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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
Stewie D
Stewie D
27 November 2013

FTTH OTN location

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…

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Stewie D
Nov 27, 2013 3:45 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
25 November 2013

Occupancy permit

Occupancy permit

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 ! Well I…

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Crazyk
Nov 25, 2013 12:16 pm
Crazyk
NickyG1990
NickyG1990
21 November 2013

Retaining Options - Sloping Block - Wall or Ramp?

Retaining Options - Sloping Block - Wall or Ramp?

One very important thing to consider is water flow over these slopes. I'd go no steeper than 1:2 to avoid scouring however the type of grass if any can reduce this.

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NickyG1990
Nov 21, 2013 9:22 pm
cornellengineers
cornellengineers
16 November 2013

Foundation Drainage Help

Foundation Drainage Help

Hi Nick 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…

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cornellengineers
Nov 16, 2013 5:30 pm
cornellengineers
Rayatswan
Rayatswan
7 November 2013

Universal Beam Span

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…

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Rayatswan
Nov 07, 2013 8:48 am
building-expert
building-expert
6 November 2013

Sub floor vents and articulation victoria what is the code.

Sub floor vents and articulation victoria what is the code.

In my experience it is common for insurers to try and avoid paying on a claim but on closer scrutiny it's only a bluff hoping to roll you. If you need assistance you can PM

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building-expert
Nov 06, 2013 9:02 am
building-expert
addisont
addisont
5 November 2013

Garage Entry - How much size difference is builder allowed

Garage Entry - How much size difference is builder allowed

AM - yes, it's 30mm, not 30cm. I'd have hit the roof if this was the case. Stewie D - good q, will have to go back and check out the photos. From memory they didn't cut…

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addisont
Nov 05, 2013 3:28 pm
boosta
boosta
4 November 2013

cost to upgrade from 2.7m to 3.0m ceiling

cost to upgrade from 2.7m to 3.0m ceiling

We were also told that the cost included changes to the roof angles, to keep the roof height within council regs. I really don't get how this…

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boosta
Nov 04, 2013 2:53 pm
xxkatxx
xxkatxx
31 October 2013

IP56 light switch

IP56 light switch

My boyfriend went a bit overboard...was a double shower then he fell in love with the rain shower and chucked it in the middle

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xxkatxx
Oct 31, 2013 6:17 am
JasonMarnie1901
JasonMarnie1901
28 October 2013

Articulation Joint on Bricks

Articulation Joint on Bricks

I just came across this link and have an interrelated issue... We have had damage due flooding, our insurers asked us not to reinstate capping which we had lifted to…

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JasonMarnie1901
Oct 28, 2013 9:29 pm
cornellengineers
cornellengineers
21 October 2013

Structural frame for cyclone-rated panel-lift roller doors

Structural frame for cyclone-rated panel-lift roller doors

Has anyone had any experience with the new requirements for strengthening the door frame for panel-lift roller doors in cyclone areas? Now that panel-lift doors in cyclone…

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cornellengineers
Oct 21, 2013 5:48 pm
cornellengineers
tonyattheponds
tonyattheponds
11 October 2013

Dropped Edge Beam

Dropped Edge Beam

I believe there are four courses. I've attached a picture. So my aim is to extend the driveway in red the full width (left wall + garage) to the same level as the garage…

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tonyattheponds
Oct 11, 2013 7:08 pm
bashworth
bashworth
7 October 2013

Adding fire rated cladding to existing gyprock wall NSW

Adding fire rated cladding to existing gyprock wall NSW

Not sure exactly what the situation is in Aus but in the UK the normal method of improving the fire rating is a 2nd layer of gyproc with overlapping sheets This used to…

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bashworth
Oct 07, 2013 11:13 am
bashworth
building-expert
building-expert
4 October 2013

Concrete stumps how many?

Concrete stumps how many?

In no cases is an extension to a dwelling exempt from a building permit under shedule 8. Only free-standing…

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building-expert
Oct 04, 2013 9:20 pm
building-expert
JazzyJess
JazzyJess
22 September 2013

Waterproof shock

Waterproof shock

Did the person doing the inspections pick up the problem? I'm wondering whats the usual next step when that happens, like when they tell you this is what we found? Don't…

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JazzyJess
Sep 22, 2013 3:06 pm
petrous
petrous
29 August 2013

flat metal roofs - ventilate?

flat metal roofs - ventilate?

Do you have any preference as to which way of venting (whirlybird vs vents vs maestro etc) The builder also wants to charge 1300 for two whirlybirds is this reasonable?

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petrous
Aug 29, 2013 11:07 pm
builderforlife
builderforlife
28 August 2013

Hot Water System plumbing problem

Hot Water System plumbing problem

The pipes are no great problem except the inlet which is capable of being damaged because it is away from the unit.

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builderforlife
Aug 28, 2013 9:47 pm
builderforlife
bmccutch1
bmccutch1
26 August 2013

New Home - Independant Building Inspector Central Coast NSW

New Home - Independant Building Inspector Central Coast NSW

Hi How is your build going? Did you manage to find an independant inspector? We are on the central coast too and will be building a new home early next year and would…

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bmccutch1
Aug 26, 2013 12:47 pm

Hi guys Just wondering if anyone has exposed slab on their house. We have it on the right hand side of the house. (see picture) Anyone know whether this is ok or should…

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Vina
Aug 22, 2013 8:42 pm
LittleTommy
LittleTommy
20 August 2013

Concrete footings for a small outdoor sauna foundation

Concrete footings for a small outdoor sauna foundation

Thanks Stewie I'm also planning to put some crashed stones under the footings. Also, as the structure would weight just around 250kg I think if over time it goes a bit…

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LittleTommy
Aug 20, 2013 1:22 pm
joshnjacqui
joshnjacqui
9 August 2013

Kincked copper pipes - hot water unit

Kincked copper pipes - hot water unit

I'm not an expert but I think it would be ok. The one were we live is similar and its been fine for a long time.

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joshnjacqui
Aug 09, 2013 1:22 pm
B STAR
B STAR
7 August 2013

Whirly bird got blown off roof this afternoon.

Whirly bird got blown off roof this afternoon.

the whirly bird sounds unbalance due to the damage. Looks like you deserve a new one.

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B STAR
Aug 07, 2013 3:27 pm
paulw11
paulw11
5 August 2013

Wood Heater Flue help needed

Wood Heater Flue help needed

Yes! You need to have a double (or even better triple) flue all the way to bottom of the roof penetration. The flue can get very hot and can easily ignite roof…

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paulw11
Aug 05, 2013 10:55 pm
AiryFairy
AiryFairy
4 August 2013

Penrith Council Pool Regulations

Penrith Council Pool Regulations

Hi just wondering if anyone can help me. Looking for the council regulations for Penrith Council to put a pool. Specifically how far from boundary lines etc a pool needs…

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AiryFairy
Aug 04, 2013 2:06 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
2 August 2013

Help, metal edging corroding

Help, metal edging corroding

Raw aluminium should never come into contact with wet mortar, I think the grout will have a similar composition. Your aluminium would appear to be clear lacquered, I think…

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ECOECO
Aug 02, 2013 11:36 pm
ECOECO
RocksInHead
RocksInHead
2 August 2013

broken strap brace. What is best method to retrofit?

broken strap brace. What is best method to retrofit?

Builder broke a wall strap brace when tightening up the brace. They put a new one on but only nailed the bottom of it to the side of the bottom plate with 5 or 6 clouts.…

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RocksInHead
Aug 02, 2013 6:18 pm
ausdesign
ausdesign
26 July 2013

Help with neighbour building a XL shed

Help with neighbour building a XL shed

A wall on a boundary (vic) needs to be fire rated & a max. length of 10m plus 25% of the remaining length of the boundary. There are a few other proviso's including…

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ausdesign
Jul 26, 2013 12:12 pm
ausdesign
Yellow
Yellow
21 July 2013

Melamine robe collapsed - Please Help

Melamine robe collapsed - Please Help

Hi Moved in 2 years ago and suddenly one day the WIR Melamine robe shelf (one) collapsed and damaged the WIR plaster board. It seems like it has been constructed using…

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Yellow
Jul 21, 2013 6:09 pm
building-expert
building-expert
20 July 2013

Brick weep holes not draining, HELP!!!!!!

Brick weep holes not draining, HELP!!!!!!

Have a look at Shelleys (i think or maybe Sheldon) in Bunnings

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building-expert
Jul 20, 2013 3:33 pm
building-expert
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Liliana
Jul 16, 2013 9:29 am
ausdesign
ausdesign
15 July 2013

Land developer requirements handed over to council

Land developer requirements handed over to council

If there is a restrictive covenant it will be listed on the title.

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ausdesign
Jul 15, 2013 10:36 pm
ausdesign
33amc
33amc
13 July 2013

Bathroom SUBfloor advice - Bearers directly on slab

Bathroom SUBfloor advice - Bearers directly on slab

Firstly dont use unseasoned timber, so that rules out 100x75, 75 x 38 etc If you use unseasoned timber it can shrink up to 5mm, and thats something you dont want on any…

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33amc
Jul 13, 2013 7:37 pm
Danois
Danois
13 July 2013

BASIX Questions / Answers Topic

BASIX Questions / Answers Topic

So they don't weight them differently according to that reply. Makes me wonder why they would then make a point of it in the material. I'm none the wiser, to be honest.

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Danois
Jul 13, 2013 10:03 am
Danois
Danois
11 July 2013

Bus-powered smoke alarms?

Bus-powered smoke alarms?

I install 12v smoke alarms to my automation panel. Has a set of open close contacts that are connected to a zone. Has a 9v battery backup at…

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Danois
Jul 11, 2013 3:31 pm
building-expert
building-expert
5 July 2013

New building regulating body for Victoria

New building regulating body for Victoria
1, 2

Yes, last time we had an architect Now we have lawyers, planners, architect........ Not a single builder on the authority ???

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building-expert
Jul 05, 2013 7:53 pm
building-expert
roadrunner14
roadrunner14
5 July 2013

Powerboards for LED downlights

Powerboards for LED downlights

I'd listen to the professionals, if they say…

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roadrunner14
Jul 05, 2013 7:21 pm
chuth77
chuth77
4 July 2013

Depth of electrical cabling

Depth of electrical cabling

It's actually only 500mm, but everyone says 600mm cause it's the old "2ft rule"... There are certain circumstances where it can be installed less than the 500mm, but they…

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chuth77
Jul 04, 2013 6:06 pm
JohnLou
JohnLou
14 June 2013

How to build a perfectly square wooden form

How to build a perfectly square wooden form

As bashworth says 3,4,5 triangle with 5 being the diagonal

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JohnLou
Jun 14, 2013 8:24 pm
AdsF
AdsF
13 June 2013

Reg 415 Boundary Wall Heigh excedding the average of 3m

Reg 415 Boundary Wall Heigh excedding the average of 3m

Thanks grom40. I am from Victoria Melbourne. I have actually provided prof that it will not effect their natural light to any of their windows or living areas. The sun…

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AdsF
Jun 13, 2013 4:49 pm
Architect3121
Architect3121
4 June 2013

Boundary lines and gutter/eaves

Boundary lines and gutter/eaves

HouseOB - In Victoria, Typically Porches, pergolas and verandahs that are less than 3.6 metres high and eaves may encroach not more than 2.5 metres into your side street…

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Architect3121
Jun 04, 2013 10:27 pm


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