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Adam.M
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Adam.M
19 April 2017
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Apr 19, 2017 8:48 am
The fact that they went out to look for it means that they will get a contractor (usually very experienced as they do it everyday) and seal the cracks from the inside. This is a huge cost to them of which they will strive to do it right the first time. It costs the builder $100 per hour to inspect a...
The fact that they went out to look for it means that they will get a contractor (usually very experienced as they do it...
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Adam.M
19 December 2016
2
Dec 19, 2016 9:53 am
Hi Perry If you do end up getting a new stud finder, I highly recommend the Franklin ProSensor 710 Stud Finder. Not cheap at $99 but oh so worth it.
Hi Perry If you do end up getting a new stud finder, I highly recommend the Franklin ProSensor 710 Stud Finder. Not chea...
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Adam.M
13 December 2016
2
Dec 13, 2016 11:23 am
You can try getting a man with a dingo/excavator. You will pay for min 4 hrs at around $400 but they are good at what they do. They will excavate your land, remove it (at an additional cost), replace with any soil that you provide and level the whole lot. As for your questions, a) yes 50mm thick sle...
You can try getting a man with a dingo/excavator. You will pay for min 4 hrs at around $400 but they are good at what th...
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Adam.M
13 December 2016
2
Dec 13, 2016 11:07 am
Hi. 3 meters is excessive and I am guessing that they used 90x45 pine? Generally you would want to keep it at 2m max or 1.5m which would be better. Some options, you could screw into the existing joist a hardwood joist that will make it rigid. You would only need to use batten screws every 30-60cm. ...
Hi. 3 meters is excessive and I am guessing that they used 90x45 pine? Generally you would want to keep it at 2m max or ...
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Adam.M
13 December 2016
2
Dec 13, 2016 10:59 am
Hi. I had a similar issue with water leaking out the side of the shower. It was a relatively easy fix by using clear silicone along the inner and outter edges of where the glass sits on the tiles. That fixed that issue. The second issue was a leak coming out of the tiles outside of the shower itself...
Hi. I had a similar issue with water leaking out the side of the shower. It was a relatively easy fix by using clear sil...
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Adam.M
17 October 2016
2
Oct 17, 2016 11:28 am
Hi, I had a similar issue with a Colorbond verandah that I actually built (so I only had myself to blame). The issue was the flashing at one end was lifting up at one end ever so slightly when a gust came by. Effectively I created a wind tunnel and had not screwed in the flashing enough. My containm...
Hi, I had a similar issue with a Colorbond verandah that I actually built (so I only had myself to blame). The issue was...
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Adam.M
15 August 2016
2
Aug 15, 2016 12:05 pm
Highly unlikely as the house frame/ walls would take the weight. The weight of the structure is spread roughly 50/50 across the posts at one and and right along the fascia board. Does your house have eaves? If so, they would have sagged long before your doors jamming. I would think your house slab h...
Highly unlikely as the house frame/ walls would take the weight. The weight of the structure is spread roughly 50/50 acr...
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Adam.M
25 July 2016
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Jul 25, 2016 12:20 pm
Was there any damage to the bedroom e.g. discoloured carpet? Reason why I mention is that unless you can pin them to a problem (as a result of error on their behalf) Eg damage to the carpet caused by incorrect fall.... you will be fighting them for an incorrect install to a standard. Eg, the slab wa...
Was there any damage to the bedroom e.g. discoloured carpet? Reason why I mention is that unless you can pin them to a p...
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Adam.M
30 May 2016
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May 30, 2016 1:47 pm
Over the last few years I have seen about a dozen swimming pools built in highly reactive clay I have seen 2 pools in the last 3 months being built around me... West of Melbourne... highest reactive clay rating. Makes me shiver even thinking about it.
I have seen 2 pools in the last 3 months being built around me... West of Melbourne... highest reactive clay rating. Ma...
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Adam.M
26 May 2016
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May 26, 2016 11:21 am
When getting expert assessment, the first call should be to a geotechnical engineer who will do soil moisture samples at different depths and the second call should be to arrange a forensic plumbing inspection. There are too many 'experts' getting called on who are simply guessing and wasting peopl...
This is one point that is am relying on the builder's experience of such situations. The builder has insisted that this...
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Adam.M
26 May 2016
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May 26, 2016 10:59 am
I have seen more cases than I care to remember that could have been dealt with much better if owner got second opinion. Inadvertently that is my point and thanks for stressing it building-expert. We took the structural engineers word as gospel but luckily we didn't do the same with the lawyer. Ever...
Inadvertently that is my point and thanks for stressing it building-expert. We took the structural engineers word as go...
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Adam.M
24 May 2016
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May 24, 2016 12:47 pm
Hi all I have been following this thread for ages now. In fact I was on of the first to reply! I thought I was a "slab heave recipient: until recently. I also went through a phase where i thought that my slab was incorrectly installed etc. I'll try to explain it as abbreviated as possible. We b...
Hi all I have been following this thread for ages now. In fact I was on of the first to reply! I thought I was a slab he...
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Adam.M
12 May 2016
2
May 12, 2016 2:47 pm
Some of my thoughts: Most likely the concrete base did not have reinforcement and a compressed road base so it wouldn't take much to crack. The tree roots could have led to the crack by sucking all of the water around it and leaving the rest of the soil with moisture. The dry soil would have contrac...
Some of my thoughts: Most likely the concrete base did not have reinforcement and a compressed road base so it wouldn't ...
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Adam.M
18 February 2016
2
Feb 18, 2016 9:43 am
My thoughts on mod decking in general. I haven’t used ekodeck as such. If you want total maintenance free, opt for the darkest colour eg. Slate grey as this colour will not show marks, dust, pot marks as easy as the colour Redwood. This is a proviso you are not concerned about the sheer heat of full...
My thoughts on mod decking in general. I haven’t used ekodeck as such. If you want total maintenance free, opt for the d...
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Adam.M
21 January 2016
2
Jan 21, 2016 11:57 pm
Built not building. Does that help?
Built not building. Does that help?
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Adam.M
11 January 2016
8
Jan 11, 2016 11:45 pm
- have you had any experience with cardboard tubes for making concrete footings? I am thinking of going your second option for making footings and these tubes look like an error free way of making level footings. Good to hear you are in "acceptance stage"! Cardboard tubes are only require...
Good to hear you are in acceptance stage! Cardboard tubes are only required for sandy situations where there is a risk ...
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Adam.M
11 January 2016
5
Jan 11, 2016 12:17 pm
I didn't think of voiding the warranty by attaching the deck to the posts. Great tip! As a side note... It’s only two holes but I would insist to see the holes once they are dug to confirm they are against the spec. I am not sure what they are but I am guessing they would have to be greater than 30...
As a side note... It’s only two holes but I would insist to see the holes once they are dug to confirm they are against...
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Adam.M
8 January 2016
2
Jan 08, 2016 11:34 am
I am getting a steel pergola installed (via 'Amazing Home Improvements') with posts (90x90mm) at each corner of my proposed 3500x6800mm rectangle. Can I fix a bearer directly to these pergola posts? Technically yes. The footings of the posts if done properly should be sufficient to support the bear...
Technically yes. The footings of the posts if done properly should be sufficient to support the bearer. Albeit a.) you'...
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Adam.M
23 October 2015
2
Oct 23, 2015 10:34 am
Truth be told there is an art to it. A $50k bathroom reno might add $200k to the house. Cutting a few trees and improving the front yard might add $20k to the place. Who knows! The people who have perfected the art of “buy, improve and sell” usually stick to hard fast rules like, only aesthetically ...
Truth be told there is an art to it. A $50k bathroom reno might add $200k to the house. Cutting a few trees and improvin...
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Adam.M
21 October 2015
2
Oct 21, 2015 9:03 am
Have you checked if there is a statute of limitation? I would have thought authorities have 7 or 10 years to point out a building violation? First port of call would to ask the council. They usually don't disclose such work arounds at first instance but would be obligated to tell you (it's like when...
Have you checked if there is a statute of limitation? I would have thought authorities have 7 or 10 years to point out a...
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