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Private Car Purchase – Reliance on Verbal Advertisements

By 15 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Recently I’ve bought a used car from a lady in Jerrabomberra. It’s a BMW 320i 2009. The car was registered under her company name.
When I inspected the car, she said the car was equipped with a CD stacker. I believed her and did not test that. After I bought the car, I tried to load [...]

Would BusPlus system be a viable transport solution?

By 14 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Matthew kindly sent in a link to an article in the Canberra Times which we missed amidst all the heated discussions over light rail, suggesting it may stimulate some good discussion.
Given all the conversations had in the past few weeks over public transport in the ACT, would this potentially provide any answers or [...]

Recommended bricklayers

By 14 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
I have recently purchased a block of land, have had an architect draw up some plans, now I am looking at trying to find a reputable bricklayer to do the brickwork (obviously) for our house. It is a one storey house, approx. 18 sq. in size. Could anyone recommend a good bricklayer? Thank you.

Cholesterol testing

By 13 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

As usual, I had the standard five cholesterol (Lipid Studies) tests done via my Dr.  From reading, I know that there are a number of others than can be done to get an idea of the Why? of a high LDL reading, e.g. LDL-P, LipoProtein(a)…  Anybody know whether it is possible to get these done [...]

Curtain / window warmers

By 5 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi, has anyone had their Curtains done lately, at a good price and good quality? Do Firths of Yass, or any other competitive regional area companies still exist – as per 2011 curtains review on here ? Thanks for any useful updates you have.

Landscaper recommendation

By 4 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We want to replace our grass with loose gravel, and replace the dead plants in our hedge.   Small front area and even smaller side area. In Crace.   Not up to doing it ourselves.  We’d like a neat and permanent job.  Any recommendations?

Tailor to fix leather pants

By 30 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all,
Just wondering if anyone can recommend a very good tailor who can fix a hole (where the belt buckle loop is so in) on leather pants? I have asked around and not gotten much feedback.
Preferably Southside, but would be willing to travel just to make sure the pants get fixed well without being damaged.
Thanks!

Unfunction

By 27 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am looking for helpful advice, and really don’t mind getting a pitch from someone who wants to make a buck.
Because I am old, usually cook and eat at home and am generally unsociable, the task of organising something has fallen to me. It’s natural, in the same way as a romcom plot.
Anyhow, there is [...]

Kitchen Exhaust Fan

By 24 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi. This is my first time posting this forum. I am looking to renovate my kitchen on a reasonable budget.  The kitchen currently has a basic exhaust fan above the stove.  The fan was replaced a year so so ago with a good quality fan.  At the same time the tubing on the roof side of the [...]

The Uriarra Track

By 22 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

There was an old track that went from Uriarra to Queanbeyan before Canberra was built. Sheep used to be driven to the Yarralumla Wool Shed from Uriarra, but we are not sure what traffic continued along the track to Queanbeyan (possibly via what is now the Governor General’s residence). Remnants of the track are located [...]

Copa Restaurant closed for good?

By 21 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know what’s happening with the Copa restaurant in Dickson? I tried to go a couple of weeks ago and it was closed, and appears to have remained so. The website also appears to be down. Are they closed for good or are all the staff too busy watching the World Cup?

Stamp duty deduction on a rental property

By 19 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
I’ve just purchased a rental property in Canberra and I am aware that, because I am leasing it on a 99 year lease, then the stamp duty is deductible in the 1st tax year as a “lease document expense”.
My question is regarding the other expenses (conveyancing etc) incurred in obtaining the property. Again, given that [...]

Fire exit locked… what can I do?

By 18 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Greetings hivemind,
I work in a small commercial building where the front door is locked after 5.30pm every day.  This means the only way out if I stay back is via the back door.  I guestimate that the floor area of the building is about 1200 square metres, i.e. 600 ground floor and the same upstairs, and [...]

Recycling bags delivered in the mail

By 18 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

When checking my mail yesterday I noticed I had been left a couple of blue plastic bags.  I assumed it was a Govt initiative to support a local charity, but on closer inspection noticed a link www.allroundrecycling.com.au
From what I can tell, the company collect the bags for item resale in third world countries.
In ten years [...]

Weekend electrician

By 17 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone have a recommendation for an electrician who is able to work on Saturdays?
I’m in the inner south if that helps.

Tonsillectomy – Laser or Thermal Fusion?

By 14 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Sadly, the time has come, after decades of recurrent tonsillitis, I have been advised to have a tonsillectomy. However, I find the idea of two weeks post-operative pain, something I just do not want to endure.
Thanks to the joys of the internet, there are a couple of newer tonsillectomy techniques that have shorter recovery times, [...]

Should Mr Fluffy be a cause for concern?

By 13 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Another day, another report in the Canberra Times regarding a ‘Mr Fluffy’ house.
I am at a loss why the ACT Government has had very little to say on the ‘Mr Fluffy’ issue. For that matter, I’m surprised there has been very little in the way of posts on here regarding it too. Is everybody hoping [...]

Mutton in Canberra?

By 12 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi.
I’m hoping that someone can point me to a butcher that sells mutton (sheep) not lamb. I’m looking for a butcher in the Canberra or Queanbeyan area?
Many thanks.
Terence

Curtain makers / fitters in Canberra region

By 11 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Looking for heavy drapes to install for both noise and thermal insulation for a house in Queanbeyan. Any recommendations for a place that will measure up, make and install them?

Kitchen makeover and carpeting advice

By 10 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m after some advice / suggestions on a kitchen makeover and carpeting three of our bedrooms.  
The background is we are looking at selling in two to three years time and not looking to spend lots just a bit to make it comfortable for us now and to look nice for the sale.
renovations.
Carpet:

Three bedrooms all [...]

Massage chairs

By 9 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m thinking about buying a recliner / massage chair; has anyone got one?
I’d be interested in any recommendations or problems encountered.
Thanks!

Looking for Help: Supplying and fitting LED or CFL Down lights?

By 4 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi.
I’m looking to change our old inefficient down lights to LEDs or Compact Fluros. A total 16 lights in all. Any Rioters have any experience (good or bad) in doing this type of work in the ACT or can anyone make any suggestions of local businesses who can supply and fit????
Cheers.

Growing grass in Canberra

By 2 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Fellow Rioters.
My lawn is now more weeds than grass and with Spring approaching I thought I would kick off proceedings in replacing it. I was hoping to get thoughts and opinions on the following queries:
(i) Best ever green non-invasive grass variety to grow in Canberra? Have heard good things about Zoysia though not sure if [...]

ISP/Telephony bundles in the ACT – help

By 1 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am looking for suggestions from Canberrans on home broadband/telephony bundles (please).
I have recently moved and am in the market for a new home broadband and telephony bundle. I would say I am a light/medium user (currently < 10Gb).
I like the idea of bundling all calls and broadband into 1 package.
(for unlimited calls to relo’s [...]

Windscreen cleaning at traffic lights

By 30 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have never been a big fan of windscreen washing at traffic lights.
I was surprised to see it used on the corner of Melrose and Hindmarsh as a bit of a fundraiser a few times for a local women’s Aussie Rules competition, but REALLY surprised to see it used by the Fire Brigade (must have [...]

Canberra mortgage brokers?

By 29 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all,
I’m in need of a good mortgage broker and after googling came across Trilogy and Tiffen&Co. Anyone have good experiences with them or have any other recommendations?
Cheers

Household Rubbish Smugglers….

By 28 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have just discovered that a neighbour dumps their excess household rubbish in their neighbours bins as they have insufficient room in their own bin.
What would you do in this circumstance???

Affordable small office space (or co-working area) for hire by the hour?

By 27 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
I’m looking for a small office space to hire by the hour, preferably in Woden (though Civic or Tuggeranong areas could work too).
I’m self-employed and working with life coaching and personal development clients one-on-one, so I really only need a small room, just two chairs and a table. Wifi and a power point is a plus, [...]

What happened to AXIS automotive?

By 27 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I used to get all my mechanical repairs and services performed by Neil at AXIS automotive in Tuggeranong but have just noticed that they seem to have moved or closed down?
Does anyone know what happened?
I really dont want to have to look for a new mechanic especially one that I can trust.
Thanks.

Taylor Primary School

By 26 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am moving house at the end of the year and Taylor Primary School (Kambah) will be nearby. Does anyone have kids there and/or know whether it has a good reputation? I have two boys at another Tuggeranong primary school which has so far served us well, so I would hate to move them to [...]

Re-negotiating rent to match the sagging market

By 26 May 2014

Figures released this week by SQM Research show vacancy rates in Canberra climbed to 2.5 per cent in April, compared to 2.3 per cent nationally, according to the ABC.
There are more than 500 additional rental properties vacant compared to the same time last year in the ACT.
Accompanying the vacancy rates rise is a drop in [...]

Non tacky Australian gifts?

By 25 May 2014

I need to send a few small gifts to family in England and want to get something Australian, whilst avoiding the tacky nastiness around.  I will unfortunately miss the Kingston Markets today, but does anyone have any suggestions of somewhere selling nice locally made gifts for kids and adults (not too $$$ or heavy…)?

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