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RedHotMike
RedHotMike
13 December 2014

AC Truss design

AC Truss design

The only way to use your roof for storage without risking overloading the trusses is to install floor bearers/joints supported off the walls.…

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RedHotMike
Dec 13, 2014 9:43 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
9 December 2014

Living to Laundy/Bathroom floor height

Living to Laundy/Bathroom floor height

If you don't know about something there is no such thing as a dumb question CK. On the other hand I have seen lots of dumb answers ! Stewie

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Stewie D
Dec 09, 2014 1:18 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
9 December 2014

Help:Need advice, Mortar Problems.. pics attatched

Help:Need advice, Mortar Problems.. pics attatched

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

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Stewie D
Dec 09, 2014 8:49 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
8 December 2014

Frame overhang

Frame overhang
1, 2

Update my builder dynabolted a treated pine timber under the frame. All good now. To me it looks like they put the timber formwork out by 1 plank thickness

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Crazyk
Dec 08, 2014 7:30 pm
Crazyk
building-expert
building-expert
7 December 2014

Which drawings take priority - architectural or engineering?

Which drawings take priority - architectural or engineering?

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…

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building-expert
Dec 07, 2014 5:51 pm
building-expert
RedHotMike
RedHotMike
7 December 2014

Ceiling Heights

Ceiling Heights

We paid for extra ceiling height for our ground floor on our new build (standard was 2550 we purchased 2700), this cost us approximately…

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RedHotMike
Dec 07, 2014 4:17 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
6 December 2014

Vandalism is not dead! Long live vandalism!

Vandalism is not dead! Long live vandalism!
1, 2

Worst way to approach a build. "Close your eyes and hope for the best". The problem with your statement is that what you dont know CAN hurt.…

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Crazyk
Dec 06, 2014 10:24 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
Crazyk
4 December 2014

Occupancy Certificate and Work As Expected

Occupancy Certificate and Work As Expected

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…

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Crazyk
Dec 04, 2014 7:45 pm
Crazyk
MezariOz
MezariOz
4 December 2014

Brickwork - Mortar - Poor quality?

Brickwork - Mortar - Poor quality?

SIgh yes in hind sight I should have done that... Heh, any chance I can amend the contract to add this clause after the fact? Another thing going down as lesson learnt.

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MezariOz
Dec 04, 2014 11:44 am
shadowarrior
shadowarrior
4 December 2014

Need advice about retaining wall construction

Need advice about retaining wall construction

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…

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shadowarrior
Dec 04, 2014 10:36 am
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SaveH2O
Nov 25, 2014 9:05 am
SaveH2O
Crazyk
Crazyk
25 November 2014

Gyprocking square set gap to floor 40mm

Gyprocking square set gap to floor 40mm

Thanks mgilla I have no idea what is complete and what's not.

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Crazyk
Nov 25, 2014 5:16 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
Crazyk
24 November 2014

Ghastly windows, would you have them in your home?

Ghastly windows, would you have them in your home?

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…

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Crazyk
Nov 24, 2014 6:39 pm
Crazyk
fzxbeetle
fzxbeetle
21 November 2014

Damp proof course

Damp proof course
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Yes,you are right. Need to be expert now, such a shame that they can just get away with this, just because no one actually check their work. Need some punishment ::angry::

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fzxbeetle
Nov 21, 2014 8:24 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
20 November 2014

Government/Council rules for unit bedroom flooring

Government/Council rules for unit bedroom flooring

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…

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Stewie D
Nov 20, 2014 5:48 pm
trayracer
trayracer
18 November 2014

Standards around decking blocking weepholes

Standards around decking blocking weepholes

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…

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trayracer
Nov 18, 2014 10:37 pm
mgilla
mgilla
13 November 2014

Ceiling gap

Ceiling gap

Not really a slog Jonoo, the extra cost is well and truly justified.

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mgilla
Nov 13, 2014 5:52 pm
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
31 October 2014

Building Warranty Insurance pathetic?

Building Warranty Insurance pathetic?

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…

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Leonardo_23
Oct 31, 2014 1:28 pm
SaimaQ
SaimaQ
23 October 2014

Fixing a bad brick job - Is render the only answer?

Fixing a bad brick job - Is render the only answer?

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…

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SaimaQ
Oct 23, 2014 3:04 pm
aguan28
aguan28
20 October 2014

Some Joists, frame issues and a puddle in the concrete

Some Joists, frame issues and a puddle in the concrete

Secondly, there are some short joists(not sure how to call them) in between floors. One side of the room has a full…

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aguan28
Oct 20, 2014 8:58 pm
Dale80
Dale80
20 October 2014

A better alternative to risk assessment paperwork?

A better alternative to risk assessment paperwork?

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…

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Dale80
Oct 20, 2014 4:48 pm
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
20 October 2014

High rise property creaking sounds

High rise property creaking sounds

Hi biba8169, I very much doubt that there is a structural fault of any importance with a multi-storey apartment block, but you never know. I suggest you ask those who…

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Leonardo_23
Oct 19, 2014 11:37 pm
trayracer
trayracer
7 October 2014

Structural timber orientation for deck

Structural timber orientation for deck

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…

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trayracer
Oct 07, 2014 8:30 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
6 October 2014

Contour Survey Variations

Contour Survey Variations

In essence it looks like the want to use the slab perimeter edge beams as the retaining wall. Retaining walls are often expensive in themselves. Ask them what options…

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Crazyk
Oct 06, 2014 9:38 pm
Crazyk
justlearning
justlearning
4 October 2014

Structural Support for Corner Window

Structural Support for Corner Window

Thanks for the feedback. We had a meeting with the site supervisor yesterday. Updates about the construction questions have been posted on my build thread here…

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justlearning
Oct 04, 2014 9:46 am
justlearning
enaj80
enaj80
3 October 2014

Can you use liquid limestone to construct a wall in a house

Can you use liquid limestone to construct a wall in a house

http://kezandgonzo.blogspot.com.au/ did you go ahead? In my blog above there are photos of our rammed earth home using crushed limestone

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enaj80
Oct 03, 2014 7:23 pm
Rache
Rache
29 September 2014

Exterior colours

Exterior colours

I know what you mean. You've got time with choosing your interior wall colours haven't you? Could you wait til you get cabinets etc in and see how it all looks?. I was…

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Rache
Sep 29, 2014 10:08 pm
Rache
building-expert
building-expert
25 September 2014

Is your build the minimum standard?

Is your build the minimum standard?
1, 2, 3

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…

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building-expert
Sep 25, 2014 11:02 pm
building-expert
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
25 September 2014

Bath tub fill rates

Bath tub fill rates

I was alerted to this post, you should post these types of threads in "Building Standards; Getting It Right". It also makes it a lot easier for others who later search for…

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SaveH2O
Sep 25, 2014 5:39 pm
SaveH2O
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
23 September 2014

Plasterboard use outside and tile gaps with silicon

Plasterboard use outside and tile gaps with silicon

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…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 23, 2014 9:57 pm
building-expert
building-expert
22 September 2014

Mouldy timber frame

Mouldy timber frame

From what you described your timber has not been wet for long enough to be affected by rot so there will not be structural issues. Mould spores are everywhere and they…

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building-expert
Sep 22, 2014 11:57 pm
building-expert
building-expert
building-expert
22 September 2014

Variance in ceiling height - what would be within standards

Variance in ceiling height - what would be within standards

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…

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building-expert
Sep 22, 2014 9:44 am
building-expert
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
20 September 2014

Silt pit advice

Silt pit advice

You appear to be referring to…

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SaveH2O
Sep 20, 2014 11:17 am
SaveH2O
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
20 September 2014

Melbourne: recommend building inspectors

Melbourne: recommend building inspectors

Hi Eve Dweller, You've surely got one by now, but structural engineers are not very familiar with some aspects of a building. They are trained on structure and…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 20, 2014 12:44 am
insider
insider
19 September 2014

2.5 years old Townhouse with Defects. What to do?

2.5 years old Townhouse with Defects. What to do?

Hi mingworld might worth a geotechnical investigation as well.

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insider
Sep 19, 2014 7:47 pm
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building-expert
Sep 19, 2014 6:29 pm
building-expert
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
19 September 2014

Asthetic appearance of brick piers under house

Asthetic appearance of brick piers under house

Good advice SteveH, If that's all that's wrong with your house great. I suggest if you have a particleboard floor check the sub-floor ventilation - should be 6000 square…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 19, 2014 5:12 pm
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
19 September 2014

building permit angst

building permit angst

Hi yung, Good advice above. I've seen several illegal works challenged after a neighbour dobbed in the owner. Basically the building surveyor for the councils where I…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 19, 2014 4:11 pm
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Bluesuede
Sep 16, 2014 6:33 pm
Bluesuede
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
16 September 2014

Building an enclosure/fence for a spa. Will this pass?

Building an enclosure/fence for a spa. Will this pass?

It is a bit of a joke Dannymh, but people have died in all sorts of pools, and so all the rules. In Vic we have had a recent death which occurred when a pool was not…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 16, 2014 3:15 pm
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
16 September 2014

Water run into house

Water run into house

I think you'll find (from any plumber) that there is a minimum cover for water pipes, particularly the main supply run. You could run it through with a spade it seems.…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 16, 2014 3:07 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
15 September 2014

Site re-establishment Melbourne

Site re-establishment Melbourne

I'm doing a parapet wall so that's fine. It's the rest of my land i need to investigate

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Crazyk
Sep 15, 2014 12:24 pm
Crazyk
mgilla
mgilla
15 September 2014

Painting WHO IS RESPONSIBLE with after handover issues

Painting WHO IS RESPONSIBLE with after handover issues

The builder has done the right thing by you in letting you use your own painter and save yourself some money. He also makes no margin on the painting. Maybe it's time to…

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mgilla
Sep 15, 2014 6:31 am
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
14 September 2014

Is this amount of building issues normal?

Is this amount of building issues normal?

Hi Kan (and emeryBB if you're still around), You have been given some good advice about emailing to confirm you phone call complaint from btherl. And I agree that most…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 14, 2014 12:18 am
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
13 September 2014

How do I get my builder to fix his defective work?

How do I get my builder to fix his defective work?

Hi All, How did it end? Did premier group fix it? We have been through a roller coaster ride with them in the last 4 months where they have increased prices steadily as…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 13, 2014 10:52 am
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
13 September 2014

Pre-slab inspection

Pre-slab inspection

Hi Liliana, You ask some good questions. At a Pre-pour Slab Inspection the Building Inspector (hired by the Building Surveyor at least in Victoria) should check…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 13, 2014 12:31 am
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
6 September 2014

Bearers and joists, slab custom or project

Bearers and joists, slab custom or project

Yes that's exactly what it is and why they won't do it. Whereas going the single/split on bearers and joists with the custom draft/build they can pop the floor on during…

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Leksie5000
Sep 06, 2014 7:25 pm
qebtel
qebtel
3 September 2014

Structural Engineer Issue

Structural Engineer Issue

I presume you are talking about a house slab? Your builder subcontracts th concretor, does he not? Did he communicate to the concretor that the pour was not to be done…

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qebtel
Sep 03, 2014 12:43 pm


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