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take2
take2
16 February 2011

Natural Gas vs Bottled Gas

Natural Gas vs Bottled Gas

We have solar with a gas booster, for the first month in the house we didn't even realise the gas booter was not on. Check out the rebats available in your state. Cheers Lou

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take2
Feb 16, 2011 8:59 am
take2
toby
toby
16 February 2011

Building Envelope

Building Envelope

we have a 13 acre with 1200m2 building envelope. We had to turn our house around to accomodate the earthworks which would have extended outside the envelope. Even though…

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toby
Feb 16, 2011 12:10 am
jxh
jxh
15 February 2011

In a major pickle

In a major pickle

I would advise going with gas heating, because it is a lot cheaper than electric heating if you are on natural gas, and an electric oven, because apparently they do not…

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jxh
Feb 15, 2011 10:31 pm
grantlyt
grantlyt
15 February 2011

Building on an easement

Building on an easement

I think that you are correct. I found that on the council website it states that a building on an easment must not be a 'habitable dwelling'. I think that this rules out…

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grantlyt
Feb 15, 2011 7:17 pm
wine_guy
wine_guy
15 February 2011

Spiral Cellar

Spiral Cellar

it was quite expensive but cheaper than many alternative options. i think he paid around $40k for his.

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wine_guy
Feb 15, 2011 1:35 pm
jimmyreno
jimmyreno
15 February 2011

Roosting birds & getting rid of them - Help!!!

Roosting birds & getting rid of them - Help!!!

Get one of the huge water pistol/gun contraptions then ;) ... it will help eventually. We did the same thing a few years ago - plug up all the…

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jimmyreno
Feb 15, 2011 10:35 am
Lori
Lori
15 February 2011

Moving a power pole in Melb S.E suburbs ?

Moving a power pole in Melb S.E suburbs ?

I dont know about Victoria but in NSW the power providers dont do those sort of jobs themselves, they also dont subcontract out the job. There is a list on the fairtrading…

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Lori
Feb 15, 2011 9:25 am
Lori
RoadkillNZ
RoadkillNZ
14 February 2011

Outside tap / shower

Outside tap / shower

I know back in the 90's there used to be a black bag that you filled up with water which had a show head on it, and you throw it in the sun for a couple hours and you…

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RoadkillNZ
Feb 14, 2011 9:38 pm
kiwi
kiwi
14 February 2011

house and land ballarat

house and land ballarat

dont have any, but wanted to wish you luck and I have heard the name on the forum before, so just try a search up the top...next to the forum button and you may find some…

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kiwi
Feb 14, 2011 6:21 pm
kiwi
lizziem
lizziem
14 February 2011

House Raising

House Raising

Thanks for the post chrisandkate. I'm just trying to draw the line between where the builder's "duty of care" ends and where the natural results of a raise begins?? If…

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lizziem
Feb 14, 2011 4:40 pm
LEDenthusiast
LEDenthusiast
29 March 2011

Lighting Options - Told Halogen downlights not available?

Lighting Options - Told Halogen downlights not available?

If anyone is in Melbourne (Bundoora) I have a dark room that I am happy to show the D900 in the roof.

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LEDenthusiast
Mar 29, 2011 9:14 am
luxury bathrooms
luxury bathrooms
14 February 2011

Bathroom walls mysterious width

Bathroom walls mysterious width

Brick on edge is very common for internal walls during the fifties because of the obvious cost savings

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luxury bathrooms
Feb 14, 2011 12:49 pm
the_milesy
the_milesy
14 February 2011

Simonds home Truganina collapses after storm

Simonds home Truganina collapses after storm

I'm building with Simonds at the moment. Our house (in SE Melb) has basically stalled as all the tradies have been put onto fixing storm damage.

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the_milesy
Feb 14, 2011 11:41 am
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
14 February 2011

Cost of a carport?

Cost of a carport?

check out the stratco website.

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chrisandkate
Feb 14, 2011 7:47 am
bashworth
bashworth
14 February 2011

extend house on corner block

extend house on corner block

Hi I would suggest you go and talk to the council. Below is a reference to varying a range of building standards for Knox Council Variation to Part 4 of the…

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bashworth
Feb 14, 2011 5:06 am
bashworth
Zinnober
Zinnober
13 February 2011

Gloss White Paint

Gloss White Paint

White enamel paint yellows over time so use an acrylic (water based), Dulux aquanamel is a great choice and it won't discolour. Hope this helps.

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Zinnober
Feb 13, 2011 8:19 pm
*frosty*
*frosty*
6 April 2012

The Porter Davis Tender Process Explained

The Porter Davis Tender Process Explained
VIC

The tender presentation also allows you to make any final structural changes. That way, when you get to your colours/electrical/tile appointment, you can pick your…

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*frosty*
Apr 06, 2012 6:26 pm
*frosty*
sssv
sssv
11 February 2011

building Double garage

building Double garage

Hi we want to build a double garage with bricks (3 sides) & steel roof.. Could someone tell me how much will it cost? Thanks

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sssv
Feb 11, 2011 2:59 pm
How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
11 February 2011

Questions re building of small home....

Questions re building of small home....

thanks iknowboonie ( :D ). 220m2 (or whatever it works out to be - might be way more, or a lot less - but just estimating that for now) will be the size of the back block…

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How Hard Can it Be
Feb 11, 2011 2:03 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
11 February 2011

Council rates adjustment after purchase

Council rates adjustment after purchase

Your conveyancer should be able to sort this out for you. They know how much you paid in rates and should have proof of it.

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chrisandkate
Feb 11, 2011 12:42 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
11 February 2011

Land Title Registration

Land Title Registration

^^^^^ I rang up the titles office 2 days ago and they Asked if i was Mr Greg XXXXXXXXXXXX We bought the place from him 6 years ago. LOL Your bank should have a copy of…

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chrisandkate
Feb 11, 2011 12:40 pm
kb46
kb46
11 February 2011

Stair tread timber type

Stair tread timber type

Our builder told me he always tried to convince his customers to use Kwila (Merbau) on the stairs because it doesn't wear so fast as most other timbers.

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kb46
Feb 11, 2011 8:38 am
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bashworth
Feb 10, 2011 7:52 pm
bashworth
lisanne
lisanne
10 February 2011

Installation of Appliances - post Handover???

Installation of Appliances - post Handover???

I built with PD and mine weren't installed until the day I moved in and that's standard due to theft

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lisanne
Feb 10, 2011 7:15 pm
the_milesy
the_milesy
10 February 2011

Change of Owners - No responsibility for warranty?

Change of Owners - No responsibility for warranty?

Did the original fence builder offer any warranty / guarantee? Was he a registered contractor of any sort? Do you have anything in writing? Even a receipt / invoice? If…

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the_milesy
Feb 10, 2011 8:00 am
Mango
Mango
11 February 2011

Putting new kitchen in - sand floors before or after?

Putting new kitchen in - sand floors before or after?

We sanded the floors and used the waterbased finish prior to installing the kitchen. We did both jobs ourselves and there was no damage to the floor when installing the…

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Mango
Feb 11, 2011 10:17 am
jassy
jassy
1 June 2011

Soil under slab washing away

Soil under slab washing away

No functionning camera at the moment, I'm afraid.

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jassy
Jun 01, 2011 9:16 pm
tim mitchell
tim mitchell
16 February 2011

Dav%y pumps for the toilets keeps going on it's own

Dav%y pumps for the toilets keeps going on it's own

pressure pumps i have found cause cisterns to let water pass due to the pressure. check the pressure switch or even put a pressure limiting valve on the line to suit…

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tim mitchell
Feb 16, 2011 2:44 pm
pattycake4
pattycake4
9 February 2011

Shed Installer

Shed Installer

Does anyone in Melbourne northern suburbs know a good shed installer.I have a 6mx6m garage slab is down,thanks

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pattycake4
Feb 09, 2011 3:55 pm
Aiah
Aiah
9 February 2011

Ground Floor Extension to lock up in Sydney

Ground Floor Extension to lock up in Sydney

Good and cheap? usually you get one or the other. Goodluck

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Aiah
Feb 09, 2011 1:03 pm
Aiah
deb17
deb17
12 February 2011

Leather or Fabric Sofa?

Leather or Fabric Sofa?

Leather for sure, so easy to keep clean.

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deb17
Feb 12, 2011 10:18 pm
wiring guy
wiring guy
9 February 2011

wiring clipsal saturn light switch

wiring clipsal saturn light switch

thx adam, all makes sense now. yeh will have to get an electrician as after checking wiring in roof is all very old and fragile and all the same colour. Hmmmm not good…

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wiring guy
Feb 09, 2011 7:32 am
innsaneink
innsaneink
8 February 2011

Painting

Painting

Thanks for the help boys n gals. PS: Ziplock, I need to scrape, some serious peeling going on here, but not for long

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innsaneink
Feb 08, 2011 8:18 pm
James65
James65
8 February 2011

Does your balcony leak?

Does your balcony leak?

Agree about the builders, the two builders who pretty well said they wouldn't do them were cheaper big name builders, the third who was a local builder, highly regarded…

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James65
Feb 08, 2011 7:42 pm
kels
kels
8 February 2011

Blue board & render cost?

Blue board & render cost?

Hi, We're currently in the process of drafting plans to extend our Sydney fibro cottage. Was wondering does anyone know what the approximate coast is per square metre to…

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kels
Feb 08, 2011 10:15 am
magicbee
magicbee
15 November 2016

Paint Peeling - Plaster too soft?

Paint Peeling - Plaster too soft?
1, 2

Wow... I am having this problem too! My house was completed in mid 2014 and has been having this problem of paint peeling off easily from the plaster. Initially I…

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magicbee
Nov 15, 2016 9:32 pm
trustno1
trustno1
8 February 2011

damage to kerb, caused by next door builders, who's liable?

damage to kerb, caused by next door builders, who's liable?

stockland said they have nothing to do with it, but to ring council and get details of who is building on the lot next door and take it up directly with them. i got…

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trustno1
Feb 07, 2011 11:07 pm
trustno1

Thanks Eskay, More info: My northern boundary neighbor (whom would be the only one directly effected) has already agreed to let us build on the boundary. He was…

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chrisandkate
Feb 07, 2011 2:57 pm
wakeboardandy
wakeboardandy
7 February 2011

Living in Doreen/ Mernda

Living in Doreen/ Mernda
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

As far a new growing areas, you…

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wakeboardandy
Feb 07, 2011 12:27 pm
wakeboardandy
jetson
jetson
7 February 2011

Leaking storwater pipe?

Leaking storwater pipe?

All fixed now, a y piece has been installed and connected to a silt trap, the water was coming from the stormwater pipe as water was sitting inside it, the flexible pipe…

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jetson
Feb 07, 2011 5:10 am
bashworth
bashworth
6 February 2011

Cross overs/driveway

Cross overs/driveway

It really depend if the area can me made to drain along the road in which case a pipe wouldn't be needed

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bashworth
Feb 06, 2011 8:00 pm
bashworth
davidj
davidj
6 February 2011

Melbourne Rain - Brick Fence fell apart

Melbourne Rain - Brick Fence fell apart

Do you have any pics? Suprised a brick wall went over?

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davidj
Feb 06, 2011 8:00 am
Jazzy4
Jazzy4
5 February 2011

Netwok IP Cameras (Wired)

Netwok IP Cameras (Wired)

Foscam IP cameras are your best bet.. Built in wireless and ethernet. There is plenty of apps in the app store that work with them to view on iphone or ipad. $90 or so…

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Jazzy4
Feb 05, 2011 7:12 pm
garden lover
garden lover
5 February 2011

Built in TV cabinets

Built in TV cabinets

sorry I dont have any photos to show you, but we had one in our last house. My hubby (a builder) built out a wall that was say 2m long. It was built out by about 1/2 m…

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garden lover
Feb 05, 2011 6:52 pm
Victoria_g06
Victoria_g06
5 February 2011

Tis a wee bit wet in Western Melbourne....

Tis a wee bit wet in Western Melbourne....

I just went near Palmers Road in Truganina, the water completely covered both sides of the road and was about 40cms high! I wanted to go to the display homes there but I…

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Victoria_g06
Feb 05, 2011 5:26 pm
Victoria_g06
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sleven
Feb 05, 2011 4:13 am
sleven


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