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Jase
Jase
4 June 2011

Are Independant Inspectors Worthwhile?

Are Independant Inspectors Worthwhile?
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Hi I think an inspector is worth while. We are using one for our build in Melbourne. We just don't have enough knowledge to keep them honest on our own and we certainly…

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Jase
Jun 04, 2011 8:08 pm
chippy
chippy
4 June 2011

What is causing this?

What is causing this?

What about Scweppervescence??? Efflorescence…

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chippy
Jun 04, 2011 1:28 am
chippy
tjilpi
tjilpi
3 June 2011

Who Does what?: Draftsperson, Architect and Engineer

Who Does what?: Draftsperson, Architect and Engineer

Architects design Draft persons document. They take the design and put it into a form for permits ie do the drawings in a way that they comply with Australian Standards,…

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tjilpi
Jun 03, 2011 10:46 pm
evo550
evo550
3 June 2011

defective working needing signoff

defective working needing signoff

Nope, still not feelin' it. How has the builder spent the funds on the variation ? He doesn't see any of it until he has finished the work. The builder isn't paid up front…

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evo550
Jun 03, 2011 7:34 pm
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calgal1077
Jun 03, 2011 12:55 pm
B STAR
B STAR
3 June 2011

Blueboard boxing across brick piers

Blueboard boxing across brick piers

I used blue board and rendered over it. Come ok for a DIY

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B STAR
Jun 03, 2011 10:06 am
Natandash
Natandash
2 June 2011

free land fill - The Ponds near Kellyville ridge

free land fill - The Ponds near Kellyville ridge

We have approx 30 tonne of clean fill that's been cut from our block if anyone needs any, it's free!! Contact us if interested, we need it gone by this weekend. Fill is…

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Natandash
Jun 02, 2011 8:57 pm
pman1971
pman1971
2 June 2011

Building infiltration tank

Building infiltration tank

Hi all, As part of my DA approval from Rockdale Council in Sydney I have to install an infiltration tank in my backyard to discharge storm-water. Now I need to excavate…

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pman1971
Jun 02, 2011 8:09 pm
rhath127
rhath127
1 June 2011

creaking floors and footstep noise

creaking floors and footstep noise

thank you for your replies guys....much appreciated. I have asked the builder to come and have a look and repair it.

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rhath127
Jun 01, 2011 6:41 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
1 June 2011

Smart Glass

Smart Glass

I have no idea what you mean here? OP, try…

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ECOECO
Jun 01, 2011 3:22 pm
ECOECO
Brett854
Brett854
1 June 2011

Heritage Springs bought new land a year ago.

Heritage Springs bought new land a year ago.

We signed contracts for stage 30 land in June last year and have only been told today that the land is going to title. It kinda suited us to wait and we always had good…

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Brett854
Jun 01, 2011 2:33 pm
deb17
deb17
1 June 2011

Stamp Duty Cuts VICTORIA

Stamp Duty Cuts VICTORIA
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The PPR concession wasn't mentioned by our solicitor - we settled last December, is there any way I can find out whether it was already applied?…

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deb17
Jun 01, 2011 9:45 am
Dollar
Dollar
31 May 2011

Modular walls/fences - prices?

Modular walls/fences - prices?
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I have seen blue board used to achieve a similar result as well. Treated pine internals clad in blue board and then painted with texture…

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Dollar
May 31, 2011 9:58 pm
bel
bel
30 May 2011

Neighbour not allowing access for dilapidation report

Neighbour not allowing access for dilapidation report

Not sure about the legal aspect but this is what happened with us - or something along these lines....... One of our neighbours didn't want to give access, so the builder…

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bel
May 30, 2011 10:18 pm
bel
raj_27
raj_27
30 May 2011

Termite rereatment necessary?

Termite rereatment necessary?

Ordered 6 of 200x50 2.4 m cypress for veggie garden bed $10 each 28 of 200x50 2.4 m treated pines for all the…

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raj_27
May 30, 2011 9:20 pm

House Finished - Builder wants more money - HELP!

House Finished - Builder wants more money - HELP!

Assuming that you don't owe them any money THAT WAS IN THE CONTRACT OR A SIGNED VARIATION, tell them they have 7 days to make payment or you…

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melbourne architect
May 30, 2011 5:57 pm
A1-houseplans
A1-houseplans
30 May 2011

Hontodo builder

Hontodo builder

I have had professional dealings with this guy, and he strikes me as an honest and straightforward guy.

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A1-houseplans
May 30, 2011 2:41 pm
Malcolm Axford
Malcolm Axford
30 May 2011

How to tell if the Tiler is good?

How to tell if the Tiler is good?
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My Tiler told me the most important room in the house to get right is the toilet because thats where you spend the most time just sitting and looking around. :lol: He did a…

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Malcolm Axford
May 30, 2011 10:30 am
Casa2
Casa2
30 May 2011

7 year warranty new homes

7 year warranty new homes

My understanding is it a "structural warranty". If the tiles are loose, I woudl consider this a structural defect.

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Casa2
May 30, 2011 8:47 am
Trinity
Trinity
29 May 2011

Question: Regarding subdivision and building/demolishing

Question: Regarding subdivision and building/demolishing

The Victoria Rescode states that the set back is a minimum distance of 9 metres or the average setback of the houses each side of your property, whichever is the lesser.…

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Trinity
May 29, 2011 6:41 pm
blueblueblue
blueblueblue
29 May 2011

What are the best painting roller frames?

What are the best painting roller frames?

What are some of the things to look out for when buying roller frames? Are v/u shaped ones better than the ones where the frame comes out just one end?

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blueblueblue
May 29, 2011 1:31 pm
yvette72
yvette72
29 May 2011

I signed up for my house to be built in Nov 2010 and nothing

I signed up for my house to be built in Nov 2010 and nothing

i would believe it we signed up with our builder in dec but had nothing until the nov the next year this was three years ago and have been in our house three years now

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yvette72
May 29, 2011 11:20 am
Jase
Jase
28 May 2011

Single room heating

Single room heating

Thats a tricky one as most heaters that run all night would reflect on your power bill. I assume you are talking about portable heating? I hear the most energy efficient…

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Jase
May 28, 2011 11:13 pm
Lex
Lex
28 May 2011

Asbestos Removal Sydney - Company recommendations

Asbestos Removal Sydney - Company recommendations

Umh ... I wonder how did you "acquire" that pile of asbestos? Is it a reno "leftovers" or a demolition? Probably reno, since demolishers should take it all away. But…

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Lex
May 28, 2011 7:01 pm
Lex
suprok
suprok
28 May 2011

Recommended draughtsman wanted

Recommended draughtsman wanted

Did you manage to speak with James hounslow? Unfortunately for your timing he's just left for a one month overseas holiday, so not sure how contactable he will be.

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suprok
May 28, 2011 4:47 pm
Team PD
Team PD
27 May 2011

Places Homes teams up to create dream design portfolio

Places Homes teams up to create dream design portfolio

Places Homes teams up to create dream design portfolio Just wanted to share some Porter Davis news with you, we will be undertaking a brand…

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Team PD
May 27, 2011 4:28 pm
Team PD
Susie22
Susie22
27 May 2011

Vinyl planks

Vinyl planks

I am looking at putting Allure Vinyl Floor planks intothe living room and kitchen areas of my apartment. They will be laid on a cement slab which currently has carpet. …

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Susie22
May 27, 2011 10:09 am
Maz78
Maz78
26 May 2011

Contract signing

Contract signing

Make sure All the inclusions that were in the original offer are included. All the details included in your selection meeting are included All…

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Maz78
May 26, 2011 2:31 pm
kek
kek
26 May 2011

Open plan - Kitchen/laundry/living?

Open plan - Kitchen/laundry/living?
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You make a good point about potential renters possibly having top-loading machines. :th: A tall cupboard would definitely accommodate either type of washer. A friend of mine…

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kek
May 26, 2011 2:09 pm
kek
CA3105
CA3105
25 May 2011

Solar Hot Water

Solar Hot Water

All the solar HWU providers I've dealt with in Perth have said that north-facing HWU's are actually overefficient, which is why west is an acceptable option. East facing…

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CA3105
May 26, 2011 12:05 am
qonyx
qonyx
25 May 2011

Is it good or bad when your builder offers a freebie?

Is it good or bad when your builder offers a freebie?

Summary of situation is follows - Handover has been pushed 3 times with big impact to our personal situation - I escalate my dissatisfaction through a formal complaint to…

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qonyx
May 25, 2011 11:50 pm
qonyx
hihilyn
hihilyn
25 May 2011

Gracious living, Deemro homes or Revolution homes?

Gracious living, Deemro homes or Revolution homes?
ACT

I am also looking to buy in Bonner as well, has anyone used Ruiz Construction?

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hihilyn
May 25, 2011 10:49 pm
eimaj
eimaj
25 May 2011

Automated gates any reccs in Melbourne

Automated gates any reccs in Melbourne

We had excellent service from Long Life Gates in Bayswater.

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eimaj
May 25, 2011 8:33 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
25 May 2011

E-Wire

E-Wire

Edit:Forget that there is a number to call for info. taken from http://e-wire.net.au/profile "e-wire connection point has a dedicated Customer Support Call Centre (1300…

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chrisandkate
May 25, 2011 5:34 pm

Buying an inner city vacant lot and building a new home.

Buying an inner city vacant lot and building a new home.

You can also sell a house on a block - Drake Homes buy old houses in Brisbane. I have been looking into this myself recently as I live in inner city Brisbane and love it…

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architectbrisbane
May 25, 2011 4:58 pm
Charliewool
Charliewool
25 May 2011

fusion 20 plantation shutters

fusion 20 plantation shutters

Also very interested in these! Pros & Cons? And cost Vs traditional plantation shutters. Preferably suppliers near Caroline Springs

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Charliewool
May 25, 2011 2:29 pm
coppo67
coppo67
25 May 2011

Clipsal Star Serve Pack , help needed

Clipsal Star Serve Pack , help needed

Best place to start is the manufacturer Clipsal. there are various brochures and install guides on their website http://www.clipsal.com/trade/__data/pag ... 000084.pdf

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coppo67
May 25, 2011 10:48 am
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
25 May 2011

Demolish and rebuild - Plumbing and Drainage approval (BCC)

Demolish and rebuild - Plumbing and Drainage approval (BCC)

Can't help on the Brisbane bit but our time from moving out to demolition was 2 months as we had issues with getting the building permit approved due to an easement that…

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chrisandkate
May 25, 2011 9:36 am
zozo
zozo
24 May 2011

HIA Home Show Sydney....19 - 22 May 2011

HIA Home Show Sydney....19 - 22 May 2011

Thanks for my tix too. Went to the aquarium first so the toddler slept in the pram while we visited the show. DH was disappointed there were no theatre room displays. And…

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zozo
May 25, 2011 12:07 am
Mrs P
Mrs P
24 May 2011

What fence should we put

What fence should we put

We have 13m of fence either side of the house to put up to keep the dogs in the back yard. We will eventually put a rendered/timber slat fence along the front. This is…

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Mrs P
May 24, 2011 11:19 pm
trishcoastie
trishcoastie
24 May 2011

emotions!!!!

emotions!!!!

im feeling so much better since we have signed and know what we are doing,im feeling as if its settleing down.im not so emo!!!!! thank goodness..

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trishcoastie
May 24, 2011 8:07 pm
trishcoastie
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
24 May 2011

My builder has cancelled the contract... what can I do?

My builder has cancelled the contract... what can I do?

Is the company registered through any association or the HIA? The first thing I'd do is call consumer affairs and get some better informed advice

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chrisandkate
May 24, 2011 1:37 pm
Agent_009
Agent_009
23 May 2011

Timber Fence - how to achieve this look??

Timber Fence - how to achieve this look??

I thought it may have been blueboard as it didn't look relatively thick. How does blueboard go in weather though? Will it last a long time?

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Agent_009
May 23, 2011 11:02 pm
Crawley
Crawley
23 May 2011

Plantation Trinity colour scheme Brentwood Rise QLD

Plantation Trinity colour scheme Brentwood Rise QLD

Hi Matt We are building that one in a Q2. It is an absolutely gorgeous house isn't it? I have been to see it numerous times and just love it more and more each time. We…

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Crawley
May 23, 2011 7:47 pm
bashworth
bashworth
23 May 2011

Mysterious wet bricks

Mysterious wet bricks

A meter reading can be a positive indication of…

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bashworth
May 23, 2011 6:28 pm
bashworth
sleven
sleven
23 May 2011

What concrete for driveway

What concrete for driveway

We're looking at polished concrete - but finding it near impossible to get a company to call us back for advice! We have a mate who can lay the concrete - but he wants to…

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sleven
May 23, 2011 5:30 pm
sleven
Ashkate
Ashkate
23 May 2011

Where to sell furniture...

Where to sell furniture...

Definately try places like gumtree.com or maybe garage sale on facebook? I've sold stuff on there in minutes!! Ebay have a classifieds section where you have a buy it…

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Ashkate
May 23, 2011 11:08 am
Ashkate
joannek
joannek
22 July 2014

New build independent inspections

New build independent inspections
VIC
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In my contract it says we can't retain the money due to defects identified. It also says they must be given the opportunity to fix said defects.

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joannek
Jul 22, 2014 11:55 pm
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Casa2
May 22, 2011 9:30 pm

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