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    A short story about an exploding townhouse - advice appreciated ...

    Thanks for the advice!! Thank you Marg. Hadn't even thought about that (not sure why, it's so OBVIOUS!). Tenants haven't moved it, but I think there's a cultural issue there, and they aren't understanding their rights - going to try and clear it up with them today. Greenmedallion - nope, no...
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    A short story about an exploding townhouse - advice appreciated ...

    Hi all ... I'm looking for advice/tips/anything you think could help with my little situation ... I own an investment property at Southport on the Gold Coast - a townhouse in a complex of ten ... and a week or two ago the adjoining townhouse exploded. Yes, I'm serious. A 9kg gas...
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    Advice appreciated - solicitor not on board and pest/building due tomorrow (Saturday)

    Cheers rugrat, and thanks for the response. I agree, and have been encouraging her to contact the solicitor directly all week (among other things). I've decided it has to be self-sabotage (there are several other things going on that make no sense, including making no effort to obtain the...
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    Advice appreciated - solicitor not on board and pest/building due tomorrow (Saturday)

    Hello all. I would greatly appreciate any advice that can be given for the following situation. Six days ago, (Saturday) a friend signed a contract to purchase a property in Brisbane. Her choice of solicitor was based on advice from the Real Estate agent. The REA has advised that she...
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    Got a spare million for your old age?

    Divert divert divert ... It's really the only way to deal with it, and much easier for me to say than it is for someone actually living within the situation to achieve. A close family member of mine has worked for over twenty years hosting an Alzheimers group at a nursing home in Brisbane...
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    The self fulfilling prophecy of Steve Keen

    Thanks, Plusnq. I should have been a bit more specific - I was after proof of SK's predictions, rather than everyone's predictions of doom and gloom - I scanned the page and didn't see SK's name anywhere. The reason for this is that right now I'm being bombarded with 'he predicted this year's...
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    The self fulfilling prophecy of Steve Keen

    Hi all. I've been hearing - repeatedly since the interview - that SK anticipated this crash in the market five to ten years ago ... now, I find that hard to believe, as I doubt the US was going gangbusters on their ninja loans etc, or that the credit crisis was in sight for anyone ... but...
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    building and pest inspections QLD - how much and rec??

    Got a couple done last year, building and pest combined, both came in at just under $400, GST inclusive. Don't actually know anyone at the Sunny Coast to recommend, but a local real estate agent can recommend someone. Possibly you could try and get a look at the style of their report first...
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    Is this there worst tennant from hell?

    That is beyond wrong. Bad PM, too, if they have one - because that sort of build up would surely take a while. You could make an extreme sport out of making it through that property with your health intact. A good contender for the British show 'How clean is your house?" Ugggh.
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    Tenant Request - Permission for a Goat!

    So ... did you say yes or no. Just in case you haven't yet said no ... As a child in north Qld we had two goats - Harry and Sarah (named after some ornery neighbours). Harry spent his time violently ramming into us kids and then attempting to hump us. We soon learned to stay beyond the...
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    Vent re Telecom provider - be warned

    Hey all - an update ... I now have Avast. I'd like to have a look at AVG & Panda, but can't seem to get the AVG page up and haven't had the chance with Panda (due to a tragic addiction to a simulation game). I have also installed Zone Alarm as a firewall (also free) and am very happy to now...
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    Vent re Telecom provider - be warned

    I'd like to have 'great' telecom services, but I accept that's probably never going to happen. What I don't understand is why all the services providers seem to be using 'abysmal' as their target performance level :mad: What's wrong with 'mediocre' and a human on the line instead of voice...
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    Vent re Telecom provider - be warned

    Thanks to all for the advice ... and the news! That news article is an absolute classic!! Except I'm tied into a 24 month plan .. Darn it, I thought I was on such a winner ... doh! Have to say though, free line rental, free local, long distance calls and calls to mobiles is going to save me...
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    Vent re Telecom provider - be warned

    Okay, I went away (ie, restarted my computer after uninstalling the security package) and everything I've got works, and super fast! First time trying to access the net was a success, as was opening a word doc! Woohoo... So onto my next question - what do you all use as an antivirus?I want...
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    Vent re Telecom provider - be warned

    Hi all. I was going to log on and ask for advice on my new internet service provider and their associated security package - I was hoping to find someone else here who had used the same and managed to make it work. However, in the 25 minutes it's taken me to get onto the net today, I've...
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    No dig garden

    Y-Man, love the polystyrene idea, shall have to grab some boxes myself .. Re the veg, the leeks were tragically small - they never really passed the sprout stage. Likewise with the lettuce - it didn't grow straight up, it just grew a few leaves and then stopped and looked mournful. It was...
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    More outsourcing to India

    Agree with Lizzie re Kogarah - aaargh! I have a mobile lender now so that at the least, I can get really angry with someone in person ... getting angry down the phone achieved nothing for the me the last time it took six weeks to get finance approved (fortunately on a 60 day settlement) ...
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    No dig garden

    I thought about chooks, but I can't eat eggs from chickens I know personally. Go figure. I thought about bees and honey, but there are a heck of a lot of rules about where the hive must be located, it's just easier to buy it in a jar ... Instead I've got a yard of fruit trees - don't need...
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    Getting rid of "old" people smell :P

    Gotta say WW is right on the money. Worked for five years in a retirement village (washing laundry, cleaning bathrooms .... eeeeeww). Once you've got that smell it's there to stay .... washing, shampooing, even bi-carb won't lift it. Kero and a lighter might ... ditch the carpet. Think about...
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    shower screens

    Sorry - don't know if it's self-install, though. Friend of mine had got her new bathroom from Stegbar - she definitely isn't a self-install type ... There's one at the homebase at Jindalee: http://www.homemakercity.com.au/ Go to centres, Jindalee, stores, scroll down. Or...
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