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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 1:42 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 3:03 pm
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 3:59 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 7:26 pm
*frosty*
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 9:19 pm
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 6:06 am
bashworth
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 8:47 am
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 12:41 pm
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 1:49 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 10:14 am
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 5:40 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 7:21 pm
kiwi
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 10:38 pm
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 10:25 am
Lori
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 11:35 am
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 2:35 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 8:17 pm
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 11:31 pm
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 1:10 am
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 9:59 am
take2
Laine
Laine
16 February 2011

our plans. your input very welcome New Plan 09/02/11

our plans. your input very welcome New Plan 09/02/11
1, 2

Is there any chance the pergola can be extended to the end of the house? A little more space for outdoor living might make a difference.

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Laine
Feb 16, 2011 3:10 pm
nrh157
nrh157
16 February 2011

Pest Treatment $70 - Sydney

Pest Treatment $70 - Sydney

Maybe this is of interest to some H1 members. Cudo deal - Pest Treatment $70 (Normally $636 - ::hyst:: Bit Rich!!) Covers greater Sydney Metro - check T&C's for suburb list.…

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nrh157
Feb 16, 2011 5:32 pm
nrh157
jbyway
jbyway
16 February 2011

Stolen Electricity

Stolen Electricity

We have to pay for our electricity during our build and I wouldn't be happy if someone was using our power meter. Thankfully we have no one building along our part of the…

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jbyway
Feb 16, 2011 6:38 pm
magikalcrab
magikalcrab
21 February 2011

Finance for build?

Finance for build?

Thanks Arabella, I'm definatley going to have a chat to one some day. I just like to have a bit of knowledge before talking to the "pros" so I don't get taken for a ride!

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magikalcrab
Feb 21, 2011 5:35 pm
kek
kek
17 February 2011

Plans of subdivision

Plans of subdivision

The Victorian DSE has lots of info online, such as…

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kek
Feb 17, 2011 7:10 am
kek
Homey123
Homey123
17 February 2011

Help with blocking off fence

Help with blocking off fence

Thanks for the photos and all suggestions. Looks like we'll be busy this weekend!

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Homey123
Feb 17, 2011 3:43 pm
Lilmsreno
Lilmsreno
18 February 2011

My new entry renovations - ideas welcomed!!

My new entry renovations - ideas welcomed!!

Oops I had misunderstood what my tiler was talking about. He meant, using a darker (grey) tile as a boarder around a lighter tile, for the entire area. Think i'd prefer a…

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Lilmsreno
Feb 18, 2011 8:55 am
grinder
grinder
18 February 2011

Sand for mortar

Sand for mortar

Yep that's river sand

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grinder
Feb 18, 2011 9:08 pm
grinder
grinder
grinder
19 February 2011

how to detect water pipes inside walls?

how to detect water pipes inside walls?

I want to put up hooks etc in a new built house but am worried I may drill into water pipes. Does any one know how to detect the presence of water…

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grinder
Feb 19, 2011 9:00 am
grinder
Huggy_B
Huggy_B
19 February 2011

getting your deposit back because you change your mind

getting your deposit back because you change your mind

Put the shoe on your foot - would you give the deposit back? Personally I wouldn't, if it was my business I would have already forward planned the work which I would now…

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Huggy_B
Feb 19, 2011 9:23 am
Huggy_B
spaceinvader2.0
spaceinvader2.0
19 February 2011

"Soft" and "Hard" Landscaping Issue

"Soft" and "Hard" Landscaping Issue

Hi all, another issue regarding my property has come up. if anyone is able to provide advice, it would be greatly appreciated. some background…

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spaceinvader2.0
Feb 19, 2011 6:12 pm
karmaz
karmaz
19 February 2011

Would you sue?

Would you sue?

Thanks ChrisandKate. Just a bit annoyed but I''l live with it.

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karmaz
Feb 19, 2011 11:17 pm
karmaz
DJVaughan
DJVaughan
20 February 2011

Tiling a feature wall

Tiling a feature wall

Hi We currently have a feature wall next to the swimming pool with a fountain in it. The wall has been rendered, however the wife would like to have the wall tiled with…

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DJVaughan
Feb 20, 2011 5:55 pm
movingGal
movingGal
20 February 2011

Are heat pump hot water systems worth the money?

Are heat pump hot water systems worth the money?

Thanks, I have decided to go ahead with the heat pump.

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movingGal
Feb 20, 2011 9:34 pm
qonyx
qonyx
20 February 2011

Buying a Mirvac built townhouse in glenfield NSW

Buying a Mirvac built townhouse in glenfield NSW

the folks that look after the community at panorama glenfield have moved their website to http://www.connectionscd.com.au/

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qonyx
Feb 20, 2011 11:50 pm
qonyx
paulw11
paulw11
21 February 2011

retaining wall encroachment

retaining wall encroachment

Hi, This is a tricky situation and I can sympathise. We sold our house recently and had 3 buyers pull out because of a leaning retaining wall. Thankfully, we found a…

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paulw11
Feb 21, 2011 3:28 pm
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Murphy11
Feb 21, 2011 9:22 pm
kb46
kb46
21 February 2011

ACCOUNTANT ADVICE "RIPPED OFF OR LEGIT?"

ACCOUNTANT ADVICE "RIPPED OFF OR LEGIT?"

yuk - sounds messy! I can see why the renderer has pulled the pin but really feel for you. We have had our own issues with builders and subbies and fuzzy areas of the…

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kb46
Feb 21, 2011 10:10 pm
the_milesy
the_milesy
22 February 2011

Bank Stuffup - pls advise my rights/powers

Bank Stuffup - pls advise my rights/powers

I don't know where you are located, and I am not sure if the laws are the same in every state, but in NSW you have a 7 year statutory warranty…

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the_milesy
Feb 22, 2011 10:13 am
karry327
karry327
22 February 2011

Do we need to have a valuation done - Capital Gains Question

Do we need to have a valuation done - Capital Gains Question

You will only have to pay CGT on the land if it has been used to get you a return (i.e rent or had cattle grazing on it etc), or if you have been claiming the interest…

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karry327
Feb 22, 2011 11:21 am
karry327
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
22 February 2011

Builders quotes - how much detail to expect?

Builders quotes - how much detail to expect?

Its very unlikely you'll get a complete breakdown for materials or room by room as the way they purchase materials can affect the cost. If they were to quote room by room…

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chrisandkate
Feb 22, 2011 3:12 pm
millgrove
millgrove
22 February 2011

floorboard major intersection photo - opinions appreciated!

floorboard major intersection photo - opinions appreciated!

Anything that stops air ,bugs water. Matbe some Timber quad or similar. As long as it is not a trip hazard you can use almost anything

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millgrove
Feb 22, 2011 6:52 pm
me,he&little she
me,he&little she
22 February 2011

Laurimar kinder

Laurimar kinder

Hi - Can't figure our how to upload the PDF file.... this is a copy of the information, the only thing missing was all the locations which was all the kinders in the area.…

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me,he&little she
Feb 22, 2011 7:39 pm
me,he&little she
dearot
dearot
22 February 2011

Slab or floor tiles move

Slab or floor tiles move

I just noticed that there is a grout marking on the skirting and some area i can see a gap under the skirting. Is it possible the slab/floor tiles going down? How do i…

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dearot
Feb 22, 2011 8:07 pm
77lk1
77lk1
23 February 2011

Time frame from builder

Time frame from builder

have to finish and handover before contract period ends. check how many days left.

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77lk1
Feb 23, 2011 5:24 pm
kyton
kyton
24 February 2011

3 phase power to new home

3 phase power to new home

Just had a look at our electrician's bill and it quotes:- 1 x 3 phase outlet to garage + 3 pole circuit breaker $330.00 Can't remember what our builder was going to…

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kyton
Feb 24, 2011 3:41 pm
kyton
GreenBuild
GreenBuild
24 February 2011

Hammered by the floods Brisbane

Hammered by the floods Brisbane

I too had a stoush with an electrical mob about charges. Have they clearly shown the hourly rates for each person and time spent? The electrician is about $70-85 but the…

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GreenBuild
Feb 24, 2011 6:22 pm


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