March 12 - 18, 2017: Issue 304

One To Two Day DIY Weekend Spruce Ups

As the days get shorter and cooler we still want to spend as much time possible outside in the sunshine but also have a bit of time off during the weekend. If you like doing mini-spruce-ups around the home a few ideas to make your house more inviting, as well as doing a bit of maintennace before the too cold and too wet weather sets in may be just what you're after.

A few ideas that won't take all weekend unless you want to:

Make your front door more inviting
Depending on the type of door you have, repainting or staining and refinishing it is a simple upgrade that can really make a huge difference — and you'll only spend $20 to $50 in the process.

If you really want to go all out, you can install a brass knocker plate and new latch hardware ($120 to $150) — and still stay within a reasonable budget.
Total DIY time: Up to 3.5 hours, with one hour of prep, one hour for priming and painting, a half hour to install the knocker, and one hour to install the latch hardware.

Wash your home's exterior
If your house weathered a lot of storms this Summer, a simple scrub-down can provide an instant refresh and rid of all that built up grime.
If  you're trying to reach high places and don't have a ladder, attach your brush to a telescopic pole. In fact all outside surfaces — from driveways to sidewalks to front steps — can be cleaned of dirt, mildew, mold and algae stains now before Winter.

There are a range of non-toxic environmentally friendly products now available to help with your clean or a water pressure cleaner works excellently too.
Total DIY time: Three to five hours per side, depending on the size of your house.

KARCHER K2 TELESCOPIC HOME PRESSURE CLEANER: $199.00  Kit includes K2 gun, 6m hose, vario power nozzle, dirt blaster and T-Racer 150 patio cleaner.

Install solar-powered lamps
An upgrade that will give you more light without adding to your electric bill and one that will add more highlights to your yard is always a great idea.
Reliable solar lampposts are now readily available — no wiring required. The best place for solar lamps is in locations where they'll get six hours of sun each day, and where they'll illuminate the walk between the car and the front door, or a garden path and edges.
If you have a gate or piers at the foot of your driveway, solar-powered lamps can add a nice touch to those areas — warmly welcoming visitors to your home.
Total DIY time: Two to three hours.

Refinish your deck or fence
We've had some pretty hot weather this Summer, intense sunlight that can damage your outdoor verandahs and decks. If you avoided doing this in those steamy days, now is the time to stop the rot. A simple way to give your wooden fence, porch, or deck a face-lift is to clean and treat it with a stain. Start by applying deck cleaner to the wood, allowing it to sit for 10 minutes before working it in with a stiff, bristled brush. Rinse thoroughly, wait for it to dry and then apply the stain. Make sure to read all of the product directions for accurate drying times.

CABOT'S DECK CLEAN 1L. $13.50-  Combats mould and mildew. Removes dirt and grime. Also available - 4L: $37.90 

When picking a stain, the rule of thumb is that products with more pigment will last longer; a clear waterproofer might last only one or two years, while it's more like two to three years for a tinted version. A semi-transparent stain will last four to five years, and a solid stain should stay intact for over five years.
Total DIY time: Two days.

INTERGRAIN ULTRADECK: 4L. (Assorted colours available.) $98.90 Also available - 10L $207.00

CABOT'S NATURAL DECKING OIL:  4L. $58.90 Transparent oil. (Assorted colours available.) Also available - 10L $139.00 

Replace your mailbox
Upgrading a box that has seen better days is one of the simplest ways to improve your home's first impression. Even if you have to reset the post, a new mailbox generally won't cost too much. Something classic and classy, and one that will last in saltwater air, will give your home a lift. 
Total DIY time: One to three hours, depending on if you need a new post.
Right - letterbox made from sleepers.

Do some quick landscaping
Brighten up your front yard by simply planting a few colorful annuals or all those native plants that will soon be blooming - banksias, grevilleas, and then lay down a layer of mulch to keep weeds at bay and water in the soil. For added flair, you can also add decorative edging using bricks or stones. 

If you're losing soil through rain runoff, now may be a great time to install a retaining wall and plant out with your favourites before the soil becomes too cold for them to take.

Don't have much of a yard to landscape or live in a unit? Place flowerpots next to your front door or refresh those that you may have growing on a balcony. 

If you want to grow some herbs invest in a metal shelf unit and stack it with pots brimming with your favourites. There's nothing like being able to pick a few springs of parsley, basil or thyme to toss through a fresh Autumn salad.
Total DIY time: 1 day.

DAHLIA PLANT: $10 140mm pot.        COLOUR YOUR LIFE TRIO: $16 175mm. A floral trio mix, great for instant garden appeal.

HERB SIX PACK SEEDLINGS: $8 Assorted pack with carry handle. 
New, bigger H and C retaining wall beams for 100mm thick sleepers, available in lengths up to 12 metres.


Special introductory offer - March only!
H beams $74.36/lm   C beams $60.06/lm

Big savings March only on 75mm retaining wall beams

Sleeper sizes:

All products available at our Nth Narrabeen yard - 1555 Pittwater Road

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. 

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All information and tips in this publication are of a general nature only and neither Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 or Pittwater Online News does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information and tips in this publication. This publication is not intended to be a substitute for expert advice. Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 advises you to always consult an experienced and qualified person when undertaking jobs of this kind (including consulting a qualified tradesperson such as an electrician or plumber where relevant expert services are required). 

You should also consider any safety precautions that may be necessary when undertaking the work described in this publication (including wearing any necessary safety equipment such as safety glasses, goggles or ear protectors or hard hats). The information and tips in this publication are provided on the basis that Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 and Pittwater Online News excludes all liability for any loss or damage which is suffered or incurred (including, but not limited to, indirect and consequential loss or damage and whether or not such loss or damage could have been foreseen) for any personal injury or damage to property whatsoever resulting from the use of the information and tips in this publication. 

Pittwater Online News and Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 also advises there may be laws, regulations or by-laws with which you must comply when undertaking the work described in this publication. You should obtain all necessary permissions and permits from council and/or any other relevant statutory body or authority before carrying out any work. Major projects published in this publication always list these and/orlinks to where you may research what your own project requires to meet regulations.

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: Weather- boards - 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  DIY Pre-Summer Checklist For A Safe Home   Summer Spruce Up: Interior Paint Tips and Three easy steps to rejuvenate your timber deck The Perfect BBQ Garden Setting DIY Water Wise Garden   DIY Side Gates  DIY Storm Preparation And Home Protection  


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