splashy07 wrote:Very nice. And that thermostat certainly looks way better than the cheap ones over here. Best of luck with your projects!
Only time I've had an issue with one was when the 3 pronged back plate on my hospital tub's thermostat was damaged ( dropped on the lino floor ) and became loose and I could hear bits of plastic rattling about inside).
I unscrewed the back to see if it could fix it but there was too much damage inside , and at $16 per unit , not worth the effort to fix it. So I simply binned it and replaced it with new one.
Was a learning experience for us both building the prototype enclosure as neither of us had ever worked with Connectit joiners or acrylic sheet before.
Will likely also retire my old bluetongue enclosures , yes plywood builds , but marine varnish coated . Bought as flat packs about 10 years ago and starting to show their age. Will do similar builds as above, but with plywood backs as these will be against a wall.
>>>> my other ongoing projects
I hired a handyman / chippy to build the raised beds , and the monster mobile 2m x 1m work benches ( one for the garden that's seat height and made entirely from offcuts of 100x100mm treated pine posts and offcuts of 200x75mm treated h/wood sienna sleepers , the other for the garage capped with two sheets of 24mm thick floor plywood) , and my cabinet base .
He was hired mainly to do the laboring and carpentry to deal with building raised beds at the front of the house, and in the back yard , and some retaining walls and to repair my garage .
This is why I ended up with a two level hockey stick shaped raised bed next to my driveway and slab extension :
12 july 2019 excavator desaster zone
That little cliff was 0.7m high.
South boundary fence looked precarious too.
The hockeystick bed that hides all the disaster left by the excavator
Will fill this with small native flowering eucalypts, acacias, shrubs and perennial ground covers to turn it into a nice feature in my backyard (when the water restrictions are lifted).
Sleeper retaining wall under my south boundary fence completed 17 July 2019.
My new 6m x 3m x 0.6m two level raised bed at front of my house completed mid August .
Made use of 14 cubic meters of fill that the was left piled up on my back path ( the excavator wanted to spread out all over my front lawn next to my house (creating a boggy mess , at which point I told him no and to bugger off) , will eventually be filled with native flowering habitat ground covers , perenials and thrubs ( perhaps including some bankias and grass trees .
Is topped with 6 cubic meters of premium garden soil.
House has been painted since this photo ( was painted 2 weeks out from Xmas ) so was no point putting plants in this bed til this was done and now we are on Level 2 water restrictions so planting will have to wait til the restrictions are lifted .
Dealing with big drop off left by idiot excavator along my back boundary fence ( honestly if I'd known I'd be left with half my back yard a bog I'd have told him to just make an even bigger pile of fill on my back path )
Became a major project fixing up the yard where the dangerous drop offs were left , 0.6m drop to old ground level at my back / east boundary fence
Ended up asking my handyman to build a 6m x 1.5m x ( 0.4m H front & 1m H at back) all timber bed come retaining wall with privacy screen + three 3m x 1.5m x 0.4m H to take some of the loose fill and broken up old concrete 0.6m wide front garden path along the follow scheme adjacent to my north boundary fence ( drop off up to 0.4m at the eastern most / bottom small bed )
Took a several days work to put the timber and the metal posts in the ground set in concrete , hired a post hole digger for that .
Built a privacy screen behind the 6m x 1.5m bed ( to hide the neighbour's eyesore of a shed )
My beds all built and ready to be filled with rubble , then loose fill , then premium garden soil .
Took 10 bulkabags to fill all my backyard beds but one small one , so I'll finish off filling the last bed with garden soil ( one bulkabag will be sufficient ) when I get the course sand ( about 4 bulkabags of sand) to make a firm levelled compacted bed for the concrete pavers that will go between the beds and the slab.
Note the storm damage to my old shed's east wall ( we had a very bad storm in September that did this ) .
Ended up replacing the posts and rails supporting the roller doors ( were full of dry rot and black ant colonies ).
Also replaced 1/2 the hardieflex sheets
= all sheets on the shade side ( S side ) ,
= all the sheets on the front ( west side under the gable )
= and 1/2 the sheets east (back) side of the shed (under the gables)
, being missing, cracked or full of mould , and renailed all loose clouts and replaced the missing clouts with hexhead timber screws ( I don't want to have to return to fixing my shed again in the future ) .
Cost a fair bit ( but still cheaper and less bother than demolishing the old shed and putting up a new one to replace it ).
My current two bearded dragons Caesar and Cleo .
Cleo & Caesar
Caesar is now 267g.
Cleo is now 108g.
Growth chart , they both turn 1 year old in a week or two. Came from same breeder but suspect two different mothers and Cleo was a few weeks younger than Caesar when we bought them .
I hand feed them individually so the long period over winter when Cleo's growth paused is likely a winter slowdown in her metabolic rate.
She shed at the end of the pause and has been back to a nice steady growth rate since.
Cleo and Caesar basking together.