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4 DIY Workbenches
The right workbench can transform the way you DIY. In this blog we list 4 workbenches you can build yourself. Before choosing a bench to build take note of the free space you have available and any extra requirements like mobility or added storage. H...
A Guide To Garden Paths
When it comes to creating a garden path there are plenty of options available. Read our guides to concrete, gravel, stone,  paved and bark chip paths to help you lay down a pathway that suits your skill level and budget.
5 Masking Tape Hacks That Will Make Your DIY Easier
Masking tape was invented in 1925 by a 3M employee named Richard Drew. Since then it has become a staple in households and workplaces around the world. From holding down plastic drop sheets to being used as a makeshift drill gauge, masking tape is es...
4 Space-Saving Kitchen Storage Ideas
If your kitchen is small and cramped or badly designed, make it more user-friendly and free up the bench space by stacking, packing and hanging the most commonly used items so that they’re always within easy reach. In this blog we list 4 storage idea...
6 Easy DIY Bathroom Fixes
Like any other room in the house, the bathroom needs regular maintenance to keep it in good shape and avoid expensive repairs. Taps and other metal fittings rust or wear out over time, and sometimes replacement is the best option.   Regularly maintai...
3 DIY Mirror Frames
Designer framed mirrors can cost hundreds of dollars and while some of them are well worth the price, you don't need to spend the big bucks to obtain a decorative mirror. In this blog, we share 3 DIY mirror frame projects that are simple and budget-f...
7 Uses For Bamboo You Didn't Know About
Ah bamboo! What an amazing plant. Where do we start with this wonder grass? Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world. Certain species are known to grow up to about 91cm in one day. There are types of bamboo that can be grown in tropical as we...
9 Recipes to Make This Autumn
A great thing about trans-seasonal weather is the food! Depending on the day, the weather might be ideal for a light stir-fry or a heart-warming chicken parmi. We've compiled this list of 9 easy recipes that are perfectly suited for cooler and hotter...
How not to paint: 10 hilarious painting fails
You'll want to avoid these 10 disasters when you paint your own home. Learn from these readers' painting mistakes and have a laugh.
7 Plants And Trees It's Best To Avoid - iStock
A step-by-step guide to problem plants and shrubs, such as fig trees, Cocos palms, rhus trees and London plane, and what you should do if they are growing in your garden. Aborist Mark Hartley, of The Tree Doctor (www.treedoc.com.au), suggests making...
10 Tips For A Healthy Garden - iStock
Gardening is a fantastic and productive hobby that anyone can do with even the tiniest space. But with a few pointers to get you started, you can create a stunning garden in your yard that is guaranteed to succeed. Whether you’re growing your own fru...
6 Creative Centrepiece Ideas
It is well known that the ancient Romans used leaves and branches as centrepieces. Since then, tables around the world have seen different plants, foods and materials used as decorative displays. In modern times, flowers and fruit are the most popula...
6 Easy Staircase Fixes
The staircase is often the grand centrepiece of a home and it’s certainly the most complicated piece of carpentry. Stairs see a lot of heavy traffic and keeping them looking good requires little more than regular dusting, cleaning and vacuuming. To k...
Setting Up A Fish Tank
They’re easy to keep and an attractive tank full of colourful fish doubles as an eye-catching design feature in a room. According to Anthony Ramsey, manager of Auburn Aquarium and Pet Centre, looking after fish is relatively straightforward, even fo...
5 Key Steps To Reviving A Tired Lawn
No matter where you live, the cooler months can take a toll on your lawn. Whether the conditions are cold and wet, cold and dry, too sunny, too cloudy or too windy, they do damage. But armed with the right advice and some simple tools and products, m...
How To Make A Painted Cushion Cover
Adding a big, comfy cushion is a fast way to soften up a timber garden bench. To make a simple cushion, all you need is a length of calico, a fibrefill insert and basic sewing skills. Sew the cushion cover, including a zipper, then paint an origina...
How To Make Herb Vinegar
Vinegars infused with homegrown herbs are a tasty addition to recipes and salad dressings. In this blog we share 3 easy herb vinegar recipes. To retain the flavour, store herb vinegars in a cool, dark place. Wine vinegars vary greatly in price and qu...
How To Bake A Pavlova
A classic and much-loved dessert in Australia and New Zealand, Pavlova cakes are not the easiest dessert to get right. Lucky for us we have a recipe from expert cake maker, Tamara Milstein-Newing.     Tamara is the author of Bake Your Cake & Ea...
How to maintain kitchen appliances
Our appliances are what keep our kitchen functional and running smoothly, from keeping food chilled to cooking delicious meals and cleaning up afterwards. But what are the best ways to make sure your appliances stay in top condition so you can spend...
12 Brilliant Food Prep Hacks
Do you feel like the price of your grocery list is out of control but have no clear idea of how to reduce costs?   In this blog we share 12 food prep hacks from the book $50 Weekly Shop that are bound to make your time in the kitchen much more effici...
Beef Red Curry with Eggplant and Betel Leaf
Packed with flavour and easy to prepare, curries are a versatile dish that are worth adding to the weekly menu. Curries can be cooked in batches and frozen and can easily be made vegetarian. In this blog we share a recipe for Beef Red...
Guide To Barbecue Cooking Times
How to prevent burning food on the barbecue? Have a working knowledge of the cooking times needed for each cut of meat.  Of course, as with any cooking endeavour, different factors will influence how long a food item needs to be cooked, but with our...
Asparagus With Balsamic Dressing, handyman magazine
For a classic barbecued side dish, you cannot go past asparagus. Asparagus is a cinch to cook on the barbie and goes with just about any meat, fish or pasta dish.  Preparation time 5 mins Cooking time 15 mins Serves 4 Ingredients  500g as...
Thai Beef Salad With Papaya
Filling and flavourful, this Thai Beef Salad With Papaya makes for a wonderful weeknight dinner. The key to a great salad is to use the freshest ingredients you can find. Marinate the steaks the night before for quicker cooking time and double the...
Butterflied Leg Of Lamb
Cooking larger cuts of meat on the barbecue can be daunting but they are often the easiest type of meat to cook. All you need to do is marinate the meat, whack it on the barbie and wait for it to cook. There are only three steps to cooking this bea...
Spicy Jamaican Chargrilled Chicken
Marinated with chilli, lime, garlic, cinnamon and all spice, these Jamaican chicken drumsticks pack a flavourful punch. They are an easy weeknight dinner and taste just as good the next day.  If you need to cool down these drumsticks, leave out th...
Kid's Bedroom Storage Ideas
In the February 2016 issue of Australian Handyman, we show you how to create two multifunctional storage features for kids bedrooms. Both projects are made from Forescolor coloured MDF from Porta, which means they don't need to be painted, saving tim...
Barbecued Pork Tenderloin Ribs
Pork ribs are not always the healthiest choice. For those nights when you feel like a sticky barbecued pork feast without the added fat, slice and skewer pork tenderloins to resemble ribs and cook them on the barbecue. Serve the tenderloins with a...
Sticky Teriyaki Chicken Wings
Teriyaki chicken wings are always a crowd pleaser. These wings are delightfully sticky and delicious. Serve them as finger food or with rice and vegies for a main. Preparation time 15 mins, plus 2 hours marinating Cooking time 35 mins Serves...
11 Barbecue Recipes To Try This Season
Summer is the season for barbecuing and entertaining. In this blog we list 11 must-try barbecue recipes that are easy to make and perfect for every occasion, from low-key weeknight dinners to weekend soirees.  1. Barbecued Fish Parcels Cooking fi...

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