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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 11:08 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 26, 2014 12:02 am
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 6:39 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 10:57 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 23, 2014 12:57 am
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 10:44 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 12:17 pm
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 1:44 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 8:47 pm
insider
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building-expert
Sep 19, 2014 7:29 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 6:12 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 5:11 pm
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Bluesuede
Sep 16, 2014 7:33 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 4:15 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 4:07 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 1:24 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 7:31 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 1:18 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 11:52 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 1:31 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 8:25 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 1:43 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
3 September 2014

Building inspector (NSW) - any recommendations?

Building inspector (NSW) - any recommendations?

I wouldn't waste your money, the Building Supervisor should be ensuring that all is done correctly.. Oh dear. Lol x 3 and :roll: :roll: :roll: x 2 Stewie

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Stewie D
Sep 03, 2014 11:37 am
wobbly1
wobbly1
28 August 2014

Intermediate beam configuration

Intermediate beam configuration

Ty Beetaloo. Have just had an follow up inspection from council too clear up said problem. First remarks are the drawings in As1684 are wrong. Then the inspector confirmed…

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wobbly1
Aug 28, 2014 4:45 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
28 August 2014

Copyright question

Copyright question

Thanks Mark essentially that covers all points I was trying to get across

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Crazyk
Aug 28, 2014 7:21 am
Crazyk
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insider
Aug 23, 2014 9:59 pm
insider
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 21, 2014 12:43 am
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 1:52 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 11:45 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 8:15 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 8:06 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 5:42 pm
insider
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 3:21 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 11:47 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 7:39 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 6:35 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 4:36 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 10:38 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 6:59 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 10:46 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 12:52 pm
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 11:41 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 6:57 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 8:35 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 11:04 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 11:07 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 5:58 pm

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