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JB1
JB1
29 March 2013

Pros and Cons of Building vs. Buying Existing

Pros and Cons of Building vs. Buying Existing

I aged 10 years building with Fairmont homes in SA years ago and would never do it again. It takes time but eventually you can buy…

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JB1
Mar 29, 2013 3:16 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
29 March 2013

Water tank capacity for fire fighting requirements

Water tank capacity for fire fighting requirements

Hi Marty, Good to see that you are no longer severely frustrated. Things are looking up. A lot of local regulations are written by bureaucrats who do little more than…

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SaveH2O
Mar 29, 2013 1:05 pm
SaveH2O
Ariosto
Ariosto
29 March 2013

FHOG Solution

FHOG Solution

In the last few weeks , we found this out. Friends of ours were denied the $7000 FOHG (in NSW) when they purchased a new Unit. When their mother passed away , one…

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Ariosto
Mar 29, 2013 9:34 am
Ariosto
Agape
Agape
28 March 2013

Planning permit rejected by Melbourne Water, SBO restriction

Planning permit rejected by Melbourne Water, SBO restriction

Our block of land is in Blackburn, Whitehorse council are notorious to deal with so we went straight to a planning consultant. We purchased our block we plans approved,…

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Agape
Mar 28, 2013 8:20 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
26 March 2013

Pumping stormwater to street -question??

Pumping stormwater to street -question??
1, 2

You should talk to the council first to ascertain their guidelines and discuss preferences. It is best if you combine charged drainage with a detention tank that doubles…

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SaveH2O
Mar 26, 2013 7:50 pm
SaveH2O
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
26 March 2013

Broken Oven at handover

Broken Oven at handover

Oh. OK. I can understand that. Sounds a pretty awful place ... ;) What about minor knocks etc and finalising things. Do they have a team there as well to fix up the…

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Saint Mike
Mar 26, 2013 4:38 pm
Saint Mike
surfprado
surfprado
26 March 2013

City Or Seachange? Quality vs Quantity

City Or Seachange? Quality vs Quantity

Hi All, I will be buying a house in the Geelong/ Surf Coast and am contemplating a sea change as opposed to living on an outskirt from Geelong CBD. My budget can allow…

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surfprado
Mar 26, 2013 4:09 pm
surfprado
newbuilder1
newbuilder1
26 March 2013

Neighbours and retaining walls advice please

Neighbours and retaining walls advice please

Thanks, I have them all filled out ready to go because I think they will be trouble.

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newbuilder1
Mar 26, 2013 8:43 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
25 March 2013

Reinforce the roof to bear solar panels ??

Reinforce the roof to bear solar panels ??

any doc links ? No but there are hundreds of thousands of homes with panels and with all Ive read about systems prior to mine beig…

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Uncle Arfur
Mar 25, 2013 8:18 pm
Aquaone
Aquaone
24 March 2013

James Hardie Easylap vs Scyon Matrix

James Hardie Easylap vs Scyon Matrix

Hi All, Just wondering if anyone knows how the finished product of the James Hardie Easylap compares with the Scyon Matrix (also by James Hardie). We have seen the Scyon…

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Aquaone
Mar 24, 2013 9:12 pm
rckkrgrd
rckkrgrd
24 March 2013

Springtime in Alberta

Springtime in Alberta

That beach looks soooooo inviting. No Sandy didn't get close to us but then we are about 3500 km from that coast. We don't get much from the other coast either as there…

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rckkrgrd
Mar 24, 2013 4:31 am
happystarz
happystarz
23 March 2013

Tree removal and block clearing-Melbourne eastern suburbs

Tree removal and block clearing-Melbourne eastern suburbs

We planning on buying a 900sqm block in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The block is completely over grown...looks like a bit of a jungle and an existing house, and lots…

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happystarz
Mar 23, 2013 5:29 pm
namweng
namweng
22 March 2013

Clipsal Light Switch Saturn Range

Clipsal Light Switch Saturn Range

Thank you all so much for this. Cheers

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namweng
Mar 22, 2013 11:45 am
sphell
sphell
22 March 2013

Solar HWS or 2000lt tank?

Solar HWS or 2000lt tank?

Some great info.....thanks. Luckily for us, the option of the tank or SHW is already included in the building quote (well as far as I know anyway)! There was just a…

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sphell
Mar 22, 2013 5:46 am
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
21 March 2013

Gas VS Electric Hot Water System

Gas VS Electric Hot Water System
1, 2

I was thinking they might need to go at certain times. But intend looking into it.

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Saint Mike
Mar 21, 2013 3:09 pm
Saint Mike
namweng
namweng
21 March 2013

Bathroom disaster

Bathroom disaster

There are people who have had their single story house turned over in 3 months.

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namweng
Mar 21, 2013 8:46 am
leighton
leighton
21 March 2013

Damp area of soil at rear of home.

Damp area of soil at rear of home.

Up in the hills, we often see moisture coming up out of the ground. There are springs but also just moisture that has seeped through the soil layers, maybe on top of the…

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leighton
Mar 21, 2013 6:36 am
leighton
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
20 March 2013

internal walls and sound insulation

internal walls and sound insulation

I have yet to see a wall 'tacked together at the corners' but I feel the render would fill enough to deaden sound Remembering back to my own experiences in the building…

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Uncle Arfur
Mar 20, 2013 8:11 pm
Aaron4256
Aaron4256
20 March 2013

Downlight with powerpoint? Will we have issues with install?

Downlight with powerpoint? Will we have issues with install?

There will be a little bit more labour and parts involved in installing points for every downlight. They will just a non-switching point in the roof. And have it switch…

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Aaron4256
Mar 20, 2013 9:08 am
PAB_34
PAB_34
20 March 2013

Parking in narrow driveway

Parking in narrow driveway

Sell your current car and buy a Lamborghini Aventador :) .....or..... pimp out your current ride with Lamborghini style sissor lift doors…

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PAB_34
Mar 19, 2013 11:03 pm
PAB_34
cmaguire72
cmaguire72
19 March 2013

Renovation recommendations in Clayfield, Brisbane

Renovation recommendations in Clayfield, Brisbane

We have just purchased an old queenslander in Clayfield Brisbane. We need to do a major renovation. As this is our first renovation we want to make sure we get good…

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cmaguire72
Mar 19, 2013 1:03 pm
travisaus
travisaus
19 March 2013

Tree Removal (Within Rocks)

Tree Removal (Within Rocks)

You need to have the entire root ball removed. Easiest way is to cut the tree off about 4-6ft above the ground and have a drott snatch it out. There are restrictions on…

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travisaus
Mar 19, 2013 8:57 am
leighton
leighton
19 March 2013

Does a structural engineer or builder do this?

Does a structural engineer or builder do this?

I think it is fair to say most builders these days would cope without an engineer. We rarely use an engineer and we do a lot of this sort of work. My experience is with an…

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leighton
Mar 19, 2013 5:14 am
leighton
namweng
namweng
18 March 2013

New Member

New Member

Welcome! :P

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namweng
Mar 18, 2013 6:55 pm
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Holmsweethome
Mar 18, 2013 3:06 pm
WizardofOz
WizardofOz
18 March 2013

Can pool plans be submitted on the same DA as the house?

Can pool plans be submitted on the same DA as the house?

Well, obviously I needed to do some more homework in regards to this. What possessed me to think that my home builder and pool builder could possibly align themselves and…

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WizardofOz
Mar 18, 2013 11:18 am
WizardofOz
AshtonFoxley30
AshtonFoxley30
17 March 2013

Has anyone used INOVAR flooring InVogue Eskimo?

Has anyone used INOVAR flooring InVogue Eskimo?

Hi, This is my first post, we have chosen Inovar Timber Laminate Flooring in Sumatran Teak for all areas in the house except the bedrooms and the theatre as we have had a…

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AshtonFoxley30
Mar 17, 2013 7:35 am
dvestate
dvestate
14 March 2013

Stolen water meters.

Stolen water meters.

Mine was stolen during the build, still not replaced

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dvestate
Mar 14, 2013 10:54 am
lukele
lukele
14 March 2013

Why to put electrical cables in the air?

Why to put electrical cables in the air?

So you can see them and not walk all over them or drive machinery over them. Potential water on the ground. Slips and trips. It is good…

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lukele
Mar 14, 2013 8:58 am
jorditzu9
jorditzu9
13 March 2013

PLANTATION SIENNA VOGUE BRENTWOOD RISE RENDER COLOUR

PLANTATION SIENNA VOGUE BRENTWOOD RISE RENDER COLOUR

Pm me. I have the whole list of colours ,inclusions for that display if you like.

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jorditzu9
Mar 13, 2013 7:21 pm
jorditzu9
nicephotog
nicephotog
19 December 2013

Breaking even with solar panels

Breaking even with solar panels

I was wondering whether solar panels on a home was now viable from an economic perspective - at what point (if ever) does the system break…

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nicephotog
Dec 19, 2013 10:51 am
PaulMac
PaulMac
13 March 2013

Attaching a clothesline to weatherboards

Attaching a clothesline to weatherboards

Hi PaulMac, Thanks for you reply. Our clothesline is a fold down type, 2 metres wide and the weatherboards are featheredge. So using your…

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PaulMac
Mar 13, 2013 3:33 pm
LittleWing
LittleWing
29 March 2013

Feature wall colour help

Feature wall colour help
1, 2

Here's dark bedroom furniture with a gorgeous French grey.…

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LittleWing
Mar 29, 2013 8:54 am
LittleWing
kid81
kid81
13 March 2013

PGH "Cement" Brick (Foundations Range)

PGH "Cement" Brick (Foundations Range)

I am an employee of a building company. we had it on display a couple of years ago with Bristile Tradition Magnum roof tiles, Woodland Grey Fascia & Gutter, Woodland Grey…

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kid81
Mar 13, 2013 9:40 am
sillo78
sillo78
12 March 2013

Besser block garden wall

Besser block garden wall

Thanks heaps for your replies, very helpful. I'll spend the bit extra and core fill with concrete to get the best result.

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sillo78
Mar 12, 2013 12:14 pm
AlanKC
AlanKC
12 March 2013

Garage floor options

Garage floor options

The problem with screeding the slab as I see it is that the top of the…

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AlanKC
Mar 12, 2013 11:33 am
dvestate
dvestate
12 March 2013

New Homes Contract - Is this normal?

New Homes Contract - Is this normal?

Buy the time we signed the Full contract (HIA etc) everything had been through the council, waterboard approvals etc. This meant all selections, electricials, colours,…

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dvestate
Mar 12, 2013 9:21 am
tezza87
tezza87
12 March 2013

1st home builders

1st home builders

How do you check on landgate good to know they are on time. As for the lake at the park I'm not sure if it will be.

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tezza87
Mar 11, 2013 11:14 pm
tezza87
erik
erik
11 March 2013

Screen / Enclosing Balcony

Screen / Enclosing Balcony

Hi Luke I would use shadecloth. The woven type 50%. This is cheap, and comes in a width more than ample to run in one section. Get yourself some "Pryda Spot fixes". …

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erik
Mar 11, 2013 6:38 pm
tezzab
tezzab
11 March 2013

Boundary is 5m out in new subdivision

Boundary is 5m out in new subdivision

Good to know you are not alone. As several lots are involved, it might be that the Developer can pressure the Golf Club to re-establish affected pegs. The Golf Club…

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tezzab
Mar 11, 2013 3:37 pm
tezzab
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
11 March 2013

Concrete path around house

Concrete path around house

There must be a standard or maybe it is yet another conflict between the BCA and AS. If so, the BCA, as the primary document, should have hierarchal precedence but of…

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SaveH2O
Mar 11, 2013 1:50 pm
SaveH2O
CC101
CC101
10 March 2013

Garage Floor

Garage Floor

I am probably going to go for Berger Jet Dry - Heavy Duty , $80 for 4L.. I'm not sure how far that goes but it's made for heavy duty…

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CC101
Mar 10, 2013 1:29 pm
Team PD
Team PD
9 March 2013

New Porter Davis Display Centre at Warralily Now Open

New Porter Davis Display Centre at Warralily Now Open

Geelong is now home to all new inspirational World of Style interiors at Warralily Armstrong Creek, with two display homes now open - the brand new Canterbury and the…

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Team PD
Mar 09, 2013 1:53 pm
Team PD
dnawa
dnawa
8 March 2013

Soakage Trenches - How much should they cost?

Soakage Trenches - How much should they cost?

Just had a Filtrex septic system installed this week in WA and with a 3200L main tank and a 1200L secondary tank with a pump and 2X 20M leech or soakage trenches the total…

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dnawa
Mar 08, 2013 9:06 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
8 March 2013

Old Light socket rewiring 7 wires having issues

Old Light socket rewiring 7 wires having issues

Ok eleccy turned up checked it out said there was no earth on the Old or current lights and it was very dangerous fixed…

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SaveH2O
Mar 08, 2013 2:04 pm
SaveH2O
leighton
leighton
7 March 2013

slab or stumps

slab or stumps

I wrote an interesting (to me) article about this. If you want check my website clark new homes. cheerios

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leighton
Mar 07, 2013 4:21 pm
leighton
Ariosto
Ariosto
7 March 2013

Is It Worth It ?

Is It Worth It ?

We have chosen Stonecutters Ridge for our new house Project, so if we could have some advice and handy hints or secret gossip to keep us amused? We would appreciate that! Thanks

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Ariosto
Mar 07, 2013 11:43 am
Ariosto

buying lights overseas

buying lights overseas

I replaced my old lights in my bathroom the other weekend and found they weren't earthed, even though there was an earth terminal on the…

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installation inspector
Mar 06, 2013 7:39 pm
installation inspector


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