Home handywoman

Home Handywoman

Who is Home handywoman website for

Home handywoman website is about sharing with you tips and tricks of the trade that I have learnt over the years.
This website is for anyone who wants to learn how to do many of their own home repairs and maintenance.
You can develop new skills and, at the same time, save yourself money.

When, Where, Why and How it all began

My DIY days started in the mid 1970’s when I purchased my first 1950s home in Brisbane, Australia.
The house had a one bedroom flat attached, which I needed to get refurbished and rented within a month.
As a single parent with a toddler in toe I could not afford to pay a tradesmen to do the work for me.
With the assistance of my sister and brother-in-law we painted walls, doors, ceilings, painted kitchen cupboards, and laid fresh tiles throughout.
A carpet layer laid carpet the following week.
Once the flat was leased I started renovating my home.
I installed new kitchen cupboard doors and laid a new tiled bench top, replaced tap ware, installed a new vanity basin, tiled the bathroom and built wardrobes in each of the bedrooms.
Anything I did not know how to do I asked trades people who were very helpful in providing advice.
Over the years I developed a swag of other skills in and around the home.  These are just some of the skills I learnt how to do:

  • Fix a blocked toilet
  • Clear blocked pipes
  • Change tap washers
  • Replace light bulbs
  • Stripped wallpaper and repainted walls, ceilings, doors and trim
  • Built pergolas
  • Paved patios
  • Tiled walls and floors
  • Built retaining walls
  • Construct post and rail fences
  • Install automated irrigation
  • Made furniture

Biodynamic Farming

In 1995 a friend and I purchased a 17-acre property on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland (Queensland, Australia).
We grew bio-dynamic Echinacea Purpurea and Angustifolia supplying the alternative health industry.
After biodynamic certification we expanded into supplying fresh organic vegetables to the southern markets.  All this while we both held down full-time jobs!
The skills and knowledge I acquired farming a bio-dynamic property I will share with you over time in future posts, including the “welding drop test”.

Home handywoman

Pauline in Echinacea field


As we live in uncertain geopolitical times my website will also provide ideas and suggestions on how to be self-sufficient and resilient in times of need.

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