Building Standards; Getting It Right!
IndaliAnyone familiar with Vic Park WA R20 code?
23 January 2015
Hi Alex, You can download the R codes and explanatory notes from here (about half way down): http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/637.asp They apply to all of WA, but your…
Stewie DHelp:Need advice, Mortar Problems.. pics attatched
9 December 2014
Ha , fooled me too ! I didn't even look at the date of the original post. I was just responding to the posts by CK and MyH1L. Stewie
building-expertWhich drawings take priority - architectural or engineering?
7 December 2014
Builders designing for themselves are not required to employ qualified designers. This in theory means that builders can have clueless or a bunch of industry rejects…
CrazykOccupancy Certificate and Work As Expected
4 December 2014
Trayracer yes you need to complete the additional works within the timeframe or the OC will be revoked. I will be in the same situation whereby I need to have insulation…
shadowarriorNeed advice about retaining wall construction
4 December 2014
Thanks Matt. Does H at max fill point indicate height? Yeah I thought the adjoining lot was sold, but found out it wasn't. Would have been easier if we put up the…
CrazykGhastly windows, would you have them in your home?
24 November 2014
I'm not 100% sure but there might be something under consumer law that covers for unpleasant aesthetics like that which will be in sight view. I'm just thinking along…
Stewie DGovernment/Council rules for unit bedroom flooring
20 November 2014
It's against strata laws ( in NSW anyway but I'd imagine it would be very similar in QLD ) to have hard flooring if there is a unit below you. The only rooms you can do…
trayracerStandards around decking blocking weepholes
18 November 2014
I was told to leave at least a 20mm gap between the house and the deck to allow for termite inspection, at least, that's how I'll be building my deck. Instead of using a…
Leonardo_23Building Warranty Insurance pathetic?
31 October 2014
Hi Liliana and SaveH2O, Relevant authorities indeed! I was shocked at the increase in VCAT authority in the recent proposed changes to warranty insurance and general…
SaimaQFixing a bad brick job - Is render the only answer?
23 October 2014
Generally I have noticed the cracks appear in render sometimes and also the rain marks often look very dirty. I have been told to you may need a wash every 3-4yrs. But we…
aguan28Some Joists, frame issues and a puddle in the concrete
20 October 2014
Secondly, there are some short joists(not sure how to call them) in between floors. One side of the room has a full…
Dale80A better alternative to risk assessment paperwork?
20 October 2014
I swear that it is taking longer and longer everytime I fill out the risk assessment/jsa/swms paperwork. I've heard around site that there are now phone apps that make…
trayracerStructural timber orientation for deck
7 October 2014
Thanks for the responses. I think I'll just have two decks: one on concrete and one freestanding one. I was going to have separate bearers anyway, rather than attaching a…
bashworthVerandah Roof Specifications
6 October 2014
enaj80Can you use liquid limestone to construct a wall in a house
3 October 2014
http://kezandgonzo.blogspot.com.au/ did you go ahead? In my blog above there are photos of our rammed earth home using crushed limestone
building-expertIs your build the minimum standard?
25 September 2014
Hi B_E, I've noticed that in quite a few of your posts you bag 'The Guide to Standards and Tolerances' by the ex-Building Commission. And I take it…
Leonardo_23Plasterboard use outside and tile gaps with silicon
23 September 2014
Hi cookie_monster, Even wet area plasterboard has problems in Porches and possibly garages also at the joints. The paint system must seal the joints adequately for…
building-expertVariance in ceiling height - what would be within standards
22 September 2014
Every builder is entitled to reasonable tolerances. What is reasonable is always a question of fact. For example, you would expect premium build to have finer tolerances…