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Understanding Lumber sizes

Understanding Lumber sizes

Easy projects - easy language! This section contains DIY woodworking and building projects or articles with simple, easy-to-follow instructions and explanations. About lumber sizes First a timber ...

A bit about safety

Safety

It's a good idea to get into good safety practices at an early age. General If you do not know how to use a tool properly, ask someone for help. This isn't just for safety; using tools properly can ...

A bit about wood

Wood

Wood used for building is referred to differently from place to place. In North America the wood used for building is referred to as lumber, where as in Australasia it is referred to as timber. So in ...

Handy tips

Tips

A few handy tips and hints that might help make the task just that little bit safer and easier. Tool tips Using adult good quality tools makes the task easierUse a sharp 8 point (8 teeth per ...

A bit about nails and bolts

Rusty Nails

This page covers some basic information about nails and bolts. The terminology for different types of nails and bolts varies from place to place but generally, the same nails and bolts are used for ...

Painting Exteriors

Painting-exterior

Which Paint, Where?PreparationApplying the PaintChecklist If you're painting a large exterior area, a little psychology helps. Identify sections and then prepare and paint one section at a time. ...

Painting Walls and Ceilings

Paint Ceiling

Which Paint, Where?Selecting Tools for the JobPreparationPaintingCleaning UpChecklist 1. Which Paint, Where? There are two types of paint available for interior surfaces: water based or ...

Pebble Path

pebble path

This project explains how to make a pebble path using 100x75 (3"x4") treated lumber for the edgings, 20mm (3/4") graded base course metal and a choice of a number of topings (pebbles, bark, shell, ...

Handrail Anatomy

anatomy-handrail

One example  Note: All lumber must be suitable for exterior use. a) Decking b) Joists c) Boundary joist: The boundary joist is fixed to the perimeter of the deck to give a neat finish ...

Deck Anatomy

anatomy-deck

Note: These plans and/or instructions are to be used expressly as a guide only. If contemplating doing any building work inquire at your local building department to find out what specific needs ...

Water level

Water level

How to make and use a bucket and hose water level Materials You will need a standard plastic bucket and 12 meters (40ft) of 6 mm (1/4") nylex clear plastic tube or similar. Both items can be ...

Making a straight deck

Laying decking boards

A method of laying decking boards straight Assuming the joists are fixed in place. If not go to How to Build a Deck This is an ideal method of how to lay decking boards straight and is most ...

How to set-out a building

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Building Profiles  How to establish the building line (profile, perimeter of a building) and ensure it is square and level. Suitable for square or rectangular buildings. Peg the four outside ...

How to mix concrete

Mixing_concrete

Safety Tip: Be careful when you mix concrete as prolonged contact with fresh concrete will burn your skin. Wear safety goggles, gloves, rubber boots and long sleeves when working with concrete. Ways ...

What is concrete

what_is_concrete

Concrete is a mixture of cement, water, sand and gravel (stones, crushed rock). The mixture eventually hardens into a stone-like material. Cement and water are the two ingredients that do all the ...

How to make a concrete gate post

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Introduction, digging the hole and the plan drawing Introduction Not only does a concrete gate post look good and have a bit of a stately feel about it, but unlike its lumber counterpart it is not ...

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