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13 April

Weatherproofing to class 10 buildings (NCC P2.2.2)

Weatherproofing to class 10 buildings (NCC P2.2.2)

none of these actually ansered the question. I have since gotten a response from the VBA. 2.2.2b is still relevant for class 10 buildings, they are not exempt as the…

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Questiontime
Apr 13, 2017 12:25 pm
bashworth
bashworth
9 April

Slab

Slab

Waffle slab is just one sort of raft slab. here is a link that explains about a Waffle Pod Slab https://anewhouse.com.au/2012/09/waffle-pod-raft-slab/ you will also find a…

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bashworth
Apr 09, 2017 8:48 am
bashworth

Builder caught in breach of regs refusing to honour warranty

Builder caught in breach of regs refusing to honour warranty

he looked at his iPad a lot. could've been playing Pokemon Go for all I know. 😆

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purrfection
Apr 06, 2017 6:27 pm
purrfection
Joker
Joker
29 March

Brickwork and Mortar Issues (aka Masonry)

Brickwork and Mortar Issues (aka Masonry)
1, 2, 3, 4

We had a fantastic brickie but still we purchased all morter, sand etc, ensured we got best chance of top job, in which I was extremely happy with final job. Sent from…

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Joker
Mar 29, 2017 1:36 pm
Joker
Joker
26 March

Wonderful news- a diabolical dispute settled!

Wonderful news- a diabolical dispute settled!

In today's world, building is like playing Russian roulette,as most people will go to display villages to pick a home, then they will sign away happily thinking they have…

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Joker
Mar 26, 2017 5:08 pm
Gravy
Gravy
25 March

Crumbling slab edges - is this normal?

Crumbling slab edges - is this normal?

That doesn't look OK at all. If the edges are crumbling what's the rest of the slab going to do when the weight of a house is on top of it. If it was me I'd be getting…

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Gravy
Mar 25, 2017 12:14 am
Gravy

This is what I absolutely hate about Guide to Standards and Tolerances Australia's most professional builder is hiding behind the guide for entry door that is badly bowed…

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building-expert
Mar 20, 2017 9:21 am
building-expert
Joker
Joker
17 March

MBA Building Services- building inspector

MBA Building Services- building inspector

Builders inspection is of little value to you as he will be on builders side due to protecting his own business interests, he basically works for builder, would get my…

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Joker
Mar 17, 2017 12:58 pm
bryn
bryn
7 March

Tile underlay

Tile underlay

is it in a wet area?

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bryn
Mar 07, 2017 3:05 pm
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StructuralBIMGuy
Mar 06, 2017 6:33 pm
StructuralBIMGuy

Question about crossover

Question about crossover

You will still need to consider Stormwater within your property All buildings are required to have roof water directed to approved systems has on-line forms/apps for…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Mar 03, 2017 11:41 am
StructuralBIMGuy
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gaweleczek
Feb 23, 2017 6:17 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
19 February

Driveway starting to move

Driveway starting to move

They should have given you a complete set of Specis, Docs, Engineering Details & Drawings? Also check with your Council they may also have driveway requirements for…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 19, 2017 2:03 pm
StructuralBIMGuy

So @Rusty11, we are roughly at the same stage, so I thought I would provide some pictures to show you what my builder is doing. In most places they have shaved, but in…

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arcadelt
Feb 17, 2017 4:22 pm
bryn
bryn
17 February

Decking post - Concret or No Fines Concrete

Decking post - Concret or No Fines Concrete

what timber are the posts? generally best to avoid encasing timber in concrete

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bryn
Feb 17, 2017 3:07 pm
bryn
bryn
17 February

Butt Welding 150x50x2 RHS Bearers???

Butt Welding 150x50x2 RHS Bearers???

he hasn't said its a 30m span, its a 30m continuous beam. ie it has multiple supports along its length

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bryn
Feb 17, 2017 3:01 pm
building-expert
building-expert
3 February

Changes to Building Act in Tasmania

Changes to Building Act in Tasmania

Tasmania has embarked on seismic changes to building regulations and its quite interesting http://www.themercury.com.au/news/polit ...…

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building-expert
Feb 03, 2017 9:36 am
building-expert
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
30 January

AS 4349.1-2007 Inspection of buildings -

AS 4349.1-2007 Inspection of buildings -

I agree that PI insurance (not PII insurance) is a worthy insurance and was one of the few who had it. But in my opinion, placing a requirement on the policy that the…

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Leonardo_23
Jan 30, 2017 2:01 pm
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
24 January

WA New Build Inspections Who to Use?

WA New Build Inspections Who to Use?

As regards thermal imaging, I imagine the cost would be borne by your clients. Hi nicjam, I hope you can see that some people protest loudly when confronted with basic…

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Leonardo_23
Jan 24, 2017 2:45 pm
bashworth
bashworth
23 January

standard face bricks that run through roof

standard face bricks that run through roof

It's not unusual to use an ordinary brick where it can't be seen. If you go for a rendered finish you could find the builder has used up all the odd bricks left over from…

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bashworth
Jan 23, 2017 5:37 pm
bashworth
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
12 January

Incorrectly installed home gas pipes

Incorrectly installed home gas pipes

That is the worry and most won't be as aware as you. One would expect there to be a paper trail back to the VBA but is there? The VBA falls down in so many…

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SaveH2O
Jan 12, 2017 9:09 pm
SaveH2O
qebtel
qebtel
10 January

Water Leak issues

Water Leak issues
1, 2

1. As I have already told you, the same check and balance apply whether OB or registered builder, so it is irrelevant. 2. Not an OB fault. 3. Not an OB fault. 4. Not an…

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qebtel
Jan 10, 2017 7:00 pm
bashworth
bashworth
1 January

Advice on pool concrete/potential retaining wall slippage

Advice on pool concrete/potential retaining wall slippage

From the information you have provided it wouldn't be a major issue if the same thing happened to me. I would look to replace the retaining wall with a better constructed…

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bashworth
Jan 01, 2017 3:05 pm
bashworth
marblaze
marblaze
18 December 2016

Charged storm water system

Charged storm water system

http://www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/files/assets ... -guide.pdf see page 5 What you need is a cleanout pit. At the back of the charged pipe, connect it to a clean out pit. This…

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marblaze
Dec 18, 2016 7:34 pm
marblaze
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insider
Dec 03, 2016 11:33 pm
insider
benzz3
benzz3
30 November 2016

Drop edge beam vs retaining wall

Drop edge beam vs retaining wall

thx for sharing mate, my relative is having this issue too.

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benzz3
Nov 30, 2016 1:54 pm
building-expert
building-expert
26 November 2016

Falling Standards

Falling Standards

The first standard I quoted is for building inspections Yes there is liability for negligence for any inspection that inspector does. However you have got to remember…

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building-expert
Nov 26, 2016 5:21 pm
building-expert
shanil86
shanil86
22 November 2016

Granitgard v DPC position

Granitgard v DPC position

Thanks Lynne appreciate your time (and your husband's)!

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shanil86
Nov 22, 2016 9:53 pm
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Althom
Nov 21, 2016 11:56 pm
Althom
Voice_1
Voice_1
13 November 2016

Thin and long Cracks on slab

Thin and long Cracks on slab

It's not that the answer is invalid, the response I have provided is based on my own experience where hairline cracks where visible and I was given the same answer 12…

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Voice_1
Nov 13, 2016 6:25 pm
Voice_1
building-expert
building-expert
13 November 2016

Is this my DPC?

Is this my DPC?

Bluish material at bottom of your weep hole is your DPC. Its function is to stop rising dampness.

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building-expert
Nov 13, 2016 5:34 pm
building-expert
MrsJM
MrsJM
10 November 2016

Stair treads all split week after install

Stair treads all split week after install

A week after installation, all of my stair treads split. Strangely, this happened within the same 12 hour window as a water leak which impacted the lower platform. I…

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MrsJM
Nov 10, 2016 10:45 am
MrsJM
shanil86
shanil86
6 November 2016

NCC Volume 2 Rule 3.1.2.3

NCC Volume 2 Rule 3.1.2.3

Not doing the concreting myself, a lawyer with a knack for reading vol 2 BCA hahaha...thanks for your assistance H2O I really appreciate it.

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shanil86
Nov 06, 2016 7:46 am
Gaudi
Gaudi
5 November 2016

Drainage to protect foundation - engineering

Drainage to protect foundation - engineering

Bank, Yes, Negotiating this is so complex. Im disappointed that this new rule may not have the impact it was likely designed to. I have family about to start their build…

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Gaudi
Nov 05, 2016 5:46 pm
shanil86
shanil86
1 November 2016

150mm kerb along driveway

150mm kerb along driveway

Thanks, thought so. Will not build kerbs as they make driveway look hideous.

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shanil86
Nov 01, 2016 3:18 pm
qebtel
qebtel
1 November 2016

Storm water on a sloping block

Storm water on a sloping block

you talk about sub dividing and building , but query land pertaining to an existing house. Your situation is unclear to me. An existing dwelling and its land has prior…

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qebtel
Nov 01, 2016 2:52 pm
Emmz70
Emmz70
24 October 2016

Rendered EPS Pier on facade.

Rendered EPS Pier on facade.

Thanks Emma, I just came back from walk around Livingston and my estate . I can't see one house has timber or whatever board around. Sun my silly…

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Emmz70
Oct 24, 2016 11:29 pm
Adam.M
Adam.M
17 October 2016

help pls.......

help pls.......

Hi, welcome to the forum. I can only answer for the 30sqm shelter/sunroof. Which ever way you built it, pergola or roofed, anything above 20sqm requires a permit. It is…

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Adam.M
Oct 17, 2016 11:33 am
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zook60
Oct 05, 2016 10:19 pm
Narrewarren01
Narrewarren01
4 October 2016

Timber span tables

Timber span tables

That's what I used on 3 pergolas with no issue

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Narrewarren01
Oct 04, 2016 9:04 pm

The Tornado rain head is manufactured in Australia by an Australian company. I also manufacture in Australia and I support other Australian companies who also…

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SaveH2O
Sep 29, 2016 5:17 pm
SaveH2O
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
29 September 2016

Faulty mortar - Rake/Repoint or MortarMend/NawKaw?

Faulty mortar - Rake/Repoint or MortarMend/NawKaw?

Hi Julia1301 You will need to get the mortar composition properly analysed Other things to consider, mortar strength, loads on wall,failure modes,durability Then a…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 29, 2016 10:20 am
StructuralBIMGuy
julia1301
julia1301
29 September 2016

Brick Work is bad ??

Brick Work is bad ??
1, 2

Oh thats disapointing to hear, im assuming repointing is very expensive and thats why they are holding off and trying other things. I wish this wasnt a battle i have to…

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julia1301
Sep 29, 2016 9:57 am
julia1301
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
23 September 2016

Gradient of underground stormwater pipes

Gradient of underground stormwater pipes

It is wrong and it is recognised as being wrong but plumbers are allowed to sign off on their own work. No one checks. As a measure of plumbing incompetence, approximately…

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SaveH2O
Sep 23, 2016 2:34 pm
SaveH2O
Jaffa123
Jaffa123
21 September 2016

BCA natural light requirements

BCA natural light requirements

What was the outcome at the end?

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Jaffa123
Sep 21, 2016 7:47 am
BL35ED
BL35ED
17 September 2016

Waterproofing showers and copper Trays

Waterproofing showers and copper Trays

I have a 7year structual warranty with builder anyway... I was present when it was getting done. I have pics Heres the membrane they www.duram.com.au/pds_var11var241

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BL35ED
Sep 17, 2016 1:01 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
15 September 2016

Gaps in bricks around Windows/doors new build.

Gaps in bricks around Windows/doors new build.

any news? How did it all go? The gap around the window to the frame should be 20mm. A&L make windows to brick opening sizes. You should not need infills.

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ECOECO
Sep 15, 2016 4:30 pm
ECOECO
Justalittlebithippy
Justalittlebithippy
13 September 2016

NatHers star rating and external walls

NatHers star rating and external walls

Thanks again Bashworth. Your site, advice on this forum, and guides have been helpful beyond compare :)

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Justalittlebithippy
Sep 13, 2016 7:18 pm

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