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OZM888
OZM888
10 May

BAL 29 fire zone construction

BAL 29 fire zone construction

Hi everyone Planning a large house extension in New South Wales northern rivers with a BAL 29 Fire zoning. Has anyone had experience with this type of zoning and how much…

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OZM888
May 10, 2024 2:06 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
8 May

Downpipe Compliance - general discussion

Downpipe Compliance - general discussion
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

I have never seen one stated but the National Construction Code (NCC) defines "drainage" to mean "any sanitary drainage, liquid trade waste drainage or stormwater drainage…

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SaveH2O
May 08, 2024 7:49 pm
SaveH2O
RenoBel
RenoBel
27 April

Waterproofing

Waterproofing

Do I need to waterproof behind a standard toilet? I will do the floor but do I need to go up the wall behind the actual pan aswell?

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3999
RenoBel
Apr 27, 2024 12:37 pm
Dan Mil
Dan Mil
23 April

Kaplan Homes Non Compliant & Substandard Workmanship

Kaplan Homes Non Compliant & Substandard Workmanship

Hi, yes, we have the report. The builder has rectified the items on the report and we’re moving forward with the build. Thanks for reaching out

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Dan Mil
Apr 23, 2024 1:19 pm

Is this acceptable in a new house build. Floors where installed by builder. Already chips in board and skirting is not flush

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735
FloorzHmm
Apr 22, 2024 2:34 pm

When my house was built (over 7 years ago), the post brackets were done to allow for concrete porch, but they didn’t allow for the planned stone paving. I’m finally…

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Chippies_Kid
Apr 13, 2024 12:40 pm
on3_cool
on3_cool
5 April

Fence boundary - New Lot

Fence boundary - New Lot

Hi everyone, My lot has just been titled and during the settlement we found that the rear pegs were not visible. We requested for a re-establishment and pegging plan…

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on3_cool
Apr 05, 2024 9:59 pm

Sarking for garage roof

Sarking for garage roof

Hi all I’m in VIC and had some storm damage in my garage a month ago. Gutter found not fit for purpose. Insurance company saying the guttering and flashing to be fixed…

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Smeltitdeltit
Mar 27, 2024 2:36 pm
ponzutwo
ponzutwo
13 March

Concrete slab

Concrete slab

is this for a residential dwelling or a shed? If its for a dwelling, its out of tolerance and a "mistakes happen" isnt a good enough excuse to just move on.

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ponzutwo
Mar 13, 2024 1:01 pm
Choko94
Choko94
7 March

Framing timber size needed for a double wall system in non-l

Framing timber size needed for a double wall system in non-l

Long story short, a toilet room is going to back onto our main bedroom and I want to make it close to soundproof. Im going to build two frames (pretty much a room within a…

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Choko94
Mar 07, 2024 6:25 am

Calculating slab height using RLs

Calculating slab height using RLs
1, 2, 3

You should get a good building consultant to help you manage the dispute

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building-expert
Mar 04, 2024 1:22 pm
building-expert
Anna Balasz
Anna Balasz
25 February

Framing Questions

Framing Questions

Ok, that's good to know, thank you.

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Anna Balasz
Feb 25, 2024 8:33 pm
Anna Balasz
obiwon
obiwon
31 January

Bench top chipped

Bench top chipped

These can be easily filled and repaired and it doesn't cost them much to do. Id get the builder to do this first and if the repair is not suitable then a replacement is…

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obiwon
Jan 31, 2024 12:50 pm
obiwon

There doesn't look to be any rebate in the slab to prevent water from scooting under the window. AS4654 is the Australian standard to look at/refer to. They have…

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obiwon
Jan 31, 2024 12:47 pm
obiwon
obiwon
obiwon
31 January

Front door issues

Front door issues

AS2047 Section 6 Page 31 speaks to Construction/Tolerances of Windows and external glazed doors in buildings Check also New South Wales Guide to Standards and Tolerances,…

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obiwon
Jan 31, 2024 12:39 pm
obiwon
Mox80
Mox80
15 January

Slim line water tank and strange pipes

Slim line water tank and strange pipes

Thank you for the generous offer. I need to get the plumber out to give me an explanation. As mentioned I haven't seen any rain water discharge from pipes 1& 3. It…

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Mox80
Jan 15, 2024 9:35 pm
ShaunD
ShaunD
14 January

Render finish

Render finish

But they didn't even leave it at one level it goes up and down along the whole front of the house

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11157
ShaunD
Jan 14, 2024 3:48 pm
hotsunnyday
hotsunnyday
13 January

Poorly finished exposed recycled brick boundary wall.

Poorly finished exposed recycled brick boundary wall.

Hi all, My neighbour has built his 15m long garage on our boundary. It was agreed as part of the planning permit that the wall must be in exposed recycled brick. For some…

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hotsunnyday
Jan 13, 2024 6:38 pm
Kippers01
Kippers01
3 January

Frame exposed to weather for 6 months

Frame exposed to weather for 6 months
1, 2

There was no miscommunication! Its standard practice for volume builders to fix the plaster asap in this situation to cover up any defects and allow the fixing stage…

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Kippers01
Jan 03, 2024 8:45 am
Rfz
Rfz
3 January

Rainwater tanks in BAL FZ

Rainwater tanks in BAL FZ

Thank you it really does, appreciate your response!

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Rfz
Jan 03, 2024 7:31 am
ponzutwo
ponzutwo
12 December 2023

Waterproofing slab edge - is it worth it?

Waterproofing slab edge - is it worth it?

100% replying to a 5 year old post.

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ponzutwo
Dec 12, 2023 7:42 am
Pulse
Pulse
8 December 2023

Electrical - Sub distribution box/lighting automation

Electrical - Sub distribution box/lighting automation

1. optional, you can but normally just use the earth from the main switch board 2. should be enough but the distance determines voltage drop - sparky should work it…

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Pulse
Dec 08, 2023 9:31 pm

Hi, sorry if this is the wrong place - I’m new to the property/building journey (trying to buy my first home) so not sure where/who to go with these sorts of…

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SoManyQs
Dec 01, 2023 2:18 pm
Steve G.
Steve G.
20 November 2023

Piers\Footing poured at same time as slab?

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

1.) Edge and slab piers up to 0.4 m in depth may be poured integral with main slab. 2.) Edge and slab piers between 0.4 m and 1.0 m may be poured integral with main slab…

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Steve G.
Nov 20, 2023 6:58 pm
Suzielou
Suzielou
26 October 2023

Queensland ceiling heights - help!

Queensland ceiling heights - help!

We bought a house in 2015 advertised as a 7/2/2, 4br up, 3br down (7br), and to date, it’s a great house. However, we’ve just had it valued and it’s come in as a…

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Suzielou
Oct 26, 2023 5:56 pm
rks
rks
20 October 2023

Deepened Edge Beam Assistance

Deepened Edge Beam Assistance

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rks
Oct 20, 2023 12:19 pm
Ardo
Ardo
22 September 2023

Roof Downpipe connections to drainage

Roof Downpipe connections to drainage

It's all good. You can get both wye piece and the coupling with or without thread. The cost difference is negligible and means the plumber only has to carry the single…

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5139
Ardo
Sep 22, 2023 10:19 am
chippy
chippy
19 May 2023

Finishing standards - advice needed

Finishing standards - advice needed

Don't think they are designed for double brick. WA has a particular way of building and unfortunately that's the way a large amount of sills are finished.

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chippy
May 19, 2023 9:58 pm
chippy

Hi All, We have a fall from road to garage front. But we cannot put a drain/grate because no discharge point put by the builder. Now they complain not enough space for…

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AseDE
May 03, 2023 2:18 pm
alexp79
alexp79
23 March 2023

New building Hebel wall big gap on roof joint

New building Hebel wall big gap on roof joint

Also an expansion joint. It will probably be better to silicon it? What I don't like is that joints between panels are not properly rendered and look ugly.

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alexp79
Mar 23, 2023 11:54 am
Pulse
Pulse
10 March 2023

Slab for retaining wall: advice needed

Slab for retaining wall: advice needed
1, 2

What Chippy said, you’ll spend more time excavating the step which will cost more than the extra 1/2 cube

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21199
Pulse
Mar 10, 2023 1:57 pm
Kippers01
Kippers01
3 March 2023

Builder has proposed performance solutions - are these ok?

Builder has proposed performance solutions - are these ok?

The stated principle of the NCC is its a 'performance based' code. There is inbuilt flexibilty to vary from DTS which can be of benefit to homebuyers and builders however…

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Kippers01
Mar 03, 2023 10:33 am
4re5
4re5
1 March 2023

Rising Storm Water Pit

Rising Storm Water Pit

Hi, yes you are right. I checked and is not a overflow is just a inspection pit to where my neighbour has his LPD for the stormwater. Regards,

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4re5
Mar 01, 2023 1:22 pm
worldofmud
worldofmud
28 February 2023

House build over old underground pool

House build over old underground pool

Another issue with piers through the fill is that you would require a dedicated piling rig which may have issues setting up on a pool full of rubbish-it can be done but…

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21376
worldofmud
Feb 28, 2023 4:36 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
27 February 2023

Water Connection Dual Occupancy Sub division

Water Connection Dual Occupancy Sub division

The water authority is like any other business.. Changes and variations cost buyers extra. Building inspectors here (WA) are at the bottom of the pecking order very limited power

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 27, 2023 7:14 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
25 February 2023

Need Advice wrong Insulation product used

Need Advice wrong Insulation product used

Unfortunately, if you are going to prosecute ( energy) in the WA building commission I don't like your chances For a gas producing state, energy home efficiencies…

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12003
StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 25, 2023 8:54 am
StructuralBIMGuy
ricky0090
ricky0090
19 February 2023

Two storey housing development plan application

Two storey housing development plan application

Hi all, I'm drawing a two-storey house for the development application in Cannington, Perth. The city's checklist requires overshadow diagrams, stormwater management and…

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8365
ricky0090
Feb 19, 2023 8:54 pm
balmainboy
balmainboy
30 January 2023

House frame not plumb!

House frame not plumb!

Thanks @ponztwo . That's helpful advice.

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9164
balmainboy
Jan 30, 2023 1:10 pm
groundzero
groundzero
29 January 2023

Wall cracks, building footpath as per CSIRO BTF18

Wall cracks, building footpath as per CSIRO BTF18
1, 2, 3, 4

Lisa06 You could do the spoon drain as a first step then if that is not diverting enough water then consider a cut off drain. I think you should get an expert in drainage…

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39650
groundzero
Jan 29, 2023 4:25 pm
ringwoodeast123
ringwoodeast123
17 January 2023

Side Setbacks

Side Setbacks

Hi all, wondering if anybody knows the rational behind being allowed to build on the side boundary, 200mm off and then a jump to 1/1.2mtr for a single story. I know…

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4112
ringwoodeast123
Jan 17, 2023 9:11 pm
ringwoodeast123
BuildingandLegal
BuildingandLegal
11 January 2023

Concrete slab alteration

Concrete slab alteration

Short answer, Yes it will affect, You will have a non structural slab in your bathroom.

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12554
BuildingandLegal
Jan 11, 2023 9:53 pm
BuildingandLegal
BuildingandLegal
BuildingandLegal
11 January 2023

No Occupancy Certificate !!BCA requirement for weep holes

No Occupancy Certificate !!BCA requirement for weep holes

The only solution you have to address this problem is to have the home rendered with an acrylic render like dulux acratex. As it is a acrylic system it provides a…

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BuildingandLegal
Jan 11, 2023 9:49 pm
BuildingandLegal
chippy
chippy
11 January 2023

Home insurance premiums increase shop around

Home insurance premiums increase shop around

I've never been asked by any insurance company to see the engineering details of my house. Just answer some basic information and then shop around. Not sure how you intend…

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chippy
Jan 11, 2023 12:21 pm
chippy
chippy
chippy
4 January 2023

I'm short! Vanity height for a over the counter basin?

I'm short! Vanity height for a over the counter basin?

Thank you very much chippy. How have you found the above counter basin? Have you had any issues regarding maintenance/chipping because of the thin wall? Also, which…

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chippy
Jan 04, 2023 7:32 pm
chippy
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Noname
Dec 24, 2022 8:50 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
20 December 2022

Frame sitting off slab

Frame sitting off slab
1, 2

Good points that logically cannot be argued against but the BCA was changed a couple of years ago to delete manufacturer's recommendations. Not sure whether the very good…

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SaveH2O
Dec 20, 2022 10:12 am
SaveH2O
Pulse
Pulse
17 December 2022

Metal light fixture frame has electric current

Metal light fixture frame has electric current

not sure what you mean, can you post photos, the frame cannot ‘have’ a current, it can be at 240v which is life threatening and should have tripped the circuit.…

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6089
Pulse
Dec 17, 2022 2:26 pm
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StructuralBIMGuy
Dec 17, 2022 2:21 pm
StructuralBIMGuy

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