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Home Living : June 8th 2010
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, June 8, 2010 7 Spark up the garden » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING Just because it's cloudy and grey outside doesn't mean you can't tackle some DIY projects this winter. Why not take advantage of this long weekend to plan and complete a variety of DIY projects around the home? You can embark on projects such as carpet-laying to create a better insulated house and save energy. You can also upgrade your garden lighting using solar power. Bunnings' DIY experts give some helpful pointers on installing garden lighting: Day One: Planning Winter is a great time to upgrade your garden lighting. Take a walk around your garden at night and identify locations that need extra illumination. Ponds, entertaining areas and trees always look good with plenty of light. Consider any entrance points that would require more lighting for safety purposes, and areas that could require motion-detector lights to deter intruders. Day Two: Buy the lighting Look through home and garden magazines for inspiration to choose the lighting scheme you need. There is a wide range of solar, low-voltage and high-voltage lights to meet your demands. When your lights are selected, make a detailed plan of exactly where you'd like to place them. Choosing an appropriate transformer and garden cable to cope with your design capabilities is very important. When you buy a garden light kit, these won't be an issue, but if you're creating your own design, be sure to gather advice on the right transformer and cable. As a rule, the total wattage of your garden lights must not exceed your transformer's capability or wattage. Day Three: Installation Note: electrical wiring and fixed electrical equipment must be installed by a licensed electrician. Position the lights on the ground corresponding to the placement on your diagram. Most lights come with a stake connected on one end to make installation easy. With firm pressure, push them into the ground. If the ground is too hard, make a starter hole with a screwdriver or similar tool. Dig a narrow channel about 10cm deep -- just enough to hide the cable. Make sure to leave enough cable to connect to the transformer. Most lights today are connected very easily to the power source and cable. The majority of lights come with a snap- on facility that locks the two wires with the cable. To install, simply put one tab on each side of the cable and snap them together. The piercing of the tip into the cable creates your electrical connection. If the light fails to illuminate, check to see that these tabs are firmly snapped together. Connect the cable to the transformer terminals. Simply loosen the two screws on the transformer and place the bare wires under the appropriate terminals and retighten the screws. Follow the transformer instructions if they differ. Plug the transformer into the main outlet and make sure all lights are working. Insert the cable into the trench and back-fill all the dirt that was removed. Set the timer for the period of time you want your lights on. Most transformers today have at least two on/off cycle settings that can be adjusted for morning and evening illumination. Bunnings will hold free DIY workshops this long weekend. Details: bunnings.com.au SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C WINTER SPECIALS SAVEUP TO$600 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS SAVEUP TO$300 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9737 0293 2172567i hln wk42 glassrooms conservatories garden rooms ground & 1st floor extensions BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS LICENCE NO: 66902C 1300 721 150 Designed and built for your lifestyle. Call for an obligation free in-home consultation. Showroom: 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains firstname.lastname@example.org www.classichomeimprovements.com.au Create an improvement that will allow your home to breath fresh living space 2150467K HLF wk45 We are a family owned company providing clients with the personal care and assistance that you would expect. Come and visit one of Sydney's largest showrooms for more in-store specials 998 Victoria Road, West Ryde (cnr Station Street) www.bathroomeffect.com.au Monday to Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm Open 6 days Licence No. 144928C Ph 9809 0852 Includes underfloor heating with every renovation 2028799i hln wk50 Weekly SPECIALS METHVEN Stamford Satinjet Rail Shower • Lifetime Warranty • WELS 3 star rating was $380 NOW $249 PARISI ENVY MKII • Close coupled back to wall • Dual Flush 4.5/3 litre • Back inlet • WELS 4 star rating was $933 NOW $660
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