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Agile Approvals
Agile Approvals
7 September

Can a private garage be a Class 1 structure?

Can a private garage be a Class 1 structure?

Ouch! that revetment wall and septic upgrade sound rather nasty in $$ terms... Not to rub salt in, but when I do get queries like this from clients wanting such a…

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Agile Approvals
Sep 07, 2017 11:56 pm
gaweleczek
gaweleczek
11 August

Inspector for PCI stage that can inspect ALL THE THINGS :)

Inspector for PCI stage that can inspect ALL THE THINGS :)

I went with David and All Inspect for my pre-handover inspection I could not be happier.

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gaweleczek
Aug 11, 2017 11:10 pm

Hello, Is it an acceptable practice to protect storm water pipes in the ground with just tape?

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gaweleczek
Jul 11, 2017 11:40 pm
bashworth
bashworth
14 June

Attaching kids swing to side of house - is this ok?

Attaching kids swing to side of house - is this ok?

It's hard to make a comment without a lot more information but . . . .If I was doing this I would be fixing a substantial vertical timber against the column from just over…

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bashworth
Jun 14, 2017 5:48 pm
bashworth

Device for checking power, data, tv and phone points

Device for checking power, data, tv and phone points

No we don't check electrical, and in any case electrical is excluded from the reporting standard of AS 4349.1 I was merely saying that in my experience incidence of…

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building-expert
Apr 20, 2017 2:22 pm
building-expert
bryn
bryn
7 March

Tile underlay

Tile underlay

is it in a wet area?

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bryn
Mar 07, 2017 3:05 pm
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gaweleczek
Feb 23, 2017 6:17 pm
bashworth
bashworth
1 January

Advice on pool concrete/potential retaining wall slippage

Advice on pool concrete/potential retaining wall slippage

From the information you have provided it wouldn't be a major issue if the same thing happened to me. I would look to replace the retaining wall with a better constructed…

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bashworth
Jan 01, 2017 3:05 pm
bashworth
qebtel
qebtel
1 November 2016

Storm water on a sloping block

Storm water on a sloping block

you talk about sub dividing and building , but query land pertaining to an existing house. Your situation is unclear to me. An existing dwelling and its land has prior…

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qebtel
Nov 01, 2016 2:52 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
8 September 2016

Did they do our slab retaining properly?

Did they do our slab retaining properly?

Hi Icebreaka Less than 500 buck$ that's laughable considering what they slugged you in the first instance The Engineer needs to inspect & certify what was done on the…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 08, 2016 6:36 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
chippy
chippy
30 August 2016

oven switch location

oven switch location

Unless different states have different requirements ovens don't need a separate isolation switch. They run on there own circuit and get turned off at the…

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chippy
Aug 30, 2016 11:46 am
chippy
simrob
simrob
15 July 2016

Piers\Footing poured at same time as slab?

Piers\Footing poured at same time as slab?
1, 2

Great, Cheers for the info all, will go follow it all up now

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simrob
Jul 15, 2016 1:59 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
7 July 2016

Structural warranty with new pool

Structural warranty with new pool

Of course the builder must do the piers under the alfresco. They have to guarantee the house structurally so they have to do all the foundations for it. You wouldn't…

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Stewie D
Jul 07, 2016 10:35 am
marblaze
marblaze
27 June 2016

Two garages built to the same boundary. Possible?

Two garages built to the same boundary. Possible?

Propose a boundary eaves detail for Council perusal. Details should address fire/ encroachment, stormwater and other relevant issues.

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marblaze
Jun 27, 2016 1:47 pm
marblaze
building-expert
building-expert
23 June 2016

Framing - Does this look right?

Framing - Does this look right?

If it looks wrong it is! 1 Replace stud, or 2 provide blocking to side

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building-expert
Jun 23, 2016 12:50 pm
building-expert
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
19 June 2016

6 Star Energy Rating vs "Energy Compliant"

6 Star Energy Rating vs "Energy Compliant"

They're the builder and should be able to point you to the regulation. Keep pushing. Custom knockdown rebuild Newcastle NSW viewtopic.php?t=78271

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Leksie5000
Jun 19, 2016 7:35 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 January 2016

Tradies certify their own work - bad idea?

Tradies certify their own work - bad idea?

AM, I was sure I saw a piece on one of the commercial networks not too long ago about how some financial planners were exploiting a loophole to allow them to practice…

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Stewie D
Jan 16, 2016 8:26 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
14 January 2016

Defective vs poor quality

Defective vs poor quality

My builder B Homes did the same thing. Absolutely discussing workmanship.

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Crazyk
Jan 14, 2016 8:28 pm
Crazyk
jug head 1
jug head 1
10 January 2016

PCI issues

PCI issues

Further investigation found no insulation only where the bracing boards are. This occurred because internal walls were installed first. The builder has ripped most of the…

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jug head 1
Jan 10, 2016 8:44 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
3 January 2016

Help needed - slabs, slopes and easements

Help needed - slabs, slopes and easements

Interesting. I suspect that they have compacted fill to the required batters under that loose fill?

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Crazyk
Jan 03, 2016 7:51 pm
Crazyk
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
27 December 2015

Cracked concrete new house - how long is warranty etc?

Cracked concrete new house - how long is warranty etc?

Hi tompad Post up some photos and I'll take a look Generally structural cracking will need a structural engineers certificate to force a builder/contractor to act. Why…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Dec 27, 2015 10:23 am
StructuralBIMGuy
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
24 August 2015

Min. Ceiling Height tolerance with floor coverings

Min. Ceiling Height tolerance with floor coverings

Well in the end we decided to go with a high end bamboo floating floor. It was half the price of solid hardwood on plywood substrate, and got around our height concerns.

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1960sModernistHome
Aug 24, 2015 10:41 am
1960sModernistHome
qebtel
qebtel
14 August 2015

Building Decking Over Easement?

Building Decking Over Easement?

In a pragmatic sense, its a personal call. Build what you like as long as it can be removed easily if the easement owner ever requires access. Bear in mind it may never…

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qebtel
Aug 14, 2015 3:01 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
11 August 2015

Patchy Looking Mortar

Patchy Looking Mortar

Hi DavidandRobyn Sorry to say that looks awful Did they use the same mortar? Try to find out which brand they used and then contact the manufacturer It really needs to be…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 11, 2015 9:51 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
wood bang
wood bang
4 August 2015

Seeking Project Manager - review Builder's & Sub C's work.

Seeking Project Manager - review Builder's & Sub C's work.

You need to appoint a superintendent I'm in NSW, but my colleagues at Jims Building Inspections can assist.

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wood bang
Aug 04, 2015 8:38 am
wood bang
Beazley77
Beazley77
8 July 2015

New thread! When does your Building Inspector come out

New thread! When does your Building Inspector come out

We just had ours go through on his own prior to PCI. Then we read report and discussed it through with him and sent to builder and now we have PCI.

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Beazley77
Jul 08, 2015 1:22 am
Beazley77
Glennc74
Glennc74
22 June 2015

smaller stormwater pipes then promised :n:

smaller stormwater pipes then promised :n:

Thanks goody59 for the reply , perfectly answered .

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Glennc74
Jun 22, 2015 4:45 pm
building-expert
building-expert
17 June 2015

Sharp Dents from underneath in a flat roof - future corosion

Sharp Dents from underneath in a flat roof - future corosion

It looks they run out of countersunk clip screws and just used raised head screws. Raised dent interferes with water flow and both roof sheet and clip screws should be replaced.

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building-expert
Jun 17, 2015 3:00 pm
building-expert

Need help! Where do I stand? Electricity meter on wrong side

Need help! Where do I stand? Electricity meter on wrong side

The builder has to build what's on the contract documents, full stop. The only potential problem that I can see is that AS3000 Wiring Rules requires 600mm clearance…

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1960sModernistHome
May 16, 2015 8:36 am
1960sModernistHome
Avoca26
Avoca26
21 April 2015

Recommend a building inspector around Gold Coast/Brisbane

Recommend a building inspector around Gold Coast/Brisbane

Hi shadowarrior, Just wondering if you had any luck with a Building inspector for your place? seems like the things you wanted to get checked out are on my list of things…

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Avoca26
Apr 21, 2015 11:30 pm
Avoca26
Jimmy234
Jimmy234
16 December 2014

Steel Bearer/ Edge Joist to Support Post

Steel Bearer/ Edge Joist to Support Post

Thanks. Yeah. Be a bit more damage if the big ones rust out though :shock: :)

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Jimmy234
Dec 16, 2014 9:02 pm
shadowarrior
shadowarrior
4 December 2014

Need advice about retaining wall construction

Need advice about retaining wall construction

Thanks Matt. Does H at max fill point indicate height? Yeah I thought the adjoining lot was sold, but found out it wasn't. Would have been easier if we put up the…

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shadowarrior
Dec 04, 2014 11:36 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
25 November 2014

Gyprocking square set gap to floor 40mm

Gyprocking square set gap to floor 40mm

Thanks mgilla I have no idea what is complete and what's not.

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Crazyk
Nov 25, 2014 6:16 am
Crazyk
Stewie D
Stewie D
20 November 2014

Government/Council rules for unit bedroom flooring

Government/Council rules for unit bedroom flooring

It's against strata laws ( in NSW anyway but I'd imagine it would be very similar in QLD ) to have hard flooring if there is a unit below you. The only rooms you can do…

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Stewie D
Nov 20, 2014 6:48 pm
SaimaQ
SaimaQ
23 October 2014

Fixing a bad brick job - Is render the only answer?

Fixing a bad brick job - Is render the only answer?

Generally I have noticed the cracks appear in render sometimes and also the rain marks often look very dirty. I have been told to you may need a wash every 3-4yrs. But we…

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SaimaQ
Oct 23, 2014 4:04 pm
Dale80
Dale80
20 October 2014

A better alternative to risk assessment paperwork?

A better alternative to risk assessment paperwork?

I swear that it is taking longer and longer everytime I fill out the risk assessment/jsa/swms paperwork. I've heard around site that there are now phone apps that make…

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Dale80
Oct 20, 2014 5:48 pm
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building-expert
Sep 19, 2014 7:29 pm
building-expert
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
16 September 2014

Building an enclosure/fence for a spa. Will this pass?

Building an enclosure/fence for a spa. Will this pass?

It is a bit of a joke Dannymh, but people have died in all sorts of pools, and so all the rules. In Vic we have had a recent death which occurred when a pool was not…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 16, 2014 4:15 pm
JB1
JB1
20 August 2014

glueing MDF onto asbestos sheeting

glueing MDF onto asbestos sheeting

Illegal or not, I'd do it for the child's sake. You don't want the child to breathe in any asbestos fibres. Not sure if it's illegal (can't see any reason) but if it is…

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JB1
Aug 21, 2014 12:43 am
SheridanBenjamin
SheridanBenjamin
6 July 2014

Neighbour cut land - no retaining wall yet

Neighbour cut land - no retaining wall yet

I know this thread is a bit old, our contract specifies that our retaining wall is to be "provided by owner after handover" so I don't think 1m retaining walls need to be…

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SheridanBenjamin
Jul 06, 2014 6:35 pm
building-expert
building-expert
6 July 2014

Depth of footings

Depth of footings

Thank you very much for your advice. I have been back to the site and taken quite a few more measurements around the slab. As I said the depth…

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building-expert
Jul 06, 2014 4:36 pm
building-expert
EmyN
EmyN
27 June 2014

Design of retaining wall - civil engineer?

Design of retaining wall - civil engineer?

Ummm from memory DEQ gave me the form I needed to get the council approval but I just passed that form on to my builder who submitted everything together for approval. So…

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EmyN
Jun 27, 2014 10:46 am
EmyN
EmyN
EmyN
26 May 2014

Smoke detectors, which should you get ?

Smoke detectors, which should you get ?

I don't know what kind we're getting but we're getting them connected to our home alarm system which I'm really happy about. I always have paranoid fears when on holidays…

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EmyN
May 26, 2014 11:04 pm
EmyN
Sagasu
Sagasu
12 April 2014

Advice needed about landings at the top of steps

Advice needed about landings at the top of steps

Thanks for taking the trouble to detail all of that for myself and others.

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Sagasu
Apr 12, 2014 9:56 pm
cornellengineers
cornellengineers
21 October 2013

Structural frame for cyclone-rated panel-lift roller doors

Structural frame for cyclone-rated panel-lift roller doors

Has anyone had any experience with the new requirements for strengthening the door frame for panel-lift roller doors in cyclone areas? Now that panel-lift doors in cyclone…

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cornellengineers
Oct 21, 2013 6:48 pm
cornellengineers
paulw11
paulw11
5 August 2013

Wood Heater Flue help needed

Wood Heater Flue help needed

Yes! You need to have a double (or even better triple) flue all the way to bottom of the roof penetration. The flue can get very hot and can easily ignite roof…

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paulw11
Aug 05, 2013 11:55 pm

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