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The VBA was set up under Matthew Guy's watch. I probably shouldn't admit to this but when the Victorian Plumbing Industry Commission and the Victorian Building…

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SaveH2O
May 23, 2017 10:20 pm
SaveH2O
milan
milan
22 May

Independent building inspector

Independent building inspector

Check out vba (Victorian builders association) website before you employ an independent building inspector. Limited is domestic and unlimited is domestic and industrial.…

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milan
May 22, 2017 10:47 pm
Berek
Berek
17 May

Moving Meter Box - Considerations?

Moving Meter Box - Considerations?

If the breakers are in the meter box then every single wire in the house ends up there. No chance of moving it after the build unless you want to rewire the house again.…

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Berek
May 17, 2017 9:24 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
24 April

Australian Standards

Australian Standards

The Australian Standards are produced by a private company but a lot of persons mistakenly believe that they are produced by a government body. As such, they have to be…

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SaveH2O
Apr 24, 2017 7:50 pm
SaveH2O

Device for checking power, data, tv and phone points

Device for checking power, data, tv and phone points

No we don't check electrical, and in any case electrical is excluded from the reporting standard of AS 4349.1 I was merely saying that in my experience incidence of…

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building-expert
Apr 20, 2017 1:22 pm
building-expert

Building Quality Standards / Tolerances

Building Quality Standards / Tolerances

NSW Fair Trading is apparently working on their own version of the standards and tolerances guide. In the meantime as Bashworth notes the Victorian version is generally…

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gmbuildingconsultant
Apr 18, 2017 10:31 pm
gmbuildingconsultant

Signed contracts expecting a raft slab, now I'm being told i

Signed contracts expecting a raft slab, now I'm being told i

Hi everyone, I'm sorry to have disappeared without answers, tapatalk kindly was hiding all your replies until it decided to play nicely. I had actually wondered about a…

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Justalittlebithippy
Apr 18, 2017 2:04 pm

This forum is too hard for me to use, I have attached some photos, thank you.

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sashley
Apr 17, 2017 7:22 pm

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

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lazandjohn
Apr 17, 2017 1:41 pm
Questiontime
Questiontime
13 April

Weatherproofing to class 10 buildings (NCC P2.2.2)

Weatherproofing to class 10 buildings (NCC P2.2.2)

none of these actually ansered the question. I have since gotten a response from the VBA. 2.2.2b is still relevant for class 10 buildings, they are not exempt as the…

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Questiontime
Apr 13, 2017 11:25 am
bashworth
bashworth
9 April

Slab

Slab

Waffle slab is just one sort of raft slab. here is a link that explains about a Waffle Pod Slab https://anewhouse.com.au/2012/09/waffle-pod-raft-slab/ you will also find a…

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bashworth
Apr 09, 2017 7:48 am
bashworth
gaweleczek
gaweleczek
7 April

Inspector for PCI stage that can inspect ALL THE THINGS :)

Inspector for PCI stage that can inspect ALL THE THINGS :)

Hey building-expert, Thanks for your comments. I've had two inspections so far and I'm not looking for a superman. I'm looking for someone who can answer the following…

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gaweleczek
Apr 07, 2017 1:42 pm

Builder caught in breach of regs refusing to honour warranty

Builder caught in breach of regs refusing to honour warranty

he looked at his iPad a lot. could've been playing Pokemon Go for all I know. 😆

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purrfection
Apr 06, 2017 5:27 pm
purrfection
Joker
Joker
29 March

Brickwork and Mortar Issues (aka Masonry)

Brickwork and Mortar Issues (aka Masonry)
1, 2, 3, 4

We had a fantastic brickie but still we purchased all morter, sand etc, ensured we got best chance of top job, in which I was extremely happy with final job. Sent from…

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Joker
Mar 29, 2017 12:36 pm
Joker
Joker
26 March

Wonderful news- a diabolical dispute settled!

Wonderful news- a diabolical dispute settled!

In today's world, building is like playing Russian roulette,as most people will go to display villages to pick a home, then they will sign away happily thinking they have…

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Joker
Mar 26, 2017 4:08 pm
Gravy
Gravy
25 March

Crumbling slab edges - is this normal?

Crumbling slab edges - is this normal?

That doesn't look OK at all. If the edges are crumbling what's the rest of the slab going to do when the weight of a house is on top of it. If it was me I'd be getting…

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Gravy
Mar 24, 2017 11:14 pm
Gravy

This is what I absolutely hate about Guide to Standards and Tolerances Australia's most professional builder is hiding behind the guide for entry door that is badly bowed…

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building-expert
Mar 20, 2017 8:21 am
building-expert
Joker
Joker
17 March

MBA Building Services- building inspector

MBA Building Services- building inspector

Builders inspection is of little value to you as he will be on builders side due to protecting his own business interests, he basically works for builder, would get my…

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Joker
Mar 17, 2017 11:58 am
bryn
bryn
7 March

Tile underlay

Tile underlay

is it in a wet area?

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bryn
Mar 07, 2017 2:05 pm

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
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gaweleczek
Feb 23, 2017 5:17 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
19 February

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

So @Rusty11, we are roughly at the same stage, so I thought I would provide some pictures to show you what my builder is doing. In most places they have shaved, but in…

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arcadelt
Feb 17, 2017 3:22 pm
bryn
bryn
17 February

Decking post - Concret or No Fines Concrete

Decking post - Concret or No Fines Concrete

what timber are the posts? generally best to avoid encasing timber in concrete

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bryn
Feb 17, 2017 2:07 pm
bryn
bryn
17 February

Butt Welding 150x50x2 RHS Bearers???

Butt Welding 150x50x2 RHS Bearers???

he hasn't said its a 30m span, its a 30m continuous beam. ie it has multiple supports along its length

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bryn
Feb 17, 2017 2:01 pm
building-expert
building-expert
3 February

Changes to Building Act in Tasmania

Changes to Building Act in Tasmania

Tasmania has embarked on seismic changes to building regulations and its quite interesting http://www.themercury.com.au/news/polit ...…

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building-expert
Feb 03, 2017 8:36 am
building-expert
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
30 January

AS 4349.1-2007 Inspection of buildings -

AS 4349.1-2007 Inspection of buildings -

I agree that PI insurance (not PII insurance) is a worthy insurance and was one of the few who had it. But in my opinion, placing a requirement on the policy that the…

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Leonardo_23
Jan 30, 2017 1:01 pm
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
24 January

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
bashworth
bashworth
23 January

standard face bricks that run through roof

standard face bricks that run through roof

It's not unusual to use an ordinary brick where it can't be seen. If you go for a rendered finish you could find the builder has used up all the odd bricks left over from…

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bashworth
Jan 23, 2017 4:37 pm
bashworth
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
12 January

Incorrectly installed home gas pipes

Incorrectly installed home gas pipes

That is the worry and most won't be as aware as you. One would expect there to be a paper trail back to the VBA but is there? The VBA falls down in so many…

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SaveH2O
Jan 12, 2017 8:09 pm
SaveH2O
qebtel
qebtel
10 January

Water Leak issues

Water Leak issues
1, 2

1. As I have already told you, the same check and balance apply whether OB or registered builder, so it is irrelevant. 2. Not an OB fault. 3. Not an OB fault. 4. Not an…

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qebtel
Jan 10, 2017 6:00 pm

Ventilation with PVC pipe for Cold Storage Room

Ventilation with PVC pipe for Cold Storage Room

I've always wanted to build a cold room but it seems like a lot of work and maintenance and I most certainly wouldn't be able to trust my own construction skills to do it!…

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CameronRobertson
Jan 09, 2017 6:44 pm
CameronRobertson
bashworth
bashworth
1 January

Advice on pool concrete/potential retaining wall slippage

Advice on pool concrete/potential retaining wall slippage

From the information you have provided it wouldn't be a major issue if the same thing happened to me. I would look to replace the retaining wall with a better constructed…

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bashworth
Jan 01, 2017 2:05 pm
bashworth
arodc
arodc
19 December 2016

Can a private garage be a Class 1 structure?

Can a private garage be a Class 1 structure?

Thanks for your reply. I have emailed the Council so will see what comes back.

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arodc
Dec 19, 2016 3:15 pm
marblaze
marblaze
18 December 2016

Charged storm water system

Charged storm water system

http://www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/files/assets ... -guide.pdf see page 5 What you need is a cleanout pit. At the back of the charged pipe, connect it to a clean out pit. This…

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marblaze
Dec 18, 2016 6:34 pm
marblaze
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insider
Dec 03, 2016 10:33 pm
benzz3
benzz3
30 November 2016

Drop edge beam vs retaining wall

Drop edge beam vs retaining wall

thx for sharing mate, my relative is having this issue too.

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benzz3
Nov 30, 2016 12:54 pm
building-expert
building-expert
26 November 2016

Falling Standards

Falling Standards

The first standard I quoted is for building inspections Yes there is liability for negligence for any inspection that inspector does. However you have got to remember…

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building-expert
Nov 26, 2016 4:21 pm
building-expert
shanil86
shanil86
22 November 2016

Granitgard v DPC position

Granitgard v DPC position

Thanks Lynne appreciate your time (and your husband's)!

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shanil86
Nov 22, 2016 8:53 pm
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Althom
Nov 21, 2016 10:56 pm
Althom
magicbee
magicbee
15 November 2016

Paint Peeling - Plaster too soft?

Paint Peeling - Plaster too soft?
1, 2

Wow... I am having this problem too! My house was completed in mid 2014 and has been having this problem of paint peeling off easily from the plaster. Initially I…

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magicbee
Nov 15, 2016 9:32 pm
Voice_1
Voice_1
13 November 2016

Thin and long Cracks on slab

Thin and long Cracks on slab

It's not that the answer is invalid, the response I have provided is based on my own experience where hairline cracks where visible and I was given the same answer 12…

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Voice_1
Nov 13, 2016 5:25 pm
Voice_1
building-expert
building-expert
13 November 2016

Is this my DPC?

Is this my DPC?

Bluish material at bottom of your weep hole is your DPC. Its function is to stop rising dampness.

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building-expert
Nov 13, 2016 4:34 pm
building-expert
MrsJM
MrsJM
10 November 2016

Stair treads all split week after install

Stair treads all split week after install

A week after installation, all of my stair treads split. Strangely, this happened within the same 12 hour window as a water leak which impacted the lower platform. I…

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MrsJM
Nov 10, 2016 9:45 am
MrsJM
shanil86
shanil86
6 November 2016

NCC Volume 2 Rule 3.1.2.3

NCC Volume 2 Rule 3.1.2.3

Not doing the concreting myself, a lawyer with a knack for reading vol 2 BCA hahaha...thanks for your assistance H2O I really appreciate it.

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shanil86
Nov 06, 2016 6:46 am


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