November 13 - 19, 2016: Issue 289

DIY Pre-Summer Checklist For A Safe Home

The Bureau of Meteorology recently released its seasonal climate outlook to January 2017 stating warmer-than-average days and nights will be likely in eastern Australia. With the rise in temperatures already being experienced it would seem we're in for a long hot Summer with a few, hopefully, cooling southerly busters coming through.

Before it gets too hot is always a good time to ensure your home is maintained to help reduce the impact of bush fires. Some of these items make good sense even if we do not to clean up your yard in time for Christmas and Summer get-togethers. 
  1. Firstly, ensure your gutters are clear of leaves and twigs. Renewing or installing leaf guards to your gutters can help reduce maintenance and aid in keeping the gutters and downpipes free of leaves. Great to do this now before the onset or torrential Summer rains. The gutter guard we use was purchased from Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 over  15 years ago now and is still working well. Plastic as well as metal varieties are available. Some people have even used chicken wire to keep leaves catching in gutter or water channels and ponds in the garden. There are a range of gutter guards to suit every roof, simply inquire in store for what will suit your iron or tiled roof.
  2. Late Spring and Early Summer is when a lot of our eucalyptus trees shed bark and leaves - rake this up and place in green bin or compost.
  3. Cut long grass within 20 metres of the home and within 5 metres of sheds and garages.
  4. Remove any building timber, firewood or other flammable items from under and around your home. These need to be stored at least 20 metres from your home. 
  5. Remove any flammable materials such as paint or engine oils from your shed or garage. The next Chemical Clean Out Day for our area is Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of June 2017 9am - 3:30pm at Mona Vale Beach Car Park, Surfview Road, Mona Vale. Kimriki is not licensed to accept these. These too need to be stored at least 20 metres from your home. A small steel shed to lock them away from little fingers is a good idea. Install this somewhere where the shed won't overheat - no direct sun.
  6. Prune surrounding trees, hedges and bushes so that branches and foliage are at least 2 metres away from all buildings, including sheds, children's play areas and water tanks.
  7. Vent pipes on LPG cylinders away from the house.
  8. Ensure that roof vents or skylights are sealed.
  9. Seal all gaps in walls including the underfloor area, under eaves, and around windows and doors. 
  10. If you have a water tank, install a firefighting pump fitted with a long hose that can reach all the way around the house. 
  11. Check all your hoses and replace any that have deteriorated. Check all the nozzles of these and ensure they too are in good order.
  12. Landscaping the yard and using paths and driveways to provide a firebreak may suit your garden area. Sloping these towards garden beds or as a channel around structures can provide a place to run water into for keeping them moist in all other seasons.
  13. Install sprinkler systems in lawns and in garden beds.
  14. Avoid using timber sleepers for garden bed edges or placing garden beds near the house.
  15. Replace broken tiles and seal the roof around chimneys and vents.
  16. Place any documents/photos etc. you may need if forced to evacuate in a 'kit' ready to grab should the need arise.
  17. Sort out the tool shed! If you have items strewn everywhere, take this is an opportunity to install some shelves or buy yourself a tool storer and put all that valuable gear away. 
Last, but never least, should we have a bad bush fire season, the NSW Rural Fire Service asks that everyone have a Bush Fire Survival Plan

The items shown here are from the current Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 'Do Your Spring Thing' sale catalogue and available until November 20th. We have chosen on sale products that may suit you to make your home safer for a potentially hot Summer but there are many other great specials currently available. A great range of paints are on sale for those whop want to spruce up a room prior to Summer guests and parties, or for those who love the garden, there's a great range of items to promote healthy vegetables and plants there too.

We also include a few items that may help keep the indoors rooms cooler this Summer- ceiling fans not only add a seaside touch, they stir up the air when it's too still to provide any movement.

For any product advice please speak to the friendly trained staff at Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 stores at Narrabeen, Mona Vale and Avalon about what you need to suit your home.  

The catalogue is available to read online HERE

VICTA HAWK 158CC LAWN MOWER: $359.00                                             VICTA HAWK PETROL MULCH & CATCH LAWN MOWER: $499.00 
• 4-stroke. • 16" steel chassis.                                                                                • 18” steel chassis.  • Briggs & Stratton 550EX series 4 stroke engine. 
                                                                                                                                    • Superior 4 blade mulching technology.

GARDENA FLEX HOSE: $29.00                                                                        POPE ALL SEASONS HOSE: $29.00
Also available - 30m: $56.97                                                                               Also available - 30m: $49.00
• 13mm x 15m                                                                                                          • 12mm x 15m. • Perma fit connectors. • 10 year warranty.
• Power Grip profile reduces leaks.

POPE TAP TIMER: $18.70                                                                                  GARD&GROW® SOAKER HOSE
• 2 hour manual tap timer.                                                                                       • 7.5m.: $10.96 • Also available - 15m: $19.80

SPEAR & JACKSON METAL GARDEN RAKE: $20.00                               CYCLONE D HANDLE COTTAGE SPADE or FORK: $60.00
• 14 tooth metal garden rake with hardwood handle.

GEELONG COMBINATION TOOL CHEST: $279.00                                      GEELONG 2 DOOR METAL CABINET: $169.00 
• 6 drawers. • Overall size: 1280(H) x 763(W) x 467(D)mm.                               • 1680(H) x 762(W) x 381(D)mm. • Heavy gauge steel. 
All storage furniture requires assembly.                                                                • 3 adjustable shelves. • Lockable.
Prices may be higher in some areas due to freight.                                            All storage furniture requires assembly.    

VENTAIR SPYDA 3 BLADE CEILING FAN: $189.00                                     VENTAIR 4 BLADE STAINLESS STEEL CEILING FAN: $299.00
• 125cm. • Available in matt black, titanium or satin white.                                  • 130cm. • 316 grade. • 85W reverse cycle motor.
                                                                                                                                    • Includes - 3 speed wall remote controller.
Electrical installations and repairs must be carried out by a licenced electrician. 

20CM RETRO DESK FAN: $39.00                                                                     40CM DESK FAN: $35.00
• 2 speed. Colours may vary by store.                                                                   • White.

ABSCO VELO BIKE SHED: $249.00                                                                ABSCO ECO-NOMY SHED: $399.00
• 1.31(H) x 2.26(W) x 0.78(D)cm.                                                                          • 1.95(H) x 3.66(W) x 1.52(D)m.
• Stores 3 adult bikes.                                                                                            • High quality tensile steel.
• Available in woodland grey or pale eucalypt.                                                    • Available in merino, green or grey.
The Absco products you see from this catalogue are available to order online or in store. Home delivery fee may apply.
Vegepods are a great idea for the junior gardener or for those who like to pick fresh produce straight from their Unit balcony.
For some plant out ideas, visit:  Salad Garden for Children 

Products advice is available from the trained friendly staff at Narrabeen, Mona Vale and Avalon Johnson Brothers Mitre 10. 

Click on logo to visit Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 website

Johnson Bros Mitre 10 - Avalon            (02) 9918 3315

Johnson Bros Mitre 10 - Mona Vale     (02) 9999 3340

JBH Timber & Building Supplies          (02) 9999 0333

JBH Fencing & Landscape Supplies    (02) 9970 6333

 vegepod made into a fail-safe herb garden - at Johnson Brothers Hardware Mitre 10 Mona Vale

Previous DIY Pages:

Decking Timbers  Caring For Your Deck Decking Finishes  Privacy Screens I Privacy Screens II  Privacy Screening Hardwoods  Autumn Paths and Lawns  Insulation Batts Plasterboard  Ventilation - Edmond's Ecofan Blackboards for Children and Home Spring Lawn Care Shade Sails & Watering  Basic DIY Tools DIY Tools - Power Drills Recycle Your Trampoline into An Air Bed  How to Build Your Own Backyard Cricket Pitch Christmas Lights Displays around House and Garden Summer Mildew - Refresh, Renew How to Fix Things That Drip and Bump in the Night Time To Plant Winter Vegetables in  a Raised Garden Beds Layout Organsing Your Tool Shed  Make Your Own Weathervane Installing A Garden Watering System  Decking Oils  How To Make Garden Compost  How To Winter proof Your Lawn How to create Shabby Chic effect on Timber Furniture How to Build Your Own Raised Garden Bed  Growing Your Own Winter Vegies Winter Heating Guide Prepare Your Yard For Winter Eradicating Noxious Weeds From Your Yard How to Fix Furniture Finishes Part I How to Repair Scratches, Dings, and Dents of Furniture Surfaces - Part II Winter Draughts Fix  Classic Wooden Tool Carrier Spring Garden Checklist Part I  Install Your Own Skylight  Retaining Walls for Saving Soil and New Spring Garden Beds  Summer Salad Garden Native Plant Garden for A Fairy Arbour Renewing Short Flight of Exterior Stairs Deck Maintenance DIY Summer Tasks You Can Do In Time to Get to the Beach  Garden Ponds for Attracting Birdlife, Dragonflies and for the Soothing Sounds of Water  Salt Air: Maintenance and Protection Creating an Outdoor Dining Arbour, Gazebo or Patio - Part I Creating an Outdor Dining Arbour, Gazebo or Patio Part II Autumn Garden Tasks  Autumn DIY Jobs: Waterproof Your Home Checklist  Dealing With Dampness Inside the Home  Fixing Your Fence  Repairing and Replacing Damaged Decking boards  DIY Toy Box and Snow Globes: School Holidays Fun - Winter 2015  DIY Wooden Toy Cars and Perfect Painted Flowerpots: School Holiday Fun - Winter 2015  Shoring Up an Under House Earth Bank – Installing a Basic Retaining Wall  DIY One Shelf Sideboard  Early Spring 2015 Garden Care Salad Garden For Children  Keeping Your Garden and Home Cool in Hot Weather  Classic Beach Garden and Camping Chairs 3 Portable Versions Anyone Can Make DIY Outdoor Furniture Mark I: Park Benches for Your Garden Make Your Own Scooter or Skateboard: Summer 2016 Fun  How to Install a Solid Core Door and Door Furniture  Summer Garden Jobs: Pruning A Hedge  How to Make A Swing Chair - With A Frame for Garden Setting  Garden Jobs for March to Make A Beautiful and Healthy Spring  Keeping Outdoor Nooks Warm During Cooler Months  Children’s Step Stool with Storage  Stop Winter Rain Lawn Loss and Soil Erosion on Slopes  DIY Garden Shed: Part 1 of 4 - Base  DIY Garden Shed: Part 2 - Framing Walls  DIY Garden Shed: Part 2b - Gable Roof Framing  Garden Shed Part 3: Roof Installation  DIY Garden Shed: Weatherboards - Door And Window Installation And Paint Finish DIY Coffee Table With Chessboard Inlay  Spring Gardening: Feeding Your Soil And Plants - What Works For Each Plant  DIY Sandstone Flagging Parking Area - Platform  


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