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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 8:08 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 12:13 pm
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 10:20 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 4:06 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 30, 2013 12:07 am
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 10:47 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 1:47 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 9:42 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 2:22 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 2:22 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 4:27 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 11:55 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 3:06 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 03, 2013 12:36 am
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 7:18 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 1:12 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 7:09 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 4:33 pm
building-expert
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Liliana
Jul 16, 2013 10:29 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 11:36 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 8:37 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 11:03 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 4:31 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 8:53 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 8:21 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 7:06 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 9:24 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 5:49 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 11:27 pm
ChrisE
ChrisE
4 June 2013

SA codes for kitchen exhaust fans

SA codes for kitchen exhaust fans

I was pretty surprised, myself, but verified it with Smeg. They make two cooktops in the 720-750mm size range with the wok burner off set to one side, which is what I…

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ChrisE
Jun 04, 2013 2:45 am
gzk
gzk
30 May 2013

Standard for bow/spring, flatness of timber roof battens?

Standard for bow/spring, flatness of timber roof battens?

Oh well. Maybe I can nudge some of the more annoying ones near the gutters myself, and/or just learn to live with it. I suspect it's not worth going to the BC over. …

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gzk
May 30, 2013 12:19 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
Pepsi_Drinker
29 May 2013

Downlights and Fan directly over shower // AS3000

Downlights and Fan directly over shower // AS3000

After getting no replies here I tried another forum (Whirlpool) and received the following responses. As usual, the Internet being what it is, use these answers as…

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Pepsi_Drinker
May 29, 2013 11:11 am
Pepsi_Drinker
JB1
JB1
3 May 2013

Sarking

Sarking

Regardless of whether its mandatory, it's a good idea.

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JB1
May 03, 2013 11:23 pm
iendouglas
iendouglas
2 May 2013

Help! Appreciate any advice

Help! Appreciate any advice

Thank you for the help. Do I also need to contact Strata Manager since our structural insurance is paid together with body corporation fee.

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iendouglas
May 02, 2013 12:31 pm
Robbie1950
Robbie1950
1 May 2013

neighbour gutter on my property

neighbour gutter on my property

That just looks ridiculous! Best thing for you is to pay for a site survey and see exactly who has built out of there building envelope!

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Robbie1950
May 01, 2013 10:59 pm
Chippy 74
Chippy 74
28 April 2013

Determining if a Ridgeboard needs strutting

Determining if a Ridgeboard needs strutting

I know it's been a while but thanks for the replies to the question.

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Chippy 74
Apr 28, 2013 1:18 pm
budgnbear
budgnbear
23 April 2013

electrical standard for pool wiring

electrical standard for pool wiring

Thanks PAB, the builder is insisting 2.5mm 20amp is fine but sparky isn't keen. Grrr.

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budgnbear
Apr 23, 2013 2:54 pm
Liliana
Liliana
22 April 2013

Changes to standards governing step downs

Changes to standards governing step downs

Thanks Ausdesign. That does answer my question. That's grand.

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Liliana
Apr 22, 2013 4:34 pm
thebigo
thebigo
19 April 2013

HELP NEEDED - Balcony gaps to the balustrade

HELP NEEDED - Balcony gaps to the balustrade

Thanks Ed. I've notified the building conveyor, building commission and local council just so that my concerns are documented. It's now up to the developer and builder to…

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thebigo
Apr 19, 2013 7:12 pm
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Daveoz
Apr 16, 2013 3:04 am
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bradster181
Apr 14, 2013 2:08 pm
bradster181
Sonny
Sonny
10 April 2013

Builder wanted!

Builder wanted!

Thanks I've made a deal.

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Sonny
Apr 10, 2013 1:41 pm
phippsy77
phippsy77
4 April 2013

Connection of services beyond the 7metres

Connection of services beyond the 7metres

Can't help with costs, but we were about the same distance, maybe slightly less , we queired the builder when we going through all the paperwork, cost, extra costs etc and…

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phippsy77
Apr 04, 2013 1:29 pm
IronBark
IronBark
29 March 2013

What does site classification mean?

What does site classification mean?

Hi, I need your assistance and opinions on Slab Construction. My builder has indicated that my slab needs to be a H2 class slab for which I had to pay additional. This…

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IronBark
Mar 29, 2013 11:10 pm
IronBark
Agape
Agape
22 March 2013

Dumb Question ... Standards of Workmanship

Dumb Question ... Standards of Workmanship

Thank you so much for your response Adam ... And thanks for the reassurance about 'dumb questions' :D

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Agape
Mar 22, 2013 8:05 pm

We have a Bonaire central gas heating unit in our ceiling space. It had a plastic pipe that went through the tiles and was capped on top. It looks a lot like a stink…

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wokwon
Mar 22, 2013 11:28 am


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