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Berek
Berek
15 January

Continuous tie down

Continuous tie down

I’m doing a build but haven’t got to frame stage. There is no continuous connection on mine. Just bottom plate to joists and straps over the roof trusses.

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Berek
Jan 15, 2021 9:01 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
14 January

Follow planning and building guidelines or go to jail?

Follow planning and building guidelines or go to jail?

Yes, I think Kevin or one of his team should have done their homework first before praising him or at least asked him on camera about the fact that he didn't have planning…

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Stewie D
Jan 14, 2021 11:02 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
14 January

Flame zone windows and doors

Flame zone windows and doors

If you asked this question in the right section you would get more answers... viewforum.php?f=23 Stewie

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Stewie D
Jan 14, 2021 10:54 am
Matt Brindley
Matt Brindley
10 January

Metal Roof Noise

Metal Roof Noise

I’m an architect. These steps are for an ordinary metal roof on battens, not an insulated roof panel. I’ve installed the panels on my granny flat and the noise of rain…

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Matt Brindley
Jan 10, 2021 10:26 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
21 December 2020

New patio with a little pooling. Will DPC protect my house?

New patio with a little pooling. Will DPC protect my house?

150mm. That's good. The DPC protects against rising damp. The DPC was suppose to be visible back in the day but it wasn't always. Of…

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SaveH2O
Dec 21, 2020 9:54 pm
SaveH2O
MelBr
MelBr
13 December 2020

Interpretation of Building Regulation 85 (Victoria)

Interpretation of Building Regulation 85 (Victoria)

I am confused with the meaning of the word 'dimension' in Building Regulation 85 from the 2018 Victorian Building…

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MelBr
Dec 13, 2020 7:19 pm
innerbloom
innerbloom
12 December 2020

Is This True?

Is This True?

I'm not discrediting that, but the information given by the sales consultant is plain wrong. it is a simple change, as long as they have all the info for the estimator.…

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innerbloom
Dec 12, 2020 8:27 am
alexp79
alexp79
11 December 2020

Plasterboard cracks - Builder responsibility

Plasterboard cracks - Builder responsibility

Handyman fixes, but then ground movement (your slab heave) continues and cracks re-appear, then you get your jammed doors, etc. This is how it starts.

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alexp79
Dec 11, 2020 7:33 pm
Berek
Berek
7 December 2020

Tiling our concrete slab - waterproofing

Tiling our concrete slab - waterproofing

No it doesn’t require waterproofing if it’s external and on the ground. You need to make sure that once tiled, it remains below the internal floor height, and…

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Berek
Dec 07, 2020 7:48 pm
smarthaus
smarthaus
23 November 2020

Buying a new house

Buying a new house

Based on the moisture alone I would not proceed (personally).

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smarthaus
Nov 23, 2020 11:18 pm
Sunnynagpal6
Sunnynagpal6
2 November 2020

Workshop To Room

Workshop To Room

Hi Renovation and Construction Experts - I am in process of a CDC approval for creating a room out of a current workshop in my house in nsw. This is just about building…

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Sunnynagpal6
Nov 02, 2020 4:24 pm
sneeloy
sneeloy
21 October 2020

Very noisy steel frame house

Very noisy steel frame house

Which builder is that?

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sneeloy
Oct 21, 2020 12:18 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
20 October 2020

Help needed , need to put alluminium post into concrete

Help needed , need to put alluminium post into concrete

Are the posts also powdercoated on the inside? Having aluminium in contact with a caustic or alkaline material such as cement is not a good idea and I am pretty sure that…

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SaveH2O
Oct 20, 2020 9:27 pm
SaveH2O

Is this compliant ?

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chanam
Oct 16, 2020 7:04 am
John0322
John0322
12 October 2020

What to use to pack concrete sleeper gaps at the bottom?

What to use to pack concrete sleeper gaps at the bottom?

Thank you! Yes, I might need to fill this gap. It could possible provide path for water to run through.

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John0322
Oct 12, 2020 9:52 pm
Mauromario
Mauromario
4 October 2020

Heating/Cooling duct - correct installation

Heating/Cooling duct - correct installation

The picture is not showing but id take a photo and send it off to VBA , i had problems with my ducted heating as well, when i called a plumber to come and fix it he told i…

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Mauromario
Oct 04, 2020 1:35 pm
tictac9234
tictac9234
1 October 2020

Drop edge beam vs retaining wall

Drop edge beam vs retaining wall

Thank you so much for this post. very useful and helpful for me. I know it is quite an old post but After reading this I find that I am going through exactly same scenario…

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tictac9234
Oct 01, 2020 11:14 pm
building-expert
building-expert
1 October 2020

Below window weep holes brick voids

Below window weep holes brick voids

I depends where it is If it is just cavity flashing then your builder is right and it does not matter but if it is also used as flashing and a damp course then the…

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building-expert
Oct 01, 2020 8:57 am
building-expert
rbalse
rbalse
27 September 2020

Extension slab at ground level

Extension slab at ground level

I am planning a 10m2 ensuite extension to a brick veneer house with existing timber framed floor. However the area of extension has been built up level with the existing…

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rbalse
Sep 27, 2020 4:14 pm
Peter Hogan
Peter Hogan
24 September 2020

Built with regent homes

Built with regent homes

we built with them at Basket Range, Totally happy

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Peter Hogan
Sep 24, 2020 10:22 am
John0322
John0322
20 September 2020

Weep holes under the window

Weep holes under the window

Hi, I am nearing my 90-day defect warranty inspection. While walking around the house, I noticed my weep holes under the window sill looks like there is a plastic…

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John0322
Sep 20, 2020 7:32 am
nik_nt11
nik_nt11
19 September 2020

Skirtings/walls not straight

Skirtings/walls not straight

Good news. I asked my inspector to have a look at it and the builder subsequently fixed it because it was included on our report

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nik_nt11
Sep 19, 2020 6:50 pm

So I'm 189cm tall but my wife is short (although a little taller than you). Our vanities are 800mm high with 120mm counter top basins. I don't have any issue using them…

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chippy
Sep 19, 2020 3:12 pm
chippy
alexp79
alexp79
18 September 2020

Urgent help regarding slope

Urgent help regarding slope

is waffle pod even is allowed on E soil???

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alexp79
Sep 18, 2020 8:14 pm
sneeloy
sneeloy
18 September 2020

Fencing transperacy

Fencing transperacy

Hi, Can someone please help me understanding what how to calculate if my proposed fencing is 30% transparent? For example for a fence with 1.5m post. 30% of 1.5m is…

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sneeloy
Sep 18, 2020 1:31 pm
John0322
John0322
7 September 2020

Recommendation: Slab heave inspector Sydney

Recommendation: Slab heave inspector Sydney

Hi, Could anyone please recommend an inspector/engineer who could write-up a defect report for NCAT? Thank you

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John0322
Sep 07, 2020 3:43 pm
Ben W
Ben W
3 September 2020

frame stage approved but....frame overhangs slab

frame stage approved but....frame overhangs slab

Guide to Standards and Tolerances 4.08 Bottom plates that overhang concrete slabs Bottom plates that are less than 90 mm wide and overhang concrete slabs are…

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Ben W
Sep 03, 2020 7:51 pm
lizzabeta
lizzabeta
31 August 2020

Slab Extension due to Incorrect Measurements

Slab Extension due to Incorrect Measurements

Thanks Chris for the comment. Will follow up with the builder and also keep monitoring the state of that extension for any major deterioration.

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lizzabeta
Aug 31, 2020 12:10 pm
lizzabeta
alexd
alexd
28 August 2020

Council approval - new shed

Council approval - new shed

the soil test is to reveal how reactive the ground is. Shed slabs designs are usually only designed up to M class soils, anything more reactive than this and the proposed…

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alexd
Aug 28, 2020 3:51 pm
Harts
Harts
27 August 2020

Consumer Protection - Is there such a thing?

Consumer Protection - Is there such a thing?

Good question Qwerty, where are the regulators and who will look after the consumer here? I do hope the timber is going to be replaced after being left unexposed for so…

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Harts
Aug 27, 2020 6:45 pm
meminiau
meminiau
14 August 2020

Building a roof over my deck

Building a roof over my deck

Thank you so much for your post!! The info you shared will be very helpful. There is one other thing... I thought that the building of it would be covered as am Exempt…

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meminiau
Aug 14, 2020 3:04 pm

Hello,I am new to the forum and saw this thread. I assume I am having similar issues and just noticed it. Not sure what is the reason, would really appreciate if someone…

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Bill184
Aug 13, 2020 1:32 pm
Dean11
Dean11
10 August 2020

Help with defect found via private inspector

Help with defect found via private inspector

Looks to be quite a serious defect and you should have done more to investigate this. You've waited until PCI and took the builders word that it is all compliant when…

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Dean11
Aug 10, 2020 10:03 am
The Milkman
The Milkman
3 August 2020

Building on a Corner Block in Penrith City Council

Building on a Corner Block in Penrith City Council

We ended up leaving that builder and going to another one, we have our tender signing appointment on the 13th of August. We will keep you posted

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The Milkman
Aug 03, 2020 3:03 pm
bestspecials
bestspecials
3 August 2020

3 bedroom dwelling but indicated as 2 bedroom dwelling on Oc

3 bedroom dwelling but indicated as 2 bedroom dwelling on Oc

Does the 3rd bedroom have a window? Does the 3rd bedroom have a wardrobe? If it doesn't have a window or doesn't have a wardrobe, they are classified as study.

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bestspecials
Aug 03, 2020 12:07 pm
bestspecials

Hi guys, We have new neighbours that have moved in next door! They have just erected a Bali Hut which looks like a monstrosity!! The roof must be hanging approx 150mm…

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swifty37
Jul 31, 2020 8:01 pm
Andrew87
Andrew87
30 July 2020

Recommendation for Construction Lawyer

Recommendation for Construction Lawyer

Dispute with owner builder about fixing waterproofing issue still under warranty. Anyone recommend construction lawyer experienced with NCAT near Edmondson Park, Sydney.

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Andrew87
Jul 30, 2020 10:17 am
sensiblemeasures
sensiblemeasures
29 July 2020

Should I have my builder fix this out of plumb wall?

Should I have my builder fix this out of plumb wall?

My home is nearing completion, but my independent building inspector noted a wall that is out of plumb and exceeds tolerance with a 7mm gap over 2m. The permitted…

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sensiblemeasures
Jul 29, 2020 10:27 am
sweetswisssteel
sweetswisssteel
22 July 2020

Protecting your Slab

Protecting your Slab
1 ... 26, 27, 28

Engage a licenced structural landscaper and possibly a plumber first, work out all the finished levels that you will need for the concretor and then pour away. As long as…

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sweetswisssteel
Jul 22, 2020 3:53 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
16 July 2020

Structural Engineer in Sydney. Can anyone recommend one?

Structural Engineer in Sydney. Can anyone recommend one?

Search for Concrete formworkers that have a builders ticket, It's also a Bonus if they are also a licensed engineer :wink: OT, Pity you are not in perth ....as It sounds like…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 16, 2020 8:29 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Gaudi
Gaudi
10 July 2020

Retaining wall agi slopes wrong way

Retaining wall agi slopes wrong way

Hey mate Try VBA plumbing again PlumbingTechnicalAdvice@vba.gov.au They were great when I called them in June. They left me 1-2 messages and the plumber called me again…

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Gaudi
Jul 10, 2020 11:50 pm
Kaylee11
Kaylee11
5 July 2020

New exterior stair case Building Standard

New exterior stair case Building Standard

I've had my new front stairs totally rebuilt on my 1945 Queenslander. It has a landing halfway down, so it's set over 2 levels. It seems pretty good except the bottom…

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Kaylee11
Jul 05, 2020 10:59 am
azra
azra
1 July 2020

Front Setback unique situation

Front Setback unique situation

Thanks Pulse. Council it's hard to get any response other than standard responses. I guess I will have to signing up with some builder and then go from there. After all…

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azra
Jul 01, 2020 12:33 pm
Althom
Althom
30 June 2020

neighbours hot water service on my side of the backyard

neighbours hot water service on my side of the backyard

Decidedly weird. Suggest you follow Pulse's suggestion.

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Althom
Jun 30, 2020 11:20 am
Althom
Norfolk
Norfolk
29 June 2020

concrete slab level tolerance

concrete slab level tolerance

The floor slab needs to be perfectly flat for laminated floating floors otherwise they will bend and 'pop' when you walk on them. For tiles it's not so critical.

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Norfolk
Jun 29, 2020 10:50 am
Sparkyf
Sparkyf
29 June 2020

Overlooking concern

Overlooking concern

What was the outcome?

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Sparkyf
Jun 29, 2020 2:23 am
Sparkyf

Will it leak? No 99.99999999% of the time these crimps will be fine for the entire service life of the installation...... BUT! Check the manufactures installation for…

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pastor399
Jun 26, 2020 9:56 am
pastor399

Hi All, Have a question regarding a proposed House build we’re planning. We’re looking to build on a building envelope on a battle axe block, but there’s a Tree…

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Cubby
Jun 22, 2020 10:55 pm

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