Building Standards; Getting It Right!
Some cracking in large concrete slabs can be expected.
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and some Dos and Don'ts
Do check the mortar composition and if any additives are added
then don't use a water pressure cleaner
You will probably have to…
Mortar test cost?
The rule of thumb for most lab test costs is $1-1.5K for starters then you'll need an engineer to check AS3700 Masonry Codes
Unfortunately, Test aren't conclusive and the…
Just spoken with DFT nsw they said they only reference AS 3500 and did not have a copy of As2870 , he mentioned sewer drains and when I questioned about storm water he…
Apr 01, 2019 9:30 am
Wooden boards screwing standards
The information the landscaper has given you is incorrect.
Australian Standards stipulate 2 screws per board/joist
Ideally you should be staggering the fixings as well -…
You just ask your supervisor and brickies themselves if they would be okay to have such brickwork in their own houses.
Mar 01, 2019 2:01 am
Gap between Window frame and Brick Sill
Thats what I was worried.
The silicon will fill-in the hole and seal the rubber.
The additional frame at the bottom of the window frame will make the hole closer.
Bricklayer or Engineer
From my experience the footing may not be a 100% in that corner.If you dig up the corner and see if the footing extends out to form a proper rebate for the…
EPS v aac
Material Substitution is a major issue for home Builders
the code requirements & certification laws are lax and haven't kept up with the issue of EPS
window sill crack
Thanks Chippy, yes I was referring to the side of the window, the reveal. Apology I got the terminology mixed up.
CDC Clause question.
I know it has taken a long time for someone to respond but hoping at least someone might get something out of this reply.
You are correct that if can build a…
I understand your concerns re: patch painting.
My builders were champs at this.
Patch painted gloss doors too and seemed surprised I was not pleased.
My ceiling paint is…
Jan 20, 2019 7:27 pm
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Edge beam on rolled fill?
Yes this is in AS2870-2011 6.4.2 to be compacted with repeated rolling of an excavator or similar and in 150mm layers if not sand
After some advice please.
These weeping holes/ventilation ‘vents’ are under fully enclosed decking. They are about 10 cm in length (except…
Thanks for the reply! In NSW it's seven years but the builder says this is not structural.
Tolerance for the footings
There is no saving, just shortcut for the lazy concreter, there is no excuse for not following approved drawings and poor workmanship.
Bricks colour variations
Get them replaced they did mine there noticeable but the brickies done a great job bricking your house just ask them to remove the discoloured bricks
Check your engineering drawings.
The important thing is that your internal floor level is HIGHER than your DPC/weephole bottom.
Typically with concrete slab houses,…
Plumbing query / standard
Yes it will cause slab heave,that is not good enough. Looks like you are in Rockbank,Melton or Cobblebank?
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Oct 10, 2018 5:56 am
house slab cracking on corner of house.
You could also get your floor levels checked by an engineer, to check variance across the structure.
I saw it done in a YouTube video by Cornell Engineers, then maybe…
I live in a free standing townhouse with a balcony which is joined to the side wall of the building.The render is cracked and swollen and needs repairing.Is the balcony…
Oct 02, 2018 11:04 pm
Welcome to the forum
If you don't have your engineering Drawings I suggest you get a copy of them, refer to the Masonry section in the Engineering notes.Check…
Brick mortar defect
Why should the carpenter cut the bricklayer a story rod ? , he should be more than capable to gauge the brickwork himself , it’s only since moving over to oz I have…
Sep 28, 2018 5:33 pm
Can I sue my builder ?
can you sue =yes
can you win =maybe
will it cost more that its worth =definitely
post a photo of the whole area please
hot pipe is not insulated so maybe an avenue…
Gigantic Sewer Cover in backyard
Hopefully you can cover it with something you can remove to provide access as required.
For me on the things I wish I’d know page, I want to add - take note of water…
Sep 20, 2018 1:55 pm
Brick work VBA standard?
no you tell them to fix it they went against plan they have to follow engineers plans your paying them there not paying you speak to someone from VBA or council they will…
Thanks StructuralBIMGuy - your feedback is very much appreciated regarding this. Will post once my I show it to my inspector on PCI day.
Sep 12, 2018 8:35 am