Sunday, 30 November 2014

Repairs to the garage after the storm

 
A few months ago our garage was destroyed during a large thunderstorm that the weather channel called a mini cyclone.  I came home to find our garage door flying around. Here is how it was repaired in the following weeks. Click here to see the damage.


 
 Here is the front of the garage before the damage.
On the day of the damage, a builder from our insurance company came and secured the front of the garage with wood.

A few weeks later the repair work began.
The builders removed the wood panels to gain access to the garage.

The builders removed the wood panels and stared to remove the old plaster roof.
There was plaster board everywhere! I was excited to see the inside of the garage roof cavity. We made add a pull down ladder in the future to use this space for storage.

The view of the garage mess from the back.
A few days later they began to lay the new plaster roof.

The next step is to cover the gaps with filler and sand it once it dries.
Finally the new garage door was installed. We chose a stronger model than our previous roller door, as the location of our house means we sometimes experience strong sea winds.
The new garage door is a panel lift.
Later that week the painter came to paint the garage roof and new plaster roof. We had to have the floor painted as the old garage door caused damage to concrete when it was flapping around in the storm.
We love the finished product!

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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Flying garage door after large thunderstorm

A few months ago our garage was destroyed during a large thunderstorm that the weather channel called a mini cyclone. We never have large storms like this one, so it all came as a bit of a surprise. I came home to find our garage door flying around. It had destroyed the roof inside the garage and most of the items inside. See the video below.


 
Here is a photo of the front of the garage as it was happening.
 
The garage door was flapping so hard that it ripped the clothes dryer door off! 
 
Here is our pile of Christmas lights for the front of the house.
They have been partially destroyed.
 
The bar area of the garage was also damaged. The cupboard door had been removed and the bar fridge as destroyed. The bikes had to be replaced too.
 
My next DIY project was also destroyed. I had planned to paint this set of drawers. However they were too damaged to repair.
 
 
We were very luckily that Bella didn't get hurt or run away in the ordeal.
 
The next job was to remove all the items from the inside of the garage so it could be assessed by the insurance company. What a mess!
 I will update soon on how the repairs went.

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Candles in metal jars

The last time we had a large party we use candles in metal jars to add mood lighting. We saved the jars from old coffee metal jars.
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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Wooden door name letters for Joshua’s bedroom

Two weeks ago we went to our local craft market and bough these wooden letters for Joshua's bedroom door. Here is what they look like once on the door.
The first thing we had to decide was whether to use bluetak or double sided sticky tape. My husband decided bluetak, as it is easier to get off as the door was only painted a few months ago.
 Then we put them on the door in a straight line.
 Final check to make sure it's straight.
 How it looks on the door!
 
Joshua was completing disengaged and had chosen to watch the TV and play with the Wii remote instead. However about 10 minutes later he saw his bedroom door and was very excited!
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Monday, 24 November 2014

Week 48: Household tasks and cleaning checklist

Household tasks and cleaning
* Organise pet supplies and guard against pests.
* Clean and organise vehicles. Clean out boot and vacuum. Spray and wipe insides.
* Clean gold and silver jewellery with correct products
* Back up computer on external hard drive
* Dust surfaces, including furniture, objects and light fixtures. 

Garden and outdoor care
* Top up worm farm with scraps. Use worm tea on unhealthy plants. Turn the compost heap.
* BBQ gas grills maintenance: Turn the burners on high, close the lid and let the grill run for 20 to 40 minutes, depending on how dirty it is. Turn the heat off and brush the grates thoroughly with a brass-bristle brush.
* Let the grill cool and then disconnect the gas tank. Wash the lid, the grates and the exterior using dishwashing liquid, warm water and a scrubbing sponge. Rinse well. Remove and wash the large drip pan and replace the small pan.

Lifestyle
* Do an op shop run. Look for books, clean toys, clothes and furniture.
* Take photo family shot and of baby
* Visit local nature park, attraction, zoo or beach with family.
* Get library books for me, meal ideas and baby’s reading time
* Do Wii fit workout and walk dog. If I cannot walk or do Wii fit, then run up and down stairs 20 times.
* Make meal planner for week. Cook dinner and invite family over
 
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Saturday, 22 November 2014

DIY Timber hot water heater screen

Recently we decided to cover our old hot water system with a timber screen. The hot water system is grey and looks ugly in our outdoor entertaining area. Here is how we made the timber screen:
Before:
 It is very ugly and is an eyesore in the entertaining area.
 
 
 DIY steps:
Step One: We measured the outline of the hot water system and made sure the frame had enough room to smoothly be wheeled away if needed. We allowed 5cm on each side.
 side view of the frame
 Step Two: Then we added the wheels and made sure it could be moved around easily.
Step Three: Then my husband painted the frame 'woodlands grey' to match our outdoor area.
Step Four: You need to decide which wood you will use to cover the sides of the frame. We chose a merbau timber and got it cut to the exact measurements.
 Step Five: Then you need to drill in some guide holes to help attach the timber later.
Step Six: Use your electric drill to screw the timber into the frame. We used a screwdriver to make sure the timber stayed straight and didn't slip while we were drilling.
 Repeat on the other 2 sides.
Side view of the finished product before the stain was added.
 Front view of the finished product before the stain was added.
 Step Seven: Add a stain to the timber to protect it.
 
After:
Once the stain was added to the timber it was finished!
 
 A few weeks later we found this serving table at Ikea. So we added it to our BBQ area :)
 
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