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Home Living : December 2nd 2008
6 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, December 2, 2008 The best tools make it easy Write to Ask The Experts about individual problems in the home. Email email@example.com with your question or fax Ask The Experts 9689 5399. HOMELIVING » ADVERTISING FEATURE ASK THE EXPERTS Leanne and Geoff Grainger are thinking of home improvement projects to do themselves over the Christmas holidays, but they don't have a big budget or many tools and are not big on experience either. Kennards Hire NSW general manager Adrian Manning said that in the past 60 years the fully Australian, family-owned company had helped countless thousands of couples in the same situation. ''You don't need a fat wallet or a tradesman's certificate to hire many of our tools and equipment items,'' he said. What would help with painting and wallpapering? We have paint sprayers, strippers, sanders and steamers. For small fences, lattice and decorative ironwork, a high-volume low-pressure sprayer can be hired. Airless sprayers are best for larger jobs. How can we remove flaking paint? Two types of paint burners are available. The gas burner has a naked flame, but the electric model is better for the inexperienced as it blows out hot air, which has paint curling off woodwork in no time. We also have five types of paint sanders. What about reaching high places safely? Adjustable aluminium trestles, which range in size from 1.8m to 4.8m high, are simple to use. We also have a nifty aluminium scaffold unit called Kwikscaf, which has just two pieces and can be carried by one person. Another small scaffold unit is designed for stairwells. Extension ladders are available in four sizes up to 12.6m, and stepladders in six sizes from 1.8m to 4.8m. What other projects could we consider? Paving a small barbecue area or path is not a terribly difficult job if you have an instruction sheet and the right equipment. To prepare the ground we have plate compactors in various sizes, including a very small model that fits in a car boot. We also hire block splitters and diamond-blade brick saws. What about a lawn and garden makeover? A rotary tiller can be used to freshen up existing garden beds or prepare small areas of soil for new gardens or lawn. For heavier work, including digging up old grass or breaking up compacted soil before new turf is laid, you need a rotary hoe. A turf cutter can also be used to remove old grass. What other lawn and garden machines can be hired? Our range includes lawn aerators and dethatchers, slasher mowers, chipper-mulchers, hedge trimmers, stump grinders, scrub cutters, weed eaters, leaf vacuum-blowers, posthole diggers and mini-loaders. Can we get advice? Our staff are glad to assist. Details: To find your nearest Kennards centre look in the White Pages under K or visit www.kennards.com.au internal plantation shutters | aluminium shutters | sunscreen rollers timber venetians | holland blinds roman blinds | motorisation awnings and more... Last chance for delivery of blinds and awnings before Christmas When it comes to beautifully hand-crafted window furniture, Norman Shutters are the world leaders. Our shutters are manufactured exclusively to suit the climatic conditions of your own home and your environment. Add class, style and value to your home with these unique shutters from Complete Blinds. Call us now for a free measure and quote. www.completeblinds.net.au 8824 7975 zb0043_cbl_4M UP TO 20% off www.kennards.com.au Kennards Hire has a range of landscaping equipment to refine, sculpt and create a fresh new look for your Christmas party, and the new year. From hedge trimmers to line trimmers, lawn rollers to mini loaders, Kennards has what you need to clean up your garden, easy! Visit www.kennards.com.au, or flip to 'K' in the Yellow Pages. HIRE CENTRES OPEN FULL 7 DAYS* CLEAN UP YOUR YARD FOR YOUR SPECIAL CHRISTMAS GATHERING
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