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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 9:51 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 3:08 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 8:38 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 11:33 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 4:36 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 4:31 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 10:17 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 25, 2015 12:45 am
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 10:08 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 9:14 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 1:00 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 2:38 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 1:22 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 12:04 pm
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 4:45 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 6:17 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 3:00 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 11:49 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 8:45 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 9:48 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 9:18 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 11:37 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 10:56 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 7:01 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 2:16 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 8:22 pm
Beazley77
Beazley77
23 May 2015

Mistake on signed plans - just discovered

Mistake on signed plans - just discovered

I think if moving your wall 40mm has off centrex the recess by 20mm you won't event notice.

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Beazley77
May 23, 2015 12:32 pm
Beazley77
Stewie D
Stewie D
20 May 2015

Electric cable standard - 2.5 mm2 twin & earth cable enough?

Electric cable standard - 2.5 mm2 twin & earth cable enough?

Thanks guys. Yeah it is a 15amp GPO. I knew that bloke Ohm would have his hand in there somewhere with some magickery. Stewie

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Stewie D
May 20, 2015 11:43 am
mightymo
mightymo
19 May 2015

Retaining Wall and fence on boundary - CDC or DA ?

Retaining Wall and fence on boundary - CDC or DA ?

Having just built in the Hills Shire my understanding is that you can only do a retaining wall under CDC if it is <600mm tall and it has to be at…

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mightymo
May 19, 2015 5:24 pm
Sydney47
Sydney47
17 May 2015

Joist notching question

Joist notching question

This is the other side of the bolt: http://postimg.org/image/4xj289173 as you can see it's tied directly into rotten wood on the existing…

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Sydney47
May 17, 2015 4:48 pm
33amc
33amc
16 May 2015

Attaching Stone Cladding to Rendered Brick Wall

Attaching Stone Cladding to Rendered Brick Wall

Ideally the render should be removed. Stack stone or tiles in general are pretty heavy and can actually pull the render off. It might last a while, but you won't find an…

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33amc
May 16, 2015 9:12 pm

Need help! Where do I stand? Electricity meter on wrong side

Need help! Where do I stand? Electricity meter on wrong side

The builder has to build what's on the contract documents, full stop. The only potential problem that I can see is that AS3000 Wiring Rules requires 600mm clearance…

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1960sModernistHome
May 16, 2015 8:36 am
1960sModernistHome
MrBee
MrBee
12 May 2015

Garage Slab Finish

Garage Slab Finish

You could fill the chips with an epoxy resin. Then coat the floor with an epoxy floor paint this will mask the filled…

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MrBee
May 12, 2015 9:37 am
MrBee
Crazyk
Crazyk
28 April 2015

Urethane sealant in expansion joints mandatory?

Urethane sealant in expansion joints mandatory?

Often they will put a foam backing rod into the AJ. That way when they fill with flexible sealant it they don't waste too much and squirt the full brick width. It is there…

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Crazyk
Apr 28, 2015 9:07 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
Crazyk
28 April 2015

Handover and final invoicing.

Handover and final invoicing.

If using the Std HIA building contract I draw your attention to the section " List of Defects and Final Payment". Basically, you are to give the builder a list of all…

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Crazyk
Apr 28, 2015 9:03 am
Crazyk
puglover
puglover
24 April 2015

Sisalation Repair

Sisalation Repair

if I were you I'd be booking a follow up inspection to validate the job has been rectified properly.

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puglover
Apr 24, 2015 10:22 pm
Avoca26
Avoca26
21 April 2015

Recommend a building inspector around Gold Coast/Brisbane

Recommend a building inspector around Gold Coast/Brisbane

Hi shadowarrior, Just wondering if you had any luck with a Building inspector for your place? seems like the things you wanted to get checked out are on my list of things…

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Avoca26
Apr 21, 2015 11:30 pm
Avoca26
building-expert
building-expert
20 April 2015

brick wall footings

brick wall footings

Calling your engineer is good but you also have to alert your building surveyor As for the rest of it engineering plans must be followed or the works is defective, there…

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building-expert
Apr 20, 2015 1:11 pm
building-expert
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goody59
Apr 08, 2015 3:53 pm
goody59
Merry-B
Merry-B
7 April 2015

Bowed I-beam

Bowed I-beam
1, 2

Hey, Bowed this is really an issue. It would be best suggest to get a feedback on these from your property inspector. It may happen that your property inspector has…

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Merry-B
Apr 07, 2015 10:47 pm
Carter
Carter
1 April 2015

House wrapping mandatoy?

House wrapping mandatoy?

I useed the Lowe's brand on the Garage Majal, no problems. The most important thing you can do: properly seal around the window and door opening flashings with that 4"…

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Carter
Apr 01, 2015 8:48 pm
voogan
voogan
31 March 2015

Hot water overflow

Hot water overflow

Thanks BE Ok well my drawings state stormwater. I just thought because my Hydronic boiler had to go to sewer…

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voogan
Mar 31, 2015 11:28 am
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goody59
Mar 28, 2015 12:36 am
goody59
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
27 March 2015

OSB / Particle floorboard polished in bedrooms

OSB / Particle floorboard polished in bedrooms

Hi all, im new to this forum but excited by the possibility of the information and advice on here ! We are building a new home and for a…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Mar 27, 2015 10:35 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Merry-B
Merry-B
25 March 2015

Roof not built as designed, what do I do?

Roof not built as designed, what do I do?
1, 2

I would go with building expert's advice. Maybe a builder had executed building plan without your consent. Such Kind of mistake happens very often when you hire different…

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Merry-B
Mar 25, 2015 3:44 pm
EmeryBB
EmeryBB
15 March 2015

Foundation Concrete Exposed

Foundation Concrete Exposed

If the photo is anything to go by, it looks like your land is slopping towards your neighbour, is that correct? 1. Surely your neighbour will not fill up their land, why…

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EmeryBB
Mar 15, 2015 9:29 am
33amc
33amc
11 March 2015

Lintel top plate missing.

Lintel top plate missing.

Arbitraria... love it!... Arbitrarians all let us rejoice, for our Building Code is free. We've timber frames and steel lintels... some builders are…

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33amc
Mar 11, 2015 9:37 pm


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