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building-expert
building-expert
7 December

Standards for weep holes under the window

Standards for weep holes under the window

Your window heads are in protected position under eaves and it is unlikely you will have a problem. From memory if a window or door is 1m or less it does not require a weep hole.

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building-expert
Dec 07, 2018 7:19 am
building-expert
building-expert
building-expert
3 December

Tolerance for the footings

Tolerance for the footings

There is no saving, just shortcut for the lazy concreter, there is no excuse for not following approved drawings and poor workmanship.

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building-expert
Dec 03, 2018 6:39 am
building-expert
kathysangel
kathysangel
30 November

Bricks colour variations

Bricks colour variations

Get them replaced they did mine there noticeable but the brickies done a great job bricking your house just ask them to remove the discoloured bricks

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kathysangel
Nov 30, 2018 1:03 am

Check your engineering drawings. The important thing is that your internal floor level is HIGHER than your DPC/weephole bottom. Typically with concrete slab houses,…

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kirashogun
Nov 21, 2018 6:32 pm
insider
insider
20 November

Plumbing query / standard

Plumbing query / standard

Yes it will cause slab heave,that is not good enough. Looks like you are in Rockbank,Melton or Cobblebank?

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insider
Nov 20, 2018 6:41 pm
insider
Gaudi
Gaudi
19 November

Is Ableflex a must when doing a pavement around the house

Is Ableflex a must when doing a pavement around the house

What is your house that concrete apron abuts made of? Some materials crack more easily eg Hebel. As concrete expands with temperature changes it may be something just to…

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Gaudi
Nov 19, 2018 11:02 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
16 November

M-class Slab on P class soil

M-class Slab on P class soil
1, 2

Await the independent second test don't lock in piers. hth

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StructuralBIMGuy
Nov 16, 2018 1:27 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
8 November

Downpipe compliance question- rainwater tank

Downpipe compliance question- rainwater tank

The requirement and regulations for rainwater tanks varies between states and even regions within States. The 2,000 L tank servicing a minimum 50 sq m roof catchment area…

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SaveH2O
Nov 08, 2018 7:04 am
SaveH2O
Andrew69
Andrew69
3 November

Builder refusing to give OP

Builder refusing to give OP

Mate, you need an experienced Construction Law specialist.

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Andrew69
Nov 03, 2018 9:46 am
lathiat
lathiat
2 November

Paint Peeling - Plaster too soft?

Paint Peeling - Plaster too soft?
1, 2, 3

Yours sounds significantly worse than some of us. Not sure if that’s good or bad.

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lathiat
Nov 02, 2018 2:33 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
29 October

Storm water

Storm water
1, 2

Just getting back to your opening question as to whether blue or green solvent cement should be used on a charged system using pvc pipes, I said that either would be ok as…

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SaveH2O
Oct 29, 2018 8:38 am
SaveH2O
Tim65
Tim65
17 October

Waterproof air-conditioning slab

Waterproof air-conditioning slab

I suppose they will say they are protected from weather as mostly covered over , techincally it’s not correct

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Tim65
Oct 17, 2018 9:31 am
Tim65

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Tim65
Oct 10, 2018 6:56 am
Tim65

house slab cracking on corner of house.

house slab cracking on corner of house.

You could also get your floor levels checked by an engineer, to check variance across the structure. I saw it done in a YouTube video by Cornell Engineers, then maybe…

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sweetswisssteel
Oct 09, 2018 6:52 pm

Articulation joints not built to drawing

Articulation joints not built to drawing

I would talk to them and ask them why, then I recommend getting an independent building inspector to check for that and other issues.

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sweetswisssteel
Oct 09, 2018 5:44 pm
Weir
Weir
2 October

Balcony Repairs

Balcony Repairs

I live in a free standing townhouse with a balcony which is joined to the side wall of the building.The render is cracked and swollen and needs repairing.Is the balcony…

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Weir
Oct 03, 2018 12:04 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
30 September

Brickwork

Brickwork

ozcargod8 Welcome to the forum If you don't have your engineering Drawings I suggest you get a copy of them, refer to the Masonry section in the Engineering notes.Check…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 30, 2018 10:27 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Tim65
Tim65
28 September

Brick mortar defect

Brick mortar defect
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Why should the carpenter cut the bricklayer a story rod ? , he should be more than capable to gauge the brickwork himself , it’s only since moving over to oz I have…

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Tim65
Sep 28, 2018 6:33 pm
Tim65
yoyohv
yoyohv
23 September

Protecting your Slab

Protecting your Slab
1 ... 23, 24, 25

Thanks for this man!

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yoyohv
Sep 23, 2018 10:41 am
aussieta
aussieta
22 September

Can I sue my builder ?

Can I sue my builder ?

can you sue =yes can you win =maybe will it cost more that its worth =definitely post a photo of the whole area please hot pipe is not insulated so maybe an avenue…

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aussieta
Sep 22, 2018 8:45 am
aussieta
Gaudi
Gaudi
20 September

Gigantic Sewer Cover in backyard

Gigantic Sewer Cover in backyard

Hopefully you can cover it with something you can remove to provide access as required. For me on the things I wish I’d know page, I want to add - take note of water…

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Gaudi
Sep 20, 2018 2:55 pm
kathysangel
kathysangel
19 September

Brick work VBA standard?

Brick work VBA standard?

no you tell them to fix it they went against plan they have to follow engineers plans your paying them there not paying you speak to someone from VBA or council they will…

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kathysangel
Sep 19, 2018 6:34 pm
pEast
pEast
12 September

Surveyors role

Surveyors role

Thanks StructuralBIMGuy - your feedback is very much appreciated regarding this. Will post once my I show it to my inspector on PCI day.

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pEast
Sep 12, 2018 9:35 am
jazzaddict
jazzaddict
5 September

Stay away from James Hardie - hardiewrap

Stay away from James Hardie - hardiewrap

We had many issues with James Hardie - hardiewrap - so I'd recommend that people stay away from hardiewrap for the following reasons:: James…

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jazzaddict
Sep 05, 2018 7:41 pm
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y.dhillon86
Sep 05, 2018 10:13 am
Cellco
Cellco
31 August

Builder Dispute

Builder Dispute

The builder advised that by us receiving the final occupation certificate, this indicates that the balcony meets regulations. I can't see anything in the report…

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Cellco
Aug 31, 2018 7:48 pm
Gaudi
Gaudi
30 August

Garage skirting - standards?

Garage skirting - standards?

My skirting is raised off the garage floor a little. Had never considered it might be raised for a reason. I have thought about caulking between skirting and slab, as the…

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Gaudi
Aug 30, 2018 9:49 pm
iTool
iTool
28 August

Minimum height for garage opening.

Minimum height for garage opening.

I had a look through the BCA and didn't find anything other than 2100mm in clause 3.8.2.2(d), as you've already found. I'd suggest that you ask whoever is telling you…

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iTool
Aug 28, 2018 11:08 pm
kathysangel
kathysangel
27 August

Brick work around windows

Brick work around windows

also your house is suppose to be the same as the display home dont except this

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kathysangel
Aug 27, 2018 2:33 am
Phan
Phan
14 August

Building Inspector

Building Inspector

Hi Simon, my house in box hill south. Thanks Phan

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Phan
Aug 14, 2018 8:55 pm

What does ④ in MPG10 ④ and (s) in AS/NZS 1748 / (s) means ?

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Dan17
Aug 13, 2018 4:35 pm

Patio slab same as house?

Patio slab same as house?

Anonymousmoose IMO it's not hard to prioritise importance Structural Integrity Takes priority, Your build is unreinforced masonry veneer Slab Insulation is of little…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 12, 2018 12:44 pm
StructuralBIMGuy

So your advising to get a building surveyor as all my bricks are chipped and different colours and not the same size bricks

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kathysangel
Aug 07, 2018 2:58 am
vn88
vn88
27 July

Render and Termite Barrier

Render and Termite Barrier

Thanks for that! If the barrier line below the weepholes can be covered what is it actually meant to do?

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vn88
Jul 27, 2018 2:46 pm
peterivory
peterivory
26 July

60mm Overhang On Bricks?

60mm Overhang On Bricks?
1, 2

I know they destroyed my house had to have my bricks all pulled down on back wall and side walls mines a mess side wall is warped they had to remove all the red bricks…

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peterivory
Jul 26, 2018 9:56 pm
GLO
GLO
13 July

CDC Clause question.

CDC Clause question.

Hi, I am reading the following Clause from the NSW…

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GLO
Jul 14, 2018 12:40 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
11 July

Weep hole help

Weep hole help

I mean A weep, a weep hole, or a weep-brick is a small opening that allows water to drain from within an assembly. Weeps are…

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SaveH2O
Jul 11, 2018 10:13 am
SaveH2O

I think your builder need to redo the brick work.

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PackieBonner
Jul 07, 2018 12:14 am
kani
kani
5 July

Raising the height

Raising the height

Hi team, Need some advise on the below - Background - Purchased the property few years back, where the previous owner had converted the garrage to a bedroom.…

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kani
Jul 05, 2018 10:57 am
GLO
GLO
29 June

Waterproofing slab edge - is it worth it?

Waterproofing slab edge - is it worth it?

Doesnt the saline protection provide the barrier between soil and slab?

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GLO
Jun 29, 2018 7:43 am
Gaudi
Gaudi
16 June

Concrete path tilted (Metricon build)

Concrete path tilted (Metricon build)

Sorry for misunderstanding. Nice to hear that the builder had already graded the ground away from your foundation before tiling. The brickwork and mortar…

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Gaudi
Jun 16, 2018 3:32 pm
CazMaz
CazMaz
16 June

Concrete- dry time before tiling/ laminate/ timber

Concrete- dry time before tiling/ laminate/ timber

Thank you for that! We are also a little worried because it was slab over slab (about 300mm of slab over existing slab). Our builder didn't put waterproofing over before…

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CazMaz
Jun 16, 2018 11:39 am

Hi ezy welcome to the forum You might want to check this out hth

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 02, 2018 10:28 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Biocycle underground dispersion area always damp.

Biocycle underground dispersion area always damp.

@HardTaget I guess you were a soft Target for the Builder & Salesman..get it I suggest you get the specification and engineering Details, have it checked by someone…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 01, 2018 10:16 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Gaudi
Gaudi
30 May

Issues with property inspection

Issues with property inspection
1, 2

I know they destroyed my house had to have my bricks all pulled down on back wall and side walls mines a mess side wall is warped they had to remove all the red bricks…

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Gaudi
May 30, 2018 11:38 pm

Leaking Balcony

Leaking Balcony

Not supposed to be chipboard but I have seen it many times.

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building-expert
May 22, 2018 12:35 pm
building-expert
redfox
redfox
21 May

Dark colour around concrete crack

Dark colour around concrete crack

That's just water that's stuck in the cracks coming up the concrete. It is normal. You can see the same darker patches around the grate and the corners.You have the…

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redfox
May 21, 2018 10:45 pm

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 7:02 am
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