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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 8:36 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 1:01 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 1:45 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 4:37 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 8:09 pm
SaveH2O
qebtel
qebtel
10 January

Water Leak issues

Water Leak issues
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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 6:00 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 2:05 pm
bashworth
arodc
arodc
19 December 2016

Can a private garage be a Class 1 structure?

Can a private garage be a Class 1 structure?

Thanks for your reply. I have emailed the Council so will see what comes back.

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arodc
Dec 19, 2016 3:15 pm
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 6:34 pm
marblaze
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insider
Dec 03, 2016 10:33 pm
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 12:54 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 4:21 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 8:53 pm
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Althom
Nov 21, 2016 10:56 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 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 ??
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 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


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