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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
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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
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


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