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A&B Financial
A&B Financial
17 August 2009

New home buyers should allow for higher rates

New home buyers should allow for higher rates

It's always a good idea to allow for higher interest rates within the future. You may be able to afford to make the repayments on the lower interest rates at the present…

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A&B Financial
Aug 17, 2009 12:32 pm
ChrisL
ChrisL
15 August 2009

Design & Plans then find builder or other way around

Design & Plans then find builder or other way around

Jane, No extensions are "off-the-shelf". So, essentially, you'll have to bear the design cost whichever way you go. Thus, IMO option 1 is the way to go. A draftie…

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ChrisL
Aug 15, 2009 7:59 pm
suenmatt
suenmatt
16 August 2009

Fencing - we have removed the survey pegs for a corner post!

Fencing - we have removed the survey pegs for a corner post!

No the house slab hasnt been done. We have put the post in exactly the same spot. The thing is, even if we had put the post next to the peg inside our boundary, the peg…

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suenmatt
Aug 16, 2009 8:56 am
4walls
4walls
16 August 2009

What to do first

What to do first

you should choose which carpet you want before the paint, as the choice of colours are much more limiting than for paints

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4walls
Aug 16, 2009 6:57 pm
4walls
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donuts
Aug 16, 2009 8:00 pm
donuts
lofoten
lofoten
16 August 2009

Paying a tradesman for materials up front?

Paying a tradesman for materials up front?

lofoten - Did the guy have a business name & how did you pay? No he didn't have a business name. Just an add like "Call Mike for all your…

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lofoten
Aug 16, 2009 8:57 pm
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ani
Aug 17, 2009 1:43 am
ani
lisanne
lisanne
17 August 2009

after building contract signing

after building contract signing

Make sure your building contract is signed subject to finance!!

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lisanne
Aug 17, 2009 8:28 am
princessfee
princessfee
17 August 2009

Anyone have feedback on Roselea homes,Provincial or Wisdom

Anyone have feedback on Roselea homes,Provincial or Wisdom

Welcome Sabs, and congratulations on the purchase of your land. Where did you buy? We are currently building in Spring Farm with Wisdom and are extremely happy with them.…

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princessfee
Aug 17, 2009 9:36 am
PatC10
PatC10
17 August 2009

Removing Gidgee bricks

Removing Gidgee bricks

Can anyone tell me how to remove Gidgee brick from a wall please? The wall is concrete block construction.

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PatC10
Aug 17, 2009 11:06 am
zaff
zaff
17 August 2009

Timber recycling

Timber recycling

Anyone know of a house demolition/recycle center? I'm after some old hardwood bearers and joists. Preferably east of Melbourne, but anywhere in Melb would be great.

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zaff
Aug 17, 2009 11:50 am
joeygbh
joeygbh
17 August 2009

Anyone suffer any storm damage?

Anyone suffer any storm damage?

After this weekend's wind storm did anyone's house suffer any material damage? We lost a front door closer (those spring loaded things at the top of the door) when the…

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joeygbh
Aug 17, 2009 11:58 am
joeygbh
northernspirit
northernspirit
17 August 2009

removal tree procedure

removal tree procedure

in our case our development application with the builder showed the location of trees which needed to be removed in order for the house to be built - so with the D.A…

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northernspirit
Aug 17, 2009 2:05 pm
northernspirit
jaelee
jaelee
17 August 2009

How Long does it take

How Long does it take

Ours was really slow. PPA to Final Drawings/Contract 6 months!! We made some changes, but they kept getting the paperwork wrong, took a very long time to finally get…

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jaelee
Aug 17, 2009 5:11 pm
Ari
Ari
17 August 2009

Plumbing question.

Plumbing question.

He's calling them Amateurs for their crap job. Funny given how he misspelt it

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Ari
Aug 17, 2009 5:57 pm
dstann
dstann
17 August 2009

roof restoration

roof restoration

There is repairs that need doing on the concrete work and some tiles need replacing. Just had a very irate conversation with them as i rang…

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dstann
Aug 17, 2009 6:00 pm
Zozomiester
Zozomiester
17 August 2009

Render dilemma

Render dilemma

have sent you a pm

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Zozomiester
Aug 17, 2009 9:34 pm
linney
linney
17 August 2009

Cancelling Preliminary Agreement

Cancelling Preliminary Agreement

Hi again. I never received a copy of the prelim I signed I can not even remember what was on there.

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linney
Aug 17, 2009 9:50 pm
D&SG
D&SG
18 August 2009

HELP - Weakened Frame

HELP - Weakened Frame

I believe they do it that way so that the hoses you see can be hidden behind the gyprock. Structurally, I dont think it's a danger, unless the bit that's chipped off a bit…

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D&SG
Aug 18, 2009 7:14 am
D&SG

our kitchen window is 1450 x 1200 (1450 being the height) when i first saw it bricked in before the kitchen cupboards I thought it looked very small and was really…

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kexkez
Aug 18, 2009 6:34 pm
kexkez
houseofl
houseofl
18 August 2009

Getting my pool renovated - why so expensive?

Getting my pool renovated - why so expensive?

No way. I have installed two pools both 9.5 x 4.5 - and have NEVER paid that price just for labour just to lay copers. I don't know where you live but you have been…

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houseofl
Aug 18, 2009 6:40 pm
houseofl
sydprop
sydprop
18 August 2009

New house to replace freestanding victorian terrace

New house to replace freestanding victorian terrace

Fortunately we are not heritage listed - but I have to admit I am expecting it coming... Our house probably has the most heritage value in the street... Thanks for the…

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sydprop
Aug 18, 2009 8:00 pm
Bam
Bam
18 August 2009

Roof tile, gutters, fascia, mortar selection

Roof tile, gutters, fascia, mortar selection

Perhaps do a search on your brick? There are so many options that it would be impossible to simply list them, and given thats its personal taste…

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Bam
Aug 18, 2009 9:26 pm
Bam
Rachel2302
Rachel2302
19 August 2009

Victorian Blue/White Garage Exterior Scheme??Help!

Victorian Blue/White Garage Exterior Scheme??Help!

Hi, Ok so my partner and I have finally decided on Victorian Blue Bricks with Colorbond Monument Roof and Gutters! I am just a bit unsure of what to do with the fascia,…

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Rachel2302
Aug 19, 2009 11:12 am
DeeElle
DeeElle
19 August 2009

Cost per sq

Cost per sq

We are very very new to the extension game. Can anyone advise what the average cost per sq is for a ground floor extension. ::study::

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DeeElle
Aug 19, 2009 2:50 pm
DeeElle
take2
take2
19 August 2009

Hydraulic Engineering Design?

Hydraulic Engineering Design?

We have just been told by our builder that council(ipswich) need us to get a Hydraulic Engineering design as we have too many fixtures (2 too many) has any one else come…

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take2
Aug 19, 2009 9:58 pm
take2
jacobvz
jacobvz
19 August 2009

Brinlay paints

Brinlay paints

Anyone have tried Brinlay paints? How do they compare to say Dulux? I like that they are made australian but if they are crap I rather stick something foreign on :-) Jack

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jacobvz
Aug 19, 2009 10:23 pm
cheetah
cheetah
19 August 2009

Ceiling Heights

Ceiling Heights

34c is around 3 metres I believe

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cheetah
Aug 19, 2009 10:34 pm
brendondanielle
brendondanielle
20 August 2009

Cost of Plastering

Cost of Plastering

DP said it's about $35 to $40 per hour. Jido it must be relatively the same in the western suburbs as the northern.

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brendondanielle
Aug 20, 2009 7:31 am
Southies
Southies
20 August 2009

Fencing Question

Fencing Question

oh :roll: That makes sense :lol:

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Southies
Aug 20, 2009 3:56 pm
Southies
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
20 August 2009

Neighbours from hell!

Neighbours from hell!
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

I have had enough of this! Onc_Artisan has already stated to stop the rubbish and behave in a more civilised manner. I would only ask that you offer more respect to him…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Aug 20, 2009 11:04 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
KnockItDown
KnockItDown
21 August 2009

Negative Building Inspection report, any advice

Negative Building Inspection report, any advice

It depends on the defect. Having not seen the full report I can only offer limited advice. Structure issues can be addressed by a builder for the roof etc. The stumping…

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KnockItDown
Aug 21, 2009 9:39 am
KnockItDown
grinder
grinder
21 August 2009

Feature tiled living area walls.....anyone have pics please.

Feature tiled living area walls.....anyone have pics please.

HI guys, I was just wondering if anyone has gone this path yet. I have seen a few newer homes use some of the new feature tiles out there as…

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grinder
Aug 21, 2009 11:13 am
grinder
gpierce
gpierce
21 August 2009

Another noggin question

Another noggin question

Guys, the right size version of these: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001PCUU8O/ref ... nkCode=asn Will work up to 22 Kilos if installed in Gyprock. AND if you have really…

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gpierce
Aug 21, 2009 11:19 am
houseofl
houseofl
21 August 2009

Reason # 4,506 we NEED our own house!!! *vent*

Reason # 4,506 we NEED our own house!!! *vent*

Paying rent sucks - to have to pay to pay rent sucks even more. The only thing worse than that is a stalking landlord....I CAN'T WAIT TO HAVE MY OWN HOUSE AGAIN!!! ::wornout:: ::wornout:: ::wornout::

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houseofl
Aug 21, 2009 7:37 pm
houseofl
JilaMint
JilaMint
21 August 2009

Wallpaper removal

Wallpaper removal

We are currently renovating our house and a couple of rooms have wallpaper. A steamer should take care of one room but…

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JilaMint
Aug 21, 2009 10:14 pm
Annietom
Annietom
21 August 2009

Herald Sun Home Show 2009 - Free Double Passes (Melbourne)

Herald Sun Home Show 2009 - Free Double Passes (Melbourne)
1, 2, 3

yeah I was afraid of that. I really wish I'd made it to the Garden show this year, but i missed it. At least that is fairly creative, rather than sales focused. I found…

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Annietom
Aug 21, 2009 10:21 pm
Annietom
Fiffaro
Fiffaro
22 August 2009

Built-in wardrobes

Built-in wardrobes

Can anyone recommend a good wardrobe/cupboard builder in the South Morang area?

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Fiffaro
Aug 22, 2009 2:20 am
pete002
pete002
22 August 2009

Please answer my questions on Extensions!

Please answer my questions on Extensions!

Hi Guys, First thing you need to do is establish if you require a town planning permit. Second, establish the load capacity and condition of your existing footing system.…

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pete002
Aug 22, 2009 8:10 am
wakeboardandy
wakeboardandy
22 August 2009

Broadband in new estates....Tarneit

Broadband in new estates....Tarneit

When you apply for ADSL there are two qualifications done - a pre-qualification done by sales people which checks that your exchange has ADSL…

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wakeboardandy
Aug 22, 2009 10:37 am
wakeboardandy
pcd1965
pcd1965
22 August 2009

House Wiring Upgrade

House Wiring Upgrade

Thanks Pete, Will have to give ETSA a call, sounds like it will get expensive.

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pcd1965
Aug 22, 2009 4:24 pm
Daveky
Daveky
22 August 2009

Waterproofing cost per square m

Waterproofing cost per square m

I've waterproofed some bathrooms before in our hotel in thownsville where everythings always breaking, but i figured it'lld be about the same price to get someone to do…

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Daveky
Aug 22, 2009 7:16 pm
DeeElle
DeeElle
22 August 2009

Power Bills....

Power Bills....
1, 2, 3, 4

We have pv cells, a gas heater and cooker and solar h/w service. Our electricity bill is around $400 a quarter. Maybe the eco architect was worth the money :shock: edit: …

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DeeElle
Aug 22, 2009 10:23 pm
DeeElle
Marclau
Marclau
23 August 2009

Cancelling a contract with a real estate agent to sell

Cancelling a contract with a real estate agent to sell

Thanks for the quick feedback........I am in discussions with my agent right now.........hopefully we can work it out. I will leave it with them but expect them too work…

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Marclau
Aug 23, 2009 1:58 pm
Marclau
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
23 August 2009

What % do builders charge on cost plus commercial building

What % do builders charge on cost plus commercial building

That is just too broad :wink: ie tilt panel, brick, steel. Prolly some suggested uses could help to define a bit. ie hairdresser(plumbing prelay) - heavy haulage(thickenings),…

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onc_artisan
Aug 23, 2009 8:24 pm
onc_artisan
Kash
Kash
24 August 2009

Our Keystart fiasco

Our Keystart fiasco

well, my only issue with keystart was them changing all their eligibility requirements the week my finance application would have gone in with apparently little/no notice…

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Kash
Aug 24, 2009 12:19 pm
oolzy
oolzy
24 August 2009

PD reserved land

PD reserved land

Hi I am building with PD and we had a land all ready and when we went to sign up we paid i think about a $500 dep to lock in a date thats all we…

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oolzy
Aug 24, 2009 1:12 pm
dstann
dstann
24 August 2009

Is your rental annoying you even more so now?

Is your rental annoying you even more so now?
1, 2

I am sick of renting but it is not so much the apartment but the neighbours. We had one neighbour walk dog poo through the building foyer, you could see who it was because…

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dstann
Aug 24, 2009 2:44 pm

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