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Slab down inspection defect

Slab down inspection defect

Sparksy More info required, where are you building, soil conditions? Check the engineering drawings, Quite often builders will use other edge waterproofing methods The…

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 19, 2018 6:02 am
StructuralBIMGuy
alexp79
alexp79
6 February

Is this Pre-lay out?

Is this Pre-lay out?

I wonder why this issue have not been identified during pre-pour inspection?

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alexp79
Feb 06, 2018 2:58 pm
Joker
Joker
29 December 2017

Balcony Collapse.. East Doncaster

Balcony Collapse.. East Doncaster

From the outside looking in at the deck, from a non building industry person and with balcony collapses in the news, no way in hell would you put 2500_3000kgs extra on…

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Joker
Dec 29, 2017 11:47 am

That can be improved! I can't see builder arguing that.

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lazandjohn
Apr 17, 2017 1:41 pm
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StructuralBIMGuy
Mar 06, 2017 5:33 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
3 March 2017

Question about crossover

Question about crossover

You will still need to consider Stormwater within your property All buildings are required to have roof water directed to approved systems has on-line forms/apps for…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Mar 03, 2017 10:41 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
19 February 2017

Driveway starting to move

Driveway starting to move

They should have given you a complete set of Specis, Docs, Engineering Details & Drawings? Also check with your Council they may also have driveway requirements for…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 19, 2017 1:03 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
24 January 2017

WA New Build Inspections Who to Use?

WA New Build Inspections Who to Use?

As regards thermal imaging, I imagine the cost would be borne by your clients. Hi nicjam, I hope you can see that some people protest loudly when confronted with basic…

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Leonardo_23
Jan 24, 2017 1:45 pm
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Althom
Nov 21, 2016 10:56 pm
Althom
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zook60
Oct 05, 2016 9:19 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
30 August 2016

vertical or horizontal core bricks internal?

vertical or horizontal core bricks internal?

And you are a broker Salesman Right? As an Engineer and Bricklayer That does structural repairs I would disagree What about bending in walls.. which brick is…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 30, 2016 10:06 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Oh, I agree totally Howyagoin. That's the way we have always done it too regardless of the materials used for the walls and floor. I was just quoting what is in the…

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Stewie D
Aug 04, 2016 9:54 pm
Daz_
Daz_
18 July 2016

Driveway modified around meter location!

Driveway modified around meter location!

Not sure of the exact measurement but it will fall within that range. Looks like I'll be making a call to the water corp to find out what their standard is

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Daz_
Jul 18, 2016 8:33 pm
Daz_
abrickspecialist
abrickspecialist
30 June 2016

Standards for brick perpends - worth taking any action

Standards for brick perpends - worth taking any action

What DW specification is the brick you selected? If it's DW1 a perp end dimensional tolerance is 10mm +/- 3mm If they are rated DW0 there is no perp end…

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abrickspecialist
Jun 30, 2016 6:36 pm
Narrewarren01
Narrewarren01
14 May 2016

House built 30cm to the right

House built 30cm to the right
1, 2, 3

Can't edit but was going to say 50mm not 30cm

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Narrewarren01
May 14, 2016 6:06 pm
hotshot
hotshot
25 March 2016

Roof Fascia - am I supposed to have a board tacked on?

Roof Fascia - am I supposed to have a board tacked on?

Yes this is perfectly acceptable and is the standard on 99% of homes there should be a detail of this in your plans. Putting a gutter on these pieces would be a waste of…

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hotshot
Mar 25, 2016 10:29 pm
AJW
AJW
28 February 2016

Grout Sealing

Grout Sealing

No grout is on the wet side of the waterproofing, so doesn't need to be sealed. Sealing is just to protect the aesthetics of the grout.

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AJW
Feb 28, 2016 10:55 am
Joynz
Joynz
15 February 2016

My builder used the wrong bricks for a non-rendered wall

My builder used the wrong bricks for a non-rendered wall

They will have been laid 'overhand' - that means from the inside of the wall not the outside. When this happens usually the brickies demolish and rebuild. Not that…

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Joynz
Feb 15, 2016 5:37 pm
kasra nedlands
kasra nedlands
9 February 2016

Owner builder Purlin query

Owner builder Purlin query

Hi everyone, Has anyone here got a good understanding of purlin spans. Our engineer had specified 200 C or Z purlins @ 1.9mm thick. Our spans are between 7.5 to 8.5…

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kasra nedlands
Feb 09, 2016 9:45 pm
kasra nedlands
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
10 January 2016

Ceiling Joists not dyna bolted?

Ceiling Joists not dyna bolted?

Quite often fixings such as dynabolts, straps, brackets are not delivered, missing, incorrectly used, misplaced etc,etc. 1. I cant see hanger straps? 2. Have the nail…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jan 10, 2016 10:59 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StarGirlStar
StarGirlStar
7 December 2015

Brick stains

Brick stains

Just been reassured that it gets washed off. Apparently it's very common on the lighter bricks. phew!!

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StarGirlStar
Dec 07, 2015 5:45 pm
StarGirlStar
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
23 November 2015

Ceiling joist timbers

Ceiling joist timbers

Hi extra_g You will need a structural engineer to certify the design/drawings, please check with your Local council Building Dept.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Nov 23, 2015 12:54 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 24, 2015 8:47 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
26 August 2015

Brickwork standard

Brickwork standard
1, 2

Here's my spin as an engineer providing the roof struts and loads are directly vertical over the walls or in plane then there shouldn't be an issue with the perps not…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 26, 2015 10:11 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Beazley77
Beazley77
21 August 2015

Render patching

Render patching

That's the thing in Perth I reckon. It's not professionals working on…

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Beazley77
Aug 21, 2015 9:07 pm
Beazley77
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
30 July 2015

Another weep hole question, required with double brick in WA

Another weep hole question, required with double brick in WA

Quite often they don't put weep around porches (Ie covered areas) & the non weathered side, if they wait 10 years or so they'll see where they should have put them.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 30, 2015 10:33 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
veseli
veseli
24 July 2015

Sanding render before painting

Sanding render before painting

Broken corners and major chips have to be fixed by a renderer, but sometimes painters do it as well. However, sanding of the render MUST be done by the painter, that is…

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veseli
Jul 24, 2015 9:08 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
30 June 2015

Quality of Concrete Slab

Quality of Concrete Slab

Hi Lucy2011 Thanks for putting up the photos Your slab will need to be repaired correctly, the tyre marks appear to be as a result of a backhoe mounting the slab when…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 30, 2015 11:04 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Crazyk
Crazyk
28 April 2015

Handover and final invoicing.

Handover and final invoicing.

If using the Std HIA building contract I draw your attention to the section " List of Defects and Final Payment". Basically, you are to give the builder a list of all…

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Crazyk
Apr 28, 2015 8:03 am
Crazyk
building-expert
building-expert
20 April 2015

brick wall footings

brick wall footings

Calling your engineer is good but you also have to alert your building surveyor As for the rest of it engineering plans must be followed or the works is defective, there…

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building-expert
Apr 20, 2015 12:11 pm
building-expert
Merry-B
Merry-B
25 March 2015

Roof not built as designed, what do I do?

Roof not built as designed, what do I do?
1, 2

I would go with building expert's advice. Maybe a builder had executed building plan without your consent. Such Kind of mistake happens very often when you hire different…

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Merry-B
Mar 25, 2015 2:44 pm
JustinInPerth
JustinInPerth
23 February 2015

Gaps in brick work

Gaps in brick work

Good work Alex - good to know they will do something about it.

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JustinInPerth
Feb 23, 2015 1:00 pm
JustinInPerth
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
14 February 2015

Stair riser - max height?

Stair riser - max height?
1, 2

Not at all. You also asked about…

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SaveH2O
Feb 14, 2015 4:03 pm
SaveH2O
Indali
Indali
23 January 2015

Anyone familiar with Vic Park WA R20 code?

Anyone familiar with Vic Park WA R20 code?

Hi Alex, You can download the R codes and explanatory notes from here (about half way down): http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/637.asp They apply to all of WA, but your…

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Indali
Jan 23, 2015 11:41 am
mgilla
mgilla
13 November 2014

Ceiling gap

Ceiling gap

Not really a slog Jonoo, the extra cost is well and truly justified.

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mgilla
Nov 13, 2014 5:52 pm
justlearning
justlearning
4 October 2014

Structural Support for Corner Window

Structural Support for Corner Window

Thanks for the feedback. We had a meeting with the site supervisor yesterday. Updates about the construction questions have been posted on my build thread here…

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justlearning
Oct 04, 2014 9:46 am
justlearning
enaj80
enaj80
3 October 2014

Can you use liquid limestone to construct a wall in a house

Can you use liquid limestone to construct a wall in a house

http://kezandgonzo.blogspot.com.au/ did you go ahead? In my blog above there are photos of our rammed earth home using crushed limestone

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enaj80
Oct 03, 2014 7:23 pm
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
16 September 2014

Water run into house

Water run into house

I think you'll find (from any plumber) that there is a minimum cover for water pipes, particularly the main supply run. You could run it through with a spade it seems.…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 16, 2014 3:07 pm
mgilla
mgilla
15 September 2014

Painting WHO IS RESPONSIBLE with after handover issues

Painting WHO IS RESPONSIBLE with after handover issues

The builder has done the right thing by you in letting you use your own painter and save yourself some money. He also makes no margin on the painting. Maybe it's time to…

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mgilla
Sep 15, 2014 6:31 am
qebtel
qebtel
3 September 2014

Structural Engineer Issue

Structural Engineer Issue

I presume you are talking about a house slab? Your builder subcontracts th concretor, does he not? Did he communicate to the concretor that the pour was not to be done…

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qebtel
Sep 03, 2014 12:43 pm
CC101
CC101
2 August 2014

Retaining walls

Retaining walls

hi abbeybox - which retaining wall did you go for?

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CC101
Aug 02, 2014 7:15 pm
mazstar1980
mazstar1980
1 May 2014

Depth of storm water drainage pipes

Depth of storm water drainage pipes

Sorry - I assumed it was 80mm at first glance, I should measure it properly. I'm going to get plumber out to inspect it and fix it in case there are bigger issues I can't identify.

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mazstar1980
May 01, 2014 4:58 pm
toecutter
toecutter
9 April 2014

Draftsman

Draftsman

Always more than one way ausdesign, in QLD i estimate heaps of frames at no cost and even from sketches provided by OB's, if we win the job then the designers/detailers…

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toecutter
Apr 09, 2014 6:51 pm
qebtel
qebtel
17 January 2014

Pouring concrete for footings

Pouring concrete for footings

The people you have engaged to do the pour are obviously incompetent. 1. they cannot seem to caculate the amount required, and 2. not withstanding that errors in volume…

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qebtel
Jan 17, 2014 9:42 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
7 January 2014

Vacuum sewerage system

Vacuum sewerage system

Cool. Thanks for the additional info. Stewie

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Stewie D
Jan 07, 2014 9:06 am
NickyG1990
NickyG1990
21 November 2013

Retaining Options - Sloping Block - Wall or Ramp?

Retaining Options - Sloping Block - Wall or Ramp?

One very important thing to consider is water flow over these slopes. I'd go no steeper than 1:2 to avoid scouring however the type of grass if any can reduce this.

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NickyG1990
Nov 21, 2013 9:22 pm
addisont
addisont
5 November 2013

Garage Entry - How much size difference is builder allowed

Garage Entry - How much size difference is builder allowed

AM - yes, it's 30mm, not 30cm. I'd have hit the roof if this was the case. Stewie D - good q, will have to go back and check out the photos. From memory they didn't cut…

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addisont
Nov 05, 2013 3:28 pm
xxkatxx
xxkatxx
31 October 2013

IP56 light switch

IP56 light switch

My boyfriend went a bit overboard...was a double shower then he fell in love with the rain shower and chucked it in the middle

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xxkatxx
Oct 31, 2013 6:17 am

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