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Things to know when building a new home

Things to know when building a new home

Probably a good start is having a better understanding about the building business: Check this link

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bashworth
Apr 23, 2018 12:52 am
bashworth
Tim65
Tim65
Yesterday

Bearers and Piers

Bearers and Piers

No ant caps ? Code requires a min M10 threaded rod into concrete pier to bearer AS 1684 Absolutely shocking standard of work

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Tim65
Apr 22, 2018 7:12 am
Tim65
Gaudi
Gaudi
20 April

Issues with property inspection

Issues with property inspection

Another step closer to settlement. That’s good news. Great surveyor has agreed to delay CofO until there is clarification. I see your point. So he/she has…

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Gaudi
Apr 20, 2018 5:41 pm
gillybean
gillybean
19 April

disabled + Unisex toilet for my restaurant! help!!!

disabled + Unisex toilet for my restaurant! help!!!

Seeing as your architect has already liased with the Council, you’d assume you’ll have to comply. I’d also almost say this is a troll post, so you’re not happy…

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gillybean
Apr 19, 2018 8:49 am
gillybean

Should I be concerned?

Should I be concerned?

Hi Jennifer18 That is absolute nonsense..get a local engineer to inspect the structurals, check the codes & do the calcs, Lodge a complaint with your Building Commission…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 05, 2018 8:04 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Crumbling slab edges

Crumbling slab edges

Hi Jennifer18 No It's not normal.. and yes you should be concerned If you're looking for advice please put up better photos and more info Here are some tips 1.The photos…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 05, 2018 7:53 am
StructuralBIMGuy
simonsss
simonsss
4 April

Brick work VBA standard?

Brick work VBA standard?

Hi I’m just wondering if this brick work would be to VBA standards? Currently building and this is some of the things noticed on the brickwork. No mortar between 2…

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simonsss
Apr 04, 2018 10:14 am

DPC and weep hole height

DPC and weep hole height

You don't need to convince me it's been sorted, convince your insurance company... should you put in a claim ...Get it aami

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StructuralBIMGuy
Mar 29, 2018 8:57 am
StructuralBIMGuy

KnK The fixings in the last image is non compliant for N4 wind loadings Please check your Engineering drawings for the correct N4 wind fixing details If you don't have…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Mar 29, 2018 7:34 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Gaudi
Gaudi
27 March

Need help with the building standard

Need help with the building standard

Ask the builders electrician or get a private building inspector in to ask questions to. 4,5,1 and watermark. Ive found some BCA references online on this but if an…

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Gaudi
Mar 27, 2018 7:42 pm

Update. The more ventilation the better. We have a massive subfloor cavity. Discussed options with landscaper and will build deck over entry and in front of window.

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lia_dvm
Mar 25, 2018 11:00 pm
lia_dvm
kovacevd
kovacevd
21 March

Brickwork & Window Seals

Brickwork & Window Seals

I am a bricklayer and I can tell you something. the reason the seals differ from from each other are not just because of the…

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kovacevd
Mar 21, 2018 10:35 am
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volmix
Mar 13, 2018 3:00 pm
wg9145
wg9145
6 March

electrical switchboard

electrical switchboard

Hi. Thanks so much for your response. I have a building certificate but not an electrical certificate. Electrician was a sub contractor (and friend) of the builder. I was…

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wg9145
Mar 06, 2018 10:25 am

Power socket directly under water outlet in laundry

Power socket directly under water outlet in laundry

No plumbing regulation breach that I am aware of. Try posting on the Whirlpool Forums Home sub forum, there are plenty of electricians on there.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Mar 05, 2018 9:09 am
StructuralBIMGuy
tonkatsu
tonkatsu
27 February

Sealing the gap between slab and path around the house

Sealing the gap between slab and path around the house

Hi, sorry for bringing up an old thread, but I have the same question as the OP. I see that everyone highly recommends having concrete paving installed around a new house…

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tonkatsu
Feb 27, 2018 12:59 pm
Krushull
Krushull
26 February

Very noisy steel frame house

Very noisy steel frame house

Thanks all, sorry for the slow response. We are getting an engineering report done this week to check out the cracks and the noise so hopefully that will shed some light…

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Krushull
Feb 26, 2018 7:02 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
19 February

Breach Of Contract?

Breach Of Contract?

Yes, you are right. Something so obvious should have been picked up at PCI, 2 years after handover is pushing it to take action. I hope that it isn't having issues. The…

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SaveH2O
Feb 19, 2018 9:50 am
SaveH2O
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
brokenstick
brokenstick
6 February

"Approximate measurements" in contract

"Approximate measurements" in contract

Hi, I am about to sign a building contract. The builder has a clause in their contract that says "All dimensions are approximate". They say it is to stop people measuring…

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brokenstick
Feb 06, 2018 7:54 am
lackey
lackey
5 February

Brick mortar defect

Brick mortar defect
1, 2, 3, 4

The only thing I seen on any of your pics that is wrong is where they used cut bricks under the windows, to me this shows the bricklayer was useless and the carpenters…

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lackey
Feb 05, 2018 6:37 am
lackey
lackey
4 February

Internal wall looks out (pic)

Internal wall looks out (pic)

I can't believe anyone would fixed moldings and painted that the way it is, that's not a mistake, that's more I don't give a toss.

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lackey
Feb 04, 2018 3:53 pm

Building stud wall on suspended beams

Building stud wall on suspended beams

thebluemack Welcome to the forum If It's a structural wall you may require Council building approvals? and will need to provide more information , ie a cross sectional…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 04, 2018 7:26 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Brickwork Articulation Joints

Brickwork Articulation Joints

Our senior structural engineer delivered an internal training session for our engineers at Cornell Engineers on articulation joints this morning and we're making it freely…

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cornellengineers
Feb 01, 2018 2:30 pm
cornellengineers
rajdoot
rajdoot
25 January

Sewage Inspection point

Sewage Inspection point

No that wasn't in the construction drawings ...apparently it's in the sewage plans from the council . Not sure if it is in that spot. We're obtaining the plans.

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rajdoot
Jan 25, 2018 7:27 pm
Norfolk
Norfolk
20 January

Has anyone had experience dealing with Metricon's Executive

Has anyone had experience dealing with Metricon's Executive

Hi all, Has anyone who has built with Metricon in NSW or QLD had experience dealing with their Executive Building Manager to resolve issues? We understand he is brought in…

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Norfolk
Jan 20, 2018 6:34 am
Joker
Joker
15 January

VCAT - experiences with significant foundation problems

VCAT - experiences with significant foundation problems
1, 2

Some good news t parsons, hang in there, got to say, since councils don't handle all aspects of building, quality control has dived, so much time goes by in these…

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Joker
Jan 15, 2018 11:47 am
Mars5
Mars5
11 January

Deck Landing Area

Deck Landing Area

Have you asked your local council- Town planning or the building/engineering department that issue building permits for your region would be best to advise you as their…

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Mars5
Jan 11, 2018 5:06 pm
laostha2005
laostha2005
8 January

Just brought a house . And found out there’s no insulation i

Just brought a house . And found out there’s no insulation i

If I do do it myself I will wait until the winter thank you for your informations. Much appreciate

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laostha2005
Jan 08, 2018 8:40 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

My place I don't have bollards, instead I have this wonderful looking thing. I think it was installed by AGL when they did the meter, either way it didn't cost me a cent.

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AJW
Dec 27, 2017 2:45 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
22 December 2017

Sliding door instead on sliding window !

Sliding door instead on sliding window !

Camhaw It looks like they intended to have a sliding door with a , which incidentally requires a Balustrade. Check to see if this was changed for whatever reason and you…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Dec 22, 2017 9:22 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
22 December 2017

Paint comming off ceiling

Paint comming off ceiling

Volmix The fixings nails/screws have popped and judging by the number of pops I would say there was an issue there originally and they tried fixing it unsuccessfully At a…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Dec 22, 2017 9:04 am
StructuralBIMGuy
building-expert
building-expert
24 October 2017

Downpipe at Front Porch - Porter Davis PCI

Downpipe at Front Porch - Porter Davis PCI

It still looks like a botched job right next to someone's front door.

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building-expert
Oct 24, 2017 6:39 pm
building-expert
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
17 October 2017

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 8:27 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
16 October 2017

Australian standards..

Australian standards..

There a hierarchy of standards and he's probably picked on one of the less important ones & what you will find is that the builders and Subcontractors don't even have…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 16, 2017 8:26 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Clive
Clive
27 September 2017

HERITAGE ....FLORA & FAUNA......BAL 29

HERITAGE ....FLORA & FAUNA......BAL 29

We are trying to build in a Heritage Conservation area and we have Bal29, nothing going for us. We have a flora and fauna problem that conflicts with the BAL. We need to…

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Clive
Sep 27, 2017 5:53 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
14 September 2017

Independent building inspector

Independent building inspector

The VBA is an acronym for the Victorian Building Authority although my friend Anna Gram insisted the acronym was my acorn. That's not all.

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SaveH2O
Sep 14, 2017 10:05 am
SaveH2O
Agile Approvals
Agile Approvals
14 September 2017

Window Rules & Regulations for Bush Houses

Window Rules & Regulations for Bush Houses

Your best bet is to buy the Australian Standard AS3959:2009 and read the sections on windows and doors.

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Agile Approvals
Sep 14, 2017 3:18 am
Agile Approvals
Agile Approvals
14 September 2017

Height of concrete pathway's effect on termite protection

Height of concrete pathway's effect on termite protection

Some physical termite sheet/barrier products can double function as the damp proof course for the wall (e.g. Homeguard). Don't forget your primary damp proof membrane is…

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Agile Approvals
Sep 14, 2017 3:13 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
12 September 2017

Gap from slab to internal hallway wall

Gap from slab to internal hallway wall

@erecttvantennas you need to provide more information like, where you are located , soil type, wall construction etc The quality of the answers depends on the information…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 12, 2017 9:08 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Kappy404
Kappy404
11 September 2017

General Bush House Walls & Regulations

General Bush House Walls & Regulations

I've made some updates on the exterior and interior walls of the house. Here are the final results! http://bit.ly/2gWr0Tb Colors show wall layers (i.e. exterior wall =…

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Kappy404
Sep 11, 2017 4:49 am
Kappy404
bank
bank
8 September 2017

Straightness of skirts?

Straightness of skirts?

So finally got a response from the CM on this, he says they won't be delivering a house with wavy skirts but they won't be fixed until down the track. We are expecting…

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bank
Sep 08, 2017 5:06 pm
bank
Agile Approvals
Agile Approvals
7 September 2017

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 10:56 pm


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