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Team PD
Team PD
27 March 2014

New Porter Davis Display - Saltwater Coast

New Porter Davis Display - Saltwater Coast

On display at Saltwater Coast is our brand new Brookwater design from our Prestige range which will be in fierce competition with the Waldorf and no doubt super…

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Team PD
Mar 26, 2014 11:57 pm
Team PD
Stewie D
Stewie D
26 March 2014

Building Costs increase in last 10 years

Building Costs increase in last 10 years

Using historical sales results of individual houses to gauge price increases is misleading as the land values have increased. Builders do not build the…

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Stewie D
Mar 26, 2014 1:16 pm
wwwhistler
wwwhistler
26 March 2014

cant decide to build or renovate

cant decide to build or renovate

I've lived in both Holland Park and Rochedale, and am now building in Rochedale. We renovated a lovely post-war in Holland Park - a great investment. But for us, long…

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wwwhistler
Mar 26, 2014 12:57 pm
jenathome
jenathome
26 March 2014

Party Wall issue

Party Wall issue

ok, now I understand. So isn't it just a case of having weepholes and flashings just above the lower roof? That way any excess moisture could leave through the weepholes…

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jenathome
Mar 26, 2014 9:35 am
jenathome
cornellengineers
cornellengineers
25 March 2014

VCAT (Victoria) - helpful for building dispute resolution?

VCAT (Victoria) - helpful for building dispute resolution?

Hi kats_meow I've been the engineer that provided evidence to tribunals in Queensland a few times. From what I have seen, the tribunals offer an excellent service when all…

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cornellengineers
Mar 25, 2014 8:31 pm
cornellengineers
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hash_nanay
Mar 25, 2014 5:47 pm
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nemisis
Mar 25, 2014 11:02 am
hgmonaro
hgmonaro
25 March 2014

Instant hot water not holding temp - told it's normal??

Instant hot water not holding temp - told it's normal??

we have one and it does what your experiencing if the flow is too slow. The way we operate it is set the temp to 44ish and pretty much use 'full hot' (I use a little bit…

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hgmonaro
Mar 25, 2014 8:47 am
beknjohn
beknjohn
24 March 2014

Bunnings Zone Blinds

Bunnings Zone Blinds

We have looked at zone blinds as they relatively inexpensive. But I will keep this in mind. Iseekblinds seems to be better value.

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beknjohn
Mar 24, 2014 6:31 am
beknjohn
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
23 March 2014

Raising fence height - legality?

Raising fence height - legality?

There's heights and heights. Colour bond often comes in two heights - I think it might be 1.8 and 1.6. Not sure. But - many people "raise" it by having treated sleepers…

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Saint Mike
Mar 23, 2014 2:49 pm
Saint Mike
DomGu3053078
DomGu3053078
22 March 2014

Painting a stainless steel garden shed

Painting a stainless steel garden shed

Need help with what process we should follow to ensure the paint sticks and does not peel later. We have scoured the shed and are unsure whether to add a primer like…

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DomGu3053078
Mar 22, 2014 11:25 am
mwccl
mwccl
21 March 2014

Should I mirror my design? Advice on house orientation pls.

Should I mirror my design? Advice on house orientation pls.
1, 2, 3

I'm a bit late to join the fray, but thought I'd dare offer you a little support! I wonder if you have already made your decision. We…

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mwccl
Mar 21, 2014 2:58 pm
Nibbles55
Nibbles55
21 March 2014

Best insulation for flat metal roof

Best insulation for flat metal roof

Thanks Stewie. Good news is the leak didn't recur in last night's showers, though I had the bucket lined up in case, so I am not so stressed about everything. I also…

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Nibbles55
Mar 21, 2014 10:35 am
bpratt
bpratt
21 March 2014

Brimbank Gardens, Derrimut VIC

Brimbank Gardens, Derrimut VIC
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Hi bpratt, Appreciate your suggestion wrt the buffer zones. Just to clarify a couple of points you've commented…

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bpratt
Mar 21, 2014 10:24 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
21 March 2014

Linking 2 water tanks, why doesn't this work?

Linking 2 water tanks, why doesn't this work?

Is the smaller tank's outlet valve that supplies the pump(s) a 32 mm valve or do you have a 32 mm (27 mm ID) poly pipe connected to a 1" or even a 3/4" outlet valve?

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SaveH2O
Mar 21, 2014 9:58 am
SaveH2O
Stewie D
Stewie D
21 March 2014

Polished Concrete - No VOC sealers

Polished Concrete - No VOC sealers

If I was your concreter I'd stick to the products I know so I could guarantee them. I'm betting that he'd be reticent about using something that the owner supplied or…

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Stewie D
Mar 21, 2014 9:07 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
21 March 2014

Advice about video door phone

Advice about video door phone

SoChabran , if you get limited replies here you might get more if you post it in the Home Theatre and Automation dept where the tech heads seem to haunt more often…

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Stewie D
Mar 21, 2014 8:28 am
snandan
snandan
20 March 2014

Handover Inspection Companies - Brisbane

Handover Inspection Companies - Brisbane

My apologies, I have been able to make contact with Paul Robetrs. I have booked our new house inspection with him. :)

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snandan
Mar 20, 2014 7:33 pm
D101
D101
20 March 2014

Wallpaper coming off

Wallpaper coming off

My son has managed to grab a loose piece of wall paper at one of the corners and used to pry a flap of it partially off the wall. I was wondering what kind of glue should…

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D101
Mar 20, 2014 10:39 am
Jase_Dave
Jase_Dave
19 March 2014

PlantationHomes - after signing, always goes to voicemail??

PlantationHomes - after signing, always goes to voicemail??

Also disagree. Of course they can't pick up most of the time... They get paid to see clients with face to face bookings which generally take hours. Our experience with…

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Jase_Dave
Mar 19, 2014 9:19 pm
Jase_Dave
Paul1965
Paul1965
19 March 2014

Septic Systems Requirements in WA

Septic Systems Requirements in WA

Is it possible to provide just the type of the septic system you are going to install, in my case, a standard leach system, without nominating a particular plumber up…

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Paul1965
Mar 19, 2014 6:00 pm
Prometheus
Prometheus
19 March 2014

Who "owns" plans etc submitted for Planning Permit.

Who "owns" plans etc submitted for Planning Permit.

I ended up walking away from the two of them and got it all redesigned by someone else. You live and learn. The draftsman works out of Altona Meadows, a large man with a…

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Prometheus
Mar 19, 2014 5:51 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
19 March 2014

Is this a rip off ?

Is this a rip off ?

Bathrooms can be expensive. I'd be wary of the one that doesn't go into detail. Anything not there is NOT included !!! If its meant to be done make sure its in writing.…

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Saint Mike
Mar 19, 2014 9:45 am
Saint Mike
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
19 March 2014

Guide To Standards and Tolerances

Guide To Standards and Tolerances
1, 2

That is correct. Of interest, a murky area is the BCA's 'performance requirement' (section 2 of the BCA). The NSW High Front Guttering Advisory Committee Report that was…

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SaveH2O
Mar 19, 2014 9:05 am
SaveH2O
Stewie D
Stewie D
19 March 2014

ply bracing -forever boards

ply bracing -forever boards

Over the years I've seen quite a few types of vinyl cladding and associated weatherboard looking products come on the market. Some of them are far better than others but…

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Stewie D
Mar 19, 2014 7:41 am
mwccl
mwccl
18 March 2014

Your inputs for our bathroom reno ...

Your inputs for our bathroom reno ...

I would also personally keep the toilet and bathroom separate unless it is an ensuite. If you go to most display homes, that is how they are usually designed and I am sure…

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mwccl
Mar 18, 2014 4:45 pm
EmyN
EmyN
18 March 2014

New house/Tiles cracking

New house/Tiles cracking

That does sound concerning. I'd probably get an independent building inspector.

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EmyN
Mar 18, 2014 2:23 pm
EmyN
Liliana
Liliana
18 March 2014

The renovator's survival guide

The renovator's survival guide

::lol:: She beat me to it! Though I have been thinking about writing a play in David Williamson style called "The Builder". Don't tempt me. ::smile:: I like Amanda Falconer's…

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Liliana
Mar 18, 2014 1:23 pm
Super Nes
Super Nes
17 March 2014

Another Question About the Biscay display home

Another Question About the Biscay display home

Just ask the sales rep who is in there They're usually very helpful and will divulge that information

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Super Nes
Mar 17, 2014 8:40 pm
KB_PETERS
KB_PETERS
17 March 2014

Studio M/Envisage not working?????

Studio M/Envisage not working?????

Hi all trying to get the Studio M/Envisage program to work, when i am trying to select a facade to edit the pictures are just loading and dont appear to come up so i am…

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KB_PETERS
Mar 17, 2014 1:04 pm
IssyandOzzy
IssyandOzzy
16 March 2014

Help with exterior colors please!

Help with exterior colors please!

Hi Steevo, Im Issy and Im new to this. Have you used this website to help you pick out colours with the house? http://colorbond.autech.com.au/onlinevisualiser/ This…

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IssyandOzzy
Mar 16, 2014 9:40 pm
mgilla
mgilla
15 March 2014

Help!! Blueboard wall is cracking up

Help!! Blueboard wall is cracking up

My first thought also, been using it for 30 odd years and never once seen it turn into…

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mgilla
Mar 15, 2014 2:30 pm
Sunshine2013
Sunshine2013
15 March 2014

Concrete vs Clay Bricks

Concrete vs Clay Bricks

Hi All, We are down to selecting bricks for our construction, and are deciding between a clay brick vs concrete brick. We are looking for a grey/silver brick and have…

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Sunshine2013
Mar 15, 2014 12:05 pm
Sunshine2013
Alexvi05
Alexvi05
14 March 2014

kitchen colour selections - urgent help please

kitchen colour selections - urgent help please

Hi Vetra, Congratulations on your new home! If you dont mind are you able to post pics of your kitchen as ive picked similar colours on our selection. Thanks heaps.

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Alexvi05
Mar 14, 2014 6:59 pm
ScottsRx
ScottsRx
14 March 2014

Any feedback on our design

Any feedback on our design

Great design and well transitioned from the old ranch style homes. The ensuite looks a little pokey. Is there a way you can lose a little on the bedroom/robe to gain a bit…

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ScottsRx
Mar 14, 2014 11:47 am
ChristinaG_310
ChristinaG_310
12 March 2014

Anyone building Metricon Whittaker or Henderson

Anyone building Metricon Whittaker or Henderson

Hi, We just purchased a land. We are looking at the following designs: Metricon Whittaker 41 or Henderson 42.…

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ChristinaG_310
Mar 12, 2014 7:35 pm
ChristinaG_310
mannyww5
mannyww5
12 March 2014

Patio area concreting

Patio area concreting

Where in Brisbane are you (suburb)?

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mannyww5
Mar 12, 2014 5:29 pm
travelbug
travelbug
12 March 2014

Party wall

Party wall

You need a fire rated wall. Usually a 2 hr rating. You can do this by splitting the house in 2 and building a hebel block or brick wall from the gound (or slab) to the…

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travelbug
Mar 12, 2014 5:20 pm
qebtel
qebtel
12 March 2014

Renovators delight.

Renovators delight.
1, 2, 3

A shining example of the stupidity of modern bureaucracy. there is nothing to save, its a wood pile. If I were the owner, id pop over and scuttle the last few posts…

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qebtel
Mar 12, 2014 9:13 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
9 March 2014

Instant Hot Water System (HWS) - not so instant?

Instant Hot Water System (HWS) - not so instant?

A logical solution TSC and one I've done myself. I know you can buy cheap diverter flaps for waste pipes that would be a classier solution ( forum member SaveH2O has one…

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Stewie D
Mar 09, 2014 1:02 pm
-b1
-b1
9 March 2014

Extending NSW Stamp Duty Rebate Time Period on Vacant Land

Extending NSW Stamp Duty Rebate Time Period on Vacant Land

Is this the new home grant? You've got three months from date of contract to lodge your application for the grant. If it's after the three months, then OSR have a…

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-b1
Mar 09, 2014 10:28 am
-b1
-b1
9 March 2014

Land Title

Land Title

Assuming that you're buying new land with subdivision plans lodged with the titles office. The contract would be conditional on approval of he plans and you usually have 2…

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-b1
Mar 09, 2014 7:12 am
-b1
-b1
9 March 2014

Putting more money on land once deposit has been paid

Putting more money on land once deposit has been paid

The 10% deposit specified in the contract for sale of land (unless agreed to be changed to a lesser amount, commonly 5%) is the 'minimum' deposit payable. There's…

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-b1
Mar 09, 2014 6:52 am
Lourance
Lourance
7 March 2014

Fixed rate lock in question

Fixed rate lock in question

Can always ask but think of it this way. If the rate went up would be happy for the bank to increase your rate without you permission, hense why its a contract. But…

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Lourance
Mar 07, 2014 8:46 pm
tonylin3
tonylin3
7 March 2014

Recommend Drafter in Sydney area

Recommend Drafter in Sydney area

Hi We have recently purchased a small house near Chatswood in Sydney and thinking of doing extension. Can anyone recommend a drafter in the Sydney area that have good…

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tonylin3
Mar 07, 2014 8:11 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
6 March 2014

Tiling dilemma

Tiling dilemma

That will depend on your slab and how well the concreters got it level. If they have done a good job and only has the occasional dip of 5 - 10mm then gluing direct to the…

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Stewie D
Mar 06, 2014 3:46 pm
Trenchman
Trenchman
6 March 2014

Building in Bridgetown WA

Building in Bridgetown WA

Can anyone recommend a small local builder around Bridgetown? We are 60 yrs old and thinking of moving to Bridgetown. Want to build a timber framed home partly because my…

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Trenchman
Mar 06, 2014 9:36 am
Trenchman
oldchippy
oldchippy
5 March 2014

Roof Truss supported by 3 walls?

Roof Truss supported by 3 walls?

Nothing,provided its engineered that way. Roof trusses are designed with cambers and other characteristics for specific loadings etc. eg.you couldn't put a tile roof on a…

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oldchippy
Mar 05, 2014 6:18 pm


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