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ECOECO
ECOECO
5 February 2013

Value of double glazing

Value of double glazing

I reckon low e glass is the way to go. Cost, effectiveness, and weight. Try getting your carpenters to carry large double-glazed windows up to…

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ECOECO
Feb 05, 2013 6:59 am
ECOECO
misch22
misch22
3 February 2013

melinda's new home....

melinda's new home....
WA

Hi melc1001, Tell us a little about your build.

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misch22
Feb 03, 2013 7:28 pm
AussieMark
AussieMark
2 February 2013

Privacy Concern - Is this acceptable?

Privacy Concern - Is this acceptable?

In WA there are regs that must be observed and usually this mean opaque glass on the second story if it is on the side and below 1.6m. As Stewie says, no one is…

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AussieMark
Feb 02, 2013 6:55 pm
dvestate
dvestate
2 February 2013

Concrete footing cost

Concrete footing cost

How many sqm is that? The guy doing my driveway is $70sqm for plain concrete 2

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dvestate
Feb 02, 2013 6:11 pm
doubletoplei
doubletoplei
2 February 2013

Any built a 11.5m wide house on a 12.5m wide lot?

Any built a 11.5m wide house on a 12.5m wide lot?

In this case, you go for the old "run the gutter on the brickwork" trick. Basically, wherever there is a window on that 1.0m side you have to…

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doubletoplei
Feb 02, 2013 12:03 pm
doubletoplei
doubletoplei
1 February 2013

Anyone built with Long Island Homes around Geelong VIC?

Anyone built with Long Island Homes around Geelong VIC?

Hi doubletoplei. Congratulations on taking the first step with LIH. Did you choose one of their plans or custom? Where in the Geelong area are…

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doubletoplei
Feb 01, 2013 10:35 pm
travisaus
travisaus
1 February 2013

Yet another fencing question

Yet another fencing question

Colourbond can always be dyna bolted to the top of the concrete worst comes to worst. However I'd suggest you insist on a 10cm gap for the fencing.

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travisaus
Feb 01, 2013 5:18 pm
malm
malm
1 February 2013

Asset Protection and Site Costs with Volume Builders...

Asset Protection and Site Costs with Volume Builders...

We haven't been provided any engineering drawings.. is this something that should be provided at tender stage or does that usually come later?. Its stated as a provisonal…

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malm
Feb 01, 2013 2:36 pm
lmille32
lmille32
30 January 2013

Complying development NSW- principle private open space.

Complying development NSW- principle private open space.

Oh ok awesome. Because I was reading the 'guide to complying development' and it says 'such as deck, patio or paved area' which made me think that was what it had to be…

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lmille32
Jan 30, 2013 9:32 pm
lmille32
akashra
akashra
30 January 2013

How long from building signing building contract to getting

How long from building signing building contract to getting

Actually the above list seemed like a good idea, so here's a similar one cut and paste from my blog: 2012-01-25: Data fit-off 2013-01-18: Hebel repair 2013-01-17:…

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akashra
Jan 30, 2013 12:31 pm
dragonchild
dragonchild
30 January 2013

Real Estate Agent - A bit unusual ?

Real Estate Agent - A bit unusual ?

I have found it common - but not universal - for someone to put in a small amount when making a written offer; as said, it's a way of indicating that you are serious about…

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dragonchild
Jan 30, 2013 10:21 am
dragonchild
Tramyswife
Tramyswife
29 January 2013

New Porter Davis Display Centre Opens in the East

New Porter Davis Display Centre Opens in the East

Any idea when the display pics will be up on the PD website as unable to get to the display itself?

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Tramyswife
Jan 29, 2013 8:51 pm
How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
29 January 2013

Average cost of internal painting

Average cost of internal painting

Sorry - a bit ambiguous.... We are not doing the job - we want to recoup some $$ off somebody else for a very sub-standard paint job so we need to submit a claim for the…

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How Hard Can it Be
Jan 29, 2013 8:17 pm
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1rocky
Jan 29, 2013 5:00 pm
sunct
sunct
29 January 2013

HI from newbies in Cranbourne East, Victoria

HI from newbies in Cranbourne East, Victoria

Hi! We are starting to build in parksedge stage 1 in the next couple of months... where a re u 'll?

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sunct
Jan 29, 2013 9:57 am

We were told we had to have an extra expansion joint filled with cork because the room is 7.75m wide, and have to say you forget it is even there. To the left of the…

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grumblebum54
Jan 29, 2013 9:25 am
grumblebum54
Liliana
Liliana
29 January 2013

Clearing gutters

Clearing gutters

Hi D101, How much space is there between the fence line and your house? We recently hired trestles and planks for painting the outside of the house, not for our gutters,…

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Liliana
Jan 29, 2013 8:13 am
kexkez
kexkez
29 January 2013

Quick q- neighbours concrete spill into our property..

Quick q- neighbours concrete spill into our property..

sounds like the neighbour poured his own paths. no wonder there is no form work. Like said above I hate to think what will happen when a fencing panel needs replacement.…

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kexkez
Jan 29, 2013 7:53 am
kexkez
LeanneR
LeanneR
28 January 2013

Change tile and laminate selection at pre start

Change tile and laminate selection at pre start

Did you go to tile place to select tiles... you may need go do a reselection to take form with you to prestart. After prestart they are pretty much locked in unless you…

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LeanneR
Jan 28, 2013 10:56 pm
LeanneR
suh
suh
28 January 2013

What colour render for austral zinc bricks?

What colour render for austral zinc bricks?

Sorry didn't get it, was worried mine might not have reached you. All good :)

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suh
Jan 28, 2013 8:31 pm
suh
kek
kek
28 January 2013

Timber Framed House - How waterproof dose it have to be?

Timber Framed House - How waterproof dose it have to be?

Assuming that your spouting & downpipes are incomplete, you may not have soffits installed yet, and that there are probably gaps around windows etc yet to be filled, I…

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kek
Jan 28, 2013 7:28 am
kek
rapidmoves
rapidmoves
28 January 2013

Does anyone know anything about Carter Grange?

Does anyone know anything about Carter Grange?

We are at Hebel stage in a redesigned cg home, have one friend at demolition stage and another at frame stage with a fully customised home which they designed themselves…

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rapidmoves
Jan 28, 2013 7:22 am
rapidmoves
LittleWing
LittleWing
6 February 2013

Laminate Flooring

Laminate Flooring

Those floors look great! I also will be installing laminate in my future home, even in the bedrooms. I've got two cats and it's hard to keep things hygienic with indoor…

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LittleWing
Feb 06, 2013 10:10 pm
LittleWing
ECOECO
ECOECO
27 January 2013

A colour challenge for you!

A colour challenge for you!

It will be coordinated with the ColorBond roof & facia.... http://www.colorbondcolours.com/home/re ... ur-schemes Ed

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ECOECO
Jan 27, 2013 4:31 pm
ECOECO
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
27 January 2013

Turning side fence into gate

Turning side fence into gate

Yes - I have to have a gate - but not CB. Thinking wrought iron but large enough to get a bob cat through.

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Saint Mike
Jan 27, 2013 9:31 am
Saint Mike
G-Thorpe
G-Thorpe
27 January 2013

help with drainage flooding issues! Any builders help!

help with drainage flooding issues! Any builders help!

Take pictures of the damage and the site showing the obvious lack of protection that has caused it. Call the builder on Monday (or Tuesday if it's a public holiday where…

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G-Thorpe
Jan 27, 2013 8:23 am
Buzzy57
Buzzy57
26 January 2013

Builders margin

Builders margin

Yeah I guess so thanks building expert. Enough whinging about it now..believe it or not I've not said anything to anyone about it...just been quietly trying to work out if…

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Buzzy57
Jan 26, 2013 7:14 am

I think I will go for it, thanks for your opinion. I also like the bricks. Depending on the light, it changes from blue-ish to…

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JB1
Jan 25, 2013 6:53 am
tr0pp0
tr0pp0
24 January 2013

QLD Buying a block of land then building

QLD Buying a block of land then building

Unless the rules changed with the new grant, I was unable to claim the builders boost or fhog until I had a final inspection certificate, ie. home finished. Been in for 3…

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tr0pp0
Jan 24, 2013 10:17 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
23 January 2013

No Water in Rain Tank

No Water in Rain Tank

Hi Murray, People post replies to try and help people…

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SaveH2O
Jan 23, 2013 12:20 pm
SaveH2O
astark
astark
22 January 2013

What colour roof??

What colour roof??

Have you tried the Colorbond…

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astark
Jan 22, 2013 8:58 am
The Vans
The Vans
21 January 2013

Rendered Letterbox in Perth (Best Price and Recommendations)

Rendered Letterbox in Perth (Best Price and Recommendations)

We had left over bricks which they used some of but they prefer two course bricks so they supplied and concrete too. Just ask a lical brickie or two in your area and if…

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The Vans
Jan 21, 2013 10:23 pm
The Vans
doc dogg
doc dogg
21 January 2013

New Shed/Garage in Canberra

New Shed/Garage in Canberra

Hi Everyone, I've recently bought a house in Canberra on a respectable 850+m² block, but car parking consists of a 8.5 x 8m area of compacted gravel next to the house.…

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doc dogg
Jan 21, 2013 9:16 pm
adgn
adgn
21 January 2013

How far are your kids bedrooms from the main bedroom?

How far are your kids bedrooms from the main bedroom?

Im still scarred from hearing my parents when my bedroom wall shared theirs. Now my…

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adgn
Jan 21, 2013 4:03 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
20 January 2013

(Plumbing) Foghorn noises in water pipes

(Plumbing) Foghorn noises in water pipes

It sounds like the problem I encountered after using Doust-Valve non-drip tap jumpers, where by their very design, create one hell of a noise when the tap is only…

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Uncle Arfur
Jan 20, 2013 3:07 pm
surfprado
surfprado
20 January 2013

Brick Range - Cat 1 Metr!con

Brick Range - Cat 1 Metr!con

Sorry to hear this tmv, Where are you building?

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surfprado
Jan 20, 2013 8:44 am
surfprado
hao
hao
20 January 2013

Network connected then found builder did not do wall socket

Network connected then found builder did not do wall socket

Hi, I recently connected to Telstra velocity network, and the technician came to install all the necessary equipments, but he told me there should be a cable socket on the…

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hao
Jan 20, 2013 8:20 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
20 January 2013

Issue with fence

Issue with fence

McReidy I see you are in SA. Go to your local Council and get a free booklet called Fences and the Law. Page 12 deals with fence damage as you have described (repairs…

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Uncle Arfur
Jan 20, 2013 1:09 am
SmithiesWife
SmithiesWife
19 January 2013

Lead paint

Lead paint

Get a lead paint test kit from bunnings. Tells you straight away. We had lead paint in a kitchen in our 50's post war home.

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SmithiesWife
Jan 19, 2013 10:24 pm
jtreadwell
jtreadwell
19 January 2013

Closed in Alfresco area? Is it weird?

Closed in Alfresco area? Is it weird?

Hi, I remember looking at photos of this display home once and seeing a very similar thing as you are looking at - the photos of the alfresco are at end of the gallery I…

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jtreadwell
Jan 19, 2013 7:58 pm
AC27
AC27
19 January 2013

Fencing Dispute WA

Fencing Dispute WA

don't pay a cent, get your side of the fence spray painted keep the invoice, and say because they ignored the law, and put fence up with no agreement you had to spray your…

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AC27
Jan 19, 2013 10:15 am
fuzzy-sizzles
fuzzy-sizzles
18 January 2013

Fence ripped out by builder next door

Fence ripped out by builder next door
1, 2

Thanks Padams They were okay with making payment (they paid my fencer directly as he invoiced them) but they refused to pay more than what was allowed in the contract for…

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fuzzy-sizzles
Jan 18, 2013 10:30 pm
ilikethemoon
ilikethemoon
18 January 2013

Carpenter for skirting boards - Perth

Carpenter for skirting boards - Perth

We used the company that was recommended by our timber floor installer. He worked quickly and provided good quality work and was careful with our new wooden floors. I…

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ilikethemoon
Jan 18, 2013 1:40 pm
ilikethemoon
Adam.M
Adam.M
16 January 2013

Building a verandah on a corner block - Regulation issues

Building a verandah on a corner block - Regulation issues

The issue with building to any boundary is two fold. The first is fire separation. Basically, all construction within a metre of a boundary has…

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Adam.M
Jan 16, 2013 8:48 pm
melbbuild
melbbuild
16 January 2013

Three phase power - any drawbacks? Worth the premium?

Three phase power - any drawbacks? Worth the premium?

Hi guys, I am in the process of applying for underground power pit through United Energy, however I am having some trouble filling up the application form. The form is:

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melbbuild
Jan 16, 2013 2:35 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 January 2013

To build from scratch or renovate? $$$ question

To build from scratch or renovate? $$$ question

Here is an online calculator that can help you determine how much it is going to cost you to build http://www.homedesigndirectory.com.au/c ... PX7AUaL71A Stewie

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Stewie D
Jan 16, 2013 11:01 am
PADAMS2012
PADAMS2012
15 January 2013

rainwater tank banging pounding noises

rainwater tank banging pounding noises

Thanks SaveH10, No we were not made aware of other options for fitting mains switching devices. We were just given one option for a rain water tank and since we know…

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PADAMS2012
Jan 15, 2013 5:15 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
14 January 2013

Convert fence into a gate - possible?

Convert fence into a gate - possible?

The problems I can see with the above suggestion is how to make it lockable/secure pending any future insurance claim, should your trailer ever get pinched. I would…

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Uncle Arfur
Jan 14, 2013 5:58 pm
JB1
JB1
14 January 2013

Underground Power Pit Cost

Underground Power Pit Cost
1, 2

More importantly, they forgot to type in the figure after the $ sign! lol

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JB1
Jan 14, 2013 10:38 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
14 January 2013

Under-Slab RWT

Under-Slab RWT

Maybe FF but the extra costs to strengthen the slab and then finding a builder willing to build it could cause problems I'd imagine. I like the idea though and would give…

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Stewie D
Jan 14, 2013 8:40 am


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