Recent Posts

Pages: [1]
Announcements / Re: How to post pictures from Google Photos using Firefox
« Last post by LeonDude on November 02, 2017, 11:20:44 am »
Announcements / How to post pictures from Google Photos using Firefox
« Last post by LeonDude on November 02, 2017, 11:18:00 am »
How to add an image from Google Photos
(This works for Firefox, please let us know if it works for other browsers).
Firstly, you will need a Google account. That is easy enough to understand.

Log into your Google account and scratch around (read: learn how to use it,) until you find the Google Photos page.

Here you can create photo albums etc like you would in a normal photo – sharing website.

Fetch a cold beer, create a few albums and load them with photos. Next, you have to make sure that everything can be seen by the public. WARNING – make sure not to share anything you do not want to be made public. (Standard hockey-mom warning!)

Go to your albums page and go into an album you want to share.

Right at the top there are three dots, pointing to more options. Click this, and then select ‘Sharing Options’. Under sharing options, make sure that the album is set to ‘Share’. IE, share button must be on.

Next, click on the same three buttons, and then click on ‘Slideshow’.

In the slideshow, RIGHT-click on the photo that you want to share to the forum, and then (in firefox) click on ‘Copy Image Location’.

The image location you get will be something very long, like such:

This, however, is not enough. To share the location as an image, you have to show the forum that it is an image, so add ‘?.jpg’ to the end of that mile long link. Like this:

Right, next you add it into your post, using the standard open/close image code, like this:
(Check post below to see code)

General Discussion / Excluding bats from your roof.
« Last post by LeonDude on November 02, 2017, 10:30:33 am »
Excluding bats from your roof
Not everybody thinks that bats are cool, and cute. Although bats can and will mostly live in the roof of a house without being a nuisance to the occupants, some bats do carry a strong scent, and if the guano starts piling up things can become problematic.
I you really have to exclude bats from your roof, here are a few handy tips.
Let’s start with when NOT to exclude bats. Bats in South Africa do not go into full hibernation, but they do go into torpor and become much less active in winter. If you exclude the bats in winter, they could find it hard to find a new place to stay, and could die of cold. Also, because they are less active in winter, you might actually be sealing them in, which means they will die in your roof, leaving you with a potential mess.
Don’t exclude during the maternity period either, which can range from middle September to about February (in South Africa).
Remember, the babies cannot fly, and if you stop their mothers feeding them they will die, again leaving you with a mess. The best time would be at the end of summer. Baby bats reach adulthood by end of the summer, and can fly and find food and shelter for themselves.

To exclude bats, you need to seal all the holes where they can get in and out, except the main access point. You then fit a one-way bat valve over this opening, so the bats can exit but not re-enter. Then, after a few days, you remove this valve and seal up that hole too.
Firstly, find that main access point, or points.
Check around your house for bat droppings. OK, if you reading this article, you probably know exactly where they are going in and out by now. Check for stain marks under the eaves. The bats leave a coating of oil from their hair when they go in and out. You will usually find these stains where the walls and the roof join up, under loose facia boards, broken vents or any other crack or opening. Some species of bat are really small, and can crawl through an opening the size of your pinky finger.
If you know you have bats and still cannot find the entry points, what you need is a beer. And a chair. Spend time at dusk, sitting in a comfy chair and watching your house carefully to see where the bats are exiting. These holes will usually be quite close to where the bats roost inside the roof or opening. If you are working alone you might have to use several evenings, as the bats generally start exiting around 30 minutes before dusk. If you have family members to help you, consign a part of the house to each of them to broaden your area of inspection.
Watch carefully how many exit points there are, and how many bats there are.
Step two is to fit a one-way bat valve over the entry/exit points.
One way valve made from netting or sheeting.
Secure plastic, lightweight, flexible netting with a 0.4 mm mesh or smaller to the building along the top and sides of the opening. The idea is that the bats should be allowed to exit, but not return.
You can also use plastic sheeting like you have under the roof tiles, or even paint drop-sheets.
Now, check again when the bats are exiting. Make sure your bats are in fact exiting, and are not trapped inside by your valve. Make adjustments as needed until you are sure your bats have exited the premises. Again, try to count them to make sure they are all out.
One-Way valve using PVC pipes.
On some buildings, like those with brick or stone exteriors, log cabins or any other building with a rough exterior wall, you might have to use this method.
The tube should be about 5 mm in diameter and 25 cm long. Use PVC or flexible tubing. Bats cannot cling to the insides of these tubes, so they will be able to slide out, but not get back.
Right, valves up?
Now, go and seal all holes big enough to stick your pinky into. A warning here, sticking your pinky into holes might cause spiders and other nasties to sink their fangs into you. You have been warned. Expandable foam is usually a good option to seal these holes with.
After that, wait for a few days for the bats to exit. This might entail having more beer in your comfy chair, watching the house. Like humans, bats do not go out every night, and it might take a few nights to make sure that the whole roost has left.
Once you are sure that the bats have left, remove the one-way valves and seal up the main entry/exit points.
If one of your neighbours suddenly starts complaining about a bat problem, keep quiet. Those are, or rather were, your bats, and you don’t want to give your game away. Tell them that bats are really good, they eat mosquitoes, beetles and every other kind of pest, and that in China, bats are considered symbols of good luck. (No really, they are! Google said so.)
In truth, it is not that easy to get rid of bats. They can crawl through very narrow gaps, and will probably find a way back into your house.
If you want to help the bats, you should consider putting up a bat-house. This will give the bats somewhere outside to live, and will give the homeowner the benefits of having bats to keep the pest population down.
Remember, bats are part of a healthy ecology, and a healthy ecology means a healthy family!

For more information on bats and bat exclusion, see the GNORBIG website at
(Site also has pictures of one-way bat-valves).
General Discussion / Re: Churches
« Last post by LeonDude on October 25, 2017, 02:51:57 pm »
In case you're wondering, I have to find a new hosting service now that photobucket wants payment.
General Discussion / Churches
« Last post by LeonDude on October 18, 2017, 01:55:58 pm »

Bredasdorp - Bikes and Churches
General Discussion / The new forum
« Last post by LeonDude on October 18, 2017, 01:14:43 pm »
Sadly, the new forum would not accept the old forum’s database. I’ve still got that database, but until I figure out how to get the information out of it, I will be spending time rebuilding the forum.
Please feel free to join in and ask questions, give advice and have a fun time!
Rules / Board Rules
« Last post by LeonDude on October 17, 2017, 05:55:09 am »
While the administrators and moderators of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.

You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-oriented, racially discriminative or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent the webmaster, administrator and moderators cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.

This forum system uses cookies to store information on your local computer. These cookies do not contain any of the information you have entered above; they serve only to improve your viewing pleasure. The e-mail address is used only for confirming your registration details and password (and for sending new passwords should you forget your current one).

Copyright of content belongs to the author/poster. When you freely and willingly post your content on this forum you are publishing it in the public domain.  Dont expect the forum to remove content after it has been published.  In the same way you cant expect a publishing house to remove lawfully added content from a book after its published, you cant expect the forum to remove content after you lawfully and willingly posted it.  Your content is not to be used by anyone in any way (including but not limited to commercial purposes) without your consent.  Its yours, but published.

By clicking Register below you agree to be bound by these conditions.

I Agree to these terms and am over or exactly 16 years of age
Vendor Section / Building plans - Leon de Kock
« Last post by LeonDude on October 16, 2017, 07:26:49 am »
Building plans, mostly in the Centurion/Pretoria area, although I do work in other areas too.

New buildings
As-built drawings
Energy efficiency

Leon de Kock
082 331 8656
Building Plans / Two types of building line
« Last post by LeonDude on October 11, 2017, 02:14:02 pm »
Two types of building line
In this post I would like to explain the difference between two types of building lines.
First question, what is a building line?
A building line is a part of your erf, or yard, that you are not allowed to build on. Most yards in South Africa have four building lines. These are set against the boundaries of the yard. The side boundaries will typically have a building line of two meters, meaning that you are not supposed to build within two meters of your side boundary. The rear boundary is often also two meters, although it can be more.
The street boundary is usually more, three meters for a house and five meters for a garage.
The first type of building line is described in a document called a zoning certificate (obtainable from your local council). These are usually the two, three, and five meter building lines described above.
The good news is that many councils will relax these building lines, allowing home owners to build over the lines, sometimes right up to the boundary.
There is, however, another type of building line which causes much bigger problems. In many of the older yards’ title deeds, building lines are also described. These are usually street building lines, and they can be anything from nine meters to fifteen meters. This means that you cannot build within that distance from your street boundary.
The problem here is that the local council does not have the authority to allow you to go over this building line. If you need to build within this area you will have to have the building line clause removed from your title deed, a costly and lengthy procedure best taken on by a city planner or other professional.
For this reason it is a good idea to get a copy of your title deed and study it before you start planning a new building or addition. If you have a bond on your house, your bank can provide you with an electronic copy of your title deed.
Pages: [1]