Issue Number 73

May 2004


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Arbor for the Front Path

Sunblinds to Keep You Cool

Garden Love Seat

Quick Tiling Job

Easy Foot Stool

Love-Heart Plant Stand

Insulation for Your Home


Table of Contents

Renovation & Building

Save Energy, Save Money
Energy Efficient Non-residential Construction

by John Ross
While the mandatory energy-efficiency requirements for new residential construction do not yet apply to commercial/industrial buildings, the Skills Publishing premises are an example of what can be achieved.

Cut It Right
Our quick saw guide — if you are having problems cutting material effectively and accurately, you may need a different type of saw.

Stop Your Projects from Rotting
Rot and termites can attack timber within days, so choose the right treatment to protect the timber in your renovation and construction projects.

BDAA Awards 2004
The 9th National Building Design Awards for the Building Designers Association of Australia attracted many exciting entries. This issue we look at the categories for new residences.

Setting Out the Building... Who Does What?
by John Harper, BRANZ Technical Writer
Mistakes in setting out can be very costly and sometimes the owner has to bear the cost.

Plumb Simple — 10
Water seals, vents, traps and gullies — how they work and why they smell and when they don’t.



DIY with Bunnings Warehouse
Painting Tips

True one coat painting — Dulux NeverMiss matt ceiling paint goes on pink, dries white. Plus tips on selecting brushes and rollers. .

The Triton Workshop
Wall Unit

by Geoff Syme
Geoff adapts a Neil Scobie design and builds it using the Triton Workcentre 2000 and Triton accessories.

MitrePlan (Mitre 10)
Insulation for Your Home

This winter insulate your roof and walls for warmth and sound.

Tools & Tips
by Les Miller, Associate Editor
Levels and other Measuring Devices
Tips on using the right device to measure accurately so that components ‘fit’ and how to check if your builder’s level is truly accurate.


Garden Love Seat
by David Haskett
This is a very practical setting of two garden seats and a table top, which can be separated into two separate seats if required.

Sunblinds to Keep You Cool
by Craig Tilley
By installing modern synthetic sunblinds to your windows, you can not only shade the windows but also keep the heat out of the adjoining rooms when summer comes.

Quick Tiling Job
by Bert Toomey
Waterproofing a bench or stove splashback with ceramic tiles is a quick and simple project to upgrade your kitchen.

Arbor for the Front Path
by John Newman
Make your front yard a showpiece with this stunning timber arbor.

Easy Foot Stool
by Leigh Brown
This simple to make Pine Foot Stool is a very handy item to use when changing shoes.

Love-Heart Plant Stand
by Bert Toomey
Ideal for your own home or as a gift, this attractive display stand is a little more challenging than the standard box shape.

User Report
Makita DA3011F 10mm Angle Drill

by Glenn Roberts
Angle drills are not a common power tool in the home workshop, but Glenn considers the latest models from Makita a worthwhile purchase for those tricky drilling tasks.

User Report
Teledyne Water Pik

by Alex Johnson
With six settings, the water-saving Teledyne Water Pik is one of the more sophisticated AAA-rated showerheads available.


Book Reviews
The Pond Specialist
by A & G Bridgewater
Precision Trim Carpentry
by Rick Williams
Making Clocks
by Stan Bray
Building A Shed
by Joseph Truini