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Althom
Nov 21, 2016 10:56 pm
Althom
magicbee
magicbee
15 November 2016

Paint Peeling - Plaster too soft?

Paint Peeling - Plaster too soft?
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Wow... I am having this problem too! My house was completed in mid 2014 and has been having this problem of paint peeling off easily from the plaster. Initially I…

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magicbee
Nov 15, 2016 9:32 pm
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 5:25 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 4:34 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 9:45 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 6:46 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 4:46 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 2:18 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 1:52 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 10:29 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 10:33 am
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zook60
Oct 05, 2016 9:19 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 8:04 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 4:17 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 9:20 am
StructuralBIMGuy
julia1301
julia1301
29 September 2016

Brick Work is bad ??

Brick Work is bad ??
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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 8:57 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 1:34 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 6:47 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 12:01 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 3:30 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 6:18 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
8 September 2016

Did they do our slab retaining properly?

Did they do our slab retaining properly?

Hi Icebreaka Less than 500 buck$ that's laughable considering what they slugged you in the first instance The Engineer needs to inspect & certify what was done on the…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 08, 2016 5:36 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Guest
Jan 01, 1970 10:00 am
sunxiaoxuan23926
sunxiaoxuan23926
1 September 2016

Brick Issues

Brick Issues

I am no expert but I think it requires some skills to be that bad.

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sunxiaoxuan23926
Sep 01, 2016 10:34 pm
sunxiaoxuan23926
sunxiaoxuan23926
1 September 2016

First home owner worried about bricks laid

First home owner worried about bricks laid

I am going through something very similar but my house is almost done . Just to make sure builder is not bullying me , I have hired a inspector as well.

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sunxiaoxuan23926
Sep 01, 2016 10:28 pm
wood bang
wood bang
31 August 2016

Buildin Inspector in Adelaide

Buildin Inspector in Adelaide

The guys on here are mainly from Sydney and Melbourne

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wood bang
Aug 31, 2016 11:41 am
wood bang
chippy
chippy
30 August 2016

oven switch location

oven switch location

Unless different states have different requirements ovens don't need a separate isolation switch. They run on there own circuit and get turned off at the…

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chippy
Aug 30, 2016 10:46 am
chippy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
30 August 2016

vertical or horizontal core bricks internal?

vertical or horizontal core bricks internal?

And you are a broker Salesman Right? As an Engineer and Bricklayer That does structural repairs I would disagree What about bending in walls.. which brick is…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 30, 2016 10:06 am
StructuralBIMGuy
dandelero
dandelero
25 August 2016

Step height in door (threshold?)

Step height in door (threshold?)

Hi Stewie Thank you for your input, gray advice. I will ensure that all steps/transitions are uniform. I managed to get some advice from a friend of a friend (who is a…

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dandelero
Aug 25, 2016 7:44 am
BL35ED
BL35ED
17 August 2016

MATRIX Cladding wall edge

MATRIX Cladding wall edge

Thanks JSM....sets my mind at ease :)

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BL35ED
Aug 17, 2016 9:12 pm
BL35ED
BL35ED
17 August 2016

Whats the standard for placement of a solar hot water system

Whats the standard for placement of a solar hot water system

I got solar water mate but it's not on the roof it just stands like a normal hot water tank

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BL35ED
Aug 17, 2016 9:34 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
16 August 2016

Retaining Wall DA Non-compliance

Retaining Wall DA Non-compliance

I've been complaining all week to 2 councils & they don't give a ratz and LOL..i was beaten into submission

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 16, 2016 10:59 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
gach2
gach2
15 August 2016

BCA - building seperation

BCA - building seperation

Just wondering if anyone if the 1.8m rule for building seperation before fireproof material is required from wall to wall or eave to eave? tried reading bca 3.7.1 but its…

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gach2
Aug 15, 2016 11:54 pm
mack042
mack042
15 August 2016

Drain Insert

Drain Insert

You can get risers for pits but you would probably want a wider pit if you want to extend it 1 metre. How wide and how deep is that pit at the moment?

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mack042
Aug 15, 2016 8:01 pm
BronzeHexar
BronzeHexar
14 August 2016

Kitchen Sink / Electric stove unit regulation distance ?

Kitchen Sink / Electric stove unit regulation distance ?

Hello, I'm building a new kitchen and was wondering if anyone could advise if there is a minimum distance a kitchen sink can be from an electric stove. The electric stove…

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BronzeHexar
Aug 14, 2016 8:40 pm
wood bang
wood bang
13 August 2016

ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS!!!

ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS!!!

I been MIA on this forum for a while, interesting topic guys. My experience in alternative solutions is mainly with multi residential where we can't achieve NCC…

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wood bang
Aug 13, 2016 7:49 am
wood bang
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
5 August 2016

Water pool around under construction house

Water pool around under construction house

H1 is highly reactive soil and adherence to site drainage mandates is critical. There are a lot of threads on H1 about slab heave and other site drainage issues. Just…

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SaveH2O
Aug 05, 2016 9:31 pm
SaveH2O

Oh, I agree totally Howyagoin. That's the way we have always done it too regardless of the materials used for the walls and floor. I was just quoting what is in the…

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Stewie D
Aug 04, 2016 9:54 pm
waxinggibbous
waxinggibbous
1 August 2016

roofing timber question

roofing timber question

Hi StructuralBIMGuy - my trusses will not have the gap as in the photo (this is the roof of a Melbourne container house which I used just to illustrate the timber plate…

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waxinggibbous
Aug 01, 2016 4:17 pm
waxinggibbous
mikihome
mikihome
28 July 2016

Frustrated with Masterton

Frustrated with Masterton

Hi all I am new, Our_home i just read this posts and have problem with M too, they changed our plans and lodged to cdc without informing us, we only noted when pre CC…

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mikihome
Jul 28, 2016 12:41 pm
Tim65
Tim65
27 July 2016

** job on bricks

** job on bricks

Agree with what Ponzu has said , I would tell the builder straight if its not sorted you will take it further, dont be put off by the builder, keep records of all…

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Tim65
Jul 27, 2016 2:16 pm
Tim65
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
23 July 2016

Steel Truss to Timber Wall

Steel Truss to Timber Wall

Hi NHB Unfortunately this falls in the grey area of non-compliance so you will be paying a building inspector big buck$ just to tell you that. Alternatively an engineer…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 23, 2016 8:06 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Daz_
Daz_
18 July 2016

Driveway modified around meter location!

Driveway modified around meter location!

Not sure of the exact measurement but it will fall within that range. Looks like I'll be making a call to the water corp to find out what their standard is

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Daz_
Jul 18, 2016 8:33 pm
Daz_
simrob
simrob
15 July 2016

Piers\Footing poured at same time as slab?

Piers\Footing poured at same time as slab?
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Great, Cheers for the info all, will go follow it all up now

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simrob
Jul 15, 2016 12:59 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
13 July 2016

Would you screed or Underlay?

Would you screed or Underlay?

So what are you going to do about the discrepancy between the tiles on a screed to the living areas ( probably 40mm screed and 10mm tiles = 5mm height ) and the looselay…

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Stewie D
Jul 13, 2016 1:01 pm
building-expert
building-expert
12 July 2016

How does our builder fix this issue?

How does our builder fix this issue?
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Great outcome for you and it is as it should be. I come from a background of doing government contracts with architects in charge. If we made a mistake we got a defect…

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building-expert
Jul 12, 2016 11:38 pm
building-expert
MichaelE
MichaelE
12 July 2016

Clause 5.3.3(b) of AS 2870 – 2011 (vapour barrier)

Clause 5.3.3(b) of AS 2870 – 2011 (vapour barrier)

Yeah I had a read of the code it is very vague on the requirements Lately the practice in Melbourne has been to wrap the vapour barrier the whole way around under the…

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MichaelE
Jul 12, 2016 8:00 pm


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