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Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
12 June 2012

Magnetic Door Latches

Magnetic Door Latches

Might be OK where you dont need privacy latches on the WC bathroom and bedrooms etc, unless you like the kids barging in when you are in the middle of something. Then…

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Uncle Arfur
Jun 12, 2012 3:29 pm
building-expert
building-expert
12 June 2012

Building dispute mediation. This is how it's done!

Building dispute mediation. This is how it's done!

The problem with building disputes is that they can escalate very quickly and get out of hand. It will lead to antagonism and loss of trust and working relationship. Once…

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building-expert
Jun 12, 2012 1:20 pm
building-expert
buildnewbie
buildnewbie
11 June 2012

Thrust boring

Thrust boring

I'm currently trying to subdivide and build a house at the back of my block and recently got the "approval" from council. However, there are quite a few conditions and one…

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buildnewbie
Jun 11, 2012 10:39 pm
ilikethemoon
ilikethemoon
11 June 2012

Recommendations for tiler in Perth - Glass Tiles.

Recommendations for tiler in Perth - Glass Tiles.

Hi Cornflower. I looked and looked everywhere and couldn't find anything that came in cost effective. Some of the stores have 4" x 8" (or so) glass tiles which would work…

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ilikethemoon
Jun 11, 2012 7:19 pm
ilikethemoon
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
11 June 2012

Fence question

Fence question

Its the first Ive heard of 'coloured' rails and posts. Our new dividing fence was paperbark colour with galv posts and rails, as is the norm here. The posts and rails…

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Uncle Arfur
Jun 11, 2012 12:13 pm
Abby
Abby
9 June 2012

Need your opinion on color harmony

Need your opinion on color harmony

Hi, I have to agree with you Dh. I would have a light kitchen counter. Have you thought about plastering over the bricks?

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Abby
Jun 09, 2012 9:09 pm
kaindec
kaindec
7 June 2012

Home insureance claim - does it follow on to new owner

Home insureance claim - does it follow on to new owner

Thanks Arfur It wouldnt have mattered if I had been at home as they basically said the scope of works had been done as per the accessors request. He seemed fair on the…

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kaindec
Jun 07, 2012 6:55 pm
akashra
akashra
7 June 2012

Rough idea of earthworks costs?

Rough idea of earthworks costs?

Fortunately I misread, and originally read this as you wanting to remove dirt right across the block to level it to the base level. Uhm... I'm not sure you really want to…

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akashra
Jun 07, 2012 1:48 pm
jetson
jetson
6 June 2012

grrrrrrrr stupid broker

grrrrrrrr stupid broker

I hear that! We have an absolute ******** broker, took so damn long to get the loan for our build we nearly had to apply for an extension to buy some land. Then when we…

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jetson
Jun 06, 2012 9:34 pm
jzell67
jzell67
6 June 2012

UNDERHOUSE DRAINAGE

UNDERHOUSE DRAINAGE

When you say you have agi pipe along two sides of the house, are these the uphill sides? If so, I would have thought that these would catch…

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jzell67
Jun 06, 2012 7:49 pm
rb81
rb81
6 June 2012

Asbestos in Carpet Underlay

Asbestos in Carpet Underlay

Hi Jetson, in the end I did get brave and remove a sample myself - I dropped it in to a lab for analysis yesterday so I should know for sure tomorrow or Friday latest. …

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rb81
Jun 06, 2012 7:09 pm
mesophyte
mesophyte
6 June 2012

Looking for a thread adapter to connect hand shower to tap

Looking for a thread adapter to connect hand shower to tap

Uncle Arfur, that's a bath outlet with an internal thread aerator, yes. Doing it under the sink / before the tap is a bit of an issue because the water mixer is…

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mesophyte
Jun 06, 2012 2:47 pm
building-expert
building-expert
6 June 2012

Project Management to save money?

Project Management to save money?

Yes it can happen but also it can go horribly wrong. Check out my latest experience with project management then make up your mind. www.buildingexpert.net.au/blog

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building-expert
Jun 06, 2012 10:12 am
building-expert
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
5 June 2012

Streaky floors using a steam mop!

Streaky floors using a steam mop!

I was told that using a dash of vinegar in hot water will eliminate most pet smells. However if your puppy or kitten does have an accident on hard floors (usually they…

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Treeseachanger
Jun 05, 2012 11:00 pm
grom40
grom40
5 June 2012

Advice on lifting a convenant?

Advice on lifting a convenant?

Legally speaking a covenant means a formal agreement or promise; in this case they are registered on the Title to your land and, by buying the land, you agree to abide by…

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grom40
Jun 05, 2012 3:51 pm
grom40
building-expert
building-expert
4 June 2012

wrongly invoiced multiple times

wrongly invoiced multiple times

If you are in Victoria and the invoice is from a registered builder you can threaten to make complaint to Building Practitioner Board for builder's breach of professional…

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building-expert
Jun 04, 2012 8:13 pm
building-expert
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
4 June 2012

Back Splashes

Back Splashes

Tiles are cheaper than glass. There is so much variety in styles and colours too. You could also enquire about the laminex vertical panels in the metal finishes....Not…

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Treeseachanger
Jun 04, 2012 8:12 pm
cmhamilton
cmhamilton
4 June 2012

what to organise for moving in

what to organise for moving in

Having just dne the deed I'd recommend getting yourself a post office box for 6 months - cheap as chips (I think i was somewhere around the $60 mark for the p.o. box and…

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cmhamilton
Jun 04, 2012 7:23 pm
barkly
barkly
4 June 2012

Ducted Vac

Ducted Vac

Another 'good' location for an access point to your internal vac system is in the kick rail in your kitchen. I have seen a special opening for this position - can't…

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barkly
Jun 04, 2012 1:26 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
4 June 2012

Wall paint is cracking/peeling

Wall paint is cracking/peeling

A photo would help as your description is a bit vague. Is it solid plaster or plasterboard? If its half way up it may be where the horizontal joins are in the plaster…

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Uncle Arfur
Jun 04, 2012 1:19 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
4 June 2012

Discoloured brickwork

Discoloured brickwork

There's a toilet to the left in fact. It could be the water supply to the taps. But it's hard to tell without removing a brick. It's a two…

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Uncle Arfur
Jun 04, 2012 1:08 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
4 June 2012

Wardrobe in need of Refurb

Wardrobe in need of Refurb

I think using an electric sander is overkill and asking for trouble, when all you are trying to do is remove any crap on the surface and provide a 'key' for the undercoat…

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Uncle Arfur
Jun 04, 2012 12:44 pm
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Uncle Arfur
Jun 04, 2012 12:03 pm
building-expert
building-expert
4 June 2012

Building dispute, expert evidence. This is how it's done.

Building dispute, expert evidence. This is how it's done.

Most of the time I can help diffuse dispute between owner and the builder but sometimes I am called when the dispute is already in VCAT. This was one of the cases where my…

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building-expert
Jun 04, 2012 6:59 am
building-expert
theanonyuser
theanonyuser
3 June 2012

Acrylic Splashbacks w/free standing gas cooker/electric oven

Acrylic Splashbacks w/free standing gas cooker/electric oven

The research I did showed that they would not normally use an acrylic behind a gas stove-top. They would put stainless steel there and acrylic around it.

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theanonyuser
Jun 03, 2012 8:01 pm
rnb design
rnb design
1 June 2012

Beam cross section to span this distance?

Beam cross section to span this distance?

Did your mate tell you that you require a building permit?

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rnb design
Jun 01, 2012 7:45 pm
Servicelocator
Servicelocator
1 June 2012

TV Antenna for The Ponds

TV Antenna for The Ponds

Hi All, Please recommend me a good TV antenna installer for a house in The Ponds NSW? It would be great if you can mention cost for the supply and installation as well.

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Servicelocator
Jun 01, 2012 4:39 pm
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
1 June 2012

Exterior House Colour Help Needed - What Colour Grey?

Exterior House Colour Help Needed - What Colour Grey?

Would love to see that photo of the blue grey house, we are wanting to use a blue grey colour with white trim and…

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Treeseachanger
Jun 01, 2012 3:56 pm
hfwangoz
hfwangoz
1 June 2012

How to select solid timber floor?

How to select solid timber floor?

Thanks. I'm afraid it's beyond my capability to install by myself...

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hfwangoz
Jun 01, 2012 11:56 am
acpn2330
acpn2330
31 May 2012

Land at kellyville ridge

Land at kellyville ridge

Hi all, once again, I am back in the options of buying a a land. There is large level parcel of land a total area of 794.3 m2, registered and ready to go, council approved…

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acpn2330
May 31, 2012 5:17 pm
Michelle
Michelle
31 May 2012

Calling Interior Designers

Calling Interior Designers

The answers to your questions depend on how far you want to go in decorating. Do you want to do it as a hobby for yourself, go into business for yourself, or work for an…

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Michelle
May 31, 2012 3:34 pm
Michelle
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
30 May 2012

Pre-Handover Inspection

Pre-Handover Inspection

You need a mind like a steel trap to get through it all. :lol: At pre-inspection I queried the colour of the bath taps compared to the spout. They were supposed to be almond…

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Treeseachanger
May 30, 2012 8:39 pm
buzza
buzza
30 May 2012

Roads and Drainage - Council problem

Roads and Drainage - Council problem

Just curious how you got on with council. I have a similar problem where stormwater from road/service road flows directly into my land via a concrete drain. Council…

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buzza
May 30, 2012 3:16 pm
Wanderer
Wanderer
30 May 2012

Talavera tiles

Talavera tiles

Does anyone know who sells Talavera tiles in NSW? Cheers Wanderer

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Wanderer
May 30, 2012 10:29 am
trayracer
trayracer
30 May 2012

Conflict between SEPP and LEP/DCP

Conflict between SEPP and LEP/DCP

Dan, I don't know if you already have the answer, and I'm not an expert, but my logic would tell me that SEPP would apply to your existing buildings, i.e. 25sqm would also…

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trayracer
May 30, 2012 1:22 am
xxkatxx
xxkatxx
29 May 2012

Shower tempreture flow problems. Blame game Rheem ,Caroma

Shower tempreture flow problems. Blame game Rheem ,Caroma

I've got an instantaneous gas hot water system which I think is the same type as you and unfortunately I have the same problem with my kitchen mixer tap. It helps a little…

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xxkatxx
May 29, 2012 5:31 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
29 May 2012

Building on 2 titles

Building on 2 titles

Your solicitor. It is all the legal work concerning adding two titles together and lodging the paperwork with the land titles office. They may or may not want the…

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Stewie D
May 29, 2012 12:40 pm
Skyzie85
Skyzie85
29 May 2012

site works estimate $$$$$$$$$

site works estimate $$$$$$$$$

Ours will be around 35sq total space.

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Skyzie85
May 29, 2012 11:40 am
Vess
Vess
28 May 2012

Questions about Wall and Roof Insulation - Batts, Sarking et

Questions about Wall and Roof Insulation - Batts, Sarking et

Depending on which state your building in, depends what is standard practice. In NSW, it hasn't been common practice to apply foil wall wrap but many do it these days for…

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Vess
May 28, 2012 10:51 pm
barker
barker
28 May 2012

How long for deposit

How long for deposit

we had one week after tender was provided

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barker
May 28, 2012 10:34 pm
barker
acpn2330
acpn2330
28 May 2012

The Ponds - Land Release

The Ponds - Land Release
1 ... 12, 13, 14

Hi all, once again, I am back in the options of buying a a land. There is large level parcel of land a total area of 794.3 m2, registered and ready to go, council approved…

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acpn2330
May 28, 2012 5:36 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
28 May 2012

Help regarding possible internal water leak.

Help regarding possible internal water leak.

Basically what JB said. It sounds like you are a novice so remove the tap tops and flanges to see if its not done already. If it isnt you will need a cheap silicine gun…

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Uncle Arfur
May 28, 2012 12:25 pm
stormjr
stormjr
28 May 2012

Deceased person connected their phone in my brand new house!

Deceased person connected their phone in my brand new house!

Don't see what Telstra's problem is! :th: When I worked for them I had similar problems from time to time (all rentals!) previous tenants left phone on and new tenants want…

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stormjr
May 28, 2012 11:22 am
travelbug
travelbug
27 May 2012

Renovation Style - Confusion

Renovation Style - Confusion

I think you can pick something nice that won't date too much but yes you need to keep it quite simple. Think of the past- bright yellow benchtops etc. Now it's those sit…

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travelbug
May 27, 2012 10:50 am
hazza ago
hazza ago
26 May 2012

Volume builder re search

Volume builder re search

I"m currently contracting to a large volume builder who last finnacial did 680 homes in n.s.w

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hazza ago
May 26, 2012 11:12 pm
pinknoise
pinknoise
26 May 2012

Converting Batten lights to Down lights

Converting Batten lights to Down lights

How about converting batten lights to pendant lights? are they easy to do? or any ideas how much installation costs? thanks

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pinknoise
May 26, 2012 1:23 pm


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