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clath
clath
9 June 2013

alfresco plaster ceiling cracking

alfresco plaster ceiling cracking

Is there anyone on Homeone with a Alfresco who built with Porter Davis ? have you had any issues with the ceiling? I built with Porter Davis 5 years ago. and included the…

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clath
Jun 09, 2013 5:42 pm
clath
tezzab
tezzab
9 June 2013

building material prices

building material prices

To get a budgeting price I check, http://buybuildingsupplies.com.au Don't know if their pricing beats a shop's " trade discount " price…

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tezzab
Jun 09, 2013 4:48 pm
tezzab
ECOECO
ECOECO
8 June 2013

Vote for "our house"

Vote for "our house"

Thank you everyone... Ed

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ECOECO
Jun 08, 2013 11:54 pm
ECOECO
dreaman
dreaman
8 June 2013

BLUE BOARD OR MATRIX CLAD ON BRICKS???

BLUE BOARD OR MATRIX CLAD ON BRICKS???

Does anyone know if the cladding or blue board can be installed on a brick veneer wall? Im trying to avoid cement rendering incase we ever want to revert back to brick??

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dreaman
Jun 08, 2013 9:54 pm
scotty78
scotty78
8 June 2013

Sand Filter VS Sewage Treatment Plant Septic System?

Sand Filter VS Sewage Treatment Plant Septic System?

Hi there you might want to check with council if they have specific reqts on septic for your area. I'm putting in a envirocycle secondary treatment system due to council …

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scotty78
Jun 08, 2013 8:08 pm
waxinggibbous
waxinggibbous
8 June 2013

Generators

Generators

I am a self proclaimed electro-ignoramus and don't know a watt from a what and need to buy a generator. Some online research has thrown up a lot of variables: some ads…

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waxinggibbous
Jun 08, 2013 10:22 am
waxinggibbous
ponglong
ponglong
7 June 2013

Brick Pier movement and on an angle

Brick Pier movement and on an angle

Ok that's a lot more than I'd hoped but expected as much. I'll just share here what one builder I spoke to said (about the photos). He says he doesn't see an issue as…

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ponglong
Jun 07, 2013 7:12 pm
deluxes
deluxes
6 June 2013

Keeping houses updated

Keeping houses updated

No worries :-) Its a good thread and could raise some good ideas for people not looking to completely renovate, but just modernise a bit as you said. The tile paint works…

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deluxes
Jun 06, 2013 5:04 pm
deluxes
ECOECO
ECOECO
6 June 2013

Glass gate like pool fencing but for indoors

Glass gate like pool fencing but for indoors

Hi everyone, My partner and I have recently moved into a new house and have a couple of indoor dogs that we'd like to prevent from going into…

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ECOECO
Jun 06, 2013 4:28 pm
ECOECO

Thanks, yes it really is like artwork. Here is another from a house in Burma. I really love how they still use local products to make these amazing bamboo and rattan…

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rogerinaus
Jun 06, 2013 3:16 pm
rogerinaus
j&r
j&r
6 June 2013

Pet door options

Pet door options

We had the same dilemma. Our window manufacturer installed the doggy door into the aluminium frame of our laundry door. So we have a toughened glass laundry door (also…

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j&r
Jun 06, 2013 11:25 am
adgn
adgn
6 June 2013

New Home - Ceiling plaster joint lines

New Home - Ceiling plaster joint lines

It's been asked before. viewtopic.php?f=31&t=63247 Think most builds have it and some are worse than others. Not much you can do about it except try and hide it with…

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adgn
Jun 06, 2013 10:21 am
ausdesign
ausdesign
6 June 2013

Raked ceiling

Raked ceiling

Typically this type of ceiling would at best have blanket insulation with a rating of somewhere up to R1.5. Lining under the rafters would allow for R4 (or higher) to be…

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ausdesign
Jun 06, 2013 7:44 am
ausdesign
leighton
leighton
6 June 2013

Domestic building consumer protection reform - Victoria

Domestic building consumer protection reform - Victoria

These changes are predominantly to increase consumer protection. In regard to costs, the situation is as follows: Section 109(1) of the Victorian Civil and Administrative…

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leighton
Jun 06, 2013 7:16 am
leighton
thegilbeys
thegilbeys
5 June 2013

corner block address

corner block address

Ours is on a corner block with the driveway on S Street but the contract said J Street. I went to Council and they'd allocated us either 42 S Street or 2 J Street and said…

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thegilbeys
Jun 05, 2013 10:39 pm
thegilbeys
Jen1977
Jen1977
5 June 2013

Show me your entry/foyer

Show me your entry/foyer

This was the entrance/foyer in our last house We…

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Jen1977
Jun 05, 2013 2:46 pm
donna61
donna61
5 June 2013

Masters, Bunnings, IKEA

Masters, Bunnings, IKEA

I think there are load's of small Cabinetmaker business'' that could do it economically. Just stay away from the flashy big business and you'd be surprised what you can find.

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donna61
Jun 05, 2013 1:35 pm
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ShdowKat
Jun 04, 2013 9:16 pm
ShdowKat
phippsy77
phippsy77
4 June 2013

Electrician rip off?

Electrician rip off?

I guess if you had asked for the certificate to be issued each day straight up then him asking for more would be unreasonable as he should have allowed for this in his…

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phippsy77
Jun 04, 2013 12:46 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
4 June 2013

timber shingle/shake roofing

timber shingle/shake roofing

Well knowing where you live would be a big start ! Generally a shingle is made from sawn timber so the surface has a rough sawn effect. A Shake is generally from a split…

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Stewie D
Jun 04, 2013 10:29 am
Dazzler62
Dazzler62
4 June 2013

The Block, Vermiculite and asbestos

The Block, Vermiculite and asbestos

Silica dust from cutting bricks, tiles and concrete as well.

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Dazzler62
Jun 04, 2013 6:56 am
chills
chills
3 June 2013

Epping Aurora

Epping Aurora

petition for Oherns entrance to freeway: anyone know of this? I stumbled upon it and doesnt look like its advertised that much. i think we need everyone on this.

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chills
Jun 03, 2013 7:53 pm
paulw11
paulw11
3 June 2013

DA bits and pieces

DA bits and pieces

Through a bit of Googling I found this firm http://www.seec.com.au/geotech/ who, although they are based in Bowral, were referenced by a civil engineering consultant based…

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paulw11
Jun 03, 2013 7:25 pm
stato0000
stato0000
3 June 2013

Buying land/building in Healesville VIC

Buying land/building in Healesville VIC

We used Contractors construction group to build in Doreen in 2010, they're a small custom builder however we found them very reasonably priced and were very happy with the…

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stato0000
Jun 03, 2013 6:56 pm
Brendan13
Brendan13
3 June 2013

Retaining wall height rules, help please?

Retaining wall height rules, help please?

Hi Emily, Not sure where your from, however in Victoria there are fairly tight building regs with retaining walls, any wall over 1m needs a permit as well as any wall…

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Brendan13
Jun 03, 2013 6:33 pm
aware
aware
3 June 2013

Reasonable Priced Builder for Lockup in sutherland area

Reasonable Priced Builder for Lockup in sutherland area

no answers....thats becasue there is no such thing as a reasonably priced builder.

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aware
Jun 03, 2013 10:01 am
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
3 June 2013

$6000+ for fixed price contract

$6000+ for fixed price contract

Soil tests aren't that much - but dealing with certain soils can be. And slope. But an initial idea of cost shouldn't be that much. If you have a plan and sizes they…

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Saint Mike
Jun 03, 2013 7:47 am
Saint Mike
emilygjj
emilygjj
2 June 2013

Builders Jargon?? What is water tapping?

Builders Jargon?? What is water tapping?

Thank you Is it the process of obtaining a P.I.C number? Or does it include that? Who is usually liable to pay that cost?

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emilygjj
Jun 02, 2013 9:27 pm
springtime
springtime
2 June 2013

Choosing between CCTV System or Alarm System

Choosing between CCTV System or Alarm System

Hi, We built a house that was handed over last year. We decided to install an alarm as well as a CCTV system & intercom. We sat down with the electrical contractors that…

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springtime
Jun 02, 2013 9:23 am
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Casa2
Jun 01, 2013 7:41 pm
33amc
33amc
31 May 2013

Do I accept this crack?

Do I accept this crack?

It is illegal to withhold payment for minor defects or omissions, If you plan on holding payment you should seek legal advice. Firstly pull out your contract and research…

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33amc
May 31, 2013 7:52 pm
eks883
eks883
31 May 2013

are all retain and build classified as battleaxe

are all retain and build classified as battleaxe

A battle axe block is only when the back block has its own driveway as the diagram in this link http://www.anewhouse.com.au/?p=2234. The other…

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eks883
May 31, 2013 7:04 pm
dnawa
dnawa
30 May 2013

Skip Bins WA

Skip Bins WA

Just hired a 6m3 bin in Mandurah and it was $290 but some were up to $350.

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dnawa
May 30, 2013 10:32 pm
Explorer_street
Explorer_street
30 May 2013

Excited to start

Excited to start

Yay! Congrats. We had our site scraped yesterday and are building in GH too :)

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Explorer_street
May 30, 2013 9:33 pm
MissEm
MissEm
30 May 2013

Outdoor GPO cover

Outdoor GPO cover

Found a solution! For anyone that comes across this issue in the future, we found these things which are just perfect and don't look like they will stick out like a sore…

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MissEm
May 30, 2013 6:29 pm
MissEm
leighton
leighton
29 May 2013

Cost for re-pegging the block

Cost for re-pegging the block

The cost will vary but it is typically about $1200. Never give a ballpark price!

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leighton
May 29, 2013 8:03 pm
leighton
building-expert
building-expert
29 May 2013

Downpipes and drains Q

Downpipes and drains Q

I disagree Building design is art, skill and a profession. This is why architects do degrees and architectural draftsperson diplomas. That is so they know what they are…

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building-expert
May 29, 2013 4:39 pm
building-expert
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
29 May 2013

Do I really need an agi pipe?

Do I really need an agi pipe?

The BCA says grade the soil away from the house, but if anyone does do that, the slope will not remain intact for long.…

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SaveH2O
May 29, 2013 11:09 am
SaveH2O
navs
navs
29 May 2013

Water leakage still covered by builder?

Water leakage still covered by builder?

My friend bought a Dale Alcock home off her brother (so she didn't even build it) and 5 years later she noticed cracking in a few places in her house, she gave em a call,…

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navs
May 29, 2013 10:29 am
Deemaree
Deemaree
29 May 2013

Our Dream Home Plans down the drain

Our Dream Home Plans down the drain

We do custom design in 3 D. I am sure that there are a number of ways to resolve a problem like this but not…

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Deemaree
May 29, 2013 10:03 am
Deemaree
leighton
leighton
29 May 2013

Hardwood posts cracking

Hardwood posts cracking

Yes, cypress pine has its good and bad. I love it myself, but we usually paint for that very same reason. cheers

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leighton
May 29, 2013 10:01 am
leighton
elle
elle
29 May 2013

Building envelopes and soil survey HELP!

Building envelopes and soil survey HELP!

Just to clarify the builders were basically washing their hands of the situation and told me to take it up with the engineers so I think I had a reason to feel a little…

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elle
May 29, 2013 9:06 am
leighton
leighton
29 May 2013

Renovated house without restumping- Problem?

Renovated house without restumping- Problem?

A report is a good idea. I think the comment by Greenify might be on the money. A lot of concrete shedding water under the house. Where will the water then go?

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leighton
May 29, 2013 8:57 am
leighton
leighton
leighton
29 May 2013

privacy from 2 story neighbours!!

privacy from 2 story neighbours!!
1, 2

What kek says is right. These are regulations managed by the Relevant Building Surveyor. The issue is what is there first? An existing dwelling will "control" the new one.…

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leighton
May 29, 2013 8:53 am
leighton
gzk
gzk
29 May 2013

Flat roof tiles and imperfections

Flat roof tiles and imperfections

They have agreed to get the tile manufacturer to fix the loose valley tiles (which you can't really see very well in these photos) without any argument, but the ones that…

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gzk
May 29, 2013 8:43 am
leighton
leighton
29 May 2013

Where to put the garage ?

Where to put the garage ?

Where is the crossover? Where does the sun come up? How much fall is there? What is the house design? So much to consider. We usually like to get the garage floor on the…

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leighton
May 29, 2013 8:43 am
leighton
leighton
leighton
29 May 2013

What kind of ceiling do you call this?

What kind of ceiling do you call this?

It is a raked ceiling but it also has exposed beams. We used to do a lot of them in the eighties but went out of fashion plus hard to get good carpenters to do the cuts as…

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leighton
May 29, 2013 7:48 am
leighton
leighton
leighton
29 May 2013

Chains hanging from eaves of new homes

Chains hanging from eaves of new homes

I think these answers highlight the complexity of construction in 2013. I would like all home builders to remember that when they think that their builder has done…

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leighton
May 29, 2013 7:40 am
leighton
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ECOECO
May 29, 2013 7:34 am
ECOECO
miteq
miteq
28 May 2013

Selling an established tree

Selling an established tree

Not really hoping for $1500 by the way :lol: but for $100, pfft, more trouble than its worth. Will ask in landscaping. Thanks for the help guys

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miteq
May 28, 2013 9:21 am


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