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SaveH2O
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24 April
Australian StandardsAustralian 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
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Horse
22 April
Control joints brickworkControl joints brickwork

Thanks. I will let them know that.

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Horse
Apr 22, 2017 9:47 pm
Device for checking power, data, tv and phone pointsDevice 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
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Building Quality Standards / TolerancesBuilding 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
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Signed contracts expecting a raft slab, now I'm being told iSigned 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
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
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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
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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 warrantyBuilder 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
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Problems with new apartment buildingsProblems with new apartment buildings

As a Structural Engineer that does building repairs..some of those apartments will be modern day slums in less than 30 years

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 02, 2017 10:34 am
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Joker
29 March
Brickwork and Mortar Issues (aka Masonry)Brickwork and Mortar Issues (aka Masonry)
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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
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
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

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
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Joker
17 March
MBA Building Services- building inspectorMBA 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
7 March
Tile underlayTile underlay

is it in a wet area?

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bryn
Mar 07, 2017 2:05 pm
Question about crossoverQuestion 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
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gaweleczek
Feb 23, 2017 5:17 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
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19 February
Driveway starting to moveDriveway 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
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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
17 February
Decking post - Concret or No Fines ConcreteDecking 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
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
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3 February
Changes to Building Act in TasmaniaChanges 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
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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
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
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23 January
standard face bricks that run through roofstandard 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
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SaveH2O
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12 January
Incorrectly installed home gas pipesIncorrectly 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
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qebtel
10 January
Water Leak issuesWater Leak issues
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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 RoomVentilation 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
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bashworth
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1 January
Advice on pool concrete/potential retaining wall slippageAdvice 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
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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
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18 December 2016
Charged storm water systemCharged 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
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insider
Dec 03, 2016 10:33 pm
benzz3
30 November 2016
Drop edge beam vs retaining wallDrop 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
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26 November 2016
Falling StandardsFalling 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
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shanil86
22 November 2016
Granitgard v DPC positionGranitgard 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
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magicbee
15 November 2016
Paint Peeling - Plaster too soft?Paint Peeling - Plaster too soft?
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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
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13 November 2016
Thin and long Cracks on slabThin 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
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building-expert
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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
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MrsJM
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10 November 2016
Stair treads all split week after installStair 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
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shanil86
6 November 2016
NCC Volume 2 Rule 3.1.2.3NCC 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
Gaudi
5 November 2016
Drainage to protect foundation - engineeringDrainage to protect foundation - engineering

Bank, Yes, Negotiating this is so complex. Im disappointed that this new rule may not have the impact it was likely designed to. I have family about to start their build…

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Gaudi
Nov 05, 2016 4:46 pm
shanil86
1 November 2016
150mm kerb along driveway150mm kerb along driveway

Thanks, thought so. Will not build kerbs as they make driveway look hideous.

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shanil86
Nov 01, 2016 2:18 pm



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