October 1, 2022

Intergrain Heavy Duty – previously known as Doors Windows Decking (DWD) Water based paint that forms a ‘thin fleece’ on top of material.  Initially gummy when drying.  Dries hard but remains somewhat elastic like silicone.  Full sun protection requires thicker ‘fleece’ and need multiple coats. [!] Do not apply in full sun and/or when timber […]

Silicone caulk / mold

September 10, 2022

The trick is to resist the temptation to touch caulk with your fingers. The other trick is to spray soapy water lightly over the bead so when you scape off excess it doesn’t stick to anything.  Soapy water should not get underneath the bead of silicone. To remove old silicone: use a scraper to remove […]

Clear coat repair

May 29, 2022

The proper way to do it is sand back all the clear coat of affected panels. Use wet 800 or 1000 grit. Keep sanding until your sandpaper starts getting some of your car’s colour on it, then you know to stop because all the clear coat has gone. You will need to spray at least […]


May 17, 2022

Measured dining table height 77cm. Measured kitchen bench height 92cm. Measured barstool electronics bench height 100cm. I chose not to do miters as I may slide a smaller piece of metal into the open ends to create a vice / table extension or something (or not).  I did cap the bottom of the legs. Work […]

Drill press (a.k.a. column drill or pillar drill)

May 15, 2022

Unfortunately the beat-up cross slide vice that could be used for milling operations was not included and sold separately for more than I was willing to pay for it. A25 + A28 V belts.  SKF bearings. Tip: remove 2 of the 3 handles. If you want to use a drill press for milling, you […]

HVLP spray painting

May 15, 2022

Checklist – paint station work area outside (table). – general purpose paint thinner. – packet of flat wooden stir sticks (knives, paddle pop sticks, etc.) – plastic disposable yoghurt container (large enough to hold pot lid) for paint thinner. – glass 20cm tall jar (apple sauce / gherkins) with wide opening and airtight lid to […]


May 13, 2022

box 58×28 bottom plank 58×20 top plank 58×15 backing board top 61×10 backing board bottom 50×28 sides x2 plywood (3x 360 spacing and 2x 60 to edge) 1140 screw 780 screw 420 screw 60 screw plasterboard ~0 screw 200 glue 400 screw 600 glue 800 screw 1000 glue ~1200 screw


February 27, 2022

The purpose of insulation is: to keep moisture out and prevent mold / mildew inside a structure. to keep the inside temperature constant in both winter (cold) and summer (hot) There are a number of distinct components that go into wall / roof cladding: cladding vapor barrier insulation air gap To add to the confusion, […]

Cavity Slider

February 10, 2022

Photos Click to enlarge.  From left to right: wash basin and floor waste -> toilet -> shower.  Cavity slider is XO meaning left hand side is sliding (= door leaf) and right hand side is fixed (= cavity fame). Requirements Head: Quality anodized track with double bearing rollers Finish: no architraves; square set (also called […]


January 11, 2022

Acronyms D/C or DC = direct current = (~180 max typically) = most common.  used for welding steel / stainless. A/C or AC = alternating current = optional extra, used for welding aluminium, often has pulsed mode. Duty cycle = percentage of time that a machine will safely operate without overheating, within a certain time […]