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timnit
timnit
8 July 2016

Broken plaster wall

Broken plaster wall

I agree, if well done plasterboard can be easily replaced

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timnit
Jul 08, 2016 10:28 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
7 July 2016

Structural warranty with new pool

Structural warranty with new pool

Of course the builder must do the piers under the alfresco. They have to guarantee the house structurally so they have to do all the foundations for it. You wouldn't…

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Stewie D
Jul 07, 2016 9:35 am
davidbell101
davidbell101
7 July 2016

Brickwork (defective brick)

Brickwork (defective brick)

I agree LynnB, the SS wants this job off his books. We've been the agreeable, easy to get along with clients that haven't complained about anything. Our PCI is today and…

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davidbell101
Jul 07, 2016 9:33 am
turbopsi
turbopsi
3 July 2016

Ext wall cladding to brick subfloor junction?

Ext wall cladding to brick subfloor junction?

Hi all, I would appreciate technical details on options in regards to the following. 1. James Hardie Axon to brick subfloor junction. 2. Colorbond corrugated sheet…

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turbopsi
Jul 03, 2016 8:38 pm
bashworth
bashworth
1 July 2016

What can I do if builder declines to fix the issue?

What can I do if builder declines to fix the issue?

It is always hard to give opinions on matters without seeing all the paperwork however you don't seem to be getting what you wanted so I would say it's worth the $500.

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bashworth
Jul 01, 2016 8:11 pm
bashworth
Stewie D
Stewie D
1 July 2016

Brick work should i be worried??

Brick work should i be worried??

Who supplied the steel lintel ? It should have been a 150 x 100mm gal angle or at least 100 x 100mm depending on the span and load above. As per abs above, the weld or…

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Stewie D
Jul 01, 2016 10:41 am
building-expert
building-expert
1 July 2016

Brick Cleaning

Brick Cleaning
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Painting doesn't solve your problem ? In fact painting the bricks and mortar makes things worse..long term The mortar joints will need to be scrapped and cleaned to a…

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building-expert
Jul 01, 2016 6:54 am
building-expert
abrickspecialist
abrickspecialist
30 June 2016

Standards for brick perpends - worth taking any action

Standards for brick perpends - worth taking any action

What DW specification is the brick you selected? If it's DW1 a perp end dimensional tolerance is 10mm +/- 3mm If they are rated DW0 there is no perp end…

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abrickspecialist
Jun 30, 2016 6:36 pm
marblaze
marblaze
27 June 2016

Two garages built to the same boundary. Possible?

Two garages built to the same boundary. Possible?

Propose a boundary eaves detail for Council perusal. Details should address fire/ encroachment, stormwater and other relevant issues.

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marblaze
Jun 27, 2016 12:47 pm
marblaze
JB1
JB1
24 June 2016

Raft Slabs and Hydronic Underfloor Trench

Raft Slabs and Hydronic Underfloor Trench

Hi, will be owner building a house but not yet to engineer stage. I would like to install a Hydronic Underfloor Trench with a Raft Slabs close to and parallel to the edge…

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JB1
Jun 24, 2016 5:30 pm
diydave
diydave
24 June 2016

Retaining Wall Query - Exempt or Compying Devemopment?

Retaining Wall Query - Exempt or Compying Devemopment?

For anyone in NSW I recommend using this website to check the planning rules for Exempt Developments before you call anyone at your council. You plug in your address and…

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diydave
Jun 24, 2016 8:34 am
diydave
diydave
24 June 2016

Retaining wall - DA required for pine sleepers?

Retaining wall - DA required for pine sleepers?

Suggest you try this website to check the planning rules that actually apply to your house. It's easier than trying to interpret the full DA regulations. You plug in your…

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diydave
Jun 24, 2016 8:21 am
abrickspecialist
abrickspecialist
23 June 2016

Mortar should be flush not ironed

Mortar should be flush not ironed

You can't re-point a rolled/ironed joint without it falling out down the track. A rolled/ironed joint gives much better protection from salt absorption than a flush…

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abrickspecialist
Jun 23, 2016 10:39 pm
building-expert
building-expert
23 June 2016

Framing - Does this look right?

Framing - Does this look right?

If it looks wrong it is! 1 Replace stud, or 2 provide blocking to side

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building-expert
Jun 23, 2016 11:50 am
building-expert
Mnlk1
Mnlk1
20 June 2016

Unacceptable brick work

Unacceptable brick work

Thanks I'm on my phone I'll work out how to put them on when I get home

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Mnlk1
Jun 20, 2016 11:34 am
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
19 June 2016

6 Star Energy Rating vs "Energy Compliant"

6 Star Energy Rating vs "Energy Compliant"

They're the builder and should be able to point you to the regulation. Keep pushing. Custom knockdown rebuild Newcastle NSW viewtopic.php?t=78271

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Leksie5000
Jun 19, 2016 6:35 am
Liliana
Liliana
17 June 2016

Building surveyors – what they won’t do

Building surveyors – what they won’t do

Thanks for the reply Stewie. It looks to me as if the VBA has taken some positive steps here to try and sort out the mess in building control in this state.

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Liliana
Jun 17, 2016 11:28 am
gcambo
gcambo
9 June 2016

We have noticed that the nails used in the frames are Brigh

We have noticed that the nails used in the frames are Brigh

The nails used on brackets to connect the roof truss to the top of the frames. As it turns out all the frames were supposed to be nailed with gal nails as well. Then as of…

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gcambo
Jun 09, 2016 7:45 pm
JoeBloe
JoeBloe
4 June 2016

Do stair treads require an overhanging nosing?

Do stair treads require an overhanging nosing?

Thanks people. PAB this is the information i was looking for, greatly appreciated mate ::

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JoeBloe
Jun 04, 2016 9:01 am

Lots of builders are using pressure seal, they will always fail in a couple of years. Inspired a new house today and flashing is already coming apart. And here is…

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wood bang
Jun 02, 2016 5:46 pm
wood bang
building-expert
building-expert
1 June 2016

Guide to standards and tolerances is for dummies.

Guide to standards and tolerances is for dummies.

Latest communication from VBA "Practitioners are reminded that the Guide to Standards and Tolerances is not an alternative to the design standards…

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building-expert
Jun 01, 2016 10:05 am
building-expert
building-expert
building-expert
29 May 2016

Beware of cost stripping

Beware of cost stripping
1, 2

Yes Liliana, a fine example of slick marketing pushing greed buttons for a disastrous result. The sobering lesson is that when you are buying anything from a developer…

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building-expert
May 29, 2016 8:43 am
building-expert
Althom
Althom
18 May 2016

final hand over inspection-defetcs

final hand over inspection-defetcs

That's a given but I'm puzzled as to why the ceiling cavity is inaccessible? Have you ever tried to get past heating and cooling ducts in tight…

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Althom
May 18, 2016 11:30 pm
Althom
Crazyk
Crazyk
15 May 2016

Downpipe Compliance - general discussion

Downpipe Compliance - general discussion
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Yes it is 5.5 then. I couldn't find the old email however what you state is correct.

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Crazyk
May 15, 2016 9:59 pm
Crazyk
Narrewarren01
Narrewarren01
14 May 2016

House built 30cm to the right

House built 30cm to the right
1, 2, 3

Can't edit but was going to say 50mm not 30cm

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Narrewarren01
May 14, 2016 6:06 pm
uspepper
uspepper
13 May 2016

external light wiring requirement

external light wiring requirement

I've never seen lights on them.? Did you want a Telcoms forum? this one is for houses.

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uspepper
May 13, 2016 7:06 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
13 May 2016

Waffle pod slabs saga in western and northern Melbourne

Waffle pod slabs saga in western and northern Melbourne
1, 2

Interesting comment. I wonder just what the purpose of piers is then? The reason for bored piers is to keep your building up from sinking in highly…

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SaveH2O
May 13, 2016 12:43 pm
SaveH2O
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
10 May 2016

Brick veneer wall splitting and cracking

Brick veneer wall splitting and cracking

I'm with BE on this one... possibly brick growth and possibly brick veneer wall pushed from the other end of the house due to the beginnings of minor heave with the…

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Leonardo_23
May 10, 2016 10:35 pm
qebtel
qebtel
9 May 2016

Not happy with finish of tiling

Not happy with finish of tiling

Im with you 100% dbun1, that is not properly finished. When you tile something, the purpose is to always completely cover the substrate, and have neat joins, and an…

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qebtel
May 09, 2016 3:26 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
Pepsi_Drinker
7 May 2016

Do water pipes in walls need silicone added to holes studs?

Do water pipes in walls need silicone added to holes studs?

Could you be a little more specific about just where your anger is directed ? More to the point, do you agree or disagree with the OP putting silicon (hopefully neutral…

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Pepsi_Drinker
May 07, 2016 2:39 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
Pepsi_Drinker
Pepsi_Drinker
1 May 2016

How far can a stud be notched?

How far can a stud be notched?

While we're on the topic................. I want to run a few 'conduits' in the walls of a new build for future home entertainment wiring. I've 'found' the AS referenced…

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Pepsi_Drinker
May 01, 2016 10:47 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
18 April 2016

Wobbly window!

Wobbly window!

They replaced it Custom knockdown rebuild Newcastle NSW viewtopic.php?t=78271

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Leksie5000
Apr 18, 2016 4:20 am
ausdesign
ausdesign
12 April 2016

Confirming some Standards

Confirming some Standards

minimum 150 at wall. 400 at 2000

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ausdesign
Apr 12, 2016 12:37 pm
ausdesign
qebtel
qebtel
11 April 2016

How do you get it right?

How do you get it right?

Old timer - no surprises there. Find me a young guy with that attitude ?

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qebtel
Apr 11, 2016 12:22 pm
teml
teml
8 April 2016

Building warranty period?

Building warranty period?

Thanks for the responses.

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teml
Apr 08, 2016 8:43 am
teml
Stewie D
Stewie D
30 March 2016

Waterproofing question

Waterproofing question

The only way to ensure the waterproofing will succeed in keeping water within the wet zone is to pull all the tiles off back to bare walls and the floor back to bare…

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Stewie D
Mar 30, 2016 10:42 am
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Crazyk
Mar 26, 2016 7:15 am
Crazyk
hotshot
hotshot
25 March 2016

Roof Fascia - am I supposed to have a board tacked on?

Roof Fascia - am I supposed to have a board tacked on?

Yes this is perfectly acceptable and is the standard on 99% of homes there should be a detail of this in your plans. Putting a gutter on these pieces would be a waste of…

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hotshot
Mar 25, 2016 10:29 pm
deejay08
deejay08
19 March 2016

Basix assessment

Basix assessment

It depends on your area or zone as its called and depends on size and articulation of your design and what orientation you have. Also the insulation requirement for your…

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deejay08
Mar 18, 2016 11:26 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
6 March 2016

SEPP - Seeking approval for variations

SEPP - Seeking approval for variations

Thanks BE but my experience in these matters is limited to only two jobs both about 5 years ago. From memory they were both a right pain in the butt even though they were…

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Stewie D
Mar 06, 2016 7:56 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
6 March 2016

Help - Floor tiling and skirtings

Help - Floor tiling and skirtings

How much gap did the tiler leave against the skirting ? Stewie

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Stewie D
Mar 06, 2016 1:31 pm
qebtel
qebtel
2 March 2016

Help re moisture membrane

Help re moisture membrane

I wonder why you even bought this house if you want to convert so much external non-habitable space to internal habitable? For what you are doing maybe you should sell and…

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qebtel
Mar 02, 2016 1:32 pm
rebuilder86
rebuilder86
29 February 2016

Plumbing Standards - Outlet for shower head ?

Plumbing Standards - Outlet for shower head ?

mmm, depending on the shower head, options are, flatter backing plate, they are available, cut back existing pipe and add extension piece taped up and frikn tight. I…

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rebuilder86
Feb 29, 2016 6:12 pm
AJW
AJW
28 February 2016

Grout Sealing

Grout Sealing

No grout is on the wet side of the waterproofing, so doesn't need to be sealed. Sealing is just to protect the aesthetics of the grout.

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AJW
Feb 28, 2016 10:55 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
28 February 2016

Island Bath - Minimum HOB distance

Island Bath - Minimum HOB distance

I know what you are saying. My comment was aimed more along the lines of if you are having a bath that close to the wall why not get rid of the small gap between bath and…

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Stewie D
Feb 28, 2016 8:23 am
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
25 February 2016

Decking boards

Decking boards

Yeah that's basically my summary of it.. 2,500k! I think that's just the amount he quotes when he doesn't want to do something haha. Internal floor is already done. I'm…

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Leksie5000
Feb 25, 2016 2:26 am
AussieMark
AussieMark
21 February 2016

Ceiling Levelness Standards?

Ceiling Levelness Standards?

I was chatting with my chippy just the other day about how they always have to build to the building rather than to the square. Perpends are also a problem......

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AussieMark
Feb 21, 2016 5:02 pm
Liliana
Liliana
20 February 2016

Stormwater pipes and primer

Stormwater pipes and primer
1, 2

Thanks for that BE. Of course!

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Liliana
Feb 20, 2016 3:04 pm


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