Alanvale and The Lazy Farmer

Roof sarking is required by law in Australia for tile roofs but there are other great uses.

If it was your tree its your problem but if it’s a Council verge, its still your problem.

Getting your ducks in a row will save you heaps of regret.

You don't know what you're missing unless you live out of range.

So who is to blame? The Camera Operator or the Director?

Tractor accessories that have been sitting outside for eight years are getting a new home.

It's so frustrating when the trees keep getting destroyed for one reason or other.

My neighbour gave me some new white gum strainer posts but there was a problem.

History hides behind every turn and no matter how often you drive by, you might never know.

It was lovely weather for ducks and I only saw it just before it saw me. It jumped just high enough to miss the body of the car and burst through the grill. I was happy when it flew away with no apparent broken bones.
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The tree blew over the fence and my neighbour cut it up so he could put sheep in the paddock. I cleared up the branches 18 months ago but had to wait to burn when the wind was blowing away from the road reserve.
The rule is: if the tree is on your property, its your responsibility but when it's on the road reserve, tough luck!

Western Power is constantly turning off the power. They don't do this in the city and when the power really goes off we are the last to get fixed.

Sometimes it's not a good time to put up roofing.

If you are planning to put up roof trusses on your own, make sure you carry out your risk procedures, have all your tools and equipment ready and plan your working order.

I was shown this trick from a Boilermaker Engineer who trained on steam engines and I've taught thousands of others since.

This is my second lemon tree and it has had the same fate! Perhaps with some TLC, I can save it? Fruit trees are not cheap.

Before working on a building site, always carry out a site assessment, work out your order of construction and the safest way to carry out the job.

As well as the dividing Fences Act in Western Australia, there are common sense rules. If you use a contractor, you need three quotes but if you do it yourselves there are unwritten rules. For instance if a tree falls on the fence, the person who owned the tree fixes it. Also one neighbour buys the materials and the other builds it or you share the cost and the work.

After watching "Off Grid with Doug and Stacy", "Country View Acres" and "Wild and Wonderful Off Grid" struggling with heavy cables and pull throughs, I would have loved to post a comment with "you could have done it better" but I'm sure they hear that all the time. If you, however need to run underground cables through conduit and you haven't already buried the conduit, here's the easy way.

The frames and trusses were commissioned by Kitome and delivered by Span-Truss of Rockingham. Framing is easy but take care when plumbing the corners before you fit the bracing. Don’t forget to strap the frames down to the floor!

Your kit home comes in stages and you will need to check with your supplier if prices are likely to rise before you complete the home. In my case, prices were to rise one year after commencement so I bought a sea container and had the fit out and finishing kits supplied before that time.

Always start at the attached end and leave your ends out of the coil and you will never have a tangle or knot again.

Don't bother with sharpening jigs! Most people look at a drill bit and think it must be hard but with a couple of simple tricks, anybody with a grindstone, a steady hand and good eyes can do it. I made it a habit of getting all my year 11 and 12 students to sharpen drills over 6mm but they had to check with me when they finished. An off centre drill will cut on one side and drill a wider hole. Remember, the first place a drill gets hot is the outside corner. Stop and sharpen up.

Bronwyn looked out of the window and was surprised at the size of the carrot tops. I said pull one and see. She's pleased as punch seeing the little effort and the result.

Yes even if you follow the instructions there may be an even better way. They say the sub floor is good for three months out in the weather but is it really?

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Retired Teacher from Oz
http://www.alanblencowe.com
Hobby Farmer, Building and Construction Teacher (I have just built my own house and machine shed), Local and Family History and seeker of Justice. (7/7 in State Administrative Tribunal)
My quals are in Industrial Design, Manual Arts Teaching, Civil Engineering, Building and Construction, Teacher, Teacher supervisor, Worship Leader, Deacon, Elder, Wanneroo City Councillor and West Arthur Shire Councillor.