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Stewie D
Stewie D
10 September 2014

Opinion: Single or Double

Opinion: Single or Double

Single level homes are for old folk with hip/knee problems. ::wornout:: Jiminy, You're opening yourself up to some flame mail from some forum…

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Stewie D
Sep 10, 2014 2:03 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
8 September 2014

Structural drawings - how long should they take?

Structural drawings - how long should they take?

It shouldn't take any more than a month at most. It also depends on how busy they are, how big an engineering practice they are and funnily enough the time of year. From…

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Stewie D
Sep 08, 2014 8:45 am
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nectar
Sep 07, 2014 6:15 pm
JB1
JB1
6 September 2014

How much to plaster this?

How much to plaster this?

Get a couple more quotes. Should be much less than $2.5k. A days work, plus another half day to sand. Don't diy plaster if you haven't the experience. Will look pretty…

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JB1
Sep 06, 2014 2:53 am
qebtel
qebtel
5 September 2014

Loud banging noise at night

Loud banging noise at night

Has anyone come across a loud banging noise that occurs mostly at night and is loud enough to wake us up anywhere between 10-20 times a…

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qebtel
Sep 05, 2014 10:52 am
notremaison
notremaison
4 September 2014

Opticomm - Would you choose Telstra?

Opticomm - Would you choose Telstra?

Hi dav0j, we're Opticomm with Iinet as the Fibre provider. Very good support and I get 1Tb (500Gb Peak + 500Gb off peak) data. Never been close to maxing that out so…

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notremaison
Sep 04, 2014 2:44 pm
gypsydaze
gypsydaze
3 September 2014

Staining internal concrete floors (marble look??)

Staining internal concrete floors (marble look??)

Hi everyone :D I am new to this forum and new to owning/renovating an old miner's cottage (1850). One project - (of MANY more to come) - is to do something to about the…

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gypsydaze
Sep 03, 2014 11:24 pm
kavehman
kavehman
3 September 2014

Bowral brown or gertrudis brown bricks?

Bowral brown or gertrudis brown bricks?

Thank you so much for the info we have decided to go with Gertrudis Brown we have just finish going around looking at the bricks on homes and…

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kavehman
Sep 03, 2014 1:30 pm
qebtel
qebtel
3 September 2014

Newby Member advice

Newby Member advice

Ponzu's post is spot on . After that, your final stage is ...."trial and error". Good luck. and I hope youre living in Syd/Melb, as elsewhere where house prices are not…

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qebtel
Sep 03, 2014 12:55 pm
bpratt
bpratt
3 September 2014

Connecting services

Connecting services

That's pretty much it. Although it is usually your sparky that contacts your equivalent of Energex to do the actual connection, but up here you need to establish the…

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bpratt
Sep 03, 2014 9:10 am
myselfgaurav
myselfgaurav
2 September 2014

Bally Chohan Baljinder - Rental Change for 2 BHK in Sydney?

Bally Chohan Baljinder - Rental Change for 2 BHK in Sydney?

hi , this is baljinder chohan, what would be charge for rent in Sydney?

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myselfgaurav
Sep 02, 2014 10:02 pm
bashworth
bashworth
2 September 2014

What to bring when meeting draftsperson/architect?

What to bring when meeting draftsperson/architect?

As much information about your block as possible A budget Photos of houses you like. A list of must haves A list of one of nice to haves A list of things you want to avoid

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bashworth
Sep 02, 2014 6:09 pm
bashworth
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
2 September 2014

Draftsperson, northern suburbs Melbourne?

Draftsperson, northern suburbs Melbourne?

Not a single recommendation? Any drafties looking for a job want to PM me? Or perhaps if there's a structural engineer about that would like to do it? May require…

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Bluesuede
Sep 02, 2014 2:37 pm
Bluesuede
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
31 August 2014

The Sunday Mail HIA Home Show - Promotion Closed

The Sunday Mail HIA Home Show - Promotion Closed
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Our only disappointment- minor - was that there was NO outside furnishings - or none we could find - plenty of spas etc.

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Saint Mike
Aug 31, 2014 7:34 am
Saint Mike
kylie40
kylie40
30 August 2014

Solar Panels in BAL FZ

Solar Panels in BAL FZ

According to my bushfire consultant there are no restrictions on adding solar panels to roof in FZ - "But they should be mounted so that they do not allow for leaf litter…

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kylie40
Aug 30, 2014 8:08 pm
kylie40
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
30 August 2014

Soil test, site survey, engineering and working drawings?

Soil test, site survey, engineering and working drawings?

If it is for an investment rather than a forever house, why don't you go just a project builder? There are literally hundreds of plans for…

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Treeseachanger
Aug 30, 2014 6:36 pm
nectar
nectar
30 August 2014

Safety recall Infinity brand electrical cable

Safety recall Infinity brand electrical cable

We only use Parelli or Olex cables in our electrical jobs as the major wholesalers supply these so hopefully the builders contractors do the same.

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nectar
Aug 30, 2014 5:58 pm
cat_dunc
cat_dunc
30 August 2014

House Relocation/ Haulage - Contract to protect us?

House Relocation/ Haulage - Contract to protect us?

We've spoken to a solicitor who kindly gave us a two page letter/contract he'd used previously. With his consultation we made a few changes and sent it off to the other…

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cat_dunc
Aug 30, 2014 3:23 pm
cat_dunc
BLw
BLw
30 August 2014

Paint colour suggestions for Jasper colorbond roof.

Paint colour suggestions for Jasper colorbond roof.

Hi, we are going to paint the exterior of our house, it is a hardiplank home and I am struggling to find a light brown colour to suit the Jasper colorbond roof. The window…

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BLw
Aug 30, 2014 11:07 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
30 August 2014

External timbre cladding

External timbre cladding

I think it depends on what look you are after too. I've seen a couple of houses clad with either WRC shiplap ( vertical boards ) or shingles that the owners had left raw…

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Stewie D
Aug 30, 2014 9:05 am
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Lunchtime
Aug 27, 2014 9:39 pm
insider
insider
27 August 2014

No 'Protection Notice' from demolition next door

No 'Protection Notice' from demolition next door

you could consider underpinning a section of the wall rather than completely demolishing the whole garage.It may work out cheaper, maybe even ask for access from the…

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insider
Aug 27, 2014 4:07 pm
insider
qebtel
qebtel
27 August 2014

Accommodating for all with what we have

Accommodating for all with what we have

IF you live in Davoren Park, I'd escape entirely.

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qebtel
Aug 27, 2014 12:57 pm
qebtel
qebtel
27 August 2014

Requirements for a sufficient boundary fence in Victoria

Requirements for a sufficient boundary fence in Victoria

A lot of state fence legislation is vague on what constitutes "good condition" and so this is left up to the VCAT judge. But it will go like this…

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qebtel
Aug 27, 2014 12:49 pm
qebtel
qebtel
27 August 2014

outdoor strip drains

outdoor strip drains

Across the board you cannot make that guarantee. Bunnings are…

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qebtel
Aug 27, 2014 12:22 pm
bpratt
bpratt
26 August 2014

Please Help - Nail Guns

Please Help - Nail Guns

Personally I wouldn't use brads to secure fence pailings as they wont hold if the pailing bows or cups, so I dont think this would be suitable.…

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bpratt
Aug 26, 2014 7:23 pm
mrcpaule
mrcpaule
25 August 2014

Home addition

Home addition

Thanks again kats_meow! I found a contractor highly recommended by a friend and he too said I don’t need an architect to draw the plans. In fact, he said he will have…

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mrcpaule
Aug 25, 2014 6:39 pm
wakudoki
wakudoki
25 August 2014

Treating Rusted Door Frames

Treating Rusted Door Frames

Clean it up and post another picture. I'd probably hit it with a wire brush (on the end of a drill/dremel/grinder) and remove all the paint and rust first , then post…

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wakudoki
Aug 25, 2014 8:59 am
Beazley77
Beazley77
24 August 2014

Side or rear alfresco for 15m blocks?

Side or rear alfresco for 15m blocks?

I have a 15 X 30 block with the north side along the 30m side. Entrance from the west. At first I wanted my alfresco on the west side to soak up heaps of evening sun (I'm…

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Beazley77
Aug 24, 2014 8:24 pm
Beazley77
building-expert
building-expert
23 August 2014

Builder refusing to give us reports we paid for

Builder refusing to give us reports we paid for
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I agree with Save H20, the relationship is already fractured and the negatives are coming up. If it doesn't look good, if it does not smell good and doesn't feel good in…

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building-expert
Aug 23, 2014 7:35 pm
building-expert
jillybug
jillybug
23 August 2014

Small win - may be of interest

Small win - may be of interest

This is a great post! Well done to all parties concerned.

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jillybug
Aug 23, 2014 5:06 pm
jillybug
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
23 August 2014

Driveway dimensions & gate - how wide for 2 cars?

Driveway dimensions & gate - how wide for 2 cars?

A standard parking bay is typically 2.5m minimum so at least 5m, although 6m gives you more room to get out of the car without stepping on the…

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Saint Mike
Aug 23, 2014 7:21 am
Saint Mike
mgilla
mgilla
22 August 2014

Builders Warranty

Builders Warranty

That may be the case but it is still not covered under the structural warranty.

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mgilla
Aug 22, 2014 5:47 pm
its
its
22 August 2014

Concreting Outdoor & Cost

Concreting Outdoor & Cost

There are regulations for how much permeable surface you must have on your block, check with your local council to see what applies in your case :)

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its
Aug 22, 2014 1:54 pm
B STAR
B STAR
22 August 2014

Concrete on Asphalt road

Concrete on Asphalt road

chip away at the lumps. Then use acid to remove the stains.

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B STAR
Aug 22, 2014 7:59 am
cristobal_james
cristobal_james
22 August 2014

Site Supervisor Refused to Complete Final Inspection

Site Supervisor Refused to Complete Final Inspection

Just thought I would provide and update.. I drafted an email by pointing out the obvious details such as the date the home was in fact at PC. I have used their emails as…

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cristobal_james
Aug 22, 2014 1:15 am
Merlotguest
Merlotguest
21 August 2014

How long did your painters take ?

How long did your painters take ?

We only had one painter and it took him one week. Tilers are in now and we have two working they have also said one week. Good luck with your build.

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Merlotguest
Aug 21, 2014 5:44 pm
Merlotguest
rodericb
rodericb
21 August 2014

USB powerpoints

USB powerpoints

I've considered it but gave up on it because devices already come with chargers. Also that the amp requirements of devices is slowly creeping up and the manufacturers of…

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rodericb
Aug 21, 2014 1:27 pm
mgilla
mgilla
19 August 2014

Can rain damage particle board floor??

Can rain damage particle board floor??

Because the way the "fibres" are orientated, particle board doesn't expand as much as a material where all the fibres are orientated in…

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mgilla
Aug 19, 2014 9:37 pm
MelbFenceCo
MelbFenceCo
19 August 2014

Looking for good Fencing businesses in and around Mernda!

Looking for good Fencing businesses in and around Mernda!

Hi Armanda, Alex here from the Melbourne Fence Company, I will be more than happy to help. Please call our office on 8407 3538 and we will have someone attend and…

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MelbFenceCo
Aug 19, 2014 9:20 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
19 August 2014

West facing bedrooms

West facing bedrooms

SM, a lot of RE agents aren't the sharpest tools in the shed - not from my experience anyway. Hit them with some technical questions about a…

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Saint Mike
Aug 19, 2014 8:17 pm
Saint Mike
kpravin
kpravin
19 August 2014

K-Spec Building Consultants Review - Brisbane Final Inspect

K-Spec Building Consultants Review - Brisbane Final Inspect

Hi guys, I was referred to K-Spec Building Consultants, and recently had them conduct a Final Inspection of my new investment property at Ipswich (not far from Brisbane).…

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kpravin
Aug 19, 2014 6:59 pm
kpravin
bpratt
bpratt
19 August 2014

Removing plywood stains from concrete surface

Removing plywood stains from concrete surface

I actually took a closer look at the other day I was out at the house, and without doing anything much at all, other than an initial scrub after heavily wetting the…

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bpratt
Aug 19, 2014 9:10 am
Joker
Joker
18 August 2014

Tiles

Tiles

why not,if some water gets through tile , wont waterproofing it stop it going even further down, such has a garage etc underneath.

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Joker
Aug 18, 2014 4:52 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
18 August 2014

What is a sewer tie?

What is a sewer tie?

Reminds me of a time at the Grand Final - many years ago - just a young kid - on the hill - went for a pee and standing in the line - inside the loo they had a cop -…

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Saint Mike
Aug 18, 2014 4:39 pm
Saint Mike
thehuntbegins
thehuntbegins
18 August 2014

Roof guttering replacement

Roof guttering replacement

Hello Guys, We bought house in Nov2013 and had the building inspector checked it as well. In his report he mentioned internal condition of the guttering is not ideal,…

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thehuntbegins
Aug 18, 2014 12:05 pm
akapacker
akapacker
18 August 2014

Contracts for subcontractors as an owner builder in Victoria

Contracts for subcontractors as an owner builder in Victoria

Hi everyone, I'm close to breaking ground on my owner build in Victoria, and have some quotes for site works and a slab pour - about $35k. Does anyone have any…

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akapacker
Aug 18, 2014 6:19 am
tangerineowl
tangerineowl
17 August 2014

open to the elements brickwall gap 30-45mm

open to the elements brickwall gap 30-45mm

A side neighbour has a building brickwall which buts-up close to my townhouse external-double-brick-wall (they are an a higher ground level than me, by about 1 metre) My…

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tangerineowl
Aug 17, 2014 6:56 pm
kats_meow
kats_meow
17 August 2014

Building inspection reports - what to expect?

Building inspection reports - what to expect?

If you engage a private building inspector to review work done on a property by a Builder (refurbishment of original dwelling rooms and adding an extension) for a Hearing…

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kats_meow
Aug 17, 2014 5:43 pm
kats_meow
kats_meow
15 August 2014

Insurance whilst building & variations to standard contract

Insurance whilst building & variations to standard contract

I believe that the insurance comes under the builder through Builders Warranty Insurance, although i guess you could contact an insurance broker to see if there is…

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kats_meow
Aug 15, 2014 4:45 pm

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