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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
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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
benji 101
benji 101
13 January 2013

redbrick glazing?

redbrick glazing?

Hi there, this may be a silly question but is there such a thing as applying a glaze look to an external redbrick wall to give it a glossy look. the reason…

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benji 101
Jan 13, 2013 8:01 pm
fmac
fmac
13 January 2013

Changes you can make at selections

Changes you can make at selections

It will depend on where you are and the company you are building with. We made changes to our kitchen, like adding cabinets over the fridge, pot draws etc at prestart.…

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fmac
Jan 13, 2013 10:26 am
Pan
Pan
13 January 2013

Relocating instead of building?

Relocating instead of building?

Hi, I'm looking at recycling a house. There seems to be houses for sale for relocation all the time and I was hoping there might be someone here who might have some…

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Pan
Jan 13, 2013 9:26 am
Pan
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
12 January 2013

How much land do I need

How much land do I need

Again - get out a pencil and paper and draw the plans on a "block". Think about what else you want and where. This will give you an idea of what is needed. Questions…

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Saint Mike
Jan 12, 2013 6:17 am
Saint Mike
sbryzak
sbryzak
11 January 2013

Straightening walls for plaster work

Straightening walls for plaster work

I kind of did what oldchippy did, but in reverse order... straightened my studs out with various props/ cargo straps, then tied it to the brickwork as we lay the bricks. …

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sbryzak
Jan 11, 2013 9:20 am
HouseOB
HouseOB
10 January 2013

Install pool before extension?

Install pool before extension?

Hmm okay. It may be possible to dig up the front lawn so the crane can get in closer, I wanted a carpark there anyway. I wonder if it will be a problem for building the…

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HouseOB
Jan 10, 2013 7:27 pm
Lourance
Lourance
10 January 2013

Different coloured cement

Different coloured cement

From my personal experence (home handyman) as long as you use the same brand cement, sand and aggregate you shouldn’t see any differences.

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Lourance
Jan 10, 2013 4:19 pm
lynny-jane
lynny-jane
10 January 2013

New to laying Timber floor

New to laying Timber floor

I would suggest that you call your local Dulux centre and ask for the Reps number and contact them directly. We have found that speaking to the reps is the best way to…

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lynny-jane
Jan 10, 2013 5:02 am
lynny-jane
D101
D101
9 January 2013

Trouble removing a door

Trouble removing a door

I wanted to remove a pivot door (i.e. it is a door that can be pushed both ways). At the bottom and top of the doorway are metal plates (which are themselves screwed onto…

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D101
Jan 09, 2013 8:12 am
Victoria_g06
Victoria_g06
8 January 2013

Timber retainer wall posts - logs or sleepers?

Timber retainer wall posts - logs or sleepers?

Hi. I'm sure this question would have been asked before but I can't find it…

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Victoria_g06
Jan 08, 2013 8:57 am
Victoria_g06
rubystarlet11
rubystarlet11
7 January 2013

removing aircon and demolishing pool?? Help please :)

removing aircon and demolishing pool?? Help please :)

Hmmm..... I hadn't considered that..... Food for thought! Thank you :)

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rubystarlet11
Jan 07, 2013 10:21 pm
kek
kek
7 January 2013

Help with Portico Lining / Cladding

Help with Portico Lining / Cladding

So some kind of Colorbond cladding? I found this, but it's ridged, not flat like in your photos: http://www.colorbond.com/residential/walling

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kek
Jan 07, 2013 5:47 pm
kek
d@n
d@n
7 January 2013

What adds more $value: extra toilet or dedicated shower?

What adds more $value: extra toilet or dedicated shower?

Tough decision. If selling, i'd go the bath option. But if staying and if you have 3+ kids then I would go the 3rd toilet.

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d@n
Jan 07, 2013 2:47 pm
KyleH
KyleH
7 January 2013

Shipping Container In Back Yard????

Shipping Container In Back Yard????

Most usually do. Speak to yours. That's a good and economical idea btw.

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KyleH
Jan 07, 2013 12:48 pm
kek
kek
6 January 2013

External awnings - canvas or mesh?

External awnings - canvas or mesh?

Awnings are pretty expensive, so that may be the deal-breaker for you, especially since you have several other windows to sort out as well. From memory, ours cost about…

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kek
Jan 06, 2013 1:42 pm
kek
Tez-HG
Tez-HG
5 January 2013

Harrington Grove help!

Harrington Grove help!

I understand the community title fees are dependant upon the size of the lot. The larger the lot the more the fees.

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Tez-HG
Jan 05, 2013 9:56 am
akashra
akashra
4 January 2013

Using shed wall as retaining wall

Using shed wall as retaining wall

That's going to need to be one hella-strong shed. We have the same problem when we build things like BMX tracks - you can't just put 100 ton of dirt up against shipping…

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akashra
Jan 04, 2013 9:18 am
JB1
JB1
3 January 2013

Subdivide allowed

Subdivide allowed

Call the council to confirm. But it seems correct.

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JB1
Jan 03, 2013 1:56 pm
kek
kek
2 January 2013

paiting tilex

paiting tilex

What's Tilex made from? Perhaps something in the White Knight range might work? They have tile and laminate paints. :th:

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kek
Jan 02, 2013 7:41 pm
kek
MissusS
MissusS
2 January 2013

Trouble with James Hardie decorative columns?

Trouble with James Hardie decorative columns?

Hi Just wondering if anyone else has had trouble with James Hardie decorative columns used in a pergola? We've got 5 columns.........3 of which are perfect but 2 that…

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MissusS
Jan 02, 2013 4:38 pm
MissusS
Lunchtime
Lunchtime
8 January 2013

Concreter needed in Melbourne's West - reccomendations?

Concreter needed in Melbourne's West - reccomendations?

highly recommend www.nathanporterconcreting.com.au he has done a lot of work around my estate including my own and have been happy with his work. Honest approach to…

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Lunchtime
Jan 08, 2013 10:23 pm
building-expert
building-expert
5 January 2013

Concrete Cracking Overtime - help!

Concrete Cracking Overtime - help!
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I have a different interpretation Cracks along ribs are flexural cracking at negative bending moment over ribs because reinforcing mesh is too low. If you look at the…

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building-expert
Jan 05, 2013 7:57 pm
building-expert
PAB_34
PAB_34
1 January 2013

Bondcrete = PVA?

Bondcrete = PVA?

No. They are not the same product, similar yes, same -…

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PAB_34
Jan 01, 2013 2:22 pm
PAB_34
Mclaren
Mclaren
15 January 2013

What kitchen mixer do you recommend?

What kitchen mixer do you recommend?

Update:- we have had our Hansa sink mixer changed again - the plumber said that it used to have a plastic insert which would swell when using hot water but now has a brass…

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Mclaren
Jan 15, 2013 3:55 pm
Mclaren
Kitchenpro
Kitchenpro
7 January 2013

Caesarstone sink cutout

Caesarstone sink cutout

Hi J1burr, I have messaged you the contact details of a great stone mason I use. They are based in Brisbane but also have a factory in Melbourne. Hope this helps.

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Kitchenpro
Jan 07, 2013 8:44 am
1rocky
1rocky
30 December 2012

anyone knows who makes this switch?

anyone knows who makes this switch?

definitely makes sense thanks saint mike

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1rocky
Dec 30, 2012 2:48 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
30 December 2012

Telstra Velocity ?

Telstra Velocity ?

Will do. I've searched the net for packages - including all - but not much luck. It doesn't give a clear…

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Saint Mike
Dec 30, 2012 9:46 am
Saint Mike
norv
norv
29 December 2012

Filling gaps to a shifting extension?

Filling gaps to a shifting extension?

We have a brick house on a steep block with an extension on the downhill side. Over the years, the extension has shifted, and has had to be lifted approximately 50mm. Now…

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norv
Dec 29, 2012 10:57 am
norv
kek
kek
29 December 2012

Painting tinting tile grout fair trading

Painting tinting tile grout fair trading

....what can you do when my new bathroom has dirty satained grout due to the builder breaking a window and not replacing it for 4 months. (I have…

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kek
Dec 29, 2012 9:21 am
kek
scotty78
scotty78
28 December 2012

Pulling out of a contract of sale

Pulling out of a contract of sale

Hi there. As others have stated the contract should hold the answers. I'd be surprised though if they can simply on sell without you having a reasonable chance to obtain…

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scotty78
Dec 28, 2012 11:57 am
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
27 December 2012

Does the Gecko - Triple Lure Insect Killer work?

Does the Gecko - Triple Lure Insect Killer work?

Some plants are good too. Any recommended for mossies and mites ?

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Saint Mike
Dec 27, 2012 7:26 am
Saint Mike
building-expert
building-expert
27 December 2012

Load bearing walls

Load bearing walls

Can you post some photos?

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building-expert
Dec 27, 2012 7:21 am
building-expert
MelanieG
MelanieG
26 December 2012

Entrance to the property for Off the plan Home

Entrance to the property for Off the plan Home

No, builders don't supply pathways or driveways. That's extra. You could either pay for the builder to do it, your own contractor, or DIY.

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MelanieG
Dec 26, 2012 7:04 pm

we are very pleased with adenbrook homes and now up to frame the house is fantastic and looking forward to seeing it at lock up come jan. here is a…

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1rocky
Dec 26, 2012 4:17 pm
1rocky
1rocky
26 December 2012

slimline sectional garage door

slimline sectional garage door

good idea about the manhole we have about 12 foot high ceiling in the garage the cleaning i will leave to hubby :lol: :lol:

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1rocky
Dec 26, 2012 3:45 pm
digz
digz
16 April 2013

Treated pine or Cypress pine picket fence

Treated pine or Cypress pine picket fence

Hi sportsguy could you pleasegive me the supplier in sydney you are talking about im just starting to get quotes/ prices for the timber for a front…

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digz
Apr 16, 2013 4:04 pm

Part of the problem is the proliferation of these DIY programs on TV - The Block, Better Homes & Gardens, The Living Room etc etc where they do a deck or a kitchen reno…

Guest
Jan 01, 1970 10:00 am
Charlotte1
Charlotte1
25 December 2012

New gas hot water service :@

New gas hot water service :@

Thanks for that. Will keep looking around at all the available options. Have found an indoor continuous system by Rinnai. Will ask my plumber if the area occupied by my…

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Charlotte1
Dec 25, 2012 2:14 pm
Danois
Danois
25 December 2012

What are the chances of getting this through the council?

What are the chances of getting this through the council?

I think the most expensive on the inside are the glulam trusses, since they have to be specially made (shape). They're made from pine/fir, and so are both the floor and…

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Danois
Dec 25, 2012 9:16 am
mitchysdad
mitchysdad
24 December 2012

Facade colours - shale grey roof/chocolate bricks

Facade colours - shale grey roof/chocolate bricks

travcol, have you tried the Studio M website? http://www.studiom.com.au. Go to Envisage page and you can select a home and then select…

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mitchysdad
Dec 24, 2012 4:13 pm
bbuilder2012
bbuilder2012
17 March 2013

Colorbond surfmist colour scheme

Colorbond surfmist colour scheme

Hi Bella, our gutters and downpipes are all Surfmist. We could have matched them to the render but decided for the less maintenance route! Hope this helps!

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bbuilder2012
Mar 16, 2013 11:33 pm


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