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Water tank monitoring and safety shut off

Hi all, Hope all is well. We've recently rebuilt a holiday home in St Arnuard. We don't have mains water here and are currently running off rainwater however our water tank is underground and not easily accessed to view water levels. Does anyone ...
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08 Apr 20 05:30 PM - By willhere
08 Apr '20 05:30 PM
By willhere
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Biofuel ethanol fires

Does anyone have any opinion or experience with biofuel ethanol fire places?
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28 Feb 14 10:54 PM - By sceptics
28 Feb '14 10:54 PM
By sceptics
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Does anyone know anything about Ebode?

We are getting interested in building a sustainable house and have come across ebode.co.nz. Does anyone know anything about them? are they just another design and build company doing a "greenwash" or are they as good as their website seems ...
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How do I make cabinet handles?

Hello Community, I can't find cool cabinet handles and I was wondering how hard it would be to make them out of baking clay or some such material. If someone knows where I can buy skull pulls for my kitchen cabinets ...
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11 Nov 12 03:23 AM - By Solar Mike
11 Nov '12 03:23 AM
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Rough Sawn Rimu Walls

Hi We have removed the scrim on our hallway walls and have revealed complete walls of rough-sawn rimu boards (think its known as sarking?). They look amazing and we are considering leaving them as they are as a feature. Has ...
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27 Jan 15 09:30 AM - By wyllie
27 Jan '15 09:30 AM
By wyllie
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Weathertex

I would like any feedback on weathertex linea board. It looks like a great product. I am building in Hawkes Bay where the sun is powerful.
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01 Mar 10 07:41 PM - By phptek
01 Mar '10 07:41 PM
By phptek
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Self-Building (Jumping through hoops)

Hello and thank you to all that read this. I'm hoping to get some advice or grounding from the good people on this forum. We are wanting to self-build a modest eco house for myself and my family on a ...
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11 Feb 20 08:59 AM - By ShannonWeaver
11 Feb '20 08:59 AM
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COVID-19 Sustainability During the Crisis

Hi all, Whilst we all hope that this situation will not dramatically deteriorate, we can share all the little things that might help us all through the crisis. I'm looking at what we can grow in the garden and would love ...
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23 Mar 20 05:00 AM - By jc
23 Mar '20 05:00 AM
By jc
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Which Home heating method – Electric Heat pump or low emission Wood Burner?

Ambient air concentrations of both PM10 and NOX in the Auckland region, currently exceed accepted health guidelines and standards. PM10 particulates kill about 600 NZ’s per year from respiratory disease and cancer. The largest single contributors to annual emissions of PM10, are ...
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18 Mar 20 10:17 PM - By Brinno
18 Mar '20 10:17 PM
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Community Gardens

With the growing popularity of community gardens in residential areas, growing for both food and pleasure is proving to be a popular and therapeutic pass time. Tell us about your community garden. My local one in Khandallah, Wellington offers a little ...
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06 Nov 19 10:54 PM - By Ecobob
06 Nov '19 10:54 PM
By Ecobob
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Eco Detergents

My child has a terrible allergy, so about 3 years ago I started using eco-friendly detergents. Lately use Cleanwell or Simple green. What detergents do you use for the kitchen and bathroom? ...
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04 Mar 20 04:46 AM - By Oddy
04 Mar '20 04:46 AM
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Can old gib be recycled into the soil?

I've got a bunch of gib board offcuts to dispose of. In the past I've added gypsum to my soil to improve it. Is "gib board" gypsum with some binding agents? Could I smash it up and dig into soil or ...
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16 Oct 18 06:35 PM - By Sash
16 Oct '18 06:35 PM
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concrete grinding/cleaning

Hi - we have a basement with an old concrete slab, at least part of which does not have polythene underneath it. We think we have sorted out most of the water ingress issues with basement, but before recarpeting ...
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27 Feb 20 10:00 AM - By Cleaning Pro
27 Feb '20 10:00 AM
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Electrician who can install

Does anyone know any electrician in Auckland who can install Solar PV system – install only? We buy a complete Solar PV system kit by ourselves. After done some research, Solar PV system in NZ are relatively still expensive because of ...
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12 Feb 20 01:59 AM - By Chris Jackson
12 Feb '20 01:59 AM
By Chris Jackson
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Green roofs

Wouldnt last long in Wellington, blow to bits in a week.
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16 Feb 20 03:17 PM - By Ecobob
16 Feb '20 03:17 PM
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I missed Masonry Stove workshop -can anyone who went fill me in?

I believe there was a masonry stove workshop or seminar held recently in Central Otago. Could anyone who went to or who organised this please contact me or let me know what they thought of it? Masonry stoves are massive woodburners ...
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03 Feb 20 12:52 PM - By Campbell
03 Feb '20 12:52 PM
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Insulated concrete slab

Hi All, We are in the final design stages of our plans before consent and there is one thing that I am unsure about. We are building on TC2 (chch requirement) land so we will be using a rib raft foundation. ...
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22 Jan 20 07:04 PM - By Ecobob
22 Jan '20 07:04 PM
By Ecobob
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Mould removal in Auckland

I’m looking at a stick house built in the late 50’s in Auckland that has been sitting empty for a while. It’s had some roof insulation installed recently but it has mould on the ceilings in most of the rooms. ...
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12 Jan 20 06:44 PM - By Ecobob
12 Jan '20 06:44 PM
By Ecobob
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Fire brick recipe?

Hi all, im looking for a recipe for home made fire bricks. I want to make some pizza ovens and fire places etc... I am planning to make casts to set them in, the bricks will not be fired like normal ...
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26 Dec 19 11:19 PM - By ricardotores
26 Dec '19 11:19 PM
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Earth building workshops in 2019?

Hi everyone. I'm looking for any events related to earth building techniques, but would be especially interested in cob workshops. Is anyone here interested in holding a workshop, or know of someone who is? I'm in the Auckland area and it could ...
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14 Dec 19 07:10 AM - By stefanearthstudio
14 Dec '19 07:10 AM
By stefanearthstudio
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eco gypsy

off grid Romany traveller the eco gypsy check him out on eco gypsy on you tube
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08 Nov 19 06:34 PM - By Ecobob
08 Nov '19 06:34 PM
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Insulwool vs batts insulation

The house we have just bought looks to have Insulwool-type insulation in the ceiling (ie fluffy blown insulation that seems to be made of wool). It's about 20cm deep. Does anyone know what sort of R-rating this has, ...
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26 Sep 19 10:26 PM - By Cunny
26 Sep '19 10:26 PM
By Cunny
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Seeking Ecovillage info in New Zealand

Hi. I'm trying to track down a list of Ecovillages through out New Zealand and was wanting to know if anyone know's a good link where I could find them?
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14 Sep 19 03:30 PM - By ted scott
14 Sep '19 03:30 PM
By ted scott
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Wetback

We have recently purchased a home which has a wetback fire place. The water heats well however there is a tremendous amount of banging in the pipes when the fire is heating up. As the fire gets ...
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25 Aug 19 10:09 AM - By macroking
25 Aug '19 10:09 AM
By macroking
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Traditional Internal Lime Plastering - Auckland

Hi all, We're developing a residential property in the Rodney area and would like to consider using a traditional lime based plaster system for our internal walls. Having lived in France and Spain for a few years I loved the ...
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22 Jul 19 06:05 PM - By Stewart Plaster Hamilton, Ltd.
22 Jul '19 06:05 PM
By Stewart Plaster Hamilton, Ltd.
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