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docker_rob
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25 May 2016
About to step off the edge......About to step off the edge......
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Good on you Kris, I drove past your place yesterday (not on purpose) looked across and realised - That's were my Site Dunny came from! (I wonder where it is now? Still…

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docker_rob
May 25, 2016 4:56 pm
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Stewie D
23 May 2016
900mm vs 600mm Eaves900mm vs 600mm Eaves

@NW01. Some of my post went missing. When I said "You also increase the total height of the roof which may or may not be a problem depending on your roof slope." I had…

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Stewie D
May 23, 2016 3:37 pm
SileNceR
15 May 2016
Polished concrete with a volume builderPolished concrete with a volume builder

All concrete has aggregate in it, that's just part of its make up - when people generally speak of adding aggregate it's adding something out of the ordinary for cosmetics…

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SileNceR
May 15, 2016 11:57 am
gommeqld
7 May 2016
Which building materials suppliers in Mackay QLD ?Which building materials suppliers in Mackay QLD ?

I'm planning an owner build in Mackay QLD. Can anyone recommend building supplies companies in Mackay that are reliable and sensibly priced? Ideally I'd like to establish…

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gommeqld
May 07, 2016 2:37 pm
browne
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4 May 2016
Owner Building in PerthOwner Building in Perth
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The company he used Pro West Surveying - can see it on first plan. I also got in contact with and have been very helpful.

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browne
May 04, 2016 4:26 pm
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browne
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4 May 2016
Looking for supervisor for owner-builder projectLooking for supervisor for owner-builder project

Hi All, We have decided to go down the OB route for our renovation and extension - 1905 house front remaining with modern extension on a western suburbs block. We have a…

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browne
May 04, 2016 3:44 pm
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Dani84
May 02, 2016 12:48 pm
Keffufal
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29 April 2016
Colourbond shed house - SEQLDColourbond shed house - SEQLD

Good luck with your plans, the long thin house design sounds like it will suit your long, thin block. I also did most of my pricing from the bunnings website, but am…

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Keffufal
Apr 29, 2016 9:07 pm
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Beetaloo
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28 April 2016
Owner Builder in South Australia (South)Owner Builder in South Australia (South)

When building "Boundary to Boundary" one will be faced with special challenges. Your personal negotiating skills will need to be very high as well as your knowledge of…

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Beetaloo
Apr 29, 2016 12:28 am
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Keffufal
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28 April 2016
Owner Builder at Drake NSWOwner Builder at Drake NSW
1, 2

Finally an update - we are slowly building our house, just up to the stage where we are putting the floor joists on. We didn't end up doing any prep work to the site…

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Keffufal
Apr 28, 2016 4:05 pm
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Keffufal
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28 April 2016
My Owner BuildMy Owner Build
1, 2

Love watching your progress, how long has it been since you started? Also I was wondering if you had previous experience with tiling etc. as I am thinking it looks a bit…

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Keffufal
Apr 28, 2016 2:30 pm
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Keffufal
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27 April 2016
Grey WaterGrey Water

Yes my council was the same, with our greywater going from our caravan into a greasetrap and then into a gravel-filled trench.

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Keffufal
Apr 27, 2016 10:32 pm
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Bigblock7
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25 April 2016
Energy Rating exceptions and flexibility of rulesEnergy Rating exceptions and flexibility of rules

Have you considered something that is portable? Like a tiny home on skids or trailer?

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Bigblock7
Apr 25, 2016 7:57 pm
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Joker
20 April 2016
excavation and retaining wall approximate costsexcavation and retaining wall approximate costs

My retaining wall 22 metres across 2.1 metres high, then turns at both ends of block starting 2.1 metres high and ending one foot high 10 metres later for both sides of…

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Joker
Apr 20, 2016 11:43 pm
BooY
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16 April 2016
How May lights ?How May lights ?

How many is completely dependent on the area usage and type of lights you want to you. a standard bedroom for eg, could be 1x batten holder or 1x high output LED Downlgiht…

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BooY
Apr 16, 2016 6:49 pm
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waxinggibbous
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14 April 2016
External deck joist hanger nailsExternal deck joist hanger nails

Thanks Beetaloo - I've been trying to find Pryda fastening tables to no avail. Can you direct me?

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waxinggibbous
Apr 14, 2016 10:58 pm
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Stewie D
13 April 2016
certifierscertifiers

Some more info in the same vein... viewtopic.php?f=53&t=80362 Stewie

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Stewie D
Apr 13, 2016 3:28 pm
Beetaloo
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11 April 2016
pre fab truss and frame v chippypre fab truss and frame v chippy

I bought pack lots of H2 timber studs (each pack is roughly +200 off 6m H2 studs) and I cut each stud, wall plate & noggin to length on site. The supply cost for the…

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Beetaloo
Apr 11, 2016 9:12 pm
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Stewie D
4 April 2016
Which local Council is right?Which local Council is right?

All that is Ok for small works where the difference in council fees for a job at $10,000 that someone basically works out at labour only and is only slightly smaller in…

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Stewie D
Apr 04, 2016 10:57 am
HomeAngels
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29 March 2016
What I can and can't do legally as an OBWhat I can and can't do legally as an OB

We are in Victoria and we could build our own retaining wall. We had plans and engineering done. It had to be inspected at certain stages, footings and completion from memory.

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HomeAngels
Mar 29, 2016 10:09 pm
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kim2
26 March 2016
structural engineering drawing interpretingstructural engineering drawing interpreting

I am looking for information on interpreting my engineers drawings ie the acronyms and terminology. I find draftsman concepts or WD's and engineers civils quite straight…

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kim2
Mar 26, 2016 10:10 am
Stewie D
26 March 2016
Cost of Drawing & DA/CDC approval - NSWCost of Drawing & DA/CDC approval - NSW

Some of the costs sure moa but for the rest you are wrong unless you are building from a cookie cutter design. Our council won't process a DA unless it is all to AHD and a…

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Stewie D
Mar 26, 2016 10:01 am
tezzab
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24 March 2016
Trades Recommendations (Gippsland/Traralgon)Trades Recommendations (Gippsland/Traralgon)

Haha how funny! Rob & Mick have recently done some work in our outdoor area and are fantastic! Rob is a friend and they will hopefully be doing most of the chippy work but…

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tezzab
Mar 24, 2016 7:18 pm
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Stewie D
16 March 2016
How difficult to build a DIY kit home?How difficult to build a DIY kit home?

We looked at Zego as an alternative to Besser blocks for our lower storey after a client told me that they had considered it for their build. I still get emails from the…

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Stewie D
Mar 16, 2016 8:49 am
mausam80
11 March 2016
ground diggingground digging

No idea mate, again it would depend on a lot of factors ( site access, etc... ) best to contact a few people and get multiple quotes

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mausam80
Mar 11, 2016 11:46 am
Hyne Timber
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10 March 2016
Treated timber or F8 OregonTreated timber or F8 Oregon

The Oregon would not be termite resistant and is also a visually graded timber grade. Treated timber will be termite resistant for your peace of mind and will be machine…

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Hyne Timber
Mar 10, 2016 3:19 pm
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radiuz
8 March 2016
Owner Build Electrician referralOwner Build Electrician referral

For those of you looking for a reliable registered electrician in the Bayside Frankson area can highly recommend Andre from Sparky Boys. He took the time to make sure our…

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radiuz
Mar 08, 2016 8:22 pm
Stewie D
2 March 2016
Structural Engineering and Energy Assess - PerthStructural Engineering and Energy Assess - Perth

StructuralBimGuy is on these forums and in Perth. I'm sure he'd be able to help you. Stewie

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Stewie D
Mar 02, 2016 6:10 pm
snowing
23 February 2016
Question for Owner Builders? Do you have engineer's report?Question for Owner Builders? Do you have engineer's report?

Yes. It does. As fr as I know Schedule 19A is within 83AB (Statement of Compliance)

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snowing
Feb 23, 2016 5:47 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
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21 February 2016
BAL Bushfire Attack Level Ratings - anyone with experience?BAL Bushfire Attack Level Ratings - anyone with experience?
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My advice is to get an all inclusive service that includes, design, simulations, engineering and all certificates.. ie, AS & NCC Code compliance, Energy, Structurals and…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 21, 2016 11:10 am
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sam001
21 February 2016
residential earthworks Perthresidential earthworks Perth

professional earth moving.

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sam001
Feb 21, 2016 12:28 am
hotshot
16 February 2016
Render or eaves first?Render or eaves first?

Eaves first! Why would you want to render first?

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hotshot
Feb 16, 2016 8:43 pm
efficient design
13 February 2016
STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANELS (SIPS) Owner Builder friendlySTRUCTURAL INSULATED PANELS (SIPS) Owner Builder friendly

Superior Walls would like to introduce their MgO SIPS wall kitset system to the Owner Builder Forum:- www.superiorwall.com.au The advantages of SIPS to the OB are…

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efficient design
Feb 13, 2016 2:43 pm
efficient design
13 February 2016
Structural insulated panel (SIP) supplier or designer in QLDStructural insulated panel (SIP) supplier or designer in QLD

Hi gommeqld.....this is Superior Walls. www.superiorwalls.com.au Please send me an email with contact details to the above website. I don't believe I have received an…

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efficient design
Feb 13, 2016 2:19 pm
Stewie D
13 February 2016
Starting From ScratchStarting From Scratch

Knowing which state you are in may help. No use someone in NSW giving you advice that may not be compliant in Qld for instance ( put it in your signature ). Stewie

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Stewie D
Feb 13, 2016 12:42 pm
qebtel
12 February 2016
Issues with EZYhomes kit homeIssues with EZYhomes kit home

Thanks for posting. Shocking attitude from a company, clearly do not want accept any responsibility and clearly dont want repeat business. It is suicide. These issues…

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qebtel
Feb 12, 2016 3:45 pm
DOLLER
10 February 2016
Site level after cut and fillSite level after cut and fill

It will depend on the condition of your soil- soil tests should give you the info you need. Any good earth moving contractor should be able to do what you want if you…

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DOLLER
Feb 10, 2016 2:31 pm
gommeqld
7 February 2016
Cost of working drawings, etc in QLDCost of working drawings, etc in QLD

Thanks Booy that is helpful. I read your other thread on your build - congratulations. Looks like you have everything under control.

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gommeqld
Feb 07, 2016 8:28 pm
tezzab
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7 February 2016
New slab measure before ordering prefabricated walls.New slab measure before ordering prefabricated walls.

A lot depends on how soon you want to do your framing, and how you plan to cure your slab. While commercial builders start within days, there are benefits in giving the…

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tezzab
Feb 07, 2016 7:58 pm
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qebtel
20 January 2016
power connection to blockpower connection to block
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Actually if you crunch the numbers correctly its 54 people per year over the 2009-2014 period. So growth rate of less than 2%, but growth none the less. 11, 42, ?…

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qebtel
Jan 20, 2016 3:01 pm
building-expert
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14 January 2016
skillion roofskillion roof

That depends if there is roof space. If ceiling is fixed to underside of roof frame then you can't do it. If there is space then you have to consider heat loss/gain and…

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building-expert
Jan 14, 2016 11:33 am
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building-expert
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10 January 2016
Pics of building Our Shipping Container HomePics of building Our Shipping Container Home

Great point! But if it is not a question of economics then it must be a question of taste and aesthetics or perhaps just breaking new ground with something…

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building-expert
Jan 10, 2016 6:52 pm
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Will_I_Am
9 January 2016
floorfloor

Slab. No constant thumping when you walk through the house or squeaks. Plus as Beetaloo has said its going to be better for thermal properties especially up here it gets…

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Will_I_Am
Jan 09, 2016 2:44 am
civarow
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8 January 2016
Kitchen design help needed!Kitchen design help needed!

".. Because we are owner builders we can move walls, add walls, move, add or delete windows, etc, etc... this is design heaven - go for your life. On the attachment you…

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civarow
Jan 08, 2016 9:45 pm
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qebtel
6 January 2016
permitpermit

Yes.

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qebtel
Jan 06, 2016 8:32 pm
Beetaloo
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6 January 2016
wind ratingwind rating

Stegbar, the window manufacturer, www.stegbar.com.au has a fact sheet on their website which includes extracts from AS 4055 and has just about everything thing you need…

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Beetaloo
Jan 06, 2016 8:15 pm
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Stewie D
5 January 2016
certifiercertifier

Some info here... viewtopic.php?f=53&t=80362 Stewie

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Stewie D
Jan 05, 2016 9:16 am
greenken
4 January 2016
kit homekit home

Has anyone had any dealings with Garage Supermarket at Yandina qld. They can do me a livable kit home at a very good price

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greenken
Jan 04, 2016 3:51 pm



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