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Building Site Life – Laundry & Spindel Review

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You know you’re an adult when… you get excited about laundry appliances. We have been facing some unusual challenges in regards to doing our laundry. I recently acquired a Spindel and decided I just had to tell you about our challenges and how the Spindel has transformed my weekends. Herewith our Spindel review.

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Anvil Repair – Part Two

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As you likely know, Kevin spent quite a lot of time making the new heel for his old, damaged anvil and spent even more time making the hardy hole for this anvil repair. Now all that was left was to assemble all the pieces to turn the broken chunk of steel into a working anvil that he can use to sharpen (is this a pun?) his blacksmith skills to the point of being able to make us awesome fittings for our container house project. 

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How To Repair An Anvil

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Kevin has wanted to take up blacksmithing for a very long time, and has decided that the shipping container house project is the perfect excuse to finally start learning. Kevin is going to be using his newly acquired blacksmith skills to make accessories such as hinges, door handles, curtain rails, and other decorative details for the house. I really am so excited to see what he comes up with and of course to see the results of his hard work in use. But first, he had to repair an anvil. 

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DIY: Monier Coverland’s New Dry Ridge System

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When we visited the Decorex earlier this year, we were extremely pleased to see Monier Coverland’s display where they were advertising an extraordinary dry ridge system. We know the company well because we at Small Scale Engineering are firm believers of their Easy Flash product – a miracle flashing product for leaky roofs, around chimney stacks, etc, etc. (Available for sale from Builders Warehouse in a variety of colours). 

However this post is about another product of theirs – a dry ridge system that blew our minds!

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Submitting Plans Attempt One – The Scrutiny

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We weren’t entirely sure how to go about submitting plans to the council, but one short phone call had us heading in the right direction. The first step, once the plans are drawn up, is to submit them for “scrutiny” – a word that conjours up thoughts of the kind of dingy rooms that have single flickering light-bulbs dangling from a wire. 

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Book Giveaway! Langbourne by Alan P. Landau

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Giveaway closed.

It’s winter in Cape Town. The weather is cold and wet. The sun goes down early so our work days cannot last too long. After a hard, cold and damp day of labour, there’s nothing better than being warm under a blanket while reading an excellent book. And so, we kick off our second giveaway – an awesome book, set in the wild continent of Africa. Let me introduce to you, Alan P. Landau’s Langbourne series! 

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An Afternoon Break – FrozenYo Review

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Kevin and Louis have been extremely busy with various work projects. They have been working long hours in order to complete their work, and due to the current workload, not much has happened with the container house project. Therefore we decided to tell you about our favourite frozen yoghurt and waffle house. Herewith our FrozenYo Review!

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How to Repair a Damaged Water Pipe

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According to South African law, water and waste pipes are to be buried at least 300mm below the ground. If, for some reason, the pipes cannot be buried that deep, then they must be encased in concrete. However, not all builders follow the law and when digging in the garden, you might accidentally hit a water pipe that is not buried deep enough and damage it.

This is how you repair a damaged water pipe and this method can be used with either polycop (the red plastic pipe as per the photo) or copper tubing. Continue reading How to Repair a Damaged Water Pipe