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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
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Thanks for that BE. Of course!

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Liliana
Feb 20, 2016 3:04 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
16 February 2016

External Window flashing requirements

External Window flashing requirements

Hi MB Photos would help? Here are ISO views of Flashings for my timber or Aluminium windows https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities ... 2205285216 Check out Details 3D…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 16, 2016 8:52 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Joynz
Joynz
15 February 2016

My builder used the wrong bricks for a non-rendered wall

My builder used the wrong bricks for a non-rendered wall

They will have been laid 'overhand' - that means from the inside of the wall not the outside. When this happens usually the brickies demolish and rebuild. Not that…

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Joynz
Feb 15, 2016 5:37 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
12 February 2016

Machining tolerances of decking timber

Machining tolerances of decking timber

It will depend so much on where you are buying your decking from. Some will be spot on width all the way along a length of timber whereas the next place will have stock…

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Stewie D
Feb 12, 2016 9:42 pm
kasra nedlands
kasra nedlands
9 February 2016

Owner builder Purlin query

Owner builder Purlin query

Hi everyone, Has anyone here got a good understanding of purlin spans. Our engineer had specified 200 C or Z purlins @ 1.9mm thick. Our spans are between 7.5 to 8.5…

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kasra nedlands
Feb 09, 2016 9:45 pm
kasra nedlands
aienco
aienco
4 February 2016

Under Eave Lining

Under Eave Lining

Thanks heaps. I do agree about the vents However I need to check whether that is permitted as we are in a bal 12.5 fire rating. So now I know what to do and look for…

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aienco
Feb 04, 2016 4:28 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
2 February 2016

Insulation q

Insulation q
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I also suggest you lodge a complaint over your VBS incompetence with the Victorian Govt authority it's obvious your building System is Broken.hth

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 02, 2016 10:02 am
StructuralBIMGuy
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
29 January 2016

Just found my concreter has no licence!

Just found my concreter has no licence!
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Yeah precisely, I mean every contractor worth their salt will have adequate supplier credit arrangements for materials. I could understand maybe a small deposit to ensure…

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1960sModernistHome
Jan 29, 2016 10:53 am
1960sModernistHome
gpigeon
gpigeon
29 January 2016

"Basix" compliance

"Basix" compliance

Ok, I think I have it sorted!!! Because I first entered the project as a "dual occupancy" the Basix software/program continued on with that assumption despite me changing…

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gpigeon
Jan 29, 2016 6:23 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
28 January 2016

Data/Phone line

Data/Phone line

Eeeekkk

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Crazyk
Jan 28, 2016 5:20 am
Crazyk
goody59
goody59
27 January 2016

Plumbing standards for Hot Water unit installation

Plumbing standards for Hot Water unit installation

Your installation is correct location but pipe must not be pushed into stormwater so you can see if you are loosing water from faulty relief valve (you would not want to…

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goody59
Jan 27, 2016 9:50 am
goody59
insider
insider
18 January 2016

Slabs/Footings and landscaping - Who's responsible?

Slabs/Footings and landscaping - Who's responsible?

They are required to not allow abnormal moisture conditions develop during construction and comply with the engineers drainage design. You need to read your engineers…

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insider
Jan 18, 2016 9:45 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 January 2016

Plasterboard control joins

Plasterboard control joins

The correct way would be to remove the cornices, install the expansion joint then replace the cornices. However that is a bit of extra work. I'm sure if you use a gyprock…

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Stewie D
Jan 16, 2016 4:16 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 January 2016

Tradies certify their own work - bad idea?

Tradies certify their own work - bad idea?

AM, I was sure I saw a piece on one of the commercial networks not too long ago about how some financial planners were exploiting a loophole to allow them to practice…

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Stewie D
Jan 16, 2016 7:26 am
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SaveH2O
Jan 15, 2016 12:57 pm
SaveH2O
Crazyk
Crazyk
15 January 2016

Articulation Joints

Articulation Joints
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@Slab Heave Recipient so how did the non compliance argument stand up in your case with your builder? Was it proven to be defective and show cause notice issued?

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Crazyk
Jan 15, 2016 11:56 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
Crazyk
14 January 2016

Defective vs poor quality

Defective vs poor quality

My builder B Homes did the same thing. Absolutely discussing workmanship.

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Crazyk
Jan 14, 2016 7:28 pm
Crazyk
Decka
Decka
13 January 2016

Is this Pre-lay out?

Is this Pre-lay out?

Oh that really sux.

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Decka
Jan 13, 2016 10:03 pm
Decka
Decka
Decka
12 January 2016

Independent assessment report

Independent assessment report

I'd just email the report and ask for some feedback on the points of concern, just so you can set your mind at ease.

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Decka
Jan 12, 2016 12:49 pm
Decka
jug head 1
jug head 1
10 January 2016

PCI issues

PCI issues

Further investigation found no insulation only where the bracing boards are. This occurred because internal walls were installed first. The builder has ripped most of the…

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jug head 1
Jan 10, 2016 7:44 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
10 January 2016

Ceiling Joists not dyna bolted?

Ceiling Joists not dyna bolted?

Quite often fixings such as dynabolts, straps, brackets are not delivered, missing, incorrectly used, misplaced etc,etc. 1. I cant see hanger straps? 2. Have the nail…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jan 10, 2016 10:59 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Crazyk
Crazyk
3 January 2016

Help needed - slabs, slopes and easements

Help needed - slabs, slopes and easements

Interesting. I suspect that they have compacted fill to the required batters under that loose fill?

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Crazyk
Jan 03, 2016 6:51 pm
Crazyk
building-expert
building-expert
29 December 2015

New house frame issues

New house frame issues
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Yes and it can be annoying when your light fittings rattle when someone walks upstairs I'd consider that extreme and requiring rectification ! Prevention is better…

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building-expert
Dec 29, 2015 7:39 am
building-expert
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Crazyk
Dec 28, 2015 8:31 pm
Crazyk
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
27 December 2015

Cracked concrete new house - how long is warranty etc?

Cracked concrete new house - how long is warranty etc?

Hi tompad Post up some photos and I'll take a look Generally structural cracking will need a structural engineers certificate to force a builder/contractor to act. Why…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Dec 27, 2015 9:23 am
StructuralBIMGuy
KKPP
KKPP
16 December 2015

Hole in new slab - please help

Hole in new slab - please help

Hi Gunna, Thanks for your tips, What is the slab design? Does it show how the slab supposed to be poured? Do you know where would I be able to get it from? I did go…

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KKPP
Dec 16, 2015 4:39 pm
Yarborough
Yarborough
16 December 2015

Site Costs

Site Costs

Hi, what builder presented the tender?

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Yarborough
Dec 16, 2015 10:25 am
Yarborough
StarGirlStar
StarGirlStar
7 December 2015

Brick stains

Brick stains

Just been reassured that it gets washed off. Apparently it's very common on the lighter bricks. phew!!

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StarGirlStar
Dec 07, 2015 5:45 pm
StarGirlStar
Stewie D
Stewie D
7 December 2015

Sewer inspection points

Sewer inspection points

The builder is pretty much right although if I was building your place it is one of the things I would have picked up when I'd get a sewer diagram from Sydney Water for…

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Stewie D
Dec 07, 2015 1:33 pm

They're fine of course it's just the angle. Went and had a look…

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Leksie5000
Dec 05, 2015 9:22 am
dianaahilton
dianaahilton
26 November 2015

Builder Criteria / Selection?

Builder Criteria / Selection?

Finding a builder is not that difficult. Here are some handy hints for finding the right builder for your project. :) 1. Ask the near ones if they are aware about any…

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dianaahilton
Nov 26, 2015 5:29 pm
dianaahilton
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
23 November 2015

Ceiling joist timbers

Ceiling joist timbers

Hi extra_g You will need a structural engineer to certify the design/drawings, please check with your Local council Building Dept.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Nov 23, 2015 12:54 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
19 November 2015

Floor lining (bearers and joists)

Floor lining (bearers and joists)
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You would start to see some degradation in the sheets around the edges. The particles start to flake off easily. I've seen older floors that had…

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Leksie5000
Nov 19, 2015 10:20 am
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jsm009
Nov 16, 2015 11:05 am
bashworth
bashworth
13 November 2015

Retaining Wall and Fencing help

Retaining Wall and Fencing help

Fences are often directly on retaining walls.

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bashworth
Nov 13, 2015 9:52 pm
bashworth
Crazyk
Crazyk
12 November 2015

DPC, exposed or not? any standard?

DPC, exposed or not? any standard?
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At the end of the day I'm happy to move in and fight the issues that can be fixed externally but other issues must be fixed prior to handover.

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Crazyk
Nov 12, 2015 5:49 am
Crazyk


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