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Pellana
Pellana
6 December 2012

Are you building a "Mcmansion"?

Are you building a "Mcmansion"?
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Yes I guess we are. In our suburb however our house would not be considered overly large as most are over 500sqm in living area. In fact just down the road from us…

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Pellana
Dec 06, 2012 3:00 pm
planfan
planfan
6 December 2012

noisy aluminium fence

noisy aluminium fence

It's all just poles with horizontal rails to hold them and vertical poles in the ground about 1500mm apart. It is like a wobble board but a real rattle.

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planfan
Dec 06, 2012 6:47 am
Medicoman
Medicoman
5 December 2012

Bags of cement per cubic metre

Bags of cement per cubic metre

Thanks for your prompt replies. Very helpful indeed. I don't have a concrete mixer and I am happy to use muscle and a wheelbarrow which I have done before. This time I…

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Medicoman
Dec 05, 2012 10:43 am
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
4 December 2012

Telephones - Mobile and Land Lines ?

Telephones - Mobile and Land Lines ?
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We asked out builder to call my home number as primary contact a few months back so my wife could deal with issues as I had a heap of stuff…

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Saint Mike
Dec 04, 2012 4:06 pm
Saint Mike
CustomInTheGateway
CustomInTheGateway
3 December 2012

Shed Permit

Shed Permit

Hi All, I am looking at building a shed of approx 30m2. Hence I will need a Building Permit. Local council does not handle this anymore. I am interested to hear of any…

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CustomInTheGateway
Dec 03, 2012 11:59 am
countcowan
countcowan
2 December 2012

thin concrete topping to old balcony sub floor?

thin concrete topping to old balcony sub floor?

I need to pour a balcony topping floor over an existing sub floor and looking for product/materials advice. Its an older house, so when i have pulled up some old decking…

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countcowan
Dec 02, 2012 2:00 pm
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MrsB77
Dec 02, 2012 10:34 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
2 December 2012

concrete slabs, clay soils & water pipes (novice questions)

concrete slabs, clay soils & water pipes (novice questions)

Usually H & C water pipes and gas pipes are run after the builder has all the timber framed walls up and trusses on for the roof. These are usually notched into the studs…

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Stewie D
Dec 02, 2012 9:09 am
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
2 December 2012

Wall mounted TV - considerations during new build

Wall mounted TV - considerations during new build

Also - plumbed fridges. We have 2. So I've had a capped outlet set-up in the build - very cheap - and ready for the fridge - one in kitchen and one in garage. Hiring a…

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Saint Mike
Dec 02, 2012 8:04 am
Saint Mike
bkm2009
bkm2009
30 November 2012

Options for built in bbq bench top

Options for built in bbq bench top

The builder I work for have done a number of display homes with built in BBQ's. They have gone with their BBQ's constructed with a timber stud frame, wrapped the entire…

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bkm2009
Nov 30, 2012 10:13 pm
bkm2009
How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
30 November 2012

Access to backyard...

Access to backyard...

Hi Veefy.... Had thought of pulling down the pergola etc (it was just the steps up/down that would maybe have been left as an obstacle?? Hadn't thought of craning in a…

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How Hard Can it Be
Nov 30, 2012 5:07 pm
mynameisjonas
mynameisjonas
30 November 2012

Asbestos

Asbestos

Don't worry about asbestos, as long as it's not disturbed you will be fine. It's buyer beware so make sure you get a building inspection and pest report first. This can…

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mynameisjonas
Nov 30, 2012 2:28 pm
Pellana
Pellana
30 November 2012

NEED ADVISE EXTERIOR HOUSE COLOUR & TO STAIN OR PAINT DOORS

NEED ADVISE EXTERIOR HOUSE COLOUR & TO STAIN OR PAINT DOORS

Dulux Malay grey is a dark grey with brown undertones. It looks lovely, and I think would look fantastic with white trims/doors. The darker colour in the same tones as…

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Pellana
Nov 30, 2012 12:09 am
Team PD
Team PD
29 November 2012

New Porter Davis display opening at Mernda Villages, Mernda

New Porter Davis display opening at Mernda Villages, Mernda

If you are looking to build, make some time to come down to Mernda Villages this Saturday, December 1, to see some new great new Porter Davis home designs and new World of…

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Team PD
Nov 29, 2012 4:54 pm
Team PD
lukele
lukele
29 November 2012

What are the top 10 builder or companies in Australia?

What are the top 10 builder or companies in Australia?

I just want to find who they are, and send my resume to them, hope to get start in this industry.

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lukele
Nov 29, 2012 12:42 pm
Skyzie85
Skyzie85
28 November 2012

Vintage Victorian Light Switch. Where to find?

Vintage Victorian Light Switch. Where to find?

I can't open the picture... Where about are you located?

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Skyzie85
Nov 28, 2012 9:50 pm
JazzyJess
JazzyJess
28 November 2012

design estate guidelines

design estate guidelines

Doesn't the estate give you the guidelines? I was looking at an estate and it was all there on the website in a pdf. If you need an interpetation of something or an…

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JazzyJess
Nov 28, 2012 3:48 pm
bkm2009
bkm2009
28 November 2012

What is the stuff called to finish off undereaves to brick??

What is the stuff called to finish off undereaves to brick??

Each builder is different. Some don't put anything, some only use something to finish where the external render meets the eave/hardiflex. Some may use quad, Scotia,…

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bkm2009
Nov 27, 2012 11:55 pm
bkm2009
xxkatxx
xxkatxx
27 November 2012

What do you think makes a house feel 'special'?

What do you think makes a house feel 'special'?

something as simple as the shape/style of windows makes a big difference and may not cost any extra to change. so many houses have just a plain square window on the front…

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xxkatxx
Nov 27, 2012 8:03 am
NiMa
NiMa
26 November 2012

Balcony Gard - Motion Activated Bird Deterrent

Balcony Gard - Motion Activated Bird Deterrent

Hi I am having so many problems with birds and interested in buying a Bird…

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NiMa
Nov 26, 2012 1:26 pm
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HomeAngels
Nov 26, 2012 6:28 am
HomeAngels
AKB
AKB
25 November 2012

Robomaid - how do they go with pet hair and which brand?

Robomaid - how do they go with pet hair and which brand?

I bought mine about 6 months ago on a spreet deal $249 (i actually bought 2 of them one for the office and one for home) The Office one gets used once a week and we dont…

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AKB
Nov 25, 2012 10:35 pm
AKB
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
25 November 2012

Colour Advice

Colour Advice

Maybe CLB Dune with First Snow- there's a pic in the link below on page 3. I think it would look great with woodland grey. http://www.solverpaints.com.au/diy/Colo ... 0Final.pdf

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Treeseachanger
Nov 25, 2012 8:08 pm
henno76
henno76
25 November 2012

WILL A BUILDER DO ALL THIS IN ONE GO?

WILL A BUILDER DO ALL THIS IN ONE GO?

Thanks for you input :) We're just kinda time poor...as everyone is these days i guess. Having to call a whole lotta people from each trade, then arrange times for them to…

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henno76
Nov 25, 2012 4:05 pm
tengals
tengals
25 November 2012

H3nl3y Sales Contact...

H3nl3y Sales Contact...

no your admin person will take over straight away

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tengals
Nov 25, 2012 9:03 am
d@n
d@n
24 November 2012

Help with Render Colour

Help with Render Colour

Better than the yellow, but I would have gone lighter and more neutral. It looks a bit too blue although that could be just the photo colour.

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d@n
Nov 24, 2012 7:57 am
Gerbz
Gerbz
23 November 2012

Neighbours permission to build on the boundary?

Neighbours permission to build on the boundary?

I agree with Skyzie85, If you build over the boundary it can be very costly to fix. Survey of the block next to us shows that the front fence is 4m into the road reserve…

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Gerbz
Nov 23, 2012 8:14 pm
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jericho1227
Nov 23, 2012 7:44 pm
busybusy
busybusy
23 November 2012

Builder's damage outside construction site.

Builder's damage outside construction site.

The builder will sometimes take a deposit from you to cover things like that. Most builders will put it in the pci report and get the council to fix it. Either way just…

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busybusy
Nov 23, 2012 7:39 pm
Lex
Lex
23 November 2012

Banging noise in roof at night

Banging noise in roof at night

No, just some really good memory hahahaahah :)

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Lex
Nov 23, 2012 2:15 pm
Lex
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
22 November 2012

Off White Mortar... 1.5K upgrade!!

Off White Mortar... 1.5K upgrade!!
1, 2

They are making a profit, but there is a…

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Treeseachanger
Nov 22, 2012 10:08 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
21 November 2012

Section 96 DA Amendment - how much can you change?

Section 96 DA Amendment - how much can you change?

A section 96 or " modification to a consent " means minor changes to an approved DA where the changes are consistent with the original DA. Usually if the changes are minor…

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Stewie D
Nov 21, 2012 5:08 pm
Robbie1950
Robbie1950
20 November 2012

Cost of Plastering

Cost of Plastering

Sounds like alot to me.. Plaster costs $3 something a square metre.. Let be generous and say $4 a m2. You do the…

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Robbie1950
Nov 20, 2012 1:23 pm
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
19 November 2012

Where do you get your inspiration?

Where do you get your inspiration?

I live in SA and My brother is over in Perth, he showed me around to what the difference in homes over there and got my inspiration from WA home…

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Treeseachanger
Nov 19, 2012 8:54 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
19 November 2012

Getting rid of mosquitos

Getting rid of mosquitos

I had little pot plants near the back door. One with Thyme, One Basil and can't remember the last one... Anyhoo, that really helped on the…

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ECOECO
Nov 19, 2012 3:58 pm
ECOECO
boosho
boosho
18 November 2012

Painting steel garage door

Painting steel garage door

I just have a question. We've just had our garage door installed and it doesn't really match the rest of our facade. Its timber look door .. can I just paint over that??…

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boosho
Nov 18, 2012 8:48 am
boosho
zav
zav
17 November 2012

Council asking for cars to exist the garage forwards

Council asking for cars to exist the garage forwards

That is correct. Prices for traffic engineers can vary, so it is a good idea to get a few quotes. Also, always look at what you are getting for a like to like comparison.…

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zav
Nov 17, 2012 7:36 am
zav
Liliana
Liliana
16 November 2012

Builder's project gallery bogus

Builder's project gallery bogus

Anything is possible Kek. But then I probably wouldn't be here today feeding my builder's images into the web to see what comes up if I was entirely happy with him. My…

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Liliana
Nov 16, 2012 4:23 pm
bkm2009
bkm2009
15 November 2012

Making building cheaper by doing demolition / tree removal

Making building cheaper by doing demolition / tree removal

I work for a builder and have seen what you have described a number of times. When you sign up for a build, and the builder will organize a surveyer to create a plan on…

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bkm2009
Nov 15, 2012 12:29 am
bkm2009
Gialandon
Gialandon
14 November 2012

Who is my Strata Manager?

Who is my Strata Manager?

You would think they would let me know. The body corporate manager changed after the last payment. Anyway i managed to track them down through the insurance company of all…

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Gialandon
Nov 14, 2012 8:59 pm
How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
14 November 2012

Waterproofing bathroom - recommendations - melb??

Waterproofing bathroom - recommendations - melb??

Thanks so much Leighton. We have (hopefully!!) someone contacting us Friday with a view to coming to quote on Saturday. If they don't follow through, I'll be back in…

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How Hard Can it Be
Nov 14, 2012 7:15 pm
leighton
leighton
14 November 2012

Marketing To Builders

Marketing To Builders

This is competetive. The best way is to actually talk to builders, email first maybe, then ring, time-consuming but effective. cheers

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leighton
Nov 14, 2012 6:45 am
leighton
Cath_wiley77
Cath_wiley77
14 November 2012

DIY Apps - Are they any good?

DIY Apps - Are they any good?

Just been on the Apple App store and theres a few DIY apps with material calculation etc and decent tutorials but 'm not sure what to get. Has anyone else ever downloaded…

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Cath_wiley77
Nov 14, 2012 4:02 am
tengals
tengals
13 November 2012

what cornice style did you choose?

what cornice style did you choose?
1, 2, 3

90mm cove upstairs square set downstairs

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tengals
Nov 13, 2012 2:16 pm
Althom
Althom
11 November 2012

WA housing centre

WA housing centre

You'll generally find all WA builders are the same. Long on rhetoric and short on standards and performance. When we built with DAH our independent inspector told us that…

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Althom
Nov 11, 2012 2:22 pm
Althom
kexkez
kexkez
11 November 2012

Donnybrook sandstone

Donnybrook sandstone

Donnybrook stone is used on the outside of a number of prominent buildings in Australia so it must be fairly weather proof. Many public and private buildings in Western…

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kexkez
Nov 11, 2012 11:07 am
kexkez
cmhamilton
cmhamilton
10 November 2012

Fencing - HELP

Fencing - HELP

If you issue a notice to fence now to the seller they will have to include it in the section 32 as a liability on the land when they go to sell.…

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cmhamilton
Nov 10, 2012 2:04 pm
DJP3095
DJP3095
8 November 2012

Help - who can make us a decent corrugated iron fence?!?

Help - who can make us a decent corrugated iron fence?!?

**NB - ALSO POSTED IN "OUTDOOR LIVING" Our neighbours are keen to replace the adjoining fence which is around 40 metres long. We would prefer a non-paling fence and they…

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DJP3095
Nov 08, 2012 7:53 pm
AdamBorzy2012
AdamBorzy2012
8 November 2012

the $50,000 Prize or Bali holiday?

the $50,000 Prize or Bali holiday?

G'day Mates, Got a feeling that this competition will totally rock because any garden shed is just fine to join the contest. Surely appreciate your help with some ideas…

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AdamBorzy2012
Nov 08, 2012 12:59 am
AdamBorzy2012

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