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Roof ventilation advice in Canberra?

By 31 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am just hoping for some advice from other Canberrans who have some experience with installing any of the various types of roof ventilation in their home. Basically what did you pick and why, what was the cost, and was it successful?
We have a small house in a new subdivision that was built in 2012 [...]

Canberra ghost stories wanted!

By 31 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all, I’m looking at writing a new book regarding ghosts and hauntings in the Canberra/ ACT area. As such, I would appreciate any stories anyone has and are happy to tell (and have published, anonymously or otherwise).
At present I have manuscript being edited by Schiffer Books in the US regarding UK ghosts and have [...]

Rooftop solar – recent experiences in Canberra?

By 29 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Thinking of installing solar power to our house. Orientation is ideal, and whilst not looking to make money, I would love to escape the clutches of ACTEW (or whatever they’re called this week).
Would appreciate any feedback re: supply and installation of (say) a 4Kw system, and how it has performed.
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Recommendations for motorcycle service in Canberra

By 28 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello fellow rioters
I recently inherited a BMW K100 (1983). It’s hasn’t run in a fair while and I just want to get it serviced to make sure I don’t ruin anything by getting it going myself and riding it.
Can anyone recommend a bike mechanic in Canberra, maybe one that does BMW and or older bikes?
Thanks [...]

Which are Canberra’s most disadvantaged suburbs?

By 27 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was surprised to see a few of the suburbs that are mentioned and even more surprised to see a few that have lifted off the bottom shelf (including Kingston!)
An interesting read and I think it’s useful for Canberrans to know which areas of our city have the most need so we can help out [...]

What’s better: Fixed rate or variable rate home loan?

By 22 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am going to borrow home loan from the bank and have three options: fixed rate, variable rate and half and half.
Would you please advise here what option I should take. You are welcome to comment on ‘owner occupier’ or ‘investment’, and three different options because your comment may benefit others even if it does [...]

Foam cutting in Canberra?

By 21 July 2015
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Does anyone know where we can get a good price on getting some new foam inserts cut for our couch in Canberra.  The back cushions are down filled and they are sagging and a bit sad so thought replacing the feathers with foam might be a good idea.

Do Canberrans want to talk to the trees?

By 21 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I recently read an article in which the city of Melbourne gave trees email addresses so citizens could report problems…
“The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.”…
…”Melbourne’s email-a-tree service is one in a litany of municipal projects aimed at leveraging [...]

Where can I buy balance bikes in Canberra?

By 18 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m looking for a bike store in Canberra that has good service and knowledge about kids balance bikes?
Also, any recommendations for the type or brand would also be useful.
Our daughters (two and four years old) are a little on the small side and need to be fitted for an appropriate balance bike.

Locksmith recommendations in Canberra?

By 17 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi hive,
I want to get someone to install two deadbolt locks on two of my internal doors, but I don’t know of any reputable Canberra locksmiths
Can anyone recommend a good one?
Cheers

Do I have to accept a TOU electricity meter?

By 16 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I just got a letter from ACTEW saying they want to fit a TOU Meter .
My meter is fine. Do I have to accept it?
I’ve heard people’s electricity bills go up and to save any money you have to run things like washing machines and clothes dryers after 1:00am .

How can I get ADSL in Chifley?

By 14 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The short version –>
iPrimus got connected (believe uses Optus network) – took five minutes to load Gmail inbox page (discontinued the service).
iiNet connect a phone line via Telstra tech for ADSL – two days later received a text that the property is too far from exchange/too much loss can not continue to connect ADSL.
Netspeed longreach [...]

Best place for massage/acupuncture in Canberra?

By 10 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m rather new to Canberra and have a chronic condition that requires massage and acupuncture when it flares up.
I’ve been looking for someone who does both, but there seem to be a lot of options.  I’d like something central to the city if possible, but I could always bus to a great place if it’s [...]

Advice on compulsory third party insurance?

By 9 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When my wife re-registered her car in the ACT, she selected GIO as the CTPI provider.
Yesterday she had cause to contact the GIO regarding a comprehensive insurance renewal and was advised that her CTPI insurance was not with the GIO and therefore she was not entitled to a discount.
ACT Road Users advised that third party premiums [...]

Landscaper recommendation in Canberra

By 8 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m in need of a landscaper in the Gungahlin area that is good, affordable and reliable. Anyone you would recommend?
Thanks in advance.

Where can I find good coffee in Belconnen?

By 7 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve recently started working in Belconnen and I’m yet to find a really great coffee shop nearby. Any suggestions?
I really liked Lava when I worked in Phillip, as well as Two Hands, ONA and Celestinos when I was in Fyshwick. Where in Belconnen serves up a comparable flat white?
All suggestions welcome.

Does anyone know what happened to Cafe Bamboo in Braddon?

By 6 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My wife and I had a favourite Chinese restaurant, Cafe Bamboo, on Lonsdale Street in Braddon. It was forced to close as their building was demolished to make way for new apartments.
Does anyone know if the owner moved to a new location? I meant to ask but forgot, and when I walked by, it was [...]

Where can I find kids’ interior shops in Canberra?

By 4 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m new to Canberra and want to decorate my children’s bedrooms. (1, 3 & 8 years)
Can the more knowledgeable here point me in the direction of any good shops with products for Children’s interiors around town? Any help would be great!
Thanks for your help!

Dentist recommendations in Canberra?

By 3 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Can anyone recommend a good and gentle dentist, please? I’ve read the ones that were submitted in another query in 2011 and just wonder if there are any more recent dental recommendations. Thanks for any help you can offer.

What’s happening on the corner of Belconnen Way and Bindubi St?

By 3 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone know what is happening on the corner of Belconnen Way and Bindubi Street? Adecco (construction company) have dug out the old car park on Bardi Place, opposite Canberra High, but I can’t figure out if they are simply extending it or whether something else is also going up.

Living at an invalid address?

By 1 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have been living at my current house in Bonner for over two years, however, none of the systems recognise the address.
I have this problem with Telstra, TPG and iiNet and do not know which ACT public office I should contact to get it fixed. I know the street numbers are allocated by LDA.

Weekend getaway recommendations

By 30 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Husband and I are planning a last minute, mid-week getaway. Grateful for any recommendations/ thoughts of what we can see and do. Keen to explore regions around Canberra (ie not Sydney). TIA.

Where can I find Canberra’s highest streets?

By 28 June 2015
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This is a bit a random I know, but can anyone tell Scentednightgardens which Canberra suburban streets (and respective suburbs) have the highest elevations in Canberra?
I am looking for streets in the suburbs, so places like Hall and Tharwa (ie rural Canberra) are out of scope.  I had a quick look at a simple topographic map and reasoned [...]

End of lease cleaning advice wanted

By 27 June 2015
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Has anyone used End Of Lease Cleaning Australia, or Bond Back Cleaning in Canberra?
I need an end-of-lease cleaner and was quoted a pretty good price from these guys, but before I go ahead I want to know if anyone else has ever had any experience with them?

Canbera tiler recommendations wanted

By 26 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We are renovating our bathroom and need a great tiler as we’re looking at using a patterned floor tile that needs to be matched perfectly.
I have had a look at related posts on this topic, but unfortunately most recommendations are a little out of date, or refer to bathroom contractors rather than tilers. Would greatly appreciate [...]

After a delicious ‘meal’ not an artistically perfect ‘morsel’

By 21 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We have eaten at 20 or so restaurants in Canberra and several top-rated ones serve ridiculously small portions. Last one, when the mains arrived the good wife and I spontaneously looked at each other and laughed.
So we would like to enjoy a meal sized portion, where haven’t we tried yet?

Exam supervisor wanted

By 17 June 2015
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My husband and I are studying through Kaplan Professional online. We are looking for someone who would be able to supervise our exams in Canberra.
We are happy to pay for the supervision. We will need to sit 4-5 exams over approximately 8-12 months. They need to take place in a public place with internet access.
We [...]

First time buying an off the plan property

By 17 June 2015
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I was wondering if anyone can advise us regarding the settlement and pre-settlement inspection of our newly built townhouse.
We were called to make an appointment for the pre-settlement inspection last week so we did and came in to see the builder, inspected and such. There were a few things making me feel very uneasy:
- No [...]

Looking for a builder for a small renovation in Canberra

By 12 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone have a recommendation for a very small renovation? We have a glass sliding door in our kitchen that goes to the outside and we would like to get it closed off and a bench-high window put in.
We are hoping to get our kitchen redone soon but need to get this sliding door removed [...]

ANU to go smoke-free (but not really?)

By 3 June 2015
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I’ve just read this ABC article on the ANU’s smoking ban. The current ban is being extended to the whole campus including electronic cigarettes, but further down it turns out that licensed venues and residential areas will be exempt.
It begs the question – why the exemptions? ANU is citing health grounds … and you’d think disinhibited [...]

Moved house, electricity bills skyrocketed. Why?

By 2 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We moved house just under a year ago from a two-bedroom, one bathroom to a 3.5-bedroom, two bathroom in the Queanbeyan area and have tripled our electricity costs (from $290 in the biggest quarter to almost $700 in our biggest quarter – summer).
I initially thought it may be due to us having used the reverse [...]

Advice on renovating Narrabundah worker’s cottage

By 1 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone have experience renovating the original Narrabundah workers cottages?
If so, any advice? For instance, do you know:

How close to the front boundary you can extend
How hard/easy it is to extend from the steel frames
If asbestos removal ends up costing a fortune, etc?

I know that due to the steel frames and truss roof, none of the [...]

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