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Repairing rusted balustrade and reinforcing

The existing balustrade had rusted away at 2 of the posts from water pooling over the years. In these pictures you can see after welding a reinforcing place on the bottom of the balustrade and after painting it black. But… Continue Reading →

Cat scratching post reduction/modification

Nothing special here. We had quite a large cat gym which stood around 5′ 5″. This was cut down a few weeks before this project to about 1/3 of its size. Now I am further cutting it down to just… Continue Reading →

Clothes dryer installation in the laundry, including exhaust vent

Too many strings of wet days meant washing couldn’t be done when needed. So, I finally caved and bought a clothes dryer. It’s not used too often, but when it is used it’s saves time and heartache; ultimately a darn good… Continue Reading →

Car side mirror replacement

I broke my left side mirror (oops!) and needed to have it replaced. Buying from manufacturer costs 3 times the amount for one mirror. Instead, I ordered a set (left and right) online with the added ability of a motorized… Continue Reading →

Building a new gaming PC

I finally decided to build myself a new PC. I haven’t played computer games since around 2005 or so. My brother was getting back in to gaming and I decided I would too, it’s a good release. Previously, I had… Continue Reading →

Make and install air-conditioning cover

I had a split-system air-conditioning unit installed in my garage (see previous blog post for installation of the wiring) and during installation my neighbor complained that the external unit is unsightly and will be too noisy for them along with… Continue Reading →

Fix a folding chair

I stood on the chair and broke it…. oops. So here we are fixing it with a spare piece of MDF. Not the greatest fix considering it’s not water proof and it increases the weight of the chair substantially. But… Continue Reading →

Installing more double-baton fluorescent lights

I had a gift voucher the local hardware store, so I decided to buy two double-baton fluorescent lights and install them near the business end of my workshop. I tapped in to the existing lights to grab power and I… Continue Reading →

Form-working and concreting my brothers garage

We are planning on building my brother a workshop in his garage. The first step is to concrete the footings of the garage to make them look neater and eventually use the footing as raised storage. We built the form-working… Continue Reading →

Fix motorbike blinker cluster

My brother bought a motorbike recently. The bike was in good condition, but the blinker cluster was broken — It wasn’t able to ‘click’ properly to the left and sometimes it would not engage the indicator lights at all. My… Continue Reading →

Making and installing shelf for Linux router/server

This one is fairly straight-forward. Just built a shelf to get the Linux router/server out of the way and off the floor. The cabling is still a mess. I will need to fix that up and install proper conduit one… Continue Reading →

New drill press and drop saw bench for the workshop

I had a friend of mine build me a new bench for a drop saw and drill press. Great use of the space in my opinion. I love it!

Running electricity for fairy lights underground

A couple of years ago when I turfed the back yard, I had dug a trench and installed two separate conduits running from under the house to the veggie patch. One of the conduits was to run power through it…. Continue Reading →

Installing mains power cable for air-con in garage

Yes. The garage gets very hot and I like my controlled climate. So I am having air-conditioning installed in my man-cave. The person installing the air-con is a friend of my father-in-law and we offered to run the cable from… Continue Reading →

Cut-off saw sliding and floating shelf

I was given a cut-off saw as a gift. The saw is very, very handy. But I have no where in the garage to put it! Because I dont use it as frequently as my other tools and most of… Continue Reading →

Replacing boat trailer hubs

As part of the preparation for taking my boat down the coast (3 hours drive) I replaced the hubs on the boat trailer. The trailer had a nice overhaul almost a year ago. I made new brackets to stand on… Continue Reading →

Network Rack

My brother had bought a bunch of networking equipment. CISCO gear. We need a rack for all this stuff. So he decided to put one together. Here is the result:

Installing marine audio deck in to boat

My existing Kenwood deck is no longer working. This is the second Kenwood deck i’ve installed that has failed in 2 years. Each time it fails not long after the warranty period ends! So no more Kenwood for me. This… Continue Reading →

Getting Netflix in Australia (or any other country outside USA that doesn’t allow Netflix)

What this blog entry is: Information on how I set up a [relatively] maintenance-free, reliable and cheap way of getting Netflix on my PCTV (PC connected to my TV), and any other PC on my network or connected to my… Continue Reading →

Power Generator – Part 2

Part 2 of my power generator project. Looks like this is going to be a multi-part project as it is taking longer than I thought. I am currently up to the stage of building the covering/casing for the generator. I… Continue Reading →

Fix caravan/camper trailer door

My parents bought a camper trailer almost 25 years ago. They still use it but it has been falling apart for quite some time now. Dad repairs what he can (which is most things), but the fold-down door he couldnt… Continue Reading →

Fixing my Hakko soldering station

My soldering station stopped working. I love this soldering station, so I opened it up to see whats going on inside. The transformer contacts had come loose, so I tightened them and VIOLA! all good. But not longer after it… Continue Reading →

Power generator – Part 1

DIY Power Generator Input: Fuel, in the form of petroleum Output: 12v DC and 240v AC electricity! While overseas in the Philippines I was very impressed by the way the locals improvised, modified and fitted existing engines inside their hand-made… Continue Reading →

My first Car PC, from 1999!

Blast from the past! I was going through some old photos and came across a set from back in 1999! Apologies for the sub-par pictures, some of them were taken with my first ever digital camera (an old Kodak camera…. Continue Reading →

Nintendo NES USB controller, from 2002!

Blast from the past! link to video of controller in use This particular project I’ve created quite a few years ago and posted it online on a different blog. The post ended up being featured on Hack-A-Day, Engadget, Gizmodo and… Continue Reading →

Outdoor home theatre projector stand

Aim: To create a stand for the outdoor projector. This is part of my new outdoor home theatre system. Some History: Recently I installed a home theatre system in my back yard. This was a suggestion from a friend of… Continue Reading →

Plant climber frame

Aim: To build a durable, wooden frame for our climbing plants to climb up on. Specifically our snow peas in our new vege patch. Maz wanted a wooden frame as any plastic/metal frames wouldnt suit the patch. So I decided… Continue Reading →

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