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Everything posted by Ben

  1. This is pretty strange even for here - most people go for steel framed sheds, but they need consent from the council. Pole sheds don't I'm essentially exploiting a loophole. Pole sheds are normally open, gravel floor & store hay or farm machinery in them, hence why council CBF'd with consenting them. I'm enclosing mine & putting a concrete floor down Plus it fits the rural setting a lot better than a steel framed jobbie
  2. Figured I'd do an update on this seeing as though I've got builders cracking into the shed out my window right now Got confirmation in writing from the council that we didn't have to go through the building consent process, has made it way easier A builder/project mgr mate has come to the rescue and allowed me to buy a kitset on his account & he's got himself plus two of his guys doing it over the past few weeks. The proposed site was about 300mm sloped from back to front, meaning pad would have been 400mm higher than the driveway & not low car friendly. Pushed it back 3m and it'll be muuuuch easier to smooth out the entrance. 4 loads of fill later and the pad's level, boxed & compacted ready for waterproofing layer & steel mesh, then concrete next week Pictures tell the story better
  3. In September NZ changed the rules on what sheds/garages don't need council consent, and single story lean-to pole sheds in rural areas are included. Soooooooo 4m - 3.4m stud, 6m span, 3x bays at 3.6m per bay. Fully enclosed with 3x roller doors Getting it priced up at the mo. I've gone ham on Sketchup tho
  4. Ben

    What's happening?

    Homeless, but........... Bought an inflatable canvas tent to celebrate Living with the inlaws is amazing. Dinner made for us, washing done, in-house babysitters. I don't really want to move out tbh
  5. Ben

    What's happening?

    We're almost the complete opposite - mrs had to be induced. Alice was a good 3.6kg / 8lb and has been packing on the beef. We've got a good routine in the evening - wife feeds her up and she sleeps on my chest while i Netflix/YT for 3-4hrs once my boy & wife go to bed ~7pm. Then the pass off at 11pm for a night of feed & snooze in a recliner in our room. Gives my wife a solid chunk of rest before the night feeding starts. Wifey pops Alice in a wrap / front pack for her day naps at the moment, seems to be working well so far
  6. Ben

    What's happening?

    Bro, was about to post almost the same thing. Mrs had our second (a girl) on the 16th and I'm back to work today. Birth was much easier this time around but had a little difficulty latching. Got her checked for a tongue & lip tie and sure enough she had them, so 3hr round trip to get it lasered and she's chuffing the booby juice now. My son (4yo) is having a tricky time adjusting, but he's getting there. He had an undiagnosed lip & tongue tie for 11mths, we weren't going through that again. On top of that we went unconditional on our house sale & house purchase last Wednesday and we settle in a month, so packing is the new family game lol
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    Push Bikes

    On the topic of gumbyness.... In my defence it was my first time on this trail. Confidence grew until it quickly exceeded talent. 27.5 front sus GT. That thing was a heavy pig but it took a beating Pics of the replacement previously mentioned. Male model is more proud of it than i am
  8. Ben

    Radiator Air Guides

    V1 from ~10 years ago. Made cardboard templates then transferred to alloy sheet. Protruded out into the front bumper Made a decent difference. Dropping open road cruising temp ~5deg and slowed them increasing on track V2 after V1 copped a few hits, with extended side panels
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    Sealed with all the cranking amps. They last ~4 years. Couldn't find one in Aus but this is where i get mine in NZ https://trundlesautomotive.co.nz/products/vision-hp12-116w-battery They also fit in 50mm ammo boxes
  10. Ben

    What's happening?

    Spent the arvo fitting genuine Monkey Magic sideskirts to a mates Cefiro who happens to own a distillery Safe to say I'm fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucked up (best to be on here than shopping online rn)
  11. Good to know. Bushes have come up in my research but have a lead on getting them done. Didn't know about the brake line & rust issues in the tailgate, cheers! Seems like the electronics aren't up to much either? Seen a few things pop up online about windows & central locking issues. I can deal with electrical with my background so aren't fussed Sounds bad when you list it all like that but these things can be had for 5-8k with 150-200kms on them, and when I've got a way of sorting the bushes easily I can't ignore them
  12. Yeah i know they're old tech, but getting one sort of makes sense in my situation - Working from home 4/5 days a week - 60km each way to work, mostly open road - New place is rural so playing farmer - Need to tow 4-5 times a year - Diesel SUV's/wagons are spency or have gone to the moon & back - Petrol SUV's are cheap, been babied by townies and have low kms From what i can see the 6 speed comes factory with a trans cooler, and appears to be light years ahead of the 4 speed Wiki & google says the front ball joints are a problem. Anything else to know?
  13. Cheers dude Looks like broadband will be an issue. Will have to go wireless 4G or maybe even 3G Anyone in the know on antennas?
  14. Cheers, yeah we have wind ratings. This place is in a high wind area but most of the country is. 90% of sheds on the market account for that already It's the "extra high wind" areas that you have to look out for
  15. Our offer got accepted so I'm looking hard at this now Considering going timber framed as heard a lot of the steel kitset jobbies like to flex around a bit. Also heard Placemakers (NZ version of Bunnings but more tradie focused) do kitset wooden framed sheds so have requested a quote. Really want to go bigger but will need it to be secondhand to fit in budget, and they're hard to find, and even harder with plans (to get it council approved). Can get an engineer inspection but then it ends up being almost as much as a freshie Am hearing tonnes of horror stories from the kitset sheds missing shit and being flimsy. Apparently the neighbour at the new joint is a builder so will see if i can convince him the best thing he can do with his spare time is build me a shed Fair whack of land though
  16. Good to hear that. I was planning on going to town on the LED strip lighting & taking a leaf out of @Miller 's book with the skylights
  17. For sure. Future proofing it will be a big thing. I want the power to be capable of running a decent hoist & welder so the old extension cable aint gonna cut it Would run water pipe x2, as with a water tank there we may look to add sterilization & pipe this to the house if need be
  18. Awesome feedback guys I'm in a 5.7 x 5.7 internal access double with a bench down the side at the moment. I felt having the bench on the side cut out 0.5-1m and i had ~2m unsed width on the other side, so figured 3m width / vehicle would be enough, especially as i wasn't planning on storage on the sides But the mrs is saying anything farm related will be going in there as well, so dispensation to go bigger. Threw my ideas into Skethup quickly The big front box is the Silvia's dimensions, the one next to the door is Lunch Money (C35). Put them on the LHS so easy to get into drivers sides Wheel rack on back wall for 3x sets of 17x9's stacked up Corner workbench 2x modular shelving units for parts (900x500x2100 - already have) Recessed scissor jacks/Quickjacks 1m x 0.5m island on casters with worktop & vice on top and welder underneath Idea behind that design is that pulling an engine can be done with plenty of room out the front into the workshop area So if i could get 6x10 to work anything bigger would be a breeze
  19. So lining up 2.2 hectares of land that does not have a garage on it. I'm going to be budget constrained to an extent, but would like peoples ideas on what works & what doesn't So far I'm thinking a minimum of 6m wide by 10m long. If i have to go new then that'll probably be my limit, unless i can sweet talk any more budget out of the mrs I'm hoping to find something secondhand then build a pad to suit. There's a few companies around that offer used garages and will even erect them for a charge. Comes in half the price but dictated on what they have available. Will run a water tank off the roof to be used for irrigation (ie untreated) Wish list is: - power from house - in ground scissor hoist (low boi friendly) - epoxy floor - plywood lined Would probably turn a quarter of the rear into workshop area, with the other quarter as storage for the S13. Then the quarter between the workshop & garage door to have the hoist then the quarter next to that to store the C35 Probably have a 10m x 3m carport on the side for firewood / ride-on / water tank but graveled underneath Thoughts? Ideas? Inspiration?
  20. Ben

    What's happening?

    Just looked at another house right next door to the one we missed out on Cheaper & no garage, so can build my own. Putting offer in tomorrow once we've priced up what we'd need to do to get it up to our spec Need some inspiration so will start a garage thread....
  21. Ben

    What's happening?

    Nah, not cheap around here. Auckland, Queenstown & Tauranga are stupid spency. If you want to live in a cheap shit hole with the mob for neighbors there's plenty of options tho As expected got the email this morning saying other offer has been countered & accepted. Mrs is devo
  22. I don't subscribe to the lifted, gripped & twitchy trend personally so alignment reflects that. The S13 is a 90/10 street/track split as follows: Fr Camber: -2.5 Castor: 6.6 Toe: 0 Rr Camber: -1.5 Toe: 0 C35 is going for an alignment this weekend and will only have lock spacers (factory knuckles) but will still need to be a-framed so can't go crazy on the toe. Will aim for the following: Fr Camber: -4 (max negative at hub, fine adjustments at top hat) Toe: 1mm toe out each side (Castor will be what ever it ends up being as don't have adj castor arms) Rr Camber: -2 Toe: 2mm in per side (depends on the thread engagement on the rose joints)
  23. Ben

    What's happening?

    Current place is on the market for $730k, new place is listed for $950k but we put in an offer of $920k last night Not too hopeful of getting it though. I get the distinct impression we're getting used by the fuckstick agents to pay for the official valuation & bump the other offer (which probably isn't conditional on a property sale). We got told "yeah plenty of time" then drop a grand on a valuation, then 4 hours after that was done get a txt saying "you need to have an offer in or vendor is pursuing the existing negotiations with the other party this evening". Mrs didn't clear it until 7:30pm because she's useless at checking her phone, but not even a fucking phone call Got a reply saying we're still in the show but i doubt it so been hunting for something else
  24. Ben

    What's happening?

    Tauranga, more specifically Papamoa: The eastern coastline is sweet. West is meh due to black sand beaches from an eruption a few million years ago Fishing has become the official religion of NZ & the prime minister is driven around in a Club S C33 You should move here
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