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Big Bear
Big Bear
5 November 2015

Window above bath / waterproofing requirements

Window above bath / waterproofing requirements

You should try to hunt down a copy of "AS3740 - Waterproofing of Wet Areas". This is the Australian Standard that would tell you everything that you need to know.

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Big Bear
Nov 05, 2015 2:29 pm
zc12345
zc12345
3 November 2015

New build - Private Building Insp recommendations - SYDNEY

New build - Private Building Insp recommendations - SYDNEY

thanks Franky Could you please provide the name of the building inspector that you fire previously from Housespect? My idea is having a building inspector that is both…

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zc12345
Nov 03, 2015 12:05 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
23 October 2015

Hierarchy

Hierarchy
1, 2

Ok no worries. Thanks for the advice.

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Crazyk
Oct 23, 2015 1:18 pm
Crazyk
goody59
goody59
16 October 2015

Help Water pooling around slab

Help Water pooling around slab

Australian Standards 2870 and NCC (National Construction Code) 2015 3.1.2.3 cover it for builders from the time the slab is poured. I assume you have a waffle pod slab? …

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goody59
Oct 16, 2015 8:32 pm
goody59
Crazyk
Crazyk
14 October 2015

Plumbing pipe location

Plumbing pipe location

Update builder said they will credit it. Fortunately the mains is on that side of the house. They actually ran it across the front yard to the opposite side of the house…

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Crazyk
Oct 14, 2015 7:37 pm
Crazyk
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
10 October 2015

Doorframe height issue

Doorframe height issue

Yeah glad it was resolved reasonably and with a minimum of fuss

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Leksie5000
Oct 10, 2015 5:19 am
wesky
wesky
8 October 2015

Mid Floor Framing concerns

Mid Floor Framing concerns

I figured it wasn't as simple as I thought. Thanks for taking the same to explain it to me :)

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wesky
Oct 08, 2015 3:13 pm
rebuilder86
rebuilder86
30 September 2015

Plasterboard ceiling for alfresco and porch?

Plasterboard ceiling for alfresco and porch?

Exterior Ceilings Gyprock™ plasterboard is suitable for lining ceilings of carports, verandahs, alfresco dining areas, eaves or areas that are horizontal or incline…

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rebuilder86
Sep 30, 2015 11:07 pm
mgilla
mgilla
28 September 2015

Fixing timber frame to concrete slab

Fixing timber frame to concrete slab

Answered my own question. I'm guessing nails are not bolts and nails going through the bottom…

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mgilla
Sep 28, 2015 4:10 pm
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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 24, 2015 8:47 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
19 September 2015

Unitie - one per joist or double?

Unitie - one per joist or double?

If they only cost a few cents or even a dollar or 2, I would use 2

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Beetaloo
Sep 19, 2015 7:09 pm
Beetaloo
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wood bang
Sep 15, 2015 8:12 pm
wood bang
wood bang
wood bang
15 September 2015

Ceiling heights - what to do?

Ceiling heights - what to do?

If I had the money I'll do 3000 for all my ceilings

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wood bang
Sep 15, 2015 8:09 pm
wood bang

Hi, Here's how it looks now: I haven't even…

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btherl
Sep 04, 2015 11:25 am
btherl
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
3 September 2015

Mystery crack?

Mystery crack?

Hi Bleaky Its hard to tell if it's designed to crack at that point in which case the stresses are relieved eg Control,expansion, articulation joint,etc.So you will need…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 03, 2015 9:01 am
StructuralBIMGuy
cat_dunc
cat_dunc
1 September 2015

BAL 19- FLYSCREENS

BAL 19- FLYSCREENS

"6.5.2 Windows Window assemblies shall comply with one of the following: (a) They shall be completely protected by a bushfire shutter…

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cat_dunc
Sep 01, 2015 2:00 pm
cat_dunc
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
26 August 2015

Brickwork standard

Brickwork standard
1, 2

Here's my spin as an engineer providing the roof struts and loads are directly vertical over the walls or in plane then there shouldn't be an issue with the perps not…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 26, 2015 10:11 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Crazyk
Crazyk
24 August 2015

Painting standard

Painting standard

Does anyone have a paint thickness meter?

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Crazyk
Aug 24, 2015 10:21 am
Crazyk
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
24 August 2015

Min. Ceiling Height tolerance with floor coverings

Min. Ceiling Height tolerance with floor coverings

Well in the end we decided to go with a high end bamboo floating floor. It was half the price of solid hardwood on plywood substrate, and got around our height concerns.

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1960sModernistHome
Aug 24, 2015 9:41 am
1960sModernistHome
Beazley77
Beazley77
21 August 2015

Render patching

Render patching

That's the thing in Perth I reckon. It's not professionals working on…

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Beazley77
Aug 21, 2015 9:07 pm
Beazley77
AJW
AJW
19 August 2015

How does the main water supply enter new house?

How does the main water supply enter new house?

They run water in through a pipe, used to be copper but mostly plastic now. These days they also generally run must internal water pipes through the slab too and come up…

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AJW
Aug 19, 2015 11:35 pm
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JB1
Aug 18, 2015 11:14 pm
qebtel
qebtel
14 August 2015

Building Decking Over Easement?

Building Decking Over Easement?

In a pragmatic sense, its a personal call. Build what you like as long as it can be removed easily if the easement owner ever requires access. Bear in mind it may never…

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qebtel
Aug 14, 2015 2:01 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
11 August 2015

Patchy Looking Mortar

Patchy Looking Mortar

Hi DavidandRobyn Sorry to say that looks awful Did they use the same mortar? Try to find out which brand they used and then contact the manufacturer It really needs to be…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 11, 2015 8:51 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
7 August 2015

Drainage after build

Drainage after build
1, 2, 3

It is a simple well explained beginners guide with only a couple of debatable references. A competent professional would not "use" it because they should know the…

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SaveH2O
Aug 07, 2015 2:08 pm
SaveH2O
wood bang
wood bang
4 August 2015

Seeking Project Manager - review Builder's & Sub C's work.

Seeking Project Manager - review Builder's & Sub C's work.

You need to appoint a superintendent I'm in NSW, but my colleagues at Jims Building Inspections can assist.

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wood bang
Aug 04, 2015 7:38 am
wood bang
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
30 July 2015

Another weep hole question, required with double brick in WA

Another weep hole question, required with double brick in WA

Quite often they don't put weep around porches (Ie covered areas) & the non weathered side, if they wait 10 years or so they'll see where they should have put them.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 30, 2015 10:33 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
joea
joea
29 July 2015

DPC and weep hole height

DPC and weep hole height

I think you misunderstand the context of that drawing. It was posted mostly to show the heights of the slab, the rebate for the bricks plus the…

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joea
Jul 29, 2015 3:36 pm
joea
Spottiswoode
Spottiswoode
27 July 2015

Solar power in Victoria

Solar power in Victoria

I've been waiting for a quote on solar, they've changed the rules and the supplier is trying to find complaint gear, but I was told that 5kw was the limit for the esiy…

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Spottiswoode
Jul 27, 2015 3:31 pm
Liliana
Liliana
25 July 2015

Wall bracing changes

Wall bracing changes
1, 2, 3

Hi veseli, Interesting read but I have to correct you on a few points. Firstly BE is a retired builder. Many years ago a Swiss acquaintance…

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Liliana
Jul 25, 2015 9:17 am
JnM
JnM
24 July 2015

Sill flashings under windows during bricklaying

Sill flashings under windows during bricklaying

In a scenario the builder provides an Alternate Solution, how can we tell if its "approved". Following that if the independent building inspector goes through the…

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JnM
Jul 24, 2015 11:45 pm
JnM
veseli
veseli
24 July 2015

Sanding render before painting

Sanding render before painting

Broken corners and major chips have to be fixed by a renderer, but sometimes painters do it as well. However, sanding of the render MUST be done by the painter, that is…

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veseli
Jul 24, 2015 9:08 pm
Liliana
Liliana
17 July 2015

Pooling of water around a H1 class slab.

Pooling of water around a H1 class slab.
1, 2, 3, 4

Hi Slab Heave recipient, You don't need to take a leaf out of my book or anyone else's. You have a perfect right to express the distress you feel at your situation. I…

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Liliana
Jul 17, 2015 8:14 am
qebtel
qebtel
13 July 2015

Greed is Good

Greed is Good

Good work Branko, now if everyone else would just speak up.....

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qebtel
Jul 13, 2015 12:00 pm
building-expert
building-expert
10 July 2015

VBA making a difference for the better?

VBA making a difference for the better?

It gives me more pleasure to say to my client that builder has done a great job. It happens but not often enough, it should be standard.

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building-expert
Jul 10, 2015 1:38 pm
building-expert
Beazley77
Beazley77
8 July 2015

New thread! When does your Building Inspector come out

New thread! When does your Building Inspector come out

We just had ours go through on his own prior to PCI. Then we read report and discussed it through with him and sent to builder and now we have PCI.

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Beazley77
Jul 08, 2015 12:22 am
Beazley77
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
30 June 2015

Quality of Concrete Slab

Quality of Concrete Slab

Hi Lucy2011 Thanks for putting up the photos Your slab will need to be repaired correctly, the tyre marks appear to be as a result of a backhoe mounting the slab when…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 30, 2015 11:04 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Glennc74
Glennc74
22 June 2015

smaller stormwater pipes then promised :n:

smaller stormwater pipes then promised :n:

Thanks goody59 for the reply , perfectly answered .

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Glennc74
Jun 22, 2015 3:45 pm
Lfi-sol
Lfi-sol
21 June 2015

Who to contact first - Engineer, Architect, Builder??

Who to contact first - Engineer, Architect, Builder??

Usually a builder first, he will often direct you to his trusted draftsman and engineers

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Lfi-sol
Jun 21, 2015 5:17 am
building-expert
building-expert
17 June 2015

Sharp Dents from underneath in a flat roof - future corosion

Sharp Dents from underneath in a flat roof - future corosion

It looks they run out of countersunk clip screws and just used raised head screws. Raised dent interferes with water flow and both roof sheet and clip screws should be replaced.

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building-expert
Jun 17, 2015 2:00 pm
building-expert
Stewie D
Stewie D
14 June 2015

perpends and mortar on the inside face

perpends and mortar on the inside face
1, 2

What you are seeing is example of one sided flick jointing. I've yet to see a brickie lay bricks other than flick jointing ( both sides ).…

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Stewie D
Jun 14, 2015 10:49 am
tlblhayward
tlblhayward
5 June 2015

Report into Consumer Protection in Building Industry

Report into Consumer Protection in Building Industry

I read as far as P26, and straight away I see if you engage someone to do building work between the value of $5000 - $16,000 then "the Consumer is…

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tlblhayward
Jun 05, 2015 7:45 pm
tlblhayward
Handy007
Handy007
4 June 2015

Leaking Balcony

Leaking Balcony

Thank you for your replies I contacted Consumer Affairs Victoria today and was advised that a leaking balcony is due to the failure of the water…

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Handy007
Jun 04, 2015 8:48 pm
Sheilzy
Sheilzy
2 June 2015

Frame size and gyprock thickness question

Frame size and gyprock thickness question

This forum is fantastic and has really been invaluable especially in this instance. Thank you everyone

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Sheilzy
Jun 02, 2015 8:18 pm
Sheilzy
building-expert
building-expert
27 May 2015

Slab info

Slab info
1, 2

Slab rectification and the methods of underpinning are structural engineering issues which I would refer to my…

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building-expert
May 27, 2015 10:37 pm
building-expert
tlblhayward
tlblhayward
27 May 2015

Build not following the signed plans

Build not following the signed plans

Thanks for the detailed info mate No problem... happy to help!

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tlblhayward
May 27, 2015 9:56 pm
tlblhayward
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
27 May 2015

Tree Required to be removed...

Tree Required to be removed...

Hi light487, Make certain your soil report writer knows about this and also your structural engineer. Most people think of potential settlement, but there is something…

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Leonardo_23
May 27, 2015 6:01 pm
sofia14
sofia14
25 May 2015

Builder saying 20mm perpends acceptable....

Builder saying 20mm perpends acceptable....

Got your message on the other thread. Good luck. Wish you have a good outcome! I feel like consumers always lose in this case. I have read a lot of similar stories as…

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sofia14
May 25, 2015 1:16 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
23 May 2015

Building CLOSE to Zone of Influence (not over)

Building CLOSE to Zone of Influence (not over)

You seem to have all bases covered. A lot of people go into building a new house with their eyes wide open ( or is that firmly shut ) and run into strife. The more…

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Stewie D
May 23, 2015 7:22 pm


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