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How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
11 November 2011

Painting our House (pics)

Painting our House (pics)

Hi Mouseman That grey is very strong and dark - but it looks good. I quite like it. If you personally like it, then go for it - I think it would suit your style of house.…

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How Hard Can it Be
Nov 11, 2011 9:55 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
9 November 2011

Slab Movement

Slab Movement

Is it a serious problem? Do I still need buy this house? How much does it cost to repair this. I thought your questions would be best…

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Uncle Arfur
Nov 09, 2011 1:13 pm
trippy
trippy
9 November 2011

Concreting driveway

Concreting driveway

In a nutshell, all of your questions - Yes... :) I did all the concreting .. subsequently, all the bits and pieces at a later date. I don't think there is a rule either…

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trippy
Nov 09, 2011 12:23 pm
joannapaulp
joannapaulp
9 November 2011

Exempt and Complying Development Requirements - NSW

Exempt and Complying Development Requirements - NSW

if you are talking about a bbq that sits in its own trolley, why are you worrying about getting council approvals. From what you have said regarding setbacks, I think…

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joannapaulp
Nov 09, 2011 8:33 am
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
9 November 2011

Builders Margin - Applicable to Actual Costs?

Builders Margin - Applicable to Actual Costs?

The Prime cost includes margin. I'm pretty sure we paid no extra margin on the extra PC (Prime Cost) stuff we had in our build. From HIA contract: "33.4 In relation to…

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chrisandkate
Nov 09, 2011 8:20 am
Lori
Lori
8 November 2011

Neighbours overhead power cable crossing property

Neighbours overhead power cable crossing property

Unfortunatly council or the network sharing the cost of the works is very unlikely to happen due to boundry encroachment of the service already exsisting. Normally…

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Lori
Nov 08, 2011 7:54 pm
Lori
Huggy_B
Huggy_B
8 November 2011

External brick wall waterproofing -bitumen or polyurethane ?

External brick wall waterproofing -bitumen or polyurethane ?

If they are all the same price, then its not a real polyurethane waterproofing membrane - a real poly would be drastically more expensive. It will be a water based polymer…

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Huggy_B
Nov 08, 2011 2:47 pm
Huggy_B
trippy
trippy
8 November 2011

Cost of driveway

Cost of driveway

hmm, the 4.5k sounds a bit more reasonable ...given it's just your driveway. . are you getting anything else done ? If it's exposed aggregate, have they given you a…

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trippy
Nov 08, 2011 2:31 pm
ESB
ESB
8 November 2011

Electricity bill, we don't have one yet...

Electricity bill, we don't have one yet...

its probly still in the builders name. it happened to me. i called the company who i thought i was with, gave them my details and they said its…

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ESB
Nov 08, 2011 7:00 am
ESB
ECOECO
ECOECO
8 November 2011

Flush threshold sliding doors installed too low

Flush threshold sliding doors installed too low

Your architect should have given the builder a build-in detail for the door height. There is no such thing as a right height, it depends on what floor covering you are…

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ECOECO
Nov 08, 2011 6:55 am
ECOECO
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
7 November 2011

Who should pay for this? Tiling Q and another stuff up IMO

Who should pay for this? Tiling Q and another stuff up IMO

Let me get this straight - is the issue the fact that not enough tiles have been ordered to cover the new tiling plan, or that sufficient…

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chrisandkate
Nov 07, 2011 9:06 am
B STAR
B STAR
6 November 2011

Building Surveyor proof of approval at each stage?

Building Surveyor proof of approval at each stage?

The surveyor only have four inspections. Foundation, steel, Frame then completion. It will be a waste of time asking for what your asking. Surveyors dont issue any proof…

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B STAR
Nov 06, 2011 8:48 pm
Buttercup
Buttercup
6 November 2011

Fencing in Mernda/Doreen Area who did you go with?

Fencing in Mernda/Doreen Area who did you go with?

DO NOT USE PLENTY VALLEY FENCING HE IS A SCUMBAG WHO NEEDS TO ROT IN HELL ::angry::

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Buttercup
Nov 06, 2011 7:06 pm
Buttercup
Dion
Dion
5 November 2011

Double brick / cavity brick builders in Brisbane

Double brick / cavity brick builders in Brisbane

We are planning to extend our 1950 cavity brick house. Ideally we'd like to keep in with the existing nature of the house and build the extension (bathroom and…

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Dion
Nov 04, 2011 11:22 pm
mims
mims
4 November 2011

Gutter Guards for Pine Needles - Any recommendations?

Gutter Guards for Pine Needles - Any recommendations?

Thanks, Uncle ... Well, we did eventually select one and in 6 months or so, we'll probably climb up the roof and take a peek to see if we made the right decision! Anyway,…

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mims
Nov 04, 2011 7:47 pm
Baffled
Baffled
4 November 2011

Getting a gas connection to existing house & appliances

Getting a gas connection to existing house & appliances

Hi, I've bought a 1960's all electric house that has old appliances. I've decided to run gas in for heating. I can't really afford it at the moment, but the electric hot…

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Baffled
Nov 04, 2011 5:54 pm
parcelona
parcelona
3 November 2011

Realestate.com Home Ideas Resource

Realestate.com Home Ideas Resource

I smell hours of drooling over potential ideas coming my way. Awesome find, thanks! :D

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parcelona
Nov 03, 2011 7:22 pm
parcelona
sarahwayne007
sarahwayne007
3 November 2011

Carpenter/painter recommendations for Sydney (Inner West)?

Carpenter/painter recommendations for Sydney (Inner West)?

Hi Newtownvic, So you need a house painter who can do all these stuff for you mentioned in your message. I have great solution to your problem, Just few days ago I…

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sarahwayne007
Nov 03, 2011 12:29 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
2 November 2011

Flashing for Rangehood flue in metal roof

Flashing for Rangehood flue in metal roof

A product called Dektite But I'm pretty sure the actual flue piping won't be 300mm square. A very odd size if it is. Usually the flue cover is that size and the piping is…

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chrisandkate
Nov 02, 2011 12:39 pm
rojak1
rojak1
2 November 2011

No response from neighbors for fencing

No response from neighbors for fencing

the fence cannot go up unless you are ready to pay full cost by yourself. registered mail is the only option if they have firearm at home. your neighbours have to respond…

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rojak1
Nov 02, 2011 8:30 am
cmhamilton
cmhamilton
1 November 2011

timber boundary fence - oil or not

timber boundary fence - oil or not

Yeah they will look bad before you sand them but it will only take a light sand to get then back looking nice and ready for oiling up - even if you do it right away you…

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cmhamilton
Nov 01, 2011 10:37 am
tjilpi
tjilpi
1 November 2011

Can I have the TV above the heater?

Can I have the TV above the heater?

We wanted to do this too, above a wood heater (zero clearance). I rang around a few tv places and the advice I got was "people do.....but we wouldn't recemmend it". If it…

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tjilpi
Nov 01, 2011 7:54 am
zeitgeber
zeitgeber
31 October 2011

Fence advice needed - I want to block my noisy neighbor out

Fence advice needed - I want to block my noisy neighbor out

EPA Victoria This booklet can help you find the best way to address common residential noise issues. Also, the table on…

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zeitgeber
Oct 31, 2011 7:47 am
zeitgeber
luke11
luke11
30 October 2011

New fences / merbau panels ... all done :)

New fences / merbau panels ... all done :)
1, 2

Hi Blackwater, The horizontal steel brace is part of the gate, you do have to pay an extra $50 from bunnings or so to have it but. Then you just drill the screws in one…

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luke11
Oct 30, 2011 8:29 pm
luke11
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
30 October 2011

quality of mortar used in my house

quality of mortar used in my house

I was always under the impression that mortar joints were 'ironed' (rolled or raked, then brushed off) as the process draws some of the cement content in the mortar toward…

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Uncle Arfur
Oct 30, 2011 2:49 pm
trishcoastie
trishcoastie
30 October 2011

Too early to change agent?

Too early to change agent?

i know what you are feeling ournewhome we were totally unsure what too do , we were do we sell do we rent it.... we were what the hell are we doing..... yes if all happens…

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trishcoastie
Oct 30, 2011 2:37 pm
trishcoastie
HappyCamper_au
HappyCamper_au
29 October 2011

Rain water vs recycled water

Rain water vs recycled water

Yes I told the builder....his usual reaction was to shrug his shoulders and ask what I expected him to do about it. Try turning on the tap furthest from the meter and…

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HappyCamper_au
Oct 29, 2011 8:15 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
29 October 2011

Pre Purchase Building inspection

Pre Purchase Building inspection

If your report looks like ours - there's about 3 pages of report and 30 pages of disclaimers saying that they can't be held responsible for a thing.…

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Uncle Arfur
Oct 29, 2011 5:57 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
29 October 2011

Traves drouvos

Traves drouvos

I'm surprised this topic has survived this long on this site. He doesn't appear on the OCBA Builder's Licencing website, perhaps you should give them a call. You should…

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Uncle Arfur
Oct 29, 2011 5:41 pm
urk697
urk697
28 October 2011

Is it easy to add a water point in the toilet after handover

Is it easy to add a water point in the toilet after handover

Yes there is a regulation from the http://www.pic.vic.gov.au Option are to put a back flow prevention system and a drain or do it after the handover. Cheapest way is to…

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urk697
Oct 28, 2011 2:47 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
28 October 2011

Building Envelopes

Building Envelopes

Ah well, there you go then. Not having done any rural DAs for about ten years or so I wasn't sure if the OP was using the right terminology. The councils used to call it…

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Stewie D
Oct 28, 2011 12:08 pm
cmhamilton
cmhamilton
28 October 2011

Which soil test is right?

Which soil test is right?

I would err on the side of caution if there's any chance you have extremely reactive clay with lots of movement inside or close to the building envelope, but that's just me...

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cmhamilton
Oct 28, 2011 8:07 am
Large
Large
27 October 2011

shipping containers home

shipping containers home

Containers are only around 2.9 meters wide you may want to place the two containers next to each other and cut the inner walls out.

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Large
Oct 27, 2011 8:16 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
27 October 2011

Tile Removal

Tile Removal

As the previous poster said it wont be easy and you may have to cut the tiles into smaller sections with a small angle grinder then carefully take them up. I think where…

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Uncle Arfur
Oct 27, 2011 4:11 pm
mark ii
mark ii
26 October 2011

Waffle pod slab and piers.

Waffle pod slab and piers.

Have a read of as2870 it is about residential slabs and covers waffle pods.

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mark ii
Oct 26, 2011 7:54 pm
Pat the draftie
Pat the draftie
26 October 2011

A question for Draftsman

A question for Draftsman

Hi Mate; Im in the Commercail / residential industry in WA. Tough question this. Currently the swing seems to be going towards Revit, especially in the bigger commercial…

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Pat the draftie
Oct 26, 2011 11:34 am
Pat the draftie
Nika25
Nika25
26 October 2011

In need of a draftsman

In need of a draftsman

Hi Everyone I'm on the hunt for a draftsman that can help me, so if anyone can recommend anyone it would be greatly appreciated. Basically i…

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Nika25
Oct 26, 2011 9:35 am
Nika25
Trewman
Trewman
25 October 2011

How to tell if land has titled

How to tell if land has titled

Hi zircon, after a few days since my origional post yes this did mean our land titled on friday I revieved a call on saturday from the sale office to confirm :)

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Trewman
Oct 25, 2011 6:10 pm
Ballabil
Ballabil
24 October 2011

Please help me feel better about my retaining wall

Please help me feel better about my retaining wall

Glad that you found my suggestions helpful. The initial shock of having your plans destroyed can be very difficult. Hope it all works well.

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Ballabil
Oct 24, 2011 6:19 am
Buttercup
Buttercup
23 October 2011

Labourer for hire?

Labourer for hire?

I think $20 an hour would be a fair rate as long as they put in an honest days work. BTW I'm not offering it's just my…

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Buttercup
Oct 23, 2011 8:41 pm
Buttercup
suzmic
suzmic
23 October 2011

Difference between C2 and C3 footings

Difference between C2 and C3 footings

we found out its $2400 difference between them in-case anyone is wondering in the future!.

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suzmic
Oct 23, 2011 6:19 pm
How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
22 October 2011

Tradies clashing

Tradies clashing

No experience or stories to share... but just wanted to say good luck. Sounds like you are so close to the end, so hang in there :D . HHCIB

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How Hard Can it Be
Oct 22, 2011 8:29 pm
mountaingoat
mountaingoat
22 October 2011

Building a Deck questions

Building a Deck questions

Thanks Decided on 450mm spacings. I found plenty of videos showing different building methods and things not to do. I will make a smaller deck as an experiment around…

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mountaingoat
Oct 22, 2011 7:26 pm
Lee75
Lee75
21 October 2011

Rainwater Tank pump noise!

Rainwater Tank pump noise!

Thanks Dee I will ask for that, I realised after this discussion too that it may come with some sort of warranty so would want the paperwork for that too. This is costing…

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Lee75
Oct 21, 2011 8:10 pm
Rudolf1980
Rudolf1980
21 October 2011

In need of a draftsman west vic for backyard entertaining.

In need of a draftsman west vic for backyard entertaining.

Hi yall, We are currently working out some ideas for our entertaing area out the back that will include a large covered area, outdoor kitchen, lounge, fireplace, and spa…

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Rudolf1980
Oct 21, 2011 10:01 am
Rudolf1980
buildingwest
buildingwest
20 October 2011

Advice - independent inspectors vs. builder's inspectors ?

Advice - independent inspectors vs. builder's inspectors ?

It would be worth asking exactly when the builders inspector is in. With most builds it us probably just prior to completion. Your inspector would pick up errors at an…

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buildingwest
Oct 20, 2011 5:06 pm


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