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Stewie D
Stewie D
28 March 2015

fowler homes - infinity cables

fowler homes - infinity cables

I seem to recall a batch of faulty 3/4" copper pipe brought in from Asia about 25 years ago that was quickly taken off the market. The thickness of the pipe varied widely…

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Stewie D
Mar 28, 2015 10:21 pm
Anna 50
Anna 50
28 March 2015

Playing One Off Against The Other?

Playing One Off Against The Other?

Can these extras be requested at tender stage? We have signed the Tender and are waiting for plans.

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Anna 50
Mar 28, 2015 6:36 pm
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koston44
Mar 28, 2015 7:32 am
koston44
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
27 March 2015

fly ash and concrete

fly ash and concrete

A concrete scientist.... Hmmm would love to pick your brains about a few things. I've had a lot of fun with light weight and thin high strength concrete stuff.. A bit of a…

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onc_artisan
Mar 27, 2015 10:25 pm
onc_artisan
Dukecaddy
Dukecaddy
27 March 2015

Polishing old concrete

Polishing old concrete

Hi Stefi, From my research it is definitely possible to polish old concrete, the company that did our house (new build) have plenty of photos on their website/FB page…

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Dukecaddy
Mar 27, 2015 7:17 pm
Dukecaddy
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
26 March 2015

H2 partcicle board v 19mm yellow tongue particle board

H2 partcicle board v 19mm yellow tongue particle board

Out of interest, is there much between the 2 prices when PC's are added. It is OK to provide a longer list of PC amounts as long as it is a…

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Leksie5000
Mar 26, 2015 8:33 am
insider
insider
24 March 2015

Building inspector recommendations.

Building inspector recommendations.

Building Expert on this forum would be my choice as well.

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insider
Mar 24, 2015 10:50 pm
33amc
33amc
23 March 2015

Building licence

Building licence

Look up the building commissions website in the state you are in. Licence classes vary from state to state

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33amc
Mar 23, 2015 10:09 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
23 March 2015

Where to get sawdust

Where to get sawdust

Tannin in timber is what gives it its colour so anything that will affect that would be the way to go. Bleach maybe ?? Or a google search will turn up a few home cooked…

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Stewie D
Mar 23, 2015 9:31 pm
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mgilla
Mar 23, 2015 8:59 pm
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ownerbuilder72
Mar 22, 2015 9:14 pm
ownerbuilder72
Stewie D
Stewie D
22 March 2015

Where do I start???

Where do I start???

Log into your local councils website and download their LEP and DCP ( Local Environmental Plan and Development Control Plan ). Familiarise yourself with their relevant…

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Stewie D
Mar 22, 2015 11:56 am
Zarinafly
Zarinafly
21 March 2015

Hebel external aging

Hebel external aging

Hi, Rawson Homes at Kellyville has the Benham 30 in Hebel. It's been there for at least 1 yr if not more.

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Zarinafly
Mar 21, 2015 3:57 pm
Pyrgiotisa
Pyrgiotisa
21 March 2015

Colour challenged!

Colour challenged!

Windows, eaves and trim.. Not the brick work

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Pyrgiotisa
Mar 21, 2015 9:25 am
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
21 March 2015

Solartile vs solar panel

Solartile vs solar panel

I don't have any experience with the Monier product, but I do have experience with Tractile. A very well engineered product. Has the added advantage of having thermal as…

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1960sModernistHome
Mar 21, 2015 7:33 am
1960sModernistHome
aloenyx
aloenyx
20 March 2015

Whirlybirds & Roof Ventilation - Do you need it?

Whirlybirds & Roof Ventilation - Do you need it?

Thanks for the responses. Don't think my estate will allow whirlybirds. I'm thinking the easiest thing will be to do nothing while building (since its just one more thing…

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aloenyx
Mar 20, 2015 9:43 pm
aloenyx
qebtel
qebtel
20 March 2015

fixed

fixed

What is the easement for, and is the man hole inclusive of that easement? In Qld, the onus is on the purchasor to make discovery of all relevant features of the land, …

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qebtel
Mar 20, 2015 3:11 pm
Ilaeria
Ilaeria
19 March 2015

Multiples of the same house design in the same street

Multiples of the same house design in the same street

My neighbour is also Plantation (like me) and while their design is different and garage is on opposite side, they have the same roof and bricks! But we have front render…

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Ilaeria
Mar 19, 2015 10:39 pm
Ilaeria
Aussie141414
Aussie141414
19 March 2015

KDR - Sell trees on block

KDR - Sell trees on block

Cheers Loza, Yeah the demo people have their own insurance to cover that damage. Thanks for the tips of posting on gumtree. Will look into that option. :)

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Aussie141414
Mar 19, 2015 8:03 pm
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
19 March 2015

Comparing tenders and builders

Comparing tenders and builders

You can probably assume $150-250 an hour and you might want to sit down with them for a few hours. Plus another few hours if you want a formal report.

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1960sModernistHome
Mar 19, 2015 8:00 pm
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
19 March 2015

Residential vs Commercial downlights... much difference?

Residential vs Commercial downlights... much difference?

Those Sunny ones are alright for the price but personally I would rather spend $65 on the JSB ones - they are good. With respect to electricians, they're good at…

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1960sModernistHome
Mar 19, 2015 7:57 pm
1960sModernistHome
arms38
arms38
19 March 2015

Solar tiles

Solar tiles

Researched and had tender done on these during early stages last year. 2.5 kW was around $22000, hard to use when an on roof system is a fifth of that price. Bristile…

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arms38
Mar 19, 2015 12:42 pm
+Tbrown2012
+Tbrown2012
18 March 2015

Idea's for wall between Activity and Living rooms please!!!

Idea's for wall between Activity and Living rooms please!!!

Hey Tbrown, is your house based on the Stonleigh by Dale Alcock?? We are building that house with some alterations.... mainly creating a powder…

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+Tbrown2012
Mar 18, 2015 3:49 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
18 March 2015

Concrete Slab House vs Raised Timber Floor House

Concrete Slab House vs Raised Timber Floor House

yeah we would definitely be putting in underfloor insulation if we go ahead with this design, just seems to hard to get builders that seem confident in…

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Stewie D
Mar 18, 2015 11:34 am
MnT
MnT
17 March 2015

Copyright - how to calculate 10% difference

Copyright - how to calculate 10% difference

I agree with PAB_34. If they don't agree to hand over the plans without changes you may have to make changes to what you consider is enough and ask them to then sign it…

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MnT
Mar 17, 2015 8:40 pm
MnT
FantasticFour
FantasticFour
17 March 2015

Offsetting of window

Offsetting of window

From memory from my first double story build the lower levels are fine, the upper levels have a viewing arc of sorts applied to them depending on their position to…

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FantasticFour
Mar 17, 2015 5:40 pm
johnn
johnn
17 March 2015

Retiling house advice!

Retiling house advice!

Hi Stewie, Thanks for the further info. I had a look last night and can't see any expansion joints. I couldn't see any larger gaps that were left in between the tiles,…

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johnn
Mar 17, 2015 4:10 pm
building-expert
building-expert
16 March 2015

Water close to foundations

Water close to foundations

No I didn't have my own inspector. If I have to build again I think I would change lots of things. What kind of expertise? I was thinking…

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building-expert
Mar 16, 2015 9:59 am
building-expert
lozza99
lozza99
15 March 2015

Building house with ants around and inside of house.

Building house with ants around and inside of house.

A spray like that probably won't achieve a great deal. You are better off determining if they are sugar or protein-liking ants and using an appropriate good poison that…

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lozza99
Mar 15, 2015 5:44 pm
Joker
Joker
14 March 2015

Tiling advice

Tiling advice

Is the bedrooms a step down into, if so u can raise carpet level just before doors quite simply, we did and u cant tell , makes rooms appear level.

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Joker
Mar 14, 2015 8:57 am
nipper76
nipper76
13 March 2015

Berstan homes - Feedback positive and negative??

Berstan homes - Feedback positive and negative??

Looking for reviews or any experiences with this builder thanks

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nipper76
Mar 13, 2015 10:55 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
13 March 2015

Sheds

Sheds

Oh @Lynne that sounds nearly like what I'm doing. But only a 10K l tank. If you get pics please post them would love to see it. @Melsie68 it'll have to be a min 200 mm…

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Crazyk
Mar 13, 2015 10:13 pm
Crazyk
bpratt
bpratt
12 March 2015

Colourbond roof ventilation - whirly bird - comments?

Colourbond roof ventilation - whirly bird - comments?
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My solar powered one is equivalent to 30 whirly birds, the more air you can pull out of your roof the better through summer. Just be sure your eaves a ventilated so that…

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bpratt
Mar 12, 2015 10:58 pm
Decka
Decka
12 March 2015

Building on own land

Building on own land

If you buy the land think about getting the soil test yourself, that way you will own it and can provide it to other builders if required. Alternatively if you pay the…

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Decka
Mar 12, 2015 7:23 pm
Decka
mgilla
mgilla
11 March 2015

Fixing Cornice

Fixing Cornice

If you can get access to the roof space where the gap between cornice and ceiling is pop the sheet off the truss and pack it down however far you need too. Then re screw…

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mgilla
Mar 11, 2015 10:49 pm
vomiec
vomiec
11 March 2015

Can you turn a Indoor Table to a Outdoor Table

Can you turn a Indoor Table to a Outdoor Table

Yes, it depends on humidity. The table may get warped slightly because of the variations in the humidity & moisture levels. I think you should better sell it, if not going…

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vomiec
Mar 11, 2015 8:22 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
10 March 2015

Prime Cost on MBA Contract

Prime Cost on MBA Contract

Yes the contract clearly states that builders margin is already included in the contract price. On the other hand if your stove cost $2500 does the builder need to apply…

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Crazyk
Mar 10, 2015 8:22 pm
Crazyk
bpratt
bpratt
10 March 2015

Copyrights on house design rules and regs

Copyrights on house design rules and regs

Having looked at what must at least 20 display homes we have found that many of them are of a very similar style anyway. We have taken a…

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bpratt
Mar 10, 2015 12:09 pm
namz
namz
10 March 2015

Hot water system repair\replacement

Hot water system repair\replacement

Hi guys , Our Dux Sunpro Prodigy 3 HWS has been giving us problems since last few days ago i.e. was only getting warm water instead of hot one , we got a local plumber…

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namz
Mar 10, 2015 12:06 pm
K4neX
K4neX
10 March 2015

Painter recommendation in Mooroolbark

Painter recommendation in Mooroolbark

Hello everyone, just want to know if any one can recommend a painter in the Mooroolbark area in Victoria? Cheers!

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K4neX
Mar 10, 2015 10:10 am
TheBigHouse
TheBigHouse
9 March 2015

How to avoid concreting disasters

How to avoid concreting disasters

Yikes. That one is nothing but a disaster. Reminds me of a time I paid someone (cheap) to build a besser block retaining wall. It was not level and quite wavy, I think he…

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TheBigHouse
Mar 09, 2015 5:09 pm
Handy007
Handy007
8 March 2015

johns construtions

johns construtions

It would help what location your are in?

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Handy007
Mar 08, 2015 10:21 pm
1st-timers
1st-timers
8 March 2015

What Do You Make Of This?

What Do You Make Of This?

It wouldn't be the first time a company ( building or otherwise ) has pointed out the shortcomings of their…

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1st-timers
Mar 08, 2015 3:49 pm
building-expert
building-expert
7 March 2015

Spreadsheets & Checklists

Spreadsheets & Checklists
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This forum is for sharing information, experiences and opinions in the hope of assisting others or learning from others. Great contribution Stewie!

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building-expert
Mar 07, 2015 4:04 pm
building-expert
willpower
willpower
6 March 2015

Help with roofing job - details

Help with roofing job - details

Rust spots after 3 weeks is ridiculous! What kind of rust did it look like? Were they tiny little spots? Do you notice any little metal shavings nearby? It's very common…

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willpower
Mar 06, 2015 11:34 pm
willpower
Jason007
Jason007
4 March 2015

Driveway Non Compliant - Help...

Driveway Non Compliant - Help...
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I'd be getting the builder to sort out the mess they caused, drop the drive to within driveway gradient levels, increase height of garage door…

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Jason007
Mar 04, 2015 10:30 pm


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