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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
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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

Hi all, I will be installing a retaining wall and an agpipe behind it as shown on my sketch below. There is stormwater? pipe sticking out on the other side where the…

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jjcp
Dec 07, 2014 2:08 pm
marioklepo
marioklepo
5 December 2014

Second storey offset

Second storey offset

Tx S. We are in the City of Moonee Valley (Essendon VIC). My best guess is 1.5 or 2.0 metre offset.

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marioklepo
Dec 05, 2014 5:52 pm
building inspector
building inspector
4 December 2014

A question for painters

A question for painters

Depends on the substrate being painted. If it is gyprock then normal spec would be a water based sealer then two coats of acrylic. Sometimes the sealer ca be tinted. If it…

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building inspector
Dec 04, 2014 10:50 pm
building inspector
Stewie D
Stewie D
4 December 2014

Eave width and overhang

Eave width and overhang

It sounds to me like something is out of square or not parallel. I think the builder has tried to fudge something like lining up the new walls with the old. This is part…

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Stewie D
Dec 04, 2014 12:59 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
4 December 2014

Untitled Land to change Nominees

Untitled Land to change Nominees

It is a legal matter. Speak to your solicitor rather than ask on an internet forum. Stewie

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Stewie D
Dec 04, 2014 9:03 am
welby
welby
3 December 2014

Neighbors retaining wall

Neighbors retaining wall

The only bad news is i'm likely to never see a fence in the near future as the guy dosn't have a time frame in which a…

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welby
Dec 03, 2014 4:28 pm
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
3 December 2014

Urgently seeking expert help! :).

Urgently seeking expert help! :).
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So true! Bless him. I do however feel the design *will* be better in the end... if we can afford it! While I referred to the original design as perfect there are a few…

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Leksie5000
Dec 03, 2014 11:22 am
building-expert
building-expert
2 December 2014

New house - Home and contents Insurance near the ocean

New house - Home and contents Insurance near the ocean

I have more to worry about than most, 4 M from king tide and 1M elevation and don't think anyone will insure that. But that's life and you have to take your chances.…

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building-expert
Dec 02, 2014 11:08 pm
building-expert
dalemengel
dalemengel
2 December 2014

Urban Edge Homes sidecost

Urban Edge Homes sidecost

Hi Selina. I assume you mean site costs rather than side costs?? Depends on your soil test, slope of land etc. You need to find out exactly what each builder is allowing…

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dalemengel
Dec 02, 2014 9:40 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
2 December 2014

Strong dank smell in hallway

Strong dank smell in hallway

If you have possums up there as per your other post there is a good chance this is where the smell is coming from. Possums sometimes sleep in our roof space and the little…

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Stewie D
Dec 02, 2014 8:13 am
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
1 December 2014

Whole house water filters?

Whole house water filters?

I think its a time thing. But agree with what you say. I see some have them while others don't.

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Saint Mike
Dec 01, 2014 10:07 am
Saint Mike
NiMa
NiMa
1 December 2014

Rheem 26 - Solar / Gas Hot Water System

Rheem 26 - Solar / Gas Hot Water System

Thanks for you reply. A guy came from Rheem and said nothing wrong with the unit. He said if the Relief Valve is warm or hot, that means solar is working. He completed…

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NiMa
Dec 01, 2014 8:58 am
cubshome
cubshome
30 November 2014

Anyone has NBN installed in Melbourne South East?

Anyone has NBN installed in Melbourne South East?

Nbn installation is free as the government pays for it. But this is only the installation of pulling the fibre through the lead-in conduit (you have to pay for the…

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cubshome
Nov 30, 2014 9:49 am
Handy007
Handy007
30 November 2014

B&P Report , major defect subflooring

B&P Report , major defect subflooring

Hi, You image links are not working? Anything to do with sub floor will require a few dollars and also trying to find builders that will work in samll and tight areas…

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Handy007
Nov 30, 2014 9:16 am
zak83
zak83
30 November 2014

Builders License confusion

Builders License confusion

Hi sorry to dig up old post but I was looking at going for my builder licence. I have done some unit developments with a builder and now will be doing one as owner builder…

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zak83
Nov 30, 2014 12:02 am
JB1
JB1
29 November 2014

project builder vs owner builder ?

project builder vs owner builder ?

Glad to hear things are going well Nectar, I didn't take time off work, but did had a few late starts at work. Good luck, but I think you're pushing it if you're trying…

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JB1
Nov 29, 2014 7:13 pm
Melsie68
Melsie68
29 November 2014

What does builder's insurance cover, exactly?

What does builder's insurance cover, exactly?

I dont even think the builder knows about the 7 years lol

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Melsie68
Nov 29, 2014 2:01 am
nectar
nectar
28 November 2014

Council inspectors

Council inspectors

General yes you do have to let them know as they 'control' the site and access. And yes absolutely they must rectify any defects. Read your contract and see what it says…

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nectar
Nov 28, 2014 9:58 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
28 November 2014

Builder pulls out prior to job completion

Builder pulls out prior to job completion

We had a guy over the road's builder go belly up - the Registration/Insurance people just appointed a new builder to finish the job. He then went broke ... truly ... and…

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Saint Mike
Nov 28, 2014 3:17 pm
Saint Mike
Wazza773
Wazza773
28 November 2014

Anybody know how easy it is to get a Street Sign moved

Anybody know how easy it is to get a Street Sign moved

Looks like we now don't need the signed to be moved, as the developers have worked with the Owners of the Pit and they have agree to move it so it is in the same location…

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Wazza773
Nov 28, 2014 1:10 pm
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cbm31
Nov 27, 2014 6:55 pm
Beazley77
Beazley77
27 November 2014

3x2 or 4x2 in Calleya, WA

3x2 or 4x2 in Calleya, WA

Hi Daniel Personally, I'd go 3 x 2. I think most of the 4 bed design rooms are too small when one dimension is often only 2.8m across. That for instance, would only leave…

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Beazley77
Nov 27, 2014 6:31 pm
Beazley77
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
27 November 2014

Guttering or sheeting first?

Guttering or sheeting first?

Trimming the rafters to exact lengths (if not done already), Installing fascia brackets and installing gutter brackets can be more difficult if done after the roof…

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Beetaloo
Nov 27, 2014 4:38 pm
Beetaloo

I feel like people are mis-interpreting the OPs idea for a verandah. I dont think they are referring to the floor level. They are referring to the roof level. The third…

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Tristanium
Nov 26, 2014 9:28 pm
Tristanium
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Saint Mike
Nov 26, 2014 8:19 am
Saint Mike
foot-print
foot-print
25 November 2014

Noise insulation for apartment unit

Noise insulation for apartment unit

Hi there, There are few things you can upgrade besides double glazing. For your door, you can place seals around it, and a real under the door. like raven seals. for…

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foot-print
Nov 25, 2014 9:46 pm
foot-print
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
25 November 2014

Fixing wooden shelving to Metal framed house

Fixing wooden shelving to Metal framed house

In my kitchen reno I did about 15 years ago, I lined the walls behind the cupboards with structural plywood (the plywood is fixed to studs). This way I did not need to…

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Beetaloo
Nov 25, 2014 12:24 pm
Beetaloo
33amc
33amc
23 November 2014

Plywood bracing with m12 rod

Plywood bracing with m12 rod

Hi, Do they show a bracing table with calculated values? What is your wind rating? Generally speaking it should be an M12 bolt not rod. You don't need to necessarily…

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33amc
Nov 23, 2014 7:04 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
23 November 2014

LED downlighting effect on insulation effectiveness

LED downlighting effect on insulation effectiveness

I remember reading somewhere ( maybe even on these forums ) that if your insulation installation is 5% defective ie gaps, holes etc then you lose 50% of its effectiveness.…

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Stewie D
Nov 23, 2014 5:29 pm
seano
seano
21 November 2014

Getting carpets cleaned when moving out

Getting carpets cleaned when moving out

When we moved into our current house, the previous owners did the bare minimum. Oven wasn't cleaned, the rest of the kitchen was wiped down. Carpets weren't cleaned, but…

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seano
Nov 21, 2014 8:06 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
21 November 2014

Painting at pump room

Painting at pump room

Sería más fácil si usted hace esta pregunta en español o portugués? Sin saber lo que es la pintura original es el mayor problema. Puede que tenga que pintar el…

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Stewie D
Nov 21, 2014 6:41 pm

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