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duke
duke
10 December 2010

Perth Indipendent Building Inspector

Perth Indipendent Building Inspector

Depending on inspector... they may not climb into roof space to inspect so will need to inspect before ceilings go in.

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duke
Dec 10, 2010 10:47 pm
AJW
AJW
13 December 2010

Couple of issues - is builder right???

Couple of issues - is builder right???

Nope, builder is wrong. The sand pad below the concrete slab needs to extend to at least 1m away from the slab. The cladding/ brickwork…

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AJW
Dec 13, 2010 1:15 am
King willy
King willy
24 December 2010

Painting of internal doors..

Painting of internal doors..

Andy & PM are correct. Hume doors, do say paint top and bottom. Mrs Rose you actually had the D OF Fair Trading to your home to look at the doors? Sometime we have to…

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King willy
Dec 24, 2010 12:18 pm
King willy
abrickspecialist
abrickspecialist
24 December 2010

Difference in mortar colour

Difference in mortar colour

A couple of pics would help provide an…

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abrickspecialist
Dec 24, 2010 9:55 pm
JenEM
JenEM
30 December 2010

Brick Issues

Brick Issues

The builder refunded 110% of the difference in upgrade in bricks from standard to the premium we ordered. Brick suppliers funded the rectification (we still have bricks…

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JenEM
Dec 30, 2010 10:04 am
Makis
Makis
2 January 2011

SA - Gas Heater - Seperation from Window?

SA - Gas Heater - Seperation from Window?

Gday, Building in Adelaide but want to allow provision for a gas heater somewhere in the lounge. Can somebody point me in the right direction with the regulations before…

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Makis
Jan 02, 2011 8:25 am
rob_phill
rob_phill
4 January 2011

Bulging and creaky laminate floorboards

Bulging and creaky laminate floorboards

did you law the boards with approx 10mm gap away from each wall? i believe the bowing is commonly caused by the wood/fibre getting slightly moist and then expanding. if…

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rob_phill
Jan 04, 2011 8:34 pm
Pat the draftie
Pat the draftie
13 January 2011

Sarking / anticon - fixing at roof edge

Sarking / anticon - fixing at roof edge

I would not be cutting it back, it needs to lap over and into the gutter. I would ensure its lapped into the gutter, then glue it in place...Yep, Glue. No more flapping. Pat.

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Pat the draftie
Jan 13, 2011 11:23 am
Pat the draftie
kappans21
kappans21
20 January 2011

KJM Design provide clients with numerous options

KJM Design provide clients with numerous options

KJM Design provide clients with numerous options for made by qualified and very…

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kappans21
Jan 19, 2011 11:27 pm
Poidda
Poidda
20 January 2011

Floor installation not to Australia Building Standards

Floor installation not to Australia Building Standards

Thanks for the input. I did supply the wood myself, and then the supplier recommended these guys to install. I couldn't find any bad press about them so thought why…

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Poidda
Jan 20, 2011 4:04 pm
Syrus
Syrus
24 January 2011

Plumbing requirements

Plumbing requirements

Hi all, first of all I would like to apologize if I posted a thread into a wrong section. My problem is the following. I am not aware of…

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Syrus
Jan 24, 2011 8:18 pm
danrts
danrts
29 January 2011

Help - any plumbers out there? heat pump installation

Help - any plumbers out there? heat pump installation

we sorted it out. The plumber agreed after persuasion with the builder to move it back to its original position outside the garage. however an undue delay would exist to…

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danrts
Jan 29, 2011 9:43 am
windowexpert
windowexpert
30 January 2011

Frame studs not flat on ground.

Frame studs not flat on ground.

Such things will always occur for as long people are prepared to pay money for such 3rd world workmanship and construction methods. And at the end when all this is covered…

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windowexpert
Jan 30, 2011 5:57 am
Lunchtime
Lunchtime
4 February 2011

Painting Standards

Painting Standards

Thank you, I printed this one and it was exactly what I was after

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Lunchtime
Feb 04, 2011 9:37 pm
jbyway
jbyway
6 February 2011

Help! Steel Mesh exposed

Help! Steel Mesh exposed

So it appears the builder has attempted to fix it but now there are more parts exposed and even some points sticking out completely away from the concrete. I'm going to…

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jbyway
Feb 06, 2011 1:49 pm
B STAR
B STAR
7 February 2011

7 Year New Home Builders Guarantee. Is this covered?

7 Year New Home Builders Guarantee. Is this covered?

Whats the problem with the pump. Sometimes the float gets stuck. What pump have they installed?

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B STAR
Feb 07, 2011 10:54 am
Lex
Lex
8 February 2011

Possible building defects? Advice please.

Possible building defects? Advice please.

Busy with other jobs :shock: ... that's no excuse :evil: David, seems like you have a tough one on your hands - good luck with all of this! Please also don't get entangled into…

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Lex
Feb 08, 2011 7:02 am
Lex
crystillia
crystillia
9 February 2011

Builder wouldn't fix the problem!

Builder wouldn't fix the problem!

well the property is in springfield lakes 4300 :)

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crystillia
Feb 09, 2011 3:37 pm
Team PD
Team PD
10 February 2011

Mould Growing in my new house under construction

Mould Growing in my new house under construction

I will appreciate your advice in relation to this issue. I am currently building with PD and due to the shortage of brickies, the home was…

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Team PD
Feb 10, 2011 11:16 am
Team PD
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
11 February 2011

Why use bored piers over something else?

Why use bored piers over something else?

If your soil is so reactive as you say, even with a slab you would still have needed piers to stabilize it and they would probably have been the same dept and diameter and…

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chrisandkate
Feb 11, 2011 10:00 am
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
12 February 2011

House Poles..Methods of ground installation?

House Poles..Methods of ground installation?

mimaranda - If you want to share your email I suggest you PM people with it. Otherwise anyone can see your email addy. That includes the intended & spammers, spybots n…

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onc_artisan
Feb 12, 2011 8:29 pm
onc_artisan
seeking solutions
seeking solutions
18 February 2011

private electrical pole - We won :) !!!

private electrical pole - We won :) !!!
1, 2

Hey squizzy! What a detailed response... thanks! Thankfully we can breathe again as the jerk SOLD OUT and we have had new neighbours for a couple of weeks now.. no more…

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seeking solutions
Feb 18, 2011 8:20 pm
seeking solutions
csamara
csamara
19 February 2011

Bring a difficult neighbour to court

Bring a difficult neighbour to court

Anyone here had experience about building dispute with a neighbor? We have a situation, the owner of the land next to our house raised their land level, and currently…

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csamara
Feb 19, 2011 9:18 pm
1983yzb
1983yzb
20 February 2011

A big problem for my slab

A big problem for my slab

Hi,everyone. I build a new home, and just frame stage is complete. Today I took a look and found my slab is not flat. It is curved up and down. It is obvious. Even I never…

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1983yzb
Feb 19, 2011 11:20 pm
1983yzb
1983yzb
20 February 2011

A big problem for my slab

A big problem for my slab

Do you mean that the slab has changed…

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1983yzb
Feb 20, 2011 10:08 am
Dexterredcat
Dexterredcat
20 February 2011

Slab overhang

Slab overhang

Hi all thanks for the replies (have to admit I had forgotten this post :oops: :oops: :oops: ) There is a couple of places that where too short on the other end of this part of slab and…

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Dexterredcat
Feb 20, 2011 9:39 pm
Dexterredcat
ausdesign
ausdesign
28 February 2011

Screening and balustrading building codes

Screening and balustrading building codes

The balustading height is a minimum of 1000. The wire spacing depends upon the size, number of strands & tension The privacy screen min. height is 1700, "with no more than…

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ausdesign
Feb 28, 2011 3:16 pm
ausdesign
Poidda
Poidda
2 March 2011

Builder blaming poor materials.

Builder blaming poor materials.

Thanks for all the input. It is exactly how I thought, that the builder is ultimately responsible for laying defective wood. We did purchase the wood ourselves and then…

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Poidda
Mar 02, 2011 8:49 am
Aiah
Aiah
4 March 2011

Prebuilt

Prebuilt

you can do all the tests you like... nobody really knows what's down there till you start digging. on rare occasions its quite ugly. If i unknowingly purchased a dodgy…

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Aiah
Mar 04, 2011 7:21 pm
Aiah
Lex
Lex
8 March 2011

Can someone tells me this is right or wrong !!??

Can someone tells me this is right or wrong !!??

jimsting, so the last pic does not look like that any more? It is starting to "fall apart"? If so, it's probably due to house settling. How long ago was the house…

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Lex
Mar 08, 2011 7:30 am
Lex
renomart
renomart
11 March 2011

Under sink cabinets

Under sink cabinets

There are standards for kitchen cabinets in wet areas. Generally, all penetrations should be sealed with a waterproofing compound.

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renomart
Mar 11, 2011 10:15 am
renomart
Gialandon
Gialandon
13 March 2011

Off the plan settlement questions

Off the plan settlement questions

Thanks for the responses. I gave the builder a ring anyway, he came over yesterday to have a look and rang his plumbers/painter/electrician to come and fix the majority of…

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Gialandon
Mar 13, 2011 8:35 am
Engineer101
Engineer101
14 March 2011

Fitzgibbon Chase - AusHomes - Standard Inclusions

Fitzgibbon Chase - AusHomes - Standard Inclusions

I have built with Aushomes at Fitzgibbon and was actually quite happy with the build. The house standard inclusions were not of the highest quality, however compared to AV…

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Engineer101
Mar 14, 2011 12:07 pm
Lex
Lex
14 March 2011

PCA

PCA

I'd use the other guys, ie. those that the builder does not actually recommend. Not sure how correct is their saying that council "takes forever" - normally they only…

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Lex
Mar 14, 2011 7:38 pm
Lex
dearot
dearot
23 March 2011

Slab problem ?? Frame problem??

Slab problem ?? Frame problem??

The house is only 2 years old. A company built this home but the building contract is with me and the builder directly not with the company. I had to terminate the first…

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dearot
Mar 23, 2011 11:45 am
KerryF
KerryF
24 March 2011

Open Roof Space

Open Roof Space

Thanks for the reply Peter :) Yes, older style home (1950s ish - records went up in smoke during bushfires in the 60s, but it was first rated during the 50s so it's a safe…

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KerryF
Mar 24, 2011 12:18 pm
KerryF
Casa2
Casa2
28 March 2011

Scoring marks on bricks - is this acceptable?

Scoring marks on bricks - is this acceptable?

" We also have a letter guaranteeing that the motar matches would be sent within 8 weeks to fix the colour difference." - time to talk about financial compensation for the…

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Casa2
Mar 28, 2011 8:00 pm
MelNRob
MelNRob
4 April 2011

Getting problems fixed after sign off and after moving in

Getting problems fixed after sign off and after moving in

Questionmark, have you read over the completion of Works clauses in your contract? I'm with bashworth, in that your CSC is not correct with that statement. Referring to…

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MelNRob
Apr 04, 2011 1:02 pm
homehelper
homehelper
5 April 2011

Painting a door in two different colours

Painting a door in two different colours

I think using a dark colour or the exterior colour will be more suitable, it will also give some definition to the interior of the door.

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homehelper
Apr 05, 2011 1:08 pm
mswilmot
mswilmot
11 April 2011

Hot water service - on veranda?

Hot water service - on veranda?

Thanks for the quick reply bashworth. It's nice to hear that at least someone has a similar setup to what we're imagining.

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mswilmot
Apr 11, 2011 9:26 pm
blueblueblue
blueblueblue
13 April 2011

Vapor membrane or glue under plywood?

Vapor membrane or glue under plywood?

Which is used when and what is the preferred method? By the way, this is for plywood that goes under solid timber floor.

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blueblueblue
Apr 13, 2011 3:33 pm
Lex
Lex
18 April 2011

Do you think this bricking is within tolerance????

Do you think this bricking is within tolerance????

We had them "nawkawed", and now only we can tell it's been done. If I tell someone else they just squint at the bricks and ask "Where? Which…

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Lex
Apr 18, 2011 8:46 pm
Lex
melbourne architect
melbourne architect
21 April 2011

Bring a difficult neighbour to court

Bring a difficult neighbour to court

It seems as though all you need to do is prove that their actions have caused damage/cost to you. What I don't understand is: why would they allow themselves to be taken…

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melbourne architect
Apr 21, 2011 3:12 pm
veseli
veseli
23 April 2011

Full written specifications

Full written specifications

If he includes inspections during the construction process and checks every detail than this is worth the money, this is how they do it on high-rise buildings, but not…

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veseli
Apr 23, 2011 9:05 pm
mary23
mary23
26 April 2011

changes to plans?

changes to plans?

thanks ed.dont worry Ill be…

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mary23
Apr 26, 2011 9:34 am
irkj
irkj
3 May 2011

What can you suggest?

What can you suggest?

We had a overhang of 25mm on one wall and our independent inspector noted: "...requiring to be supported using a rectification design supplied by the appointed structural…

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irkj
May 03, 2011 9:33 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
4 May 2011

Gas cooktop & splashback distance

Gas cooktop & splashback distance

Yes it would be very difficult if you have a 900mm wide but from the pics I thought it looked like a 600mm in which case a lot of new 600mm cooktops are nearly square and…

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chrisandkate
May 04, 2011 11:26 am
Lex
Lex
5 May 2011

Unpainted door has expanded due to moisture. What to do?

Unpainted door has expanded due to moisture. What to do?

No idea, but we have a similar issue. I think it's our fault. We have plain laundry doors which have been painted by the builder, but they get hit pretty badly when it…

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Lex
May 05, 2011 7:23 pm
Lex


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