Building Standards; Getting It Right!
Floor sound proofing
Hi all. I have a question and wondering whether anyone can offer any advice on whether you think there is a legal obligation to…
PVC balustrades ans fencing
We are looking at replacing our verandah balustrade with a PVC “no maintenance “ type of material.Has anyone had any experience with this . And are there companies…
HIA Build Contract without updated plans
My builder has sent us the HIA build contract for us to sign but the construction plan included was only standard. They just included the separated upgraded plans…
Gaps on exterior
You have warranty for a reason. I would be asking the builder, even if you just send him some pictures via email and see what he replies.
We are in preparation for raft slab and concretor had put the pipe laggings only on horizontal and bends. He is saying there is no lagging required for the vertical pipes…
Australian Standard Sanitary Drainage
Hi Gaudi, I ended up finding what I needed elsewhere Thanks. It's shameful that the State Library doesn't allow access to these important documents any longer.
Some cracking in large concrete slabs can be expected.
Follow this link for more information:
Here is info on
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…
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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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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…