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domwild
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domwild
19 July
707
Jul 19, 2020 9:12 am
The HIA and MBA will always support the builder and not you. Builders are supposed to have regular meetings with you at the end of certain stages, so have a look at your contract. I will have a tile meeting soon, but I am in WA, so I cannot speak for other states. It is evident, builders do not like...
The HIA and MBA will always support the builder and not you. Builders are supposed to have regular meetings with you at ...
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domwild
3 July
705
Jul 03, 2020 9:09 am
As often as possible as builders are often guilty of shortcuts. In my case the Afghan bricklayers forgot to add in the 20mm spacers (the need for speed!) to the cavity insulation for the essential air gap in the cavity and despite lots of photos no compensation was offered, just an email to say from...
As often as possible as builders are often guilty of shortcuts. In my case the Afghan bricklayers forgot to add in the 2...
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domwild
23 May
11
May 23, 2020 9:39 am
The company also says there has to be a 50mm overlap, top sheet over lower, the overlap has to be taped, that is a must and then the co. says it should also be taped around windows and doors?! One bag of spacers plus one tape per roll of insulation has to be ordered. Just watch it being delivered?
The company also says there has to be a 50mm overlap, top sheet over lower, the overlap has to be taped, that is a must ...
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domwild
22 May
9
May 22, 2020 5:48 pm
Watch the outer leaf being done and insist on one 20mm spacer biscuit every second brick tie. Take photos like I did as evidence; not that the supervisor bothered to reply after I contacted his "buffer".
Watch the outer leaf being done and insist on one 20mm spacer biscuit every second brick tie. Take photos like I did as ...
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domwild
22 May
9
May 22, 2020 9:57 am
Both are worded for the benefit of the builder and not the client and you have no choice anyway. One builder had his own idea of first progress payment, which is outside HIA/MBA guidelines, e.g., $5,000 down and first progress payment on slab-down. I like that, but then the productreview forum gave ...
Both are worded for the benefit of the builder and not the client and you have no choice anyway. One builder had his own...
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domwild
22 May
6
May 22, 2020 9:50 am
A word of warning here: Watch the brickies as they were lazy with putting in the 20mm spacer bisuits and the company told me, that reduces the R-rating from R 1.8 down to R 1.3 or 1/3, so I have suggested to the builder to give me a refund.
A word of warning here: Watch the brickies as they were lazy with putting in the 20mm spacer bisuits and the company tol...
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domwild
22 May
701
May 22, 2020 9:45 am
Norfolk had us all worried with his statement re responsibility, but he is a realist and shows us the duties of his/hers for upt to 15 builds. In my case the supervisor has not told the truth, but I managed to get evidence beforehand. He has not given me his mobile, so like in the navy, he is using ...
Norfolk had us all worried with his statement re responsibility, but he is a realist and shows us the duties of his/hers...
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domwild
21 May
692
May 21, 2020 8:59 am
As a pensioner I have the privilege to look at the site nearly every day and how owners can trust builders to not cut corners beats me. So far I have noticed: 1 The cavity insulation was supposed to have spacer biscuits inserted every second wall tie, not done until I complained. The supervisor said...
As a pensioner I have the privilege to look at the site nearly every day and how owners can trust builders to not cut co...
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domwild
19 May
1
May 19, 2020 5:39 pm
Hi, A new build in Bentley (WA) and the rafters were inspected by a roofing carpenter and he expressed doubts as far as the span was concerned. From the support by the internal bricks to the first intermediate support I measured 3120mm for the span. The roof is Colorbond. I have not measured the spa...
Hi, A new build in Bentley (WA) and the rafters were inspected by a roofing carpenter and he expressed doubts as far as ...
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domwild
14 May
691
May 14, 2020 9:42 am
NewChoice Developments (Perth) has it in the contract not to enter the building site without the manager, which is absolute rubbish as the manager has other things to do. It looks like builders try to avoid scrutiny by the owners. As a pensioner I go there as often as possible and have found one pro...
NewChoice Developments (Perth) has it in the contract not to enter the building site without the manager, which is absol...
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domwild
6 April
72
Apr 06, 2020 10:17 am
Exhaust all the public institutions there are, you paid for building insurance, perhaps they pay, the Builders Registration Board, the HIA (Housing Industry Association), the Architect's Board you have already tried, etc. A good friend of mine told me many years back, unless the damage is greater th...
Exhaust all the public institutions there are, you paid for building insurance, perhaps they pay, the Builders Registrat...
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domwild
6 April
1
Apr 06, 2020 10:06 am
Such a manual gate will cost me about $4,500 fully installed and in alu, so I decided to go partial DIY. The dimensions of the alu RHS are as follows and are suggested by commercial gate manufacturers: Bottom post: 100x50x3, 5600 long with a 400mm tail for a possible motor installation Verticals and...
Such a manual gate will cost me about $4,500 fully installed and in alu, so I decided to go partial DIY. The dimensions ...
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domwild
6 March
5
Mar 06, 2020 9:43 am
You are correct, 75mm slab is correct for soil types xyz, but having been told that this also gives the builder tolerances plus some builders drop the slab down to 50mm or less, bad news.
You are correct, 75mm slab is correct for soil types xyz, but having been told that this also gives the builder toleranc...
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domwild
5 March
3
Mar 05, 2020 10:25 am
Sorry, each builder has their own specification for a cheap standard build, such as without wall painting, only showers tiled to 2000, 28c bricks instead of 31c, 75mm (bad!) slab instead of 100mm, R4 insulation, etc., so you will pay dearly to force any builder to follow your specification with your...
Sorry, each builder has their own specification for a cheap standard build, such as without wall painting, only showers ...
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domwild
5 March
22
Mar 05, 2020 10:06 am
Found two small concrete segments so far from an old leach drain on this "new" building block. If there was a house before with a leach drain, then they simply used all that rubbish to bulk up the future building site? If there was never a house before, then dumping building rubbish on fut...
Found two small concrete segments so far from an old leach drain on this new building block. If there was a house before...
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domwild
19 February
3
Feb 19, 2020 10:08 am
Thanks chippy for help. Much appreciated. Would you recommend it on a westerly wall? It seems to give you R1.3 insulation.
Thanks chippy for help. Much appreciated. Would you recommend it on a westerly wall? It seems to give you R1.3 insulation.
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domwild
19 February
1
Feb 19, 2020 9:29 am
Hi, My builder is suggesting Kingspan aircell Permicav XV cavity wall insulation on our NW side. The cavity is only 50mm wide, the product is 5.5mm thick. On the company's video, I do see the finished external wall, but no brick ties seem to be visible, which is strange? I believe they are a must, s...
Hi, My builder is suggesting Kingspan aircell Permicav XV cavity wall insulation on our NW side. The cavity is only 50mm...
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domwild
1 February
1146
Feb 01, 2020 8:37 pm
Doctor tells me in 95% of homes the gov. support workers will not work in due to OH&S regulations re doors, which are too small or corridors unsuitable for wheelchairs, walkers, etc., toilets and showers too small. Keep that in mind if you are one of the wrinklies or crumblies like myself.
Doctor tells me in 95% of homes the gov. support workers will not work in due to OHS regulations re doors, which are too...
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domwild
1 February
5
Feb 01, 2020 8:26 pm
Thanks, chippy and everybody for help. You put my mind at rest.
Thanks, chippy and everybody for help. You put my mind at rest.
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domwild
1 February
3
Feb 01, 2020 5:19 pm
Thanks for answer, StructuralGuy. Problem is, the soil tester dug a few holes for his report and did not report anything. Question is: Who pays for the removal of anything, which is not sand?
Thanks for answer, StructuralGuy. Problem is, the soil tester dug a few holes for his report and did not report anything...
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