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Crazyk
Crazyk
28 January 2016

Data/Phone line

Data/Phone line

Eeeekkk

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Crazyk
Jan 28, 2016 6:20 am
Crazyk
goody59
goody59
27 January 2016

Plumbing standards for Hot Water unit installation

Plumbing standards for Hot Water unit installation

Your installation is correct location but pipe must not be pushed into stormwater so you can see if you are loosing water from faulty relief valve (you would not want to…

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goody59
Jan 27, 2016 10:50 am
goody59
insider
insider
18 January 2016

Slabs/Footings and landscaping - Who's responsible?

Slabs/Footings and landscaping - Who's responsible?

They are required to not allow abnormal moisture conditions develop during construction and comply with the engineers drainage design. You need to read your engineers…

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insider
Jan 18, 2016 10:45 pm
insider
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 January 2016

Plasterboard control joins

Plasterboard control joins

The correct way would be to remove the cornices, install the expansion joint then replace the cornices. However that is a bit of extra work. I'm sure if you use a gyprock…

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Stewie D
Jan 16, 2016 5:16 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 January 2016

Tradies certify their own work - bad idea?

Tradies certify their own work - bad idea?

AM, I was sure I saw a piece on one of the commercial networks not too long ago about how some financial planners were exploiting a loophole to allow them to practice…

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Stewie D
Jan 16, 2016 8:26 am
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SaveH2O
Jan 15, 2016 1:57 pm
SaveH2O
Crazyk
Crazyk
15 January 2016

Articulation Joints

Articulation Joints
1, 2

@Slab Heave Recipient so how did the non compliance argument stand up in your case with your builder? Was it proven to be defective and show cause notice issued?

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Crazyk
Jan 15, 2016 12:56 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
Crazyk
14 January 2016

Defective vs poor quality

Defective vs poor quality

My builder B Homes did the same thing. Absolutely discussing workmanship.

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Crazyk
Jan 14, 2016 8:28 pm
Crazyk
Decka
Decka
12 January 2016

Independent assessment report

Independent assessment report

I'd just email the report and ask for some feedback on the points of concern, just so you can set your mind at ease.

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Decka
Jan 12, 2016 1:49 pm
Decka
jug head 1
jug head 1
10 January 2016

PCI issues

PCI issues

Further investigation found no insulation only where the bracing boards are. This occurred because internal walls were installed first. The builder has ripped most of the…

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jug head 1
Jan 10, 2016 8:44 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
10 January 2016

Ceiling Joists not dyna bolted?

Ceiling Joists not dyna bolted?

Quite often fixings such as dynabolts, straps, brackets are not delivered, missing, incorrectly used, misplaced etc,etc. 1. I cant see hanger straps? 2. Have the nail…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jan 10, 2016 11:59 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Crazyk
Crazyk
3 January 2016

Help needed - slabs, slopes and easements

Help needed - slabs, slopes and easements

Interesting. I suspect that they have compacted fill to the required batters under that loose fill?

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Crazyk
Jan 03, 2016 7:51 pm
Crazyk
building-expert
building-expert
29 December 2015

New house frame issues

New house frame issues
1 ... 16, 17, 18

Yes and it can be annoying when your light fittings rattle when someone walks upstairs I'd consider that extreme and requiring rectification ! Prevention is better…

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building-expert
Dec 29, 2015 8:39 am
building-expert
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Crazyk
Dec 28, 2015 9:31 pm
Crazyk
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
27 December 2015

Cracked concrete new house - how long is warranty etc?

Cracked concrete new house - how long is warranty etc?

Hi tompad Post up some photos and I'll take a look Generally structural cracking will need a structural engineers certificate to force a builder/contractor to act. Why…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Dec 27, 2015 10:23 am
StructuralBIMGuy
KKPP
KKPP
16 December 2015

Hole in new slab - please help

Hole in new slab - please help

Hi Gunna, Thanks for your tips, What is the slab design? Does it show how the slab supposed to be poured? Do you know where would I be able to get it from? I did go…

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KKPP
Dec 16, 2015 5:39 pm
Yarborough
Yarborough
16 December 2015

Site Costs

Site Costs

Hi, what builder presented the tender?

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Yarborough
Dec 16, 2015 11:25 am
Yarborough
StarGirlStar
StarGirlStar
7 December 2015

Brick stains

Brick stains

Just been reassured that it gets washed off. Apparently it's very common on the lighter bricks. phew!!

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StarGirlStar
Dec 07, 2015 6:45 pm
StarGirlStar
Stewie D
Stewie D
7 December 2015

Sewer inspection points

Sewer inspection points

The builder is pretty much right although if I was building your place it is one of the things I would have picked up when I'd get a sewer diagram from Sydney Water for…

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Stewie D
Dec 07, 2015 2:33 pm

They're fine of course it's just the angle. Went and had a look…

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Leksie5000
Dec 05, 2015 10:22 am
dianaahilton
dianaahilton
26 November 2015

Builder Criteria / Selection?

Builder Criteria / Selection?

Finding a builder is not that difficult. Here are some handy hints for finding the right builder for your project. :) 1. Ask the near ones if they are aware about any…

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dianaahilton
Nov 26, 2015 6:29 pm
dianaahilton
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
23 November 2015

Ceiling joist timbers

Ceiling joist timbers

Hi extra_g You will need a structural engineer to certify the design/drawings, please check with your Local council Building Dept.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Nov 23, 2015 1:54 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
19 November 2015

Floor lining (bearers and joists)

Floor lining (bearers and joists)
1, 2

You would start to see some degradation in the sheets around the edges. The particles start to flake off easily. I've seen older floors that had…

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Leksie5000
Nov 19, 2015 11:20 am
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jsm009
Nov 16, 2015 12:05 pm
bashworth
bashworth
13 November 2015

Retaining Wall and Fencing help

Retaining Wall and Fencing help

Fences are often directly on retaining walls.

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bashworth
Nov 13, 2015 10:52 pm
bashworth
Crazyk
Crazyk
12 November 2015

DPC, exposed or not? any standard?

DPC, exposed or not? any standard?
1, 2, 3

At the end of the day I'm happy to move in and fight the issues that can be fixed externally but other issues must be fixed prior to handover.

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Crazyk
Nov 12, 2015 6:49 am
Crazyk
Big Bear
Big Bear
5 November 2015

Window above bath / waterproofing requirements

Window above bath / waterproofing requirements

You should try to hunt down a copy of "AS3740 - Waterproofing of Wet Areas". This is the Australian Standard that would tell you everything that you need to know.

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Big Bear
Nov 05, 2015 3:29 pm
zc12345
zc12345
3 November 2015

New build - Private Building Insp recommendations - SYDNEY

New build - Private Building Insp recommendations - SYDNEY

thanks Franky Could you please provide the name of the building inspector that you fire previously from Housespect? My idea is having a building inspector that is both…

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zc12345
Nov 03, 2015 1:05 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
23 October 2015

Hierarchy

Hierarchy
1, 2

Ok no worries. Thanks for the advice.

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Crazyk
Oct 23, 2015 2:18 pm
Crazyk
goody59
goody59
16 October 2015

Help Water pooling around slab

Help Water pooling around slab

Australian Standards 2870 and NCC (National Construction Code) 2015 3.1.2.3 cover it for builders from the time the slab is poured. I assume you have a waffle pod slab? …

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goody59
Oct 16, 2015 9:32 pm
goody59
Crazyk
Crazyk
14 October 2015

Plumbing pipe location

Plumbing pipe location

Update builder said they will credit it. Fortunately the mains is on that side of the house. They actually ran it across the front yard to the opposite side of the house…

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Crazyk
Oct 14, 2015 8:37 pm
Crazyk
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
10 October 2015

Doorframe height issue

Doorframe height issue

Yeah glad it was resolved reasonably and with a minimum of fuss

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Leksie5000
Oct 10, 2015 6:19 am
wesky
wesky
8 October 2015

Mid Floor Framing concerns

Mid Floor Framing concerns

I figured it wasn't as simple as I thought. Thanks for taking the same to explain it to me :)

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wesky
Oct 08, 2015 4:13 pm
rebuilder86
rebuilder86
30 September 2015

Plasterboard ceiling for alfresco and porch?

Plasterboard ceiling for alfresco and porch?

Exterior Ceilings Gyprock™ plasterboard is suitable for lining ceilings of carports, verandahs, alfresco dining areas, eaves or areas that are horizontal or incline…

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rebuilder86
Oct 01, 2015 12:07 am
mgilla
mgilla
28 September 2015

Fixing timber frame to concrete slab

Fixing timber frame to concrete slab

Answered my own question. I'm guessing nails are not bolts and nails going through the bottom…

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mgilla
Sep 28, 2015 5:10 pm
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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 24, 2015 9:47 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
19 September 2015

Unitie - one per joist or double?

Unitie - one per joist or double?

If they only cost a few cents or even a dollar or 2, I would use 2

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Beetaloo
Sep 19, 2015 8:09 pm
Beetaloo
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wood bang
Sep 15, 2015 9:12 pm
wood bang
wood bang
wood bang
15 September 2015

Ceiling heights - what to do?

Ceiling heights - what to do?

If I had the money I'll do 3000 for all my ceilings

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wood bang
Sep 15, 2015 9:09 pm
wood bang

Hi, Here's how it looks now: I haven't even…

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btherl
Sep 04, 2015 12:25 pm
btherl
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
3 September 2015

Mystery crack?

Mystery crack?

Hi Bleaky Its hard to tell if it's designed to crack at that point in which case the stresses are relieved eg Control,expansion, articulation joint,etc.So you will need…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 03, 2015 10:01 am
StructuralBIMGuy
cat_dunc
cat_dunc
1 September 2015

BAL 19- FLYSCREENS

BAL 19- FLYSCREENS

"6.5.2 Windows Window assemblies shall comply with one of the following: (a) They shall be completely protected by a bushfire shutter…

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cat_dunc
Sep 01, 2015 3:00 pm
cat_dunc
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
26 August 2015

Brickwork standard

Brickwork standard
1, 2

Here's my spin as an engineer providing the roof struts and loads are directly vertical over the walls or in plane then there shouldn't be an issue with the perps not…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 26, 2015 11:11 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Crazyk
Crazyk
24 August 2015

Painting standard

Painting standard

Does anyone have a paint thickness meter?

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Crazyk
Aug 24, 2015 11:21 am
Crazyk
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
24 August 2015

Min. Ceiling Height tolerance with floor coverings

Min. Ceiling Height tolerance with floor coverings

Well in the end we decided to go with a high end bamboo floating floor. It was half the price of solid hardwood on plywood substrate, and got around our height concerns.

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1960sModernistHome
Aug 24, 2015 10:41 am
1960sModernistHome
Beazley77
Beazley77
21 August 2015

Render patching

Render patching

That's the thing in Perth I reckon. It's not professionals working on…

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Beazley77
Aug 21, 2015 10:07 pm
Beazley77
AJW
AJW
19 August 2015

How does the main water supply enter new house?

How does the main water supply enter new house?

They run water in through a pipe, used to be copper but mostly plastic now. These days they also generally run must internal water pipes through the slab too and come up…

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AJW
Aug 20, 2015 12:35 am
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JB1
Aug 19, 2015 12:14 am
qebtel
qebtel
14 August 2015

Building Decking Over Easement?

Building Decking Over Easement?

In a pragmatic sense, its a personal call. Build what you like as long as it can be removed easily if the easement owner ever requires access. Bear in mind it may never…

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qebtel
Aug 14, 2015 3:01 pm


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