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Mortar test cost?

Mortar test cost?

Not sure. Our builder outsourced to a brickie, but judging by the quality I can’t imagine they were!

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AandM
Aug 23, 2019 4:22 pm

No wall wrap

No wall wrap

thnanks, even though its not mandatory , in terms of protecting my house from moisture, insects or harm am l at a disadvantage with thin polystyrene or Styrofoam sheets…

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jimbo73
Aug 23, 2019 8:11 am
darb74
darb74
Yesterday

Rainwater tank/Stormwater

Rainwater tank/Stormwater

Thanks again, rather than try to answer only 1 or 2 Qs....I might do some measuring and photos tomorrow and report back in with everything. Cheers

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darb74
Aug 22, 2019 9:32 pm
darb74

HIA Build Contract without updated plans

HIA Build Contract without updated plans

Don't sign anything, until the plans have been updated. Is it safe? I've seen builds where the engineering hasn't been update and the buildings have been handed over to…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 20, 2019 10:40 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Electrical Question

Electrical Question

Hello, Minimizing the risk of an electrical hazard in the workplace with Test and Tagging services. Visit our website today to know about prices and cost involved.

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christianharvey
Aug 20, 2019 2:08 am

Plumbing pre lays

Plumbing pre lays

Hi @Micor Making provision for future services, expansion, renovations, etc is a great idea and can be done at a later date if they are planned properly ie, prelays for…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 15, 2019 7:22 am
StructuralBIMGuy
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chanam
Aug 10, 2019 1:34 am
brokenstick
brokenstick
7 August

Timber Laminate Floor Sinks in Corner of Room

Timber Laminate Floor Sinks in Corner of Room

I agree with this, I have seen laminate layed on uneven concrete and it does what you describe During my build my inspector checked and picked up that the concrete was…

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brokenstick
Aug 07, 2019 10:31 am
brokenstick
MyFirst
MyFirst
6 August

Protecting your Slab

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

Does it slope away 70mm for the 1st meter?

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MyFirst
Aug 06, 2019 7:01 pm

Here an accurate and quick way to measure, survey and check room dimensions or coordinates Using the 3-Plane Green Laser and Laser Rangefinder This is the first step…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 05, 2019 10:07 am
StructuralBIMGuy
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
30 July

Storm water

Storm water
1, 2, 3

I misunderstood, sorry. Good idea.

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SaveH2O
Jul 30, 2019 8:23 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
30 July

Storm-water pipe grading and surface-drain location issue

Storm-water pipe grading and surface-drain location issue

Don't take any nonsense from the plumbers....they have done non compliant work and treated you like a mushroom by keeping you in the dark and feeding you bs. With…

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SaveH2O
Jul 30, 2019 6:31 pm
SaveH2O

Balcony overflow drainage

Balcony overflow drainage

Try AS 4654.1 Waterproofing membranes for external above ground use hth

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 25, 2019 8:55 pm
StructuralBIMGuy

35 x 90 studs used upstairs, plan says 45

35 x 90 studs used upstairs, plan says 45

You should have Engineering Structural Timber Details they should include eg Framing, bracing, Hold down,trusses, etc, What does they say? As an engineer I find most…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 25, 2019 8:54 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Gaudi
Gaudi
23 July

New home. Frustrating battles with the builder to fix

New home. Frustrating battles with the builder to fix

Once you have handed your money over you have much less leverage. But do not despair yet. I think that is pretty standard for builders to say wait for that inspection for…

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Gaudi
Jul 23, 2019 11:31 pm
Qwerty28
Qwerty28
21 July

Structural Plans information please

Structural Plans information please

For a build on classified "E" soil but should have been "P" then 32MPa should have been recommended? I'm in the process of trying to chase up the bore logs if the…

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Qwerty28
Jul 21, 2019 11:57 am

Checking Wall & Floor Building Tolerances with Bosch Lasers

Checking Wall & Floor Building Tolerances with Bosch Lasers

LOL, Based on what an opinion...engineering requires DATA and PROOFS. hth

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 20, 2019 11:02 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Gaudi
Gaudi
14 July

Checking Suspended Floor Deflections With Bosch Laser Tool

Checking Suspended Floor Deflections With Bosch Laser Tool

Wood bang you get to see the ‘best’ of what the current building industry has to offer. I agree yes consistent use of string lines or even spirit level…

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Gaudi
Jul 14, 2019 5:58 pm
Rocky8391
Rocky8391
14 July

Deck

Deck

Hi, I’m looking at installing a built in pizza oven in one corner of my deck and not sure if 8 additional supports will be enough. My deck sits 100mm off the ground and…

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Rocky8391
Jul 14, 2019 1:12 pm
chanam
chanam
14 July

Excessive gap between tiled floors in bathroom and cavity sl

Excessive gap between tiled floors in bathroom and cavity sl

Thanks for the idea and options avail. If adjust down, then would see more of rollers and gap above. At moment as it stands, the track above is visible now.

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chanam
Jul 14, 2019 11:13 am
wood bang
wood bang
13 July

Roof flashing not built into brickwork???

Roof flashing not built into brickwork???

Lol no, what’s the difference from this and before except for a piece of metal cover?

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wood bang
Jul 13, 2019 9:58 am
wood bang
wood bang
wood bang
12 July

Floor sound proofing

Floor sound proofing

Tile on existing floor wouldn’t comply, you need to add in sound insulation such as regupol

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wood bang
Jul 12, 2019 8:38 pm
wood bang
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wood bang
Jul 12, 2019 7:54 pm
wood bang
wood bang
wood bang
12 July

Is this ColorBond roofing work acceptable?

Is this ColorBond roofing work acceptable?

Lol saving the photos as a what not to do

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wood bang
Jul 12, 2019 6:47 pm
wood bang
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
12 July

Kaplan homes builders

Kaplan homes builders

Have you done a Google and forum search?

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SaveH2O
Jul 12, 2019 10:53 am
SaveH2O
Howyagoin
Howyagoin
1 July

Load baring double and triple studs

Load baring double and triple studs

It seems unusual for studs to be continuous from ground to 1st floor framing. Could understand a bit more if they were calling for steel. The practicality of this scenario…

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Howyagoin
Jul 01, 2019 7:54 pm

Hey guys, We have recently moved into our new house and are dealing with mice in the roof. When setting traps up there we noticed a lot of sunlight coming in. We got up…

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SRK114
Jul 01, 2019 6:16 pm
Tim65
Tim65
27 June

Electrics and water pipes

Electrics and water pipes

Thanks H2O Will check it out

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Tim65
Jun 27, 2019 9:50 pm
Tim65
Angalfaria
Angalfaria
18 June

house slab cracking on corner of house.

house slab cracking on corner of house.

I don't think about this but careful thinking of you. So what need to do?

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Angalfaria
Jun 18, 2019 6:04 pm
Angalfaria
Dagmar
Dagmar
30 May

PVC balustrades ans fencing

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…

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Dagmar
May 30, 2019 11:05 am

Building Regs on an External Door over 1.5m from ground

Building Regs on an External Door over 1.5m from ground

Hi Spida23 Welcome to the forum Does your contract or drawing say "Stairs/Landing By Owner?" Then, occupancy certificates can't be issued until the stairs, balustrade,etc…

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 26, 2019 3:47 am
StructuralBIMGuy

I can't tell u if there are actual issues. But from your the slab photos they looks fine IMO.. No different then any other slabs I seen.

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MyFirst
May 25, 2019 6:37 pm

Gaps on exterior

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.

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Steve4216
May 08, 2019 10:16 pm

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…

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Vikhome
May 03, 2019 3:30 pm
wagga123
wagga123
28 April

Australian Standard Sanitary Drainage

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.

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wagga123
Apr 28, 2019 4:05 pm
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

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
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
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

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