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Agape
Agape
5 April 2013

The Contract Meeting

The Contract Meeting

Thanks for the feedback - well as it turns out we couldn't sign it anyway due to having to go back to Town Planning for drainage issues (see my whinge in my purple…

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Agape
Apr 05, 2013 2:59 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
5 April 2013

Polished concrete floors

Polished concrete floors

WNZ - if you do a search here on the forums for " Polished concrete floors " you will get a lot of hits. Trawl through them and you will get a lot of info. Stewie ( ex…

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Stewie D
Apr 05, 2013 8:26 am
EmeryBB
EmeryBB
4 April 2013

Telstra Velocity Rebate!

Telstra Velocity Rebate!

Telstra has stopped doing the $1500 rebate since late last year, if you bought land in the Telstra Smart Community last year, the developer will honour the rebate instead…

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EmeryBB
Apr 04, 2013 10:51 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
4 April 2013

Renovating an apartment block garage?

Renovating an apartment block garage?

anythings possible but don't always assume it will be approved and don't just buy in the hope you can do it ring council ask for planning dept tell them the situation see…

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bingoshelley
Apr 04, 2013 8:36 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
4 April 2013

Solar Choice

Solar Choice

for our solar we are getting a timer for the pool pump so it can run doing the day. also washing etc will be done during the day…

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Uncle Arfur
Apr 04, 2013 1:54 pm
tezza87
tezza87
4 April 2013

Exterior Colour Schemes - Modern Greys

Exterior Colour Schemes - Modern Greys

We have just picked our colours a shale grey roof with a feature render solver charcoal and main render solver southwards all tones of grey hoping it will look good

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tezza87
Apr 04, 2013 12:36 am
tezza87
piscean
piscean
3 April 2013

Can’t see a rodent

Can’t see a rodent

I had this issue in one room of my house where you could smell a strange smell when in the room but I suspected it was coming from the ceiling plaster, probably from a…

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piscean
Apr 03, 2013 3:38 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
2 April 2013

Skylights and heating

Skylights and heating

Skylights are roof windows, the Solatube variety is a very cut down style. Velux do them in double glazed with low-E glass to reduce the solar heat gain. If it doesn't…

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ECOECO
Apr 02, 2013 4:36 pm
ECOECO
Homebody99
Homebody99
2 April 2013

Second storey verandah for entertaining

Second storey verandah for entertaining

I agree & its amuses me also! Im just about to build a 2 storey home with upstairs being all adults area with 4x5mtr covered rear balcony overlooking hills/pond/bush out…

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Homebody99
Apr 02, 2013 3:15 pm
stormjr
stormjr
1 April 2013

Woodlands Edge, Wallan

Woodlands Edge, Wallan
1 ... 22, 23, 24

I hope all goes well jpc, they can defiantly move when they want to! We started the week waiting waiting waiting, we got the final invoice on the Thursday and sent to…

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stormjr
Apr 01, 2013 9:28 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
1 April 2013

Modern Roller Shutters

Modern Roller Shutters

It appears that this Modern Roller Shutter Group has a reputation Its the whole Modern Group apparently and whatever they…

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Uncle Arfur
Apr 01, 2013 11:17 am
Charnley
Charnley
31 March 2013

For those in their homes. List 5 things you absolutely LOVE!

For those in their homes. List 5 things you absolutely LOVE!

I love the comments about the spotted gum floors. I am putting them in our new build. Very excited to see them laid now. Im not in yet but one thing I am looking…

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Charnley
Mar 31, 2013 10:27 pm
Charnley
ck11
ck11
31 March 2013

Recommendation for good tiler (porcelain tiler)

Recommendation for good tiler (porcelain tiler)

Hi All We are currently in the process of selecting/building a new home and the builder has quoted approximately $16,000 for installation. This is for about 130sqm and…

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ck11
Mar 31, 2013 8:42 pm
Slightly Random
Slightly Random
31 March 2013

Meter location - Electricity, gas, water

Meter location - Electricity, gas, water

A friend of mine used to live in an apartment block and one or more of her neighbours' meters were in her rear courtyard. As she had a dog, she couldn't leave the gate…

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Slightly Random
Mar 31, 2013 10:59 am
Slightly Random
namweng
namweng
29 March 2013

Dark or light roller blinds

Dark or light roller blinds

Thanks cmhamilton. I think we will change it to a lighter colour. Michelle, Kitchen area below. Walls are 'grand piano quarter' and light cream tiles. The stacker doors…

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namweng
Mar 29, 2013 7:45 pm
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 4:16 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 2:05 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 10:34 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 9:20 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 8:50 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 5:38 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 5:09 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 9:43 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 9:18 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 10:12 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 5:31 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 6:29 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 12:45 pm
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 6:46 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 4:09 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 9:46 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 7:36 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 9:11 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 10:08 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 20, 2013 12:03 am
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 2:03 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 9:57 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 6:14 am
leighton
namweng
namweng
18 March 2013

New Member

New Member

Welcome! :P

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namweng
Mar 18, 2013 7:55 pm
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Holmsweethome
Mar 18, 2013 4:06 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 12:18 pm
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 8:35 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 11:54 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 9:58 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 8:21 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 11:51 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 4:33 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 9:54 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 10:40 am

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