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building-expert
building-expert
24 October 2017

Downpipe at Front Porch - Porter Davis PCI

Downpipe at Front Porch - Porter Davis PCI

It still looks like a botched job right next to someone's front door.

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building-expert
Oct 24, 2017 7:39 pm
building-expert
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
17 October 2017

Masterton in Newcastle area – feedback wanted

Masterton in Newcastle area – feedback wanted

Boom periods 1. New home Salesman make a lot of money 2. Standards drop 3. Construction Supervision becomes difficult to maintain 4. Costs go up 5. Build periods blow…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 17, 2017 9:27 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
16 October 2017

Australian standards..

Australian standards..

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…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 16, 2017 9:26 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Clive
Clive
27 September 2017

HERITAGE ....FLORA & FAUNA......BAL 29

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…

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Clive
Sep 27, 2017 6:53 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
14 September 2017

Independent building inspector

Independent building inspector

The VBA is an acronym for the Victorian Building Authority although my friend Anna Gram insisted the acronym was my acorn. That's not all.

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SaveH2O
Sep 14, 2017 11:05 am
SaveH2O
Agile Approvals
Agile Approvals
14 September 2017

Window Rules & Regulations for Bush Houses

Window Rules & Regulations for Bush Houses

Your best bet is to buy the Australian Standard AS3959:2009 and read the sections on windows and doors.

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Agile Approvals
Sep 14, 2017 4:18 am
Agile Approvals
Agile Approvals
14 September 2017

Height of concrete pathway's effect on termite protection

Height of concrete pathway's effect on termite protection

Some physical termite sheet/barrier products can double function as the damp proof course for the wall (e.g. Homeguard). Don't forget your primary damp proof membrane is…

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Agile Approvals
Sep 14, 2017 4:13 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
12 September 2017

Gap from slab to internal hallway wall

Gap from slab to internal hallway wall

@erecttvantennas you need to provide more information like, where you are located , soil type, wall construction etc The quality of the answers depends on the information…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 12, 2017 10:08 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Kappy404
Kappy404
11 September 2017

General Bush House Walls & Regulations

General Bush House Walls & Regulations

I've made some updates on the exterior and interior walls of the house. Here are the final results! http://bit.ly/2gWr0Tb Colors show wall layers (i.e. exterior wall =…

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Kappy404
Sep 11, 2017 5:49 am
Kappy404
bank
bank
8 September 2017

Straightness of skirts?

Straightness of skirts?

So finally got a response from the CM on this, he says they won't be delivering a house with wavy skirts but they won't be fixed until down the track. We are expecting…

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bank
Sep 08, 2017 6:06 pm
bank
Agile Approvals
Agile Approvals
7 September 2017

Can a private garage be a Class 1 structure?

Can a private garage be a Class 1 structure?

Ouch! that revetment wall and septic upgrade sound rather nasty in $$ terms... Not to rub salt in, but when I do get queries like this from clients wanting such a…

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Agile Approvals
Sep 07, 2017 11:56 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
7 September 2017

Frames without timber noggings?

Frames without timber noggings?
1, 2, 3

SaveH2O thanks.. :lol: sure beats copying and pasting

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 07, 2017 1:35 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
28 August 2017

building inspection report

building inspection report

Call the building surveyor or have your inspector do this if builder is ignoring you.

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SaveH2O
Aug 28, 2017 5:41 pm
SaveH2O
Neville S
Neville S
16 August 2017

Balcony railing height requirements

Balcony railing height requirements

Thanks I have requested it be replaced with a higher balustrade. They have finally agreed. The bricks are 220mm high from the ground so I was not happy about it.

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Neville S
Aug 16, 2017 10:48 am
Neville S
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
15 August 2017

Termite Shields (Ant Capping)

Termite Shields (Ant Capping)

Sashley, If you're still in need of the advice, when ant capping is used as the sole deterrent to termite attack, the caps must protrude 100 mm past the edges of the…

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Leonardo_23
Aug 15, 2017 3:48 pm
NewbGrdner
NewbGrdner
13 August 2017

NSW BAL 12.5 or 19

NSW BAL 12.5 or 19

I wish to inquire as to the requirements to adhere to when converting an existing covered alfresco into an internal room where the property is located at the edge of a…

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NewbGrdner
Aug 14, 2017 12:26 am
Bigjourney
Bigjourney
13 August 2017

Our land has been cut into.. Standard?

Our land has been cut into.. Standard?

Thanks so much for everyones replies ill have a photo up this week in relation to the response from the builder and work completed. Speaking with a builder friend been…

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Bigjourney
Aug 13, 2017 11:03 pm
gaweleczek
gaweleczek
11 August 2017

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

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

I went with David and All Inspect for my pre-handover inspection I could not be happier.

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gaweleczek
Aug 11, 2017 11:10 pm
Home learner
Home learner
11 August 2017

4.70m Load bearing wall beams request

4.70m Load bearing wall beams request

Ok, thanks so much for taking the time to help.

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Home learner
Aug 11, 2017 4:52 pm
alexp79
alexp79
10 August 2017

Insulation

Insulation

BTW, there are some every affordable ones out there on the market, which can be used with the smartphone: http://www.flir.com/flirone/ I am thinking of buying one for my build.

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alexp79
Aug 10, 2017 3:06 pm
Neville S
Neville S
9 August 2017

Gap in floor is this normal ?

Gap in floor is this normal ?

Not if they are going to carpet there, we had the same thing and now having issues with the carpet so they had to fill with cement. They also filled it when tiling. My…

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Neville S
Aug 09, 2017 9:50 pm
Neville S
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
2 August 2017

Australian Standards

Australian Standards

I wasn't suggesting that, I was trying to say that before you start researching Australian Standards, you need to make sure that they apply to your situation because…

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SaveH2O
Aug 02, 2017 4:27 pm
SaveH2O
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
1 August 2017

Solar HWS not approved due to direction in Queensland

Solar HWS not approved due to direction in Queensland

The plumbing inspector should stick to what he knows (plumbing) and leave the energy calculations up to those of us who understand solar design and thermodynamics... A…

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1960sModernistHome
Aug 01, 2017 10:52 pm
1960sModernistHome
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Bec74
Jul 27, 2017 1:54 pm
JB1
JB1
19 July 2017

Frameless Glass shower with unwanted support shelf

Frameless Glass shower with unwanted support shelf

There's no way you can have it like the way you want unless you install the fixed glass all the way to the ceiling for support.

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JB1
Jul 19, 2017 9:39 pm

Hello, Is it an acceptable practice to protect storm water pipes in the ground with just tape?

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gaweleczek
Jul 11, 2017 11:40 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
20 June 2017

Void former placed over Pier!!

Void former placed over Pier!!

@manofaus Flexible Floor coverings ie Timber & Carpets mask/hides cracks Firstly you need to check slab level heights around the cracking (hogging or sagging) in the…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 20, 2017 9:31 am
StructuralBIMGuy
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
19 June 2017

House frame bottom plate overhang on slab

House frame bottom plate overhang on slab

This is a late reply but it may help someone someone else. The very first thing that you need to do is check your contract to see whether it lists a certified…

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SaveH2O
Jun 19, 2017 4:18 pm
SaveH2O
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
16 June 2017

Decking height in a concreted alfresco - Geelong Victoria

Decking height in a concreted alfresco - Geelong Victoria

@Barongrizzly You will need to alter/drop the Footings for the timber deck It is also easier if you block slopes downwards not so if it slopes upwards

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 16, 2017 10:34 am
StructuralBIMGuy
bashworth
bashworth
14 June 2017

Attaching kids swing to side of house - is this ok?

Attaching kids swing to side of house - is this ok?

It's hard to make a comment without a lot more information but . . . .If I was doing this I would be fixing a substantial vertical timber against the column from just over…

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bashworth
Jun 14, 2017 5:48 pm
bashworth
building-expert
building-expert
7 June 2017

Dispute resolution changes in Vic

Dispute resolution changes in Vic

Recently I have had a call from someone who has a problem basement leaks with an owner built property. He contacted VBA and they were going to come and inspect but he…

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building-expert
Jun 07, 2017 8:54 am
building-expert

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 11:20 pm
SaveH2O
Berek
Berek
17 May 2017

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 10:24 pm
building-expert
building-expert
20 April 2017

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 2:22 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 11:31 pm
gmbuildingconsultant
Justalittlebithippy
Justalittlebithippy
18 April 2017

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 3:04 pm

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

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lazandjohn
Apr 17, 2017 2:41 pm
Questiontime
Questiontime
13 April 2017

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 12:25 pm
bashworth
bashworth
9 April 2017

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 8:48 am
bashworth
purrfection
purrfection
6 April 2017

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 6:27 pm
purrfection
Joker
Joker
29 March 2017

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 1:36 pm
Joker
Joker
26 March 2017

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 5:08 pm
Gravy
Gravy
25 March 2017

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 25, 2017 12:14 am
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 9:21 am
building-expert
Joker
Joker
17 March 2017

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 12:58 pm
bryn
bryn
7 March 2017

Tile underlay

Tile underlay

is it in a wet area?

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bryn
Mar 07, 2017 3:05 pm

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