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ChrisBirmele
24 November 2020
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Nov 24, 2020 10:06 am
Thanks guys for all the feedback, this has been really useful for me to understand how this works. Much appreciated!
Thanks guys for all the feedback, this has been really useful for me to understand how this works. Much appreciated!
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ChrisBirmele
24 November 2020
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Nov 24, 2020 7:44 am
Again... "Do you have a comprehensive specification that they have been working from to " compare apples with apples"?" Stewie They all were given the same DA documentation set + all Engineering specs, plus they all came around to have a look at the property. The consensus is &q...
They all were given the same DA documentation set + all Engineering specs, plus they all came around to have a look at ...
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ChrisBirmele
23 November 2020
4
Nov 23, 2020 9:32 pm
On a large job like that you may be well served by an estimate from a local quantity surveyor. They are up to speed with all aspects of building and should be able to give you a realistic idea of what a job like yours should cost. Renos are hard to estimate for a lot of builders due to the nature o...
Agree, I don't get the impression builders are short of work on the Northshore - one third didn't even bother to respon...
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ChrisBirmele
21 November 2020
1
Nov 21, 2020 11:20 am
We are planning a renovation and are currently looking for a builder (we have DA approval, the engineering drawings are done). We contacted fourteen and ended up with three rough cost guidelines so far (the others were never interested or we eliminated them after the first meeting). The cost guideli...
We are planning a renovation and are currently looking for a builder (we have DA approval, the engineering drawings are ...
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ChrisBirmele
3 October 2020
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Oct 03, 2020 12:58 pm
We are replacing our roof as part of a larger renovation and have a dilemma I haven't been able to resolve yet. 30% of the roof has a shallow 10 degree slope and traditional tiles do not work. The only option I am aware of is to use 'Nulok' (beautiful but expensive) or sheet metal (butt ugly and try...
We are replacing our roof as part of a larger renovation and have a dilemma I haven't been able to resolve yet. 30% of t...
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ChrisBirmele
26 March 2017
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Mar 26, 2017 1:25 pm
Great idea, never thought about such a solution ....
Great idea, never thought about such a solution ....
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ChrisBirmele
25 March 2017
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Mar 25, 2017 3:21 pm
I have a large concrete slab leading to a steep garden bed. During heavy rains the surface water runs into this garden bed causing erosion. To stop this, I want to install a drainage channel at the end of the slab and drain it away properly. The only solution I have seen so far are the ubiquitous Ea...
I have a large concrete slab leading to a steep garden bed. During heavy rains the surface water runs into this garden b...
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ChrisBirmele
1 May 2016
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May 01, 2016 5:39 pm
I have a self-supporting outdoor deck (enclosed with roof) I want to resurface with cement sheets and then tile. The deck bearers are supported by brick posts. Is it best to leave a small gap between the new deck and the wall of the house to avoid rot, or is it better to use flashing and have the ce...
I have a self-supporting outdoor deck (enclosed with roof) I want to resurface with cement sheets and then tile. The dec...
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ChrisBirmele
23 April 2013
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Apr 23, 2013 12:07 pm
I need to attach a gate to a brick wall. The gate is 1.4m wide, 1.6m high and weighs about 40kg (steel frame and Merbau timber cladding). What is the best way to securely attach this gate to the brick wall? 1. use Dynabolts or chemical anchoring (or both)? 2. if Dynabolts are best, what length would...
I need to attach a gate to a brick wall. The gate is 1.4m wide, 1.6m high and weighs about 40kg (steel frame and Merbau ...
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ChrisBirmele
4 March 2013
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Mar 04, 2013 12:43 pm
I am planning to replace my existing roof, made up of concrete tiles (75%) and colorbond (25%). The roof is OK, but ugly and there are to many nooks and crannies where tiles and colorbond bits come together. No wonder I have possums as neighbours and whenever there is a torrential downpour I pray th...
I am planning to replace my existing roof, made up of concrete tiles (75%) and colorbond (25%). The roof is OK, but ugly...
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ChrisBirmele
21 November 2011
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Nov 21, 2011 10:11 pm
I never thought about cabinet makers until a few days ago, why would it be any different? I am prepared to consider any options. We have our design done, a good idea of the finishes (Blum, Caesarstone, Poly, no handles, etc.) and the appliances are selected.
I never thought about cabinet makers until a few days ago, why would it be any different? I am prepared to consider any ...
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ChrisBirmele
21 November 2011
3
Nov 21, 2011 4:08 pm
yep, Sydney.
yep, Sydney.
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ChrisBirmele
21 November 2011
1
Nov 21, 2011 1:53 pm
We are in the final stages of choosing to buy a kitchen from someone... We've looked at several companies so far; some had good designers, others good products or service, but we haven't found the one that ticks all the boxes. We shortlisted two companies: - Sydney Kitchen - Kitchen Connection Has a...
We are in the final stages of choosing to buy a kitchen from someone... We've looked at several companies so far; some h...
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ChrisBirmele
21 November 2011
1
Nov 21, 2011 1:52 pm
We are planning to install a bamboo floor (strand-woven, tongue-groove) over our existing cypress wooden floor. Before we do, we will install a new kitchen and here is my question: a) would you install the kitchen on top of the existing timber floor (then add ~15 mm in height to compensate for the b...
We are planning to install a bamboo floor (strand-woven, tongue-groove) over our existing cypress wooden floor. Before w...
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