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braddy_
braddy_
7 November 2016

How much was your decking?

How much was your decking?

We are also considering going with a steel frame, as we are in a flood zone, and thought it might be better in the long run if it ends up sitting in pools of water (it…

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braddy_
Nov 07, 2016 8:13 am
Charley
Charley
6 November 2016

Patio makeover ideas?

Patio makeover ideas?

Our alfresco is 8m long and we have outdoor table and chairs at one end and BBQ at the other and timber look tiles for the flooring.

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Charley
Nov 06, 2016 7:18 pm
hazzadate
hazzadate
21 October 2016

Roof Extenda alternative

Roof Extenda alternative

Hi all, I want to build a patio cover over the existing wooden deck and attached to the wooden house. I like the look of the roof extenda brackets however I am wondering…

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hazzadate
Oct 21, 2016 5:46 pm
BuidingPizzaOven
BuidingPizzaOven
28 September 2016

Building a pizza oven - bluestone base

Building a pizza oven - bluestone base

Hi megantempleton, Was just wondering how you went with your bluestone bench top. Have you had any trouble with the heat from the pizza oven? I would like to do the same…

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BuidingPizzaOven
Sep 28, 2016 12:37 pm
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lp77
Sep 25, 2016 10:58 pm
Bluebull80
Bluebull80
20 September 2016

Stratco Pro-Beam and Decking

Stratco Pro-Beam and Decking

Hello all While purchasing an outback at Stratco I had a rush of blood and got them to add the pro-beam sub floor, 4 x 3m. It has since arrived and I have put it together…

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Bluebull80
Sep 20, 2016 9:03 pm
Marty3333
Marty3333
6 September 2016

Ceiling under Pergola

Ceiling under Pergola

Hi all, hoping to get a bit of advice on installing a ceiling under a timber pergola, in particular what cost effective materials to use. The obvious materials that spring…

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Marty3333
Sep 06, 2016 11:23 am
nicenurse
nicenurse
2 September 2016

Bali Hut

Bali Hut

Would these still be the correct size if the Bali hut was to be 5 metres x 5 metres to the outside of posts (250mm square ironbark posts , which are already purchased)…

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nicenurse
Sep 02, 2016 9:55 pm
bne
bne
23 August 2016

Cost of ground level deck

Cost of ground level deck

hi there .. first time poster here .. I am in the process of trying to get a few quotes for a ground level deck thats approximately 56 sqm in size and less than a…

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bne
Aug 23, 2016 1:16 pm
Green thumbs 16
Green thumbs 16
21 August 2016

Front yard landscaping

Front yard landscaping

We live on the Gold Coast and have a small 3 bedroom house. Currently there is a slightly raised garden across the front of the house -the edge is rounded rocks about a…

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Green thumbs 16
Aug 21, 2016 6:52 pm
alexkb
alexkb
20 August 2016

First time oiling Batu deck

First time oiling Batu deck

Hi all, I have a Batu deck that has never been oiled. It's now 4 months old, but I was waiting for September to come around so that the oil will dry properly - I hope this…

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alexkb
Aug 20, 2016 4:43 pm
AceFI
AceFI
13 August 2016

deck and pergola design & install

deck and pergola design & install

hi all. at the very early stages of designing our deck and pergola. i am querying where posts should be installed. have attached a draft of what we are looking to…

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AceFI
Aug 13, 2016 2:53 pm
Kat_1025
Kat_1025
8 August 2016

Fencing Question

Fencing Question

Really this is not a bad idea to do fencing for outside of your home, you may go for do this. It will give a good look wherever you used it.

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Kat_1025
Aug 08, 2016 8:22 pm
NelopeJ88
NelopeJ88
5 August 2016

Exterior colour scheme advice

Exterior colour scheme advice

I can't see the second photo but I agree that the first looks a bit dull and dreary. A lighter colour might help liven it up a bit.

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NelopeJ88
Aug 05, 2016 9:35 pm
NelopeJ88
chrismarshall3
chrismarshall3
30 June 2016

Is this big enough?

Is this big enough?

We are getting an outdoor area but just wondering with sizes is it going to be enough? We have a 4m x 3m section and a 4m x 4.2m section together so 8m wide and 3-4m…

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chrismarshall3
Jun 30, 2016 1:48 pm
marisa@artilux
marisa@artilux
29 June 2016

How realistic are bi-fold doors to alfresco areas?

How realistic are bi-fold doors to alfresco areas?

If your concern is insects, there are solutions to screening bifold doors. You could opt for retractable flyscreens or pleated flyscreens that tuck away out of site when…

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marisa@artilux
Jun 29, 2016 4:57 pm
isaac.stanbury
isaac.stanbury
23 June 2016

Colourbond fencing

Colourbond fencing

Hi, Have you tried ATF? I have my fencing needs done by them and I must say that they really did a great job. You should try it. And they're very responsive too. You can…

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isaac.stanbury
Jun 23, 2016 12:43 pm
The_Lalas
The_Lalas
9 June 2016

Outdoor Kitchen build - Newcastle

Outdoor Kitchen build - Newcastle

Thanks, I'm going to go with an exposed aggregate slab instead of timber deck.

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The_Lalas
Jun 09, 2016 9:29 pm
poseiden
poseiden
2 June 2016

Alfresco tiles

Alfresco tiles

Thanks for the advice. My internal tile (light grey) also comes as an outdoor version. Should I change the alfresco tile from charcoal to light grey so it flows or it…

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poseiden
Jun 02, 2016 12:53 pm
MiAlJe
MiAlJe
1 June 2016

what steps to take to make neighbour pay half fence cost

what steps to take to make neighbour pay half fence cost

My circumstances were a little different but I was waiting on payment from both my neighbours as I was the first to build in a new estate. I needed the money fairly…

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MiAlJe
Jun 01, 2016 1:07 pm
MiAlJe
esjl2809
esjl2809
1 June 2016

5 year wait..fact or pure fiction??

5 year wait..fact or pure fiction??

To StructuralBIMGuy and piscean, thks guys for your feedback. It is definitely not worth the risk and I will defintely go along the path of getting a proper permit done. cheers!

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esjl2809
Jun 01, 2016 1:03 am

Hi all, first time reader and poster. We've recently purchased a new home and while we haven't moved in quite yet (settlement is another 50 days or so away) we need to…

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rickadlee
May 15, 2016 1:55 am
andreweverist
andreweverist
10 May 2016

Where is cheapest place to buy Merbau Decking in Melbourne

Where is cheapest place to buy Merbau Decking in Melbourne

Everist Timber supplies an extensive range of timber products to many Melbourne areas. You can consider: <a…

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andreweverist
May 10, 2016 9:33 pm
andreweverist
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Green 1
May 10, 2016 8:35 pm
bashworth
bashworth
4 May 2016

Outdoor lighting without eave, IP44 is sufficient?

Outdoor lighting without eave, IP44 is sufficient?

IP44 covers - Protected against water splashed from all directions. So should be OK For a description of IP ratings see http://anewhouse.com.au/2015/03/ingress ... p-ratings/

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bashworth
May 04, 2016 11:10 pm
bashworth
Stewie D
Stewie D
26 April 2016

Pergola: Gutter or free fall?

Pergola: Gutter or free fall?

Yes as per above, some acrylic roof sheeting should have a minimum pitch of 5º, other material 3º. You need to be careful what type you choose. Stewie

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Stewie D
Apr 26, 2016 12:49 pm

While designing a home, a discerning architect keeps many essential things in mind. In addition to aesthetic appeal, there are practical considerations such as the…

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peter k
Apr 26, 2016 12:26 am
clath
clath
24 April 2016

recycled decking versus new store bought

recycled decking versus new store bought

Thanks Beetaloo. Do you know any timber wholesellers in melbourne?

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clath
Apr 24, 2016 3:19 pm
clath
Frangipanni
Frangipanni
20 April 2016

Colorbond Ocean Blue roof and garage door

Colorbond Ocean Blue roof and garage door

Hoping someone can assist with a paint colour problem. Our home currently has a Colorbond Ocean Blue Roof, guttering and garage door. The garage is rendered in a…

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Frangipanni
Apr 20, 2016 7:55 pm
colebatchd
colebatchd
9 April 2016

Cafe blinds suppliers in (west) Melbourne - recommendations?

Cafe blinds suppliers in (west) Melbourne - recommendations?

Hi All, We're mid-way through doing out Alfresco area. The next thing I need to organise is cafe blinds - so far I've spoken to Australian Outdoor Living, but haven't got…

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colebatchd
Apr 09, 2016 2:02 pm
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cat_dunc
Mar 30, 2016 10:17 pm
cat_dunc

I had mine recently installed by Dave at DTR Welding Services (http://www.dtrwelding.com.au). He's runs his own business operating out of South Guildford and he gave me…

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lizzy_gliddon
Mar 30, 2016 3:00 pm
Althom
Althom
25 March 2016

Mole crickets in new lawn

Mole crickets in new lawn

Every lawn has some lawn beetles and the amount of damage attributed to them is vastly overstated and just leads to unecessary applications of chemicals.

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Althom
Mar 25, 2016 11:30 am
Althom
Marsh86
Marsh86
23 March 2016

Install question on flat roof verandah ---

Install question on flat roof verandah ---

Wouldnt you be better of mounting onto the trusses through the top of the roof, Gives you more space and means you can put any drainage back onto your roof if needed?

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Marsh86
Mar 23, 2016 10:52 am
yarns
yarns
22 March 2016

Fencing

Fencing

Hey guys, We are currently about to have our roof finished, and have been thinking about a few options for the yard, and I have 3 questions. 1. If we wanted to build the…

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yarns
Mar 22, 2016 8:52 am
yarns
oneJohn
oneJohn
22 February 2016

What fire proof decking to use ?

What fire proof decking to use ?

I've heard people say that synthetic timber tends to be hot underfoot if exposed to the sun. In order to meet no-gap requirements, I wonder if it's possible to use…

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oneJohn
Feb 22, 2016 4:49 pm
oneJohn
pearl
pearl
21 February 2016

Pooling of water on our new decking

Pooling of water on our new decking

Hello I wonder if i could have some information on my new decking that was finished a few days ago. With the rain we had last night in Sydney the decking has not dried out…

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pearl
Feb 21, 2016 10:15 am
Towley
Towley
11 February 2016

Patio Cover Defective Post and Beam Joints

Patio Cover Defective Post and Beam Joints

Post and beam on Left side closest garage This one appears to be correctly installed and is plumb and tightly fitted to the post. http://imgur.com/bvKGF2Q

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Towley
Feb 11, 2016 11:53 am
Towley
jknightsmith
jknightsmith
4 February 2016

R-code setbacks - pergola vs patios

R-code setbacks - pergola vs patios

Yes you are correct. Patios and pergolas are treated differently. I think if the roof is impervious, the rules are more strict. But if you want a definitive response…

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jknightsmith
Feb 04, 2016 12:10 am
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
27 January 2016

Trees and Neighbours !

Trees and Neighbours !
1, 2

Hope there's no sign -they'd put it in front of my place ... :) :)

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Saint Mike
Jan 27, 2016 12:15 pm
Saint Mike

I live in Qld and would like to add some sort of shade cloth to the treated pine pergola already attached to the house. The timber is in pretty good condition, though it…

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mistermichael
Jan 25, 2016 12:53 am
jknightsmith
jknightsmith
23 January 2016

Cheap jarrah decking boards

Cheap jarrah decking boards

Hi guys, Long time reader first time poster. Sorry if this has been posted before, I found some posts on jarrah deck, but not a lot on pricing supply costs. Can anyone…

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jknightsmith
Jan 23, 2016 2:35 am
jknightsmith
jknightsmith
23 January 2016

Bamboo decking from Masters.

Bamboo decking from Masters.

I'd give it a miss. 4 bad reviews on the product, a lot seem to mention mould. Granted it looks nice, but I'm guessing its too porous and thats causing issues.

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jknightsmith
Jan 23, 2016 2:08 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
17 January 2016

Skillion roof design / rhs spans

Skillion roof design / rhs spans

Hi Ondimonky The councils Building Department requires certified structural drawings to be submitted BTW if you want initial comments or assistance it is easier if you…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jan 17, 2016 8:56 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Adam.M
Adam.M
11 January 2016

Novice deck planning

Novice deck planning

Good to hear you are in "acceptance stage"! Cardboard tubes are only required for sandy situations where there is a risk of the hole collapsing. You have a decent amount…

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Adam.M
Jan 11, 2016 11:45 pm
swarmski
swarmski
8 January 2016

Joist pattern for deck setup

Joist pattern for deck setup

Thanks for the pic. I think that may be the right idea, but as the border planks are like 120 in width i might have to have a gap between the bearers

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swarmski
Jan 08, 2016 4:10 pm
leni
leni
3 January 2016

Convert fence to gate (Colourbond)

Convert fence to gate (Colourbond)

Any fencing company would also supply gates

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leni
Jan 03, 2016 4:21 pm
leni
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
14 December 2015

Melbourne Pergola Recommendations and Quotes

Melbourne Pergola Recommendations and Quotes

Would depend on quality. But they are not cheap. Have you considered a "fly-over". They can work well.

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Saint Mike
Dec 14, 2015 8:10 am
Saint Mike
hannahk
hannahk
3 December 2015

Decking or pavement

Decking or pavement

Looks great! Good choice :)

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hannahk
Dec 03, 2015 12:24 pm
hannahk

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