most typical houses.
Well aware of the blocks gritty
urban setting, the client wanted
a house that embraced its context
rather than one that emulated the
look of the surrounding properties.
Our client wanted something
contemporary that responded to
the back lane. He didnt want
a mock-Victorian style, says John.
The property is enclosed by a fence
constructed from tightly spaced rusted
steel posts, while an oversized number
32 gives the house a sense of identity.

The prominent timber, steel and


concrete elements of the home not
only reflect its surroundings, but also
helped minimise construction costs
to keep the project on budget.
The black-stained Cypress pine
cladding gives the home plenty of
character while floor-to-ceiling glass
and translucent polycarbonate walls
allow ample morning light.
Inside, its impossible to tell that
the sleek interior has been built to
a budget. Savings included the MDF
joinery used in the kitchen and the
floors made from concrete mixed with
a white oxide for a clean gallery feel.
The small garden that fronts the
lane has kept landscaping costs down
while allowing the house to take full
advantage of the block.
An atrium garden gives a sense
of space while also providing natural
light and ventilation.

pictures Derek Swalwell

The central atrium garden


maximises the natural light.

A bold number 32 gives the house


a sense of identity and directs visitors.

The central staircase is


a striking visual feature
of the open-plan interior.

A laser-cut steel screen


extends from the living
area to the first floor.

Despite its modest budget, the home


feels luxurious and well appointed.

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Rolling library
This wall shelving features a total of
five bookcases arranged in two layers.
The front bookcases are mounted on
castors so they can be rolled aside to
access the shelves behind them.
The bookcases are made from
laminated pine with plywood backs.
Use a mitresaw to cut the boards
and a circular saw with straightedge
guide to cut the plywood.
The plinth and stationary units
are secured to the wall studs and
aluminium angle, cut to length with
a hacksaw, is used for the tracks.
Every second shelf is secured with
dowelling joints for
strength and stability,
with the remaining
shelves supported on
adjustable pins.
To bore perfectly
perpendicular and
precise holes, use
a drill guide and
set the depth stop.

Time 3 Days
skill inTermeDiaTe

DIY $800
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centreline
side
dowels

side
50mm
dowel
centres

Prepare the dowel holes

Scribe a centreline on the ends of


the fixed shelves with a marking gauge,
then drill 8mm holes 28mm deep,
centred 46mm apart, starting 25mm
from the edge. Use dowel centres to
mark the hole positions on the sides,
then drill the holes 13mm deep.

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Drill the shelf pin holes

Mark the 5mm holes for the


adjustable shelf pins on the bookcase
sides, 35mm in from the edges. Centre
the holes 50mm apart, starting 200mm
from the base and between the fixed
shelves starting at the centre. Assemble
the plinths using adhesive and screws.

Build the bookcases

Apply adhesive to the holes and


shelf ends, insert the dowels and use
sash clamps to close the joints. Check
for square, then secure the backs with
nails. Attach the plinth and stationary
units to the wall, secure the tracks,
then add the blocks and castors.

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65mm x 8g

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40mm x 8g
angle brackets t stds

702
dowel

Particlebard screws, Track blcks


30mm x 8g
Timber screws,
20mm x 8g

Angle brackets
t tps

Self-tapping screws,
13mm x 6g

Tracks

Flathead nails,
25 x 1.6mm

Backs

Dwels, 38 x 8mm

Fixed shelves

115
115

Plinth
return

Plinth front
1800

195
19

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Stairwell bookcase

TIme 2 Days
skIll InTermeDIaTe

DIY $195
TOOls cIrcular
saw, DrIll

Create a feature in an empty space


and add storage with a narrow
floor-to-ceiling bookcase nestled in
the curve of a winding staircase.
This shelving is made using
16mm and 9mm MDF sheeting, then
finished with a primer-sealer and
two coats of gloss acrylic paint.
The boards and trim can easily
be cut DIY using a circular saw and
straightedge guide or, for a small fee,
have them cut by the supplier.
As this bookcase is unusually tall,
each shelf is secured with screws
through the sides for added strength.
The unit is mounted on legs and,
to prevent it tipping over, is secured
through the top to the ceiling joists.
A spacer block may
be required to bridge
the gap between the
ceiling and top. Use
long fasteners such as
bugle screws to ensure
adequate penetration.
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outline

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Use PVA adhesive and nails to


secure the horizontal trim 24mm in
from the ends and flush with the top
face of the shelves. Secure the vertical
trim flush with the outer faces of the
sides using adhesive and nails, then
clamp and leave to dry.

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Use offcuts of 16mm MDF and


cut spacers 268mm and 350mm wide
from scrap sheet material to mark the
outlines of the shelves on the sides,
working from the top down.
TIP The four upper intervals are
268mm and the last three are 350mm.

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h bkcs

Drill 3mm holes in the sides along


the shelf centrelines. Apply adhesive
to the shelf ends and secure through
the sides with screws. Check for square
with the bookcase face down, adding
the back with nails. Fill all holes, sand
smooth, paint, then attach the legs.

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triM

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legs

Fasteners
TyPE
Particlebard screws,
40mm x 8g
Flathead nails,
25 x 1.6mm
Bllethead nails,
25 x 1.6mm

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PART
MDF
Sides

SIZE
2274 x 230 x 16

Back

Tp/base/
shelves

518 x 230 x 16

Trim

Back
2274 x 550 x 9
Vertical trim
2274 x 40 x 9
Hrizntal trim 470 x 40 x 9

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Low toxicity
Water clean up
Low odour
Low VOC
Less harmful to
the environment

New improved formula


Secures material, such
as cornices and trims,
that cannot be clamped

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time 4 hours
skill intermediate

DIY $150
tools Jigsaw, drill,
circular saw

Display cubes
Make the most of vertical space with
these angled boxes mounted on the
wall in a single eye-catching row.
They are quick and simple to
make from pieces of butt-joined MDF
and if you have the supplier cut the
parts to size, you will only need to
create the angled fronts with a jigsaw.
To DIY, use a circular saw and
straightedge guide to cut up to eight
boxes from one sheet of MDF.
Build the boxes using PVA adhesive
and 40mm x 8g particleboard screws,
then hang them using 45 x 16mm
keyhole mounting plates.

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Wide sides
Narrw sides
Tps/bases

SIZE

No.

150
16

230 x 230 x 16
200 x 230 x 16
150 x 230 x 16
262 x 200 x 16

4
4
4
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primer
40

side

countersunk
pilot holes

top

timber
filler

short
side

Ji h sids  h back

Mark hole positions at the back of


the sides, 40mm from the top and
base. Drill clearance holes 8mm from
the edges, then secure the sides to the
back with PVA adhesive and screws.
Position the assembly on the top and
base to mark and cut the front edge.

Scu h p ad bas

Drill and countersink pilot holes


through the top and base, 40mm
from the corners, aligned with the
sides. Apply PVA adhesive to the edges
of the side and back assembly, then
secure the top and base by driving
screws through the pilot holes.

Sad ad fiish

Fill over the screw heads with


timber filler, then use a random orbital
sander and 180 grit paper to smooth
all surfaces. Apply primer-sealer using
a small brush and foam roller. Leave
to dry, then sand lightly and finish
with two coats of gloss acrylic.

keyhole
mounting
plate

keyhole
mounting
plate
toggle
bolts
mounting
screws
top

spirit
level
box
back

Scu muig scws

Drive screws into the back of the


boxes, 40mm from the top and along
the centreline of the sides, leaving the
heads protruding by 3mm. Measure
between the screws from centre to
centre, then transfer this measurement
to the top edge of a spirit level.

Aach h plas

Position the spirit level at the


preferred height and transfer the
setout marks to the wall. Use a twist
bit to drill 8mm clearance holes into
the plasterboard, then slide the bolts
of the gravity toggles through each
keyhole plate and reattach the toggles.

Scu h muig plas

Push the toggles through the holes


until they drop into position, then
pull them tight and wind in the bolts.
Check the plates are level, then slot the
screw heads into the keyholes. If the
box isnt snug against the wall, wind in
the mounting screws by one turn.

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Corner shelves
Perfect for a modern, minimalist
interior, this open shelving system
appears to defy gravity.
With alternating supports that
create the illusion nothing is holding
up one end of each shelf, the secret
to this project is an extra layer of
wall framing and plasterboard.
The extra thickness of the corner
provides robust attachment points
for the supports, while also making it
easy to secure angle brackets that hold
up the overlapping part of the shelves.
For the shelves and supports,
we used plain 16mm MDF board
finished with a primer and two coats
of gloss acrylic paint. Have the MDF
cut to size by the supplier or DIY using
a circular saw and straightedge guide.
You could also use melamine board
with iron-on edge trim or even solid
timber if you prefer a natural finish.

time 1 day
skill intermediate

DIY $380
tOOls circular
saw, drill

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To support the shelves, build
another wall layer from 70 x 35mm
framing timber. Add a secondary
stud 150mm from the corner on
the left wall for the shelf brackets.
Secure the frame in the corner
and clad it with plasterboard. Set
the joints using jointing tape and
compound, leave to dry, then
sand smooth and apply a sealer.
Secure skirting to match the
existing trim, then paint to blend
in with the surrounding walls.
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 wall

skirting

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sr

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No.

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300 x 300 x 16

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wall
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support

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braCkets

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Ppa h shls

Cut the MDF parts using a circular


saw and straightedge guide. Use a spirit
level to mark setout lines 400mm
from the floor, then every 316mm.
TIP The lines correspond to the base
surface of the left-side shelves and the
top surface of the right-side shelves.

Scu h supps

On the left wall, mark a second


line 16mm below each setout line to
show the bracket heights, then use
screws to attach the brackets to the
studs. Position each support on the
right wall with its base edge at the
setout lines, then secure with screws.

Aach h shls

Use screws to secure the supports


on the left wall with their tops on the
setout lines. Apply PVA adhesive to the
supports and rest the right-side shelves
on the brackets, clamping them under
and over the supports. Attach with
screws, then add the left-side shelves.

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DIY careers
A passion for do-it-yourself can turn into a lucrative
job for life as these handy people have discovered
words MONICA NYE

raining in one job doesnt


mean you have to stay with it
for life. If youre a hands-on
person looking for a change, then
a career in DIY could be for you.
Here are three handy people
who turned their backs on their
original career and found success
and happiness in new areas of work,
doing what they love best.

George for hire


After leaving school at 16, George
Zagas found work in a TV repair
shop and served an electronics
apprenticeship. He loved the work
and bought the company after
a decade, then ran it for 12 years.
But the industry was changing, and
not for the better. TVs had become
inexpensive and extended warranties
were more commonplace.
Instead of getting the old TV
fixed by me like they used to in

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the past, people would just throw


it out, says George.
As the work dried up, George
also lost the passion for it. Hed
grown tired of running a business,
hiring staff and being a manager.
He loved being self-employed
but wanted more independence.
George had often helped out
his builder uncle on weekends
and he wanted to use the practical
skills that hed learned in his next
business venture.
In 2007, he bought a branch of
the Hire a Hubby franchise near his
home. Since then, the business has
gone from strength to strength.
I still enjoy being my own boss,
but now I dont have the headache
of employing staff and everything
else that goes with it, he says.
Ive done the usual bits around
the house, as well as larger jobs like
a bathroom renovation.

H(lping han)
Georges work ranges
from simple jobs to
big construction
projects.
n Landscaping
n Concreting
n Bricklay ing
n Knocking down walls
n Bathroom renovation
n Hanging pictures

GeorGe

Depending on the job, I might


bring other people in to help, so its
also project management.
The little jobs bring in bigger jobs
because once theyve used you and trust
you, theyll ask you back, George says.
He loves his job and has just one
regret, I shouldve done it years ago!

picture Getty ImaGes

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If youre good at fixing things, why
not turn it into a whole new career?

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Making the move


Removal firm owner operator Paul
Sherwood studied teaching, but has
been moving furniture for 25 years.
Aside from driving a truck and
lots of heavy lifting, he packs up
homes and even acts as an
unofficial counsellor if the move
is particularly stressful.
Despite long hours, Paul loves
running his own business and
meeting people. Luckily, hes
never had a back injury, despite
lifting heavy items.
I was shown the basics of
lifting on the job years ago, of
using your legs to lift and not
your back, says Paul.
He charges $100 an hour for
truck hire and two men, but poor
access can increase the price.
Many removalists use Facebook
and Twitter and thats where
30% of Pauls jobs come from.
For me, the best social media
by far is still word of mouth,
when someone says over dinner
they know a good removalist. he says.

P*u/s p*cking tips


Use cardboard, old blanket s,
cloths and ropes to tie everything
in. Even if youre just moving
round the corner, you
still need to always
safely secure
possessions. They
do shift in the truck
and items will get
PaUl
damaged, says Paul.
Its surprising how
often people think things will
stay where they are, but they
wont. They rub, especially
wooden furniture and glass,
and move around, even if its
just a small distance.
Using * profession*/ remov*/ist
c*n give you pe*ce of mind.

Clearing the clutter


Former financial
controller Sarah
Cottman couldnt
understand why her life
was organised at work but
ruled by chaos at home.
After learning that clutter
can be linked to emotional
attachment, she realised it
was time for a life change.
Id had an absolute
gutful of rushing around.
Being disorganised was just
causing so much stress in
our lives, admits Sarah.
What stops you from
living an efficient and
organised life is when you
store more and more stuff.

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Sarah ditched the corporate life,


decluttered her home and started
her own business, Heavenly Order,
helping others sort out their lives.
Sarah is also president of the
Australasian Association of
Professional Organisers.
I swung from being chronically
disorganised to very organised.
My husband and kids have
benefited big time, she says.
I pick on a couple of areas and
ask, whats the purpose of the room?
We can then go in and stick to this
purpose so its no longer confronting.
Its very clear what you need to
keep and throw.
Just ask if each item is right for
the purpose. If not, take it out.

Teen di/emm*
Sarah says the most common,
and most challenging,
decluttering request she
receives is for teenage girls.
You need to approach with
caution, even though youre
tempted to swing them around
by the pigtails, she says.
The key to success is to try
and work out whats going on
in the teens life.
Understanding the cause
of clutter is often enough to
help you get started.

BEFOR

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can be a bathroom.
Sanio gives you the exibility to create a bathroom
anywhere in your home without any major plumbing work.
Sanio macerator pumps are easy to install and can pump
up to 5 meters vertically. A simple and cost effective way to
turn your dream bathroom into reality.

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Keep dried herbs and seasonings close at hand
with these budget-friendly storage ideas
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The spice of life


Most spices are plant derivatives
and can be used whole or finely
ground to season or preserve food.
Spices are best kept in airtight,
glass containers in a cool, dry spot
away from direct heat and sunlight.
Store any members of the
pepper family, including paprika
and chilli powder, in the fridge,
to retain their colour and flavour.

ALLSPICE
Also called pimento, this Jamaican
pepper incorporates flavours of cloves,
ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper.

CARDAMOM
Part of the ginger family, it grows in
southern India. Its used in chai and
is popular in rice and meat dishes.

CINNAMON
The outer bark of the cinnamon
tree, which grows in Sri Lanka, is
dried and used to flavour sweet
and savoury foods, and chai.

CLOVES
The dried, unopened flower buds
of an evergreen tree, believed to be
native to Indonesia, complement both
sweet and savoury dishes.

CUMIN
This popular spice has a distinctive
aroma and flavour, and is one of the
main ingredients in curry powder.

NUTMEG
This seed of the nutmeg tree is
encased in a hard shell with a red
covering of mace. Both spices are
used in ground or grated form.

PAPRIKA
Made from ground dried capsicum, this
popular Mexican and Spanish flavouring
comes smoked, sweet or hot, and has
a vibrant deep-red colour.

PEPPERCORNS
Black, green and white peppercorns
are all berries from the pepper plant
in various stages of development.
The black variety is the strongest.

SAFFRON
The dried and ground stigmas of the
saffron crocus flower make this an
expensive spice. It is often used in
Asian and Mediterranean dishes.

STAR-ANISE
This star-shaped fruit is harvested
prior to ripening, then dried to make
the aromatic spice traditionally used
in Chinese five-spice seasoning.

VANILLA
Pods are harvested from the vanilla
orchid. Popular in desserts, the
flavouring comes as a liquid extract,
powder or in whole-pod form.

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DECORATE

Upcycled utensil holder


Create wall-mounted storage for
utensils using MDF and food cans.
Select cans with printed instead
of paper labels. Wash empty cans
thoroughly and use a half-round
second-cut file to remove any burrs
and sharp edges from the rims.
Mark a clearance hole on the
inside back of each can just below
the rim. Position the cans on a scrap
piece of timber and drill the holes.

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Cut a piece of 12mm MDF to size


and mark the position of each can
using a pencil. Mark and drill pilot
holes in the MDF, then secure the
cans using 12mm x 8g screws.
Locate the wall studs and drill
clearance holes in a tiled splashback
using a glass and tile bit, then drill
pilot holes in the studs and the MDF.
Secure the MDF to the studs
using 65mm x 8g screws.

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GaraGe overhaul
Invest in easy-to-assemble storage, new flooring
and a fresh coat of paint for a work area worth using
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Bunnings has all the products you
will need to tidy up your garage.

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the workshop, garage or shed,
to create an organised space
for storage and DIY jobs.
Bunnings has a huge range of
storage solutions to choose from
to help you get organised.
PrePare the area by first clearing
the room, sorting the contents as
you go and discarding or recycling
any junk or unwanted items.
Measure the area and start to plan
the layout of your space, keeping in
mind the optimum distance from the
workbench to tool storage.
Clean the space, washing the
walls, floors, doors and windows,
then painting the ceiling and walls
to add a fresh, new look.
Choose an appropriate flooring
option while the space is empty.

MaKe a CheCKlISt of requirements


such as workbenches, shelves, drawers
and hangers, including hooks for tools,
bike racks, and even a hose bracket.
aFter PaINtING install workbenches
and shelving. Where possible, use
walls to create more usable space.
The Romak five-shelf system,
$89, has adjustable MDF shelves for
flexibility that can hold up to 200kg
each. The units are DIY friendly, as
they feature a screw-free locking system
that makes them easy to assemble.
A Romak workbench,
$89, completes the new
look, providing a work
surface, plus hanging
space for tools and
a storage shelf.
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The Qiq Fix system includes shelving,


$78, hook dual storage, $9, workbench,
$89, and garage cabinet, $229.

Use the wall space


Reclaim floorspace by using the
walls for storage. The Rubbermaid
FastTrack range of rails, hooks,
baskets and shelving can stow
almost any item you can think of.
The rails are quick and easy
to install, working with standard
450 or 600mm stud spacing.
Everything you need to organise
the garage is in the one box. Simply
attach the rail to a wall and snap
on the multipurpose hooks using
a lever-operated lock-on system.
The large hooks can hold up to 22kg.

RACK
IT UP
Sort the garage with wall-to-wall
storage shelves for all your gear

onstructing a specialised storage


system with shelves, tool racks
and hooks can be expensive,
but building DIY wall shelving gives
you versatility without a hefty price.
Materials for this system along
a 4800mm wall add up to about $300,
but it can cost less if you use scrap
plywood and other offcuts.
Each storage module hangs from
a framework of vertical battens that
are secured to the wall studs.
Brackets or hooks can be secured
to the sides for extra hanging space.

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chalkline

Install the battens


Cut the battens from 45 x 32mm
dressed four sides (D4S) pine,
about $4 a metre, adjusting the
lengths to suit the wall. It doesnt
matter if the battens are positioned
450mm or 600mm apart.
Find the wall studs, then use
a spirit level to check the battens are
plumb to them. Secure the battens
with 75mm x 10g self-drilling timber
screws, spaced about 400mm apart.
TIP If youre using hardwood battens,
drill 2.5mm pilot holes.

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Mark batten positions with tape and flick


a chalkline to align the top of the battens.
Drill pilot holes and secure with screws.

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Add storage bins


Secure lengths of PVC guttering,
about $10 a metre, to the battens
as a storage solution for any
workshop or garden essentials
that are impractical to hang.
Cut the guttering to about
485mm long with a mitresaw, then
secure gutter stop ends onto each
end using PVC cement or silicone.
Secure the guttering to
the battens using 40mm x 8g
roundhead screws with washers.
TIP Cut longer pieces of guttering
to store items like corner bead,
dowel or fishing rods instead of
standing them on end.

Create a hose winder


Keep garden hoses and electrical
cords tidy by winding them around
a 20L bucket, which is secured to
two noggins attached to the battens.
Use a jigsaw to cut a circle from
19mm plywood to fit the base of
the bucket. Position two 45 x 32mm
pine noggins across the battens

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150mm apart, then secure with


50mm x 8g timber screws.
Drill and countersink 2mm pilot
holes through the plywood base,
then use 50mm x 8g timber screws
to secure the bucket to the noggins.
TIP The inside of the bucket is a good
spot for a sprinkler or powerboard.

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Keep the wheelbarrow off the


floor using storage hooks, about
$8 each from hardware stores, or
timber cleats attached to the battens
about 100mm above the floor.
Add a 45 x 32mm noggin between
two battens, adjusting the height to
suit the wheelbarrow, then drill
a pilot hole and secure a screw hook.
To store, tilt the barrow onto the
hooks, lean it against the noggin and
turn the screw hook to hold it.

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Make a tool rack


Hang long-handled tools either side
of a horizontal rack for easy access.
Cut two 400 x 100 x 19mm pieces
of plywood, rounding one end, and
secure 45 x 32mm pine between them.
Add 75 x 3.75mm bullethead nails
either side of the rack, leaving 50mm
protruding, then secure 1800mm high
to the battens using 40mm x 8g screws.

Build a rack to hold bulky tools


such as a leaf blower. The rack
is 865mm long with a 300mm
wide shelf and 200mm wide
back. All the parts are cut from
19mm structural plywood.
The BRACKeTS are cut to
280 x 200mm and secured
to the shelf and to the back
using 40mm x 8g screws.
The SheLF has cutouts about
70mm wide and 200mm long.
To determine the best shape,
measure the diameter of the tools
and make cutouts using a jigsaw.
Adjust the shape for a snug fit.
Position the rack, then
secure it to the battens through
the back using PVA adhesive
and 40mm x 8g screws.

Drill countrsunk 5mm diamtr


ols into tool andls for anging.

Mount t top slf


Make a sturdy, adaptable shelf and
bracket system using plywood.
The BRACKeTS are made from
a 2400 x 1200 x 19mm plywood sheet,
about $125. This ensures a strong
structure that easily holds 50kg.
The 19mm thickness provides a wide
surface for securing the shelves.

Cut the ply into 340 x 200mm


pieces, mark L shapes with rounded
ends, then use a jigsaw to cut them
out. Secure the brackets to the
battens with 50mm x 8g screws.
The SheLVeS can be cut from
either 19mm structural plywood
or 300 x 19mm laminated pine.

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t sap so t tools fit scurly.

Bringin it home
in your ute
Invest a little extra time and effort to make
sure your load stays safely in the tray

ost DIY jobs involve shopping


for materials, but overloading
your ute to transport them
home could be a recipe for disaster.
Traffic police get several callouts
each week to remove debris from
New Zealands motorways, which is
caused by poorly secured loads.
If something falls off your ute and
injures a person, its your responsibility
and you could be hit with hefty fines.
We checked with experts to find
the best way to secure a load. Its not
just about ensuring it gets home, its
about getting it all there safely.
You can use these methods to move
furniture, too. If it flies off your ute and
causes harm, youll be just as liable.

Wrap flimsy items


DIY jobs can involve hauling lengths
of flimsy materials like guttering
or conduit. To stop it flopping
around or getting damaged on the
way home, wrap both ends with
shrink wrap, about $15 for a roll.
If buying timber as well, bundle it
with the load for added support.

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Secure the load


The first rule in sec uring
a load
is to use suitably rated tied
ow ns
that comply with New Zea
land
safety standards.
The total lashing capacit
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of the tiedow ns must be
at least
twice the weight of the loa
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Aerofast tiedow ns are ma
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from UV-resistant yar n and
wont weaken even after
extended
exposure to sunlight.

Aerofast 50mm x 6m
Light Commercial
Ratchet Tiedow n, $4 5.
aerofast.co.nz

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bne ong oars


If youre carrying a large load of long
timber, dont rest it on a raised gate,
as it cant hold that kind of weight.
Start by laying out two or more
ratchet straps along the bottom of
the ute bed, then load the longest
and heaviest pieces of timber over the
straps. Stack shorter lengths on top,

then secure the cab end, the middle


and the trailing end with the straps.
Next, anchor the bundle to
the ute bed with two ratchet straps.
Crisscross the straps across the
load, attaching one end to the cab
anchor rings and the tailgate end
to the farthest bundle strap.

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Ensure the load overhang is within road


code rules and attach a warning flag.

Support plasterboard
If you have a standard-sized tray, youll
have to haul a large load of sheet goods
with the tailgate down.
To safely secure 3000 x 1200mm
plasterboard in a 1800mm tray, lay
out two ratchet straps across the tray,
then check the load limit of your ute
and the weight of each sheet.
Next, to help support the overhang
and protect the plasterboard from any
water or dirt in the tray, lay out at least
two 3000 x 90 x 45mm timber lengths.
To protect the plasterboard edges,
use scrap cardboard or cardboard
corners. Tighten the base straps, then
run two straps from the trays anchor
rings around the back edge of the
sheets and down to the bumper.

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Netting bulky goods


When you need to transport bundles
of light materials such as insulation,
it shouldnt be just thrown in the
ute tray in the hope that it will
stay put. It needs to be secured
as well. The best way to
do this is with a cargo
net, available from
hardware stores.
Simply attach the
retainer clips to
the anchor points
on your tray.
1st Gear Trailer Net,
about $16, from Bunnings.

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More uses for tiedowns


Tiedowns are available with either camlock or ratchet
tensioning in varying strengths from 300 to 5000kg, and
are ideal for securing loads on roof racks and trailers.

Aerofast 3m Roof Rack Camlock Tiedown, $17 for two.

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After youve secured your load,
attach a warning flag to the end.
If the load extends more than
one metre beyond the back of the vehicle, then you must
attach a suitable warning device to it, according to the
New Zealand Transport Agency (nzta.govt.nz).
During daylight, attach a flag thats at least 40cm long.
It can be coloured white, fluorescent red, orange or yellow.
At night, you must have red lights on the load.

Aerofast 6m Ratchet Tiedown, about $42.

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eeping your home toasty in


the winter means creating
an effective heating strategy,
working with the orientation and
architectural style of your home.
Installing insulation in your roof
will help retain heat, as up to 40%
of the warm air can be lost through it.
If your rooms are carpeted, this will
also hold heat in, and where you have
timber floors, adding large rugs is
another easy solution.
When youre selecting a heater,
consider the size of a room, the
required heat output and your budget.
Make a checklist of the must-have
features on a new heater before
purchasing to ensure essential safety
features such as a tip-over cut-out
switch, a timer and a child-proof lock
are included in the design.
TIP If choosing a gas system, ensure it
is flued for safety reasons.

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South-facing, one-bedroom apartment


The challenges faced in heating
this style of home start with the
lack of winter sunlight reaching the
apartment due to its southern aspect.
The often large windows or doors
designed to let in more light can
also let more heat escape. Shared
walls and the compact size do help
when heating the space.

To make a one-bedroom apartment


in a high-rise block cosy, cover large
windows or doors with blockout
blinds. Select a small portable heater
to warm yourself for shorter periods
on the low-wattage setting.
For longer use, opt for a heater
that has a thermostat and timer to
prevent hefty power bills.

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Click Upright 2000W


Fan Heater, $20,
from Bunnings.
Windoware Charm
1500 x 2100mm Blockout Roller
Blind, $77, from Bunnings.

Arlec Sahara 1800W


Mica-Thermic Heater with
Remote, $89. arlec.com.au

North-facing, terrace house


The northerly aspect of this house
means that during the day the
windows on the front receive the
winter sun, allowing lots of light in.
And, leaving these windows
unshaded during the day enables the
heat to be absorbed by the walls and
floor. The common wall also adds
a degree of insulation to this house.

Add seals to the doors to lock in


the heat. Choose medium-sized electric
heaters and turn them on when you
enter a room to warm the air.
For cold mornings, install a towel
heater in the bathroom to keep warm
after showering and avoid heating the
whole house for the short time before
everyone heads off for the day.

Cowdroy 915mm
Weatherproof Door Seal,
about $43. cowdroy.co.nz
Arlec Olwen 2400W Ceramic
Tower Heater, $179.

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Goldair 7-Bar Ladder Heated


Towel Rack, $249. cdb.co.nz

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West-facing, single-storey house


A west-facing house often loses heat
through eastern windows after the
brief morning sun exposure.
Opening curtains in the afternoon will
capture the sun from the west and keeping
doors closed in the areas of the house
youre using also helps retain the heat.
After dark, use thermal, lined or
blockout curtains to keep in the
heat and choose a heater
designed for larger, more
open areas such as
a wood or wall heater.

Click Ceramic 2000W


Wall Heater, $79,
from Bunnings.

Kent Geneva Clean


Air Wood Fire,
$1949. aber.co.nz

Linen & Things Sierra


Thermal Curtains, 1.5 x 1.6m,
$72, from Bunnings.

East-facing, two-storey house


Keeping a large multi-level house
heated can be difficult, especially if
its eastern face has a large section of
windows that allow heat to escape in
the afternoon, as the sun heads west.
To raise the temperature of
a home this size, make sure all of
the windows and doors are sealed

to prevent heat escaping. Also,


make a zoning strategy of only
heating frequently used areas
such as the living room.
Choose heater models that
circulate heat around a room to
ensure the warm air reaches every
corner of the space evenly.

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Cowdroy 5m Grey
Window and Door
Seal, about $18.

HPM Instant Heat Ducted


Bathroom Heater, $119.
hpmlegrand.co.nz
Moretti Elite 2400W
Ceramic Wall Heater, $119,
from Bunnings.

Get more online


Visit handymanmagazine.co.nz
for Outdoor Heating Options.

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Designer heaters

Its hard to tell that this eye-catching


masterpiece is actually a radiator.

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Radiators and heaters are essential


when the winter chill creeps in, but
arent usually considered the most
visually pleasing aspect of a room.
To solve this problem, British
heater manufacturers Art Radiators
(art-radiators.com) have made a range
of radiators that double as wall art.
These wall heaters are designed
to add to the aesthetics of the home
while at the same time providing
efficient heating during winter.
The low-profile heaters are ideal
for modern homes where a bulky and
industrial-looking device wont suit.
They complement the decor and
provide an interesting talking point.
The radiators connect to most
central heating systems and come
in a range of designs from modern
geometric shapes to flowers and even
a wall-length Eiffel Tower.

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Insulation
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Control the temperature in your
home and save on energy costs

o reduce heat gain in summer


and prevent heat loss in winter,
install insulation. Insulation
also helps appliances to run more
efficiently, reducing electricity usage
and taking pressure off the budget.
It makes sense to invest in
good-quality insulation, and if youre
building a new home or carrying
out major renovations, installing
insulation is mandatory to meet
energy-efficiency standards.

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The two main types of insulation,
bulk and reflective, are ideally used
together to maximise the benefits.
Reflective foil insulation is
laminated to a base. Positioned
next to an air space, it resists heat
transferred by radiation and is used
to wrap wall and roof framing.
BUlK iNSUlAtioN products such
as fibreglass, rockwool and cellulose
fibre are used in ceilings, floors
and walls. They inhibit the transfer
of heat and the higher their R-value,
or level of thermal resistance, the
more effective the insulation.

fiBReglASS iNSUlAtioN is made


of up to 80% recycled glass that
is melted and spun into fibres to
form matting of different R-values
to suit various climates. Its mainly
sold in segments that are affordable
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The placement of insulation segments
in walls usually happens during
a build or renovation, as once the
internal lining is fixed in position
there is no access to the wall cavities.
Begin by measuring the surface
area in square metres to calculate
the number of packs required for the
job, then purchase segments with the
required R-value and width.
Segments come in 430 and 580mm
widths to match 450 and 600mm
stud spacings. Check the stud depth
to ensure the specified R-value
segments fit snugly in the cavity.
Before commencing installation,
check whether any electrical wiring
is connected to the meter box. Also,
make sure the power is turned off
and any safety hazards are identified.
In external stud walls, segments
must be kept within the frame and
not touch the brickwork or mortar.
To keep the segments contained,
staple one vertical strap or stringline
in position or two horizontal straps or
stringlines for each noggin opening.
When all the segments are in
position inside the stud framework,
the wall linings can be secured.

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Like putting on a jumper for winter warmth, the Earthwool new generation range
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of a cosy home knowing youll help stop your heating costs going through the roof.
Visit Bunnings today and take control of your homes climate tomorrow.

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grinders,
files & rasps
Cut, sharpen, shape and smooth a variety
of materials with these handy tools
rough and ready
Theres a huge range of power and
hand tools available to help you
grind, file or roughly shape just
about anything from timber, metal,
and even stone, says Handyman
Technical editor Frank Gardner.
But the sheer diversity can
sometimes make it difficult to decide
on what best suits your needs.
The good news is that many of
these tools can be adapted to suit
different tasks, so one tool can often
fill in for another and save the day.
If you havent got an angle
grinder fitted with a metal grinding
disc to smooth a metal edge, then
a mill file will do the job, but just
take a little longer, says Frank.

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FILE

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the daily grind


These DIY essentials fall into three
broad and overlapping categories.
GRINDERS are power tools that
operate at high speed to cut
everything from metal to tiles,
while also being able to clean
off rust and strip paint.
FILES are hand tools designed to
abrade a range of tough surfaces

such as metals and ceramics. They


are available in various shapes and
levels of coarseness.
RASPS are similar to files but have
more jagged teeth and are designed
primarily for working with timber.
Along with Surform tools, they are
great for rough-shaping curved
or irregular workpieces.

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guARD

the wheel deal


Ane rinders are o+ar *ith
DIYers d+e to their /ersatiity. with
the correct *hee or disc fitted they
can c+t, sand, oish and e/en car/e.
They are cassified by the
diaeter of disc or *hee they are
coatibe *ith. The ost o+ar

sizes inc+de 100, 115 and 230,


and eneray, the arer the disc size,
the ore o*erf+ the rinder.
The *attae is aso a ood
indication of ho* +ch the rinder
can hande, as it secifies ho* +ch
c+rrent is req+ired to dri/e the otor.

AUXILIARY HANDLE can be o/ed


for eft or riht-handed oeration.
WHEEL GUARD can be rotated
aro+nd the c+ttin *hee and
oced +sin a q+ic-reease e/er.
vARIAbLE spEED coNtRoL red+ces
the rinders Rpm, as recoended
for oishin aications.
spINDLE LocK bUttoN stos
the sinde shaft fro rotatin,
so that the flane hodin the
*hee can be oosened or tihtened.
spIN DIREctIoN INDIcAtoR ao*s
the rinder to be orientated so that
sars are directed safey a*ay.
tRIGGER LocK sWItcH is +sed
to ee the trier ressed for
contin+o+s oeration.
WRENcH HoLDER ees the in
*rench handy for chanin the
*hees and accessories.
LIvEtooL INDIcAtoR o*s *hen
the too is +ed into ains o*er.

using a grinder
1. FIT THE ACCESSORY
Chec that the *hee is in ood
condition and fitted correcty. Chec
the +ard is firy o+nted in the
best osition and r+n the too
*itho+t oad for a fe* seconds.
2. ClAmp THE wORkpIECE
mae s+re the *oriece is firy
caed and orientated so sars
*i be directed a*ay fro any fire
hazards, then s*itch on the too.

grinder safety
Ane rinders are a eadin ca+se
of DIY accidents. Before +sin one
for the first tie, read the an+a
and foo* the safety instr+ctions.
WEAR GoGGLEs or a face shied,
d+st as, o/es and hearin
rotection, +s on see/es.
NEvER REMovE tHE GUARD +ness
the accessory secificay req+ires

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this and the an+fact+rers instr+ctions


ao* it. Ne/er try to o+nt a circ+ar
sa* bade on an ane rinder.
DIscoNNEct tHE coRD before
chanin accessories, as e/en the
ost caref+ +ser can accidentay
acti/ate the o*er s*itch on the too.
kee bystanders a*ay and dont +se
the rinder near flaabe aterias.

3. DONT OvERlOAD THE gRINDER


A/oid addin e:tra ress+re, ettin the
*eiht of the rinder do the *or. If it
c+ts o+t, s*itch it off and ae s+re its
cear of the *oriece before restartin
and ettin it soo + to f+ seed.
4. BE mINDFul OF SpIN DIRECTION
kee an eye on the sin direction
indicator to ens+re the accessory is
sinnin a*ay fro the *oriece,
iniisin the ris of icbac.

choosing a wheel
When selecting an accessory,
check the information on the back
to ensure you will be using it for
its intended purpose. Also check
that its nominal operating speed
matches that of your grinder.
Common accessories include
fibre-reinforced cutting and grinding
wheels, diamond wheels, wire

CUT-OFF wHeeLS are ideal for quick


cuts on steel pipe, angle iron,
reinforcing bars and threaded rod.

Flxovit 100mm Rinforcd


Cut-Off whl, about $3.

CONTINUOUS DIAMOND BLADeS are


used wet or dry to cut ceramic tiles,
granite, marble and hard stone.

Flxovit 125mm Tils & Ston


Diamond Blad, about $25.

CUP BRUSHeS remove rust and old


paint from metal surfaces. They are
best on broad surfaces like barbecues.

Josco Brumby 100mm


T%istknot Cup Brush, $33.

wheels, cup brushes and abrasive


discs. Others include rubber pads that
can convert the grinder to a polisher.
When mounting the wheel, make
sure that the double-sided flange
holding it to the spindle is the right way
up. The packaging or disc itself will
clearly indicate which side of the flange
should be tightened against it.

wIRe wHeeL BRUSHeS are great for


cleaning, and paint, corrosion and
rust removal in hard-to-get-at spots.

Josco 100mm T%istKnot


wir whl Brush, $20.

MULTI-CUTTING BLADeS with tungsten


carbide tipped teeth can cut aluminium,
plastics, fibreglass and particleboard.

Craftmastr 100mm Multicuttr


Blad, about $34.

MASONRY GRINDING wHeeLS are


used for grinding stone and concrete.
They will also work on cast iron.

Flxovit 100mm Rinforcd


Grinding whl, about $5.

Prss th spindl lock button and us th


supplid pin %rnch to un%ind th flang.

ABRASIVe DISCS are excellent for


removing surface coatings like paint
or corrosion from timber and metal.

Josco Brumby 100mm


Flap Disc, $20.

MeTAL GRINDING wHeeLS are


best for cleaning up cutting
burrs and smoothing out welds.

Flxovit 100mm Mtal Grinding


whl, about $4.

POLISHING BUFFS can shine metals


and even plastic but should be used
with a variable-speed grinder.

Josco 150mm Stitchd Sisal


Polishing Buff, $20.

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91

fIles
cutting
it fine
Fis a sim and ts mad
fm adnd st it s f
tt  idgs tat a usd t cut
aay sma amunts f matias,
anging fm mta and astic t
ust and smtims timb.
S;a facts dtmin 
aggssi;y a fi cuts, as  as
at bjcts it is bst suitd t.
CUT fs t t attn n t
ing sufacs, it a sing-cut
fi a;ing aa s f idgs.
A dub-cut fi as a scnd
st f s tat css t fist,
tuning t idgs int fin tt.
COARSENESS is bn int t
catgis. Sing is t smtst,
scnd is mdium and bastad is
t casst gad f tt.
LENGTH f a fi dictats  muc
matia it is caab f m;ing in
a sing fu st.
SHAPE  fi is at mas
a fi usfu f scific jbs, suc
as insid a cicua css.

dOUbLE-CUT
FILE

efficient filing
Ma su t matia t b fid
is sft tan t fi. In t
ds, dnt ty t fi adnd
st it a adnd st fi.
SELECT THE bEST FILE f t jb
as t a many tys a;aiab in

;aius sizs, sas, dgs f


casnss and tt gmtis.
CLEAN THE FILE guay t m;
fin mta sa;ings, cad ins, stuc
in t tt, using a us-dsignd
fi bus  stiff i bus.

using a fIle
T idgs  tt f a fi a cut int t sufac at an ang, and t bst ay t aci; a smt and cnsistnt
finis is t  it tis fatu, m;ing t fi in ;n sts n a diagna ang t ngt f t ic.

workpIeCe
FIle
FIle
vICe

ChAlk
workpIeCe

Ca t fi ibay bf us,


ubbing it int t idgs. Tis i
incas t sistanc f t fi
t bing cggd by ins, itut
ducing its fmanc.

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Cam t ic in a ;ic,


sitining it s t fi nt abad
against t jas. Stat fiing it t
fi and in n and and t am
f yu t and n t nd.

Fi n t us st, ssing


dn fimy and ing ang t
ngt f t ic in a sidays
mtin instad f saing t fi bac
and ft n a sing sma aa.

choosing a file
There is a huge variety of files
available, some of which are for
general use and others for highly
specialised applications.
To tidy the cut end of a threaded
rod, use a half-round file, which has
a narrow edge that can get right into
the groove of the thread.

A round profile is best to clean


up a welding job or remove the burr
edge around a hole drilled in metal.
Start with a second-cut file, then
use a single for a fine finish.
For sharpening a mower blade
or filing away rust, a bastard file
will get the job done quickly.

Flat Files are multipurpose tools


with a rectangular profile designed
for smoothing burrs and sharp edges.

Round Files are used to smooth or


shape circular openings, small curves
and concave shapes, and enlarge holes.

P&n 250 F * B)*r F ,


b(* $18. p''.c.'z

P&n 250 R('


B)*r F , b(* $16.

mill Files are used for fine-finishing


lathe metalwork as well as sharpening
various cutters and blades.

P&n 200 2 e s(r m


sw B)*r F , b(* $15.

squaRe Files are shaped to file


internal corners and angles, and
to square up holes and mortises.

P&n 200 s(r


B)*r F , b(* $15.

CHainsaW Files are for sharpening


chainsaws. Matched to specific chain
sizes, the round edge hones saw gullets.

P&n Ch')w F ), 4, 4.8,


5.6 ' 6.4, b(* $13.

WaRding Files have a narrow tip for


toolmaking and hobby applications.
Originally designed for filing keys.

P&n 150 Wr'


B)*r F , b(* $16.

HalF-Round Files are used on


rounded and flat surfaces with one
flat side and one rounded side.

P&n 200 H f-R('


sc' C(* F , b(* $21.

slim taPeR Files are useful


for sharpening handsaws that
have a 60 tooth angle.

P&n 100 s  tpr


B)*r F , b(* $15.

Wood RasPs are used on concave


surfaces and crevices or for rounding
out holes in wood or soft metals.

P&n 200 W R)p H f-R('


B)*r F , b(* $20.

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93

rasps and surforms


tackling timber
Rasps an Sur<or toos are
ose
reate to fies, ut nstea o< en
t p
a use <or etawork, t e
are esne <or s apn t er.
T e teet o< a rasp are arer
an ore jae t an t e even
r es o< a fie, per<e
t <or reovn
are aounts o< atera.
As wt fies, t e teet are
a e o< ar ene stee. T e are
arrane n an aternatn pattern,
to ake t e
ut ore e<fi
ent
an to nse t e rou ness an
roovn o< t e t er sur<a
e.

mAiN
hANdlE

AllOy
fRAmE

surform
blade
TENSiONiNg
ScREW

fRONT
hANdlE

blAdE

surform tools
Wt a per<orate eta
uttn
sur<a
e t at rese es a
eese
rater, Sur<or toos are esne
to reove are aounts o< t er
ver qu
k an eas .
Sur<ors ont
o an eave
s avns rat er t an saw ust, an
t e reatve rou fins s eas

to soot e
ause t e
uttn a
ton
s one tn flat a es nstea o<
teet wt a tranuar profie.
T s too s o<ten use <or tasks
t at
ou e one wt a an pane,
ut w 

arr a rsk o< aan
t e fine one a e, su
as rou 
s apn re
ae t er.

Sur<ors
oe n a rane o<

onfiuratons, wt <raes t at


an e
e ke an panes, oversze rasps
an sa peeer-ke s apn toos.
On
e a Sur<or s ue t rou
use, t s pra
t
a to s arpen, so
repa
eent a es n flat an
urve
profies are avaa e.

rasps
T e pont teet o< rasps are ess
prone to
on t an t e finer
r es o< a fie, an t e are
part
uar use<u <or reovn
t er <ro roun e sur<a
es or
areas t at are awkwar to rea
.
As wt fies, workn on t e
aona n sne strokes re u
es
roovn an resuts n a finer fins ,
ut reoves ess atera t an
workn t e rasp a
k an <ort
usn a sawn a
ton.
Even now, soe outque rasps
are a e an , e
ause tn
rreuartes n teet pa
eent are
ntro u
e t e
ra<tn pro
ess,

ae stt
n. T ese varatons
ean t at t e t er worke wt
su
a fie as a soot er sur<a
e.
W en rasps are anu<a
ture
wt ta a

ura
, ever se
on

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n h
ny
n

rasp teeth

row o< teet nora


uts exa
t t e
sae pat , akn parae <urrows or
rooves n t e t er sur<a
e.
To euate t e esra e <eatures
o< an a e toos, soe rasps are
anu<a
ture usn a tepate t at s
o ee on an -stt
e teet .

No atter ow we-a e a rasp s,


t ou , t st eaves a rou fins t at
nee s to e soot e <urt er.
T e ost popuar wa to o t s
s usn a rasve paper, ut n soe

ases, su
as ns e
orners or roun
oes, fies are ore pra
t
a to use.

Specialty grinders
rotary tools
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am th
mt v
at
w

t, a a maj t f th

atta hm
t avaab
aw th
m
t b

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mat
a 


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.
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abt 30,000m, th

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ty t
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ta, a , bffi
a h , a w
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fi jb.

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conTrol
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cuToFF
WHeel

power file
A w
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h ay a ty

f b
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, bt t a t a
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at
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vaab


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a th

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bench grinders
B
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 a
abt a m

a w
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a

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wh


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bth 
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t, wth a t

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95

buying guide
For general use, a good angle grinder is a workshop essential, but if you do a lot of metalwork, a set of files and a bench
grinder will also be useful. If you work mainly with timber, a set of rasps or even a Surform are likely to come in handy.

AnGle GRinDeRS

With storage for the pin wrench in


the auxiliary handle and a LiveTool
indicator for safety, this 750W
grinder is packed with features.

Weighing just 1.6kg and with the


slimmest grip size in its class, this
620W grinder offers plenty of power
while being comfortable to use.

This cordless grinder takes


115mm wheels, features a
low-battery indicator and has
a no-load speed of 10,000rpm.

R+ob 100mm Ag  Grdr,


$60. r+ob.
o.z

Bos
h 100mm Ag  Grdr,
$78. bos
h-do-t.
o.z

Makta 18V Ag  Grdr, $249,


x
udg battr+. makta.
o.z

With a low-speed whetstone and


a high-speed wheel for coarse
grinding, this grinder has a notched
tool guide to ensure a precise edge.

This state-of-the-art rotary tool


features wrench-free accessory
change, packs 175W of power and
comes with dozens of accessories.

Like a cross between a belt sander


and a chainsaw, this combines the
precision and reach of a file with
the convenience of a power tool.

Ozto Wt Ad Dr+ 250W B


h
Grdr, about $118. ozto.
o.z

Drm 4200 Rotar+ Too Kt,


$279. drm .
om

R+ob 400W Varab  Spd


Powr F , $129.

SPeciAlTy GRinDeRS

fIles and rasps

With tempered carbon steel blades,


these Bahco files can handle most
jobs. The set, about $49, comes in
a roll-up wallet and includes a hand
second cut, round second cut and
half-round second cut (bahco.co.nz).

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Featuring 200mm rasps in a round,


flat and half-round profile, the
Craftright 3-Piece Wood Rasp Set,
$8, from Bunnings, is made from
durable carbon steel and machined
to give a finer surface finish.

For aggressive removal of timber


and heavy-duty planing, the Stanley
250mm Surform Plane, about $57,
has a die-cast body, high-impact
polymer handle and replaceable
250mm blade (stanleytools.com).

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BUYERS GUIDE

BUYERS GUIDE
Take the DIY option for your home improvement projects by choosing
the best tools and equipment from our market round-up

Simple design, elegance


and affordability for
kitchens and laundries
HH20SCS

Hart 20OZ Curve


Claw Hammer
180 Side Nail Pull
I-Beam Design

Our Project Square series has been developed for the


designer kitchen with modern square lines.
PR 500.400/200.400 / 208653
770 x 440 x 184mm
All sinkware comes complete with overow, wastes & plugs,
plus lifetime warranty on stainless steel.

Magnetic Nail Set


Anti-vibration Handle
Angled Smooth Face
Thumb Detent
Side Strike
Rip Claw

For full information about the range offered by Totara


Marketing please call 09 274 4393 or visit our website

www.totaramarketing.co.nz
email sales@totaramarketing.co.nz

www.redband.co.nz

For Classieds bookings contact Kerry McKenzie at Hawkhurst Media 09 589 1054
or email kerry@hawkhurst.co.nz

Perfect Pine Panels


Porta panels are perfect for DIY projects such
as making a coffee table, blanket box or shelving.
They are edge laminated for extra strength and
stability. Machine sanded and ready to paint
or stain, Porta panels are manufactured from
premium quality, clear grade pine sourced from
sustainable plantations. They are available 300,
450 or 600mm wide and 14 or 19mm thick.
For more information, visit www.porta.co.nz

Krcher water blasters


are brilliantly effective at
tackling any dirty surface.
www.karcher.co.nz

0800 KARCHER

Heres another thing


people often ask about
Showerdome

KEEPING DIY SIMPLE


FOR THE IMPORTANT
THINGS IN LIFE

Where does all


the steam go?

an easy one.
A Thats
There isnt any!
Steam is only created when
you mix warm moist air,
with cold air.
Showerdome is the
barrier between those two
air masses, which means
no steam in your shower,
or your bathroom.

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FLOORING & REPAIR MORTARS ADMIXTURES & SEALERS
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For a drier, warmer,


healthier home,
insist on Showerdome

0800 541 2233 or visit


www.showerdome.co.nz
A L SO AVAIL BL E F ROM

BUYERS GUIDE

Never carry

keys again!

Never carry keys again with the Yale Digital Deadbolt (DDB).
The Yale DDB combines a robust lockset with a contemporary
electronic aesthetic. Its illuminated push button keypad makes
day-to-day access and security of the home effortless.
Ideal for new doors or retrotting in place of an existing deadbolt, the
Yale DDB is an innovative, reliable and convenient locking solution
not to miss!
For further information, including an installation and
programming video, visit www.yalelock.co.nz/ddb
Part number: SYEDDB/SCYL/SIL
An ASSA ABLOY Group brand

NEW!

Cuts effort
RRP $39.99

as well as branches

BULLDOZER DUSTPANS
INDUSTRIAL LOBBY SET
Sturdy and durable for commercial use
Made from polypropylene for extra long life
Angled broom head to reach into tight corners
Aluminium handles that wont rust
Flagged ends on broom bristles
allow for a more controlled sweep

For effortless hassle-free cutting:


The New Keo from Bosch cuts branches
up to 80mm with the push of a trigger.
With detachable grip to hold unsupported
branches, the Keo is always ready to use
with Lithium-ion Battery Technology.

Find out more at www.bosch-garden.co.nz Youll be amazed.

JONO,
TEAM MEMBER

A great time
to get creative
Bunnings Weekend Workshops are full of ideas and inspiration
to get you up off the couch and into D.I.Y. this winter. Theyre
a lot of fun to do and youll pick up heaps of useful hints and tips
from our experts. Workshops cover all sorts of D.I.Y. projects
and suit all levels.
If you cant make a session, dont worry - we also have a huge
range of step-by-step guides and Team members in store to help,
plus handy on-line videos 24/7. So no excusesget stuck in!

Free in-store Workshops


Bunnings Warehouses hold free D.I.Y. Workshops every weekend. For more details,
contact your local store or ask in-store at the service desk about Whats On in our
Workshops this month. The Workshops are hosted by our team of experts, many
of who are ex-tradesmen, and cover a huge range of useful topics.

In-store advice, easy repair


and maintenance guides
Need some x-it advice? Youll nd home upkeep simple
with helpful tips and advice from our in-store experts.
Plus, weve got handy D.I.Y. brochures in-store or you
can download one at bunnings.co.nz.

Perfect your projects with


online guides
Weve got a wide range of helpful videos, calculators
and planners available at bunnings.co.nz. Theyre
full of expert tips and cover everything from painting
to choosing the right tool for the job.

To nd all the information you need for your next D.I.Y. project,
visit bunnings.co.nz.

Growing
mushrooms
F nd a da
k so a yo
la  o l va   s o la

n
onal ow
o s n j s a fw wks
words Cheryl MaddoCks

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ki
U
i Gw yu ow Mum
ki, $40, fm Mum Gum

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mum wi gw fm i.

picture [right] thInkstoCk

hey may be small in size,


but mushrooms are big on
nutritional benefits.
With virtually no sodium or fat,
theyre cholesterol free, contain the
B vitamins niacin and riboflavin, and
are a good source of dietary fibre.
Tasty and versatile, theyre used
raw or cooked in a number of ways.
Growing mushrooms as a business
began in New Zealand in the 1930s
when an Auckland family imported
button mushroom spawn and started
a crop in a heated shed in Avondale.
It wasnt until the 1960s that
growing techniques were refined
enough to provide the reliable yields
that commercial growers now achieve.
Mushrooms can be grown at home
without any special equipment, and
you dont need a garden as you can
use a kit and cultivate them indoors.
To grow white button and Swiss
brown mushrooms indoors, just add
water and keep the kit in a dark, moist
spot. The spawn of the more exotic
oyster and shiitake can be grown on
a mushroom board, wood or straw.
Depending on the variety, you
can be harvesting mushrooms in
three to five weeks time.

garden
Mushrooms range from the common
button to the more exotic oyster.

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Going wild
In New Zealand, you can pick wild
mushrooms, and many mushroom
lovers make the pilgrimage to
pine forests in autumn and winter
to harvest slippery jacks and saffron
milk caps, the two edible varieties.
Never eat wild mushrooms
unless you can identify them
accurately, as fatal poisoning can
occur. Take heed of the saying,
If in doubt, go without.
n Saffron Milk CapS or
Lactarius deliciosus are bright
orange and mild tasting.
They are popular sauted, in
rice dishes and pastas, and may
also be dried or pickled.
n Slippery jaCkS or Suillus
luteus have brown caps
and yellow gills.
They also have
slimy skins that
need to be peeled
before eating.
They have
a strong taste and
can be used in a
variety of recipes,
including sauces and
casseroles, or fried.

Saffron
Milk Cap

Slippery
jaCk

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white button

swiss brown

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Exotic varieties

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If ou grow our uprfood


org?nic?ll, oull b rw?rdd
with ?n vn or powrful hit.
R?rch how th?t fruit ?nd
vgi grown org?nic?ll produc
or ?ntioxid?nt th?n tho
th?t h?v bn pr?d.
Thi i bc?u ?ntioxid?nt
copound in pl?nt ?ct to rpl
inct. Whn ou u chic?l
to kill tho pt, th pl?nt no
longr ?k thir own in-built
copound to urviv.

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Go organic

Garden

Backyard
superfoods
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he old saying You are what


you eat is proving more and
more true. Scientific research
increasingly supports the notion
that what we ingest has value far
beyond satisfying hunger.
The evidence is mounting that
certain foods affect our bodies and
directly influence our health.

A number of foods are so packed


with vitamins, antioxidants and
other beneficial substances that they
have been dubbed superfoods.
The powerful antioxidant
anthocyanin, a red pigment, is found
in all red, purple and blue fruit.
This is why black grapes,
blueberries, raspberries and

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strawberries are among the most


antioxidant-rich superfoods.
Blueberries actually contain
so much anthocyanin that it turns
the berries a deep blue.
Antioxidants block the formation
of the cell-damaging free radicals that
accelerate ageing, harm arteries and
induce cancerous cell changes.
And some nutritionists go so far
as to say that superfoods can even
help you live longer. Not only do
black grapes, blueberries, raspberries
and strawberries pack a powerful
nutritional punch, they are also
easy to grow at home.
Winter is a good time to get
strawberry runners, blueberry
plants, raspberry canes and
grapevines into the ground for
a spring and summer harvest.
There are also varieties
available for growing in pots,
which are ideal for compact
gardens or small households
that only need a few plants.

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107

Blueberries

Choose a variety
Bl b  s  d a wt  cll p d t stmlat t flw g tat
p c d s ftg, s cs t gt va ty f y clmat .

THE HIgHbUSH bLUEbERRy  ds


cl  t mp at s. T t 
va t s  q at l ast 700 s
b lw 7C, wl t st 
va t s  d ly 400 s.

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THE RAbbITEyE bLUEbERRy ca


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ad s dgt tl at. Ts
va ty  q s abt 600 s
f t mp at s b lw 7C.

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Often referred to as brain or youth


berries, blueberries are among the top
superfoods. Studies show they could
even slow cognitive decline.
They contain very few kilojoules,
so theyre great for people watching
their weight, and they are also said to
help replenish collagen in the skin.
Native to America, blueberries
were picked in the wild for centuries
by Native Americans, who ate them
fresh, then dried them for winter use.
Blueberries are related to azaleas
and rhododendrons and like similar
growing conditions.
The light aroma of their delicate
bell-shaped, pinkish-white flowers
attracts bees for pollination.
POSITION in a spot that receives
at least half to a full day of sun to
ensure the fruit ripens well. They
can also be grown in pots.
SOIL needs to be rich in organic
matter, so dig in some well-rotted
compost before planting.
Blueberries like an acidic soil
with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5. This can
easily be checked with a pH testing
kit and adding aluminium sulphate
helps increase soil acidity.
WATER regularly, as shallow-rooted
blueberries dont like to dry out.
To prevent fungal disease and the
fruit rotting, water at ground level.
FEEd with a plant food formulated
for azaleas or rhododendrons.
MULCH with lucerne hay or straw
to keep the soil moist.
PRUNE out weak and diseased wood
to keep the centre of the bush open,
then remove flowers in the first year
to encourage growth.

garden

picture thinkstock

Raspberries
A freshly picked raspberry from
a homegrown bush tastes so much
better than most shop-bought fruit.
Raspberries are easy to grow and
are best planted in a bed of their own.
Unlike other bramble fruit, they pull
free of the core when picked.
If you have enough space in
your backyard, plant raspberries in
rows that run from north to south,
which will ensure that both sides
of the plant get sunlight.
POSITION in a sunny spot protected
from strong winds.
Raspberries prefer cool climates,
but certain varieties, such as Heritage,
will grow in warmer areas, provided
they are planted in a position that is
protected from the hot afternoon sun.
SOIL must be well drained and raised
garden beds are ideal.
WATER the plants regularly, especially
when the fruit is forming.

FEEd with compost or old manure


in spring and summer.
MULCH around the roots with
lucerne hay to keep weeds at bay.
PRUNE plants
each year to
encourage an
abundance of fruit.
For varieties that
fruit in summer,
remove all the
canes that held fruit
during the previous
season immediately
after fruiting.
The new canes
produced can be tied
to a wire or trellis
support and are left to crop
in the following season.
For varieties that fruit in
autumn, cut plants right back to
the ground every winter.

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Grapes
Weve all bee ld a a gla r w
f red we a day a be gd fr ur
eal. ta beaue bla grape,
w are ued  mae red we, are
e ge  axda ad m
f e mpud are fud  e .
Yu ll ge e ame eal
beefi frm -all red we.
Reear a w a f yu
ave a re yu uld urvve w
mre bra ell a, f bla grape
are a regular par f yur de.
We plag grape, e ve
eed  be uppred  a pergla,
rell r alg a p ad wre frame.
POSITION  a uy p. Grape
wll lerae a wde rage f lma
d bu prefer lmae w
ld wer ad , dry ummer.
SOIL eed  be well draed, ad
dg  rga maer le mp r
maure befre plag.
WATER ewly plaed ve regularly.

Grapeve are
deep red,  e
eabled, ey wll l
afer emelve. i very
dry area, exra waer
may be eeded durg
e ummer m.
FEEd ve  ady
l w a mplee
pla fd  prg. tey
d eed mu ferler,
a e be we grape
aually grw  pr l.
i r l, f grw 
vgru ad fru  prdued,
d feed grapeve.
MULCH w luere ay
r raw, a ey dle
mpe frm weed.
PRUNE ba  e ma
brae  wer, leavg w
bud ub a regular erval
 prdue ex year rp.

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Lg w  be ealy, Eurpea


reearer ave fud a eag
rawberre a redue arm aued
by all  e ma membrae.
s w ere a efi rea 
ave rawberre w ampage!
Pla rawberre  rw  e
garde,  p r agg bae, r
ue a a grudver  flwerbed.
POSITION rawberre  a uy p.
SOIL mu be well draed w maure,
well-red mp r bld ad be
added befre plag.
i p, ue a rga pg
mx ad add a rlled-releae
ferler u a MGregr
Mul Max All Purpe Pla Fd.
WATER rawberry pla regularly,
epeally we e fru  rpeg.
FEEd we e fru ar frmg w
Yae Dyam Lfer Plu Fru Fd.
MULCH w raw r ugar ae  e
fru de u e grud. t wll
preve r, eep e fru lea, rea
mure  e l ad preve weed.

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Strawberries

GARDEN

Top composting
tips and tricks
Break it up
We t me t te mpt
eap, te geeral rule  tat te
bgger t , te lger t tae t
dempe. Fr fat mpt,
brea up te materal.

Build a pallet bin


Mae a b frm tmber pallet.
Teyre avalable t buy ew
r reyled,  ear le fr
uppler. Te pae betwee
te bard allw ar t rulate
trug te materal  te b.

Ditch the smell


T tp mpt gettg t
wffy, jut add leave r ter
-wet materal u a
ewpaper t te ple, te mx.
Teyll elp dry ut te ple
ad elmate te mell.

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Bag up leaves
Rae rumbled leave ad pa
tem t plat bag tat yuve
ped le trug. Dampe
te leave ad te te tp
Bury your scraps
f te bag, te wat at
cllet plat-baed te
leat x mt fr
rap  a plat ater. We
tem t brea dw.
t full, tae t utde, dg a le
ad bury te rap. i a few
wee, t tur t bla gld.
TIP P a dfferet
bural pt ea tme.

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