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Gords
Gords
28 March 2007

First home buyers greetings

First home buyers greetings

Thanks for the advice Emi. My father is coming down this sunday to talk to Harry with me and the missus and we're going to trek out to this peice of land. (No road…

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Gords
Mar 28, 2007 12:33 pm
hardy
hardy
28 March 2007

Floor slab includes alfresco area?

Floor slab includes alfresco area?

Hi Rosemary, I am also currently in the process of building my new house and our extended Alfresco (approx 3 sq) area is included as a part of the house slab and has a…

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hardy
Mar 28, 2007 3:13 pm
Montbrehain
Montbrehain
28 March 2007

Homestead in the country, Anybody built one ?????

Homestead in the country, Anybody built one ?????

Thanks for that Red Baron , I spent a lot of time round that area in my youth . I have not been round that way for 10 years. But I hear Tamworth is pretty "Go Ahead"? And…

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Montbrehain
Mar 28, 2007 6:03 pm
Montbrehain
crunk81us
crunk81us
28 March 2007

Building flats on a 1/4 acre block, approvals etc.

Building flats on a 1/4 acre block, approvals etc.

Hi all, I am new here, have a couple of questions, I currently have a 1/4 acre corner block with a small old 3 bedroom house on it that is being rented out. I have…

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crunk81us
Mar 28, 2007 11:19 pm
Sallyho
Sallyho
29 March 2007

Liquid Limestone

Liquid Limestone

Hi all I want to use liquid limestone around my home but I'm having difficulty trying to find someone who does it in VIC. Any recommendations or websites i can go…

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Sallyho
Mar 29, 2007 12:24 pm
cobylee
cobylee
29 March 2007

Fence and Gates.

Fence and Gates.

try dunn and farrugia for supply of materials. i shopped around for 20metres of pool fencing and they were by far the cheapest, and extremely helpful.

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cobylee
Mar 29, 2007 10:01 pm
cobylee
redbaron
redbaron
30 March 2007

Solar power water heater

Solar power water heater

Check out 'Solar Heat Pump' hot water systems (just Google it). The system works on the principle of a refrigeration circuit, drawing heat out of one space and…

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redbaron
Mar 30, 2007 7:02 am
hellieinperth
hellieinperth
30 March 2007

Price on putting glass doors in an external brick wall.

Price on putting glass doors in an external brick wall.

I would like to put some glass sliding doors or bifold doors in my family room to create a new entry into the outside alfresco area. They will need to be roughly 2.5…

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hellieinperth
Mar 30, 2007 4:43 pm
perryr
perryr
30 March 2007

fee for changes to contract during before signing final dwgs

fee for changes to contract during before signing final dwgs

What I was told (not that it means all that much...) is that structural changes are not permitted after the tender appointment, and no changes are permitted after the…

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perryr
Mar 30, 2007 9:57 pm
perryr
perryr
2 April 2007

Trying to find a rental house whilst building

Trying to find a rental house whilst building

Thanks for the update. Can't wait.... we need to sell, move out and rent while we build. Should be a heap of fun :cry: On the positive side, down our way (Geelong) rentals…

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perryr
Apr 02, 2007 8:47 am
Dobly
Dobly
2 April 2007

A bit of advice for all…..

A bit of advice for all…..

A bit of advice for all….. When choosing a selection that will be external NEVER look at it inside. This will never be the true colour; you…

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Dobly
Apr 02, 2007 9:12 am
perryr
perryr
3 April 2007

Hot Water Systems

Hot Water Systems

Hi all, Ok, here's the results of our meeting yesterday with PD. The site costs are discussed in other threads, or you read about them on the blog (probably tomorrow,…

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perryr
Apr 03, 2007 7:27 am
althebuilder
althebuilder
3 April 2007

Joining timber chamfer boards

Joining timber chamfer boards

NeilD and AusDesign Thank you for your input and sorry about the delay in my reply. Work committments. We have a timber home, and I know that a vertical join looks…

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althebuilder
Apr 03, 2007 11:43 am
Juli
Juli
3 April 2007

contractor to do fence & Gate

contractor to do fence & Gate

Hi Adrian, our contruction is in Western Suburb, Melbourne.…

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Juli
Apr 03, 2007 7:09 pm
Mandy
Mandy
4 April 2007

Valuation problem

Valuation problem

You are right. There are SOME Real Estate agents that are qualified valuers BUT most aren't. That's great that your Real Estate agent is a qualified valuer, there should…

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Mandy
Apr 04, 2007 10:17 pm
perryr
perryr
5 April 2007

Cafe Blinds

Cafe Blinds

We have had them for over a year, and they have been brilliant. No discolouring - they do get a bit dirty and need a wash from time to time (difficult with stage 4 water…

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perryr
Apr 05, 2007 9:20 am
Dobly
Dobly
5 April 2007

GST on top of the purchase price of the land???

GST on top of the purchase price of the land???

All good info. Thanks guys... I'll see what my solicitor says after she has read the contract.

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Dobly
Apr 05, 2007 10:12 pm
Mumma
Mumma
7 April 2007

Sydney Extensions - anyone used them before

Sydney Extensions - anyone used them before

Thanks Terry. I have just spent some time checking out the company on the Fair Trading website. I now have a few more questions for them to clarify.

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Mumma
Apr 07, 2007 10:16 pm
Sallyho
Sallyho
10 April 2007

where to go for facelift

where to go for facelift

I was reading in the age that there is a program called Home Designer Suite by CAD - cost $395. This CD Rom helps you do everything from sketching concepts to 3D models…

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Sallyho
Apr 10, 2007 4:01 pm
Montbrehain
Montbrehain
10 April 2007

Are there any owner builders on here?

Are there any owner builders on here?

Thanks for that Helen , I will have a look. This is a good site , That should perhaps have its own section dedicated to owner/builders. Good luck with your s "MO"

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Montbrehain
Apr 10, 2007 4:54 pm
Montbrehain
epiphany
epiphany
10 April 2007

Average build times by state

Average build times by state

Double story in Melbourne. Council approval took around 2 weeks (or maybe slightly less). Land was cleared in Nov 06. Handover is next week.

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epiphany
Apr 10, 2007 9:37 pm
epiphany
mattwalker
mattwalker
11 April 2007

Second Story Addition, Melbourne

Second Story Addition, Melbourne

Hi there, We did some renovations about 2 years ago with a company called Extensions Unlimited. The guys here were extremely professional and came in under time and…

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mattwalker
Apr 11, 2007 8:34 pm
mattwalker
mattwalker
mattwalker
11 April 2007

Garage (Structure) Types

Garage (Structure) Types

The garage with plaster walls costs more and is just a design idea. It makes the room more convertable down the track into rumpus room etc. There is no…

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mattwalker
Apr 11, 2007 9:05 pm
mattwalker
epiphany
epiphany
12 April 2007

Ooooohhh noooooo...leaking roof :(

Ooooohhh noooooo...leaking roof :(

We had our walkthrough today. They've already fixed the leak. Yay. Apparently it's a relatively common problem with the particular house we're building - it was to do with…

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epiphany
Apr 12, 2007 1:11 pm
epiphany
mattwalker
mattwalker
14 April 2007

Checklist when engaging builder

Checklist when engaging builder

You might want to check out Extensions Unlimited. www.extensionsunlimited.com.au These guys did an extension to our federation style house about 2 years ago and we…

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mattwalker
Apr 14, 2007 10:50 am
mattwalker
mattwalker
mattwalker
14 April 2007

Wardrobe Solutions

Wardrobe Solutions

Small tip: If you want to cut melamine and get a nice clean edge try this. Roll out a line of masking tape over the line where you will be cutting on both sides and…

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mattwalker
Apr 14, 2007 8:21 pm
mattwalker
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
17 April 2007

Subsidence tower

Subsidence tower

Hi - I've been to this house that is if it's near the Meadows. Basically the tower is an evaporative aircon without the fan to push the air around. Cool air falls - they…

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Yak_Chat
Apr 17, 2007 9:04 pm
Yak_Chat
royalblue
royalblue
18 April 2007

grout cleaning

grout cleaning

Hi Rawon, I am one of those carpet cleaning companies offering a cleaning service for stone, tiles & grout. Many carpet cleaners are entering this market, as with…

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royalblue
Apr 18, 2007 2:08 am
royalblue
royalblue
19 April 2007

Can I use this to seal my grout?

Can I use this to seal my grout?

This is the simplest way to DIY grout seal... http://www.aquamix.com.au/products/same ... sealer.php Follow instructions carefully. There are charts provided so you…

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royalblue
Apr 19, 2007 7:16 am
Michelle
Michelle
19 April 2007

ALERT.... gutters & drains ready for winter?

ALERT.... gutters & drains ready for winter?

(An investigation discovered around 700 litres of water sitting in the bottom of the lift-well.) :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Michelle
Apr 19, 2007 10:27 pm
Michelle
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
20 April 2007

Removing an Internal wall

Removing an Internal wall

Sounds like time to get an engineer to look at it. Not a website :)

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Yak_Chat
Apr 20, 2007 1:32 pm
Yak_Chat
Kim81
Kim81
21 April 2007

They advertise it but have never/don't stock it

They advertise it but have never/don't stock it

Hi, I used to work at Bunnings and I reckon it wasn't deliberate. The main office organises the catalogues, as well as purchasing many of the items for the stores…

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Kim81
Apr 21, 2007 12:14 am
azi
azi
21 April 2007

Zuccala Homes - Melbourne

Zuccala Homes - Melbourne

I am interested in Zuccala homes as well. I did a quick search of the VCAT building disputes decisions and didn't find a mention of them. If they have been around for 48…

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azi
Apr 21, 2007 1:04 pm
royalblue
royalblue
22 April 2007

Smells.

Smells.

Hi, Just going through some older posts and this one caught my attention. Reading through, I see you have had some success with Urine-off, so its good to have a happy…

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royalblue
Apr 22, 2007 2:52 am
Lotte
Lotte
22 April 2007

Would you conceal decking screws? If so, how?

Would you conceal decking screws? If so, how?

Thanks guys. I've now seen what the stainless screws look like and they don't actually look so bad, but they do need to be lined up well in order to look decent. We…

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Lotte
Apr 22, 2007 8:05 am
Rod1949
Rod1949
24 April 2007

Self Drilling Metal Teks

Self Drilling Metal Teks

I’m not impressed with the Buildex Fibre Teks. A failure rate of 30%. I’m building an all steel framed house and therefore have used an array of fasteners for…

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Rod1949
Apr 24, 2007 10:36 am
First_Timer_Ray
First_Timer_Ray
24 April 2007

What is up with...?

What is up with...?

I have no legal background, but I'm pretty sure that unless you have the site supervisors approval no one is allowed onsite. That being said, I've walked through houses -…

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First_Timer_Ray
Apr 24, 2007 7:31 pm
First_Timer_Ray
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
26 April 2007

where for art thou builder???

where for art thou builder???

Try these. findabuilder.net.au and findabuilder.com.au Hope it helps. Steve

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Yak_Chat
Apr 26, 2007 10:25 am
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
26 April 2007

Petition on walling solutions

Petition on walling solutions

Wouldn't you just timber frame it, gyprock it and put sound insulation inside the wall to make it a private study? But be careful of sliding doors they can let a lot of…

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Yak_Chat
Apr 26, 2007 1:00 pm
Yak_Chat
Amber
Amber
27 April 2007

Recommendations for Fencing/Driveway Contractors (MELB)

Recommendations for Fencing/Driveway Contractors (MELB)

We've just been through the business of getting fencing quotes. For paling fence, capped and exposed post all quotes came in around the $50 per metre mark. It all…

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Amber
Apr 27, 2007 8:09 am
Amber
commodorenut
commodorenut
27 April 2007

Shared fencing cost

Shared fencing cost

Thanks guys, that's great to hear. Eases the budget.

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commodorenut
Apr 27, 2007 10:50 pm
commodorenut
James
James
1 May 2007

Renovating and expanding 3 bm home

Renovating and expanding 3 bm home

Thanks Matt. From what I have been told, Canberra is quite expensive for any trades...so may be a bit more. May have to be a ground floor extension. Cheers, J

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James
May 01, 2007 9:02 pm
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
2 May 2007

Plot Ratio ... ??

Plot Ratio ... ??

So yeah, the comment about overcapitalisation definately applies True - land is in the order of $630k (golf course frontage) - we…

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stonecutter1309
May 02, 2007 11:43 am
stonecutter1309
Pearl_07
Pearl_07
2 May 2007

Roller Door Openers

Roller Door Openers

Thanks Stonecutter. I'm leaning towards just getting someone in to do it and $600 per door sounds reasonable. I'm not sure where the power is so will have to check that.

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Pearl_07
May 02, 2007 11:57 am
house21
house21
4 May 2007

Extension - Progress inspections - needed?

Extension - Progress inspections - needed?

Hi I think you should have a look at what it says on the contract before you pay the builder.

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house21
May 04, 2007 10:34 am
Adrian B
Adrian B
4 May 2007

How much should we put up with??

How much should we put up with??
1, 2

Amen, sister! LOL I've been waiting 6 weeks for an answer from my broker (and the bank) regarding a 'small' problem of…

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Adrian B
May 04, 2007 1:09 pm
Adrian B
KS09
KS09
6 May 2007

Two good houses - which one ?

Two good houses - which one ?

Hi Cabinfever - I think maybe the days of supercheap housing anywhere are over......... I am originally from New Zealand (hmmm should I mention that!) and there is…

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KS09
May 06, 2007 1:58 pm
mattwalker
mattwalker
6 May 2007

Icon Septech, home sewerage treatment plants

Icon Septech, home sewerage treatment plants

Settle down Tiger!!! We are here to help and pass on knowledge. The problem is with these sorts of things is you only get "one side" of the story and it is nice to get…

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mattwalker
May 06, 2007 8:26 pm
mattwalker


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