Building Standards; Getting It Right!
Not supposed to be chipboard but I have seen it many times.
Dark colour around concrete crack
That's just water that's stuck in the cracks coming up the concrete. It is normal. You can see the same darker patches around the grate and the corners.You have the…
Slab down inspection defect
More info required, where are you building, soil conditions?
Check the engineering drawings, Quite often builders will use other edge waterproofing methods
Issues with property inspection
It is so frustrating when compromise by owner is never enough for the builder.
I’ve been there. Building is such a differernt world
Something so simple I’d…
May 18, 2018 8:31 pm
Site Costs - Keysborough Vic 3173
I’m not trying to get an exact amount on site costs. I’m trying to see how much people have paid with the specifications of the land and location I had stated.
Non-compliant work found
The 75 mm termite inspection zone would not work in your case because you can't see the slab edge, only masonry. Have a look at your elevations, it will show the level of…
Paint Peeling - Plaster too soft?
I have had a representative from the Plasters Association as well as the Painters and Decorators inspect my walls a few weeks ago. No solution was offered to fix the…
Slab, should I be worried?
Thanks for the photos, Yes you should be concerned
The Steel frame overhang needs to be properly supported because
The frame is more than likely to be load…
Apr 23, 2018 4:30 pm
Should I be concerned?
That is absolute nonsense..get a local engineer to inspect the structurals, check the codes & do the calcs, Lodge a complaint with your Building Commission…
Crumbling slab edges
No It's not normal.. and yes you should be concerned
If you're looking for advice please put up better photos and more info
Here are some tips
Brick work VBA standard?
Hi I’m just wondering if this brick work would be to VBA standards?
Currently building and this is some of the things noticed on the brickwork.
No mortar between 2…
DPC and weep hole height
You don't need to convince me it's been sorted, convince your insurance company...
should you put in a claim ...Get it aami
The fixings in the last image is non compliant for N4 wind loadings
Please check your Engineering drawings for the correct N4 wind fixing details
If you don't have…
Need help with the building standard
Ask the builders electrician or get a private building inspector in to ask questions to.
4,5,1 and watermark. Ive found some BCA references online on this but if an…
Mar 27, 2018 7:42 pm
Update. The more ventilation the better. We have a massive subfloor cavity. Discussed options with landscaper and will build deck over entry and in front of window.
Brickwork & Window Seals
I am a bricklayer and I can tell you something. the reason the seals differ from from each other are not just because of the…
Hi. Thanks so much for your response. I have a building certificate but not an electrical certificate. Electrician was a sub contractor (and friend) of the builder. I was…
Very noisy steel frame house
Thanks all, sorry for the slow response. We are getting an engineering report done this week to check out the cracks and the noise so hopefully that will shed some light…
Breach Of Contract?
Yes, you are right.
Something so obvious should have been picked up at PCI, 2 years after handover is pushing it to take action. I hope that it isn't having issues. The…
"Approximate measurements" in contract
Hi, I am about to sign a building contract. The builder has a clause in their contract that says "All dimensions are approximate". They say it is to stop people measuring…
Brick mortar defect
The only thing I seen on any of your pics that is wrong is where they used cut bricks under the windows, to me this shows the bricklayer was useless and the carpenters…
Internal wall looks out (pic)
I can't believe anyone would fixed moldings and painted that the way it is, that's not a mistake, that's more I don't give a toss.
Brickwork Articulation Joints
Our senior structural engineer delivered an internal training session for our engineers at Cornell Engineers on articulation joints this morning and we're making it freely…
Sewage Inspection point
No that wasn't in the construction drawings ...apparently it's in the sewage plans from the council . Not sure if it is in that spot. We're obtaining the plans.
Jan 15, 2018 11:47 am
Deck Landing Area
Have you asked your local council-
Town planning or the building/engineering department that issue building permits for your region would be best to advise you as their…
Jan 11, 2018 5:06 pm
Balcony Collapse.. East Doncaster
From the outside looking in at the deck, from a non building industry person and with balcony collapses in the news, no way in hell would you put 2500_3000kgs extra on…
Dec 29, 2017 11:47 am
My place I don't have bollards, instead I have this wonderful looking thing.
I think it was installed by AGL when they did the meter, either way it didn't cost me a cent.
Paint comming off ceiling
The fixings nails/screws have popped and judging by the number of pops
I would say there was an issue there originally and they tried fixing it unsuccessfully
There a hierarchy of standards and he's probably picked on one of the less important ones & what you will find is that the builders and Subcontractors don't even have…
HERITAGE ....FLORA & FAUNA......BAL 29
We are trying to build in a Heritage Conservation area and we have Bal29, nothing going for us.
We have a flora and fauna problem that conflicts with the BAL.
We need to…
Sep 27, 2017 5:53 pm