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btherl
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4 September 2015
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Sep 04, 2015 12:25 pm
Hi,

Here's how it looks now:

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I haven't even thought about it for years now.

Brian
Hi,

Here's how it looks now:

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I haven't even thought about it for years now.

Brian
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btherl
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26 October 2013
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Oct 26, 2013 9:45 pm
Thanks for the responses! It did seem strange and luckily I haven't paid or had the installation done yet, I've only had a site check. The installer I believe is not part of Good Guys but they have a close relationship, my impression is he is the only person doing installations for that store.

Thanks for the offer, I'm in Melbourne unfortunately. I will ask around for some other quotes and see what I can find. Would you believe that the first quote I had was $2800 to supply and install a 2.5kw unit.. and they had a copy of my house plans so they knew exactly what was required.
Thanks for the responses! It did seem strange and luckily I haven't paid or had the installation done yet, I've only had a site check. The installer I believe is not part of Good Guys but they have a close relationship, my impression is he is the only person doing installations for that store.

Thanks for the offer, I'm in Melbourne unfortunately. I will ask around for some other quotes and see what I can find. Would you believe that the first quote I had was $2800 to supply and install a 2.5kw unit.. and they had a copy of my house plans so they knew exactly what was required.
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btherl
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26 October 2013
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Oct 26, 2013 8:22 am
Hi,

I recently got a quote via The Good Guys for installing a 3.5kw split system aircon on a double storey house. When the installer visited my house to inspect he said it should be around $900, being $650 for standard install, $175 for roof bracket, and possible extra cable to meter box. This seemed reasonable to me. When I went to organize a time for the install the quote changed to $1275, being $650 for standard install, $175 for bracket and $400 for additional 15 metres of electric cable.

Does electric cable really cost $400 for an extra 15 metres? That's over half the cost of a standard install which already includes 15 metres..

Thanks for any advice!
Brian
Hi,

I recently got a quote via The Good Guys for installing a 3.5kw split system aircon on a double storey house. When the installer visited my house to inspect he said it should be around $900, being $650 for standard install, $175 for roof bracket, and possible extra cable to meter box. This seemed reasonable to me. When I went to organize a time for the install the quote changed to $1275, being $650 for standard install, $175 for bracket and $400 for additional 15 metres of electric cable.

Does electric cable really cost $400 for an extra 15 metres? That's over half the cost of a standard install which already includes 15 metres..

Thanks for any advice!
Brian
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btherl
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21 August 2012
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Aug 21, 2012 4:01 pm
mr.21 mr.21
... So strictly speaking, the last two months or so will be the hardest.


Or the last 2 years, depending on who you are building with :) You will need to be pretty sure your builder can finish the house on time, or include hefty penalties for lateness (good luck getting the builder to accept this).
mr.21 mr.21
... So strictly speaking, the last two months or so will be the hardest.


Or the last 2 years, depending on who you are building with :) You will need to be pretty sure your builder can finish the house on time, or include hefty penalties for lateness (good luck getting the builder to accept this).
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btherl
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23 May 2012
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May 23, 2012 2:24 pm
Yep I wouldn't be removing that soil. It looks like barely enough to hold the fence as it is. If it was me I would be connecting up to the stormwater at the low point. And maybe putting a basic retaining wall around the center line so the dirt knows where it's supposed to be. Maybe you could then build a raised path next to the garage up to the retaining wall so the whole thing is level without having to fill in dirt next the garage.

A first step would be to dig until you find what is under there.. knowing the exact location of the telstra cable and the stormwater will help a lot to make a plan.
Yep I wouldn't be removing that soil. It looks like barely enough to hold the fence as it is. If it was me I would be connecting up to the stormwater at the low point. And maybe putting a basic retaining wall around the center line so the dirt knows where it's supposed to be. Maybe you could then build a raised path next to the garage up to the retaining wall so the whole thing is level without having to fill in dirt next the garage.

A first step would be to dig until you find what is under there.. knowing the exact location of the telstra cable and the stormwater will help a lot to make a plan.
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btherl
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8 May 2012
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May 08, 2012 1:22 pm
They weren't included in mine.. though we had good reason not to, as we signed the contract early for the FHOG.

It's important to keep an eye on the construction so you can catch them when they work from the wrong specs. If you catch them early you can get it fixed. If you catch them too late they may say it's too much trouble to fix it now and try to get you to compromise.
They weren't included in mine.. though we had good reason not to, as we signed the contract early for the FHOG.

It's important to keep an eye on the construction so you can catch them when they work from the wrong specs. If you catch them early you can get it fixed. If you catch them too late they may say it's too much trouble to fix it now and try to get you to compromise.
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btherl
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1 May 2012
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May 01, 2012 4:44 pm
It sounds very suspicious to me. Occupancy certificates are usually issued before landscaping is complete, but with the condition that landscaping be completed within some period of time. No-one really enforces the time period though.

So I'm inclined to agree with cmhamilton - the builder may have a hidden agenda, such as wanting you to do landscaping through them.
It sounds very suspicious to me. Occupancy certificates are usually issued before landscaping is complete, but with the condition that landscaping be completed within some period of time. No-one really enforces the time period though.

So I'm inclined to agree with cmhamilton - the builder may have a hidden agenda, such as wanting you to do landscaping through them.
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btherl
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23 April 2012
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Apr 23, 2012 11:54 am
RichA RichA
Update. Reports came back ok. Nothing major justa few cosmetic things. Spoke to vendor at length yesterday and came away happy that he would do the right thing if ever something came up. Signing contract tomorrow!


I would prefer to hear "Came away with a signed document declaring that he would do the right thing if ever something came up"..
RichA RichA
Update. Reports came back ok. Nothing major justa few cosmetic things. Spoke to vendor at length yesterday and came away happy that he would do the right thing if ever something came up. Signing contract tomorrow!


I would prefer to hear "Came away with a signed document declaring that he would do the right thing if ever something came up"..
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btherl
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11 April 2012
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Apr 11, 2012 4:06 pm
What does screw popping look like? Is it a circular indent in the roof like this? http://www.diychatroom.com/f101/drywall ... ng-138065/
What does screw popping look like? Is it a circular indent in the roof like this? http://www.diychatroom.com/f101/drywall ... ng-138065/
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btherl
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11 April 2012
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Apr 11, 2012 4:03 pm
I would go in this order.

1. Look for tire tracks :P
2. Look for debris amongst the dirt that might match another location
3. Ring every builder nearby until you find the right one. You can open with "We found a big pile of dirt on our block, and we think it's from your site". If you called the wrong one you will sort it out soon enough, and they may even help you find who did it.
I would go in this order.

1. Look for tire tracks :P
2. Look for debris amongst the dirt that might match another location
3. Ring every builder nearby until you find the right one. You can open with "We found a big pile of dirt on our block, and we think it's from your site". If you called the wrong one you will sort it out soon enough, and they may even help you find who did it.
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btherl
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11 April 2012
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Apr 11, 2012 3:54 pm
Stay firm - I had some bs from Big M where they tried to force us to accept an inferior bath due to a mistake on their part during house design. I held my ground over about 2 weeks and in the end we won.

Just like your situation, they told me there are no other options. Don't believe it - there are always other options. We had the same issue later with the trim around our shower - due to a drafting error they left it out and then told me there's only one possible solution. I told them that wasn't good enough and suddenly there were 3 solutions I could choose from.

Again with our kitchen window we were told there were no options.. I pointed out the display home had an option we were told was impossible and suddenly there were other options.

Overall I would still build with M again - you couldn't get a house like this for that price with a smaller builder. And I've seen far worse - the houses either side of me started before us but have not finished yet, and we have been in ours for 18 months. At least M will finish what they started!
Stay firm - I had some bs from Big M where they tried to force us to accept an inferior bath due to a mistake on their part during house design. I held my ground over about 2 weeks and in the end we won.

Just like your situation, they told me there are no other options. Don't believe it - there are always other options. We had the same issue later with the trim around our shower - due to a drafting error they left it out and then told me there's only one possible solution. I told them that wasn't good enough and suddenly there were 3 solutions I could choose from.

Again with our kitchen window we were told there were no options.. I pointed out the display home had an option we were told was impossible and suddenly there were other options.

Overall I would still build with M again - you couldn't get a house like this for that price with a smaller builder. And I've seen far worse - the houses either side of me started before us but have not finished yet, and we have been in ours for 18 months. At least M will finish what they started!
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btherl
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23 March 2012
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Mar 23, 2012 4:26 pm
That sounds like a developer clause to me.. meaning the developer will not contribute to the fence if you build it before they have sold the block.

My experience here in victoria is the council will give out contact details for neighbours if you send them a written request asking for them for fencing purposes.
That sounds like a developer clause to me.. meaning the developer will not contribute to the fence if you build it before they have sold the block.

My experience here in victoria is the council will give out contact details for neighbours if you send them a written request asking for them for fencing purposes.
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btherl
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20 March 2012
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Mar 20, 2012 10:10 am
I would be surprised if there was any discount from reducing the width by such a small amount. Especially if it's a volume builder, who would be wanting to use a standard design.
I would be surprised if there was any discount from reducing the width by such a small amount. Especially if it's a volume builder, who would be wanting to use a standard design.
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btherl
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16 March 2012
4
Mar 16, 2012 2:27 pm
I also feel like that wall should go, but it does serve a purpose in hiding the garage door and master bedroom door from the main living area. So removing it doesn't seem ideal either. What will you put in that area (with the garage and master BR doors).
I also feel like that wall should go, but it does serve a purpose in hiding the garage door and master bedroom door from the main living area. So removing it doesn't seem ideal either. What will you put in that area (with the garage and master BR doors).
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btherl
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16 March 2012
2
Mar 16, 2012 2:23 pm
We have an "Chromagen Eternity G26" system here. The only annoyance is that you have to keep the water flow high or else the heater will switch off and the water goes cold. This only matter when having showers, and I have to keep the water flow higher than what I would have with an electric system. Something to consider if you have limited water supply.

The other issue is that the hot water is not THAT hot on cold days. I can put my hand under full hot water during winter. So for washing dishes I will usually boil water in a kettle, especially for anything oily.

We have used it for 1.5 years now.
We have an "Chromagen Eternity G26" system here. The only annoyance is that you have to keep the water flow high or else the heater will switch off and the water goes cold. This only matter when having showers, and I have to keep the water flow higher than what I would have with an electric system. Something to consider if you have limited water supply.

The other issue is that the hot water is not THAT hot on cold days. I can put my hand under full hot water during winter. So for washing dishes I will usually boil water in a kettle, especially for anything oily.

We have used it for 1.5 years now.
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btherl
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13 March 2012
7
Mar 13, 2012 8:13 am
300mm is a lot! I would get it surveyed. If the peg does turn out to be correct, I'm sure the council and developer will understand and let you change the landscaping plans.

Who built the fence, and who arranged for the fence to be built? Because both of them should have confirmed the property boundaries.
300mm is a lot! I would get it surveyed. If the peg does turn out to be correct, I'm sure the council and developer will understand and let you change the landscaping plans.

Who built the fence, and who arranged for the fence to be built? Because both of them should have confirmed the property boundaries.
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btherl
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1 March 2012
7
Mar 01, 2012 2:42 pm
$25k!! Is that with gold plated ducts?

Cooling the top floor should be your priority, because that gets much hotter than the ground floor. We can passively cool our ground floor on all but the hottest summer days, but the upper floor gets ridiculously hot while the ground floor stays comfortable.
$25k!! Is that with gold plated ducts?

Cooling the top floor should be your priority, because that gets much hotter than the ground floor. We can passively cool our ground floor on all but the hottest summer days, but the upper floor gets ridiculously hot while the ground floor stays comfortable.
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btherl
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1 March 2012
5
Mar 01, 2012 2:36 pm
That sounds like typical builder BS. He should have installed the drainage at the start, and I bet you'll find the contract says he's responsible for keeping the site adequately drained all through the construction.
That sounds like typical builder BS. He should have installed the drainage at the start, and I bet you'll find the contract says he's responsible for keeping the site adequately drained all through the construction.
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btherl
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1 March 2012
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Mar 01, 2012 2:27 pm
Good luck! And so you should have possession - it's always been your land, they were only allowed to use it under the contract, which is now terminated.
Good luck! And so you should have possession - it's always been your land, they were only allowed to use it under the contract, which is now terminated.
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