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downpipe and plumbing

downpipe and plumbing

Stormwater sub-surface drain pipes need to have a minimum slope (which varies according to size). It would be extremely difficult in most instances to have a minimum 600mm…

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SaveH2O
Jan 28, 2022 5:07 pm
SaveH2O
Ozshaz
Ozshaz
17 h

Overlooking private secluded open space

Overlooking private secluded open space

Another factor can be the specific land building envelope restrictions. These governs that any window in that region needs to be obscured irrespective of overlooking or…

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Ozshaz
Jan 28, 2022 5:45 am
aussieta
aussieta
27 January

Internal door in wrong spot

Internal door in wrong spot

back in the day the insurance was provided by hia

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aussieta
Jan 27, 2022 10:46 am
aussieta
SaintSir
SaintSir
27 January

Frame overhang

Frame overhang
1, 2

Hi Crazyk, Not sure if you are still active in this forum but I might ask anyway. I am in a similar situation currently with overhanging frames and my builder put timber…

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SaintSir
Jan 27, 2022 9:08 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
25 January

AC indoor unit connection with Stormwater system

AC indoor unit connection with Stormwater system

A rainwater harvesting system has to comply with the Performance Requirements found in the NCC. The PCA, Page 65, BP6.2 states: (!) A rainwater harvesting system must be…

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SaveH2O
Jan 25, 2022 9:46 am
SaveH2O

Defective frame

Defective frame

Those defects need to be fixed Also request a certified alternate method for fixing defective connections, ie crack, splits, etc, in writing To help with the…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jan 23, 2022 10:00 am
StructuralBIMGuy
kingster
kingster
18 January

Gigantic Sewer Cover in backyard

Gigantic Sewer Cover in backyard

Just an update, we were able to lower it to the same height as the concrete slab through our local water authority. They required us to pay almost $3k but then later…

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kingster
Jan 18, 2022 5:28 pm
bashworth
bashworth
13 January

Framing Clarification

Framing Clarification

I can't see your photos but with prefabricated frames if a mistake has been made the frame can be bigger than the slab and the guys erecting the frame won't alter the…

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bashworth
Jan 13, 2022 8:44 am
bashworth

Pad footing excavation and existing footing

Pad footing excavation and existing footing

I wouldn't be filling it in, The guys will trim and clean out the bottom on the day of the pour hth

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jan 01, 2022 5:38 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
moudzj
moudzj
31 December 2021

Slab crumbling

Slab crumbling

No.

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moudzj
Dec 31, 2021 8:41 pm
Jem21
Jem21
30 December 2021

Ground level at handover

Ground level at handover

Thanks SaveH2O! I truly appreciate your response to this post, your knowledge is very helpful! Unfortunately, we didn’t engage with a private building inspector until…

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Jem21
Dec 30, 2021 1:36 pm
Jem21
Jem21
29 December 2021

Damp proof course

Damp proof course
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Hi building-expert, I have been searching posts for a few days regarding ground levels, thankfully I have found this post! I’m having a similar issue. Is there a…

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Jem21
Dec 29, 2021 8:42 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
28 December 2021

Stormwater and tank water pipes

Stormwater and tank water pipes

From NCC Part 2 …

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SaveH2O
Dec 28, 2021 11:15 am
SaveH2O
groundzero
groundzero
23 December 2021

Soil surface movement Ys value - 60. H1 or H2 slab as per A

Soil surface movement Ys value - 60. H1 or H2 slab as per A

Your Ys estimate is 40mm-60mm for the soil type in climate zone 2 but your classification is "P" so your engineer has to consider the extra effect of other factors related…

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groundzero
Dec 23, 2021 3:31 pm

Overhanging frame bottom plate Seeking experts advice on this fix my builder has applied for the overhanging frame: Would this be sufficient structurally? Thanks in…

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Contaksujeet
Dec 19, 2021 5:09 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
11 December 2021

Build to boundary Garage - Brisbane small lot code

Build to boundary Garage - Brisbane small lot code

It depends is it a flat block? If Not the Generally the person Building last on back to back walls gets wacked with addition engineering costs when dropping the footings hth

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StructuralBIMGuy
Dec 11, 2021 11:08 am
StructuralBIMGuy
fragile_goods
fragile_goods
9 December 2021

Paint Peeling - Plaster too soft?

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

Hi, who was the company you got to do the tests? I am having the same problem, 5 years in our new house. Cheers

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fragile_goods
Dec 09, 2021 3:17 am
Redders
Redders
6 December 2021

Defective concrete sleepers for retaining wall

Defective concrete sleepers for retaining wall

Thanks for all your input, really appreciate the chat.

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Redders
Dec 06, 2021 9:21 pm

I believe that the overflow is more efficient than normal by virtue of the nearby sealed inlet restrictting a vortex forming. I suggest as a first step you phone…

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SaveH2O
Dec 06, 2021 5:25 pm
SaveH2O
Redders
Redders
6 December 2021

Build not to plans - advice needed

Build not to plans - advice needed

Oh no that is terrible. I just don’t understand why they don’t do it right in the first place

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Redders
Dec 06, 2021 7:58 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
4 December 2021

Water pipes to close to electrical?

Water pipes to close to electrical?

The above ground separation requirement is 25mm.

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SaveH2O
Dec 04, 2021 1:21 pm
SaveH2O
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
2 December 2021

Re-level or restump?

Re-level or restump?

Hey homebase Welcome to the forum Where did you find these restumpers on "Mushroom repair review"? or a google ad for "We sell DIY stumps" You have every right to be…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Dec 02, 2021 10:44 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Lucy_2021
Lucy_2021
22 November 2021

Please Help! Alfresco is outdoor build _NSW codes?

Please Help! Alfresco is outdoor build _NSW codes?

Hello everyone there, Please help me with your experience/information to see if 48 sqm Alfresco is regarded as an Outdoor Build or Private Open Space from NSW Housing…

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Lucy_2021
Nov 22, 2021 11:15 am
MelBr
MelBr
20 November 2021

Theft

Theft

Agree with the others - it's just not worth it. We are having significant issues with a construction site next door, and I would swap places with you, as we have had to…

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MelBr
Nov 20, 2021 7:45 am
MelBr
MelBr
19 November 2021

Driveway Drainage

Driveway Drainage

Does anyone know if there are any provisions under the National Construction Code (or any Australian Standards) that covers the drainage for driveways? This question is…

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MelBr
Nov 19, 2021 6:54 pm
annie88
annie88
9 November 2021

Exposed reo/rebar advice

Exposed reo/rebar advice

Thank you for your replies. Much appreciated.

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annie88
Nov 09, 2021 11:08 am
Kas83
Kas83
3 November 2021

Roof over deck is over 3m in height

Roof over deck is over 3m in height

Long story short we hired a guy who does stratco insulated roofs. we were building a roof over our deck to comply to the exempt development guidelines but with a flyover…

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Kas83
Nov 03, 2021 10:12 pm
Mr mimal
Mr mimal
2 November 2021

Electrical outlets exposed to weather for several weeks

Electrical outlets exposed to weather for several weeks

So I noticed before my roof went up the electrician installed my downlights electrical outlets. I checked them and they were all water logged. I've asked Hickinbotham to…

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Mr mimal
Nov 02, 2021 5:34 pm
Mrs.Peacock
Mrs.Peacock
1 November 2021

Restrictive Covenant from 1939

Restrictive Covenant from 1939

Would love some advice from anyone that has had experience with restrictive covenants. We are about to apply for CDC approval for a knockdown rebuild but have just been…

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Mrs.Peacock
Nov 01, 2021 6:45 pm
wagga123
wagga123
22 October 2021

Flu vent on roof

Flu vent on roof

** Natural Gas **

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wagga123
Oct 22, 2021 10:13 pm
orbitor
orbitor
19 October 2021

Stormwater management issues

Stormwater management issues

Hi all, I am having an issue with my house in Brisbane. A plumber installed a new drain by cutting into an existing downpipe…

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orbitor
Oct 19, 2021 1:26 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
17 October 2021

Incorrect concrete pad level where water tank sits

Incorrect concrete pad level where water tank sits

There is more HH when relating to a charged RWT system (from gutter to top of tank or to the water level if plumbed with a Supadiverta system). This is different to a…

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SaveH2O
Oct 17, 2021 6:55 pm
SaveH2O
Kippers01
Kippers01
14 October 2021

Frame exposed to weather for 6 months

Frame exposed to weather for 6 months

Normally your private consultant would check the frame in a pre lining inspection as part of their inspections 'package' or you could DIY check evey wall and ceiling with…

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Kippers01
Oct 14, 2021 11:20 am
usman.hafeez2000
usman.hafeez2000
10 October 2021

Very noisy steel frame house

Very noisy steel frame house

I recently built a double storey steel frame house, and having exactly same issues. Like in the morning when anyone walks on the floors upstairs that haven’t been…

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usman.hafeez2000
Oct 10, 2021 12:49 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
2 October 2021

Charged pipe direction

Charged pipe direction

Some plumbers as such morons. They don't need a reason.

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SaveH2O
Oct 02, 2021 6:42 pm
SaveH2O
Shivani26
Shivani26
2 October 2021

Zero boundary

Zero boundary

🙃 true

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Shivani26
Oct 02, 2021 12:10 pm
Shivani26
Shivani26
1 October 2021

Gas pipe line

Gas pipe line

I had bought a house last year . I am the second owner of this house . It is almost 1.5 years old. Recently I found out the gas metre has been placed illegally.. it is one…

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Shivani26
Oct 01, 2021 8:52 pm
MelBr
MelBr
27 September 2021

Installation of Boundary Panels

Installation of Boundary Panels

As part of the process of installing Hebel panels along the boundary, the builder next door caused…

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MelBr
Sep 27, 2021 2:34 pm

Here are the requirements

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chippy
Sep 26, 2021 4:11 pm
chippy
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
22 September 2021

Downpipes

Downpipes

Yes. You would have the gutter's high point mid way. The NCC regulations state that a downpipe must not serve more than 12 m of guttering. There is no NCC regulation that…

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SaveH2O
Sep 23, 2021 12:09 am
SaveH2O
Radders
Radders
21 September 2021

Sub floor for deck

Sub floor for deck

Hi I am hoping someone might know the regulation in Vic regarding the minimum distance between ground level to bottom of the floor joist for a deck, someone told me it was…

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Radders
Sep 21, 2021 10:47 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
17 September 2021

Damp proof course less than 150mm above adjacent ground

Damp proof course less than 150mm above adjacent ground

Are you in a low intensity rainfall region and are some of the weep holes under cover? The full regulations are below. NCC-BCA V2…

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SaveH2O
Sep 17, 2021 8:41 am
SaveH2O
Fore2
Fore2
9 September 2021

Retaining Wall doesnt look right

Retaining Wall doesnt look right

WOW... I would not be happy with that at all. For a news house that takes away ANY appeal that a new house would have..

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Fore2
Sep 09, 2021 9:51 pm
Inaaya2211
Inaaya2211
30 August 2021

Brick mortar defect

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

I got the same issue in my house and bricklyer blaming acid wash and i belive its bricklyer poverwork

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Inaaya2211
Aug 30, 2021 11:53 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
26 August 2021

Need a consultant / surveyor to confirm PCA standards.

Need a consultant / surveyor to confirm PCA standards.

It comes under forensic plumbing inspection/investigation. Google using the key words and your region. Companies who do this also prepare reports etc whereas a capable…

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SaveH2O
Aug 26, 2021 11:30 pm
SaveH2O
worldofmud
worldofmud
21 August 2021

DRAINAGE & PLUMBING STANDARDS

DRAINAGE & PLUMBING STANDARDS

May be different where you are, near me it forms part of the requirements for the O.C/Completion of works. However the builder usually needs to ensure uncontrolled water…

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worldofmud
Aug 22, 2021 12:03 am

Looks like they short cut the alignment. 100 x 90mm PVC Storm Pipe Adaptor. https://www.bunnings.com.au/holman-100- ... r_p4770444

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SaveH2O
Aug 17, 2021 7:21 pm
SaveH2O
Pulse
Pulse
16 August 2021

Buried Electrical cable

Buried Electrical cable

just needs to be 500mm below the ground surface above it, you could surface clip to retaining wall alternatively. masked sure your sparky is happy. Change levels with…

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Pulse
Aug 16, 2021 9:10 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
4 August 2021

Build on built up block

Build on built up block

Hi Jessamat Welcome to the forum I suggest you put an application and engineering into the council for the retaining and fill This will save you removing it later if it's…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 04, 2021 1:06 pm
StructuralBIMGuy

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