Issue Number 70

November 2003


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Occasional Drinks Table

Fixing Leaking Aluminium Windows

Ten Tips for a Better Finish

Shaker Style Longcase Clock

Drill Press Drum Sander

Tips for Easier Parking

Adding a Gate to an Existing Fence

Building a Set of Steps


Table of Contents

Renovation & Building

Save Energy, Save Money
Thermal Mass, Insulation and Lightweight Construction

by John Ross
Thermal mass has been used to cool and heat homes for thousands of years, but it is often misunderstood. Thermal mass is not insulation, but both can play their part in maintaining your home at a comfortable temperature.

Timber Decks
Add a timber deck to your home to create the ideal outdoor entertainment area.

Building your New Home — Who Looks after Your Interests?
The emerging role of project managers who represent the homeowner as their client.

Smart Homes — the Future of Housing
The Australian building industry is now offering new homeowners the technology, products and expertise to make their home as sophisticated as their car.

User Report
Electrolux Trilobite Automatic Vacuum Cleaner

by Steven Burrows
The staff at Skills Publishing test the latest in home automation appliances — the Electrolux Trilobite.

Learning About Electricity Without Getting Bored — 35
Setting up the room to achieve the best performance from your Home Hi-fi Speaker System.

Plumb Simple — 7
More on hot water system inspection and maintenance.


DIY with Bunnings Warehouse
Bunnings Warehouse expands Do-It-Yourself Women’s Clinics Program

These DIY clinics are drawing capacity attendance wherever they are held.

The Triton Workshop
Blocking off an Archway

by Eris Kennedy
The Triton Workcentre is a useful renovation tool. Eris used his Triton to frame up an archway when converting a living area into a bedroom.

MitrePlan (Mitre 10)
Make a Leadlight Panel

With some basic tools and patience you can make your own leadlight design to decorate your home or current project.

Tools & Tips
Planes and Planing Pt.1
by Les Miller, Associate Editor
Planes are not intended to work, straight out of the box. Les details how a plane operates and how to set it up for use, including sharpening the blade.


Occasional Drinks Table
by David Haskett
This table makes the ideal place to set down your drinks while you’re sitting in your favourite comfortable chair.

Fixing Leaking Aluminium Windows
by Glenn Roberts
Windows leak for a number of reasons, but the solution can be quite simple.

Ten Tips for a Better Finish
by Eris Kennedy
Here’s ten quick tips on how to achieve a better paint finish with a roller brush.

Shaker Style Longcase Clock
by David Haskett
The simpler lines of the Shaker style provide a more contemporary look for a grandfather clock.

Drill Press Drum Sander
by A Toomey
This home-made attachment converts your drill press into a drum sander.

Tips for Easier Parking
by Pat Crowe
Protect the duco on your car with these two ideas that are so simple, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of them yourself!

Adding a Gate to an Existing Fence
by Craig Tilley
A frame kit makes installing a gate an easy weekend project.

Building a Set of Steps
by Paul M Johnson
Timber steps are simple to build once you know how to set them out.

User Report
B&D Bullseye Laser Level Stud Finder

by John Kerr
This stud finder has a few features that set it apart from the rest.


Book Reviews
Foundations and Concrete Work
by Taunton Press
Simple Handmade Garden Furniture
by Philip and Kate Haxell
Australia’s Better Homes Specification — Natspec Domestic