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bashworth
bashworth
16 April

Concrete

Concrete

Some cracking in large concrete slabs can be expected. Follow this link for more information:

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bashworth
Apr 16, 2019 8:05 pm
bashworth
northerner
northerner
13 April

Independent inspector - recommendations in northern NSW?

Independent inspector - recommendations in northern NSW?

Hi - we're building with Metricon in the Ewingsdale area of northern NSW (not too far from Ballina / Byron). Can anyone recommend a private building inspector in that…

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northerner
Apr 13, 2019 5:19 pm

Mortar defects?

Mortar defects?

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…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 13, 2019 11:26 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Mortar test cost?

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…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 13, 2019 11:02 am
StructuralBIMGuy
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
11 April

Australian Standard Sanitary Drainage

Australian Standard Sanitary Drainage

Lol, they state free Standards but charge when someone falls for the click bait. I'm glad that you were successful elsewhere.

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SaveH2O
Apr 11, 2019 12:03 am
SaveH2O
Tim65
Tim65
1 April

Storm water

Storm water
1, 2, 3

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…

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Tim65
Apr 01, 2019 9:30 am
Tim65
Eco Builder
Eco Builder
29 March

Wooden boards screwing standards

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 -…

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Eco Builder
Mar 29, 2019 7:07 am
Eco Builder
alexp79
alexp79
21 March

Protecting your Slab

Protecting your Slab
1 ... 25, 26, 27

One of the best protection you can get for your slab and footings from water is by adding RadMyx (https://www.radcrete.com.au/product/rad ... erproofing) into concrete…

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alexp79
Mar 20, 2019 11:44 pm
alexp79
alexp79
11 March

thoughts?

thoughts?

You just ask your supervisor and brickies themselves if they would be okay to have such brickwork in their own houses.

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alexp79
Mar 11, 2019 12:14 am
Gaudi
Gaudi
1 March

Guide to the painting of buildings

Guide to the painting of buildings

Do you know anyone with a child at university? Most universities have these available online for free.

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Gaudi
Mar 01, 2019 2:01 am
wentworth33
wentworth33
24 February

Gap between Window frame and Brick Sill

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. So it…

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wentworth33
Feb 24, 2019 9:50 am
wagga123
wagga123
21 February

Sanitary Plumbing Query

Sanitary Plumbing Query

Thanks.

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wagga123
Feb 21, 2019 10:41 am

Steel or timber beam for brick wall over garage or patio?

Steel or timber beam for brick wall over garage or patio?

That will need to be Designed & Certified By your Structural Engineer

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 03, 2019 8:28 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Champion home builder sending variation invoice without lett

Champion home builder sending variation invoice without lett

I suggest you get a copy of the engineers reports and take your compliant to fair trading/Building commission

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 02, 2019 9:46 am
StructuralBIMGuy
insider
insider
25 January

Bricklayer or Engineer

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…

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insider
Jan 25, 2019 7:15 pm
insider

EPS v aac

EPS v aac

Jacpat 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 I believe…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jan 24, 2019 9:08 am
StructuralBIMGuy
volmix
volmix
22 January

window sill crack

window sill crack

Thanks Chippy, yes I was referring to the side of the window, the reveal. Apology I got the terminology mixed up.

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volmix
Jan 22, 2019 10:56 pm
outlookplanning
outlookplanning
21 January

CDC Clause question.

CDC Clause question.

Hi GLO, 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…

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outlookplanning
Jan 21, 2019 12:19 pm
outlookplanning
Gaudi
Gaudi
20 January

Nail pops

Nail pops

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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Gaudi
Jan 20, 2019 7:27 pm
Gaudi
Gaudi
18 January

Building Notices and Orders for poor work by builder.

Building Notices and Orders for poor work by builder.

Do you mean a building order to stop work - served on the builder?

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Gaudi
Jan 17, 2019 11:52 pm
insider
insider
9 January

Edge beam on rolled fill?

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

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insider
Jan 09, 2019 6:32 am
insider

Waffle pod

Waffle pod

Go to an engineer too.

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sweetswisssteel
Jan 08, 2019 10:19 pm
Planet Sun
Planet Sun
5 January

Butt Welding 150x50x2 RHS Bearers???

Butt Welding 150x50x2 RHS Bearers???

Some fish plates welded on both faces will be sufficient...

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Planet Sun
Jan 05, 2019 12:47 pm
Planet Sun
sweetswisssteel
sweetswisssteel
30 December 2018

Can beans and slabs be poured at different dates?

Can beans and slabs be poured at different dates?

Thanks Matt, the 200mm gap is free draining between their timber fence and the garage wall. I will make sure it stays that way. Otherwise I will keep an eye on the…

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sweetswisssteel
Dec 30, 2018 9:39 pm

Hi After some advice please. These weeping holes/ventilation ‘vents’ are under fully enclosed decking. They are about 10 cm in length (except…

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Novice21
Dec 29, 2018 12:11 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
29 December 2018

Cracked Building Highlights certification Problems

Cracked Building Highlights certification Problems

The directors of the Building certification company that signed off on the structural…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Dec 29, 2018 9:45 am
StructuralBIMGuy
SKND10
SKND10
28 December 2018

Mortar defect?

Mortar defect?

Thanks for the reply! In NSW it's seven years but the builder says this is not structural.

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SKND10
Dec 28, 2018 9:35 pm
cornellengineers
cornellengineers
26 December 2018

Deck standards esp re footings ? (Brisbane)

Deck standards esp re footings ? (Brisbane)

Try this link from Timber Queensland. https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/sites/defau ... _final.pdf PS. You'll also need a building certifier. Try

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cornellengineers
Dec 26, 2018 4:21 pm
cornellengineers
kimzhang570
kimzhang570
13 December 2018

Brickwork Vertical align in joint

Brickwork Vertical align in joint

Thank you very much guys

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kimzhang570
Dec 13, 2018 5:26 pm
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kimzhang570
Dec 13, 2018 4:30 pm
building-expert
building-expert
3 December 2018

Tolerance for the footings

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.

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building-expert
Dec 03, 2018 5:39 am
building-expert
kathysangel
kathysangel
30 November 2018

Bricks colour variations

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

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kathysangel
Nov 30, 2018 12:03 am

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,…

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kirashogun
Nov 21, 2018 5:32 pm
insider
insider
20 November 2018

Plumbing query / standard

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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insider
Nov 20, 2018 5:41 pm
insider
Gaudi
Gaudi
19 November 2018

Is Ableflex a must when doing a pavement around the house

Is Ableflex a must when doing a pavement around the house

What is your house that concrete apron abuts made of? Some materials crack more easily eg Hebel. As concrete expands with temperature changes it may be something just to…

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Gaudi
Nov 19, 2018 10:02 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
16 November 2018

M-class Slab on P class soil

M-class Slab on P class soil
1, 2

Await the independent second test don't lock in piers. hth

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StructuralBIMGuy
Nov 16, 2018 12:27 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
8 November 2018

Downpipe compliance question- rainwater tank

Downpipe compliance question- rainwater tank

The requirement and regulations for rainwater tanks varies between states and even regions within States. The 2,000 L tank servicing a minimum 50 sq m roof catchment area…

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SaveH2O
Nov 08, 2018 6:04 am
SaveH2O
Andrew69
Andrew69
3 November 2018

Builder refusing to give OP

Builder refusing to give OP

Mate, you need an experienced Construction Law specialist.

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Andrew69
Nov 03, 2018 8:46 am
lathiat
lathiat
2 November 2018

Paint Peeling - Plaster too soft?

Paint Peeling - Plaster too soft?
1, 2, 3

Yours sounds significantly worse than some of us. Not sure if that’s good or bad.

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lathiat
Nov 02, 2018 1:33 pm
Tim65
Tim65
17 October 2018

Waterproof air-conditioning slab

Waterproof air-conditioning slab

I suppose they will say they are protected from weather as mostly covered over , techincally it’s not correct

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Tim65
Oct 17, 2018 8:31 am
Tim65
Tim65
Tim65
10 October 2018

Engineered solutions

Engineered solutions

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Tim65
Oct 10, 2018 5:56 am
Tim65
sweetswisssteel
sweetswisssteel
9 October 2018

house slab cracking on corner of house.

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…

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sweetswisssteel
Oct 09, 2018 5:52 pm
sweetswisssteel
sweetswisssteel
9 October 2018

Articulation joints not built to drawing

Articulation joints not built to drawing

I would talk to them and ask them why, then I recommend getting an independent building inspector to check for that and other issues.

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sweetswisssteel
Oct 09, 2018 4:44 pm
Weir
Weir
2 October 2018

Balcony Repairs

Balcony Repairs

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…

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Weir
Oct 02, 2018 11:04 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
30 September 2018

Brickwork

Brickwork

ozcargod8 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…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 30, 2018 9:27 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Tim65
Tim65
28 September 2018

Brick mortar defect

Brick mortar defect
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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…

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Tim65
Sep 28, 2018 5:33 pm
Tim65
aussieta
aussieta
22 September 2018

Can I sue my builder ?

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…

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aussieta
Sep 22, 2018 7:45 am
aussieta
Gaudi
Gaudi
20 September 2018

Gigantic Sewer Cover in backyard

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…

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Gaudi
Sep 20, 2018 1:55 pm
kathysangel
kathysangel
19 September 2018

Brick work VBA standard?

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…

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kathysangel
Sep 19, 2018 5:34 pm
pEast
pEast
12 September 2018

Surveyors role

Surveyors role

Thanks StructuralBIMGuy - your feedback is very much appreciated regarding this. Will post once my I show it to my inspector on PCI day.

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pEast
Sep 12, 2018 8:35 am

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