Building Standards; Getting It Right!
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…
Leonardo_23Melbourne: recommend building inspectors
20 September 2014
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…
Leonardo_23Asthetic appearance of brick piers under house
19 September 2014
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…
Leonardo_23Building an enclosure/fence for a spa. Will this pass?
16 September 2014
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…
mgillaPainting WHO IS RESPONSIBLE with after handover issues
15 September 2014
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…
Leonardo_23Is this amount of building issues normal?
14 September 2014
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…
Leonardo_23How do I get my builder to fix his defective work?
13 September 2014
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…
Leksie5000Bearers and joists, slab custom or project
6 September 2014
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…
StructuralBIMGuyWhich comes first... DA of Engineer?
14 August 2014
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…