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JB1
JB1
20 August 2014

glueing MDF onto asbestos sheeting

glueing MDF onto asbestos sheeting

Illegal or not, I'd do it for the child's sake. You don't want the child to breathe in any asbestos fibres. Not sure if it's illegal (can't see any reason) but if it is…

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JB1
Aug 20, 2014 11:43 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
14 August 2014

Which comes first... DA of Engineer?

Which comes first... DA of Engineer?

I cant comment on zobardis Plans and Build But I can comment on my sisters current renovations Sloping Block, 2 stories (Double brick,Concrete) + basement, 200m2…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 14, 2014 12:52 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
qebtel
qebtel
6 August 2014

Carport Design Ideas??

Carport Design Ideas??

Unfortunately council will want to see a matching design to the house roof for street-scape concerns, As the carport will be front of house,…

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qebtel
Aug 06, 2014 10:45 am
CC101
CC101
2 August 2014

Retaining walls

Retaining walls

hi abbeybox - which retaining wall did you go for?

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CC101
Aug 02, 2014 7:15 pm
RedHotMike
RedHotMike
1 August 2014

Weep Holes Height ?

Weep Holes Height ?

Dear Liliana, Firstly let me thank you for your comment it really helps me out. The drive way is concrete slab, the exterior wall has the weep…

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RedHotMike
Aug 01, 2014 7:06 pm
insider
insider
28 July 2014

Building with very few piers

Building with very few piers

sounds like a angle of repose issue for the sewer/stormwater easement.Localised piers below the depth of the sewer/stormwater trench influence as zojo wrote

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insider
Jul 28, 2014 4:42 pm
qebtel
qebtel
18 July 2014

Roof gutters leveling

Roof gutters leveling

iT doesnt matter how far your downpipes are apart, or how well pitched your gutter is, the phenomena of leaves resting in your gutter turning into peat will still…

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qebtel
Jul 18, 2014 2:21 pm

you could plant a clumping bamboo hedge they grow quite high, then strip the bottom as high as your fence like this has been done do doesnt really loose you back yard…

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suspct
Jul 11, 2014 10:47 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
7 July 2014

Framing Overhangs Slab

Framing Overhangs Slab

Also looks like they have gouged the bottom plates a bit to get over the post bolts. I'm no expert but for piece of mind I'd get an Independant inspector.

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Crazyk
Jul 07, 2014 6:39 pm
Crazyk
SheridanBenjamin
SheridanBenjamin
6 July 2014

Neighbour cut land - no retaining wall yet

Neighbour cut land - no retaining wall yet

I know this thread is a bit old, our contract specifies that our retaining wall is to be "provided by owner after handover" so I don't think 1m retaining walls need to be…

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SheridanBenjamin
Jul 06, 2014 5:35 pm
building-expert
building-expert
6 July 2014

Depth of footings

Depth of footings

Thank you very much for your advice. I have been back to the site and taken quite a few more measurements around the slab. As I said the depth…

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building-expert
Jul 06, 2014 3:36 pm
building-expert
boosta
boosta
3 July 2014

Demolition / footing questions

Demolition / footing questions

Hi Boosta...where about are you building your house. I'm also doing a demolition and subdivision/build in inner north suburb. I've had my spoil…

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boosta
Jul 03, 2014 9:38 am
RedHotMike
RedHotMike
1 July 2014

Building Code Advice

Building Code Advice

Thank you all, I will bring this up with the site supervisor. I should add that the trusses have also been nailed in places from non load bearing…

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RedHotMike
Jul 01, 2014 5:59 pm
EmyN
EmyN
27 June 2014

Design of retaining wall - civil engineer?

Design of retaining wall - civil engineer?

Ummm from memory DEQ gave me the form I needed to get the council approval but I just passed that form on to my builder who submitted everything together for approval. So…

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EmyN
Jun 27, 2014 9:46 am
EmyN
Handy007
Handy007
22 June 2014

Exhaust Fans and building code of Vic

Exhaust Fans and building code of Vic

If you do get to have a fan installed make sure its done right with the correct duct in place.

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Handy007
Jun 22, 2014 11:52 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 June 2014

Rods from adjoining room poking through plaster wall!

Rods from adjoining room poking through plaster wall!

Just so we are all on the same page, this is a brick wall and not timber isn't it ? Stewie

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Stewie D
Jun 16, 2014 10:41 pm
building-expert
building-expert
13 June 2014

BCA occupancy permit with flooring

BCA occupancy permit with flooring

As stated elsewhere in this tread. The BCA occupancy certificate requires that safety health and amenity in the…

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building-expert
Jun 13, 2014 5:57 pm
building-expert
wobbly1
wobbly1
9 June 2014

U Beam

U Beam

No, 5m is very small span, if its required then it will be in your plans. But it could depend of the dead and live loads that beam will support,…

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wobbly1
Jun 09, 2014 7:35 pm
EmyN
EmyN
26 May 2014

Smoke detectors, which should you get ?

Smoke detectors, which should you get ?

I don't know what kind we're getting but we're getting them connected to our home alarm system which I'm really happy about. I always have paranoid fears when on holidays…

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EmyN
May 26, 2014 10:04 pm
EmyN
Stewie D
Stewie D
14 May 2014

Joists question

Joists question

Getting the engineer out is the best bet for sure. We can only tell so much from the photos. A bit more investigation on site from the engineer would give you a complete…

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Stewie D
May 14, 2014 10:07 am
mazstar1980
mazstar1980
1 May 2014

Depth of storm water drainage pipes

Depth of storm water drainage pipes

Sorry - I assumed it was 80mm at first glance, I should measure it properly. I'm going to get plumber out to inspect it and fix it in case there are bigger issues I can't identify.

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mazstar1980
May 01, 2014 4:58 pm
Sagasu
Sagasu
12 April 2014

Advice needed about landings at the top of steps

Advice needed about landings at the top of steps

Thanks for taking the trouble to detail all of that for myself and others.

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Sagasu
Apr 12, 2014 8:56 pm
insider
insider
9 April 2014

soil bearing capacity

soil bearing capacity

I would not proceed with out a soil test and the test should go below the final depth of the piers. In fact how did the engineer determine that depth with out a soil…

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insider
Apr 09, 2014 9:23 pm
toecutter
toecutter
9 April 2014

Draftsman

Draftsman

Always more than one way ausdesign, in QLD i estimate heaps of frames at no cost and even from sketches provided by OB's, if we win the job then the designers/detailers…

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toecutter
Apr 09, 2014 6:51 pm
ausdesign
ausdesign
9 April 2014

framing to skillion roof ?

framing to skillion roof ?

Yes. With a low pitch (2 degree) that would be the way to go.

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ausdesign
Apr 09, 2014 5:50 pm
ausdesign
Stewie D
Stewie D
4 April 2014

Modifying carport = BCA complications

Modifying carport = BCA complications

I could be wrong but I think the OP is basically taking off the flat roof , repitching it to the same slope as the house then re -roofing it with terracotta tiles like…

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Stewie D
Apr 04, 2014 11:54 am
bpratt
bpratt
30 March 2014

Bricklaying during rain

Bricklaying during rain

Good point. I guess I was thinking what I would do in that…

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bpratt
Mar 30, 2014 5:37 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
27 March 2014

Party Wall

Party Wall

A good document for you guys to download would be the MBA specifcation http://www.mbansw.asn.au/Shop/?id=2178 the best $17.30 you will ever spend. Check some of my links…

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Stewie D
Mar 27, 2014 6:33 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
13 March 2014

Rain during build.

Rain during build.

Well thats more like it, but at a guess, Id say you wouldnt really want it exposed for more than a few lengthy downpours, right? Its well and good to say…

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Stewie D
Mar 13, 2014 12:50 pm
ausdesign
ausdesign
13 March 2014

Disabled Access Ramps Compliance with AS1428

Disabled Access Ramps Compliance with AS1428

Compliance with AS1428 is not a requirement for a class 1a dwelling. Ramps are required to be 1:8 or flatter with balustrade requirement as per normal.

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ausdesign
Mar 13, 2014 9:42 am
ausdesign
bashworth
bashworth
1 March 2014

Concrete Slab + Retaining Wall

Concrete Slab + Retaining Wall

I'm not sure slightly sure is good enough. If it was me I would be moving the retaining wall 3-500mm inside the boundary, especially with the detail you show.

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bashworth
Feb 28, 2014 11:04 pm
bashworth
AussieMark
AussieMark
27 February 2014

Help!

Help!

For piece of mind I would ask the SS why is that the case and word such that you are trying to broaden you understanding. I ask tons of questions from my building company…

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AussieMark
Feb 27, 2014 9:08 am
maximus
maximus
21 February 2014

Volume builder vs Private builder

Volume builder vs Private builder

Also don't worry too much about the little issues, but be confident to raise the important issues with your builder. There have been one or two issues where my builder has…

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maximus
Feb 21, 2014 10:32 pm
maximus
bpratt
bpratt
30 January 2014

Connecting Oven in a separate Circuit

Connecting Oven in a separate Circuit

That's a bit of luck. I guess they only have two safety switches in your house then.

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bpratt
Jan 30, 2014 4:51 pm
33amc
33amc
24 January 2014

Concrete Slab bulging at the bottom

Concrete Slab bulging at the bottom

It looks like the form work board didn't go down to ground level and the concrete bulged out. Not a great job but won't affect the strength and…

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33amc
Jan 24, 2014 9:50 pm
tonyattheponds
tonyattheponds
24 January 2014

Broken areas of barrier in pre slab . Is this OK?

Broken areas of barrier in pre slab . Is this OK?

Thanks guys... I actually requested an inspection of the site on Wednesday. The builder emails me on the Thursday arvo saying they completed it already. I have a feeling…

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tonyattheponds
Jan 24, 2014 1:55 pm
33amc
33amc
21 January 2014

Complaints procedure - QLD

Complaints procedure - QLD

Hi again Lex, I think the 3.3K statement is just a general note. In short the QBCC laws in QLD state that all building work over the value of 3.3K must have a proper…

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33amc
Jan 21, 2014 9:46 pm
qebtel
qebtel
17 January 2014

Pouring concrete for footings

Pouring concrete for footings

The people you have engaged to do the pour are obviously incompetent. 1. they cannot seem to caculate the amount required, and 2. not withstanding that errors in volume…

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qebtel
Jan 17, 2014 9:42 am
bashworth
bashworth
10 January 2014

Self-healing concrete

Self-healing concrete

'Self healing' works to seal cracks which occur shortly after construction where not much further cracking occurs. With clay soils further movement can occur. The other…

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bashworth
Jan 10, 2014 3:53 pm
bashworth
Stewie D
Stewie D
7 January 2014

Vacuum sewerage system

Vacuum sewerage system

Cool. Thanks for the additional info. Stewie

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Stewie D
Jan 07, 2014 9:06 am
Althom
Althom
3 January 2014

Laundry tub pipe in wrong spot in slab?

Laundry tub pipe in wrong spot in slab?

Good outcome. My builder looked at me like I was mad when I asked for certificates and an independent inspection. Seems there are some reasonable people in the trade after all.

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Althom
Jan 03, 2014 9:24 am
Althom
Crazyk
Crazyk
28 December 2013

wall stud pitch dimensions

wall stud pitch dimensions

Thanks heaps guys for answering my query Sent from my iPhone using

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Crazyk
Dec 28, 2013 6:24 am
Crazyk
ausdesign
ausdesign
6 December 2013

Do you need to install wall wrap for spray foam?

Do you need to install wall wrap for spray foam?

Regardless of spray or not your house NEEDS to be wrapped. The sisalation paper not only works for thermal rating but as 'waterproofing' if…

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ausdesign
Dec 06, 2013 7:07 am
ausdesign
kenpower
kenpower
5 December 2013

Certificating Electrical Work

Certificating Electrical Work

I think your cousin should be able to do it but also not 100% sure. If you ever need any professional work done in Victoria you can also contact our electrical…

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kenpower
Dec 05, 2013 11:31 am
ausdesign
ausdesign
4 December 2013

maximum fall without needing a step

maximum fall without needing a step

Looking at your pic. there should be no need for the fencing as you are allowed 1000mm from the concrete level to ground level without fall protection. There will be a…

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ausdesign
Dec 04, 2013 7:35 am
ausdesign
Marmalade
Marmalade
28 November 2013

a question about noggins

a question about noggins

..sheer laziness. If a noggin is too short takes but a few seconds to cut a new one. Where is the pride in ones work these days?

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Marmalade
Nov 28, 2013 8:45 pm


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