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builderforlife
builderforlife
22 April 2012

Gas and Power Separation

Gas and Power Separation

Power outlets need 600 horizontal separation from gas points and flues.

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builderforlife
Apr 22, 2012 10:25 pm
builderforlife
room4acubby
room4acubby
1 May 2012

WAFFLE SLAB - FORMWORK CONCERNS - Any Advice please?

WAFFLE SLAB - FORMWORK CONCERNS - Any Advice please?

Hi dh3121 this is probably too late but may help your concerns. 50kPa bearing capacity is very soft soil, as an example a 60kg person would exert about 40kPa (assuming a…

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room4acubby
May 01, 2012 11:13 am
room4acubby
stormjr
stormjr
13 May 2012

Roofing standards - ridge and valley mortaring

Roofing standards - ridge and valley mortaring

According to about page 10 mortar is not needed in the valley! I don't know how this ties in with the sarking though. http://www.monier.com.au/Professional/A ... ual_S5.pdf 2

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stormjr
May 13, 2012 9:59 pm
Darbecca
Darbecca
23 May 2012

Recommendation on building inspectors for pre-handover (VIC)

Recommendation on building inspectors for pre-handover (VIC)
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Dear All, I findd it dificult to understand how my competitor can be some simple minded in their abilities. My qualifications are as follows: I teach at Vic Uni in the…

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Darbecca
May 23, 2012 8:08 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
23 May 2012

Cross nailing of roof trusses?

Cross nailing of roof trusses?

Yes they should be and depending on where you are ( wind loadings ) and what the structural engineer comes up with, probably tie-downs every second one as well. Stewie

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Stewie D
May 23, 2012 10:08 am
4drake9
4drake9
29 May 2012

Surface rust on lintels on new build

Surface rust on lintels on new build

They should of been GAL, id get them coated asap.

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4drake9
May 29, 2012 5:31 pm
bashworth
bashworth
29 May 2012

What to do - Garage Wall and Retaining Wall

What to do - Garage Wall and Retaining Wall

The drainage is a slotted PVC pipe, covered in gravel and connected to storm water. how deep should I bury these channels into the ground ?…

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bashworth
May 29, 2012 6:45 pm
bashworth
veseli
veseli
10 June 2012

ceiling joist not straight?

ceiling joist not straight?

Out of my head i think the rules are its only defect if truss is out of plumb more then 50mm, but no regulations for ceiling joists, so you cant really complain.

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veseli
Jun 10, 2012 1:48 am
building-expert
building-expert
18 June 2012

Dormer spaces - what are we allowed to do?

Dormer spaces - what are we allowed to do?

The first step in getting rid of pests such as mice is food elimination. If there is no food they won't come and cannot sustain. Be especially careful with pet food around…

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building-expert
Jun 18, 2012 7:06 am
building-expert
Integrity
Integrity
18 June 2012

BCA vs Australian Standard

BCA vs Australian Standard
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I agree with the sentiment expressed by Stewie D who posted... "I always assumed the BCA was the highest level of compliance and the…

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Integrity
Jun 18, 2012 10:57 am
Integrity
Integrity
11 July 2012

Panel span of SIP roof

Panel span of SIP roof

When in doubt, always ask for confirmation from a structural engineer. Yes, you may need to pay a few hundred dollars for it but you can sleep at…

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Integrity
Jul 11, 2012 2:35 am
Integrity
Integrity
17 July 2012

Colorbond Roofing

Colorbond Roofing

0.35mm BMT is available from Lysaght on request (see note under the Specifications tab)…

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Integrity
Jul 17, 2012 7:32 pm
Adele05
Adele05
29 July 2012

Defects list and final inspection

Defects list and final inspection

Thank you so much for your replies. You've been very helpful

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Adele05
Jul 29, 2012 9:39 pm
newey
newey
30 July 2012

Storm Water Best Practices?

Storm Water Best Practices?

Rather than starting a new thread what is the standard depth of the stormwater pipes supose to be?

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newey
Jul 30, 2012 9:00 am
Danois
Danois
1 August 2012

Working height safety for tradies?

Working height safety for tradies?

They may go by other names depending on the state your in / looking at! In Victoria (where I am) it's Work Safe,

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Danois
Aug 01, 2012 10:11 pm
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McKinnon
Aug 08, 2012 2:17 pm
Darren Standish
Darren Standish
12 August 2012

Inspector in Adelaide for building codes only.

Inspector in Adelaide for building codes only.

No Problems, Happy to help if you have any issues. Feel free to give me a call as i am happy to give you some advice if needed. Cheers, Darren

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Darren Standish
Aug 12, 2012 8:36 pm
Darren Standish
stormjr
stormjr
15 August 2012

A plumber notched out my ceiling joist!!!

A plumber notched out my ceiling joist!!!

I would put the chances of the gas flame getting near the range hood at around zero! I would however think that gas or electric it is possible for saucepan's to catch…

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stormjr
Aug 15, 2012 9:19 am
BigJo
BigJo
17 August 2012

Independent Building Inspector required - Inner West Sydney

Independent Building Inspector required - Inner West Sydney

Hi Guys We are also building in The Ponds area.Please give me your building inspector contact Thank you

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BigJo
Aug 18, 2012 12:49 am
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
29 August 2012

Deck clearance

Deck clearance

450mm is the standard to allow a person to access…

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chrisandkate
Aug 29, 2012 2:28 pm
mydreamhome
mydreamhome
29 August 2012

building disputes - experiences with nsw fair trading.

building disputes - experiences with nsw fair trading.

Hi mrs rose, thanks for your reply. I've sent you a pm - did you receive it?

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mydreamhome
Aug 29, 2012 8:24 pm
igli_k
igli_k
2 September 2012

Slab, frame, not aligned. Is this a problem?

Slab, frame, not aligned. Is this a problem?

As long as the frame is bearing 80% into the footing... i mean should have not more than 20% overhang.. the only problem could be is when installing bricks as they need to…

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igli_k
Sep 02, 2012 10:39 pm
YCLam
YCLam
3 September 2012

BASIX lighting requirements

BASIX lighting requirements

Hi Woodyren, I work for a lighting supplier and lighting consulting firm. For newly built houses nowadays, BASIX limits the amount of watts used per square metre within a…

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YCLam
Sep 03, 2012 5:03 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
4 September 2012

water mains

water mains

You need to use a plumber.

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SaveH2O
Sep 04, 2012 7:58 pm
SaveH2O
Stewie D
Stewie D
6 September 2012

Storeroom into bedroom- "habitable"!?

Storeroom into bedroom- "habitable"!?

They usually have to act on any complaint so would come out and have a look. All your neighbour would have to do is say your changed room effects her in a negative way (…

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Stewie D
Sep 06, 2012 11:03 am
AshleyWox
AshleyWox
20 September 2012

Electrical fixtures distance from a pool.

Electrical fixtures distance from a pool.

You need to first consider whether it is safe to put lights in the garden area. You need to keep them safe from external calamities such as rain and snowfall so that they…

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AshleyWox
Sep 20, 2012 4:48 pm
AshleyWox
Integrity
Integrity
20 September 2012

Partition Wall between side by side development.

Partition Wall between side by side development.

Note that if you have a habitable room in one development (eg bedroom, lounge room, dining room) located adjacent to a bathroom, WC, laundry or kitchen in the other then…

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Integrity
Sep 20, 2012 7:06 pm
bashworth
bashworth
24 September 2012

what is a habitable room? and what is required for building

what is a habitable room? and what is required for building

Habitable rooms need 2.4m ceilings. Not all rooms in house are considered habitable, for instance a kitchen isn't considered habitable. Perhaps you could have it built…

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bashworth
Sep 24, 2012 10:11 am
bashworth
travelbug
travelbug
24 September 2012

Granny flat under main roof

Granny flat under main roof

Has anyone sectioned off part of a house to make a granny flat? What is the process in making it legal? I know we need a firewall but can't get exact answers as to the…

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travelbug
Sep 24, 2012 6:17 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
24 September 2012

Parapet walls and guttering / flashing

Parapet walls and guttering / flashing

Agree with Stewie. Box gutters are required to be designed for a 1:100 ARI as opposed to a 1:20 ARI for eaves gutters and yet many do not even cope with a 1:20 ARI.…

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SaveH2O
Sep 24, 2012 7:09 pm
SaveH2O
EmeryBB
EmeryBB
26 September 2012

powder room ventilation issue?

powder room ventilation issue?

I think it would come under the BCA for utility rooms ( bathrooms, sanitary compartments etc ) and I quote... 3.8.5.0 Performance Requirement…

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EmeryBB
Sep 26, 2012 2:32 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
6 October 2012

Cancel Section 32

Cancel Section 32

I'd have a quick chat to your solicitor as to where you stand. Stewie

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Stewie D
Oct 06, 2012 8:11 am
builda
builda
6 October 2012

Insulated Panels with Plasterboard Facing

Insulated Panels with Plasterboard Facing

Further to my earlier post regarding Paneco in Qld, I like the Paneco system however I feel they have a lot to learn on the panelisation of a building as…

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builda
Oct 06, 2012 12:30 pm
builda
chripark69
chripark69
15 October 2012

Best way for carpenter to get builder's licence?

Best way for carpenter to get builder's licence?

Upsets me somewhat as well I did 4 years at uni for my degree and then over 20 years combined experience and you can now get registered really quick. Hate to see what is…

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chripark69
Oct 15, 2012 11:29 am
chripark69
kid81
kid81
17 October 2012

Distance between stove and pantry.

Distance between stove and pantry.

just continue your splashback along side of the pantry

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kid81
Oct 17, 2012 11:44 am
Belial
Belial
19 October 2012

Shadowing of Neighbour's yard

Shadowing of Neighbour's yard

Good to hear you got a reasonable outcome.

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Belial
Oct 19, 2012 12:38 pm
Belial
belandchris
belandchris
25 October 2012

Flooring at different levels

Flooring at different levels

Hi again - well we have had some success (although none of it has happened yet so can't comment on the actual finished product!) We have been speaking with the builder,…

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belandchris
Oct 25, 2012 7:59 pm
Casa2
Casa2
27 October 2012

Neighbours bali hut very close

Neighbours bali hut very close

Also, it is illegal for any water from a neighbours property to enter your property. You just have to inform the Council and they will jump on the neighbour.

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Casa2
Oct 27, 2012 8:28 am
bdd
bdd
27 October 2012

Ceiling Insulation requirements in NSW

Ceiling Insulation requirements in NSW

Thanks for your response. The foil backed blanket is already in and is not a point of contention. The "ceiling: 1.45 (up)" seems to indicate additional ceiling insulation…

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bdd
Oct 27, 2012 8:46 am
soakedblonde
soakedblonde
28 October 2012

Leach Drains

Leach Drains

I think that the $9012 is actually a good price through the builder considering it would include their markup. The cost for our builder for the septic system is $11,986…

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soakedblonde
Oct 28, 2012 1:19 pm
soakedblonde
Stewie D
Stewie D
29 October 2012

NSW CDC rules on floor-space size vs outbuilding size

NSW CDC rules on floor-space size vs outbuilding size

That sounds correct. If that is an issue in the design why don't you do the DA through your council or are their floor space ratios and/or hard surface areas worse ? Stewie

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Stewie D
Oct 29, 2012 9:10 am
building-expert
building-expert
30 October 2012

No Occupancy Certificate !!BCA requirement for weep holes

No Occupancy Certificate !!BCA requirement for weep holes

Hi bijali Your building surveyor is right, here are the requirements: (c) The height of a DPC, or flashing serving as a DPC, (see Figure 3.3.4.1), must be not less…

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building-expert
Oct 30, 2012 6:18 am
building-expert
RocksInHead
RocksInHead
15 November 2012

Steel Beam Concerns

Steel Beam Concerns

I would ask the builder for the latest copy of the structural engineering to see if that design is what the engineer approved. I can see why it has been done at the garage…

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RocksInHead
Nov 15, 2012 9:30 am
Robbie1950
Robbie1950
16 November 2012

framing question and now plaster/skirting question

framing question and now plaster/skirting question

As someone stated before, those noggings are fine. Im not following what your saying about the 'bows' in your walls? are you refering to the bottom plates bowing a little?

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Robbie1950
Nov 16, 2012 1:22 pm
slepax
slepax
19 November 2012

Soakwells in old houses

Soakwells in old houses

Hello all, About 3 years ago we bought an established house, built early 70's so I would probably say around 40 years old. The house is in Perth and being the question is…

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slepax
Nov 19, 2012 2:31 am
boosho
boosho
23 November 2012

owner builder warranty and inspections etc

owner builder warranty and inspections etc

Well usually the occupany inspection is all about the building code and services, they dont normally worry about worksmanship or quality (not that you would have bad…

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boosho
Nov 23, 2012 2:10 pm
boosho
ECOECO
ECOECO
24 November 2012

Corner Window to Facade - Dispensation

Corner Window to Facade - Dispensation

Me neither, maybe your local council is…

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ECOECO
Nov 24, 2012 8:52 am
ECOECO
installation inspector
installation inspector
24 November 2012

Builder's Warranty claim?

Builder's Warranty claim?

I had a look at the rest of the photos I took and it is near the main bathroom, but I reckon it would take alot of water to get that far and to cause such damage.

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installation inspector
Nov 24, 2012 9:37 pm
installation inspector
cyob
cyob
2 December 2012

Question about garage and house floor level

Question about garage and house floor level

I would always go for the garage floor below house floor level. Don't think that drains will take all the water from your house in a severe…

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cyob
Dec 02, 2012 2:30 pm

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