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Liliana
Liliana
16 January 2015

Plumbing works & Slab Heave issues

Plumbing works & Slab Heave issues

Slab Heave Recipient, You are not a building professional and you can't oversee the plumber's rectification work. Your builder needs to take responsibility for his build…

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Liliana
Jan 16, 2015 4:45 pm
aloenyx
aloenyx
11 January 2015

Mosquitos at front door

Mosquitos at front door

Try some mosquito repellent plants, some lavender in a pot by the front door might help. Good luck!

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aloenyx
Jan 11, 2015 5:58 pm
aloenyx
oldchippy
oldchippy
11 January 2015

Curtain rail falling out of wall

Curtain rail falling out of wall

Just patch the chunk of render that broke away and drill through it and into the brick behind. Much better fixing than into the mortar joint anyway,which would pull out too.

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oldchippy
Jan 11, 2015 10:51 am
patthecat
patthecat
8 January 2015

Wardrobe reveal

Wardrobe reveal

For anyone who may be interested I rang Stegbar ( was hoping to get it done before Stegbar opened this morning) and it needs to be 500mm away from wall. Being put up now, Cheers.

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patthecat
Jan 08, 2015 9:46 am
Tim65
Tim65
7 January 2015

Work Cover NSW

Work Cover NSW

In a word yes, anybody working on any site shout have a white card and be covered by work cover,,it will fall on the main contractor to check if any of his subbies are…

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Tim65
Jan 07, 2015 9:45 am
Tim65
carmer13
carmer13
6 January 2015

Fair trading

Fair trading

Would like to hear peoples experiences with Fair trading? How did the process go for you, how long did it take etc... We are in NSW, mid renovation and about to lodge a…

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carmer13
Jan 06, 2015 8:51 pm
Tristanium
Tristanium
6 January 2015

What is a reasonable time to wait for engineering?

What is a reasonable time to wait for engineering?

Will depend on the workload of the engineer. Could be two weeks, could be eight - they should be able to give you a better idea.

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Tristanium
Jan 06, 2015 7:52 pm
Tristanium
acethekite
acethekite
6 January 2015

Small bedroom - king size bed

Small bedroom - king size bed

Good thing is, the rest of the house looks large. So one small room we can live with. We'll only have a queen in the spare room.

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acethekite
Jan 06, 2015 5:15 pm
tlblhayward
tlblhayward
6 January 2015

3 Year old slab moving, now blamed on Landscaping

3 Year old slab moving, now blamed on Landscaping
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

I like the way you think Branco... the moral of the story, don't drink and then take transport! :)

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tlblhayward
Jan 06, 2015 5:14 pm
tlblhayward
waxinggibbous
waxinggibbous
4 January 2015

Generator dummy

Generator dummy

Unfortunately not much Beetaloo - been away all Xmas and New Year. Trimmed my pier tubes (That is NOT rhyming slang...!) to concrete level - next step is the hiring of…

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waxinggibbous
Jan 04, 2015 6:54 pm
waxinggibbous
mochinme9
mochinme9
4 January 2015

When do people decide to demolish and rebuild?

When do people decide to demolish and rebuild?

For us, we decided to KDR as everything in our existing house would be breaking down and need to be replaced individually which is expensive but adds no value to our oddly…

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mochinme9
Jan 04, 2015 6:49 pm
mochinme9
sharky55_shan
sharky55_shan
4 January 2015

Outdoor Statues - WA

Outdoor Statues - WA

Drovers in Joondalup might be worth a drive. They import from Bali

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sharky55_shan
Jan 04, 2015 1:45 am
sharky55_shan
Stewie D
Stewie D
3 January 2015

Packing Bottom Plate of stud wall due to uneven floor

Packing Bottom Plate of stud wall due to uneven floor

We've shimmed bottom plates like this with treated pine ripped to size and offcuts of laminate and/or alcor folded over to suit. Both of the latter two are non absorbent. Stewie

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Stewie D
Jan 03, 2015 9:47 pm
KathyAJ
KathyAJ
3 January 2015

expanding a kitchen fireplace

expanding a kitchen fireplace

Hello all. We have a c1906 house with brick fireplace that we are renovating. We are happy to put an oven in the existing fireplace, but it is too low to cook comfortably…

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KathyAJ
Jan 03, 2015 8:27 am
AussieMark
AussieMark
1 January 2015

How many days to pay progress payment?

How many days to pay progress payment?

Yes it is definitely not 25% per day. I think what was meant was 25%p.a. charged daily. So this would be 25%/365. On 100K this is about 70 bucks per day (simple not…

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AussieMark
Jan 01, 2015 3:33 pm
Melsie68
Melsie68
1 January 2015

Happy New Year !

Happy New Year !

Happy new year . My partner has alot of dreams. This weeks a boat .a man thing I think .

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Melsie68
Jan 01, 2015 2:16 pm
kassan1973
kassan1973
30 December 2014

Savings - Electricity ?

Savings - Electricity ?
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that sound real cheap to me, who is the supplier? i got email from EA and they are putting up…

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kassan1973
Dec 30, 2014 10:15 pm
dalemengel
dalemengel
30 December 2014

Does this look like asbestos?

Does this look like asbestos?

Sounds good! Just be careful if you plan on disturbing that old concrete under the fireplace. Asbestos was used in some cement products as well, particularly around…

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dalemengel
Dec 30, 2014 1:52 pm
kats_meow
kats_meow
29 December 2014

Small private builder with no idea

Small private builder with no idea

Master Builders won't help - they aren't there for the domestic building consumer. You could consider terminating the contract but that requires expert legal advice and…

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kats_meow
Dec 29, 2014 7:21 pm
building-expert
building-expert
29 December 2014

Terminating contract mid renovation.

Terminating contract mid renovation.

Thank you to those last 3 comments that are completely useless (tlblhayward, Saint Mike, building-expert)! If you actually read my question, I…

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building-expert
Dec 29, 2014 2:29 pm
building-expert
surfprado
surfprado
28 December 2014

Cleaning out deep piers

Cleaning out deep piers

Thanks for the reply guys, I ended up bending a shovel tip and scooping it out, took a while but done the job. Destroyed a good shovel thou ha ha

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surfprado
Dec 28, 2014 10:53 pm
surfprado
jackie99
jackie99
23 December 2014

Adding photos to posts

Adding photos to posts

Just wanted to give everyone an update on the progress of our build - We're at lockup and our independent report came back quite good! Only a few small issues and our SS…

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jackie99
Dec 23, 2014 12:29 pm
CC101
CC101
23 December 2014

Crossover

Crossover

they are identical - except thickness

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CC101
Dec 23, 2014 1:45 am
Beazley77
Beazley77
22 December 2014

Picking a Perth builder

Picking a Perth builder

I wouldn't rely on a review of one builder you built with 30 years ago. Over 30 years they will have changed management and staff ten times over. Every builder has good…

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Beazley77
Dec 22, 2014 5:53 pm
Beazley77
Stewie D
Stewie D
22 December 2014

Water proofing statement of compliance

Water proofing statement of compliance

I'm constantly amazed at the different rules and regs between the states when so much of it should be at a national level. Stewie

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Stewie D
Dec 22, 2014 4:52 pm
Matt1
Matt1
20 December 2014

New Build: Advice on Changing Garage Brickwork after its set

New Build: Advice on Changing Garage Brickwork after its set

I was looking at how this could be done on my new build earlier this week. We already increased the standard height a bit to fit our van in but I discovered it won't fit…

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Matt1
Dec 20, 2014 9:23 am
Matt1
Tim65
Tim65
18 December 2014

MDF in door jams

MDF in door jams

Personally I would not use them for door jambs ,I have in the past when they have been specified but they don't hold the screws that well plus you will need a router/…

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Tim65
Dec 18, 2014 5:53 pm
Tim65
oldchippy
oldchippy
17 December 2014

Pavers have been sealed, but have marks on them !

Pavers have been sealed, but have marks on them !

my bet is that whoever did the sealing brushed around the perimeter,for some reason, then rolled the rest effectively giving the edges an extra coat.

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oldchippy
Dec 17, 2014 10:53 am
Tin28a
Tin28a
16 December 2014

Council approval time.

Council approval time.
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Depends what part of greta your in lol. Good luck with your build. Hopefully yours gets approved quicker then mine. You can go on their website and search in the da…

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Tin28a
Dec 16, 2014 7:02 pm
mixo
mixo
15 December 2014

Solar hot water system

Solar hot water system

I don't think my budget goes out that far to buy an apricus system. mixo

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mixo
Dec 15, 2014 12:59 pm
33amc
33amc
14 December 2014

window sizes

window sizes

Just looking at our plans and then measuring the windows that have been put in our extension by the builder (almost at lock up stage) and the…

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33amc
Dec 14, 2014 4:08 pm
nectar
nectar
14 December 2014

Council PCA vs Independant building inspector

Council PCA vs Independant building inspector

Our ex builder engaged council as the PCA. 2 separate inspectors passed our piers and slab as successful when in fact it was 590mm over the approved height, had no drop…

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nectar
Dec 14, 2014 10:19 am
AussieMark
AussieMark
14 December 2014

Does one own a "customised" design?

Does one own a "customised" design?

For the copyright to attach to you instead of the builder you would not be able to start with their design. You would have to present a fairly good drawing (better than…

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AussieMark
Dec 14, 2014 4:24 am
kats_meow
kats_meow
13 December 2014

over contract period

over contract period

What state are you in? When you say your contract does not have any set liquidated damages, do you mean that clause was not included or there was no amount put in? I…

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kats_meow
Dec 13, 2014 6:37 pm
MyH1Login
MyH1Login
12 December 2014

home group wa and opticomm

home group wa and opticomm

Hi we are in Opticomm area in Vic but assume similar applies: We had $1K in our tender for NBN provision from street to house with additional telephone and 2 data points.…

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MyH1Login
Dec 12, 2014 1:36 am
MyH1Login
33amc
33amc
11 December 2014

Removing a load bearing external wall with low height

Removing a load bearing external wall with low height

Some photos or even the RLW might help What about some sort of external hanging beam? Put the hanging beam on top of the roof sheeting and tie the load up to it with…

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33amc
Dec 11, 2014 9:03 pm

Thanks Stewie. Will have to settle for trying to get a 3d of just the land. Maybe there is a simpler program out there for me to try…

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Lorri
Dec 11, 2014 7:37 pm
Lorri
building inspector
building inspector
11 December 2014

Termite treatment/homeguard - is that the blue paint on slab

Termite treatment/homeguard - is that the blue paint on slab

No, what you have described is just a spray treatment. Homeguard does have a physical blue barrier too but that is not specified in your case. The edge of your slab…

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building inspector
Dec 11, 2014 12:49 am
building inspector
heybeaman
heybeaman
10 December 2014

Sound Proofing Internal Walls - How good is it?

Sound Proofing Internal Walls - How good is it?

Builders are using Pink R2.0 Acousti Therm 75mm batts. Does anyone know how good they are? BTW it doesnt cost much either. Thank you.

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heybeaman
Dec 10, 2014 1:21 pm
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
9 December 2014

If builders and tradespeople are supposedly so incompetent

If builders and tradespeople are supposedly so incompetent
1, 2

Right. This thread is derailing and certain individuals need to consider what is acceptable behaviour here. This is not a forum for throwing out generalised insults no…

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Bluesuede
Dec 09, 2014 11:57 am
Bluesuede
Stewie D
Stewie D
9 December 2014

Possum removal

Possum removal

The males will tend to be loners whereas the females tend to be a bit more social and I'm talking about the big brushtails here. And yeah I agree, the males can stink up…

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Stewie D
Dec 09, 2014 9:56 am
heybeaman
heybeaman
9 December 2014

Sound Proofing Internal Walls - How good is it?

Sound Proofing Internal Walls - How good is it?

Can someone please advice how effective is using R2.0 Pink 75mm - Acousti Therm wall batts to internal walls? Thank you.

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heybeaman
Dec 09, 2014 9:37 am
foot-print
foot-print
8 December 2014

Approx cost of retaining wall

Approx cost of retaining wall

thats about how much i did, to retain the side of my house, i spend $$$$3k on materials, i used concrete block work, sand, cement, rented a mixer, bought an aggline, had…

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foot-print
Dec 08, 2014 11:11 pm
foot-print
qebtel
qebtel
8 December 2014

Is Co-Ownership An Option?

Is Co-Ownership An Option?

No one likes to be but it can happen. It can be beyond people's control. The banks are highly…

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qebtel
Dec 08, 2014 10:48 pm
nectar
nectar
8 December 2014

Independent building inspector

Independent building inspector

Bash worth our builder discovered the breach (significant) and kept right on building contrary to approved plans so although they must rectify as part of the terms of the…

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nectar
Dec 08, 2014 7:06 am
building inspector
building inspector
7 December 2014

Plaster skimming walls?

Plaster skimming walls?

Sounds similar to what we refer to as superfine. Not many people are skilled enough to use it. Basically you apply it with a trowel and polish with a steel trowel negating…

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building inspector
Dec 07, 2014 10:29 pm
building inspector


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