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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 9:15 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 12:52 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 6:21 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 1:29 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 9:53 pm
surfprado
Jayjay84
Jayjay84
23 December 2014

Leaking balcony. What to do?

Leaking balcony. What to do?

Thanks mate

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Jayjay84
Dec 23, 2014 11:45 am
Jayjay84
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 11:29 am
CC101
CC101
23 December 2014

Crossover

Crossover

they are identical - except thickness

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CC101
Dec 23, 2014 12:45 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 4:53 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 3:52 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 8:23 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 4:53 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 9:53 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 6:02 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 11:59 am
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Majka87
Dec 15, 2014 4:52 am
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 3:08 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 9:19 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 3:24 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 5:37 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 12:36 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 8:03 pm
Lorri
Lorri
11 December 2014

3d contour mapping help

3d contour mapping help

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 6:37 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 10, 2014 11:49 pm
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 12:21 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 10:57 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 8:56 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 8:37 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 10:11 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 9:48 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 6:06 am
jjcp
jjcp
7 December 2014

Backyard drainage question

Backyard drainage question

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 1:08 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 4:52 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 9:50 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 11:59 am
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 8:03 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 3:28 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 10:22 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 10:08 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 8:40 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 7:13 am
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 7:58 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 8:49 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 8:16 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 29, 2014 11:02 pm
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 6:13 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 1:01 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 8:58 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 2:17 pm
Saint Mike

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