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wg9145
wg9145
6 March 2018

electrical switchboard

electrical switchboard

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…

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wg9145
Mar 06, 2018 10:25 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
5 March 2018

Power socket directly under water outlet in laundry

Power socket directly under water outlet in laundry

No plumbing regulation breach that I am aware of. Try posting on the Whirlpool Forums Home sub forum, there are plenty of electricians on there.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Mar 05, 2018 9:09 am
StructuralBIMGuy
tonkatsu
tonkatsu
27 February 2018

Sealing the gap between slab and path around the house

Sealing the gap between slab and path around the house

Hi, sorry for bringing up an old thread, but I have the same question as the OP. I see that everyone highly recommends having concrete paving installed around a new house…

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tonkatsu
Feb 27, 2018 12:59 pm
Krushull
Krushull
26 February 2018

Very noisy steel frame house

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…

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Krushull
Feb 26, 2018 7:02 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
19 February 2018

Breach Of Contract?

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…

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SaveH2O
Feb 19, 2018 9:50 am
SaveH2O
Rayg
Rayg
16 February 2018

'lift off' doors: toilet regulations? QLD

'lift off' doors: toilet regulations? QLD

Thanks qebtel,

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Rayg
Feb 16, 2018 7:22 am
alexp79
alexp79
6 February 2018

Is this Pre-lay out?

Is this Pre-lay out?

I wonder why this issue have not been identified during pre-pour inspection?

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alexp79
Feb 06, 2018 2:58 pm
brokenstick
brokenstick
6 February 2018

"Approximate measurements" in contract

"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…

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brokenstick
Feb 06, 2018 7:54 am
brokenstick
lackey
lackey
4 February 2018

Internal wall looks out (pic)

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.

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lackey
Feb 04, 2018 3:53 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
4 February 2018

Building stud wall on suspended beams

Building stud wall on suspended beams

thebluemack Welcome to the forum If It's a structural wall you may require Council building approvals? and will need to provide more information , ie a cross sectional…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 04, 2018 7:26 am
StructuralBIMGuy
cornellengineers
cornellengineers
1 February 2018

Brickwork Articulation Joints

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…

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cornellengineers
Feb 01, 2018 2:30 pm
cornellengineers
rajdoot
rajdoot
25 January 2018

Sewage Inspection point

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.

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rajdoot
Jan 25, 2018 7:27 pm
Norfolk
Norfolk
20 January 2018

Has anyone had experience dealing with Metricon's Executive

Has anyone had experience dealing with Metricon's Executive

Hi all, Has anyone who has built with Metricon in NSW or QLD had experience dealing with their Executive Building Manager to resolve issues? We understand he is brought in…

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Norfolk
Jan 20, 2018 6:34 am
Joker
Joker
15 January 2018

VCAT - experiences with significant foundation problems

VCAT - experiences with significant foundation problems
1, 2

Some good news t parsons, hang in there, got to say, since councils don't handle all aspects of building, quality control has dived, so much time goes by in these…

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Joker
Jan 15, 2018 11:47 am
Mars5
Mars5
11 January 2018

Deck Landing Area

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…

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Mars5
Jan 11, 2018 5:06 pm
laostha2005
laostha2005
8 January 2018

Just brought a house . And found out there’s no insulation i

Just brought a house . And found out there’s no insulation i

If I do do it myself I will wait until the winter thank you for your informations. Much appreciate

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laostha2005
Jan 08, 2018 8:40 pm
Joker
Joker
29 December 2017

Balcony Collapse.. East Doncaster

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…

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Joker
Dec 29, 2017 11:47 am
AJW
AJW
27 December 2017

Gas Bollards

Gas Bollards

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.

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AJW
Dec 27, 2017 2:45 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
22 December 2017

Sliding door instead on sliding window !

Sliding door instead on sliding window !

Camhaw It looks like they intended to have a sliding door with a , which incidentally requires a Balustrade. Check to see if this was changed for whatever reason and you…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Dec 22, 2017 9:22 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
22 December 2017

Paint comming off ceiling

Paint comming off ceiling

Volmix 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 At a…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Dec 22, 2017 9:04 am
StructuralBIMGuy
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 6:39 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 8:27 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 8:26 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 5:53 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 10:05 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 3:18 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 3:13 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 9:08 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 4:49 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 5:06 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 10:56 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 12:35 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 4:41 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 9:48 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 2:48 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 13, 2017 11:26 pm
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 10:03 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 10:10 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 3:52 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 2:06 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 8:50 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 3:27 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 9:52 pm
1960sModernistHome
Bec74
Bec74
27 July 2017

Structual integrity of walls

Structual integrity of walls

No, it's a timber frame

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Bec74
Jul 27, 2017 12:54 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 8:39 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 10:40 pm
Mars5
Mars5
23 June 2017

Gas pipe depth - plumbing standards

Gas pipe depth - plumbing standards

Thank you SaveH20

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Mars5
Jun 23, 2017 7:37 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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740
StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 20, 2017 8:31 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 3:18 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 9:34 am
StructuralBIMGuy

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