Building Standards; Getting It Right!
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
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Jun 27, 2014 10:46 am
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,…
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…
May 26, 2014 11:04 pm
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
Jan 24, 2014 10:50 pm
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…
Jan 21, 2014 10:46 pm
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…
'Self healing' works to seal cracks which occur shortly after construction where not much further cracking occurs. With clay soils further movement can occur.
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.
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…
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…
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?
FTTH OTN location
My response to something a subbie working on one of my jobs back when I was in the building game was that his next cheque might not be "true and accurate" either so put…
Thanks guys...I can't ring the surveyor because I'm building through a volume builder and they are sure to kick up a stink because they won't be getting my money !
Foundation Drainage Help
You're right. With the slope you have there I wouldn't be too worried about drainage. It's the flat sites that make life difficult.
Low maintenance plants/shrubs…
Universal Beam Span
I am hoping to get some help with a universal beam span question and this forum certainly looks like the right place.
My question is will a 250ub37.3 beam be suitable to…