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Masterton in Newcastle area – feedback wanted

Masterton in Newcastle area – feedback wanted

Boom periods 1. New home Salesman make a lot of money 2. Standards drop 3. Construction Supervision becomes difficult to maintain 4. Costs go up 5. Build periods blow…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 17, 2017 9:27 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Neville S
Neville S
16 August

Balcony railing height requirements

Balcony railing height requirements

Thanks I have requested it be replaced with a higher balustrade. They have finally agreed. The bricks are 220mm high from the ground so I was not happy about it.

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Neville S
Aug 16, 2017 10:48 am
Neville S
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
15 August

Termite Shields (Ant Capping)

Termite Shields (Ant Capping)

Sashley, If you're still in need of the advice, when ant capping is used as the sole deterrent to termite attack, the caps must protrude 100 mm past the edges of the…

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Leonardo_23
Aug 15, 2017 3:48 pm
Bigjourney
Bigjourney
13 August

Our land has been cut into.. Standard?

Our land has been cut into.. Standard?

Thanks so much for everyones replies ill have a photo up this week in relation to the response from the builder and work completed. Speaking with a builder friend been…

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Bigjourney
Aug 13, 2017 11:03 pm

Void former placed over Pier!!

Void former placed over Pier!!

@manofaus Flexible Floor coverings ie Timber & Carpets mask/hides cracks Firstly you need to check slab level heights around the cracking (hogging or sagging) in the…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 20, 2017 9:31 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Berek
Berek
17 May

Moving Meter Box - Considerations?

Moving Meter Box - Considerations?

If the breakers are in the meter box then every single wire in the house ends up there. No chance of moving it after the build unless you want to rewire the house again.…

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Berek
May 17, 2017 10:24 pm

Building Quality Standards / Tolerances

Building Quality Standards / Tolerances

NSW Fair Trading is apparently working on their own version of the standards and tolerances guide. In the meantime as Bashworth notes the Victorian version is generally…

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gmbuildingconsultant
Apr 18, 2017 11:31 pm
gmbuildingconsultant
bashworth
bashworth
23 January

standard face bricks that run through roof

standard face bricks that run through roof

It's not unusual to use an ordinary brick where it can't be seen. If you go for a rendered finish you could find the builder has used up all the odd bricks left over from…

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bashworth
Jan 23, 2017 5:37 pm
bashworth
benzz3
benzz3
30 November 2016

Drop edge beam vs retaining wall

Drop edge beam vs retaining wall

thx for sharing mate, my relative is having this issue too.

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benzz3
Nov 30, 2016 1:54 pm
MrsJM
MrsJM
10 November 2016

Stair treads all split week after install

Stair treads all split week after install

A week after installation, all of my stair treads split. Strangely, this happened within the same 12 hour window as a water leak which impacted the lower platform. I…

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MrsJM
Nov 10, 2016 10:45 am
MrsJM
shanil86
shanil86
6 November 2016

NCC Volume 2 Rule 3.1.2.3

NCC Volume 2 Rule 3.1.2.3

Not doing the concreting myself, a lawyer with a knack for reading vol 2 BCA hahaha...thanks for your assistance H2O I really appreciate it.

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shanil86
Nov 06, 2016 7:46 am
Adam.M
Adam.M
17 October 2016

help pls.......

help pls.......

Hi, welcome to the forum. I can only answer for the 30sqm shelter/sunroof. Which ever way you built it, pergola or roofed, anything above 20sqm requires a permit. It is…

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Adam.M
Oct 17, 2016 11:33 am

The Tornado rain head is manufactured in Australia by an Australian company. I also manufacture in Australia and I support other Australian companies who also…

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SaveH2O
Sep 29, 2016 5:17 pm
SaveH2O
BL35ED
BL35ED
17 September 2016

Waterproofing showers and copper Trays

Waterproofing showers and copper Trays

I have a 7year structual warranty with builder anyway... I was present when it was getting done. I have pics Heres the membrane they www.duram.com.au/pds_var11var241

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BL35ED
Sep 17, 2016 1:01 pm
Guest
Jan 01, 1970 11:00 am
sunxiaoxuan23926
sunxiaoxuan23926
1 September 2016

First home owner worried about bricks laid

First home owner worried about bricks laid

I am going through something very similar but my house is almost done . Just to make sure builder is not bullying me , I have hired a inspector as well.

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sunxiaoxuan23926
Sep 01, 2016 11:28 pm
dandelero
dandelero
25 August 2016

Step height in door (threshold?)

Step height in door (threshold?)

Hi Stewie Thank you for your input, gray advice. I will ensure that all steps/transitions are uniform. I managed to get some advice from a friend of a friend (who is a…

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dandelero
Aug 25, 2016 8:44 am
BL35ED
BL35ED
17 August 2016

MATRIX Cladding wall edge

MATRIX Cladding wall edge

Thanks JSM....sets my mind at ease :)

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BL35ED
Aug 17, 2016 10:12 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
16 August 2016

Retaining Wall DA Non-compliance

Retaining Wall DA Non-compliance

I've been complaining all week to 2 councils & they don't give a ratz and LOL..i was beaten into submission

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 16, 2016 11:59 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
gach2
gach2
15 August 2016

BCA - building seperation

BCA - building seperation

Just wondering if anyone if the 1.8m rule for building seperation before fireproof material is required from wall to wall or eave to eave? tried reading bca 3.7.1 but its…

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gach2
Aug 16, 2016 12:54 am
mack042
mack042
15 August 2016

Drain Insert

Drain Insert

You can get risers for pits but you would probably want a wider pit if you want to extend it 1 metre. How wide and how deep is that pit at the moment?

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mack042
Aug 15, 2016 9:01 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
5 August 2016

Water pool around under construction house

Water pool around under construction house

H1 is highly reactive soil and adherence to site drainage mandates is critical. There are a lot of threads on H1 about slab heave and other site drainage issues. Just…

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SaveH2O
Aug 05, 2016 10:31 pm
SaveH2O
waxinggibbous
waxinggibbous
1 August 2016

roofing timber question

roofing timber question

Hi StructuralBIMGuy - my trusses will not have the gap as in the photo (this is the roof of a Melbourne container house which I used just to illustrate the timber plate…

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waxinggibbous
Aug 01, 2016 5:17 pm
waxinggibbous
Stewie D
Stewie D
13 July 2016

Would you screed or Underlay?

Would you screed or Underlay?

So what are you going to do about the discrepancy between the tiles on a screed to the living areas ( probably 40mm screed and 10mm tiles = 5mm height ) and the looselay…

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Stewie D
Jul 13, 2016 2:01 pm
building-expert
building-expert
12 July 2016

How does our builder fix this issue?

How does our builder fix this issue?
1, 2

Great outcome for you and it is as it should be. I come from a background of doing government contracts with architects in charge. If we made a mistake we got a defect…

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building-expert
Jul 13, 2016 12:38 am
building-expert
Stewie D
Stewie D
1 July 2016

Brick work should i be worried??

Brick work should i be worried??

Who supplied the steel lintel ? It should have been a 150 x 100mm gal angle or at least 100 x 100mm depending on the span and load above. As per abs above, the weld or…

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Stewie D
Jul 01, 2016 11:41 am
diydave
diydave
24 June 2016

Retaining Wall Query - Exempt or Compying Devemopment?

Retaining Wall Query - Exempt or Compying Devemopment?

For anyone in NSW I recommend using this website to check the planning rules for Exempt Developments before you call anyone at your council. You plug in your address and…

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diydave
Jun 24, 2016 9:34 am
diydave
diydave
24 June 2016

Retaining wall - DA required for pine sleepers?

Retaining wall - DA required for pine sleepers?

Suggest you try this website to check the planning rules that actually apply to your house. It's easier than trying to interpret the full DA regulations. You plug in your…

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diydave
Jun 24, 2016 9:21 am
abrickspecialist
abrickspecialist
23 June 2016

Mortar should be flush not ironed

Mortar should be flush not ironed

You can't re-point a rolled/ironed joint without it falling out down the track. A rolled/ironed joint gives much better protection from salt absorption than a flush…

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abrickspecialist
Jun 23, 2016 11:39 pm
gcambo
gcambo
9 June 2016

We have noticed that the nails used in the frames are Brigh

We have noticed that the nails used in the frames are Brigh

The nails used on brackets to connect the roof truss to the top of the frames. As it turns out all the frames were supposed to be nailed with gal nails as well. Then as of…

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gcambo
Jun 09, 2016 8:45 pm

Lots of builders are using pressure seal, they will always fail in a couple of years. Inspired a new house today and flashing is already coming apart. And here is…

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wood bang
Jun 02, 2016 6:46 pm
wood bang
uspepper
uspepper
13 May 2016

external light wiring requirement

external light wiring requirement

I've never seen lights on them.? Did you want a Telcoms forum? this one is for houses.

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uspepper
May 13, 2016 8:06 pm
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
18 April 2016

Wobbly window!

Wobbly window!

They replaced it Custom knockdown rebuild Newcastle NSW viewtopic.php?t=78271

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Leksie5000
Apr 18, 2016 5:20 am
deejay08
deejay08
19 March 2016

Basix assessment

Basix assessment

It depends on your area or zone as its called and depends on size and articulation of your design and what orientation you have. Also the insulation requirement for your…

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deejay08
Mar 19, 2016 12:26 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
6 March 2016

SEPP - Seeking approval for variations

SEPP - Seeking approval for variations

Thanks BE but my experience in these matters is limited to only two jobs both about 5 years ago. From memory they were both a right pain in the butt even though they were…

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Stewie D
Mar 06, 2016 8:56 pm
rebuilder86
rebuilder86
29 February 2016

Plumbing Standards - Outlet for shower head ?

Plumbing Standards - Outlet for shower head ?

mmm, depending on the shower head, options are, flatter backing plate, they are available, cut back existing pipe and add extension piece taped up and frikn tight. I…

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rebuilder86
Feb 29, 2016 7:12 pm
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
25 February 2016

Decking boards

Decking boards

Yeah that's basically my summary of it.. 2,500k! I think that's just the amount he quotes when he doesn't want to do something haha. Internal floor is already done. I'm…

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Leksie5000
Feb 25, 2016 3:26 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
12 February 2016

Machining tolerances of decking timber

Machining tolerances of decking timber

It will depend so much on where you are buying your decking from. Some will be spot on width all the way along a length of timber whereas the next place will have stock…

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Stewie D
Feb 12, 2016 10:42 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
2 February 2016

Insulation q

Insulation q
1, 2

I also suggest you lodge a complaint over your VBS incompetence with the Victorian Govt authority it's obvious your building System is Broken.hth

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 02, 2016 11:02 am
StructuralBIMGuy
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
29 January 2016

Just found my concreter has no licence!

Just found my concreter has no licence!
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Yeah precisely, I mean every contractor worth their salt will have adequate supplier credit arrangements for materials. I could understand maybe a small deposit to ensure…

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1960sModernistHome
Jan 29, 2016 11:53 am
1960sModernistHome
Crazyk
Crazyk
28 January 2016

Data/Phone line

Data/Phone line

Eeeekkk

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Crazyk
Jan 28, 2016 6:20 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
Crazyk
15 January 2016

Articulation Joints

Articulation Joints
1, 2

@Slab Heave Recipient so how did the non compliance argument stand up in your case with your builder? Was it proven to be defective and show cause notice issued?

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Crazyk
Jan 15, 2016 12:56 pm
Crazyk
KKPP
KKPP
16 December 2015

Hole in new slab - please help

Hole in new slab - please help

Hi Gunna, Thanks for your tips, What is the slab design? Does it show how the slab supposed to be poured? Do you know where would I be able to get it from? I did go…

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KKPP
Dec 16, 2015 5:39 pm
Yarborough
Yarborough
16 December 2015

Site Costs

Site Costs

Hi, what builder presented the tender?

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Yarborough
Dec 16, 2015 11:25 am
Yarborough

They're fine of course it's just the angle. Went and had a look…

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Leksie5000
Dec 05, 2015 10:22 am
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
19 November 2015

Floor lining (bearers and joists)

Floor lining (bearers and joists)
1, 2

You would start to see some degradation in the sheets around the edges. The particles start to flake off easily. I've seen older floors that had…

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Leksie5000
Nov 19, 2015 11:20 am
zc12345
zc12345
3 November 2015

New build - Private Building Insp recommendations - SYDNEY

New build - Private Building Insp recommendations - SYDNEY

thanks Franky Could you please provide the name of the building inspector that you fire previously from Housespect? My idea is having a building inspector that is both…

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zc12345
Nov 03, 2015 1:05 pm

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