Building Standards; Getting It Right!
Re-level or restump?
I have received various quotes about re-leveling or restumping. You would be amazed at the diversity of advice & costs for the same job. I guess it depends on the…
Agree with the others - it's just not worth it.
We are having significant issues with a construction site next door, and I would swap places with you, as we have had to…
Nov 20, 2021 7:45 am
Does anyone know if there are any provisions under the National Construction Code (or any Australian Standards) that covers the drainage for driveways?
This question is…
Nov 19, 2021 6:54 pm
Roof over deck is over 3m in height
Long story short we hired a guy who does stratco insulated roofs. we were building a roof over our deck to comply to the exempt development guidelines but with a flyover…
Nov 03, 2021 10:12 pm
Restrictive Covenant from 1939
Would love some advice from anyone that has had experience with restrictive covenants. We are about to apply for CDC approval for a knockdown rebuild but have just been…
I am having an issue with my house in Brisbane. A plumber installed a new drain by cutting into an existing downpipe…
Frame exposed to weather for 6 months
Normally your private consultant would check the frame in a pre lining inspection as part of their inspections 'package' or you could DIY check evey wall and ceiling with…
Very noisy steel frame house
I recently built a double storey steel frame house, and having exactly same issues. Like in the morning when anyone walks on the floors upstairs that haven’t been…
I had bought a house last year . I am the second owner of this house . It is almost 1.5 years old. Recently I found out the gas metre has been placed illegally.. it is one…
As part of the process of installing Hebel panels along the boundary, the builder next door caused…
Sep 27, 2021 2:34 pm
Here are the requirements
Yes. You would have the gutter's high point mid way.
The NCC regulations state that a downpipe must not serve more than 12 m of guttering. There is no NCC regulation that…
Sub floor for deck
Hi I am hoping someone might know the regulation in Vic regarding the minimum distance between ground level to bottom of the floor joist for a deck, someone told me it was…
Paint Peeling - Plaster too soft?
Thanks for the recent update lathiat.
Think we are about to go through something similar without builder but we just had PCI and James raised plaster quality on the report…
Sep 18, 2021 1:41 pm
Sep 09, 2021 9:51 pm
Brick mortar defect
I got the same issue in my house and bricklyer blaming acid wash and i belive its bricklyer poverwork
DRAINAGE & PLUMBING STANDARDS
May be different where you are, near me it forms part of the requirements for the O.C/Completion of works.
However the builder usually needs to ensure uncontrolled water…
Buried Electrical cable
just needs to be 500mm below the ground surface above it, you could surface clip to retaining wall alternatively. masked sure your sparky is happy. Change levels with…
Aug 16, 2021 9:10 pm
Build on built up block
Hi Jessamat Welcome to the forum
I suggest you put an application and engineering into the council for the retaining and fill
This will save you removing it later if it's…
Building Contract Specifications
We aren't signing on a sketch, we've just used that as a basis for rough quotes, then will get drawings and full quotes.
We have been trying to get quotes for six months…
How long do tiles last?
tiling - our house is 20 odd years old.
the original tiles were laid by a champ - very2x good
then we decided to renovate - the new tiler though - drummy tiles…
Jun 29, 2021 11:17 am
Power Cabinet edge of slab. Defect?
It's designed like that to sit inside the wall. There are a number of services there.
They have just attached a temporary power box to the run in. Eventually that will…
Water pooling against raft slab
Melbourne has definitely turned on the weather and after consistent rain all day yesterday, last night I noticed quite a lot of water pooling against the south-facing wall…
Zero lot boundary set back
if he has concreted up to the boundary this is fine
if he has encroached on your land then no that is not ok
Council approval - new shed
A shed building contractor should be able to sort this out for you.
Unfortunately, because everyone is so litigious in contemporary Australia, this is the cost it has…
Brick mortar seems sandy - test options?
Some brick cleaners use incredibly strong acid and high pressure which carries on residual degradation.
Brick cleaners are also supposed to neutralise the acid with acid…
Brickwork Vertical align in joint
When using a private inspector just be careful you are not dragged into a defamation case with a contractor instigated by your private inspector for writing defamatory…
Rising Storm Water Pit
"But maybe you could just add a second lid up higher that allows water entry"
Yes I'm going to have a lid on top of the riser but I don't see it's possible for the flood…
May 09, 2021 6:19 am
Ahd survey cost and report
Hi All, just want to ask an advise. We are building in a flood prone area and our builder is charging us 4200 just for ahd survey and report. Is this price reasonable?…
On curved stairs they need to pick a line dependant on the overall width and then that follows the radius or curve of the stairs. At that point all the risers and…
Freestanding pergola DIY
The internet is a wash with fake Renderings and pergolas ( Search the Image) here
The problem becomes without certified engineering details