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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 4:48 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 7:54 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 10:20 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 9:24 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 1:22 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 10:31 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 2:04 pm
lazandjohn
lazandjohn
17 April 2017

Finish around windows

Finish around windows

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

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lazandjohn
Apr 17, 2017 1:41 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 11:25 am
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 7:48 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 5:27 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 12:36 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 4:08 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 24, 2017 11:14 pm
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 8:21 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 11:58 am
bryn
bryn
7 March 2017

Tile underlay

Tile underlay

is it in a wet area?

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bryn
Mar 07, 2017 2:05 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
6 March 2017

Anyone used Masterwall before?

Anyone used Masterwall before?

Yep.. AS3700 masonry construction

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StructuralBIMGuy
Mar 06, 2017 5:33 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
3 March 2017

Question about crossover

Question about crossover

You will still need to consider Stormwater within your property All buildings are required to have roof water directed to approved systems has on-line forms/apps for…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Mar 03, 2017 10:41 am
StructuralBIMGuy
gaweleczek
gaweleczek
23 February 2017

Ceiling height tolerance

Ceiling height tolerance

@ausdesign, thanks!

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gaweleczek
Feb 23, 2017 5:17 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
19 February 2017

Driveway starting to move

Driveway starting to move

They should have given you a complete set of Specis, Docs, Engineering Details & Drawings? Also check with your Council they may also have driveway requirements for…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 19, 2017 1:03 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
arcadelt
arcadelt
17 February 2017

Poor framework

Poor framework

So @Rusty11, we are roughly at the same stage, so I thought I would provide some pictures to show you what my builder is doing. In most places they have shaved, but in…

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arcadelt
Feb 17, 2017 3:22 pm
bryn
bryn
17 February 2017

Decking post - Concret or No Fines Concrete

Decking post - Concret or No Fines Concrete

what timber are the posts? generally best to avoid encasing timber in concrete

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bryn
Feb 17, 2017 2:07 pm
building-expert
building-expert
3 February 2017

Changes to Building Act in Tasmania

Changes to Building Act in Tasmania

Tasmania has embarked on seismic changes to building regulations and its quite interesting http://www.themercury.com.au/news/polit ...…

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building-expert
Feb 03, 2017 8:36 am
building-expert
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
30 January 2017

AS 4349.1-2007 Inspection of buildings -

AS 4349.1-2007 Inspection of buildings -

I agree that PI insurance (not PII insurance) is a worthy insurance and was one of the few who had it. But in my opinion, placing a requirement on the policy that the…

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Leonardo_23
Jan 30, 2017 1:01 pm
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
24 January 2017

WA New Build Inspections Who to Use?

WA New Build Inspections Who to Use?

As regards thermal imaging, I imagine the cost would be borne by your clients. Hi nicjam, I hope you can see that some people protest loudly when confronted with basic…

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Leonardo_23
Jan 24, 2017 1:45 pm
bashworth
bashworth
23 January 2017

standard face bricks that run through roof

standard face bricks that run through roof

It's not unusual to use an ordinary brick where it can't be seen. If you go for a rendered finish you could find the builder has used up all the odd bricks left over from…

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bashworth
Jan 23, 2017 4:37 pm
bashworth
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
12 January 2017

Incorrectly installed home gas pipes

Incorrectly installed home gas pipes

That is the worry and most won't be as aware as you. One would expect there to be a paper trail back to the VBA but is there? The VBA falls down in so many…

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SaveH2O
Jan 12, 2017 8:09 pm
SaveH2O
qebtel
qebtel
10 January 2017

Water Leak issues

Water Leak issues
1, 2

1. As I have already told you, the same check and balance apply whether OB or registered builder, so it is irrelevant. 2. Not an OB fault. 3. Not an OB fault. 4. Not an…

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qebtel
Jan 10, 2017 6:00 pm
bashworth
bashworth
1 January 2017

Advice on pool concrete/potential retaining wall slippage

Advice on pool concrete/potential retaining wall slippage

From the information you have provided it wouldn't be a major issue if the same thing happened to me. I would look to replace the retaining wall with a better constructed…

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bashworth
Jan 01, 2017 2:05 pm
bashworth
marblaze
marblaze
18 December 2016

Charged storm water system

Charged storm water system

http://www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/files/assets ... -guide.pdf see page 5 What you need is a cleanout pit. At the back of the charged pipe, connect it to a clean out pit. This…

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marblaze
Dec 18, 2016 6:34 pm
marblaze
insider
insider
3 December 2016

Static fill test vs cutting hole through foundation to check

Static fill test vs cutting hole through foundation to check

Did the builder use a licensed plumber to do the static test ?

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insider
Dec 03, 2016 10:33 pm
insider
benzz3
benzz3
30 November 2016

Drop edge beam vs retaining wall

Drop edge beam vs retaining wall

thx for sharing mate, my relative is having this issue too.

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benzz3
Nov 30, 2016 12:54 pm
building-expert
building-expert
26 November 2016

Falling Standards

Falling Standards

The first standard I quoted is for building inspections Yes there is liability for negligence for any inspection that inspector does. However you have got to remember…

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building-expert
Nov 26, 2016 4:21 pm
building-expert
shanil86
shanil86
22 November 2016

Granitgard v DPC position

Granitgard v DPC position

Thanks Lynne appreciate your time (and your husband's)!

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shanil86
Nov 22, 2016 8:53 pm
Althom
Althom
21 November 2016

Tiling - grout or silicon

Tiling - grout or silicon

Bump

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Althom
Nov 21, 2016 10:56 pm
Althom
Voice_1
Voice_1
13 November 2016

Thin and long Cracks on slab

Thin and long Cracks on slab

It's not that the answer is invalid, the response I have provided is based on my own experience where hairline cracks where visible and I was given the same answer 12…

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Voice_1
Nov 13, 2016 5:25 pm
Voice_1
building-expert
building-expert
13 November 2016

Is this my DPC?

Is this my DPC?

Bluish material at bottom of your weep hole is your DPC. Its function is to stop rising dampness.

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building-expert
Nov 13, 2016 4:34 pm
building-expert
MrsJM
MrsJM
10 November 2016

Stair treads all split week after install

Stair treads all split week after install

A week after installation, all of my stair treads split. Strangely, this happened within the same 12 hour window as a water leak which impacted the lower platform. I…

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MrsJM
Nov 10, 2016 9:45 am
MrsJM
shanil86
shanil86
6 November 2016

NCC Volume 2 Rule 3.1.2.3

NCC Volume 2 Rule 3.1.2.3

Not doing the concreting myself, a lawyer with a knack for reading vol 2 BCA hahaha...thanks for your assistance H2O I really appreciate it.

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shanil86
Nov 06, 2016 6:46 am
Gaudi
Gaudi
5 November 2016

Drainage to protect foundation - engineering

Drainage to protect foundation - engineering

Bank, Yes, Negotiating this is so complex. Im disappointed that this new rule may not have the impact it was likely designed to. I have family about to start their build…

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Gaudi
Nov 05, 2016 4:46 pm
shanil86
shanil86
1 November 2016

150mm kerb along driveway

150mm kerb along driveway

Thanks, thought so. Will not build kerbs as they make driveway look hideous.

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shanil86
Nov 01, 2016 2:18 pm
qebtel
qebtel
1 November 2016

Storm water on a sloping block

Storm water on a sloping block

you talk about sub dividing and building , but query land pertaining to an existing house. Your situation is unclear to me. An existing dwelling and its land has prior…

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qebtel
Nov 01, 2016 1:52 pm
Emmz70
Emmz70
24 October 2016

Rendered EPS Pier on facade.

Rendered EPS Pier on facade.

Thanks Emma, I just came back from walk around Livingston and my estate . I can't see one house has timber or whatever board around. Sun my silly…

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Emmz70
Oct 24, 2016 10:29 pm
zook60
zook60
5 October 2016

[Urgent] Advise please - Weep hole

[Urgent] Advise please - Weep hole
1, 2

So what came of this?

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zook60
Oct 05, 2016 9:19 pm
Narrewarren01
Narrewarren01
4 October 2016

Timber span tables

Timber span tables

That's what I used on 3 pergolas with no issue

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Narrewarren01
Oct 04, 2016 8:04 pm

The Tornado rain head is manufactured in Australia by an Australian company. I also manufacture in Australia and I support other Australian companies who also…

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SaveH2O
Sep 29, 2016 4:17 pm
SaveH2O

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