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Home Living : June 8th 2010
HLW-HOMELIVING:WEST,Tuesday,June8,20101 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 • Timber verticals • Timber Venetians • Timber shutters • We clean and repair all kinds of blinds The timeless look of natural timber blinds & verticals T. 9787 4484 3/433-435 Canterbury Rd, Campsie www.koalatimberverticalblinds.com.au Cus t ommadeFreequo t es2217890ihlcwk19 Display Kitchens Wanted 70% of normal prices !!! Kitcheners Kitchens has a great range of We need clients with homes in your area to of your new kitchen for our brochure when Call 1800 826 144 now (24hrs) for a free design and quote or visit www.kitcheners.com.au INTEREST FREE FINANCE AVAILABLE + “Trust Kitcheners for Australia’s best custom made kitchens” Huey Kitcheners Kitchens made just for you TM *For kitchens with cabinetry valued over $6000 (ex glass splashbacks, stone benchtops & trade works). Deposit required. Can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer. +Approved applicants & selected products only. Fees charges & conditions apply. See in store for details. GE Creditline is a credit facility provided by GE Finance Australasia Pty Ltd (ABN 88 000 015 485). GO Mastercard & Buyers Edge is a credit facility provided by GE Capital Finance Australia (ABN 42 008 583 588), both trading as GE Money. PLUS QUALITY PRODUCTS AT TRADE PRICES MANUFACTURER DIRECT WE SERVICE MOST BRANDS OF SHUTTERS • 10 Year Written Warranty • Fast Professional Installation By Qualified Tradesman • Reduce Heating & Cooling Bills • Deter Burglars • Reduce Noise • Storm Protection ROLLER SHUTTERS FREE MEASURE & QUOTE CALL TODAY 1300 302 822 www.maverickrollerproducts.com .au 2158952ihlwwk41 C/L 196633C
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